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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

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