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At the age of 5, William Weeks was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and was given just six months to live. Nevertheless, faith, hope and a burning desire to live has seen him not just endure, but thrive. Today William is a much sought after speaker, musician and trainer who uses his gifts to help other overcome life’s giants.

On this episode, William talks about how that diagnosis changed his life, the struggles he endured growing up and his mission to not be limited by his disability.

As a person with a disability, life has taught William how to “bounce back” from calamity and live a life full of purpose. Now William teaches other corporations of all sectors how to overcome their adversities and “bounce back” to the fast track of success!

Currently, William is the Disability, Mental Health Manager for the Eastern Shore Early Childhood Development Center (ESECDC) where he is responsible for the overall design, implementation and evaluation of the disabilities and mental health program for pre-school age children.

You can learn more about William on his website at: www.aboutweeks.com

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In the midst of a wave of Black Lives Matter protests that swept the globe in 2020, last August marked the second annual Black Pound Day; its aim being to encourage support from people to buy from Black-owned companies (both local to them and online).The power of black and other ethnic consumers represents a significant proportion of the marketplace with an estimated spending power of £300 billion per year in the UK.

While black people are avid consumers, we generate and hold very little wealth comparatively speaking. A recent report by the Runnymede Trust titled, The Colour of Money: How racial inequalities obstruct a fair and resilient economy, highlighted this fact.

Kenroy Malcolm is an aspiring property investor and runs a YouTube channel where he provides tips and tricks to help his viewers save money as well as charting his own wealth-building journey. He is part of a small minority of black content creators in the personal finance space online who are keen to inspire and encourage others

On this episode, Kenroy and I talk about why wealth-building is not just important, but an essential part of creating economic freedom. We also talk about his own personal finance journey and his inspiration for YouTube.

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For the last year, we’ve been gripped by a global pandemic. Figures in the UK currently stand at more than 2 and half million confirmed cases and 75,000 deaths. Despite having endured two previous national lockdowns and the shifting goalposts of localised restrictions updated almost weekly, we’re now entering a third national lockdown with no end in sight. Some of us have been held hostage to fear of the virus, many have lost friends and loved ones, but all of us have suffered severe disruption to our lives and plans.

On this episode I interview Chukwudi Ugbomah and we talk about what it was like trying to plan a wedding during a lockdown and crossing the threshold into marriage.

Chukwudi and his then fiancé did not live together prior to getting married, and so had to practice social distancing for much of the first half of 2020 and the period leading up to their wedding. The transition from bachelor to husband was a particularly profound, and so we discuss what that journey has been like for him.

Chukwudi was one of the very first men I interviewed back in season 1 of the podcast where we talked about his preparations for marriage. You can listen to it here: Ep. #2 – Legacy, Money and Managing Conflict. Back then, reports of the Coronavirus had only just begun to emerge out of Wuhan, China and we couldn’t have imagined just how much our lives would have been affected by it in just a few short weeks afterwards.

While for many of us, it may seem as though our lives remain in a state of perpetual limbo, Chukwudi’s story encourages me to believe we can still hope for new beginnings and I hope it does the same for you too.

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We live in a world saturated with images of unrealistic and unattainably perfect bodies. While its impact on women has been documented at length, there is very little social commentary on the effect this has on men.

Men have historically been taught to suppress certain feelings and emotions and so we often lack the emotional vocabulary to communicate the deep inadequacies that challenge the very nature of our perceived manhood. We we do possess the vocabulary, we often are not afforded the spaces to express these vulnerabilities.

Body image is a broad term which encompasses a whole range of ideologies. In this conversation, Jamie, Daray, Nate and Dan explore some of these concepts as well as our sexuality as it informs our identities as men, and whether size really does matter.

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Jason Osei, a native Londoner, left the UK to play American Football in Europe before moving to America in 2012. With four conference championships under his belt, twice voted all-conference player and graduating from university with honours, Jason has clearly struck a winning formula.

The secret to his success isn’t particularly secret however. Jason shy’s away from any suggestions of being especially gifted in any particular way that makes his success any less attainable for the average individual.

“From grit to greatness…” a statement Jason proclaimed in a 2017 ad campaign by Texas A&M Commerce University, where his image was featured on Dallas-area billboards, television ads, online and at the local airport.

Success often requires a combination of patience, effort and self-discipline. These are attributes which must be nurtured and developed to create an environment under an optimum outcome is most likely achieved on a consistent basis.

It takes work and hard graft which sometimes goes immediately unrewarded, but serves as a foundation to build upon.

His days as a collegiate American Football player are over, but Jason isn’t slowing down. He is undefeated as an MMA fighter and is currently a championship winning semi-pro tag-team wrestler going under the moniker, ‘The Summit‘.

The summit is an apt metaphor for the journey to success. It’s arduous and uphill all the way, but with every step you take forward, you’re one step closer to your goal. The process shapes you in immeasurably valuable ways; it shows you the weaknesses that hold you back and each new victory serves as motivation to keep moving forward.

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This is the final episode of a 3-part series titled, ‘Paternal’. It is honest, funny and heartfelt. If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes, then I’d recommend you click the links below to do so now:

  1. In the Beginning
  2. The Beginning of the End

Last year I wrote a blog post titled Am I Enough… It was my attempt to articulate more than 20 years of hurt and anger for what I perceived as my father’s unwillingness to fight hard enough to keep me in his life.

Maybe it’s unfair to have placed all of that at his feet. Maybe in some situations, regardless of best efforts or honest intentions, collateral damage is just an unavoidable consequence of relationship breakdowns. Maybe there are innumerable shades of grey that I had never been able to consider before.

Whatever the reality of the situation, it was my commitment to breaking the cycle. And I think the conversation you’re about to hear is our commitment to each other. A commitment to be better men.

On this episode, my father and I talk about the impact of our family’s breakdown and our struggles in forging our own identities in manhood.

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NEW EPIOSODE OUT NOW: Paternal - The Beginning of the End.

This is the second episode of a 3-part series titled, ‘Paternal’. It is honest, funny and heartfelt. If you haven’t listened to part 1, In the Beginning, then I’d recommend you click the link to do so now.

When I was 9 years old, I had a teacher called Miss Bryant. In class one day, she noticed I had become withdrawn and subdued. She took me aside to ask what was wrong and after some prodding, I explained that things at home between my parents weren’t great. It wasn’t long afterwards that I moved to a different school, largely owing to the financial pressures under which my newly single mom now found herself.

A couple years later and entirely by chance, mine and Miss Bryant’s paths crossed again. We talked for a little while, and she asked whether things had improved at home. It was difficult to find an answer. I mean, things were certainly different; my father was no longer living with us and the volatility of my parents’ relationship had now moved into a space far less accessible to me. But I couldn’t honestly say things had improved. We just had different challenges now.

For me, chief among them was trying to help mom pick up the pieces of our broken home.

On this episode, my father and I talk about the circumstances that led to the breakdown of our family and our father-son relationship.

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My parents split up when I was about 10 years old. The last eighteen months of their relationship was, as I perceived it, a traumatic, disruptive and chaotic mess.

In the years that followed, my relationship with my father broke down. There were many reasons for this, but it mainly boiled down to the fact that I didn’t feel emotionally secure in the situation to continue loving him as I did before, and I didn’t feel like he put enough effort into providing that security for me.

On this episode, my father and I have a direct, real-time conversation with each other for the first time in over 20 years.

We talk about his childhood, the abuse he suffered at home and the circumstances under which I came into this world. This is the first episode of a 3-part series titled Paternal. It is honest, funny and heartfelt.  

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We are relational human beings, and as such we often encounter conflict in our relationships. Conflict is normal, its common, but it’s not necessarily a harbinger of doom.

Conflict within positive relationships between men can instil respect of each others’ differences and jovial provocation. But sometimes, conflict can result in the breakdown of relationships or lead to serious difficulties and sustained interactions.

In this episode, I talk with Chukwudi, Daniel, Raymond and Spregs about our experiences of being in conflict with other men and with each other.

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DISCLAIMER: One of the guests uses the ‘n-word’ to describe incidents of racism he’s faced.