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The Black Landscape is a series of conversations that spotlight Black emerging and established leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area communities in various industries including the performing and literary arts, local government, the Peralta College system, labor unions, fashion design, event management and curation, entrepreneurship, and more!
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Suite Run

Jerold & Natalie Mitchell

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Welcome to the Suite Run Podcast, we're your hosts, Natalie & Jerold Mitchell! Every week, we'll talk with inspiring runners who will share with you all about the best places to RUN, eat, sleep, places of interest, things to do and more in their hometowns. We'll also dive into their personal running journey and why they love the sport. Join us for these rich conversations as we explore the world together, all through running.
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We are so happy to welcome Joah Spearman to the Suite Run Podcast! Joah is a passionate (and fast!) runner as well as an author and businessman. Joah is the founder and CEO of Localeur, a leading travel startup that shares local recommendations in over 200 cities around the world. Localeur has partnered with large companies such as Nike, Match.com,…
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Meet San Francisco resident, Fred Pitts. His solo show “Aren’t You…?” recounts his hilarious journey to visit all 21 California Mission churches, where he discovers that being Black makes him an instant celebrity – the question is which one? Pitts has been performing in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He has worked with numerous regional theatres, …
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We are so happy to welcome Meriah Earle to the Suite Run Podcast! Meriah ran a very fast 2:39:46 at the 2024 US Olympic Marathon Trials on February 3rd and at 45 years old, she inspires us all to continue to believe in our dreams. This is Meriah's second consecutive appearance at the Marathon Trials and in this conversation she shares the specific …
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On Saturday February 3rd - Nathan Martin ran an impressive time of 2:11:00 and placed 7th at the 2024 US Olympic Marathon Trials! In this chat, we talk about Nathan's race day experience as well as the build up and coaching to prepare for this important race of all races! He shares about how he got into running and what's next for him. It's truly a…
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Raise your hand if you are still riding the high of the Olympic Marathon Trials that took place on Saturday February 3rd ?! The Super Bowl of running did not disappoint and we want to talk all about it. There was so much to unpack - we naively thought we would have a 15-20 minute conversation and of course that didn't happen. Join us as we chat all…
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Welcome to Olympic Marathon Trials week! We are pumped to have 2:47 marathoner, Jereny Rivera on the show to share the BEST of her hometown of Orlando, FL! Jereny truly loves running and in the last eight years, she has transformed herself from a 5:25 marathoner to a 2:47 marathoner (she achieved that time at the Houston Marathon in 2023). Oh, and …
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OYSTERKNIFE—a name derived from Zora Neale Hurston’s essay “How It Feels To Be a Colored Me”—was formed in late 2017 out of a longtime creative friendship between Gabriele Christian and Chibueze Crouch. Nourishing a desire to subvert their collegiate theatrical training, which often ignored the complex Afro-Diasporic queer experiences, they found t…
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We are honored to have Zoë Rom on the Suite Run Podcast! Zoë is the editor in chief at Trail Runner magazine; managing editor at Women’s Running; and writer, host, and producer of the DNF podcast, which has been called the “This American Life of running podcasts” by Los Angeles Review of Books. Rom is an award-winning journalist whose work has been…
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**Trigger Warning! This interview includes topics of suicide & depression** Toni Rochelle was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2005, she relocated to the Bay Area and immediately started modeling, appearing in fashion shows, magazines, and several (music) videos. Soon after, she started landing roles in independent films and stage pla…
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What an end of the year treat to have 2:56:02 marathoner and physical therapist (to the running stars!), Jessica Dorrington on the Suite Run Podcast! Here is Jessica's impressive bio in her own words: I have a love for helping people stay active and see the athlete in us all. My goal is to get every person back to what they love to do. As a practic…
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Unique Derique is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area favorite whose dual careers merge the performing arts and healing with the belief that the world can be a brighter place, one breath—and one laugh—at a time. Internationally acclaimed “Clown Prince'' Unique Derique’s appearances have spanned the globe from South Africa to Scotland, Taipei, London,…
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We are so happy to welcome Andrea Kooiman to the Suite Run Podcast! Andrea has run over 100 marathons (no, that wasn't a typo!) and over 50 ultra distance events. Professionally, she just celebrated nine years working at Road Runner Sports in grassroots marketing, co-founded a youth non-profit running program, WeROCK (We Run Our Community's Kids) a…
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NPR award-winning storyteller Don Reed (Writer/Performer/Director) was a 2018 nominee for the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Outstanding Solo Production, as well as the 2016 TBA winner and the 2017 TBA nominee for the same award. The playwright/performer/director is also a SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee and NAACP triple nominee for Best Actor a…
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We welcome Jonathan Levitt back to the Suite Run Podcast! (Go back to episode 24 to listen to the first conversation). In this conversation, we chat about living, running and training in Boulder. We also talk about Jonathan's longtime podcast, "For The Long Run", and then we turn serious and cerebral about the conflict in Israel. In the second half…
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Courtney Jones (she/her) is a 3rd generation Oaklander who is passionate about diversity, inclusion, giving back, and providing resources to distressed communities. Courtney is a co-parent of two daughters and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco’s first Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Her professional career includes the previous ope…
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We are happy to welcome Winthrope Wellington to the Suite Run Podcast! Winthrope was born and raised in NY. He currently resides in Negril Jamaica after moving there in 2006 to join his family’s hotel business, Travellers Beach Resort. He hosts a video podcast where he helps people move to Jamaica as well as hosting an annual Jamaica investment con…
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Born & raised in Oakland, CA. Actor, Model, Costume Designer, Writer. A Meisner trained actor who has the ability to transform himself into a variety of characters with strong ideologies. Growing up in the diverse Bay Area, he was exposed to many different shades of people at a young age. That is where he found his love for people and their stories…
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Ashley Jemison is bringing a new school vibe to smooth jazz. Covering the current styles of R&B and pop music of today while adding a unique improvisational twist leaves her audiences wanting more. With a mother and father who were musicians it was inevitable that Ashley would follow in their footsteps. Working tirelessly to be at her own personal …
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Mélia Mills is an Oakland native. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and is and is a writer, comedian, actress, and rapper. Mélia co-hosted the podcast “TALK LIKE A GIRL” on Feral Audio and was selected by Anna Deavere Smith to take part in her Performing Personal Narratives, Global Identities workshop. She has opened f…
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For over a decade, David Mack has managed some of California's most innovative dance, opera and theatre companies, including: The Industry, Joe Goode Performance Group and Watts Village Theater Company. Additionally, he has consulted for a variety of performing arts organizations, including: Center Theatre Group, L.A. Dance Project and Ate9 Dance C…
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Ezra Myles (IG: @ezramyles) is a Multidisciplinary Artist, Arts Educator and Event Producer based in Oakland, CA. Much like his birthplace of Newark, NJ, Ezra creates and curates art experiences that bridge the gap between the shared cultural legacies of the African Diaspora. As the Executive Director of MylesBeyond Entertainment (@mylesbeyondmedia…
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We are to happy to welcome Andrea Pomaranski to the Suite Run Podcast! Andrea is the 2023 50K National Champion and is the second fastest American woman at the 50k distance. She is also the American Masters Record Holder in the Women's road mile (4:45!) and the road 50K (3:07:48). For the marathon, Andrea has a recent PR of 2:31:06 in the marathon …
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We are happy to welcome Sarah Lesko to the Suite Run Podcast! Sarah is the Executive Director and Board President of Bras for Girls and lives by Lake Union in Seattle, WA. She is committed to making sports and body movement accessible and welcoming for all; she believes in the power of sports to improve health, happiness, and equity. After a colleg…
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We are happy to welcome Erica Landerson to the Suite Run Podcast! Erica takes active to a new level: She is the co-founder of Seed Retreat (a women’s running retreat), is a co-owner of Adventure Women, and recently purchased a cafe in her hometown of Hailey, Idaho! Erica is a life long multi-sport athlete who squeezes in trail runs in between busin…
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We are so happy to welcome Brooke Hult to the Suite Run Podcast! Brooke is the Social Media Strategist for Garmin Running and she is crushing the roads in her own running. Brooke is a 1:28 half marathoner, a 3:09 marathoner and she is training hard to take her racing to the next level this fall with TWO back to back marathons. In this conversation,…
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We are happy to welcome Latoya Shauntay Snell to the Suite Run Podcast! Latoya is the founder of Running Fat Chef and her host of her show, Running Fat Chef Podcast. She is a Global Athlete Ambassador for Hoka as well as a Chef, Writer, Motivational Speaker, Multi Sport Athlete + Ultrarunner. In this conversation, we begin with Latoya's experience …
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The Suite Run Podcast goes LIVE at Road Runner Sports in Santa Monica! On Tuesday July 11th, we sat down with journalist and author Christine Yu for a live conversation about her new book, "Up To Speed: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes." This episode is sponsored by: InsideTracker InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness plat…
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We are happy to welcome Tywon Thompson to the Suite Run Podcast! Tywon is a running coach, yoga instructor, former co-leader of November Project Dallas, Brooks Ambassador and a realtor. Not only does Tywon love running (he hosts a run club every Monday evening in Dallas - check it out!), he also loves to sing and make people laugh. You'll feel the …
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Eleven days ago, elite runner Jess McClain crushed Grandma's Marathon in an incredible time of 2:29:24! That performance landed her in fourth place AND a ticket to the Olympic Trials Marathon in February 2024! It was such a treat to chat with Jess five days after her race and she shares about her training for Grandma's, her transition from the trac…
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We are happy to welcome Shana Goodridge to the Suite Run Podcast! Shana is a runner, wife, mother and IT professional who loves the outdoors and interacting with people. Shana founded Pegcity Steppers, a group which inspires new runners; walkers to get started on a new lifestyle and keep it moving. She is a community builder and when she is not enj…
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Pendarvis Harshaw is a writer from Oakland. He currently works at KQED where he hosts the Rightnowish podcast and radio show that covers the arts, culture, prisons & people. Penn is currently really focused on Bay Area hip-hop history. Rightnowish Instagram: @ogpenn Twitter: @ogpenn AD: Review the show on Apple Podcasts Want to promote your busines…
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Olympian, New York Times Bestselling author and NBC sports analyst, Kara Goucher is BACK as a returning guest on the Suite Run Podcast! What a special treat to have Kara return to the show to chat with us two years after our first conversation. This time we talk a lot about Kara's new book, "The Longest Race" and the impact that her compelling stor…
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We are excited to welcome professional runner, Nell Rojas to the Suite Run Podcast! Nell Rojas is on fire right now in her running career and we are HERE for it. Fresh off a PR of 2:24:51 at the Boston Marathon nearly four weeks ago (and coming in first American at Boston in 2021 and 2022), Nell has her sights on the Olympic Trials Marathon in Febr…
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We are excited to welcome professional runner, Erika Kemp to the Suite Run Podcast! Erika is fresh off her debut at the Boston Marathon, where she ran a very fast 2:33:57. This time shoots her immediately to the top of "The List" and Erika is now the fastest American born black woman to ever run the marathon! Erika is sponsored by Brooks Running in…
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Netta Brielle is a R&B/ soul singer from Oakland. She was born in Berkeley and started performing at the age of five. Netta graduated from San Jose State University with a major in Musical Theater. Netta released her first album, Electrik Rebel Sounds- The EP in 2009; the following year OMW 980 was released, followed by Love, Pain & Music Mixtape, …
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We are really happy to welcome, two time Olympian - Diane Nukuri to the Suite Run Podcast! Diane is a professional runner for Asics and a real estate agent living in Flagstaff, AZ. We loved our fun conversation with Diane, who is originally from Burundi and we cover a lot in our chat including: - Diane leaving her home country as a young girl and b…
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Marissa McGee is an author and educator. She released her debut title, Free the Curls in 2022. Teaching for over a decade, she’s read hundreds of children’s books. After visiting several stores and finding all the products for her hair type locked in a case, she decided she had a story to tell and picked up a pen. As an anti-bias educator, Marissa …
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We are so happy to welcome Stevie Smith to the Suite Run Podcast! Stevie Lyn is a registered dietitian and avid endurance athlete. Her mission is to help educate and coach athletes on how to fuel their goals while not sacrificing their health. She received her B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition from SUNY Buffalo State College and M.S. in Applied Nutri…
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Ellen Sebastian Chang(she/her), whose creative practice spans 45 years, is a storied figure in the performing arts, as a multi-disciplinary director(theater, opera, dance, and installation) arts educator and lighting designer. She has co-created with Deep Waters Dance Theater, 15 Episodes of House/Full of Blackwomen, that closed this past March 202…
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We are so happy to welcome Claire Messinger to the Suite Run Podcast! Claire is a 26 time marathoner (and soon to be six time Boston Marathon finisher!) and mom of four who is studying for her master's degree in nutrition. Claire has an interior design firm that she started 25 years ago and and she has also developed her own skin care line called T…
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Alexis is the founder of We Are Talking, a platform providing empowerment, motivation and education on the topic of personal finance through one-on-one coaching, group workshops and fun events. She founded We Are Talking because she LOVES talking about money. She especially enjoys talking about how to set up a strong financial foundation and maximi…
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We are happy to welcome Chris Lee to the Suite Run Podcast! Chris is a two-time 50K finisher, 7 time marathoner and has completed 59 half marathons and counting. Chris runs with Red Coyote Running and Fitness where he has coached as a pace coach for the training program and is part of their race team. In addition, he is part of the Brooks Running R…
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We are happy to welcome Dira Hansen to the Suite Run Podcast! It's safe to say that Dira is a talented athlete - she ran her first marathon in March of 2022 in a very impressive time of 2:59:13! Dira has an extensive background as a former high school and collegiate track athlete and has translated that speed into fast 5ks, half marathons and now t…
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Clay Xavier is a music producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from Berkeley, CA. Coming from a musical family he experimented with many instruments as a child leading to his love and passion for music. Starting with saxophone Xavier quickly expanded to many different wind instruments including flute, clarinet, harmonica, and recently trumpet…
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We are happy to welcome Mark Janik to the Suite Run Podcast! Mark is a husband, father of three, a six time marathoner and twenty five time half marathoner. FUN fact: Mark still holds the record at his Michigan high school in the 800 meters - 1:55.5 (set in 1978!) Mark is also the founder of Destination Marathons! Destination Marathons provide a VI…
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Babatunji Johnson was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. Though never formally trained as a child, Babatunji was always moving his body to the beat. At the age of 15, he discovered the art of hip hop. Following over a decade of self-taught street performance, he has developed a unique approach to various styles of hip…
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We are happy to welcome Brian Kelley to the Suite Run Podcast! A runner who can’t settle on a favorite distance—finisher of 50+ marathons, even more half marathons, a handful of 50 milers, and once took on a 100 mile race and came out somewhat smiling. Father of two, and husband to an amazing partner who continues to support him to chase his runnin…
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We are excited to kick off 2023 and to start the year off right, we welcome Jay Stephenson to the Suite Run Podcast! Jay is a talented runner, who has been in the sport for 27 years. He is the co-owner of Run Free Training, an on line coaching service that he owns with Olympian Ryan Hall. Jay also owns two running stores in Georgia - GoGo Running a…
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Generous, compassionate and encouraging are a few key characteristics to define Willem Leeks. He is known as the “gentle giant”, always matching his 6’7 external height with the height of love and compassion that he expresses to others daily. He is a transformative thinker and poet; Leeks love for poetry was commenced in his adolescent years, findi…
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Marc Allen is an Oakland native and has been practicing photography professionally for ten years. Starting early with an education at the Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA) and influenced by his mother, a talented musician, he has been an artist his entire life and always shifting and expanding his interests and mediums. See Marc in person! - Trap A…
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