Melanated Stamps

A Podcast showcasing dope people who do dope things. Let's read, dismantle, uplift, and get stamps together.

Phil: Expat in South Korea, Author of Travel Guides, Gamer, Mental Health Abroad

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phil aka The Blerd (Black Nerd) Explorer, also known as the 6thRaikage in the Korean Smash Bros scene is an avid traveler. He is motivated to create travel content due to the lack of travel information from the viewpoint of a black person.

As a member of the black community, he understands the need to have more travel guides, blogs, and various forms of travel media to show our community that there is an amazing world out there that we can explore. Instead of sitting around saying what could be, he began to share his own travel stories to encourage black people around the world to travel. As he continues to explore the world, he will be sharing his travel experiences along the journey and it is his hope that his content will help to broaden the horizons of people in the black community with regards to travel.

Follow Phil on Instagram: @theblerdexplorer

Read about Phil’s adventures on his blog! https://theblerdexplorer.com/

Buy The Black Traveler’s Guide to Daegu, South Korea. Click and Buy here!

Buy The Black Traveler’s Guide to Incheon, South Korea. Click and Buy Here!

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Caitlin Nichols: Archaeology, Dismantling Whiteness, The Actual America

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I am a professional archaeologist in Lexington, Kentucky (USA). This doesn’t necessarily mean I work in a University, don a Fedora, and carry a bullwhip though. I work in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) which is more oriented with public infrastructure. In its most basic form, whenever a transmission line, highway, federal building etc. is about to get built and will need state or federal funding, my work is utilized to perform preliminary surveys to investigate for cultural resources. We look for old building foundations, stone tools, pottery, basically anything that would suggest people used to live in the area. We also give our recommendation of whether archaeological sites are eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (the NRHP). Sometimes, we even get to excavate sites which can’t be avoided in order to collect and preserve as much archaeological data as possible. Being on this side of archaeology is the best of both worlds: we get to learn about the past and do research with added job security since hey. The world’s not going to run out of need for infrastructure projects any time soon.

While getting my Bachelor’s degree at Murray State University in Murray Kentucky, and later my Master’s degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, I got to participate in a completely different side of archaeology: the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). This law, enacted in 1990, ensured that any Native American human remains, Associated Funerary Objects (AFOs), and Objects of Cultural Patrimony that were being held in an institution that receives federal funding, found with federal funding, or on State, Federal, or Native American land would be documented and repatriated to Indigenous nations or tribes that have geographical claims from where those remains or objects were found. While not a perfect system that still faces an uphill battle in some cases, this law was revolutionary in the inclusion of Indigenous people when it comes to North American archaeology in the US. I had the opportunity to participate in the reburial of human remains at the Wickliffe State Historic Site in Western Kentucky under the direction of the Chickasaw while still at Murray. At Ball State, I was a graduate assistant for their NAGPRA documentation and consultation grants. I got to participate in tribal consultation as well as prepare documentation of artifacts and human remains held by Ball State University which fell under NAGPRA criteria. This experience is something I am very proud of and significantly influenced the way I look at how pre-colonial or pre-European Contact archaeology is practiced.

Unfortunately, the work I do now is not associated with NAGPRA and isn’t nearly as collaborative. Most of the consultation or collaboration with Indigenous communities is done at the State or Federal level. This is because I live in a state where Native communities are considered “gone” thanks to Indian Removal of the 1800s. While for the time being I can’t be directly involved in Collaborative Indigenous Archaeology, I can still hold myself accountable by keeping up with the practice and the application of NAGPRA, the practice of Collaborative Archaeology with descendant communities, as well as educate myself on Critical Race Theory (CRT). I hope I can help shed a light on these issues in my field through discussions like these.

If you want to learn more about Collaborative Archaeology or NAGPRA, visit any of the articles posted on this page. Some other references I recommend: 

  • Accomplishing NAGPRA: Perspectives on the Intent, Impact, and Future of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act- Edited by Sangita Chari and Jaime M.N. Lavallee.
  • Collaborating at the Trowel’s Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology- Edited by Stephen W. Silliman 
  • Wild Archaeology, the show. Their website is wildarchaeology.com and their Instagram is @wildarchaeology 
  • Society of Black Archaeologists Instagram: @societyofblackarchaeologists

Some great references for Anti-racism and Critical Race Theory: 

  • The Black Friend on Being a Better White Person by Frederick T. Joseph (Seriously, make this book a priority)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
  • 1619 the New York Times Podcast hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • The Diversity Gap podcast hosted by Bethaney Wilkinson
  • 13th Documentary on Netflix

If you’d like to reach out to me, or just keep up with my shenanigans, you can find me online. I’m an inconsistent poster but I’d still love to hear from you:

Facebook: Caitlin Eileen Nichols (https://www.facebook.com/cenichols1) (And yes, I’m aware that I’m an old fogie who still uses Facebook)

Instagram: @geoscichick91 

TikTok: @geoscichick91 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cenichols1/

These readings were thoughtfully collected and organized by Caitlin. They are referred to in the conversation we recorded and are great for academics and for those who want to delve further.

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Guide to the Pictures:

Survey Pics 1-8 and Office Work: Various shots of me out doing what I do. From survey with digging and scaling fallen logs to full scale excavation with heavy machinery and trowels followed by report writing, I do it all. 

Hiking and Creeking, Me and Rodney at PRC, and Indulging in Sparkling Wine: Just some shots in my off time. Whether its work or fun, you can find me full of whimsy in the middle of a forest. When I’m not there I’m volunteering at the Primate Rescue Center in Wilmore KY or indulging in some home niceties. In the PRC picture, I tried to take a selfie with Rodney, a Chimpanzee, at the Rescue. If you look closely he’s smiling.

Recco Pearsall: Body Transformation, Wellness, Nutrition

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‍Recco’s approach to fitness is distinct from most trainers. He has a background in rehab therapy, strength & conditioning, knowledge in nutrition, as well as understanding body types. With the various types of education, Recco is able to get your body in shape safely without injury.


He studied Kinesiology at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He goes to the furthermost degree of learning the body, which enables him to provide high rates of success. He’s also done things like becoming overweight to learn the emotions of losing weight, as well as studied massage for one year to understand muscle tissue better.


He’s also been a model and trained with professional athletes. In other words, he lives a healthy lifestyle to gain as much experience so that he can give you the best results.

To hire, support, learn more about, and send love to Recco Pearsall, find him at:

Instagram: @reccop

recco@wellness365.io

cell: 336.383.9256

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#DenverWhileBlack: Dr. Janiece Mackey. Transformational Justice and Racial Equity Post-Doctorate Fellow.

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Dr. Janiece Mackey created an organization entitled Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA).YAASPA endeavors to build the self-efficacy of youth to reclaim academic, civic and career spaces through race conscious leadership and transformative organizing. Due to her converging interests in education and policy, she is an Equitable Futures Postdoctoral Research Fellow, co-edited a book entitled Black Girl Civics, has been an Ethnic Studies and Political Science Adjunct Faculty, and earned her PhD in Higher Education with a Public Policy and Curriculum and Instruction emphasis at the University of Denver. She desires to deepen, further develop, and expand “healing praxis” (hooks, 1994) for more youth and professionals of color within the public administration spaces. She believes that those who commit to transformational justice and racial equity must validate and innovate academic, career, and civic experiences that sustain, retain, and rejuvenate minoritized youth and young professionals.

To hire, support, learn more about, and send love to Dr. Janice Mackey, find her at:

Instagram/Twitter: @yaaspa

Facebook: @youngaspiringamericansforsocialandpoliticalactivism

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Alexa Icenia: Afro-Latina, Social Justice, Social Change

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Co-founder, producer and podcast host of Mahogany Honey the Podcast Alexa Icenia is an Afro-Latina born in the early 90’s in Miami, Florida to Dominican immigrant parents who raised her in Massachusetts. Her experiences are cross-cultural and have left an impact on her social pursuits. While living in Miami’s Little Havana, this exposed her to a large population of Blacks, Indigenous, and People of color who came from the Caribbean, South, and Central America with rich customs and stories. MA contrasted her cultivated roots with a predominantly white American patriarchal New England environment. Her mother, a self-made entrepreneur, motivates her relentless advocacy towards a holistic economy for the marginalized. The two cities along with international travel have contributed to her broad perspectives on urban lifestyles.

Her prior work and personal experience consist of years in social work providing outreach and advocacy. The exposure to the criminal justice and social work settings enabled her to relate in proximity and facilitate interactions with a diverse population and become familiar with the effects of psycho/social-education and economics on minorities. Proud alumni of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, B.S. Psychology and Florida International University, M.Ed in Urban Education enables her to apply ethics and support where social justice topics centered on culture, humanities, and the arts are discussed.

I provide an experimental broadcasting space that is intentional in highlighting the underrepresented multicultural population of emerging entrepreneurs or young professionals who are creating content and organizations. A close focus on community organizers, journalists, social urban educators, freelance artists, and other innovative influences in urban cities who share similar values of educating the public and addressing interpersonal and social change. A fresh perspective on our current economic society through civic engagement and sharing stories of creative journeys.

Contact Alexa here:

www.mahoganyforum.com /

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Jashley: Global Joyrider, Nomadic Teacher, and HBCU Grad

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Hey hey y’all! My feature for this episode is so dope. She makes me think, “What would have happened if I would have left America earlier in life?” Jash is living her best life snd it’s so great to see!

My name is Jash and I am a nomadic teacher and blogger. Over the past two years I worked as an English teacher around the world and I am currently teaching fifth grade at an international school in Haiti. Outside of work I spend my time experiencing other cultures and countries while working on my platform Joyriding With Jash.

I launched my platform because I saw that there was a lack of representation in the expat community. Finding authentic information related to living abroad as a black person was few and far between especially in more uncommon locations. The platform is a place where other aspiring expats can read about the ups and downs of life abroad and connect with other current, former as well as other aspiring expats. My goal for Joyriding With Jash to be a place to access resources, read about my personal experiences, and to serve as a community for people looking to make that move as well. Since launching I’ve been able to connect with countless other black expats around the world and look forward to future collaborations.

I hope to be able to showcase other black expats establishing a life for themselves all around the world in an array of different ways such as teaching, working as a digital nomad, retiring abroad, etc. There are so many people that want to take that leap of faith, but just don’t have access to the information or points of contact to do so. Joyriding With Jash is a platform working to close that gap and show people that living abroad is possible and you won’t be alone when you get to your next destination because we’re waiting for you.

You can join the joyride at www.iamjashley.com and by following me on Instagram @iamjashley.

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C. Jeffrey White: Elementary Educator, Health Advocate, and Friend of God

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C. Jeffrey White is an elementary educator and friend of God in New York City and is changing the world in his corner of the universe. He models taking care of your emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. You can support him and his work by listening and subscribing to his podcast “AdventFit Podcast.” Find him on social media at..

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrwhoke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrwhoke

Podcast: https://www.adventfit.org/podcast

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Karla Fraser: Higher Education Global, Third Culture Kid, Expat in Niger

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Karla Fraser joined us on the podwaves this week to share her journey, wisdom, and a few life hacks. She’s a Third Culture Kid, a higher education abroad guru, and a Black woman living her best life. Take a listen to this episode and join her journey. Follow her. Hire her. Support her.

Thanks for sharing your story, Karla! For her extended bio and podcast episode link, visit Melanatedstamps.com.

Ms. Karla A. Fraser is a higher education professional, international higher education consultant, expat career strategist, current expat, global educator, & entrepreneur. She is also the founder of Roseapple Global, LLC, an expat career coaching and higher education consulting company.

Her story to date includes being a black third culture kid (TCK) shuttling between Jamaica and the USA. Karla has lived in seven countries (USA, Jamaica, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Commonwealth of Dominica, Singapore, and Bangladesh). Currently, Karla is living and working in Niger. She has worked in six countries and traveled to 50 others for tourism and cultural enrichment.

In her leisure time, Karla enjoys traveling to beach locations, visiting historical sites, reading, movies, creativity in the kitchen, listening to music, and conversing about trending current events.  

Summary Bio – for Ms. Karla A. Fraser

Ms. Karla A. Fraser is a higher education professional, international higher education consultant, expat career strategist, current expat, global educator, & entrepreneur. She is also the founder of Roseapple Global, LLC, an expat career coaching and higher education consulting company.

Through expatriate (expat) life, Karla has sought to merge her passion for global adventures with her international affairs background. Her professional career includes twenty (20) years in higher education administration; ten (10) have been international. Her expertise includes student housing management, student services, human resource allocation, staff recruitment and placement, budgeting, and technology implementation. She enjoys empowering staff and students. Additionally, Karla is skilled in strategic planning and policy development for student affairs.

Karla expanded her portfolio by founding Roseapple Global, LLC. The accumulated years of international experiences and mentoring staff has equipped her with the in-depth knowledge needed to prepare and guide her clients. She serves clients through expat career coaching and consulting for student affairs/services. She provided a collaborative approach with her individual, group, and institutional clients to ensure progress towards their goals. Join her and others serving and providing college students an empowering experience. Take the leap aboard!

Her story to date includes being a black third culture kid (TCK) shuttling between Jamaica and the USA.  Karla has lived in seven countries (USA, Jamaica, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Commonwealth of Dominica, Singapore, and Bangladesh). Currently, Karla is living and working in Niger. She has worked in six countries and traveled to 50 others for tourism and cultural enrichment. 

In her leisure time, Karla enjoys traveling to beach locations, visiting historical sites, reading, movies, creativity in the kitchen, listening to music, and conversing about trending current events.

RESOURCES:
Roseapple Global, LLC: https://www.roseappleglobal.com

RG Blog: https://www.roseappleglobal.com/blog

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES:
Karla Fraser 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karla.fraser.10
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelgal45/

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kamfraser

Roseapple Global

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roseappleglobal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roseapple.global/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/roseapple-global-llc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/roseappleglobal

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/roseappleglobal/

Miami, Florida, 33166 Phone:  +1 812 322 5572

Website: http://www.roseappleglobal.com Email: hello@roseappleglobal.com

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Angela “Ange” Saint-Yl

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My work is focused around food, travel, inspiring confidence/empowerment, and really living out your dreams/passions

Me at Frida Kahlo’s home/art studio in Mexico City

Me enjoying a delicious, from scratch donut in Ottawa, Canada

Me treating myself to a solo date in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami

My bio: I am a DIY Travel Mentor! I have been a solo traveler for the last five years and it has changed my life/my relationship with myself in more ways than I could have imagined. This came close to almost not happening though because I had a lot of mindset blocks/fears about taking the leap to fulfill my dreams. That didn’t happen thank goodness but it was stirred in me over last year to be someone who could give solid resources/help women who may be in a similar situation that I was. Travel has been one of the best gifts I could have received and I want to be able to pass that gift onto others to receive + nourished/enriched similarly!

Working with me: The way I offer my services is through my duo of courses entitled the Solo Traveler’s Playbook. In both versions, I breakdown all the components of an itinerary (flights, accommodations, activities, budgeting, and transit) into bite-size, actionable pieces so you can seamlessly customize and make your dream travel itineraries a reality! Click here for my website!

Support/Hire/Follow Ange:

💥Website for the courses- https://theflexitariandigest.thinkific.com/

 💥Travel IG- @theflexitariantravels

💥Food IG— @eatswithangieee

 💥theflexitariandigest@gmail.com

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Denver While Black: Allurr’em Velvit. Entrepreneur, Performer, Producer with an Emmy

Allurr’em Velvit is an incredible Black woman who dabbles in tons of unique fields ranging from entrepreneurship to stage performances to journalism behind the camera. One of my favorite parts of my conversation with her was when we were talking about something entirely unrelated and she just stops mid-sentence and says, “Oh, you mean, my Emmy?” And pulls it off her bookshelf behind her.

She is Co-Founder and Producer of Melanated Menagerie, a freelance producer, and an Emmy Award Winning AP.

Owner of a Black hair and body care store in Denver where she works tirelessly to bring high-quality products from Black local businesses and product lines to the masses, she is fully dedicated in investing in her new community. Hailing from the mid-west, she moved to Denver because of her love of nature and the vibe.

In my conversation, we talk about body image while being on stage, her journey in choosing herself and who she represents in a white, male-dominated industry, uplifting the stories of Black America, toxicity of whiteness and self-care in challenging work environments, and so much more. She drops so many gems as she shares about her journey throughout America chasing her self, her love, her identity, and her story.

Currently, she is raising support for her business as she endeavors to secure it better against those who wish her dreams to not go forth. You can read more about her vision for her community and her store here in her GoFundMe. Support her directly via PayPal or through this link. Click here for GoFundMe.

From Allurr’em:

I am not only the founder and operator of Velv’IT Boutique Beauty-offering Denver Naturals the service they deserve while seeking out their Beauty supply needs – but also an established Producer of film television and live events. Haha, I even perform in some of those events!!

Shop with us over at our website.

If you’re local, come on in: 4611 Peoria St. Unit A2, Denver CO 80239

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Buy my book on my website: #BlackInDenver: A Black Girl’s Reflection on Being A Boujie Hipster and Black In Her Favorite Town. Essays On Race, Racial and Cultural Dissonance, Whiteness, and Being Blackity Black.