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Out Today From OWN Podcasts: Ep 1 guest Ari Lennox on Trials to Triumphs with Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins Season 2

As Announced in an Essence Exclusive


Announcing Today's Launch of Season 2, Episode 1 Out Today: 



OWN Podcasts Presents a New Season of the Weekly Podcast Hosted by Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins (Dear White People)

As Featured in:

 Caption: Guest Ari Lennox and Host Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins during “Trials To Triumphs” Season Two premiere episode 


OWN Podcasts announces today's launch of the second season of Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins’ podcast series, Trials to Triumphs, which will kick off with the first episode recorded from New Orleans during Essence Fest with singer Ari Lennox to be available starting August 14 wherever you listen to podcasts. During the revealing and honest conversation, Lennox addresses the controversy and her recent apology from remarks she made on social media in 2021.


Throughout the new season, guests will include friends and colleagues, as well as people Ashley admires to dig into the moments when their trials have led to triumphs, in the hopes that we realize that we have much more common ground and shared experiences than we realize. Season 2 will continue to be a true coming together of women as they share wisdom for people to carry with them for the rest of their lives, and to create a safe space for guests and listeners to feel seen, motivated, and be encouraged to pursue the lives we all imagine for ourselves. 


Said Featherson-Jenkins, “At times, life for me has been made sweeter and I’ve found the strength to go on through the stories and major life-changing moments that have been shared with me by people I love and admire. I have always felt that empathy & education are two of life’s best teachers.”


Season one brought deep dives with guests including Kelly Rowland, Robin Thede, Michelle Williams, Amber Riley, Danielle Brooks, Estelle, Niecy Nash and Sheryl Lee Ralph.  


Through the stories of Ashley’s guests, Trials To Triumphs will bring us to laugh, cry, ponder, and discover gems about ourselves that hopefully allow listeners to have a greater understanding of who they are and to clarify their own unique journey. This is the podcast everyone needs, deserves, and craves. Especially now.


Official Trials to Triumphs Synopsis:

Netflix star, producer, content creator and a proud Howard University graduate, Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins has stepped out with her podcast Trials to Triumphs. The interview-style show debuted on the OWN Podcast network, which includes the popular Oprah’s Super Soul series. As one of the lead actresses in both the film and series Dear White People, Ashley is deeply connected to many of the premiere innovators and performers in the entertainment industry. Her personal and professional struggles, along with her gift for relating and connecting to people from all walks of life, will allow Ashley and her notable guests to open up about the trials that led to their many triumphs. In these intimate and revealing conversations, Ashley and her guests will unpack moments that remained hidden from the public as guests worked to become who they are today. After each episode, listeners will feel inspired and empowered to keep going, no matter where they are in life. Some of Ashley's guests include Kelly Rowland, Robin Thede, Michelle Williams, Amber Riley, Danielle Brooks, Estelle, Niecy Nash, Sheryl Lee Ralph and many more of today’s cultural trailblazers. Each week, Trials to Triumphs will deliver hope, inspiration and plenty of laughs… just what the world needs right now.


About Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins:


Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins is an actress, singer, and producer who starred in n the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE for four seasons. A force of talent on screen, Ashley brings that same level of passion and energy to her off-screen messages of empowerment, hard work, self-discovery and acceptance. Though she notes that positivity does not come easily, especially as a Black actress, her energy is infectious and is felt in every interaction with her. She attributes her confident outlook on life due to divine alignment with her purpose: Changing the world through her artistry and serving as a resource for women of color.


Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins is currently recurring on NBC’s comedy series GRAND CREW and she was last seen opposite Lena Waithe and Vanessa Williams in the  film BAD HAIR which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. However, it is her starring role as ‘Joelle Brooks’ in the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE that she is perhaps best known. After the DWP’s 2017 debut, Variety, described Featherson-Jenkins’ ‘Joelle’ as “pitch-perfect,” and TV Guide said the actress is “the comic force of the show.” In 2013, alongside Emmy-winner Lena Waithe, Featherson-Jenkins co-created the groundbreaking web series, HELLO CUPID. Vulture selected CUPID as one of the best web series of 2014 and The Boston Globe went further, declaring the series, and Ashley, deserving of  Emmys. Featherson-Jenkins again stood out in her starring role in the MACRO produced series, LEIMERT PARK, which took her to Sundance. On the big screen, Featherson-Jenkins also starred in Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut, PAINT IT BLACK; and on the small screen in the 2016 ABC pilot, DREW and she guest starred in Fox’s GLEE. Featherson-Jenkins received her BFA in musical theater from Howard University and she currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Darroll and dog, Diva. #2021



About OWN Podcasts:

OWN’s first-ever podcast, “Super Soul,” debuted at #1 in August 2017 on Apple Podcasts, featuring audio from the three-time Emmy Award-winning television series “Super Soul Sunday.”  OWN has since releases six more podcasts, “The Oprah Winfrey Show The Podcast,” “Oprah’s Master Class,” “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “A New Earth,” “Eckhart Tolle: Essential Teachings” and “The SonRise Project.” Since the launch of “Super Soul,” OWN podcasts have achieved more than 475 million downloads by listeners in over 190 countries worldwide. OWN Podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, SiruisXM, IHeartRadio and Amazon Music.

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