The First-Gen Lounge
By Dr. Eve| The Purpose Professor
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The First-Gen Lounge (formerly The Purpose University Podcast) is a place where we, first-generation college graduates, come to kick it and talk honestly about this thing called life. It is here where we find community—we’re people who break barriers and defy the odds but understand there is still much ahead of us; therefore, leaning on, and learning from, each other is what we do. In this space, we all belong and will uplift, inspire, and empower one another by sharing our truth as we tell our stories. Simply grab a seat, get real comfortable, and join the conversations every Thursday at 9pm! Learn more over at www.thefirstgenlounge.com. #TheFirstGenLounge.
||CleanSpring 2019: Session 46 (Bringing Forth New Life with Don Holmes)||Don Holmes, a native of Progress, Mississippi spent six years enlisted in the United States Army after finishing high school. Later graduating from The University of Southern Mississippi wit BA in English (Magna Cum Laude), he'd go on to become a PhD..||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2019: Session 45 (Humbling Yourself with LaTayvia Brown)||From being born and raised in the projects of Astoria (Queens, New York) to studying abroad, I had the pleasure of kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with LaTayvia Brown. As an entrepreneur (Owner of Professionally Inspired, LLC), mentor, and leader,...||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpring 2019: Session 44 (The Journey of Mind with Colby Cornell)||Mental health challenges are real, and we need to talk about them more so we can take steps in the right direction to get the necessary support. I had an opportunity to kick it in #thefirstgenlounge with Colby Cornell who is an Entrepreneur and Mental..||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 43 (And the Storms Kept Comin' with Dr. Eve Hudson)||Kickin' in #thefirstgenlounge by myself. You know hanging with yourself ain't bad annnnd, I did tell you that I'd be showing up a little more solo dolo. Can we agree that it's been ONE hell of a year? 2018 has been NUTS; however, I learned an awful...||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 42 (Nuggets for Life with The FGL Family)||We (first-gen family) have hit over 7.3k downloads. Wow! Can you believe it? So, to celebrate this major milestone, and reflect on the many things that have been shared with us over the past year, here are a few words of wisdom from some of the...||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 41 (Realizing You ARE Exceptional with Andrew Martinez)||Kickin’ it in #TheFirstGenLounge with New York native, Andrew Martinez, who is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, research associate at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, and formerly th||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 40 (Poverty to Prosperity with Chris Wallace)||Kickin’ it in #thefirstgenlounge with Chris Wallace, a Fayetteville, North Carolina native, inspirational speaker, and lifelong public servant. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and..||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 39 (Unsilencing and Undaunting with Dr. Eve Hudson)||I'm kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge solo dolo today. I thought I'd take the time to be transparent with you all about a snag I had recently--lacking confidence, silencing myself, and having to remind myself that I am enough. Learn More About Dr....||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 38 (Giving Yourself Credit with Donald A. Coleman, Jr.)||Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Donald A. Coleman, Jr. who is a native of Georgia, Higher Education Professional at Kennesaw State University, and graduate of both Georgia State University and Loyola University-Chicago. He's one that you can...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 37 (A Season of Hope with Kenisha Alexander)||Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Kenisha N. Brown-Alexander who is a native Louisville, Kentucky, graduate of the University of Louisville and Nova Southeastern University, Founder of the nonprofit Season of Hope, and Sports Consultant. An...||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 36 (Leveling Up Your Life with Annetta Thomas-Paige)||Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Annetta Thomas-Paige who is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mental Health Therapist, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Licensed Certified Counselor. An encouraging conversation about helping others grow, taking..||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 35 (No Growth in the Comfort Zone with Zach Jacobs)||Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Zach Jacobs who is a native of Stauton, VA and a graduating senior at Virginia Tech studying Agribusiness Management with a minor in National Security and Foreign Affairs. An energizing conversation about having a..||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 34 (Building Your Own Table with Shawntel Okonkwo)||Kickin' in #thefirstgenlounge with Shawntel Okonkwo who is a PhD Candidate in Molecular Biology and Gene Regulation at UCLA. She is also the Founder and creative director of wokeSTEM, a creative and afro-futuristic organization that intersects social...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 33 (Putting Yourself Out There with Gino Cordone)||Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Gino Cordone who is Mechanical Engineer, Musician, and Entrepreneur from Connecticut. An honest conversation about making strategic decisions, taking chances on yourself, learning from failure, and being grateful...||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 32 (Setting Your Own Tone with Nia Newsome)||Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Nia Newsome who is Pan-Afrikan, Author, Poet, Blogger, and Childcare Provider. A motivating conversation about stepping up and being a leader, challenging yourself, and setting the tone for your life. Connect...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2018: Session 31 (Embracing and Empowering Yourself with Ivy Felicia)||Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Ivy Felicia who is a motivational speaker, a body image expert, a certified holistic wellness coach with over 5 years of acclaimed service. An empowering conversation about facing barriers as a first-gen, making...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 30 (Going for What You Want with Brandy Varnado)||Session 30: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with #California native Brandy Varnado who is a author, teacher, and entrepreneur. An insightful conversation about self-care, finding support in your network, navigating the workforce and...||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 29 (Plus Size Magic with Ellise Smith)||Session 29: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Detroit native Ellise Smith who is a current #PhD Scholar and Creator of Fatness Fiction. A fun and real conversation about pushing through the struggle, education as elevation, and being fat....||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSummer 2018: Session 28 (Bringing Light to Darkness with T-Kea Blackman)||Session 28: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with T-Kea Blackman who is mental health advocate, speaker, writer, and podcast host. A raw conversation about lifelong challenges with mental health, attempting suicide, and the necessity of seeking...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 27 (Make No Excuses with Ravenne Aponte)||Session 27: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with #Miami native Ravenne Aponte who is a Registered Nurse currently working in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. A joyful conversation about strategizing to achieve your goals, being...||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 26 (You Betta Recognize with Tyrone King, Jr.)||Session 26: #UpliftingliftFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Atlanta native Tyrone King, Jr. who is a multi-talented entrepreneur. An inspiring conversation about realizing your full potential, pushing yourself, and navigating entrepreneurship....||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 25 (Purpose in Everything with Aleidra R. Allen)||Session 25: #UpliftingliftFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Aleidra R. Allen who is a social change advocate and entrepreneur. An encouraging conversation about going against the grain, taking the leap, and changing the world around you. Connect with...||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 24 (Getting to Financial and Professional Freedom with Ja'Net Adams)||Session 24: #UpliftingliftFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Ja'Net Adams who is an international speaker, author, and CEO of EMACK Consulting. An enlightening conversation about beginning with the end in mind, committing to one's success, and being...||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 23 (I Am Authentically Me with Marquis Taylor)||Session 23: #UpliftingliftFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Marquis Taylor, Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Creator of the blog "I Am Authentically Me."...||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 22 (Love is H.O.M.E. with Dr. Tamara Glover)||Session 22: #UpliftingliftFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast withy Dr. Tamara Glover who is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Arkansas State University and Mrs. Arkansas United States 2018. An inspiring conversation about stepping into your light,...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 21 (Trusting What God has For You with Shonice Montgomery)||Session 21: #UpliftingliftFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Shonice Montgomery who is the Coordinator of Student and Young Alumni Programming at The University of Southern Mississippi and Creator of Life + Style blog, FASH. A real conversation taking...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 20 (Be Who You Want to Be with Jonathan Solomon)||Session 20: #UpliftingliftFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Jonathan Solomon is a native of Ohio and current Director of Upward Bound at Harris-Stowe State University. A real conversation about Black male identity, taking ownership for one's life, and...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 19 (Run Your Life with Hector Sanchez Leon)||Session 19: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Hector Sanchez Leon who is a Sales Executive, DJ, and Father. An eye-opening conversation about transitioning to America from Mexico, overcoming setbacks, and taking control of one's destiny....||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 18 (Making A Way with Kara Robinson)||Session 18: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast this week with Kara Robinson who is an educator and graduate student. An empowering conversation about going from foster care to college, peer mentorship, and transforming live through education.||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 17 (Premye a Levé with Irnande Altema, Esq.)||#UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast this week with Irnande Altema, Esq. who is the Founder of FirstGenRise. An empowering conversation about being first-gen and owning one's identity, navigating professionals spaces, and setting expectations....||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2018: Session 16 (Rising from the Bayou with Dr. Dymphna Davis)||#UpliftingFirstGens this week on #ThePUPodcast with Dr. Dymphna Davis who is a Mental Health Professional, Researcher, and Life Strategist. A telling conversation about being unmentored, code switching, and bouncing back from loss. Connect with Dr....||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2018: Session 15 (Rethinking First-Gen Stress with Dr. Eve)||Session 15: #UpliftingFirstGens this week on #ThePUPodcast with Dr. Eve. In celebrating #mentalhealthawareness, this episode is aimed at helping you lay down some of the mental load. Seeing that perception is reality, ponder on these tips and start...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2018: Session 14 (Wherever You May Be with Skyra Thomas)||#UpliftingFirstGens this week on #ThePUPodcast with Skyra Thomas who is the Founder of Flip the Zip. A meaningful conversation about relocating--creating community and finding one's "home"... wherever you may be. Connect with Skyra-...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2018: Session 13 (Navigating Uncomfortable Places with Jarrel Johnson)||#UpliftingFirstGens this week on #ThePUPodcast with Jarrel Johnson who is a higher education PhD student, fellow podcast host, and Black man on the move. A refreshing conversation about dealing with the uncertainties and discomforts of growth,...||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2018: Session 12 (Hella Black and Hella Proud with Erica Clark)||#UpliftingFirstGens this week on #ThePUPodcast with HBCU alumna Erica Clark who is the Founder of Black Owned Businesses, LLC. An insightful conversation about coping with loss, finding one's way, and being an agent of change "for the culture."...||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2018: Session 11 (Eye On the Prize with Kimberly Bell)||#UpliftingFirstGens this week on #ThePUPodcast with Kimberly Bell who is the Founder of Gifted Brown Girls. An inspiring conversation about overcoming setbacks, motivating others, and being a Black creative. Connect with Kimberly- Instagram:...||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2018: Session 10 (Get On the Pedestal with Tekita Bankhead)||Moments of enlightenment about being Black, womanhood, and life from the Creator and Editor-In-Chief of The Pedestal Project, Tekita Bankhead! Creator/Editor-In-Chief of The Pedestal Project, an online space dedicated to uplifting Black Women...||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2018: Session 9 (9 Pearls of Wisdom with Dr. Eve)||Happy New Year! Celebrating one year of The Purpose University Podcast (and another birthday). Here are a few things that I've taken from the past year that I'd like to share with you. Connect with Lillian Blanche-- Instagram:...||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2017: Session 8 (Align Yourself with Elisa Wiah)||Elisa Wiah, Founder and CEO of Girls Like Me, Inc. talk with us about the importance of aligning yourself so that one may live their best live and be their most authentic self. First-Generation college graduate Elisa Wiah is the founder and CEO of...||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2017: Session 7 (Be Legend with Curtis Outlaw)||Curtis Outlaw, Founder of Young Black Kings, and first-generation college graduate, chats with us about living his most authentic life. Inspired by his upbringings, he is on a mission to serve others by uplifting them and helping them see their...||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFall 2017: Session 6 (The Importance of Healing with Debbie L. London)||Healing plays a large role in being able to live your best life and be your authentic self. Author, Debbie L. London, who is also a first-generation college graduate, talks about the importance of healing for leading and loving your life. Debbie...||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2017: Session 5 (Dealing with Frustration with Dr. Eve)||Everyone gets frustrated from time-to-time, but you don't have to stay in that negative mental space. In this session, we'll touch on ways that you can deal with frustration.||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2017: Session 4 (Stop Being Fearful with Dr. Eve)||Let's talk about fear! Don't let it keep you stagnant because there is so much life on the other side of what you fear. Music by FaSol||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer 2017: Session 3 (Letting Go of Perfection and Expectations with Dr. Eve)||Letting go of the need to be perfect is one way to live your best life. Release the expectations of others and do what makes you happy. After all, you don't have to be perfect. Music produced by Jee Juh.||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2017: Session 2 (Evaluating Your Circle with Dr. Eve)||After having spent a few days conversing with students at The Ohio State University about healthy relationships, this session is intended to encourage you to reflect on the people with whom you surround yourself with while on your journey of living...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpring 2017: Session 1 (Welcome to Purpose University with Dr. Eve)||So, what is Purpose University all about? Meet your host Dr. Eve, celebrating her birthday today, and let's talking about the start of living your best life.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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This is going to be one of my favorite podcast.
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Insight, encouragement, and love literally drips from this podcast. It’s more than “chicken soup” for your soul. This podcast is the soothing balm for your life.
Dr. Eve Hudson’s warm and inviting demeanor sets the tone for inward exploration. She challenges you to be your ultimate self in every aspect. She encourages you to find ways around—and through—your obstacles. Most importantly, she provides you with the necessary tools to succeed in becoming your best self.
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