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#RealTalk 1-on-1: Sen Jesse Hamilton | Adding Racism to 911 = Hate Crime

New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton from Brooklyn joins LaMisha and Bedford in order to talk about his 911 Anti-Discrimination legislation. Sen. Hamilton explains why he wants to stop the abuse of 911 services that leads to unwarranted and dangerous police encounters with Black people by adding false reporting statutes to the list of hate crimes in New York state law. #LivingWhileBlack Keywords: Black, Social Justice, Race, Discrimination, Politics, Policy


Episode 53 - Nia Wilson #SayHerName | Whiteness Kills...

Bedford and LaMisha were joined by Zoe Samudzi, author and doctoral student, in order to discuss the impact of the murder of Nia Wilson at the MacArthur BART Station in Oakland. During “What’s Going On?” they discuss the emotional, sociological, and psychological impact of losing a young Black woman who was full of potential. During #RealTalk they focused in on the media’s treatment of Nia, as well as other Black & Brown victims of lethal whiteness, and why Nia’s respectability is not the...


Episode 52 - Mind Your Own F'n Business, Or We Come For Your Job #CellPhonesUP

Bedford and LaMisha talk about “What’s Going On” with the ongoing internment of LatinX children, as well as #MinorityMentalHealthAwarenessMonth, and their excitement around the election London Breed as the first African American Woman to serve as Mayor of San Francisco. During #RealTalk, they discuss the expanding movement of recording white people while they harass and assault People of Color, and how making #PermitPattie and #JoggerJoe public might help to prevent others from following in...


#RealTalk 1-on-1: Dr. Nekeshia Hammond - Child Psychologist on Children in Cages

Bedford has a conversation with Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, a clinical psychologist with a specialty in children and adolescents, author, speaker, and host of Parenting Explained with Dr. Hammond. During the interview we talk about Dr. Hammond’s passion for educating the public about psychology. And then she provides expert insight on the potential mental health consequences of the Trump policy of incarcerating children and separating them from their parents. Dr. Hammond describes how children...


Episode 51 - Trump Nationalized Child Abuse: A Mandated Report

LaMisha and Bedford shout out their dads for Father’s Day and talk about upcoming psychology conferences in the Bay Area. During the #WhatsGoingOn segment, they take a moment to express their respect for Anthony Bourdain and provide some insights on suicide and how to talk about it. For the #RealTalk segment, Bedford & LaMisha address the immoral and abusive Trump policy of splitting immigrant families from Latin America and the internment of their children. If you have been thinking about...


Episode 50 - Kanye: Too Privileged to be in the Sunken Place

Bedford and LaMisha discuss their reactions to Kanye West’s TMZ Rant, and how it did not come from the Sunken Place. They spend time debunking some of the right-wing rhetoric that he promoted, like Black on Black crime and slavery being a choice. The hosts explore the harmful effects of sensationalism, and the problematic nature of being willfully ill informed. Key Words: Black, Psychology, Rap, Kanye, TMZ, Opinion, Social Justice, Slavery, Sunken Place, Racism, Podcast, Music


Naming It - #RealTalk 1-on-1: Dr. Mel Lewis - Social Justice & Liberal Arts

Bedford talks to Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis, Associate Professor & Program Director of Ethnic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California. This #RealTalk 1-on-1 episode focuses on Dr. Mel’s work as an educator and a scholar. The discuss the importance of Liberal Arts Education, the need for critical studies and radical approaches to change. Keep an eye out for Dr. Mel’s Notes in our next Naming It Newsletter. Key Topics: Race, Gender, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Identity, Liberal...


Episode 49 - Lets Radically Change Policing Now... Seriously!

Bedford and LaMisha discuss their reactions to the #MarchForOurLives and how some of the students have been using their white privilege to be better allies to marginalized communities. They talk about What’s Going On with the most recent police shootings of Black people, including Stephon Clark, Decynthia Clements, Danny Ray Thomas and the lack of indictment for officers who shot and killed of Alton Sterling. During #RealTalk they discuss the need for better external regulation of policing...


Episode 48 - March for Who's Lives? | Tired of Innocent Whiteness...

LaMisha and Bedford send a shout out to all the folks who are choosing education for their futures. They talk about "What’s Going On?" with the #MarchForOurLives, and how the Parkland Students spoke out about the press ignoring their Black classmates and Black lives. During the #RealTalk segment, Drs. Palmer and Hill discuss the privilege of white innocence as they compare the media treatment of Stephon Clark of, a 22-year-old unarmed Black man, who was shot and killed by police in his...


Episode 47 - Seeing Ourselves in Wakanda, Even if the Oscars Refuse to Watch

Drs. Hill and Palmer discuss Black Joy, and issues around the intersections of social justice and media. The hosts talk about What’s Going On with how #OscarsSoWhite is both institutional and a blind spot for would be white allies who fail to bring intersectionality to their feminist activism. During #RealTalk, (SPOILER ALERT) Bedford and LaMisha discuss the effects of whiteness on relationships between ethnicities within the African diaspora, by analyzing their responses to the African...


Naming It - Episode 46 - Pink Hats? Y'all Ain't Hearing Us...

Bedford & LaMisha talk about What’s Going On with the unapologetic Blackness of Black Lightning, and decide that they need to convene a Social JUSTICE LEAUGE. For #RealTalk, they invite Namers to call in and talk about their experiences with the #WomensMarch. The discussion focused on how to call out common logical fallacies that people use to undermine social justice discussions. P.S., We skipped episode 45 for obvious reasons #RESIST. Key Words: Feminism, Race, Social Justice,...


Episode 44 - Oprah 2020: Celebrity vs Civics | Bruno & Cardi B: Judging By Color

Bedford and LaMisha start the new year by dedicating Episode 44 to President Obama. They get real about Black republicans and the sunken place. Then they explore What’s Going On with their reactions to Oprah’s potential run for the White House after her inspirational Golden Globes speech. During RealTalk, Drs. Hill and Palmer discuss the dangers of confusing race with ethnicity and culture, through talking about the negative reactions to Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s homage to In Living Color....


Naming It - Episode 43 - If Black Women saved America, where were Y'all?

LaMisha and Bedford talk about what’s going on the ongoing #MeToo movement and the recent Time Magazine cover. Before that Bedford shares his thoughts about the passing of his mentor Dr. Joseph L. White (Godfather of Black Psychology & Founder of EOP). During #RealTalk the hosts discuss the national reaction to Black people’s and especially Black women’s pivotal role in preventing Republican senate candidate Roy Moore (alleged sexual predator and confirmed bigot) from being elected to...


Naming It - Episode 42 - "Back to Natural" w/ Dr. Gillian Scott-Ward

LaMisha and Bedford are joined by Dr. Gillian Scott-Ward, psychologist and filmmaker. They talk about what’s going on with racism and African hair, as well as checking in on the continued #MeToo movement. During #RealTalk Drs. Palmer, Hill, and Scott-Ward discuss Gillian’s new documentary film Back to Natural. Their conversation focused on the social and political ramifications of Black/Natural Hair and the movement around it, as well as building an understanding of Gillian’s experience in...


Naming It - #RealTalk 1-on-1: Civics w/ Michael Bracamontes

Bedford talks to attorney and California gubernatorial candidate Michael Bracamontes about his career as a public servant. They discuss the relationship between social justice and civic engagement. Michael explains how you do not need to be a career politician to run for public office and how regular people can push for change on their own terms.


Naming It - Episode 41 - #MeToo (Burke, 2007)

Drs. Hill and Palmer have talk about what’s going on with cultural appropriation and white supremacy. They focus on recent rollbacks, by 45’s administration, in terms of protections against sexual assaults and rape on college campuses. During #RealTalk Bedford and LaMisha break down issues of intersectionality and the appropriation of the #MeToo movement. Takeaways include active listening and building allyship through taking responsibility for our own part in oppression (aka...


Naming It - #RealTalk Puerto Rico: An Interview w/ María Scharrón-del Río Ph.D.

Bedford has a conversation with Dr. María R. Scharrón-del Río, an associate professor and the Program Coordinator of the School Counseling Graduate Program at Brooklyn College, part of The City University of New York. The interview is focused on Dr. Scharrón-del Río’s shares her thoughts on the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the Mainland US, as well as insights on the psychological toll of being living through a disaster only to be told that you don’t deserve relief.


Take a Knee for Black Lives | Stand Up for the Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico

LaMisha and Bedford check in on Black Girl Magic and camping. They talk about What’s Going On? with the continuing protests and pseudo protests in the NFL. During #RealTalk Drs. Palmer & Hill discuss Trump, racism and colorism in relation to the ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Takeaway is focused on building Knowledge in terms of the people that you serve.


Tell the Truth… Is Trump A White Supremacists?

Bedford and LaMisha return from a short hiatus and start a new semester of Naming It. In Episode 39, they discuss What’s Going On with being on hiatus during the Charlottesville, racist coverage of hurricanes, and the controversy revolving around ESPN’s Jemele Hill and her comments about Trump. #Realtalk is focused on Trump’s relationship to White Supremacy and how truth is necessary for social justice. Drs. Hill & Palmer introduce a new segment, “The Take Aways,” which focuses on practical...


Naming It Live - Dr. Raina Leon, Rob Jackson, & Kalimah Priforce

At the Naming It Podcast One Year Celebration & Live Show, Bedford and LaMisha are joined by a distinguished panel of educators and social justice advocates. Rob Jackson talks about working toward cultural congruence. Dr. Leon blesses us with some of her poetry, and shares her take on how the current political trends towards fascism can be energizing and scary at the same time. Kalimah Priforce explains that its ok to be weird, and that Black men don't have to shy away from their emotions....