March 25th, 2021 | 42 mins 15 secs
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Aron Bender is joined by Tyrah Majors -- who is barely out of college but already making major moves. She grew up in San Diego, went to school in Santa Barbara, Orange County and quickly ran through grad school at USC. She just started a new job KOMO 4 TV in Seattle as a reporter and morning traffic anchor, but she also was just awarded a Golden Mike from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California for her work at KBAK in Bakersfield. We talked about her love of storytelling (she's the author of a children's book "Grammy and Me") and how she uses her childhood experience as a model and actress to work through difficult times. Tyrah and I also discuss what life was like growing up as the middle child between two brothers and a baby sister, growing up in mostly-white San Diego, her role as a torchbearer for the next generation of young black women, her self care methods, tips and tricks, and the importance of mental health during and after the pandemic.
March 18th, 2021 | 37 mins 57 secs
aron bender, bias, cuba, cuban, dad life, daughter, depression, divorce, dj efn, drink champs, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, failure, fatherhood, filters, florida, forgiveness, girl dad, grief, hard work, hiphop, instagram, journalism, joy, latino, loss, love, mental health, miami, mixtape, music, networking, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, privilege, race, racism, rap, recovery, self care, small business, sports, struggle, success, therapy, twitter, white privelege
Aron Bender raps with DJ EFN -- a legend in Miami hiphop and a trailblazer in the podcast game. Eric Narciandi came up in the 90's and early 2000's dropping dozens of mixtapes that didn’t just put him and his crew on the map. He helped put South Florida on the map. And as we get into in this conversation, he wasn’t about to settle with just music. He’s started an international documentary series called "Coming Home," and is one of the creators of one of the most successful podcasts: "Drink Champs." But his story doesn’t start in Miami … it starts in Southern California. He lived in Anaheim Hills and then South Gate before finally settling in Miami after his Cuban parents divorced. We talk about his relationship with his Vietnam War veteran father, how he broke into the music business shooting his shot at a conference in Miami in the early 90's, his career "pivots," and what it's like being a 40-something dad with two young kids.
March 18th, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
aron bender, bias, dad life, daughter, depression, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, failure, filters, forgiveness, girl dad, golf, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, latino, loss, love, mental health, music, networking, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, privilege, race, racism, recovery, self care, small business, sports, struggle, success, therapy, twitter, white privelege
Aron Bender hangs out with Beto Duran -- a fixture in Southern California sports media. He came up through the ranks at ESPN, has called and covered all kinds of games and fights, and can be seen Sunday afternoons alongside the legend Jim Hill on CBS2 Sports Central. Beto’s nickname is Mr. 1099 because of all the freelance work he does. We talk about dad life, how he pushes his son to be the best and realest he can be, why he posts the silliest pics on Instagram, and at some point we turn into old men talking about going to school before email and the internet.