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Darkest Night

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Darkest Night is a binaural audio drama that places you, the listener, at the center of a recovered memory that sounds as though it’s happening around you in real time. Each chapter delves into the last memories of the recently deceased, slowly revealing a horrifying master plan. Who is weaving this master conspiracy, and what is their ultimate goal? Subscribe now to find out, and wear headphones for the best, most terrifying results. Darkest Night is narrated by Lee Pace (The Hobbit Films, ...
 
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Deadly Manners

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Deadly Manners is a 10 episode, dark comedy murder-mystery series set in the winter of 1954. It follows the events during the night of the affluent Billings family annual dinner party with their distinguished, eccentric guests. However, all is not fun and games as shortly after the party starts, a snowstorm begins to rage outside, trapping all the partygoers inside their host’s mansion. When a murderer starts killing off those in attendance, the guests must figure out who is responsible, or ...
 
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The Oyster

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The Oyster

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In a not so distant future, due to overwhelming carbon emissions, The Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable. These conditions are made far more horrifying because the available housing shelters (that can produce sustainable air quality) will only be able to house 80% of the world’s total population. To try and save the human race, every person has a government-mandated microchip implanted in their brains to attempt to facilitate the migration of a portion of the population to an un ...
 
When it comes to Christmas, we all know the drill: big jolly guy, red suit, workshop full of elves, sleigh pulled by reindeer, and the dutiful wife standing off to the side. But what if everything we’ve been told is a lie? Hot Coco has been sitting silently on this lie for years. She dreamed up the whole shebang -- and then found herself tossed out like a stocking full of coal when her boyfriend at the time, Ari, christened himself “Santa Claus”. Ari stole the entire operation when things to ...
 
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In episode 146, Erik and Kerel talk with Miki Reynolds, CEO at Grid110, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that provides free entrepreneurship programs to early stage founders. Miki was born and raised in the Bay Area, Alameda, with her mom, who is Japanese and her dad, who is Caucasian American. Growing up mixed, Miki never really explo…
 
In episode 145, Erik and Kerel talk with Armond Davis, Founder & Managing Partner at The Paragon Group, an investment group that focuses on minority and women-owned businesses. Growing up in St. Louis to a family of educators, Armond has always had a thirst for learning and knew he wanted to be a businessman at 7 years old after a “take your kid to…
 
In episode 144, Erik and Kerel talk with Crystal Shaniece Roman, Owner at The Black Latina Movement, a theater and film production company in New York City. Crystal grew up in New York City and was born to Jamaican and Puerto Rican parents. At a very young age she fell in love with acting and the arts in general and then continued on to become an a…
 
In episode 143, Erik and Kerel talk with Nicolet Gatewood, Executive Director at BLAC (Building Leaders and Creators), a twelve-week, paid internship for creative thinkers that takes place at independent ad agencies across the country. Nicolet was born in Boston, but grew up in many different places after her parents split. Her mom, who is white, m…
 
In episode 142, Erik and Kerel talk with Abdul Rastagar, GTM Leader, marketing author, and career coach. Abdul hosts a quick 5 minute LinkedIn podcast called Up Your Game where he interviews marketing executives to give career advice for those who are looking to get into the marketing field. He has also written a book called Up Your Game based off …
 
In episode 141, Erik and Kerel have a conversation with Jeff Lindor, Founder and CEO at The Gentlemen’s Factory Inc. based out of Brooklyn, NY. Gentleman's Factory is a community and a movement bringing men, black men specifically, together for entrepreneurial programming, executive series’, and physical spaces to work together, build, and move the…
 
In episode 140, Kerel and Erik have a conversation with Katie Kern, Agency Partner at Media Frenzy Global. Media Frenzy Global works primarily with tech companies, from midsize to enterprise sized companies, working on brand development, public relations programs, and also content marketing. Katie, also known as Ekaette, is a big sports lover and h…
 
In episode 139 Kerel speaks with Rob Richardson, Founder at Disrupt Art, a company that aims to curate an interactive space on Web3 for artists, collectors, and activists to revolutionize the impact of art. Rob’s love of activism comes from his parents - his father who was very involved in both the labor movement as well as the Civil Rights Movemen…
 
In episode 138 Kerel and Erik sit down with Phil Schraeder, the CEO at GumGum, a company that empowers advertisers to deliver creative advertising campaigns without the use of personal data. Phil grew up as the middle child in Illinois, stayed close to home through college at Northwestern University, and started his career at KPMG. He didn’t feel h…
 
In episode 137 Kerel and Erik discuss DEI with the founder at The Courage Collective, Daniel Oppong. Coming from immigrant parents from Ghana, West Africa, Daniel has always been an adventurer, achievement-oriented, and overall determined person, which has helped him tremendously in his career. He found himself working at a company out of college f…
 
In episode 136 Kerel and Erik talk with Avantha Arachchi, Chief Operating Officer at A-Frame Brands, about catering to marginalized markets and trailblazing for up and coming brands. Avantha describes herself as a perfect blend of her parents with her dad being an electrical engineer and her mom, a fashion designer which has helped her become multi…
 
In episode 135 Kerel and Erik discuss brand storytelling and workplace equity with founder and CMO of Equity Project for All, Raquelle Zuzarte. Raquelle shares her interesting and unique childhood of traveling around the world and growing up in three very different places with her parents and two sisters. She had always loved storytelling, but thro…
 
In episode 134 Kerel and Erik chat with Brooke Goodspeed, Founder at GETincluded which is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the social inclusion of neurodivergent individuals in the community setting. During the conversation, we chat with Brooke about the mission of GETincluded, the challenges that the disabilities community face,…
 
In episode 133 Kerel and Erik chat with Bilen Mesfin Packwood, CEO of Change Consulting which works with nonprofits, foundations, and other mission-driven organizations to raise awareness and visibility, change hearts and minds, and inspire action. During the conversation, Bilen tells us all about what's going on at Change Consulting, her career jo…
 
In episode 132 Kerel and Erik chat with Gary Coichy, Founder & CEO at Pod Digital Media which is a multicultural podcast network. During the conversation, Gary tells us all about what's going on at Pod Digital Media, including the multi-year deal with McDonald's plus we discuss Gary's career journey, lessons learned as a CEO, and much more.Follow U…
 
In episode 131 Erik and Kerel chat with Nani Vishwanath, Consultant & Facilitator with The Courage Collective and Program Manager, Inclusion Marketing at REI. Nani's personal mission is to elevate the voices of the unheard. During our conversation, we discuss what it's like growing up as a first-generation American, her career journey that leads to…
 
Episode 130 features a conversation about an immersive experience from the perspective of a black woman. We welcome back to the podcast for the second time Myra LalDin, Founder + Chief Visionary Officer at Perspectives. Joining Myra for this conversation is the African Ancestry advisory team at Procter & Gamble. This team includes Anthony Kesler (E…
 
In episode 129 Erik and Kerel chat with Anthony Oni, Managing Partner and CEO of Elevate Future Fund at Energy Impact Partners. During the conversation, we discuss Anthony's passion for creating capital opportunities for people of color in cleantech space, his upbringing that helped shape who he is today, fatherhood, dealing with racial bias, and m…
 
In episode 128 Erik and Kerel chat with Tia Cummings-Hopkins, SVP Global Brand Marketing at Square. Tia is a strategic brand and general manager with over 17 years of post-MBA experience and a passion for building strong consumer brands. During our conversation, we discuss Tia's career journey, the importance of companies showing up true to themsel…
 
In episode 127 Erik and Kerel chat with Di Ciruolo, Head of Inclusion at Jambb. Di is a Boston-based Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) leader in tech with 10 years experience in People Ops and 5+ years in DEIB specifically. We had a fascinating conversation with Di covering her personal journey which includes growing up in foster c…
 
In episode 126 Erik and Kerel chat with Lashawnda Goffin, CEO at Colossus SSP. Lashawnda has over 14 years of experience in planning, buying, negotiating, and sales. During the conversation, Lashawnda tells us more about Colossus SSP. The mission and vision behind the company, the state of programmatic advertising, her career journey, and much more…
 
In episode 125 Erik and Kerel chat with Suneet Bhatt. Suneet is Dad first, Co-Founder of two kids, children's book author, President at Boldr, and Founder of My Authentic Story. The one common theme across all of Suneet's interests is his joy for storytelling. During the convo, Suneet discusses the impact of his dad on his storytelling ability, how…
 
In episode 124 Erik and Kerel chat with Dante Simpson, Co-Founder at ESPAT & CEO of ESPAT TV. During the convo, Dante discusses the idea behind ESPAT, why it's important to keep pushing forward when you get a "no" in business, the state of DEI in esports/gaming, advice for anyone launching their own business and more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bi…
 
In episode 123 Erik and Kerel chat with Michael Texidor, Vice President, Program Management Office at IAB. Michael has 15+ years of experience overhauling processes, creating organizational efficiencies, and maximizing financial success for media industry organizations. During the convo, Michael describes the roles his mom and dad played in shaping…
 
In episode 122 Erik and Kerel chat with Hélène Parker, Founder and Chief Programmatic Sensei at Helene Parker Consulting LLC. During our conversation, we talk about Hélène's identity, career journey, why she launched her own business, the importance of producing content for your business, thoughts on DEI, and why you should always bet on yourself. …
 
In episode 121 Erik and Kerel chat with Sharon Harris, Chief Marketing Officer at Jellyfish. During our conversation, we dive into Sharon's experience of growing up in a small town, her career journey, the evolution of the CMO role, and why metrics, measurement and transparency are key to an organization's DEI strategy.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://…
 
In episode 120 Erik and Kerel chat with Daniela Herrera, Director, Recruitment Operations and DE&I at R/GA. During our conversation, we dive into Dani's family background, career journey, her passion for DEI, the influence the Backstreet Boys had on her career, and much more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http://bit.ly/2ZZU…
 
Live from ADCOLOR 2021 Kerel chats with Tunde Ajaba-Ogundipe - Head/GM of African Music Strategy at Sony Music Group. At ADCOLOR, Tunde took part in a panel discussion about the art of making things happen. During this interview, we continue the discussion he was having on stage plus chat about his family background, African culture, his experience…
 
Live from ADCOLOR 2021 Kerel chats with Victor Barbieri - Enterprise Marketing Lead for Latin America at Spotify. At ADCOLOR, Victor moderated a panel discussion focused on amplifying & elevating black women. During this interview, we continue the discussion Victor was having on stage plus chat about his upbringing, career journey & learning on the…
 
Live from ADCOLOR 2021 Kerel chats with the winnings of the ADCOLOR Futures hackathon Jennifer Chocolate, Chima Egbuzie, Kahlita Finger, Hung Lang, and Paula Ngon. We had a great convo about ADCOLOR Futures, the importance of representation, what it was like going through the hackathon experience, and much more. Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.c…
 
Live from ADCOLOR 2021 Kerel chats with Ousman Sahko Sow, Co-Founder, and President at Blacktag. At ADCOLOR, Ousman took part in a panel discussion about the art of making things happen. During this interview, we continue the discussion Ousman was having on stage plus chat about Ousman's childhood & upbringing, why he created Blacktag, the art of s…
 
Live from ADCOLOR 2021 Erik and Kerel chat with Anna Johannes - 2012 Paralympian and Account Supervisor, Marketing at Porter Novelli Boston. At ADCOLOR, Anna took part in a panel discussion about racism & ableism: intersections of accessibility. During this interview, we continue the discussion Anna was having on stage plus chat about Anna's childh…
 
Live from ADCOLOR 2021 Erik and Kerel chat with Sandy Gould, VP, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, and Learning & Development at Yahoo. At ADCOLOR, Sandy was a part of a panel discussion about mental health & media. During this interview, we continue the discussion Sandy was having on stage plus chat about Sandy's background, career journe…
 
Live from ADCOLOR 2021 Erik and Kerel chat with keynote speaker, Desyree Dixon. Desyree is a trauma transformer and change point expert. During our convo, we continued the discussion Desyree was having on stage about identity based trauma. We also discuss Desyree's background, career journey, why she is so passionate about mental health, and much m…
 
In episode 112 Erik and Kerel chat with Karen McFarlane, CMO at LetterShop and Chair of Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Innovation at American Marketing Association New York. Karen takes us through her career journey, the impact of colorism, DEI efforts at AMA NY, and much more. Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http://bit.ly…
 
In episode 111 Erik and Kerel have a fascinating conversation with Antonio Lucio, Principal and Founder at 5S Diversity and ADCOLOR 2021 Lifetime Achievement honoree. We cover a lot of ground in this interview including his career journey, the importance of finding community, mentorship, experience dealing with racism, and much more.Follow Us:Newsl…
 
In episode 110 Erik chats with CEO at Appara Digital Marketing and Chair of Executive Programs at American Marketing Association New York. Lori is a lifelong leader in the effort to identify and curtail discrimination of businesses and business leaders. During our convo, Lori takes us through a few examples of curtailing discrimination, her career …
 
In episode 109 Erik and Kerel chat with Nicole Dei, Program Manager - Global Media Accounts at Facebook and Ms. ADCOLOR 2021. Nicole takes us through her experience of growing up in the United States to parents from Ghana, her career journey, thoughts on diversity in the media industry, and much more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULi…
 
In episode 108 Erik and Kerel chat with David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris, Founder at Amplify RJ. We cover a wide range of topics with David including his family background, why he leans into using five names, what is restorative justice, and much more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http://bit.ly/2ZZUBxGTwitter: http://bit.l…
 
In episode 107 Erik and Kerel chat with Raashee Gupta Erry, Founder and CEO at Uplevel. During our conversation we dive into Raashee's career journey, learn a lot about Uplevel, why she loves finding solutions to challenges and much more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http://bit.ly/2ZZUBxGTwitter: http://bit.ly/2Qp0SzK Inst…
 
Fahad Khawaja is a connector of diverse voices, ideas, and perspectives. During his chat with Erik and Kerel he explains the importance of bridging cultures, why he started Hue, lessons learned as a third culture kid, and how failure has helped him succeed. Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http://bit.ly/2ZZUBxGTwitter: http:/…
 
In episode 105 Erik and Kerel chat with Glen Patterson, Co-Founder at WorkSchool. During our conversation we dive into Glen's career journey, the story behind WorkSchool, the intersection of education and the job market, entrepreneurship, powering through difficult moments, and much more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http:…
 
In episode 104 Erik and Kerel catch up with Cherian Thomas, Co-Founder and CEO of Octopus Interactive which is the largest national network of interactive screens inside of Uber and Lyft vehicles. Cherian takes us through his upbringing, career journey, the positive influence that his parents had on him, the importance of company culture and much m…
 
Doni is a globally mobile Afro-Latina who lived on four continents and is passionate about creating a community for cross-cultural populations. We had a fascinating conversation with Doni about her family background, why travel is a big part of her life, the definition of third culture kids, her career journey, what she's up to these days as the Ed…
 
In episode 102, Erik and Kerel catch up with Lloyed Lobo, Cofounder at Boast.AI. Lloyed takes us through his childhood which includes being a refugee from Kuwait during the gulf war, his career journey, the importance of company culture, hiring for diversity, and a lot more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http://bit.ly/2ZZUB…
 
Sukhi Sahni is currently serving as Senior Vice President, Head of Brand Communications at Wells Fargo. We had a great conversation discussing her family background, and overall personal and career experiences. It's all of these experiences which have shaped Sukhi into the global citizen that she is today and why she is a firm believer in hard work…
 
Episode 100 features Jean Brownhill, CEO & Founder at Sweeten which creates an end-to-end renovation experience for homeowners. Erik and Kerel had a fascinating conversation with Jean about her family background, career journey, why she launched Sweeten and why Jean has a passion for building things.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULin…
 
In episode 99, Erik and Kerel chat with Roxy Young, CMO at Reddit. This is a great conversation with Roxy about her personal life, career journey, dealing with microaggression, and the importance of bringing your professional and personal self to work.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bitly.com/2QLEY8ULinkedin: http://bit.ly/2ZZUBxGTwitter: http://bit.l…
 
Jonathan is a part of the athlete and entertainment division at UBS Financial Services where he provides financial services and solutions for his clients. Listen in to hear more about Jonathan's family history, career path, why he is passionate about providing financial services to the black community, and much more.Follow Us:Newsletter: http://bit…
 
Monique Nelson is the Chair & Chief Executive Officer at UWG, the longest-standing multicultural agency in the United States of America. We had a great conversation with Monique about her family background, upbringing, and why teamwork is so important. Monique provides great insights into leadership, paying it forward, and why culture matters every…
 
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