We Need More is a podcast driven to provide more positive representation in our community by interviewing professionals and business owners. Our audience is geared towards future entrepreneurs of all ages - specifically in the African American community.
Our guests provide background on their profession or business, their inspiration, peaks and pits of their journey and the legacy they want to leave behind.
Dr. Gina Paige - Founder of African Ancestry
African Ancestry is a company that helps expand the way people view themselves and the way they view Africa!
African Ancestry is the world leader in tracing maternal and paternal lineages of African descent having helped more than 750,000 people re-connect with the roots of their family tree. With the industry’s largest and most comprehensive database of over 30,000 indigenous African DNA samples, African Ancestry determines specific countries and specific ethnic groups of origin with an unrivaled level of detail, accuracy and confidence.
In 2003, Dr. Gina Paige co-founded African Ancestry, Inc. (AfricanAncestry.com) and in doing so, pioneered a new way of tracing African lineages using genetics, and a new marketplace for people of African descent looking to more accurately and reliably trace their roots. Paige travels the world helping people demystify their roots and inform on identities so that they may better understand who they are by knowing where they’re from.
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Jimmy Wise - Owner of Wisecuts Barbershop
Jimmy Wise is the owner of Wisecuts Barbershop and Barber School. He dropped by with the crew of We Need More to share practical tips on how his idea of opening his own shop became a reality. We even learn about the haircut he received from his mother. Press play to find out how that turned out. Jimmy shares steps if you desire to open up your own barbershop.
WISECUTS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE BARBERSHOP.
Wisecuts brings flavor and a vibe to the barber industry that you can't get anywhere else. Barbers are part of a hand-picked team that are passionate about our craft. Wisecuts are an elite men's club of sorts where people from all walks of life are welcome. Wisecuts is a corner stone in the neighborhood and a place where knowledge is passed on from generation to generation.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Wisecuts Barber School believes that every person who has the desire and determination to become a barber should have that opportunity. That belief inspires instructors to prepare students to not only be effective barbers, but to also pass the Virginia licensing exam. The goal of our high quality program is to provide each enrolled student with straightforward practical instruction and an energetic learning experience. The graduate of Wisecuts Barber School will have the foundation to pursue their desired career goals.
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Brandon Frame - Founder of TheBlackManCan
Brandon Frame is a visionary leader, social innovator and mentor. He is the Chief Visionary Officer of TheBlackManCan, Inc. an award winning and internationally recognized non-profit and digital media platform focused on celebrating, educating and inspiring boys and men of color. Started as a blog, over the last seven years TheBlackManCan has evolved in a conscious social community that reflects positive images of black boys and men of color.
Brandon Frame is the Deputy Director of Social - Emotional Learning at The Urban Assembly, Co-Founder of the award winning twitter chat #hiphoped and the Author of Define Yourself, Redefine the World: A Guided Journal for Boys and Men of color and the children's book My First Tie.
For his service to his community, Brandon has received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award, Change Maker of the Year and was named Next in Class in the field of Education by Black Entertainment Television. Brandon’s work has been featured in the Black Enterprise, Boston Globe, Essence, CBS, and NBC. Brandon pursues excellence with impeccable effort in all that he does. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and resides in Bronx, NY.
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Samantha Josaphat - Founder of Studio 397 Architecture
Samantha Josaphat: Principal of Studio 397 Architecture, a New York City based design firm specializing in Architecture and Interior Design. The world of architecture is not known for diversity, hence Samantha being the 397th African American Female Architect to achieve licensure in the United States; that's less than 1% of all registered architects.
Samantha started her own firm to raise that number and create better conditions for those taking charge. Samantha is also the president of nycoba NOMA, a professional networking organization for minority architects. She also leads the initiative, Project Pipeline, an architectural day camp for elementary school students.
MOTIVATING, IGNITING, AND MENTORING THE CREATIVE THINKING PROCESS
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Kier Gaines - Creator of Kier & Them
Kier & Them is a multi-passionate millennial family featuring Kier, a mental health professional, his wife, Noémie, an intellectual property lawyer, and their sassy 2-yr-old daughter, Emery. Do we look familiar? You may have seen us online already - Emery’s french fry dance or our surprise engagement. Over the past two years, we have grown to over 58,000 Instagram followers and 17,000 YouTube subscribers.
The mission is to showcase non-traditional love and marriage, millennial family and parenting, and home and lifestyle while focusing on the importance of mental health through comedic, but thought-provoking digital content. Their content will make you think, cry, and most likely break out into a belly laugh.
Official Website www.kierandthem.com