Feature Friday: Demetrius Bagley
Highlighting Our People in Podcasting!
For the month of February, we are doing Friday Features! Whew…talk about alliteration!
“We encourage more podcasters to strive and thrive, connect and celebrate, work smarter than harder, plus avoid podfade.”
That’s why there is a need for the Black Podcasting Awards, a sentiment so eloquently shared by co-founder and Program Director Demetrius Bagley .
But before we get too deep Demetrius celebrated a birthday this week….so I gotta break it down one time, sing- a-long….🎵Ha--ppyyyy Birttthdayyyyyy Happy Birthdayyyyy…Happy Birrrtthhhdaaayyyy🎵. if my typing didn’t do it justice that was my tired attempt at writing out the MLK version✊🏾! Hope you enjoyed it Demetrius and you could hear the harmonies of all the members of the Black Podcasters Association sending you well wishes for your new year!
Demetrius Bagley leads Black Podcasting Awards – the volunteer-fueled, community-instigated, non-profit awards program and ceremony he co-founded all during the global pandemic! The goal is to celebrate and spotlight Black podcasts, and the people who make them. So if you haven’t yet, be sure to follow them, submit and stay tuned for this year’s awards!
Demetrius is a person who sees a need and works to fill it while uplifting his community. So it’s no surprise he co-founded the BPA alongside Georgie-Ann Getton and Lance John. Funny story it was created to address a need brought up in a Twitterstorm pre-TGT! (Tesla Guy’s Takeover 😩)
…and a month later the BPA’s were formed!
That moment in time has a huge impact on how we recognize and celebrate each other! It created a space where there basically was none….it helped us to think about recognition and the role of black people in the future! It show’s us good things can happen when we complain on twitter enough…well sometimes. So what’s Demetrius thoughts about the needs for the future of podcasting?
“There needs to be a lot more attention for indie Black podcasts, and successes for them too”
One thing i learned in this feature is that Demetrius is an astrologer 💫 it’s a true reminder that podcasts and niches are everywhere because that’s actually what brought him into podcasting.
“[I] wanted to hear my astrologer friends’ podcast, Stars of Fire, way more often, and [I started ] sharing free recording studio access I had!”
That’s so dope! Joining communities, sharing with community, uplifting community and creating community….
Demetrius signed our email exchanges with Stay Great…
We must indeed!
And to Demetrius thanks for leading the charge in making sure we all pause and celebrate our greatness in our Black Community!
Psst…by the way if you’re interested in being my next feature 🙏🏾 shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org subject: Feature Friday!
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Oh and a little about me…this is the hard part, talking about myself!
I’m Adell Coleman Chief Operations Officer of DCP Entertainment. I’m a multi-award winning podcast creator, producer, and host. I host and EP the podcast Say Their Name. I like talking so you may have seen me around at a few conferences!
One of my favorite things to do is to amplify and uplift those BIPOC and marginalized creatives who aren’t just hosts but are doing many different things in the podcast space.
At DCP, we distribute podcasts that share stories, podcasts, interviews, and insights by and for underrepresented voices. Feel free to check us out!
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