Episode List

Take Notice Episodes - Amplifying Black Voices and Stories

EPISODE 001: Welcome, with Joy Stanford

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Our very first episode featured Joy Stanford - healthcare and housing advocate and educator, running for State Representative in Washington's 26th Legislative District. Joy shares with us her family history and her experience as a mother, her background in political advocacy, and her motivation for dedicating herself to state-wide change.

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Episode 002: Grounded in Excellence, with Darnesha Weary

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Episode release date: Dec. 1, 2020

On this episode, Allison interviews Darnesha Weary: Owner of Black Coffee Northwest in Shoreline, Washington. Darnesha shares her experiences as a black female business owner, and discusses her dedication to making her coffee shop a place where she can truly support her community.

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EPISODE 003: Music and Culture, ft. Reggie Garrett

Episode release date: Dec. 8, 2020

In this special episode, Allison talks with PNW local and musician Reggie Garrett about his lifetime of work in the industry, history's influence on the image of black success, and what it means to him to challenge societal expectations.

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EPISODE 004: Society & Community, with Kevin Kibet

Episode release date: Dec. 15, 2020

Allison speaks with Kevin Kibet about his experiences as a self-proclaimed Global Villager. Kevin speaks on growing up in Kenya and moving to the states, his dedication to justice, and what he hopes to see in societal support structures of the future.

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EPISODE 005: Connected Spaces, with Melany Bell

Episode release date: Jan. 5th, 2021

In our first episode of 2021, Allison speaks with Artist and Scientist Melany Bell on creativity, boundless possibilities for education, and growing up in Seattle. 

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EPISODE 006: Honoring Your Talents, with Shea Rose

Episode release date: Jan. 19th, 2021

Allison had the pleasure of speaking and reconnecting with immense talent, Shea Rose - singer, songwriter, music curator, and style icon. They discuss Shea's career origins, the experience of listening to your own instincts, and her experience growing up in Boston, MA.

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EPISODE 007: Fatherhood, with Darius Heggins

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This episode features an interview with Darius Heggins, who discusses fatherhood, changing careers, and his first memories of racism in his community.

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EPISODE 008: Healing Power of Art, with Monique Hebert

In this episode, Allison speaks with Monique Hebert, Ohio writer who recently relocated to the PNW. They discuss representation in the arts, mental health, and what it means to be a writer and an artist. 

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EPISODE 009: Exhume or Heal with Rosemary Mupambwa

Our guest this week is an author, a life transformation coach, a retreat leader, and a relationship coach - it's the one and only Rosemary Mupambwa! Allison talks with Rosemary who shares her experiences as an entrepreneur,  her journey as a widow, and her story as a woman learning how to balance grief with a whole lot of love.

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EPISODE 010: Creativity is Spiritual with Sistah Lois

Our conversation with Sistah covers her time growing up in Manitoba, moving out to Toronto with her son, encounters with racism, and her joy of music and the arts. A section of our conversation will be shared in a later episode where she recounts her experience working for CN Railway. 

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EPISODE 011: Transform Your Challenges with Yvette Dubel

Our episode for this final Tuesday in March features innovative researcher, Yvette Dubel! Yvette shares her approach for transforming challenges into launchpads, her background as an artist-researcher, and the importance of grassroots activism. 

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EPISODE 012: Love, Positivity, and Kindness with Shea Black

On this episode of Take Notice, Allison speaks with Seattle artist Shea Black on the importance of art and creativity, family, and spreading the message of love, positivity, and kindness.

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EPISODE 013: Love Begins Within with Dr. Lydia Hughes-Evans

We are pleased to release our conversation with Dr. Lydia Hughes-Evans, in which Dr. Lydia talks about her experiences navigating dichotomies throughout her life, her educational experience, inspirations, and her work as an entrepreneurial and love coach.

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EPISODE 014: Micro-Interviews at Black Coffee NW, Pt. 1

On Saturday, April 17 we set up our portable recording gear at Black Coffee Northwest in Shoreline, WA to conduct micro-interviews with interested guests. It was a great way for us to connect with the community and check in on Black Coffee NW after our interview early in the season with co-owner DarNesha Weary! This episode includes 4 of the 8 interviews we captured with guests Erwin Weary, Richard Brown Jr., Josias Jean-Pierre, and Colina Bruce.

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EPISODE 015: Micro-Interviews at Black Coffee NW, Pt. 2

On Saturday, April 17 we set up our portable recording gear at Black Coffee Northwest in Shoreline, WA to conduct micro-interviews with interested guests. It was a great way for us to connect with the community and check in on Black Coffee NW after our interview early in the season with co-owner, DarNesha Weary! This episode includes 4 of the 8 interviews we captured with guests Antoinette Hamilton, Rachel Thabior, MaeLea, and Melanie. Some full names have not been included for the privacy of the guests. 

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EPISODE 016: End of Season Catch-Up, Pt. 1

As we begin the final three episodes of Season 1, we're looking back at all of the clips and unused audio from our guests earlier in the season. This episode features clips from guests Joy Stanford (E1), DarNesha Weary (E2), Reggie Garrett (E3), Kevin Kibet (E4),
Melany Bell (E5), and Shea Rose (E6). 

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