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HER With Amena Brown Episode 25: Crafting A Song with Jennifer Chung

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Season 3: Create. Amena talks with singer/songwriter Jennifer Chung about the craft and process of songwriting. Jennifer shares how she maintains her vocal health and what she learned from a photoshop incident on a recent magazine cover where she was featured. Amena and Jennifer take a listen to snippets of a couple of songs from Jennifer’s latest mini album After All and talk about Jennifer’s process in writing them. Amena ceremoniously yells “THAT’S MY SONG.”

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For more info on Jennifer’s and her husband’s media company WATS.Media: https://www.wats.media/


Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Chung is an Atlanta local who creates storytelling content with her husband, Joules. On top of music, she's a social media strategist and manager working with brands like Leonard & Church, Judy Blue Jeans, and an Atlanta non-profit, We Love BuHi.


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HER With Amena Brown Episode 24: Season 3 Intro – The Mystery of Creativity

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The theme of season 3 is “Create.” This season is full of inspiring conversations with women of color who are creators, creatives, founders, visual artists, performing artists, and businesswomen. If you are looking for practical tips on how to kickstart your creativity and action steps that will lead you toward your dreams and passions, then these episodes are for you. To kick off this season’s theme, check out Amena’s mini-talk “The Mystery of Creativity” from Creative Mornings Atlanta and what making a cake with her grandma taught her about creativity.

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Show Notes:

Watch the full talk: Anxiety at Creative Mornings


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HER With Amena Brown Episode 23: Life After Divorce featuring Micky ScottBeyJones

HER With Amena Brown Episode 23: Life After Divorce featuring Micky ScottBeyJones

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/.

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Show Notes:

The People’s Supper - Midterm Five


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HER With Amena Brown Episode 22- The Path to Education featuring Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty

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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/


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HER With Amena Brown Episode 21 - Finding Your Role featuring Javicia Leslie

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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/.

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IMDB

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 20: Finding Home featuring SueAnn Shiah

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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/.

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Show Notes

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
http://sueannshiah.bandcamp.com/

Bio

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.

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 19: Building A Table featuring Ekemini Uwan and Christina Edmondson from Truth’s Table

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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/.

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Show Notes

Truth’s Table photo credit: @amybpaulson; makeup: @makeupbyjanai

Ekemini’s website and Twitter

Amena’s episode on Truth’s Table

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 18: Processing Grief Through Poetry featuring Theresa Davis

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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/.

Show Notes

After This We Go Dark 
Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto

Java Monkey Speaks

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 17: The Power of Getting Lost with Kat Armas

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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/.

Show Notes:

The Running Over Coffee Co.

The Protagonistas Podcast

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 16: Finding Your Inner Leader with Jo Saxton

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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/.

Show Notes:

The Dream Of You 
Ezer Collective

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 15: Found Freedom with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

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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/

Show Notes:

A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship

Hope for Us: Knowing God through the Nicene Creed

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 14: Returning to Rwanda with Florence Mugisha

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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/

Show Notes

Africa New Life Ministries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 13: Season 2 Intro - Here Breathing Live

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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.

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 12: Healing the Body featuring Helen Hale

HER With Amena Brown Episode 12: Healing the Body featuring Helen Hale

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.

 

Show notes:

Helen Hale Dance

HAVEN Floral Arts

 

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 11: The Body Native featuring Kaitlin Curtice

HER With Amena Brown Episode 11: The Body Native featuring Kaitlin Curtice

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.

 

Show Notes:

Glory Happening: Finding The Divine In Everyday Places

 

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 10: How To Body An Emcee featuring Mahogany Jones

HER With Amena Brown Episode 10: How To Body An Emcee featuring Mahogany Jones

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. 

 

Show Notes:

SugarWater

 

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 9: Body Language featuring Kathy Khang

HER With Amena Brown Episode 9: Body Language featuring Kathy Khang

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/

 

Show Notes:

Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up. It's available at Intervarsity Press for 30% off with code pre4540.

 

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 8: The Body Politic featuring Nish Weiseth

HER With Amena Brown Episode 8: The Body Politic featuring Nish Weiseth

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.

 

Show Notes:

Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World

Impolite Company podcast

 

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 7: Body Of The Paragraph featuring Deidra Riggs

HER With Amena Brown Episode 7: Body Of The Paragraph featuring Deidra Riggs

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.

 

Show Notes:

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 deidradriggs@gmail.com and include "No More Excuses" in the subject line.

 

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HER With Amena Brown Episode 6: Body Of Art featuring Mikkoh

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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.

 

Show Notes:

Super Lowkey 

Polly Visuals 

The Missed Appointment

 

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