Episode 44: The Lens of Black Joy with Melissa Alexander

For this bonus episode recorded prior to the pandemic, Amena talks with photographer, filmmaker, and founder of Phyllis Iller, Melissa Alexander. Melissa shares how her work is connected to her neighborhood and rooted in Black joy. Amena and Melissa discuss the lessons they’ve learned being full-time entrepreneurs in the creative industry. To check out and support Melissa’s work visit https://www.phyllisiller.com

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Episode 43: Bonus Episode – Native Virtual Book Tour with Kaitlin Curtice

Amena talks with Potawatomi author and speaker Kaitlin Curtice on Instagram Live about her new book Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God. Kaitlin shares her journey of decolonization and reconnecting with her identity as an Indigenous woman. To find out more about Kaitlin Curtice, visit https://kaitlincurtice.com/.

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Episode 42: End of the Year Affirmation with Makeda Lewis

Visual artist and Amena’s sister, Makeda Lewis, shared an affirmation on Episode 27 as her answer to whom she would give a She Did That Award and it was so epic that it deserved an episode all its own. Listen in and maybe you’ll give yourself a She Did That Award too. 

Episode 41: Bonus Episode: Self-care and Living Single with Latasha Morrison

In this bonus episode, founder of Be the Bridge and author of the book of the same name, Latasha Morrison, answers questions from social media as she and Amena discuss singleness in church spaces and what Latasha does for self-care and for fun. Check out Latasha’s new book, Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation at https://latashamorrison.com/book/. For more information on Latasha’s organization, Be the Bridge, visit https://bethebridge.com/

Episode 40: Bonus Episode – Creating Empowerment with Aggie Netunze

Amena talks with Agnes “Aggie” Netunze, General Manager for Sseko Designs in Uganda. Aggie shares her story of how she went against cultural expectations for Ugandan girls and became a businesswoman. Amena and Aggie discuss the successes and the challenges of being in leadership and why it’s important to empower women and girls. Find out more about Sseko Designs at https://ssekodesigns.com/.

Episode 39: Creativity and Business of Photography with Michelle Norris

Amena talks with photographer and creative director at Tropico Photo, Michelle Norris. Amena and Michelle discuss navigating the tensions between creative work and business. Michelle shares why creating an aesthetic is important for anyone building a brand and why it’s important to know and understand the worth of your work. Find out more about Tropico Photo at https://www.tropicophoto.com/

Episode 38: Partnership in Community with Jeannine Umutoniwase

Amena talks with Jeannine Umutoniwase, CEO of faith-based, Rwandan social enterprise Azizi Life which connects Rwandan artisans to the global market. Jeannine shares how her upbringing and her work as a guest house manager prepared her for leading an organization. In discussing her work with Azizi Life, Jeannine talks about the importance of empowering women and the lessons she’s learned as a CEO. For more information about Azizi Life, visit https://azizilife.com. For 20% off all nonsale items use code ForHER.

Episode 37: Narrative as Resistance with Juliana Brown Eyes

Amena talks with filmmaker, musician, photographer, and makeup artist, Juliana Brown Eyes. Juliana shares how her upbringing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the creativity and resistance of the women in her ancestry informs her work as a creative. She also shares why it’s important for indigenous people to tell their own narrative and history. For more information about Juliana Brown Eyes, visit https://www.jbrowneyes.com/.

Episode 36: Creative Strategy and Entrepreneurship with Pamela Barba

Amena talks with creative strategist and entrepreneur Pamela Barba why entrepreneurship creates equity and justice. Pamela is the founder of Vamos Ladies, a confidence and branding studio for Latinx women and shares the lessons a family legacy of entrepreneurship taught her for owning her own business. For more info about Pamela Barba visit http://www.mspamelabarba.com/. For more info about Vamos Ladies, visit http://www.vamosladies.com/.

Episode 35: Founding a Fashion Movement with Tasha LaRae

Amena talks with singer/songwriter, lead female vocalist for Arrested Development, voice coach, and founder of the Racism Sucks fashion movement. Tasha shares her process of inspiration to creation. She also shares why the word STOP is an important word for creatives. For more information about Tasha LaRae, visit https://shopthehighnote.com/. For more information about Racism Sucks, visit https://yepracismsucks.com/.