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Espresso Talk Today

Robin Lofton and Frederick Douglas Lofton

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We confront issues and their effects on Black people in the United States and around the world. From climate change to white supremacy, police violence to veganism, we face these highly charged topics with courage and curiosity. Our uncommon conversation is quick, engaging, and enlightening. Grab an espresso and join the convo!
 
This is a lecture series about African American history. Each "wiki" lecture is approximately 5 minutes long and teaches about lessons from the past can be used to improve our lives and the future. These lectures are fun, interesting, and inspirational!
 
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Storytellers have always been held important roles in Black communities--from Africa to Detroit. Storytelling connects us with our roots in Africa where the oral tradition was used to remember family history, acknowledge special events, and teach societal rules. The Espresso Talk Today is pleased to have Edith Armstrong, aka Mama Edie, on the show …
 
So you want to start a business? Great! You have a great idea. You think that it will be a great product or service. Don't know how to start? No worries! This podcast show will discuss what you need to know to get started. Join us in the Lawyers' Corner for this informative and fun discussion!By Robin Lofton, Mellanese Lofton, and Hans Hyppolite
 
The fastest-growing demographic segment worldwide is the senior population. People are living longer and more are staying healthy as they age. Yet age-related illnesses like dementia, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes are realities for some senior citizens and their families. With this growing population has arisen an area of law that is dedicate…
 
Storytellers have always been held important roles in Black communities--from Africa to Detroit. Storytelling connects us with our roots in Africa where the oral tradition was used to remember family history, acknowledge special events, and teach societal rules. Elders were often revered storytellers, which also acknowledged their important positio…
 
The Espresso Talk Today team continues the interview with Kimberly Slaughter, Chief Executive Officer of Systra USA. (We encourage you to hear the first part of this interview!) Kimberly Slaughter will discuss her professional journey and obstacles that she met and overcame within corporate America. Kimberly will also discuss her typical day as a c…
 
“Many college-educated Black Americans are entering corporate America with dreams, ready to do great things, but they're confronted with an unwelcoming culture." The Black community has always focused on education as a way of obtaining financial security, political power, and even upward mobility on a personal level. The Espresso Talk Today team is…
 
Simone Biles. Naomi Osaka. Nicole Hannah-Jones. Meghan Markle. Rosa Parks. What do these women share? Besides excelling in their professions, they are also working in an environment that exposes them to mental or physical harm. Most importantly, they all refused to allow themselves to suffer harm in their toxic professional environments. They all s…
 
The Lawyers Corner returns to discuss discrimination at work. Everyone has the right to a safe and respectful working environment. Unfortunately, many people experience discrimination at work because of race, gender, age, pregnancy, or another status. In this episode, attorneys Wayne and Mel and paralegal Janice discuss what to do if you experience…
 
Why is Stoicism growing so popular today? Amid the problems of systemic racism, the Covid-19 pandemic, political upheaval, climate change, people are facing constant financial, mental, and emotional challenges. Stoicism was designed to help people stay calm in the chaos and develop happiness by determining their sphere of control. Robin and Ben dis…
 
Financial educator, Jorick Gaines, is back! Today he's talking about cash flow: How to increase it, why you need it, and what happens if you don't have it. The Espresso Talk Today team is excited to discuss and learn creative ways of increasing our cash flow. Yes, you can get another job but we're thinking out of the box today and brainstorming how…
 
What's the big deal about cultural appropriation? Why do we care if Justin Bieber gets loc'd or if Katy Perry goes Geisha? This week, we are asking the GenZers what they think about white folks dressing like and imitating other cultures. Ben and Marlene lead this discussion and the opinions are flying! Robin makes a surprise appearance too! Join th…
 
Justin Bieber in locks. Madonna wearing an elaborate North African headpiece and dress. Pop singer Adele wearing Bantu knots. White children wearing Native headdresses on Halloween. Katy Perry doing a Geisha performance. What do these have in common? These actions involve cultural items or rituals worn or practiced by White Americans. Is this cultu…
 
Do you have a problem with your landlord, employer, or neighbor? Mediation is the answer! Mediation is a powerful tool that can help you to resolve disputes without going to court! The Lawyers Corner discusses how mediation can be used rather than the expensive and time-consuming method of going to court. Property disputes, family disputes, landlor…
 
The Stock Market is one of the quickest ways to accumulate wealth in America. Yet many African Americans are not participating in this lucrative market. Low African-American participation in the stock market contributes to the widening wealth gap between black and white households. Studies show that African Americans are 35 percent less likely to t…
 
Police violence. White supremacy and terror. Dehumanizing behavior. Systemic racism. Everywhere. Every day. African Americans and other people of color face constant threats not only to their physical safety but also to their mental health. This leads to high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Racism-induced stress a…
 
America's original (White) Founders--Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and others--were revolutionaries and resisters. They created a new nation but also a new relationship between the government and the people. Yet there were omissions, problems, conflicts, genocide, and racism. They never reached a clear decision on slavery, the rights of women, or the…
 
Anarcha, Betsey, Lucy, Henrietta Lacks. Numerous un-named free and enslaved Black women. What do these women have in common? They experienced health problems. They needed medical assistance. They were used and exploited by the American medical community. Since slavery in the United States, the American medical community has treated Black women as “…
 
Hypertension. Depression. Cardiovascular disease. Arthritis. African Americans have a higher risk of suffering from these chronic illnesses. African Americans also experience earlier onset of these illnesses and earlier deaths. Why? Systemic racism. In this episode, we are joined by Professor Sherman James who developed the theory called John Henry…
 
Espresso Talk Today is celebrating Juneteenth! We have an original short story about a young freed Black woman and a true narrative by a young freed Black woman. This is the 156 anniversary of the freeing of the enslaved population of Texas. Let's acknowledge and celebrate this historic day. And remember that there is still lots of work to do. No o…
 
Depression. Anxiety. Suicide. Mental health issues are real and pervasive in the African American community—but we don’t often recognize them. You are not alone. Just like physical health problems, mental illness needs to be identified and diagnosed as early as possible and treated. However, many people are not aware of many common mental and emoti…
 
Tony Lip in The Green Book. Aibileen Clark in The Help. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Rudyard Kipling's poem, The White Man's Burden. The problem of the “White saviour” is persistent and growing in western culture. The term “white saviourism” refers to an idea in which a white person, or white culture, rescues Black people from their own …
 
Americans love Paris. The food. The art. The language. Black Americans also love Paris--for different reasons. The freedom. The equality. The experience of living in a "colorblind" society. This led many Black Americans to settle in Paris. James Baldwin. Chester Himes. Beauford Delaney. Josephine Baker. Jazz musicians. Artists. Military servicemen.…
 
Debt is a fact of life. But debt is not created equal. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. The power comes with having the good debts and limiting the bad and the ugly debts. How can you know which is the good debt and which is bad? And why is it important to have good debts? Financial educator Jorick Gaines returns to answer these questions …
 
Robert E. Lee Memorial Statue (Richmond, VA). Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma, AL). Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Obelisk (Birmingham, AL). Buffalo Bill Cultural Center (Kansas). Columbus Day holiday. Gone with the Wind. What do these have in common? They remember the history of White Americans. However, many people—particularly people of color—are de…
 
Hypertension. Depression. Cardiovascular disease. African Americans have a higher risk of suffering from these chronic illnesses. Earlier onset. Earlier deaths. Why? Systemic racism. Many states now have declared racism to be a public health crisis. Public health can protect health in Black and Brown communities by addressing racism-based issues li…
 
African Americans are a large voting bloc. But how much political power do we really have? And how effectively do we use our power? In this episode, we examine this mythical monolithic Black voting bloc. Join us as we compare Black voting power after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, consider how we can more effectively use our voting powe…
 
What were the Buffalo Soldiers? Why were they called "Buffalo Soldiers"? What was their role in fighting for America? Why haven't we heard of them? This episode will answer all of your questions about these brave Black soldiers! You will learn who the Buffalo Soldiers were and how they fought in the wars of western expansion. Yet they faced racism,…
 
Do you need a will? What is probate? Can I avoid making a will or going through the probate process? What is a trust? What about taxes? Great questions. The lawyers in this episode discuss these and other important questions about wills, trusts, probate, taxes, and even fraud! Many people don't think about making a will or they don't know why they …
 
Financial hardships can happen to anyone. Anytime. But there are ways to protect your income and future--and it's easier than ever! Yet many people remain unprotected and vulnerable. If you like tax-free cash income then join us to discuss the power of life insurance. In this show, financial educator, Jorick Gaines with WealthWave, Inc. will discus…
 
Muhammed Ali. Wilma Rudolph. Colin Kaepernick. All of these African Americans were great athletes. But they were also great activists fighting for racial and social justice. Many people forget the important contributions made by Black athlete activists. Yet they have had an incredible impact on highlighting racial and social injustices--and changin…
 
The lawnmower. The key chain. The gas mask. The video security system. The modern traffic signal. These were invented by African Americans. And there is so much more! Yet we learn and hear so little about the numerous inventions by African Americans. This show changes this perception of Black inventors and scientists! The ETT team discusses Black i…
 
How can you support Black economic empowerment? The easiest yet most powerful way is to buy from Black businesses. Invest in Black businesses. Donate. Collaborate. And always buy Black first! There are more than two million Black-owned businesses in the United States. They provide important goods and services, jobs, and needed revenue for the commu…
 
Black Wall Street. Madame C.J. Walker. BET. OWN. Vista Equity Partners. Black Americans have always worked for economic power and independence. There have been notable successes--and many obstacles. Today, there are more than 2 million Black-owned businesses in America. Why is economic empowerment important in the Black community? What have been th…
 
The ETT Team has a lively inter-generational discussion on the existence and effects of Black stereotyping in the media. Whew! From King Kong through YouTube, we discuss the differing social and emotional effects of early and modern Black stereotypes. Everything was on the table for discussion. The generational views, opinions, and approaches diffe…
 
Stereotypes exist in every part of society. Modern movies and television shows are not immune to this problem. It's frustrating. It's persistent. It's inexcusable. And today we call it out. Join Marlene and Ben as they rant about these degrading and demeaning stereotypes. They also discuss the limited roles available to Black actors and how these s…
 
Do you understand compound interest? What is the Rule of 72? When should I start saving and investing? Great questions. A good financial education can help to answer these questions and more! In this show, financial advisor and educator, Jorick Gaines with WealthWave, Inc. discusses the importance of having a good financial education--he calls it f…
 
Thugs. Criminals. Angry. Dangerous. These are common stereotypes of African Americans.Stereotypes are pervasive in society. Everyone harbours stereotypes about other groups. Are they all harmful? Do they hold any truth? The Espresso Talk Today team discusses both old and modern stereotypes about African Americans and their effects. They also consid…
 
Black lawyers have always been a strong and influential part of the Black community. But they have problems too. Mel and Barry--both attorneys--discuss the struggles faced by Black lawyers. Biased judges. Distrustful clients. Disrespectful colleagues. Mel and Barry get candid about their professional difficulties. In this lively and uncommon conver…
 
Everyone has a goal to reach. Everyone has a dream. In this unique episode, the Espresso Talk Today team presents a proven and surefire plan for achieving your goals--in 3 simple steps! Robin presents the story of a sports hero-turned-role model who achieved his lifelong dream using this plan. Would you like a simple (but not easy!) program for ach…
 
In 1954, the Supreme Court invalidated school segregation in the famous Brown v. Board of Education case. In this special episode, the ETT Team performs a play showing the real struggle to desegregate the public schools. Thurgood Marshall, Charles Houston as well as parents, children, and activists fought hard for equality in education--and this pl…
 
Sixty years makes a difference. Or does it? The period from 1960 to 2020 was a turbulent time in the United States. What has really changed? The ETT Team reviews the laws, practices, and societal norms and considers the real changes that have occurred in race relations and the advancement of African Americans in terms of employment, housing, educat…
 
Did you know that systemic racism can cause depression, anxiety, hypertension, insomnia and other health conditions? People of color are constantly suffering from high levels of stress as a result of daily trauma (or the threat of daily trauma) of racism. Living with constant trauma and violence is affecting our physical, mental, and emotional heal…
 
What percentage of American cowboys were Black? What famous Black singer is "unforgettable"? Join the ETT Team for a fun and educational game show-style quiz on Black History! Ben and Marlene compete, learn, challenge each other in this fun quiz in the style of a television game show. They learned a lot and also surprised themselves with their know…
 
Do you have a wealth mindset? What is a wealth mindset? Great questions. In this financial empowerment show, financial advisor and educator, Jorick Gaines with WealthWave, Inc., discusses the road to financial security and wealth building. It all begins with having a wealth-focused mindset. Jorick discusses the elements of the wealth mindset, the i…
 
Dr. Carter G. Woodson started Black history month to encourage all people to learn the contributions, achievements, and struggles of Black people. Keep it coming! There is so much to learn and so many ways to learn Black history. In this unique episode, the Espresso Talk Today team discusses different ways to learn and experience history. From hist…
 
Happy Black History Month! The Espresso Talk Today Team is focusing this wellness show on an African (Akan) theme from Ghana called Sankofa. Robin will discuss the principle of Sankofa more in this podcast show but it basically expresses the importance of learning from past knowledge (from the ancestors) and using this knowledge to create a better …
 
Many White people want to join the fight for racial justice and equality. But they don't know what steps will be both effective and respectful. This show will give you great ideas! Ben and Marlene discuss this dilemma and the article "103 Ways White People Can Fight For Racial Justice." They also discuss present ideas that they disagree with. From …
 
Two weeks at the U.S. Capitol witnessed two monumental events: A violent insurrection and a Presidential Inauguration. The first event was suppressed. The second is taking the country to a period of hope and unity. The ETT Team lead by Mel, Wayne, and Marlene discuss these events and how they will change the country in the coming years. It's anothe…
 
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