Reppin

Evelien Kong

Reppin: about all things representation. Insightful conversations with notable people from all different backgrounds and professions-people you THINK you know. They'll share their stores and experiences and you'll find out who they really are, what the stand for and you'll find out what they represent. read less

Our Editor's Take

Every so often, a podcast challenges the way listeners see the world. The Reppin podcast with Evelien Kong is here to do that. This podcast focuses on fighting stereotypes and promoting empowerment through rich dialogue. Listeners will get a reintroduction to the people and places they think they know. They will hear about their personal experiences in Hollywood and beyond.

Reppin host Evelien Kong knows all too well about not feeling included. As an Asian American with over 25 years of experience in Hollywood, she has a lot of stories to tell. Her credits include directing and producing award-winning documentaries. In her time in the media, she has gathered many anecdotes and experiences. These make the podcast interviews feel honest and insightful. Her dedication to making the industry more diverse and inclusive shines through.

On the Reppin podcast, listeners will hear eye-opening interviews with many people. In the CW's Kung Fu, Canadian actor Ludi Lin reflects on his experiences with bullying. Talented actress Genevieve Kang reflects on the effects of a lifetime of underrepresentation. Standup comic Gina Yashere shares her journey to becoming a household name. She reflects on her roles on HBO and Comedy Central and how they led to her co-creating a successful CBS show. Meteorologist Ginger Zee discusses how personal tragedy influences her reporting on ABC News. Fans will also hear interviews with people like Leeza Gibbons, Laura Sohn, and Karen Olivo.

Evelien interviews those who push the boundaries of what society thinks they know. Dr. Katherine Ramsland is a professor of forensic psychology. She shares her thought-provoking insights into what makes a serial killer.

The Reppin podcast is a megaphone for people like Tony Giroux and Meegwun Fairbrother to make their experiences heard. It's an excellent opportunity for listeners to learn more about their peers. New episodes are available twice a month.

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Episodes

Sneaker Stories: How Adam King is making a statement with 1587
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Sneaker Stories: How Adam King is making a statement with 1587
Have you ever been nervous about taking chances? Did you ever have an idea about something you wanted to do? Pursue a dream but were scared to bet on yourself? How about trying to be something you felt like you needed to be instead of being yourself? We get it! My guest today has definitely been there. But you'll hear about how he made that change and how you can to so you can follow your dreams. Step into the extraordinary journey of Adam King, a visionary sneaker entrepreneur who embodies the power of self-belief and resilience. In this episode of Reppin we learn about the amazing story of Adam's rise from humble beginnings to becoming a trailblazer in the industry. Prepare to be inspired as we explore the themes of authenticity, representation, and the unapologetic pursuit of being %100 yourself and to be great. Join us as we delve into the roots of Adam's identity, shaped by the warmth and wisdom of family. Discover how his upbringing instilled in him the values of perseverance and the courage to bet on himself, even when the odds seemed stacked against him. Through Adam's journey, we celebrate the importance of embracing diversity and standing tall in a world that often overlooks the voices of underrepresented communities. Explore Adam's mission to challenge industry norms and champion representation through his brand, 1587. Learn how his passion for sneakers transcends fashion, as he infuses purpose into every design, telling a meaningful story with each pair. Reflect on the invaluable lessons learned from Adam's story, gaining insights into the power of authenticity and the relentless pursuit of one's dreams. And through Adam's shared experiences, you'll learn how you can also be unapologetically you--and reach new heights! 1587 Sneakers: https://www.1587sneakers.com/ 1587's Gram: https://www.instagram.com/1587sneakers/ REPPIN LINKS Series link: campsite.bio/reppinpodcast Reppin website: www.Reppin.tv I love coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin Gram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Subscribe. Download and Share! Leave a review! #AdamKing #SneakerEntrepreneur #AsianAmericanVoices #RepresentationMatters #UnapologeticIdentity #SneakerCulture #AuthenticityMatters #EmpoweringJourneys #TrailblazingLeaders #PodcastInspiration #secret to #success #inspire #empower #positive #sneaker #culture #personaljournals #society and #culture #personalgrowth #love #asian #asian #american Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ezinma: Hip Hop Violinist
Feb 12 2024
Ezinma: Hip Hop Violinist
Meet EZINMA, the visionary artist who's revolutionizing the music industry one note at a time! Join us as we unveil the mesmerizing tale of a trailblazer whose journey from a small-town upbringing to global acclaim will leave you inspired and invigorated. In this captivating episode, we explore how EZINMA fearlessly confronts challenges, defies stereotypes, and redefines success on her own terms. As we delve into EZINMA's multifaceted career as a film composer, violinist, and advocate for music education, you'll discover the power of perseverance and innovation in the face of adversity. Her collaborations with music icons like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kendrick Lamar exemplify the transformative impact of breaking barriers and embracing diversity. Through her Oscar-nominated compositions and contributions to blockbuster soundtracks EZINMA showcases the boundless possibilities that arise when creativity knows no bounds and you embrace your individuality and voice. But beyond her musical prowess, EZINMA's story resonates deeply with audiences seeking inspiration and empowerment in their own lives. By embracing her unique identity and forging her path in a traditionally rigid industry, she encourages listeners to tap into their creative potential and chart their destinies with confidence and authenticity. You'll embark on a transformative journey that will ignite your passion, challenge your perceptions, and propel you towards greatness. Whether you're an aspiring artist, a music enthusiast, or simply someone in search of inspiration, EZINMA's story is a testament to the enduring power of resilience, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of dreams. Don't miss out on this extraordinary episode that celebrates the indomitable spirit of creativity and the limitless possibilities that await those who dare to defy convention. Ezinma's Website: https://www.ezinma.com/ Ezinma's Gram: https://www.instagram.com/ezinma/ REPPIN LINKS Series link: campsite.bio/reppinpodcast Reppin website: www.Reppin.tv I love coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin Gram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Subscribe. Download and Share! Leave a review! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lady Pink: Graffiti Royalty
Jan 29 2024
Lady Pink: Graffiti Royalty
Lady Pink is my guest today! We will embark on a thrilling journey in this podcast episode as we unravel the awe-inspiring story of a true graffiti pioneer and living legend. I'm Evelien, your guide into the extraordinary life of an original NYC graffiti artist who shattered the boundaries of her time. Pink was born in Ecuador and raised in the concrete jungle, she entered the graffiti scene in 1979, captivating the city with her bold and daring artistry. Against the backdrop of a male-dominated subculture, she emerged as the sole female force, not just holding her ground but earning the respect of her peers. Witness her transformation from the shadows of illegal subway canvases to rubbing shoulders with Warhol and leaving an indelible mark on iconic films. But that's not all—this episode is a celebration of breaking through barriers and defying expectations. From being labeled a vandal to having her art sought after by society's elite, she exemplifies the power of transcending limitations. Fast forward to the present, and her artistic legacy extends far beyond the streets, showcased in renowned institutions like the Whitney Museum, the MET, and the MoMA. Join us for an immersive exploration into the life and legacy of this true icon, whose influence reaches beyond graffiti, leaving an indelible mark on the realms of art and fashion. Pink shares some of her wild, early experiences that helped shape her to be the artist and woman she is today. Come meet this trailblazing bad ass! Lady Pink's Gram: https://www.instagram.com/ladypinknyc/?hl=en REPPIN LINKS Series link: campsite.bio/reppinpodcast Reppin website: www.Reppin.tv I love coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin Gram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Subscribe. Download and Share! Leave a review! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Justice Unleashed: from Jay Z to power plays for equal pay
Jan 15 2024
Justice Unleashed: from Jay Z to power plays for equal pay
Reppin is kickin off 2024 with a real fire starter! So consider yourself warned. I’ve got Jennifer Justice aka JJ, she' an entertainment and live experience executive known for her expertise in building artists careers and business portfolios by marrying art and commerce. She’s a bad ass reshaping the entertainment industry and beyond. From brokering deals for icons like Jay Z and Outkast to reshaping Roc Nation's narrative, JJ's story is a testament to breaking barriers and achieving success against all odds. We delve into a narrative that goes beyond the glamour, where JJ emerged from a very modest background, carving her own path to the top. Discover how she not only overcame challenges, biases but also forged meaningful connections within a community seemingly different from her own. Appearances are so deceptive. Find out the challenges she faced, how she overcame them to be at the top. This episode is a beacon of inspiration, illustrating that success knows no boundaries. But it doesn't end there—Jennifer's mission goes beyond personal triumph. Learn how she is actively working to open doors and create opportunities for other women through the Justice Department. She is not someone who has forgotten where she came from and is using her experiences to create a more loving and just world. She also reminds us how we all can do the same. Be inspired as we unfold not just a story of success, but a roadmap for breaking barriers, building bridges, and fostering a community where everyone, regardless of their background, can thrive.  #JenniferJustice #BreakingBarriers #SuccessStory #InspirationUnleashed #CommunityBuilding #EmpowermentJourney JJ’s Justice Department: https://www.thejusticedept.com/ JJ's gram: https://www.instagram.com/thejustice.dept/?hl=en JJ's podcast Takin' Care Of Lady Busine$$: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/takin-care-of-lady-business/id1587723716 REPPIN LINKS Series link: campsite.bio/reppinpodcast Reppin website: www.Reppin.tv I love coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin Gram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Subscribe. Download and Share! Leave a review! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Marissa Crespo: Power, Passion, and Legal Prowess
Dec 20 2023
Marissa Crespo: Power, Passion, and Legal Prowess
Marissa Crespo is a powerhouse entertainment attorney who has been a part of major deals with NBC, VH-1, Bravo. She is of African American and Puerto Rican heritage and talks about her Midwest upbringing, from her early struggles with identity to navigating through adversity, Marissa's story is one of resilience and authenticity. "In the Midwest, I learned early on to be an observer. It's easier to show up and be who you are, and either that's going to work or it's not. Not all environments will allow you to do that," shares Marissa, offering a powerful perspective on authenticity. Discover Marissa's unique approach to infusing humanity into her work and challenging attorney stereotypes. You'll see she never waivers in her humanity and warmth --always taking care of her clients while brokering and negotiating high stake deals like a boss. Marissa's journey is a testament to breaking barriers, creating positive change --how it important it is to know your voice and value. She tells us what she's had to experience and learn in order to create a firm that's laser focused on the clients without ever losing sight of the human element. This is an inspiring episode about confidence and finding and knowing who you are and finding power in that. Subscribe. Download and Share! SERIES LINK! And leave a review! campsite.bio/reppinpodcast Marissa's Gram: https://www.instagram.com/clo_entertainment/ Reppin website: www.Reppin.tv Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin GRAM: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Desmond Chiam: radical honesty
Dec 11 2023
Desmond Chiam: radical honesty
Marvel's Falcon and Winter Solider, Joyride, With Love, Partner Track are just a few of the very long list of credits Desmond Chiam has under his belt. This talented actor who is Chinese Singaporean hails from Australia and is my guest on Reppin. My conversation with Desmond is a healthy dose of radical honesty. He shares how he's faced bullies, workplace drama and his own self discovery. These are all issues that we've all struggled with and isn't exclusive to Hollywood. Desmond talks about how what he's learned and the authentic pursuit of self. There's a lot of insight on how he confronted the challenges of showbiz and really transforming obstacles into stepping stones for positive change not just for the workplace but in life. This is an insightful exploration that has practical, powerful life lessons with universal resonance. These experiences are tough and can shape us and our narratives--but the lessons that we can glean from one another that are positive also has the same power. Desmond does not hold back--and candidly shares how he calls others and himself out on bullshit. I also gain a new favorite word! Find out what it is and the rest of these amazing perspectives in this conversation! Subscribe. Download and Share! SERIES LINK! campsite.bio/reppinpodcast Desmond's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deschiam/reels/ Reppin website: www.Reppin.tv Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin GRAM: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Genevieve Kang's KIKAN : Connection and Community
Nov 27 2023
Genevieve Kang's KIKAN : Connection and Community
Actress Genevieve Kang from Netflix's Locke and Key returns to Reppin! She's walked red carpets, been in front of the cameras and bright lights but here, she let's us in on personal stories and tells us about her wellness and holistic endeavor called KIKAN. Genevieve reveals how she struggled with an autoimmune disease -which could have left her blind and how that actually was the turning point to making her life better!! We're all living in a world that is moving so fast, we are doing all we can to just keep up. But that comes at a high cost--our bodies, health, mental states, communities --which are all connected take a major hit. But how and what can we do about it? And how can making yourself better, healthier can --at the same time --help the environment community and the world be better too? We are all more than one thing. We are made by the sum of our experiences as individuals and collectively. And Genevieve again, underlines how and why it's so important. This is real talk and it's your backstage pass to a life less ordinary. Don't forget to subscribe. Share. Download and a leave a review! KIKAN: https://www.kikanco.co/ Genevieve's Gram: https://www.instagram.com/genevievekng/ Reppin's Website: https://www.reppin.tv/ Reppin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Reppin Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin Reppin's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dr. David Fajgenbaum: Dying for a Cure
Oct 30 2023
Dr. David Fajgenbaum: Dying for a Cure
Disclaimer: This episode is for entertainment purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional for any medical concerns. If you were at young, in great shape, had a promising career and just found the person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with, and all of a sudden your body started to shut down. Doctors diagnosed with you an extremely rare disease, there was no cure and told you -you were dying, what would you do? Would you spend the time you had left with your family? Or would you spend that time looking for a cure and using yourself as a guinea pig? This is exactly the predicament my guest was in. Today, we're diving into the incredible journey of Dr. David Fajenbaum, a true maverick in the world of medicine. From battling an ultra-rare disease to pioneering groundbreaking treatments, Dr. Fajenbaum's story is nothing short of awe-inspiring. He's earned the title of the 'Disease Hunter,' a relentless warrior in the pursuit of medical breakthroughs. As a former football star turned med student, Dr. Fajenbaum faced down an unimaginable diagnosis with the determination of a true champion. His journey is a raw testament to the power of resilience and unyielding determination. Throughout the episode, you'll witness how this indomitable spirit defied every odd and emerged stronger than ever before. He's a living example of pushing boundaries and making the impossible, possible. He shares how he found hope in the the darkest of times. And his groundbreaking work and book, "Chasing my Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action," stand as a testament to his unwavering commitment to the cause. Dr. Fajgenbaum's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dfajgenbaum/ Everycure.org: https://everycure.org/donate Castleman's Disease Network: https://cdcn.org/castleman-disease/newly-diagnosed/?gclid=CjwKCAjw1t2pBhAFEiwA_-A-NH1Td_ZDekNx-JHlHRFNmvf44yVQkDi013zTOx6X389PpBwl0CoazxoCUNoQAvD_BwE Share your thoughts on this episode using the hashtag #ReppinHeroes. Let's spread the message of resilience and determination far and wide. Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and leave a review - your feedback fuels our mission to bring you more incredible stories like this one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aliza Vellani : From Pandemic to Production
Oct 16 2023
Aliza Vellani : From Pandemic to Production
**Disclaimer: This episode was recorded prior to the Screen Actors Guild Strike. I have a great conversation with Aliza Vellani, a Canadian actress known for her role as Rani Singh in Netflix's hit Sweettooth. Our conversation will give you an intimate understanding of her experiences filming amid a real-life pandemic and the profound connection she shares with her character. Aliza's portrayal transcends the screen, embodying resilience and inner strength. Off screen, Aliza champions positive change in the entertainment industry through a focus on education. Delve into her efforts to establish inclusive teaching environments and safe spaces for aspiring actors. And you'll see how she's making big changes in smaller circles. Aliza's narrative serves as a powerful reminder that impactful change starts within our own spheres, both within the industry and our communities. Immerse yourself in this uplifting conversation, showcasing the potential for positive transformation. Remember, change commences within us, and Aliza Vellani's journey exemplifies the influence we each possess to effect meaningful change. Aliza's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alizavellani/ Share the Love: Spread the word about this inspiring episode with your podcast family! Listen to the Episode: campsite.bio/reppinpodcast Reppin's Website: https://www.reppin.tv/ Reppin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Reppin Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin Reppin's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast #AlizaVellani #SweetToothJourney #InclusivityMatters #EmpoweringChange #PodcastFamily #hope #love #positive #personaljournal #societyandculture #muslim #canada #popculture #podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Caitlin McHugh Stamos: A vision for a brighter future
Oct 2 2023
Caitlin McHugh Stamos: A vision for a brighter future
I sit down with Caitlin McHugh Stamos, a model, actor, mom, and the podcast host of 'How Can I Help,' a terrific podcast where she introduces you to great non-profits, organizations, and individuals actively creating positive change. She also co-owns 'My Saint, My Hero,' a gorgeous bracelet line, with her husband, actor John Stamos. The bracelets are exquisite (I own three!!) , handcrafted pieces, and their efforts support a variety of different charities—this is their motto: 'Changing the world through love, one blessing at a time.' While Caitlin may seem to have a charmed life, she has faced her share of challenges. Despite the glamorous exterior, she's no stranger to being pigeonholed and trying to find her own voice in a competitive industry. Beyond the runway and screens, Caitlin is on a mission to shape a brighter world for her son. Her aim: a more compassionate, inclusive, and empowered future. Witnessing her journey is a testament to breaking free from limitations and creating a better world for generations to come. 🌟🌍 Caitlin details her experiences in Hollywood and working with a variety of different humanitarian organizations. She says, "I feel most myself and good about myself when I am being of service to others," and "A little act of kindness goes a long way," echoing the essence of kindness and compassion. Listen in as we explore her journey, leaving you motivated to make positive changes in the world. 🎙️🌟 #ReppinPodcast #CaitlinMcHughStamos #KindnessInAction #InspiringJourneys #EmpoweredWomen #BreakingBoundaries #CreatingChange #personaljournal #popculture #hope #positivity #kiindness #compassion #societyandculture Caitlin's Podcast How Can I Help? https://www.howcanihelppod.com/ Caitlin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caitlinskybound/?hl=en My Saint My Hero: https://mysaintmyhero.com/ Reppin's Website: https://www.reppin.tv/ Reppin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Reppin Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/reppin Reppin's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
911 Anniversary: Rais Bhuiyan -Pain and Purpose
Sep 11 2023
911 Anniversary: Rais Bhuiyan -Pain and Purpose
Disclaimer: This conversation includes graphic content, violence, and other mature themes that some may find triggering or disturbing. Listener discretion is advised. On September 11, 2001, life as we knew it changed forever. From the devastating attacks to the hijacked planes to the Pentagon to the first responders-- many lives were lost, and families were destroyed. These events were monumental moments in history, but they also made seemingly small, daily moments that most take for granted an impossibility for some. Some children would never know what it's like to feel their mom or dad's hands in theirs, and some would never even meet their parent. Husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons never returned to the dinner table or had the chance to pick up the phone to hear the latest news from their family. There were so many victims from all walks of life and categories. One community not often thought of as victims of 9/11 is the Muslim community. After 9/11, rampant fear and anger raced through the US, leading to an increase in hate crimes against the Muslim community. In today's conversation, Rais Bhiyuan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, shares his story. He grew up watching classic Western television shows portraying a wholesome, positive image of the American Cowboy. These stories depicted cowboys standing up for the ideals that this country represents, inspiring the rest of the world to follow suit. Rais came to America to experience this for himself. However, in the days following 9/11, a man with a mission to harm anyone from the Muslim community walked in and ultimately shot Rais in the face. Thankfully and miraculously, my guest survived. As if the trauma of being shot wasn't enough, his recovery was arduous, and figuring out how to pay for urgently needed medical treatments without insurance became another traumatic nightmare that added to his ordeal. What's remarkable is not only Rais' survival but also how he chose to respond to his shooter and how he chose to move forward despite this life-changing pain. This is a powerful story of survival, goodness, unbelievable resilience, empathy, and love for one's country. Listen in as Rais shares details of what happened that awful day, how he managed to survive, what he's learned, and you'll be absolutely amazed at what he's doing now. We shall never forget 9/11 and those we lost. Yes, it was a devastating day with unimaginable loss and pain, and yes there was palpable fear and hate, but there was also a beautiful display of unity, love, bravery, and humanity that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11. We all exemplified the very principles that America represents—and that is something we should never forget. Because during the darkest days in US history, we were at our absolute best. Rais' Links: http://www.worldwithouthate.org http://www.raisbhuiyan.com Reppin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Reppin's Youtube: https://www.reppin.tv/ Reppin's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nicola Correia-Damude: From Challenges to Change Maker Part 2
Sep 4 2023
Nicola Correia-Damude: From Challenges to Change Maker Part 2
Are you ready to continue Part 2 of our special two-part series with the amazingly talented Nicola Correia Damude? Here, Nicola dives deep into the world of external validation, exploring its personal and professional impacts, along with the generational patterns it reveals. But this episode is more than just validation. Nicola unveils the harsh realities of the entertainment industry, advocating passionately for equitable compensation. She shares a recent experience that showcases her unwavering commitment to fair pay standards, inspiring change along the way. The climax? Nicola challenges the notion of race and ethnicity as political issues, emphasizing their core importance as matters of human rights, not politics. It's a powerful call to action that will leave you inspired to challenge norms and make a difference. While history may have often failed the majority, voices like Nicola Correia-Damude's are the ones challenging the tides. Join us in this enlightening episode of REPPIN as we delve into matters of representation, external validation, fair compensation, and respectful conversation. Get ready to discover the remarkable actress behind the roles, explore the pivotal moments that have shaped her, and witness how she's turning challenges into a brighter path for those who follow. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insight into the inspiring journey of Nicola Correia-Damude. #RepresentationMatters #Inspiration #Trailblazer #REPPINPodcast #reppin #poc #bipoc #equity #personaljournal #personalprofile Part 1 of this special two part episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nicola-correia-damude-from-challenges-to-change-maker/id1480913421?i=1000625129270 Nicola's first appearance on Reppin: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reppin/id1480913421?i=1000490354995 Nicola’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicolaNCD  Nicola’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicolasummer/?hl=en  Reppin Website: www.Reppin.tv Reppin's Gram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Reppin On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nicola Correia-Damude: From Challenges to Change Maker Part 1
Aug 21 2023
Nicola Correia-Damude: From Challenges to Change Maker Part 1
Nicola Correia-Damude is an amazing Guyanese Canadian Actress who you know from hits like Shadowhunters, The Boys, Burden of Truth, Republic of Sara to My Spy. And about 3 years ago, she guested on Reppin where I found her to be a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity of all kinds. And I’m thrilled to welcome her back back on the show for a very special two part conversation!  Our discussion delves deep into the dynamic world of authentic representation in the entertainment industry, tapping into Nicola's experiences and wisdom. She shares personal insights on her remarkable journey, from early career challenges to the transformative moments that shaped her stance on representation. She eloquently emphasizes the nuanced progress within diverse communities, shedding light on the disparities and the ongoing need for inclusion. Nicola's empowering journey highlights her commitment to leveraging her platform responsibly, ensuring that casting choices respect the voices of underrepresented groups. As Nicola beautifully puts it, "We're seeing opportunity for certain groups and not others, and that is the path of progress. But I don't believe that we should settle for those small steps. We need to keep expanding and keep working on this." Her candid sharing not only echoes the struggles of past generations but also underlines the collective responsibility to create a more inclusive industry.  She’s reminds us of the power of empathy and collective action and she more passionate than ever. And she inspires me to put actions behind my values. Nicola is a force that is doing all she can to leverage positive change. Think you can handle it? Get ready and hold on tight—here’s part one of our conversation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ryan Alexander Holmes: being Blasian and bold
Aug 7 2023
Ryan Alexander Holmes: being Blasian and bold
Today we're joined by the incredible actor, content creator, speaker, activist, and proud "Blasian" individual, Ryan Alexander Holmes. If you haven't heard of "Blasian" yet, get ready for an enlightening discussion! Ryan's a mix of Black and Asian, and his journey of self-discovery is an eye-opener that'll inspire you to know and celebrate your own background. Ryan takes us through his experiences growing up as one of the few mixed-race kids in a neighborhood dominated by Chinese and white communities. It wasn't an easy road, but he shares powerful turning points in his life when he realized how the world viewed him, and how he refused to let outside optics impact his identity. As Ryan poignantly puts it, "I need to do something or say something. I'm so tired of swallowing my words and repressing my feelings." As we delve deeper into Ryan's story, get ready to face the harsh realities of racism and stereotypes. Ryan is using his personal experiences to inform and broaden perspectives, hoping to create a more inclusive and understanding world. In his own words, "It's almost like a disease that these people have. I can have empathy and compassion for the fact that they've been brainwashed and conditioned to think that way. But to hear me say that I would stand up for them blew their mind because they've been so conditioned to think that black people are evil and criminals." This episode is all about embracing who you are, no matter what the world says you should be, and loving it. Get inspired and join us as we explore the power of identity and self-acceptance. Tune in now for an engaging and thought-provoking conversation with Ryan Alexander Holmes. Ryan's Social Handle: https://www.instagram.com/ryanalexh/?hl=en Reppin Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/@Reppinpodcast Reppin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reppin_podcast/ Reppin Website: https://www.reppin.tv/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An unlikely partnership-Part 2: From White Supremacy to Buddhism and Unity
Jul 24 2023
An unlikely partnership-Part 2: From White Supremacy to Buddhism and Unity
In part one of of this special two part Reppin, we met Pardeep Kaleka a first-generation immigrant from Punjab, India who lost his father at the hands of a white nationalist. Pardeep took his grief and transformed into into something powerful and positive.  Now In Part 2 of this compelling conversation, we meet Arno Michaels who takes us deep into the world of extremism. Arno was a former founding member of one of the largest white nationalist groups in the 90s. He bravely shares his journey of how he became entangled in a self-proclaimed Racial Holy War and the reasons behind embracing such dangerous ideologies. Despite knowing the wrongness of his actions, Arno found himself drawn to the adrenaline-fueled thrill of violence, perpetuating hate and causing chaos. "I believe the truth is, they're really both addictions." As time went on, Arno reflects on the mental gymnastics he had to perform to cling to his extremist beliefs, fueled by fear and a scarcity mindset. However, amidst the darkness, a powerful realization begins to break through his armor of violence, setting him on a path towards compassion and unity. Prepare to be amazed as Arno's transformation unfolds, revealing the potential for change and redemption even in the darkest times of our lives. Now, alongside Pardeep Kaleka, Arno works as a motivational speaker, sharing their co-authored book, "The Gift of Our Wounds," and traveling the world to speak out against hate and extremism. This episode is a powerful continuation of Arno's remarkable journey, proving that even amidst the deepest shadows, the light of change and redemption can emerge. Pardeep and Arno's powerful stories illustrate the transformation of grief into positive change and combatting hate with compassion and love. Their journeys demonstrate the potential for powerful change in their own lives but also unity and action when people from different backgrounds come together. Pardeep and Arno's book: The Gifts Of Our Wounds https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Our-Wounds-Supremacist-Forgiveness/dp/1250107547 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An unlikely partnership part 1: A skih and a former white supremacist
Jul 10 2023
An unlikely partnership part 1: A skih and a former white supremacist
Disclaimer: This episode contains violence and graphic content. Listener descretion is advised. What happens when you bring two very different people together, with opposite backgrounds and beliefs? Can something powerful and positive come out of a violent act and devastating loss? You're going to hear an inspiring story of perspective and transformation. Today, Pardeep Kaleka is a first-generation immigrant from Punjab, India. His father, a visionary, made the courageous decision to uproot their lives and embark on a new journey in America. As one of the first Sikh families in their Milwaukee neighborhood, they faced unique challenges. Undeterred, his father's unwavering belief in the American Dream became their guiding light. Pardeep's father built a temple so the Sikh community would have a place to congregate.  But on Aug 5, 2012 In a devastating act of violence, a white supremacist stormed their sick temple, tragically taking the lives of seven innocent people, including Pardeep's beloved father. But here's the thing—Pardeep didn't let darkness consume him. Instead, he embarked on a mission of rebuilding, and community building. He said, "In the aftermath of tragedy, I refused to let darkness consume me. Instead, I embarked on a mission of rebuilding, community building, and spreading hope and unity.” We'll hear his heartfelt account of the trauma and the emotional journey of reconciling conflicting emotions. You’ll learn about his father’s final moments and the impact of his final acts to leaving behind a legacy of love, strength, and sacrifice. Through my father's final acts, he left behind a legacy of love, strength, and sacrifice that continues to inspire and guide me." -  But there's a twist! Pardeep challenges us to rethink how we perceive "monsters." He invites us to empathize and understand the societal failures that contribute to their creation. Get ready to be inspired by the transformative power of community as we explore our shared responsibility in shaping a brighter future. This is part 1 of an amazing two part conversation. You'll witness firsthand how tragedy brought him to the doors of another white supremacist and how that grief ultimately forged an unlikely friendship. The Gifts Of Our Wounds: https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Our-Wounds-Supremacist-Forgiveness/dp/1250107547 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Director David Siev: What is the American Dream?
Jun 26 2023
Director David Siev: What is the American Dream?
The American Dream is a globally revered ideology. But have you ever stopped to break down what that actually means or includes? Well, my guest today dives into that with first hand experience. David Siev, the director behind the powerful documentary "Bad Axe," has made a significant impact in the film industry by earning a coveted spot on the prestigious Oscar shortlist for Best Feature Documentary. Through the lens of his multicultural background, with a Mexican mother and Cambodian father, David skillfully turns the camera towards his family's struggles amidst the pandemic. "Bad Axe" illuminates a turbulent time in America, where a blend of conflicts, including COVID-19 and racial issues, threaten to either fracture families or bring them closer together. Witness their bravery as they confront ignorance, racism, and AAPI hate while fiercely fighting to preserve their family restaurant. As the film unfolds, it raises profound questions about the ever-evolving American dream. What truly encompasses this cherished ideal, and who is included within its embrace? Has the concept transformed over time, or has it vanished altogether? Through David's compelling storytelling, we are invited to ponder the essence of the American dream and its significance in today's society. Join me as I take you behind the scenes, offering unique perspectives on the making of "Bad Axe" and providing a deeper understanding of the multifaceted American dream. Together, we will explore the resilience displayed by David's family and many others, highlighting the importance of preserving cultural heritage even amidst adversity. As David Siev shares, "Through 'Bad Axe,' I aim to shed light on the struggles faced by my own family and countless others during these turbulent times." Let's uncover the true essence of the American dream and discover how it intertwines with our heritage and aspirations, as emphasized by David: "Our heritage and dreams are intertwined, and it is essential to fight for them." This is a story about family, identity, race, perspective and the American Dream. Get ready to explore all of this and ask yourself, what is your definition of the American Dream and who does it belong to? David's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidsiev/ BAD AXE Documentary: https://www.badaxefilm.com/ David's Family Restaurant: Rachel's https://www.rachelsofbadaxe.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Romina D'Ugo: Embracing Life's Fragility
Jun 12 2023
Romina D'Ugo: Embracing Life's Fragility
Romina D'Ugo, a Canadian actress and dancer known for her roles in Designated Survivor, Nurses, and Rookie Blue, shares her powerful journey in this episode. Listen in on my conversations as Romina shares a deeply personal story of tending to her ailing father, which then inspired her to be a hospice volunteer. She shares the pressures and guilt she struggled with while balancing her own aspirations and family responsibilities. This an emotional rollercoaster that's intimate and transformative. Through Romina's experiences, you'll gain a perspective on mortality and discover invaluable life lessons -even in times of grief. Witness the extraordinary power of vulnerability, healing, and genuine human connection. As Romina poignantly reflects on her experiences, she shares this heartfelt quote that encapsulates the essence of those profound moments: "I would sit there with him... We had no walls. We had no words... And that's what those moments can offer you is there is nothing egocentric that you need to take with you. You can leave everything at the door because nothing else matters." The lessons that Romina shares --reminds us to cherish precious moments with loved ones and that there can be beauty even in terrible times. Through her experiences, Romina shows that if you embrace ALL parts, ALL experiences, you gain a much richer tapestry of your life--and a more authentic self. This is a story about #love, #connection #family #compassion #personalgrowth and so much more. #RominaDUgo #HospiceVolunteer #LifeLessons #GenuineConnection #Inspiration #Transformation #Representation #ReppinPodcast Romina's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rominadugo/ Link to volunteer for hospice care: https://www.silveradohospice.com/location/silverado-hospice-los-angeles/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices