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Episode 10: “I Ain’t Crazy?!” - A Conversation About Mental Health w/ Dr. Shavonne Moore

Often perceived as a “white” issue or a problem best handled by the church, mental health is a subject that has historically been absent from the public discourse in the black community. In this interview with Dr. Shavonne Moore, licensed psychologist and Director of Clinical Training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - DC Campus, we attempt to de-stigmatize mental health problems and shed light on the importance of improving mental wellbeing in the black community....


Episode 09: “Justice For All?” - A Conversation About The State of Public Defense w/ Ashley Adams

The Sixth Amendment guarantees the rights of individuals to a public trial, the right to a lawyer, and the right to an impartial jury. However, with a broken criminal justice system and underfunded and overburdened public defense system, many of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens lack proper representation and few receive their day in court. Today we look take a look at the public defense system and how it impacts people of color by interviewing Ashley Adams, a staff attorney at...


Episode 08: “What Does It Mean To Sound Black?” - A Conversation About Sociolinguistics w/ Dr. Nicole Holliday

What does it mean to sound black? What roles do language and dialect play in racial stereotyping and prejudice? How do we de-stigmatize African American English (AAE)? Today, we examine these and other questions in our interview with Dr. Nicole Holliday—assistant professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College. In this interview, we discuss the difference between Standard English and AAE (23:26), the origin and politics of “Ebonics” and its use in the classroom (26:47),...


Episode 07: “Financial Freedom, Our Only Hope” - A Conversation About Personal Finances w/ Ash Cash

Within the United States, the wealth gap between black and white households continues to grow, and by 2053, the median wealth of Black Americans is expected to fall to zero. The goal for today’s episode is to discuss how we can harness Black economic buying power to close the racial wealth gap and create change within our communities. We interviewed Ash Cash, a banking executive and author of “The Wake Up Call: Financial Inspiration Learned from 4:44,” about how to build wealth and attain...


Episode 06: “Wakanda Forever” - A Conversation About Black Panther

Since its premiere, Black Panther has been the hot topic of conversations in living rooms and on social media. The highly anticipated film shattered records by bringing in more than $400M world-wide during its opening weekend, exceeded many people’s superhero movie expectations, and sparked debates about the social and political messages embedded in the movie. Today, we discuss our reactions to Black Panther and whether it lived up to our expectations (4:10). We also respond to...


Episode 05: “Complexion Don’t Mean A Thing” - A Conversation About Colorism

Last week we tackled the topic of natural hair, discrimination, and the law. This week discuss an important and related issue—colorism. Professor Trina Jones, a Professor at Duke Law School and leading expert on colorism, joined us to discuss this often debated and misunderstood topic. In the episode, Professor Jones defines colorism (12:00) and provides insight into its history in the United States and abroad (13:35). We also discuss colorism in marketing, entertainment and politics...


Episode 04: “Please, Don’t Touch My Hair” - A Conversation About Natural Hair and the Law

Black women across the world are embracing their naturally kinky and coily hair. However, in recent years, some schools and businesses have enforced grooming standards that deem natural hair unprofessional—leaving many black women and men to wonder what recourse they have when faced with natural hair discrimination in professional and academic settings. In this episode, we answer that question by interviewing two law professors, Drs. Wendy Greene and Angela Onwuachi-Willig, whose recent...


Episode 03: Black and Blue - Pt. 3 A Conversation with a Black Police Officer

Episode 03 Description What does it mean to black and a police officer in America? How do black officers manage potentially competing demands to protect their brothers and sisters in the struggle and their brothers and sisters in blue? We explored these questions with Officer James, a black man and a 10-years veteran in a northeast police department. Officer James begins by providing insight into why he became a police officer (08:55) and what he likes most about the job (10:00). He talks...


Episode 02: Black and Blue- Pt.2 A Conversation with a White Police Officer

Episode 02 Description Over the past few years, there has been renewed attention to race and policing in America. However, these conversations seldom happen across communities of difference. In an attempt to examine the issue from a different angle, we sat down with Officer John, a white police officer in the northeast, to discuss his perspective on policing in America. Officer John provides insight into why he became a police officer (08:54), police training and the need for more...


Episode 01: Black and Blue - Pt. 1 A Conversation About Policing

Episode 01 Description In this episode, we draw on academic research, recent events, and personal experiences to provide insight into the current state of policing. Tyrell and Daphne begin by discussing their own personal experiences with policing (3:00). They also talk about the various factors that contribute to negative citizen-police interactions, such the abuse of power (17:30), fear and perceived threat (21:30), and racism and implicit bias (29:00). Ty and Daphne then provide their...


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