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AALF believes that telling our stories is crucial to the success of the African American community. Through our podcast and community engagement work we’re raising the profiles of champions in our community, celebrating our successes, and addressing the challenges we face. By listening to our weekly program, becoming a network contributor and participating in our convenings, you’re helping to re-shape the narrative around Black lives and the Black experience. The podcast also airs on KMOJ Su ...
 
Straight Shot, No Chaser with Tezlyn Figaro (@tezlynfigaro) examines controversial and thought-provoking topics with diverse guests to discuss politics, social consciousness, and culture. Through weekly conversations, Tezlyn invites guests to share their views and experiences, raw and unfiltered, to educate, uplift, and provide honest insight into the issues facing the Black community in America. A mix of hip-hop and political expertise, Tezlyn keeps her ears to the street and brings her kno ...
 
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Tezlyn recaps President Biden’s pathetic message to Black voters during his first-year recap speech. She also explains how the listener has two choices to make which is either give up and become a victim of pathetic politics or stand up and operate within your purpose. Check out this episode to be both inspired and challenged. Learn more about your…
 
The George Floyd Foundation training series for incarcerated individuals curated & hosted by Tezlyn Figaro Communications Group. Join Tezlyn Figaro as she chats with Senior Director of Membership and Partnerships for the REFORM Alliance, Louis L. Reed. Mr. Reed walks the listener through his journey of turning his prison sentence into purpose. Mr. …
 
Vocalist, Emmy Award-winning actor, motivational speaker, emcee, auctioneer, community organizer, arts educator, and committed volunteer, T Mychael Rambo spreads some cheer and hope through his story of being homeless, sitting on the bench outside of the Ordway theatre in St Paul MN, watching people come and go to being an actor on the stage at the…
 
Bishop Talbert Swan returns to Straight Shot, No Chaser with Tezlyn Figaro to give listeners an update on Black America, Black voter power, and how he handles criticism surrounding his participation in the #GoodTrouble protest & the #BuckBreaking movie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Mr. James Dallas, a man of faith, seasoned executive, and agent of change in large domestic and international corporate settings, helps people navigate their lives in the face of daunting circumstances. James shares details with host Dr. Sylvia Bartley about how he evolved from a young man who grew up in the segregated south with an inferiority com…
 
If you ever wondered if it is possible to run for office for the first time and win by a landslide three times, then you MUST check out this powerful interview with Orlando City Commissioner Regina I Hill. Tezlyn Figaro formally served as Commissioner Hill's Director of Communications for her first campaign. During this intimate interview, they dis…
 
Join Tezlyn as she chats with Grammy Nominated musician, songwriter, & recording artist James Worthy about the importance of ownership in the music industry, building your brand, and consistency for longevity in the industry. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
Check out this fire commentary by Tezlyn Figaro as she discusses how the defense attorneys for the murderers of #AhmaudArbery in the McMichaels and Bryan trial ask for a mistrial because Black pastors are in the courtroom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
Host Dr. Sylvia Bartley sits down with Kim Nelson, retired Senior Vice President of External Relations for General Mills Inc, President of the General Mills Foundation, and Independent Board Director at Colgate-Palmolive, Cummins Inc., and Tate & Lyle, to learn about Kim’s career journey from an assistant Marketing Manager to the highest-ranking Bl…
 
Tezlyn chats with Dr. Lance McCarthy about how Black Americans can benefit from the cannabis industry beyond owning a dispensary and how the industry is changing the criminal justice system. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
Check out this lively discussion between Mysonne the General and The Hoodwhisperer aka Tezlyn Figaro as they discuss gender roles within the rules of the game, ongoing internet beef, social media trolls, and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
Kellen Rashad Nins, attendance liaison at Central High School and creator and founder of the Uposit.me app and social media, discusses positivity in our lives, and boldly recounts his personal journey through the criminal justice system as a confused young man, and how it impacted his drive to help kids stay positive and navigate the world.…
 
In Minnesota, only 24% of African American households own their home, compared with 77% of white households. Dondi Edwards, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Lending, joins Dr. Bartley to talk about the history of home ownership in America, including practices like racial covenants and redlining. Dondi discusses the initiative he is leading i…
 
Check out another SSNC live episode as Tezlyn discusses how President Biden is all of a sudden ready to push the line to end the filibuster to raise the debt ceiling. This episode was recorded live on Tezlyn Figaro’s Instagram be sure to follow her @TezlynFigaro to join in on the conversation! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartp…
 
During SSNC Live on Instagram Tezlyn breaks down the difference between the infrastructure and reconciliation in a fun easy way that anyone can understand. Using Thanksgiving dinner analogies, the listener will leave with a full plate of political knowledge to share with others. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.c…
 
Tezlyn chats with Dr. Lance McCarthy to learn why Black Americans only make up 1.9% of the tech market and how workplace diversity not only creates more opportunities for Black Americans but is smart for business and how survivor's remorse can inhibit your money flow. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Host Dr. Sylvia Bartley sits down with Dr. Lonnie Johnson in his Research and Development building in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Johnson is an inventor and entrepreneur. He is well known for his invention of the Super Soaker®, which became the number one selling toy in America and the Јоhnѕоn Тhеrmоеlесtrіс Еnеrgу Соnvеrtеr (ЈТЕС), аn еngіnе thаt соnvеr…
 
Statistics show Black women and their babies have worse health outcomes than their white peers. In this episode, Dr. Sylvia Bartley welcomes Dr. Kristin Oates, OBGYN at Atlanta Gynecology and Obstetrics, Terra Cole Brown, Executive Director at Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation, and Shakita Thomas Kpetay from Remnants of Hope Coaching and Cons…
 
According to the CDC, 1-in-5 Americans will experience mental health illness in a given year, 1-in-25 Americans live with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression, and according to the Lancet Psychiatry Journal, 1-in-8 Covid Patients are diagnosed with a first-time mental illness like anxiety and depression…
 
Hip-hop artist and community leader Dupré "Doitall" Kelly, of the hip-hop group Lords of the Underground, joins Tezlyn to discuss his candidacy for councilman in the West Ward of Newark, New Jersey, how political crews work, his strategy and vision for revitalizing the Ward, and why connecting with the streets matters. Learn more about your ad-choi…
 
Civil rights icon Dr. Josie R. Johnson, author of "Hope in Struggle: A Memoir," reflects with host Dr. Sylvia Bartley about the civil rights era of today compared to the early civil rights movement. As we live through COVID, racial reckoning, and natural disasters, Dr. Johnson shares her hopes and fears for our children and community. Dr. Johnson q…
 
Tezlyn gives you another shot of her straight shot no chaser commentary style while breaking down the news of the week such as the ​​Afghanistan exit, President Biden's speech, federal voting rights, Texas voting rights and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Join Tezlyn as she discusses voting rights with founder of the Next Generation Action Network, Dominque Alexander. This bold, powerful discussion calls out the people that are holding Black people back, and how we must continue to push the line. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Public safety is an issue on the minds of many with the surge in violence and gun homicides during the pandemic. Dr. Sylvia Bartley moderates a conversation with Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Minneapolis Councilmembers Jeremiah Ellison and Phillipe Cunningham about public safety in Minneapolis. They discuss what has cha…
 
Three Minnesota Superintendents, Dr. Kim Hiel, Dr. Theresa Battle, and Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams, join Dr. Sylvia Bartley to discuss how we can keep our kids safe as they return to class, the challenges of the Delta Variant, and what is being done to protect children.By The African American Leadership Forum
 
Dr. Sylvia Bartley sits down with Audra Robinson (founder and CEO of Rocky Robinson) and Kenya McKnight (President and CEO of Black Women's Wealth Alliance). They discuss the accomplishments, resiliency, and challenges that Black entrepreneurs have seen over the last year and how Black women are forging the way for themselves and future leaders."…
 
Tezlyn breaks down her frustration with Sen Joe Manchin being in absolute control of the Democrat party and how he and the people that enable him are stopping progress for Black America Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
Tezlyn chops it up with fellow Black Effect Podcaster Mouse Jones, co-host of "The What?! Hip Hop Questions, Legends + Lists," about gender roles in hip-hop culture, cornball sex, and why "we" doesn't mean everybody. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
On this week's episode, Dr. Sylvia Bartley has a conversation with North Minneapolis native, Houston White. Mr. White is an entrepreneur and community leader who has dedicated his life to uplifting the Black community. Listen in to hear about "H. White Men's Room", his Black Excellence clothing brand, and a conversation about the importance of a st…
 
Host Dr. Sylvia Bartley interviews the Musical Director of the three times Grammy award-winning The Sounds of Blackness. Gary shares the history of the Sounds of Blackness, their purpose, successes, and what keeps him grounded to produce some of the most inspiring, uplifting music of all times.By The African American Leadership Forum
 
What will it take to end the pandemic and what are the reasons for vaccine hesitancy? Dr. Sylvia Bartley welcomes Dr. Zeke J McKinney MD, Occupational Medicine Specialist at Health Partners, Park Nicollet, Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at UCare Minnesota, and Registered Nurse for Infection Preve…
 
Tezlyn chats with the new star of the Real Housewives of New York, and Black Effect Podcast Network, Holding Court Host Eboni K. Williams, about how she is using her platform to empower and educate viewers of #RHONY. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
Tezlyn discusses how President Biden’s new initiative to reduce gun violence is giving her 94 Crime Bill vibes. Tezlyn also provides her thoughts on the voting rights bill and what Democrats must do next. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
During this straight shot commentary segment Tezlyn discusses her frustration with Democrats thus far and the importance of the 30 Sturdy nonpartisan Attorney General voter information campaign. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comBy The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
 
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