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Blackness and the Workplace

The mission of Blackness and the Workplace is to empower Black professionals by providing resources, guidance, and support within a safe place to speak truth to power about the uniqueness of our shared experiences and identities. The goal of this podcast is to amplify and support Black voices, Black opinions, and Black support.


Meet Jessica
The founder of Blackness and the Workplace, Jessica talk about her career journey highs and lows and what led to the creation of Blackness and the Workplace. Support the show
18:49 08/23/2020
Is It All A Game? Black Lives Matter, Performative Allyship and Corporate America
Why are companies just now embracing the Black Lives Matter Movement? Should they? Are their motives sincere or is it all just a game? Guest, Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis, founder of 365 Diversity, LLC, speaks with Jessica on these and other important issues. Website: the show (
43:11 08/30/2020
The Conversation Continues: Black Lives Matter, Performative Allyship and Corporate America
On this week's episode, we continue the conversation about corporate America's role in addressing and embracing the Black Lives Matter movement. With guest host, Laure Feaster, the newly appointed CEO of Professional Dimensions in Milwaukee, WI. Website: the show (
23:24 09/06/2020
Entrepreneurship, Spirituality and Redefining Success
Although most people don't associate spirituality and entrepreneurship together having both of these aligned can be beneficial for both our personal and professional lives. In this episode who discuss the importance of aligning our spiritual, emotional, and mental energies along with redefining what it means to be successful in this new era. Guest host, Chynna Hass, Intuitive Business Healer will share her story and her views on these matters.  Website: the show (
41:38 09/13/2020
PIPS and The Threat To Black Employees-The Mini Series
Performance Improvement Plans (aka PIPs) are a treasured institution in Human Resources but they are problematic especially when they are used as weapons against Black people in the workplace. The impact of being unfairly place on a PIP cannot be understated as it can affect one's professional standing as well as mental and emotional health. In this mini-series, Jessica interviews Black professionals from various fields and backgrounds about their personal experiences with PIPs and their consequences. To start off this mini-series, she is speaking with Shamika Abraham, author of 'Stop Weaponizing PIPS Against Black Professionals' to begin discussing this issue in more depth. Article: the show
47:19 09/20/2020
PIPS and The Threat to Black Professionals-Mini-Series- Danielle's Story
We are continuing the conversation about PIPS and the impact on Black professional's careers. In this episode, we listen to Danielle as she shares her story. Support the show (
22:52 09/27/2020
PIPS and The Threat to Black Employees-Mini Series-Claire's Story
We continue our conversation by talking with Clarie as she talks about her experiences with a problematic manager and the ramifications of the PIP process. Support the show (
44:10 10/04/2020
PIPS and The Threat to Black Employees-Shanequa's Story
Shanequa speaks with Blackness and the Workplace about her experiences with her manager, the PIP, and the after-effects. Support the show (
33:10 10/11/2020
Understanding and Overcoming the PIP
In our last episode in the PIP and The Threat to Black Employees mini-series, we discuss how to recognize when things are off at work, how to be proactive in correcting them, as well as how to overcome the challenges that come with being on a PIP. Guest host  Deborah T. Owens, Founder, and CEO of Corporate Alleycat joins us in this very important and eye-opening episode!  Support the show (
59:51 10/18/2020
Know Your Rights- Employment Law Part 1
In this two-part mini-series, we will be talking with two employment lawyers, Rebecca Salawdeh and Rebecca Lopez as they give their insights about employment laws and the impact on employees in the workplace. On today's episode, we will be talking to Rebecca Salawdeh, a lawyer who represents employees and their rights as she talks about these issues. Support the show (
46:49 10/25/2020
Know Your Rights- Employment Law Part 2
We continue part 2 on employment rights with Rebecca Lopez an attorney representing employers/business as she talks about right-to-work laws, social media, and what it means for employees. Support the show
54:27 11/01/2020
Rebuilding Black Wall Street: The Credit Factor
What is credit? Why is credit important? How can good/bad credit impact your future? In this episode of our Rebuilding Black Wall Street series, we talk about credit and why it matters with Kanisha Hines, owner of Credit Fit Restoration. Support the show (
51:09 11/08/2020
Rebuilding Black Wall Street: Making Money Moves
In this episode of Rebuilding Black Wall Street, we talk about the importance of money, living within a budget, and living under your means. We also discuss how to create a budget and what you need to do to meet your savings goals! Support the show (
36:40 11/15/2020
Rebuilding Black Wall Street: Redefining Wealth
In this episode, we discuss Black Wealth. What it is and why it isn't always just about having money in the bank. Martinez White, financial planner and founder of Institution Productions, join us for today's episode. Support the show
55:28 11/22/2020
Rebuilding Black Wall Street: The 411 of Black Owned Businesses
In this final episode of the Rebuilding Black Wall Street series, we talk with Majorie Rucker about the challenges and opportunities Black-Owned Businesses faced. Support the show (
53:41 11/29/2020
Final Thoughts With Jessica
In the season finale of Season One, host Jessica talks about the success of Blackness and the Workplace, the election, and its impact. Support the show (
32:00 12/06/2020
Don't Write Off 2021, Yet.
In this episode, Jessica recaps 2020 as well as the recent white terrorist attack of the US Capitol on Jan 6, 2021, and the future of Blackness and the Workplace. Support the show
24:23 01/10/2021
Black In Tech- Harrison Wheeler
The first episode in our Black In Tech mini-series where we interview Black professionals from a variety of fields in the STEM/Tech space. In this episode, we talk with Harrison Wheeler, UX designer at Linkedin about his career journey. Podcast website: the show
36:05 01/17/2021
Black In Tech- Patricia Gatlin
In this episode of our Black in Tech series, we interview Patricia Gatlin about her experience recruiting young professionals into STEM careers. Support the show (
35:46 01/24/2021
Black In Tech- Adonica Randall
We interview Adonica Randall, the founder, and CEO of Abaxent, LLC, a technology solutions company about her journey into the tech space, the future of tech, and why more Black professionals should consider a career in tech. Support the show (
54:40 01/31/2021
Black in Tech: Taye Johnson
In this episode, Taye Johnson talks about her experience in the data analytics industry, overcoming challenges related to her gender and age as well as the future of tech. Support the show (
25:27 02/07/2021
Black in Tech- Dr. Leroy Long
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Leroy Long about his engineering and teaching journey and the knowledge he hopes to impart to his students. Support the show (
34:11 02/14/2021
Black in Tech- Dr. Carlotta Berry
In our final episode in the Black in Tech series, we talk with Dr. Carlotta Berry about her incredible journey, automation, and the benefits of automation on the American workforce. Support the show
43:45 02/21/2021
Real Talk W/ Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis
Host Jessica and Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis, founder of 365 Diversity, LLC have an unfiltered conversation about 2020, Trump, white allies, race, Biden, Black LinkedIn, and more. Don't listen if you are easily triggered! Support the show
51:52 02/28/2021
HR Behind the Scenes: Getting in, Staying in, and Succeeding in HR
In this episode, we talk with Matthew Kirby, the founder and CEO of Honest Human Resources, and the host of the YNG BLK HR about how to get into the field of HR. Honest Human Resources: www.honesthumanresources.comSupport the show (
38:17 03/07/2021
HR Behind the Scenes: Building, Maintaining, and Protecting Your Brand
In this episode, we talk with Brandon Mitchell the founder and CEO of BrandResumes on why it's important to build a brand, how to maintain a brand and why you need to protect your brand.  Support the show (
50:46 03/14/2021
HR Behind the Scenes: Understanding and Leveraging LinkedIn
In this episode, we talk with Clarene Mitchell, the founder, and CEO of TCM Communications about how to build a strong Linkedin profile and use it to your advantage! Support the show (
36:58 03/21/2021
HR Behind the Scenes: The 411 of Recruiting
In this episode, we talk about all things recruiting. From what happens when a new position opens up, to the relationship between the recruiter and hiring manager to job seeker advice. We speak with Lydia Williams, a recruiter with over ten years of experience in the field. Support the show (
45:51 03/28/2021
Securing the Bag, Salary Negotiation
Whether you are looking for a new job, or a promotion, salary negotiation is a skill. Learn how to access your value, create a plan and ask for what you want and get it!Guest host, Elizabeth  Gouéti, founder and CEO of We Resolve to Win talks with us on how to leverage your skills and secure the bag! Support the show (
48:14 04/03/2021
It’s Your Career, Protect It!
Brianna Green breaks down why it's so important for Black Professionals to own and protect their careers and NOT to depend on others! Support the show (
56:48 04/11/2021