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35 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Oakland Vs. The Rona Feat. Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney (Part 2)
What Is Oakland Doing To Fight COVID-19? With Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney (Part 2)With so much uncertainty in the world right now with covid-19 influencing our day-to-day lives, we spoke with Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney of District 3, to give us insight on how the virus is impacting the lives of Oakland residents. She informs us of what the city of Oakland is doing to protect renters, the houseless population, and hospitals in need of aid. For information regarding city of Oakland's rent assistance -- https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/rent-adjustment-programFor tax filing and assistance with unemployment applications --Financial Tax Freedom Teddy Teshome: 510-904-4305
35 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Black People Can't Get Coronavirus? (Part 1)
If you're like us, you have many questions surrounding covid-19. Enter, Dr. Ivory Dean, who is a scientist with a Ph.D in Cancer Biology. Dr. Dean is trained to understand various disease models and has conducted breast cancer research at UCSF and is now in Washington D.C. finishing a science policy fellowship at the National Science Foundation. We learn how covid-19 came about, why soap (not hand sanitizer) is the real MVP, and some ways to keep you and your family safe.Resources: Support Small Business's in Oakland: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H5k6zzguCjAs8uurgDTNlRFKd1C8pEayJsWcpvCJ5DM/edit?fbclid=IwAR1zCoTSMmUia-2nFIvj-YqtpBCqh2LSBJ9uprpOVk_sbM4WfgasOhWdQzw#gid=0 Rent Relief: https://www.ktvu.com/news/coronavirus-rent-relief-eviction-moratoriums-enacted-across-bay-areaOakland's COVID Numbers: http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx
55 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
23. Black On The Job LIVE!
Think of this as your go-to, one stop shop for all of your burning HR questions. Our all Black panel of HR specialists share some best practices in the workplace to assist your level up in 2020. They addressed how to escalate matters of concern, how to address the Becky's in the office, our mental health, how to negotiate salary upon hire, and so much more.Our panelists also help demystify their roles as Human Resources and provide some insight on how their Blackness impacts their jobs at the recruiting, hiring/firing, and compensation phases of their job functions.Our panelists ---Matthew Kirby, Owner, Principal Consultant, Honest Human Resources Consulting LLCDuring the day, Matthew works as a People & Culture Partner for a large non profit. Outside of his 9-5, Matthew demystifies stereotypical perceptions of Human Resources through his conversational, engaging and weekly broadcasts of the Honest Human Resources Podcast.Tigist Takele, Associate Director of HR, Gilead SciencesTigist Takele-Maylor, MBA, is a Senior HR professional with over 15 years of HR experience in Biotech, Engineering and Healthcare industries. Tigist's area of expertise is in Leadership Development, Employee Relations and Executive Coaching. She aspires to continue to support people of color and women navigate the workplace as well as transition into Leadership roles.Jordan Cisneros, Recruiting Coordinator, IDEOAs a Recruiting Coordinator for IDEO, a 40 year old global design company, Jordan’s work revolves around using her role to increase access to design for marginalized communities. When she’s not fighting systemic racism in the workplace and beyond, you can find her cuddled with bae at home watching reruns of Insecure.
43 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
The Wrap Up of The Decade (#ImpeachmentEnergy)
The end of 2019 is near!We started the decade off with a newly elected Black president in Barack Obama, and we're ending it by impeaching a crooked white one, how fitting?There were so many moments this decade that defined our culture and our lives. This episode isn't exhaustive of everything but we dig into some of the highlight moments that happened in Oakland, The Bay, and beyond. See yall in 2020! Keep that #ImpeachmentEnergy going into the new year. -The Simones@wokelandpodcast
69 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
21. California Blacks - The Stereotypes, the facts, and everything in between
Let's talk about black people from California...what's the first thing that comes to mind?A WHOLE LOTTA LIES!!!Lol, jk. But in all seriousness, as California natives we've heard alllll the stereotypes about Black people from California: from hippie hoteps to gangbangers to bougie tech people who only date interracially, we've heard it all. And on today's episode, we're going to get into these (whack) stereotypes with two of our friends. DNas from Oakland and host of StreetsIzTalking Radio and Faith, an Oakland-based Educator who is originally from LA.Shoutout to San Jose! You can find DNas here: @dnasteeFaith - @winfortheculture And us @wokelandpodcastPlease subscribe to our show on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play.
42 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
20 - Let's Talk About Blavity's Afrotech
Sooooooo.. Your girls attended Afrotech this year and you know we had collect all the deets and provide you with our honest feedback! This is our second year attending the conference (our first time was Afrotech's inaugural year) and it felt so refreshing to be among so many Black professionals. We also discuss some of the social impacts of the conference and we would like to see being offered in the future.
107 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
19. LIVE SHOW! Stereotypes of a Black Man Misunderstood
This episode is for the amplification, storytelling, and healing of Black men. Our panelists share their experiences at the intersection of Blackness and Masculinity. Our all black, male panel discuss many of the myths and stereotypes that plague Black men in everyday life. Our panelists -- Dr. Bedford Palmer II (MODERATOR) is a licensed counseling psychologist and Associate Professor in the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. He also co-hosts the Naming It podcast, where he promotes social justice action and awareness through a psychological lens. (Contact @drbfpalmer) Denzel Herrera-Davis is a storyteller, life coach, and consultant living in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of Create The Space, a novel developmental wellness program for men of color that promotes healing, embraces healthy relationships, and challenges traditional notions of masculinity for men of color through shared vulnerability in community workshops and events. (Contact @create_the_space) Leon Sykes aka Dnas is a Oakland native, educator, On-Air host (Streets Is Talking Radio), founding memeber of #510Day, and community leader. All around champion of all things pertaining to Black Oakland.(Contact @dnastee) William Walker has worked in community organizing, secondary and higher public education, and in government administration roles. He currently works as a Capital Projects Intern with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of San Francisco. Jesse Byrd is an Award-Winning Children’s Book Author and Oakland Native. Besides his original work, Jesse is creating children’s books for ex-NBA players, Public Figures and Non-Profits. (Contact @b.y.r.d)
34 minutes | Aug 30, 2019
18. Should Black Teachers Lead Activism on Campus?
We felt it was crucial to share the lens of activism on campus from the eyes of a faculty member doing great work at one of the nation's most progressive colleges. Professor Jerome Stewart is the Assistant Professor of Business & Society/Sustainable Business at San Francisco State University and joins us in this conversation surrounding campus activism and how SFSU still has a long way to go in its efforts of creating a safe, autonomous, spaces for Black students and faculty. If you haven’t been on a college campus in some time, this episode lends itself as a guide to the many obstacles Black students and faculty face, even at America’s more progressive universities. The Black Campus Movement of the 1960’s rendered as a catalyst of protests to disrupt the tradition of inequities in higher education and thus created the pathway to Black Student Unions and African American studies throughout the country. This legacy has been transformative in academia and in the presence of Black life on campus however; as our guests on this episode discuss, while there have been many triumphs in the Black plight on college campuses, there is still a long way to go.
64 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
17. Black Students Are Leading The Activism Movement on College Campuses
We spoke with Shay and Leo, who are two students fighting the good fight on their PWI, Bay Area college campuses. They detail the militarization of their campuses, the fight to own Black spaces on campuses, and how they don’t feel safe on the college grounds they pay tuition to be on. #blackactivismoncampus If you haven’t been on a college campus in some time, this episode lends itself as a guide to the many obstacles Black students and faculty face, even at America’s more progressive universities. The Black Campus Movement of the 1960’s rendered as a catalyst of protests to disrupt the tradition of inequities in higher education and thus created the pathway to Black Student Unions and African American studies throughout the country. This legacy has been transformative in academia and in the presence of Black life on campus however; as our guests on this episode discuss, while there have been many triumphs in the Black plight on college campuses, there is still a long way to go. Follow Shay on IG @yg_harrison Learn more about BASE @ USF - Black Achievement Success and Engagement - https://www.usfca.edu/academics/special-programs/black-achievement-success-engagement Follow Leo Learn more about Leo's org and get involved with Black Collectivism for Students - www.blackcs.org
13 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
16.5 Dear Simones: The Warriors Are Leaving!
Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.... We haven't quite seen the Warriors struggle with injuries the way they have this season so it was extra painful to see them lose at home to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6. But what hurts more is knowing the organization is uprooting to San Francisco which is likely to cause a whole host of issues - more displacement, more gentrification, more traffic, and of course, pricier game tickets. As Bay Area natives we know firsthand what it feels like to be from somewhere that is often overlooked or misrepresented and with the rise of the Golden State Warriors, it felt like a new light and a new appeal had emerged on the entire Bay, namely Oakland. So to see them leave definitely hurts and the people and economy of Oakland are going to feel the biggest impact. While we are not happy about the move (and anticipate high rise condos and possibly a Whole Foods to be constructed around the Oracle), we know the love the players had for the Town and for their dedication to community over the years, we are thankful. They'll truly be missed!
61 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
16. The Weird Bay Area Dating Scene - Pride Edition
Dating is hard. But dating in the Bay?! That's a whole 'nother story. Welcome to part 3 of the Weird Ass Bay Area Dating Scene series, #Pride edition! This episode centers around the foolishness of the Bay Area dating scene and how the LGBTQIA+ community navigates dating here. Whether you're a transplant or are born and bred here, when it comes to dating you're most likely looking like confusion Susan aka lost AF. We sat down with Nenna, owner of the sex shop, Feelmore in downtown Oakland; Dannie, Co-Founder of Good Vybz; and our good friend, Sidney last week to provide some insight on the queer dating experience -- they spoke about all the different dating apps, some of their favorite parties they frequent, and even some tips on how to properly approach them in-person. Our three guests also opined on how they have mixed emotions of the dating landscape and detail the chasms between the gay and lesbian population and how much of it is rooted in the gender binary, heteronormativity that is often propagated. Be sure to follow: Neena @Feelmore510 Dannie @its.dannie / Good Vybz @goodvbzparty Sidney @ sid_nicious
87 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
15. Mental Health, Black Psychology and the Privilege of Self Care
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we spoke to Dr. Palmer and Dr. Hill about the spectrum of mental health and how the trauma African Americans have historically faced still impact us today. In fact, one study reports that, "African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population", and still, we are the least likely to seek help. We discuss the different reasons why seeking help may not be considered an option for some Black people (socio-economic background, stigma of therapy, religion, etc.) and dispel some of the common myths and excuses we often make to convince ourselves therapy isn't for us. They urge those of us who need help to reach out and understand that a crisis does not need to occur for you to access help. We also discuss resources that offer discounted services and the rise of "self-care" and how it is perceived to be at the juncture of privilege. Dr. Palmer and Dr. Hill are co-hosts of Naming it Podcast where they explore the intersections of social justice, psychology and blackness. Be sure to check out their podcast! Follow Naming it Podcast: @namingitpodcast Follow Wokeland: @wokelandpodcast Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
16 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
(BONUS) Mental Health Myths & Dear Simones
Bonus Episode with Naming It Podcast! We talk about mental health myths and we answer a readers question on Dear Simones! Follow: @namingitpodcast and @wokelandpodcast Got a question you want us to answer on air for Dear Simones? Email us at email@example.com or DM us!
60 minutes | Apr 22, 2019
14. "N*gga" in The Bay (Season 2 Premiere)
Our Season 2 premiere provides for an interesting discussion on the use of the n-word, specifically as it pertains to its use by our non-black homies. Refa One joins us as we dissect the behaviors, intentions, and desires of those wanting to align themselves with Black culture and identity but not realizing how their efforts are inherently discourteous. In this conversation, we also discuss the role of Black people providing space for other people of color (who are not Black/African American) to adopt the use of the word and how in order to move forward, we as Black people, may have to bury the word altogether. Thoughts? We’re also really excited about the premiere of our “Dear Simones” segment where you can email or dm us questions you’d like our expertise on :). This also provides space for you to get to know us more on subjects outside of Bay Area life and culture. Hit us up @firstname.lastname@example.org.
56 minutes | Dec 22, 2018
13. Simones Out - Season 1 Finale!
What a dope year it's been with you! Thank you to everyone who has tuned in the last 12 months, joined in on the convos, and debates. We've enjoyed every email, comment, DM, everything -- let's keep it going! Season 2 is coming up soon but in the meantime we're taking a mini break cuz #selfcare. We'll be back in 2019 with some fresh heat! We'll be around still out in these Oakland streets so keep checking out our past episodes (be sure to leave a 5-star review wherever) and say hi when you see us out. Thanks for being part of the Wokeland community. We love yall. Have a great new year and see you next year!
59 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
On this episode, we talk to some of the prominent Black-owned business owners in the Bay to figure out how they've maintained their presence and survived through the storms. Keba Konte, founder of Red Bay Coffee, founded his coffee business in 2014 from his garage in Oakland. His ethically sourced coffee is quickly becoming a Bay Area mainstay, and his beautiful brewery in Fruitvale hosts some of the dopest events in the Bay. Chaney Turner was homeless when she began launching her business. Nowadays, she's the founder of a few successful ventures, including Town Biz and People's Dispensary. She's a true testament of how perseverance can get you closer to your goals. Tamirra Dyson got the funds for her NOLA-inspired vegan restaurant, Souley Vegan, just 20 minutes before she was supposed to meet her landlord to sign the lease!
50 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
11. The Weird Ass Bay Area Dating Scene (Part 2)
Part 2! Dating is hard. But dating in the Bay?! That 's a whole 'nother story. We've been in many conversations centered around the foolishness of the Bay Area dating scene. Whether you're a transplant or are born and bred here, when it comes to dating you're most likely looking like confusion Susan aka lost AF. Why is that? We sat down with three brave souls who walked us through their dating experiences. After our discussion with Brandon (from Alabama), fellow podcaster (The Seeds You Sow) Aysha, and Oakland native and comedian, Elijah, we learned that in the age of social media, a tech industry boom, and gentrification, it's easy to understand why the dating landscape is a hodgepodge. While the ladies are looking to blame the men, and the men are looking at the women crazy, at the end of the day we just stuck on stupid looking at each other--and not connecting. Don't get us wrong: connections can be made here. But it's slim pickings. You have to WERK to make it work. The solution? Who knows. This conversation is a first step (don't forget to check out part 1). May the force be with us all. Follow us: Wokeland is available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and errrrrywhere else! If you like the content, please leave us a review! Instagram: instagram.com/wokelandpodcast Facebook: facebook.com/oaklandiswoke Twitter: twitter.com/wokelandpodcast
55 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
10. The Weird Ass Bay Area Dating Scene (Part 1)
Dating is hard. But dating in the Bay?! That 's a whole 'nother story. We've been in many conversations centered around the foolishness of the Bay Area dating scene. Whether you're a transplant or are born and bred here, when it comes to dating you're most likely looking like confusion Susan aka lost AF. Why is that? We sat down with three brave souls who walked us through their dating experiences. After our discussion with Brandon (from Alabama), fellow podcaster (The Seeds You Sow) Aysha, and Oakland native and comedian, Elijah, we learned that in the age of social media, a tech industry boom, and gentrification, it's easy to understand why the dating landscape is a hodgepodge. While the ladies are looking to blame the men, and the men are looking at the women crazy, at the end of the day we just stuck on stupid looking at each other--and not connecting. Don't get us wrong: connections can be made here. But it's slim pickings. You have to WERK to make it work. The solution? Who knows. This conversation is a first step (don't forget to check out part 2). May the force be with us all. Follow us: Wokeland is available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and errrrrywhere else! If you like the content, please leave us a review! Instagram: instagram.com/wokelandpodcast Facebook: facebook.com/oaklandiswoke Twitter: twitter.com/wokelandpodcast
21 minutes | Aug 20, 2018
09. Gentrification: A West Oakland Story (Part 2)
For this episode on gentrification, we sat down with our neighbor Stanley, to provide us some context on how he has seen his neighborhood in West Oakland change. He recounts his Black Panther days, the high crime rate, and all the drugs that were in the neighborhood, but also the strong Black population that once occupied The Lower Bottoms (headquarters of the Black Panther Party.) Stanley has lived in Oakland for 57 years and is a dedicated advocacy coordinator at the Western Service Workers Association. In his role, he sees the influx of individuals and families fighting to keep their electricity, water, and a roof over their heads. For more information about the group that kept Stanley keep his home, please visit the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals here. And if you're ever in West Oakland and would like to learn more about the center Stanley works at, visit them at 1141 Peralta St in West Oakland.
55 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
08. Can Black People Be Gentrifiers? (Part One)
Where did gentrification come from? In the midst of a homeless and housing crisis, we are unable to escape the harsh reality of what is becoming the "New Oakland." From Permit Patty to BBQ Becky, to the fading Black population of Oakland, to the increasing cost of living we can't help but feel for all of the people who no longer recognize their city and are being pushed out of the place they call home. In order to get some insight, we sat down with three people from the Town who are in the midst of this battle: Jahmel is the founder of Real Oakland (@realoakland) and BBQ'n while Black. Avé (@keep_it_diasporic) is an artist dedicated to promoting the African diaspora through imagery. Seven (@afrooakland) is the executive director of Alena museum which is currently in the process of being evicted. You can learn more about their fight to keep the space and get involved by visiting alenamuseum.com This is part one of a two-part series. Next week, we'll get a few different perspectives. Stay Tuned!
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