In the Broke-ish space, we talk about being broke—broke and Black in America. We talk about all the unbelievable *ish that America has done to black people to keep us in this Broke-ish state. We've been bamboozled in ways that personal finance tips and traditional financial literacy can't fix. Our co-hosts, Amber and Erika, are grown @ss women sharing candidly about money, wealth-building and the financial urban legends that need to die. You'll hear them draw from research, statistics and personal insights to create an engaging podcast whose mission is to be a part of changing the narrative around money. Broke-ish is for those who still persevere, in spite of all the things that America, capitalism & white supremacy, have done to Black people. We're Broke-ish. Let's talk about it.
Gentle Parenting in a Rough and Racist World: The Black Parents’ Burden
This payday, Amber and Erika are joined by Adrienne Fikes, the Soul Power Coach and Founder of the Parent Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria, Virginia. Adrienne helps us unpack the often insidious ways that racism seeps into the pathology of Black people, impacting our family dynamics and parenting choices. It is undeniable that living in a society that denies our full humanity shapes our norms, values, and sense of self - all things that affect how we parent. We examine the increasingly popular trend of “gentle parenting”, reflecting on the ways that it fails to account for the realities of parenting amidst systemic injustice. Adrienne arms Black caretakers with practical tools and encouragement to reimagine how we can parent our Black babies and equip them to be whole, happy, and empowered. Press play to get the scoop!
We Ain’t in Good Hands After All: Racism and the Insurance Industry
On this week’s episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Michael DeLong, Research and Advocacy Associate from the Consumer Research Federation of America, to discuss how racism insidiously and nefariously impacts the American insurance industry. Michael walks us through the factors that are used to calculate the cost of insurance for most people - credit, education, zip code, and job titles, just to name a few. As expected, the racial disparities inherent in those factors naturally spill out into the pricing of insurance and handling of insurance claims. We discuss some real-world examples of insurance discrimination and the impact it has on Black families trying to protect their most valuable assets. And then, we conclude with Michael providing the Brokers some practical tips on how to spot whether they’re experiencing discrimination and what steps can be taken if that’s true. Tune in and get the scoop!
Black to Life, Black to Reality: Creating Community and Connection on Social Media
On this week’s episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Fernanda Meier, a photographer, educator, activist, and digital nomad to discuss the unique, subversive ways that Black people - particularly Black women and femmes - have utilized social media to build community and advocate for equity and justice. Fernanda walks us through the value of community in digital spaces and how social media has been a space of togetherness, sharing, and connection. But just like everything built against the backdrop of capitalist greed, Black social media is not immune to the anti-blackness, patriarchy, and phobias that pervade society at large. Through current events, Fernanda helps us identify what we can learn about the need for critical analysis, media literacy, and boundaries in curating thriving digital spaces created for us and by us. Press play to hear the scoop!
We Can’t Give Up Now: A Look Back at 2022 and What It’s Taught Us
On this episode - the last of 2022 - Amber and Erika are looking back at one of the most eventful years in recent history. From Amir Locke’s untimely death by police at the top of the year, to Brittney Griner’s release near the end, we look back over the notable events of 2022. But most importantly, we’re discussing lessons that we can all learn about the broken “ish” that forms the backdrop of our lives. Although there is much to despair, we’ve come too far to give up in our fight for liberation and justice. We’re using the lessons from 2022 to make 2023 a better year for all of us. Take a listen and join us!
Been Around the World and Still Broke: Why the Great Migration Didn’t Work
On this episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Broke-ish all-star, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, to discuss the economic impact of the Great Migration on Black Americans. Post-Reconstruction and against the backdrop of Jim Crow, many Black people fled the South for the North and Midwest in hopes of less oppression and more economic opportunity. But new research on the long-term success of the Great Migration actually casts doubt on whether Black families proved to fare better as a result of the move. Dedrick walks us through both the history and the data to demonstrate how rising costs of living, inflation, and racist economic policies have made it difficult for Black Americans to thrive regardless of geographic location. He helps us gain insight on the influx of Blacks returning to the South and what really needs to happen for us to accumulate wealth and obtain financial liberation. Click the link to listen!
We Just Wanna Be Free: An Abolitionist Framework for Ending Mass Incarceration
This episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Michelle Williams of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Michelle, an activist, and abolitionist, shares with us the story of Kevin Johnson, a Black man sentenced to death for taking the life of a police officer at 19 years old after witnessing the sudden death of his younger brother. Michelle details the trauma, neglect, and abuse that filled Kevin’s life prior to his conviction. Next, we discuss how the consistent disregard for Kevin’s traumatic past highlights the inequities that necessitate a reimagined societal framework and criminal justice system. We walk through what it means to be an abolitionist and how liberated, safe, and justice-oriented communities can be created outside of the carceral context. Tune in to hear what we’ve got to say!
They keep it 💯 about blacks building wealth!
It’s labor of love to speak consistently regarding the suppressed truth that the lack of financial wealth and literacy for black folks is due to the many “creative” goals of wealth stealing systemic institutions have thrust upon black [individuals, families, and institutions] from generation to generation. This podcast is a must listen for empowering education and reframing of the status quo.
They are asking the right questions and peering at old assumptions that usually don’t work for Black people. Very enlightening!
This is so good so informative. The ladies flow so well...too many podcast are just people rambling but this is so amazing.