Amena talks with Micky ScottBey Jones, also known as The Justice Doula, about life after divorce. Micky shares how her work as a birth doula informs her current work in justice and activism. Micky also shares her personal experience of divorce and gives practical tips for those walking through divorce or walking alongside someone else going through a divorce. For more information about Micky and her work with Faith Matters Network and The People’s Supper, visit https://www.faithmattersnetwork.org/.
Amena talks with podcaster and education advocate, Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty, about how she overcame obstacles on her path to education. Dr. Zaragoza-Petty shares the barriers first generation students encounter on their path to higher education and why it’s important for marginalized people to pursue higher education. For more information about Dr. Alma and The Red Couch Podcast visit http://redcouchpodcast.podbean.com/.
On this bonus episode, Amena talks with actress Javicia Leslie who is featured on the CBS show God Friended Me. Javicia shares her audition journey and what she’s learning from playing her character, Ali, who is sister to an atheist podcaster brother and daughter to a traditional reverend father. Javicia also shares why it’s important to be persistent in pursuing your dreams. For more information about God Friended Me, check your local listings and visit https://www.cbs.com/shows/god-friended-me/.
Amena talks with musician, filmmaker, and emerging theologian SueAnn Shiah. SueAnn shares the journey of making her documentary HuanDao about her return to her parent’s home country Taiwan for a biking pilgrimage. Amena and SueAnn talk about the power of indigenous music and how returning to a familial home can help us to find what has been lost. For more information about SueAnn and her documentary, visit https://www.sueannshiah.com/.
HuanDao Documentary - Stream / On Demand
"A Liturgy for the Perseverance of the Saints" available everywhere music is sold or streamed (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play)
SueAnn Shiah (@sueannshiah) is a Taiwanese American musician and filmmaker and emerging theologian specializing in identity formation, racial justice, gender, and sexuality. Her first feature length documentary HuanDao premiered in Fall 2016 in Nashville, TN. Her debut solo album of reclaimed hymns “A Liturgy for the Perseverance of the Saints” just came out on June 22, 2018. In addition to her own creative and theological works, she collaborates with other artists and musicians in a variety of capacities as an artist manager, producer, audio engineer, songwriter, and creator of liturgy. She has a B.B.A. in Music Business with a Production emphasis and a Chinese minor from Belmont University and is set to attend National Taiwan University in Fall 2018 to pursue a Masters of Arts in Musicology.
HER With Amena Brown Episode 19: Building A Table featuring Ekemini Uwan and Christina Edmondson from Truth’s Table
Amena talks with two-thirds of the three hosts of the popular Truth’s Table podcast: writer/speaker and public theologian, Ekemini Uwan, and academician and mental health therapist, Dr. Christina Edmondson. Amena, Ekemini, and Christina discuss how Truth’s Table began and how as hosts and they foster community among their black women listeners. Ekemini and Christina share the importance of building our own tables. For more information about Truth’s Table, visit https://www.truthstable.com/.
Amena talks with author, poet, educator and poetry slam champion Theresa Davis about how we can use writing to process grief. Theresa shares how she became a performing artist and how she teaches young students to use writing to process difficult emotions. Amena and Theresa discuss helpful ways to walk alongside someone who is grieving. For more information about Theresa, visit www.theresa-davis.com/.
Amena talks with travel blogger and co-owner of coffee roasting company, The Running Over, Kat Armas. Kat shares her story of quitting her job to travel the world and the lessons she learned from getting lost. Amena and Kat discuss what we can learn when we choose to experience adventure and how to see getting lost as a positive learning experience. For information about Kat, visit https://katarmas.com/.
Amena talks with author, speaker, leadership coach, visionary, and podcaster, Jo Saxton. Amena and Jo discuss healthy leadership and the tensions between what we perceive as leadership and what leadership looks like in real life. Based on the themes in her book The Dream of You, Jo shares how we can center our identity in the right place and heal where our identity is broken. For more information about Jo, visit https://www.josaxton.com/.
Amena talks with international speaker, leadership consultant, diversity and mentoring coach, and author Natasha Robinson. Exploring the themes of Natasha’s new book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World, Amena and Natasha discuss Beyonce’s “Formation,” navigating the wilderness of life, and where we we can find redemption as we seek love, justice and freedom. For more information about Natasha and to order her book visit http://www.natashasrobinson.com/.
Amena talks with Florence Mugisha, co-founder and director of women’s ministry at Africa New Life Ministries. Florence shares the story of her home country, Rwanda, post-genocide and how education for children and vocational training for women continues to help the country rebuild. For more information on Africa New Life Ministries, visit http://www.africanewlife.org/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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