Where African American History Is American History


The Black Is America podcast highlights little-known African American figures who helped write the story of America. Join us as we shed new light on lost chapters in our nation's history. Hear the amazing, inspiring accounts of black American inventors, heroes, scientists, entrepreneurs and so much more. 

In Season 1, we feature the stories of Lt. John Fox, Marian Anderson, Wendell Scott, Bessie Coleman, and more. In each episode, we examine the legacy of these great Americans. Learn how they paved the way for other exceptional African Americans and contributed to a continued tradition of excellence in the black community. 

While racism is a common theme, it is not the central theme. These stories focus instead on what black people have contributed in spite of it, and the impact of those contributions shows clearly that African American History is American History.

About the Hosts

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Dominic Lawson

Podcast Creator & Host

Dominic Lawson is a native Memphian dedicated to empowering people to move society forward. He graduated from Westwood High School and began his professional career at Regions Bank. After a year in banking, he served in the Army. After his service, he returned to banking and pursued a Bachelors's Degree in Business Administration at National American University. In 2014, he co-founded an educational consulting firm, OWLS, LLC, with his wife, Kenda Lawson. At Owls, he serves as its COO to create curriculum and provide professional development to schools, school districts, non-profits, and corporations.

Since 2016, Dominic has been the host of The Startup Life Podcast, giving his audience the edge it needs in building their businesses and climbing the corporate ladder. He has interviewed some of the top minds in business, from the co-founder of Netflix Marc Randolph and countless others. Lawson continued to develop a podcasting passion, gaining experience by creating, writing, editing, hosting, and producing podcasts, including Nothin But Buckets (sports) and Just Blerdn' (Black nerd culture). He was initially drawn to the medium as "a tool to help people," but he admits the audience feedback is pretty great, too. "I love to hear people say that an episode resonates with them." Lawson joined the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family in 2021 as a podcast producer, editor, and host. Responsible for cultivating a diverse slate of guests ranging from mental health experts to addiction recovery professionals and beyond, he enjoys the challenge of meeting the audience's expectations. While his position at MBH may not be clinical or involve daily interaction with patients, Lawson sees the potential to use his craft to make a difference. That's why he takes seriously the platform he's been given to share valuable information and resources that can change lives.

Dominic served as board president of the non-profit Hot Foot Honey's, Memphis' first and only tap dance company. Embark Alumnus of The New Memphis Institute. Dominic's current community service commitments include Coach/Mentor at LITE Memphis, Mentor at STS Enterprise, and Corporate sponsor of the Westwood PTSA. Lawson's core belief is that "success is ninety percent planning and ten percent execution."

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