104: What's In A Name? How To Rock Your Unique Identity.

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Your name can say so much about who you are!

It can help you stand out or help you stay under the radar. It can help open the door to career opportunities or shut it in your face. It’s all relative to individual perspective…

What’s in a name?

"Sometimes JUSTICE doesn't feel good, but it's the right thing to do."

I had an enlightening discussion with my great friend Tareya Palmer, she’s an advocate for social justice and self-proclaimed fashion lover who has experienced and jumped over several life roadblocks. A stubborn-independent girl, who found a way to put herself through college and grad school, with a kind spirit, who is always happy to help others.


We talked about what it’s like to have a “ethnically-identifiable” name, how the word JUSTICE has changed her life, and the importance of embracing your uniqueness whether that’s through your name, your heritage or your personality.

Connect with Tareya on Instagram @_Thesociallight.

What do you think is in a name? Do you feel ethnically-specific names are holding people back? Do you have your own story of name-shame you’d like to share? I would love to read or hear your thoughts on all of this! You can share your personal experience with us in the reviews of this podcast, on our Diferente Podcast facebook group or by interacting with us on instagram @Diferente_Podcast.

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Blackish episode, "The Name Game".

DMX - What They Really Want ft. Sisqo.

EPISODE CREDITS: Created and Produced by Maribel Quezada Smith. Editor, Mauricio Mozo. Original Music by, Keagan Stromberg. Special thanks to Devin Palmer!