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The online talk show bringing you inspiring interviews with next generation voices, and news & pop culture commentary from a savvy point of view.
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It’s baaaack! Our friends at #AwkwardBlackGirl launched Season 2 the other week with “The Sleepover” on Pharrell’s #iamOTHER channel. Check it!

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Know This! Tour: Official Trailer

Fed up with the state of reality TV, in Fall 2011, Ariana Proehl took her online talk show “Know This!” on a 14-city tour to show and prove that we are more than Real Housewives and Basketball Wives. This trailer highlights the 8-week tour that kicked off in New York City and captured 41 interviews with some of the country’s top next generation leaders and creative entrepreneurs in media, music, fashion, business, politics, public service and more.

From the Bay to LA, we’re checking in with two healers, Kali Shirley Johnson of Soulistic Wellness and Chris Pearson of Be Well Natural Integral Healing Space, that embody our saying that Knowledge of Self is Sexy, and look to make holistic healing accessible to us all.

In Los Angeles, Ariana is talking with Alicia Zakon, educator & author of the upcoming book “Laundry and Love Notes,” and Nijla Mu’min, writer, filmmaker & photographer, about finding their creative voices and the power of sharing our voices and our truths even when we’re scared.

We’re in Hollywood! And Ariana’s sitting down with Issa Rae, the creator & star of hot new web comedy series “The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl” (www.awkwardblackgirl.com). Issa dishes on being from an awkward family, acting & directing, her dream theme song for the show and more…Check it!

In their first on-camera cast interview, actors of hot new web comedy series Awkward Black Girl (www.awkwardblackgirl.com) dish on behind the scenes antics, ABG fans, getting recognized in public, favorite scenes & more…Actors Madison Shockley (Fred), Andrew Allan James (A), Hana (Boss Lady), Lyman Johnson (White J) and Tristen Winger (Darius aka “Baby Voice”) guest.

On Know This! we have a saying that “Knowledge of Self is Sexy.” In this episode, Knowledge of SEX is Sexy. So let’s talk about it! We have Nurse Practitioner Simran Tagore on hand, as well as voices repping East Oakland’s Youth UpRising in the house talking about what it means to be sexually empowered and the important stats you need to know.

Ariana’s talking to Oakland born and bred hip hop artist & educator, Do D.A.T. Watch him spit a lil somethin’ from his album Oakland in Blue, and drop some knowledge when it comes to mentoring young artists through youth program BUMP Records.

Ariana talks with the leaders of Urban Underground, a youth development organization working to bring out the best in the underserved youth of Milwaukee, one of the most segregated cities in the U.S.

They got next—and they got dreams! And not to be the next Snooki (thank goodness). Ariana visits the Southwest Youth Collaborative and Chicago Freedom School to hear the candid dreams of some of their youth participants, and some of the personal and social issues making those dreams a struggle in reality. We also hear from the young adult mentors and youth development workers helping support those dreams.

Ariana and hip hop artist Naledge of Kidz in the Hall talk about his new album, Occasion (Nov 22), Obama, being a brainiac and more.

Ariana talks with Chicago-based photographer Lynnette Astaire about her craft and what it means to connect with one’s purpose.

You know all those life balance things, like meditation or another special routine we always say we’re going to do, but get too busy for? Well attorney, entrepreneur & founder of the website MyLifestyleZen.com, Patrice Perkins, dishes on her top tips for living her motto of “Work Smart. Play Hard,” so that we’re not just starting but really maintaining healthy habits of work-life balance.

Ariana visits University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to talk with student leaders Mallika Roy & Tia Hofmans about F.O.K.U.S. and why art is a necessary part of our lives and community building.