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Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories

Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories is a podcast exploring society, culture, and current events through conversation. We aspire to create an open, respectful, and equitable platform for guests to freely share their truth and lived experiences. Our core values are rooted in community, connection, and personal development.Stories help us to relate, learn, and grow!WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN, TO TAKE NOTICE!

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Clowning, Theatre, and Artist Entrepreneurship with Michelle Matlock
Tuesday, March 5Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesEpisode 62: Michelle MatlockIn this episode we welcome performing artist, Michelle Nicole Matlock for a wonderful conversation on the arts, performing, clowning, and educating artists about entrepreneurship.Michelle Nicole Matlock is a performing artist, creative coach, teacher, director, producer and founder of Circle Up Productions (CUP), a live entertainment and performing arts education company based in Tacoma, WA.Michelle has been a part of the entertainment industry for over 25 years and had the honor of being the first African American Person to create a main character for Cirque du Soleil. They toured with Cirque's big top show OVO__for close to 10 years.Currently Michelle is an Adjunct faculty member at Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theater and a member of the Puget Sound Revels creative team. Recently Michelle was Clown Director/Consultant for Circus Bella and Emmy nominated actress' Carolyn Ratteray’s solo show Both And…A Play About Laughing While Black.Michelle has continuous teaching engagements and collaborations with organizations across the nation including, Clown Gym, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, The Clown School, Laughter League, Circus Amok and Tacoma Light TrailMichelle grew up in Tacoma, WA., studied theater for 3 years at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. and is a Graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City.Connect with Michelle:WebsiteConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
71:51 3/5/24
Mental Health & Creativity with JR Rhodes
Tuesday, February 27Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesEpisode 61: JR RhodesTake Notice welcomes back JR Rhodes for another wonderful conversation. You can listen to our previous conversation on Episodes 22 and 23. Hear about JR's most recent creative project, an album entitled 'Ma'am', dedicated to her mother. JR shares about her creative process and how she takes care of her mental health.This conversation delves into mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health we encourage you to reach out for help. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.Singer-songwriter J.R. Rhodes believes in the transformative power of music.From her first open-mic performances at the O.K. Hotel, Seattle, to her latest album I Am, these beliefs in the transformative power of music are distilled into songs of quiet intensity that traverse spirituals, folk, blues, jazz, and rock.Rhodes muses, “It’s easy to be cynical. It takes a lot to be intentional. It takes a lot to dream. It takes a lot to love.”  Her recent release, I Am, takes the listener into love and then heartache, through rebirth, and finally, up into freedom.J.R. is currently working on two new albums. One recording is a cinematic folk album including music inspired by the works of African-American artists Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Elizabeth Cotten, Langston Hughes and more. The other recording is a collection of songs of African-American heritage including spirituals, slave songs and lullabies.Mentioned in this Episode:Ma'am Live PerformanceConnect with JR:WebsiteFacebookInstagramConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
66:22 2/27/24
Speaking Out Through Art with Elnah Jordan - Part 2
Tuesday, February 19Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesEpisode 60: Elnah Jordan - Part 2Elnah Jordan Experience - Royal Room - Seattle, WATuesday March 19Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:30pmTickets: $20 advance, $25 doorsElnah welcomed me into her home, where we hung out with her 4 lb dog Baby. We discussed music, her upcoming show at the Royal Room in Seattle in March, and the struggles she has had over the past year, including with a particular Seattle landlord. “Born and raised in Ohio, Elnah Jordan’s musical journey began as a child in her church choir, where her passion for singing was discovered. This early experience laid the foundation for a life dedicated to jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B, taking her from the streets of San Francisco to clubs, Broadway theatre, and even award nominations such as the Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 1986.Elnah’s remarkable portrayal of Bessie Smith in Jon Hendricks’s ‘The Evolution of the Blues’ and performances in productions like ‘Street Dreams’ earned her accolades including the prestigious Cabaret Gold Award. She has opened for renowned artists like Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Blue Bland, further solidifying her reputation in the industry.Having settled in Seattle, Elnah has become a beloved figure in the local music scene. She has graced stages throughout the Pacific Northwest, including notable venues like Egan’s Ballard Jam House, The Royal Room, and the New Orleans, among others. Her collaboration with pianists like Eric Verlinde showcases a captivating blend of blues, jazz, gospel, and rhythm & blues, all delivered with a large measure of soul.Elnah’s ability to connect with her audience, interpreting the vibe and energy of the room, sets her apart as a performer. Her music serves as a communal celebration, offering a tonic for modern times. Whether belting out Bessie Smith or summoning the spirit of Nina Simone, Elnah Jordan remains true to her roots, embodying the essence of American ethnomusicology. Her ongoing growth and appreciation for music reflect her dedication to her craft, making her a must-see performer for music lovers everywhere”.Mentioned in this Episode:Channel 7 InterviewConnect with Elnah:WebsiteFacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
33:17 2/20/24
Speaking Out Through Art with Elnah Jordan - Part 1
Tuesday, February 13Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesEpisode 59: Elnah Jordan - Part 1Elnah Jordan Experience - Royal Room - Seattle, WATuesday March 19Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:30pmTickets: $20 advance, $25 doorsElnah welcomed me into her home, where we hung out with her 4 lb dog Baby. We discussed music, her upcoming show at the Royal Room in Seattle in March, and the struggles she has had over the past year, including with a particular Seattle landlord. “Born and raised in Ohio, Elnah Jordan’s musical journey began as a child in her church choir, where her passion for singing was discovered. This early experience laid the foundation for a life dedicated to jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B, taking her from the streets of San Francisco to clubs, Broadway theatre, and even award nominations such as the Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 1986.Elnah’s remarkable portrayal of Bessie Smith in Jon Hendricks’s ‘The Evolution of the Blues’ and performances in productions like ‘Street Dreams’ earned her accolades including the prestigious Cabaret Gold Award. She has opened for renowned artists like Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Blue Bland, further solidifying her reputation in the industry.Having settled in Seattle, Elnah has become a beloved figure in the local music scene. She has graced stages throughout the Pacific Northwest, including notable venues like Egan’s Ballard Jam House, The Royal Room, and the New Orleans, among others. Her collaboration with pianists like Eric Verlinde showcases a captivating blend of blues, jazz, gospel, and rhythm & blues, all delivered with a large measure of soul.Elnah’s ability to connect with her audience, interpreting the vibe and energy of the room, sets her apart as a performer. Her music serves as a communal celebration, offering a tonic for modern times. Whether belting out Bessie Smith or summoning the spirit of Nina Simone, Elnah Jordan remains true to her roots, embodying the essence of American ethnomusicology. Her ongoing growth and appreciation for music reflect her dedication to her craft, making her a must-see performer for music lovers everywhere”.Mentioned in this Episode: Channel 7 InterviewConnect with Elnah:WebsiteFacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
51:32 2/13/24
Sharing Your Truth with Tigest Beyene
Tuesday, February 6Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesEpisode 58: Tigest BeyeneTalented author, ghostwriter, and entrepreneur, Tigest Beyene talks about her book Love, Sex and Sorrow, her passion for writing, her upcoming documentary, and the message of being a writer who is always open and honest no matter what.Excerpt from 'Love, Sex, and Sorrow':"Waking up with the sounds of whispers and white coats around me. I’m trying to figure out what happened. My legs feel numb, and my arm is stiff from the IV's. I look around and see different machines and doctors in white coats talking with each other. They don’t even notice that I am awake."Tigest Beyene is a full-time employee, assisting women with their wellness needs. She is a mother of two beautiful girls and enjoys being present while spending quality time with her family. Ms. Beyene resides in Washington state.Connect with Tigest:Instagram - @lovetigest25 Love, Sex, and SorrowConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
48:30 2/6/24
The Path that Led to OneFireLight with Diana Leary
Tuesday, January 30Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesEpisode 57: Diana LearyConnect with the other co-founder of Wellness & Fitness app, OneFireLight, Diana Leary. A few episodes ago you heard from her mother, Kathryn Leary, and it was a joy to hear Diana's journey to becoming co-founder alongside her mother. Diana is driven in her endless search for world class instructors to bring unique and one-of-a-kind offerings in yoga, strength and cardio workouts, dance, sound healing and meditation practices designed to calm the mind, strengthen the body and uplift the spirit. She draws on her Broadway experiences in theater arts having worked on such productions as The Book of Mormon to present exceptional fitness and wellness performances. The icing on the cake is working together with her mother Kathryn on producing OneFirelight – truly a labor of love.‌Diana Leary is a graduate of Northeastern University and joins her mother, Kathryn, in building OneFirelight as Director of Content Development and Manager of eCommerce. She is driven in her endless search for world class instructors to bring unique and one-of-a-kind offerings in yoga, strength and cardio workouts, dance, sound healing and meditation practices designed to calm the mind, strengthen the body and uplift the spirit. She draws on her Broadway experiences in theater arts having worked on such productions as The Book of Mormon to present exceptional fitness and wellness performances. The icing on the cake is working together with her mother on producing OneFirelight – truly a labor of love.Connect with Diana: Website Facebook Instagram TwitterTikTokConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
44:29 1/30/24
Songwriting and the Importance of Music with Dessy Di Lauro
Tuesday, January 23Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesEpisode 56: Dessy Di LauroDessy Di Lauro joins Take Notice for a rich conversation on songwriting, performing, moving from Montreal where she was raised to touring the world and landing in LA with her husband, Ric'key Pageot. Dessy is in the process of releasing new material, including a single she released back in October of 2023 entitled ‘The Light’ and the upcoming single, ‘Be Still’. Born in Montreal, Dessy Di Lauro discovered her love for music at a young age. Venturing to Los Angeles, she met producer and now life partner Rick'ey Pageot, forming the groundbreaking duo Parlor Social, which garnered acclaim with their unique fusion of ragtime, swing, and hip-hop-infused R&B. Now, Di Lauro is embarking on a solo career, blending Brazilian, Cuban, Italian, and African influences. Her forthcoming album promises a dynamic exploration of diverse musical roots, marking a compelling new chapter for this musical trailblazer.Instagram (@dessydilauro)DDs NaturalsConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
51:35 1/23/24
REPLAY: Take Notice w Gahrey Ovalle
Tuesday, November 20Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesREPLAY: Gahrey Ovalle This conversation turned out to be one of the most inspirational we have had in terms of being active in the community and growing personally. Gahrey Ovalle shares about growing up traveling to visit family rooted all over the world, being a part of community activism as a family from a young age, and what he is doing now to inspire others into action. Gahrey encourages everyone to “Grow forward and give back”, finding purpose in service of others.A successful entrepreneur and social activist, Gahrey Ovalle has strived to heal and strengthen Black and Brown communities for almost 25 years. With Unjustified, his bestselling book, he provides insights so that many more are able to find their own success for themselves, their families, and their communities. He encourages people to “say less and do more” because conversation is good, but action is gold!Gahrey Ovalle WebsiteInstagram: @gahreyovalleUnjustified by Gahrey OvalleConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
87:12 11/21/23
Drumming and Music Community with Matt McAlman
Tuesday, November 14Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 9: Matt McAlmanSeattle-based drummer, Matt McAlman, discusses his pursuits in music since a young age and pursuits beyond music now. With a focus on music business, logistics, and creating opportunities for the music community we hear Matt's experience bringing music to CHOP, getting involved in the music community through MoJam Mondays, and playing drums in space! The origins of Marshall Law Band trace back to the fortuitous meeting of rapper Marshall Hugh and saxophonist Marty Thordarson, who became roommates during their college years. In 2017, they decided to form MLB and quickly enlisted the talents of Evan Robertson on bass, Matt McAlman on drums, Josh Richins on guitar, and Zack Olson on keys, all hailing from Snohomish County, Washington. Driven by their shared passion for effecting positive change and addressing social justice issues, the band wholeheartedly joined the local Seattle protests following the tragic death of George Floyd in 2020. Following a week of powerful performances at the protests, they channeled their experiences into heartfelt songs, which eventually became their debut album, 12th and Pine. The album was expertly produced by Jack Endino, renowned for his work with legendary acts such as Nirvana and Soundgarden. Since then, the Marshall Law Band has embarked on two successful European tours and garnered attention from prominent media outlets, including BBC News, CNN, the Seattle Times, and other major national and regional press.Marshall Law Band WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube Connect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
48:07 11/14/23
Uplifting Community through Music with Marshall Hugh
Tuesday, November 7Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 8: Marshall HughSeattle-based bandleader, Marshall Hugh, discusses how he got into music and began as the leader of the Marshall Law Band. As a group they have been through a lot, performing at the CHOP protest in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle following the murder of George Floyd, building the SS Jellybean to continue performing for the community during COVID, and planning events like Fremont Fridays and a Gala supporting a local nonprofit. We discuss the importance of taking care of yourself as a creative and building up community. The origins of Marshall Law Band trace back to the fortuitous meeting of rapper Marshall Hugh and saxophonist Marty Thordarson, who became roommates during their college years. In 2017, they decided to form MLB and quickly enlisted the talents of Evan Robertson on bass, Matt McAlman on drums, Josh Richins on guitar, and Zack Olson on keys, all hailing from Snohomish County, Washington. Driven by their shared passion for effecting positive change and addressing social justice issues, the band wholeheartedly joined the local Seattle protests following the tragic death of George Floyd in 2020. Following a week of powerful performances at the protests, they channeled their experiences into heartfelt songs, which eventually became their debut album, 12th and Pine. The album was expertly produced by Jack Endino, renowned for his work with legendary acts such as Nirvana and Soundgarden. Since then, the Marshall Law Band has embarked on two successful European tours and garnered attention from prominent media outlets, including BBC News, CNN, the Seattle Times, and other major national and regional press.Marshall Law Band Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Connect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
55:56 11/7/23
Filmmaking & Working in Tech with Lotten Yeaney
Tuesday, October 30Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 7: Lotten YeaneyIn this episode, we discuss Lotten Yeaney's experience immigrating to the US at a young age, family dynamics surrounding that move, and ending up in Chicago working in tech, and filmmaking.Lotten Yeaney is the Executive Producer and storyteller behind the new relationship drama "Breaking Bounds," released by director Mark Harris on July 18, 2023, across the US and Canada. The film from L10 Group was executive produced by Lotten Yeaney, Garcon Moweh, and Lou Rago, written by Marvin Nelson and Yeaney, and produced by Latoya Hunter, Yeaney and Nelson. Almost ripped from the headlines, "Breaking Bounds" highlights the very real possibility of persecution for being a gay Ugandan national in the US and in danger of being deported, as well as the pull and challenge of multicultural relationships.Lotten has spent over two decades in Information Technology managing and leading complex multi-year global projects. She has worked in various sectors including Consumer Products, Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Gas, and Client Service. Lotten also champions social equity through storytelling and focuses on ways to create an inclusive environment.IMDBYoutubeConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
52:13 10/31/23
Immigration, Engineering, and Filmmaking with Imole Ladpio
Tuesday, October 23Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 6: Imole LadipoA conversation with Imole Ladipo on growing up in Nigeria, her experience immigrating to Canada, and moving to the US later in life with her three young children. She is an engineer AND filmmaker. You will hear about her most recent releases, three short films that are bound to have something to connect with on a deep level. From a young age, Imole Ladpio has been involved in one form of the arts or another. She has a bubbly personality and a contagious smile that lights up a room. It is no coincidence that the name Imole is interpreted as “Light” in her native Language.Imole moved from Nigeria to Canada to continue her studies and had quite the culture shock changing from a tropical climate to the cold weather of Alberta Canada. She also had to overcome a lot of the cultural differences between both continents. This experience played a crucial role in developing her character and perseverance.Imole went to University for Engineering but remained an active member of her Church and was involved in the Choir and Youth department throughout. She graduated University with Honours and then married the love of her life in 2014.Imole had always been interested in modernizing the way her church operated so when her husband bought her a camera for christmas she jumped at the opportunity to develop short videos for announcements. Little did she know that the announcements were just the beginning of her finding her lifelong passion. She fell in love with the process of video production and created Lumiere Films. Her vision was to use videos as a means for spreading positivity based on the fundamentals of Christian values. Since the purchase of the camera Imole has created multiple short movies that have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people online.Imole currently works as an Engineer and uses her technical background to plan and organize her movie development. She loves ice cream but has been trying to abstain from it in the quest to lose weight. She isn’t always successful in avoiding it but is hopeful that next year she will do better. She enjoys going to live shows with her husband, eating seafood and travelling. She recently had a set of twins and they have kept her quite busy, but she still somehow finds the time to make movies and smuggle the occasional ice cream from creamistry.The Lumiere Films Website The Lumiere Films Instagram Lumiere Films Facebook Connect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
55:20 10/24/23
Arts, Culture, Wellness & OneFireLight with Kathryn Leary
Tuesday, October 17Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 5: Kathryn LearyKathryn Leary was surrounded by music, Bahamian food, and the arts growing up. We discuss her experience traveling and working as a part of her undergrad program, how spending time with Bob Marley changed her life, and her journey to developing the wellness app, OneFireLight. Kathryn Leary is a multi-talented entrepreneur, marketing professional, writer, and experienced yoga and meditation instructor with over 15 years of dedication to the practice. Her expertise in meditation has been honed through extensive training in the United States and India. Notably, she has developed specialized yoga and meditation programs for individuals with diverse challenges, such as physical disabilities, cancer survivors, autism, ADD, and anxiety. Furthermore, Kathryn is the Co-founder and CEO of OneFirelight, an innovative fitness and wellness platform offering a wide range of video-on-demand classes and content. Their goal is to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit with classes ranging from yoga, Pilates, meditation, boxing, dance cardio, strength training to sound meditation.One Fire Light Website One Fire Light Facebook One Fire Light Instagram One Fire Light Tiktok Connect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
76:17 10/17/23
Photography & Artistic Process with Nicholas Gully
Tuesday, October 10Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 4: Nicholas GullyListen in on our conversation with multi-talented artist, Nicholas Gully as we discuss his process for photography, his college experience, being featured in Vogue, modeling, and his artistic process.Nicholas Gully is an emerging, self-taught artist out of Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. Nicholas has exhibited photographic works in several galleries, been commissioned by numerous musical artists for a variety of projects and has had his work shown internationally. Beyond photography he serves as a muse and inspiration for his peers, and explores art in a variety of other mediums.Nicholas Gully WebsiteIG: @‌nicholas.gullyConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
57:08 10/10/23
Tea, Self Care, and Social Work with Kimberly Walker
Tuesday, October 3Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 3: Kimberly WalkerJoin the conversation with Kimberly Walker as we discuss her entrepreneurial and social work journey, her experience as a beauty queen, and her future aspirations. Kimberly is an inspirational speaker, professor, author, motivator, entrepreneur, and a beauty queen who sells tea. Walker has coupled her love for tea and self-care. Her passion is to inspire and motivate women to embrace their whole self; to see, to accept, to love and soar into their personal awesomeness.As a serial entrepreneur, she believes that every woman should leap towards her dreams. Kimberly defines empowerment as the promotion of self-actualization of one’s inner beauty and power. Kimberly believes we all deserve to live and be our best especially while sipping tea. Walker states we have the right to be perfectly imperfect to look and feel  fabulous while doing it.Kimberly’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communications and a Master of Social Work degree with emphasis on Policy & Administration and School Social Work from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Topped off with Beauty Industry Essentials certification from Fashion Institute of Technology State University of New York.Kimberly's Website IG/Tiktok @‌OfficiallyyourteaqueenConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
45:12 10/3/23
Black Night Market & Managing Sickle Cell Disease Naturally with Mari Griffin
Tuesday, September 26Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 2: Mari GriffinIn our conversation with Mari Griffin, founder of The Black Night Market we discuss entrepreneurship, managing Sickle Cell Disease naturally, and her hopes for the future of her business.The Black Night Market LLC was founded by artist, community worker, mentor, and business owner, Mari Griffin. Mari has a love for artistry and sharing that love with her community through the events she produces.Inspired by the lack of economic opportunities and representation for Black-owned businesses, Mari created the Black Night Market. BNM is like one big family gathering, where people come to network, celebrate, rejoice, and support Black culture and community.Black Night Market websiteBNM InstagramConnect with Take Notice:Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.comWebsiteInstagramFacebookRate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!Connect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
56:25 9/26/23
Journey to Filmmaking with Gino Payne
Tuesday, September 19Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 4, Episode 1: Gino PayneOn this episode of Take Notice, we welcome filmmaker Gino Payne.We discuss baseball, film making, growing up in Georgia, working behind the scenes on The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Mandolorian, and Avengers. Hear about upcoming projects Gino is working on like Goon of the Lagoon!With a Master's in Film and Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, Gino Payne started his film career working in commercial and promotional advertisement. In 2010, he directed his first feature film, "We Was HomeBoyz" (2011), starring Pastor Troy and Sean Low. Concurrently, Gino worked on projects such as HBO's Hard Knocks, Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones within the camera department.He currently directs and produces full time for 360Films and works directly for big companies such as the Vegas Golden Knights and PokerNews. Gino is most passionate about creating inspiring stories through all aspects of film.@‌sir_gino (instagram)Connect with Take Notice:Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.comWebsiteInstagramFacebookRate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!Connect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
53:52 9/19/23
Jawan Harris
Tuesday, November 8Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 8: Jawan HarrisOn this episode of Take Notice we welcome Jawan Harris. He shares how and why his family moved from New Orleans to Seattle, his first business at the age of 9, and how his work is helping small businesses in his community of South Seattle. Born and raised in Seattle’s South End, Jawan Harris began his journey of business ownership as a response to the city’s ballooning gentrification and economic displacement of its communities of color. King’s Dream Business Consulting, philosophically inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Seattle’s King County, was established during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide small businesses across the country with technical business expertise at an affordable rate to serve the underserved.Mentioned:Kings Dream Consulting: www.kingsdreamconsulting.comSocial Media: @kingsdreamconsultingShop Skyway: @shopskyway206Connect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
51:02 11/8/22
Angela Marshall
Tuesday, November 1Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 7: Angela MarshallIn this episode I speak with Angela Marshall - a creative content consultant, motivational speaker - on her experience as a light skinned Black woman, mental health, and living vicariously through yourself. In her work, Angela shares struggles about facing herself, forgiving herself and forcing herself to forge ahead. Her vision is to inspire world-wide through words, work and wisdom. She is dubbed the "Mental Horticulturist," planting seeds of motivation, celebration, illumination, and liberation across the globe. Mentioned:Angela Marshall Website: https://www.inotherwordsbystone.comAngela Marshall Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wisewordswomanAngela Marshall Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelabestsellermarshallConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
60:25 11/1/22
Sedruola Maruska
Tuesday, October 25Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 6: Sedruola MaruskaSedruola Maruska is an equity, inclusion and diversity consultant and coach, host of the award-winning podcast Diversity Dish, speaker and aspiring author. We discuss moving around the states as she grew up, her family and parent's journey immigrating to the United States as a young couple from Haiti, and navigating an ever-changing career. Sedroula's passion is helping people navigate culture and build equity and inclusion into their lives and communities.Mentioned:Diversity Dish Podcast: http://diversitydish.comSedrula Instagram: http://instagram.com/sedruolaLinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/sedruolamaruskaPatreon: http://patreon.com/sedruolamaruskaMedia Suggestions: All American TV ShowHow to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. KendiHood Feminism by Mikki KendallConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
74:28 10/25/22
Kelvin Weathers
Tuesday, October 18Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 5: Kelvin WeathersIn this episode I speak with Kelvin L Weathers - speaker, life coach, educational consultant, and mentor. He runs Weathers Enterprise and is an Online Sales Consultant. Kelvin is co-author of a recent Amazon Best Selling Anthology entitled ‘Still I Thrive’.We discuss his family life growing up in Texas, mental health, his work mentoring young men in his community, and his drive to be of service to others.Mentioned:https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelvinweathershttps://www.allamericanspeakers.com/speakers/447663/Kelvin-WeathersBook: Still I ThriveConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
48:06 10/18/22
Tina Rix
Tuesday, October 11Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 4: Tina RixHear about how Master Healer, Trauma Expert, Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Expert, Celebrity Trauma Therapist, and musician, Tina Rix, came to be a mental health therapist and advocate. We also discuss her musical inspirations and aspirations, and her film project. Just a quick warning, there is discussion of sexual and emotional abuse in our conversation.Tina has a heart to help others in whatever way she can. Born and raised in Texas, the Nigerian American R&B/pop-soul artist has been crafting and creating art, using multiple mediums from an early age. After years of placing her musical talents on hold, Rix decided to take her musical aspirations more seriously. 'No Looking Back', a musical journey that aims to spark a flame in listeners that promotes health, healing, elevation and self-love, is Tina Rix’s album that is now available - go check it out!Mentioned:Tina Rix MusicInstagramFacebookBetter Path CounselingMusic and Mental Health DocConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
49:31 10/11/22
Shayna Hammond
Tuesday, October 4Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 3: Shayna HammondIn this episode we speak with consultant, coach, and author Shayna Hammond! We discuss Shayna's experience becoming a principal at 25 years old, the importance of incorporating emotional intelligence into work environments (and all environments!), and her work as a consultant and coach.Shayna is the founder of IndigoWomen, a coaching & consulting practice dedicated to creating spaces, methods, and conditions for Black women in leadership to thrive. In this capacity, Shayna coaches individuals and groups of Black women leaders from around the globe in a spiritually-inspired and research-based coaching methodology created by and for Black women.In her new book, Indigo Woman: How to Thrive in Leadership and Life, Shayna inspires readers to rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit so they can lead more authentic, effective, and sustainable lives.Mentioned:Shayna Renee WebsiteLead for LiberationIndigo Women CommunityInstagramShayna's Book: BECOMING AN INDIGOWOMAN: How To Thrive In Leadership And LifeTake Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
62:06 10/4/22
Pamala McCoy
Tuesday, September 27Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 2: Pamala McCoyIn this episode I connected with Pamala McCoy, a purpose driven credit industry professional with a career that spans over 25 years. Pamala shares her story of growing up in a military family, her connection with her husband who also served in the military, a life changing car accident while she was in college, and her passion to serve in many areas of the community. In recent years she has launched both BONA5D CREDIT CONSULTANTS, LLC to provide tools need to “FUEL THEIR FINANCIAL POTENTIAL™” and B5™ REAFFIRM to provide a behavior modification tool designed to help females shift their mindset and transform their negative thought process into powerful positive self-talk. Pamala shares more about both businesses in our conversation!Mentioned:Pamala McCoy Website B5Reaffirm Facebook Bona5d Facebook Linked In Twitter B5Reaffirm Instagram Bona5d Instagram YoutubeTake Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
75:15 9/27/22
Larry Roberts Jr.
Tuesday, September 20Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 3, Episode 1: Larry Roberts Jr.Larry Roberts Jr. is the owner of seven barber college locations, including one in the Cook County Department of Corrections and one in a community college. He also has a retail location inside of Walmart with more locations pending. Larry is a master of his craft and started cutting hair at 13. You’ll not only hear about his journey as a barber, but also his accomplishments and aspirations as a musician and entrepreneur. Mentioned:Larry's Barber College WebsiteInstagram: @larryroberts_jr and @larrysbarbercollege Emani Roberts - Chef: @chefemaninicoleLarry Roberts Sr.Take Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
42:27 9/20/22
Gahrey Ovalle
Tuesday, August 2Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 2, Episode 24: Gahrey OvalleThis episode was recorded back in March when spring was just beginning to spring and the conversation turned out to be one of the most inspirational we have had in terms of being active in the community and growing personally. Gahrey Ovalle shares about growing up traveling to visit family rooted all over the world, being a part of community activism as a family from a young age, and what he is doing now to inspire others into action. Gahrey encourages everyone to “Grow forward and give back”, finding purpose in service of others.A successful entrepreneur and social activist, Gahrey Ovalle has strived to heal and strengthen Black and Brown communities for almost 25 years. With Unjustified, his bestselling book, he provides insights so that many more are able to find their own success for themselves, their families, and their communities. He encourages people to “say less and do more” because conversation is good, but action is gold!Mentioned:Gahrey Ovalle WebsiteInstagram: @gahreyovalleUnjustified by Gahrey OvalleTake Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
85:48 8/2/22
Marc Cayce
Tuesday, July 26Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 2, Episode 23: Marc CayceMarc Cayce shares stories of his journey through many career transitions to get to where he is today as a film writer, director, and producer. From the police department straight out of high school in Detroit to landing his first acting gig on the Young and the Restless to producing work that inspires, educates, and encourages critical thinking. You’ll hear about his recent releases like Flint Tale and Black Skin as well as some upcoming projects. A portion of our conversation will be shared at a later date as a special episode where we discuss the media’s portrayal of those in the Black community, Black men, and interracial couples. I look forward to sharing that with you all as a bonus episode before the end of this season!Marc Cayce is an American film writer, director, and producer. His First film Nikita Blues was selected for the HBO Short Film Competition at the Acapulco Black Film Festival in Acapulco, Mexico.Mentioned:Marc Cayce IMDBInstagramFlint TaleBlack SkinNikita BluesTake Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
60:22 7/26/22
Hadriana Leo
Tuesday, July 19Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 2, Episode 22: Hadriana LeoIn this conversation with Hadriana Leo you will hear stories about growing up as the youngest of several siblings in the tight-knit community of St. Lucia, her relationship with her parents, mental health, and the powerful work that she is now doing with women by bringing emotional intelligence to personal finance. Hadriana Leo is The Money Navigator™. As a Wealth Coach, Strategist and Consultant, she is on a mission to inspire, empower and equip women to unapologetically create wealth. Her unique methodology connects the head and heart so women can confidently walk their path to lasting wealth and legacy!Mentioned:Hadriana Leo WebsiteHadriana Leo Speaker PageFacebookLinkedInInstagramClubhouse: @moneynavigatorTake Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
53:44 7/19/22
Logan Brown
Tuesday, July 5Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 2, Episode 20: Logan BrownIn this episode I speak with musician turned comedian, Logan Brown. We discuss growing up in a small Canadian town, his transition to comedy, and identity as someone with an Irish father and Nigerian mother. I appreciate how open and candid Logan was in our conversation, which we recorded back in February. We do discuss mental health a bit, and suicide is mentioned, in case that may be a trigger for you. Logan Brown is a fresh-faced stand-up comedian with a pontification problem and a habit for hyperbole. A natural performer, Logan has over a decade working in the entertainment business, but when the music industry wasn't cutting it, he needed a creative outlet that made him even less money. Mentioned:Logan Brown WebsiteInstagramTake Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
66:28 7/5/22
Ashley Wynn-Grimes
Tuesday, June 28Take Notice: Amplifying Black StoriesSeason 2, Episode 19: Ashley Wynn-GrimesIn this episode we speak with nurse, author, and entrepreneur, Ashley Wynn-Grimes. We discuss her work with her recently launched business, growing up in a military family, and the book that she will be releasing later this year entitled "Stigmatized".  She also shares how death has had a huge impact on her career and how she lives her life. Ashley Wynn-Grimes BSN, RN is the Founder of Cannabis Nursing Solutions, LLC author of children’s book “Asa’s Medicine” and "Stigmatized" to be released in 2022. Native to Baltimore, MD, Wynn-Grimes, a Black female entrepreneur and widely respected medical professional who was honored as a healthcare leader in 2021 by the Baltimore Business Journal. Wynn-Grimes is dedicated to empowering patients and nursing professionals to make informed medical cannabis care choices with impactful educational medical programs that also serve to promote diverse representation and medical equality in cannabis.Mentioned:WebsiteInstagramFacebookStigmatized - BookAsa's Medicine - BookTake Notice WebsiteTake Notice InstagramTake Notice FacebookConnect with Take Notice: Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple PodcastMusic by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius HegginsProduced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-HegginsThank you for Taking Notice!
51:30 6/28/22