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I look at how people overcome adversity and achieve their goals by finding their inner strength, resolve and skills to succeed. A variety of people are interviewed and at times as the host, I may read or comment on articles or connections that I've made with other people. The goal of the podcast is to help listeners rise up, persevere and find their inner black belts in life, business, education or wherever they may be.
 
Hey!My name is Chris and I'm a 21 year old Entrepreneur. Through my own growth I have come to realise how important human beings are to me.Everywhere I look, I see people not fulfilling their true potential. That saddens me deeply..Time is our ONLY CURRENCY and most people are just spending it mindlessly .I got sick of this and decided that I would do something about it, in my own wayI refuse to sit and watch.To consider this podcast a success all I need is to beneficially influence one pers ...
 
I’m Burke Franklin, and after 35+ years in business helping new and established businesses raise capital and gain higher success, I wanted to engage others to share their insights as well. I hate it when good products, companies or people fail! Building a successful business and being a mindful and responsive entrepreneur is an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual bootcamp. Yet, few things are more rewarding and gratifying than succeeding with your own ideas and making a difference in t ...
 
Deep in the heart of public school education wars rage on, and few warriors come to fight for the people. Yet, there is one small band of freedom fighters bring sanity to the village. Anyone who threatens the education of our 8 million black children is likely to catch these eight black hands.
 
Join Brown Belts Wes and Paul as they discuss the challenges and benefits encountered on the road to Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. Discover Jiu Jitsu based topics such as training protocols, injury prevention, mind and body recovery, nutrition, lifestyle, and more! Plus occasional interviews with Jiu Jitsu practitioners and interactive Q&A with hosts!
 
Black Dude White Dude explores a wide range of topics from the differing perspectives of two best friends. Leo Cummings (Black Dude) and Todd Cate (White Dude) dive into the poignant and mundane—from race relations and raising their children to debates about who can do the most one-arm pushups (it’s Todd). Whether it’s back-and-forth banter between the two of them or in-depth conversations featuring invited guests from the central Arkansas area and beyond, Black Dude White Dude leaves listen ...
 
A true crime podcast in the air. Lifelong aviation enthusiast Gustavo Sorola and his co-host Chris Demarais break down the major accidents in aviation and the steps taken to prevent future disasters. If you like true-crime podcasts but want something fresh and unique, you’ll love Black Box Down. Subscribe now and fasten your seat belt.
 
Diving into the lives of "everyday" people and their real life experiences. Learn from their challenges, goals, failures, ability to overcome obstacles and how they grind through life and carve their own path. This podcast is not all about martial arts, even though we will speak with many Black Belts, it is however designed use the martial arts journey as a parallel comparison with life’s journey. Black Belts don’t know everything. They still have to fail, learn, grow and constantly set new ...
 
This podcast will provide interviews with a diverse range of individuals who have devoted a portion of their life to the study and practice of self-defense, either through a martial arts discipline, or the use of firearms or other weapons. During the interviews we'll discuss cultural backgrounds, life experiences, and the overall mindset of individuals that dedicate themselves to the preparation and prevention of dangerous situations and violent encounters. We will also spend time discussing ...
 
“Few books make history and fewer still become the foundational texts for the movements and struggles of an entire people....” One such great work was The Souls of Black Folk by William EB Du Bois. Published in 1903, it is a powerful and hard-hitting view of sociology, race and American history. It became the cornerstone of the civil rights movement and when Du Bois attended the first National Negro Conference in 1909, he was already well-known as a proponent of full and unconditional equali ...
 
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We should be tired of our 8 million Black children not being a REAL priority in America. What do we mean by "real"? We mean clear, informed, and urgent. Listen to the episode as we define what these terms mean to us going into the new year. We need you all to take the pledge with us. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podc…
 
In City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Jason Berry delivers a history of New Orleans at its tricentennial. Beyond its ancient streets, jazz, and Carnival lies a richer, more textured New Orleans than anyone imagined. Berry spotlights the tension between a culture of spectacle, r…
 
Brandon "Flawless" Gonzalez is a retired American boxer and owner of Flawless Boxing & Fitness in Sacramento, CA. We discuss his journey in boxing, training, competition, and finding life as an entrepreneur after he hung up the gloves. Want to sponsor the show or be a guest of the show? Email: gibran@storytellersCA.com…
 
My reaction to Biden's vaccine press conference, and reflecting on what I won't miss about Trump. 0:00 - What I won't miss about trump 1:46 - Thoughts on a Biden presidency 5:10 - Biden shifting away from Trump strategy on vaccine distribution 7:55 - Try to come together 8:30 - Masks Want to sponsor the show or be a guest of the show? Email: gibran…
 
Today I talked to Chris Hamby about his book Soul Full of Coal Dust: The True Story of an Epic Battle for Justice (Little Brown, 2020). Hamby looks into why there has been a surge in black-lung disease in West Virginia and elsewhere in recent years. Poor self-policing and rapacious business practices go a long way in explaining the upsurge. Add in …
 
Join Gustavo Sorola and Chris Demarais as they share stories about their own experiences with air travel. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BlackBoxDownPod. https://twitter.com/blackboxdownpod https://www.instagram.com/blackboxdownpod/ Sponsored by ExpressVPN (http://expressvpn.com/blackboxdown) BUY OUR SHIRT - U.S. STORE: https://store.roosterte…
 
In this week's episode the guys unpack a tough question. Does Jiu Jitsu ever get "easier"? As you can imagine the answer is not always black and white. Listen as Paul and Wes chat about their experiences starting out as white belts and how although some things get easier, there will be various difficulties throughout our Jiu Jitsu journeys. Stay po…
 
In this episode, We have @DeAngelisCorey and @NealMcCluskey joining us to help us show parents & the community how to demand education quality even during these strange times in addition to discussing their new book, School Choice Myths. Also, join our Patreon for more exclusive access: Patreon.com/8BH. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.f…
 
It's a brand new year and the perfect opportunity to reimagine and reset some personal goals! Join Paul and Wes as they discuss their approach to setting realistic goals that are rewarding and attainable. Whether or not you practice New Year's goal setting you won't want to miss this fun and motivating episode. Let's get after it in 2021. Thanks fo…
 
One airline has only four fatalities in nearly 50 years. Southwest Airlines has only had four fatal incidents during its entire opertational period. What are the moments that led to these incidents and what did we learn from them? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BlackBoxDownPod. https://twitter.com/bl…
 
Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. From this plain and terrible fact springs Elizabeth Catte's Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia (Belt, 2021), a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Virg…
 
In this episode we make our asks (Resolutions) for the 8+million Black kids and the 10+ million Brown kids that need a better education solutions. After that, we engage in a great debate about the best ways to go about ensuring Black and Brown families get the most out of education. Buckle up. We wish you all a very happy holiday season. For more a…
 
In this final episode of 2020, New Books Network hosts and fellow authors take a look back at the evolution of their podcast Queer Voices of the South, recount their conversations with authors during the first six episodes, offer listeners a taste of what to expect in 2021, answer listener questions, and share their resolutions for a new year. Abou…
 
My Year-in-Review and Lessons Learned from the 2020 Presidential Election, Part 1. 0:40 - Disruption is OUT, Stability is IN 9:40 - The REAL motivation behind Trump Voters 19:37 - The Dangers of Returning to "Normal" 30:30 - Black and Latino Voters are Now a Competitive Voting Block 36:24 - Demographics is NOT Destiny Want to sponsor the show or be…
 
A flock of birds cause an airplane to crash moments after takeoff. US Airways Flight 1549 has its engines shut down after flying into a flock of Canadian Geese flying over New York City. What happens when an airplane encounters birds? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BlackBoxDownPod. https://twitter.co…
 
In a crazy year, the fight goes on with World Master 2020! Listen as the guys recap WM 2020 and admire those who are still getting out there and winning Gold! Also hear Paul and Wes put a wrap on 2020 and share some of their goals for what is hopefully a more positive 2021. Thanks for listening and Happy New Year! Thanks to our podcast sponsors: TH…
 
He began studying Goju-Ryu Karate when he was around 7 or 8 years old, and achieved his first Dan grade when he was about 17. Now 23, he has tried a number of different Martial Arts to varying degrees which are Judo, Jiu Jutsu, BJJ, MMA, Wrestling, Kick Boxing, Boxing, Kendo, and HEMA. He also enjoy studying Self Defence Theory, Tim also has a grea…
 
In The Lonely Letters (Duke UP, 2020), A tells Moth: “Writing about and thinking with joy is what sustains me, daily. It nourishes me. I do not write about joy primarily because I always have it. I write about joy, Black joy, because I want to generate it, I want it to emerge, I want to participate in its constant unfolding.” But alongside joy, A a…
 
In this episode, the fellas welcome special guest Daarel Burnette II from Education Week. Join us as we discuss the notion of reparations through education and what that could look like. you'll learn a lot in this episode. For more access to the Hands, consider becoming a patron: Patreon.com/8BH --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-blac…
 
Join me for an cerebral interview on Self Defense with Rory Miller. He has been a Corrections Officer, a Sergeant, a Tactical Team member and a Tactical Team Leader; he has taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health, from his west coast home to Baghdad. He is also…
 
A passenger plane crashes four minutes after takeoff. Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751 has a dual engine failure right as it leaves the airport. The crew only has a couple of minutes to save this flight. Will they succeed? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BlackBoxDownPod. https://twitter.com/blackboxdo…
 
Each of our Jiu Jitsu journeys is unique and requires maintaining balance between training and life! Whether you're a young athlete with professional aspirations or the Jiu Jitsu hobbyist who trains to stay in shape, training for longevity requires adaptation, commitment, and self awareness. Listen as Paul and Wes discuss what works for them as the…
 
In this episode, we honor and amplify some of our biggest supporters that are doing amazing work serving students and their families around the country. There are ways we all can improve education for underserved kids and you will walk away with tangible ways to do just that. Join us. For more access, consider becoming a patreon.com/8BH --- Send in…
 
A woman falls out of the sky from 21,000 feet, still strapped to her seat. LANSA Flight 508 was struck by lightning and breaks apart over the Amazon rainforest. What happened to the passengers on this flight? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BlackBoxDownPod. https://twitter.com/blackboxdownpod https://…
 
Dive into a discussion about one of the most pure aspects of Jiu Jitsu, Self Defense! It's one of the many reasons why people start training in the first place and it's at the core of what we do each and every day on the mats. Training consistently over time will shape your mental and physical skills as they relate to protecting yourself and your l…
 
Mental Health is a huge issue for our country right now and Jon Priest is on the front lines. Jon owns Christian Perspective Counseling. We get to dig into Jon's story, the work of being a counselor, and about who benefits from seeing a counselor. Now, sit back on your couch in a comfortable position, relax, take some deep breaths, close your eyes …
 
This has been a crazy week for Twitter beef between Black education advocates. Saying the wrong thing gets you dragged (by Black folks and their white followers). If we're going to fight for kids without getting in each other's way, we need some house rules. Let's talk about it. For more access, consider becoming a patron: patreon.com/8BH --- Send …
 
Why does the stock market keep going up despite the pandemic, mass unemployment, the uncertainty of a transition in power, social unrest, and more? James Slaughter, President and Co-Founder of Sierra Ridge Wealth Management group joins us to discuss the fundamental conditions that continue to drive stock market growth. Email James Slaughter: jslaug…
 
Two passenger flights are forced to try to land in unexpected places. TACA Flight 110 and Southern Airways Flight 242 both encounter dangerous storms that are so intense, the engines fail. With little room to maneuver, both flights try to land wherever they can. Will they make it? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and…
 
The COVID pandemic has disrupted our lives in a myriad of ways! Listen as Wes and Paul discuss the continued impacts to those around them and how regardless of how tired we are of it all, COVID is not going away anytime soon. (At least not soon enough!) The guys also share how they find peace of mind and clarity on the mats during difficult times i…
 
By 1935 William Faulkner was well established as an author of critically praised novels, yet the low volume of his sales forced him to seek work in Hollywood. As Carl Rollyson details in The Life of William Faulkner: This Alarming Paradox, 1935-1962 (University of Virginia Press, 2020), this led to an itinerant life divided between Mississippi and …
 
David Radulovich is a professional shotgun shooter. Kayle Browning is an Olympian. Both hold world and national titles and many championships making them two of the BEST shooters in the world. Together they host a podcast called Beyond the Podium where they talk about their experiences as professional shooters and ultimately how to be a champion. W…
 
In this very special episode we are joined by friend of the show and modern day Fannie Lou Hamer, Sarah Carpenter (@LadyTenn) and she brought back up, the Powerful Parent Movement (@WeArePPM). The Hands were blessed to hear from some of the best parent organizers of today. They discuss their work and what they want school leaders and educators to k…
 
Join me in this enjoyable conversation into the world of Gracie Barra, with humble Black Belt Mauricio Grudsky. As a lifelong practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mauricio shares the intellectual and spiritual fortitude needed to increase your ability to progress at BJJ, as well as physical tips needed to perform at the highest level. Although soft…
 
Two children enter the cockpit of an A310. One of the pilots of Aeroflot Flight 593 lets his children sit in the captain's chair of this passenger plane. When one of them is at the controls, the plane starts losing control. What happened in the cockpit of this flight? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @B…
 
On this episode of the podcast we get into Leo's big win on America's Funniest Home Videos. We also talk dog bites, Parler, Can this country heal, and Thanksgiving plans!! Give us a listen AND a digital high five.Leo Cummings and Todd Cate による
 
You are in for a treat this week. We are joined by our colleague and friend of the show, Dr. Steve Perry (@DrStevePerry). The gloves come off and the fellas just dive into various education issues that include educating Black kids, the teachers' union, and Sunday rituals to name a few. Dr. Perry brought it. We are sure you'll enjoy this one. --- Se…
 
Sensei Billy training and teaching of multiple disciplines provides a unique perspective of Self-Defense and defense of others. He also provides a wealth of knowledge to the business side of a career in Self-Defense training. Successful trainer on communications, assertiveness, and self defense skills. Helping men, women, and children achieve their…
 
Smoke starts filling the airplane cabin but no one can see the flames. Air Canada Flight 797 is cruising at 33,000 feet when smoke is found in the rear lavitory. No one can see the fire and they dont know how serious it is. What happened on this flight? Find out on this episdoe of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BlackBoxDownPod.…
 
It's beyond our control and becoming increasingly frustrating but the COVID pandemic continues on. In this episode Wes and Paul talk about how another lockdown could impact the Jiu Jitsu scene in a myriad of ways. No matter your stance on dealing with the pandemic, the reality is that your Jiu Jitsu academy might be forced to close again! Don't let…
 
The life and works of William Faulkner have generated numerous biographical studies exploring how Faulkner understood southern history, race, his relationship to art, and his place in the canons of American and world literature. However, some details on Faulkner’s life collected by his early biographers never made it into published form or, when th…
 
The fellas chop it up w/ Briahna Joy Gray [@briebriejoy] about the great divide in our country, and how we can place ourselves on a path to heal. But we definitely end up having a discussion about politics and how it intersects with education. Briahna Joy Gray also has a brand new podcast herself called, Bad Faith [@BadFaithPod]. Be sure to check h…
 
Join me and Ross Salanoa as we discuss the importance of defending your mindset. Ross is just starting his journey as a Bow Hunter, but has with enthusiasm and intelligence in his quiver, he's sure to become a skilled hunter quickly. Are you spending time defending your mind as much as your physical well-being?…
 
A Boeing 737 has its front cabin ripped open exposing passengers to the open sky. Aloha Airlines Flight 243 is cruising at 24,000 feet when the ceiling bursts open. With the airplane barely holding together, the pilots try their best to safely land. Will they succeed? Find out on this episode of Black Box Down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @B…
 
Do you want to roll forever? You can start by taking care of your body and understanding that neglecting and training through major injuries can lead to bigger problems down the road. Wes and Paul discuss several issues grapplers face regarding injuries and rehab in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. Wes goes deep and shares his expertise on the topic and spe…
 
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