Feature Friday: Erick Taylor Woodby
Highlighting Our People in Podcasting!
Black History Month is here…. and so is Feature Friday!✨
I hope that there is more access to funding and promotion for Black LGBTQ+ podcasts, a global population that is still largely in the shadows of mainstream LGBT and Black communities.
Trying to find visibility in a world that often tries to make underrepresented communities invisible is such a large task. But it’s always admired and appreciated to see folk like Erick Taylor Woodby who is trying to do the work. Cause ya know…we’ve got to be seen…and not just for Black History Month either🤷🏾♀️I’m just saying.
Erick is an American digital nomad who has spent most of the last three years between Sweden and the United Kingdom. How cool is that?! In over fifteen years of international travel, he’s come across Black citizens from all over the world.💪🏾
So from that he birthed Our Black Gay Diaspora Podcast a global biweekly platform where Black LGBTQ professionals share about their countries and professions. Erick interviews individuals who inspire and educate others about who they are, highlighting a population often overlooked by mainstream LGBTQ+ and Black media outlets.
I’ve tried to tell ya’ll podcasting is a global thing 🌏, and to use this platform as a means to tell stories from different countries is amazing. In a way, podcasting is something that unites us. ✨
[it is] my desire to showcase those of us making up the colors of the rainbow flag, enhancing the perceptions existing both within and outside of our varied communities.
Ok show are with the tagline included…❣️
So beyond having global conversations, and highlighting overlooked communities, there are other things that makes this show unique.
Our Black Gay Diaspora Podcast’s uniqueness stems from conversations centering on professions, countries of origin, and how Black LGBTQ+ individuals use their experiences for growth and prosperity.
But world traveling and hosting wasn’t all of how Erick got his start. Prior to creating, hosting, and producing Our Black Gay Diaspora Podcast. He co-hosted and produced the Wallflowers in Bloom Podcast, a biweekly podcast where they interviewed self-identified introverts. Guests include an Icelandic sculptor, an American psychiatrist, and a British photographer and filmmaker. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of a show seeking out introverts…I like the added effort to give them a platform. I’m sure Erick has some stories about the journey of just booking those guest 😅. Also, what a good name, Wallflowers. in Bloom.
Two shows under his belt and having only started in 2020, I’m sure there were plenty of lessons learned along the way.
To be effective, I've learned that 1) it's vital to have a genuine interest in the subject, 2) preparation includes having questions and thoroughly researching each guest, and 3) the guest and what they share is the focus.
Yes! Can we sit with that for a second…especially the first tip. Have genuine interest, listen….if YOU’RE not interested in your guest…why would your audience be. Especially for an avid listener of your pod…if you sound bored, oh it will translate so keep that in mind, book with intention and go from there. Now there will be curveballs where you won’t expect a guest to be boring, but remember from interview, edit to upload you have the power to decide what’s up on your pod and platform. Okay, let me get off my soapbox. 😄
In the meantime, take a break from all the creating and maybe check out Our Black Gay Diaspora Podcast .
Psst…Here’s some inside scoop, start with Erick’s favorite episode. Episode number 22 with Cameron Johnson the American screenwriter, director, and producer who’s written for series like Fox’s Empire, the CW’s Nancy Drew, and BET’s Zoe Ever After. Erick likes howJohnson uses his professional credentials and personal experiences to create Black openly gay characters. (And look at that I already grabbed the link for you, so the work is half done lol😂 easy access.)
So give it a listen…and you know what else… give it a review. We have to continue to uplift each other and hey that helps garner more visibility for all of us…because after all we ALL deserve to be seen. 💯
Thanks so much for seeing me last week and sending mad bday love✨❤️
Until next week
I’m wishing you
Peace ☮️ Love ❤️ Soul💪🏾 -Adell aka @iamadellcoleman on all socials 💋
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 AND The Head Nod 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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