Sounding Black



Raw, open and honest conversations about identity, culture, social awareness and everything in between.


  • The Sound of Our Vote Part 2

    13/11/2020 Duration: 01h27min

    After several days of agony sitting in front of the television as election results poured in, the United States has named Joe Biden as President-Elect and Kamala Harris is now the first woman named Vice President-Elect. Although the country has decided, the Trump administration and its supporters refuse to accept the results despite 4 years of telling their political opponents to do the same. As this rollercoaster of a year nears its end, it's still quite possible we have not seen the worst of 2020. COVID cases are rising and there's no telling what Trump might do next. In this episode, the guys share their reactions to the election, the significance of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris' historic moment and what this means for all of us heading into 2021 and beyond.

  • The Sound of Our Vote

    29/10/2020 Duration: 01h24min

    With the 2020 Presidential Election on the horizon, it's imperative for us to discuss the weight of our vote and recognize the importance of letting our voices be heard. It cannot be overstated how vital our role in this country's success is and for that reason, among others, we must require more out of politicians to gain our vote. To explore what all of this means, we invite Christian D. Green back to the podcast to discuss what's on the ballot in November and the ways we can hold our elected officials accountable beyond the general election. 

  • The Sound of Our Language

    22/10/2020 Duration: 01h43min

    Code switching and African American Vernacular English -- commonly referred to as ebonics -- are common among members in the black community as they navigate the intricacies of their worlds. In this episode, we discuss scenarios that call for each of these adjustments and the ways they influence our lives.

  • The Sound of Our Neighborhoods

    17/10/2020 Duration: 01h15min

    Where we begin in life more often than not directs the path we take. For some of us, those beginnings are more humbling than for others. The unique reality many Black Americans face can't be compared to the experience of any other group. In this episode, the guys discuss how it all began for them and the influence their origins have on their lives alongside the commonalities with the community at large. 

  • The Sound of the Status Quo

    13/10/2020 Duration: 01h21min

    In the final quarter of 2020, it's difficult to imagine this year could move by so quickly. In this time, we've had to deal with a pandemic alongside trying to maintain our sanity despite facing our typical hardships. As much as the world around us changes, things still remain the same for most people who look like us as the cycle of brutality and disregard for our lives continue. Has the movement to improve our lives lost steam among those who don't share our complexion? The guys discuss. 

  • The Sound of Justice

    08/09/2020 Duration: 01h19min

    After the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, communities across America were galvanized to fight for the lives of black people. People everywhere decided to take a stand, but of course, no movement to shift the state of this country comes without opposition. While peaceful protests have occurred all over, militia groups with ill intentions, along with many in law enforcement, have risen to maintain the status quo under the guise of protecting their community. In this episode, the guys discuss the NBA's response to the heinous act committed against Jacob Blake and the privilege that gives people like Kyle Rittenhouse the freedom to roam the streets with an AR-15 with a plan to harm others without fear of consequences. 

  • The Sound of Solutions Part 2

    17/08/2020 Duration: 01h27min

    Continuing the conversation about solutions, the guys bring on a special guest to share some of her experience growing up primarily with a single parent. Additionally, they cover how the community at large can bind together in an effort to improve where we stand. 

  • The Sound of Solutions Part 1

    09/08/2020 Duration: 01h32min

    It's imperative for us to address the internal friction in our relationships to be successful in our efforts to change the narrative surrounding black lives. While these conversations aren't always easy, they are necessary. Over the last several weeks, the colloquial term "baby mama", the connotation it carries and the way it manifests in our every day lives has been a hot topic. The guys tackle this controversial topic head-on in this episode and fireworks certainly occur. 

  • The Sound of Her Voice

    19/07/2020 Duration: 01h36min

    The importance of having conversations within our community in the midst of all we are experiencing can't be emphasized enough. While our trauma doesn't necessarily look the same, it is imperative that we recognize black women need the world and more specifically black men to acknowledge their trauma, see and be there for them in the same ways black women are here for black men. 

  • The Sound of Her Story

    10/07/2020 Duration: 01h14min

    After weeks of frustration, petitions signed and protests to ensure the culprits of Breonna Taylor's murder are held accountable, it all seems to have fallen on deaf ears. As men, we have been charged with the duty to stand for and protect our women. It is our obligation to continue to fight for Breonna, therefore, we must address the elephant in the room. Have black men fought as hard for Breonna as they should have? The gentleman discuss this and more. 

  • The Sound of An Ally

    07/07/2020 Duration: 01h31min

    ally noun, plural al·lies. a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose:   In this historic moment across the globe, movements are rising to fight the status quo and demand equality. It is quite possibly more important now than it has ever been for each of us to stand up for justice and liberty for all. With that comes sacrifice and often allies who share a common goal. In this fight, the question is whether those allies are true allies or are they wolves in sheep's clothing?

  • The Sound of Our Last Breath Part 2

    14/06/2020 Duration: 01h15min

    Continuing the conversation regarding the circumstances around the country, it is difficult not to address the actions -- or lack thereof -- and the comments made by Trump and his efforts to host a rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this same vein, defunding the police is the topic of the hour. Furthermore, companies are taking steps to either to be more progressive in their stances against racism or publicly regressing. In this episode, the crew elaborates on their thoughts regarding defunding the police, Nascar, Starbucks and the demands of black people across the nation. 

  • The Sound of Our Last Breath

    07/06/2020 Duration: 01h33s

    In the last couple of months, America has been hit hard by a global pandemic while black Americans have also had to face racism and police brutality head on yet again. This time is a lot different as communities have organized in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Along with Criminal Defense Attorney, Eric Adams and Entrepreneur and Author, Aaron Curry, Til & Will discuss what has galvanized the efforts of people across the country and what non-black individuals can contribute to end the police brutality that disproportionately affects black women, men and children. 

  • The Sound of Fowl Language

    27/08/2019 Duration: 01h17min

    Over the past week or so, the debate about who has the better chicken sandwich between Popeye's and Chick Fil-A has been a hot topic. This debate has also driven other conversations about the type of businesses we support. Til & Will discuss how we can use the power of word of mouth and social media to help promote and possibly sustain minority owned businesses. 

  • The Sound of Social Justice With A Reasonable Doubt

    20/08/2019 Duration: 01h33min

    The NFL recently announced a partnership with Jay Z to focus on social justice. Since the announcement, Jay Z has received his fair share of criticism, but has also been praised for taking the next step in the process for change. Clearly, everyone isn't on the same page. Til & Will get into a relatively heated debate on this episode as they're both on different sides of the conversation. 

  • The Sound of Thoughts and Prayers

    13/08/2019 Duration: 01h11min

    Mass shootings in America seem to be a recurring event in the United States. It's nearly to the point it's the expectation instead of an anomaly. It's unfortunate that we live in a country that has the ability to put an end to such tragedies, but sits idly as these events occur again and again. Thoughts and prayers aren't moving the needle. It's time we take this a step further. In this episode, Til & Will discuss the impact domestic terrorism has on black and brown communities.

  • The Sound of Manhood

    31/07/2019 Duration: 01h08min

    One topic not discussed in our community as frequently as it should be is the way we view manhood. In recent years, we've had open dialogue about toxic masculinity, however, we haven't examined in depth the lessons we're taught and experiences that contribute to the way we view manhood and vulnerability.  In this episode, Til & Will discuss their experiences and some of the ways they cope with trauma from their upbringing. 

  • The Sound of Understanding

    09/07/2019 Duration: 01h09min

    While each of our perspectives is relative, coming to an understanding for two or several parties ideally should be a lot easier to reach even in disagreement. Oftentimes people do or say harmful words to or about others and the offended party is shamed for how they feel. We have seen countless examples of it and in this episode, Til and Will examine the underlying messages delivered in some of the recent transgressions in music and entertainment. 

  • The Sound of Reparations

    25/06/2019 Duration: 01h01min

    With the Democratic nomination in their sights, candidates have begun to lay out their plans for the presidency. Reparations are the hot topic of the day, but everyone doesn't seem to be on the same page. Even beyond the candidates for the democratic nomination, the public view on reparations being owed has seen some scrutiny as well. Til and Will offer their take on the matter in this episode. 

  • The Sound of Restitution

    25/06/2019 Duration: 56min

    After discussing the series "When They See Us", it was imperative to have a broader conversation about the system overall and its impact on black and brown people. Considering the outcomes that often come as a result of being institutionalized, Til and Will discuss the effects wrongful convictions can have on victims of the system. 

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