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The Deep End Friends Podcast

75 EpisodesProduced by Reagan Jackson and Anastacia Renee: Black Women WritersWebsite

The Deep End is an exploration of liberation, healing, hope, joy, and wholeness. What does it mean to be free? What are people of color doing to heal themselves and the world? Join co-hosts Reagan Jackson and Anastacia Renee for a series of in-depth interviews. Hear from incredible people from all w… read more

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Season 4 Episode 10: Anastacia Renee Appreciation Party

September 3rd, 2023


In the episode we celebrate the co-hostess with the mostess on her 2 book deal with Harper Collins!

Anastacia-Renee (She/They) is a queer writer, …

Season 4 Episode 9: Nacala Ayele

August 27th, 2023


Nacala Ayele is a joy coach for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. You can find out more at: . She is also a …

Season 4 Episode 8: Jackie Amatucci

August 20th, 2023


Jackie Amatucci is a retired high-school teacher, artist, who has worked as a Creative Consultant for over twenty-five years.  She began working as …

Season 4 Episode 7: Davia Antonia

October 2nd, 2022


This episode was recorded in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica with relocation specialist Davia Antonia. You can find her at

Season 4 Episode 6: Leilani Mañulu

September 25th, 2022


Leilani is a shaman and leadership visionary, interpreting messages from the unseen to bring more joy, balance, and hope to our world. She is the author of “Paradox of the Water Bearer” and the host of The Intuitive …

Season 4 Episode 5: Sonora Jha

September 18th, 2022


Sonora Jha is the author of the memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son (2021) and the novel Foreign (2013). After a career as a journalist covering …

Season 4 Episode 4: Howie Echo-Hawk

September 11th, 2022


Howie Echo-Hawk has a lot of names and does a lot of things. They are one of the human beings, as (hopefully) are you. Music, words, jokes, laughter, …

Season 4 Episode 3: Mari Shibuya

September 4th, 2022


Mari Shibuya (they/she) (Duwamish / Coast Salish territory) is a Visual and Social Artist specializing in murals, community visioning through the arts, and scribing. Their work focuses on the intersection of public art …

Season 4 Episode 2: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

August 21st, 2022


Shake a tambourine for Black Feminism! Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a Queer Black Troublemaker and Black Feminist Love Evangelist and an …

Season 4 Episode 1: We're Back! Now what? What now?

August 12th, 2022


After a two year gap we are back. We've missed you. Check in on what Anastacia and Reagan have been up to during the pandemic and how we're framing our 4th and final season. 

Episode 19: Black Healing live from Town Hall PT2- Rocky Lester and TAQUEET$

September 21st, 2020


On Sept 6, 2020 The Deep End hosted it's Season 3 Finale livestreaming through Seattle Town Hall. The theme was Black healing and we interviewed Mary Williams, Victoria Santos, Rocky Lester, and Taqueet$.

Mary Williams …

Episode 18: Black Healing live from Town Hall PT 1 with Mary Williams and Victoria Santos

September 21st, 2020


On Sept 6, 2020 The Deep End hosted it's Season 3 Finale livestreaming through Seattle Town Hall. The theme was Black healing and we interviewed Mary Williams, Victoria Santos, Rocky Lester, and Taqueet$.

Mary Williams …

Episode 17: B.J. Star

May 10th, 2020


BJ STAR (they/them) is an experience designer, facilitator, and consultant invested in transformational learning, building powerful teams, and …

Episode 16: Paulina Lopez

April 26th, 2020


Originally from Ecuador, Paulina has made Seattle her home over the past 15 years and has been with DRCC/TAG for eight years. Paulina has over 25 …

Episode 15: Susan Balbas

April 19th, 2020


Susan Balbas is the co-founder and executive director of Na’ah Illahee Fund (Mother Earth in the Chinook language), a Seattle-based nonprofit organization with a mission to support and promote the leadership of …

Episode 14: Brenetta Ward

April 12th, 2020


Brenetta Ward is a Seattle-based fiber artist and third generation quilter. Her work has been exhibited at the National Afro-American Museum; Textile Center: A National Center for Fiber Art; Ethnic Heritage Art …

Episode 13: Dre Say and Jacqueline Wu from the CID

April 5th, 2020


Dre Say is really beyond their ancestor’s wildest dreams. They are a member of the CID [Chinatown/International District] Coalition and also a member of Got Green. Dre’s primary interests are engaging people …

Episode 12: Loretta Ross

March 29th, 2020


Loretta J. Ross is a Visiting Professor of Practice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University teaching "Reproductive Justice …

Episode 11: Dr. Carl Livingston

March 22nd, 2020


Carl Livingston is the lead professor in the Political Science Department at Seattle Central College (SCC). A graduate of Notre Dame Law School, he …

Episode 10: Maritess Zurbano

March 15th, 2020


Maritess Zurbano is the only Filipino-American magician in history. She performs and lectures on magic around the world. Her prose has won awards and grants including a Hedgebrook Residency. Her performances, plays, and …

Episode 9: Patricia Valentine Jones

March 8th, 2020


Patricia Valentine Jones was born and raised in Chowchilla, California. She moved to Sacramento in 1960, married and had two daughters.  As a young person she sang in a 125 voice community choir.  The Voices of …

Episode 8: Natasha Ria El-Scari

February 23rd, 2020


Natasha Ria El-Scari is a writer, Cave Canem fellow, and educator for over a decade. Her poetry, academic papers, and personal essays have been …

Episode 7: Lashanna Williams

February 16th, 2020


Lashanna (she/her) is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Washington’s own Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. During a massage, her goal is always a flowing conversation between her hands and your tissue. …

Episode 6: Omitosin Fayemi

February 9th, 2020


There are times when just one healing practice or modality won’t achieve the balance and healing that some need. Omitosin, The Spiritual Curator, …

Episode 5: Riz Rollins

February 2nd, 2020


writer and dj riz rollins (just 'riz' to his friends) has been a presence in the seattle music landscape where he hosts a variety and electronica …

Episode 4: Tommy Pico

January 26th, 2020


Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now …

Episode 3: Jessica Rycheal

January 19th, 2020


Jessica Rycheal is a Multi-disciplinary Storyteller, Photographer, and Creative Director from Macon, Georgia. Her work embraces vulnerability as an …

Episode 2: C. Davida Ingram

January 12th, 2020


C. Davida Ingram is an award-winning artist and civic leader born in Chicago and based in Seattle, Washington. Her artwork, curatorial projects, and writing all discuss race and gender via lens-based media, social …

Season 3 Premier: Azure Savage

January 5th, 2020


AZURE SAVAGE is a black trans man in his senior year of high school. He wrote You Failed Us as a response to the racial injustice within the …

Season 2 Finale! Episode 22: Virgie Tovar live from Seattle Town Hall

November 17th, 2019


Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. In 2018 she was named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online …

Episode 21: Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard (cameo of Dr. Stanlie James)

November 10th, 2019


Born and raised in Queens, NY, Eric Darnell Pritchard is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and an Associate Professor of English at the …

Episode 20: Dr. David Glisch-Sanchez

November 3rd, 2019


David Luis Glisch-Sánchez is an award winning teacher and Assistant Professor of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Buffalo, in …

Episode 19: Kwame Morrow

September 29th, 2019


Kwame Morrow is a husband, father of three, son, and brother. He is an active member of his community, and an urn in which his ancestors reside. He …

Episode 18: Live from We Out Here Part 2 - Nyema Clark

August 4th, 2019


This Episode was recorded live at Langston Hughes from We Out Here, a festival of black excellence curated by Michael B. Maine. 

Nyema Clark is farm boss at Nurturing Roots on Beacon Ave & S Graham St. in Beacon …

Episode 17: Live from We Out Here Part 1- Inye Wokoma

July 28th, 2019


Live from We Out Here Part 1, a festival of black excellence curated by Michael B. Maine. The Deep End interviewed Inye Wokoma.

Inye Wokoma’s family has lived in the Central District since the 1940s. As a journalist, …

Episode 16: Esmy Jimenez

July 21st, 2019


Esmy Jimenez. Born in Mexico but raised in rural Washington, Esmy Jimenez is a multimedia journalist and writer. After attending USC in Los Angeles, …

Episode 15: Black Doulas Matter- Rokea Jones and Kristin Travis

June 16th, 2019


Join us for a conversation about motherhood with two amazing black doulas and activists literally bringing us life!

Rokea Jones is a Seattle Native …

Episode 14: Lama Rod Owens

June 9th, 2019


Lama Rod Owens was officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism after receiving his teaching authorization from his root teacher the …

Episode 13: K. Wyking Garrett

May 26th, 2019


K. Wyking Garrett is the President & CEO of Africatown Community Land Trust and chief strategist for the Africatown community development initiative in Seattle, WA. A third generation community builder and …

Episode 12: Chef Tarik Abdullah

May 19th, 2019


Chef Tarik Abdullah is a chef, artist, innovator, and community activist. His culinary creations honor traditions using spices spanning from North …

Episode 11: Evan Flory-Barnes

May 12th, 2019


Grammy-winning Seattle double bass player (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), composer and vocalist, Evan Flory-Barnes, is a sorcerer. Able to concoct …

Episode 10: Sharon Chang

May 5th, 2019


S H A R O N  H. C H A N G is an award-winning Author Photographer Activist with a lens on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora. She is author of the critically acclaimed academic book Raising Mixed …

Episode 9: Georgia McDade

April 28th, 2019


Georgia Stewart McDade, a Louisiana native who has lived in Seattle more than half her life, loves reading and writing. As a youngster she wrote and …

Episode 8: Ersula Ore

April 21st, 2019


Dr. Ersula J. Ore is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics in The School of Social Transformation and Assistant Professor of African & African American …

Episode 7: Ebo Barton

April 14th, 2019


Ebo Barton is a Black and Filipino, Transgender and Non-Binary, poet and educator.  As a representative of Seattle, they've been on 4 National Slam Teams and participated at 3 Individual World Poetry Slams.  Their most …

Episode 6: Naa Akua

April 7th, 2019


Naa Akua, Citizen University, Poet-in-Residence, is a queer poet, emcee, and actor. They are, poetry teacher at The Northwest School and WITS …

Episode 5: Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell

March 31st, 2019


Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell is the founder of Co3 Consulting: Co-Creating Cohesive Communities. She is a Doctoral candidate in the department of …

Episode 4: Amanda Johnston

March 24th, 2019


Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of two chapbooks, GUAP and …

Episode 3: Michael B. Maine

March 17th, 2019


Michael B. Maine. Seattle-based photographer and creative director. He combines an understanding of business, art, and social systems to bring about awareness and action around issues such as homelessness, media …

Introducing Zion and Ha'aheo

March 13th, 2019


The Deep End is committed to youth empowerment. Our interns have been with us from day 1, running tech, developing our social media, and lending their voices to our content. Special shout out to Emma Reid and Aisha Al …

Episode 2: Quenton Baker

March 10th, 2019


Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, The James Franco Review, and Cura. He is a …

Episode 1: Nacala Ayele

March 3rd, 2019


Nacala Ayele is the creator and owner of “FLY! Culinary Tours” where she has traveled to Ghana, Kenya, Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad, and The Bahamas …

Episode 21: Dr. Maxine Mimms

December 2nd, 2018


Maxine Mimms was born on March 4, 1928, in Newport News, Virginia, to Isabella DeBerry Buie and Benson Ebenezer Buie. Influenced by her grandparents' love for Marcus Garvey and educational lectures by Howard Thurman and …

Episode 20: Gabriel Teodros

November 25th, 2018


Gabriel Teodros is a musician and writer from South Seattle who first made a mark with the group Abyssinian Creole, and reached an international …

Bonus Episode 19.5: Black Imagination

November 14th, 2018


This mini-deep end was produced by our intern Aisha Al Amin. Aisha, Eyerusalem, and Damme took a field trip into the Black Imagination of Natasha Marin, Imani Sims, Rachel Ferguson, and Amber Flame. This experiential …

Episode 19: Jordan Chaney

November 11th, 2018


Jordan Chaney is a spoken word poet, author, public speaker, teacher, mentor, and all-around creative residing in Eastern Washington’s wine country.

Awarded the 2017 Commitment to Diversity award by AACCES, Jordan also …

Episode 18: Howie Echo Hawk

November 4th, 2018


Join us for a chat with comedian Howie Echo-Hawk. Howie is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation (Kitkehaki band), and a member of the Mentasta …

Episode 17: Ijeoma Oluo

October 26th, 2018


Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller.  She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s …

Episode 16: The Deep End Holiday Party Live from Virago Gallery

August 11th, 2018


Anastacia and Reagan unpack some of the magic from the Deep End, talk about their goals for 2018, take questions from listeners and as always ask the deep ish. 

Episode 15: Joshunda Sanders

August 5th, 2018


Joshunda is a Bronx native obsessed with moving stories about black women from the margins to the center of everything. She writes fiction, journalism, poetry and essays. She was the receipt of a 2017 Hedgebrook Writing …

Episode 14: Eze-Basil Oluo

July 23rd, 2018


Eze-Basil is an accountant, a teacher, a public speaker, a public relations and community engagement specialist. He is a socio-economic and political …

Episode 13: Nikkita Oliver

July 15th, 2018


Nikkita is a Seattle-based writer, teaching artist, attorney, and organizer. Her writing has been published in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, the Establishment, Last Real Indians, The Seattle Weekly, and the …

Episode 12: Dåkot-ta Alcantara Camacho

July 8th, 2018


Dåkot-ta was born in Snohomish Territory and raised in Tscha-kole-chy (within a predominantly diasporic Chamorro community. Their lineage comes from …

Episode 11: Dr. Deniece Dortch

July 1st, 2018


Dr. Deniece Dortch is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University in Washington DC.Her research …

Episode 10: Stacy Torres

June 24th, 2018


Stacy Torres is a somatic healer, a health justice organizer and a facilitator. Stacy created her practice Everyday Medicine to offer culturally …

Episode 9: Rell Be Free

June 13th, 2018


Jerrell G. Davis aka RELL BE FREE is a proud product of the South End who brings creative artistry and radical activism together thru music, education, and community. Rell is a founding member of Washington Building …

Episode 8: Bettina Judd

February 19th, 2018


Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern California, Bettina Judd is an interdisciplinary writer, artist and performer. She is an alumna of Spelman …

Episode 7: Afam Ayika

February 1st, 2018


Our guest for the day is Afam Ayika. Afam is a father, martial artist, and the co-founder of Rainier Beach Restorative Justice Project and restorative justice coordinator. Deep End Interns Emma and Aisha pilot their new …

Episode 6 Live From The Blackzone: Shontina Vernon

January 7th, 2018


The Deep End goes to the Black Zone for a special live episode with Shontina Vernon. Shontina is an artist and social justice activist most noted for her genre bending storytelling and performance style.  Working across …

Episode 5: Amber Flame

December 17th, 2017


Amber Flame is a writer, composer and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont …

Episode 4: Dani Tirrell

December 3rd, 2017


Dani Tirrell is a dance artist, performer, choreographer and dance educator.  Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe …

Episode 3: Jade Solomon Curtis

November 12th, 2017


Jade Solomon Curtis,  born in Texas, is a choreographer, dance artist and founder of Solo Magic, a non-profit arts initiative collaborating with …

Episode 2: Haji Basim

November 5th, 2017


Join the Deep End for a magical mystery tour with Haji Basim. Haji is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who created a new genre of …

Episode 1: Cristina Orbe

November 5th, 2017


Join the Deep End for an interview with musician and plant whisperer Cristina Orbe. Drawing from her experience stewarding FEEST from an idea into a nationally recognized food justice and youth leadership development …

The Deep End Origin Story

November 4th, 2017


The Deep End is an exploration of liberation, healing, hope, joy, and wholeness. What does it mean to be free? What are people of color doing to heal …

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