Podcast Launch | Launch Party!

Updated: Mar 22





The American Origin Stories podcast has officially launched! Support the tribe:

listen, rate & review the show!

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more!




About the show:


Season 1 of the AOS Podcast is called, Foundations, and it focuses on the question - Why is it so difficult for Black Americans to trace their African ancestry? The show will air weekly (Wednesdays) with guests who are either researching their ancestry or consulting as experts on the unique difficulties but inherent rewards for doing this work. Subscribe to the show and follow as we trace our American Origin Stories.


On Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7PM EST, the American Origin Stories podcast launch party will commence!!! Art, music, food, drinks, prizes & more!! Come through!

307 West 38th Street

Studio 1418, 14th floor

New York, NY 10018

Must register here - seats are limited!



Event Schedule:

  • 7-8PM: Black art exhibit*, music, food, drinks, and giveaways!

  • 8-9PM:Panel Discussion: three lawyers talk systemic oppression, ancestry, and hope for a more equal tomorrow!

  • 9-10PM: Q&A, Mix andMingle!



The Artist

Freddie L. Rankin


Freddie L. Rankin II is an artist and founder of FLRS Global a team of individuals that support Rankin and other represented artists across all commissioned and private projects. FLRS Global provides full creative direction services for clients globally and artist representation for exceptional talents


Freddie will be exhibiting art for viewing before and after the discussion—his work is fantastic and pays homage to black people and culture.


Learn more: FLRS Global and @flrsglobal.



The Moderator


Angel Acosta


Angel is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum and Teaching Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. For the last decade, he has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, college access, social justice and mindfulness. As a program director for the national nonprofit, CFES Brilliant Pathways, Angel has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings and creating pathways to higher education.


With a passion for helping young people to think globally and act locally, he directed and taught at a global leadership study abroad program in Rome through the award-winning Leadership exCHANGE. This opportunity to bring students from all over the world to study leadership, cross-cultural communication and social entrepreneurship inspired Angel to deepen his commitment to social justice in the U.S.A. He began his doctorate program exploring the interconnections between social justice education and mindfulness-based education.


The Panelists


Celeste Jackson


Celeste is an African American, Haitian, and Jewish woman, who is passionate about history, identity, diversity and intersectionality.


She is a debt finance lawyer in New York City and was recently named Top 40 under 40 by the National Black Lawyers. Outside of the law, Celeste is a pilot and an avid dancer. She is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and lives in Manhattan.


She earned her BA from Duke University with a major in Political Science and a minor in African and African American Studies and her JD from Duke University School of Law.



Brence Pernell


Brence is the Assistant General Counsel at a social policy organization aimed at improving the lives of poor people. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law and writes regularly on the intersection of race, the law, and education. He hails from Blackville, SC and lives in Harlem.


He earned his JD at New York University School of Law; his MEd at Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and his BA (History), at Duke University, graduating magna cum laude.



And your host: Chauneice Davis Yeagley


She is the creator of the American Origin Stories project, and is responsible for writing, producing, and editing the AOS podcast.


Chauneice loves consuming and producing fiction work. Her ultimate goal is to publish a book series of American origin stories focused on women with great ancestral powers. But for now, she’ll tell our real stories of magic and perseverance. She hails from Colorado Springs, CO and currently resides in Manhattan.


Chauneice earned her JD at Duke University School of Law; and her BA (Psychology) at Spelman College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

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