41 min

Redefining Success The American Griot

    • Self-Improvement

Have you ever felt like you were in a race with no finish line? Running as fast as you can, in what feels like circles, grasping to reach a constantly moving goal? And the more you grow, the more you convince yourself that you still need to go further? Have you ever stopped to consider whether your definition of success really serves you? We’ve all been there. Many of us are there right now. That’s what we’re talking about today. What does it mean to be successful in America and as Black People? What’s the price and how much are we willing to pay?


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Links mentioned in this episode:

> Dave Chappelle is one of the most prolific American Griots of our time. He’s not just a comedian, but he uses his art and his platform to tell stories that make us laugh, think, and grow. Check out his full length interview on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOge9F60yp0 and an amazing collage of thoughtful moments here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ClkRA2XQrY&feature=youtu.be&t=140&&. 

> After Skool is a super dope YouTube channel that has all kinds of videos that make you reflect and consider life from a different vantage point. We mentioned the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvzZ56ZbWy8 in this episode, so we’d highly recommend checking out the full clip.

> This https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-are-there-still-so-few-black-ceos-11601302601 talks about why, decades after the civil-rights movement, Black people still seem to be hitting a ceiling on their rise to success. Only 1% of the CEOs running America’s top companies are Black. Keith and I share some of our thoughts about this, but we encourage you to read it for yourself. 

> As we endeavor to tell a more full story of our history, we often cross-reference many resources, but here are a few. We hope that something we said about the creation of Race sparks your curiosity and inspires you to dive deeper into researching more of our collective history.


https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/indentured-servants-in-the-us/
https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-2/inventing-black-and-white
https://www.massmoments.org/moment-details/first-slaves-arrive-in-massachusetts.html
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-african-slave-ship-arrives-jamestown-colony

Have you ever felt like you were in a race with no finish line? Running as fast as you can, in what feels like circles, grasping to reach a constantly moving goal? And the more you grow, the more you convince yourself that you still need to go further? Have you ever stopped to consider whether your definition of success really serves you? We’ve all been there. Many of us are there right now. That’s what we’re talking about today. What does it mean to be successful in America and as Black People? What’s the price and how much are we willing to pay?


Subscribe & Review

Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-griots-podcast/id1493355843. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-griots-podcast/id1493355843 to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!


Links mentioned in this episode:

> Dave Chappelle is one of the most prolific American Griots of our time. He’s not just a comedian, but he uses his art and his platform to tell stories that make us laugh, think, and grow. Check out his full length interview on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOge9F60yp0 and an amazing collage of thoughtful moments here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ClkRA2XQrY&feature=youtu.be&t=140&&. 

> After Skool is a super dope YouTube channel that has all kinds of videos that make you reflect and consider life from a different vantage point. We mentioned the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvzZ56ZbWy8 in this episode, so we’d highly recommend checking out the full clip.

> This https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-are-there-still-so-few-black-ceos-11601302601 talks about why, decades after the civil-rights movement, Black people still seem to be hitting a ceiling on their rise to success. Only 1% of the CEOs running America’s top companies are Black. Keith and I share some of our thoughts about this, but we encourage you to read it for yourself. 

> As we endeavor to tell a more full story of our history, we often cross-reference many resources, but here are a few. We hope that something we said about the creation of Race sparks your curiosity and inspires you to dive deeper into researching more of our collective history.


https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/indentured-servants-in-the-us/
https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-2/inventing-black-and-white
https://www.massmoments.org/moment-details/first-slaves-arrive-in-massachusetts.html
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-african-slave-ship-arrives-jamestown-colony

41 min