69 episodes

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.

Broke-ish‪®‬ Amber Sims & Erika Brown

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 48 Ratings

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.

    A Blunt Conversation on the Racial Implications of Legalizing Marijuana

    A Blunt Conversation on the Racial Implications of Legalizing Marijuana

    On this episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Lawrence Grandpre, co-author of “The Black Book” and Director of Research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Our fellow Black Power Media mate helps us to understand the basics, explaining the difference between hemp, CBD, THC, and marijuana. Next, we dive into this nation’s historically racist and unjust drug laws, which coupled with terrorized policing, has resulted in generations of Black people being criminalized and now shut out of the increasingly lucrative legalized marijuana business. Lawrence helps us unpack what “street economies” can teach us about political and economic self-determination and why legalizing marijuana could potentially be a key component to reparations and Black political autonomy. Tune in to get the scoop!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Work, Work, Work: A Celebration of International Workers’ Day

    Work, Work, Work: A Celebration of International Workers’ Day

    On this week’s episode, we are celebrating May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day around the world. Amber and Erika are joined by Kim Brown, journalist, veteran activist, and our fellow Black Power Media comrade to discuss the historical significance of May Day and the global fight against capitalist inequities. With a special emphasis on both the contributions of Black people in the pro-labor movement, as well as the challenges to equity and ownership that we still face, this episode reminds us that all labor has value deserving of respect and just compensation. Tune in to get the scoop on why we should all be invested in uplifting and supporting a thriving labor movement.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Behind the Garments: Why Fast Fashion Fuels Environmental and Economic Racism

    Behind the Garments: Why Fast Fashion Fuels Environmental and Economic Racism

    On this week’s episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Whitney McGuire, an attorney, fashion law expert, consultant, strategist, and co-founder of Sustainable Brooklyn. We discuss how some of our favorite fast-fashion brands are rapidly causing environmental havoc by proliferating waste, exploiting BIPOC workers, subjecting employees to hazardous conditions, and depleting natural resources. This phenomenon is part of the vicious cycle of racial capitalism that enables poverty and creates dependency on cheap items that ultimately cause long-term harm to all of us. We also explore the ways that the pushback against environmental racism and for sustainability has largely been whitewashed, erasing the pioneering contributions of Black activists and organizers. Tune in to listen and learn on this important topic!   

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Our Hair-itage: Black Hair in America

    Our Hair-itage: Black Hair in America

    On this episode of Broke-ish, Amber and Erika are discussing a deeply personal, complex topic: Black hair. Specifically, we examine the pressures of respectability, professionalism, and assimilation on our relationship with our hair. Through stories of Black people being banned from graduation ceremonies, losing job opportunities, and facing harassment because of how they choose to wear their hair, this episode dives into both the economic and emotional toll of this especially vicious arm of White Supremacy. As we unpack the unhealthy pathologies and trauma that many of us carry regarding our hair, we hope to reclaim the power, beauty, and freedom to love our entire bodies - head to toe. Tune in to join the conversation!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    We Ready: Black Resistance and Survival in a Racist World

    We Ready: Black Resistance and Survival in a Racist World

    On this episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Kalonji Changa, one of the founders of Black Power Media, national coordinator of the FTP Movement, and author of “How to Build a People’s Army”. We discuss Black resistance, survival, and holistic self-defense and why America is so antagonistic to Black people asserting agency over our ability to survive in a racist, White supremacist society invested in our destruction. Through both historical and tactical lenses, Kalonji outlines America’s intentional attempts to mischaracterize the non-violence that anchored the Civil Rights Movement, while also demonizing Black people taking up arms and practicing communal independence self-care. Tune to learn about the past and how you can be prepared in the present!

    • 56 min
    Cryptocurrency 101: The Dollars & (Non)Sense of it All…

    Cryptocurrency 101: The Dollars & (Non)Sense of it All…

    In this week’s episode, Amber and Erika are joined by a Broke-ish All-Star, Dr. Jared Ball, to discuss the ins and outs of cryptocurrency. Dr. Ball combines his expertise in media literacy with his personal interest in cryptocurrency to show us how savvy messaging creates the illusion of a crypto market that’s inoculated from the racism and inequality that plagues traditional financial markets. But a little deep-diving reveals the inescapable reality that racism, sexism, scheming, and wealth disparities exist everywhere - even in the crypto universe. Tune in to get the scoop on whether cryptocurrency is a source of wealth and financial freedom for Black people, or simply another money scheme that overpromises and under-delivers.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

CJSIMMONS2704#RN ,

Amazing!!!! 🤗🤗

This is so good so informative. The ladies flow so well...too many podcast are just people rambling but this is so amazing.

acterry ,

Great podcast to raise awareness and have a good time.

Their topics are well researched, their content includes a strong dose of humor, and the production quality is really great! Even in the first few episodes, these two sounded like seasoned vets.

Broke-ish focuses on educating African Americans about how various aspects of the financial system has been rigged against black people in the distant and recent past and how it will take more than just individual personal finance strategies to close the racial wealth gap. It’s a macro-economics issue that needs collective corrective action.

Danielle C.D. ,

Eye Opening

Love Erika and Delina’s chemistry on the show! This show is extremely eye opening and inspires not only talking about money but also discovering the policies, laws and practices that oppress black folks. Thank you for the work that you do!

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