Disruption Now

Disruption Now

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A podcast to inspire consciousness, collective action, and challenge conventional thinking and stereotypes.


53 - Derrick Artis - From Modest to Millions
Nov 13 • 32 min
Derrick Artis never expected to be in private equity, but the opportunity transformed his options and trajectory. Most African Americans aren’t exposed to private equity or know how to leverage private equity opportunities when they occur. Learn how to…
EP:52 - Ronne Brown is Unashamed from Mopping floors to Millions on Instagram.
Nov 7 • 50 min
CEO and Founder of GirlCEO© and author of From Mopping Floors to Making Millions on Instagram. Ronne Brown is a branding expert, Ted X speaker, author, mentor, wife, and mother of four. She has made her mark internationally in the online and social media…
EP:51 - Lauren Maillian - Author & CEO of LMB Group
Nov 4 • 82 min
Full Episode - https://bit.ly/2PL680w Lauren Maillian is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and brand advisory company; was a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early-stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and…
EP:50 - The Great Hack - Big Data is a Danger to Democracy
Oct 30 • 41 min
Ever wonder why everything is free on Facebook, Google, and many other platforms? Nothing is free and if it’s free you are not the customer you are the product. How dangerous is big data to democracy? The Great Hack shows there is a steep price for your…
EP:49 - Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
Oct 28 • 34 min
Hakeem Jeffries discusses impeachment, his journey in public service and his quest to transform our criminal justice system.
48 - Crystal Mason and the art of Voter Suppression and Injustice.
Oct 25 • 34 min
Crystal Mason has been sentenced to five years in prison for voting. Crystal Mason said she had no idea that she was ineligible to vote (felons in Texas are prohibited from voting while they’re serving their sentences, which includes incarceration,…
EP:47 - Who Can Say The N-Word?
Oct 23 • 26 min
Who can use the N-word? Can the N-word ever be a term of endearment among black people? Is it ever acceptable for people who are not black to use the N-word? Now with Hip hop going global using the N-word all the time should black people be offended…
EP:46 - The Art of Real Hip hop: Alexander Star
Oct 18 • 45 min
Alexander Star is a hip hop artist, not a rapper and he wants you to know the difference. Star says hip hop is not about promoting ignorance or profanity, it’s about uplifting others through art and storytelling.
EP:45 - NBA’s China conflict and freedom
Oct 15 • 33 min
A tweet from Darly Morey, GM of the Rockets appeared to support Hong Kong demonstrators but with pressure from China he deleted the tweet and reversed course. Trump is bargaining away U.S. security for conspiracy theories about Ukraine in hopes of…
EP:44 - Is Forgiveness Hurting Black Folk?
Oct 11 • 28 min
Instead of focusing on the actual victim who was killed, Botham Jean the media has focused on the judge giving the hug and the brother :Botham Jean who forgave her. Judge Tammy Kemp also hugged Amber Geiger to show her compassion. Is there an unreasonable…
EP:43 - Chauncey Mayfield from zero to a billion while black
Oct 10 • 68 min
42 - Black Love & Marriage
Oct 3 • 35 min
The Journal of Family and medicine found that marriage is down with this generation across the board due to the lack of “economically attractive” men. This problem is exacerbated for black women. By what does it mean to be economically attractive? Should…
41 - Are You Racist?
Sep 30 • 64 min
Reactions to crime and mass shootings reveal racial bias. #racialbias #disruptionnow #whiteprivilege
40 - Rodney Williams - FOUNDER OF LISNR
Sep 25 • 43 min
Rodney Williams, founder of LISNR has been a disruptor all his life. LISNR technology transmits data over sound that you can’t hear. It will not satisfy Williams until LISNR connects and changes the world.
39 - Eric Thomas : Push Through The Pain
Sep 20 • 33 min
Eric Thomas the worlds number 1 motivational speaker discusses his journey and how pushing past pain leads to greater success. If you give up in your worse state that will be your legacy. What will your legacy be?
38 - Jemele Hill - ‘Unbothered By Critics’
Sep 18 • 28 min
Jemele Hill is being widely criticized for telling black athletes to pick Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) over predominately white schools. Jemele Hill, the former ESPN host argues that black athletes are helping the fortunes of major…
EP:37 - Janelle Monáe’s Twitter Mistake?
Sep 13 • 8 min
The plot thickens with Popeye’s chicken. Janelle Monáe tweets about voting interest in comparison to Popeye’s chicken “sammich” and creates an uproar of clap-backs.
36 - Dave Chappelle Sticks & Stones Outrage
Sep 11 • 40 min
Dave Chappelle Sticks and Stones Netflix special addresses cancellation culture, groupthink and reflexive outrage. Chappelle is provocative calling Michael Jackson accusers liars, criticizing the Metoo movement and trolling Jessie Smollett. Do you think…
35 - Louis Reed: The Power of Redemption
Sep 4 • 74 min
Louis L. Reed has never forgotten his federal prison number and like a tattoo, it’s a permanent reminder of his survival and eventual redemption. Louis Reed is the National Organizer for #Cut50. Cut50 was started by CNN commentator Van Jones to reduce the…
34 - Jay Z Knee-Kaps Kaepernick?
Sep 2 • 33 min
This week Jay Z announced a partnership between his company Roc Nation and the NFL. The reactions were swift. There are two main camps, one led by Eric Reid and Kaepernick’s friends who see the partnership as a sell-out move by Jay Z to silence…
33 - Chicken Wars: Popeyes, Chick-fil-A and Insanity
Aug 30 • 22 min
Popeyes implemented a brilliant social media marketing campaign around its new chicken sandwich to challenge Chick-fil-A. To say it was a success for Popeyes would be an understatement. It was so successful Popeyes had long lines for as across the country…
32 - A$AP Rocky: Soldier or Sellout
Aug 28 • 27 min
A$AP Rocky didn’t realize he was black until he got arrested in Sweden. Like OJ & MJ, A$AP never wanted to be seen as a black activist. Now he wants to use his blackness as credit card for convenience. Should Black Activists stand up for A$AP? Is A$AP…
31 - Dawn Dickson: Breaking Barriers In Tech
Aug 7 • 60 min
Dawn Dickson Founder & CEO of PopCom. Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development. Dickson is a strong passionate black woman and a leader in technology and entrepreneurship. She launched…
30 - Trauma and the Inhumane Treatment of Migrants
Jul 31 • 58 min
On the last day of minority mental health month, we discuss the collective traumatic impact of Trump’s inhumane treatment of migrant families on the border. Disruption Now is joined by Dr. Maria Espinola, a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant…
29 - Marc Morial: State of the Black Union
Jul 24 • 43 min
Marc Morial- on the state of the black union. According to Marc Morial President of the Urban League our democracy is under attack. The right to vote is being attacked like never before since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. He blames a trio on…
EP:28 - Samara Rivers: Creating a seat for Black Bourbon Drinkers
Jul 17 • 54 min
Samara Rivers is the Founder + CEO of Black Bourbon Society, an organization making the bourbon world a more diverse, inclusive place. Through educational events, meetups and creative content, she works to bridge the gap between African American bourbon…
27 - Mental Health & Trauma in the Black Community
Jul 10 • 51 min
Taraji P. Henson testified to the Congressional Black Caucus how lack of mental health awareness is killing our communities. “We, in the African American community, we don’t deal with mental health issues. We don’t even talk about it. We’ve been taught to…
26 -July 4th, Betsy Ross & Privilege
Jul 8 • 43 min
While some used their July 4 weekend to celebrate the independence of this nation, some people were engaged in their own stupidity and privilege. From #notmyarial and folks outraged about Betsy Ross flags on some sneakers they weren’t going to by anyway.…
25 - Robert Greene On the Power of Human Nature
Jul 3 • 94 min
Robert Greene is the author of five New York Times best sellers: Greene is known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, the 50th…
24 - Kyle Kashuv: Harvard Rejects a Racist Conservatives Cry Foul
Jun 26 • 18 min
Kyle Kashuv a survivor of the mass shooting at Parkland, had his admission to Harvard University rescinded after private racist remarks from his past emerged. Many conservatives cried fouled that Kashuv was targeted due to his conservative politics.…
23 - Obama = Reparations?
Jun 20 • 29 min
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says you got a black President that is your Reparations. Really? We discuss the history of Reparations and why their is a resurgence in the topic this current political environment.
22 - Governor Deval Patrick: Breaking Barriers
Jun 19 • 52 min
Deval Laurdine Patrick is one of only 2 African-Americans to ever be elected governor in the United States. Born and raised by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago, Patrick earned a scholarship to Milton Academy in Massachusetts in the eighth…
21 - What They See ‘When They See Us’
Jun 12 • 56 min
“When They See Us” is a powerful mini series on the so called Central Five a name given to them by the media to categorize them but they have names: Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana. We are going to call them…
20 - Lil Nas X: Only In America
Jun 6 • 21 min
Lil Nas X is disrupting music as we know. Lil Nas X is making waves in two genres that on first glance appears to be an odd pairing, Country and Hip Hop music. This is a story that can only happen in America. Without the help or support of Country music…
Lil Nas X : Only In America (Part 1)
Jun 4 • 5 min
Full Episode - https://bit.ly/2K1Bmyn In the upcoming episode, we explore the positive story and the actual unlikely connection between hip hop and country.
19 - Mueller Drops The Mic
May 31 • 20 min
Mueller tells Congress it’s your job to impeach. Republicans and Democrats have to decide will they do what’s politically convenient or will they fight for the rule of law and America. We are a nation of laws and we started in rebellion to a King. This is…
18 - Kirk Perry on Faith & Leading With Values
May 29 • 34 min
Kirk Perry is an example of what opportunity can and should be in America. From the outside looking in Kirk Perry looks as if he had a seamless path. Working for two decades at Proctor and Gamble and now leading Google Brands. Mr. Perry is responsible for…
17 - Maxine Waters on Impeachment and Fighting for America
May 23 • 35 min
Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of 13 children reared by a single mother. She began working at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment factories and at the telephone…
16 - Shawn Holley: On Kim K, OJ & justice
May 20 • 63 min
Holley learned the ropes from Johnny Cochran during the Oj Simpson trail dubbed “the trial of the century.” In May 2018, Ms. Holley and Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump at the White House to lobby for the release of Alice Marie Johnson,…
15 - Does Black Male Privilege Exist?
May 15 • 33 min
Does black male privilege exist? If you talk to most black men they will openly agree that privilege is a real thing among their white male counterparts. However, if you ask is their black male privilege there is a wide variety of reactions and opinions.…
14 - Privilege and Subtle Racism
May 6 • 36 min
Privilege is a loaded word that invokes strong reactions; especially from white people. After a Jazz fan got into a heated argument with Russel Westbrook, it was later discovered the fan had made racially charged comments. As Kyle Korver detailed in his…
13 - Divided We Fall
May 5 • 23 min
Something that was overlooked by the mainstream media in the coverage of the Mueller Report was how Russia focused on fueling racial tensions to influence the election. The Internet Research Agency was an organization created by Russia that stoked white…
12 - The Injustice of Kerry Lathan
Apr 22 • 8 min
According to Michelle Alexander, author of the New Jim Crow, more black men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began. The recent Kerry Lanthan incarceration demonstrates how our criminal justice…
11 - Laura Ingraham’s Lack of Humanity with Nipsey Hussle
Apr 19 • 8 min
Laura Ingraham’s coverage of Nipsey Hussle continues to demonstrate her lack of skills as a journalist and as a human being. She can’t understand why others would mourn Nipsey’s death. This is because Ingraham doesn’t care about what is good for this…
10 - Nipsey Hussle Conspiracies
Apr 11 • 28 min
Conspiracy theories popped up all over black Twitter and social media following the murder of Nipsey Hussle. Why did so many think his death was a conspiracy? Perhaps the answer is America has confirmed conspiracies against African Americans.
9 - Nipsey Hussle - Life, Legacy and Lessons
Apr 8 • 49 min
Nipsey Hussle was in many ways the personification of the American dream. He started off in the streets, joining the gang the 60s (Crips), going to prison but eventually turning his life around and having success as a rapper and entrepreneur. He went from…
8 - Mayor Andrew Gillum-On failing forward and fighting for others.
Apr 1 • 32 min
Andrew Gillum was not supposed to be the Democratic nominee for Florida governor. For the entire century nearly every gubernatorial candidate Democrat and Republican were millionaires. So when the political class, Democrats and Republicans saw he was…
7 - Does Diversity and Democracy Mix?
Mar 29 • 34 min
Governing is hard but leading a diverse nation is even harder. More homogeneous democracies often have greater levels of social welfare (e.g. Sweden, Switzerland) Can anything be done about the discomfort some people will feel in diverse settings? Do…
6 - What to do with Gentrification
Mar 21 • 52 min
Growth in urban communities has been accelerating in the last decade. Areas that were for years considered unattractive and crime ridden have become the areas of economic growth and activity. This has had the unintended consequence (or intended…
5 - Rigging the System in College
Mar 18 • 59 min
We are used to hearing scandals involving the recruitment of NCAA athletes. However, I have never heard of a scandal involving students posing as athletes. That is until actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, along with multiple wealthy parents,…
4 - Jussie Smollett, Bill Maher, Robert Kraft and Social Media Bias
Mar 1 • 46 min
The human brain is wired to be bias. The science is clear, everyone is bias without exception. Our minds tend to default to what we think know or what makes sense to us versus exploring the facts of each situation. While more information is available to…
3 - Socialism, Capitalism, All Out Skepticism
Feb 22 • 75 min
The fear of socialism is nothing new in America; But beyond the name what actually is socialism? How did the word socialism become such a tainted word? Now with Bernie Sanders and AOC socialism gaining in popularity. The ideas and the concepts around some…
2 - Allegations, Accusations, Publications, and our Nation
Feb 15 • 66 min
How do accusations of racism and assault affect us all? From pics of black faces to threats from publications, this past week has been quite the show for politicians, actors, and billionaires alike.
1 - Dr. King: Dreamer or Disruptor with Jawanza Colvin
Feb 6 • 33 min
Honored to host @jawanzacolvin of Olivet Baptist Church on Disruption Now. Listen as we discussed Dr. King: dreamer or disruptor and the role of the black church in civil rights. Later in the show I discuss Howard Shultz‘s incredibly horrible idea to run…