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The Positive Identity Podcast Series, dedicated to celebrating positive race relations by highlighting the good work that people of different racial communities do for each other and the world. We're supporters of the Asian, Black, Hispanic, White Communities and beyond and are here for all people! Because we believe in the power of everyone to uplift, edify and take action to create positive unity.
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Last week Ron and Stephen were just working away at little ol Positive Identity, hoping they could make a difference in their own small way. Their Outreach Director Ben told them this reporter wanted to speak with them. Thinking it was someone just fishing in the water to see if this was something interesting, Stephen figured he would get Directors Leonora and David in on the call in hopes that they three could give a larger context to the work being done.Little did they know this "short call" was actually a large scale and comprehensive interview with a journalist for the OC Register on how Positive Identity worked, its long term plan, what the organization is trying to do and how it will succeed. In a flash Stephen, Ron, Leonora and David were having their professional photos taken and a big story was being written about Positive Identity.Ron and Stephen download about this turn of events. Exposure is coming... and what does that all mean."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
While the State of the Union address tales place in January/February, after the "Summer of Love 2021", it's time to see where we're at as a nation.For Ron & Stephen, the fun and joy of summer now turns to the seriousness and edge of fall. COVID is on a rampage, the Supreme Court is dropping the hammer, Afghanistan is dominating the news and America continues through the uncertainty of this current era.But there is optimism in the air if not a major question that Ron & Stephen must face... and that is when people refuse to see the same reality... how can they ever truly come together."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
As we are currently going through global pandemic, we are also simultaneously going through another epidemic: homelessness. But what is our country doing in terms of helping those without homes? What can we individually do to help? Jon Linton, founder of I have a Name and Let's Be Better Humans, has taken matters into his own hands.Jon shares the various ways he has impacted the homelessness community, spreading hope to those who have expressed that they feel invisible and dehumanized.  Jon shares his journey of becoming an advocate for the unhoused, and how it all started with a photograph."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
David Shakelford has a story to tell about injustice. Except that this injustice took place before cameras and the internet were a thing. So how do you bring to life a story, about a military mission and exercise that went wrong, killed many soldiers, many soldiers of color, when there wasn't anything around to record it? For David... it was to recreate this world so people could see it with their own eyes.For Ron and Stephen, focusing on the injustices of the past, and ultimately learning from them is the great question they are trying to figure out. How can we look back to allow us to understand how to go forward. In this podcast episode, they see how people like David are doing just that. Then ultimately they both learn from David's play what they can do for real to make sure that injustice never happens again."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
"Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."What does it mean to have an identity... and have a morality attached to it? For Ani Zonneveld, this was a question she was asking herself in the Muslim faith. While much of the discussion globally has taken to a turn to looking at the lens of Islam conservatively, she felt that it could have gone in another direction. And her direction she found was fraught with danger... and clarity.For Ron and Stephen, many people attach morality to their racial identity. What does it mean to be Black. To be White. And so forth. As this question takes on one of deep importance, as many people these days more and more attach their identity to their cultural and moral choices. Speaking to Ani, maybe she can give a glimpse into what it means to be you... and how you act as you.
Alex Lui is releasing a movie,  A Sexplination, and he's doing his media circuit to drive attention for the movie. Ron and Stephen are intrigued by Alex, his Asian American story in the middle of #StopAsianHate, and his story of what sexuality means in today's society. It's a charged subject to be sure, but one that must be talked about. How do race and sex intersect, and how do they effect each other. Even further, as human beings what is "good sex" and are we as a society doing it right. Ron, being a member of the LGBT community who survived the homophobia of the 80s, 90s and 2000s, definitely has a lot to say on this subject. Stephen of course, is perfectly fine prodding them both to get to the real truth behind it all."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
In this episode, Stephen and Ron discuss the imminent release of Step1 for 12 Steps for America.  With the video set to launch, the question arises, how will people react. For Ron, this is a very personal story and journey. He is essentially taking his own life, and the darkness he experienced through addiction, and tackling one of America's most controversial subjects through that lens, race and discrimination.How will people react? How will America react. They discuss."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
One year ago, deep in the heart of the Pandemic, one month after George Floyd and the protests after changed the world, with the 2020 presidential election kicking into gear, Stephen and Ron were laying the foundation for their podcast and speaking to guests for the first time.After speaking to Gang Interventionist Alfred Lomas, another gang interventionist, Tommie T-Top Rivers, came onto the podcast to speak with Ron and Stephen.This podcast didn't go the usual route. While the team spoke about how race impacted the world of gang violence and how we can learn about how race and gang membership have similarities, Tommie took the podcast in another direction. It was time to speak about George Floyd, race in America and how both sides were getting it wrong. A year later, this podcast is being posted for the first time to serve as a time capsule into a turbulent American moment and how Positive Identity, Ron and Stephen grew from it."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
With the imminent release of a wave of content for Positive Identity, Stephen and Ron reflect on the state of affairs for the world.How do you remain constructive in the face of a society that is tearing itself apart? How do you find hope in the work we're doing and the people who are trying to make it happen.There is always a way... but how?"Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
THE POSITIVE IDENTITY PODCAST SERIES IS BACK!After a two month break to build up episodes in planning for a major launch of original content, we took a break.But now we're back! When it comes to telling inspiring stories of people of all races doing good things for each other and America, we couldn't stay away. Today we talk with IamFaith, who is on the hunt to find homes for Queer and Transgender Youth. For Ron this was an inspiring story, of someone who dealt with incredible hardship and is now finding the time and energy to help those that are less fortunate. Anyone who does that is worth listening to and through IAmFaith's journey, we learn more about what it takes to make the world around us better."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
Michael Novick has been fighting against racism since the 60s. A living legend, he's the owner of Antiracist.org and has been all over the board when it comes to the pursuit of equality.As Michael joins Ron & Stephen, his wealth of knowledge and history provide and incredible view into where we are today, and how we can move forward as a society. Even further, Michael shows that it's not enough to be anti-racist, we have to be for things. And being for something is what Positive Identity is all about."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
Ever feel like you're trapped in your career, your life and you look at the world and want to make a change?Ever feel like you're not good enough, the world has been filled with too much dysfunction and that you're too small to do it.Jonaral Martin once felt like that. But he decided to make a change. To make a change to do something truly good for society.  In this episode we follow Jonaral's journey from unknown actor to running Hope, Healing and Love to learn how we can make a change in the world. No matter who we are, or what we do."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
Positive Identity's mission is to see the good in everyone when it comes to race. Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latin, Native, Mixed and White. We believe in the value you have and what you bring to America.Yet Asian hate has skyrocketed recently statistically, and with the Atlanta shootings and the constant videos of Asian-Americans being attacked, at Positive Identity Ron & Stephen want to address it. For many of the Asian community, they feel alone and isolated by a society that has let anti-asian violence and bigotry fester and finally society is doing something about it. For Ron & Stephen, they do what they do best. By talking about the good the Asian community has done, how Asian-Americans have inspired and helped them, and how we can be of service and help our friends in the Asian community.These monsters won't define us. We won't let them. Instead we'll see the best of each other and take action to make us greater."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
Ron's long time friend Charlton Barton has lived an eclectic life, but what he's doing these days is what's really special. Teaching kids to karate chop people.Ok, it's not exactly that but the Positive Identity PR Team says if clickbaity headlines work, then we're sellin out!But seriously, Charlton Barton is a Black Belt at a karate studio where he teaches kids of all races and backgrounds the world of karate. In his work with them, he uses these martial arts to teach discipline, focus, teamwork and the ability to use your energy positively.  Charlton's inspiring story helps to teach us how team sports can bring together multi-racial individuals and serve as a way to bond, grow and be legally allowed to hit other people. (Obligatory clickbait Comment™)Give it a listen, it will make you feel better."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
It's Ron's Birthday, it's St. Patty's Day, Ron is hosting the biggest LA comedy show since the Pandemic began and eight Asian-Americans were murdered in Atlanta less than 24 hours before.As America starts to return to society Ron & Stephen tackle the question of how we deal with this pain while being optimistic about the future. As Ron looks back on the past because of his birthday, he talks about the discovery of how comedy came to him as a way to tackle pain and suffering. How comedy can help discover a truth even when the truth is horrifying to face.With many Americans optimistic about the future with the vaccine spreading and society beginning the process of returning to normal, Americans must face that balance of hope and happiness with the demons we still face. But as always, Ron & Stephen will find a solution or a pathway forward in going down that path."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
Less then 48 hours after Joe Biden's Inauguration, in the shadow of a Capital Hill assault, barbed wires and the feelings of an America going in a different direction, Stephen and Ron are joined by Accidental Gangster Ori Spado in talking about what all this means.As Biden calls for Unity and Coming Together, the Positive Identity team reflects on how this reflects their mission and talks with optimism on how this can impact our multi-racial country. Ori though, feels like it's still time to fire the politicians. And for the people who don't support Biden, they strongly agree.But the hope for unity, even among a sharply divided country remains. Ron & Stephen believe in it, and believe this can offer opportunity to help improve race relations. Either way, they'll come to terms with the truth."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
The Press Release contract is hours away from being signed, the deal has been made with PR Newswire and Stephen and Ron wait with baited breath to see what will happen when the press release gets sent out.Positive Identity's mission is simple, love people of all races, identities and backgrounds and find joy and laughter in how ridiculous we are but be inspired by our good. We hope America wants this. We hope for a 2021 America, invigorated by vaccine news that shows the pandemic is on the outs and that society can begin the return to normal, that this can be a part of that new normal. For Ron & Stephen, they banter as friends, the way true friends can only banter with the excitement of a dream that could be and the hope of a world for that dream."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
What brings together a Gen X gay Black guy who believes in energy guiding our world, and a Gen Z White guy just entering adulthood?That is the question that Stephen finds out about when Ron talks about Lucas, a kid he knew as a baby who has grown up to become a man but even more... a son to him. This episode wan't expected or planned, but after Ron helped Lucas prepare to move out of the house and into adulthood during Thanksgiving weekend Ron couldn't help himself to talk about what this meant to him. It became something that even started to bring tears to our eyes as Ron talked about the intensity of what Lucas meant to him. Even though Ron and Lucas are very different, the power of love becomes something that transcends even our very nature."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
We all know and love the movies of the Mafia. From The Godfather, to Goodfellas, those Italian guys and the ways they fought the system, took out their rivals as they rose to the top and came together as family struck a cord for Americans everywhere.But many of these guys came together for nefarious reasons and what tied them together was the ways they had affinity not just in their ethnic identity, but in the dark moral decisions that forced them to remain as a family.In this episode The Accidental Gangster, Ori Spado, comes in to talk about his time first hand in the world of crime as he did work in Hollywood for some of the most powerful families in America. It's through Ori's history we come to understand the many ways that we're drawn together and pulled apart and most importantly, how we get out of life of evil to find your humanity again."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
Thanksgiving is the time of year where people come together with their families to  enjoy the companionship and love they have for each other. Turkey to pass out too, family members to argue politics with, football games to watch because your uncle has taken over the TV. You love it!Yet America 2020 doesn't make thing easy. A pandemic rages which has forced us apart, politics have turned families against each other in warring fashion, and even the holiday itself is challenged as having a fraught racial history itself.Ron though... loves Thanksgiving and won't hesitate to laugh at all of this. Stephen won't hesitate to find the good in Thanksgiving and how there is nothing better then eating your face off and falling asleep in the middle of a room of people. How will they pull this feat of optimism off when darkness has fallen on America's Turkey Day... we'll find out."Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."
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