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How do you find meaning at work? Is it about loving the tasks you have to do each day, or is it more about your outlook? Is it about following your dreams and making your work your life...or following the dollar signs and living for the weekend? This was the decision facing freelance writer Allison Hope who was working at a non-profit when she rece…
 
Career and the opportunity to grow is the number one reason why people join a company. It’s also the number one reason they leave a company if they’re not getting opportunities. Professional development is a major priority for employees — new and older. But it can be a difficult maze to navigate when you’re new at a company. In this episode, we tea…
 
Psychological safety is the belief that you can bring your whole self to work, and speak up with ideas and feedback—as well as make mistakes—without fear of punishment. But, how do you do that if you don’t trust your boss or your coworkers? In this episode we are exploring what makes some work environments open and collaborative, and others closed-…
 
The number one concern of new employees we spoke to, those entering their first or second jobs, was knowing how to stand out, in order to advance in their career. But this is not just a challenge for young workers. Mid to senior career employees can experience the same issue, feeling stuck at work, due to anxiety, introversion or lack of confidence…
 
It’s the last episode of the season! We had the pleasure of sitting down with Tiffany Jones, biracial woman and lawyer. Tiffany’s own story starts with her reading list for biracial people and moves from politics into law. Additionally, we chat about being the butt of the joke, acting “white”, friendships to dating, and sage advice for her 12-year-…
 
Finding the job that ticks all the right boxes can seem like an impossible task. But what if you’re not looking for the right things? Well, there is a big shift occuring in the workplace as progressive companies start focusing on something called the “employee experience” — a holistic relationship between a company and its staff. Host Sonia Kang ta…
 
In the middle of a pandemic, the issue of police brutality bubbled to the surface, again. As protests broke out all over the world, they led to a broader conversation about Black lives, Indigenous lives, and the experiences of people of colour. It finally feels like diversity and inclusion for members of historically underrepresented groups is gain…
 
Friendships can be overlooked in the relationship hierarchy, but they are crucial to our development. So how do multiracial people navigate friendships? Tune in for both Katie’s personal take on friendships and some research about how race plays into forming these types of relationships. Links We Love Multiracial in America - Pew’s research on soci…
 
Resilience is the ability to rebound, recover and learn from unexpected challenges and uncomfortable change. But how do you just magically become resilient? Host Sonia Kang explores new approaches to gaining resilience within the employee experience, amid a global pandemic and massive workplace disruption. Psychologist Raphael Rose, describes how p…
 
This is a playbook for the modern employee experience, and it’s more relevant than ever as we redefine the way we work in the wake of a pandemic. You’ll hear inspirational and practical advice from experts in the industry, and lessons to help you be your best self at work and beyond. We explore key themes in the workplace, like diversity and inclus…
 
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation with Ashleigh Reddy. A proud Black and Indian woman, Ashleigh gets real about her experiences dating as a biracial woman and her friendships in both the Black and South Asian communities. We learn that no matter who you choose to spend time with, you are always 100% whole and should be treated as such. P…
 
We spoke with Sonia Kang, founder and owner of Mixed Up Clothing, a fashion company highlighting multiracial families and experiences. An African American and Mexican woman, Sonia shares her candid advice about navigating her 15 year marriage to her Korean husband, including the good and the complex. We also dive into her company, Mixed Up Clothing…
 
We get into the true emotional heart of romantic relationships. What’s it like to date someone outside of your race? We cover both interracial dating and dating as a biracial person in this episode. Listen in to discover our couple inspirations, the pressure interracial couples can feel, and the complexities of dating as biracial. Links We Love: We…
 
The relationship we’ve all been waiting for - dating! Well, sort of. We’re setting the stage for one of the most tangled relationships, dating, by covering a history of interracial relationships and marriage. Join Katie as she goes back to the 1600s to trace the path of interracial unions from Pocahontas up to present day with Insecure’s Asian Bae.…
 
We’re taking a much needed self-care break with Roxy of Coastal Curl. She’s Black and Persian (aka “blersian”) and we talk about her upbringing in SoCal, self care during the pandemic, and her haircare business, Coastal Curl, that she’s had to pivot recently. Tune in to get the download on self-care from a Blersian!…
 
This week, we’re searching for Katie’s ancestors. Inspired by a recent project, Katie discusses how tenuous ties between people who have come before us can feel closer than ever. Tune in for a discussion on how the past informs the future, genealogy, and a crash course in Cabo Verdian history. Ancestry for Black People Exists! I had a blast searchi…
 
Katie brings in reinforcements for this week’s episode. She talks with friend and parent of multiracial children, Marc Perry. Tune in to hear a conversation about how identity affects children's upbringing, kids asking the darndest questions, and our hope for parents confronting what can be a joyous and intimidating experience.…
 
We’re entering unchartered territories today - parenting! Katie is no parent, but she knows that this topic cannot be ignored when the season is dedicated to relationships. This episode is all about framing the experience of raising multiracial children in anticipation of our super parent guests over the next few weeks. Have questions about raising…
 
It’s the season one finale! Katie pays homage to other creators/creatives covering multiracial stories (looking at you The Curl Talk Project and Halu Halo!). She ends the season talking about the injustices toward Amara La Negra and Ms. Janet Jackson and her hope for Wakanda. Sources: Mean Tweets About Stormi Jenner's Skin Color Are Seriously Not O…
 
Katie's "traveling" all the way to London this week to talk to fellow beige buddy, Lelani. We talk what it’s like growing up as a multiracial Londoner, British values and the royal family, our new race bible Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, and, of course, hair (Hi @thecurltalkproject). Sources: Why I’m No Lo…
 
Let’s talk about hair! This week, Katie explores curly hair and its significance to black and multiracial cultures. She also shares her own hair story and some tips and product suggestions. Sources: Hair It Is: Examining the Experiences of Black Women with Natural Hair"I am Not my Hair! Or am I?": Black Women's Transformative Experience in their Se…
 
Katie addresses a blind spot in her episodes thus far. Exploring a study that shows young men are less likely to identify as biracial, she ponders what it’s like for Drake and her brother. Also, have you heard of digital blackface? It’s about time! Sources: Here’s the full biracial young men study for all you nerds craving scientific research Dropp…
 
Katie interviews Julie Lythcott-Haims, the author of Real American: A Memoir and former Dean of the Freshman at Stanford University where she was known as “Dean Julie.” They talk about stereotypes like “oreos” and angry black women, the committee that anoints black people, language and black literary mothers, and whether there is hope for America. …
 
In this week’s episode, Katie tackles the stereotypes multiracial people face. She also shares some of the developing research around multiracial people, discusses Ta-Nehisi Coates’ SF appearance (!!!), and finds all sorts of treasures on social media (looking at you Hannah Bronfman and Elaine Weltreroth). Music: Blank and Kytt - RSPN Marc Perry (a…
 
Katie talks with her cousin Anamaria in Atlanta. They discuss being mixed blacks (black people aren’t monolithic!), the time Anamaria spent in black hair salons, and differences between California and Atlanta. Anamaria also shares her love of Cardi B and the show Atlanta. Cardi B gets engaged If you want to dive into Atlanta…
 
Katie talks about what it is to be black in America. She explores the stereotypes and competing definitions of blackness, while sharing her own journey to identify as a black woman and some of the community’s “secrets”. Also, we celebrate Cardi B, black TV shows, and discuss Julie Lythcott-Haim’s Real American. Music: Blank and Kytt - RSPN Marc Per…
 
Katie and Sarah unpack whiteness as a mixed race person. They discuss Sarah’s story as a mixed race adoptee in a white family, what it feels like to have your race “outed”, black icons, the loneliness of being mixed race, and educating white people on issues important to people of color. Music: Blank and Kytt - RSPN Marc Perry (aka Holy MTNS) - fh-…
 
Katie gets real about whiteness. She talks about her mistaken assumption of being white, the language of white fragility, getting #woke, Ta-Nehisi Coates “The First White President”, and how Queen Rihanna has blessed us. Music: Blank and Kytt - RSPN Marc Perry (aka Holy MTNS) - You’re Not Alone Sources: Diving deep into the language of white fragil…
 
Katie interviews Taylor Bernal, social media guru and fellow mixed girl. They talk growing up mixed in predominately white neighborhoods (not far from one another), answering the question “what are you?”, and their transformation of identity. Plus, Taylor keeps up with the Kardashians (Wests). Music: Blank and Kytt - RSPN Marc Perry - fh-sk-BY Sour…
 
Episode 1 has arrived! On this week’s episode, Katie explores that question every mixed person answers ad nauseam. Also, why August 28th matters, white supremacists, and how to practice self care in these uncertain times. Sources: Tanvi Misra hates the word exotic Yoshio Chandler talks being mixed race and “What are you?” Ava Duvernay on August 28t…
 
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