Hosted by Louiza "Weeze" Doran, According to Weeze is a podcast founded on the belief that we exist at the intersection of our complex identities, politics, and socio-cultural systems! Each week Weeze engages in complex, yet candid conversations focused on socio-political and personal matters in hopes of finding a way forward in community. The only way to dismantle oppression is to dissect it, so meet her at the intersection and learn how to create a just, equitable, and inclusive society.
I️ don’t want resilience. I️ want softness & grace. w/ Weeze Doran
It’s the season 3 finale, so we’re flipping the script and Weeze becomes our guest! In this episode she is interviewed by our amazing guest, Madison Jacobs, from ep 3. They talk about Weeze’s process of slowing down, tending to her own humanity after being in overdrive for the last 20 months, how we as a collective can begin to heal and exist unapologetically in systems created to destroy us, what liberation can look like, and how she’s learning & co-creating in her relationship.
Equitable Wellness for Black Women and Femmes w/ Dr. Lanice Avery
Dr. Lanice Avery is giving greatness in this episode! Y’all we talked about Black women and femme’s freedom, gendered and racial socialization, and how our identities around ourselves and relationships are detrimental to our well being. Dr. Lanice brings hope, education, and reminders that Black women and femmes have always been about joy, liberation, and pleasure. It’s just who we are!
What is your role in the revolution? w/ Lettie Elizabeth, Myisha T. Hill, and Lyvonne Briggs
It’s our first round table discussion and damn was it so good! I had my amazing friends Lyvonne, Myisha, and Lettie on to check in one year after the great whyte awakening of 2020. This episode is all about giving yourself permission to heal and to follow your calling. Listen y’all, we can only liberate others to the degree that we liberate ourselves, so start doing the work on yourself first!!
Profit over people, is that you? w/ Trudi Lebron
This week I have Trudi Lebron on the podcast! My partner on my other podcast, That’s Not How That Works! Trudi and I talk about how we can become equity-centered, meaning how can we evolve as folks who want to decolonize and uproot systems of oppression within ourselves, so that it can reflect in our businesses. 2020 was a hot mess express and businesses were coming to Trudi and I with the most urgency asking to review, change, and create anti-racist DEI policies...without wanting to do the actual work!
Hey Siri..How Can Tech Do It for The Culture? w/ Madison Jacobs
In this episode Madison and I talk about how white folks have a special way of infusing racism into anything, even tech! As much as we rely on tech in our everyday lives, we have to understand who it’s built by AND who it’s built for! Tech is racist because it’s created by racists, and unfortunately it makes their ability to oppress and silence people of color much easier. We talk about how things like facial recognition on our phones are built from white features....
Black Chefs Are the Spice This Economy Needs W/ Rashad Armstead
In this episode Rashad and I talk about how systemic racism once again shows up in the food industry. From restaurant profits being cut by greedy food distributors, to not being approved for funding, and even having to face a lack of kitchen rental opportunities, Rashad tells us about the trials he’s faced as a Black chef and his determination to empower Black chefs. An economy is only as strong as its food industry, and with Black people owning little to none in this industry, Rashad seeks to change that. Tune in to learn how he’s making waves for Black chefs, so we can gain power in the Black economy.
Rashad Armstead is a chef, entrepreneur, just an overall world changer. His goal in life is to leave this world empty, giving everything God put in him to the world. Rashad has worked in the food industry since he was 15 and worked his way up from a dishwasher to a Chef. He opened his first business in 2014 and never looked back. Now he has a new job to help people that change the world change the world.
IN THIS EPISODE, WE TALK ABOUT
Rashad’s grandma and how she lit the torch for generations of chefs in his family. Rashad’s experience with seeing food from different aspects; restaurants, food trucks, caterers, industrial side, hospitals, prisons, and more! How systemic racism shows up in the food industry. Rebuilding a chef business from scratch to winning Chopped and keeping it under wraps for 18 months. Why there’s not a strong economy for the Black community. What we’re missing out on! The entrepreneurial journey of opening and closing multiple restaurants, due to racism in distributor policies and land ownership. One of the biggest ways to fight hunger is that there has to be investment in local entrepreneurs, and people that represent their community. Rashad’s vision to build EPIC Ventures Test Kitchen, an affordable commercial kitchen located in East Oakland. CALL TO ACTION
Join me on podia where you can get access to tons of BTS content including a very special Weezionaire interview with all of our guests! Rate & review the show! Follow me on IG Research land theft and the displacement of Black farmers, specifically in the south and California. Look up the history of what existed before Central Park was built. Donate to E.P.I.C Ventures Test Kitchen Watch all the worlds of stage video EPISODE TRANSCRIPT
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Joint the Weeze community!
Weeze and her guests break down the most complex topics and make the content and context digestible for all of us. Weeze has a particular gift for acknowledging the nuance in all aspects of this work (and the world) in a way that promotes understanding and action. She (seemingly tirelessly) holds space for humanity — ours (the listeners), hers, everyone’s — and never engages in shaming. This podcast has forever changed how I see and show up in this work and the world. Thank you Weeze!!! 💛💛💛
Would be lost without this podcast
Whether you’re just staring out your anti-racism journey or you’ve been in the work for a while, Weeze is an incredible resource and a wealth of knowledge that shouldn’t be missed. Diving into difficult topics, Weeze holds space for the listeners regardless of where they are their and journey encourages growth and understanding to develop within each of us. Each episode the listener is reminded that how we show up in the world matters and Weeze lays a path for true transformation.
Every time I listen to one of these podcasts, I learn something new. I leave feeling invigorated and hopeful for the future. Weeze picks the most amazing guests, and I always have to go find them on Instagram after.