Summary

We confront issues 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

Co-Founder/Host

Robin is a social justice writer, historian, and human rights activist.  She holds an LL.M in European and International Law with a focus on international human rights. After receiving her degree, Robin served as Executive Director for the International Centre for Criminal Law & Human Rights, which focused on abolishing the death penalty. 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. Robin lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Frederick Douglas Lofton

Frederick Douglas Lofton

Co-founder

Doug is a lawyer, historian, stock trader, author, and teacher. For more than 20 years, Doug was an Elder Law attorney who focused on Medicaid planning and protecting the rights of senior citizens and persons suffering from dementia. 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.  Doug hails from Berkeley, California.

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.

Marlene Slaughter

Marlene Slaughter

Media & Entertainment Specialist

Marlene began her career in the arts in high school when her drive for competition and performance led her to win the NAACP ACT-SO competition for Drama in 2015. She earned her BFA in Acting and Media Entertainment at the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.  Before graduation, she secured professional representation with Gray Talent Group and her first two professional jobs, a commercial for Blue Cross Blue Shield and a cross country tour with the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Theater company.  Since then she opened her own production company called POV Productions LLC. that produces commercials, logos, personal content videos. She has many worldly experiences and is excited to be a part of this podcast! Marlene is a Houston native currently living in Chicago, Illinois.

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Juneteenth Special: Original Short Story and a True Slave Narrative

Espresso Talk Today is celebrating Juneteenth! We have an original short story about a young freed Black woman and a true narrative by a young freed Black woman. This is the 156 anniversary …

You Are Not Alone: Depression and Anxiety in Black Americans

Depression. Anxiety. Suicide. Mental health issues are real and pervasive in the African American community—but we don’t often recognize them. You are not alone. Just like physical health …

The Stubborn Stereotype of the "White Saviour"

Tony Lip in The Green Book. Aibileen Clark in The Help. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Rudyard Kipling's poem, The White Man's Burden. The problem of the “White saviour” is …

The Untold Stories of Black Americans in Paris

Americans love Paris. The food. The art. The language. Black Americans also love Paris--for different reasons. The freedom. The equality. The …

Managing Debt: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Debt is a fact of life. But debt is not created equal. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. The power comes with having the good debts and limiting the bad and the ugly debts. How can …

White Supremacy Hidden in Plain Sight

Robert E. Lee Memorial Statue (Richmond, VA). Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma, AL). Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Obelisk (Birmingham, AL). Buffalo …

How Public Health can Save Black Lives

Hypertension. Depression. Cardiovascular disease. African Americans have a higher risk of suffering from these chronic illnesses. Earlier onset. …

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