Amena talks with writer, artist, and musician Morgan Harper Nichols. Morgan shares her creative process of combining inspirational writing and visual art and the power of holding space for other people’s stories. Amena and Morgan talk about Morgan’s subscription app Storyteller and the power of “maybe” and “perhaps.” For more info on Morgan’s art and her app Storyteller, visit: https://morganharpernichols.com/.
Amena talks with Dr. Meredith Evans, a historian, archivist, 74th President of the Society of American Archivists, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and the first black woman to helm a presidential library. Dr. Meredith shares why it’s important to preserve and document history and how she navigates being “First, Only, Different.” For more information about Dr. Meredith’s work visit https://www2.archivists.org/news/2018/meet-the-saa-president-dr-meredith-evans.
Amena talks with disabled activist, podcaster, and founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project®, Alice Wong. Alice shares how an early love for reading informed her journey as a creative and as an activist. Amena and Alice discuss why it’s important to preserve disabled history and why it’s necessary for the disabled community to lead and be a part of civic engagement. For more information about Alice Wong and the Disability Visibility Project® visit https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/.
Amena talks with speaker, essayist, creative, and creator of the Lemonade Syllabus, Candice Benbow, about Beyoncé’s recently released film and album: Homecoming. Amena and Candice use their own experiences with homecoming as graduates of historically black colleges and universities to discuss the cultural significance of Beyoncé’s art and creative process. Candice discusses the lessons of healing, home, and wholeness that we can learn from Homecoming. For more information on Candice Benbow, visit https://www.candicebenbow.com/.
Amena talks with vocalist, musical consultant, professional voice coach, and founder of Fruition Organized Music, Ametria Dock. Ametria shares the tough lessons she learned as a solo artist in the music industry and how those lessons propelled the trajectory of her career. Ametria also shares what she’s learned as a business founder and gives a mini master class on how to maintain vocal health. For more information about Ametria and Fruition Organized Music, visit http://www.fruitionorganizedmusic.com/.
Amena talks with romance fiction author Adriana Herrera. Author of American Dreamer and American Fairytale, a part of the Dreamer Series, Adriana talks about how her experiences in the field of social work inform her fiction and why she believes in writing unapologetic happy endings for characters of color. Amena and Adriana discuss how reading romance can be a form of self-care and how all of us can revel in our own happy endings/beginnings. To learn more about Adriana and to purchase her books visit: http://adrianaherreraromance.com.
Amena talks with speaker, reconciler, and founder of non-profit Be the Bridge, Latasha Morrison. Latasha shares the lessons she’s learned from founding an online community which led to the founding of a non-profit. Amena and Latasha talk about how the practice of self-care is important in bridge building work and how Latasha stays grounded as her organization is growing so quickly. For more information about Latasha, visit https://latashamorrison.com/ and for more information about Be the Bridge, visit https://beabridgebuilder.com/.
Amena talks with her sister, visual artist and author of Afro-feminist coloring book Avie’s Dreams, Makeda Lewis. Makeda shares her creative process and what grounds the art she makes. Amena and Makeda also discuss the tensions between business and making art and Makeda shares why it’s important for community engagement to be a part of art making. Stay tuned until the end to hear Makeda’s unique twist on her nominee for a She Did That Award.
To learn more about Makeda’s art visit her social media profiles.
Season 3: Create. Amena talks with blogger, author, and writer Alia Joy about her new book Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack. Alia talks about her transition from blog writing to book writing and why it’s important to write about the narrative and experience of poverty. Alia shares advice on how to walk alongside a loved one who lives with mental illness and how to practice creativity recovery when we write about vulnerable things. To learn more about Alia and order her book visit: https://aliajoy.com/.
Season 3: Create. Amena talks with singer/songwriter Jennifer Chung about the craft and process of songwriting. Jennifer shares how she maintains her vocal health and what she learned from a photoshop incident on a recent magazine cover where she was featured. Amena and Jennifer take a listen to snippets of a couple of songs from Jennifer’s latest mini album After All and talk about Jennifer’s process in writing them. Amena ceremoniously yells “THAT’S MY SONG.”
For more of Jennifer’s music: http://www.jenniferchung.com/.
For more info on Jennifer’s and her husband’s media company WATS.Media: https://www.wats.media/