Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Q-on-1 w/Police Officer Lemar Gordon

Missouri police officer, Lemar Gordon, shares his views on the issues that have been ongoing in the United States regarding police brutality.

Duration: 48 minutes.

This Q-on-1 is unlike many of the others that I've done.  Instead of just asking questions, I had a conversation with Lemar and shared my opinions with him.  

Although we didn't agree on everything, we did learn from each other throughout the course of the discussion.

We discussed things from the militarization of the police force to Black Lives Matters vs. Blue Lives Matter.  

I look to continue having discussions with him in the future to help bridge the gap between the police and citizens.  How can we reduce police brutality and keep the peace in society?

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Q-on-1 w/Brother Ali of Grassrootz Books & Juice Bar

Grassrootz is the only black-owned book store in Phoenix.  I talk to the manager about the importance of the business to the community.

Duration: 21 minutes.

Brother Ali manages the Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar in Phoenix, Arizona.  It's a place created out of necessity when you listen to his story.  Not only does Grassrootz offer a physical location in which to edify your knowledge, build networks, as well as enjoy an atmosphere of peace and like-mindedness, but it's also an online haven for books.  

During this pandemic, people are unable to get out as much without risking their health, so the option to peruse their collection of books relevant to communities of color is still available at this time.

He and I discuss why black history and culture is more relevant than ever in 2020.  We talk about Blackout Days and the pros and cons of it.  He also talks about a book or two trending in the black community.

Enjoy my Q-on-1 conversation with him on this edition of the Talk 2 Q Radio Show.

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You can also support by making a donation to the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee here.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Q-on-2 w/Damarces & Lakivia Sharkey of Treble & Flame Co.

I'm joined by two entrepreneurs who took their love for candles and music to another level.

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Duration: 21 minutes.

This couple met in college and probably never knew what that meeting would turn into some day.  

Damarces and Lakivia Sharkey are the proud owners of a candle company.  But, not just any candle company.  These two had a plan to make their candle company stand out from the others and they created the perfect gift for any music and scent lover! 

Treble & Flame Co. not only gives you the relaxing ambiance to set the mood, but they also allow access to the music that will get you in the mood!  When you order from T&FC, you not only get an amazing-smelling candle, but also a playlist that will accompany the candle as well.  

If you like 80's R&B, then the Purple Rain candle is definitely for you.  90's hip hop is your thing?  Then maybe you should check out the Bonita Applebum candle.  This list goes on!

These will be perfect stocking stuffers for anyone this holiday season!

Enjoy my interview with the Sharkeys and see how their love story turned into a business venture to some day pass on to their daugther.


IG: @TrebleAndFlame

Facebook: TrebleAndFlame

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Get Woke! Go Broke!

Is cancel culture the appropriate response to race relations?

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Duration: 77 minutes.

On this show, we're talking about the "get woke, go broke" mentality that has been spreading across the country like wildfire.  This is the mantra for a lot of people who are tired of the unity movements going on across America. Is it fair or foul for them to feel this way? Can you get "BLM fatigue" from the constant talk and signage that is almost everywhere you look in some cities?  

And speaking of "fatigue", yet another high profile case yields unsatisfactory results as the three cops who shot up Breonna Taylor's apartment and killed her escape serious charges. I'll ask my Show Legends about their opinions on yet another person of color who dies at the hands of police negligence. 

We'll discuss that and more on this live call-in edition of the Talk 2 Q Radio Show! "No experts. Just opinions."

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Monday, September 21, 2020

RIP To The Notorious RBG

I was honored to be asked to participate in a very special podcast memorial to the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  


Duration: 17 minutes.

The gracious host of The Transatlantic History Ramblings With Lauren And Brian podcast invited me to join his podcast with a host of others to celebrate the achievements of the 5'1" dynamo affectionately known as "The Notorious RBG".  I want to thank former T2Q guests, Brian Young and Lauren Davies for thinking of me when conceptualizing this amazing tribute!

From the THR site: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87. This remarkable woman was a inspiration and a voice for all people who were oppressed or discriminated against and her legacy will live on for generations to come. 

As a tribute, we gathered a group of our Transatlantic History Ramblings family members who loaned their voices to honor this amazing woman in her own words. Featuring Lauren and Brian, Janis Wilson, Prof Brooke Kroger, Ansel and Tabitha Burch, Jamie Wilday, The Strange Sessions Kurt and Krista, Michael Hawley, Michele Malcolm, Neil Storey, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Talk2Q's Quincy Shelton, Carissa Smith, and Paul Begg RIP Justice Ginsburg.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Did Netflix Cross The Line With "Cuties"?

I'm joined by a T2Q Show Legend to discuss a controversial movie currently playing on Netflix.

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Duration: 35 mins.

Crystal Hickerson rejoins the show to talk about what everyone else has been discussing on social media: "Cuties".  A Netflix movie that tells the story of an 11 year old girl who joins a dance group with her friends.  

Sounds great on the surface, but the dance group is more of a "twerk team".  Would most people approve of their 11 year old girl taking twerk classes?  The movie poster alone brought ire across the country as people starting to complain that Netflix was sexualizing pre-teens.  It even got to the point that people were canceling their Netflix accounts (so they say) and #CancelNetflix trended on social media.  

But, did they actually watch the movie?  Probably not.  Luckily for us, Crystal did and she breaks down what the movie is actually about and if people should give it a chance or not.  This movie may actually teach some people how to talk to your kids.

Enjoy this latest episode of the Talk 2 Q Radio Show!  "No experts.  Just opinions."

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Q-on-1 w/Darran Bruce of The DJ Sessions

I reach across the country to chat with one of the masterminds behind the party scene in Seattle.

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Duration: 25 mins.

Darran Bruce is the executive producer for The DJ Sessions, which is a live streamed/podcast series featuring the hottest electronic music DJs with live mixes and interviews streamed worldwide.  He and I not only discuss his love for music and where the concept for the company originated, but also what they offer as well.

From mobile DJ'ing services to silent discos with multiple listening options, The DJ Sessions is the place to tune in when you want to get your groove on locally in the Seattle underground or from any remote place in the world! 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Q-on-1 w/Singer, Amaya Morris aka J.A.M.

I have a chat with an aspiring musical artist from Texas.

Listen on your favorite podcasting platform here.

Duration: 14 mins. 

Amaya Morris aka J.A.M. is an R&B artist residing in the Houston area who got her start in high school and never looked back.  She dropped her first music video when she was 16 years old and her classmates loved it!  

With help from her mother, her career has started to blossom as she pursues her dreams of being a YouTube icon and worldwide talent!

Subscribe/follow her below! 

YouTube Channel: Amaya Morris

IG: @ThtGirlAmaya

And be sure to listen to one of her hits at the end of the podcast!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Q-on-1 w/Retired Teach, Scott Hopkins

I have a candid discussion about today's school system with an educator with over 30 years of experience!

Listen on your favorite podcasting platform here.

Duration: 38 mins.

Mr. Scott Hopkins started teaching in the California school system in the early 1970's.  The way schools are run now have evolved quite a bit since then.  And because of that, teaching strategies have evolved as well.  

He and I not only discuss how he got started as a 23 year old teacher, but also how things changed over the course of his career.

  • Did students change more or did the teachers do so?  
  • We talk about the stress that teachers face daily from uncooperative parents and non-supportive administrators.  
  • I also inquire about how he thinks the COVID-19 situation is being handled.

It's a great conversation with someone, who is retired, that can give his unfiltered opinions without any worries of backlash from the school system.  You'll truly understand why teaching is important and why teaching is rewarding.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Skip Bayless & Dak Prescott's Depression

Brandy J. Flynn rejoins the show to discuss the recent commentary of the controversial FOX Sports commentator, Skip Bayless.

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Duration: 12 mins.

Normally, it's a Skip Bayless tweet that upsets folks, but this time it was live and on the air on FOX Sports.  Dak Prescott, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, recently revealed that he was depressed over his brother's suicide back in April.  A lot of people don't know what depression looks like.  Was Skip out of line when he questioned Dak Prescott's mental toughness because he chose to express himself publicly?

Brandy is a mental health specialist as well as a mental health analyst in sports.  She was the first person who came to my mind when I wanted to discuss this topic.  So, I'm bringing to you professional's point of view on whether it was fair or foul for Skip to belittle Dak as the leader of his team because Dak showed vulerability.

You can connect with Brandy at

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contact phone number is (800) 273-8255.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Season 9 Premier of #T2Q

T2Q starts its 9th season with current event topics and more!  

Listen on your favorite podcasting platform here!

Duration: 78 mins.

We discuss quite a few things on this live-call in show starting with controversy during a virtual learning class. Should a teacher be restricted from having a #BLM poster on camera in her virtual classroom? 

(21:41 mark) Also, we've heard of a WAP, but have you heard of a MAP? MAP is an acronym for "Minor Attracted Person" and they are trying to get established as a sexual orientation. By making it a sexual orientation, people will be able to classify the act as natural.  How do you feel about this?

(44:52 mark) People come up with extravagant ideas for gender reveal party these days.  Are gender reveal parties tacky?  Is it doing too much on top of having a baby shower?  How do you feel about them?

These things and more on the Talk 2 Q Radio Show! "No experts. Just opinions." 

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Q-on-1 w/Podcaster, Sofija Sion

I have a chat with world traveler and podcaster, Miss Sofija Sion!  We discuss her opinions on mental health, the dating world (literally), and more!

Duration: 20 mins.

When I get the opportunity, I love to jump over "the pond" and invite someone on from overseas.  It allows me to get a perspective on things outside of the United States.  Contrary to what many Americans believe, people in Europe have some of the same life struggles to deal with on a daily basis.

Sofija gives her two cents on why mental health is important to maintain.  What do people mean exactly when they say that they have "anxieties"?  I also ask her the difference in men that she's met from the many places she's traveled.  Are the men in Greece more shy than the men in the United States?  Sofija spills the tea on that question.  We also talk about the difficulties people experience with trying to move on from a stagnant relationship.

It's an insightful and fun discussion with Sofija!  Check out her podcast at Soph Rants!


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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Q-on-1 w/Entrepreneur, Mike Merriweather

Mike Merriweather joins T2Q to discuss his new book as well as his business and community events.

Listen on your favorite podcasting platform here.

Duration: 22 mins.

The hardest working dude in the South was able to squeeze in some time for the show while playing with his daughter.  I brought him on to discuss not only what he does for his own children, but what he does for the children of many different communities.

We discuss the following:

  • A book that he wrote for his son and why he did it.
  • His business venture with CBD and CBG.
  • The different ways he's given back to different communities.
All of this and more on this Q-on-1 edition of the Talk 2 Q Radio Show.

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