On “I Am America,” Tracee Ellis Ross highlights inspirational stories about the human experience, identity, community, inclusion, and the nation’s infinite potential. The thoughtful episodes present unexpected stories to help “expand our understanding of identity, the idea of community, and the possibility of our country.” Episodes feature guests on journeys of belonging, joy, hope, and how their lives have impacted others.
Inspired by Langston Hughes’ words, “I Am America” is a collection of unique stories about the nation that Tracee knows well – a complex fabric woven by people’s varied experiences, finding their own paths in systems that tried to erase them. Tracee is holding space for vulnerable stories of belonging, and more truths that we do not nearly hear enough of these days – you’ll hear true stories reframing American identity, color, culture, and community.
Stream Dear Media podcast’s ten episodes in any order featuring standalone guests and everyday people. So far, all episodes run less than 40 minutes each, with new episodes posted weekly over the next several weeks.
Former businessman Tony Hillery joined the first episode to share his experiences finding purpose and joy volunteering at a Harlem elementary school. He honestly recapped his journey, complete with pits and peaks, and learned that not knowing the answers to everything is an answer in itself. Hillery was dedicated to building community and making a difference in the lives of his students while helping them meet their goals.
Deanna Van Buren began designing spaces for restorative justice after her own healing journey. She discussed her life’s path, interest in mindful environments, architectural passions, and more on episode two.
Ross has starred in a slew of films and shows including Blackish. She is the recipient of awards and nominations including a 2017 Golden Globe, nine NAACP Image Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, and two Critics’ Choice Awards nominations. She is also the director & founder/CEO of PATTERN Beauty, a haircare company.
Tune in for new episodes of “I Am America” wherever you listen to you your favorite podcasts.