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Shontavia and Tonya walk through the past two weeks of law, innovation and tech news after discussing what’s been good with them, which includes Shontavia’s participation in a new meme documentary and Tonya’s recent interview on the Daily Tech News Show Podcast. Shontavia isn’t happy with the recent influx of hair discrimination events around the country, but she’s encouraged by new legislation in New York and California designed to combat it. Tonya is cautious about the SEC’s interest in blockchain nodes. Both cohosts are unimpressed with Senator Josh Hawley’s crusade against big tech with the [not-very] SMART Act bill, which would ban infinite scroll and automatically limit a user’s time on social media to 30 minutes a day. The LIT Podcast closes out with a request for listeners to VOTE UP the team’s SXSW 2020 panel proposals:


  • Shontavia is excited that her melanin was poppin’ in an upcoming documentary she’s in about memes. She’s also celebrating Cyntoia Brown being released from jail, though there are some questionable circumstances surrounding Brown’s new husband. 
  • Tonya podcast creeps with Tom Merritt of Daily Tech News Show Podcast to continue her deep dive convos into corpocurrencies like Facebook’s LibraCoin and the new Walmart’s patent filing for a cryptocurrency project that shares many similarities (and some important differences) with Libra.
  • Please VOTE UP our SXSW panel ideas!

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Shontavia wants to talk about hair, especially the ways black hair has been underappreciated and overly criticized and discriminated against. She discusses the recent backlash against Narvie Harris Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, and the legal implications where someone publicly displayed a poster of black kids with “appropriate” and “inappropriate” hairstyles. 100% of the “inappropriate” styles were traditional and/or popular African-American hairstyles. 

Tonya talks about the SEC’s recent RFP for contractors to run blockchain nodes on several blockchains, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, BitoinCash, ZCash, and XRP. Then she and Shontavia chat about the zany new bill sponsored by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) that seeks to reduce social media usage to 30 minutes a day. 


Shontavia advises content creators to develop a strategy for protecting the work they’ve created, using the current “Choppa Style” copyright lawsuit as a cautionary tale.

  • Tonya gives several reasons to take a class, hone a skill, or prepare for your next opportunity in some type of continuing education. She challenges listeners to identify what type of continuing education you need at this stage of your life and career. From upskilling to re-entering the job market to preparing to leave the 9-to-5 and pursue your passion. There’s something for everyone to level up and make your fire work.

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Shontavia Johnson serves as a highly acclaimed writer, speaker, academic, and attorney thriving at the intersection of law, innovation, and pop culture. She is dedicated to sharing big ideas, using the world as a classroom, and helping women build dynamic brands and successful businesses. Learn more at and

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