Episode 22: A Surprise Ending to Season One

You and Me and Everyone We Know is an audio diary made by everyday people living through the Covid-19 pandemic. Press play below to listen to the latest episode (or find it on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher):

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In this podcast – You and Me and Everyone We Know – everyday people are sharing what their lives are like right now. Up to this moment, we’ve been talking about life during the Covid-19 pandemic. And now we’re living in the days of the uprising after the murder of George Floyd. 

Today, we’re not doing a normal episode. In fact, we are taking a pause on this podcast. There are a couple of reasons for this. Some are about me, and honestly are not that important right now. Way, way more important is this – Black Lives Matter. I believe, right now, one of the most important things you can do is listen to black voices. To black leaders, everyday people from the black community, black podcasters, black neighbors, black friends. Obviously, if you’re a person of color, you’re probably thinking – duh. Yeah. But if you are white like me, you might need to hear it again, and again. Let me be another person to remind you, if you need a reminder – Please make sure you’re listening to black voices. Many, many, many black voices. Right now. Until the end of time. 

Links to Black Voices

There are literally millions of black people that you would benefit from…. by listening, following, buying their work, going to their businesses, donating to the nonprofits they lead and giving them your vote at the polls. You will be better off because of their generosity, their gifts, and their talent. In the last few weeks, I’ve been incredibly inspired, moved, and changed by more black people than I can keep track of. Here are a few who’s perspectives and leadership are challenging and moving me:

Amalia Nicholson: A leader and producer using her network to connect people digitally to the uprising.
N. Musinguzi: Minnesotan photographer who’s photographed the uprising
1619 an audio series from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Enby Book Club hosted by BowtiesandBooks
George M Johnson, author of All Boys Aren’t Blue
Shannon Gibney, author of Dream Country
Reclaim the Block, an organization working with Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.
Pimento Kitchen, a restaurant who’s owners, staff and community are organizing relief during the uprising
The Minnesota Pins, a black owned business keeping us looking good and cheeky. Creator of some incredible Black Lives Matter pins.

The End of Season One

As for this podcast, in this time – we need a pause. I live in Minneapolis, which you know, has been the catalytic center for this uprising after the murder of George Floyd. I’m hitting pause so my family can ground ourselves in the city we love, and so this podcast can reorient itself. Consider this the surprise end of season one. 

We need a new season. Stay tuned. 

You can still be part of this podcast. When production starts for the next season, I’ll be reaching out first to those that have already expressed interest in being on the podcast. So, send me a message on the contact page if YOU would like to be a guest. Or find me on Instagram @heybrentlove. If you need me, I’m here.

To every listener, every guest and every person who has supported this audio-diary, thank you. We will never forget what we went through during the first months of the pandemic, and because of you, we have real voices to listen to, to hear about what this experience has been like for so many. I’m so looking forward to what we’ll share in this audio-diary next season. 

Now, please, again, go listen to black voices. Until next season, here’s a bunch of love to everyone out there. We’ll get through this together. 

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