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Ep 42: The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

Ep 42: The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

November 17, 2021

On Episode 42: Professor and author Kristin Henning talks about her new book

The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth.  Unfortunately, the epidemic of Black youth being overly criminalized continues and we all have an opportunity to do something about. Yes, even you! Professor Henning will share what each of us can do. All children and adolescents deserve the chance to be young and dumb and make the mistakes that all youth make. We talk about how to walk the fine line as Black parents of not traumatizing our children but making sure we "give them talk" and prepare them for the realities of life in America as a Black youth. Do our children have an accurate picture of justice are some of the questions we explore in this interview. After you listen to this podcast you will realize this book is a MUST read.

Drawing upon 25 years of experience representing Black youth in D.C's juvenile
court, Henning confronts America's irrational, manufactured fears of Black youth and makes a powerfully compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children. Discriminatory and aggressive policing has socialized a generation of Black teenagers to fear and resent the police, and details the long-term consequences of racism and trauma Black youth experience at the hands of police and their vigilante surrogates. Unlike white youth, who are afforded the freedom to test boundaries, experiment with sex and drugs, and figure out who they are and who they want to be, Black youth are seen as a threat to white America and are denied healthy adolescent development. Henning examines the
criminalization of Black adolescent play and sexuality, and of Black fashion, hair, and music. 

She highlights the effects of police presence in schools, and the depth of policing-induced trauma in Black adolescents. Especially in the wake of the recent unprecedented, worldwide outrage at racial injustice and inequality, THE RAGE OF INNOCENCE Is an essential book for our moment.

KRISTIN HENNING has been representing children accused of crime in
Washington, DC for more than twenty-five years and is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing. Henning now serves as the Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown Law and was previously the Lead Attorney of the Juvenile Unit at the D.C. Public Defender Service. Henning is the recipient of many awards, including the 2021 Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center and the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by the National Juvenile Defender Center. She has written numerous law review articles
and other publications advocating for reform in the juvenile legal system.

https://www.rageofinnocence.com/

Ep. 41 Transformation: Breaking out of your Personal Prison”

Ep. 41 Transformation: Breaking out of your Personal Prison”

October 6, 2021

In Episode 41 Dr. Stephanie talks to Dr. Marcea Whitaker about breaking out of your personal prison.  Have you ever felt like you were in prison and freedom was on the other side of the bars. Dr. Stephanie is very familiar with this feeling. When confronted with this feeling, she had to ask herself some questions like: Who is my jailer? Who has the keys to unlock my prison? What she and Dr. Whitaker both have discovered is that 99% of the time we hold the keys to our freedom. You may be thinking; no-one voluntarily puts themselves in jail, do they? Of course not, so how do we end up in our own personal prisons. Well this podcast episode answers that question and so many more. So, if you are ready for some transformation you don't want to miss this. As Dr. Whitaker says            " Validation is for parking" We don't need anyone else's validation. We can self-validate. 

Dr. Marcea Burnette Whitaker, MD is a Physician, Life Coach and Founder and CEO of In Full Bloom Health and Life Coaching and Women Ready to Move Academy. After practicing medicine for 25 years and being active in public health, Dr. Whitaker fully appreciates the role the mind plays in life and health. As a Certified Health and Life coach, she helps professional women who feel trapped in their personal prison of life so they can break free and finally live life without limits. Dr. Whitaker is uniquely qualified, drawing from her multiple experiences as a physician, life coach, women’s conference speaker, mother and former Pastor’s wife, to encourage and equip women who are Ready to Move!

Ep 40: Being Authentic in a World Full of Judgement

Ep 40: Being Authentic in a World Full of Judgement

August 25, 2021

In Episode 40, Dr. Stephanie talks with Rashida George about how difficult it can be to be authentic in a world full of judgement. In the age of Instagram where people's images are curated and appear flawless what is the role of authenticity. Rashida's life story is one of finding her true voice despite being judged negatively according to some of society's standards. When you're from the Carribean but grow up in London and then find yourself in the U.S an identity struggle lis inevitable. But by embracing what some may define as failure, she has been able to give her true gifts to so many. She is an advocate for social justice, restorative justice and education. She is also a business woman, creative and dedicates herself to serving her community.

Rashida is a small business owner and consultant who received her undergraduate degree from Middlesex University in London and later studied at Columbia University School of Social Work. As a current Maryland resident, her governmental career as a Restorative Justice Coordinator allows her to serve families and the community. She has a passion for creating change within those areas that are underrepresented and often ignored. With all of the judgment in the world, her love and compassion serves as a breath of fresh air and a gateway towards change.

Rashida currently lives with her two children in Columbia, Maryland and works for the government as the Restorative Justice Coordinator. She is also a consultant and small business owner.

Rashida has a passion for people. Her international work with youth, families and striving communities exemplifies her intention to create improvement and change to those who have been underrepresented and often ignored.

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Ep. 39: Spirituality and Christianity can Coexist

Ep. 39: Spirituality and Christianity can Coexist

August 11, 2021
On Episode 39, Dr. Stephanie talks to Monica Wisdom about how she embraces the "woo woo" as a professed Christian. As we highlight the importance of mental health, we are reminded that faith and spirituality are key when it comes to supporting our mental health. But, sometimes Christians are hesitant to embrace things that seem too spiritual. Let's talk about that. Let's talk about how we can be open to all things that support our well being and expansion without guilt. We will even get into a discussion of the divine feminine. So, on this episode are talking all about how "Christians Can Embrace the Woo Woo too! - Thoughts on Spirituality.”
 
Monica’s adventurous spirit has taken her in many directions, including cosmetology, writing, and the music industry. After graduating cosmetology school with honors, she ascended to and studied with innovators such as Vivienne Mackinder, Geri Cosenza, Irvine Rusk, and many more! Monica has worked with celebrities and companies including The Isley Brothers, Loretta Divine, Atlantic Records, DreamWorks Records, and the list goes on. She's also been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX networks. In the midst of it all, Monica was called to go on a spiritual sojourn and she knew it was time to excavate and heal her traumatic childhood and generational wounds. You will learn SO much from her and we will dig deep into the conversation on spirituality.

Other highlights of Monica’s transcendent career, includes her time as Director of Operations for ‘In Magazine’ and ‘Today in Church Magazine’. She and magazine publisher David Holmon worked to create the monthly publications that inspired its readers and reached critical acclaim. In that role, Monica interviewed celebrities about their spiritual life and personal journeys. She interviewed such notables as Kirk Whalum, Princess Zulu, Eric Roberson, Vonnetta Flowers, Evander Holyfield and Isaac Bruce to name a few. Her features stood strong next to other contributors that included Joyce Meyers, TD Jakes, and Joel Olsten. Monica’s most rewarding work was with the global music label Yoruba Records, working alongside Osunlade building a global brand and movement.

In the midst of it all, Monica was called to go on a spiritual sojourn and she knew it was time to excavate and heal her traumatic childhood and generational wounds. Sharing her shadows was the next step to enable her to be all that she was born to be. Through the coaching program of Phoenix 2000, Monica learned that her pain could be used to heal others which led her into a deep spiritual examination and study of the Divine Feminine with her teachers Dr. Caroline ‘Isis’ Fuqua and Bettie Spruill. She is also a student of Transcendental Meditation and is a student of Yogini Nithyananda.

Monica’s footprint now includes, the Black Women Amplified - the podcast and the forth coming Black Women Amplified Planner/Workbook. Monica continues to create and curate a destination designed to amplify, elevate and empower women around the globe.

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Ep 38 Gas-lighting: How Black women are gaslighted by popular media everyday

Ep 38 Gas-lighting: How Black women are gaslighted by popular media everyday

June 3, 2021

In Episode 38, Dr. Stephanie gets into the topic of gaslighting. It's a term that has been thrown around a lot in the past few years. But, if truth be told, even though we may not have used the word, gaslighting has  been a part of our reality for decades. Ava Montgomery, the Founder and principal consultant for Conscious Media Consulting, LLC, explains how the media in particular has been gaslighting Black women for years. Did you notice that at some point the Heart & Souls were replaced by Vogue, Glamour and other mainstream magazines on our coffee tables?  It has been slow and insidious and many of us didn't realize that the narrative was more and more stereotypical and less about images that we could be proud of. Are we being gaslit? According to the African American Policy Forum, representation of Black women in media is “disproportionately sparse” and when it does happen, it is often a regurgitation of negative stereotypes. A 2012 study on media representation found that young Black girls experienced lowered self-esteem after watching more television Ava Montgomery, the Founder and principal consultant for Conscious Media Consulting, LLC, helps content creators construct accurate media narratives and representations. She knows that some content creators contribute to social injustices through creation and perpetuation of false narratives and misrepresentations. But she is passionate about using the power of conscious content to provide media-justice to social issues. As an author and global speaker, Ava has a well-rounded career of 25+ years in leadership development, community capacity-building, training, and more. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Media, Peace, & Conflict Studies from the United Nations University for Peace, an international studies university. Ava Montgomery Founder, Chief Considerations Officer Conscious Media Consulting, LLC www.cmcllc.org Ph. 213-297-7755

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Ep 37 Community is Key

Ep 37 Community is Key

May 25, 2021

Episode 37: Dr. Stephanie talks with a mover and a shaker in the community about how she had a vision to create collaborative spaces for Women of Color and created the first of its kind that we know of in the country She has obtained a 25,000 foot space that will house a kitchen, meeting space, office space, podcasting space, entertainment space and more. The space will be open to the Coulmbia Maryland community but centered around women of color. They discuss her thoughts on community and this amazing innovative collaboration called The 3rd.  "Community is Key." Laura Bacon is using her platform to create opportunities for women of color entrepreneurs. Laura Bacon is the Founder and CEO of The 3rd. This non profit organization supports WOC entrepreneurs through education, access, and community. Her life and work are all about community building and development. She also has a consulting firm, Maude LLC, which focuses on creating workforce development programs that serve the community. She is the epitome of a builder that is all about helping others. Read the rest of this entry »

Ep 36: Am I an Expert? Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as a Program Evaluation Consultant

Ep 36: Am I an Expert? Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as a Program Evaluation Consultant

May 13, 2021

Episode 36: Do you feel like an expert? Many of us are experts but we don't really feel like one. This is where Imposter syndrome shows up. Dr. Asbury has a PhD which quite literally makes her an expert in program evaluation but even she has struggled with Imposter syndrome. In this episode Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Asbury have a frank and honest conversation about how this shows up and how to address it when it does. They talk about how part of being an expert means acknowledging when you need someone else's expertise to help you shine. Dr. Asbury is able to help non-profits and small businesses demonstrate their impact using non-traditional metrics. This helps them secure additional funding for their programs as well as discover opportunities for improvement. Join us at the table and please share your thoughts as well.   "Am I an Expert? Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as a Program Evaluation Consultant.” Jo-Ellen Asbury, Ph.D. is the President of J. Asbury & Associates. This consulting firm focuses on higher education assessment and program evaluation in social service agencies. Within her 30 year career in higher education, she has served in various roles. In addition to her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology (University of Pittsburgh), she also holds an M.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Social-Personality Psychology and a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education. Dr. Asbury is also the co-author of Focus Group Research (2012) and has served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Planning and Assessment at Brooklyn College. Her experience is vast and she is more than qualified to school us on breaking this imposter syndrome. Read the rest of this entry »

Ep 35: Don’t Die a Bag lady: Addressing Mindsets

Ep 35: Don’t Die a Bag lady: Addressing Mindsets

May 1, 2021

On Episode 35, Dr. Stephanie discusses lack mindset vs. abundance mindset with Ebony Walker who is a bestselling author, copywriter, Pastor and speaker.  Erykah Badu brought the issue of emotional baggage to the forefront with her iconic song "Bag Lady" This episode gets into how we can let go of our financial, emotional, physical and mental baggage in order to shift to a more prosperous space and not end up dying a bag lady. Ebony is transparent with her journey through abuse and molestation that could have kept her buried under a heap of baggage but she chose to break free. She shares how she was able to do that with the love and support of God and her husband. In this episode you will learn how to shift your mindset so that you don't die holding unnecessary baggage.

Author & Entrepreneur Ebony M. Walker is the Owner of Walk UpWrite, where she provides a plethora of ghostwriting services, content/copy services, and more. As a multiple best-selling author and speaker, this North Carolina native has a degree in Criminal Justice. However, she later realized her passion is writing and she had to release some baggage in order to walk in her purpose. She's also a wife, a mother, a pastor, and a woman who loves to encourage others. Sunday, she's going to helps us 

www.walkupwrite.com

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Ep 34:The Girlfriends House..from dream to reality

Ep 34:The Girlfriends House..from dream to reality

April 14, 2021

EP 34: In this episode of S.O.A.R. Dr. Stephanie and Tara E. Godby talk about dreams.  They are not talking about the ones that occur in your brain at night when you're deep asleep, but the ones that are born in your heart when you're wide awake. Sometimes our dreams get deferred by life circumstances, life responsibilities or they get replaced by more practical thoughts as we get older. And sometimes we just forget. Tara had a dream that she held onto for over 20 years through college and a high level corporate career and now it is coming to fruition with her TV show " The Girlfriends House" It looks a little different than when she first imagined it but the essence is still there. She talks about how to keep your dreams alive and her thoughts on "dream stealers" Should we hold our dreams close to the vest to protect them from "dream stealers" ?You will want to listen to this episode to hear what she says because you may be surprised by her response. They also discuss the difference between dreams and fairytales. And of course, some key tips on how to make your dream into reality. I want all my listeners ( SOARers) to comment and let us know what you think.    Tara Godby is the founder and CEO of Elan Life Coaching. She is a certified success coach, personal growth strategist, and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner with over 2 decades of experience. In 2020, Tara began her journey as the host of The Girlfriend’s House, broadcasted on Binge Networks TV. She has a background in people leadership with an emphasis on personal and career development and has operated within both public and private sectors. Tara is a dynamic public speaker, business leader, and philanthropist.  Read the rest of this entry »

Ep 33: Wellness Hacks for Busy People with Dr. Oluchi

Ep 33: Wellness Hacks for Busy People with Dr. Oluchi

April 7, 2021

Ep 33: This episode is all about wellness! We can all use some new ways of taking care of ourselves, especially with the busy-ness of life. On this podcast episode, Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Oluchi reunite after more than 10 years to discuss  wellness hacks to help women improve their lives. They start by talking about their definition of wellness. The word wellness gets thrown around so much that it has almost become a buzzword. Are wellness and health the same? They would love to hear your definition after you take a listen to theirs. Dr. Oluchi also shares how wellness affects our relationships. So, if healthy relationships are important to you, you will want to hear what she has to share. Join the conversation and comment on your favorite wellness hacks. 

Dr. Oluchi Immanuel is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and obesity medicine specialist. She is also a best selling author of the book "Worship & wellness-The -Discovery" She helps women take control of their health, maximize their wealth, and optimize their relationships. She completed her undergrad at Iowa State University, she obtained her medical degree and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UT-McGovern). Dr. Oluchi is the founder of Fidem Wellness LLC, a wellness company that seeks innovative ways to inspire people to live in their best health. She also offers group coaching programs and personalized consultations. She is also happily married and the mother of three amazing children.   Best-selling Author of Worship & Wellness- The Discovery www.droluchimd.com. Read the rest of this entry »