Sick Empire
Sick Empire
The North Star
On the upcoming season of Sick Empire you’ll hear Branden Janese ask critical questions surrounding Black trauma and centering conversations around healing. What does the path to freedom in healthcare look like for all Black Americans? Season One of Sick Empire exposed the social ills highlighted by the coronavirus. Now, Season Two will focus on the healing steps. Our new season will highlight the ways to heal Black trauma, as well as the history behind Black folx and their forms of healing. We will feature the voices of holistic healers, root workers, doulas, Black financial health experts, nutritionists, prison abolitionists, historians and folx who specialize in treating Black American mental health.
Season Two Preview Episode
The Coronavirus pandemic exposed the root rot of the American health system and wreaked havoc on the Black community. Where do we go from here? How do we heal ourselves? I’m your host, Branden Janese, and I ask these questions and much more on Season Two of Sick Empire.  Each episode will be a deep dive into the systems of healing practiced by Black Americans. We’ll listen to researchers who record the traumas of being Black in the healthcare system, reiki masters, aquaponic educators, inner-city therapists, Black economic scholars, professors on Black mental health,  and many more. You’ll hear a collection of voices that help to answer the question; What’s the future of Black health, wealth, and survival?
Oct 26
5 min
Ep. 08 - Women on the Future of Community and Political Power in New York City
On the season finale of Sick Empire you’ll hear from three women whose voices are leading a new type of political movement, one that requires less politics and more movement. The Coronavirus has exposed the evidence of New York's political failures and those exposures will surely drive a new surge of candidates who are sick of witnessing the disease of power infect our government and pollute our people. This episode features an eclectic mix of women who all fight for the underdog to gain a seat at the political table.
Jul 19
1 hr 16 min
7: Ep. 07 - Women on the Future of Public Space in New York City
This week on Sick Empire you’ll hear from women who work as designers and architects in New York City talk about the future of public space post Covid-19. While most New Yorkers agree that the city was not originally designed for people to socially distance themselves from one another, the reality is that it’s time to start seriously changing the ways we move around and interact with the city and with one another. You’ll hear from the women who have seats at the table on projects that help neighborhoods redesign their public spaces so that they accommodate essential workers better, as well as women who are working to create safer sidewalk space, and more green spaces in affordable housing developments. This episode dives into unpacking the systemic issues of public design that are now, and historically have been, directly affecting the most marginalized people of New York City.
Jul 13
1 hr 9 min
6: Ep. 06 - The Children of the Pandemic
A devastating truth that cannot be ignored any longer is that the Black and Brown kids of New York City are not alright. During the coronavirus pandemic, the schools are closed, the libraries are closed, the afterschool programs are defunded, and the poorest children of the city are footing the bill. Our host Branden Janese interviews four New Yorkers who have dedicated their lives to uplifting the forgotten kids of New York City.
Jul 6
58 min
5: Ep. 05 - Environmental Racism and the Path to a Sustainable New York City.
On this week’s episode of Sick Empire, we talk honestly about what environmental racism looks like in New York City, the sustainable habits for life after lockdown, and what New Yorkers can do during the pandemic to advocate for more green spaces in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Our host Branden Janese interviews three environmental advocates, based in New York City, who all work in different arenas to battle the climate crisis during the coronavirus.
Jun 29
29 min
4: Ep. 04 - The Black Sounds of Lock Down
This week Sick Empire presents interviews from an eclectic mix of musical guests. You’ll hear our host, Branden Janese, ask questions about the experience of making music during lockdown, the value of vulnerability, and the power of protest songs during this pandemic. What is extraordinary is that each guest has prepared a piece just for Sick Empire. Listen to hear a unique showcase featuring the sounds of two Brookylnites - one, a classical violinist, and the other a house DJ - alongside a composer and trumeteer based in Harlem. Covid-19 left a devastating hole in Black American community. With this show we honor the vibrations of our Black ancestors by honoring the gift of healing melodies they left in our blood. New episodes every Monday until July 20th, 2020.
Jun 22
52 min
3: Ep. 03 - Homelessness & Rent Tension
The Coronavirus pandemic has left staggering numbers of the New York City's workers out of a paycheck. Rent has become a problem for people who never had difficulty with their rents before the pandemic. On top of that, the city’s most vulnerable population, the people without homes, are left to suffer in a deafening silence. This episode of Sick Empire is an investigation on what homelessness and rent tension look like on the ground in NYC.
Jun 17
48 min
Ep. 03 - Homelessness & Rent Tension
The Coronavirus pandemic has left staggering numbers of the New York City's workers out of a paycheck. Rent has become a problem for people who never had difficulty with their rents before the pandemic. On top of that, the city’s most vulnerable population, the people without homes, are left to suffer in a deafening silence. This episode of Sick Empire is an investigation on what homelessness and rent tension look like on the ground in NYC.
Jun 17
46 min
2: Ep. 02 - The Protest, The People, and The Pandemic.
In this episode you'll hear the stories of New Yorkers who are documenting the protests that have sparked up all around the city following the murder of George Floyd. Our host Branden Janese focuses on the presence of white allies at protests and in the media, the emotional journey of black creatives during these rebellions, and the nationwide grief we all share during this heavy time in our history. The idea of adding a revolt to a pandemic, seems like a recipe for disaster. But here we are, marching, shouting, and changing our world — one protest at a time. Sick Empire is a proud addition to the army of frontline fighters, soldiering peacefully for justice and liberation. New episodes every Monday until July 20th
Jun 8
32 min
1: Ep. 01 - Jobs
The coronavirus pandemic has introduced New York City’s citizens to one of the most emotionally draining times in modern American history. On the first episode of Sick Empire, Branden Janese talks to essential workers throughout New York City about what it looks and feels like to work on the front lines in this global pandemic. Branden interviews two supermarket crew members, an Amazon Warehouse whistleblower, a Harlem-based restaurant owner, and a public servant running for a congressional seat. This episode gives voice to the people who risk it all for the work they are proud to do. New episodes every Monday for 8 weeks.
Jun 1
33 min