How This Mississippi Born Theologian Came to Open a Soul Food Restaurant in Tokyo
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 40, I interview LaTonya Whittaker. LaTonya has been a fixture and a leader within the African American community in Japan for 15 years. She along with her husband David are the founders of the prominent Soul Food House restaurant in Tokyo that has long been a central destination for the Black community to gather. In many ways, the inspiration to build Legacy Foundation Japan comes from the relationships and opportunities unlocked at Soul Food House. The restaurant is a unique place that both Tokyo veterans and new arrivals frequent to eat love-filled food, connect with the culture o ..read more
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Why This Pan-Africanist Humanitarian Chose to Pursue a Career in Social Impact Causes and Now Calls Somalia Her Home
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 39, I interview Delphine. Delphine is a Pan-African optimist. Strategist. Doer. Advocate for the broad spectrum of the ‘underdog’.  Avid world traveler. Lover of dance, art and all things creative. At her core she is passionate about truth, culture and all things Africa. Born and raised Cameroon and relocated to the United States as a teenager. She is an international humanitarian and development affairs professional currently working in Somalia. With a multi-lingual background in English, French, Spanish, Bamunkah and Pidgen English/Creole, she has worked and travelled in over ..read more
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Why This Photographer Said Peace Out to the Divided States and Moved to Johannesburg
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 37 I interviewed Stephanie O'Connor. Stephanie is a photographer and creative consultant, originally from South Dakota, who spent her professional life in Atlanta, New York, Johannesburg, and now Los Angeles. She has worked with brands such as Addidas, Hypnotiq, Sunglass Hut and major artist that include Talib Kweli and several Afrobeat musicians on the continent. A free spirit by nature, after earning her degree in Computer Information Systems she started her career and she soon realized that her creativity was not being fed in this profession. Shortly thereafter, she studied for h ..read more
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How This Third Culture Kid Converged Her Afro-Arabic, Sudanese, British Background to Create Cultural Impact in Media, Politics, Fashion and Beyond
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 36, I interviewed Rozan Ahmed. Rozan is an ambassador, advocate, activist, champion of the arts a cultural practitioner, and preservationist. Born in West London to Sudanese parents, her formative years were abruptly disrupted, when while living in Kuwait she suddenly became a refugee and her father and uncle were taken hostage when the gulf war broke out. As the youngest appointed editor in British publishing, Rozan joined RWD magazine and took lead in discovering, cultivating, and pioneering the UK’s biggest urban music & lifestyle publication. Throughout Sudan, South Sudan, N ..read more
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Why this Detroit Native Joined the Peace Corps and Retired in Madagascar
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 35, I interviewed Lisa Lee. Lisa is a 64-year-old, twice divorced, retired computer nerd with two grown children (David and Dawn). Both of her kids live in Oakland, CA, a city where she lived for over 30 years before joining the Peace Corps in 2017. Originally from Detroit, Lisa was also a professional genealogist for many years and started a successful website, www.GotGenealogy.com, where she taught family historians of all levels how to maximize their searches utilizing online resources. Lisa  joined the Peace Corps when she was 60, which was her way of doing an early retirem ..read more
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How This Domestic Abuse Survivor Went From Being Overweight and Depressed to Moving From Paris to LA and Being the First Black Female Gym Owner in DTLA
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 34 I interviewed Nadege NDjeBayi. Nadege is a fitness entrepreneur and the first Black woman to own a gym in Downtown LA. Originally, from Paris France, Nadege underwent a drastic transformation when on January 20th 2018 she had a very bad car accident that locked her lower back and caused her to become bedridden. After gaining 40 pounds and losing confidence she decided to make a change. Through intense pain, she competed in fitness competitions in France and won 5th place after just one month of preparing.  After working for several years thereafter as a celebrity fitness tra ..read more
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From Atlanta to Haiti: Why This Artist Made Port-Au-Prince Her Home
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 32, I interview Christie Clermont. Christie is a folk and abstract artist from Atlanta, Georgia currently living and working in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with her wonderful husband and son. Christie's vibrant use of color and bold lines evoke an electric fascination that resonates within the imaginations of many. As an artist, she mainly works with heavy bodied acrylic paint and gold leaf to give texture to her pieces. She matches her visual intensity with striking subjects of women of color and recurring theme of nature and social commentary. Christie was formally the art teacher at Qu ..read more
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How This Serial Entrepreneur Created Location Indepedent Income Streams in Portugal and Teaches Other Clients To Do The Same
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 31 I interviewed, Cinnamon. Cinnamon is a Digital Marketing Strategist and entrepreneur from Washington, DC. Soon after her 40th birthday she decided to leave the United States and move to Lisbon, Portugal for a new life.  Cinnamon shares her transition to expat life as well as the experiences of other expats on her Youtube channel. Her goal is to encourage busy professionals to spend more time focusing on their personal goals and aspirations rather than committing to the restrictions and pressure of building someone else’s dreams. To keep up with Cinnamon's journey, follow he ..read more
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How This Ted X Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur and Third Culture Kid is Creating Social Impact By Reframing 'Sharity' In Afria
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
In episode 30 of 'Black Broads Abroad', I interview Mallence Bart-Williams is a Sierra Leonean - German multi-facetted social entrepreneur: Publishing, film, fashion, writing and philanthropy are among her professional repertoire. Mallence pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore and Great Britain. Today she lives across the globe, produces a holistic natural body care line in Asia, and is the founder and creative director of the Freetown-based creative collective FOLORUNSHO, a ‘SHARITY’ that she initiated with street kids in Sierra Leone. Due to her cross-cultural root ..read more
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Kola Boof Is More Than an Internet Troublemaker and Osama Bin Laden's Captive: An Intimate Portrait Into The Life of The Feminist Author
Black Broads Abroad
by Phelena
10M ago
Kola Boof is an Egyptian/Sudanese-American, award-winning novelist, poet, television writer, activist, and perhaps most infamously known as being romantically entangled in the life of one of America’s, formerly most wanted Individuals – Osama Bin Laden. Kola is a mother, wife and author of the forthcoming book entitled: Feminist Need Dick Too, pre-ceeded by her similarly controversial work, The sexy Part of the Bible and autobiography entitled “The Lost Girl” among many other works. In this episode we discuss her early life in Sudan and witnessing her parents being murdered and later being ado ..read more
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