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  • Episode 14: Be Conscious – Deray: On The Other Side Of Freedom

      There are few activists as recognizable as Deray McKesson.  With the release of his brand new book On The Other Side of Freedom, the co-host of Pod Save The People, and fresh off his appearance on The Daily Show, Deray joins Damien Barling to talk about social media’s role in activism and in his […]
  • Episode 13: Be Conscious – Darnell Moore: No Ashes In The Fire

    No Ashes In The Fire is one of the most powerful memoirs you’ll ever read. On this week’s addition of Be Conscious author and activist Darnell Moore joins Damien Barling to discuss the moments from the book that have shaped the man he is today. The two also discuss the desperate need for criminal justice […]
  • Be Conscious Episode 12 – AC Thompson: Documenting Hate-Charlottesville

    Just over a year removed from the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the journalist behind the Documenting Hate piece for Frontine/ProPublica AC Thompson joins Damien to give us a first hand account of what it was like being on the ground during those 48 hours. The two discuss the atmosphere, the lack of police involvement, […]
  • Be Conscious Episode 11: I Don’t Need A Tape

    In a week where the news cycle was dominated by a former reality show contestant and reality show host, Damien Barling spends some time talking about Omarosa, her book, her claims, and why a tape isn’t necessary to prove what Donald Trump is and why Trumps behavior towards black athletes and white supremacists tells the […]
  • Be Conscious Episode 10: Kwabena Nixon & Berry Accius

    Activist, poet, author, and youth leaders Kwabena Antoine Nixon and Berry Accius join me to talk about the state of young black youth in this country. The two discuss with Damien Barling their history, what lead them down the road of activism, and the learned trait of hopelessness. The three also discuss entering a conscious […]
  • Be Conscious: Ijeoma Olou – So You Want To Talk About Race

    IJEOMA OLUO  Ijeoma Oluo’s thought provoking writing is prominent in the fight for social equality. Her New York Times bestseller, So You Want To Talk About Race, explores the difficulty of conversations surrounding race, white privilege, the school to prison pipeline, and racially charged micro-aggressions. In this conversation Ijeoma and Damien discuss her book, the […]
  • Be Conscious Preview – Why We Have To Stop Supporting People Like R. Kelly

    Full episode available Thursday morning. Subscribe in links below.  EPISODE 9  IJEOMA OLUO  Ijeoma Oluo’s thought provoking writing is prominent in the fight for social equality. Her thought provoking New York Times bestseller, So You Want To Talk About Race, explores the difficulty of conversations surrounding race, white privilege, the school to prison pipeline, and […]
  • Be Conscious – Trayvon Martin & The Right Side of History

    This week, Damien gives his thoughts on Trayvon Martin, his place in history, and why Black Lives Matter scares people so much. Damien also talks about being on the rights side of history and how the narrative surrounding some of todays most polarizing black leaders will be completely different 10-20 years from now.  Subscribe here:  iTunes: […]
  • Be Conscious: Astead Herndon of The New York Times

    It was an interesting week for Donald Trump, this country, and for all those that cover him. Damien talks with national political reporter for The New York Times Astead Herndon about the Helsinki Summit, Donald Trumps choice of words, and what the truth is about the election meddling investigation. The two also discuss the drop […]
  • 9am – Tomorrow on Be Conscious

    (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) (Photo credit BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) It was an interesting week for Donald Trump, this country, and for all those that cover him. Damien talks with national political reporter for The New York Times Astead Herndon about the Helsinki Summit, Donald Trumps choice of words, and what the truth […]