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69 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Sick Empire One Year Anniversary Special: Colorblind Solidarity and the War in the Middle East.
The morning of May 25th, 2020 the first episode of Sick Empire aired. Back then there was no vaccine for the Coronavirus, we were all stuck in quarantine, and George Floyd would be murdered later that day. To commemorate our one year anniversary Sick Empire will highlight the crimes against humanity happening in East Jerusalem. You’ll hear Branden Janese in conversation with four guests who all share a link to social justice work in the Middle East. In true Sick Empire fashion we blend together voices that would have most likely never found themselves in a room together including, a New York City public defender, a Muslim community organizer, a Black girl who currently lives on the Gaza Strip, and a historian and writer. This episode is a rollercoaster. There are moments that are hard to listen to, like when one guest describes watching a recent bombing of her neighborhood in Gaza and how another guest refuses to give up fighting for freedom even when it comes with exceptional losses. We also unpack the layers of inequality in solidarity work.
53 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
S2 Ep6: The Mothership: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity & Black Owned Birthing Centers.
The powerful subject of maternal mortality and morbidity. Black women are dying from childbirth at a staggering rate compared to white women. And on today's episode you'll hear Branden Janese in conversation with two black birth workers who are changing the way we birth our babies for the better.
42 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
S2 Ep5: In the Black: Economic Wellness & The Pressures of Money
On this episode of Sick Empire we explore the health of Black wealth. Host Branden Janese interviews two brilliant financial pundits, Tiffany Hawkins and Allan Boomer of The Momentum Advisors. You'll hear candid conversations surrounding Black finances. We dive into topics surrounding the health of the Black dollar. You’ll hear how Black folks have overcome the history of trauma surrounding finances and what the future looks like for Black economics.
60 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
S2 Ep4: The Magical Negro: Tackling the “Blacks Can Take More Pain” Theory
The episode of Sick Empire dives into the data and science behind the notion that Black People can take more pain than other people. Why do physicians perceive Black people differently? Does the myth of the “strong Black woman” lead to the contributions of maternal mortality and morbidity? These are modern beliefs that come from slavery and it’s time to expose the sickness of racism in our public health systems. You’ll hear researchers Kelly Hoffman and Faith Mitchell in conversation with Branden Janese, talk candidly about their findings on the inequities in healthcare, and the history of the Magical Negro.
56 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
S2 Ep3: The Survivors: Mental Health in the Black Community
What happens when the struggle with sickness ceases to exist? What happens when the ill become healed? On this episode of Sick Empire our host Branden Janese interviews two women who overcame battles with mental health traumas to become professional healing practitioners. Camesha L. Jones and Selome Arya share powerful insight on how they offer free & low-cost services to underserved communities on the South side of Chicago and in Brooklyn.
48 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
S2 Ep2: Hood Eats: How Black Diets Influence Our Social Wellness
This episode of Sick Empire features two very different food educators who purposefully planted themselves in environments where they teach their passion for food and gardening by promoting access and knowledge in overlooked and all but forgotten Black neighborhoods. You’ll hear our host Branden Janese interview Kurt Evans, a chef who curates dinners to end mass incarceration, teaches culinary arts to kids on Rikers, and employs a staff of returning citizens at his pizza shop in Philly. Branden also interviews Yemi Amu, an aquaponic educator who talks about the power of healing in the garden, and shares her experiences teaching her non-gentrified Brooklyn community how to grow produce, herbs and proteins from recycled water.
50 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
S2 Ep1: Black Blood: Modern Day Healing Practitioners
On Season 2 of Sick Empire we are focusing on the healing practices and journeys of Black folx in New York and across the country to share the diverse paths of healing that we can explore after the coronavirus has left so many of us in sick in more ways than one. You’ll hear our host Branden Janese interview an eclectic group of modern day healing practitioners, from a Reiki Master and yoga teacher in West L.A, to a holistic advocate in Atlanta, to a New York based Black femminist professor, scholar and mental health therapist.
4 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
S2: Season Two Preview Episode
The Coronavirus pandemic exposed the root rot of the American health system and wreaked havoc on the Black community. Where do we go from here? How do we heal ourselves? I’m your host, Branden Janese, and I ask these questions and much more on Season Two of Sick Empire. Each episode will be a deep dive into the systems of healing practiced by Black Americans. We’ll listen to researchers who record the traumas of being Black in the healthcare system, reiki masters, aquaponic educators, inner-city therapists, Black economic scholars, professors on Black mental health, and many more. You’ll hear a collection of voices that help to answer the question; What’s the future of Black health, wealth, and survival?
75 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
S1 Ep8: Women on the Future of Community and Political Power in New York City
On the season finale of Sick Empire you’ll hear from three women whose voices are leading a new type of political movement, one that requires less politics and more movement. The Coronavirus has exposed the evidence of New York's political failures and those exposures will surely drive a new surge of candidates who are sick of witnessing the disease of power infect our government and pollute our people. This episode features an eclectic mix of women who all fight for the underdog to gain a seat at the political table.
68 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
S1 Ep7: Women on the Future of Public Space in New York City
This week on Sick Empire you’ll hear from women who work as designers and architects in New York City talk about the future of public space post Covid-19. While most New Yorkers agree that the city was not originally designed for people to socially distance themselves from one another, the reality is that it’s time to start seriously changing the ways we move around and interact with the city and with one another. You’ll hear from the women who have seats at the table on projects that help neighborhoods redesign their public spaces so that they accommodate essential workers better, as well as women who are working to create safer sidewalk space, and more green spaces in affordable housing developments. This episode dives into unpacking the systemic issues of public design that are now, and historically have been, directly affecting the most marginalized people of New York City.
57 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
S1 Ep6: The Children of the Pandemic
A devastating truth that cannot be ignored any longer is that the Black and Brown kids of New York City are not alright. During the coronavirus pandemic, the schools are closed, the libraries are closed, the afterschool programs are defunded, and the poorest children of the city are footing the bill. Our host Branden Janese interviews four New Yorkers who have dedicated their lives to uplifting the forgotten kids of New York City.
28 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
S1 Ep5: Environmental Racism and the Path to a Sustainable New York City.
On this week’s episode of Sick Empire, we talk honestly about what environmental racism looks like in New York City, the sustainable habits for life after lockdown, and what New Yorkers can do during the pandemic to advocate for more green spaces in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Our host Branden Janese interviews three environmental advocates, based in New York City, who all work in different arenas to battle the climate crisis during the coronavirus.
51 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
S1 Ep4: The Black Sounds of Lock Down
This week Sick Empire presents interviews from an eclectic mix of musical guests. You’ll hear our host, Branden Janese, ask questions about the experience of making music during lockdown, the value of vulnerability, and the power of protest songs during this pandemic. What is extraordinary is that each guest has prepared a piece just for Sick Empire. Listen to hear a unique showcase featuring the sounds of two Brookylnites - one, a classical violinist, and the other a house DJ - alongside a composer and trumeteer based in Harlem. Covid-19 left a devastating hole in Black American community. With this show we honor the vibrations of our Black ancestors by honoring the gift of healing melodies they left in our blood. New episodes every Monday until July 20th, 2020.
47 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
S1 Ep3: Homelessness & Rent Tension
The Coronavirus pandemic has left staggering numbers of the New York City's workers out of a paycheck. Rent has become a problem for people who never had difficulty with their rents before the pandemic. On top of that, the city’s most vulnerable population, the people without homes, are left to suffer in a deafening silence. This episode of Sick Empire is an investigation on what homelessness and rent tension look like on the ground in NYC.
31 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
S1 Ep2: The Protest, The People, and The Pandemic.
In this episode you'll hear the stories of New Yorkers who are documenting the protests that have sparked up all around the city following the murder of George Floyd. Our host Branden Janese focuses on the presence of white allies at protests and in the media, the emotional journey of black creatives during these rebellions, and the nationwide grief we all share during this heavy time in our history. The idea of adding a revolt to a pandemic, seems like a recipe for disaster. But here we are, marching, shouting, and changing our world — one protest at a time. Sick Empire is a proud addition to the army of frontline fighters, soldiering peacefully for justice and liberation. New episodes every Monday until July 20th
32 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
S1 Ep1: Jobs
The coronavirus pandemic has introduced New York City’s citizens to one of the most emotionally draining times in modern American history. On the first episode of Sick Empire, Branden Janese talks to essential workers throughout New York City about what it looks and feels like to work on the front lines in this global pandemic. Branden interviews two supermarket crew members, an Amazon Warehouse whistleblower, a Harlem-based restaurant owner, and a public servant running for a congressional seat. This episode gives voice to the people who risk it all for the work they are proud to do. New episodes every Monday for 8 weeks.
5 minutes | May 26, 2020
S1 Ep1: Sick Empire Preview Episode
The coronavirus pandemic has magnified the injustices that make up the world we live in - from insufficient protection of workers to rampant homelessness and so much more. This podcast exists to lift the voices of people on the frontlines during these unprecedented times. The first full episode will be live on all podcasting platforms on Monday, June 1st. It is live NOW to members of The North Star. To listen to the first episode early, become a member at TheNorthStar.com.
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