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60 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Nick Hamilton Race and Media Narratives
Nick Hamilton, founder of Nitecast Media, as a guest speaker for your podcast Disruption Now! Nick Hamilton is the founder of Nitecast Media and a single father raising a young autistic son. He is an expert in balancing work and parenting, especially in maintaining a strong bond with your child. Nick founded Nitecast Media during the pandemic and has been in the journalism industry for over 10 years. He has all the tips on how to build your business during the pandemic and staying in touch with current Entertainment demands. Nick's dedication in empowering BIPOC journalists into action gives him the motivation and tools to handle the blockage of being a black entrepreneur in the media industry. Nick Hamilton is a dynamic media personality best known for his work on SIRIUS XM, SB Nation, NBC, AXS.com, Associated Press, and iHeartMedia. With an AA in Journalism and Communications from El Camino College, Nick quickly made a name for himself as a reporter and content creator.Along with being in the field conducting interviews, filing stories, and exclusive video content, Nick worked to create his own media empire to expand coverage of stories mainstream news platforms refused to cover. From covering the CFB National Championship, Super Bowl LIII, ESPY Awards to Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards to becoming a member of Pro Football Writers of America and National Association of Black Journalists, Nick Hamilton is a media maven in sports and entertainment.
45 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Disrupting Education with Rebecca Wolfe and Ryan MacDonald
Changing the narratives of what our kids learn is not only disruptive, but it's a long overdue change. On top of that, changing the system to adapt to the individual needs of kids is the way to guarantee that future generations can move forward. Ryan MacDonald and Rebecca Wolfe are working hard to change how things are being done for the better.
31 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Disrupting Wall Street with John Rogers
We interviewed John Rogers, Founder, and Co-CEO of Ariel Investments about his journey and his recommendations to close the racial income gap in America. What You will learn-Why long-term investors and corporate leaders should view addressing economic inequality and improving diversity as critical forms of risk management.-John’s family connection to the Tulsa massacre and how we can close the racial economic gap.-Why we must change the narrative from Supplier Diversity to Business Diversity-How John Rodgers beat Michael Jordan in one on one. -The playbook for corporate America to expand opportunities for black Americans. Follow Me:Subscribe to Podcast https://bit.ly/2YxdJ78 Website https://bit.ly/2VUO9sfFacebook https://bit.ly/303IU8jInstagram https://bit.ly/2YOLl26Twitter https://bit.ly/2KfLaTfWebsite https://bit.ly/2VUO9sf#RobRichardson #JohnRogers #DisruptionNow
29 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Yaya Mbaoua - Founder & CEO - ZENCEY Pan African Technology
Former VP of Sales & Business Development at Med1 Healthcare Group, where Yaya was instrumental in building a solid company footprint in several African and Caribbean countries. Prior to Med1, he worked as VP of Product at Rally Health (formerly known as Audax Health). As a relatively early member of the product group, Yaya defined the strategy, definition, execution and optimization of the wellness platform for major payers. Yaya also held the Director of Product role at IAC Advertising, where he helped build, launch and roll out a revolutionary direct navigation service for ISPs in 10 countries. Prior to IAC, Yaya held product management roles at Jumptap and AOL with strong focus on mobile, search and advertising. He spent a few years with Orange North America as a Regional Sales and Carrier Relations Manager for the West Africa regionIn this episode you will learn:- How Blockchain technology is the future fir medical record keeping- The opportunities for growth and investment in Africa- How AI is being used to promote better healthcare resultsFollow Me:Subscribe to Podcast https://bit.ly/2YxdJ78 Website https://bit.ly/2VUO9sfFacebook https://bit.ly/303IU8jInstagram https://bit.ly/2YOLl26Twitter https://bit.ly/2KfLaTfWebsite https://bit.ly/2VUO9sf#RobRichardson #YayaMbaoua #Podcast
32 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Mac Conwell: A Rarebreed
RareBreed Ventures is a pre-seed fund that invests in exceptional founders outside of large tech ecosystems, earlier than everyone else. Unlike other pre-seed funds, RareBreed takes a concentrated portfolio approach by writing checks of up to $250K as the first or one of the first investors. McKeever "Mac" Conwell II is the founder and managing partner of RareBreed Ventures. We speak with Mac about the path that led him from founder to Venture Captial. Mac is a former software engineer and a two-time founder. One of Mac's companies failed, the other went on to a successful exit.What you will learn Why it's important to lead from conviction in business 00:17:49 Why many VCS miss profitable opportunities with founders from nontraditional backgrounds 00:15:17 Why the culture of Venture must change 00:23:41
40 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Clarence Wooten is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur with a track record of success spanning back to 1999 when his debut Internet startup, ImageCafe.com, was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions (Nasdaq: NSOL) just 7-months after it launched. Wooten has now started Revitalize Ventures Studio whose mission is to change the complexion of tech by building breakout software startups with black founders and diverse teams. Learn more https://revitalizeventures.com/the-storyIn this Episode you will learn: Clarence advises his younger self. 01:44:17 How you deal with different approaches: entrepreneur and not an investor for overall business. 03:10:05 The most important essential skill set for a founder to have to become scalable. 07:40:21 How self-awareness is so important in understanding a business. 09:53:23 Clarence's mission and success look like for Revitalize Studio five years from now. 11:25:16 How you balance being a black person and figuring out a way to move your company forward, knowing the systemic challenges. 14:01:20 What opportunities in this moment at this time and now, how should people of color, black and brown folks, in the tech world should they take in this moment, that’s maybe different from prior moments. 15:52:03 Opportunities for what we call “Internet 3.0”. 20:31:18 Who are these three people that Clarence takes advice on in life? 25:11:23 What Clarence billboard or google ad in the 21st century says. 39:11:23
32 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
The Art of The Hustle: Breaking Barriers
The barriers for diverse artists are real but so are the opportunities. Learn how to create opportunities outside of traditional models. Fireside Chat from the Art and Equity Summit with artists Mark Phi and Jay Kalagayan.Jay B. Kalagayan (MeSseD creator, writer and publisher) has been a writer of plays, cartoon strips, reviews, articles, humorous event calendars, promotional materials, fundraising appeals and grants. A Xavier University graduate from Erie, PA, Jay is founder of Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and one of the founders of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. His major influences are his wife Jan and daughters Meggie and Fi. His comic book influences are works by Warren Ellis, Neil Gaiman, John Ostrander, Mike Baron & Steve Rude, Keith Giffen, Matt Wagner, Matt Fraction and Brian K. Vaughn just to name a few. Mark Phi is an international ARTtivist, creator and an ideology rooted in the belief that we all have the ability to create and make an impact on our world. Mark demonstrates this through Art Philanthropy and Art Wealth Generation.In this Episode you will learn: What do you think new opportunities has been created for emerging artists that may not be able to at least not initially get into the traditional paths of galleries of exhibition at least as you’re just starting off. 00:04:22 How is your virtual persona so important to really getting you more opportunities, how will you build your virtual persona? 00:09:45 How you can be intentional about what you are representing and what you’re doing on social media if you’re an artist or entrepreneur or anything. 00:15:15 How Jay Kalayan, an artist, talks about his experience with MessedComics and how it reflects his authenticity or how he expresses something about himself. 00:23:34 What advice Jay and Mark can give to their younger self or people when they were just starting off or a mistake or view they had wrong about the process of art, knowing all the knowledge now. 00:26:58
34 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Reed has nearly 30 years of experience in the film and TV industry — and over 50 movies under her belt — as an Emmy-winning casting director and producer. She is behind the breakout movie roles for some of Hollywood's brightest stars, including Halle Berry, Samuel J. Jackson, and Jamie Foxx. Her credits include School Daze, Poetic Justice, Malcolm X, and 125 episodes of In Living Color. When you reach those places where the decision is, “Do I do it? Do I say something? Do I take the role? What is the decision I make” Where are you?In this episode you will learn: Learn How Robi decides to become a casting director at the age of 15. 00:2:58 Learn What are Robi’s advice and what to ignore her younger self. 00:4:24 Learn How this Pandemic did anything to kind of high clarity of purpose in terms of not only who you hang around but what you’re doing in any way? 00:08:37 Learn What Robi thinks is the next normal for this moment, specifically with movies and entertainment. 00:10:41 Learn How Robi sees all these streaming services such as Netflix, Prime, HBO, Disney, etc. could limit opportunities or expand opportunities to tell more stories. 00:12:29 Learn How Robi advises an actor, who has a core belief but there might be a director that wants to perpetuate a stereotype? As we still kind of fight these narratives. 00:18:56 Learn How Robi can think about a time when it was a really tough moment, maybe she failed or had a setback but later on ended up being a great opportunity. 00:21:00 Learn How Robi sees potential to a talent, cast big stars such as Jamie Foxx, how he sees potential. 00:24:47 Learn Who are the 3 People that have impacted Robi Reed in her life and why. 00:31:54
37 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Art and Equity: Getting what we deserve
We believe that black art should mean black equity. Art has always been an effective tool for social change, but black and brown artists haven’t always gotten the equity they deserve. For too long, equity has gone through black and brown artists, but not to them. We seek to disrupt that trend and in doing so disrupt the trend of black and brown wealth creation. This is a summit for black and brown artists, art collectors and allies to connect, network, expose their art to potential investors. Rob Richardson: CEO Of Disruption Now Media Richardson is the host of Disruption Now Podcast and owner of Disruption Now Media an interactive media platform focused on connecting, empowering and funding black and brown artists, entrepreneurs and leaders. Karla Ferguson CEO of the Yeelen Group. Yeelen Gallery is an incubator and art space dedicated to the development and promotion of contemporary culture and its contribution to the canon of art history.Since its inception in 2006, the gallery has produced dynamic exhibitions by emerging and established artists from around the world, with a curatorial aim to reﬂect and expand our understanding of history, culture and contemporary society. Rico Grant is the CEO of Paloozanoire and Curator of Black & Brown Faces, a guest exhibition featuring artwork by each of ten artists of color. The paintings, mixed media works, drawings and photographs on view explore struggle and uplift by focusing on the facial expressions of people of color during the extremes of 2020. Black & Brown Faces responds to the need for creative expression and dialogue to promote openness, health and wellness in communities of color and in our society.Gee Horton is a Cincinnati-based self-trained Hyperrealist visual artist who has recently transitioned from a career in the corporate world to focus primarily on making art and building communities. Using graphite and charcoal pencils, Gee's drawings capture a heightened sense of realism, but it is important to note that the Hyperrealist style is only one facet of comprehending his work. Having earned a master’s in social work from the University of Louisville, he often incorporates his education and life experiences into his art to achieve a kind of power that for many triggers' emotional associations. With this in mind, his current work makes a connection between his African roots and their juxtaposition to American attitudes on the social and emotional development of the African American male experience.In this episode you will learn:How to scale your work as an artistsWhat collectors and curators look for from artiststhe opportunities for diverse artists and collectors
23 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Noelle Silver: Art and Technology
Noelle Silver is a technical evangelist at heart and enjoys spreading the good news about what it’s like to work in the field of emerging technology. She is passionate about Mindful Leadership, work-life harmony and empowering people to achieve their potential through technology. She empowers and inspires minorities to be successful in the technology industry and AI through career coaching and workshops. She also specializes in helping brands develop skills for Amazon Alexa. She has spent many years as a trainer, architect, and evangelist for IBM, RedHat, EMC, Amazon and Microsoft. She is now the VP of Digital Technology at NPR. She has taught thousands of people the value and importance of voice technology, Democratizing AI, and mindful leadership and has delivered keynotes, workshops and conferences around the world.
34 minutes | May 26, 2021
Nina Turner: Courage and Conviction
Nina Turner grew up the oldest of seven children to working class parents in Northeast Ohio. Turner has dedicated her life to fighting for the underserved, working class and working poor. In 2020, as national co-chair of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, Nina built support nationwide for progressive policies like the Green New Deal and health care as a human right in the form of Medicare for All. Nina is now running for Congress for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.
21 minutes | May 18, 2021
David Bianchi NFTs And Social Impact
Actor, Filmmaker and Poet David Bianchi created the first spoken word NFT. The NFT focused on the continuing injustice of police brutality in America. His piece was sold for over $12,000 and all funds went to the George Floyd Memorial fund. David was interviewed on Forbes regarding his spoken word NFT.
19 minutes | May 12, 2021
Onaje Henderson: Who Determines Art Value?
ZuCot Gallery the largest African-American owned fine art gallery in the Southeast. ZuCot’s mission is to promote original works of art by living African American artists and provide both novice and seasoned collectors with meaningful and unique services that enhance the art collecting experience. After earning his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University, Onaje M. Henderson began his corporate career with one of the “big five” consulting firms working with major communication and hi tech companies across the country. O.M. Henderson cultivated his professional training within arts through soaking up his fathers’ (Artist, Aaron F. Henderson) discipline over a span of 20 + years. His background in technology has aided the firm in precisely weaving the aesthetic aspects to the financial growth of the firm. His project management background plays a vital role to the day-to-day success of the company.Mr. Henderson has advised on art selection in office facilities, corporations, law firms, and individual collectors nationwide. With his guidance he has collaborated with art enthusiasts, high end collectors, and corporate executives to complete a diverse array of creative projects and programs, including large-scale commissions and specialty tailored acquisition programs that meet the precise budgetary needs for the client.
37 minutes | May 5, 2021
Damian Hoskins: The Creative Economy
Damian Hoskins is the General Manager of Elementz an organization focused on providing hope and catalyzing change for the young people in the urban core through hip-hop culture.
56 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Jabari Johnson: The Power of Vision
In 2014, Jabari had the idea for a genre amplification company and launched COLORS Worldwide, Inc., an ecosystem designed to incorporate multiple underserved genres through live events, festivals, and content creation.
35 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Ryan Wilson: Community Builder
Ryan Wilson is co-founder of The Gathering Spot, a private membership club focused on black entrepreneurship. Wilson talks about how they expanded despite social distancing amid the pandemic. Ryan Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of TGS Holdings, a consumer lifestyle and hospitality company based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company’s holdings consist of The Gathering Spot, a private membership club; and A3C, a music, tech, and ﬁlm conference and festival.At the age of 24, Ryan and his business partner, TK Petersen, raised private capital from investors to open their ﬁrst Gathering Spot location in Atlanta. The club has established itself as a home for creatives, business professionals, and entrepreneurs and regularly hosts notable and culturally impactful events. Ryan recently opened the second Gathering Spot location in Washington D.C. Responsible for the company’s overall management and strategic vision across all holdings, Ryan is leading the club’s physical expansion to Los Angeles and forthcoming markets, as well as the company’s digital platform TGS Connect.Ryan has been honored as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, selected as one of the 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under Forty honorees, and was the recipient of the John Lewis Emerging Leader Award by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. He was also selected to join the inaugural class of Shea Moisture’s Social Justice Coalition. Atlanta Magazine named him one of “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” from 2019 through 2021, and he was awarded Atlanta’s Best Inﬂuencer by WXIA-TV. He has also been named one of the country’s most inﬂuential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100.
24 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Manny Larcher: Collaborate and Elevate
Manny has had the opportunity to work with brands and mentors to hone and develop skills in brand management & growth, sponsorship consulting, retail development, strategic planning, account management and brand activation – across a diverse portfolio of categories including: Technology, professional sports, sporting goods, financial services & insurance, retail, tourism, telecommunication, food industry, and health/medical Industry. Manny enjoys helping others find purpose in their work.
56 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Dr. Jade Hilton: Disrupting Racial Disparities in Health
Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton Buchholz was born the middle of three girls in the rural town of Little Africa, South Carolina. Following a family tragedy, at the tender age of 8 years old, she told her mom she wanted to be a doctor. From that day forward her mother called her “Dr. Hilton.” She attributes her entire career and the success that followed to that small gesture. Dr. Jade Hilton is the cofounder of Goodstock Consulting, which is rooted in addressing racial health disparities. Their mission is to “truly connect the grassroots to the grass tops.
40 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Tamika Mallory: Unbossed and Unbought
Tamika Mallory is a nationally recognized civil rights activist and seasoned community organizer. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network under Reverend Al Sharpton. Mallory was the co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, the largest single-day demonstration in US history. She most recently gave what has been dubbed “the speech of a generation” – State of Emergency in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. She was recently on the Grammys and has a new book State of Emergency. Her new elevation has also attracted new critics, we address all of this.What You Will Learn Why we need to change the narrative about black leaders and wealth. How listening to collective critics can destroy you. Where the focus of the movement should be in the coming years Why we must fight systems of oppression and not just focus on people we don't like.
41 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Monique Woodard: Demographics is Destiny
Why an investor super-power should be the ability to recognize founder talent with non-traditional backgrounds.What cities can do to build inclusive economiesWhy Venture Capitalists should be pissed off about income inequality.An emerging West Coast digital media company that could be larger than Disney.
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