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Bliss-less Ambivalence

know, lifestyle, podcast May 28, 2020

am·biv·a·lence (n) /amˈbivələnt/

the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
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Before all of this, ambivalent wouldn’t have been the first word I’d use to describe my worldview; it suggests far more moodiness and indecisiveness than I’d willingly associate myself with. But, one season of podcasting and pandemic-ing later, and I’ve realized that I feel nothing but ambivalence towards our human experience. My wide scope of conversations clarified for me that life, in all its dynamism, is fully incapable of being wholly one thing, or wholly another. It is forever shifting. The difference is, now, my ambivalence has lost its bliss–and, in my mind, it’s no coincidence that it has gone right at the close of season 1.

Over 16 weeks, I’ve had the privilege to learn and share insights from visionaries, educators, creators, and entrepreneurs who have sparked in me a gutsiness that I’m just beginning to get comfortable with. They knowingly joined me in conversations they imagined would ruffle feathers, induce introspection, and hopefully, inspire fervent criticism of American society. 

In me doing more of that, my ambivalence might find its bliss again…but if it never does, the least I can do is thank you for listening, even when you hated what you heard.

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Our Climate Crisis

activism, environment, gen z, global, lifestyle, Millennials, podcast, politics, society May 20, 2020

The Climate Emergency is not far in the future, it’s here now.

So, what can we do about it?

Jamie Margolin, Founder of Zero Hour Movement, joins me to lay out how we save ourselves and preserve our planet. She started organizing Zero Hour in the summer of 2017 and since then, Nadia Nazar, Madelaine Tew, and Zanagee Artis have joined her in leading it.

Jamie’s book, Youth To Power, comes out June 2, 2020, as a guide to young organizers.

Here’s my conversation with Jamie, and how you can connect with her:

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Mucho Art

art, authenticity, know, lifestyle, podcast April 1, 2020

In this episode, I’m getting personal with Sofia Enriquez, an artist based in the Coachella Valley, whose works explore androgyny, her intercultural identity, and feminism. Her practice consists of murals, large scale paintings, as well as her fashion collection MUCHO, consisting of one of a kind painted garments.

Here’s my conversation with Sofia, and how to connect with her:

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Indian Food for Thought

activism, food, podcast, society March 25, 2020

In this episode, I’m chatting with Sana Javeri Kadri, founder of Diaspora Co., a direct trade spice company working towards a radically equitable, sustainable, and more delicious spice supply chain.

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Sana, who was born and raised in Mumbai, decided to start her business after working at the intersection of food and culture there.  She discovered that farmers made no money, and spices changed hands upwards of 10 times before reaching the consumer–glaringly similar to the business model enacted during the western, colonial conquest of the Indian subcontinent.

Here’s my conversation with Sana and how to connect with her:

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To The Senate, and Beyond

america, fashion, podcast, politics, society March 18, 2020

In this episode, my guest Jaime Harrison and I discuss his historic Senate race, his experiences on the campaign trail, and what’s to come if he defeats the incumbent candidate and notable Trump ally, Lindsey Graham.

Prior to running for Senate, Jaime served as an aide to legendary South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn; and, in 2013, was elected the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. 

Here’s my conversation with Jaime Harrison, and how to connect with him:

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