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Nov 24, 2020

DeShawn Roberts is a second degree Wing Chun Black Belt who loves teaching martial arts to people of all ages. You may know Wing Chun as Magic Hands as seen in the Karate Kid.

He's a Louisville, Kentucky native whose grandmother owned a restaurant. He enjoyed some amazing down home, southern Thanksgiving meals with family. His recollection made my mouth water.

Our conversation went all over the place. We talk about cooking, attempted sexual assaults, levels of implicit bias and all the usual topics related to being a Black man in the United States. His first interaction with law enforcement happened while playing an innocent game of tag with friends. It's a rich conversation you don't want to miss.

DeShawn's favorite words is the quote "Joy is not an emotion. It's a decision. I choose to have joy."

DeShawn's favorite song is Mariah's Carey Can't Take That Away.

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About this podcast: In each episode, a Brother reflects on his life; explores the experience of being a Black man in America; shares his interactions with law enforcement; and answers the question "If America was a woman, what would you say to her?"

Every interview starts with getting-to-know-you questions about favorites, accomplishments and then goes deeper. You won't find a collection of conversations with Black men like this anywhere else. Hear their wisdom.

Host, Rahbin Shyne, is an author, educator, creative and avid half-marathon walker. Follow on Instagram @allthingshyne or on Facebook.

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Special thanks to Sonji Walker, Shedrick Sanders, Abigail Gonzalez, Don Davis and William Hamilton for their generous support.