I have been podcasting for over 10 years, currently in my 13th season.
All we really have is our story. And it (our story) is ours to tell: when we want to tell it, how we want to tell it, if we want to tell it. I learned that from Ms. Maya Angelou. This is my journey. These are my stories.
Living on Purpose
By Robert Wesley Branch We are responsible for what we know and how we live. There are people who you see every day who don’t have a clue as to their purpose for being. They don’t know why they came here. These family members, friends, co-workers and complete strangers can more easily tell you what Read More ...
I have been podcasting for over 10 years, currently in my 13th season. Playlist: Brother to Brother. Over the 12 seasons, I have had some really good conversations with a handful of brothers that I have asked back time and again, to continue digging deeper into their journey. Playlist: “Conscious” Fatherhood. What does it mean to be Read More ...
Brothers and Depression: Andre Sydnor
Undiagnosed depression among Black men is more common than many may think. Inspired by the book, Black Men and Depression: Saving Our Lives, Healing Our Family and Friends by John Head, we did our first program on depression in our first season of podcasting. This is Brother Andre’s story.
Iyanla, Fix My Life
BETHESDA – September 10, 2001. Iyanla left a voice-mail message at my office. At that time, I was an executive producer in Primetime Programming at Discovery Networks. About a week earlier, on a Monday morning, in that very office, I watched the premiere of Iyanla, the Barbara Walters-produced national talk show featuring Iyanla Vanzant. And Read More ...
Ms. Judy and I met in the summer of 1986, when we were both party animals on the nightclub circuit in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. These are some of our stories from that time. Having now both reached so-called “mid-life,” we reflect on whether or not the aging process has sent us into crisis.
Brother to Brother
These are some of the brothers I have met, and stayed in dialogue with, over the years, on this podcasting journey.
Sis & Bro
Soul talking with my “sisters from another mister.”
Did your father lay his hands on you and tell you who you are? What is the reality of raising a son and a daughter, as a single Black female, without their father in the home? And what is the reality of raising Black sons, when you are not married to, or together with, their Read More ...
Because he refused to “snitch” on his co-conspirators, 18-year-old Reno was sentenced (under the felony murder rule) to life without the possibility of parole, and he has been serving his time for over 20 years now, at one of the 27 “correctional” institutions in the state of Maryland. Revisiting the history of the Lorton Reformatory Read More ...
The Evolution of You
Recorded just a few days after the executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we are processing the pain, grief, anger, and outrage at the deaths of those brothers at the hands of police. I begin by sharing the story of 1973 New Orleans sniper Mark James Robert Essex, comparing his killing spree to that of the 2016 Dallas Read More ...
Million Man March
WASHINGTON – October 16, 1995. In the Company of My Brothers. Words and Images by Robert Wesley Branch. My father reached into his briefcase and pulled out a red-black-and-green button: Million Man March, Day of Atonement, I Want to be in THAT Number!, October 16, 1995, it read. “It’s for you,” he told me. “I saw them Read More ...
WASHINGTON – September 6, 1992. My first (and so far, only!) published opinion piece in The Washington Post.