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Carefree and Black Diaries

115 EpisodesProduced by Shaakira WhiteWebsite

Welcome to the Carefree and Black Diaries podcast, where we discuss everything from culture, politics, music, and education. Every other Tuesday, join Shaakira White, an HBCU grad and life enthusiast, as she discusses new topics. If you want to listen to life altering lessons, laughs with friends, a… read more

115 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Be Kind to Yourself

January 18th, 2022


One thing that I want to practice this year is being kinder to myself. That inner critic that causes me to hesitate or feel like I'm not good enough has got to be silenced this year. Take a listen to hear the 3 ways I'm …

BLACKTOBER: Will the Real Uncle Tom please stand up?

October 5th, 2021


Uncle Tom (noun): a person regarded as betraying their cultural or social allegiance.

But who was the real Uncle Tom? Listen to this episode to learn …

Getting Out of the Creative Funk

September 28th, 2021


It's been a while, I know. But I've been in what I like to call, "a creative funk." What better way to get out of a creative funk than to put my own tips to use and bring you a new episode with 5 tips and tricks on …

Be Your Biggest Advocate

July 20th, 2021


There are so many articles out there telling us how to be better advocates for others. Rarely are we reminded that we should also be advocates for …

Nothing Even Matters

July 13th, 2021


For the past few months, I kept wondering why I felt indifferent to so many things that used to matter to me. Well, I had an epiphany and as Lauryn Hill said, "nothing even matters at all." If you've been struggling …

This Woman's Worth

May 11th, 2021


After having a birthday last month, I thought about how women's ages become associated with how valuable they are to others. I also thought about how the "loss of youth" can cause us to hate the physical aspect of …

Creating from pain isn't sustainable

April 27th, 2021


Long time no see! In this new episode, I'm talking about the idea of creating new things as a means to alleviate negative feelings. It's great to create as a release, but what happens when the pain subsides? Do you …


February 2nd, 2021


This one is for the people that say, "colorism doesn't exist" and the people that have been subject to colorism for their entire lives. Let's break …

There is Room for Everyone

January 26th, 2021


This has been a topic that I've been holding on to for months but this week we need to talk about the scarcity mindset. I need you to know that …

Don't be afraid to be seen trying

January 19th, 2021


This episode is for all of the people that are afraid to be seen trying because it requires vulnerability. I hope that this episode reminds you that …

We tried to tell ya'll

January 12th, 2021


Let's talk about what happened at the Capitol last week and about who the real thugs are. 

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21 Lessons for 2021

January 5th, 2021


Raise your hand if you felt personally victimized by 2020? 🙋🏽‍♀️ Well, the good news is that you weren't the only one. As we begin the new year, I …

Homegirl Talk with Crystal: The Evolution of Friendship

December 8th, 2020


This week's topic is a conversation with one of my best friends, Crystal. We spoke about the history of our friendship, the toughest things we've had to overcome and more. However, the basis of the episode is to …

BLACKTOBER: The "War on Drugs" was never really about drugs

December 1st, 2020


This week's podcast episode is about the "war on drugs" and how it started in an unlikely manner. Did you know that Billie Holiday was one of the …

BLACKTOBER: Let's Talk About The Projects

October 20th, 2020


Did you know that the federal government used policies to segregate America back in the 1930's? By building housing projects, redlining …

BLACKTOBER: Respectability Politics Won't Save You

October 13th, 2020


This week, we're talking about respectability politics and how it relates to the word "coon" and "shucking and jiving". We also discuss why …

BLACKTOBER: Who defines what's ghetto?

October 6th, 2020


This week is the kick-off to our Blacktober series. Throughout the month of October, we'll be talking about issues facing the Black community. In this episode, we're talking about the history of the term "ghetto" and …

Protect Black Women, period.

September 29th, 2020


In this episode, I sat down with a best friend to discuss what it means to "protect Black women." We talked about the Breonna Taylor case, Meg thee Stallion, and our own personal experiences living as Black women in …

Crafting Your Own Idea of Success

September 22nd, 2020


Welcome to season 5! Missed us? 

This week we're talking about why it's important for you to craft your own idea of success. Inspired by a …

Grief is not a linear process

September 1st, 2020


In our Season 4 finale, we're talking about grief. Grief isn't something we talk about enough but we really should be. There is a common …

What is this season teaching you?

August 25th, 2020


This week's podcast episode is more of a relaxed conversation between me and you. I recently reflected on some opportunities I thought were for me but didn't pan out the way I imagined. The overall message though is the …

Moesha Was Not Self-Aware... But You Can Be

August 18th, 2020


In this episode, we're discussing self-awareness. Many of us are not self-aware and because of that, we miss out on a lot of self-improvement and honest reflection. Listen to this episode and stay tuned until the end so …

Who is going to protect Black women?

August 4th, 2020


With recent events, I've had quite a few thoughts about the label of the "strong Black woman" and how Black women go unprotected. This podcast episode is my stream of consciousness surrounding the ideas of Black …

Dealing with Rejection and Post-Grad Life (Part 2)

July 30th, 2020


We are back with part 2 of the conversation on dealing with rejection, social media, life after college, and more! If you have not listened to part …

Dealing with Rejection and Post-Grad Life (Part 1)

July 28th, 2020


Listen, sometimes it's HARD being told "no"... and that's exactly why I sat down and chopped it up with a dear friend, Cecil, so we could talk about …

Homegirl Talk with Abigail and Diamond: Navigating Creative Entrepreneurship in 2020

July 21st, 2020


If you're wondering what it's like to be a Black creator in 2020 amidst a global pandemic and a racial revolution, this is the podcast episode for …

These Are My Confessions: I Can't Handle Criticism

July 14th, 2020


Well, the cat is out of the bag. I have no idea how to handle criticism without automatically becoming defensive. In this episode we're talking about the difference between constructive and destructive criticism. We're …

Homegirl Talk with Jasmine: Healing your inner child, Colorism, & More

July 7th, 2020


Hey family! As promised, this week's episode is featuring Jasmine, my best friend from college. We started off talking about childhood trauma and …

This Ain't Nothing New

June 30th, 2020


It's been over a month since we've had a new episode because mentally, I just couldn't do it. This week, we're back with a new episode to air out …

The Danger of too Much Preparation

May 19th, 2020


This week we're talking about "analysis paralysis" or how we often avoid doing the actual work because we think endless research and preparation is going to help us. Sometimes, all of that prep causes us to be paralyzed …

Don't be like Molly... How to deal with difficult adult friendships

May 12th, 2020


Listen... if you watched the latest episode of Insecure, you'll feel me on this one. Molly and Issa's relationship is a perfect example for us to …

Faith over Fear

May 5th, 2020


What happens when you hope for something and have faith that it'll come to fruition but it seems like you're at a standstill? Let's talk about how hope, faith, works and fear are all factors in us striving towards those …

26 Life Lessons I've Learned in 26 Years

April 25th, 2020


This episode consists of 26 life lessons I've learned along my journey here. Some were more personal than others but I'm sure that you can take many of these lessons and apply them to your own lives. Also, I'm …

Stop Moving the Finish Line

April 21st, 2020


This week we're talking about the idea of "moving the finish line". Often times when we find ourselves getting through some things we've wanted to …

Why you keep learning lessons the hard way (pt. 2)

April 14th, 2020


After some major self-reflection, I wanted to give you all some lessons I've had to learn the hard way over the years. It required some extreme …

Why you keep learning lessons the hard way (pt.1)

April 7th, 2020


This week, I'm giving you all a foundation for next week's podcast episode. I've been doing a lot of self-reflection that has allowed me to see that for a long time, I kept repeating the same situations until I learned …

What is Generational Trauma?

March 31st, 2020


Last week, I briefly mentioned generational trauma. This week, I wanted to give you all a brief overview on what generational trauma is and how the experiences of our ancestors can be felt by us even though we didn't …

Delay Does Not Equal Denial

March 24th, 2020


As always, I'm talking to myself just as much as I'm talking to you all with this one. There are so many times in life where we feel like we're right on the brink of a dream or goal and then it doesn't pan out how we …

Rona said, "AHT AHT!"

March 17th, 2020


Rona did not come to play. But in all seriousness, please consider others during this time and practice social distancing with these 10 Corona …

What's Your Life's Mission?

March 3rd, 2020


In this week's episode, we're covering a very important topic. One that will require you to ask yourself the hard questions. What is your life's mission? Just as businesses have mission statements to guide their …

But Who Paved the way for MLK?

February 25th, 2020


I can't believe Black History month is almost over but in honor of the month and to wrap up our series on forgotten Black figures, let's talk about who inspired MLK. Vernon Johns not only served as inspiration but he …

Playboy Bunnies, Ballet Tights, and Other Looks... Oh my!

February 18th, 2020


What do ballet tights, Playboy bunnies, and red carpet gowns have in common? Listen to this week's episode as we continue our Black History month series to explore the woman behind all three aforementioned categories. …

Mary Ellen Pleasant said Boss Up

February 11th, 2020


This week we're continuing our Black History series with Mary Ellen Pleasant. Mary grew up as a domestic servant that went on to be worth 30 million …

Will the Real Betty Boop Please Stand Up?

February 4th, 2020


Welcome to season 4, family! Man, have I missed you all. This month we're kicking things off with a series in honor of our Black historical figures who haven't gotten enough credit over the years. Today is all about …

20 Things to Remember for 2020

January 14th, 2020


In this season finale, I'm giving you 20 things to remember for 2020. These were all things I've learned over the course of time and I know that you can use each of these tips in your own lives. Thank you for being so …

Do NOTHING without Intention!

January 7th, 2020


In this week's podcast, we're talking about the importance of setting intentions. As we move throughout this year, we need to realize that intentions are not goals. However, setting intentions will help you align with …

New Year is that you Playa'? (ft. Things We're Leaving in 2019)

December 31st, 2019


As the year comes to a close, I'll be sharing the things you all said you're leaving in 2019. We're also talking about a few things I'm leaving in 2019 so that we can all be better versions of ourselves in the coming …

Hindsight is 2020: Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

December 26th, 2019


To conclude the Hindsight is 2020 series, this episode includes lessons I've learned concerning myself throughout the decade. From being able to take …

Hindsight is 2020: Lessons on Careers

December 24th, 2019


Hindsight is 2020 continues this week as we get closer to the new year. This episode covers lessons I've learned while in the workplace. From being a …

Hindsight is 2020: Lessons on Love

December 12th, 2019


Hindsight is 2020 continues with lessons I've learned the hard way about love and relationships.  From experiencing my first heartbreak to learning …

Hindsight is 2020: Lessons on Familial Relationships

December 10th, 2019


As we approach the new year and new decade, it's time to reflect on some lessons from the 2010s. In this series, I'm sharing some personal experiences and lessons I've learned over the years because "hindsight is 20/20"

Stop Asking for Permission

November 26th, 2019


So many times we get caught in this revolving door of seeking validation or permission from others for our own dreams... stop that. This episode is …

Homegirl Talk with Diamond: There's a Thin Line between Love and Infatuation (pt.2)

November 21st, 2019


Hey y'all, hey! In part 2 of Homegirl Talk, we are continuing the conversation about relationships and life. We discuss the difference between love and infatuation, why Pocahontas was trippin', and little ways God …

Homegirl Talk with Diamond: Do I look like Boo-Boo the Fool? (pt. 1)

November 19th, 2019


In this week's episode, I'm talking to Diamond Rollins for a Homegirl Talk. We talked about everything from weirdos on social media, discovering who …

It's not you... It's them.

November 12th, 2019


“People are comfortable with the version of you that they are familiar with.” 

Never make it your business to force others to accept or acknowledge your growth. As long as you know it’s there, that’s all that matters. 

Seasonal Depression is Real Ya'll

November 5th, 2019


It's the most wonderful time of the year!! .....or is it?

If you struggle with seasonal depression or know someone who does, the fall and winter …

BLACKTOBER: What is Gentrification?

October 31st, 2019


Gentrification: the process of repairing and rebuilding homes and businesses in a deteriorating area (such as an urban neighborhood) accompanied by …

BLACKTOBER: What is Internalized Racism?

October 22nd, 2019


Blacktober continues this week where we discuss 3 different ways internalized racism shows itself within the Black community. 

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BLACKTOBER: What is Institutional Racism? (part 2)

October 15th, 2019


We're back, baby! This is part 2 to last week's episode where we discuss different institutions that work together to further systemic racism in the United States. Remember that although these can be discouraging to …

BLACKTOBER: What is Institutional Racism?

October 10th, 2019


Systemic or Institutional racism is apart of every institution imaginable in the US. Education, Wealth, Healthcare, and the list goes on. Hopefully …

BLACKTOBER: What is Misogynoir?

October 1st, 2019


It's BLACKTOBER! We're going to use this month to talk about, learn, and break down issues specific to the Black community. This episode is about Misogynoir or, "the specific hatred, dislike, distrust and prejudice …

Me and God Had Beef Last Week

September 24th, 2019


Sometimes we feel that God can't take our frustrations or that we shouldn't vocalize them to him because it wouldn't "be right" or because he already …

Go Where You Are Celebrated

September 17th, 2019


Missed y'all last week! But this episode is something like a real-talk session so we can address that feeling of being unappreciated in the work place. I hope that it helps someone out there. 

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Let Black People Enjoy Things

September 3rd, 2019


Why can't we enjoy Popeye's, Michael Kors, Santorini, or anything else in peace??
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Are You Taking Up Space?

August 27th, 2019


"Like a lot of things in life, though, it takes confidence and an understanding of your power to walk into a room and know deep down that you …

Finding Yourself = Remembering Yourself

August 20th, 2019


 "Your only goal in life is to get back to who you were in the beginning."  I hope that if you're feeling lost, you can remember who you were before you got derailed. Also remember, you are not other people's idea of …

The Real Tea on Affirmations & Manifestations

August 13th, 2019


A moment of transparency- I struggle with affirmations but that doesn't mean we can't navigate what they are and how we can manifest the life we want and deserve. I'm sharing my internal thoughts with you in hopes that …

Homegirl Talk with Jasmine: Dating as a Black Woman (pt. 2)

August 8th, 2019


In part 2 of this homegirl talk, Jasmine and I are talking all about dating as Black women. This episode includes everything from our past …

Homegirl Talk with Jasmine: Unfulfilling Careers and the Black Church (pt. 1)

August 6th, 2019


In this week's episode, we have one of my best friend's joining us to chop it up. Here we are covering the topics of serious FOMO after college, …

Iyanla Fixed My Life

July 23rd, 2019


... and now I'm sharing it with you so she can fix yours. 

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Time Management is a Joke

July 18th, 2019


Welcome back to season 3, ya'll know we're back with the jump-off! Today's episode is about why our time management skills suck. Sorry not sorry. …

Don’t be a Bird: Faith for the Flight (Season Finale)

June 25th, 2019


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In this episode we're finishing off the season with the finale of the 'Don't be a Bird' series! Everything you need to know about faith for the flight is …

Don't be a Bird: Building a Nest (part 3)

June 18th, 2019


In this week's episode we're talking about what it takes to build a nest for your dreams, aspirations and work. Also remember, next week's episode …

Don't be a Bird: Fight or Flight (part 2)

June 11th, 2019


In this week's continuation of the "Don't be a Bird" series, we'll be talking about what needs to be clipped in order for us to better handle stress.

Don’t be a Bird: Dropping Your Bird Friends (part 1)

June 4th, 2019


 Now you know I love a good series, right? This series, 'Don't be a Bird' is for all of you out there who need to do some self-reflection. (including …

Sight vs. Vision

May 28th, 2019


In today's episode we are diving into the difference between sight and vision in terms of our goals. Get your pen and paper out because this is one …

Is this the Twilight Zone??

May 21st, 2019


My calendar says that it's 2019 but it feels like the 1950s...
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Fried Chicken at The Met

May 14th, 2019


I was gone for a minute but now I'm back with the jump-off.

Oh, and like I said, varying opinions make the world go 'round.

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Congratulations, You Projected Yourself

April 23rd, 2019


Since we're on this journey of self-awareness, I figured today we could talk about the act of projecting yourself onto others. 

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You're a Fraud (Imposter Syndrome)

April 16th, 2019


Get your pen and paper ready because in this episode we're talking about Imposter Syndrome and how you can fight it. 
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If it ain't about the money

April 9th, 2019


'Hustle culture' is what I've defined as the way of thinking that makes us feel like we need to monetize every single thing we do. It's not healthy. 

The Fragility of Life

April 2nd, 2019


It feels a little heavy right now with the things that are going on but "we gone be alright" (*Kendrick Lamar voice*) 

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Be Present to Your Pain

March 26th, 2019


It's about to get real vulnerable this week... In this episode, I share a story of a lost loved one and how me refusing to be present to my pain ate …

Scamming ain't Dead

March 19th, 2019


 City Girls from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive... PERIOD!   

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Revisiting Purpose

March 12th, 2019


Let's talk about "purpose" for a quick second cause uh......

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The Subtle Art of Giving a F**k

March 5th, 2019


Not to be confused with “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***”, because we care around here Big Homie.
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Listen to Black Women

February 26th, 2019


 "Black women have always and will always bear being both Black and a Woman due to intersectionality and that’s a heavy weight to carry."

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Defining Success for Yourself

February 19th, 2019


 You should REFUSE to allow anyone else to define what YOUR success should look like. Period.  

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What's Love Got To Do With It?

February 12th, 2019


 Valentine's Day is here so let's keep it real about confusing "tolerance" and "love".

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Q&A for Creatives

February 2nd, 2019


Answering all of your burning questions here in our first Q&A session!
Oh, and Happy Black History Month!
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Creatives vs. Themselves

January 29th, 2019


Closing out our Creatives series with the barrier that tends to be the hardest to overcome...YOU.

Yes, you.

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Creatives vs. Social Media

January 22nd, 2019


Social Media Maven, Janee Barbre stopped by to chop it up with us to talk about all things Creative and Social Media. Check it out. 

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Creatives vs. Networking

January 15th, 2019


net·​work·​ing (noun): the EXCHANGE of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions

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Creatives vs. The 9-5

January 8th, 2019


This one is for the Creatives trying to balance a job and their dreams...time management.

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Creatives vs. Family Approval

January 1st, 2019


Happy New Year Carefree Fam!

What better way to start the year than with a new series for all the creatives out there?

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Forgiveness is for YOU

December 18th, 2018


"I guess nobody ever told you, all you must hold on to is you... is you... is you." -Erykah Badu


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Black Exhaustion

December 11th, 2018


I's tired boss.


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thank u, next!

December 1st, 2018


Ariana Grande may have been on to something sis... Let's talk about failed relationships.


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Ready to Risk it All?

November 13th, 2018


What are you willing to risk if the return is a better YOU?


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Let's Get Real about Self-Love

November 5th, 2018


Oh we're talking about self-love, SELF-LOVE... Yes sis. Let's get real about it.

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You Know What That Is?... Growth

August 28th, 2018


You know that shock you feel when you're in your growth process?
Let's talk about that.


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Can Black Women Coexist? + Recap

August 22nd, 2018


In this week's recap, we ask the age-old question... why can't Black women coexist in the same spaces?? *side eyes Nicki Minaj and Cardi B*


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Finding Your Inner P.I.M.P. (Part 4)

August 16th, 2018


This is the last part of our PIMP series and it's all about PASSION. Are you really passionate about your dream?


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Finding Your Inner P.I.M.P. (Part 3)

August 14th, 2018


Finding out what motivates us can take some major introspection...
Alexa, play Motivation by Kelly Rowland.


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Finding Your Inner P.I.M.P. (Part 2)

August 9th, 2018


Have you ever felt uninspired?
Listen to this.


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Finding Your Inner P.I.M.P. (Part 1)

August 7th, 2018


Alexa, play PIMP by 50 Cent.


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Does Struggle Equal Success?

July 31st, 2018


Is the American Success Story just a myth? Help a sister out.


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Overcoming Procrastination 101

July 23rd, 2018


Procrastination be like... "I'll Do It Later".
Yeah, right.


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When Social Media Flexing Goes Wrong

July 13th, 2018


In this episode we discuss some pop culture happenings from this week and why I'm sick of white women calling the police.


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F*ck Your Comfort Zone (Part 2)

July 9th, 2018


Once you get past the fear, that comfort zone will creep up on you. If you let it.


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F*ck Your Fears (Part 1)

July 5th, 2018


Aren't fears and comfort zones a real motha' fa ya?


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Homegirl Talk with Jasmyn Ruja

June 1st, 2018


In this episode of CBGD, we sat down with self-published author, Jasmyn Ruja. In true homegirl fashion, we discussed everything from being too independent, childhood traumas, her new book, and more.


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May 2nd, 2018


Somebody come get y'all Uncle Tom... I mean Kanye. I've had enough.


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Get Out: Kanye Edition

April 26th, 2018


Could Kanye have gotten even more disconnected than he already was? Did he take Chance with him? If we can't go to Waffle House then where can we …

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