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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, Psychology,...


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 - #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 - #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.


Naming It - #RealTalk 1-on-1: Self-Care In Art w/ Eric Leive

In this special #RealTalk 1-on-1, Bedford has a conversation with video game art producer, accomplished artist, and his neighbor Eric Leive. Eric shares how he uses painting as a type of mindfulness exercise and how this helps him to reduce stress and be in the moment.


Naming It - Episode 35 - Social Justice & Media

Bedford and LaMisha welcome music industry & radio thought leader, and the author of Blackout: My 40 Years In The Music Business, Paul Porter as a special guest. They talk about #WhatsGoingOn with sexism in the Senate, racism at the Southern Baptist Conference, and ongoing injustice for victims of police violence. During #RealTalk, they discuss Paul’s new book and explore his perspective on social justice and the music industry.


Naming It - Episode 34 - Can Y'all Cut the Tax on My Blackness?

Bedford and LaMisha welcome special guest “Namer” Kevin Grant! They talk about #WhatsGoingOn with the Golden State Warriors, who are the verge of winning a championship, bandwagon fans, and a Stanford University study on Oakland Police being more disrespectful to Black people than White people. In #Realtalk they focus on the invisible tax that makes homes, cars, and just about everything else more expensive if you are a Person of Color, a Woman, or any other marginalized group. Bedford and...


Naming It - Episode 33 - Being Free Can Be Lethal

Bedford and LaMisha discuss the troubling increase in violent hate crimes since the election of “45.” They call out the price of allowing a white supremacist to be elected, and the catch-22 of systemically addressing racism and xenophobia within a racist/xenophobic system that allows individuals to threaten others using hate speech. During #RealTalk Drs. Hill and Palmer use an episode of Dear White People in order to focused on difficult process of deciding how to react to challenges to...


Naming It - Episode 31 - Turning Our Backs on the Sunken Place

Bedford and LaMisha shout-in some Twitter activity around the flue shot argument, and a Naming It meme that was Colorlines magazine. They go on to acknowledge their Moms for Mother's Day, and then talk about #What'sGoingOn with the controversy around Betsy DeVos and Bethune-Cookman University, as well as the victory for Black students at UC Santa Cruz and their RED, BLACK, & GREEN Rosa Parks House. In #RealTalk Drs. Hill and Palmer explore the concepts of civil disobedience and student...


Naming It - Episode 30 - White Supremacy & Malaria... Pretty Much The Same.

Bedford and LaMisha talk about what’s going on with the lack of media coverage of the continued police violence and hate crimes against Black and Brown people. They give a shout out to their friend and past guest Dr. Candice Nicole, who was recently featured in Huffpost. During #RealTalk, the hosts focus in on the concept of police violence as a potential public health concern, and relate the topic to the classic disease model.


Naming It - Episode 29 - Cultural Appropriation: Your Freedom or My Soul?

Bedford and LaMisha talk about what’s going on with Earth Day, 4/20, and show their love for the March for Science by arguing about vaccinations. In #RealTalk they explore the concept of cultural appropriation and relate it the controversy around expression at music festivals like Coachella. The Self Care Tip of the Week is the Power of Exercise so get moving. Share your thoughts and reactions by leaving us a review on iTunes or dropping us a message at 607-U-NAME-IT. And don’t forget to...


Naming It - Episode 28 - Corporate Authority & Bystander Effect #UnitedAirlines

Bedford and LaMisha are back from a short hiatus aka Spring Break! They call out some of the issues related to the incident on United Flight #3411 and the beating of Dr. David Dao. The episode focuses on the intersections of micro-aggressive behavior that ends with the inappropriate use of force. #RealTalk focuses on interactions between respect for authority and the bystander effect. The Self-Care Tip of the Week is the Power of Family.


Naming It - #RealTalk 1-on-1: An Interview Dr. Anissa Moody

At the National Multicultural Summit Dr. Bedford Palmer sits down with Dr. Anissa Moody, counseling psychologist and college professor. Dr. Moody talks about how she weaves multiculturalism and social justice into her teaching and practice, through speaking the language of oppression and leaving space for the voices of her students and clients. She shares her self-care practice with a strong emphasis in Mindfulness and relaxation.


Naming It - #RealTalk 1-on-1: An Interview Dr. Tania Israel

During the National Multicultural Summit Bedford catches up with Dr. Tania Israel. She is a psychologist and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Counseling Psychology. She specializes in interventions to support the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities; privilege and oppression; intersections among gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; and social justice. Dr. Israel is one of the...


Naming It - Episode 27 - La Profesora y Papas w/ Special Guest Dr. Raina León

This week, Bedford deals with separation anxiety, as Dr. Hill has been called away on business. But it works out, as he is lucky enough to find a special guest cohost in professor and poet, Dr. Raina J. León. They talk about Moonlight being deprived of its shine, and how that added to the shade of #OscarsSoWhite. They also talked about Betsy DeVos and her rewriting of the history of segregation in the US. We close out with an #RealTalk interview with Dr. León, who discusses her work as a...


Naming It - Episode 26.5 - Fun & Social Justice (The B-Side) with Dap

Bedford & LaMisha welcome back Dap from REELYDOPE Media and Podcast, to explore issues in Blackness, arts, entertainment, how the Oscars will likely remain "so white," and why we need to figure out more ways to celebrate ourselves with something more than just another award show. They discuss to the avalanche of Black Excellence in film, and throw shade at Hollywood's obsession with the white savior trope. Homework for our Namers: go check out some of the forrunners to the recent wave of...


Naming It - Episode 26 - Fun & Social Justice in Podcasting w/ a REELYDOPE Guest

Bedford & LaMisha are joined by Dap from REELYDOPE podcast. They talk about Beyoncé, her magic chair, and Lemonade, while examining the apparent institutionalized racism in the Grammys. Dap shares his experiences as Black podcaster during a time when the Oakland podcast community is flourishing. The Self-Care tip of the day is the Power of Film.


Naming It - Episode 25 - Bad Character Is Not Mental Illness #Trump

LaMisha & Bedford talk about why it is problematic for mental health professionals to diagnose "45" aka Trump without ever actually meeting him. For #RealTalk they sit down with Malkia Chionesu from Beats, Rhymes, and Life (BRL), an Oakland based community organization that utilizes hip-hop as a therapeutic practice for at-promise youth, and take a deeper dive into destigmatizing mental health. The Self Care tip of the week is how to drop some bars using "I am" poetry. #RESIST


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