Meet James Pogson, LinkedIn’s Poet Laureate: Part 2

Meet James Pogson, LinkedIn’s Poet Laureate: Part 2 | E 42

Episode Summary:

The sisters’ convo with James Pogson was so good that it couldn’t all fit into one episode! Ergo: here’s part 2. In this follow-on, Sharon, Lisa, and James continued chatting up a storm (as West Indians do, lol), delving into racism, microaggressions, code switching, and working while Black. And, of course, sharing a few more jokes about West Indian parenting. 

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5 Key Quotes: 

  1. “Black Narratives Matter.”
  2. “There’s always been a stigma around being Black.”
  3. “Black women, hats off to you. Cause I’ve seen some of the stuff that Black women have to deal with.”
  4. “We need to look beyond the color of our skin. We need to look at our narratives.”
  5. There is no such country as Black. There is no such language as Black. You need to define yourself beyond “I’m Black.”

By The Numbers:

  • 0:32 – The conversation continues with our first ever guest, James Pogson
  • 2:33 – Code switching
  • 5:55 – Working while Black
  • 12:03 – Navigating white spaces and white privilege
  • 16:50 – Freelancer life
  • 22:58 – Caribbean parents, and “the look”
  • 21:49 – Defining Blackness
  • 41:31– Speaking Caribbean patois/dialect and #CaribbeanLinkedIn