We had the good fortune of connecting with Donta Morrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donta, what do you love most about your work?
Why do I love what I do? The answer is easy. As host of “The Donta Show” I am blessed with the opportunity to bring people together for engaging and informative dialogue. I love being able to provide a platform that strengthens connectedness between persons from all walks of life. It is enriching and important. Over the years my audience has expand greatly. The journey has connected me with some amazing energies, and I have grown immensely as a person, and brand. The way my viewers engage proves that there a sincere desire for change and improvement within communities of color. It is often assumed that marginalized individuals are content with how things are. That is untrue. People want change. But they also want to be heard and trust that their concerns do not fall on deaf ears. I love being able to provide that space. My show is a safe environment to express, share, vent, or whatever else needs to occur before the work can begin. As a Black, gay man, who has experienced stigma and ostracization on numerous levels, I understand how it feels to be shut out and denied a seat at the table. It is because of those experiences that I understand the importance of educating the ignorant. The joy I feel after someone has an ‘aha’ moment is indescribable and solidifies the love I have for what I do. The saying “stronger together” is a truth I value, and I love being in position to push that agenda.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I work in the field of sexual health and it is an amazing experience. No day is ever the same. Imagine getting paid to educate about sex and interact with persons of all sexual expressions. I love what I do because it is has no bounds. Currently, I am an associate director at an HIV service organization and oversee a series of sexual health and substance abuse programs for persons of color. Getting to this level in my career was not easy. There were obstacles that pushed me to be greater and I overcame things I never imagined I would. After testing positive for HIV I noticed that within my community little conversation about the virus was being had. Frustrated and alone, I took a blind leap into an HIV related job and almost 20 years later am still on the battlefield. Throughout that time, I obtained two degrees and am working on a PhD in Global Leadership. The lesson I learned along the way was to use your voice. If allowed a seat at the table, speak up and let them know that you are there. Your input carries weight. Your presence deserves recognition. I also learned that we should never expect one person to speak for the whole. The world is filled with diversity and singular models for resolve are not the most effective. Also, in terms of implementing community change, we need to meet people where they are and address their issues accordingly.
As I go through my journey, I want the world to know that I am a work in progress. I will never profess to know it all. But that which I do know, I am affirmed and rooted. My story is still unfolding and working itself into an award-winning film. I am excited and look forward to the work that lies ahead.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If a friend were visiting for a week it would be a diverse experience. A few of the top spots we would go to are: _ 3rd Street Promenade – Pinks on Melrose – El Cholo – Universal City Walk – The Grove: Farmers Market – Watts Towers – West Hollywood: The Abbey, Fiesta Cantina, Trunks – San Antonio Winery – L.A Zoo – The Hollywood Bowl – Olivera Street – Korean BBQ (so many to choose from) – 71 Above (the view is amazing)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No one can succeed alone. Everyone has a team. My squad consists of: – Edward Eason and Eddie’s Edibles – Bishop W. Todd Ervin, Sr. and Church One Ministries, Long Beach, CA – Pyro Media Network – My brothers of Kappa Lambda Chi, Military Fraternity, Inc. – William Howard – Terry Smith – LaKeisha Walker – The Lemonade Stand (you know who you all are…lol) – The supporters of The Donta Show who regularly tune in each week.