Culture and Conversations

Culture and Conversations
Culture and Conversations is a show dedicated to everyday people tell their amazing stories of becoming, aspiring and overcoming. As the host, Jamison Smallwood shares his insights and perspectives on his life through the stories and experiences of hi…

Episode 72 - “A magnetic approach to wellness with The Therapeutic House”
Jul 17 • 58 min
In this episode I chat with Melodie Moore and Danielle Galloway of The Therapeutic House located in Alpharetta, GA about using magnets and alternative approaches to promote wellness and to provide relief for chronic pain.
Small Talk Vol. 15 - “Some days I’m giving you Baby Phat, some days I’m giving you burka!”
Jul 10 • 38 min
Brandee Thomas returns to the podcast to talk about her new pet project Sugar and Spice Wear and Flair, the changes to the Culture and Conversations live stream #TheGroupChat on Facebook and her limited but hopefully improving Game of Thrones knowledge.
Episode 71 - “Clearing The Dumping Ground with Latasha Matthews.”
Jun 26 • 50 min
I chat with Latasha Matthews of Illumination Counseling about her journey into counseling, therapy and what her life experiences with domestic violence taught her about patience in dating.
Episode 70 - “A new logo and learning to live with the familiar.”
Jun 19 • 39 min
I talk about the new logo, merchandise, changes to #TheGroupChat, the addition of Ramond Hingleton as a co-host and how I’m learning to live with “the familiar.”
Episode 69 - “#TheGroupChat Question and Answer - Part 1”
Jun 5 • 29 min
In a hilarious episode of Culture and Conversations my friend Ramond stops by to co-host my weekly Facebook live stream named #TheGroupChat.
Episode 68 - “Yakitori Jinbei showed me I am media.”
May 29 • 24 min
In this episode I talk about an awesome experience I had visiting and reviewing Yakitori Jinbei in Smyrna, GA.
Episode 67 - “More than five good minutes with Dominique Witten.”
May 22 • 57 min
I chat with comedian and actress Dominique Witten of Tropical Cop Tales and the Dave Chappelle Show about her career in comedy and about how her perspective on life helped her persevere through difficult times early in her career.
Small Talk Vol. 14 - “Two creators geeking out.”
May 8 • 25 min
At the end of my podcast with my friend James, we talk about podcasting, The Joe Budden Podcast and changes to digital streaming platforms.
Episode 66 - “My appearance on The Walkshow podcast”
May 1 • 64 min
On this episode I get interviewed by Walker Neer of The Walkshow where Walker and I talk about podcasting, my background and just lessons from our life experiences.
Small Bites Vol. 9 - Antico in Alpharetta, GA and Atlanta, GA
Apr 24 • 8 min
On this episode I share a review from my experiences eating Neapolitan-style pizza.
Episode 65 - “I was a nice f*ck boy.”
Apr 17 • 40 min
In a rather transparent and honest episode I share some of the details around why I elected for therapy following my divorce.
Episode 64 - “James Hammond is the man behind the camera and Ikon Filmworks.”
Apr 10 • 32 min
In this episode I share another episode of my YouTube show called “The Sit-Down” in which I catch up with an old buddy from Georgia Southern University, James Hammond of Ikon Filmworks.
Small Bites Vol. 8 - Morton’s in Atlanta, GA
Apr 4 • 10 min
I’ve been a contractor for over three years and wanted to celebrate so I made a date and took her to Morton’s The Steakhouse in downtown Atlanta, GA.
Small Bites Vol. 7 - Kyma
Apr 3 • 11 min
When challenged to suggest a great seafood experience in Atlanta, I responded by inviting a date to Kyma.
Small Talk Vol. 13 - “Fast Food Face-off March Madness Tournament Style!”
Mar 27 • 80 min
Tyler Shorter returns to the podcast to talk with me about which fast food restaurant is the best!
Episode 63 - “Noelle Singleton is the swim coach with the fro.”
Mar 20 • 72 min
Noelle Singleton of Afro Swimmers stops by to share her love of swimming and what she has learned from her time “in the water.”
Episode 62 - “I saw my life through my garden.”
Mar 13 • 44 min
In this episode I share my joy gardening and some life-changing insights gardening provided me after my divorce.
Podfest 2019!!! - Podfest Multimedia Expo
Mar 5 • 2 min
Hey guys! I’m traveling this week to Podfest Multimedia Expo 2019!!!
Episode 61 - “Gardening with Neil Sambol”
Feb 27 • 48 min
Neil Sambol and I give out some tips for starting a garden as well as discuss some philosophies around organic gardening.
Episode 60 - “Throwing flags and blowing whistles with Torrence Simmons”
Feb 20 • 35 min
In this episode of I chat with my friend Torrence “Ray” Simmons about his work as a professional sports referee.
Small Bites Vol. 6 - Surviving Valentine’s Day
Feb 13 • 38 min
In this episode of Small Bites, I share some proven tips for making a solid impression on Valentine’s Day.
Episode 59 - “Jeffery Miller wants you to get a second date.”
Feb 6 • 51 min
Continuing my conversations about dating and relationships leading up to Valentine’s Day, Jeffery Miller of “Let’s Talk About It” stops by to share his relationship advice and dating perspectives with us.
Episode 58 - “Marquita Johnson is the Millennial Dating Coach.”
Jan 29 • 60 min
In another episode about dating and relationships I speak with Marquita Johnson of Millennial Dating Coach who shares her perspectives and insights on the challenges we face in forming new relationships during dating.
Small Talk Vol. 12 - “#StoryTime The Last Time I Went Speed Dating…”
Jan 23 • 67 min
In this hilarious installment of Small Talk, Kimberly Isis from episodes 2 and 49 and Small Talk Vol. 7 and 8 returns to help tell the story of her first speed dating adventure.
Small Talk Vol. 11 - “#StoryTime Dinner With Mr. K.”
Jan 16 • 60 min
In this hilarious episode of Small Talk, my friend Monique talks about her resolution to a first date with “Mr. K.” gone bad.
Episode 57 “Elysia Douglas is a doula with all your ice chips.”
Jan 9 • 65 min
I chat with Elysia Douglas from episode 33 about her work as a doula helping women birth healthy babies.
Episode 56 - “Rhonda Khan says It’s Simply Speech.”
Jan 2 • 55 min
In the first episode of 2019, Rhonda Khan of Simply Speech Solutions stops by to share her work as a speech pathologist.
2018 Wrap Up Show - Trying to get the fart out!
Dec 19, 2018 • 62 min
In this wrap up show for 2018, Tyler Shorter and I talk about our favorite episodes of Culture and Conversations and episodes we didn’t enjoy that much.
Episode 55 - “Prince Dykes is The High Prince of Investing”
Dec 12, 2018 • 60 min
In the final episode of 2018 I chat with my cousin, author, podcaster and financial literacy expert Prince Dykes about his children’s book series on financial literacy.
Episode 54 - “American Barbershop and the American Dream”
Dec 5, 2018 • 42 min
Choman Ali is the owner of American Barbershop and tells his amazing story of how he took $100 dollars while speaking no English and turned it into an amazing business servicing the northern Metro Atlanta area.
Episode 53 - “Restorative Justice is victim centered, but offender sensitive.”
Nov 27, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode I chat about Restorative Justice with Janice Jerome of The Restorative Justice Institute of Atlanta.
Thank You!!! No…Really Thank You!!!
Nov 22, 2018 • 1 min
Just me thanking each and every one of you for being a subscriber and a listener to Culture and Conversations!
Small Talk Vol. 10 - “Don’t dismiss the Small Talk.”
Nov 21, 2018 • 56 min
My friend Melanie and I play catch-up as we discuss my dating life, Marvel Comics versus DC Comics and whether or not “good morning” text messages are too forward in a particular dating scenario.
Episode 52 - “I want to be the lawyer I’d want to hire.”
Nov 13, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode my friend Melanie Williams stops by to share her story of her career as a lawyer and to talk about why she chose the family business of law.
Small Talk Vol. 9 - “That Beto Energy”
Nov 7, 2018 • 88 min
In this episode of Small Talk I collect a series of phone calls I took while streaming my coverage of the midterm elections in 2018.
Episode 51 - “Unicorns Do Exist”
Nov 7, 2018 • 42 min
In this conversation I chat with my friend and fellow Georiga Southern Eagle Tia about her journey and STEM career as a black woman that writes code.
Small Talk Vol. 8 - “Dating, Dinner H*es And Gold Digging 101”
Oct 30, 2018 • 61 min
In this hilarious edition of Small Talk, Kimberly Isis of shares her dating experiences, questions me about first date ideas and I encourage her to find her inner “gold digger” while there is still time.
Episode 50 - “I’m just a guy who is leftovers.”
Oct 28, 2018 • 50 min
In this very special episode of Culture and Conversations, I talk candidly about my divorce in this conclusion of my series of shows on healing from divorce.
Episode 49 - “I didn’t want to get married.”
Oct 23, 2018 • 49 min
Kimberly Isis stops by to share her story of her divorce and how it gave birth to her book “I Hear That Girl! - Life Advice For Every Sista.”
Episode 48 - “I choose happiness, I choose joy.”
Oct 16, 2018 • 50 min
In this continuation of my series on healing from divorce, my friend Simone Pitts stops by to share her story of how she healed from her divorce.
Episode 47 - “Saving the tatas with LaDonna Peeples”
Oct 10, 2018 • 35 min
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I wanted bring attention to the disease by interviewing breast cancer survivor LaDonna Peeples.
Episode 46 - “It absolutely gets better.”
Oct 2, 2018 • 43 min
In the first of a four-part series on healing after divorce, my friend Laura Hussey stops by to share her journey into her new life post-divorce.
Small Bites Vol. 5 - Food 101 in Atlanta, GA
Oct 1, 2018 • 9 min
On this episode of Small Bites I review Food 101 in Atlanta, GA.
Small Bites Vol. 4 - 1 Kept Kitchen and Bar in Atlanta, GA
Sep 30, 2018 • 11 min
On this episode of Small Bites I review 1 Kept Kitchen and Bar in Atlanta, GA.
Episode 45 - “Nappily Ever After” - Part 2
Sep 26, 2018 • 57 min
My friend Gloria and I finish our conversation about hair by reviewing the movie “Nappily Ever After” starring Sanaa Lathan.
Episode 44 - “Nappily Ever After” - Part 1
Sep 26, 2018 • 46 min
Inspired by the release of the new Netflix movie “Nappily Ever After” starring Sanaa Lathan, my friend Gloria and I discuss Gloria’s hair journey and its parallels to the movie “Nappily Ever After.”
Episode 43 - “Lawyers are a lot like plumbers…”
Sep 19, 2018 • 69 min
Assistant District Attorney Charles Watkins stops by to share his journey as an attorney.
Small Talk Vol. 7 - Dick Pics and Grey Sweatpants
Sep 13, 2018 • 29 min
While catching up before a new interview, Kimberly Isis and I discuss living the single-life on Instagram.
Small Bites Vol. 3 - Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth, GA
Sep 4, 2018 • 12 min
On this episode of Small Bites I review Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth, GA.
Episode 42 - “A conversation over Red Wine with Ashley Renée”
Aug 28, 2018 • 51 min
Singer, songwriter and educator Ashley Renée stops by to share her new single “Red Wine.”
Episode 41 - “We love women, free speech and moist cake!”
Aug 21, 2018 • 68 min
Tyler and I talk about a couple of hot-button issues in the media around free speech and some provocative posts I made on Facebook.
Episode 40 - “A Sit-Down With Jamison Smallwood Host Of The Culture And Conversations Podcast”
Aug 16, 2018 • 63 min
My friend Brandee Thomas interviews me as the first guest so that the listeners of Culture and Conversations can get to know me a little better.
Episode 39 - “Solomon Edwards Jr. must be close”
Aug 8, 2018 • 54 min
Solomon Edwards Jr. stops by to share the story of how a performance in front of Marvin Sapp led to a new chapter of Solomon’s life.
Matinee Conversations Vol. 5 - Super Troopers 2
Aug 6, 2018 • 53 min
Tyler Shorter of Matinee Myths and I return to talk about the new home market release of Super Troopers 2.
Episode 38 - “Kalin Elisa is the woman behind the #SquatBae meme”
Aug 1, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode of Culture and Conversations I speak with Kalin Elisa also known as SquatBae about her viral meme fame and dealing with her growing Internet celebrity.
Small Bites Vol. 2 - Big Nick’s In Valdosta, GA
Jul 24, 2018 • 10 min
On this episode of Small Bites I review Big Nick’s in Valdosta, GA.
Episode 37 - “She Showed Us Her Perfect Love By Preparing Food For Us.”
Jul 18, 2018 • 47 min
Chef Ashlee Stewart stops by to tell us about her journey into cooking through her grandmother’s love and to talk about vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
Matinee Conversations Vol. 4 - Ant Man And The Wasp
Jul 14, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode of Matinee Conversations, Tyler Shorter of Matinee Myths and I discuss our thoughts about Ant Man and The Wasp!
Episode 36 - “Choices of the Heart”
Jul 12, 2018 • 42 min
Allison Waters, Executive Director of Choices of the Heart in Statesboro, GA stops by to share her organization’s mission to help women to choose life when facing crisis pregnancies.
Matinee Conversations Vol. 3 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jul 8, 2018 • 52 min
Tyler Shorter of Matinee Myths and I give our brutal thoughts on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Episode 35 - “Situationships”
Jul 3, 2018 • 63 min
AJ “SaeLah” Hall stops by to talk about his new book “Situationships: Poetry & Prose” and what inspired him to write a book about his relationship experiences.
Matinee Conversations Vol. 2 - Incredibles 2
Jun 30, 2018 • 41 min
Tyler Shorter of Matinee Myths and I give a hilarious review of Incredibles 2.
Episode 34 - “Tulsa Real Estate Fund Discussion With Ross World”
Jun 27, 2018 • 64 min
Ray Ross of “Ross World” on stops by to share his life’s story, his thoughts on investing and to discuss the controversial Tulsa Real Estate Fund (TREF).
Small Bites Vol. 1 - Doraku Sushi Atlanta
Jun 24, 2018 • 9 min
Doraku Sushi in Atlanta, GA is the restaurant of choice as introduce a new bonus show called “Small Bites” where I feature restaurants I’ve visited in my travels and in my life around my city.
Episode 33 - “Living With And Loving Through Multiple Sclerosis”
Jun 20, 2018 • 78 min
Timothy and Elysia Douglas share the story and journey of their marriage and love for one other as Timothy battles Multiple Sclerosis.
Episode 32 - “Making Weed NORML”
Jun 12, 2018 • 61 min
Justin Strekal, Political Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws(NORML) shares the political vision for legalizing marijuana and gives a glimpse inside the life of a Washington lobbyist.
Episode 31 - “The Best Beard In Comedy…Isiah Kelly”
Jun 12, 2018 • 49 min
The hilarious Isiah Kelly stops by to talk about his career in comedy, his relationship with his father and their comedy tour stopping by Atlanta June 21 through June 24.
Small Talk Vol. 6 - “I Got Shaky Thumbs”
Jun 5, 2018 • 24 min
In this Small Talk episode my friend Chike tells me about his dating strategy and how different types of Instagram pictures can indicate the character of a woman.
Matinee Conversations Vol. 1 - Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jun 2, 2018 • 37 min
In this pilot episode of our new bonus show “Matinee Conversations” Tyler Shorter of Matinee Myths and Jamison Smallwood of Culture and Conversations join together to bring you an insightful review of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Episode 30 - “The Nino Brown of Selling Candy…And PixelDust”
May 30, 2018 • 61 min
Brandon Butler of PixelDust stops by to share his story as an entrepreneur and to highlight PixelDust, a service company that helps support WordPress and SquareSpace powered websites.
Episode 29 - “Pain 2 Purpose”
May 22, 2018 • 56 min
Shanda Roberts of Pain 2 Purpose shares her gripping story and triumph over domestic violence and how her experiences inspired her to help other women in similar situations.
Episode 28 - “Why Don’t You Just Ask Alexa?”
May 17, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode of Culture and Conversations I sit down with my friend and fellow software engineer Michael Dorsey Jr. and we talk about his work with helping to teach computers how to talk back to us.
Small Talk Vol. 5 - “Everything Is Not A Secret”
May 10, 2018 • 21 min
In this final Small Talk episode featuring Brandee Thomas we chat about things I’ve learned from women about women and the need to embrace counseling in our community.
Episode 27 - “Ask Chike”
May 3, 2018 • 47 min
My first friend to have a Wikipedia entry, Chike “Vicious Croc” Lindsay, stops by to share his journey to becoming a 7-time world champion Muay Thai kick-boxer.
Small Talk Vol. 4 - “Meet And Greets”
Apr 25, 2018 • 43 min
Brandee and I continue to catch up as we discuss the hardships of online dating and the many “hustles” of Instagram “models.”
Episode 26 - “The Atlanta Opera”
Apr 23, 2018 • 40 min
Brenna Corner of the Atlanta Opera stops by to help us understand the genre of theatre known as opera and previews the Atlanta Opera’s newest show “Carmen.”
Small Talk Vol. 3 - “That Little Chest Thing”
Apr 18, 2018 • 32 min
My friend Brandee Thomas and I share some hilarious moments catching up before I interviewed her.
Episode 25 - “Zion Moore”
Apr 17, 2018 • 50 min
I chat with up-and-coming singer and performer Zion Moore after his performance at Silk’s 25 anniversary concert in Atlanta, GA.
Episode 24 - “Taste of Talkies With Tyler Shorter of Matinee Myths”
Apr 17, 2018 • 80 min
Tyler Shorter of Matinee Myths and I tease his upcoming launch of the Matinee Myths podcast.
Episode 23 - “Jamila Wellness”
Apr 12, 2018 • 52 min
The topic of depression and counseling are center-stage as Cinnamon Key stops by to share her experiences battling depression and how she coaches people to overcome depression.
Episode 22 - “Adopted To Sonship”
Apr 5, 2018 • 49 min
The Rutherfords graciously talk about their wondrous experience starting their family and also share their journey expanding their family through adoption.
Episode 21 - “My Sister’s Place”
Mar 30, 2018 • 38 min
Brandee Thomas, Executive Director of My Sister’s Place, takes us into the work she does helping homeless women and children to get a fresh start after some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Episode 20 - “The Gathering Harlem”
Mar 29, 2018 • 49 min
I catch up with Deborah Metts of The Gathering Harlem to discuss planting a church in the heart of Harlem, New York.
Episode 18 - “Bulture and Bonversations”
Mar 22, 2018 • 40 min
Tristen J. Winger of HBO’s hit show “Insecure” and BET’s “50 Central” graciously stops by and shares his journey as an actor and the importance of collaborating with others to achieve your dreams.
Episode 17 - “Two Pregnant Men Talk Politics”
Mar 22, 2018 • 53 min
I invited my friend Tyler Shorter of the Matinee Myths podcast to stop by and talk with me about his views on politics, namely Libertarianism.
Episode 19 - “Perfecting Perfection”
Mar 22, 2018 • 55 min
Tiffany Maiyon of Bella Dream Body shares her journey through the world of cosmetic surgery as she seeks her perfect body.
Small Talk Vol. 2 - “Pizza and Stalkers”
Mar 22, 2018 • 39 min
Tyler Shorter of the Matinee Myths and I talk about the outrageous food we have eaten as well as who has the best stalker stories from their dating past.
Episode 16 - “He Made Me Feel Average”
Mar 15, 2018 • 34 min
I chat with NFL Draft prospect Averee Giles and discuss his journey and hopes for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Episode 15 - “Yeah…What Is A Punnett Square???”
Mar 14, 2018 • 42 min
I chat with Jenay Lewis about her work as an adult educator helping people complete their G.E.D.’s.
Episode 14 - “These Flowers Are Nice, But Did You Give Me A Kidney???”
Mar 7, 2018 • 58 min
Syreeta and Jason Brown share their story about dealing with kidney disease and how their battle brought them even closer together.
Episode 13 - “Team Tasha”
Mar 7, 2018 • 56 min
Dominque Perry who played “Tasha” on HBO’s show “Insecure” shares her journey as an actress, details about her role as “Tasha” and what her hopes are for her career.
Episode 12 - “Moms Make The Best Cheerleaders”
Feb 27, 2018 • 54 min
My old friend NaTasha Gray stops by to share her son’s experience of being recruited to play football nationally by several FBS(D-1) universities.
Small Talk Vol. 1 - “I Got Frogged”
Feb 22, 2018 • 32 min
In this inaugural “Small Talk” episode I share a conversation I had with Kelvin “KB” Bivins about my dating “adventures” in the world of online dating and speed dating.
Episode 11 - “In My Hip-Butt”
Feb 19, 2018 • 60 min
In a very special episode I speak with Amanda Thomas as she shares her family’s journey to conceive children and I share my own journey with infertility.
Episode 10 - “The Spirit of Soul City” - Part 2
Feb 18, 2018 • 52 min
I had the privilege of interviewing Saelah, Noble Vessel and Preppy as we talked about the inspirations behind their new album and their hopes for the change they want to see “The Spirit of Soul City” bring to the larger Christian community.
Episode 9 - “The Spirit of Soul City” - Part 1
Feb 18, 2018 • 51 min
I had the privilege of interviewing Saelah, Noble Vessel and Preppy as we talked about the inspirations behind their new album and their hopes for the change they want to see “The Spirit of Soul City” bring to the larger Christian community.
Episode 8 - “Significant Moments Impact Lives Eternally”
Feb 15, 2018 • 72 min
Hope Williams, LPC stops by to talk about S.M.I.L.E. Project Support Services and her work helping children to deal with the grief of losing a parent or loved one.
Episode 7 - “You Hit ‘Em With Nothing But Hits…”
Feb 14, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode I catch up with my friend Fredrick “DJ Big Twin” Brown and we talk about his journey in becoming an up-and-coming DJ(Disc Jockey).
Episode 6 - “My Mom Supported Seconds”
Feb 7, 2018 • 96 min
Arguably the funniest episode to date, Christopher “Big Chris” Pugh stops by the Culture and Conversations podcast to discuss his career in comedy, the influences from his childhood, his support system and his mentoring activities.
Episode 5 - “It’s Korra, Not Katana”
Jan 31, 2018 • 59 min
I talk with Londoun “Black Crystal” Jackson about cosplay(costume play), the community around cosplay and some heart-warming ways cosplay makes a difference in the lives of many people.
Episode 4 - “Chiara Speaks…You Should Listen”
Jan 24, 2018 • 69 min
I have a chance to talk with the wonderful poet and actress Chiara Richardson about her journey as a spoken-word artist and performer.
Episode 3 - “King Birdie”
Jan 17, 2018 • 65 min
I had a chance to sit down and chat with Kelvin “King Birdie” Bivins as we talked E-Sports growth and Kelvin’s rise to be one of the best video game players in the world.
Episode 2 - “Not That Isis But The Other One…I Hear That Girl!”
Jan 12, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode I discuss President Trump’s recent insensitive comments and interview Kimberly Isis from
Episode 1 - “Frienemies”
Jan 5, 2018 • 36 min
In the first episode of “Culture and Conversations” I interview a good friend, Toccara Brooks, who is chasing her dream of becoming an IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding) Pro in the bikini division.