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Breaking Through Glass Ceilings With Brian H.

63 EpisodesProduced by Brian WatersWebsite

Stories of those who have overcame adversity throughout their careers as well as uncomfortable conversations about trending topics. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brianhwaters/support

63 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Creating a College for Athletes to Get a Second Chance (Featuring Reggie Calhoun Jr.)

October 18th, 2020

25:03

Reggie Calhoun Jr, a former athlete himself, has dedicated his life to motivating others to reach their full potential. He shares his story on how he …

Uncomfortable Conversations Is It Fair to Cancel Ice Cube

October 18th, 2020

20:21

Ice Cube has been taking a lot of HEAT because it was revealed that he spoke with the President of the United States, Donald Trump's team about his Contract for Black America. He recently went on CNN to clarify what …

Nova Vemon Basketball Team: Nikita Morris, Kaya Squirewell, and Taylor Pierce

October 13th, 2020

31:15

Three members of the  NOVA Vemon AAU basketball team join me to discuss their career, playing ball during the pandemic, and how Basketball is more than a sport for them, it's a sisterhood.


Kaya Squirewell is tough and …

Uncomfortable Conversations: Stop Letting Debates Shows Cause You to Hate LeBron James

October 13th, 2020

26:39

We live in a world where everyone wants to have an opinion. They want to build up their favorites, even if it is at the expense of tearing down another. LeBron James has been the topic of so many debate shows and …

Los Angeles Lakers are 2019 2020 NBA Champions

October 12th, 2020

9:11

The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2019-2020 NBA Champions.  It wasn't a televised decision, it wasn't a letter on a sports magazine, instead, it was a simple tweet from Klutch Sports announcing LeBron James signing with …

Covering the Media Capital of the World (Featuring Erika Fernandez)

October 11th, 2020

1:12:22

Erika Fernandez is a sports journalist, podcaster, and social media specialist. The New York native stops by to discuss her career journey, being blessed to work in the media capital of the world, and shares how she has …

From Sports PR to Sports Journalism (Featuring Carita Parks)

October 4th, 2020

46:31

Carita Parks is simply a Communications expert. From public speaking to reporting, to public relations, she can and has done it all. She comes on to discuss how she has been able to juggle many hats in the media …

NBA Finals: Lakers vs Heat Preview

September 29th, 2020

1:04:26

The Millennial Media Mavens Ashley Baker,  Kelsey Nicole Nelson, Renee P. Washington, Brandon A. Williams, and Brian H. Waters discuss the NBA …

The Process of Becoming an NBA Agent (Featuring Anthony Johnson)

September 27th, 2020

45:06

Ant the Agent, is a certified NBA agent with the Renaissance Sports Group comes on to discuss his career, the process of becoming a sports agent and the importance of helping players build their brand. Anthony, a star …

Uncomfortable Conversations: Men, Stop Disrespecting Women in Sports

September 23rd, 2020

23:14

Whether it is fans, colleagues, or even managers, women are disrespected in sports way too much. Just a week ago, Maria Taylor started the week with …

The Hometown Hero (Featuring Kyle J. Andrews)

September 20th, 2020

1:01:10

Kyle Andrews grew up as an avid reader of the Baltimore Sun and now he covers high school sports in his hometown. He comes on this week to discuss …

Living Her Purpose by Motivating You (Featuring Patricia Barnes)

September 13th, 2020

37:23

Patricia Barnes began her career in health care in the nutrition department. While putting herself through nursing school, she worked as an …

Black NFL Agents That Care About Their Players (Featuring Michael De Sane and Ryan Williams-Jenkins

September 8th, 2020

38:20

Founders of Divine Sports and Entertainment, Michael De Sane and Ryan Williams-Jenkins come on to discuss their upcoming virtual launch party, why they decided to represent NFL players, and the importance of caring …

Creating My Own Lane (Featuring Keisha Swafford)

September 6th, 2020

31:39

Keisha Swafford stays on the grind creating content on YouTube on her channel, Ballin' with Keisha. She comes on to discuss creating her content, battling depression and gives key advice to others who may be dealing …

The Justice Duo Comic Book Series (Featuring Joel Gamble and Tavon Mason)

September 3rd, 2020

39:17

The lack of representation in the Black community is something that is often discussed. Joel Gamble and Tavon Mason, two former NFL players are working on a comic book with a Black superhero. They come on to discuss …

Uncomfortable Conversations A History Lesson In Sports Activism

September 1st, 2020

49:11

At 78 years old, Lorenzo Coleman has witnessed so many iconic moments in not only sports history, but U.S. history. My self-adopted grandfather joins …

Making Science Go Viral (Featuring Chanapa Tantibanchachai)

August 30th, 2020

50:43

I call her the GIF queen! Chanapa Tantibanchachai has found a niche that makes important science stories go viral. We worked together for three years on the Johns Hopkins Media Relations team. She comes on to share her …

Uncomfortable Conversations: Being a Black Man in America

August 27th, 2020

36:58

Being a Black Man in America is something that is a challenge every day. The latest incident included Jacob Blake being shot by the police seven …

Understanding Athletes From Their Point of View (Featuring Erika Marmolejo)

August 23rd, 2020

38:21

Erika Marmolejo is an athlete who traded in her gear to work in sports. Beginning her career on the production side, she worked at Fox Sports, ESPN, …

Uncomfortable Conversations: University of North Carolina's Clusterfuck Featuring Jazmine Bunch

August 18th, 2020

32:45

The University of North Carolina went viral when their student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel's headline read "UNC has A Clusterfuck on their Hands." …

Changes Happen But the Game Stays the Same (Featuring Quincy Young)

August 16th, 2020

52:06

Quincy Young grew up loving the game of basketball. While attending Morehouse College, he worked for Turner Sports as a logger for NBA TV. After …

Uncomfortable Conversations: Shut Down College Football

August 13th, 2020

27:10

It's not a popular opinion but I believe college football needs to shut down this fall. Players are unpaid-student athletes, so how in the world can …

I Am My Sisters KeepHer (Featuring Shanell Starling)

August 9th, 2020

1:19:55

Shanell Starling is a graduate of Morgan State University and now is a content associate producer at ESPN. In addition, she is the host of the podcast, From the Sidelines with Shanell Starling. She has also spearheaded …

Hello 34, It's My Shaq Year (Brian H. Waters' birthday Special)

August 7th, 2020

1:52:45

Happy Birthday to me! Hello, 34. As I get excited for my Shaq year, my year of domination, I look back at year 33. My Kareem year. From beginning the year at NABJ, returning to the sports sidelines,  returning to my …

Building Wealth Through Media (Featuring Kenny Barrett)

August 2nd, 2020

24:53

Kenny Barrett is an entrepreneur whose focus is to build wealth. He comes on to discuss the transition from basketball to business and the BLUEShift Podcast. B.L.U.E (Believe Love Understand & Educate) Download the …

Season 2 of Breaking Through Glass Ceilings!

July 23rd, 2020

2:57

Breaking Through Glass Ceilings Returns for Season 2. As I continue to share the breakthrough stories of my friends, I will also add a few bonus episodes sharing my thoughts on trending topics and important issues as …

Black NFL Quarterbacks: The Fab Five All-Stars

July 15th, 2020

30:35

 The 2019 NFL season was deemed the year of the Black Quarterback. The Fab Five All-Stars (Ashley Baker, Brandon Williams, Brian H. Waters, Kelsey …

Remembering Kobe Bryant

July 12th, 2020

23:45

January 26, 2020 day we will never forget. The Fab Five All-Stars (Ashley Baker, Brandon Williams, Brian H. Waters, Kelsey Nicole Nelson, and Renee …

COVID-19 Puts Sports on Hold

July 4th, 2020

38:40

COVID-19 has put the sports world on hold, and now as things star to open up, the NBA will look to resume their season in a bubble in Orlando …

The Racial Pandemic in 2020 - Featuring the Fab Five All-Stars

July 3rd, 2020

31:21

Black lives are constantly pushed to the back burner. If a Black man gets killed by the police, the police walk, and the family is left without …

Sexual Harassment in Journalism

July 3rd, 2020

35:35

In an industry we love, Black women continue to remain unprotected. Recently a few Black journalists who are women revealed that they have been sexually harassed throughout their career. As we look back at the first …

Keeping it 100 While Giving Back (Featuring Cassius Flemming)

June 28th, 2020

1:06:37

Cassius Flemming is an associate producer for Spotify. Prior to Spotify, he worked as a Content Associate at ESPN and an Associate Producer at CBS. He comes on to discuss his career and the importance of staying true to …

Locked in on Sports Radio (Featuring Norman Locke)

June 21st, 2020

48:34

Norman Locke is an on-air personality for ESPN 1420AM in Lafayette, Lousiana. He shares his experience including how he switched from being a …

Everything Real About Working in Sports (Featuring DeVry Smothers)

June 14th, 2020

1:24:02

DeVry Smothers is someone who I worked closely with during my time at ESPN. He is also the host of the Everything Real Podcast where he shares his …

Faith Without Works is Dead (Featuring Tony Betton Jr.)

June 7th, 2020

1:10:27

Tony Betton Jr. is a journalist, but he is God's child first. Every day of the week he hosts a daily devotion on Instagram Live that allows viewers to start the day off with the word of God. He is an anchor, reporter, …

An Ordinary Son Sharing The Extrordinary Lessons from his Ordinary Dad (Featuring Carlos J. Avent)

May 31st, 2020

1:10:58

Carlos J. Avent holds many titles. Businessman, mentor, educator, but his most important one is dad. One of the reasons he is such a great dad is due …

Sharing a Story People Can Relate to Though Music (Featuring Heather Harvin)

May 24th, 2020

54:05

Heather Harvin is an R&B singer who recently dropped a title, Dang Bae which can be found on all streaming platforms. She comes on to discuss her career as well as how she maintains her faith in God and remains a …

Using Journalism to Educate Parents About the School System (Featuring Kenya Hunter)

May 17th, 2020

38:04

Kenya Hunter is the first-ever African American reporter at Rome News. I recently caught up with her as she just moved to Richmond, Virginia where she is now an education reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She …

Stepping Outside of Derrick Rose's Shadow (Featuring Joshua A. Vinson)

May 10th, 2020

52:13

Joshua A. Vinson got his first taste of journalism as a writer for the youngest Derrick Rose's website. After Rose was traded from Josh's hometown of …

Feedback is a Gift (Featuring Taylor C. Shaw)

May 3rd, 2020

57:50

Taylor Shaw is an adjunct professor at Shaw University and a Certified Social Media Specialist in the health care industry. She comes on to this episode of Breaking Through Glass Ceilings to discuss her career and why …

Doing The Job You Hired Me For (Featuring Brittany Leigh)

April 26th, 2020

1:21:30

Brittany Leigh is no doubt one of the biggest inspirations in my career. She creating some game changing strategies for  Sandler Training and Johns …

Bringing Journalism to E-Sports (Featuring Jourdan Kerl)

April 19th, 2020

51:54

Most journalism students want to pursue a career in sports, entertainment or news. However, Jourdan Kerl took a different route. Growing up as an avid gamer, she decided to pursue a career in e-sports journalism. She …

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle While Working in Public Relations (Featuring Ashley Mil)

April 12th, 2020

45:10

Ashley Mil is someone who helped me first hand achieve a healthier lifestyle. She comes on the show to discuss her love and passion for fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle balance while working a 9 to 5.  She is …

Being Who You Are, But Keeping It Cute (Featuring Jhas Williams)

April 5th, 2020

45:17

Jhas Williams is a radio and television personality who is very vocal about her love and trust in Jesus Christ. She discusses the balance of being her self, even when someone is trying to destroy her. Also in a time …

You Don't Have to Be an Artist to Be in the Music Business (Featuring Khaaliq Crowder)

March 29th, 2020

52:36

Khaaliq Crowder comes to discuss his love for music and pop culture. Many people believe that in order to be in the music business, you have to be an …

Keep Your Options Open and Learn to Be the Jack of All Trades (Featuring Benjamin McKnight III)

March 22nd, 2020

56:51

Benjamin McKnight is currently a Communications Analyst with Vox Optima. Before joining Vox Optima, like many college graduates, Ben dealt with …

Your Favorite Mentor's Mentor (Featuring Michael Lyle)

March 15th, 2020

43:16

Michael Lyle has been a mentor to a lot of young journalist in the company. He joins Brian H. Waters on this edition of Breaking Through Glass Ceilings to discuss how he got started in the business, getting a Masters …

It Wasn't The Viral Reel, It Was God's Favor (Featuring David Schiele)

March 9th, 2020

53:40

In November 2018, David Schiele posted his reel on Twitter and it went viral. Even Good Morning America and The Today Show covered it. David says this was because of God's favor. He discusses when he first fell in love …

Being the Voice of Your Community Behind the Scenes (Featuring Tramon Lucas)

March 2nd, 2020

1:10:39

Tramon Lucas is a Digital Editor at WBAL-TV in his hometown of Baltimore. Born and raised in Charm City, he comes on to share how he made a name for himself at Morgan State University, including being apart of the …

The Dream Comes True When You Make Your Own Opportunities (Featuring Mallik Obee)

February 24th, 2020

1:16:33

Maliik Obee a beat writer for the XFL's D.C. Defenders comes on to discuss the importance of creating your opportunities while you are on the path of achieving your dreams. Maliik is a graduate of Morgan State …

The Power of Social Media (Featuring D'Ante Smith)

February 17th, 2020

1:03:31

In the past decade, social media has become more than just a place to stay in contact with your family, it has become a career. D'Ante Smith who began his career as a reporter comes on to discuss how he went from …

Media Family You Are Not Alone (Featuring Danielle J. Martin)

February 10th, 2020

43:14

Danielle J. Martin of WBIW comes on to discuss the importance of staying true to yourself while telling the story. She also shares how she landed her MMJ position before the NABJ Convention in 2019, her experience …

Quartet Is The Soul (Bonus Episode Featuring Deyontay Riddick)

February 5th, 2020

32:29

Deyontay Riddick, the lead singer of Deyontay and Nu Direction, joins Breaking Through Glass Ceilings W/ Brian H. to discuss their brand new album, Sing Praises. Deyontay discusses how he got into gospel quartet, why he …

Million Views on a Reel (Featuring Brianna Dahlquist)

February 3rd, 2020

48:00

Brianna Dahlquist took a risk that paid off. She posted her broadcast demo reel on Twitter and received more than 2 million views and it ultimately …

Special Dedication To Kobe Bryant

January 29th, 2020

30:40

I sit here writing this description trying to find the right words. This episode, I reflect on my favorite NBA player, Kobe Bryant. I never cried over someone I never met in person the way I did about his death. He …

Making Yourself Apart of the Community (Featuring Jade Jackson)

January 27th, 2020

37:50

For every young journalist, it can be tough moving into a new environment where you do not know anyone, yet you are required to deliver the news. Jade Jackson discusses the importance of making yourself a part of that …

Keeping The Interview Real (Featuring Jael Rucker)

January 20th, 2020

40:25

Jael Rucker has found a way to draw an audience by being herself and creating her own content. She discusses how she went to a new  high school and …

A Mom Making It In Media (Featuring Ashley Baker)

January 13th, 2020

1:05:47

Ashley Baker, a proud mom of two is eager to prove to the world that children are motivation, not a hindrance. She stop by to talk about what made her decide that it was never too late to chase her dream of being in …

Exchanging the Cleats for the Microphone (Featuring Renee P. Washington)

January 6th, 2020

38:35

Renee Washington is an All-American soccer player who had many offers to play professionally, but she decided to pursue a journalism career. She stops by to discuss making that switch, working on the sideline for ESPN, …

Putting Bowie State's NABJ On The Map (Featuring Brandon Williams)

December 30th, 2019

45:17

Brandon Williams has not graduated from college yet, but that still has not stopped him from creating a legacy at Bowie State University. He …

Lavar Ball Ain't That Bad (Featuring Kelsey Nicole Nelson)

December 23rd, 2019

46:24

The host of Listen In With KNN and Fox Sports reporter, Kelsey Nicole Nelson discusses how she got into Broadcast Journalism, how the National …

From The Storeroom to the Boardroom

December 16th, 2019

53:28

Welcome to the 1st episode of Breaking Through Glass Ceilings W/ Brian H. Waters. In this episode, I discuss my journey to my current position at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Prior to becoming an award-winning Communications …

BWaters Productions Enters the Podcast Game, Sharing The Journeys of Successful

December 8th, 2019

2:46

In life, we all know where we want to get to, but sometimes there are expectations set for us and the opposition does not want to see us succeed. Everyone has a story and sometimes listening to someone who has traveled …

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