S6 Ep 12: Movement Music & Artivism: The H.O.M.E. Review w/ Rev Yearwood & DeJuan Cross

 In this special 10-year anniversary episode of The Coolest Show Podcast, host Rev Yearwood is joined by DeJuan Cross, one of the producers and engineers behind the groundbreaking album “H.O.M.E. Heal Our Mother Earth.” Together, they dive into an in-depth review of the album, reflecting on its creation and enduring impact in the realm of environmental justice. This episode offers listeners a unique opportunity to hear first hand stories from behind the scenes, exploring the artistic and technical processes that brought this powerful project to life.

DeJuan Cross shares his experiences and insights on the collaborative effort that went into producing “H.O.M.E.” He discusses the challenges and inspirations faced by the team, highlighting how they aimed to convey urgent environmental messages through music. The episode previews several tracks from the album, providing a taste of the evocative sounds and lyrics that have inspired many to take action in the fight to protect our planet. Cross’s reflections add a rich layer of context to the album, emphasizing its relevance even a decade later.

Rev Yearwood and DeJuan Cross also discuss the legacy of “H.O.M.E. Heal Our Mother Earth,” underlining its significance in today’s ongoing environmental movement. This anniversary episode serves as both a celebration of the project’s success and a renewed call to action for listeners. For those eager to revisit the album or experience it for the first time, the episode directs them to listen on the official website: The Coolest Show. Tune in to rediscover the album’s powerful message and its role in advocating for a healthier, more sustainable world.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

S6 Ep 11: Movement Music & Artivism: Voices in Harmony w/ Antonique Smith & Choklate

In this special episode of The Coolest Show Podcast, JaRel Clay from the Hip Hop Caucus leads a compelling discussion on Movement Music and Artivism. He is joined by the multi-talented Antonique Smith, a Grammy-nominated singer and actress known for her role in “Notorious” and her stirring performances in “Luke Cage.” Alongside her is the soulful singer Choklate, celebrated for her critically acclaimed albums “Choklate” and “To Whom It May Concern.” Together, they delve into the intersection of art, activism, and environmental justice.
The conversation revolves around the impactful album H.O.M.E (Heal Our Mother Earth), a project spearheaded by the Hip Hop Caucus in 2014. Antonique Smith and Choklate share their journeys of how they became involved with the album and the Hip Hop Caucus. They discuss the vital role that artists play in raising awareness about crucial issues like climate change. By leveraging their talents and platforms, artists can inspire and mobilize communities to take action, highlighting the importance of using art as a tool for social change.
Looking both to the past and the future, the guests emphasize the ongoing need to support artists and artivists to ensure their continued impact. They reflect on the evolution of art and culture in the context of environmental activism and express hope for future collaborations that can drive change. The episode underscores the critical nature of art in shaping public perception and influencing policy, advocating for a sustained commitment to supporting those who use their creativity for the greater good.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

S6 Ep 10: Movement Music & Artivism: Healing Our Mother Earth w/ Rev Yearwood

In this episode of The Coolest Show, Producer and Guest Host Tamara Toles O’Laughlin sits down with Rev Yearwood to delve into the powerful fusion of movement music and artivism. They explore how the climate movement has historically overlooked the crucial role of art and creativity in driving change. Rev Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, highlights the organization’s pioneering efforts to bridge this gap, empowering artivists to craft pieces that illustrate the intersection of culture and climate. Through their initiatives, Hip Hop Caucus aims to elevate the voices and visions of artists, showcasing how art can be a transformative force in the climate struggle.

A significant focus of the discussion is the album H.O.M.E (Heal Our Mother Earth), produced by the Hip Hop Caucus in 2014. This groundbreaking project blended hip hop with environmental activism, creating a new narrative around climate justice. Rev Yearwood reflects on how this initiative was perceived at the time, noting a mixed reception within the movement. Yet, he emphasizes its enduring impact and relevance, as it paved the way for a broader acceptance of storytelling and artistic expression as vital tools for demonstration and advocacy in the climate space.

Looking both backward and forward, Tamara and Rev Yearwood underscore the necessity of supporting artists and artivists to ensure their continued impact on the climate movement. They discuss the evolution of art and culture in environmental activism, stressing the importance of storytelling as a dynamic form of protest and engagement. As they envision the future, they call for a deeper investment in the creative community, recognizing that artists play an essential role in shaping public perception and inspiring action on climate issues.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

S6 Ep 9: Memorial Day Message

In this special Memorial Day episode of The Coolest Show Podcast, host Rev Yearwood delivers a heartfelt message encouraging listeners to take time to rest, relax, and enjoy their holiday. Acknowledging the importance of reflection and rejuvenation, Rev Yearwood underscores the significance of Memorial Day as a time to honor those who have served while also taking a moment for self-care and connection with loved ones.

Looking ahead, Rev Yearwood offers an exciting preview of upcoming episodes, with June dedicated to celebrating Black Music Month. He teases a lineup of engaging conversations and deep dives into the rich history and cultural impact of Black music. Listeners can look forward to a series of thought-provoking and entertaining episodes that highlight the contributions of Black artists and the enduring legacy of their music in shaping society. This Memorial Day message sets the stage for a vibrant and inspiring month on The Coolest Show.


The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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S6 Ep 8: Graduation Day: Rev Drops Knowledge at Paul Smith’s College

In this special episode of The Coolest Show Podcast, host Rev Yearwood steps into a different role as he delivers a heartfelt commencement speech at Paul Smith’s College. The occasion is particularly poignant as Rev’s son, River Yearwood, is among the graduates of the class of 2024. The episode captures the essence of the moment, filled with pride, hope, and the weight of responsibility that comes with stepping into the future.

Rev Yearwood’s speech is a stirring message of hope and inspiration. He emphasizes the critical role the graduates will play in shaping a better world, urging them to embrace their responsibilities with courage and determination. Drawing on his own experiences and the challenges faced by previous generations, Rev imparts wisdom on the importance of resilience, innovation, and unwavering commitment to justice and sustainability.

As the graduates prepare to embark on their new journeys, Rev Yearwood’s words serve as a powerful reminder of their potential to effect change. He highlights the interconnectedness of social, environmental, and political issues, encouraging the class of 2024 to be leaders in their communities and beyond. This episode of The Coolest Show is not only a celebration of academic achievement but also a call to action for the next generation of change-makers.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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S6 Ep 7: Guess Who’s Back? Producers Roundtable w/ Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Destiny Hodges, and DeJuan Cross

In the latest episode of The Coolest Show Podcast, hosted by Rev Yearwood, listeners are treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse as the producers, Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Destiny Hodges, and DeJuan Cross, take the stage. As the sixth season unfolds, this special episode serves as a comprehensive update on the intersection of climate, culture, and politics. With a fervent dedication to amplifying underrepresented voices, the podcast dives into pressing current events, dissecting their implications on our world and collective future.

The Producers provide invaluable insights into the latest developments shaping our planet and society. From climate action initiatives to cultural movements and political shifts, they navigate the complex landscape with clarity and passion. They offer a roadmap for what’s to come on The Coolest Show, teasing upcoming guests and topics that promise to provoke thought and inspire action. With their finger on the pulse of change, they invite listeners to join them on this journey towards a more just and sustainable future.

As season 6 unfolds, The Coolest Show Podcast continues its mission to elevate voices, challenge norms, and spark meaningful dialogue. Through the expertise and dedication of its producers, listeners can expect nothing short of engaging discussions that delve deep into the pressing issues of our time. From climate justice to cultural transformation and political reform, this podcast remains a vital platform for those passionate about creating positive change in our world.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

S6 Ep 6: Greening America’s Cities Pt. 2 w/ Dr. Manuel Pastor & Sissy Trinh

In this episode of The Coolest Show, Assistant Producer Destiny Hodges takes the reins, filling in for Rev Yearwood, and continues speaking to an inspiring lineup of guests to delve into the transformative world of urban greening.

In this episode, Destiny leads Dr. Manuel Pastor, director of USC Equity Research Institute, and Sissy Trinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA-LA). 

Our guests share their experiences in championing environmental justice and empowering Black and Brown communities to reclaim their land. They explore the urgent need for policies that prioritize the well-being of marginalized communities. Through dialogue, advocacy, and education, they’re spearheading the development of vibrant green spaces and fostering economic development and climate resilience to create thriving neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Tune in as we uncover the inspiring stories and strategies driving the urban greening movement!

This episode is supported by Bezos Earth Fund’s Greening America’s Cities initiative.

About the Bezos Earth Fund

The Bezos Earth Fund is transforming the fight against climate change with the largest ever philanthropic commitment to climate and nature protection. It is investing $10 billion in this decisive decade to protect nature and drive systems-level change, creating a just transition to a low-carbon economy. By providing funding and expertise, it partners with organizations to accelerate innovation, break down barriers to success, and create a more equitable and sustainable world. Join the Bezos Earth Fund in its mission to create a world where people prosper in harmony with nature.

About Greening America’s Cities

The Greening America’s Cities commitment is one of the largest-ever funding initiatives to put money directly into the hands of community organizations, where it can most effectively address urgent environmental and economic justice priorities. With missions that include land reclamation, native plant and tree cultivation, green workforce development, and urban farming support, these organizations are true leaders in their communities. Greening America’s Cities was launched in July 2023 as a multi-year $400 million initiative through 2030. The first round of funding totaling $50 million is currently supporting 30 organizations working on urban greening in and around the cities of Albuquerque, NM, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and Wilmington, DE.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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S6 Ep 5: Greening America’s Cities Pt. 1 w/ Russell Armstrong, Marquees Harris Dawson, Richard Garcia, and Skipp Townsend

In this episode of The Coolest Show, Assistant Producer Destiny Hodges takes the reins, filling in for Rev Yearwood, and sits down with an inspiring lineup of guests to delve into the transformative world of urban greening.

In this episode, Destiny leads discussions with Russell Armstrong from the Hip Hop Caucus, Marquees Harris Dawson, Councilmember for District 8 of Los Angeles, Richard Garcia of Alma Backyard Farms, and Skipp Townsend, CEO of 2nd Call. 

Our guests share their experiences in championing environmental justice and empowering Black and Brown communities to reclaim their land. They explore the urgent need for policies that prioritize the well-being of marginalized communities. Through dialogue, advocacy, and education, they’re spearheading the development of vibrant green spaces and fostering economic development and climate resilience to create thriving neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Tune in as we uncover the inspiring stories and strategies driving the urban greening movement!

This episode is supported by Bezos Earth Fund’s Greening America’s Cities initiative.

About the Bezos Earth Fund

The Bezos Earth Fund is transforming the fight against climate change with the largest ever philanthropic commitment to climate and nature protection. It is investing $10 billion in this decisive decade to protect nature and drive systems-level change, creating a just transition to a low-carbon economy. By providing funding and expertise, it partners with organizations to accelerate innovation, break down barriers to success, and create a more equitable and sustainable world. Join the Bezos Earth Fund in its mission to create a world where people prosper in harmony with nature.

About Greening America’s Cities

The Greening America’s Cities commitment is one of the largest-ever funding initiatives to put money directly into the hands of community organizations, where it can most effectively address urgent environmental and economic justice priorities. With missions that include land reclamation, native plant and tree cultivation, green workforce development, and urban farming support, these organizations are true leaders in their communities. Greening America’s Cities was launched in July 2023 as a multi-year $400 million initiative through 2030. The first round of funding totaling $50 million is currently supporting 30 organizations working on urban greening in and around the cities of Albuquerque, NM, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and Wilmington, DE.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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S6 Ep 4: Colorado River Basin: It Goes, His People Go w/ Daniel Cordalis

In this episode of The Coolest Show podcast, host Rev Yearwood engages in a discussion with Daniel Cordalis, a distinguished member of the Navajo Nation and Staff Attorney at the Native American Rights Fund. Together, they delve into the pressing issue of the Colorado River Basin’s dwindling water supply, a lifeline for 40 million people across multiple states and Tribal Nations. The conversation unfolds to reveal the stark reality of a “mega drought” that has plagued the region since 2000, resulting in the river losing a staggering 10 trillion gallons of water. As the basin faces its first federally declared water shortage and earns the ominous title of the most endangered river in the U.S., Yearwood and Cordalis shed light on the profound impact on communities

They dissect the socio-economic disparities underlying such water usage patterns, emphasizing Cordalis’s crucial role in advocating for equitable water rights and addressing the systemic challenges faced by marginalized communities within the Colorado River Basin. Through their insightful exchange, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between water scarcity, environmental justice, and the urgent need for sustainable solutions in safeguarding our most precious resource.


The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S6 Ep 3: Yes, Black People Are in Alaska: Part 2 w/ Chad Brown

Chad Brown is the Founder & President of Soul River Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting inner-city youth with the outdoors through transformative experiences. Chad has focused his efforts on empowering marginalized communities to engage with nature and become stewards of the environment. In Alaska, Chad has been instrumental in leading expeditions and educational programs that highlight the importance of protecting the state’s fisheries and ecosystems. Through his work, he combines his love for the outdoors with a commitment to social justice, inspiring individuals to connect with nature and advocate for environmental sustainability.

In this episode of The Coolest Show, Rev Yearwood engages in a deep conversation with Brown, delving into the intricate relationship between Alaska’s fisheries, the cultural significance of salmon to Indigenous communities, and the perilous impacts of the climate crisis and corporate interests in the region.

Support: https://soulriverinc.org/

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.