Check out details about each episode and featured guest in Season 1 below.
Episode 1: Renee Hess
Founder, Executive Directory of Black Girl Hockey Club
Through story and insight, this debut episode sets the premise on how to explore fandom and the human experience. Inaugural guest is Renee Hess, Founder and Executive Director of the Black Girl Hockey Club – a non-profit organization that focuses on making the hockey community more inclusive for Black women, BIPOC families, friends, and allies.
Episode 2: Jackie Wilson
You can’t support Black Lives Matter w/o sincerely listening to the experiences of Black women. In this episode, Tunisha sits down w/a Commercial Producer with 20 years in the entertainment industry – Jackie Wilson. Jackie gives us vulnerability, perspective, and strength as we discuss Black female resilience, what led her to being cast 63xs as a hooker or homeless person, and her motivation to transform the advertising space to amplify Black beauty.
- Jackie on Instagram (@ladyjtennis)
Episode 3: Josh Rosenblatt
T chop’s it up with Josh Rosenblatt – writer, journalist, and author of Why We Fight: One Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring. This book works as a tailgate for your mind to pre-game in thought, serving you kegs to pump new levels of thinking about experiences within your own skin, and how to determine what you’re actually capable of when forced to face something unique. Topics of conversation include: the irrational fascination with fandom and love, heightened experiences of self-discovery through fighting, being a representative of a larger community and the sometimes dismissal of responsibility for the sake of being an individual, and even how the demise of my Los Angeles Clippers is actually a symbol of personal triggers that stand for things far and beyond an actual game.
- Josh on Twitter
- Buy the Book “Why We Fight: One Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring”
Episode 4: Linathi Makanda
Photographer, Poet, Storyteller
Bravery. Hope. Authenticity. These are a few of the themes in Tunisha’s conversation with Linathi Makanda – South African poet, photographer, and storyteller. In this unfiltered conversation, these two discuss portrayals of Black femininity, personal problems that arise from performative behavior, the importance of self-care through daily affirmations, struggles for Black women to appear vulnerable, and much, much more. Linathi is a genuine champion for raw expression and embracing your true self – in all our unique complexities. She is the author of poetry and prose collection When No One is Watching. Her writings, as well as photographic works, are dedicated to celebrating authentic expression & showing that everything and everyone is art, worthy of being experienced.
- Linathi on Instagram
- Linathi on Twitter
- Buy “When No One is Watching”
- Buy “7 Days of Healing Affirmations Calendar”
Episode 5: Natalie Pierre
Sports Journalist, Founder of The Mental Game
With regard to World Mental Health Day, this episode centers on normalizing conversations around mental health and the influential role sports can play in disrupting the stigmas attached to it. Tunisha’s special guest is Natalie Pierre – veteran sports reporter, CEO of NP Sports Media, and co-founder of The Mental Game – a non-profit organization focused on starting important conversations about mental health in the sports world.
Natalie shares with us her history in sports journalism, thoughts on combating stigmas surrounding mental health, the athlete mentality in dealing with pressure, using social media for good, and much more. As a mental health advocate and a compassionate champion for helping others, Natalie also shares deeply personal stories about her own experiences with mental health in college athletics, work perfectionism, and toxic relationships which culminated in a suicide attempt. Through this profoundly honest conversation, these two discuss how individual awareness and personal storytelling can help produce solutions to standardizing mental health as a form of general healthcare, self-work, and love.
Episode 6: Dr. Tunisha Singleton
Consultant, Media Psychologist, Advocate and Change Agent
Coming on the heels of appearing on Yasmin Vossoughian’s program on MSNBC, Tunisha speaks about her involvement with #SpeakingOut and the #MeToo movement. In the midst of ligation against her former employer America’s Funniest Home Video (AFV) for racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, Tunisha shares her story to provide the context of what the emotional ramifications are like in dealing with trauma. Struggling with eroded confidence and mixed feelings of vulnerability and being exposed, Tunisha endures these mental obstacles to tell her story as a means to be a champion for herself and what is right. Her hope is that in doing so, others are inspired to stand up for themselves, own their voice, and make a difference towards making all workspaces safe for everyone.
- Hollywood Reporter Article
- Tweet from Tina Chen, President/CEO of Times Up
- MSNBC Article and Full Video
Episode 7: Jabari Davis
Writer for HoopsMag, Co-host Dunks & Discourse Podcast
Together T and Jabari chop it up in a conversation about his podcast “Dunks and Discourse,” putting “fun” back in professionalism and business, the outlets we seek to stay safe, sane, and entertained differences between mainstream and indie sports media, and much more. ALSO, the debut of a game called “My Top 3 with T and Jabari” where the two compare their top 3 cheeses, most underrated characters in The Wire, and most meaningful songs.
Episode 8: Jay Chaudhry
Head of Production, PlayersTV
Tunisha begins with a mini-sermon reflecting on the results of the US Presidential Election. This leads to her conversation with featured guest Jay Chaudhry. Jay is the founder of Break Media, a full-service athlete marketing agency with the goal of helping athletes maximize their presence on social media platforms by creating, producing, and distributing premium content.
Having won multiple awards for sports partnerships and content, Jay’s 15+ year career in filmmaking lead him into a new position as Head of Production at PlayersTV – the first-ever athlete-owned media network, with distribution deals with Samsung, Xumo, Sling, and more. Most notably and recently, Jay produced a new series called ReMaking America hosted by CJ McCollum for PlayersTV, whose premiere episode features CJ sitting down with the now Vice President-Elect of the United States of America, Kamala Harris.
- Jay on Twitter
- Break Media website
- PlayersTV on Twitter
- PlayersTV website
- ReMaking America premiere episode ft. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris
Episode 9: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Erotica and romance author
T begins with comments on Triller’s Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. exhibition, Nate Robinson planking, and gives a half a$$ promise to try Megan Thee Stallion’s “Body Challenge.” Featured guest is Rebekah Weatherspoon, an award-winning author with over twenty romance and erotica-romance novels. Rebekah specializes in showcasing love stories and happy endings for women of color. In their conversation, we learn how Rebekah started in writing, romance/erotica fan communities, the pain and glory of having a crush, wigology, and the process of finding a Black hairstylist when moving to a new city.
Episode 10: Alfred Konuwa
Pro Wrestling Columnist, Video Blogger
“Knowledge is experiential information, intelligence gained from and applied through experiences. [Intelligence] refers to linking people with the right knowledge so that it can be immediately applied. And, of course, staging experiences requires intimate knowledge of how human beings react to the cues they receive.” – B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore, The Experience Economy.
While the above quote was not written directly in relation to pro wrestling, but there is no better way of describing how wrestling as an artform produces experiences and memories – not just some produce, good, or service.
Tunisha opens the episode describing the origins of her fandom, earliest memories with wrestling, and shares a hilarious story of how she flew from LA to Houston to attend WrestleMania 17 to meet one of her favorite wrestlers named Christian because she was rudely interrupted by Bob Backlund at WrestleMania 16.
Featured guest interview is with Alfred Konuwa, pro wrestling columnist, and video blogger. Currently a regular contributor for Forbes Sports Money, Alfred has formerly worked for Bleacher Report as a WWE columnist and host of the nearly 100-episode digital series WWE WTF. In 2012, Alfred was featured in Bleacher Report’s “Why We Watch” documentary discussing the career of Kurt Angle, in addition to being featured multiple times on NPR, BBC, and ESPN Radio. Alfred is also the host of a Pro Wrestling Bits, a new YouTube channel where Alfred gives you predictions, analysis, and commentary for all the major and indie promotions around the world including WWE, AEW, NJPW, ROH, IMPACT Wrestling.
Podcast also available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Overcast and more!
For a full listing of where to find the show, visit the IHQ Podcast Anchor.fm page.