Episode 143: Grandma’s House


This week Ann and Dan discuss heirs’ property. It is estimated that 76% of Black people today don’t have wills. This is historically how multiple generations of Black families have lost family property. It is also why about 90% of the Black southern farmers lost their land. We had the unfortunate opportunity here in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to witness Black families lose homes that have been in their families for 100 or more years.

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Episode 142: Social Distancing Contracts


Ann and Dan debate social distancing contracts that co-parents are using to prevent each other from taking their children to non-essential places or being around non-essential people. Ann believes that it’s an attempt to control the non-custodial parent. Dan takes it at face value and believes it’s for the children’s benefit, especially if the other parent has proven to be irresponsible (like people refusing to wear masks or social distancing in public). We also discuss how billion-dollar companies looted the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for millions of dollars leaving little to nothing for its intended businesses. Dan also shares which stocks he purchased when the stock market dipped at the beginning of the pandemic.

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Episode 140: Defund and Refund.


Ann and Dan agree with the consensus that “defund” the police is poorly titled and misrepresents what people are calling for. When most people hear defund the police they think it means completely abolishing the police. In reality, it’s a plan to redistribute some of the funding from police departments to places that will make a real difference in our communities. We also share our experiences and opinions on how the Black community being largely underfunded for has affected us generation after generation. Ann also has an impromptu therapy session with Dr. Dan.

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Episode 139: Black Lives Matter!


This week Dan is holding it down solo while Ann is MIA. Let’s blame it on Tropical Storm Cristobal or something. Dan shares his thoughts on how the racist “All Lives Matter” people can’t possibly believe their anti-black rhetoric. If they believe that all lives matter, they’d be outraged by racial inequality and the number of unarmed Black people murdered by the police. 
Dan also shares his thoughts on how protesters peacefully gathering with signs and snacks are being confronted by police in riot gear. He also echos @CEOHaize on different ways you can contribute without being on the front lines.

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Episode 138: An Honest Conversation


Ann and Dan have a Zoom conversation with Louisiana activists Sherry and Cherry Wilmore (Everyone’s Favorite Twins), as well as Y’mani Wright a recent Howard University graduate. We have an open conversation about the state of our community, especially after the murder of George Floyd, another unarmed Black man.

We share our thoughts on the protests, property damage, media coverage, etc. We also talk about how “Black on Black crime” when referring to proximity crime is a racist construct. Y’mani emotionally expresses her confusion and uncertainty.

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Episode 137: Elephant in the Room

Ann and Dan are joined by Craig from Next Level Visions (nextlevelvisions.com) to discuss why so many white folks get uncomfortable, defensive, or offended when talking about race. Craig shares some of his experiences living abroad vs. living in the US. Craig is also a war veteran who served our country but that didn’t exempt him from experiencing racism in the US.

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Episode 135: Defend Yo’ City!


In response to episode 119 “A Bloody City,” Ann provides a rebuttal to Dan’s assertion that New Orleans is one of the most violent cities in the US. Despite making the list of top 10 deadliest cities per-capita (at the time of recording), Ann believes it’s not a “New Orleans thing.” Not so coincidentally Baton Rouge, Louisiana also made the top 10 list. Maybe Ann’s right? It’s a not a New Orleans thing, it’s a Louisiana thing.

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