104 episodes

This show is a collection of real, honest, and sometimes messy conversations between two friends. We’ll explore racism, antiracism, interracial friendship, activism, books, films, and more through our different lived experiences. We’ll offer questions and actions to help you go deeper into your exploration of race & culture, find your own inner disruptor, and be a part of the solution. Occasionally, we’ll bring you interviews with others who are experts in this work so we can learn together and do better.

Naked Conversations: Race, Culture, & Beyond Sage B. Hobbs | Naked Conversations

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

This show is a collection of real, honest, and sometimes messy conversations between two friends. We’ll explore racism, antiracism, interracial friendship, activism, books, films, and more through our different lived experiences. We’ll offer questions and actions to help you go deeper into your exploration of race & culture, find your own inner disruptor, and be a part of the solution. Occasionally, we’ll bring you interviews with others who are experts in this work so we can learn together and do better.

    S8E8: This is Goodbye (ish) & Thank You!

    S8E8: This is Goodbye (ish) & Thank You!

    8 seasons, 51 raw, awkward & brave conversations later, we've arrived at our finale. This is definitely not the end of us using our voices to speak up against injustice & work for radical change, just the end of our podcast. We are so grateful for all of you being with us in this work; listening, learning and acting. Be brave & keep it up ya’ll.
    Listen to hear us talk about
    Sharing emotional labour between friends How has building this podcast together impacted us each personally? How are we carrying the vision for a more equitable and just world forward from here?  
    Resources mentioned 
    The Humanize Podcast  
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    Connect with us and learn more about our work:
    Sage: Speaking, leadership development & coaching, team building, and group facilitation www.sagebhobbs.com On LinkedIn
    Erica: Executive coaching and organizational strategy at Flying Colors LLC
    Help support antiracism work and community dialogue by SHARING to the show with your friends and family!
    Click the “share” button on whichever platform you listen and send it to folks who would find it helpful
    Good old “spread the word,” and talk about it with your people 

    • 28 min
    S8E7: Healing Generational Trauma & Breaking from "Stable Misery" with Dr. Lynyetta Willis

    S8E7: Healing Generational Trauma & Breaking from "Stable Misery" with Dr. Lynyetta Willis

    “Neither you nor your family are broken, you just have habits that need to be.”
    Today we are joined by Dr. Lynyetta Willis; psychologist, family empowerment coach, speaker, and award-winning author, who helps frustrated families break free from Stable Misery® and unhelpful parenting and partnership patterns. 
    We’re asking; what are the unhelpful stories we tell ourselves, and are these stories different for marginalized communities? Dr. Willis brings so much hope and optimism to her work, we hope you feel as empowered from this conversation as we do.  
     
    Listen to hear us talk about:
    THESE 5 main habits to work on to transform your life
    Questioning the stories we tell ourselves
    Chronic stress and survival mode 
    Marginalized community experiences 
    Analysing the experience of disempowerment 
    Advice for principals/teachers wanting to help families through difficult patterns
     
    Resources mentioned:
    https://drlwillis.com/
    www.Healingstablemisery.com   
    www.Mytriggerscore.com 
     
    The Body Keeps the Score
    Alissa Campbell - SEED Certification
    Dr Ross Green “children do well if they can”
     
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    Connect with us and learn more about our work:
    Sage: Speaking, leadership development & coaching, team building, and group facilitation www.sagebhobbs.com On LinkedIn
    Erica: Executive coaching and organizational strategy at Flying Colors LLC
    Help support antiracism work and community dialogue by SHARING to the show with your friends and family!
    Click the “share” button on whichever platform you listen and send it to folks who would find it helpful


    Good old “spread the word,” and talk about it with your people
     

    • 57 min
    S8E6: Book Bans in Schools: The What and The Why

    S8E6: Book Bans in Schools: The What and The Why

    Book bans are increasing at a rapid pace in school districts around the United States. What’s really going on here? 
    Today we are unpacking the motivations for book banning, which books are being banned, and what this means for our communities moving forward. We dive into the challenges of navigating content ‘appropriateness’ as a parent, and the role that fear can play in our decision making. 
    Our homework for you is to research which books are banned in your own state. You might be surprized what you find! 
     
    Listen to hear us talking about:
    What content would scare me as a parent, for my kids to have access to?
    Factoring in age appropriateness 
    Why we need to hear marginalized voices in literature
    The power of a concerned parent 
    Why do we read? What do we get from books? 

     
    Resources mentioned:
    And Tango Makes Three  by Justin Richardsonn and Peter Parnell true story, my sister, books reflecting the realities of the world
    All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker (read at 13)
    The Bluest Eye. Pecola Breedlove by Toni Morrison (read in early 20’s)
    "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison*
    "Native Son" by Richard Wright*



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    Connect with us and learn more about our work:
    Sage: Speaking, leadership development & coaching, team building, and group facilitation www.sagebhobbs.com On LinkedIn
    Erica: Executive coaching and organizational strategy at Flying Colors LLC
    Help support antiracism work and community dialogue by SHARING to the show with your friends and family!

    • 45 min
    S8E5: Building Trust in Organizations

    S8E5: Building Trust in Organizations

    “Fear and trust are the core challenges of our time” - Sage 
    It’s time we talked about trust. Today we explore why Erica & I first decided to trust each other, and how these same principles can be applied to building trust in organisations. This is such an important topic, when we don’t feel safe it’s extremely hard to move forward and create meaningful change. 
     
    Listen to hear us talk about:
    When was the first moment that you trusted someone? 
    Different types of trust
    Steps to building trust 
    Restoring broken trust 
    The role of vulnerability & risk in building trust 
    Strategies for building trust in organisations 
    How does trust (or lack of) impact DEI work? 
     
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    Connect with us and learn more about our work:
    Sage: Speaking, leadership development & coaching, team building, and group facilitation www.sagebhobbs.com On LinkedIn
    Erica: Executive coaching and organizational strategy at Flying Colors LLC
    Help support antiracism work and community dialogue by SHARING to the show with your friends and family!
    Click the “share” button on whichever platform you listen and send it to folks who would find it helpful


    Good old “spread the word,” and talk about it with your people


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    • 42 min
    S8E4: Systematic Racism

    S8E4: Systematic Racism

    “You cannot heal what you have not diagnosed. You cannot repair what you do not see.” - Isabel Wilkerson
    Today we’re bringing it back to basics. What do we mean when we refer to “systematic racism”, and how is this different than racism on the individual level? Join us today as we unpack the realities of ‘racism by design’, and what are we really going to do about it in this lifetime. 
     
    Listen to hear us talk about:
    Defining systematic, structural and institutionalised racism
    Examples of structural racism in the public system
    Broadway shows that are challenging cultural norms 
    Resistance to ‘believing in’ systematic racism
    Important questions about racism we need to keep asking ourselves 
     
    Resources mentioned:
    "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway "Six" on Broadway Caste: Origins of our Discontents -  Isabel Wilkerson On the Rooftop - Margaret Wilkerson Sexton  
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    Connect with us and learn more about our work:
    Sage: Speaking, leadership development & coaching, team building, and group facilitation www.sagebhobbs.com On LinkedIn
    Erica: Executive coaching and organizational strategy at Flying Colors LLC
    Help support antiracism work and community dialogue by SHARING to the show with your friends and family!
    Click the “share” button on whichever platform you listen and send it to folks who would find it helpful


    Good old “spread the word,” and talk about it with your people


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    • 32 min
    S8E3: Using Somatics to Reclaim Our Agency. With Maria-Victoria Albina.

    S8E3: Using Somatics to Reclaim Our Agency. With Maria-Victoria Albina.

    Today we are joined by the outstanding María-Victoria Albina; Master Certified Somatic Life Coach, UCSF-trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Breathwork Meditation Guide. 
    In this lively conversation, we dive into the nature of the oppressive systems we live in, how they require us to disconnect us from our bodies and why it is such a radical act to reconnect to a feeling of safety within ourselves. 
     
    Listen to hear us talk about: 
    Our current systems demand/require us to be disconnected from our bodies 
    Somatic practice as an inherently radical act
    Increasing awareness of choices and agency
    Embodied safety & nervous system flexibility 
    Marginalized bodies and nervous system regulation 
    THIS simple somatic practice (secret weapon for regulating) 
     
    Resources Mentioned:
    victoria@victoriaalbina.com
    You can find Maria-Victoria on Instagram here, and you can reference a past interview here. 
    Victoria Albina - a Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner, a nervous system expert, and the host of Feminist Wellness.
    The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities through Mindfulness  https://www.rhondavmagee.com/print/
     
    FREE gift of meditation resources:  HERE 
     
    Books Mentioned
    Life on The Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way
    Louise Hays
     
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    Connect with us and learn more about our work:
    Sage: Speaking, leadership development & coaching, team building, and group facilitation www.sagebhobbs.com On LinkedIn
    Erica: Executive coaching and organizational strategy at Flying Colors LLC
     
    Help support antiracism work and community dialogue by SHARING to the show with your friends and family!
    Click the “share” button on whichever platform you listen and send it to folks who would find it helpful
    Good old “spread the word,” and talk about it with your people 


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This podcast is so real and authentic! Makes you question unexamined assumptions and beliefs and pushes you to take actions, however small. Extraordinary!

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I See You

To be seen in our truth is powerful for all people but especially for people of color. And one way of achieving sight and insight is by asking and answering the right questions. Erica Howard answers some hard questions about race and what it means to be alive in such times as these and those answers reveal the commonalities and the shared experience of being Black in America regardless of the era. “That moment when you decide who you are and who you are not,” recalls Erica when answering when she first became aware of racism. This defining incident along with others is captured with clarity and contextualization in what is referred to as the “Steak N Shake” moments, a period in her teenage life when she got her first job waitressing in a predominantly white area of Southern Illinois. Naked Conversations allows us to reflect on our own experiences while listening to a honest conversation between friends of differing racial background but shared empathy for what it means to be alive and connecting with others.

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