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Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories is a podcast exploring society, culture, and current events through conversation. We aspire to create an open, respectful, and equitable platform for guests to freely share their truth and lived experiences. Our core values are rooted in community, connection, and personal development.
Stories help us to relate, learn, and grow!
WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN, TO TAKE NOTICE!

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Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories is a podcast exploring society, culture, and current events through conversation. We aspire to create an open, respectful, and equitable platform for guests to freely share their truth and lived experiences. Our core values are rooted in community, connection, and personal development.
Stories help us to relate, learn, and grow!
WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN, TO TAKE NOTICE!

    Mental Health & Creativity with JR Rhodes

    Mental Health & Creativity with JR Rhodes

    Tuesday, February 27
    Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
    Episode 61: JR Rhodes

    Take Notice welcomes back JR Rhodes for another wonderful conversation. You can listen to our previous conversation on Episodes 22 and 23. Hear about JR's most recent creative project, an album entitled 'Ma'am', dedicated to her mother. JR shares about her creative process and how she takes care of her mental health.

    This conversation delves into mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health we encourage you to reach out for help. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.

    Singer-songwriter J.R. Rhodes believes in the transformative power of music.
    From her first open-mic performances at the O.K. Hotel, Seattle, to her latest album I Am, these beliefs in the transformative power of music are distilled into songs of quiet intensity that traverse spirituals, folk, blues, jazz, and rock.

    Rhodes muses, “It’s easy to be cynical. It takes a lot to be intentional. It takes a lot to dream. It takes a lot to love.”  Her recent release, I Am, takes the listener into love and then heartache, through rebirth, and finally, up into freedom.

    J.R. is currently working on two new albums. One recording is a cinematic folk album including music inspired by the works of African-American artists Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Elizabeth Cotten, Langston Hughes and more. The other recording is a collection of songs of African-American heritage including spirituals, slave songs and lullabies.
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Ma'am Live Performance

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    Music by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius Heggins
    Produced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-Heggins

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Speaking Out Through Art with Elnah Jordan - Part 2

    Speaking Out Through Art with Elnah Jordan - Part 2

    Tuesday, February 19
    Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
    Episode 60: Elnah Jordan - Part 2

    Elnah Jordan Experience - Royal Room - Seattle, WA
    Tuesday March 19
    Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:30pm
    Tickets: $20 advance, $25 doors
    Elnah welcomed me into her home, where we hung out with her 4 lb dog Baby. We discussed music, her upcoming show at the Royal Room in Seattle in March, and the struggles she has had over the past year, including with a particular Seattle landlord. 
    “Born and raised in Ohio, Elnah Jordan’s musical journey began as a child in her church choir, where her passion for singing was discovered. This early experience laid the foundation for a life dedicated to jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B, taking her from the streets of San Francisco to clubs, Broadway theatre, and even award nominations such as the Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 1986.


    Elnah’s remarkable portrayal of Bessie Smith in Jon Hendricks’s ‘The Evolution of the Blues’ and performances in productions like ‘Street Dreams’ earned her accolades including the prestigious Cabaret Gold Award. She has opened for renowned artists like Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Blue Bland, further solidifying her reputation in the industry.


    Having settled in Seattle, Elnah has become a beloved figure in the local music scene. She has graced stages throughout the Pacific Northwest, including notable venues like Egan’s Ballard Jam House, The Royal Room, and the New Orleans, among others. Her collaboration with pianists like Eric Verlinde showcases a captivating blend of blues, jazz, gospel, and rhythm & blues, all delivered with a large measure of soul.

    Elnah’s ability to connect with her audience, interpreting the vibe and energy of the room, sets her apart as a performer. Her music serves as a communal celebration, offering a tonic for modern times. Whether belting out Bessie Smith or summoning the spirit of Nina Simone, Elnah Jordan remains true to her roots, embodying the essence of American ethnomusicology. Her ongoing growth and appreciation for music reflect her dedication to her craft, making her a must-see performer for music lovers everywhere”.


    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Channel 7 Interview

    Connect with Elnah:
    Website
    Facebook
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    Music by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius Heggins
    Produced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-Heggins

    Thank you for Taking Notice!

    • 33 min
    Speaking Out Through Art with Elnah Jordan - Part 1

    Speaking Out Through Art with Elnah Jordan - Part 1

    Tuesday, February 13
    Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
    Episode 59: Elnah Jordan - Part 1

    Elnah Jordan Experience - Royal Room - Seattle, WA
    Tuesday March 19
    Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:30pm
    Tickets: $20 advance, $25 doors
    Elnah welcomed me into her home, where we hung out with her 4 lb dog Baby. We discussed music, her upcoming show at the Royal Room in Seattle in March, and the struggles she has had over the past year, including with a particular Seattle landlord. 


    “Born and raised in Ohio, Elnah Jordan’s musical journey began as a child in her church choir, where her passion for singing was discovered. This early experience laid the foundation for a life dedicated to jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B, taking her from the streets of San Francisco to clubs, Broadway theatre, and even award nominations such as the Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 1986.


    Elnah’s remarkable portrayal of Bessie Smith in Jon Hendricks’s ‘The Evolution of the Blues’ and performances in productions like ‘Street Dreams’ earned her accolades including the prestigious Cabaret Gold Award. She has opened for renowned artists like Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Blue Bland, further solidifying her reputation in the industry.


    Having settled in Seattle, Elnah has become a beloved figure in the local music scene. She has graced stages throughout the Pacific Northwest, including notable venues like Egan’s Ballard Jam House, The Royal Room, and the New Orleans, among others. Her collaboration with pianists like Eric Verlinde showcases a captivating blend of blues, jazz, gospel, and rhythm & blues, all delivered with a large measure of soul.

    Elnah’s ability to connect with her audience, interpreting the vibe and energy of the room, sets her apart as a performer. Her music serves as a communal celebration, offering a tonic for modern times. Whether belting out Bessie Smith or summoning the spirit of Nina Simone, Elnah Jordan remains true to her roots, embodying the essence of American ethnomusicology. Her ongoing growth and appreciation for music reflect her dedication to her craft, making her a must-see performer for music lovers everywhere”.


    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Channel 7 Interview

    Connect with Elnah:
    Website
    Facebook
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    Email: takenoticepodcast@gmail.com Website Instagram Facebook Rate & Review on Apple Podcast

    Music by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius Heggins
    Produced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-Heggins

    Thank you for Taking Notice!

    • 51 min
    Sharing Your Truth with Tigest Beyene

    Sharing Your Truth with Tigest Beyene

    Tuesday, February 6
    Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
    Episode 58: Tigest Beyene

    Talented author, ghostwriter, and entrepreneur, Tigest Beyene talks about her book Love, Sex and Sorrow, her passion for writing, her upcoming documentary, and the message of being a writer who is always open and honest no matter what.
    Excerpt from 'Love, Sex, and Sorrow':
    "Waking up with the sounds of whispers and white coats around me. I’m trying to figure out what happened. My legs feel numb, and my arm is stiff from the IV's. I look around and see different machines and doctors in white coats talking with each other. They don’t even notice that I am awake."

    Tigest Beyene is a full-time employee, assisting women with their wellness needs. She is a mother of two beautiful girls and enjoys being present while spending quality time with her family. Ms. Beyene resides in Washington state.

    Connect with Tigest:
    Instagram - @lovetigest25
    Love, Sex, and Sorrow


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    Music by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius Heggins
    Produced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-Heggins

    Thank you for Taking Notice!

    • 48 min
    The Path that Led to OneFireLight with Diana Leary

    The Path that Led to OneFireLight with Diana Leary

    Tuesday, January 30
    Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
    Episode 57: Diana Leary

    Connect with the other co-founder of Wellness & Fitness app, OneFireLight, Diana Leary. A few episodes ago you heard from her mother, Kathryn Leary, and it was a joy to hear Diana's journey to becoming co-founder alongside her mother. 
    Diana is driven in her endless search for world class instructors to bring unique and one-of-a-kind offerings in yoga, strength and cardio workouts, dance, sound healing and meditation practices designed to calm the mind, strengthen the body and uplift the spirit. She draws on her Broadway experiences in theater arts having worked on such productions as The Book of Mormon to present exceptional fitness and wellness performances. The icing on the cake is working together with her mother Kathryn on producing OneFirelight – truly a labor of love.
    ‌Diana Leary is a graduate of Northeastern University and joins her mother, Kathryn, in building OneFirelight as Director of Content Development and Manager of eCommerce. She is driven in her endless search for world class instructors to bring unique and one-of-a-kind offerings in yoga, strength and cardio workouts, dance, sound healing and meditation practices designed to calm the mind, strengthen the body and uplift the spirit. She draws on her Broadway experiences in theater arts having worked on such productions as The Book of Mormon to present exceptional fitness and wellness performances. The icing on the cake is working together with her mother on producing OneFirelight – truly a labor of love.
    Connect with Diana:
     Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Twitter
    TikTok


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    Music by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius Heggins
    Produced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-Heggins

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    • 44 min
    Songwriting and the Importance of Music with Dessy Di Lauro

    Songwriting and the Importance of Music with Dessy Di Lauro

    Tuesday, January 23
    Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
    Episode 56: Dessy Di Lauro

    Dessy Di Lauro joins Take Notice for a rich conversation on songwriting, performing, moving from Montreal where she was raised to touring the world and landing in LA with her husband, Ric'key Pageot. Dessy is in the process of releasing new material, including a single she released back in October of 2023 entitled ‘The Light’ and the upcoming single, ‘Be Still’. 

    Born in Montreal, Dessy Di Lauro discovered her love for music at a young age. Venturing to Los Angeles, she met producer and now life partner Rick'ey Pageot, forming the groundbreaking duo Parlor Social, which garnered acclaim with their unique fusion of ragtime, swing, and hip-hop-infused R&B. Now, Di Lauro is embarking on a solo career, blending Brazilian, Cuban, Italian, and African influences. Her forthcoming album promises a dynamic exploration of diverse musical roots, marking a compelling new chapter for this musical trailblazer.


    Instagram (@dessydilauro)
    DDs Naturals


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    Music by Version Big-Fi featuring Darius Heggins
    Produced, Hosted & Edited by Allison Preisinger-Heggins

    Thank you for Taking Notice!

    • 51 min

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