Helluva Pastry Engineer

On this episode I sat down with Kia Benion who uses her brand The Pastry Engineer to teach kids about STEM

Outline for Interview

Intro

Welcome to the podcast 

Quick how we know each other – Spoiler: Kia is Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Pastry Engineer

Main Interview topics:

How you started with the Pastry Engineer & Cocktail Engineer

                Referenced: Episode 13 – A Sweet Conversation with Kaitlin Guerin

Tips for those looking to get into culinary and/or  STEM 

  • Hygroscopic – tending to absorb moisture from the air

How have you managed through out the pandemic – Personally & professionally

  • Professionally: Pivoting to corporate team building
  • Personally: Being realistic but still trying to maintain things that were important to Kia; staying connected to friends 😊

Outro:

How can folks reach out/ book to you

Plugging any other upcoming events etc 

www.thepastryengineer.com

Contact Kia/ The Pastry Engineer

@kiabenion

@thepastryengineer

Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/

Sit, Listen, & Live Your Truth

On this episode I sat down with my friend Reginald Darby to talk about his time on “The Hill”, our days back at Howard as well as a host of other topics 

Outline for interview

Outline for interview

Intro – Welcome to the podcast

A little about Reggie 

How we know each other

Main Interview

More about Reggie’s life & career

– how Reggie navigated into and out of working on The Hill

– tips for others who may be interested: challenges Reggie faced along the way & how he overcame them

Other topics discussed

– What Reggie did during the lockdown

Rosewood strategies – more info coming soon

Jack’d – dating app Queer People of color

– Pride month and what it’s like for him as a black gay man

Pop culture/currently in politics topics 

– thoughts/ comments Britney spears conservatorship case 

Outro

How can people reach out & stay tuned

@thereginalddarby – Instagram

@PoliticoNoire – Twitter

Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/

Presiding Over Your Life

Outline for interview

Intro

-Welcome to the podcast

Intro Judge Brown – a little about yourself

– how we know each other

Main interview

  • A little about yourself 
  • How you became a judge 
  • Tips for others
    • Dream bigger – listen to God’s calling for you
    • Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you can’t be it – Don’t limit yourself by what is around you.
    • Don’t be afraid to be different!
    • Do what you have to do now so you can do what you want to do later
    • Get ready for the things you want to do – learn what you will need

Hot topics 

  • Thoughts on cases in recent history involving police shootings (especially of unarmed black persons)?; Does it hit a bit different being a part of the justice system and a black woman?
  • What do you see as the role of judges and the justice system in tackling injustices like this
  • What is role for judges to tackle unconscious bias (Shelyna’s work in this area)

Other Topics

Sheylna’s forthcoming book – Preside

How people can reach you & stay tuned to keep and eye out for the book 

https://www.shelynabrown.com/

Shelyna on LinkedIn

Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/

Safe Spaces in Music & Beyond

Interview Outline & Show notes 

On this episode I sat down with Lee Koonce President & Artistic Director of Gateways Music Festival. We talk about his journey from permonance to art administration. We also talk about safe spaces for people of African descent in music and other places, as well as a host of other topics.

Intro – Welcome to Podcast

Background

– How we know each other

– Lee’s professional background

Main interview topics:

– How you got into the world of the arts

– Why not just do the performance side

– Tips for others interested in this field

– What is the Gateways Music Festival & why is it so important

– Other hot topics

– Comments of why diversity, equity and inclusion are important in the fine arts

Outro

Lee to plug any upcoming events/ projects/website/social media

Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/

You Can’t Microwave Wine

Interview Outline:

On this episode I sat down with former corporate executive & my father, Troy Henry.  We talked about his ascent in “Corporate America” and ultimately becoming an entrepreneur. 

Intro – Welcome Mr. Troy Henry

 – A little about Troy & how we know each other.

Main Interview

  • Troy’s educational & professional background; how did he get into corporate world.
  • How was it climbing the corporate ladder as an African American in the 80s & 90s?
  • What made Troy leave the corporate world and branch out on his own?
  • What challenges do you face as an entrepreneur/ business owner (especially as an African American)?
  • Tips for others starting out as an entrepreneur.

Outro – any upcoming projects or things to promote for Troy.

Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/