Lifted

Tembi Locke

Hosted by Tembi Locke, New York Times bestselling author, actor, and Executive Producer of Netflix’s From Scratch, Lifted is a multi-season series investigating and celebrating what it takes to transform challenges into the inspired work of a lifetime. The podcast focuses on the behind-the-scenes events, human stumbling blocks, and eventual tools that lead to resilience. Deeply personal, full of humor, Lifted pulls back the curtain on the "extraordinary moment when everything changed" and, through candid conversations with remarkable female creators, writers, entrepreneurs, artists and thought leaders, it creates a guide for the individual and collective resilience and joy that lifts our lives. Each season pulls at the thematic threads of From Scratch by looking at moments of 'lift' through the lenses of art, food, and travel -- creating an ongoing conversation ignited by the series. The first season consists of eight unforgettable conversations with the female creators and collaborators behind the powerful Netflix series and global hit From Scratch. read less
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Episodes

Katie Parla on  The Cultural Tapestry of Italian Cuisine
08-02-2024
Katie Parla on The Cultural Tapestry of Italian Cuisine
Join us for a gastronomic adventure with Katie Parla, the Rome-based New York Times bestselling cookbook author of “Food of The Italian Islands”, “Food of the Italian South”, and “Tasting Rome”, among others. Katie is also an Emmy-nominated television host, co-host of Gola Podcast, and expert in all things Italian cuisine. In a captivating conversation, we delve into:  Her incredible food tours in Rome, where she not only leads people to delectable bites but also serves up a generous helping of cultural, historical, and archaeological context for the food and region.  Her latest book, "Food of the Italian Islands," as well as Katie’s personal connections to the vibrant regions of Sicily and Southern Italy.  How Americans can adopt a more nuanced approach to travel within Italy, Why, in Katie’s words, “writing a cookbook will ruin your life”, and how she turned cookbook writing into a sustainable career by creating her own publishing company, Parla Publishing.  Buon appetito! Buy Katie’s delicious new book, Food of the Italian Islands Planning a trip to Rome? Learn more about Katie’s food tours or check out her city guides.  Discover Angelini Osteria, a staple Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Katie will be publishing their forthcoming book under her publishing company, Parla Publishing.  In Katie’s opinion, the best city to eat in is Istanbul, and the best restaurant to eat at in Istanbul is Balat Sahil.  More from Katie Parla: Website  Instagram  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Eve Rodsky on Finding Your Unicorn Space
16-02-2023
Eve Rodsky on Finding Your Unicorn Space
Over the first season of Lifted, I have had the pleasure of talking to the dynamic creators of From Scratch. Through these conversations, I've thought deeply about creativity in general, creativity in my own life, and how creativity can be used to find our way back to ourselves. I thought it might be nice to talk to an expert in this field so that she can unpack and demystify this thing called creativity, and inspire all of us, but particularly caregivers, to use it in times of strife, challenge, and trauma. In this special bonus episode, I sit down with Eve Rodsky, New York Times best-selling author of Fair Play and National Bestseller, Find Your Unicorn Space, for a deep dive into creativity, and how we can use it as a north star to find our way back to ourselves.   ---------------- ABOUT OUR GUESTEve Rodsky transformed a “blueberries breakdown” into a catalyst for social change when she applied her Harvard-trained background in organizational management to ask the simple yet profound question: What would happen if we treated our homes as our most important organizations? Her New York Times bestselling book and Reese’s Book Club Pick, Fair Play, a gamified life-management system that helps partners rebalance their domestic workload and reimagine their relationship, has elevated the cultural conversation about the value of unpaid labor and care. In her highly anticipated follow-up, Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World, Rodsky explores the cross-section between the science of creativity, productivity, and resilience. Described as the ‘antidote to physical, mental, and emotional burnout,’ Rodsky aims to inspire a new narrative around the equality of time and the individual right to personal time choice that influences sustainable and lasting change on a policy level. Rodsky’s work is backed by Hello Sunshine—Reese Witherspoon’s media company whose mission is to change the narrative for women through storytelling. Rodsky was born and raised by a single mom in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Seth and their three children. Stay in Touch: IG: @liftedpod @tembilocke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Attica Locke on Investing in a Future Self, Learning to Trust Her Own Voice, and Her Journey from Screenwriting to Fiction and Back
19-01-2023
Attica Locke on Investing in a Future Self, Learning to Trust Her Own Voice, and Her Journey from Screenwriting to Fiction and Back
This might be my most personal conversation to date.  In this episode, I sit down with Attica Locke. In case you don't know, she is the author of five books; her latest novel, Heaven, My Home, is the sequel to her Edgar Award-Winning Bluebird, Bluebird, and it is also a New York Times Bestseller. Her novel Pleasantville was a winner of the Harper Lee prize for Legal Ficton, her second book, The Cutting Season, was the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and Black Water Rising, her debut novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, an LA Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Attica is also a screenwriter and TV producer, with credits including Empire, When They See Us, and Little Fires Everywhere, for which she won an NAACP Image Award for screenwriting. She also happens to be my sister. Together, we co-created and adapted From Scratch, but it was her role as showrunner and as sister that made our whole series happen. Guest Bio: A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Attica Locke is an author, showrunner, screenwriter and producer, with credits that include Empire, When They See Us and the Emmy-nominated Little Fires Everywhere, for which she won an NAACP Image award for television writing.   Most recently, she served as showrunner, an executive producer, and co-creator, alongside her sister Tembi, for the Netflix series From Scratch. An adaptation of Tembi’s memoir of the same name, the series, produced by Hello Sunshine, landed on Netflix’s Top Ten List in its first week on the platform.   Attica Locke is a New York Times best-selling author of five novels. Her novels include, Heaven, My Home, sequel to the Edgar Award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird; Pleasantville, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction; The Cutting Season, winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence; and her debut, Black Water Rising, which was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.    A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. Stay in Touch: IG: @liftedpod @tembilocke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nzingha Stewart on Creating Visual Intimacy Onscreen, Worshiping a God of ‘Yes, And….’, and Directing From Scratch from ‘Eros’ to ‘Agape’
10-11-2022
Nzingha Stewart on Creating Visual Intimacy Onscreen, Worshiping a God of ‘Yes, And….’, and Directing From Scratch from ‘Eros’ to ‘Agape’
Nzingha Stewart is an NAACP Image Award-nominated director. A graduate of NYU, she started her career in music videos, shooting for artists like Common, Eve, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent, before going on to a successful career as a commercial director. Then transitioned to film and television where her work includes the Emmy-Nominated limited series Inventing Anna, Maid, and Little Fires Everywhere as well as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and Netflix’s Tall Girl. She is the producing director and co-executive producer on From Scratch. Nzingha is someone I admire for her vision, sublime creative sensibilities, her leadership as a female producer, and her big heart. There is no one you’d rather go to dinner with than Nzingha, she will make you try everything and order double desserts. I love her “yes, and” approach to life. You can see her vision and heart all over the first episode of From Scratch. About the Guest: Nzingha Stewart attended NYU’s Gallatin School and upon graduation went on to shoot over a hundred music videos for artists like Common, Eve, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent breaking down barriers for women of color in the music video world along the way. An equally in-demand commercial director, Nzingha has also filmed clips for ESPN, McDonald’s, and Coors Light among others. Having recently directed episodes of Little Fires Everywhere, Black Monday, Greys Anatomy, A Million Little Things, Good Girls, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, the Netflix hit feature film Tall Girl, and Shonda Rhimes upcoming series Inventing Anna, she has also proven herself as a writer, having written With This Ring and The Tenth Date (Lifetime/ A+E Networks) which she also directed. Both movies were ratings hits for the network and With This Ring went on to be nominated for three NAACP awards and won the Women In Film Award for Best Television Movie. Nzingha is the executive producer of Netflix’s From Scratch. Recently, she was the executive producer of Daisy Jones and the Six for Amazon and Hello Sunshine.  She sold her co-written script, Bad Ass Biker Chicks of Marrakech to Wayfarer for which she is also set to direct. Next up on the directing front is the feature film Life in Motion, a biopic about powerhouse prima ballerina Misty Copeland. http://www.nzinghastewart.com Stay in Touch: IG: @liftedpod @tembilocke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Setting the Table
10-11-2022
Setting the Table
Here, we set the table for what’s to come.  I see this podcast as an auditory dinner party of sorts. Each week, a new guest will arrive, and we’ll sit around the table for a conversation about the big questions that we all face: what it means to be creative, how to pull ourselves forward even in life’s most unexpected times, where we seek (and find) inspiration, what it looks like to begin again, and how we expand. We’ll explore how being lifted allows us to meet the world more fully, wholly, and generously.  I love nothing more than an open-ended, deep, intimate conversation, and I am fascinated by the ways in which people meet both life’s victories and its hurdles. So, I invited a group of women who inspire me to discuss, to ponder, and to share the lessons we’ve learned, as well as those we’re still learning, about our own journeys towards living conscious, elevated, fully-embodied lives. If you’ve seen From Scratch, you’re already familiar with the beautiful artistry each of these women possesses. As these conversations unfold, you will understand too the depth of their curiosity, the strength of their convictions, and the unique spark that lives within each of them. So take a walk, or pour a cup of tea, and settle in. I can tell you from first-hand experience: these are the conversations that lift our lives. —-----------  Mentioned in this episode:  “The quiet calling to the health of our communal soul” – Krista Tippett in On Being  Stay in Touch: IG: @liftedpod @tembilocke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices