Syrian American Poet Dania Alkhouli

In this week’s episode I interview Syrian American author and poet Dania Alkhouli. Dania is also the feature for this Sunday’s Live and Online Expression Session.

Dania’s second book “Oceans and Flames” was published last year and paints moving images of being a survivor of Domestic Abuse.  Dania tapped into her resilience and overcame the violence, and now she speaks out on the significance of empowering women and men to break the cycle.

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Dania shares 3 powerful poems from her book and talks about the Non Profit  and traveling exhibition she founded with her mother - ‘A Country Called Syria’. The non profit showcases the history and rich culture of her country, and helps local communities connect with its rich heritage and resilient people.

You can follow Dania on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Sex, God, & Soul Medicine With Nikka Karli

In this week’s episode I interview Nikka Karli - Soul Medicine Woman, Oracle of Truth and Freedom Catalyst.

Nikka has over 20 years of experience in yoga, fitness, creativity and leadership. She helps women on the precipice of greatness become exquisitely untamed, awaken their sensuality, and manifest their soul’s desires. That’s why she is the go-to mentor for those who are ready to set the world on fire through the unapologetic expression of their soul.

Nikka brought that same fire to our session - we talked about sex, God, Soul Medicine, dropping into your body and tapping into your art and expression.

Refresh your spirit with this transformational interview.

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Social Media Maven and Speaker Elle Barnett

On this week’s episode I interview Elle Barnett - Speaker, Creative Media Expert and founder of Elle Train Media. 

Elle is known for successful campaigning and producing awesome projects for developing businesses.  As a social media expert, Elle shares lots of great free tips on media management and optimizing social needs such as things to watch for on Instagram, how to grow your audience, and become an All Star member on LinkedIn.

We also had the chance to dig even deeper, and discussed how to make real connections and build relationships in the in person social space too.

Indulge yourself in an open, honest and vulnerable interview.

Follow her on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Faith, Activism, and Inspiration With Emelda De Coteau

On this week’s episode, I Interview Emelda De Coteau, founder and CEO of Pray With Our Feet (Formerly Live In Color).  Emelda’s focus is on empowering women in three core areas: faith, activism and inspiration.

I've had the honor of getting to know Emelda over these past months and I have to say, she is one of the most authentic and inspiring people I’ve met in 2018.  I am very excited to share this deep conversation we had together. 

Emelda spoke on the intersections of faith and activism, the importance of creating affirming spaces for Women of Color, and she offered insights into being a CEO. 

And that is just the start of what we covered. I know you will love this episode my friends! Enjoy!

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Celebrating Our 2 Year Anniversary With the Heard Em Say Slam Team

On this week’s episode, I celebrate the 2 Year Anniversary of the Live and Online: Expression Session.  What better way to mark this  milestone than to bring back my first poetry guest, Walter “Wally B.” Jennings. 

To make this even more epic, Wally brought the 2018 Heard Em Say Poetry Slam Team to join us.  The interview I share with Wally and the Heard Em Say Team is powerful, relevant, and necessary. 

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We spoke on how poetry transforms, the power of youth voice, and the team shared with us 3 poems - including one team piece!

You are going to really appreciate this one my friends!  Enjoy!  

Please be sure to check out and support Heard em Say's Fundraiser. 

Social media links:

Kianna - @eelarahs

Miracle - @mir.mai

Genesis - @blacccthebrat

Gabby - @gabby.roofe

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Courageous Celebration With Adaora and I

EID Mubarak my friends!  Today marks the end of the sacred month of Ramadan.  As millions of people around the world celebrate this special day, I’d like to invite you to consider: 

“What are you courageously celebrating in your life?"

This week’s episode is a relaxed and intimate conversation between Adaora and I on that very subject.  Through our poetry, thoughts, and reflections we explore what courageous celebration looks like in our lives.

This is part writing workshop and part heart to heart discussion.  I know you will love this unique and inspiring episode.  

Enjoy!  

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Fashionista, Muslim Journalist, and My Good Friend: Intisar Seraaj

On this week’s episode, I sit down with fashionista, Muslim Journalist, and my good friend Intisar Seraaj. 

I LOVE spending time with Intisar!  We always have such rich conversations filled with both deep topics and hilarious side notes. 

This week’s episode is exactly that!  Two friends coming together to talk about about Ramadan, courage, self-love, being kind to yourself, our love for Lupita Nyong'o, friendships & relationships, and speaking up for yourself.

This is Intisar’s Year of Kindness and it is my Year of Courage.  We discussed how we decided upon our intention and the lessons have learned so far. 

Pull up a seat to this laid back, engaging and real conversation between two good friends!

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Sex Ed. and Feminism With Sahar Pirzada

On this week’s episode, Sahar Pirzada and I have a courageous conversation on sex, rape culture, and feminism.

Sahar is currently the Programs & Outreach Manager for HEART. HEART is a a Muslim-led organization that promotes sexual health and sexual violence awareness in Muslim communities through health education, advocacy, research and training.

Both Sahar and I talked about our journey and how we came to learn about intersectional feminism and sex education. This is truly an important, inspiring, and empowering conversation. Both of us shared some vulnerable and honest truths.

Plus, you get a bonus, behind the scenes listen into what we talked about after the ‘official interview.’

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The NFL’s Protest Ban is Status Quo Racism

The NFL’s protest ban is merely a status quo upholding of our implicit societal racism and the white supremacy we refuse to relinquish.  It is a quoting of the, “Shut up and get back to work,” legacy of slavery our country is founded upon.  Events like this just bring it to the surface with an even greater cadence.  It is a reminder that this historic repression is as much a part of whiteness as privilege is. 

Our racism shows itself in our refusal to truly ask ourselves and then find the readily available answers to “What are Black players protesting? What might motivate them to risk their careers to take this stand?”

What compounds the situation, is that even while deploying arguments and actions that uphold racism, we are convinced that we are in fact, not racist. Maybe we’re not the ones grabbing a tiki torch (though many do), or running protesters over with a car, rather our racism manifests itself in silence and business as usual. 

The NFL player’s protests feels upsetting to those of us who are white because it is deeply personal.  Our racial identity is so integrated with the maintaining of supremacy, that any challenge to it will always illicit a visceral reaction.  

Silencing Black voices from protesting police violence, racism, and white supremacy, is as sacred to our whiteness as football on Sunday.  White men in power, creating systems that penalize Black people for challenging their authority, is a revered ritual in America.  

But of course, what I’m saying is all just BS right? I’ve swallowed the PC culture Kool-Aid. None of this has anything to do with racism, you just want "those damn [Black] players to shut up, be grateful for what they have, and play.”

Sounds nothing like, “Shut up (racial slur), and entertain me.” 

Art, Culture and Dopeness With Marium Rana

Art, Culture, and Dopeness.  That’s this week’s episode with visual artist Marium Rana

Oh, and we talked about Black Panther, AFI, Ramadan and fasting, racism, the impact of art, creativity and courage, being yourself, and tons and tons of brilliant quotes from Marium. 

We laughed A BUNCH and we even talked about the bald eagle American pride tattoo that I have. 

Here’s just a snapshot of Marium’s awesome life: 

Marium Rana is an American-born Pakistani visual artist, who works primarily in ink and aqueous media. She has curated numerous art exhibitions throughout the United States.  She served as the design chair for TEDxFSU.

Be sure to do your patriotic duty and listen to this weeks’ FIRE episode with Marium Rana (say that last part super loud and like a MC bringing someone to the stage).

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