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Echoes on Air
Echoes on air is a podcast for people of all walks of life to share their life experiences.
Oct 16, 2020
On Air With LeShay Weeks: Personal Evolution and Trans Advocacy
LeShay would like to dedicate this episode to the memory of Monica Roberts, a tireless champion for equality. In this episode of "on air with...", Janelle talks with LeShay Weeks about personal evolution and trans advocacy. Weeks talks about her decision to embrace her power and voice as an advocate, her entrepreneurial spirit and health, the ugly and beauty about community, and Black trans invisibility in the LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter movements. Follow LeShay's healthy food journey on Instagram @VEGGIECHEFSHAYSHOW and as a cohost of the Transfusion Radio Show @transfusionradioshow Also, get relaxed by checking out her spa: www.lovethyselfdayspa.com
Sep 23, 2020
Digital Blackface, Blackfishing, and Transracial Identity
Janelle and Chris talk with Tiffany Agard and Eric Keeton about "Digital Blackface", "Black Fishing", and "Transracial identity". Realizing these terms can sometimes overlap, they identify the definitions as follows: "Digital Blackface" refers to white/non-Black people using GIFs, memes, emoji, and other images of Black people to express various emotional reactions online. Transracial people are individuals who assert a racial identity for themselves which differs from their birth race. “Blackfishing” is a term used to describe someone accused of pretending to be Black on social media by using makeup, hair products and in some cases, surgery to drastically change their appearance. The cast discusses these definitions, possible concerns, the historical predecessors, and if they really have any issue with it at all. Videos referred to in the episode: https://youtu.be/Cyq6fTYxztc https://youtu.be/5qm0LwUHDqE https://youtu.be/WRn4XYWP8IE
Sep 9, 2020
On Air With Devon Miller and Allison Bret: Black Art Matters
In this episode of "on air with...", Janelle talks with Devon Miller and Allison Bret of Dallas Summer Musicals about their program Black Art Matters. Both Miller and Bret expose some of the racist roots of Dallas, Texas, and how they, along with their organization, are working to correct the effects of this racist past through art and theater. Check out DSM's YouTube Channel and their Black Art Matters series. https://www.youtube.com/user/DSMusicals/videos Mentioned on the episode: Dallas Truth Racial Healing https://dallastrht.org Story of Allen Brooks: https://humanrightsdallasmaps.com/items/show/15
Aug 26, 2020
What is Environmental Justice anyway?
Janelle talks with Nathan Dorris, Marsha Jackson, Misti Oquinn, and Britani Peterson about environmental racism, justice, and injustice. The discussion reveals that environmental justice is not only about saving and protecting the earth but also how the effects of neglecting it often heavily impact Black, Brown, impoverished, and disenfranchised communities and what we can do alleviate the problems. Resources and information mentioned in this episode: Breath is Lyfe - https://www.facebook.com/pg/BreathIsLyfe/community/ Netflix Series: Broken, episode "Recycling Sham" Southern Sector Rising - Southernsectorrising.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QmhmBOAwwE&t=31s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-9ioDVNeHs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xEWKkdYnXc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30xLg2HHg8Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WMgNlU_vxQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u19Mi-CKJM https://youtu.be/zJX_MXaXbJA
Aug 12, 2020
On Air With Kizomba Harmony: Sexual Harassment
Trigger Warning for discussion about sexual abuse and rape In this episode of "on air with...", Janelle talks with Monica Kay and Billy Myles of Kizomba Harmony about sexual harassment in the dance community. Monica and Billy are world-renowned dance instructors who have taught partner dances all over the U.S. and in over 15 countries. As such, they have learned of the worldwide problem of sexual harassment and assault in the dance community. In this episode, they talk about their experiences and knowledge, the #metoo movement, and what they as individuals and a company are doing to stop harassment in their community and how it can encourage us to deal with it in the world. https://kizombaharmony.com https://www.dancemagazine.com/metoo-dance-2569127206.html https://www.justforkix.com/dance-talk/coaches/responding-to-sexual-harassment-in-the-dance-world
Jul 24, 2020
How to be a Good Ally (Virtual Live Show)
Join us as we discuss the need for and the impact of allies, ways to be a good one, and ways to avoid causing more injury than good. Led by our panelists, Arthur Gregg, Wendy Koster & Edward A. Mitchell
Jun 24, 2020
Be_Voiced Takeover: Gen Z talks Ineffective and Effective Protesting
The Be_voiced Squad takes over Echoes on air! Squad members Lauren Harrison and Emily Truelove talk with Caleb de la Torre and Fatima Flores about effective and ineffective methods of protest and ways Gen Z is getting involved in protest movements. As mentioned on the podcast: Follow @TheFundForCollegeAuditions on Instagram Check out these additional articles: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/13/us/influencers-protests-backlash-trnd/index.html https://www.vulture.com/2020/06/race-whiteness-black-lives-matter-lessons-for-theater.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccabellan/2020/06/12/gen-z-leads-the-black-lives-matter-movement-on-and-off-social-media/#69aa88e119a8
Jun 4, 2020
On Air With DR Mann Hanson and Darnell Lamont Walker: Protesting and what to expect on the front lines
In this early release of "on air with...", Janelle responds to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and the Black Lives Matter protests. She talks with DR Mann Hanson and Darnell Lamont Walker about protesting, what to expect and safety when on the front lines, and other ways to participate in the revolution. Seeking Asylum by Darnell Lamont Walker https://vimeo.com/145091644 Follow Darnell www.darnellwalker.com IG @CleverBastard How to make a gas mask: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7SKAPN0zJA&app=desktop Additional resources about what to expect: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/06/9849247/what-to-do-arrested-protest-rights https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/
May 26, 2020
Reair of Social Justice Burnout
Join us today for a rearing of our live special Social Justice Burnout from season 2. We feel it's message of maintaining mental health in this stressful point of life is important. The message from this episode is just as important today as ever. Your mental health is just as important as everything else going on. Hang in there, you are not alone National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
May 12, 2020
On Air With Grace Talusan: The Body Papers
Join Janelle and Chris as we talk with Grace Talusan about her memoir The Body Papers. http://gracetalusan.com/the-body-papers/
Apr 21, 2020
Season 3 Episode 2: The Asian-American Experience
Chris and Janelle talk with Anna Kim, Grace Talusan, Rachmad Tjachyadi about the vastness of the Asian-American Experience and the danger of a homogenized representation of Asians in the U.S, speaking within a culture that is often considered silent, as well as highlight the APIA involvement in various social justice movements. https://www.patreon.com/echoesmedia Recording date 3/8/2020 Stay safe. Stay inside. Wash your hands.
Apr 7, 2020
On Air With Liz Nichols: Repeated History
Join us for our conversation with Liz and how history is repeating itself right before our eyes.
Mar 10, 2020
On Air With Chris Ramirez: Latinx representation on stage
Join us as we discuss Latinx representation on stage with Chris Ramirez.
Feb 25, 2020
S 3 Ep.1: Kobe Bryant And Other Unpopular Conversations
This conversation will span the cross sections of 3 major topics: How we deal with fame/celebrity, sexual assault, and Black male grief. Join Janelle and Chris as we welcome our guests Trey Flanagan and Celeste Howell to discuss these complicated conversations. Other interesting resources to consider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke-h2btOdwU https://thehill.com/changing-america/opinion/480076-kobe-bryant-children-and-grief https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/kobe-bryant-rape-allegations-death-helicopter-crash-sexual- assault-a9305006.html https://www.vox.com/2020/1/28/21105526/kobe-bryant-death-sexual-assault-case-2003
Feb 11, 2020
1: On Air With Andi Boi
Welcome to the first ever On Air With! We hope you enjoy this scaled down deep dive into a focused subject. We're so happy to launch this series with the production team of Andi Boi. https://dct.org/andiboi/
Nov 20, 2019
Season 2 Wrap Up
Here is our goodbye to 2019 and season 2. Join Janelle, Chris, and a handful of rotating guests as we look back at all of our past topics for the year. See you all in the next year and season 3.
Oct 30, 2019
Join Janelle, Chris, DR, Tam, and Richie as we discuss cancel culture and DR's 7 rules of redemption. Some more stuff to check out. https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/comedy-shane-gillis-cancel-culture-snl-firing https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/09/18/step-by-step-guide-why-people-cant-st op-arguing-about-cancel-culture/?noredirect=on https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/dont-frame-shane-gillis-as-the-victim-of-cancel-culture https://www.lovebscott.com/lizzos-postmates-driver-says-singer-ruined-life-shes-terrified-cant-leave-ho use https://kulturehub.com/brother-nature-cancel-culture/
Oct 16, 2019
Botham Jean and the Burden of Forgiveness
In this bonus episode, Chris and Janelle talk with @be_voiced squad member, Lauren Harrison about the verdict in the Botham Jean case, forgiveness, distrust of police, and the death of Atatiana Jefferson. Donate to the Botham Jean Foundation: https://bothamjeanfoundation.org/ A Disturbing Timeline of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Killing Botham Jean In His Own Home: https://newsone.com/playlist/timeline-amber-guyger-kills-botham-jean/item/38/ Amber Guyger Case: judge defends hugging officer who killed Botham Jean https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/08/amber-guyger-case-judge-defends-hugging-former-police-officer Jurors in Amber Guyger Trial Describe How They Made Their Decision https://www.wfaa.com/mobile/article/news/special-reports/botham-jean/jurors-in-amber-guyger-trial-describe-how-they-made-their-decision/287-73474111-5bee-4834-83a2-78e31e0f2cce?fbclid=IwAR1qYkToL-JPeSEW9LE5xjanybNI_oYj9ijP4yt9Tco4eW_kb_14ShVpjXg?fbclid=IwAR1qYkToL-JPeSEW9LE5xjanybNI_oYj9ijP4yt9…
Sep 18, 2019
Join Janelle Gray, Chris Silverberg, Brittanie Gray, and Traci Lee as they discuss Colorism in day to day life. Articles and Videos for your perusal https://colorismhealing.org/colorism-questions/ https://www.xonecole.com/colorism-conversation-we-need-to-be-having/? fbclid=IwAR1Gw_fiBjTZogCZsTnT1b4zvNQW9ijK9oeGtysXG3zrLSuqDhY5liiYYqA https://colorismhealing.org/colorism-quotes/? fbclid=IwAR1Dmkh405_obdsf7DEctG1DbVAfJpnIRaowv2HdGmQLjICHY3Fo4knaM7U https://www.facebook.com/the1janitor/videos/898305160504004/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjpcnVQ9XBQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1jPhD2m-sQ
Aug 21, 2019
Interracial and Intercultural relationships
Join Janelle as we talk to Oliva de Guzman, Chris Ramirez, and Justin Willis about Interracial and Intercultural relationships. Things to watch and read: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of3FL4X7mLo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-KyMHsx0W8 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/interracial-couples-wish-youd-stop-asking-and-wonderingabout_n_59dce1dae4b0b34afa5c869b https://www.thelist.com/39719/things-never-say-partner/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-future-self/201808/strengthening-interracialrelationships https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-future-self/201703/prejudice-towardrelationships
Jul 17, 2019
Symbols and Slurs
In this episode, Janelle and Chris talk to Liz Nichols and Dylan Owen about the impact of symbols and words and how they are hijacked for both good and bad. They talk about the results of a survey sent out to the Echoes Fam as well as discuss the biggest American symbol, the American flag, and what it means to them. Articles: What three hated symbols used to mean before they were hijacked: http://talesoftimesforgotten.com/2017/04/12/what-three-hated-symbols-used-to-mean-before-they-were-hijacked-by-extremists/ How hate groups are hijacking medieval symbols while ignoring the fact behind them: https://www.history.com/news/how-hate-groups-are-hijacking-medieval-symbols-while-ignoring-the-facts-behind-them Slurs and Biased Language: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/slurs-and-biased-language Articles mentioned in the episode: This flag brought our nation back together: https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/sonya-clark-fabric-workshop-confederate-flag-1502869
Jun 21, 2019
#voiced Cast Takeover
In this episode, Janelle and Chris are joined by the cast of the play #voiced. We survived a storm and recorded this episode without any electricity in the building. Janelle's first play brings about a great conversation about listening to younger generations, and how much they actually go through in high school.
May 15, 2019
Shatter The Silence
In this episode, Janelle and Chris talk about their first red carpet experience and the film Shatter the Silence by former on air! guest host, Cheryl Allison. The film discusses continuing the conversation about the #metoo and #timesup movement and using grassroots movements to spread awareness. Film website: www.shatterthesilencefilm.com Websites mentioned on air: http://hurtvoices.blogspot.com Sexual Awareness for Teens Episode Source Articles: Texas has over 2000 untested rape kits Lawmakers, Advocates still pushing fix Texas' rape kit backlog Articles Local students talk about "Me Too" movement on film Helpful Websites: National Sexual Assualt Hotline National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Apr 17, 2019
LGBTQ (+) Christianity
In this episode, Janelle and Chris are joined by Trish Bernard, Lauren Neaves, and Christian Watkins as they talk about the LGBTQ+ Community and its relationship with Christianity. They share their experiences, how they maintain their faith, and how to have conversations about the topic. Articles https://www.hrc.org/resources/faith-positions http://www.revelandriot.com/resources/religion/ https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/lgbt-muslims-christians-jews-stonewall- beliefs-god-faith-role-models-lifestyle-gay-lesbians-trans-a7666846.html Articles on Christian Church Websites 2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan First Presidency Shares Messages from General Conference Leadership Session Helpful Websites www.churchclarity.com Books The Handbook: A Quick Conversation Guide to what the Bible Does Not Say About Homosexuality
Mar 20, 2019
Echoes on air LIVE: Social Justice Burnout
Our inaugural live show is in the books! It was a complete success thanks to the sponsors, donors, panelists, and a great live audience. There was so much great advice that I know you'll want to listen twice! In this episode of Echoes on air!, Janelle and Chris Silverberg talk with therapists Brittanie Gray, Anna Kim, and Jimmy G. Owen about the importance of self-care and how to recognize signs of burnout while fight for social justice and equality. Find our therapists at: Anna Kim www.wefixbrains.com/oakcliff Brittany Gray Psychology today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/brittanie-gray-arlington-tx/396297and BrittanieLPCIntern@gmail.com Jimmy G Owen Psychology today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/jimmy-g-owen-dallas-tx/58523?utm_source=PT_Psych_Today&utm_medium=House_Link&utm_campaign=PT_HomeTopB_Therapist For reference articles and books, check our website. Sponsors: The Commish Radio Show - http://edgray.wixsite.com/thecommish Essentials by Ebony…
Feb 20, 2019
S2 E2: SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage & The Importance Of Learning History
Echoes Media wouldn't exist without the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage. In this episode of Echoes on air!, Janelle is joined by co-host Chris Silverberg, Ed Gray, Jennifer Hudson, and Jonathan Norton as they discuss the importance and impact of chasing history. We focus on how the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage continues to shape how they interact with present-day social concerns. This episode is dedicated to the memory Dr. Dennis Simon who lead the Civil Rights Pilgrimage for years and whose spirit continues to inspire people to make change. Without him, this podcast would not have happened. The following links are resources for the SMU Civil Rights as well as the articles mentioned during the podcast. Dr. Dennis Simon Civil Rights Pilgrimage: https://www.smu.edu/StudentAffairs/Chaplain/CRP Penny Candy by Jonathan Norton https://www.dallastheatercenter.org/show_details2.php?sid=154&d=desk Ed Gray and The Commish Radio Show https://fbrn.us/shows/the-commish-radio-show/
Jan 23, 2019
Season 2 Episode 1: R. Kelly and Human Trafficking
Welcome to season 2 of Echoes! In this episode Janelle and new co-host Chris Silverberg is joined by Carlos Brumfield, Celeste Howell, and Tara Teschke. This episode tackles the R. Kelley situation and Human Trafficking. What are the signs? What don't we see? What do we miss? How can we change this? Tara's Blog: https://allsparklyandshit.com/ New Art by: Debbie Ruegsegger New Theme by BobZigga www.soundcloud.com/BobZigga Hotline for Human Trafficking: 1-888-373-7888 Below are some articles you might consider: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190116/constable-racism-in-r-kelly-case-centers-on-theaccusers https://www.forensicmag.com/news/2017/04/report-identifies-25-distinct-types-humantrafficking https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/human-trafficking/ http://www.endslaverynow.org/learn/slavery-today Twitter:@echoesmedia1 Don't forget to RATE, COMMENT, and SUBSCRIBE! Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.
Nov 8, 2018
Episode 8: A look back
In this episode of Echoes on air! Janelle is joined by DR Hanson, Chris Silverberg, and Justin Willis. Join us as we take a look back at the various topics we've covered this year with the podcast. Check out the following links as mentioned in this episode: http://time.com/4779112/police-history-origins/ Don't forget to RATE, COMMENT, and SUBSCRIBE! Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.
Oct 11, 2018
Episode 7: Being Black Abroad
A little later than normal. We apologize. It's Jack fault. All his fault. Enjoy this episode of Echoes on air! In this episode of Echoes on air!, Janelle is joined by Tia Goolsby, Jeremy Johnson,and Darnell Lamont Walker. They discuss what it's like being Black abroad. What is the rest of the world like, and how does it treat Black Americans? *Jeremy Johnson's intro was lost, but he's there. He shows up. I promise. Check out the following links as mentioned in this episode: Passport Required: http://passportrequired.com/ Outside The House: http://outsidethehousedoc.com/ Seeking Asylum: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5193394/ Don't forget to RATE, COMMENT, and SUBSCRIBE! Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 6 PART 2: The Killing of Botham Shem Jean: Finding Our Footing in Another Tragedy
This is Part 2 of the 6th episode of Echoes on air! This episode Janelle is joined by Chris Silverberg, Christian S. Watkins, and Liz Montalvo. This episode is about the killing of Botham Shem Jean, and the frustations that arose on Sunday September 9th. Links: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/botham-jean-shooting-the-facts-vs-the-rumors/287-592640403 http://www.dallaspolice.net/Community/Pages/Citizen's-Academy.aspx Please rate, like, comment, and subscribe. Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 6 PART 1: The Killing of Botham Shem Jean: Finding Our Footing in Another Tragedy
This is Part 1 of the 6th episode of Echoes on air! This episode Janelle is joined by Chris Silverberg, Christian S. Watkins, and Liz Montalvo. This episode is about the killing of Botham Shem Jean, and the frustations that arose on Sunday September 9th. Links: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/botham-jean-shooting-the-facts-vs-the-rumors/287-592640403 http://www.dallaspolice.net/Community/Pages/Citizen's-Academy.aspx Please rate, like, comment, and subscribe. Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.
Aug 15, 2018
Episode 5: Seeking Diversity, Telling Our Stories In Entertainment
Welcome to the fifth episode of Echoes on air! This episode Janelle is joined by Denise Lee, Wendy Welch, Christie Vela, and Olivia de Guzman. Join them as they discuss diversity in the local DFW Theatre scene and entertainment as a whole. Links: http://changetheperception.today/ http://secondthoughttheatre.com/season/revolt-she-said-revolt-again/ http://www.aroomwithacluedallas.com/ Please rate, like, comment, and subscribe. Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.
Jul 18, 2018
Episode 4: Money and the Movement
Welcome to the fourth episode of Echoes on air! Janelle is joined by Justin Willis, Chris Silverberg, and Key Renea. This episode they discuss money in regards to how the movement moves forward, and how it's impeding it. Grab a glass of some cool filtered water and buckle in for some hard truths. Links to look into: Justin's youtube channel The Black Curriculum: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdbeRMU3927yUaqfIdd-7Iw https://www.instagram.com/naturals4naturals https://www.instagram.com/tulsarealestatefund
Jun 20, 2018
Episode 3: A Different Side of Pride
May 23, 2018
Echoes on air! Episode 2: Being Revolutionary
Join us for our second episode of Echoes on air! This episode Janelle is joined by returning friends Justin Willis, and Emilia Cedercreutz as we talk about what it means to be revolutionary. After the episode for some extra reading check out the Black Panther Ten Point Program https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/BPP_Ten_Point_Program.pdf as well as the Organizations Working for Justice and Equity https://www.resistancemanual.org/Organizations_Working_for_Justice_and_Equity Don't forget to check out Justin's youtube channel The Black Curriculum https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdbeRMU3927yUaqfIdd-7Iw/featured Thank you. Please like, rate, subscribe and comment.
May 9, 2018
Echoes on Air: Episode 1
Join us for our very first episode of Echoes on Air. This is the podcast incarnation of the http://www.echoesofthestruggle.com/blog . In this episode Janelle is joined by Carlos Brumfield, Emilia Cadercreutz, and Justin Willis as they discuss what it takes just to start the conversation. How do we even start talking about the tough subjects?