Black people in every industry—entertainment, sports, politics, culture—have worked hard to forge new paths and make change, and we want to talk about it. On The Table is Ours, hosts Kirby Dixon and Amira Lewally are doing exactly that. Instead of asking for a seat at the table, we are building our own. Through open, honest and deep conversations we'll learn how Black identity has informed, empowered and fortified the lives and careers of our Black faves. Listen up, because we are only getting louder.
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Taye Diggs: Pursuing Your Passions and Being Black Famous
The legendary Taye Diggs joins us this week and leaves nothing off the table. Not only is he one of our faves, but your mom, auntie and grandmother probably love him too. From How Stella Got Her Groove Back to The Best Man, Brown Sugar, The Wood and beyond, Taye has been a staple of all of our favorite Black films and television shows. We dig into his love of acting and Broadway, getting paid what you’re worth, what fans can expect from the new The Best Man franchise and so much more. Get your two-step ready because Mr. Black Rom-Com is bringing the sunny days!
Kendrick Sampson: The Intersection of Art & Activism
Houston native and one of our favorite heartthrobs, Kendrick Sampson, is coming through this week and getting real. Kendrick stands out in any role, whether it's Insecure, How To Get Away With Murder or Fashionably Yours. But in addition to acting, he is an activist and change maker who is not afraid to stand up for what he believes. Kendrick opened up to us about finding his voice, bringing activism into his art and his recent encounter with the Colombian police. Using our voice and speaking up is one of our greatest forms of activism, so let's get loud!
Lil Rel: The Power of Girl Dads and Rom-Coms
Comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery has been in the entertainment game for a minute, but it was his role as everyone's favorite TSA agent in Get Out that launched him into stardom. From The Photograph to Insecure to his new Netflix film Bad Trip, it seems like there's no genre Lil Rel can't conquer! This week, we chat with him about his love of romantic comedies, handling grief, and his relationship with the celebrity mom we all know and love, Mrs. Tina Knowles-Lawson! Don’t worry, y'all, this is a safe space not the sunken place!
Jay Pharoah: Making Light of Dark Times
Jay Pharoah is a man of many talents and impressions! He first hit our radar during his time on Saturday Night Live, and he's kept us laughing ever since. Whether it's stand-up comedy, movies or TV, Jay's star continues to shine. He sat down with us for a hilarious and personal conversation about his time on SNL, how an encounter with the police last spring changed his comedy for the better, and how advocating for others and speaking up is necessary for any kind of progress. Who needs a laugh track when you've got Jay Pharoah?
Danielle Brooks: Black Motherhood and Raising the Bar
Danielle Brooks is a renaissance woman and one of our absolute favorite entertainers! Whether it's her incredible performance as Taystee in Orange Is The New Black or her dynamite portrayal of Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway, Danielle is making her presence felt as a leading lady. We sat down with her for an intimate discussion about her life since becoming a mother, how she'll choose roles moving forward and what it took to portray the legendary Mahalia Jackson. Don't forget your shades because the Black Girl Magic is shining bright this week!
Elaine Welteroth: Silencing Imposter Syndrome and Bossing Up
Our fave digital mentor and fashionista, Elaine Welteroth, has done it all. She's a journalist, magazine editor, TV personality and a New York Times best-selling author. At 29, she made history when she was appointed as the youngest editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. We talked with our new auntie-in-chief about finding your path, breaking into the boardroom and overcoming imposter syndrome. No more shrinking in the workplace, we're expanding loudly and proudly after this interview!
Kyla Pratt: Protecting Your Peace
When we think of our childhood Black TV faves, Kyla Pratt undoubtedly comes to mind. She's sitcom royalty, starring in One on One, and appearing on shows like Moesha, Sister Sister, The Parkers and Lizzie McGuire just to name a few. She's also the voice of some of our favorite animated characters – hello, Penny Proud! We sat down with Kyla to discuss her journey from childhood stardom to being Black and pregnant in Hollywood and the importance of protecting your peace. We're getting cute and loud with this one!
Karamo Brown: Toxic Masculinity and Black Mental Health
A reality TV icon, Karamo Brown first appeared on The Real World: Philadelphia, where he broke down barriers as the first Black, openly gay man in Real World history. Now, he is the resident life coach and culture king on Queer Eye. As if that isn't enough, in the decade between TV ventures, Karamo also became a licensed psychotherapist and social worker. He went deep with us, exploring everything from Black masculinity and fatherhood to mental health and personal growth in the public eye. We even discussed bringing Negro Spirituals back in 2021. Let the church say AMEN!
Vanessa Williams: Black Beauty Standards and Loving Yourself First
The epitome of Black Girl Magic, multi-talented queen Vanessa Williams stole the spotlight after being crowned the first Black Miss America in 1983. Since then, she has conquered everything from music, to TV, film, stage and beyond. She sat down with us to talk about the pressures that come with being a first, the importance of self-love, nurturing many talents, and how she's giving back to the Black theatre community with her newest passion – Black Theatre United.
Big Freedia: Duality and the Power of Shaking Ass
Headlines started calling Big Freedia an "overnight sensation" when she was featured on Beyoncés "Formation" and Drake's "Nice For What," but she's been in the Bounce music game for over 20 years. We talk to Big Freedia about living a dual life on and off stage, her love for New Orleans, coping with grief and of course, performing with the Queen Bey in her home town, plus so much more. Check out her book, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva. Girl down!
Introducing: The Table is Ours
Listen to a preview of the upcoming A&E Original Podcast, The Table is Ours.