Behind The Mind Radio Show



xavier epps | 4.27.18 (live)

XNE Financial Advising

Since 2008, Mr. Epps has provided financial advice to individuals and small businesses. In order to ensure individuals and small businesses receive accurate and detailed financial analyses, Mr. Epps founded XNE Financial Advising, LLC in 2011.XNE Financial Advising, LLC provides financial related services for individuals and small businesses. We're an independent, flat-fee firm based in the state of Virginia, providing various financial and accounting services to individuals and small businesses. Currently, we concentrate on serving clients in the District of Columbia metropolitan area (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia), and our reach is growing nationwide.  XNE Financial Advising provides services that are accessible and affordable, with unbiased assumptions and the assurance that your best interests are always protected.  Mr. Epps prior experience includes the holding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Securities Licenses 7 and 63 and currently serving as an IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP), Certified Microsoft Office User Specialist, Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (Pro/Premier Versions) and his company is an authorized IRS e-file Provider.

amy saidman | 5.11.18 (LIVE)

Story District

Called the "matriarch of storytelling" by DC Magazine, Amy Saidman has been creating a space for large and small-scale live storytelling shows in the DMV for the last 18 years as the Artistic Executive Director of Story District. A storyteller herself, Amy has coached hundreds of individuals and developed courses that teach the everyday person how to turn their true-life experiences into material for great performances. Featured on the November 2017 cover of The Washington City Paper, profiled in The Washington Business Journal and the Washington Jewish Week, Amy continues to break new ground in this burgeoning art form. Story District's mission is to turn good stories into great performances, to be a platform for diverse perspectives, and to serve as a pipeline and training ground for new voices and talent in storytelling.

Sheryl ellison ponds | 5.4.18 (live)


S.E.’s intention is to disrupt the current urban redevelopment game. SBMH stacks the chips on the side of long-time inner-city residents and business owners – the usual targets of developers, speculators, and the “Tax Man”. Characteristic of her tendency to stir things up a bit, this native Washingtonian created the official home of the web series S.A.V.E. Big Mama’s House (SBMH).  In her professional role, S.E. oversees multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions in one of the most active markets in the business. On a daily basis, she leases, acquires, and/or develops offices, multi-family housing, retail and industrial locations in Washington, DC. Many of these projects seed community revitalization in underdeveloped local sub-markets.

dr. joanna jenkins | 5.18.18 (LIVE)


Joanna L. Jenkins (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor at Howard University. A visual culture expert and creative director by trade, she has extensive professional experience in advertising, consumer engagement, strategic and visual communications. Within the industry, Dr. Jenkins has led creative initiatives and worked with notable clients and agencies including Calvin Klein, Topps Inc., Verizon, Globalhue, Draft, and McCann. She has also created integrated communications campaigns in diverse media ranging from television, print, and radio to interactive, guerilla and digital. Her current research explores historical significance, ethics, and intersections among digital media, advertising, and culture. Some of her works include American Advertising Federation white papers on Millennial Perspectives on Diversity and Multiculturalism, Brands and Youth Engagement, and her book The Convergence Crisis: An impending Paradigm Shift in Advertising.

chris hoyle | 4.20.18 (live)

TheBit Daily

Chirs is the Co-Founder of TheBit. TheBit is the newest passion project aimed to educate, inspire, and inform everyone from the crypto geeks to the newbies. Chris, along with Co-Founder Erica Amatori, does this through a simple curated newsletter, guides for beginners to advanced, and interviews with industry experts.  Hoyle is a Computer Science student at the College of William & Mary with an entrepreneurial drive that has a passion for making complex topics sound simple. With a background of deploying applications at companies big and small (from NASA JPL to NRV VC). he believes that any type of problem-solving can be improved through an entrepreneurial mindset.  Chris helps William & Mary's entrepreneurship foster community while building their ideas.

angela luna | 5.25.18 (LIVE)


Moved by the plight of refugees around the world, Parsons fashion design student Angela Luna, 23, used her 2016 senior thesis project to explore whether clothing could play a lifesaving role for displaced people. Her efforts landed her on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Art & Design 2017 list.   Luna created ADIFF because I saw the potential for fashion to be a vehicle for change, capable of providing life-saving relief, while also discussing a major issue of our time. I wanted to integrate fashion with what's actually going on in the world, and design products that realize clothing's full capability. Clothing can meet the humanitarian need and further assist us in our daily lives if it's designed right. What ADIFF's about is not putting together pieces of fabric in new ways. At our core, ADIFF believes that people with the heart of empathy, curiosity, passion, and adventure can go out and enable themselves to discover how to change the world for the better.

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ariel trahan | 4.6.18 (LIVE)

Anacostia Watershed Society

As Director of River Restoration Programs for Anacostia Watershed Society, Ariel oversees our youth and adult education programs. On any given day you might find Ariel in a classroom teaching students about impervious surfaces, leading a group of 7th graders on a canoe trip, or planting wild rice with 4th graders in the mudflats of Kenilworth Marsh. Ariel serves on the Prince George’s County Public Schools Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, the Mid Atlantic Environmental Literacy Workgroup, and on the board of the D.C. Environmental Education Consortium. As a native Michigander who grew up swimming in crystal clear lakes and rivers, Ariel is passionate about making sure everyone has access to clean water.