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Today on the podcast, I sit down for an incredibly open and honest conversation with Natalie Bullock Brown. I personally have had the privilege of knowing Natalie since high school. Natalie has always been one of those people who lights up every room she’s in. Her smile radiates, and she has a huge, huge, compassionate heart for others.

She’s also incredibly passionate about finding equality in the world and in particular, as a documentary filmmaker of color, she’s interested in having the story of Black people told from the perspective of those who have lived it. Natalie is an award winning, Emmy nominated producer, and a Teaching Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at North Carolina State University. Which is why when I thought about the importance of having a conversation about how we as business owners can start to think differently about diversity and embrace Black Lives Matter in an honest and genuine way, there was no question in my mind who I wanted to have this conversation with.

2020 has shown us so much civil unrest and 2021 still calls for us to change in profound ways. Natalie sits down with me for an honest conversation and shares some great insights how we as business owners, as community leaders, as members can truly shift the way we think, act, and live.

I’m hoping this is the first of many conversations with Natalie. She’s an incredibly powerful figure because she’s so willing to share her honest truth. So carve out some time, this is a bit of a longer episode, and I hope that it calls you to some action today.

 

In this episode:

  • Reflecting on 2020 and the impact of the pandemic on marginalized communities. 7:45
  • Moving away from an individualistic mindset and confronting our fear of change. 17:45
  • The obstacles in front of Black business owners. 22:45
  • How to decolonize our mindsets and identify our internalized prejudices. 29:30
  • Confronting racial stereotypes across a variety of minority groups. 43:00
  • What business owners can do today to start making a difference. 47:30

 

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