SPEAKEASY WITH DENENE is a 30-minute podcast hosted by New York Times bestselling author, Denene Millner. On the show, we’re deep diving into the beauty and humanity of blackness. We take one word like BLACK, BEAUTY, or LOVE, and we break down the many ways that word applies to the African American experience.
We close out the first season of Speakeasy with Denene with SUNSHINE, the password for this episode. Host Denene Millner offers a glimpse of some of the people and things that bring sunshine in her life. She talks with her biggest champion --- her father. We then hear from Nic Stone and Angie Thomas, two literary giants. Finally, we dance to some of Denene’s favorite music.
The password for this episode of Speakeasy with Denene is FREEDOM. We spend the whole show with Atlanta-based rapper, Killer Mike. He tells host Denene Millner that freedom weighs heavily on him everyday. He shares his value of economic freedom, and his mission to protect freedom of speech in rap music.
BONUS: Denene's Favorite Things of 2019
Host Denene Millner shares some of her favorite books, music, movies, and makeup of 2019 that relate to episodes from this season's "Speakeasy with Denene.”
The password for this episode of Speakeasy with Denene is FLOWER. Host Denene Millner shares her experiences raising children, which for her is like tending a garden. She also talks with two artists whose unique masterpieces bloom right off the canvas. Finally, we hear from singer-songwriter Jillian Hervey. She shares how she’s blossomed as her own woman and now leads the band, Lion Babe.
On this episode of Speakeasy with Denene, we give you a glimpse into two generations of blackness. Host Denene Millner talks with her daughters about their own experiences coming of age as young black women. Then, she sits down with author Damon Young, who says living while black is an extreme sport. Finally, Atlanta-based spoken word artist Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. gives a breath-taking performance of her popular poem, You So Black.
BONUS: Premium Products and Prestige.
In extended comments from our episode on beauty that didn’t make the final cut, A'Lelia Bundles and Melanie Yvette weigh in on the influx of black-owned prestige beauty companies.
This may be one of the most touching podcasts I’ve listened to! Thank you and please keep creating this magic.
This is my favorite evening podcast. It offers music, art and practical perspective without hitting you over the head with it all. Denene brings her experiences as a mother, daughter, wife and artist to the mic in a cool, seamless, honest way. It’s real but it’s light. The exchanges being layered against music makes this conversation an easy one to enjoy. Thanks from the US Virgin Islands.
I’ve always enjoyed Denene’s writing. Her voice and affection for her audience is palpable on the pages. The podcast. A warm blanket with my favorite snack, food for thought.
Denene, you are the eldest sister I never had. Thank you for giving me that.