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Am I Allowed to Like Anything?

Author: Darian Symoné Harvin

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I started ‘Am I Allowed to Like Anything’ because I wanted to create a space for people to feel good about shouting out the stuff in culture they’re into, during a time when it’s easier to riff about the things we hate. I talk to guests about their work, their lives, and how they maintain their optimism in this world. #AIATLA is a capsule podcast. There will be 100 episodes.
69 Episodes
Founder of the gender fluid skincare brand Menos Mas, Annya Santana, joins me to talk about her wellness journey; growing up as the middle child of a family who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx, high school days (bullying, acne, acting school), blossoming into who she is today, and repping for her community in the wellness space.+1 SEGMENT [family edition]:Being proud of our brothersTaking a chance and talking to people we used to be too shy to reach out to (and how to approach doing that)Follow Annya on IG! @annyasantana  | @menos.mas! Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darianBig thanks to Red Bull Studios in NYC.
Writer and digital anthropologist Alex Wolf joins me for her second time on #AIATLA (she first came on three years ago!). Since then, she left the company she started to become an artist. She catches me up on the process of publishing her first book, 'Resonate,' and first short documentary, #ATTN4$, pronounced "attention for sale." The essence of our conversation is how we manage our love/hate relationship with the internet, and maybe, how you can too. Alex's first episode (wouldn't hurt to listen to both)+1 SEGMENT:- Alan Watts (January 6, 1915 — November 16, 1973)- Beauty YouTuber and image activist Jackie Aina- Summerella and jstlbby a.k.a Amber WagnerFollow Alex on Twitter! @alexwolfco | IG! @alexwolfFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darianBig thanks to Anchor Studios in NYC.
After a long break, #AIATLA is back — and writer Jasmine Sanders joins me. She writes for Jezebel and her work appears in the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, Catapult and New York Magazine. Jasmine talks to me about her to desire to continue writing stories that illuminate and broaden how Black people are portrayed in media, how she continues to grow as a writer and the beauty aesthetics she admired while growing up. +1 SEGMENT:- Late night trips to Sephora - Tata Harper resurfacing mask- Linen in the summer (both to wear and sleep on)Follow Jasmine on Twitter! @JasMoneyRecordsFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian
Brooke DeVard, host of the Naked Beauty podcast, joins me! Brooke is a marketing and strategy specialist formerly of Viacom and now Instagram. She’s had an amazing career in media two far, including working in London, where she met her now husband. We talk about her life growing up on the Upper East Side of NYC, married life, our approaches to beauty and if it’s possible to have a soft spot for Soundcloud rappers.+1 SEGMENT:- My House on VICELAND and what the drag scene teaches us about beauty- Soundcloud rappers- SHHHOWERCAPHere's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Brooke on Twitter + IG! @brookedevard | www.nakedbeautypodcast.comFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darianFootnotes:
On this episode, I sat down with Los Angeles Times reporter Tre’vell Anderson to talk about his work covering Black and LGBTQ Hollywood, growing up an military brat, and our current skincare faves.+1 SEGMENT:- Cardi B + Amara Le Negra- My Jade Roller. FIGHT ME. And you can sign up to receive my newsletter on what skincare routine here:'s how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Natalie on Twitter! @trevellanderson | IG! @rayzhonFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darianFootnotes:
Natalie James (also known as NJinLA) is a Los Angeles native who I met when I moved to the city. She’s a creative producer & music, travel and food writer. She's a radio host on NTS, DJ and is just getting started in A&R. We talk about her journey through therapy, how she got thrown into DJing, and growing up Mexican American, in a working class family in LA.+1 SEGMENT: — Amanda of @idealblackfemale on IG— Erin Christovale (@erinzulie), Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum & Co-curator of #MadeinLA2018— City Girls, latest album: PERIOD.— Road trips <3 Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Natalie on Twitter + IG! @NJinLAFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darianFootnotes:
Political strategist Symone Sanders is optimistic because most of the time, she has no choice but to be. She’s the former National Press Secretary of Bernie Sanders, and right now, she’s the youngest commentator on cable TV. We have a frank conversation about the past two years of her life, ageism, lux beaches and her beauty routines.+1 SEGMENT: — Lux beaches and being your full, bougie self The Ritz CarltonHere's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Symone on Twitter + IG! @symonedsandersFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darianFootnotes:
When I came across Somali-Swedish R&B singer Cherrie's breakout song 163 För Evigt, I needed to find a way to have her on my podcast. We talk about being a Black girl growing up in Finland and Sweden, how she and other artists in Sweden are putting R&B and rap on their music charts, and her upcoming album, which features two songs in English.+1 SEGMENT: — The Swedish creative collective Trans94— City High (including a "What Would You Do?" rendition... featuring Cherrie + Darian)Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Cherrie on Twitter! @Chxrrie | IG! @chvrrieFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darianFootnotes:
Live from SXSW in Austin, I interview film director and writer Sama'an Ashrawi about life growing up in Texas as a first generation Palestinian-American, working with some of Hip Hop’s legends, and the glory of velour suits.Follow Sama'an on Twitter! @SamaanAshrawi| IG! @sam3anFollow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG: @darianHere's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: on iTunes: SEGMENT: — Being comfortable with your Milly Rock— The glory of velour suits. — Passover, filmed on stage at the Steppenwolf in Chicago, film directed by Spike Lee, stage directed Danya Taymor, and written by Antoinette Nwandu.Footnotes:
Writer Lakin Starling joins me to talk about life growing in the neo-soul capital, some of her proudest work at The FADER and the sacred space she's creating during her own interviews. And! We talk about what we're using on our faces these days, (because #skincare) before I found out about The Ordinary founder's problematic and exhausting behavior: SEGMENT:— Imani - psychic, card reader, astrologist in LA. IG: @thehoodhealer. She does tree readings at Simply Wholesome on Tuesdays!Newsletters! Shout out to: — Olivia Craighead from The FADER— Elamin + BuzzFeed News Curation team with newsletterHere's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Lakin on Twitter: @lakinimani | IG: @_lakinimaniFollow Darian on Twitter @dariansymone | IG: @darianFootnotes:
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