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Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

Our Voices Matter Podcast Linda Lorelle

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

    What it Means to be Transgender in Today’s World - Liam Paschall

    What it Means to be Transgender in Today’s World - Liam Paschall

    As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community that is deeply hurting.

    The recent Q Club killings in Colorado Springs are the latest example of the searing hate and violence gripping our nation.

    Hate toward those considered to be “the other” — simply for existing as who they are.

    Those of us who call ourselves allies must do our part. Re-posting this episode is one step in doing my part to bring awareness, understanding and empathy to a community deserving of love and acceptance.

    Last April, Liam Paschall first shared his story as a transgender man with the OVM audience. In the wake of the Q Club mass shooting, Liam’s message is more important than ever.

    I am thankful that he has the courage to speak out and stand in his truth.

    I ask that you have the courage to listen.

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    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
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    How a Soul Food Scholar Uses Food and Faith to Help Bridge Our Divides - Adrian Miller

    How a Soul Food Scholar Uses Food and Faith to Help Bridge Our Divides - Adrian Miller

    He calls himself a recovering lawyer and politico turned culinary historian, food writer and professional speaker.
    Sprinkle in a healthy dose of faith and social justice activism and voilà — a Soul Food Scholar “dropping knowledge like hot biscuits!”
    Somehow, Adrian Miller has managed to fashion a successful career intersecting his multitude of talents to the benefit of us all.
    From the White House to Netflix
    Some of you might recognize him from his star turn on the acclaimed Netflix docuseries, “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”.
    Or perhaps you’ve encountered him on his cross-country travels.
    He visited 150 restaurants in 35 cities as he researched his James Beard Award-winning book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.”
    He received a second James Beard Award just this year for his most recent book, “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue.”
    Oh — and he worked in Bill Clinton’s White House as Deputy Director of the President’s Initiative for One America addressing racism, ethics and religious issues of reconciliation.
    So there’s that…
    Not to mention his skills as a gifted storyteller and speaker with a wicked sense of humor.
    Finding his Calling
    Early in his career, Adrian aspired to represent his home state of Colorado in the U.S. Senate.
    Instead, he has found a unique and compelling way to contribute to our national discourse using scholarship, food and faith to help bridge our divides.
    As Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches, Adrian works to build interfaith relationships and advocate on social justice issues.
    Clearly we have a lot to talk about, including some fun, food facts from my childhood during the Switch it Up segment at the end. So don’t miss it!
    Be Featured on Our Voices Matter
    Speaking of fun, food facts, we’d love to hear yours! You might even win a prize.
    Send us a quick phone video sharing one of your favorite food memories. Bonus if your memory is about bringing people together.
    We’ll use your videos to create a special episode of OVM just in time for the holidays.
    The OVM team will vote on the best video and the winner of a $100 Visa gift card will be announced when the episode drops on December 1st..
    The deadline to upload your video is Friday, November 18, 2022.
    I can’t wait to see it. So get to it!
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    Why An Interracial Couple Emigrated From the U.S. - Elizabeth Silleck LaRue

    Why An Interracial Couple Emigrated From the U.S. - Elizabeth Silleck LaRue

    Why An Interracial Couple Emigrated From the U.S.
    What’s your definition of “Home”?
    Here’s one I found in a random Google search:
    “A home is a place of refuge. A person’s most personal belongings are kept in a home and it’s where a person feels safe and accepted. To create a home requires an emotional connection and sense of belonging, not physical things.”
    Safe and accepted. A sense of belonging.
    Isn’t that what we all want?
    It’s certainly what this week’s guest wants, yet she and her husband felt compelled to leave the country to get it.
    Happy Anniversary…
    Elizabeth Silleck LaRue is a  consultant for environmental justice and conservation organizations, an attorney, and a gifted writer. She is white.
    Her husband, Wes, is a media producer who creates promotional content for clients, as well as independent work on issues of racial justice. He is Black.
    Like most couples, they looked forward to celebrating their first wedding anniversary. A simple walk on a Florida beach.
    Only it wasn’t quite so simple.
    Elizabeth’s essay on Medium chronicles what happened that day, and how it played into the couple’s decision to leave their home country — in search of “Home”.
    A place where they feel safe, accepted and have a sense of belonging.
    A Search for Peace
    The United States does not keep track of emigration, but following the 2016 election, there was an uptick in the number of Americans wanting to leave.
    Of course, there are all sorts of reasons why people choose to live in another country.
    Sometimes it’s about work. Sometimes it’s about adventure. And sometimes it’s about a search for something else.
    This is the story of one couple’s search for peace and autonomy.
    Their journey to find it provides a teachable moment in the midst of our national conversation about race, humanity and what matters.
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    • 46 min
    DEI & Hair Discrimination: How to Educate Your Workforce - Janice Gassam Asare

    DEI & Hair Discrimination: How to Educate Your Workforce - Janice Gassam Asare

    This week's episode of Our Voices Matter Podcast explores the intersection of two topics making recent headlines: DEI in the workplace and Black women's hair.
    Diversity, equity and inclusion -- along with belonging and accessibility -- have remained at the forefront of corporate conversations in the last few years. Especially after the murder of George Floyd.
    Last week, headlines screamed about the results of a new study by the National Institutes of Health.  "Chemical hair straighteners linked to higher risk of uterine cancer for Black women, study shows."
    So, what do DEI and Black women's hair have to do with one another? My guest, Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D., is the perfect person to help us unravel the connections -- and some solutions.
    Dr. Asare is a noted DEI consultant who helps companies navigate the tricky waters of DEI, ERGs and multiple other acronyms aimed at creating a more inclusive work environment.
    She's a TEDx speaker, Senior Contributor to Forbes, an author and host of the Dirty Diversity podcast.
    She is also a Top Voice on LinkedIn, and that is where she came to my attention.
    Her article "4C Hair Discrimination" stopped me in my tracks and compelled me to invite her to be on the podcast.
    The NIH study had just been released when we recorded our conversation. 
    What's the Connection?
    So, here's a hint about the connection between DEI and the hair of Black women like me. 
    We use chemical hair straighteners to conform to what society -- and the workplace -- deem "acceptable". Namely, hair that looks like that of our white counterparts.
    And now it appears that this choice could literally be killing us.
    So, what if we choose instead to wear our hair naturally -- literally as it grows out of our heads? 
    Janice and I explore the potential ramifications of that decision, including my own hair journey (in the Switch It Up segment toward the end).
    Janice also shares some of the challenges facing leaders in their quest to create a workplace where everyone feels safe and welcome. And most important, she offers some solutions to help them "get it right". 
    There's a lot to unpack here, so let's get to it.
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    How a Leap of Faith Can Change Your Life - Yolanda Adams

    How a Leap of Faith Can Change Your Life - Yolanda Adams

    This is one of my favorite episodes over the five seasons of OurVoices Matter — and it’s the one I turn to when I need a dose of hope. 

    When my faith is being tested.

    When I want to wrap myself in a warm blanket and just feel good about being alive.

    There is so much chaos, anxiety and uncertainty in our world that it can be challenging to see the good.

    But it’s there.

    And it can be challenging to keep the faith.

    But we must.

    And sometimes we have to take a leap of faith to live the life we are meant to live.

    If Yolanda hadn’t taken that leap years ago, her millions of fans would have been denied the soaring voice and infectious spirit of a truly stellar human.

    What’s Next for Yolanda?

    This conversation took place three years ago, and since then, she has achieved even greater heights.

    Fans are now getting to see Yolanda’s acting chops as she slays in the role of Denita Jordan in the new BET Series, Kingdom Bridges.

    It seems there is no limit to her talent — and I can’t wait to see what she surprises us with next.

    In the meantime, take a break from the chaos.

    Remind yourself that we will get through this.

    And wrap yourself in this warm blanket that is the one and only, Yolanda Adams.

    P.S. - She sings at the end…so don’t miss it!

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    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show

    • 33 min
    A Simple Gathering to Help Bridge Our Divides: An Update on Neighbor's Table - Sarah Harmeyer

    A Simple Gathering to Help Bridge Our Divides: An Update on Neighbor's Table - Sarah Harmeyer

    I was on vacation recently with a group of friends and, without a doubt, the best memories were created gathered around the table.  

    There’s something magical about sharing food and conversation, sitting shoulder to shoulder.  And no one understands that better than this week’s return guest, the founder of Neighbor’s Table.

    I first met and interviewed Sarah Harmeyer in the fall of 2019.   

    A lot has happened since then.

    Covid.

    Being interviewed for the book, "Together" by America's Surgeon General.

    Becoming caretaker for her dad.

    And through it all, personally delivering another 200 custom built tables to families across the U.S.

    Our Need to Connect

    Neighbor's Tables are now in 37 states. 

    And this year is set to be the best ever since Sarah launched her love mission back in 2012.  The company has doubled in size.

    Perhaps not surprising as Covid lockdowns forced a reset and revealed our urgent need to connect face to face, rather than screen to screen.

    So this self-proclaimed people gatherer continues to gather people from all walks of life and share their stories of finding common ground -- around a table.

    As Sarah puts it, "it's extraordinary, and it's so ordinary at the same time."

    A Dose of Hope

    I wanted to check in with Sarah for a few reasons:

    1. To get an update on the impact of Neighbor's Table as more communities across the country become part of her love mission;
    2. To encourage her to keep going (her goal is to have tables in all 50 states!);
    3. Because we can all use a dose of hope.

    Sarah asks what gives me hope in Switch It Up, so be sure and listen until the end of our conversation.  I'm really starting to enjoy this new segment where I switch places with my guest!


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    www.lorellemedia.com


    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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Important conversations, beautifully done

I grew up watching Linda Lorelle anchor the evening news in Houston. On her podcast, she continues to shine, sharing her talents to tackle important conversations. Highly recommend!

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