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“Black Love,” from filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver, displays “the other side of love that exists, that no one is showing”. Focusing on real couples from all walks of life and celebrity couples, the docu-series shares honest, emotional and sometimes cringe-worthy always-true love stories. The couples talk about how their relationships began, the road to the altar, life after children and all of the other obstacles they may have faced to make their marriages stronger than ever. ...
 
Black & Published is for BIPOC literary artists--poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all kinds--who have had their work published or produced through mainstream publishers, filmmakers, or theater companies, or they've taken the indie route and released their work on their own. This podcast exists to discuss what it means to be a writer, dissect the writing process, and demystify the steps between concept and publication or production.
 
'Brown & Black' is a new podcast exploring the convergence of race and pop culture, hosted by two diverse voices, one Latinx and one Black, to fill a needed void in rethinking how pop culture news and opinion is conveyed in America today. Jack Rico and Mike Sargent, two national film and culture critics seen on TODAY and FOX Business News, interview filmmakers, artists and journalists to examine the complex nature of entertainment and race.
 
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On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with journalist and author, Dawnie Walton about her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. Dawnie is a Jacksonville native. She worked as an executive-level editor for magazine and multimedia brands including Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Getty Images, and LIFE before she decided to …
 
When Bobby and Danelle first met in 1984 they both were smitten with each other. Even though they both only 19 they knew that the love they shared was something special. However, their relationship would come to a screeching halt when Bobby's father found out that his son, a white man, was dating a Black woman. Soon after that, Bobby and Danelle se…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with M Shelly Conner about her debut novel, everyman. M Shelly is a Chicago native who spent her summers bouncing between her grandmother in Memphis and relatives in Los Angeles, reveling in the sprawl of the Great Migration. That sprawl informs the work in everyman which M Shelly began work…
 
When actors Gillian White and Michael Jai White first met at a party they knew that they liked each other but neither were ready to pursue a relationship. Instead the two would become friends and would keep in touch throughout the years. In this 2018 interview from the second season of Black Love Doc, Michael shares how an unfortunate experience wi…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with Dantiel W. Moniz about her debut short story collection, Milk Blood Heat. Dantiel is a Jacksonville native who attended FSU for undergrad and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, The Yale Review…
 
This week we welcome director Carlos López Estrada and actor/producer Kelly Marie Tran to discuss their new film collaboration - 'Summertime'. Jack and Mike also explore the importance of spoken word and poetry in cinema. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comPor Jack Rico, Mike Sargent
 
When D.L. first laid eyes on LaDonna he knew that he was going to marry her, but first he had to convince her to talk to him. From their early beginnings working at the LA Times to his rise in comedy and the building of their family, nothing has come easily or without conflict. In this 2018 interview from the second season of Black Love D.L. and La…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with Dr. Kim Mack about her book, Fictional Blues: Narrative Self-Invention from Bessie Smith to Jack White. Dr. Mack is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo where she specializes in African American literature and culture, twentieth- and twenty-first-century ethnic American li…
 
In this episode, Mike and Jack review the MCU's real first lady - Black Widow. Mike then welcomes Dominican musician Yasser Tejeda who discusses his new acoustic EP 'Interior' and shares how in the Dominican Republic his conservatory did not teach him how to play Bachata or Merengue. Mike explores the topic further in the interview. Tejeda's music …
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author Robert Jones, Jr. His debut novel, The Prophets, was published in January by G.P. Putnam Sons, an imprint of Penguin RandomHouse. The Prophets has been hailed for its spellbinding mix of lyricism, rawness, and authenticity, that is immediately reminiscent of the late, great Toni …
 
Mike and Robin met each other in their childhoods and neither could stand the other. So how did that turn into a long lasting marriage? In this never broadcast 2017 interview, Robin and Mike share what it was like growing up with each other but never really knowing each other, the MOVE organization, and how Mike's parent's being in prison since he …
 
Actress and singer Jasmine Cephas-Jones joins the show to discuss her new show on STARZ, 'Blindspotting,' the TV adaptation of the 2008 film directed by Carlos López Estrada starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casals. Jack and Mike also discuss the new storytelling trend of spoken word in film and television plus the controversy of the Latinx musical …
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author Angela Jackson-Brown. She is the author of the novel, Drinking From a Bitter Cup, and the award-winning poetry collection, House Repairs. Her latest novel, When Stars Rain Down, was published by Thomas Nelson, an imprint of Harper Collins, on April 13, 2021. Angela teaches Creati…
 
When is the time to walk away and when is the time to commit? Vanessa knew that she liked Chris, but he wasn't ready to commit. How did their early days of working together blossom into a (at the time) 10 year marriage? In this 2016 interview from the first season of Black Love Doc Vanessa and Chris share their love story and the ups and downs that…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with writer, editor, and New York Times Bestselling author Morgan Jerkins. Jerkins, who previously wrote the essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing and the memoir Wandering in Strange Lands, marks her fiction debut with Caul Baby. The Senior Culture Editor for ESPN's The Undefeated and a …
 
When Melissa and Allessandra first met at Georgetown, they didn't care for each other. Little did they know that their paths were destined to cross again. Years later Allessandra and Melissa would find themselves working for the same non-profit and 6 hours plus 175 questions would (unbeknownst to them) be the beginning of their relationship. From t…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with marketing maven Tina Wells and journalist and author of 300 Sandwiches: A Multi-Layered Love Story, Stephanie Smith. Tina and Stephanie have been friends and collaborators for 15 years. Their current project is the middle-grade fiction series The Zee Files published by West Margin Press…
 
Meagan and DeVon first met while they were working on a movie and while they both felt something there, both were in places where pursuing it didn't make sense. Soon after, Meagan would find herself telling her friends at a party that DeVon was her future husband before their first date! From how their parents shaped how they view relationships, to…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with multi-genre literary artist Khalisa Rae. An essayist, journalist, budding novelist, and poet, Khalisa is the author of the chapbook Real Girls Have Real Problems. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat is out now from Red Hen Press. Khalisa, who is based…
 
Jack and Mike are celebrating their 50th episode of 'Brown & Black'! In this episode, the guys reflect back on fifty episodes and how not only did America change but how they changed as well. Then they discuss the Amazon/MGM merger, along with the WarnerMedia/Discovery+ merger too. How will art be affected by the streaming industry and business? An…
 
When Gayle first met Louis, she wanted nothing to do with him because he wasn't coming at her right. However after a year of Louis' persistence ( and fixing his approach) Gayle was willing to give him a shot. Who knew then that this couple would be still in love with each other over 50 years later. In this 2017 never aired interview of Black Love, …
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with poet, essayist, and journalist Jeneé Darden about her book, When a Purple Rose Blooms. An Oakland native and daughter of O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a masters's degree in journalism from the University of Southern …
 
"When you are in your purpose, things begin to unfold." A 10 dollar contribution started what would lead to a marriage and four beautiful daughters. In this 2016 interview from the first season of Black Love Doc, Hasani and Danielle share the details of how early on in the relationship Hasani's work and travel had Danielle feeling a certain type of…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with poet Carla M. Cherry about her latest collection, Stardust & Skin. A Bronx native, an educator and academic, Carla is a graduate of Spelman College, NYU, Lehman College, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the City College of New York. She says her goal is to make p…
 
When Andre first met Latoya, he thought his chance was over before it started. In this 2016 interview from the first season of Black Love Doc, the Browns tell us how their chance meeting at work turned into a relationship. How do they keep their relationship strong and what exactly are the "3 Ls"? ==== Black Love Doc is back May 14, 2021 on the OWN…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author and poet Jessica Lynn about her novel, Kissing Frogs: The Thirteenth. A proud graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and an educator for over 10 years, Jessica Lynn used her experiences, the experiences of friends, and others to craft a literary drama that takes…
 
Today we’re doing a deep dive into how storytelling shapes, influences and creates our worldview. Jeff Gomez, one of the world’s leading experts in transmedia storytelling, has helped build the story universes of famed franchises, IPs, brands such as Avatar, Transformers, Spider-Man, Halo, Splinter Cell, Coca-Cola, Nike, and many more. We also ask …
 
Susan and Darrell had a chance meeting over a shared love of antiques. Having met later in life, both Susan and Darrell knew they were headed towards marriage and parenthood. However after their son, Justin, suddenly died Susan and Darrell had to come to terms with what their shared life meant without their son. This 2016 interview from the first s…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author Candis McDow about her book, Half the Battle: A Memoir. In this deeply personal story, Candis takes the reader through her journey of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a family vacation. A writer from age six, Candis was first published in the anthology series, Chicken …
 
The 2021 Oscars had the most amount of diverse and inclusive winners ever... except for Latinos who were invisible once again. Why and how do Latinos fix it? Also, Hollywood is remaking 'Another Round' with Leonardo DiCaprio, which just won the Oscar for Best International Feature. Why does Hollywood need to remake foreign films? What is the cultur…
 
Diane and Jason first met while working on the reality show "Making the Band" and neither had any intention of dating each other. While their journey starts there, the road to marriage wasn't so simple. What do you do when one person wants to get married and the other is indifferent? How do you address differences in family dynamic? Listen to this …
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with award-winning poet Teri Ellen Cross Davis about her new poetry collection, a more perfect Union. The collection explores the experiential intersection of the lives of Black women in the United States. A Cave Canem fellow with work published in dozens of journals and anthologies, Teri is…
 
Why isn't there a Latino movie star? Will Danny Ramirez from Marvel's 'Falcon & The Winter Soldier' be the first Latino movie star in the modern era? From HBO's 'The Affair' to 'Top Gun: Maverick' starring Tom Cruise, what is Ramirez's ceiling? We also discuss why there hasn't been a Latino movie star to crack $100M at the box office. Learn more ab…
 
When Donna first met Paul at a summer camp, she didn't realize what was in store for them. Paul, who was 23 at the time, was divorced, and had three kids. The two quickly started a relationship that would be tested for 30 years. From divorce to prison, Donna and Paul's love has been tested time and time again. But it was that love for each other, a…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with actress, writer and poet Iman N. Milner about her new poetry collection, on breaking back together. The collection on faith, love, loss, and self-preservation is soul-shattering and brutally honest. The work helps fulfill Iman's mission to heal herself in her own work as well as inspire…
 
According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 50% of Americans say they are anxious about resuming in-person interactions once it is safe. It's been officially diagnosed. Perhaps like Tony-winner Karen Olivo who won't return to "Moulin Rouge!" to protest bullies like Scott Rudin, people don't want to deal with assholes anymore. Also, …
 
In this interview from 2016, Akadius and Tamra let us know about the first time they had a real conversation (spoiler alert: they were on a double date with other people!) From long distance to law school, this couple had to put in real work and effort to keep their love strong. Listen as Tamra explains why her wedding, while not her initial vision…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with creative, critical writer, poet, and performer Rosamond S. King about her new poetry collection, All The Rage. The collection was inspired by the lack of indictments handed down in the death of Eric Garner who was killed by police officers in New York in 2014. From that singular inciden…
 
Little Marvin is the creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer of Amazon's new horror series - THEM. We discuss with him white rage, the critique of black trauma in storytelling today, a brief history of black homeownership against the backdrop of the "American Dream," and how fear and art are powerful tools in defining reality. Learn more…
 
In this 2016 interview from the first season of Black Love Doc, Neil Brown Jr. and Catrina Robinson Brown share how their love story went from a school yard crush to marriage. However, their story wasn't immediately happily ever after. The inexperience of youth tied to the trials and tribulations of infidelity led to a situation where the couple ha…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author, performer, playwright, and educator Ebony Payne-English, about her journey as a literary artist that has led her to publish a poetry collection (Secrets of Ma'at), a graphic novel (The Random Happenings), and release six studio albums. Her latest offering, Kuongoza, dropped Marc…
 
In our exclusive part two interview with Dr. Barnor Hesse, the creator of the ‘8 White Identities,’ he explains how white citizens weave in and out of different kids of identities in relation to racism and anti-racism; he also gives his opinions on how language, the way we describe things, is the key to real change in this country, and should white…
 
In this 2016 interview Erica and Warryn Campbell tell us how they first met, and what it was like dating at 20 and 23 versus their relationship at that time. Get insights from the Campbells on the difference of "love" and being "in love". Plus the couple shares their perspectives on what love truly means; from the good to the bad. And how the two f…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author, TaRessa Stovall, about her memoir, Swirl Girl: Coming of Race in the USA. TaRessa was born a jazz baby in Seattle, Washington and is a self-proclaimed Black Power Flower Child. (All Power to the People). TaRessa identified herself as an author from the age of seven and got her s…
 
In this special two-part episode of 'Brown & Black,' we bring you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dr. Barnor Hesse, the creator of the much talked about ‘8 White Identities’ that has rattled right-wing media personalities such as Megyn Kelly and Ben Shapiro. In his first-ever US interview, Dr. Hesse breaks down each of the '8 White Identities' and the …
 
Ashley Chea and Bryan Chea have been through it all. In this 2016 interview from the 1st Season of Black Love we hear how Ashley did everything in her power to not date Chea. Things did not get easier for the pair after they started dated and upon the arrival of their first daughter. Ashley and Chea share how each other's cultures shaped the early …
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author, Georgia Dawkins, about her memoir, Everybody Knows: The Power of Being in Position. Georgia is The Purpose Producer. From ABC’s Good Morning America to Will Packer’s Central Ave, Georgia has worked within a multitude of television genres including local news, network news, talk …
 
This week Jack and Mike discuss HBOMax's new 'Justice League' remake by director Zack Snyder. They also discuss Alexi McCammond's departure from Teen Vogue even for racist Asian tweets when she was 17 years-old. Is cancel culture not allowing teens to grow up now? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Vanessa Bell Calloway and Anthony Calloway were both sure in what they wanted, but both had careers that they had to navigate to try to make everything work. In this 2015 interview from the 1st Season of Black Love we hear from Coming To America's own Vanessa Bell Calloway and her husband Anthony as share how being each other's backbones helped the…
 
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with author, Wandeka Gayle, about her short story collection, Motherland and Other Stories. Wandeka is an artist in every since of the word. A Jamaican writer, visual artist, pianist, and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Spelman College, she has received numerous fellowships includ…
 
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