WYL Blog: Take Ownership

Understanding Philadelphia's Eviction Epidemic w/ Special Guest Michele Cohen

Understanding Philadelphia's Eviction Epidemic w/ Special Guest Michele Cohen

Last week I met with Michele Cohen, a Philadelphia attorney and leading advocate for renters' rights to learn about the troubling epidemic of evictions in Philadelphia. 1 in 12 renters in Philadelphia face eviction every year, a far higher rate than New York City or other comparable cities. In visiting the Municipal Court, I saw first-ha ...

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Devon Johnson

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Devon Johnson

Nurturing his academic abilities and gifts from a young age, Devon Johnson is the founder and CEO of BleuIife Media Group. With a master’s in journalism from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in communication and the arts from Seton Hall, Devon has used his experience working in the advertising and marketing industry to build h ...

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Dev T. Smith

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Dev T. Smith

Having worked with companies such as Black Enterprise, United Masters, and Revolt, Dev T. Smith is a content strategist, multimedia producer, and writer. Born and raised in North Carolina, Dev always aspired to optimize his creativity while contributing to the lives of those around him. In this episode of our Take Ownership Podcas ...

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Tayo Rockson

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Tayo Rockson

Growing up as a third culture kid (TCK), Tayo Rockson spent the formative period of his life in countries such as Vietnam, Sweden, and the United States. Born in Nigeria, Tayo is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist. Inspired by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela, Tayo aims to build the next set of glob ...

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Sapphira Martin

WYL Take Ownership Ep: Sapphira Martin

Having been featured in publications such as Essence, Refinery29, and Revolt, Sapphira Martin is the founder of SassBoxx, a monthly subscription service that offers products exclusively from businesses owned by women of color. In addition to running SassBoxx, Sapphira is also a co-host of, “The Black Girl Podcast” along with t ...

WYL Take Ownership Ft Hosts, Kelley Green & Ofo Ezeugwu

WYL Take Ownership Ft Hosts, Kelley Green & Ofo Ezeugwu

In this episode of our Take Ownership Podcast, our very own hosts, Kelley Green and Ofo Ezeugwu make some time to sit down and discuss their perspective and thoughts on Black History Month. Throughout this episode, Kelley and Ofo talk about the cultural significance of black history month, self-care, and getting to know our history and o ...

WYL Take Ownership Podcast EP. 16: Jason Rosario

WYL Take Ownership Podcast EP. 16: Jason Rosario

With the goal to inspire, activate, and nurture the development of well-rounded men, Jason Rosario is the founder of The Lives of Men (TLoM), an integrated media and consulting company dedicated to providing men with healthier frameworks of masculinity. In addition to running TLoM, Jason is also the executive producer and host of the ...

WYL Take Ownership Ep 14: Dani Arps

WYL Take Ownership Ep 14: Dani Arps

With a Master of Science degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Dani Arps is the founder of Dani Arps LLC. Known as the interior designer of choice for many tech companies based in NYC, Dani has designed spaces for high-profile startups such as Codecademy, SeatGeek, and Venmo.   Acknowledged ...

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep. 13: CRWN Magazine

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep. 13: CRWN Magazine

  [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJIpCdKSVTA[/embedyt] With the desire to engage Black women in higher thought, Lindsey Day and Nkrumah Farrar decided that they wanted to speak to the true essence and crown of Black women. As the founders of CRWN Magazine, Lindsey and Nkrumah noticed that the sophistication of Black ...

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep 12: Coco + Breezy

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep 12: Coco + Breezy

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg4y_E4uNYs[/embedyt]   DJ’s, producers, and founders of Coco and Breezy Eyewear, Corianna and Brianna Dotson are both identical twins from Minnesota, Minneapolis. Better known as Coco and Breezy, these twin sisters have garnered the attention of megastars such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, ...

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep. 11: Franz Bowen

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep. 11: Franz Bowen

Amidst the #MeToo movement, there have been many conversations taking place across the globe as it pertains to misogyny and rape culture. This week, we sit down with Franz Bowen. Franz is the producer of our WYL Take Ownership podcast as well as a co-managing partner at Driven Society. Alongside Kelley and Ofo of WYL, Franz delves deeper ...

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep 10: Liris Crosse

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep 10: Liris Crosse

Unafraid to make the world her runway, Liris Crosse is nothing short of a renaissance woman. As an actress, creator, producer, writer, speaker, and plus size model, Liris has made appearances in publications such as American Vogue, Essence, British Cosmopolitan, and Vibe. In addition to her appearances in publications, Liris has a ...