We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I help produce an independent social justice podcast called “Our Small Majority”. OSM is a unique show featuring a collection of interviews, sketches, and creative retellings on social inequality around the globe. The unique stories we have on the show provide a space for restorative justice to flourish and highlights the work being done today for underrepresented populations during this critical time of civil unrest.
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.
My interests have always revolved around physical health and social inequality; which has now transitioned over to my work exploring the intersectionality between brain chemistry, human behavior, and systemic racism. As you can imagine, this field of work connects you to a lot of people with interesting stories and unique experiences. Although it wasn’t easy to get to where I am now I would have to say thanks to my sense of curiosity and “let’s go see what the fuss is about” attitude it has taken me to places I wouldn’t have dreamed of. Our Small Majority has been an outlet for me to share these stories in a creative context and allow others to do the same. I’m so excited to see what OSM brings to the table in the years to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first person I think about who would have a blast here in California is my friend and matter of fact interviewee on the OSM podcast, Kasper Asmussen. Kasper has had an interesting life, born and raised in Denmark he is near completion of a 14-year prison sentence and has transformed his life in the process. By going through rehab, finishing his high school diploma, and even starting his B.A. at one of the best universities the country has to offer, he has done wonders. It would be so awesome to show him all around Southern California, sort of as a celebration for all of his hard work. We both enjoy the outdoors and being active so I’d show him a few lakes and national parks like Lake Arrowhead and Yellowstone. Also wouldn’t be fair without showing him some of the best places I like to eat at over in Downtown Los Angeles and Inglewood which has some of the best Ma and Pa soul food shops around town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are countless people I would thank for my success. My family, community and fellow team members who are a part of this project have always supported me in everything that I pursue. My cohost Matthew Goriachkovsky could be credited as the reason OSM was even created since he was the one that pushed me for months to start the podcast in the first place. Lastly, none of my success would be possible without the generosity of my mentors such as Adam Sjoberg, Keramet Reiter, and Kristina Uban. Although their backgrounds are vastly different, they all share the same school of thought of being fiercely proactive and unapologetic when defending basic human rights.