BRC and Friends is a 30-minute Google Hangout where I chat with friends and adventurers from around the interwebs. Each episode includes conversations about one of my guests passions, projects or area of expertise, a current events or two and we end with five random questions. This is basically an excuse for me to talk with interesting people about interesting things.

Today on BRC and Friends I spoke with Romal Tune, author of God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens.

October 23, 2014 at 3:00pm PDT

Recap and more info about Romal Tune are below the video.

Bruce Reyes-Chow

About Romal Tune . . .

Book Cover: God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for TeensROMAL TUNE has spent his life in service to local, national and international issues-based advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of those in need through education and eliminating poverty.  He is a sought after speaker community strategist and consultant. As a coach, he equips the young and young at heart with the tools for emotional wellness and values based leadership.

Romal has a unique gift for empowering people to move from trauma to triumph and create a re-imagined life. He is Author of the critically acclaimed and award winning book God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Howard University and Duke University School of Divinity.

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Episode Recap: Romal Tune

Introduction

Segment 1:

Romal talks about his book and the humanity of the Biblical characters that he writes about. He explains why it’s important for people to connect to and identify with the men and women in the Bible. He also talks about how people have never seen these sides of the Biblical folks and how, across the board: age, location and culture, folks have identified with these stories. He also talks about the connections to non-church settings and how much speaks even across religious and non-religious lines around education and poverty.

Segment 2:

In the second segment we talk a bit more about education, poverty and Romal’s San Francisco Bay Area roots. Romal talks about conversations about race and the desire for many folks to explore how people are trying to engage conversations about race, both those open to self-examination as well as those who are saying we are talking about it too much.

“We can’t teach racism away, be we have to be courageous enough build relationships with each other.”

Also talks about some new projects including the upcoming, 240 Days of Inspiration.

We also talk about doing good in the world and what it means to do good in the world around action, money, etc.

Segment 3: [22:25]

Q1: Sound or smell that reminds you of your childhood.

Gumbo

Q2: What was your first concert? 

N.W.A.

Q3: What was your first or your worst job was?

Worst job picking up trash in a parking lot.

Q4: You get to switch places with any person in the world, you get all of their talents, resources and networks, who would it be?

Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Q5: What’s your “walk-up” song?

Started from the bottom by Drake [Explicit]

Q5: Paying it forward, one organization that more people should know about

Mentoring Today in Washington DC: http://mentoringtoday.org

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Host: Bruce Reyes-Chow
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