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What is Black?

A podcast centering the stories of Black people and culture to help raise affirmed, empowered, healthy and thriving Black children and teens. The biweekly podcast is hosted by Dr. Jacqueline Douge a Black mother, pediatrician, writer, and speaker.

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The RESilience Initiative: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Conversations About Race

During this episode I speak with Lauren G. Caldwell, JD, PhD, Keyona King-Tsikata, and Tiffany G. Townsend, PhD from the American Psychological Association (APA) to discuss the RESilience Initiative. RESilence's goals are to address the effects of racism, racial bias and discrimination through: Increasing knowledge of racial and ethnic socialization (RES) as an important part of identity development. Increasing the effective use of racial and ethnic socialization. Supporting parents in managing their own experiences while helping their children learn positive messages about race and ethnicity. Increasing attention to RES and related issues among researchers, research funders, practitioners, educators and other stakeholders. Bios: Lauren G. Caldwell, JD, PhD, is the director of the Children, Youth and Families Office (CYFO) of the American Psychological Association. The CYFO coordinates and tracks APA initiatives related to children, youth and families across the organization. Housed in the Public Interest Directorate, CYFO works to fulfill APA's commitment to applying the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society through education, program delivery, and policy design and implementation. Keyona King-Tsikata is the director of the Office on Socioeconomic Status (OSES) of the American Psychological Association. OSES is responsible for directing, overseeing, facilitating and promoting psychology's contribution to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor. As such, the office works to develop and facilitate relationships and activities to advance psychology as a major force in research, policy and advocacy related to SES. Tiffany G. Townsend, PhD, is the senior director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) at the American Psychological Association. OEMA works to increase the scientific understanding of the ways in which culture pertains to psychology and ethnicity influences behavior. This is accomplished, in part, by ensuring the appropriate training and development of psychologists who can adequately work with our nation's ethnically diverse society and move the extant literature concerning multicultural psychology forward. The office also promotes the development of public policies that support the concerns of psychologists of color and the communities they serve. To learn more about RESilience go to: https://www.apa.org/res Parent resources: https://www.apa.org/res/parent-resources/index

38mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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Dani McClain-We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood

Dani McClain reports on race and reproductive health. Dani is the author of the new book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. During the episode, Dani shares her unique perspectives of the social, cultural and political forces that impact Black parenting, the political power of Black mothering, lessons learned from interviewing other Black mothers, as well as challenging stereotypes of Black mothering and the Black family. Bio: Dani McClain reports on race and reproductive health. She is a contributing writer at The Nation and a fellow with Type Media Center (formerly the Nation Institute). McClain's writing has appeared in outlets including Slate, Talking Points Memo, Colorlines, EBONY.com, and The Rumpus. In 2018, she received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Her work has been recognized by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. McClain was a staff reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has worked as a strategist with organizations including Color of Change and the Drug Policy Alliance. McClain’s book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, was published this month (April 2019) by Bold Type Books (formerly Nation Books). To learn more about Dani McClain: https://danimcclain.com/ Twitter: @drmclain Article Mentioned in this episode: https://www.thenation.com/article/black-motherhood-family-parenting-dani-mcclain/ I invite you to follow us and share your thoughts and insights Twitter: @whatisblackpod1 Instagram: whatis.black Facebook: @whatisblackpodcast We're on Applepodcasts, Spotify, Stitcher& GooglePlay #blackchildren #blackmothers #blackfamily #blackmothering #blackmotherhood #blackmothersmatter #blackfamilies

38mins

20 May 2019

Rank #2

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A Conversation with Shonda Buchanan, Author of Black Indian

On this episode, I speak with poet, educator and author, Shonda Buchanan about her new memoir Black Indian. Shonda's memoir is an inspiring story that explores her family's legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. In our conversation Shonda and I talk about the lineage of fierce women in her family; why she wrote the book; how intersectionality of race and identity influenced the writing of her memoir; the impact of her multi-ethnic and multi-racial identity on her as a woman of color; the importance of telling our stories; and how learning about her family's past impacted her. It's a great conversation! Shonda Buchanan Biography: Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan (1968) was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700 to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss. For the last 18 years, Shonda has taught Creative Writing, Composition and Critical Theory at Loyola Marymount University, Hampton University and William & Mary College. An Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute Writing Arts fellow, a Jentel Artist Residency fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow, Shonda has received grants from the California Community Foundation, Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program and several grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Her first book of poetry, Who's Afraid of Black Indians?, was nominated for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Library of Virginia Book Awards. Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press, her second collection of poetry, Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country was published by San Francisco Bay Press. Shonda's poetry and essays have been featured in numerous anthologies. Freelance writer for the LA Weekly since 1991, and Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times and the Writer's Chronicle, Shonda is completing a novel and a collection of poetry about the iconic singer, concert pianist and Civil Rights activist, Nina Simone. For more information visit, https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/black-indian and www.shondabuchanan.com. Follow Shonda @shondabuchanan.

44mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Dr. Nathan Chomilo: The role of early childhood literacy in advancing racial and health equity

Our guest today is Dr. Nathan Chomilo. Dr. Chomilo is both a pediatrician and doctor of internal medicine. He works in Minnesota and serves as the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota. His advocacy work includes the impact early childhood intervention and healthcare access have on the long-term prospects of our children and how physicians and health systems can address racial & health equity. During this episode, he shares his work with to address racial & health equity, importance of early childhood literacy, work with Reach Out and Read, resources to help parents address race, and book recommendations. Bio: Dr. Nathan Chomilo received a Zoology degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was the Pediatric Chief Resident at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. He practices as a General Pediatrician at Brookdale Clinic and an Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Methodist Hospital with Park Nicollet Health Services/HealthPartners. His advocacy work includes the impact early childhood intervention and healthcare access have on the long-term prospects of our children and how physicians and health systems can address racial & health equity. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood and Section on Minority Health, Equity & Inclusion, is one of the Early Childhood Champions for the MN chapter of the AAP, currently serves as the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School where he is a clinic preceptor and a member of the Medical School’s Admissions Committee, has been appointed to the Governor’s Early Learning Council and helped start the organization Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity (MDHEQ) where he serves as the Vice-President. His advocacy work with Reach Out and Read MN & MDHEQ has been recognized by Mpls.St Paul Magazine in their 2018 Top Doctors: Rising Stars edition, by Reach Out and Read National which awarded him the 2018 Medical Champion Achievement Award and the City of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights which recognized him as a 2019 History Maker at Home recipient. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife & son. Twitter: @ChomiloMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrNateMN/ Links to organizations discussed: Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity www.mdhealthequity.com Reach Out and Read Minnesota www.reachoutandreadmn.org Think Small https://www.thinksmall.org Embrace Race https://www.embracerace.org Raising Race Conscious Children https://www.raceconscious.org Books for kids: *Please, Baby,Please *by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee (Authors), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) Little Blue Truck Series by Alice Schertle (Author), Jill McElmurry (Illustrator) Africa's Not a Country by Margy Burns Knight (Author), Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator)

35mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Reflections on Fatherhood Part 1

In this episode, we pay tribute to Black fathers in celebration of Father's Day. I speak with Max Douge, my husband, Pierre Douge, brother in-law, and Wayne Abbott, family friend. This episode is an excerpt of a conversation they had after the interview I had with them about fatherhood. During their conversation share reflections of their youth, how their father's influenced their parenting, Black culture then and now, racism and how they help their children deal with negative perceptions about their children based on race. It's a great conversation! This episode is dedicated to Max Douge, my father-in-law, and Liston Abbott, Wayne's father. Their legacy lives on. Bios: Wayne Abbott grew up in East Windsor, NJ and attended Hightstown HS. He graduated from Rutgers School of Engineering in 1990 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Wayne joined VCE (now the Modern Data Center division within Dell EMC) in December 2012 as a Senior vArchitect. He was recently was promoted to the role of Principal Systems Engineer and has been the Chief Architect for the New York Metro and Mid-Atlantic regions for 3 years helping drive more than $500M in revenue. Wayne was the Americas vArchitect of the year for 2014 for being the technical anchor on complex revenue generating accounts as well as for his development of several tools that have been extensively used by the vArchitect community. He also serves on the Global vArchitect Council that helps set standards for pre-sales activities and represents the field in interactions with the office of CTO, Architecture, and Product Management & Engineering. Prior to joining Dell EMC he was a pre-sales systems engineer for 15 years at Oracle/Sun Microsystems helping drive more than $1 billion in revenues during his tenure. His background ranges from technical sales of hardware and software to defining mission critical systems for data center and telco operations. He also has experience in the full development cycle of UNIX applications (development, test, documentation, and training), a variety of programming languages, web server deployment, and system administration. Outside of his professional life Wayne has been involved in community service by organizing technology days for high school students, mentoring students at his alma mater Rutgers School of Engineering as well as local high schools, and coaching basketball. He is also has obtained his 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has been married to his college sweetheart for 22 years and has two teenagers in high school accelerating the pace of his graying hair. Pierre Douge grew up in Piscataway, NJ and attended Bishop Ahr High School. He attended George Washington University and studied Engineering Management and Applied Science with an applied minor in Business Management. In 2014, Pierre began working in IT Security for T. Rowe Price. In 2016, he moved to Cisco Systems Technical Assistance Center as a Support Engineer for the Firepower Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System. Recently, he moved into a new role working as a software engineer in feature development for the Next Generation Firewall and Threat Defense as part of the Cisco Security Business Group. His role there is as a System Integration Lead focusing on network lab infrastructure for feature testing and automation development. Prior to moving into IT full-time, he worked in real estate both as a sales agent and property manager for almost 15 years. He owned his own property management company servicing properties in Maryland and DC. He was part of the Million Dollar Sales Club and had a team of 7 agents. In his personal life, Pierre has been involved in coaching youth sports for both soccer and basketball at both the recreation level and AAU level for both girls and boys. He enjoys working with kids as they progress into competitive sports and try to reach higher levels in their respective sports. His greatest pleasure and accomplishment is his family and spending time with them. He has been married for 13 years to Patricia and has two children, ages 11 and 5. Max Douge is a Business and Employment Consultant with Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS). Max has over 20 years of experience in career and workforce development. His career in the field began in New Jersey with an international nonprofit organization, called INROADS, where he worked as a Manager of Recruitment Services for 2+ years, then as an Accounts Manager for 8+ years. Upon moving to Maryland, he spent 2½ years as the Internship Coordinator at the University of Baltimore’s Career Center before joining FCWS 9 years ago. Max’s primary focus is assisting the business community with their workforce needs: recruitment, hiring, job descriptions, job posting, training, assessments, labor market information and more. He has partnered and collaborated with a variety of businesses, from small startups to major corporations, like Merrill Lynch and Johnson & Johnson. He has also presented industry relevant workshops for job seekers, employers, students and parents at colleges/universities, community organizations and companies. Some of Max’s knowledge and expertise include understanding local labor market information, hiring trends, the value of internships and resume writing. Max has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Mini-MBA Certificate from Rutgers University, along with industry related certifications, like resume writing and consultative sales. Max, his wife and two sons are members of the Frederick County community. He and his family have been actively involved with local schools, United Way, Frederick County Public School’s Eliminating the Achievement Gap and the youth soccer community. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts #whatisblack

23mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Dr. Rhea Boyd: Advocate for Social Justice for Kids

Today's guest is Dr. Rhea Boyd. Dr. Boyd is a pediatrician and child and community health advocate. She works clinically at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211 and the Director of Equity and Justice for, The Children's Trust, a campaign to expand behavioral health access to every child in California. In this episode, we discuss the following how her childhood experiences influenced her work to become an advocate for children and her community, the connection between racial inequality and health, Adverse police encounters in communities of color Mobile Justice CA app Bio: Rhea W. Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP is a pediatrician and child and community health advocate who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works clinically at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211 and the Director of Equity and Justice for, The Children's Trust, a campaign to expand behavioral health access to every child in California. She travels to teach students and trainees about the relationship between structural inequity and health and is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), serving on the board of her local chapter, California Chapter 1, and as a member of the AAP's national Executive Committee on Communications and Media. In addition to her clinical, policy, and teaching work, Dr. Boyd enjoys participating in community-based advocacy. Over the past 5 years, she helped organize a group of public health officials, clinicians community advocates, and funders to evaluate and address the impact of harmful police practices and policies on child and public health. She also worked with a San Francisco-based tech non-profit to increase access to social services across the Bay Area as a means to improving child and community health. Dr. Boyd is the author of the blog Rhea.MD (rheamd.wordpress.com), where she critically engages the intersections of health and justice. She is also active on twitter @RheaBoydMD. Dr. Boyd graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. She earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco, where she participated in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved Program. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health where she received an M.P.H. Links to information shared during podcast: Privileded article by Kyle Korver https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kyle-korver-utah-jazz-nba Mobile Justice CA App https://www.mobilejusticeca.org

38mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Tembi Locke-From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home

On this episode, I speak with Tembi Locke, actor and author of the debut novel, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home. The novel is a beautifully told story of a cross-cultural love story set mostly in Sicily that deals with themes of family, food, loss, multiculturalism, motherhood and forgiveness. During our conversation, Tembi shares the inspiration for writing the book, her work as an advocate for family caregivers, raising a multiracial child, and how food, love and family helped her heal after the loss of her husband from cancer. To learn more about Tembi Locke, please visit her website TembiLocke.com. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play.

38mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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Preventing Youth Violence with Dr. Denise Powell

Growing up in Mississippi helped shaped Dr. Denise's Powell's advocacy work to prevent youth violence especially gun violence. Dr. Powell uses her role as physician and journalist to make a difference in her community. Youth violence is an important preventable public health issue. During this episode, Dr. Powell shares how her childhood experience with gun violence influenced her advocacy, disparities of violence within the Black community, the health effects of youth violence, it's role as an adverse childhood experience and it's intergeneration effects, and her work to prevent violence in her community. Bio: Denise Powell is a seventh generation Mississippian who made her way to the San Francisco Bay Area for her medical training. She is an executive officer of the Young Leadership Council for the National Medical Fellowship and has written for CNN, ABC, Good Morning America, Doximity, and Blavity. Her dedication to preventing interpersonal gun violence within communities of color was born out of her own experiences and educational background. To learn more about youth violence prevention and gunsafety: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/prevention.html https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Handguns-in-the-Home.aspx Stay connected to What is Black? Follow on social media and share your thoughts! Instagram: @whatis.black Twitter: @whatisblackpod1 Facebook: @whatisblackpodcast

29mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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Recentering the Doctor-Patient Relationship with Dr. Jalan Burton

Today's guest is Dr. Jalan Burton (@pedsdrj), or Dr. J as she is called. Dr. J works as a pediatrician and is the founder of Healthy Home Pediatrics LLC, a concierge or direct primary care house-call practice providing holistic and comprehensive care to children and young adults in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In today's episode, she explains what is concierge or direct primary care and how it helps her to reach the goal of recentering the doctor-patient relationship and how her experience as a Black female doctor and mother has influenced her practice and interest to address health equity. Bio: Dr. J is a licensed Pediatrician and public health expert primarily serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. She has over a decade of experience in primary care, complex care, children with special needs, public health, youth development, and health care consulting. Dr. J graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors of Arts. She received a Masters in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in health promotion. She graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine with a concentration in urban and community medicine. She completed a Pediatric Primary Care Residency with UNC Hospitals. After residency, she gained considerable experience in primary care working for Childrens National Health Systems and Core Health and Wellness Centers as an Attending Pediatrician. She also worked with Health Services for Children with Special Needs, the DC Medicaid program for children with special needs for 3 years as the Medical Director, Interim Chief Medical Officer and as an Independent Pediatric Consultant. Dr. J works as a pediatrician and is the founder of Healthy Home Pediatrics LLC, a concierge or direct primary care house-call practice providing holistic and comprehensive care to children and young adults in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She offers longer and unrushed appointments, unlimited access by text, video, and email, same and next day services, environmental assessments, and group wellness activities. All services occur in the comfort of home. Dr. J is also a highly sought after pediatric consultant and develops customized, engaging, and dynamic presentations and trainings for diverse audiences such as parents, nonprofit organizations, childcare providers, staff development, college and graduate students. She adeptly covers a wide range of child health topics such as common child health concerns, baby and child sleep, constipation prevention and management, infant development and early intervention, body development and sex education, special needs resources, holistic living, urban gardening, healthy eating, and emerging topics in child health including home based care, managed care, and concierge medicine. Dr. J believes that when children and families are supported they thrive. Her medical philosophy is centered on a deep commitment to building strong children and not just managing illness. Rather, her practice focuses on disease prevention, wellness enhancement, and community building. When Dr. J is not providing excellent patient care she is spending time with her husband and their two young sons. She enjoys reading, cooking, urban gardening, and exercising. CONTACT INFORMATION: Telephone: 202-930-9669 Fax: 202-873-2242 Website: https://www.healthyhomepediatrics.com/ Email: jwburton@healthyhomepediatrics.com Social media: http://facebook.com/pedsdrj https://www.instagram.com/pedsdrj/ https://twitter.com/pedsdrj Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher

42mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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The Mother's Day Episode with Nicole Peltier-Lewis and Veronica Lowe

Today, we're celebrating the mothers! We're talking with my friends Nicole Peltier-Lewis and Veronica Lowe about issues facing Black mothers, importance of self-care, the role of sister friends to lend support and love and importance of having a your own board of directors. Bio: Nicole Peltier-Lewis Ideation and Leadership Coach, Educational Consultant, Author, and Mom Instagram: @npstrivedaily Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-peltier-lewis-0bb00436/ www.onesharpensanother.com Veronica Lowe Executive, Community Leader, Mom, and Grandmother Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/veronica-lowe-mba-114340a/ Connect with us: Website: whatisblack.simpliecast.fm Instagram:@whatis.black Twitter: @whatisblackpod1 Facebook: @whatisblackpodcast #BlackMothers #MothersDay #SisterCircle #BoardofDirectors #Selfcare #BlackMaternalHealth #BlackHealthMatters #PodsinColor

40mins

13 May 2019

Rank #10

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Meet the Author That Captures the Joys and Challenges of Black Mothering (w/ Kelly Glass)

Why is it so hard for Black mothers to show vulnerablity? Do you feel anxious raising black children? Theses are questions that many of us may have asked ourselves but have found it hard to answer or openly discuss with family and/or friends. Today's guest is Kelly Glass a writer whose interests focus on the intersections of parenting, mental health, race, and diversity. She's also the author of young adult racial literacy book Looking at Privilege and Power. Her work can be found in the Washington Post, Oxygen.com, HelloGiggles, Romper, and more. She's written two essays on these topics. During my conversation with Kelly, we'll learn about more about how she uses her writing to explore the joys and challenges of Black mothering, the vulnerablity of Black mothers, and Black mom anxiety. It's a great conversation and I think many moms will relate to the shared experiences. Listen on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts Links mentions in this episode Where do black mothers go to cry? The terrible stress of shopping with kids while black Social Media Info Kelly Glass Twitter:@kellygwriter What is Black Twitter: @whatisblackpod IG: @whatis.black Facebook: @WhatisBlackPodcast #WhatisBlack

31mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Meet the Author of The Dark Fantastic Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Today's guest is Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (@ebonyteach) author of the new book The Dark Fantastic: Race and The Imagination From Harry Potter To The Hunger Games (@NYUpress).   The Dark Fantastic is an engaging and provocative exploration of race in popular youth and young adult speculative fiction. Grounded in her experiences as YA novelist, fanfiction writer, and scholar of education, Thomas considers four black girl protagonists from some of the most popular stories of the early 21st century: Bonnie Bennett from the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, Rue from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, Gwen from the BBC’s Merlin, and Angelina Johnson from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Analyzing their narratives and audience reactions to them reveals how these characters mirror the violence against black and brown people in our own world.   During our conversation, we discuss current Black fantasy authors, the need for more representation by Black authors in fantasy and science fiction, the inspiration for the book and much more. This episode is a crossover episode with my other podcast, Talking About Books For Kids. Listen to both podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play. Author bio: Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Educational Division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she is an expert on diversity in children’s literature, youth media, and fan studies. Books & Authors discussed during this episode: Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi Dread Nation by Justina Ireland A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James Other references: Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw : Discussion about intersectionality and race: Dr. Debbie Reese: American Indians in Children's Literature To learn more about the books and authors discussed in this podcast, please check out your local library or bookstore. Links mentioned in the episode Talking About Books For Kids Check out Talking About Books For Kids! Subscribe, rate and review! Twitter: @talkingaboutbo1

36mins

26 May 2019

Rank #12

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Reflections on Fatherhood Part 2

This episode is a follow up to the Reflections on Fatherhood Part 1 episode. This is the full conversation that I had with Max Douge, my husband, Pierre Douge, brother in-law, and Wayne Abbott, family friend. During this episode, my guests share their viewpoints on raising children and the ongoing lessons they're learning about what it means to be a father. Bios: Wayne Abbott grew up in East Windsor, NJ and attended Hightstown HS. He graduated from Rutgers School of Engineering in 1990 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Wayne joined VCE (now the Modern Data Center division within Dell EMC) in December 2012 as a Senior vArchitect. He was recently was promoted to the role of Principal Systems Engineer and has been the Chief Architect for the New York Metro and Mid-Atlantic regions for 3 years helping drive more than $500M in revenue. Wayne was the Americas vArchitect of the year for 2014 for being the technical anchor on complex revenue generating accounts as well as for his development of several tools that have been extensively used by the vArchitect community. He also serves on the Global vArchitect Council that helps set standards for pre-sales activities and represents the field in interactions with the office of CTO, Architecture, and Product Management & Engineering. Prior to joining Dell EMC he was a pre-sales systems engineer for 15 years at Oracle/Sun Microsystems helping drive more than $1 billion in revenues during his tenure. His background ranges from technical sales of hardware and software to defining mission critical systems for data center and telco operations. He also has experience in the full development cycle of UNIX applications (development, test, documentation, and training), a variety of programming languages, web server deployment, and system administration. Outside of his professional life Wayne has been involved in community service by organizing technology days for high school students, mentoring students at his alma mater Rutgers School of Engineering as well as local high schools, and coaching basketball. He is also has obtained his 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has been married to his college sweetheart for 22 years and has two teenagers in high school accelerating the pace of his graying hair. Pierre Douge grew up in Piscataway, NJ and attended Bishop Ahr High School. He attended George Washington University and studied Engineering Management and Applied Science with an applied minor in Business Management. In 2014, Pierre began working in IT Security for T. Rowe Price. In 2016, he moved to Cisco Systems Technical Assistance Center as a Support Engineer for the Firepower Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System. Recently, he moved into a new role working as a software engineer in feature development for the Next Generation Firewall and Threat Defense as part of the Cisco Security Business Group. His role there is as a System Integration Lead focusing on network lab infrastructure for feature testing and automation development. Prior to moving into IT full-time, he worked in real estate both as a sales agent and property manager for almost 15 years. He owned his own property management company servicing properties in Maryland and DC. He was part of the Million Dollar Sales Club and had a team of 7 agents. In his personal life, Pierre has been involved in coaching youth sports for both soccer and basketball at both the recreation level and AAU level for both girls and boys. He enjoys working with kids as they progress into competitive sports and try to reach higher levels in their respective sports. His greatest pleasure and accomplishment is his family and spending time with them. He has been married for 13 years to Patricia and has two children, ages 11 and 5. Max Douge is a Business and Employment Consultant with Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS). Max has over 20 years of experience in career and workforce development. His career in the field began in New Jersey with an international nonprofit organization, called INROADS, where he worked as a Manager of Recruitment Services for 2+ years, then as an Accounts Manager for 8+ years. Upon moving to Maryland, he spent 2½ years as the Internship Coordinator at the University of Baltimore’s Career Center before joining FCWS 9 years ago. Max’s primary focus is assisting the business community with their workforce needs: recruitment, hiring, job descriptions, job posting, training, assessments, labor market information and more. He has partnered and collaborated with a variety of businesses, from small startups to major corporations, like Merrill Lynch and Johnson & Johnson. He has also presented industry relevant workshops for job seekers, employers, students and parents at colleges/universities, community organizations and companies. Some of Max’s knowledge and expertise include understanding local labor market information, hiring trends, the value of internships and resume writing. Max has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Mini-MBA Certificate from Rutgers University, along with industry related certifications, like resume writing and consultative sales. Max, his wife and two sons are members of the Frederick County community. He and his family have been actively involved with local schools, United Way, Frederick County Public School’s Eliminating the Achievement Gap and the youth soccer community. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts #whatisblack

39mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Dr. W. Steen James: Let's Talk About Water Safety

It's summertime! Parents, children and teens are enjoying the fun and sun. But we can't forget about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in the US. Children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates and there’s a disparity in the rate of drowning with African-American children disproportionately impacted. On this episode, I speak with Dr. W. Steen James, a pediatrician, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Georgia Chapter. She has a solo practice, Pediatrics Village P.C. in Peachtree Georgia. She shares information to help families stay safe this summer and beyond: Learn CPR Learn to swim (parents and children) Supervise children when in or around water Bio: Dr. Steen James was born in Newnan, GA. Graduated from Freedman’s School of Nursing in Washington DC. Received a B.S. degree from Howard University in child Development. Attended Morehouse School of Medicine and received an MD degree from Emory University. Completed a residency at Emory University and also served as Chief Resident. Board certified in general Pediatrics and is a member of the National and GA chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Serves on AAP GA chapter board, represents district IX as well as serving on the chapter’s legislative and PCMH committees. Recipient of the National Health Scholarship and served as Pediatrician at West End Medical Center for four years. Worked for the Meridian Medical Group for eleven years, served as lead physician and was a member of the corporate management team. Completed the Physician Executive Leadership Program of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Irvine. Serves as preceptor for medical students, residents and high school students interested in medicine. Has been a guest lecturer at Emory School for Physician Assistant Program. Vice Chairman for the Community Physician’s Network (CPN) at Morehouse school of Medicine. Current member of legislative committee Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Medical licensed in the state of Georgia. Solo physician and founder of Pediatrics Village, PC. 2002. The practice is NCQA PCMH certified and achieved level III recertification October 31, 2017. The practice is currently participating in the American Academy of Pediatrics Quality Improvement HPV project to be completed December 2018. Previous board member of Peachtree City Tennis Center. Former council member of Peachtree City Elementary School Council. Member of Peachtree City Christian Church. Resident of Peachtree City, GA with husband and mother of two sons. Enjoys tennis, gardening and running. Resources for parents on water safety and drowning prevention from HealthyChildren.org: Drowning Prevention for Curious Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know Infant Water Safety: Protect Your New Baby from Drowning Water Safety for Teens Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention―When It’s Not Swimming Time CDC resources to prevent drowning

34mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Talking to Our Daughters About Sexual Health with Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.  We discuss the topic of talking about sexual health issues facing teens and young adults, how gynecologists can help parents and their daughters navigate conversations about sexual health, the connection of sexual to overall health and wellbeing and bonus topic on Dr. Jocelyn's work to increase the diversity of medical professionals. Follow us on social media.Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @whatisblk

30mins

18 May 2020

Rank #15

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Our Mental Health Minute with Dr. Riana Anderson and Dr. Shawn Jones

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This episode we share a great resource to address mental health in the Black Community. During this episode, I speak with Dr. Riana Anderson and Dr. Shawn Jones, clinical psychologists and researchers. We discuss their series, Our Mental Health Minute and how they're using media to increase the accessibility of mental health resources and destigmatize the conversation about mental health.The goals of Our Mental Health Minute are1) Reduce stigma about mental health in the Black community2) Provide resources in access, utilization, and quality of mental health care3) Increase mental health literacy (in a fun and relevant way!)Resources:Our Mental Health MinuteOur Mental Health Minute: Session Notes Ep. 4. "Tweets & Snaps & Tiki's Toks, Oh my!"This episode tackles the role of media & social media on mental healthFollow us on social mediaTwitter: @whatisblkInstagram:@whatisblkFacebook: @whatisblk

35mins

4 May 2020

Rank #16

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What a Doctor Looks Like: Increasing the Diversity of Doctors in Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed new light on the health inequities faced by the Black community and other communities of color.  One strategy that might help to address these health inequities is to increase the number of doctors  of color in medicine. This week we're discussing the importance of increasing the diversity of doctors in medicine.  My guest is Dr. Frank Clark, MD.  Dr. Clark and I discussed how increasing the number of docs of color can be a tool to achieve health equity, his medical experience, importance of finding a mentor,  and tips for students interested in considering medicine. Follow Dr. Frank Clark on social media:Twitter: @tapkidmdFollow us on social media:Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @whatisblkCheck out our show notes for more information and resources on becoming a doctor by visitinghttps://www.whatisblack.co/podcast

51mins

29 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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St. Clair Derrick-Jules: Dear Khloe: Love Letters to My Little Sister

St. Clair Derrick-Jules shares her new book Dear Khloe: Love Letters to My Little Sister, inspired by her 6-year-old sister Khloe to help her love her afro.  Dear Khloe  features photos of a hundred Black women, accompanied by their personal narratives of sometimes harrowing but always triumphant journeys through a hostile landscape towards love of their natural hair. She put together this book because " it’s one thing for us to tell young girls to love themselves; it’s another for us to show them how it’s done."You can learn more this book and its author by visiting https://www.whatisblack.com/podcast.

28mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Immigrant Health Issues Facing Black and Brown Children and Families

On this episode of What is Black Podcast, we're joined by Drs. Lanre Falusi and Lisa Varghese-Kroll to discuss the unique health challenges experienced by immigrant families and children, their immigrant experience, impact of COVID-19 and a preview of their upcoming podcast, Health and Home with the Hippocratic Hosts.To learn more about our guests go to https://www.whatisblack.co/podcastWhat is Black Podcast: @whatisblk

36mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Bonus Episode: Creating Community for Moms with Lara Schulte of Generation.Mom Podcast

It's important that moms feel supported and there's no better way to find that support than in a community with fellow moms.During today's episode, I'm joined by Lara Schulte, host of Generation.Mom podcast, to talk with me about why it's so important for moms to build communities.What's in this episode:Lara discusses why she and her co-host Jenn Rout created Generation.Mom podcastHow they help mom navigate motherhoodHow a moms building community can help address feelings of isolationTips on how mom can create communityDiscussing the vulnerability of building friendships and connections with other moms 

41mins

29 Mar 2020

Rank #20