How to Fix a Broken Record
By Amena Brown
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Everybody has some broken records, negative messages that rattle around in our souls. Join author and spoken word poet Amena Brown as she unpacks the themes from her non-fiction book How to Fix a Broken Record with a different guest each episode. Through compelling interviews, cackling, and conversation, Amena and guests discuss life, love, faith, and broken records while reviewing the soundtracks of their lives.
||CleanEpisode 1: Intro featuring Grandma||On the premiere episode of the How to Fix a Broken Record podcast, Amena is joined by a very special guest: her grandma. The book, How to Fix a Broken Record, is dedicated to Amena's great grandmother, grandmother and mom.||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Love and Be Yourself feat. Hair Artist Giselle Grant||In Part 1 of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena writes a chapter on her natural hair journey and the day she did the big chop with her hair stylist Giselle. In this episode of the podcast about the book,||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Lessons in Adulting featuring Jennifer Chung||In Part 4 of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena writes about the lessons adulting has taught her from the power of saying yes and no, to navigating social media, surviving failure and redefining success.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Ctrl+Alt+Surrender featuring Sandra Van Opstal||In Part 5 of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena uses a play on the classic PC reset, by calling this section Ctrl+Alt+Surrender to talk about the things in life she tried to control, the places she learned to surrender and the ways she is learn.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Home featuring Dr. Una Mulale||In Part 6 of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena writes about all the ways she searches for and finds home: moving into a house, visiting Africa and returning to her family's roots. In this episode of the podcast about the book,||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Searching for the Groove featuring Brandon Gilliard||In Part 7, the final section of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena writes about the lessons she's learned from vinyl records, Herbie Hancock, and finding her own voice. In this episode of the podcast about the book,||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The Soundtracks featuring Chantae Cann||Each Part of the book How to Fix a Broken Record has a feature called the Soundtrack where Amena writes about the albums that influenced her in the areas of Love and Be Yourself, Dating, Marriage, Lessons in Adulting, Ctrl+Alt+Surrender,||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: After the Broken Records featuring Adan Bean||In this final episode of the podcast, Amena is joined by emcee, poet, podcast host and Forth District site A&R Adan Bean. Amena switches places from interviewer to interviewee as Adan asks the questions about all things How to Fix a Broken Record.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Marriage featuring Montell and Kristin Jordan||In Part 3 of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena writes with humor and candor about her experience in the first five years of being married to her husband, Matt. In this episode of the podcast about the book,||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Dating featuring Annie Downs||In Part II of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena writes about her dating pitfalls and successes: the innocence of her first date, dating myths she had to unlearn, break ups and what happens when dating goes good.||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Natural hair and bravery
I just wanted to thank Amena and Giselle for sharing their journeys. All women should be able to feel beautiful and confident in the world. I know I am often timid about what I can do, but hope someday to have the confidence of these lovely women. And the episode with Grandma was a hoot!
Thank you Amena and Giselle for sharing truth and wisdom. Thank you for the reminder to pause and choose to do things that bring me joy. Thank you for sharing there is no such thing as bad hair! And that black gals can have tons of fun and creativity with their hair too!! So grateful
Amena does her thing. Expected nothing less.