Eppisode 16: Ericka Blount Danois
Ericka Blount Danois is an award winning author who has worked as a staff writer, editor, freelancer, and stringer for a number of publications including: Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, and The Source. She also has written a non-fiction book on the history of Soul Train, entitled, Love, Peace and Soooooouul! The BRNDD hosts caught up with her to talk about her career over the past couple decades; from interviewing Pac to meeting former Cuban President Fidel Castro.
- 15:01: Behind the Scenes of All Eyez On Me and Rooming with Benny Boom
- 23:40 Journalistic fairness and the story behind Little Melvin
- 29:45 Working for Vibe and Covering Nas before illMatic
- 38:32 Writing for the Legendary Source
- 41:38 The world of Freelance Writers
- 44:29 Writing Love, Peace and Soooooouul!
- 51:25 the Transition from Traditional Print to Digital and Blogs
- 54:26 Black Comedy
- 1:02:15 Unsung Stories and Charlie Murphy
- 1:08:28 Sports Figures and 30 for 30
- 1:11:52 Interviewing Fidel Castro
- 1:17:18 Fake News
- 1:23:00 Where Were you When Prince Died?
- 1:30:41 The Impact of Love Peace & Soul
- 1:32:28 Advice to Upcoming Writers; is it still fun for you?
Love, Peace & Soul Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/lovepeaceandsoul/
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Episode 15: Sam(of Sam Styled You)
Sam is is a business owner, mother, wife and creative director, all of which she is successful with. She She owns New Vintage by Sam, an apparel and accessories company, Sam Styled you, a personal styling company as well as her mommy blog, Dressed in Motherhood. Coming from a corporate background, she decided she needed more to feel fulfilled in life. Join Ronald and Donte' as they talk with Sam about being an Entrepreneurial mommy and how to handle it all.
- 5:40 - The Psychology of Self Image
- 8:32 - The Transition into being a business owner and its Difficulties
- 11:42 - The balance of Motherhood and Business
- 16:36 - Movies that inspire Fashion
- 18:44 - Indie is the Wave of the Future
- 21:02 - Music and How is Spurs Daily Inspiration
- 26:30 - What is Dressed in Motherhood & advice for Entrepreneurial Mommies
- 34:30 - The Importance of breaking Societal Norms & Black Love
- 41:30 - The Favorites
- 45:11 - Get Out, The Commercialism of Black Culture, & White Mediocrity
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Episode 14: Kalilah Wright(of Mess in a Bottle)
Kalilah Wright is the founder of mess in a bottle. A company that makes inspirational shirts and packages them in a special bottle. The brand has been going strong a little over a year now and has even been recognized by the likes of Mark Cuban.Read more
Ronald and Donte' kick off the episode talking briefly about Kalief Browder's story, and his music with his cousin, under the crew name Catch the fade. Then Ron gets into how he met Kalilah at Under Armour and she speaks on her architecture background. She also speaks on how she came up with Mess in a Bottle over a year ago, and how she started with designing baby furniture and apparel(7:31). The BRNDD hosts also get her to talk about her New York roots and attending Art and Design High School, and why she chose the architecture route initially over apparel and how she got back into it(11:31).
Ronald transitions the conversation into how social media helps her business and how she developed her social currency(14:30). Then the three speak on her experience meeting Mark Cuban on The Harry Show and sharing her dream of being interviewed by Oprah(15:41). She also shares her difficulty of running a business by herself and bringing in a staff(19:48). Ron also gets her to speak on how she balances herself and her positive energy with the help of her Therapist friend(24:40). Kailiah gets personal and talks about the importance of her family and how they inspire her as well(33:37). Winding down, Kalilah talks about becoming an author and what others can do to chase her dreams(38:55).
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Eppisode 13: Brian(of Creative Culture Lifestyle)
Ronald and Donte' are back for Season 2 with a 2-hour premiere! Creative Culture lifestyle is a brand started by Brian in 2016 that focuses on black males' beards with a line of natural care products. They've been featured on news channels from Baltimore to Philly, sold in several beauty supply stores across the state of Maryland and their online presence is ever-growing. This year, Brian be launching his non-profit H.U.S.T.L.E.R. and all that and more is discussed in this episode.Read more
Before the episode starts, Ron announces he's going to London for a week, the two talk about traveling and announce more information about their first live event(3:30)! The conversation starts off when Brian talking about growing his beard in corporate America and being concerned about it until he saw his white counterparts be able to do so(8:24). Then the conversation leads into Brian explaining why African Americans need his product and why the products cater to them.
Brian also talks about his school days, from selling Lil' Mike Mixtapes in High School(13:15), to selling t-shirts at Morgan St. University. He also talks about how he was always driven to be in sales but never illegally and how "risk-reward" played into it.
Brian also discusses the importance of reputation for not only yourself, but your business as well(26:08). The conversation leads into Brian explaining the issues of selling a natural product and how he built a support system through his women audience and friends such as Baltimore Political figures Nick and Marylin Mosby(34:50).