What Shapes Us is an exploration into the incidents and accidents that shape us into being. Selema Masekela, a relentlessly curious narrator of the human experience, takes us on a journey through personal anecdotes from his own life and in depth, conversational exchanges with a wide landscape of dynamic and interesting individuals. Athletes, activists, artists, critical thinkers, disruptors; anyone with a unique perspective on this thing called life, is welcome to contribute answers to the always evolving question...What Shapes Us
4: Joy Bryant
This week Selema Talks to Joy Bryant After a 6 month hiatus, What Shapes Us returns! In this episode, Selema gets candid about why the podcast took such a long layoff and how the net effect of Covid, American race relations and the election took a definitive toll on his mental health. This week features a conversation between Selema and one of his dearest friends, the incredible actress and producer, Joy Bryant. Joy talks about her life growing up in the Bronx, the importance of her Grandmother, getting into and deciding to leave Yale and also the value of self belief when the stakes are high and the cards are dealt against you.
3: Matty Matheson
In this episode Selema reflects on the high stakes, polarizing dance that is the social media landscape whilst musing on the stamina necessary to last in the podcast game. Selema proudly welcomes chef Matty Matheson for a raw and open conversation about pivoting, race, family, honesty and the importance of remaining true to who you are over everything else.
2: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
The ocean has a deep meaning to me and in this episode I get into why surfing and the ocean is so imbedded in who I am as a human being. That is why on this episode I’m beyond ecstatic about our guest, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. She is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, Urban Ocean Lab, and co-created the Blue New Deal. She also has a new book out available to preorder called, “All We Can Save” about the climate movement, and solutions to lead humanity forward. We talk about how she found her life’s work, and what her visions are for the future.
Welcome to the What Shapes Us Podcast. Here is a taste of whats to come this season. Subscribe now where ever you get your podcast.
We need more!
I love this show! I wish this show was on a regular release schedule. But when you drop one it’s always fire
This is such a wonderful and much needed podcast. Keep it up and let the days ahead take you to greater things and reach those ears who have never heard you speak. Peace to you, Selema.
Excited to see where this goes!