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On the upcoming season of Sick Empire you’ll hear Branden Janese ask critical questions surrounding Black trauma and centering conversations around healing. What does the path to freedom in healthcare look like for all Black Americans? Season One of Sick Empire exposed the social ills highlightedRead more

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Sick Empire One Year Anniversary Special: Colorblind Solidarity and the War in the Middle East.

Jun 25 • 01:10:53
The morning of May 25th, 2020 the first episode of Sick Empire aired. Back then there was no vaccine for the Coronavirus, we were all stuck in quarantine, and George Floyd would be murdered later that day. To commemorate our one year anniversary Sick Empire will highlight the crimes against humanity happening in East Jerusalem. You’ll hear Branden Janese in conversation wi...

6: The Mothership: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity & Black Owned Birthing Centers.

Dec 21 • 54:51

5: In the Black: Economic Wellness & The Pressures of Money

Dec 14 • 43:19
On this episode of Sick Empire we explore the health of Black wealth. Host Branden Janese interviews two brilliant financial pundits, Tiffany Hawkins and Allan Boomer of The Momentum Advisors. You'll hear candid conversations surrounding Black finances. We dive into topics surrounding the health of the Black dollar. You’ll hear how Black folks have overcome the history of ...

4: The Magical Negro: Tackling the “Blacks Can Take More Pain” Theory

Nov 30 • 01:01:50
The episode of Sick Empire dives into the data and science behind the notion that Black People can take more pain than other people. Why do physicians perceive Black people differently? Does the myth of the “strong Black woman” lead to the contributions of maternal mortality and morbidity? These are modern beliefs that come from slavery and it’s time to expose the sickness...

3: The Survivors: Mental Health in the Black Community

Nov 23 • 57:47
What happens when the struggle with sickness ceases to exist? What happens when the ill become healed? On this episode of Sick Empire our host Branden Janese interviews two women who overcame battles with mental health traumas to become professional healing practitioners. Camesha L. Jones and Selome Arya share powerful insight on how they offer free & low-cost services to ...

2: Hood Eats: How Black Diets Influence Our Social Wellness

Nov 16 • 49:14
This episode of Sick Empire features two very different food educators who purposefully planted themselves in environments where they teach their passion for food and gardening by promoting access and knowledge in overlooked and all but forgotten Black neighborhoods. You’ll hear our host Branden Janese interview Kurt Evans, a chef who curates dinners to end mass incarcerat...

1: Black Blood: Modern Day Healing Practitioners

Nov 9 • 51:46
On Season 2 of Sick Empire we are focusing on the healing practices and journeys of Black folx in New York and across the country to share the diverse paths of healing that we can explore after the coronavirus has left so many of us in sick in more ways than one.

You’ll hear our host Branden Janese interview an eclectic group of modern day healing practitioners, from a Reik...

Season Two Preview Episode

Oct 26 • 05:34
The Coronavirus pandemic exposed the root rot of the American health system and wreaked havoc on the Black community. Where do we go from here? How do we heal ourselves? I’m your host, Branden Janese, and I ask these questions and much more on Season Two of Sick Empire. 

Each episode will be a deep dive into the systems of healing practiced by Black Americans. We’ll listen ...

8: Women on the Future of Community and Political Power in New York City

Jul 20 • 01:16:03

On the season finale of Sick Empire you’ll hear from three women whose voices are leading a new type of political movement, one that requires less politics and more movement. The Coronavirus has exposed the evidence of New York's political failures and those exposures will surely drive a new surge of candidates who are sick of witnessing the disease of power infect our gov...

7: Women on the Future of Public Space in New York City

Jul 13 • 01:09:17

This week on Sick Empire you’ll hear from women who work as designers and architects in New York City talk about the future of public space post Covid-19. While most New Yorkers agree that the city was not originally designed for people to socially distance themselves from one another, the reality is that it’s time to start seriously changing the ways we move around and in...

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