About the show

We confront issues and events and their effects on Black people in the United States and around the world. From climate change to white supremacy, police violence to veganism, we face these highly charged topics with courage and curiosity. Our uncommon conversation is quick, engaging and enlightening. Grab an espresso and join the convo!

About the Hosts

Robin Lofton

Robin Lofton


Robin is a social justice writer, historian, and human rights activist. She writes about African American history and culture for rememberinghistory.com.  Robin is a curious and active traveler, wellness enthusiast, a passionate writer, and a committed community volunteer. She lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Frederick Douglas Lofton

Frederick Douglas Lofton


Doug is a lawyer, historian, stock trader, and teacher. He writes the blog, Lawyer Explorer, which introduces people to the history and cultural traditions of indigenous and ancient peoples. Through his travels, he explores and uncovers the mysteries of the world.  Frederick lives in Seattle, Washington.

Hans Hyppolite

Hans Hyppolite

Senior Content Analyst

Hans is a political analyst who recently completed his Master’s Degree in International Relations in Brussels, Belgium. Having lived in the Caribbean, the United States and Europe, he brings a youthful and diverse perspective to the cast of Espresso Talk Today. Through his studies and experiences, he hopes to help develop policies that will better the lives of ordinary citizens. Hans currently lives in Albany, New York. 

Benjamin Koponen

Benjamin Koponen

Content Specialist

Ben is studying political science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He founded and writes the blog, Telio-Possibilities, which presents ideas from the intersection of philosophy, literature, and politics.  His goal is to simplify a complicated world to ensure justice, equality, and peace for all. He holds both American and Swedish nationalities. Ben lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Why are Black Americans leaving the United States?

Are African Americans experiencing a third Great Migration? Fact: African Americans are leaving the United States in unprecedented numbers. The reasons vary. Racism tops the list. But the …

ETT News Edition for October 2020

Senior Content Analyst Hans Hyppolite presents the major news events of the month. There is a lot of news happening these days! From elections to …

Racism and the Real History behind Popular American Holidays

Do you know the history behind the holidays that you celebrate? Would you be surprised to find out that some of the most popular American holidays …

How Black Women Voters can Decide Elections

It is said that "The road to the White House has to stop at a Black woman's house." Black women voters are one of the most powerful and loyal voting …

The Power and Posture of Young Voters

Young people are a powerful group--especially in elections. In the United States, young voters (aged 18 to 29) make up more than half of eligible …

How to Live a Self-Empowered Life

What does self-empowerment mean to you? Do you feel self-empowered? In a world of white privilege and white supremacy, many African Americans feel dis-empowered and struggle with …

The Problem of Racist Friends

Friendships can be complicated. What happens if you discover that your friend holds racist views? Or homophobic views? Or sexist attitudes? Bias …

Espresso Talk Today Opening Trailer

Introducing Espresso Talk Today--an exciting place for an uncommon conversation! The sibling team of Doug and Robin Lofton--both historians, writers, …

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