Photo Cred: Hannah Skewes

THE SOUL STORIES PODCAST

Conversations for Healing and Change

The Soul Stories Podcast is hosted by Danny Mazur and produced by Kamga Tchassa (both pictured above). In season 4, we are dealing with the our current cultural reckoning and asking the question, is change possible?

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-soul-stories-podcast/id1462608010

Episode 1:

Leaving a Mark, Instead of Just Scars 

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Hassan Latif is the Founder and Executive Director of the Second Chance Center. The Second Chance Center is dedicated to helping the formerly incarcerated successfully transition into society with proper education, support and resources. Hassan actually spent 18 years in prison himself before becoming the role model he is now. In this episode he recounts his early days of choosing life on the streets in Brooklyn, New York, growing up in segregated America, and the incredible transformation he underwent to becoming the leader so many know and love. You are in for a treat. Hassan is an incredibly engaging storyteller and I'm excited for you to listen. Here's our conversation!

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2:00 - Thoughts plus feelings equals behavior

6:52 - Growing up in a hostile and segregated New York City

12:22 - Shakespeare, intelligence and racism

20:57 - Healing wounds and owning our crap

24:36 - The first 15 years of incarceration

27:45 - A young black man under siege in America

33:45 - The system is operating exactly as it was designed

42:00 - Cleaning up our lenses to see life differently

46:58 - Finding commonality and compassion through trauma

52:01 - Making things right in America

56:10 - Hassan's transformational moment in prison

108:00 - Never going back, a commitment to change

1:17:25 - Leaving a mark instead of just scars

Episode 2:

The House That Love Built

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Sarah Jackson is the Founder and Executive Director of Casa De Paz. Casa De Paz's mission is to reunite families separated by immigrant detention, one simple act of love at a time. Sarah's journey is truly unbelievable and she recounts it in her new book "The House That Love Built". I read it and absolutely loved it. I was shocked by how I really didn't want to put it down. In this episode, we talk about the uncomfortable journey she had to go through to discover her life's purpose, the continuing barriers that immigrant families face and so much more. This is a super fun and in-depth conversation where Sarah's passion, empathy, and ability to introspect shines.

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Find more out about Sarah's organization at https://www.casadepazcolorado.org/

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2:13 - Casa de Paz during the pandemic

6:27 - Oliver's story

13:40 - How Sarah's journey started

21:00 - Believing in a God of abundance instead of a God of scarcity

30:25 - "Where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need"

37:35 - Family and connection at Casa De Paz

43:15 - Challenging an oppressive system through dialogue and education

48:00 - Creating a bridge to conservative Christianity

52:07 - Hospitality homes in America

55:30 - Creating a human connection with those who have experienced brutal oppression

59:46 - Agustin's Story

107:30 - Would I want this to happen to my family?

1:11:54 - Can we love others without loving ourselves?

1:18:50 - Empathy and laughing at our shortcomings

1:23:45 - Appreciation to co-author Scott Sawyer

Episode 3:

Cultivating Resilience

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Bubba Peace, formerly Shaun Don ThA TRUTH, is a Father, Partner, Artist, and Poet. He is an extremely reflective and spiritual soul who seems to be wise beyond his years. This conversation is a meditation on transformation, growth and the ills of the world. He offers so much perspective on how sometimes change starts by first taking an honest look at our own lives. Bubba Peace exemplifies compassion and vulnerability in this thoughtful conversation. Enjoy this episode!

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Check out his music here! https://soundcloud.com/bubbapeace

Instagram: @Bubba_Peace

https://www.facebook.com/BabytownProduction

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2:03 - Bubba Peace's family background

5:44 - Music and poetry as self-reflection

9:37 - Masculinity as an expression of wholeness

12:50 - How having a daughter changed his life

15:31 - Bubba Peace's big dreams

17:29 - Understanding the roots of police brutality

21:05 - Returning to who we are

24:50 - "Black Community Matters"

29:25 - Re-validating the Black man's worth by validating the Black woman's worth

34:55 - "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome"

41:35 - Developing his message through the arts

45:00 - Cultivating resilient voices in the world

47:08 - Presence with God's endless energy

52:28 - "Loving people for who they are, not what I want them to become"

59:12 - "Love life to the fullest"

1:04:40 - Mama Jah

Episode 4:

How Violin Vigils for Elijah McClain Spread Nationally

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A special episode of The Soul Stories Podcast styled a la "This American Life". We explore how a peaceful protest turned violent sparked a national movement.

In this episode, we speak with the McClain family and Grammy nominated violinists, Lee England Jr. and Ashanti Floyd as well as mom who attended the protests.

 

Production by Journalist, Chris Walker 

Episode 5:

The Nuances of Immigration

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Olufemi Nassi is an author, poet, and host of The In-Betweeners Podcast. Kamga Tchassa is a poet, writer, and multi-format content creator. In this special three-way conversation, Femi and Kamga share the nuances, complexities and challenges that come with immigrating to America. It's one of those conversations that will open your eyes and expand your perspective. I had a lot of fun in this conversation and I think you will thoroughly enjoy it. Here is our episode

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For more from Femi:

Her book, Ji Sokee: https://www.amazon.com/Ji-Sokee-Awakening-Femi-Nassi/dp/2376120241

The Inbetweeners Podcast: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1vigv4LkTBCUuDYx06Oy9z iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-in-betweeners-podcast/id1504104900

Instagram: https://instagram.com/femiche_

Website: https://feminassi.com/

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For more from Kamga:

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/tchassakamga Medium : https://medium.com/@tchassakamga

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Consider supporting The Soul Stories Podcast at Patreon.com/soulstoriesdenver or sending a small donation to our Venmo account @SoulStories!

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6:56 - Femi's introduction to the U.S.

11:34 - Kamga's introduction to the U.S.

16:54 - Adjusting to an Individualistic culture

23:29 - American racism from an African's perspactive

27:28 - Having to constantly explain their identities

34:30 - The expectations and assumptions of family back home

37:38 - Discovering their own identities

42:10 - Mental health and understanding loneliness

50:28 - The dark side of African collectivism

58:43 - Self-expression and making an impact through writing 

105:48 - What's next for Kamga and Femi

1:14:08 - How to find their creative work

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MEET THE TEAM

Leadership

Founder/Executive Director:

Danny Mazur

Creative Director:

Shelsea Ochoa 

Community Advisory Board:

Hamish Pike

Shelsea Ochoa

Ellie Swensson

Kamga Tchassa

Joe Horton

Hannah Skewes

Project Teams

1st Sunday's:

Shelsea Ochoa

The Soul Stories Podcast:

Kamga Tchassa

Un/pact:

Hannah Skewes

Approaching the Unknown:

Kristen Wade

Hamish Pike