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  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, 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. 

Ben Koponen


Ben is studying political science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He founded and writes the blog, Telio-Possibilities, which presents the 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 nationality. Ben lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Premiere: ETT News Edition for September 2020

The premiere episode of the ETT News Edition! Senior Content Analyst Hans Hyppolite presents the major news events of the month. There is a lot of …

Pursuing Diversity and Inclusion in Corporate America

Fortune 500 Corporations are considered both financial powerhouses and leaders in social change. Yet corporate leadership is undeniably white and male. Today, there are only 4 African …

An African Folktale on Self-Determination

What does self-determination mean to you? What things threaten your right to self-determination? For people of color around the world, the right to …

Surprising and Fun Ways to Learn Black History

History is boring, right? Wrong! If you like stories, romance, mystery, and drama then you will love learning history. But history is often taught only by memorizing names, dates, and death …

Beyond Black History Month: We still need Black History!

No, it's not Black History Month but Black history is still important. Protests. Marches. Covid pandemic. Police violence. Systemic racism. These are …

Defeating your Fear Meditation

This is the flagship podcast for the Wellness Time series! Many people accept the power of fear in their lives. Fear drives many of our big and small decisions.  But fear can affect our …

How and Why to Vote by Mail

The 2020 General Election in the United States is destined to be a historic moment in American history. Yes, the election is likely to be the most hotly contested electoral competition …

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, …

Start listening to Premiere: ETT News Edition for September 2020
Start listening to Premiere: ETT News Edition for September 2020