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Disruption Now

90 EpisodesProduced by Rob RichardsonWebsite

A podcast to disrupt common narratives and constructs to empower black and brown communities. We provide inspirational content from entrepreneurs and leaders who are disrupting the status quo for social equity and inclusion.

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Episode 89: Max Tuchman CEO Caribu

September 23rd, 2020

Maxeme Tuchman is the CEO + Co-Founder of Caribu, an interactive video-calling platform that allows parents and grandparents to read and draw with children when they’re not in the same location. Caribu made Fast …

Is Black King?

August 5th, 2020

The use of art can be a powerful change agent in this critical moment. Mark Phi hopes through his art he can inspire change and get more African …

The Need for Black Angel Investing

July 29th, 2020

What you learn in this episode
The right approach to seeking Captial and investing What investors look for in startups. Why is important to learn from the rejections in fundraising. How to adjust if you don't hit a home …

Racism & the Anti-semitism We don't see

July 17th, 2020

DeSean Jackson’s Hitler moment—and Nick Cannon's anti-Semitic comments —showed that Black Americans’ experience of racism doesn’t automatically immunize us toward other forms of hate.   Many African Americans online …

Seeking representation in Hollywood

July 15th, 2020

Dumont’s clients include Spike Lee, The Netflix Original Series She’s Gotta Have It,   BlacKkKlansman for Focus Features, Actor/Director Roger …

Phylicia Fant: Come As You Are, Change the Game

July 8th, 2020

As a music executive, Fant has conceived and executed campaigns for a myriad of multi-platinum, award-winning artists including  Drake’s OVO Sound, …

The Last Confederate

July 3rd, 2020


The movement of tearing down statues is part of a movement to tear down images and leaders who have supported racial inferiority. Should this …

Will Hayes: Equity, Inclusion and AI Delusions

July 1st, 2020

Will joined Lucidworks in 2013 as our Chief Product Officer and was appointed CEO in 2014. He has over 15 years of product, marketing, and business development experience. Prior to Lucidworks, he was head of technical …

Marilyn Mosby: Prosecution & the pursuit of justice

June 24th, 2020

The world knows what happened to George Floyd, but there are many before him. A similar case was Freddie Gray which Mosby was the prosecutor and she charged six officers in his death.  She disrupted the common path and …

Don’t be a Victim of Market Volatility

June 17th, 2020


Richard Antonucci is a Broker at Prudential Annuities Distributors, Inc. we discuss how you can become a victor and not a victim of the market.

COVID-19 Economic Interruptions and Insurance

June 12th, 2020

Rick Ellsley is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Former President of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association. Your business may already have insurance to shield it from some of the financial losses of …

SoLo Funds: Disrupting Pay Day Loans and Empowering People

June 10th, 2020

Solo Funds is a peer-to-peer lending space that addresses the needs of the unbanked or underbanked.  SoLo Funds connects lenders and borrowers for …

Christians and White Privilege

June 9th, 2020

Senior Pastor of Crossroads Church Brian Tome and Rob Richardson discuss the hard truths about racism in America and what Christians should do to …

Sports in a COVID-19 World

June 5th, 2020


We discuss the future of sports in a COVID-19 world with Jeff Kominsky. Jeff is a legal expert in all things sports. From 2002 through 2005, Mr. Kominsky interned with the Minnesota Vikings, reporting directly to former …

COVID-19 is the symptom our system is the virus?

June 3rd, 2020

Tyrel Ventura and  Ameisha Cross discuss the failure of the American system in response to COVID-19.

In this episode we discuss:
  • The US pattern of …

Corona and Employment Law

May 27th, 2020


Michael Elkins founded MLE Law which provides alternative fee structures that include not charging to talk, email, or text with clients. MLE Law does not have traditional brick and mortar office space or unnecessary …

Entertainment to Empowering Entrepreneurs: Monique Idlett-Mosley

May 13th, 2020

For her entertainment career, Monique was CEO of Mosley Brands and Mosley Music Group, with former husband Tim “Timberland” Mosley for over fourteen years. 

Nowadays, Monique is focused on changing the narrative around …

From NFL to Entrepreneur: How to thrive in the COVID-19 crisis

May 8th, 2020


Michael Dean explores his journey from Athlete to entrepreneur and how you can thrive even in a down economy.

Corona and Cybersecurity: protecting against hackers and trolls

April 29th, 2020


Fareedah Shaheed was born in Maryland but spent most of her childhood outside of the US. She returned to the States in 2013 and attended the …

Leadership and Covid-19: Emila Sykes

April 22nd, 2020


Ohio Minority Leader Emila Sykes discusses how COVID-19 has exacerbated longstanding inequalities in communities of color and how we can create a new …

Corona (COVID-19) and Confinement

April 15th, 2020


Dr. Martin Luther King said “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all …

Corona Culture Wars

April 8th, 2020

Is the Cornoavrius Crisis showing the economy is not as strong as we thought?

Jobs aren't being destroyed fast elsewhere like the US. Why …

Larese Purnell The Art of Black entrepreneurship

April 2nd, 2020


LaRese Purnell spent part of his childhood watching his mother struggle and living in homeless shelters and sometimes went without meals. Despite his struggles, Purnell started his first business as a teenager growing …

Corona and Small Business Survival.

April 2nd, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has shutdown thriving small businesses forcing them to go from 100 to zero overnight.  We summarize the Stimulus Act for the …

Opportunities in Corona (Covid 19) Chaos.

March 27th, 2020

In this Episode. 
Trends and opportunities do you see in this climateHow to plan for more opportunities and not panic 

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EP:62 - Living with the Corona (COVID-19)

March 25th, 2020


Disruption Now speaks with a survivor of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

EP:61 - COVID-19 and Societal Disruption with Dr. Amar Bhati

March 19th, 2020


COVID-19 has disrupted everyone's life. How do we cope and stay safe? What makes this particular coronavirus different? This pandemic could …

EP:60 - Kobe and Demonization of Black Humanity

February 24th, 2020


The death of Kobe and his daughter Gigi demonstrated how black men mourn and appreciate their children. It showed the world that black men are …

EP:59 - Dr. Lawrence Drake on The Myth of Absent Black Fathers

February 5th, 2020


On this episode we sit down with Dr. Lawrence Drake author of Color Him Father. Color Him Father is book about love and loss and what it means to be …

EP: 57 - Coach Cass - Developing a Growth Mindset for Relationships

January 22nd, 2020


Coach Cass is a professional love and relationship coach for women. Coach Cass is effective because she is open and vulnerable about her own journey. …

EP: 56 - Creating Wakanda with Brian Brackeen

December 11th, 2019


Brian Mackeen is creating a real Wakanda by investing in black and brown entrepreneurs all across the country. As a successful founder of an AI …

EP: 55 - Rianka Dorsainvil - How to be Bold, Black and Thrive in Business

December 4th, 2019


Rianka's 3 brands:

  • Your Greatest Contribution (firm)

  • 2050 TrailBlazers (podcast)

  • RRD Consulting (speaking/consulting) 

Open Letter Questions FP/Identity …

EP: 54 - Karla Ferguson - Black Art & Activism

November 23rd, 2019


Karla Gibson is a black art activist and believes in the power of art to challenge the status quo and tell stories of the marginalized. Karla is the founder of the Yeelen Group is a global private sales firm specialized …

EP: 53 - Derrick Artis - From Modest to Millions

November 13th, 2019


Derrick Artis never expected to be in private equity, but the opportunity transformed his options and trajectory. Most African Americans aren't exposed to private equity or know how to leverage private equity …

EP:51 - Lauren Maillian - Author & CEO of LMB Group

November 4th, 2019


Full Episode -

Lauren Maillian is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and brand advisory company; was a …

EP:50 - The Great Hack - Big Data is a Danger to Democracy

October 30th, 2019


Ever wonder why everything is free on Facebook, Google, and many other platforms? Nothing is free and if it's free you are not the customer you are the product. How dangerous is big data to democracy? The Great Hack …

EP:49 - Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

October 28th, 2019


Hakeem Jeffries discusses impeachment, his journey in public service and his quest to transform our criminal justice system.

EP: 48 - Crystal Mason and the art of Voter Suppression and Injustice.

October 25th, 2019


Crystal Mason has been sentenced to five years in prison for voting. Crystal Mason said she had no idea that she was ineligible to vote (felons in Texas are prohibited from voting while they’re serving their sentences, …

EP:47 - Who Can Say The N-Word?

October 23rd, 2019


Who can use the N-word? Can the N-word ever be a term of endearment among black people? Is it ever acceptable for people who are not black to use the N-word? Now with Hip hop going global using the N-word all the time …

EP:45 - NBA's China conflict and freedom

October 15th, 2019


A tweet from Darly Morey, GM of the Rockets appeared to support Hong Kong demonstrators but with pressure from China he deleted the tweet and reversed course. Trump is bargaining away U.S. security for conspiracy …

EP:44 - Is Forgiveness Hurting Black Folk?

October 11th, 2019


Instead of focusing on the actual victim who was killed, Botham Jean the media has focused on the judge giving the hug and the brother :Botham Jean who forgave her. Judge Tammy Kemp also hugged Amber Geiger to show her …

EP: 42 - Black Love & Marriage

October 3rd, 2019

Journal of Family and Medicine Fewer people getting married less economically attractive men available.

EP: 41 - Are You Racist?

September 30th, 2019


Former Trump staffers apologizes to Obama Trump Supporters tries of being called racist 

EP: 40 - Rodney Williams - FOUNDER OF LISNR

September 25th, 2019


Rodney Williams, founder of LISNR has been a disruptor all his life. LISNR technology transmits data over sound that you can't hear. It will not …

EP: 39 - Eric Thomas : Push Through The Pain

September 20th, 2019


Eric Thomas the worlds number 1 motivational speaker discusses his journey and how pushing past pain leads to greater success. If you give up in your worse state that will be your legacy. What will your legacy be?

EP: 38 - Jemele Hill - 'Unbothered By Critics'

September 18th, 2019

It’s time for black athletes to leave white colleges

EP:37 - Janelle Monáe's Twitter Mistake?

September 13th, 2019


The plot thickens with Popeye's chicken. Janelle Monáe tweets about voting interest in comparison to Popeye's chicken "sammich" and creates an uproar of clap-backs.

EP: 36 - Dave Chappelle Sticks & Stones Outrage

September 11th, 2019


Dave Chappelle Sticks and Stones Netflix special addresses cancellation culture, groupthink and reflexive outrage. Chappelle is provocative calling …

EP: 35 - Louis Reed: The Power of Redemption

September 4th, 2019


Louis L. Reed has never forgotten his federal prison number and like a tattoo, it’s a permanent reminder of his survival and eventual redemption. Louis Reed is the National Organizer for #Cut50. Cut50 was started by CNN …

EP: 34 - Jay Z Knee-Kaps Kaepernick?

September 2nd, 2019


This week Jay Z announced a partnership between his company Roc Nation and the NFL. The reactions were swift. There are two main camps, one led by Eric Reid and Kaepernick's friends who see the partnership as a sell-out …

EP: 33 - Chicken Wars: Popeyes, Chick-fil-A and Insanity

August 30th, 2019


Popeyes implemented a brilliant social media marketing campaign around its new chicken sandwich to challenge Chick-fil-A. To say it was a success for …

EP: 32 - A$AP Rocky: Soldier or Sellout

August 28th, 2019


A$AP Rocky didn't realize he was black until he got arrested in Sweden. Like OJ & MJ, A$AP never wanted to be seen as a black activist. Now he …

EP:28 - Samara Rivers: Creating a seat for Black Bourbon Drinkers

July 17th, 2019

Rivers’ favorite bourbon to-date is Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Stagg Jr. and she has developed a fondness for the Paper Plane cocktail originated by …

EP: 27 - Mental Health & Trauma in the Black Community

July 10th, 2019

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)

Stark Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

National Alliance in Mental Illness


EP: 26 -July 4th, Betsy Ross & Privilege

July 8th, 2019

Patrol Agents joking about migrants racist about Latino lawmakers

EP: 24 - Kyle Kashuv: Harvard Rejects a Racist Conservatives Cry Foul

June 26th, 2019


Conservative Parkland survivor rejected for racist comments from Harvard

EP: 23 - Obama = Reparations?

June 20th, 2019

Mitch Mcconnell Obama’s election was reparations

EP: 22 - Governor Deval Patrick: Breaking Barriers

June 19th, 2019


Deval Laurdine Patrick is one of only 2 African-Americans to ever be elected governor in the United States. Born and raised by a single mother on the …

EP: 19 - Mueller Drops The Mic

May 31st, 2019


Mueller tells Congress it’s your job to impeach. Republicans and Democrats have to decide will they do what’s politically convenient or will they …

EP: 18 - Kirk Perry on Faith & Leading With Values

May 29th, 2019


Kirk Perry is an example of what opportunity can and should be in America. From the outside looking in Kirk Perry looks as if he had a seamless path. …

EP: 17 - Maxine Waters on Impeachment and Fighting for America

May 23rd, 2019


Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of 13 children reared by a single mother. She began working at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment …

EP: 16 - Shawn Holley: On Kim K, OJ & justice

May 20th, 2019


Holley learned the ropes from Johnny Cochran during the Oj Simpson trail dubbed “the trial of the century.” In May 2018, Ms. Holley and Kim …

EP: 15 - Does Black Male Privilege Exist?

May 15th, 2019


Does black male privilege exist? If you talk to most black men they will openly agree that privilege is a real thing among their white male counterparts. However, if you ask is their black male privilege there is a wide …

EP: 14 - Privilege and Subtle Racism

May 6th, 2019


Privilege is a loaded word that invokes strong reactions; especially from white people. After a Jazz fan got into a heated argument with Russel Westbrook, it was later discovered the fan had made racially charged …

EP: 13 - Divided We Fall

May 6th, 2019


Something that was overlooked by the mainstream media in the coverage of the Mueller Report was how Russia focused on fueling racial tensions to influence the election. The Internet Research Agency was an organization …

EP: 12 - The Injustice of Kerry Lathan

April 22nd, 2019


According to Michelle Alexander, author of the New Jim Crow, more black men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, …

EP: 11 - Laura Ingraham’s Lack of Humanity with Nipsey Hussle

April 19th, 2019


Laura Ingraham’s coverage of Nipsey Hussle continues to demonstrate her lack of skills as a journalist and as a human being. She can’t understand why …

EP: 10 - Nipsey Hussle Conspiracies

April 11th, 2019


Conspiracy theories popped up all over black Twitter and social media following the murder of Nipsey Hussle. Why did so many think his death was a …

EP: 9 - Nipsey Hussle - Life, Legacy and Lessons

April 8th, 2019


Nipsey Hussle was in many ways the personification of the American dream. He started off in the streets, joining the gang the 60s (Crips), going to prison but eventually turning his life around and having success as a …

EP: 8 - Mayor Andrew Gillum-On failing forward and fighting for others.

April 1st, 2019


Andrew Gillum was not supposed to be the Democratic nominee for Florida governor. For the entire century nearly every gubernatorial candidate …

EP: 7 - Does Diversity and Democracy Mix?

March 29th, 2019


Governing is hard but leading a diverse nation is even harder. More homogeneous democracies often have greater levels of social welfare (e.g. Sweden, Switzerland)  Can anything be done about the discomfort some people …

EP: 6 - What to do with Gentrification

March 21st, 2019


Growth in urban communities has been accelerating in the last decade. Areas that were for years considered unattractive and crime ridden have become the areas of economic growth and activity. This has had the unintended …

EP: 5 - Rigging the System in College

March 18th, 2019


We are used to hearing scandals involving the recruitment of NCAA athletes. However, I have never heard of a scandal involving students posing as …

EP: 4 - Jussie Smollett, Bill Maher, Robert Kraft and Social Media Bias

March 1st, 2019


The human brain is wired to be bias. The science is clear, everyone is bias without exception. Our minds tend to default to what we think know or …

EP: 3 - Socialism, Capitalism, All Out Skepticism

February 23rd, 2019


The fear of socialism is nothing new in America; But beyond the name what actually is socialism? How did the word socialism become such a tainted …

EP: 2 - Allegations, Accusations, Publications, and our Nation

February 15th, 2019


How do accusations of racism and assault affect us all? From pics of black faces to threats from publications, this past week has been quite the show …

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