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In the game of chess, white pieces always move first, which is an advantage. And the black pieces move second, which is a disadvantage. Black Moves First is more than an oxymoron in chess. Instead it calls for people to strive for success, even when the odds are against you. To strive for success even when you may not have the advantages of others.

Our motto is “Changing the World, One Move at a Time”. This podcast explores the stories of how people have overcome adversity to make their own moves and change their own world. Whether in the game of chess or in the game of life.


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Black Moves First Alton Jamison

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

In the game of chess, white pieces always move first, which is an advantage. And the black pieces move second, which is a disadvantage. Black Moves First is more than an oxymoron in chess. Instead it calls for people to strive for success, even when the odds are against you. To strive for success even when you may not have the advantages of others.

Our motto is “Changing the World, One Move at a Time”. This podcast explores the stories of how people have overcome adversity to make their own moves and change their own world. Whether in the game of chess or in the game of life.


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    Pastoring during a Pandemic with Rev. Dr. William Smith

    Pastoring during a Pandemic with Rev. Dr. William Smith

    Pastoring during a Pandemic with Rev. Dr. William Smith
    Alton is joined by Reverend Doctor Smith, a faithful and committed pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Smith is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the kingdom of God in the congregation and community. In this episode Alton and Rev. Dr. Smith take a deep dive into the church of today, discussing the ways the current pandemic has required the church take a virtual shift, the current racial climate, nationalism within the church, and much more.
    Pastor Smith has been recognized by Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC as a Lewis Fellow, Calvin College (Summer Seminar, Oasis Preaching Seminar), Morehouse College as a MLK Scholar. Reverend Doctor Smith has served on several denominational, ecumenical, and community boards. He is leading Second Missionary Baptist Church in participation with denominational conventions and associations. He is presently writing his first book with Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson.
    Enjoy this incredible conversation!
    1:42 Introduction to Reverend Dr. William Smith


    2:41 Rev. Dr. Smith shares his journey into becoming a pastor.


    5:00 Rev. Dr. Smith’s current ministry


    5:43 The ways the COVID pandemic has affected the church


    16:23 The correlation between ministry and mental health


    20:33 Rev. Dr. Smith’s thoughts about the current racial climate


    28:19 A discussion on nationalism within the church


    40:28 Continued adjustments the church may need to make


    43:47 Things to consider for churches that have been impacted economically during the pandemic.


    50:26 Rev. Dr. Smith shares about his wife and family






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    • 57 min
    The Life of a Single Mom with Jennifer Maggio

    The Life of a Single Mom with Jennifer Maggio

    The Life of a Single Mom with Jennifer Maggio
    Alton is joined by Jennifer Maggio, an award-winning author of several books and an international speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and single motherhood is leaving audiences around the globe riveted. At 19, Maggio was pregnant with her second child, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare, and felt completely alone. On today’s episode, she shares her journey the struggles she faced as a young single mother and leaving her corporate success to start her ministry, “The Life of a Single Mom”.
    Jennifer has been featured in countless media venues in print, television, and radio, including The New York Times, The 700 Club, Moody Radio, Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson, Christian Mingle, Power Women, and many others. She is a frequent guest at women’s conferences, single parent events, corporate training events, and churches. Her passion is contagious and her story has been used to inspire millions around the globe. Maggio was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in America by John Maxwell in 2015 and 2017.
    Get ready to be inspired!
    1:17 Introduction to Jennifer Maggio


    2:07 Jennifer’s story of becoming teen mom and how “The Life of a Single Mom” was created.


    5:37 Common struggles and challenges that single moms face.


    8:36 Overcoming the stereotypes of single mothers.


    10:27 How churches can better support single moms.


    14:54 How Jennifer transitioned from single mom herself, to supporting single moms through her ministry.


    19:05 Overcoming the shame that single moms can face.


    22:16 Resources for single mothers


    24:50 Resources to support Pastors helping single moms


    26:05 Jennifer's hopes for the next 10-15 years within her ministry


    28:06 Alton’s experience of rewriting his story from another perspective


    28:57 Success stories from “The Life of a Single Mom”


    30:36 Integrating faith with helping single mothers


    34:53 Jennifer shares how she stays focused on her purpose


    37:09 The Life of a Single Mom small groups


    38:33 Dating advice for single moms


    43:01 Resources for children of single parent homes


    44:22 Alton thanks Jennifer for her time on today’s show


    45:07 Final thoughts from Jennifer








    Resources mentioned in today’s episode:


    Single Mom University: https://thelifeofasinglemom.com/single-parent-help/ (https://thelifeofasinglemom.com/single-parent-help/)




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    • 45 min
    Mental Health is Wealth

    Mental Health is Wealth

    Mental Health is Wealth with Dr. Sh’nai Simmons
    In today’s episode, Alton speaks with Dr. Sh’nai Simmons, a licensed mental health professional, about all things mental health. Dr. Simmons shares her perspectives on many common topics in the mental health world today, from the effects of COVID, the impact of social media, common trends she notices in healthy marriages, and much more. She shares tips for getting help for not only yourself, but others as well.
    Dr. Simmons has a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. She is licensed to practice professionally in the states of Virginia and Florida and has a virtual presence for consultation with individuals in other states. She has an extensive history of supporting local agencies with her expertise and helping their efforts to dialogue with their stakeholders. Dr. Sh’nai is a passionate mental health professional, public speaker, and community activist who is focused on bringing restoration to communities and committed to “helping people use what they have to get what they want.”
    This is an episode you don’t want to miss!
    1:45 Introduction to Dr. Sh’nai Simmons


    4:08 How Dr. Sh’nai began her career in Mental Health.


    9:09 Dr. Simmons shares her perspective on the correlation between minority communities and mental health.


    13:44 How the bible and mental health support each other.


    16:59 The effects of the COVID pandemic on mental health.


    20:46 How social media negatively impacts teen girls.


    26:14 Dr. Simmons shares about her work with married couples.


    30:37 Alton and Dr. Simmons discuss marriage with a christian lens.


    34:39 Sex Addiction within the church


    40:57 Common themes of marriages that lead to separation and divorce


    43:35 The importance of meeting people where they are at to get them the help they need


    51:07 Alton’s personal experience with his therapist


    53:23 Dr. Simmons’ routines to ensuring her own positive mental health


    57:10 Dr. Simmons shares about her family


    59:06 How to get in touch with Dr. Simmons




    Resources mentioned in today’s episode:


    Dr. Simmons’ Personal Website: http://drshnai.com/ (http://drshnai.com/)


    Dr. Simmons’ Professional Services: http://communityvictory.com/ (http://communityvictory.com/)


    Get In Touch Network: https://www.facebook.com/GetInTouchNetwork (https://www.facebook.com/GetInTouchNetwork)


    Black Moves First Sex Addiciton Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvqeg7yhn_w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvqeg7yhn_w)


    Male vs Man by Dondre T Whitfield: https://www.amazon.com/Male-vs-Man-Children-Elevate/dp/0310357136 (https://www.amazon.com/Male-vs-Man-Children-Elevate/dp/0310357136)


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Black Guys Can Sing Opera

    Black Guys Can Sing Opera

    Black Guys Can Sing Opera with Larry Jay Giddens
    Alton is joined by his longtime friend, Larry Jay Giddens. Larry is an Opera Singer, Praised by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for a voice that "commands the ear with a stentorian high baritone that soars magnificently through the spaces of the theatre”. In this episode Larry shares his journey to becoming an opera singer, the scholarship opportunities for the arts that most people don’t know about, and how he helps young kids pursue their dreams in the arts.
    Larry describes himself as a dedicated, experienced, and dynamic Arts Administrator, Music Educator, Opera Singer, Writer, and Artist Consultant.
    ​This is an episode you don’t want to miss!
    1:34 Introduction to Larry


    2:15 Larry describes himself as an Opera Singer, Collaborative Leader, and more!


    3:39 Larry shares his story of how he got into music and his journey to becoming an Opera Singer


    15:49 What’s required to maintain a healthy voice


    18:38 Larry’s perspective on why minorities shy away from the arts


    21:46 Larry’s current performing schedule


    23:33 Behind the curtain of being a paid opera singer


    27:06 Larry’s most memorable experiences in opera


    28:58 Diversity in the arts


    30:13 Larry’s 5-10 year goals within the arts


    33:55 Scholarships within the arts


    38:16 Larry shares about his family


    45:17 Advice for young singers


    47:52 How to get in touch with Larry


    50:40 RandB artists that stand out to Larry


    52:56 Alton and Larry discuss chess


    58:59 Final thoughts from Larry and Alton


    Resources mentioned in today’s episode:
    Larry’s Email artsrecruitllc@gmail.com
    Chess for Kids http://www.chesskids.com/ (www.chesskids.com)




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    • 58 min
    Becoming A Better You

    Becoming A Better You

    Becoming A Better You
    In this episode, Alton speaks with Detra Trueheart, founder of The Young Miss Buffalo Pageant Scholarship and Enrichment Program. Sharing 20+ years of entrepreneurial experience, Detra speaks about identifying her client avatar, helping women get unstuck in life, and supporting them spiritually. Detra also shares about the importance of tracking your finances within business and transcending from self employed to entrepreneur.


    A speaker, fundraiser, mentor, former pageant contestant and title holder and national dance competitor, Detra has more than two decades of pageant, youth development and performing arts experience. Within her community, Detra serves as a life coach/mentor young women as well as a reference to organizations and agencies on issues concerning young women. She is the President ofhttp://www.trueheartspeaks.com ( TrueheartSpeaks Enterprises), a lifestyle management firm designed to help individuals get out of their own way by shifting their beliefs and behaviors so they can live purposefully, grow spiritually, and lead authentically. TrueheartSpeaks specializes in keynotes, online courses, life coaching and consulting.



    Entrepreneur’s, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!




    1:35 Introduction to Detra Trueheart


    5:29 Detra shares her background in dance, pageants, girl mentoring, etc.


    9:05 The Young Miss Buffalo Pageant Scholarship and Enrichment Program


    10:13 Detra’s dream of becoming a motivational youth speaker


    15:32 How Detra coaches women through her program


    20:18 Tips for overwhelmed women


    22:13 How to get unstuck


    27:36 Things Detra does to stay unstuck in her own life.


    31:13 Alton and Detra discuss Entrepreneurship


    40:24 The difference between hitting 6 figures and making 6 figures.


    45:13 The importance of identifying and marketing to your client avatar.


    48:27 Being mindful of tracking your money.


    55:28 Knowing your goals and numbers.


    55:48 What Detra is currently up to.


    1:01:40 How to contact Detra.


    1:06:20 Final Thoughts




    Resources mentioned in today’s episode:

    http://trueheartspeaks.com (Trueheartspeaks.com)


    30 Minute Strategy Session with Detra: http://www.trueheartspeaks.as.me/ (www.trueheartspeaks.as.me/)


    30 Days of Thanks by Detra Trueheart: https://www.amazon.com/Days-Thanks-Devotions-Cultivating-Gratitude/dp/0998542407/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=30+days+of+thanks+detra+trueheartandqid=1630094567andsr=8-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Days-Thanks-Devotions-Cultivating-Gratitude/dp/0998542407/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=30+days+of+thanks+detra+trueheartandqid=1630094567andsr=8-1)


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrueheartSpeaks (https://www.facebook.com/TrueheartSpeaks)


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trueheartspeaks/ (https://www.instagram.com/trueheartspeaks/)


    The Young Miss Buffalo Pageant Scholarship and Enrichment Program: https://www.ymbp.org/ (https://www.ymbp.org/)


    Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise: https://www.amazon.com/Get-Rich-Lucky-Bitch-audiobook/dp/B07C7Y5NG5/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1andkeywords=Get+Rich+Lucky+Bitch+by+Denise+30+days+of+thanks+detra+trueheartandqid=1630094587andsr=8-2 (https://www.amazon.com/Get-Rich-Lucky-Bitch-audiobook/dp/B07C7Y5NG5/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1andkeywords=Get+Rich+Lucky+Bitch+by+Denise+30+days+of+thanks+detra+trueheartandqid=1630094587andsr=8-2)






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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chess Is Life

    Chess Is Life

    Chess Is Life
    Calling all chess lovers! Today’s episode is with Alton’s chess teacher, Grandmaster, Petra Papp. In her first ever english interview, Petra shares her journey of winning tournaments at the young age of 16 to achieve the title of Grandmaster, the highest title a chess player can obtain.
    More about Petra: In 2009, Papp won the Hungarian Youth Chess Championship in the Under 16 category. She represented Hungary several times in the European Youth Chess Championships and the World Youth Chess Championships. In Iași, she won an individual gold medal and team silver medal in the 2011 European Girls' U18 Team Chess Championship.


    In the Hungarian Women's Chess Championships, Papp won gold (2012) and bronze (2009) medals.


    Papp played for Hungary in the Women's Chess Olympiads:
    In 2012, at reserve board in the 40th Chess Olympiad (women) in Istanbul (+5, =3, -1),
    In 2014, at reserve board in the 41st Chess Olympiad (women) in Tromsø (+2, =4, -1),
    In 2016, at third board in the 42nd Chess Olympiad (women) in Baku (+2, =6, -0).


    Papp played for Hungary in the European Team Chess Championship:
    In 2013, at fourth board in the 10th European Team Chess Championship (women) in Warsaw (+4, =2, -2),
    In 2015, at fourth board in the 11th European Team Chess Championship (women) in Reykjavik and won individual bronze medal (+5, =2, -1).
    In 2010, she was awarded the FIDE International Women Master (WIM) title and received the Woman grandmaster (WGM) title two years later.

    This is an episode you don’t want to miss!




    1:46 How Petra learned to play chess


    3:08 Petra reflects on winning her first tournament


    5:33 Petra’s impressive accomplishments at age 16, 18 and 19.


    6:54 The 7-hour chess game; the hardest game Petra’s ever played


    7:43 How to become a Grandmaster


    8:46 The shift to competing online


    9:15 Petra’s favorite chess books and games


    10:53 Petra’s opinion of Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit”


    11:54 Life outside of Chess


    13:58 Tips to becoming better at chess


    17:42 Petra shares her experience living in Hungary


    20:16 How computers can help chess players advance in their skills








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    • 23 min

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