Feature Friday: Yohance Lacour
Highlighting Our People in Podcasting!
For the month of February, we are doing Friday Features! So in the words of DJ Khalid: Another One…
“With so few Black stories being told, the stories from authentic Black storytellers become almost as important as the stories we tell..”
Authentic storytelling…that’s what Yohance Lacour (dope name by the way!) is striving to accomplish with his new podcast You Didn’t See Nothin. It’s a LAUNCH YA’LL 🎊, it came out this week on Feb 15th! So in You Didn’t See Nothin the series finds host Yohance revisiting a 1997 hate crime that took place on the South Side of Chicago and had a huge impact on his life. We hear from key players in the attack and those who led the community response in the immediate aftermath. Yohance looks at the role the media plays in driving public perception following the attack. He also explores what is means to be a “sell out” on the streets, and considers whether his past actions and dealing drugs put him in that same category.
Yohance’s creation of this podcast shows how powerful stories and content can come from our own life experiences. He served a decade-long sentence in federal prison, was awarded a fellowship at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Invisible Institute to support his work as a writer and storyteller committed to chronicling stories of Black Chicagoans.And he worked as a journalist for the South Street Journal, where he first started writing about the attack of Lenard Clark which inspired the podcast. You see there are stories are everywhere, waiting to be told…
“When I came home from prison, I was looking for any opportunity to write and discovered the Invisible Institute, a journalism organization on Chicago’s South Side. Their founder Jamie Kalven, remembered the Lenard Clark story well. And after hearing mine, he offered me a chance to tell both.”
That’s what community is about ✊🏾 uplifting each other and giving opportunities that might not be available otherwise. There’s so much to learn even at the infancy stages of podcasting so don’t be afraid to share your experiences, it helps us all grow 💪🏾. Cause y’know I ALWAYS have to get the inside scoop, so what did he learn…
Expert fact-checkers are invaluable. Sound design is just as important as narration. When hiring a lawyer for libel review, don’t choose one focused on avoiding lawsuits. Choose one focused on winning them.
I gotta say I love the title of this podcast, and admire the work that Yohance has done on this project and look forward to checking out upcoming episodes. In learning about him I think it’s safe to say that he’s about storytelling, and amplifying the stories within our community. I think it’s safe to say that’s what we are all about here…how can we help each other? How can we get the word out? How can we do more…and where does that take the future of podcasting?
I hope to see a greater range of Black stories than we’re currently receiving from other forms of media. We’re not a monolith. I also hope to see more of the discussions we otherwise shy away from in our everyday lives. If done responsibly, podcasts can facilitate conversations about things like race, gender and politics in ways that can put wildly opposing perspectives in perspective.
Like Yohance…I encourage you to go ahead, speak up and be bold in your podcasts!
Oh and random fact, Yohance has his own Business…Luxury Leather Goods By Yohance Joseph Lacour …It’s some pretty dope stuff on there…and no I wasn’t paid to say that! Unless you’re looking 😆
Until next time ✌🏾
Psst…by the way if you’re interested in being my next feature 🙏🏾 do what Yohance did and 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.
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