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Spoken word poet, performer, and host Amena Brown, brings hilarious storytelling, soulful conversation and insightful interviews with women of color. HER with Amena Brown invites you into a living room where you can hear new perspectives, listen to poetic readings of things you never thought could be poetic, and celebrate Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian women who because of their contributions to the world and their community are deserving of a crown. Join Amena as she reminds you to ac ...
 
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A year ago almost to the day, HER with Amena Brown relaunched under Seneca Women Podcast Network in partnership with iHeart. To celebrate my podcastiversary, I’m telling the origin story of how I started the podcast, why I center the voices of women of color and some tips if you’re looking to start your own podcast. Thanks for listening and celebra…
 
In celebration of PATTERN’s 2nd birthday, I’m excited to bring CEO and Founder Tracee Ellis Ross into our HER living room. Tracee educates me on the importance of salad skills, her journey to founding PATTERN and why it’s important for Black women to tell our own stories. Learn more about PATTERN at http://patternbeauty.com. To get transcripts, lin…
 
My husband, Matt, and I are celebrating our ten year anniversary this week so I thought it would be fitting to bring him into the HER living room and talk about the story of how we met and the lessons we’ve learned after ten years of marriage. This episode includes some sappiness. Sorry not sorry. Lol P.S. I’d love to include YOU in a future episod…
 
In this episode from the HER archives, I’m talking with Dr. Meredith Evans, a historian, archivist, 74th President of the Society of American Archivists, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and the first black woman to helm a presidential library. Dr. Meredith shares why it’s important to preserve and document history and …
 
Yep...you read that right...THEEE Jennifer Hudson is in our HER Living Room this week talking all things RESPECT. Jennifer shares what it was like preparing to play Aretha Franklin, tells me about her favorite Aretha wig, and shares the lessons she’s learned in using her voice and taking up space. To get transcripts, links, and details from each ep…
 
In this episode Celita and I talk through what our lives were like during the years after our friend breakup and what caused us to reconnect all those years later. We also share some tips on how to handle a friend breakup, what healthy friendship looks like, and how to reconnect with old friends. You can follow Celita on Instagram at https://www.in…
 
Have you ever been through a friend breakup? I have and this week my friend Celita Williams is joining us in the HER Living Room to talk all about it. Celita and I have known each other since college and in this episode we share the challenges of post-college friendship and what led up to our friend breakup in our twenties. You can follow Celita on…
 
I AM TALKING TO MY SISTER ON THE PODCAST! OMG! This episode is full of cussing and cackles and vulnerable communication too. My sister and I are talking about what I’ve learned from her as an older sister and what she’s learned as a younger sister and the lessons we’ve learned as our sister relationship has turned into a friendship. Listen in to th…
 
So excited to talk with New York Times’ bestselling romance author, Talia Hibbert, about her favorite things! Talia and I talk about what she absolutely needs when she writes, her favorite celebrity crush, and I tell Talia my favorite cuss word as if my mama doesn’t listen to the podcast. Lol Listen in wherever you get your podcasts and do some gig…
 
This week I’m in our HER living room with vocalist, musical consultant, professional voice coach, and founder of Fruition Organized Music, Ametria Dock. In this episode recorded in the Before Times, Ametria shares the tough lessons she learned as a solo artist in the music industry and how those lessons propelled the trajectory of her current caree…
 
This week we are gathering in the living room to talk about natural hair. I began my natural hair journey 12 years ago and I wrote “Letter to My Hair” as a result. Tune in to this episode to hear about what made me do the Big Chop, how I learned to rock my TWA, and how this poem became a part of the story of how I became a poetic partner with PATTE…
 
Have you ever been to therapy? Have you thought about going but your nerves got the best of you? In this week’s episode I’m telling y’all about the first time I went to therapy, what prompted me to seek therapy and what I learned from the process. I’m also sharing tips for where to start if you’ve never been to therapy but would like to begin. To g…
 
It’s my birthday week so in celebration of that I’m telling y’all the story of my journey to 40 and what this new decade is teaching me. WHICH BASICALLY MEANS I AM TELLING Y’ALL MY BUSINESS. If you wanna hear about how dating mishaps in my 20s, health challenges in my mid 30s, and a big career shift in my late 30s, all prepared me for the new journ…
 
Theresa Davis is an educator, poetry slam champion, @artsxchangeatl literary events director AND one of my favorite poets so I’m excited to share our conversation from the Before Times about her creative process in writing and performing poetry as well as how she believes poetry can be a powerful tool in processing grief. Check out the episode to h…
 
I have lived in the South most of my life. The food, the soil, the music, the accents, the air here is home to me. Southern hip hop gave me language for so much of what I experienced so I am excited to chat with Dr. Regina Bradley, a southern hip hop scholar and author of Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip Hop South. Listen in as Dr. Regina…
 
I love gathering with y’all each week in our HER Living Room and this week we are gathering around the table for a conversation on food and Arab culture with award-winning Palestinian author and writer Reem Kassis. I only wish we could have eaten the food Reem features in her latest book, The Arabesque Table! Listen in as Reem talks with me about t…
 
This week’s episode is full of some much needed Black girl joy as I talk with author and award winning, Webby nominated writer Bunmi Laditan. We talked about Black girl hair, her favorite Beyoncé songs, how she keeps it REAL with her kids, and more of her favorite things. You can follow Bunmi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @honesttoddler and…
 
There are a few times in my life where I don’t know how to act. In this episode, I’m taking you through a couple of these stories. If you want to know about the time I commandeered a limo to get India.Arie vegan food, why I yelled “YOU’RE MY COUSIN” at Brene Brown and why I considered becoming a groupie after meeting Common, then check out this epi…
 
Yes I wrote a poem inspired by Judy Blume’s book Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret? Yes I auditioned for America’s Next Top Model and that also inspired this poem. And yes I actually met Judy Blume and got to perform my poem “Margaret” for her in the Before Times. AND YES I AM STILL FREAKED OUT ABOUT IT. Listen in to this episode to hear me tell …
 
This week I am in our HER living room with singer/songwriter MILCK and we are talking about everything from snacks to the proper way to eat a Subway sandwich to how to get in tune to your own inner voice. MILCK and I both wrote essays in the Hungry Hearts anthology edited by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Listen in as we talk about the writing process and…
 
Rea Ann Silva went from entertainment industry makeup artist to creating a makeup and skin product that revolutionized the beauty industry. As CEO, creator and founder of BeautyBlender, Rea Ann Silva is sharing a few of her favorite things with us this week. Rea Ann is dropping gems on the resources that helped her business journey as well as the m…
 
This week I am talking and laughing with standup comedian, writer, actor and one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2020, Jenny Yang! Jenny shares how she discovered comedy and how she uses her funny to fight for justice through social media and video games. You can find more info on Jenny at her website www.JennyYang.tv or on Twitter and Instagra…
 
If you want to know how Sam Cooke, my dad, The Fugees and the Red Hot Chili Peppers helped me write a poem, then you are gonna dig this episode. I’m taking you behind the poetry of my poem Key of G and in the process I’m talking you through a lot of music I LOVE. In this episode I share some information about the Hungry Hearts anthology featuring m…
 
This week we are in the HER living room talking about a few of my favorite things...which was mostly me talking about food. LOL I share with you my favorite food cities, my mojo city, necessary pizza toppings and who wins the Pizza Battle between NYC and Chicago. To get transcripts, links, and details from each episode, check out the show notes. To…
 
This is one of my most vulnerable episodes to date. I’m giving you a Behind the Poetry look at my poem “Here Breathing” as I tell you the really difficult time in my life that inspired me to write the poem. I talk about what it means to survive hard things, how therapy helped me heal, why it’s important to remember we are still here and why I’m gla…
 
Normally this time of year there’s a lot of talk about fitness, exercise, and dieting and a lot of this talk can get unhealthy pretty fast by encouraging us to have unhealthy relationships with food and our bodies. Someone who has been a good model for me on how to engage fitness while loving the body I’m in is nationally recognized 200-pound curvy…
 
If you watched Sister Act 2 and you remember the scene where Lauryn Hill and another student were singing a duet of His Eye is On the Sparrow, you may remember the other singer in that duet as Tanya Blount. She is now Tanya Trotter and half of rock and roll, country soul duo The War and Treaty and I had so much fun talking all things music with her…
 
This week on #HERwithAmena, I’m discussing some of the best TV of 2020 with writer, theater critic, arts journalist and playwright, Kelundra Smith @anotherpieceofkay. In this clip, Kelundra talks about a TV show she can’t believe she watched this year. Check out the episode wherever you get our podcasts to her about the TV we loved and the TV we lo…
 
I have never wanted a Christmas onesie as much as I did while talking to singer, author, actress, American Idol finalist, and Christmas enthusiast, Melinda Doolittle! Melinda tells me why there is no judgment for leaving Christmas decorations up all year round and dishes on her favorite Christmas songs and traditions. Grab some hot cocoa, get dress…
 
I love gospel music and I’m so happy to talk with gospel great and vocal coach on Netflix show, Voices of Fire, Peggy Britt. Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, Voices of Fire is an inspirational show following the journey of singers and vocal coaches as they form a diverse, gospel choir in Hampton Roads, VA. Listen in as Peggy and I talk abou…
 
Every poem has a story. In each Behind the Poetry episode I share one of my poems, the real life story behind one of my poems, what it was like performing it for the first time and how I feel about the poem today. This week, I’m sharing my poem Roots & Wings and the very first time I ever performed my own poetry. Listen in to hear how the movie Lov…
 
Is it just me or are y’all TIRED?! This week I get real about how exhausting 2020 has been and how we can take some time this month to rest and recover. I’m also talking with disabled activist, podcaster, and founder/director of the Disability Visibility Project, Alice Wong. Listen in as Alice talks about how her creative work informs her activism …
 
This episode, I’m telling y’all my business. Wait don’t I tell you my episode on every episode?! I’m sharing a personal story about a recent moment that reminded me to say yes to myself AND I’m telling y’all about what deveining shrimp on date night and trussing chicken have taught me about relationships. In an interview from the HER archives, I’m …
 
This week, I’m talking about how working from home has caused me to leave wearing bras in the past and how I intend to live my best sweatsuit life this fall and winter! In celebration of HBCU Homecoming season and Beyoncé’s album and Netflix special Homecoming, I’m talking with Candice Benbow in an interview from the HER archives. Candice is the cr…
 
Yep we made it. It’s Election Day. Whether you are headed to cast your vote or have already cast your vote, this week’s episode is designed to give you some self care tips to carry you through today and the days ahead. This week my guest is Juliana Brown Eyes, an indigenous multihyphenate and founder of Rezaissance, whose life work is telling the s…
 
This week I’m answering YOUR questions about my favorite dance movie, my love for donuts and how to overcome imposter syndrome. I asked on social media and you answered by sharing your thoughts on things you should never say to a woman. I’m also sharing my top 5 quintessential Black girl books. For the show notes and transcript, visit http://amenab…
 
This week, I’m sharing how measuring my body for a recent video/photo shoot had me all in my feelings! Plus, I’m sharing a poetic reading inspired by Megan Thee Stallion. In an interview from the HER archives, I’m talking with my friend and singer/songwriter Jennifer Chung about her music and her own journey of loving the skin she’s in. For more of…
 
The pandemic has brought me time to discover if I’m a cocktail lady or a wine lady. Let’s discuss. I’m also sharing the food and drink lessons I have learned from being broke. This week, as we are in the middle of an election season, I thought it would be fitting to return to an episode from the archives with attorney, founder, and social impact st…
 
This week I’m talking with romance fiction author, Adriana Herrera. Author of American Dreamer and American Fairytale, a part of the Dreamer Series, Adriana talks about how her experiences in the field of social work inform her fiction and why she believes in writing unapologetic happy endings for characters of color. In this episode recorded in th…
 
I’m kicking off the relaunch of HER with one of my favorite interviews, a conversation with New York Times’ Bestselling author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness and creator of web series, The Next Question, Austin Channing Brown. The interview was recorded in the Before Times, pre-pandemic, but the conversation is still…
 
In this recording from one of Amena’s live shows, Amena talks about her grandmother giving her kissing advice. Yep, you read that right. Listen in as Amena talks about what her grandmother has to say about how to kiss her then-fiance now husband and follow along as she recounts one of her favorite scenes from The Color Purple. Listen and subscribe …
 
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