Episode 53: Catchin’ Up + CTRL

Welcome back – it’s been SO long! As we enter the middle of 2017, we connected to play catch-up with each other and with our wonderful #TMH listeners.

As Ashley continues her travel journey with Remote Year, she shares what the past couple of months have been like living in Argentina during the country’s winter season. Back in New York, Steph is getting ready for her first summer in the big city. Although we’ve been miles apart, recent months have brought sudden periods of growth and self-realizations for us both.

While on the topic of growth + evolvement, we give our first impressions of the new SZA album CTRL – TDE’s unapologetic sultry songstress delivers all the #carefreeblackgirl vibes on this long-awaited piece of work, and we are here for every bit of it.

Thanks for listening!


Steph & Ash

#TMH Tune of the Week: SZA // Drew Barrymore

Episode 39: Frank, Filters & the Feels

Welcome back lovelies! After four years of long, heart wrenching anticipation, Frank Ocean finally dropped his second studio album ‘Blonde’ on Sunday. Between his impressive writing, the ENDLESS visual album, and his Boys Don’t Cry magazine, Ocean showed us how he’s spent his time carefully perfecting a trifecta of artwork. We share our thoughts on the album, its release and the current state of R&B genre as a whole.

According to a recent university study, someone’s favorite Instagram filters could determine their happiness levels. We discuss our own correlations between photo filter choices and emotion, and how social media is being used to pinpoint mental illness.

This week, NPR.org announced that they will be removing all comment sections on their site. The news was followed by an interesting Twitter conversation from  Gene Demby, our favorite NPR Code Switch writer. We chat about how people of color seem to be missing from comment sections and other digital spaces, thus creating a lack in fair and balanced dialogue.

This is The Millennial Hour.


Steph & Ash

#TMH Tune of the Week: Frank Ocean // Nights

Episode 30: Aspire to Inspire

Welcome back listeners! This week we sat down with our friend, fellow DC Millennial and motivational speaker Brandon Northington. He is currently the Assistant State’s Attorney in Charles County, Maryland and a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentorship organization.

Brandon discussed what it’s like working as a successful Millennial in law, and how he “owns the court room” when he walks in to a case.

He also shared with us his secret to balancing being engaged at 27-years-old with his frienships, and why it is important now more than ever for Millennials to foster and inspire the next generation of youth.

“I use my life as a testimony to those who may not have a postive, tangible role model.”

Listen above for our full chat with Brandon, and share your thoughts.

Connect with Brandon! Twitter: @BNorthSpeaks, Facebook: Brandon Northington, Website: www.brandonnorthington.com

This is The Millennial Hour.


Steph & Ash

#TMH Tune of the Week: Chance the Rapper // Finish Line/Down

Episode 29: Let’s Speak ‘Millennial’

Welcome back lovelies! This week we give a quick recap of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards that aired Sunday night. From Rihanna’s ‘Love on the Brain’ performance to Madonna & Stevie Wonder’s Prince tribute – we talk about the best and worst of #BBMA’s.

Every generation has developed their own unique voice. We discuss Millennial language including phrases such as ‘I feel like’, and how language changes from generation to generation.

Being a Millennial in the workplace can be difficult, but does the way we talk affect other generations’ view of us? We delve in how vocal fry and other nuances are used to gauge how authoritative or professional a Millennial is.

This is The Millennial Hour.


Steph & Ash

#TMH Tune of the Week: Rihanna // Love on the Brain

Episode 27: #Views, Wilmore & Women

Welcome back! Last week, Drake dropped his fourth studio album – Views. We give our first impressions of the project and ponder which long-lost love our favorite sappy rapper is singing about.

Obama’s last White House Correspondents Dinner was held this past Saturday, and Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore had everyone’s jaw hitting the floor as he dealt countless low-blows during his speech. We give our reactions to his choice of jokes, especially his use of the ‘N’ word toward the President.

Gender inequality in the U.S. workplace is an ongoing problem that the #Millennial generation is facing – especially women of color. Stephanie shares her key takeaways from The Atlantic’s ‘Women, Fairness and Power’ event this past weekend and how we can combat this issue in the future.

This is The Millennial Hour.


Steph & Ash

#TMH Tune of the Week: Drake // Cameras

Episode 26: Legacies + Lemonade

Welcome back lovelies! The past week has been filled with a roller coaster of emotions. The world mourned Prince – who transitioned last Thursday, after bringing us decades of timeless music and an unmatched influence on pop culture. His death left a sour taste in the mouths of generations who have worshipped his music, but he leaves a legacy for today’s artists like Justin Timberlake and Miguel.

A couple days later, Beyoncé released her much anticipated visual album, #LEMONADE, reminding us of her own legacy she continues to wow us with. We talk about her perfectly crafted artistic videos that grabbed our attention the most.

The album was filled with an overflow of emotional expression – emotions that many Millennials are often too busy to address within themselves. We discuss how we each emotionally detox, and the importance of taking a moment to re-focus.

This is The Millennial Hour.


Steph & Ash

#TMH Tune of the Week: Prince & Beyonce // Purple Rain, The 46th Grammy Awards

Episode 11: The Company You Keep

Happy hump-day loyal listeners! This past Monday, Kendrick Lamar was nominated for 11 different awards for the 58th annual Grammy’s – he leads with the most nominations, and is only one behind Michael Jackson’s record-setting 12 nominations in 1984. We chat about his reign over the past few years, and the different reactions this announcement received.

Trump is at it again – more racially offensive words were said this week from the 2016 presidential candidate we love to hate. We discuss what this means to different communities in the U.S. and the importance of voting.

Finally, we offer a little advice on how to manage friendships in adulthood as a millennial – keep your circle tight, folks.

Thanks for listening, and we’d love to hear your comments below!

This is The Millennial Hour.


Steph & Ash

#TMH Tune of the Week: Nao // So Good

Labor Day Recap: Made In America 2015


As summer is wrapping up, I (Steph) decided to check one more thing off my bucket list and attend a full-fledged music festival. Here are my top five best, and worst, moments during my experience at Jay Z’s Made in America Festival 2015.

  1. WORST: Overcrowding.

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Jay Z, you sold wayyyyy too many tickets to this event. There were entirely too many people, which took away from the experience.

  1. BEST: Getting almost front row views of The Weeknd’s performance.

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It definitely took standing in the hot sun all day, but it was worth every minute.

  1. WORST: Smells.

Which for the most part were disgusting and unidentifiable.

  1. BEST: Meek Mill bringing his boo Nicki on stage.


From what I heard, Nicki was the best part of the Meek Mill performance.

  1. WORST: Food.


The food was horrible, but then again, it’s a festival soooooo I can’t complain too much.

  1. BEST: Staying in downtown Philly.


This was by far the best decision I could have made location-wise. Staying close to the venue and train station was a life saver after long festival days. Not to mention we got upgraded to a suite room!!

  1. WORST: The nightlife scene.

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It was kinda weak. Even being in the heart of downtown Philly. But for all my Ohio State friends, I found another Insomnia Cookies!

  1. BEST: Making new friends.


When your 2 inches away from the people around you for 6+ hours, you’re bound to make a couple of friends! Here’s to all of you who sustained my armpit sweat.

1.WORST:  Closing Headlining with The Weeknd rather than Beyoncé

Beyoncé should have ended the concert. Reason? Because she is Beyoncé. Who better to end a festival?


Her performance was flawless. All hail Queen Bey!! And not to mention her man Jay Z was supporting in the crowd.