Black Pod Class

Briana Barner

The Black Pod Class is the podcast arm of the Black Podcasts class, taught at the University of Maryland by Dr. Briana Barner. Each episode will bring lively interviews with an array of guests discussing their experiences as Black podcasters, producers, listeners and fans. Hosted by the students of the Black Pod Class, this podcast expands the classroom outside of the walls of UMD and allows listeners insight into what we are learning, discussing and dreaming about in the Black Podcasts class. We hope you enjoy! read less
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Episodes

Navigating Transitions in The Laborhood (feat. Shay Payne and Briea Parks)
May 5 2024
Navigating Transitions in The Laborhood (feat. Shay Payne and Briea Parks)
The Black Podclass is joined by hosts Shay Payne and Briea Parks! In this episode, Shay and Briea, both accomplished black women in the nursing profession, share their insights and experiences working in the high-stakes environment of the Labor and Delivery Unit. Shay Payne brings her expertise as a seasoned labor and delivery nurse, with a passion for maternal health and patient advocacy. Briea Parks, equally dedicated to her profession, offers a unique perspective shaped by her years of experience in the field. Together, they navigate through the joys, challenges, and heartfelt moments encountered in their daily work, shedding light on the realities of labor and delivery nursing. Tune in as they share stories, provide valuable tips, and advocate for the well-being of both mothers and babies in "The Laborhood" podcast. A little bit more on their background, Shay is a certified Midwife from Greensboro, NC. In 2016, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University. As a nurse, she gained labor and delivery experience in high-risk obstetrics, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy. For the next 2 years, she became captivated by holistic, low-intervention births. In 2019, she transitioned into a management role and excelled at a new Birthing Center in Winston-Salem, NC. It was there where she became a Certified Nurse in Inpatient Obstetrics and started her climb to Clinical Midwifery. Shay also has a Masters Degree in the Science of Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Briea also is an alumnae from Winston-Salem State University, she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a minor in psychology in 2015. After obtaining her degree, she began working as a cardiac telemetry nurse. In 2016, she became a labor and delivery nurse. In 2019, Briea transitioned to a leadership position where she became a charge nurse at a birthing center. In 2020, she received a Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership from Western Governors University. In 2021, she received a national certification in inpatient obstetric nursing. Now, she continues to work as a labor and delivery staff nurse and is a travel nurse.
Anthropology, Authorhood, Podcasting + More With Dr. Reighan Gillam
May 3 2024
Anthropology, Authorhood, Podcasting + More With Dr. Reighan Gillam
Podcaster Bio:Dr. Reighan Gillam is a professor, podcaster, and author. Gillam holds a BA in Anthropology and Afro-American and African Studies from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from Cornell University. She has previously taught as an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California and now at Dartmouth College. Her work delves into the intersection of racial ideologies, anti-racism, and protest, particularly focusing on Afro-Brazilianmedia production and its portrayal of Black experiences. Her newest book, "Visualizing Black Lives: Ownership and Control in Afro-Brazilian Media," explores these themes. The professor's next project, "Diasporic Agency: Transnational Racial Leverage and Challenges to Exceptionalism," examines Afro-Brazilian engagement with African American culture and politics. Dr. Gillam was elected to the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Studies Association and has received prestigious fellowships from institutions such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. In her role as host of the New Books Networkpodcast, she showcases academic works and contributes to public understanding of Black Studies, Media Studies, Latin American Studies, and Anthropology. She is dedicated toassisting students in their academic and career endeavors by providing courses on Black culture, visual culture, social movements, and the African Diaspora. Episode Summary:In this podcast interview, Lizzie and Anouchka discuss Dr. Gillam's academic background and what led her to the fields of Anthropology and Black studies. We also talked about how her background in Afro-Brazilian Media influences her current work as a professor and podcaster. Additionally, Dr.Gillam shares her journey from studying anthropology to becoming a podcaster and how she balances her various interests. Finally, this episode concludes with a discussion of Dr. Gillam's future endeavors and advice for aspiring scholars/podcasters interested in exploring topics related to anthropology, black culture, and media studies.
A Look Into the Podcasting Industry (feat. Alexandra Rago & Bethany Hawkins)
Apr 4 2024
A Look Into the Podcasting Industry (feat. Alexandra Rago & Bethany Hawkins)
Show notes: Our first guest is Bethany Hawkins. CEO & Founder of "Crackers In Soup, LLC" Bethany Hawkins (she/her), a seasoned professional with over 18 years of corporate experience, serves as the CEO and Founder of Crackers In Soup, LLC. As a Black woman who understands the challenges of not being heard, Bethany's mission is to amplify historically underrepresented voices through podcasting. Under her leadership, Crackers In Soup has produced an extensive portfolio of podcast episodes, including the award-winning "Chatting Over Chowder" and "Sis, Please." Crackers In Soup has recently won the "Big Budget Sound Award" from Sonic Bloom presented by Libsyn at ShePodcast. Instagram @bcrackersinsoup Our Next guest is Alexandra Rago. She is the CEO of "Ambitious Minds Inc." Alexandra began her career working in Urban Marketing and radio promotions for major labels like G-unit, Koch Records, and Columbia Records/Sony Music. She has worked with artists like 50 Cent, | Cole, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Brandy, Ray I, Maxwell, and Jim Jones. Since founding Ambitious Minds in 2011, the agency has developed from being solely a talent management organization to producing podcasts, events, content, e-commerce brand development shipping, and fulfillment. The company now mainly focuses on managing and producing podcasts such as Kid Fury & Crissle of The Read, Whoreible Decisions, and Sistas Who Kill. You can find her on Instagram @ambminds    In this episode, we had a lovely chat with Bethany and Alex. We discussed topics such as the assumptions and stereotypes of creating podcasts, how they each got started in the podcast industry, how it feels to be a part of a new industry, and how to find your niche.  This episode was produced by Madeline Seck.
A Chat about Black Slang and Breaking Barriers of Black Conversation (Feat. Kelechi Okafor, Sequoia Holmes, Dr. Rianna Walcott)
Apr 4 2024
A Chat about Black Slang and Breaking Barriers of Black Conversation (Feat. Kelechi Okafor, Sequoia Holmes, Dr. Rianna Walcott)
The Black Podcast is joined by Kelechi Okafor, Sequoia Holmes, and Dr. Rianna Walcott. In this episode, The Black Podcast discussed Black language. We played a word association game to compare Black British vs. African American slang particularly used in California, the DMV, and Baltimore. We looked at similarities and contrasted different ways we use slang in different regions. Then we talk about how each of them got into podcasting as a way to break barriers to Black conversation.  Kelechi Okafor is from Britain, has Nigerian heritage, actress, director, astrology lover, and The creator of the “Say Your Mind” podcast that ended on January 29, 2024. This podcast looked at current affairs and popular culture through a Black British lens. Now she is the host of the new podcast “Meet Me at The Alter” published in March of this year. You can find her Instagram, @kelechnekoff.  Sequoia Holmes is from California, loves astrology, and has been podcasting since 2016. She is currently on her 4th podcast. She is the host of the podcast “Black People Love Paramore.” Funny enough, *not* a Paramore podcast. This podcast explores the common & uncommon interests of Black people. You can find her on Instagram: @bplppod Dr. Rianna Walcott is from the UK and is a communication professor at the University of Maryland. She Works in the Black Communication and Technology at the Communications department.  Her PhD research focuses on Black British identity presentation in social media spaces. By taking a mixed-methods approach to investigating Black British social media usage. You can connect with her on LinkedIn: Rianna Walcott   This episode was produced by Madeline Seck.
A Chat with Ben Murphy
Feb 13 2024
A Chat with Ben Murphy
This podcast highlights the experiences of a black student-athlete on a college basketball team. The guest, Ben Murphy, shares how his father's NBA career inspired him to play sports and how his mother encouraged him to participate in multiple sports throughout his childhood. He shares that he works hard to maintain his academic responsibilities alongside of his athletic commitment. He is proud of his upbringing, his cultural identity, and his pursuit to improve in his sport. A vital aspect of this podcast is about student athletes' motivation, family influence, and academic priorities. Ben's parents and siblings are his role models, with his dad playing in the NBA and his mom being a dentist. He prioritizes his schoolwork before basketball practice to manage the demands of being a student-athlete. Ben's dad, Ronnie Murphy, is a role model because of his hard work and dedication to his family. Ronnie was “Drafted 17th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1987 NBA Draft,” (judolphins.com). Next, the podcast dives into Murphy's athletic career, cultural background, and the UMD basketball team dynamics. Ben shared his experience of overcoming a brutal injury and staying motivated to return to basketball, emphasizing the importance of perseverance and community support. Ben and Daniel discussed the value of engaging with local communities through athletics, with Ben sharing his experience of helping out at his old high school and providing wisdom to younger players. Ben highlights the diversity of the basketball team, including players from different cultures and countries. Ben, Haley, and Daniel discuss the team's unique dynamic, including the mix of different ages and experiences and the importance of camaraderie and teamwork. An essential part of the podcast is when Haley and Daniel ask questions about Ben's aspirations for his current life and his future, his cultural identity, and the challenges he has faced and how he overcame them. Ben shares his goals of being a great teammate and contributing to the broader conversation around diversity and inclusion in athletics. He also shares how schools and athletic organizations can better support diverse student-athletes by recognizing and addressing issues within their communities. He says if there were ever a situation he felt passionate about, he would not hesitate to use his social media platform to speak out against it. To wrap up, the podcast discusses Ben’s athletic achievements and obstacles faced by himself and other black student-athletes. Ben, a black student-athlete at Maryland, overcame obstacles such as a lack of recruitment and a torn ACL, all leading him to his destiny: to play for his home university. His experience as a black student-athlete has taught him to work harder to prove himself and overcome stereotypes. Daniel discusses the song "My Boo" and its origins. UMD basketball players sparked a viral internet trend called ‘the running man challenge’ while dancing to this song. Jaylen Brantley was interviewed with USAtoday.com and said: “‘We dance every day for our teammates in the locker room,’ said Brantley. ‘We’re the goofballs. So we were like, Hey, let’s make a video and make everybody laugh.’” This is why Haley and Daniel included this song on the podcast. It is an iconic masterpiece created by two of the players on the team, so we just wanted to add it in for its significance and relevance to the topic. Haley then mentions the reasoning behind using the song “Levels” for the intro and outro, because it is a tradition that the song is played at every home UMD men’s basketball game’s warmup. We conclude with mentioning our podcast’s name once again and thanking everyone for listening.