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Join SunAh, University of Memphis professor, author, goal setting coach, and coffee lover, as she catches up with experts from across the country, who are investigating our most pressing social issues and common curiosities. Each week she invites a different thought-provoking guest to grab a cup of coffee and chat about their motivations, inspirations, and what they know about the world around us.

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Join SunAh, University of Memphis professor, author, goal setting coach, and coffee lover, as she catches up with experts from across the country, who are investigating our most pressing social issues and common curiosities. Each week she invites a different thought-provoking guest to grab a cup of coffee and chat about their motivations, inspirations, and what they know about the world around us.

    Men’s Mental Health with Dr. Justin K Dodson

    Men’s Mental Health with Dr. Justin K Dodson

    Episode Notes
    “Boys don’t cry.” “Man up.” “Emotions are a sign of weakness.”
    These common sayings shape how we think about emotions, who can have them, and what type of emotional displays are acceptable. Although 1 in 5 adults experience a mental health problem each year, men are less likely than women to seek mental health services due to societal norms, traditional gender roles, stigma, and limited awareness or understanding about the specific mental health challenges that men face.
     
    June is Men’s Mental Health Month, and to help us learn more today I welcome back Dr. Justin K Dodson.
     
    Dr. Justin K Dodson is a licensed professional counselor and the owner of Navigating Courage Counseling & Consultation. For more information, to schedule your initial consultation, or to invite Dr. Dodson to speak with your organization or community group, visit https://www.navigatingcouragecac.com/
     
    Like this episode? Check out my previous conversations with Dr. Dodson:
     
    Ep 122 New Year Check In
    Ep 87 Tis the Season
    Ep 72 The Gift of Vulnerability

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    What's in Your Cup? A Special Coffee Conversation featuring The Cxffeeblack Podcast

    What's in Your Cup? A Special Coffee Conversation featuring The Cxffeeblack Podcast

    Episode Notes
    I love a good cup of coffee, but if I'm being honest, I never really gave much thought to where my coffee came from or the history of this delicious beverage itself. That was until I learned about Cxffeeblack, a Memphis-owned coffee company, and its associated Anti-Gentrification Coffee Club. Founded in 2019, by husband and wife team, Bartholomew Jones and Renata Henderson, Cxffeeblack is a community-oriented, multi-disciplinary, education-based coffee company that’s centered around reclaiming coffee’s Black roots.

    Coffee originates in Ethiopia, but because of trade and colonialism, there are now coffees that we’ve come to associate with various parts of the world, like Moka from Yemen or Java from the Indonesian island of Java. Although each of those countries or regions have their own coffee histories, we lose something when we only know history in part. We become disconnected from ourselves and one another.

    Today I’m excited to share a very special episode of the Cxffeeblack podcast where host Bartholomew Jones sat down with Martin Mayorga of Mayorga Coffee & Sahra Nguyen of Nguyen Coffee Supply to discuss how they honor their roots through their coffee enterprises. As a bonus, I'm including a few snippets from previous Let's Grab Coffee episodes with Bartholomew Jones (Ep 108) and Renata Henderson (Ep 131).

    Watch the award-winning "Cxffeeblack to Africa: documentary and the video episode of The Cxffeeblack Podcast on Bartholomew Jones' Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@bartholomewjones5450

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    Asian American History in the South: Chinese Owned Grocery Stores in the Delta with Shaolu Yu

    Asian American History in the South: Chinese Owned Grocery Stores in the Delta with Shaolu Yu

    Episode Notes
    May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a nationally recognized heritage month established in 1992 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Asians in America. Currently there are over 22 million Asians across the US representing a range of ethnic groups originating in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Yet, oftentimes, the ways we think of Asian American history is tethered to the East and West Coasts. But Asians in America have a long history in the Deep South, a history that has garnered growing attention. Documentaries like “Far East, Deep South” and “Blurring the Color Line: Chinese in the Segregated South” follow the filmmakers as they explore their personal family histories. How does knowing these histories help us have a fuller and richer understanding not only of Asian Americans but also the South? And how might these histories be shaping our shared present and future? Today I sit down with Dr. Shaolu Yu, whose work examines these questions and more.
     
    Dr. Shaolu Yu is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and the Chair of Asian Studies at Rhodes College. Trained as an urban geographer in an interdisciplinary background and participating in projects in urban studies in China, the U.S., and Canada, she has developed a comparative and global perspective and a mixed method approach in her research on cities. Her papers have been published in the journals Annals of Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Geographical Review, and The Journal of Transport Geography.

    • 47 min
    Telling It Like It Is, Was, and Could Be

    Telling It Like It Is, Was, and Could Be

    Episode Notes
    This year I had the honor of moderating a panel conversation at SXSW featuring Dominic Lawson, Leta McCollough Seletzky, and Chassidy Jade. You may remember Dominic from our February feature of his multi-award winning podcast, Black is America. Leta was a previous guest (Ep 97) discussing her book The Kneeling Man: My Father's Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Today I'm sharing our conversation with you!

    Telling It Like It Is, Was, and Could Be

    Whether it's uncovering hidden narratives or reinventing the familiar, this panel will inspire you to rethink how stories can captivate, challenge, and resonate in fresh and impactful ways. Join creatives representing film, podcasting, and creative writing as they delve into the techniques of narrative design that they use to push the conventional expectations of their fields, inviting audiences to find new meaning in the stories that shape our world. They’ll also explore the intentional choices and potential challenges to prepare for when offering new perspectives on well-known stories.

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    Cxffee talk with Renata Henderson

    Cxffee talk with Renata Henderson

    Episode Notes
    Around the world, coffee is part of countless cultures’ daily routine. Perhaps your day starts with brewing a cup at home or grabbing your daily fix on the way to work. In fact, coffee is a global industry worth $495 billion per year but less than 1% of this revenue returns to people of African descent, who are the originators of coffee, or to African countries, where the majority of our coffee is imported from, highlighting the ongoing inequalities in the coffee trade.

    One local Memphis coffee company is on a mission to change how we understand coffee’s Black history and its Black future - Cxffeeblack. Today I am joined by Cxffeeblack co-founder, Renata Henderson.

    As the lead roaster for Cxffeeblack, Renata Henderson is Memphis, TN's first Black female roaster, continuing the tradition of Black women roasters in Ethiopia, where coffee originates. In addition to creating an entirely all Black coffee supply chain from Ethiopia to Memphis, TN – the first of its kind – Cxffeeblack also hosts the Barista Exchange Program which took 4 Black American baristas from the US to Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Kenya and which will bring African baristas to Memphis, in a cultural and coffee educational exchange. Cxffeeblack was honored as the 2024 Global Notable Roaster of the Year by Sprudge Media Network, a renowned international authority on coffee and its culture.

    You can learn more about cxffeeblack at cxffeeblack.com or if you're in the Memphis area, stop by the Anti-Gentrification Cxffee Club.

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    Don't Lose Your Voice Trying to be Heard

    Don't Lose Your Voice Trying to be Heard

    Episode Notes
    Today is a special feature - a panel conversation I organized for SXSW featuring creatives discussing how to maintain your creative voice and vision.

    Social media turned creativity into content and artists into content creators. But, what if you have something more to say beyond recycling trends and presenting a carefully curated social media feed? How do you tell an entertaining, informative, and/or educational story reflective of your community in an industry that often limits representation to tired tropes? Culture critic, Dr. Saida Grundy sits down with three creatives spanning the media landscape - Munirah Jones, creator of The Mound, OWN Network’s first animated series, Dominic Lawson, host of award-winning podcast Black is America, and documentary producer, Enora Moss - to uncover how they leveraged everyday technology to carve out their own creative lanes to tell the stories they wanted to tell without sacrificing their soul.

    • 56 min

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