The theme for Season 2 is “Lost and Found.” This season Amena and her guests explore themes of surviving and processing loss, finding the joy in getting lost, returning home, finding freedom, and building something new. Listen here for a live performance of “Here Breathing” which inspired Amena to curate this season’s theme.
Amena talks with dancer, curator, and embodiment scholar Helen Hale about how we can learn to listen to our bodies. Helen shares what she’s learning about the healing process, being a full-time artist, and how dance and floral design connect to her to creativity. For more information about Helen Hale visit http://helenhale.com/.
Helen Hale is a dancer, theater maker, embodiment scholar, rogue cultural agent, and relentless pursuer of beauty. Director of Helen Hale Dance, designer of HAVEN Floral Arts, and co-curator at Ginkgo, Helen performs, teaches, decorates homes and events with flowers, brings the people together, and collaborates with artists and activists in the States and abroad. When not in studio- or flower-mode, she can be found sipping something on a porch, likely being feisty, and perpetually longing for the sea.
Amena talks with Native American author, speaker and worship leader Kaitlin Curtice about why the voices and leadership of Native leaders is necessary and important. Kaitlin shares about her book Glory Happening and how the process of laboring is important in many areas of our lives. To find out more about Kaitlin Curtice, visit https://kaitlincurtice.com/.
Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author, speaker and worship leader. As an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Native American spirituality, mystic faith in everyday life, and the church.
Amena talks with emcee, activist, and U.S. Music Ambassador, Mahogany Jones, about hip hop and why art and justice are connected. Mahogany shares her story as a battle emcee and how she uses her influence to better the lives of women and girls. For more information about Mahogany Jones visit https://mahoganyjones.com/.
Hip Hop Soul Recording Artist, Arts Educator, U S Musical Ambassador, and recent United Way Brand Ambassador, Mahogany Jones is a proud advocate for women.
As co-Founder and Director of aPUREmovement, her heart is to shift the paradigm of culture who’s common practice is to devalue the contributions of women, by using media and rallying people together to change the conversation. Her last recording was SugarWater and she is currently working on a new release.
Amena talks with author, speaker, and yoga teacher, Kathy Khang about the importance of using our voices and the ways our bodies speak to us. Kathy shares from her new book Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up and gives some tips on how to find your voice and how to find the courage to speak up. For more information about Kathy and her new book, visit http://www.kathykhang.com/.
Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up. It's available at Intervarsity Press for 30% off with code pre4540.
Amena talks with writer, author, and podcaster Nish Weiseth. Nish co-hosts the podcast Impolite Company and shares how to navigate the intersection of two tough topics: politics and religion. For more information about Nish, visit http://nishweiseth.com/.
Nish Weiseth is an author, podcaster, opinion columnist, and speaker living in the intermountain west. She is the author of "Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World," and she's the short-tempered half of Impolite Company, a popular weekly podcast that discusses the intersection of religion and politics in America, alongside New York Times contributor and former TIME Magazine senior editor, Amy Sullivan. Impolite Company has frequently been listed in Apple's Top Podcasts in the News & Politics genre, and has garnered nationwide attention from outlets like PBS NewsHour to Crooked Media.
Nish is a frequent opinion contributor to Cosmopolitan magazine, with other pieces published in Christianity Today and Deseret News. She's been quoted in publications like the Washington Post, POLITICO, The Daily Beast, and has sat on a political panel for The BBC with current and former presidential faith advisors.
Amena talks with blogger, speaker, and author Deidra Riggs, about the craft of writing, the importance of speaking and writing truth to power, as well as a guest appearance from Deidra's dog. :) Deidra shares her journey as an early adopter to blogging and what writing has taught her about the importance of cultivating online and IRL connections. Follow Deidra and learn more about her books and writing at http://www.deidrariggs.com/.
A thought leader and national speaker, Deidra is the author of two books: Every Little Thing: Making a Difference Right Where You Are, and ONE: Unity in a Divided World.
Deidra's current project: "No More Excuses," a for-profit partnership with organizations, leaders, and ministries (brands) to proactively embrace and proclaim a high value for diversity that becomes organic and is reflected in every aspect of operation, including (but not limited to) their mission statement, leadership, board/s, events, projects, and marketing materials. Contact her at email@example.com and include "No More Excuses" in the subject line.
Amena talks with multi-disciplinary artist Mikkoh about the connections between art, activism and wellness. Mikkoh shares how her journey as an immigrant influences the art she makes and how she uses her platform to elevate the art of Asian American artists. For more information about Mikkoh, visit https://www.mikkoh.co/.
Mikkoh is a multidisciplinary artist based in Atlanta, GA. In her work from curating to DJing to creative direction and content creation, Mikkoh strives to shed light on issues that are close to her own experience as an immigrant Korean American woman.
Amena talks with Curvy Fit Master Trainer and inventor of the Lose the Gut Keep the Butt workout, Anowa Adjah, about how to accept and care for the body you are in. Anowa shares how to make your health and wellness a priority and how to access your power and gratitude. For more information about Anowa and to participate in her fitness challenges, visit https://anowaadjah.com/.
Anowa Adjah is the first Nationally Recognized 200-pound Master Trainer and Group Instructor. Along with her groundbreaking accomplishments in the Health & Wellness realm, she is also the creator of a successful line of Workout DVDs catered to women of all shapes and sizes. Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Lifestyle Influencer, Mentor, and mother of twin boys, Adjah has solidified herself as an inspiration to millions around the world.
June 30-Day Online Fitness Challenge (registration ends Friday June 8 or when class is full)
Is it possible to forgive God? Amena and Hilary discuss healing, faith and what happens when life doesn’t happen the way we expect. Hilary talks about her new book Forgiving God and how her journey as the parent of a child with complex physical disabilities taught her about miracles and the gift of the body. To connect with Hilary and find out more about her book, check out http://www.hilaryyancey.com/.
Hilary is an author who examines the significance within moments of everyday life. She explores the challenges and blessings of marriage, motherhood, and a life of faith--and how these are expanded and changed by disability. Hilary is also a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Baylor University and lives with her husband, Preston, and two children in Waco, Texas. Her blog can be read at www.hilaryyancey.com.
Forgiving God: A Story of Faith - Hilary Yancey
Amena and Mayra Macedo Nolan talk about calling and what it means to serve in and with community. Mayra shares her journey of how she lives out communal pastoring, how pastoring connects to justice, and why it’s important for our calling to have connection in our local community. To connect with Mayra and find out more about Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), check out https://ccda.org/.
Mayra Macedo-Nolan was born in East Los Angeles and currently serves on pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church, a large congregation that has been at the same location for nearly 120 years. She is passionate about the roles of the church and community in mutual transformation, community development, and the supporting women and minorities in white Christian institutions. She serves on various local and national boards and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). She is married to Chris and they have four children ranging in age from 6 to 28. Besides Jesus, Mayra loves her community, the challenging and sacred call of pastoring while pursuing justice....and....shoes.
Amena and Austin Channing Brown talk about the dignity of the black body and Austin's new book I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin shares her journey of becoming unapologetically black, how she uses her voice to speak against racism and white supremacy, and how to express creative anger.
To connect with Austin and find out more about her book, check out http://austinchanning.com/.
AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN is a writer, speaker, and practitioner who helps schools, nonprofits, and religious organizations practice genuine inclusion. Her writing has appeared in outlets like Christianity Today, Relevant, Sojourners, and The Christian Century.
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown
Amena and Ifeoma Ike talk about The Body Politic. Ifeoma shares her journey in government and law, how to effect change inside of a broken system and why marginalized people should get involved in government and politics.
Ifeoma Ike is a social impact strategist, attorney, writer and professor. Ms. Ike just recently transitioned as the Deputy Executive Director of New York City's Young Men's Initiative, and is a Founding Partner of the thought partnership firm, Think Rubix. She is also a co-host of daily political podcast, PoliTea.
Her story. Her voice. In her own words.
HER With Amena Brown is a podcast centered on elevating the voices, stories, and experiences of women. Spoken word poet and author Amena Brown invites her guests to share their successes, mistakes, lessons, laughs, and triumphs around each season’s theme.
Interviews. Conversations. Stories. In her own words.
First episode coming soon!