For so many years I've been committed to those on the fringe. This podcast is a powerful way to connect you to those who are changing the world from the margins of culture. In this inaugural episode I share a bit of my story and why I'm so passionate about sharing stories from the fringe that lead us toward a greater understanding of ourselves and this great big world we live in together.

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” - Steve Jobs


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EPISODE 009: Raise Your Voice
with Kathy Khang

Kathy believes, “When more of us from different intersections and margins raise our voices, we live a fuller picture of the Good News.” Taken from her brand new book, Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How We Speak up, we dive deep into how race, gender, and culture impacts our voice, thus see a fuller picture of God. Kathy tells the biblical story of Esther in a way I’ve never heard before but resonates so deeply. In this episode, she doesn’t shy away from addressing issues of justice and mercy and how we are created to use our voice for the betterment of another. And as a justice warrior, Kathy helps us identify necessary self-care as an act of political warfare. 

About Kathy Khang. Kathy is a writer, speaker, and a new yoga teacher. And she's the real deal.

Follow Kathy:
Connect with Kathy’s work at www.kathykhang.com.
Instagram + Twitter: @mskathykhang


EPISODE 008: Seeing God in Black Culture
with Dr. Daniel White Hodge

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In the span of this podcast, Dr. White-Hodge dropped about two-dozen references to authors, movies, musicians, theologians, historical data, and current political realities that tie together how and where we see God in black culture. We explore how Tupac is a theological prophet, current political landscapes reveal our heart toward the Gospel, and where there is hope moving forward. Dan wraps by giving white folks specific ways we can be allies for people of color. As a theologian, professor, hip hop culture expert, and provocateur, Dan doesn’t disappoint for one minute in this episode. 

About Dr. Dan White-Hodge. With 24 years of multi-ethnic & intercultural youth work experience, Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is a recognized urban youth culture expert & cultural literacy scholar. Dr. Hodge is the Associate Professor of Intercultural Communications at North Park University in Chicago where he chairs the department of Communication Arts. His research interests are the intersections of faith, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult ethnic-minority emerging generations. Dr. Hodge has worked in the Hip Hop context for over 20 years and continues to focus on justice & disparity issues as it concerns ethnic-minority populations. His latest book, Homeland Insecurity: A Hip Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Context, was just released. Dr. Hodge and is wife, Emily, reside in Chicago with their dancing/acting daughter, Mahalia. 

Follow Dan:
Connect with Dan at www.whitehodge.com or speaker@whitehodge.com
Instagram + Twitter: @danwhitehodge


EPISODE 007: To Be Black (and Female) In America Today
with Amena Brown Owen

Men and my white friends need to listen to this episode. Amena has a powerhouse way to speak with such poignancy and persuasion to core issues of identity, belonging and purpose. She speaks in Technicolor and with beauty. Her friendship has illuminated what it’s like to be a black woman in our country, which has been a model as we raise our black daughter. 

In this episode we talk about her new book “How to Fix a Broken Record”, redefining womanhood when it all doesn’t go as planned, the beauty and terror of being black, and how to care for your soul in it all. A storyteller at heart, Amena weaves us through her narrative, easily finding connection to ours. She even generously shares a recent poem, “Breathe”.

About Amena Brown. She is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books: Breaking Old Rhythms and her latest release How to Fix a Broken Record. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as Creativity World Forum, IF Gathering, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor, Ann Voskamp and the Voices Project Historically Black College and University Tour. Amena is also the host of the limited edition How to Fix a Broken Record podcast about her book of the same name and the co-host of podcast, Here for the Donuts. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta where they host an open mic every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee.

Follow Amena:
http://www.amenabrown.com/
http://www.facebook.com/amenawrites 
Instagram and Twitter: @amenabee,
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/menabee


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EPISODE 006: Desperation isn't a 4-Letter Word
with Dr. Ken Fong

Ken Fong is joyful disruptor. He’s quick to disarm your defenses and invite you into relationship. In this episode, we dove fast and deep into the scary tension when faith becomes desperate, his journey as a courageous ally for LGBTQ folks, and using your"chips"for those who don't have them. His stories, laughter, and brutal honesty will guide you as you move from here to there, in whatever ways that looks like for your own journey.

About Rev. Dr. Ken Fong. He is a recently retired pastor, affiliate associate professor of Asian American Church Studies at Fuller Seminary, host and co-producer of "AsianAmerica: The Ken Fong Podcast"(www.aapodcast.com), and global photographer. For the past dozen years, he has evolved into a courageous straight ally for AAPI LGBTQ Christians, eventually making it possible for them to be beloved and active members of the church. Currently, Ken is finishing a doc film with director Christopher Wong about this journey. This film is living proof of how one can thrive by leaving the'center'and moving to the fringes and margins.

Follow Ken:
Engage more with Ken at the "AsianAmerica: The Ken Fong Podcast": www.aapodcast.com.
Follow on Facebook at Ken Fong and (when he occasionally tweets at) on Twitter @KenUyedaFong.


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EPISODE 005: Breaking Barriers while Drinking Whiskey
with Tash McGill

Tash is my favorite tattooed, whiskey-drinking Kiwi! She breaks all kinds of cultural barriers because of her commitment to help people change the way they think and see the world. As a globe-trotting writer, marketing and strategy consultant and coach, Tash knows how to guide people from here to there to accomplish their unique goals. She was a youth pastor in her former life but still looks for ways to invest in teenagers. In this episode we talk about how she’s found herself on the fringe as a woman, a New Zealander living in the U.S, and as someone being uninvited from the table. Instead of becoming a victim or angry outsider, Tash is inventing ways to reinvent herself, take action, and build the life she wants to create. We also dabble in our mutual commitment to fight the patriarchy.

About Tash McGill. She lives and works between New Zealand and the U.S. She's a writer, writing about things that matter; culture, people, relationships, spirituality. Tash is a collector and thinker, cook and cocktail lover, communion-minded whisky drinking girl. She loves deeply and talks fast. 

She's a proud New Zealander with mixed ethnic history and a deep respect for Te Reo & what it means to live under Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

Follow Tash:
www.tashmcgill.com
Instagram and Twitter: @tashmcgill


EPISODE 004: Disruption + Dreams with Charles Lee

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As an idea-maker, Charles knows ideas are sexy. But ideas are just the beginning to actually producing valuable work and innovating anything transformative. Charles is one of the smartest and most kickass people I know. I respect his life and leadership fully. He knows what it’s like to take an idea and bring it to life. For the last 9 years he’s build a globally-respected company that's moving some of the best companies of the world into their preferred future.

In this episode we talk about the value of disruption in our lives. We discuss all things leadership, including what entrepreneurs, idea-makers, and visionaries must know to see their dream come to life. Charles talks candidly about what it’s like to be an Asian-American in most spaces of influence and contribution.

About Charles Lee. Charles is the Founder & CEO at Ideation, an idea execution company that specializes in helping brands scale their business by effectively integrating their strategic plans into day-to-day implementation. Executive leaders from brands including Toyota, Wells Fargo, Google, TOMS, NBC Universal, WME, Caterpillar, Sequoia Capital, Vanguard, ONE Campaign, (RED), and many others have benefited from engaging Charles on various projects and events. 

His book Good Idea, Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution is a must for visionaries, idea-makers, entrepreneurs, and creative. It is a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation.

Follow Charles:
Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn: @charlestlee
Engage more with Charles: https://charlestlee.com and www.theideation.com


EPISODE 003: I'm Angry Because I Care
with Irene Cho

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In this episode we talk about what it looks and feels like to be a woman of color in 2018. We talk about “the man who shall not be named”, the shifts in the evangelical church, and what reconciling people of faith need to do to move from here to there.

About Irene Cho. Irene is the daughter of Korean immigrants. She grew up in the US as a woman of color and a person of faith. She’s currently making a profound difference by day as the Program Manager for Urban YM Resources at Fuller Youth Institute and by nights and weekends as an active social media contributor in issues of race, politics, and religion. Irene has been advocate for the underdog - as a woman and a person of color. She gets it. And she uses her strong, sassy, and educated voice to draw the attention of the people toward justice, mercy, and reconciliation.

Follow Irene:
Email: icho@fuller.edu
Twitter + Instagram: @irenemcho


EPISODE 002: Reinventing Myself with Rebecca Lujan Loveless

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The first guest on The Global Fringe couldn't be more suitable. Rebecca Lujan Loveless and April have been friends for over 15 years and have journey as friends on the global fringe through all sorts of changes and personal iterations. In this episode, Rebecca vulnerably shares how she's reinvented herself these last few years through pain, creativity, and designing a future that's been a part of her soul from the very beginning.

About Rebecca Lujan Loveless. She was born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawai'i. She was often found with dirty feet and messy hair from running free through the pineapple and macadamia nut fields. As a young professional, Rebecca worked in international development and urban community development. She traveled the world working in communities that have been ravaged by poverty and war. Some of her most cherished memories of these years are the many meals she helped prepare with women in kitchens in India, Malawi, Thailand, South Africa and many other countries with rich, delicious cuisines.  

Rebecca now uses her vast travel experience and the leadership, management and culinary skills she's learned from around the globe to start City Kitchen Sacramento, a farm-to-fork weeknight meals for busy people who love global comfort food. Rebecca believes something magical happens when we gather at the table to eat good food with people we love. 

Follow Rebecca + City Kitchen Sacramento:
Facebook: Rebecca Lujan Loveless
Twitter: @rlujanloveless + @citykitchensac
Instagram: @rlujanloveless + @citykitchensacramento


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