Join this twice a week podcast with Lezli, Creator + Curator of The Iconoclast Dinner Experience and her daughters, Zuri and Nava, where they explore Culture, Race, + Societal Issues through the lens of cultural critics, industry experts, writers, and HBCU students and recent grads.
Season One includes Impolite Conversations on topics such as Climate Change + COVID-19 + Communities of Color, Romanticizing of Colonialization, White Students at HBCUs, the Cultural Impact of Gentrification, and why the selective use of the word “Ethnic” as a descriptive sounds like nails on a chalkboard.
MONDAYS - DEEP DIVE WITH EXPERTS
FRIDAYS - ON THE YARD WITH HBCU STUDENTS
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Episode #42: “On The Yard” Season Finale Part 2: COVID-19 Updates From Previous Guests
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Episode #41: Gilded Africans, Napoleon, and January 1st
Lezli has her final deep dive of Season One with Dr. Régine Jean-Charles, associate professor of French and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. During this penultimate episode of the season, the two discuss Haiti's significance as the first Black republic, the global significance of Haiti’s defeat of France, as well as the Haitian sacrament that takes place around the world on January 1st.
Episode #40: “On The Yard” Season Finale Part 1: COVID-19 Updates From Previous Guests
Season 1 closes out with the first of a two part conversation. They get an update from Zuri’s classmate, Chantia Murphy ‘21 who joined for Episode #4 . Earlier in the season Chantia shared the financial impact of COVID-19 on her family meant she might not be able to return to Spelman for her senior year. nWith first semester complete Chantia provides an update.
Episode #39: The Meticulous Architecture of the Country Music Myth: Vol. 2
Lezli finishes up her two-part conversation with Dr. Charles L. Hughes, author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, which was named by Rolling Stone, as one of the Best Music Books of 2015. The two explore prominent Black R&B and Soul artists such as Ray Charles that also made Country albums, how Charley Pride navigated the homogeneity of the Country Music genre, the dynamic that created the Lil Nas X controversy, and what his hopes are for the future of Country Music.
Episode #38: “On The Yard” HBCU Students on Venture Capital
Lezli and her ON THE YARD co-host Zuri;Spelman College ‘21 have a conversation with two HBCU VC Fellows Kendall Camp; Morehouse College ‘22 Host of Privileged Black Kids Podcast and Trea'jure Dahl Spelman College ‘22. The four explore the minuscule percentage of VC dollars going to Black-owned startups, how they became interested in VC, what makes VC internships uniquely difficult to obtain, and how students should leverage their campus community whether they're interested in VC or not.
Episode #37: The Meticulous Architecture of the Country Music Myth: Vol. 1
Lezli continues her exploration of American music with a two-part conversation with Dr. Charles L. Hughes, author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, which was named by Rolling Stone, as one of the Best Music Books of 2015. They explore folk traditions associated with Country Music, how people of color get written out of America’s folksy roots, the impetus for the creation of the “Hillbilly Music” genre, and why this music became central to American white identity.
IDE never fails! Always interesting, creative and insightful. I love it and I love it’s point of view!
It’s always great to hear a different perspective on different subjects! Really enjoyed listening!!
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I LOVE this podcast. It’s fresh, it’s real and it’s informative. I love the fact that this brilliant host also includes her college age daughters for their perspective. Dr. Lezli Harvell is connecting all the dots in a way I haven’t heard before. Can’t wait for more episodes to drop !!