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The definitive podcast on all things black mental health. Helping you survive while being black in America.
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In the black community, we really just don't talk about death and hardly ever prepare for the transition of assets from one generation to the next. These conversations are often not had until after our loved ones have passed on and we start trying to unravel the financial life of the deceased either in a funeral home or via probate court.  While we all know the stress that losing a loved one puts on a family, just imagine the drama that transpires after Big Mama is gone and her home and assets need to be equitably distributed throughout her 12+ descendants.  While this sounds like the start of a black BET Network movie, this is the reality that many of us face.  The Association of Black Estate Planning Professionals notes that "Black Americans today own little ⎯ if any ⎯ of America’s land, produce little if any of the country’s resources, and possess negligible amounts of this nation’s immense wealth. Yet Black Americans still project an aspiration based on blind faith in the American Dream".  Much of our community's current lack of wealth is due in large part to how we plan for death versus funerals.  So the Amerikan Therapy team sits down with some savvy legal and insurance experts to help us better understand how to ensure the effective passing on of generational wealth via legal, tax, and insurance structures. Ashley Stepps, Esq:Ashley was born and raised in the Arkansas Delta in Pine Bluff. She is a graduate of Delaware State University and received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – William H. Bowen School of Law.Formerly with The Raymon B. Harvey Law Firm, Ashley’s career has been spent serving elderly and special needs clients, their families, and loved ones as they encounter the legal issues that accompany aging and disability.  She works to assist her clients in making sense of the intricate legal areas of elder law including probate, estate planning, and long-term care/Medicaid planning. She aids her clients with accomplishing their specific goals by developing plans that are unique to them.As well as being a frequent National Business Institute speaker, she has written, planned, and presented programs on various elder law subjects for several professional,s and her writings on pet trusts have been published by Outskirts Press. Ashley is also a Veterans Administration (“VA”) Accredited Attorney.She is a past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity International, and the American Bar Association. Ashley has been selected as a Rising Star in Elder Law by Super Lawyers since 2018 and has been named one of the Top Attorneys in Arkansas in the area of Elder Law by Arkansas Life Magazine on multiple occasions.Location:   Conway, ArkansasPhone:   501-428-9139Fax:   877-415-3706https://rsalawgroup.com/emailVanessa Lindley:  Vanessa A. Lindley, the CEO of Lindley Consulting Group LLC is a transformative thought leader, trainer, coach, and author. She has 25-plus years’ in the finance industry and is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business program. Her company is a certified Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE). Her mission is to transform the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities. As an author, Vanessa has written publications and curricula such as, “Achieve Financial Victory, 7 Ways to Win With Your Money,” “Realizing the American Dream,” “Life Balance for the Women on the Rise, “Financial Coaching: Helping Clients Reach Their Goals” and “Delivering Effective Financial Education for Today’s Consumer.”  She is also the financial contributor for Women of More Magazine Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
With the start of 2021, many of us are determined to get our financial houses in order and Amerikan Therapy is here to help.  One of the #1 goals for the new year is to purchase a new home for ourselves and our families.  If you have purchased a home while black then you know that it can be a stressful and intrusive process.   Many of us are on our way but need to know the mortgage rules that are often stacked against us.  So the Amerikan Therapy team is here to help us navigate through this now much more rigorous process.  The team sits down with industry veteran, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager, Chris Hines of Ameris Bank.  Chris is here to be a guide for our community well beyond the home purchase process.  This episode illustrates how important it is to work with a culturally competent financial professional who has the patients to walk you through what might be a year-long process.  Chris encourages us to take the time to properly prepare our finances to succeed in the long term.  Chris Hines Bio:  Chris Hines is an expert in the mortgage and financing field with over 26 years of hands-on business experience. He has strong organizational and managerial skills demonstrated as a loan officer and branch manager for more than 20 years. He is committed to providing outstanding customer service and considers the individual needs of his clients. Chris specializes in Public Relations and Consumer Education through sponsoring and conducting periodic “First-Time Homebuyer” and “How to Refinance” seminars free to the community. Chris’s level of commitment, dedication, and passion for excellence is demonstrated through his volunteerism with the youth. Chris is a mentor and has been a Head Coach and Commissioner for youth football for over 20 years. He is experienced, committed to excellence, passionate about his professional work and personal interest. Christopher HinesAmeris Bank |AVP/ Branch Manager4415 Nicole Drive Ste A  |  Lanham, MD 20706301-683-0269 (Office) 202-438-1793 (Cell)443-920-9049 (E-FAX)christopher.hines@amerisbank.comSecured Website:  chinesloans.com   NMLS#:  75601Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 OR text GO to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor through Crisis Text Line, a global not-for-profit organization. Free, 24/7, confidential. Amerikan Therapy sits down with Tari Cox, the author of "The Wilderness: Saved and Suicidal", to talk about her harrowing journey through multiple suicide attempts and her road to wellness. Tari's story offers a necessary picture of how someone who is successful by all external accounts and seemingly well adjusted could be quietly in the midst of a mental health crisis. Tari was in a rigorous graduate program studying clinical psychology when she first started realizing that something was seriously wrong. This episode offers a powerful insight into how "normal" people can be living and succeeding in life on the outside, while deeply struggling on the inside. The Amerikan Therapy team wants all of our listeners to know that there is help out there.  If you are struggling, know that you do not have to suffer in silence and that you are not alone.  Please stay steadfast on your journey to wellness, because you are necessary.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2018:Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people.Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.There were more than two and a half times as many suicides (48,344) in the United States as there were homicides (18,830).Tari Cox Bio:  Tari Cox is a  devoted woman of God and seeks to be a vessel of encouragement in diverse atmospheres by vulnerably sharing her story, candid conversation about battling mental illness as a believer, and her academic training in the realm of psychology. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Winston Salem State University and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. She is passionate about advocating for mental health awareness in minority communities and in the church. She is also the author of “The Wilderness: Saved & Suicidal,” a book shining a light on the front row seat to her life as she endured and overcame severe depression, self-harm, and multiple suicide attempts by way of therapy, medication, and the power of Jesus. Buy The Book - "The Wilderness: Saved and Suicidal":  https://taricox.com/?post_type=productNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
The Amerikan Therapy team is always seeking to learn new ways to improve the quality of our mental health, through both traditional and unconventional modalities.  We sit down with Dr. Rennes Toussaint-Keshinro (Dr. Rennes) to learn about how Chiropractic Science connects to our overall mental wellbeing.  Dr. Rennes is affectionately known as the dancing  Chiropractor on social media and her warm demeanor and commitment to improving the wellness of her community shines through in this interview.  She shares how many of our muscular aches and pains are often the residue of untreated emotional traumas and mental health challenges.  Chiropractic science is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.Dr. Rennes Toussaint-Keshinro is a Doctor of Chiropractic, mental wellness coach, and mental health advocate. Her journey includes her migration to the US at age 13 and struggling to find her identity which eventually led her on a three-year self-discovery journey through South America. In the last 6 years she has practiced in 3 different countries but today what excites her the most is her Dance for Mental Health movement. Dance for Mental Health encourages women who are suffering in silence to find their identity, their voice, and to take back their power. She understands the connection of the physical and mental body and why it should not be looked at separately. Her goal is to inform, educate, and build awareness about mental health, especially in the black community. She is also the owner of Sign of Strength LLC, a mental health awareness shop.Her advocacy with the National Alliance on Mental Illness - New York (NAMI-NYC) is in support of integrating mental health education in the educational system. Instagram:  @dr.rennesContact:  https://linktr.ee/Dr.RennesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
If you have lived one minute as a Black Woman in America, then you are intimately aware of the tight rope act that most of us perform on a daily basis in trying to be heard and seen, in a world that would prefer us to be invisible helpers.  When we finally do assert ourselves and demand our humanity be acknowledged, we are ALWAYS (and I do mean ALWAYS) hit with being called some version of an Angry Black Woman.  It is enough to make you actually ANGRY, and thus the stereotype becomes reality.  So what do we do.......  we call in an expert to guide us through the journey of moving from an Angry Black Woman to a Healed Black Woman.  Meet Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, the preeminent expert on the phenomenon of being an Angry Black Woman.  Dr. Sesha Joi Moon [she|her|hers] is a Senior Talent Management Strategist at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office [USPTO] at the U.S. Department of Commerce [DOC]. During her tenure, she has received the Commerce Spirit Award and Spotlight on Commerce for Black History Month and LGBT Pride Month. Her most notable accomplishments include -- implementing the USPTO Innovation Challenge as an ideation pilot program and OHR Intrapreneurship as a talent mobility pilot program, co-creating "Mindset of Millennials: A Campaign to Grow the Next Gen of Latinx Best Talent", aiding in the development of the DOC First Generation Professionals Initiative, serving as a founding member of the WSTEM employee resource group and DOC Performance Excellence Council, representing the agency as part of the DOC My Brother's Keeper Initiative and Office of Personnel Management Ideation Community of Practice, establishing a strategic partnership with the Merck Foundation and United Negro College Fund in support of the STEM Innovation, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Summit as part of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities. She is a Senior Research Fellow with The Conference Board’s Engagement Institute where she examined the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion with employee engagement as part of the Employee Engagement & Experience Council. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Excellence in Government Fellowship Program with the Partnership for Public Service, where she continues to serve as a Mentor with the Emerging HR Leaders Program. Her past experience includes work as a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and Special Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer & Assistant Secretary of Administration at DOC.She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from Old Dominion University. Her dissertation research examined the role of intersectionality on the talent mobility trends of women of color in the Federal Government. She also holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.She curates a digital platform called @AngryBlackFemale, which began as a space to dismantle false narratives about women of color through sociopolitical commentary but has since grown to a community for conscious conservation consisting of over 11K+ followers. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and serves as a board member with the Afrikana Independent Film Festival and St. Jude 5K Walk|Run DC, where she co-chairs the Divine Nine Engagement Subcommittee. She formerly served as a board member with ProInspire, which is a leading race equity firm. She hales from Richmond, VA, and resides in Northern Virginia with her wife, Janice Pritchett, who is the Director of Student Athletics at Lake Braddock Secondary School, and cockapoo, Benji.See Angry Black Woman Via Wikipedia:  The angry black woman stereotypeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
This year America woke from its social justice slumber to finally engage the problem of racially motivated police violence. As Black America begins to formalize our demands of the Biden/ Harris administration, policing reform undoubtedly sits at the very top of the list. In an effort to continue the conversation on policing reform the Amerikan  Therapy Team sits down with one of the very top black voices in Law Enforcement, Lynda R. Williams President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).  In this interview, Ms. Williams shares NOBLE's unprecedented break from other law enforcement organizations in their call for policing reform. While there is much work to do to bridge the gap between communities of color and law enforcement, NOBLE's stance represents an opportunity for positive change. Ms. Williams shares a behind-the-scenes look at how she's speaking truth to power on a daily basis as she sits at the table with Trump's Department of Justice and the United States Attorney General.The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice through action. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 3,000 members worldwide that represent chief executive officers and command-level law enforcement officials from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, and criminal justice practitioners.  Lynda R. Williams  Bio:  Lynda R. Williams is currently the Professor of the Practice at Middle Tennessee State University in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration; with this appointment in 2017, she became the first individual bestowed this title in recognition of the breadth and depth of her knowledge and expertise in the field of criminal justice and executive security. In her role within the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Ms. Williams’ curriculum subject matter includes foreign/domestic terrorism studies, criminal justice processes, community, and public service engagement, and executive law enforcement leadership speaker symposiums.Prior to joining the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University, Ms. Williams led an accomplished career as a veteran of the United States Secret Service, from 1988 until she retired, as the Deputy Assistant Director in 2017. As President of NOBLE, Ms. Williams is focused on achieving the organization’s goals through a three-pillar platform on police reform, gun violence, and voter engagement.  NOBLE: https://noblenational.org/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
We are a day late of Veteran's Day on this release but the topic is still pertinent.  Often when we see imagery of those that serve this Nation in combat, we don't see faces that look like our guest Mary Tobin.  The lack of diverse imagery and understanding surrounding the vast number of black people who serve the nation is beyond problematic and steeped in systemic racism.  The American Therapy team sits down with MaryTobin, a decorated combat veteran and graduate of The United States Military Academy ( West Point).  Mary is a soldier's, soldier and that comes through loud and clear in this episode.  Mary opened up to the Amerika Therapy family and shared her very real challenges trying to deal with the mental health challenges she faced while trying to reintegrate into civilian life.  Mary's life and continued contributions to society inspire us all to become servant leaders. Mary Tobin Bio:Mary Tobin has over 17 years of leadership development, project management, community engagement, and public speaking experience. She is extremely passionate about addressing the social justice issues that negatively affect underserved communities and is committed to working with globally-minded leaders and organizations to develop solutions that will positively impact underserved cities and communities. Mary is very active in the world of advocacy and activism as she focuses on addressing poverty through collective impact and race and gender biases in the military and the society at large as the CEO and Founder of Tobin Leadership Consulting.  Her public relations campaigns in the media have established her as a thought leader concerning diversity and inclusion and she has been featured in major publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, CBS, ABC, NPR, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. She has also lectured at the United States Military Academy, the University of Alabama, University of Georgia, Texas Tech University, Fordham University, and Radio One on issues around fighting poverty, diversity, and leader development. Notably, she was a featured speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018 speaking about the usage of data and analytics to solve poverty in one of her previous roles as the Director of the Brownsville Partnership, an initiative of the national nonprofit organization, Community Solutions.  Mary is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the New York Institute of Technology. She is a proud combat veteran, having served 10 years in the United States Army as a communications officer, including two combat tours in Iraq. Her previous roles include Senior Project Manager for the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a President’s Management Council fellow in the US Department of Treasury, a Chief Operations Officer for the City of Jacksonville, FL, and most recently the Executive Director, East Region- The Mission Continues. In her spare time, Mary serves as the Vice President of the West Point Women Alumni Organization, Committee member for the West Point Alumni Organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Co-Founder of the West Point African-American Alumni Association. She is a proud Godmother and an avid sports fan.  Her personal motto is a quote from the late Muhammad Ali, " Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
This election cycle exposed what most African Americans have been painfully aware of.  Just days after the US Presidential Election, the Amerikan Therapy team starts the discussion on the ongoing racial trauma experienced by African Americans during this historic and highly contentious race.   While we don't quite know who will be the next President, what we do know is that White Supremacy was the major issue on the ballot (across both major political parties).  Amerikan Therapy sits down with Dr. Jessica Jackson a true expert on the impacts of racial trauma.  Dr. Jackson shares how we can begin to cope, digest, and gain a greater understanding of the racial divide in this country.  Get your notepad and pen out because you will definitely want to take notes. Dr. Jessica Jackson - Bio:  Dr. Jessica Jackson is a licensed psychologist who divides her time between clinical practice, mental health advocacy, and research focused on racism and mental health equity. Her work has primarily focused on the psychological effects of racism, racial trauma, and stress caused by racism. In her clinical practice, she delivers culturally responsive evidence-based treatments to adult clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems. Dr. Jackson is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. She also has a private practice in Houston, TX, and regularly provides local and national workshops, seminars, and webinars on culturally responsive psychological treatment.Link:  https://www.blackmentalwellness.com/survivingtothrivingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
The Amerikan Therapy team sits down with Yusef Wateef a globe-trotting EXPAT who has made it his business (literally) to help other African Americans live and work abroad as a way of escaping some of the mental and emotional impacts of systemic racial oppression.  Yusef shares his sometimes controversial views on why leaving the US needs to be an option for more African American's as racial tensions in the country continue to boil in anticipation of the 2020 Presidential Election.  Yusef is a bonified expert on living and working abroad as he has done so for well over a decade, having lived in 15 countries, across 5 continents.  Yusef specializes in helping his clients increase their earnings while traveling the world.  This episode is "muy picante"!Yusef Wateef:  https://www.youtube.com/c/YusefWateefSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
The Amerikan Therapy team sits down with Virginia State University President, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, to talk about all things HBCUs, mental health, history, COVID-19, and racial justice.  This intimate conversation reinforces the necessity and profound importance of the HBCU experience.  The team goes beyond the standard surface HBCU talk, to get to the core of why every young black student needs to at minimum apply to at least one HBCU as part of their college admissions process. Dr. Makola M. Abdullah:  On February 1, 2016, Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. became the 14th President of Virginia State University (VSU). In his remarks during his introduction to the Trojan family, President Abdullah outlined his four core beliefs: I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in the transformative nature of education. I believe in Virginia State University.President Abdullah also emphasized several focus areas to sustain VSU as an 1890 Land-Grant University. The areas of focus include providing a transformative experience for students, strategically investing in academic programs, partnering with others as a university to tell the VSU story, embracing the University’s Land Grant Mission and embracing VSU’s role as Virginia’s Opportunity University.Under President Abdullah’s leadership, the University has experienced some significant achievements.Recognized as one of the nation’s top 20 “Best Colleges for African Americans” by ESSENCE magazine.Established partnerships with local public school systems wherein VSU students tutor students in mathematics and reading,Opened the Academic Center of Excellence as a one-stop hub for first-year students to receive career and academic advising and tutorial services. In July 2017, the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the inaugural Outstanding State Stewardship Award to VSU for the preservation of Summerseat, an historic house built around 1860 near VSU.Established the University’s Advisory Board for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning Intersex Ally+ (LGBTQIA+) Inclusion to investigate ways for the institution to be a more affirming learning environment for all students, faculty and staff within the LGBTQIA+ community.In June of 2018, the University was named the HBCU of the Year and awarded Best Board of Trustees of the Year and Female Student of the Year by HBCU Digest, an online blog. Additionally, in 2017, President Abdullah was named the HBCU Male President of the Year.Ranked as the No. 19 historically black college or university (HBCUs) on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. This is up 12 spots from the 2018 rankings where the University was ranked No. 31. Also, the University was ranked as the No. 8 public HBCU.President Abdullah is an academic administrator committed to excellence. He is also an internationally-renowned educator recognized for outstanding research. Prior to his appointment as president of Virginia State University, Dr. Abdullah served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. (2013-2016), provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla. (2011-2013), and dean and director of 1890 land grant programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla (2008-2011).Dr. Abdullah is a Chicago native. He earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University in civil engineering and his doctorate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He is the youngest African American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. He and his wife, Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah, Ph.D., are the proud parenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
The Amerikan Therapy team sits down with two noted activists in the DC community to discuss how we break the cycle of violence within the black community.  This is a rich conversation that provides real insights into how we begin to heal from both systematic and generation trauma.  Our team left this conversation with a greater understanding of how to individually and collectively heal as a community. Meet The Guest:Ronald Motten:Ronald Motten is a successful author of “Drinking Muddy Water”, Urban Violence Prevention Specialist, a professional community organizer, and an advocate for the citizens of Washington, DC, and beyond. The purpose of his nonviolent advocacy is to advance the quality of life for his fellow citizens especially those who need the most love so that they can rise above their challenges and pursue happiness as productive citizens. Mr. Motten has helped several administrations create initiatives to reduce violence and homicides in the District of Columbia conducting 40 truces with rival gangs, sending 160 at-risk youth to college, and helping over 360 once unemployable people obtain employment. Mr. Motten is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and father of three boys and two girls. Ronald has deep roots in the community, which have proven to be the keys to his success as a professional community advocate. Jimmie Jenkins:  JIMMIE JENKINS IS A MAN OF GOD WITH A INTENSE PASSION FOR IMPACTING AND UPLIFTING INDIVIDUALS OF URBAN COMMUNITIES WHILE HELPING THEM REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND ABILITY.AT A VERY YOUNG AGE JIMMIE ENJOYED PLAYING ALL SPORTS HOWEVER, MANY LABELED HIM AT RISK! HE LATER GRADUATED FROM HYDE LEADERSHIP PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL IN 2008. DURING HIS TENURE AT HYDE PCS HE RECEIVED THE MR HYDE GOLDEN BOOT AWARD AND THE BLUE CHARTER SCHOOL AWARD WHICH RECOGNIZES STUDENTS WHO OVERCAME PREVIOUS ISSUES WITH FOLLOWING THE SCHOOLS MISSION AND GOALS TO CHALLENGE STUDENTS ACADEMICALLY AND PERSONALLY. UPON GRADUATION JIMMIE WAS ONE OF THE TOP ATHLETES IN THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA. HOWEVER, DUE TO THE BIRTH OF HIS SON JAHREI, FURTHERING HIS EDUCATION HAD TO BE PUT ON HOLD IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FOR HIS SON. JIMMIE WAS LATER HIRED AS HYDE'S FACILITIES MANAGER AND HEAD COACH OF THE GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM. THIS ALLOWED HIM TO REGAIN HIS LOVE FOR THE GAME OF BASKETBALL, BUILD HIS RESUME, AND PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS. IN 2010 HE WAS OFFERED AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP FROM CHESAPEAKE COLLEGE WHERE HE LATER OBTAINED AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. HE WAS THEN ACCEPTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE TO PLAY DIVISION 1 BASKETBALL. UNFORTUNATELY, HIS TENURE WAS CUT SHORT DUE TO A DEVASTATING KNEE INJURY AND LACK OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT. HE DIDN'T STOP THERE. IN 2013 JIMMIE BEGAN A SUMMER SPORTS CAMP, MENTORING PROGRAM AND A PAINT COMPANY. JIMMIE SERVES AS THE CEO OF MANPOWER DC THAT WAS ALSO FOUNDED IN 2013 WHICH EXISTS TO EMPOWER NEXT GENERATION LEADERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN WASHINGTON DC, FOCUSING IN ON DISADVANTAGED NEIGHBORHOODS. WE ENVISION BRIDGING THE GAP THAT LEADS TO VITAL RESOURCES NURTURING PRODUCTIVE LEADERS FOR FUTURE SOCIETY. MANPOWER DC IS STRUCTURED WITH A MAIN COMPONENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED BY OUR FAMILY OF COMPANIES THAT DEMONSTRATE EIGHT ADOPTED VALUES, “BROTHER’S KEEPER”, LEADERSHIP, TRUST, FAITH, COURAGE, CURIOSITY, HOPE AND INTELLIGENCE. THIS MAN OF GOD STANDS ON THE SHOULDERS OF MANY MEN WHO WERE MENTORS THAT POURED INTO HIM AS A CHILD TRYING TO FOLLOW HIS DESTINY. HAVING MENTORS WHO HAVE PAVED THE WAY, JIMMIE IS CONSTANTLY MOTIVATED TO WORK WITH TROUBLED YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE LABELED "AT RISK."https://www.manpowerdc.com/aboutSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
The Amerikan Therapy team sits down with Tiq Milan to expand our conversation on Gender and Sexuality within the black community.  We continue to work to focus on affirming others, rather than fearing offense.  This is a rich conversation that is rooted in understanding and love.  TIQ MILAN Public Speaker and Thought Leader. Tiq shares his story of being transgender and how that informs his views on masculinity, race, and gender. He travels throughout North America leading discussions on healthy modes of masculinity, inclusive leadership, and creating cultures of consent. He has lectured at several universities including Harvard, Stanford, and Brown on the importance of inclusion as a tool of innovation and outlines concrete strategies for productive engagement. Inclusive Media Consultant and Host. He is a sought-after host and strategic media consultant. He’s moderated conversations about LGBT representation in media for HBO’s Newfest Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, LOGO, and MTV. He’s hosted authors in conversation at The Schomburg Center for Research, NYU, and Princeton. This spring he will be hosting an evening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. As a media consultant, he guides organizations and companies in creating detailed media campaigns that engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic. He’s worked with HBO, NBC News, and various film and television producers on the rollout of several projects including the documentaries HBO’s Suited and Netflix’s The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson. Tiq also served as the Senior Media Strategist and National Spokesperson for GLAAD using data-driven strategies to engage various media inappropriate and honest LGBTQ representation and creative direction. Cultural Influencer and Writer. Tiq writes about pop culture, inclusive leadership, transgender rights, and equity. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC, and CNN among others. His 2016 TED Talk A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage alongside his wife, Kim Katrin Milan has been viewed over 3 million times and continues to inform and inspire people all over the world. http://www.tiqmilan.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
The Amerikan Therapy team sits down with the brilliant Tieko Nejon to learn what emotional intelligence is and how to leverage it.  This is a rich and insightful conversation that will leave you wanting to learn more.  Tieko Nejon Wilson is an educator and corporate trainer having obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a minor in Business, and a Master’s in Education. She has also completed certification as an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner.  Focused on the advancement of human behavior and the dynamics within social constructs, Tieko partners with corporate teams, executive leaders, and management to create excellence by embracing and harvesting a people-centric culture.  Tieko has had the opportunity to travel and leave an impact on both coasts, training with big-box companies, consulting with more than 200 start-ups and entrepreneurs, participating as a guest professor at universities, and speaking to audiences as large as 1200 attendees. Tieko subscribes to the scientific-backed research of Emotional Intelligence; a set of skills by which people, teams, and leaders are able to thrive both personally and professionally, incorporating EI as a  master tool for promoting emotional and social intelligence, social growth, and social change.  Tieko started her first company at the age of 22, Child Link, a tutorial-based service for inner-city youth. As well, she was a grade school teacher for a total of 10 years having taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, and Algebra prior to fully committing to entrepreneurship in 2006.  An infinite love for self-help and personal growth, Tieko founded  FELT Social Club, an immersive book club and community; a safe space for members, everyday women, and men, to relish in their own humanity embracing FELT's mega mindful mission: Self-Help but TOGETHER.  Tieko, a native and resident of Southern California, considers her role as a wife and a mother of two children her most excellent achievements.https://www.tiekonejon.com/welcomeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
If you are having thoughts of harming yourself and/or ending your life, please immediately seek professional help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or Text GO to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor through Crisis Text Line, a global not-for-profit organization. Free, 24/7, confidential.This year has been extremely difficult for all of us.  Let's face it, even those of us that are actively in therapy and seeking treatment for our mental health challenges, are struggling.  The combination of social isolation and racial trauma has all of us overwhelmed.  In this time of difficulty, it is important that Amerikan Therapy talk about suicide prevention.  Many of us are struggling in ways that may even have us contemplating the end of our own lives.  Regardless if you are having persistent thoughts of taking your own life, or you find these thoughts just creeping into your consciousness and then going away, please seek professional help immediately.  Suicide is a hard topic to discuss for any of us, but it's especially taboo in the black community.   Whether we know it or not, it is highly likely that someone close to us has had suicidal ideations and/or made an attempt on their life.  While we don't talk about suicide, it is still very present within the black community.  Warning signs aren't always obvious, and they may vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.  Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," "I wish I were dead" or "I wish I hadn't been born"Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pillsWithdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left aloneHaving mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the nextBeing preoccupied with death, dying or violenceFeeling trapped or hopeless about a situationIncreasing the use of alcohol or drugsChanging the normal routine, including eating or sleeping patternsDoing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklesslyGiving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there's no other logical explanation for doing thisSaying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen againDeveloping personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed aboveDonny Hathaway Legacy Project:The Donny Hathaway Legacy Project is committed to shining a light on mental health and providing effective resources to aid in educating, acknowledging, and healing millions of us who suffer through the trials that we all face in life. Established by Donnita Hathaway, the youngest daughter of Mr. Hathaway, the Foundation was created to honor his rich musical legacy along with Mental Health & Wellness Awareness, Education, and Prevention.  To find out more visit @donnyhathawaylpSuicide attempts by black teens are increasing, study says (CNN): https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/14/health/black-teen-suicide-attempts-study/index.htmlPandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate (AP):https://apnews.com/2a0c942b15bbd8843e1f5602b28d88f9Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
With the recent $600 million legal settlement and creation of a victim's compensation fund in the Flint water crisis, Amerikan Therapy decided we needed to better understand what environmental justice is and why black people need to be in this fight.  We sit down with Catherine Flowers, the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) organization and one of the nations leading back environmental justice warriors.  Ms. Flowers educates Amerikan Therapy on how the African American community is routinely and intentionally exposed to environmental toxins and unsafe living conditions whether we live in an urban city or in the rural south.  This conversation exposes how our environment directly impacts our mental and emotional wellness. There is no escaping the impacts of environmental injustice when it comes to being black in America.  This is a powerful conversation that will change undoubtedly change you. Catherine Coleman Flowers:  Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) which seeks the implementation of best practices to address the reduction of health and economic disparities, improve access to clean air, water, and soil in marginalized rural communities by influencing policy, inspiring innovation, catalyzing relevant research and amplifying the voices of community leaders. This is done within the context of climate change and through the lens of environmental justice.A member of the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project, she is employed as the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Her goal is to find solutions to raw sewage that exist in rural communities throughout the United States. Catherine is also an internationally recognized advocate for the human right to water and sanitation and works to make the UN Sustainable Development Agenda accountable to frontline communities. Her journey is chronicled in her book entitled Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, which will be published by the New Press this fall.Catherine's Testimony and Content:  https://centerforearthethics.org/catherine-flowers/ Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
Let's be honest, some of us are sitting at home during this pandemic looking at our significant other thinking, "I can't do this anymore". When there's nowhere to run, we might be faced with having to actually address our relationship issues with our partner and the Amerikan Therapy Podcast is here to help.  We sit down with Dr. Laura Louis a renowned psychologist who specializes in helping couples overcome infidelity.  This show pulls no punches when getting down to how to resolve or amicably dissolve our challenging relationships. Dr. Laura Louis has over 10 years as an experienced licensed psychologist, speaker, and consultant. She’s the owner/CEO of Gifted Counseling, LLC; a well-knowing practice located in Atlanta, Georgia. Her approaches have influenced people, organizations, businesses, and companies all over the world. Dr. Louis is one of the most sought after public speakers, consultants, and psychologist alive today. She has spoken, conducted 100s of seminars, training, consulting for businesses, organizations, colleges/universities, hospitals, rehab centers, correctional facilities, and other institutions all over the United States, Brazil, Mexico, London, Haiti, Cambodia, just to name a few. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University; M.S. in Counseling at Fordham University and Ph.D. at Howard University in Washington D.C. She’s American Psychology Association (APA) accredited.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
Amerikan Therapy team sits down with two amazing black dentists to talk about all things teeth.  Surprisingly there is a very real connection between our oral and mental health, that reaches beyond just our smile confidence.  The Dentist way in on how we can tackle our dental anxieties to ensure that we get the dental care we need.  This show will have you making that dental appointment you've been thinking about for months.  Dr. Kristen Millender is a general dentist and collaborative entrepreneur in the cannabis industry. She earned her BA in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va; her Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami, Fl; and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland, in Baltimore.  Her passion is multifold as she works to treat patients holistically and with a focus on integrative and preventative treatment. Dr. Millender’s goal is to incorporate cannabis therapy into the dental profession and provide alternative and natural ways to help people, especially African Americans, with cognitive conditions such as anxiety and depression, have positive experiences in and beyond the dental chair. Dr. Millender enjoys connecting with people and believes that the solution to self-fulfillment is through compassion and using our divine gifts to improve the lives of others. She collaborates with numerous entrepreneurs that have impact organizations focused on building generational wealth and improving health in native black communities. Green Dentistry, LLC- Co-founder and Senior ClinicianThe Cannabinoid Specialists of Maryland, LLC- Partner and Co-founder Beyond Extracts, LLC- CEOCIFE- partner Dr. Dawn Clarke has a professional portfolio that includes general dentistry and treating patients who suffer from debilitating mental illnesses. She earned her BS in Biology from Towson University, and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland, in Baltimore. Dr. Clarke completed her advanced education at St. Elizabeths Hospital, the only general practice residency program based at an in-patient psychiatric hospital. While at St. Elizabeths Hospital, she became the principal investigator for a case study evaluating dental anxiety on the individuals in care.  Dr. Clarke is also a naturally creative and leads brand development and strategy for many joint ventures, in addition to managing several emerging dental practices in DC and MD. In her spare time, Dr. Clarke loves dancing, spending time with family, friends, and pet birds.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
Amerikan Therapy sits down with Topeka K. Sam, a vibrant and ardent freedom fighter who works to improve the humane treatment of women currently within the justice system, specifically those under Federal incarceration.  Topeka knows first hand what these women go through as a former federal inmate.While in Federal Prison, Topeka K. Sam witnessed firsthand the epidemic and disparity of incarceration on women, more specifically women of color. She felt the urgency to bring the faces and voices of women in prison to the public in order to bring awareness to women’s incarceration and post-incarceration issues in order to change the criminal legal system.After her release in 2015 and in response to what she saw and learned in prison, Topeka created The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM) an organization whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women transition back into society through education, entrepreneurship, spiritual empowerment, and advocacy. With Vanee Sykes, Topeka developed the vision for Hope House NYC while they were incarcerated. Hope House NYC is a safe housing space for formerly incarcerated women located in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx.Topeka K. Sam is a ‘2017 Soros Justice Fellowship‘ recipient. Her fellowship, The Probation and Parole Accountability Project focuses on the broken and arbitrary probation and parole systems. Her op-ed, It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems, was published widely. Sam is a ‘2015 Beyond the Bars Fellow‘ and a ‘2016 Justice in Education Scholar‘ both at Columbia University.In early December, in partnership with Grammy-winner and activist John Legend’s FREE AMERICA,  Bank of America, and New Profit, Topeka was named as one of eight people to the first cohort of Unlocked Futures, an accelerator for social innovators who have been impacted directly by the criminal justice system.Additionally, Topeka is consulting with Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren on the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, and she has been a TEDxMidAtlantic presenter. In December 2017, Topeka was one of three women who met with Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Shelia Jackson Lee and 17 other members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group where she spoke with them about the realities faced every day by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.Sunday, December 31st, 2017,  on page 1 of the Metropolitan Section of the New York Times, featured a story about Topeka K. Sam’s vision to creating and now struggle to a safe house for formerly incarcerated women A House for Women Leaving Prison Sits Empty.Beginning on January 7th, 2018 and on every Sunday at 9 AM est., Topeka K. Sam hosts the weekly show, Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
Amerikan Therapy sits down with Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, the author of "No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People".   This episode is an eye-opener on how we often view the black community based on BS, rather than factual and contextualized information.  The use of BS helps to perpetuate racist and bigoted views of black inferiority.  What if everything you thought you knew about Black people generally, and educating Black children specifically, was based on BS (bad stats)? We often hear things like, “Black boys are a dying breed,” “There are more Black men in prison than college,” “Black children fail because single mothers raise them,” and “Black students don’t read.” In No BS, Ivory A. Toldson uses data analysis, anecdotes, and powerful commentary to dispel common myths and challenge conventional beliefs about educating Black children. With provocative, engaging, and at times humorous prose, Toldson teaches educators, parents, advocates, and students how to avoid BS, raise expectations, and create an educational agenda for Black children that is based on good data, thoughtful analysis, and compassion. No BS helps people understand why Black people need people who believe in Black people enough not to believe every bad thing they hear about Black people.Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., is a professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University, the president of Quality Education for Minorities, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Negro Education, and executive editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Research, published by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.Buy The Book on Amazon NOW:  https://www.amazon.com/No-BS-Bad-Stats-Scholarship/dp/9004397027/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&qid=1595962872&refinements=p_27%3AIvory+A.+Toldson&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Ivory+A.+ToldsonSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
Amerikan Therapy has the honor of sitting down with U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who currently serves as the representative for New York's 9th congressional district since 2013.  Congresswoman Clarke shares her history of community advocacy and organizing dating all the way back to her childhood.  This interview and the jewels dropped couldn't come at a better time.  As we face the next leg in the race for equality, courage seems to be the key element required to ensure we demand and receive what is long overdue. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke:  https://clarke.house.gov/about/biography/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
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