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Feature Friday: Michaela Ayers
Highlighting Our People in Podcasting!
What time is it? Feature Friday Time! hmm that didn’t roll off the tongue as easily as I thought it would…ah well…it’s Feature Friday! ✨
To me, what distinguishes a good storyteller from a GREAT storyteller, is the level of vulnerability that the host and guest are willing to embody.
Indeed, there is a level of both transparency and vulnerability in really getting to the core of being a good story teller. That passion is over flowing in todays feature Michaela Ayers, founder of Nourish, a collective that advances DEI through education and events. She is also the host of the podcast : Black Her Stories (BHS). With Black Her Stories, the name is inspired by the project's intention- to elevate and celebrate the contributions of Black women throughout history and in modern times.
I love that, and I’m so excited to feature a pod that amplifies Black Women because Black women are just so magical 💅🏾 . Black Her Stories doesn’t shy away from breaking through the barriers to amplify some pretty amazing stories. The goal of BHS is to disrupt the narrative of Black History by elevating the contributions of Black women throughout history and in modern times.
BHS is on a mission to provide creative pro-Black content and intergenerational community events that reinforce the value of pride, diligence, and respect.
Yasss…get that R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Find out what ie means to …me. 🎵
So you already know, with how strong, how proud, how dedicated Michaela is telling stories through “Her Story”… she had to have some pretty amazing show art.
And she does…❤️
Michaela believes in the power of storytelling as one of the primary vehicles for building empathy and mutual understanding. Podcasting is a platform that allows her to build confidence in her ability to tell compelling, creative, and humanizing stories that move the audience in some way.
A big fan of podcasting, a self proclaimed analog millennial and someone who literally started with listening to This American Life on CD, Michaela found herself curious about podcasting. But how did she get to creating BHS?
Black Her Stories began as an annual event I hosted in honor of Black History Month. After several years of hosting the event in person, several community members mentioned that the format would be a great podcast. So as the industry and technology evolved, it felt like the right medium for BHS to make the transition.
Now you’ve got to admit, to go from having something as an event be the very thing that pulled you into podcasting, thats pretty unique! But hey I feel like the industry is all the more better for it!
Curious on what episode you should start with? Michaela recommends you check her fav episode,. She has a conversation with Judy Bowman, who is a Detroit-based collage artist whose work explores dignity, pride, and respect. A retired educator, Bowman has experienced a meteoric rise in the art world and has an inspiring point of view on Black culture. Listen in, enjoy the conversation, and you know I got to say it, if you like it go ahead and leave her a review! We gotta look out for each other.
With two years in the game, whas has t Michaela learned along the way?
Don't try to boil the ocean, start small. Resources: Descript
She said don’t boil the ocean…. *inic drop* 🎤 😲
…..Imma go ahead and let ya’ll marinate ne that…..
…so until next time…
Let me go head and work on simplifying my life….no boiled oceans over here…🎤 😘✌🏾 -Adell
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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