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Episode 89: Max Tuchman CEO Caribu

At the Disruption Now Summit, I interviewed Maxeme Tuchman the CEO + Co-Founder of Caribu, an interactive video-calling platform that allows parents and grandparents to read and draw with children when they’re not in the same location. We discuss how black and brown entrepreneurs can win by raising money online instead of waiting on VCs.

Is Black King?

The use of art can be a powerful change agent in this critical moment. Mark Phi hopes through his art he can inspire change and get more African Americans to embrace the power of their heritage.

The Need for Black Angel Investing

Kevin Cadette is a startup industry veteran and technology leader. His organization Black Angels Miami aims to connect black investors to promising minority-owned startups.

Racism & the Anti-semitism We don't see

DeSean Jackson’s Hitler moment—and Nick Cannon's anti-Semitic comments —showed that Black Americans’ experience of racism doesn’t automatically immunize us toward other forms of hate. Many African Americans online went to defend Cannon and Deshwn Jackson. My conversation with Rabbi Barr of Beth Adam explores the complicated relationship between Jewish and African Americans and how we can learn and grow together from this moment.

Seeking representation in Hollywood

Theo Dumont is the co-founder and co-director of the Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival, Hollywood Comedy Festival and co-founder of the Mammoth Film Festival. At Alta Global Media, Dumont spearheads media relations, publicity and strategic marketing communications campaigns for entertainment industry clients.

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Phylicia Fant: Come As You Are, Change the Game

Phylicia Fant is the Co-head of Urban at Columbia Records. “You have to honor who you are and show up in that space,” said Fant. “To thrive and survive, you have to be comfortable with you. As a music executive, the Spelman College graduate has conceived and executed campaigns for a myriad of multi-platinum, award-winning artists including Drake’s OVO Sound, Prince, Jason Derulo, Swizz Beatz, Common, Andra Day, Amy Winehouse, Raphael Saadiq, Kid Cudi, and Lil Nas X to name a few. Fant is also known also creating opportunities for others to succeed. Whenever Fant meets a new artist for the first time, she always asks about their legacy goals. For Fant, legacy is more than just financial freedom. She wants to know how they plan to change their communities.

The Last Confederate

The movement of tearing down statues is part of a movement to tear down images and leaders who have supported racial inferiority. Should this strategy be limited to the Confederates? Should we include figures like Thomas Jefferson? What is the messaging for long term success and how do we stop the virus that is systemic racism from spreading in the future?

Will Hayes: Equity, Inclusion and AI Delusions

Will Hayes is working to create a more engaging world in the digital space. As a black founder, Will Hayes believes Tech Companies don’t need to focus on being inclusive because of some social responsibility, they should do because it’s good economics.

Marilyn Mosby: Prosecution & the pursuit of justice

Marilyn Mosby says proof beyond reasonable doubt becomes proof beyond all doubt when seeking justice against officers for violating the law. "The vitriol, the personal and the professional attacks, particularly against black, female prosecutors is unprecedented,” according to Mosby. The individuals making decisions about who’s going to be charged, what they’re going to be charged with, what sentence recommendations they’re going to make — 95% of those prosecutors in this country are white; 79% are white men. As a woman of color, she represents 1% of all elected prosecutors in this country. Mosby's very existence challenges the status quo.

Don’t be a Victim of Market Volatility

Richard Antonucci is a Broker at Prudential Annuities Distributors, Inc. we discuss how you can become a victor and not a victim of the market. Follow Me: Facebook Instagram Twitter Website

COVID-19 Economic Interruptions and Insurance

Rick Ellsley is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Former President of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association. Your business may already have insurance to shield it from some of the financial losses of COVID-19. Business interruption coverage a/k/a business income loss coverage is fairly standard in Business Owners Policies and Commercial Property Policies. Most small businesses do not even realize that they have it and most insurance companies don't want you to know. Learn how you may be able to recover income due to COVID-19.

SoLo Funds: Disrupting Pay Day Loans and Empowering People

Travis Holoway, CEO of SoLo Funds is disrupting the PayDay loan industry while empowering borrowers and new potential investors.

Christians and White Privilege

Senior Pastor of Crossroads Church Brian Tome and Rob Richardson discuss the hard truths about racism in America and what Christians should do to remove the original sin of white supremacy and racism in America.

Sports in a COVID-19 World

We discuss the future of sports in a COVID-19 world with Jeff Kominsky. Jeff is a legal expert in all things sports. From 2002 through 2005, Mr. Kominsky interned with the Minnesota Vikings, reporting directly to former Vikings owner, Red McCombs. Mr. Kominsky’s interest in sports law/business continued into his studies at law school as the Founder & Chair of the Inaugural Sports Law Symposium at The Ohio State University. He currently serves as South Florida's Chapter President of the Florida Sports Law Association as well as a Regional member for the Sports Lawyers Association’s Outreach Committee. Follow Me: Facebook Instagram Twitter Website More info on Jeff Instagram @jkominsky

COVID-19 is the symptom our system is the virus?

Special guest Tyrel Ventura of RT America Watching the Hawks and Ameisha Cross join Disruption Now to discuss how COVID-19 has exposed our inept and corrupt system.

Shawn Wooden: Changing the narrative & Playing the Long Game.

Shawn is an athlete but that does not define him. Wooden had a nine-year career in the NFL as a safety with the Miami Dolphins and the Chicago Bears, but he is trained as an engineer and now is a financial advisor. Wooden was also the class representative for the NFL class-action concussion lawsuit. Learn how he became successful by using athletics as a pathway to greater opportunities. Learn how you can play the long game and win in this moment.

Corona and Employment Law

Michael Elkins on what you need to know as a small business owner and the new COVID-19 laws.

Entertainment to Empowering Entrepreneurs: Monique Idlett-Mosley

Entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and innovator, Monique Idlett-Mosley is well known within both entertainment and tech industries as a woman who positively impacts lives through her work.

From NFL to Entrepreneur: How to thrive in the COVID-19 crisis

Michael Dean explores his journey from Athlete to entrepreneur and how you can thrive even in a down economy.

Corona and Cybersecurity: protecting against hackers and trolls

The Covid-19 Pandemic has accelerated the trend of remote work. Now everyone is using Zoom and with trends comes threats to cyber safety by hackers, thieves, and trolls. Many blame Zoom, but Zoom is not the issue, nothing is safe and we must protect our cyber assets like we protect our physical assets. Fareedah Shaheed founded Sekuva with the mission to educate and support small business owners and families with understanding how to secure their sensitive information. Her mission is to teach non-tech savvy online business owners on how to protect their business from cybercriminals.

Leadership and Covid-19: Emila Sykes

Ohio Minority Leader Emila Sykes discusses how COVID-19 has exacerbated longstanding inequalities in communities of color and how we can create a new normal that is more equitable to all.

Corona (COVID-19) and Confinement

A crisis exposes institutional weaknesses within our society. One of America’s greatest structural weakness is our criminal justice system. It’s a system less focused on rehabilitation and reducing crime and more focused on confining the poor and profiteering. That is now coming to haunt America during the COVID-19 crises. We discuss how reducing mass incarceration is connected to COVID-19. Stopping the spread in overcrowded prisons is needed to stop the spread and flatten the curve. Sign a petition to Stop the Spread

Protecting Your Family by Planning For the End

Estate Attorney Michael Wild discusses why during the Corona crisis its a good time to prepare for your own death or impairment.

Corona Culture Wars

The Corona Culture Wars have begun. Depending on who you speak, the Coronavirus is a pandemic threatening the lives of millions or a hoax, overblown by the media to create fear. Facts, science, and information are secondary to political ideology. Will America become stronger following this crisis or descend into chaos and further division?

Larese Purnell The Art of Black entrepreneurship

LaRese Purnell spent part of his childhood watching his mother struggle and living in homeless shelters and sometimes went without meals. Despite his struggles, Purnell started his first business as a teenager growing up in Cleveland. As he was shoveling snow for neighbors, he got the idea to get some of his friends involved and created a business. Purnell is now the Managing Partner of CLE Consulting, author of financial Foundations and serial entrepreneur.

Corona and Small Business Survival.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shutdown thriving small businesses forcing them to go from 100 to zero overnight. We summarize the Stimulus Act for the coronavirus, how you can apply, what loans are forgivable, and why you should apply regardless of the current state of your business or nonprofit.

Opportunities in Corona (Covid 19) Chaos.

Wealth Manager Tunde Ogulana discusses opportunities in the Corona chaos.

EP:62 - Living with the Corona (COVID-19)

Disruption Now speaks with a survivor of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

EP:61 - COVID-19 and Societal Disruption with Dr. Amar Bhati

COVID-19 has disrupted everyone's life. How do we cope and stay safe? What makes this particular coronavirus different? This pandemic could literally break many Americans and our healthcare system unless we work together. Learn how you can thrive in the midst of all the disruption.

EP:60 - Kobe and Demonization of Black Humanity

The death of Kobe and his daughter Gigi demonstrated how black men mourn and appreciate their children. It showed the world that black men are vulnerable and need support too. After Kobe’s death, #girldad started trending with pics of black men and their daughters. Of course, in the outrage and cancel culture we live in there was an immediate attempt to undermine his legacy based upon a past rape allegation. The #MeToo is necessary and women face real challenges and issues of harassment, violence, and discrimination. However, black men experience this too. Black men are demonized, sexualized and targeted. The stories of Emmett Tills, the Central Park 5 and Brian Banks show black men are guilty if accused by white women, no matter the facts. Black men have to fight for their humanity at birth and even in death.

EP:59 - Dr. Lawrence Drake on The Myth of Absent Black Fathers

On this episode we sit down with Dr. Lawrence Drake author of Color Him Father. Color Him Father is book about love and loss and what it means to be a black father in America. It disrupts the common narratives that black men aren't committed fathers.

EP:58 - Charles 'Mark Phi' Smart

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EP: 57 - Coach Cass - Developing a Growth Mindset for Relationships

Coach Cass is a professional love and relationship coach for women. Coach Cass is effective because she is open and vulnerable about her own journey. Learn from Coach Cass how to find, keep and nurture a healthy relationship. On this episode we keep it all the way real discussing, sex, money and what it means to have a growth mindset in relationships. Follow me Facebook Instagram Twitter Follow Coach Cass Instagram @inspiremany

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