Cocktails, Culture, and Conversations

What started out as a tech podcast, turned into so much more! Let’s talk about all the things that we normally don’t as Black people. You can see why we might need the cocktails. Join Maine, Laurel, and David as the dive into a multitude of topics that are important to the culture.

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Episodes

Wednesday Sep 28, 2022

Welcome to the Cocktails, Culture, and Conversations Podcast! On this episode of The C3 Podcast, David, Laurel, and Maine dig into the feasibility of African American descendants of slaves FINALLY getting reparations from the government. Are we STILL suffering from the impacts of these practices that were put in place in the 1860s? How has society adjusted since the implementation of the Civil Right’s Act of the 1960s? And why is the GOP so adamant about returning the power to impose governance back to the states? It may be much deeper than we’ve originally expected. The C3 Squad tackles all of this and more in the latest episode!     Highlights from the episode Laurel kicks off the discussion by breaking down where the idea of black reparations came from, when the discussion was introduced to the government, and why we never really got our “40 Acres and a Mule”.     David provides the importance of viewing how the agricultural independence that getting “40 Acres and a Mule” from the government would have bolstered the economic power of African Americans starting back in the 1800s. Where would we be economically today had that actually been done?  Laurel questions the validity of the U.S. government actually following through on the promise of reparations or will they create additional obstacles to continue stifling the progress of black Americans? The trio discusses exactly what they believe would be viable alternatives to just financial compensation being paid out to black families and how do we get white Americans to buy in to the idea of black families receiving compensation that they are excluded from.       Podcast Network Info: Connect with Ebony Ascent via Website: www.EbonyAscent.com Instagram: @EbonyAscent Twitter: @EbonyAscent Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ebony-Ascent-102276362483660 TikTok: @OnTheCornerMediaGroup YouTube: www.youtube.com/EbonyAscent 

Thursday Sep 15, 2022

  Welcome to the Cocktails, Culture, and Conversations Podcast! On this episode of The C3 Podcast, Maine, Laurel, and David explore the legacy of the Jim Crow era practices imposed by the state governments throughout the country. Are we STILL suffering from the impacts of these practices that were put in place in the 1860s? How has society adjusted since the implementation of the Civil Right’s Act of the 1960s? And why is the GOP so adamant about returning the power to impose governance back to the states? It may be much deeper than we’ve originally expected. The C3 Squad tackles all of this and more in the latest episode!     Highlights from the episode David breaks down the history and implementation of the Jim Crow era practices that were implemented following the abolition of slavery at the federal level. This led to the conservative desire to control governance at the state level and ushered in the violent opposition and formation of the Ku Klux Klan.     The trio discusses the conniving ways that state governments and corporations have adapted the language in their local constitutions and company policies to appear to legally respect the intent of the Civil Right’s Act while continuing to target and exclude people of color.  Laurel describes the unique instances of African Americans living in a society that expects forced assimilation and code switching in order to be accepted in roles that were never created for black people to thrive in. Laurel poses the question, “How do we as a culture continue to advance forward despite the embedded obstacles of white supremacy continuing to stifle our upward mobility?” as Maine and David provide passionate opinion on how and why it is important to fight for more black representation in political and commercial leadership.       Podcast Network Info: Connect with Ebony Ascent via Website: www.EbonyAscent.com Instagram: @EbonyAscent Twitter: @EbonyAscent Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ebony-Ascent-102276362483660 TikTok: @OnTheCornerMediaGroup YouTube: www.youtube.com/EbonyAscent 

Wednesday Aug 31, 2022

Let’s Talk About Sex…Baby Welcome to the Cocktails, Culture, and Conversations Podcast! On this episode of The C3 Podcast, Maine, David, and Laurel tackle the sexualization of media in pop culture and discuss how it has affected the development of young black children. Are black kids exposed to sexual images too early in their formative development? How does society respond to sexually explicit stimulation and what impacts does that have on cultural interactions regarding black kids? How do we identify problem areas and what can we do to solve it? The C3 Squad discusses all of this and more in the latest episode.   Leading with historical context, the trio engage in a passionate discussion seeking to map out the ways in which the Constitution authorizes the direct oppression and suppression of marginalized communities and imagine solutions for a better future that is inclusive of all people.     Highlights from the episode Maine kicks off this week’s episode by defining two key terms for the discussion; what is “Sexualization” verses what is “Sex Positivity” and how these key definitions can often be misappropriated in pop culture.     The trio discuss the different areas in media in which sexualized imagery is being targeted to younger audiences and what impacts these have on developing minds, emotional maturity, and realistic expectations of relationships.  David describes the psychological connections that people are making based on unrealistic sexual images and the importance of understanding the differences between realistic sexual interactions and constructed sexual interactions for media. Laurel brings the conversation into the realm of understanding women’s bodily autonomy and ponders the ways that parents should bring sexual discussions to the table with their children.       Podcast Network Info: Connect with Ebony Ascent via Website: www.EbonyAscent.com Instagram: @ebonyascent Twitter: @ascentebony Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ebony-Ascent-102276362483660 TikTok: @OnTheCornerMediaGroup

Wednesday Aug 24, 2022

Special Guest: Jermaine Murray aka "The Jobfather", aka "Audio Chocolate" stops by the podcast to talk about his mission to get 500 Black people jobs in tech. He tells his story about how he got into the job matching game, and what his vision is for his company Jupiter HR.    Links: https://www.jupiterhr.ca/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jermainelmurray/ https://twitter.com/JermaineJupiter

Wednesday Aug 17, 2022

Welcome to the Cocktails, Culture, and Conversation Podcast! On this episode of The C3 Podcast, Laurel, David, and Maine reckon with the legacy of white supremacy imbedded in the U.S Constitution and how it has affected the Black community from its inception. Can we ever rise up and make a change under a government structured to negate BIPOC people? What would that change look like?    Leading with historical context, the trio engage in a passionate discussion seeking to map out the ways in which the Constitution authorizes the direct oppression and suppression of marginalized communities and imagine solutions for a better future that is inclusive of all people.     Highlights from the episode David introduces the C3 Squad to our new host, Ms. Laurel Berryman who came out the gates firing as she inquired about everyone’s earliest memories of learning about the U.S. Constitution.     The trio discusses the necessity of the U.S. Constitution’s framework despite its original design lacking representation for minorities and women.  Maine juxtaposes the role of his military service’s requirement to support and defend the constitution with the progressive need to improve and update the originating document and the trio dissect the situations that lead to civil war. Finally, Laurel leads a passionate conversation that touches on the nation’s ability to break itself away from the inherent flaws of the constitution and what it would take to completely overhaul the laws and policies that founded our country.   Podcast Network Info: Connect with Ebony Ascent via Website: www.EbonyAscent.com Instagram: @ebonyascent Twitter: @ascentebony Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ebony-Ascent-102276362483660 TikTok: @OnTheCornerMediaGroup

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

This week C3 hosts David Lee and Maine Terry sit down with Real Estate Agent Lynette Jones and talk about the racial undertones of the homebuying process, the history of housing covenants and HOA's, and financial literacy. It's a jam-packed episode with a ton of gems. The cocktail of the week is the Manattan, brought to you by Minajza.    Episode Links: The Color of Law - https://amzn.to/3BERqQU Lynette Thompson - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLyUTqDRBTAHFF4HDQi3V_Q    

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

Whatup C3 SQUAD!!! Welcome to Season Four of the Cockails, CULTURE, and Conversations podcast. We done change some things up around here! New title, same logo, new hosts, same energy, new topics! After much planning and scheduling, we are EXCITED to launch this new format of the C3 Podcast. We welcome two new hosts: Maine ( Chief) Terry and Laurel ( L-Boogie) Berryman. ( Side note, don't really know if Laurel likes the nickname L-Boogie, but we'll see how that goes during the season.) You'll be hearing more about them in the coming days. Also, we've reintroduced the cocktail portion of the podcast....kind of. Every episode, we'll have a cocktail associated with it, and we'll even show you how to make the cocktail of choice. Instructions brought to you by Minazja. Now I can't promise you the hosts will always have cocktails, but we'll try our best. Ok without further ado, let's get to the new pod. This episode Maine Terry and I are talking about wealth disparity in America. This was an in-person podcast that Maine and I recorded in Greensboro, NC, and we had a ton of fun doing it.

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

We're BAAAACKKKK!! C3 Squad stand up, and we are back with another episode of the C3 podcast. It's been a long time, we shouldn't left you. But TRUST when I tell you we have been in the lab cooking up something special for you C3 SQUAD. We've got a brand new format coming to the show, and we can't wait for you to see it, but first we wanted to finish out our original format with this very special guest Ms. Kym Caldwell. Meet Kym: Kymberly Caldwell , a native of Asheville, NC resides in Charlotte, NC. A former medical office manager for 24 years now turned serial entrepreneur and advocate for network marketing, multiple streams of income specifically residual and leveraged income. Kymberly is a by product of a 38 year old family owned business where she learned the ins and outs, ups and down of owning a small business firsthand. While blessed to have a working relationship with her father, mother and brother she also learned the toll of family owned business and the impact on family from a traditional business. At 45 , when the family business closed after 38 years , Kymberly decided to embark upon life as a serial entrepreneur. She is the CEO and President of 4 businesses and a non-profit organization that serves the residents of the state of North Carolina through economic empowerment.To add to her repertoire, Kymberly manages several properties and is also a real estate developer. In her addition, Kymberly is a world Class traveler, who has traveled to several countries and over 20 states. Kymberly is not just a leader, she is an ambassador to a team of 400 entrepreneurs and is known as The Residual Income Builder. Kymberly is a woman of faith and she uses her voice, her wisdom and her courage to lead an organization called A Tribe Called Faith and Faith Girl, The Identity Brand. With her latest project Jump, Kymberly is educating others on how to take the leap of faith and monetize. Through the different dynamics of Kym’s life she still finds time for community projects.  Kymberly is a dedicated philanthropist.  She works on several community outreach projects for the homeless population, senior citizens, families in need, at-risk-youth and she believes in supporting African American Small Business Start Ups. Kym is also committed to the overall physical betterment of families including the well-being of her own family. Kym is a wonderful daughter, a dedicated sister, niece, cousin and friend.  However, quality time with her 90 year old Great Aunt Rose is a must. Kymberly Caldwell is a Visionary and a Leader in her own right and she strives to inspire, empower and improve the quality of life for humanity as she spreads the message of faith, fun, fitness and financial freedom to impact the lives of those that she encounters.  

Wednesday May 04, 2022

This episode of the C3 podcast ChangeAgent Phillip Cooper stops by the pod to talk about his passion for helping citizens re enter the world after incarceration. We talk about the services his organization offers to those coming home, and why he is so passionate about making sure they have someone there to help them.    Meet Change Agent Cooper Philip Cooper is a Western North Carolina native that fell in love with the streets at a young age. While growing up in poverty, he identified the drug dealers as role models, as they were the ones that appeared to run a more lucrative business. While in the streets, he started using hard drugs which contradicted his career as a drug dealer and landed him years in prison for high level offenses. While in prison he completed self-help courses, rededicated his life to Christ, and was mentored by a man who had been in prison over 10 years. He is known for his statement, “prison saved my life.”   Upon release from prison, Philip immediately connected with the recovery community, which is where he found his love for counseling and peer mentoring. He became a peer mentor and worked as a case manager for 3 years before he transitioned into reentry services, serving as an advocate for returning citizens. Since then he has become a regional organizer and advocate for policy change. Philip has over 10 years of experience working with those that have barriers to employment and has committed his life to helping others “level up.” Philip says that he continues to reach back and help others because the only way to keep what he has is by giving it away.

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022

First live podcast of the season! Three subjects I wanted to cover in this podcast, and spark some conversation. The cocktails are back, grab your glass, take some sips, and lets talk. 00:00 Intro and Conversation About Ebony Ascent 05:42 Open Door Conversations Podcast 13:42 New Feature Coming to Ebony Ascent 16:00 Conversation about race 19:10 Story time with Dave. 33:50 The Horror movie that is corporate america 40:00 The New Normal

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