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Sep 29, 2020

He owned his first home at age 20. Cloudell Douglas is among the few African-Americans working as a lineman with a major utility. This brother breathes determination. He's even traveled to train lineman in the South American nation of Suriname. (The Bonus episode covers the steps and outline some of the choke points to becoming a lineman.)

When he travels, he goes beyond the tourist spots. He wants to see how the regular folks are living. He shops there, too. His money goes to the people who need it more.

Cloudell is about helping the people who need it. It's one of the reasons he's the President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Cloudell's favorite song: Use To Be My Girl by the O'Jays.

Favorite words: Unbought and Unbossed by African-American candidate for President in 1971, Shirley Chisholm

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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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