10 episodes

It’s exhausting being a black man. At the same time, for various reasons, black men try to mask it. Some aren't raised to be vulnerable. Some aren’t aware of or don’t believe in the power of emotional intelligence. It can be argued Black men grow up behind the 8-ball. They have a lot of pressure and put a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed but also--more than people know--not to mess up. It's not just hard to feel physically safe but also mentally aware and emotionally stable. The show will be a place for Black men to share who they are, in an honest, objective, uncensored re-telling of their experiences in different contexts and environments. This form of storytelling will allow a simple way to their truth.

The Emotional Lives of Black Men Podcast Michael Steve

    • Society & Culture

It’s exhausting being a black man. At the same time, for various reasons, black men try to mask it. Some aren't raised to be vulnerable. Some aren’t aware of or don’t believe in the power of emotional intelligence. It can be argued Black men grow up behind the 8-ball. They have a lot of pressure and put a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed but also--more than people know--not to mess up. It's not just hard to feel physically safe but also mentally aware and emotionally stable. The show will be a place for Black men to share who they are, in an honest, objective, uncensored re-telling of their experiences in different contexts and environments. This form of storytelling will allow a simple way to their truth.

    Glam Acevedo

    Glam Acevedo

    Glamarys Acevedo is a Black Latinx of Puerto Rican & Haitian descent. She was born & raised in North Carolina but now resides in Oakland. She’s spends her professional time focusing on racial justice, health, & black liberation.







    Cover art by Jo Ko. Intro and outro voiced by Nadir Nelson. Music by Yondo Music.

    • 41 min
    Marlon, of Mind, Body & Spirit

    Marlon, of Mind, Body & Spirit

    Marlon Miller, a seeker of truths, a world traveler, deeply immersed in holistic practices. We talk about the practice of yoga, meditation, and others ways of establishing a stronger connection of the mind, body, and spirit.







    Cover art by Jo Ko. Intro and outro voiced by Nadir Nelson. Music by Yondo Music.

    • 35 min
    Danny Ray, class clown, creative, friend.

    Danny Ray, class clown, creative, friend.

    Danny Ray is about community, has experienced the dreaded quarter-life crisis, and can’t seem to relax. Owner of DapprDan’s BarberLoft in downtown Oakland.







    Cover art by Jo Ko. Intro and outro voiced by Nadir Nelson. Music by Yondo Music.

    • 25 min
    Nadir Nelson, Pursuit of Life

    Nadir Nelson, Pursuit of Life

    Nadir Nelson, a Philadelphia Area native, spent some time with me to talk about self-identify in relation to personal drive, fatherhood, meaning, and mental health. We both look back at the messages we received from our fathers and the environments we grew up in and how we interpret them as adult males.







    Cover art by Jo Ko. Intro and outro voiced by Nadir Nelson. Music by Yondo Music.

    • 32 min
    Educator Solomon Hughes

    Educator Solomon Hughes

    In this episode, we talk about mental health and Black males from the perspective for an educator. Topics we discuss range from getting more Black males in higher education as students as well as instructors to the mental health benefits of pursuing education.







    For this episode, we sat down with Solomon Hughes. Solomon serves as the Associate Director of the EDGE Doctoral Fellowship Program at Stanford University. He works on the development and leadership of programs created to empower students as they navigate the graduate school experience. He has served as a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, and teaches courses that explore the intersection of race and college athletics. He holds a PhD in higher education from the University of Georgia. His BA and MA are from the University of California at Berkeley.







    Intro and outro voiced by Nadir Nelson. Music by Yondo Music.

    • 16 min
    Therapist Jewel Love

    Therapist Jewel Love

    Jewel Love is an Oakland-based clinician and the founder of Black Executive Men. He shares his process towards self-discovery, elements of psychotherapy, and surviving and thriving in corporate America as a Black man.







    Intro and outro voiced by Nadir Nelson. Music by Yondo Music.

    • 26 min

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