Black Is King ft. Sasheer Zamata, Tessa Hersh, and Rachael Edwards
Black Men Can't Jump [In Hollywood]
Part 2: Tessa Hersh - Perspectives on the Re-Emergence
SpiritWalking with Asa Hoffman
In this episode, I talk to actress, singer, performer and psychology counselor Tessa Hersh. Tessa shares her experience as a mixed race black woman living in America and how this watershed moment is impacting her. She candidly talks with me about the need for white people to recognize their privilege - she shares why we must begin having honest and open conversations about race at home, at work, at school, with our children, our partners, and in every other area of our life. This is a systemic problem that will never change if we do not just start the conversation, but also embrace it as a part of our ever growing culture. Tessa and I enter into this difficult conversation with an open heart. Tessa Hersh received her B.A in psychology from Carleton College and M.A in counseling psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate institute. She has over 15 years of professional education and facilitation experience working in a variety of educational and corporate settings. Tessa has taught in pregnant teen programs, juvenile hall, Orphanages in Ethiopia, and parents and children all over New York. She has worked in school and in-home as a behavioral therapist for children with special needs including students on the autistic spectrum. She has consulted with the Theatre Development Fund on multiple Autism friendly performances of Broadway Shows and on inclusion programming with various arts based programs in NYC and Los Angeles. She has run an arts based after school program in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing, story telling, improv comedy and American Sign language in elementary schools all over New York City. Most recently she has consulted with NYC Department of Education, start ups, law firms, and the YMCA, supporting and creating trauma informed, culturally aware spaces inclusive of individuals with special needs and spaces for racial bias education.
Tessa Hersh @wellITclaire (UCB) is ready to get personal this week as we read “Fuck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems” by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett. Rachel and Tessa also get niche and chat all things “Mollycoddle-Gate,” and “Daddy Issues.” Read along at alittlehelppls.com! Follow us at @alittlehelppls on Twitter! Send us book recs at firstname.lastname@example.org! Book: “Fuck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems” by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennet Intro Music: "An Affair To Remember" by Axton Frick A special thank you to Alejandro Cardona for all of his audio mixing talents.
Ep. 46: Tessa Hersh, Adam Wade, Yazan Fahmawi and Jordan Clifford - Sept. 27, 2016
We Don't Even Know
While Christian is away, Jordan Clifford, comedian, producer, actor is our special guest co-host on Episode 46 of We Don't Even Know. Jordan Shonali and Jordan are in need of new outgoing voice mail messages. Jordan has the look - he has a beard. Our first guest is performer, teacher, writer, singer, actress, comedian Tessa Hersh, who along with all of her creative endeavors is currently happily teaching teachers. Our intern Justin Hall shares a highlight from his father's experience as a teacher. Tessa explains sometimes a teacher must tell a child "you can't masturbate here." Tessa performs regularly at the UCB Theater and has her own web series on Refinery 29's Riot YouTube channel. Check out her Truth Fairy series where she drops truth bombs on Riot which we love - the Baby Shower Rebellion Musical resonates particularly with Shonali. Jordan is never ready for a fist bump. Our second guest is Adam Wade, the world champion (that's what we call it - he's a 20 time winner) of the Moth Storytelling Radio show and also from New Hampshire. He too is a writer, comedian, actor, teacher AND he co-starred in Sardines Out of A Can with Shonali. Adam was on Girls and Lena Dunham instructed him to be meaner. Adam's mom tracks his geographical location with her phone. Our studio audience practices Adam's Tony Robbins influenced motivational advice. Turns out #DestinationSlice is not an effective dating technique. Our audience member Walter Patrishan joins us on stage for #GetItOffYourChest. Find out why the salad assembly line stresses Jordan out, impolite germaphobes bother Shonali and wrapping things unnecessarily in plastic gets to Walter. Our last guest of the night is musician Yazan Fahmawi, a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from New York, who plays a blend of rural country blues, folk, and psychedelia. He went to the UN School and describes it as utopian. His secret to finding his unique sound and voice (literally) was sitting with a recorder and getting freaky. Yazan is a lifer, when it comes to being an artist. He shares his astute and insightful take on art, life and happiness and believes "Everybody's a weirdo!" We agree and are so appreciative of his brand of weirdness. Yazan performs three of his song gems on our show - Tell Me Baby, I Wanted More of You, and Hahaha! Enjoy! And also so nice to meet Fontikady Sivion from Brukina Faso.