Silence, Violence, and Toxic Celebrity Culture: Lessons from Cassie’s Lawsuit against Diddy
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
3M ago
On this Payday, Amber and Erika are discussing the explosive sexual misconduct lawsuits against some of today’s most iconic celebrities, including Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Iovine, Russell Simmons and Aaron Hall. Cassie, a singer and Diddy’s former girlfriend, seemingly opened the floodgates with her lawsuit against Diddy and his related entities, alleging among other things, that she was repeatedly raped, drugged, beaten, and trafficked. We start by looking at the changes in the law that allowed these victims to come forward and pursue justice many years after the alleged offenses occurred. Ne ..read more
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Protecting What's Mine: A Creative's Fight for Intellectual Property
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
3M ago
On this episode, Amber and Erika are joined by platinum-selling R&B diva Nicci Gilbert of the iconic trio Brownstone. Nicci is a singer, songwriter, and film and stage producer who created the stage play “Soul Kittens Cabaret” in 2003. Nicci subsequently filed suit against the Starz network and others alleging that the hit show “P-Valley” uses the same plot line and wrongly infringes upon copyrighted elements of Soul Kittens Cabaret. Through her own experience, Nicci explains what intellectual property is and how difficult it can be for Black creatives in particular to protect their work ..read more
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A New Way Forward: Community Real Estate Development as a Pathway to Affordable Housing
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
4M ago
On this episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Maggie Parker, the founder and CEO of Innovan Neighborhoods to discuss a new, more equitable way of creating affordable housing: through community development. Maggie walks us through the process, which includes putting the voices of community members at the forefront of the development conversation, empowering marginalized developers committed to equity, and using the right funding partner. We also discuss the historical and present systemic barriers that have made access to housing difficult of Black people. Maggie highlights how equitable devel ..read more
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We Got Something in Common: What Palestine and Israel Teaches Us About the Global Struggle for Liberation
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
4M ago
On this episode, Amber and Erika discuss the current war between Israel and Palestine, diving into the complexities on both sides. We explore the creation of modern Israel against the backdrop of historical atrocities committed against the Jews and the Palestinian resistance to apartheid and for self-determination. Like most of the broken “ish” around us, this crisis has everything to do with propping up white supremacy, western influence, and settler colonialism in the Middle East. Looking at examples of American racism and other global resistance movements, we note that this is the same play ..read more
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Black Digital Life: Respectability, Ratchetness, and Excessive Life
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
5M ago
On this episode of Broke-ish, Erika talks with Dr. Andre Brock about Black people in digital spaces. Dr. Brock helps us to understand some of the history of the internet to help contextualize the current role it and technology play in helping Black people create and curate community in an online world. We talk about everything from ratchetness and respectability, and how Black people reclaim spaces even under the threat of dispossession. Despite all of the reasons to have for defeat, we choose optimism, and hope you will, too ..read more
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Lights, Camera, (Affirmative) Action!
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
6M ago
This payday, Amber and Erika are unpacking the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. We discuss the significance of the Court holding that race conscious admissions policies violate the 14th Amendment. But more importantly, we walk through how this ruling highlights America’s historical dishonesty regarding the enduring impact and present perpetuation of systemic racism. Finally, by revealing who the people and institutions are behind this litigation, we drop the scoop on the far reaching implicati ..read more
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Everything Ain’t What it Seems: Adoption and Anti-Blackness
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
7M ago
On this episode, Amber and Erika are unpacking the insidious ways that White Supremacy infiltrates the American adoption system. Lia, co-host of the podcast “Adoptees Crossing Lines” and an adoptee, walks us through the systemic inequities that often lead to adoption. Through both her personal experience and statistics and data, Lia describes how lack of assistance with job security, housing, and food often disproportionately results in Black and Brown children being removed from otherwise loving families and placed for adoption. Lia also discusses the lack of oversight and transparency in man ..read more
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We’re Baaack!!! - Season 8 is Officially Here
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
7M ago
Season 8 of Broke-ish is officially back! Amber and Erika couldn’t wait another minute, so we cut our hiatus short to get back to work. Of course, we had to catch up with the Brokers and let y’all know what we’ve been up to and the changes life has brought about. We also know that the “broken ish” didn’t take a break just because we did, so we recapped some of the notable current events that happened while we were on break. Most importantly, we offered a peak into what you can expect this season and how you can help us select topics and show subjects. It’s so good to be back, and we can’t wait ..read more
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We Ain’t in Good Hands After All: Racism and the Insurance Industry
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
1y ago
On this week’s episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Michael DeLong, Research and Advocacy Associate from the Consumer Research Federation of America, to discuss how racism insidiously and nefariously impacts the American insurance industry. Michael walks us through the factors that are used to calculate the cost of insurance for most people - credit, education, zip code, and job titles, just to name a few. As expected, the racial disparities inherent in those factors naturally spill out into the pricing of insurance and handling of insurance claims. We discuss some real-world examples of ins ..read more
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Been Around the World and Still Broke: Why the Great Migration Didn’t Work
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by Amber Sims & Erika Brown
1y ago
On this episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Broke-ish all-star, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, to discuss the economic impact of the Great Migration on Black Americans. Post-Reconstruction and against the backdrop of Jim Crow, many Black people fled the South for the North and Midwest in hopes of less oppression and more economic opportunity. But new research on the long-term success of the Great Migration actually casts doubt on whether Black families proved to fare better as a result of the move. Dedrick walks us through both the history and the data to demonstrate how rising costs of living, i ..read more
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