Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios and Hulu present the podcast, “Your Attention Please.” Host Kimberly Drew examines what excellence means and speaks with Black innovators. The Hulu TV series by the same title also celebrates Black History year-round. The podcast explores how success looks different for everyone. Kimberly interviews visionaries who have broken boundaries and changed the world. She discusses how success is within reach for everyone who looks forward and envisions a better future.
As a super-fan, connoisseur, and curator of Black art, Kimberly spends a lot of time thinking about the world and culture. With this podcast, she adores sharing stories of empowerment and people who bring their ideas to fruition. In all of her years studying the arts and people, Kimberly believes, “We all have the power to create something beautiful.” Guests explore where they’re going next. As much as they’ve catalyzed progress, they share details on how they’ve overcome obstacles and tell stories about their journeys.
Many guests are featured that weave a variety of disciplines together in their work. In an episode, Architectural Technologist Iddris Sandu explains how he blends design, technology, and hip-hop. When asked about his definition of an ideal world, Iddris said it involves harmony. He calls himself an “equalitarian” and hopes for a world in which we accept people’s truths for what they are.
Other guests from Season 1 include Planetary Protection Engineer, Dr. Moogega Cooper. Her job is to make sure Earth and other planets do not get contaminated when humans visit space. In her ideal world, she hopes people take inspiration from science and approach questions with an open mind. She encourages everyone to engage in dialogues in a healthy way.
Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad spoke about competing in 2016’s Olympic games. She was the first American Muslim woman who wore a hijab representing the U.S at The Olympics. Also in Season 1, Author Tomi Adeyemi spoke about her fantasy Legacy of Orïsha series including Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance. Her debut novel is set to become a film in the future. Tomi explains how important it is to believe in yourself, follow your dreams, and surround yourself with a team of chosen people. In this episode, Kimberly is reminded how great it is to step out of her comfort zone, since her favorite genre to read is historical fiction.
Movement Art Is (MAI) is an organization to mentor, teach, inspire, and inform how dance can change the world. Dancers Jon Boogz and Lil Buck discuss how critical art and connectivity are for the world at large. The guests explore art as cultural currency and how important it is to unite people together. Jon and Lil Buck also examine action, education, and Black culture.
In the second season, Kimberly spoke with 12 individuals who also appeared on the Hulu TV series. Guests such as stunt actor Jazzy Ellis appear on the show. Jazzy’s credits have included Avengers: Infinity War, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Watchmen, Black Lightning, and Lovecraft Country. She describes breaking into the industry, on-set safety measures, behind-the-scenes tidbits, and navigating her career’s path.
NFL coach Jennifer King spoke about her sports ambitions and desire to help others excel in football. She’s the first Black woman to be a full-time coach in the NFL. Jennifer and Kimberly both took leaps of faith and left comfortable jobs to pursue their dreams. Jennifer left the world of college football and Kimberly left the MET.
Identical twin designers and entrepreneurs Soull and Dynasty Ogun of the brand L’Enchanteur explain their approach to design. Soull specializes in metalworking. Dynasty is a builder who works with textiles. They are influenced by their ancestors and have a DIY ethos. Soull and Dynasty acknowledge their West African and Caribbean heritage with their work.
Pride Fund CEO Densil Porteous spoke about giving back to the community and supporting queer entrepreneurs. He also works with Stonewall Columbus, focusing on empowerment, inclusion, and equality for the LGBTQIA+ community. Densil speaks about growing up and being close to his mom. He learned a ton from her sense of humor and non-judgmental attitude. Densil shares how he loves maintaining joy in his household, and shares anecdotes about his partner and daughter.
Kimberly Drew is also an author and activist. She wrote This is What I Know About Art and co-edited the anthology Black Futures with Jenna Wortham.
So with the podcast series “Your Attention Please,” we’re bringing our attention to these inspirational stories. Both seasons of “Your Attention Please” are currently streaming.