Rising Evolution: Are you hearing the people or are you pushing your own aganda?
February 11, 2022
Rising Evolution is the beginning of a strong dialogue on what's going on in our city, state, and community. Ranging from politics, economics, and everything in between. It's the beginning steps to understanding the power of the community and how we, as a collective, will do more than change our society and social capital (or the way we are viewed, act, and behave.) We will collectively evolve our society one step at a time. Rising Evolution is the first step.
December 31, 2021
RAISING EVOLUTION IS A KEY ON FOCUSING ON US AND OUR COMMUNITY. What do we want our future to look like for our kids, us, and our society. We must have a focus on the future and how we are going to redevelop our growth. Keep Pushing, Listening, and Evolving our society with me.
When All Hope Is Lost!
December 24, 2021
We fight so hard in our community to be understood, respected, and build true equality. Sometimes it is hard when you feel there is little to no hope. Listen as I speak and relate to the feeling of having little to no hope, but yet seeking a way to fight to get ahead!
Keep Listening, Pushing, And Evoling our Socitey With me!
No Time to Sleep time to circle up!
Broken Gains… With No Structure
December 17, 2021
As the years end and 2022 Political season begins we must keep our ears, eyes and mind open.The continual broken gains with no key structure in the long term effects of redeveloping our society. By way of Social capital narratives, lack of dollars being structurally dispensed to the needy, businesses and communities. We must now stop and ask what does our future truly look like for ourselves, children and society over all.
We cannot continue to build broken gains that keep the bandaid affect in play. Just to temporarily comfort those that are at deep risk in our country.
Hope, Inspiration, & Action… Goes A Long Way!
December 10, 2021
What is hope with no actions? Nothing!! It’s a good thing to have hope for ourselves, others, family, community, and more, but what if all the hope is simply conversation with no actions. There will or is little to no results/development within ourselves and others. Hope, Inspiration, and Actions are the key to not only building paths to our success but it the start to revamp our community actions are key to any growth we all want to see. So let's inspire, become, and be the great individuals we are!
Do We Have Rights At All?
December 03, 2021
Looking at all that's going on in our country, city, and state we must ask who are we as people of this country. Does the ones in office even care where we stand on our freedom. Today's episode will highlight the miss understandings of what our leaders considers freedom. Keep Pushing, Listening, And Evolving Our Society With Me. No Time To Sleep Time To Circle Up!
Is Freedom Hard to Get
November 26, 2021
Welcome back to the Circle Up Indy Podcast. I'm you host James Wilson. Is Freedom Hard To Get? Today we have a special guest Andre "Dre" Martin. He is a resident from Brightwood, currently 33 years old and continually fighting to get ahead, but his past mistakes continue to hunt & slow down his progress for stability & opportunity. We see on TV that individuals with a pass are committing multiple acts of violence, but little to no developing resources exist. What is it that we are missing. Society say when we are arrested & punished that is is now a thing of the past or any experience in life for that matter, but we must ask is freedom really that hard to get when we line in the land of the free. What is freedom nowadays? Keep pushing, Listening, and Evolving our society with me,…. No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!
What Makes You Better Than Me Part 6: Drawing the Bigger Picture
November 19, 2021
Welcome back to the Circle Up Indy Podcast. I'm you host James Wilson.
Today we are at the end of our series: What Makes You Better Than Me: Part #6 Drawing the Bigger Pic.
As we end this series the conversation is going to be deep and real. We fight for true evolution and growth within ourselves and the community. During the 2020 protest, companies, politicians, and funders promised a new development within our city and community. Yet we have seen little to no growth. We will no longer go for anything as we fight for something. It is important that we invest in ourselves and understand we are and have the power. We still continue to forget about our grassroots who are extremely important to the evolutionary development for our people. They are directly connected to the community. Hear the people, develop our people, invest in our people!!
Keep pushing, Listening, and Evolving our society with me,….
No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!!
What Makes You Better Than Me Part 5: The Oppressors Are Still Winning
November 12, 2021
For far to long we have been fighting for our freedom, life, and opportunities to provide for our family without leaning on the government. We cannot be separated for a lack of understanding and misinformation about our communities. It is time we evolve, believe, and collaborate to push pass the that oppress us and for us to start to build our own future/evolution. Keep Listen, Pushing, and Evolving our society with me. No Time To Sleep... Time To Circle Up!
What Makes You Better Than Me Part 4: This is Just the Beginning
November 05, 2021
This week we have two special Guest Amina Person (Director Of The Martindale Brightwood CDC) and Ms. Joi Harman (Deputy Director Of The Martindale Brightwood CDC). They are coming to share their awesome online Martindale-Brightwood Black Friday Give Back and Reunion. The goal of the event is to engage past and current residents of the area they serve. The Martindale-Brightwood CDC is raising funds for its affordable housing initiative in the area. The focus is to have the property developed by a resident-driven fundraiser to make sure they have a say in their community. House is the key topic of our city, state, and country. It is our mission to be aware of the non-developmental opportunities for housing in our community. This is just the begging of our community building for themselves and one another. Keep pushing, Listening, and Evolving our society with me. NO TIME TO SLEEP…TIME TO CIRCLE UP!!!
What Makes You Better Than Me Part 3: True Colors of Our City
October 29, 2021
Today's discussion, I will talk about the true realities of what is or is not happening in our city/state with special guest Phillip Moore, CEO of We Power. What’s really going on in the minds of our community, and youth. Why individuals are not working and they have little to no support that does or does not exist in our city/state in order to develop our community and surroundings. We still continue to forget about our grassroots who are extremely important to the evolutionary development for our people. Keep pushing, Listening, and Evolving our society with me,…. No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!!
What Makes You Better Than Me Part 2: Let Them Doubt Us
October 22, 2021
Thank you to our special guest Jasmin Minor (Investigative Reporter with Wish-TV 8 Locally Owned and Operated Station) for coming and giving great input from a strong black woman’s perspective. Jasmin is more just a reporter, she is a resident of our community who cares about the development of our community especially the black community. As our community is currently stuck in a stagnant struggle, we must ask ourselves where do our legacy currently lies. Many in the black community fight to get ahead, but the lack of hope and support causes behaviors that are not becoming of our community. We must let others doubt, but let our developments speak for themselves. Connecting our community with greater opportunities, and supporting others who are looking to get ahead in life, but willingly and unknowingly leaving a legacy not just for their kids and family, but our society as a whole. Picasso once said, “Anything you imagine is real.” My challenge to you is how do you bring those thoughts into existence with purpose? No time to sleep…Time to Circle Up!
What Make You Better Than Me Part 1: Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
October 15, 2021
Police & Racial Inequalities continue to go unaddressed even after the numerous protests in 2020. Our State political leaders have not touched the topic of inequalities, social injustice and systematic oppression. They have placed the burden on the local law enforcement. A video was recently released of a IMPD Sgt Eric Huxley. Jermaine Vaughn was cuffed when Huxley kicked the young black man in the head. Sgt Huxley is a 14 year veteran on the IMPD task force. We are still dealing with continual unrest. When will things evolve. Laws need to be changed, developed, and renewed. Our target focus no longer needs to be with our City political leaders but on the state level. To reform laws that benefit the people and hold law enforcement accountable. Keep pushing, listening and evolving our society with me. No time to sleep… Time to Circle Up!!
Employers rejecting qualified workers, but leaders say we don’t want to work
October 08, 2021Companies and political leaders are pushing people back to work, but technology is ruling people out. Tune in to understand what’s going on in our housing and employment market.
They Still Are Not Getting It
October 01, 2021
As a continual conversation about violence and housing disparities in our city. We continue to look at the root causes of why individuals are dying and don’t have opportunities to create sustainability. Keep listening, learnings and pushing our community to the brink of evolution. NO TIME TO SLEEP ITS TIME TO CIRCLE UP!
A Day With Amelia
September 24, 2021
Today's special guest is Amelia Reiling. Ms. Reiling is a striving artist currently attending Pepperdine in the Spring for an online Master's program in management and leadership. Ms. Reiling is seeking to work with university/college student leaders interested in alleviating poverty through an initiative called Impact.
Impact is an initiative looking for educators, curriculum experts interested in writing conflict management workshop exercises for grades k-12. An interested web developer would like to spearhead building a website where this curriculum would be accessible for teachers, parents, PTOs, etc. This initiative would be called Impact Emotional Intelligence. These are all volunteer-based opportunities. That Ms.Reiling has put much time and effort into seeing our society develop in a preventing stance instead of waiting at the last minute for sustainable solutions. Keep pushing, Listening, and Evolving our community with me,…. No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!!
A Day With The Fellas
September 17, 2021
Today's special guest returning once again Reggie Brown, Community Resident, and first time guest Phillip Moore, Owner of We Power. We Power is a coaching company which serves individuals with criminal history. Pride, most of us tend to let our pride in the way. As my mother always told me “Pride Comes Before The Fall.” In other words, don’t let pride stop you from rising and asking for the needed help that will allow you to grow and be the successful man or woman your destined to be.
Classism…What Is It Really
September 10, 2021
Today's special guest is my brother, my friend, and classmate from high-school Xavier Blathers. Today is Xaviers Bday. For far to long it's been about money in our society and not more about the people. The have and have nots have been the way of life for years. Our country is breaking the middle class apart and poverty has grown. It is time we take a stand and fight, and build try equality.
Is housing really an American crisis?
September 03, 2021As the world focus on getting back to normal the best we can, our nation forgot about looking at the root causes of why families and individuals are not stable. COVID-19 exacerbated the perpetual perils and struggles that our society is now faced with. Tune in as we discuss the biggest crisis in our country: housing/financial stability for our community. Joining me is special guest Reggie Brown, a true growing leader in our community and dedicated brother to seeing our society evolve. Join the conversation.
Too much noise but no actions!
August 27, 2021For many years we’ve been talking about how to solve the systemic hereditary issues in the black community!! It’s time for us to make our final stand! Continue to be involved and develop our community!
What We Do For Each Other Part 1
August 20, 2021
In this episode on Circle Up Indy, we will discuss the continual struggles within our community with special guest Nonnay Williams, Indianapolis Community Member, and Mr. Daniel Mallory. Daniel is a Family Success Coach and Logistics Facilitator at Edna Martin, hosting its 2nd Annual Fall Hiring Event (Tune In for More Information) on August 27th from 10 am to 2 pm located at 37 Place 2605 E. 25th St., Indianapolis, IN. We must stop talking about all the support the people in the community genuinely need as Edna Martin supports our community. Ms. Williams will discuss the constant issues from the community's point.
We Can’t Keep Talking…What Are The Solutions Part 4
August 13, 2021
We Can’t Depend on Government and Others:
Summary: Today, we are joined by special guest Eric Davenport. Eric is the Owner/Operator for R.I.P. (Resources In The Parks) and Founder and C.E.O. of R.O.K. (Resources Organized In Kommunity). Eric has been serving family and young people in our community for many years. The focus of our top is not to depend on others and the government to take care of our community. We as a community must understand our worth and take the time to build on the things we see or would like to see in our community. It all starts with us. Actual community growth is a collective impact. Our dollars must or should be reinvested within our community with businesses and shops we own, not a corporation.
We Can’t Keep Talking…What Are The Solutions Part 3
August 06, 2021
Who Really Cares: As the world is running upside down, and society feels as though there is or will be no hope…you have to stop and ask Who Really Cares? Last week we called out our national and local political leaders to outline who really care about the people of our city, state, and nation. We speak on being equal, diverse, and progressive, yet our country is at a standstill, soon to be in a deadlock. In the end, the people suffer. Tune in as we go deep about what's taking effect in our society politically, economically and how it's being looked at from a greater bigger lin's, but fail to see the microscopic pieces of how our nation is doing with little to no support with constant underdeveloping conversations. Who Really Cares!!! We must invest in our community with our dollars.
We can’t keep talking: What are the solutions, Part 2
July 30, 2021We have to start asking if the people we elect in the office are really for us or serve a bigger purpose that does not have the people at the front. Local and national politics are playing a very dangerous game and will continue to hurt our state and nation. On this episode, we will connect the violence we see in our city, state and the country as a whole. Time to stop pushing political ideologies and move for perpetual elevation with our people in mind. No more talking; more engagement and actions.
We Can’t Keep Talking…What Are The Solutions Part 1
July 23, 2021
It Starts With Us. In this episode, we will state the needed discussion on accountability in our communities. Violence continues to rise, but the actions & behaviors start's with us. What are we doing to make the needed difference? Why are we afraid to take ownership of our community? We can't fix our society if we don't start getting a grip on what's going on in our home, community, and children. It Start's With Us!!
Podcast at the Peace Festival 2021
July 16, 2021Please Join James Wilson, Co-host John Nelson from THE BLOCK Podcast and special guest, Founder/President of M.O.V.E and the recent recipient of the IBE Community Impact Award, Mr. Antonio Patton as they discuss the continual violence within our urban community. This topic of conversation was difficult but very much needed. As the violence hits home and effects James and his family we discuss the issues, reasons, and possible solutions to reduce the gun violence within our community. No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!
This Is Just The Beginning Part 6
July 09, 2021
Hear from the Young Ones! In today's episode, James has kids from the community in the studio to show hope for the future.
This Is Just The Beginning Part 5
July 02, 2021
Let Them Doubt! In today's episode, we talk about how we fight to get ahead and push away the doubts others have against the Black Community. Also James' youngest son JoJo is a guest.
This Is Just The Beginning Part 4
June 25, 2021
Welcome back to the continual conversation on mental health in the Black community. Today we have a special guest Mrs. Beverly Mason, a Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Mrs. Beverly brings a perspective not only from the aspect of her work but also from a black woman and understanding from a personal level. It is more than ever for society to be aware of identifying mental health factors in the black community or the community in general. Therefore, we will discuss issues from our own lives and how it relates to the current topic. No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!
This Is Just The Beginning Part 3
June 18, 2021
It is essential and imperative that we in the black community understand and address the needed mental health issues in the black community. So in this episode, we will begin the conversation on why the black community is struggling with managing mental illness.
This Is Just The Beginning Part 2
June 11, 2021
What is the Peace Festival (continued). It is essential to understand the root cause of why Circle Up Indy was built. It is and always will be the focus of the community. We are fighting for an ever-evolving society. Be a part of the evolving community at the 2021 Peace Festival. The foundation of Circle Up Indy is critical because it focuses on the people always at heart.
This Is Just The Beginning Part 1
June 04, 2021
This Is Just The Beginning new series on the Circle Up Indy Podcast is the begging steps of healing, understanding, and address critical concerns in our community. We will be the official introducing our 2021 Circle Up Indy Annual Peace Festival/100 Year Fredrick Douglass Park Celebration in this episode. We will discuss how my journey from incarceration led to the growth and development of the Festival and why it means a great deal to the community and me. Stay turn as the conversation continues next week. No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!!
Silent No More… Hear Me Speak! Part 6
May 28, 2021Building Our Evolution: It is more than waiting on someone to come and save the day. It's about investing directly into one another and our community as a whole. Understanding that to tackle poverty, you have to invest in the people and stabilizing ideas. We can no longer wait for others to build a path for us. We must make a way one step at a time. No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!
Silent No More… Hear Me Speak! Part 5
May 21, 2021
Where Are All the Funds? In today's episode of Circle Up Indy, we dialogue about the economic development in the Black community and where all the funds are going. We also will be laying out our plan for philanthropy and affordable home development, introducing the 2021 Peace Festival, and more!
Silent No More… Hear Me Speak! Part 4
May 14, 2021
Our conversation today is more than just a simple change. We are focusing on evolving from every aspect especially funding in our community. Hear the voices of the community as we tackle critical concerns for community evolution. Today's conversation will be around funding for our community and the funds to meet the need of residents in our community. Today, our guest Amina Person Director of Martindale-Brightwood CDC, will discuss the housing crisis and need for housing development in our community. It's No Time To Sleep…Time To Circle Up!
Silent No More…Hear Me Speak! Part 3
May 07, 2021
On this week's episode of Circle Up Indy, we're continuing our series "Silent No More...Hear Me Speak!". In part 3, we'll discuss the Derek Chauvin conviction and grassroots efforts.
Silent No More….Hear Me Speak! Part 2
April 30, 2021
On this week's episode of Circle Up Indy, we're continuing our series "Silent No More...Hear Me Speak!". In part 2, we'll discuss issues of cultural diversity, funding exclusion, and police-community interaction.
Silent no more…. Hear me speak! Part 1
April 23, 2021On Today's episode of Circle Up Indy: Part 1 of a four-part series, "Silent No More...Hear Me Speak!" Through this hard-hitting series, we'll be discussing issues of racism, police reform and systematic oppression. Our voices will be heard, we'll be aggressive, and we'll be strong. No time to sleep! Time to circle up!
Socio-Economic Trauma Continued
April 16, 2021
Why does Socio-Economic Trauma Exist In Our Community? This episode will give a deeper understanding of why perpetual issues from mental health, drugs, poverty, and lack of educational support exist! There is always a beginning to everything that exist. Let's discovery why on a deeper lens.
Who is James Wilson?
April 09, 2021
Born and raised in Indy, James Wilson talks about growing up and the challenges he faced as a young man. About family and friends, the best moments of growing up and facing the harsh reality of the real world at a young age. James reveals the bad choices that took him down the wrong path, but helped build a solid foundation for a more positive future. Today, James Wilson is on a mission to educate and inspire, drive a conversation for change, push to stop violence and build stronger communities through Circle Up Indy. And this is his story, part one.
Introducing Circle Up Indy
April 08, 2021
Circle Up Indy, hosted by James Wilson, puts the spotlight on issues associated with socio-economic trauma that plague the circle city. As we explore the perpetual gray areas that exist in our community, from racial inequality to systemic racism, James brings to light the topics that are overlooked, stories that need to be told, and voices that have fallen silent. Join James on a mission to explore the gray areas that exist within our society as we build vigorous resolution by telling our stories, seeking key and practical answers, challenging funders and political leaders. This platform will bring together community leaders, friends, family, and neighbors to promote real progressive evolution within our city and state.