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Host: Diane Gil, KeyKey Hussein Moore Guests: Rastonya Lee M.Ed, LPC Episode Introduction:  In today’s episode of the Now What Podcast, Diane and KeKey are joined by special guest Rastonya Lee, M.Ed, LPC who shares her experience and encouragement for all of us to take care of ourselves, so that we can take care of those we love.  Episode Summary:  The episode includes personal experiences from Rastonya Lee’s childhood growing up in the suburbs during the white rush era, and the types of services offered by Serene Tranquility Counseling Services for achieving mental wellness and behavioral health.  We also discuss the importance of self care and mental wellness especially during these uncertain times, in addition to simple steps to make self care a priority now.  Diane and KeKey make a personal commitment to self care.  Key Points: The stigma associated with self care has come a long way, but communities of color are still most challenged by resources to meet their basic needs (food, water, shelter,etc) often resulting in self care being last on the priority list.  It is not uncommon for people with access to resources (financial, private insurance, support systems) to have both a psychiatrist and/or therapist for maintaining mental wellness and also prioritize self care in their daily life. Self-care is fundamental to knowing how to ‘bring in balance’ from both negative and positive polarities. One can and most often will experience mental decline and/or have a difficult time coping when the mental state is out of its natural alignment with self.  Therapy is a form of life coaching, career planning, individual, marriage and couples, children and teenagers— counseling. It helps us achieve everything we ‘seek’ to be, by aligning oneself with the correct theoretical orientation that fits their needs. Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) aims to improve mental health.  CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. One type of CBT is Self Care SPEMS (Social, Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual) which teaches 5 modules, concepts, interventions, and coping mechanisms for mental wellness. Some tips for self-care include: Live Healthy, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs and alcohol. Manage stress and go for regular medical check-ups. Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way others view you and how you view yourself. See friends to build your sense of belonging. Consider joining a support group to make new friends. Try to do something you enjoy every day. That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading. Find ways to relax, like meditation, yoga, getting a massage, taking a bath or walking in the woods.   Call To Actions: BREAK THE STIGMA TIED TO MENTAL HEALTH, SELF CARE, MENTAL ILLNESS Look for opportunities to practice self care on your own. Give yourself permission to seek support anytime you are your questioning ability or awareness. Contact Rastonya Lee, LPC for a free consultation: https://counselingtranquility.com/   Resources: Rastonya Lee LPC SereneTranquility Rastonya Lee Therapist Profile: https://www.psychologytoday.com/profile/703960 If you or someone you know is in a crisis, seek help immediately: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255).  Text the Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741 CALL 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)  NAMI - https://www.nami.org/home Dial 2-1-1 from your cell phone to get in touch with your local non-profit operating 24 hours a day, 365 days each year to access resources and aid in mental health, support groups and counseling services.  Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Facebook: KeKey Moore, Now What Podcast This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Diane Gil
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: KeKey Hussein Guest: Anthony Gil Episode Introduction: In today’s episode of the Now What Podcast, Diane and KeKey are joined by a sport enthusiast, Mr. David Anthony Gil to talk about the NBA protest during playoffs and the real reason behind the players taking the stand. Episode Summary:  The episode revolves around talking about sports players and their participation in activist movements. We also talk about recent happenings at NBA and touch bases with cases in the past. The fans’ reactions are also discussed in this episode.  Back Story:  Sunday, August 23rd: Jacob Blake, an unarmed black men was shot and injured by a police officer about 40 miles outside of where the NBA team championship contender Milwaukee Bucks play basketball.  Wednesday, August 26th: Three games were scheduled, one being Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Orlando Magic. The Milwaukee Bucks decided moments before the game that they will not be playing.  Main Takeaways:  Majority of the NBA players aren’t coming from privileged homes, they have experienced these struggles first hand which is why it’s totally understandable for them to support their fans and stand for them.  The Milwaukee Bucks and WNBA used their platform to support the movement and take a stand.  In 2016, Colin Kaepernick tried to peacefully protest about what he thought was unjust but not enough people stood with him which led him to be blackballed. Call-To-Action:  Don’t be judgemental about athletes taking a stand. Understand how they might be feeling and support them using their platform Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts , it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil   REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Join us at: www.facebook.com/thenowwhatpodcast This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani  
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: KeKey Huessein Episode Introduction:  In today’s episode of the Now What Podcast, Diane is joined by her co-host KeKey to talk about the purpose and history of National Conventions.  Episode Summary:  Both Diane and KeKey share their personal highlights from the 2020 National Conventions. The episode is packed with noteworthy observations and strong opinions. Notable Facts: September, 1831: Anti-Masonic Party held the first National Presidential Nominating Convention. Back in the time, there were no elections held before the convention and the candidate was selected during the convention. Conventions are designed to sell a specific candidate and give them the opportunity to talk to the masses about their agenda and position on issues. Voters can make an informed decision by hearing the party’s agenda in these conventions. Voters also get to understand what the party’s 5 year and 10 year plans look like. Highlights From The Conventions: The DNC covered issues like a plan to address Covid-19, $15 minimum pay increase, healthcare reforms, and other real life issues. DNC activated the spirit of healing and unity that every American is feeling. There were a significant number of lifelong Republicans at the DNC who endorsed Joe Biden over Donald Trump. Barack Obama spoke about the expectations of leadership in Democracy. Obama believes that Donald Trump has misused and abused the office of Presidency to help him and his friends enrich themselves. RNC nominated Donald Trump as the president. Donald Trump avoided every issue people of colour are facing in America during the RNC. RNC saw a lack of diversity. Black and brown faces were amplified but their thoughts weren’t. RNC took a very aggressive tone. Many speakers spoke directly against peaceful protests. Call To Actions: Make sure you’re registered to vote. www.vote.org Make sure adults around you, friends and family are registered to vote. Consider being a poll worker to ensure fair voting. Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil   REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Join us at: https://www.facebook.com/TheNowWhatPodcast This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: Antonio Moore  Episode Introduction: In today’s episode of the Now What Podcast, Diane is joined by Antonio Moore to talk about Senator Kamala Harris who was elected as Joe Biden's running mate for Vice President.  Episode Summary:  The episode revolves around Kamala Harris’ work as a prosecutor as well as her selection as Joe Biden’s running mate for Vice President. It also discusses her history as a prosecutor and the allegations made on her.  Notable Facts:  August 11th, 2020 was an historic day for America as Senator Kamala Harris was named as Joe Bidens running mate for Vice President. Kamala Harris is the first woman of color to be placed on the ballot for a major political party.  Kamala Harris’ father is Jamaican and her mother is Indian. She was born in America, she’s a black American. Kamala’s values have been grounded in doing the brave work to use the law to uphold injustices throughout her adult life. Kamala is educated, sophisticated, and politically powerful. She is who we need to shut down the patriarchy in America.  Call-To-Actions:  Listeners should do their own research on Kamala starting with;  Her success in taking down predatory for profit colleges, including canceling the debts of those impacts Her support to make lynching a Federal Crime Her support of legislation to ban police hold, like the one that killed Eric  Gardner and George Floyd. Her record of creating creative policies such as Back on Track, to give non violent first time offenders alternative options (such as boot camp) rather than sending them into the criminal justice system.  Her success in creating a new path for juvenile sex workers by creating safe houses, support and treatment when she had a chance to convict them for crime.  Her success in creating a public database of violent encounters between the police and the public. Winning 16 billion increase in funds in the middle of the foreclosure crisis Register to vote and encourage others to register too.  Share a registration screenshot with us on: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com to receive a special gift in your inbox from the Now What Podcast. Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Rate and leave a review on iTunes, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Join us at: www.facebook.com/groups/cultivatewithcourage YouTube: Cultivate With Courage  This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: KeKey Huessein Episode Introduction:  In today’s episode of the Now What Podcast, Diane is joined by her co-host KeKey to talk about political keywords commonly used. Kekey Huessein who has a vast political background along with Diane Gil who is a political enthusiast share several political terms and their meaning. They also share resources for voting and how every individual can contribute. Key Terms Liberal: The fundamental ideals of liberalism are: Freedom of Speech Freedom of Press Right to Process  Equality Under the Law The US was the first country to be founded on the idea of liberalism and all Americans are essentially liberals. Conservative: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatism Progressive: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressivism Independent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_politician Republican Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States) Democratic Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States) Resources: https://www.vote.org/ Call To Actions: Make sure you’re registered to vote. Make sure adults around you, friends and family are registered to vote. Donate a minimum of $3 to https://www.vote.org/  so they can continue their work. Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter. REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com/podcast Join Us: https://www.facebook.com/TheNowWhatPodcast/ Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: KeKey Huessein Episode Introduction:  In this episode of the Now What Podcast, Diane is joined by your favorite co-host KeKey Moore to discuss the removal of confederate statues and symbols across America. Episode Summary:  The discussion revolves around the ongoing demands for the removal of confederate statues and symbols across the United States. Several historical facts are discussed and the conversation also connects listeners with another example of how the current education system is failing the youth of all races on the true history of America. Notable Facts & Statistics:  According to a poll conducted by the Pew research group:  48% of Americans believe that the Civil War was for the State’s rights.  38% of Americans know that Slavery was the cause.  9% of Americans believe that both of: the State’s rights as well as Slavery were the cause for Civil War. American education doesn’t give the full story on the origins of the Civil War. KeyKey shares evidence that slavery was the cause of the American Civil War:  All 11 states issued Articles of Successions. The articles states the continuation of slavery was the reason for Civil War and these were written by confederate leaders of that time. Statues, monuments and flags from that period represent white supremacy. The confederate flag was adapted as the state flag. United Daughters of the Confederacy are responsible for the majority of these monuments being erected. Demand for removal of Confederate statues & symbols initiated from the country’s military.  Sources: Pew Research Center Fact Tank - What caused the Civil WarUnited Daughters of the Confederacy Declaration of Causes: February 2, 1861 - A declaration of the causes which impel the State of Texas to secede from the Federal Union. Dept. of Defense Memorandum - to the force on the display of flags Quote Worthy Content:  “Romanticizing of the confederacy needs to end.” Antonio Moore Listen to other episodes  Rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts , it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Join us at: www.facebook.com/groups/cultivatewithcourage   This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani Music by: Alex Maldonado
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: KeKey Hussein Guest: Lamon Gorman  Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Episode Introduction: In today’s episode of the Now What podcast, we are joined by KeKey Hussein and Lamon Gorman to discuss the various pros and cons of the schooling options and their plans to return to school are revealed.  Episode Summary: The discussion revolves around the challenges parents across the United States are experiencing in returning their children back to school season amidst the Covid 19 pandemic. Diane, Key and LG give their perspectives on the pros and cons for the various learning methods being implemented for the 2020-2021 school year.  A note for our listeners - this episode shares our personal opinions based on our individual circumstances. When it comes to the health and safety of you and your family, only you know what’s best.  Return to School Options as of 08/07/20: California - According to the State Monitoring List: If there are less than 150 covid tests every day, per 1000 residents in the last 7 days in the county, the schools cannot open. If there are more than 150 positive cases per 1000 residents in the last 14 days in the county, the schools cannot open. If there’s a 8% covid positivity rate in the county, the schools cannot open. California Schooling Options: Online learning for the entire year with teacher’s assistance. Online learning until the situations are more favourable for in-person teaching. Home-Schooling the students.  Texas - EMISD and NWISD Schooling Options and Support in Texas: Schools will open on August 20 with an online learning program In-Person Learning will be available and optional to begin on Sept 14. Pros of In-Person Learning: This will help the students return to normalcy in terms of their daily routines. Social learning is enriched in a physical learning environment like schools. Practical activities (like science experiments, sports education) are available easily in schools. Schools are taking a lot of precautions for the safety of the staff and the students. Kids benefit from the traditional teaching method because they can grasp the concepts faster. Helps specially abled students to learn efficiently. After schools programs help in the development of children. Students may not take virtual learning seriously. Cons of In-Person Learning: It puts a lot of people at risk including students, their families, the teaching staff and the community as a whole. Students may or may not adhere to the precautions set by school. Parents may or may not be able to trust the school to take care of children. Adhering to the precautions set by school may end up distracting the students from their actual education. Pros of Remote Learning:  Creates an opportunity for parents to be more directly involved with the education of their children. There’s a better school-family balance because students get to study while spending time with their family and with their parents’ support. Parents can see how the education is being rendered in contrast to their values which is not easily trackable in traditional teaching. It is safer for the children as compared to in-person learning. Cons of Remote Learning:  Children from lower income communities as well as children with physical and intellectual disability may not be able to learn effectively. Younger children do not have a good attention span which makes virtual learning ineffective. Teachers are not able to deliver value as children tend not to pay attention in online classes. Parents need to make time for monitoring their child’s online classes on top of their daily duties which can cause stress. Technology fails often and students can miss on learning. Parents need to make time for monitoring their child’s online classes on top of their daily duties which can cause stress. Technology fails often and students can miss on learning. Our Now What To You: Tell us what your views are about the various teaching methods being offered to your family for the 2020-2021 academic year. Rate and leave a review on iTunes, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.   Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil  REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Join us at: www.facebook.com/groups/cultivatewithcourage YouTube: Cultivate With Courage    This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani Music by: Alex Maldonado
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: Antonio Moore Guest: Hermen Wegayehu Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Episode Introduction: In today’s episode of the Now What podcast, Diane and her co host KeKey Huessein are accompanied by Hermen Wegayehu who talks about her homeland and the Ethiopian culture. Hermen shares the struggles of her people, and provide inspiration to Be Black and Be Proud #BLM Episode Summary: Hermen talks about her experience as a child who moved from her home in Ethiopia to America. She shares her experience where she felt like an outsider and was often judged on basis of the colour of her skin and her accent. She also talks about her current life as a corporate leader and how she’s trying to teach the Ethiopian values and culture to her children. The episode talks about everything from the unique Ethiopian culture to great movements in the history of black people and how they’re still facing the same problems as people of color. Call to Action As a nation confront the division and supremacy to bring healing and unity.   We should all challenge our biases on the issues we are facing Notable Facts & Statistics: Ethiopia’s Flag served as a symbol of African independence and is a source of great pride. In 1935, Ethiopian flag evoked sentiments of the black community in America. Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world. ~600,000 undocumented black immigrants live in the US. One out of every ten blacks in America are immigrants. Most African countries gained their political independence in the 1960s. Resources: (Credits: FutureLearn) Donate Donating to causes fighting to help improve the lives of black people in the community – as well as in the penal system – is a good way to contribute.  The Bail Project – a non-profit organization that pays bail for low-income Americans. The American Civil Liberties Union – donate to help legal battles and advocacy. Donate directly to Black Lives Matter. Donate to BLM UK. Donate to the official George Floyd memorial fund. Donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Donate to the Free Black University – to combat the decolonization of education. Donate to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Sign petitions If you’re unable to donate, signing a petition might be the next best thing. We’ve highlighted petitions calling for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor (murdered by a police officer in her sleep in Louisville), and Belly Mujinga, a transport worker who died of COVID-19 after being spat at in London. Sign the petition for justice for Belly Mujinga. Sign the petition for justice for George Floyd. Sign the petition for justice for Breonna Taylor. Black Lives Matter also collects new petitions on their site. Read the BLM statement on George Floyd and why black people have a right to not live in fear. Educate yourself Whether you want to learn more about the rich history and culture of black people, or you’re looking to learn more about the history of oppression black people have suffered – and the inspirational opposition to it through the ages – there’s a wealth of books, films, and courses that can expand your understanding.  Books Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge This book on the reality of structural racism in Britain has shot to the top of the best-seller charts  – making Eddo-Lodge the first black author to top the charts in the UK.  Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala Musician, activist, and academic Akala charts the historical legacy of British racism and colonial oppression. Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Author Coates explores American racism in the form of a letter to his 14-year-old son. Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis A groundbreaking exploration of the intersection of related oppressions – how the system works to keep down women, blacks, and workers, all at once. Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers Exploring the history of black liberation back to the Haitian Revolution, Carruthers appeals to her readers to make black liberation more queer, more feminist, and more radical. Films 13th by Ava DuVernay In this documentary, director DuVernay contends that slavery in the United States was replaced by systemic oppression of black people – through the prison system, the war on drugs, and longstanding police and public violence. The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 by Göran Olsson A collection of news footage – shot in the late 1960s and early 70s by Swedish national television – that acts as a unique portrait of the black activists at the forefront of the radical civil rights movement. Featuring interviews with Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Huey P. Newton. I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck This documentary collects author James Baldwin’s observations on American history and racial injustice, including his thoughts on civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Courses Understanding Diversity and Inclusion from Purdue University Unconscious bias is as much a factor in discrimination as overt racism. On this course, you can learn to tackle ethnocentric mindsets and create inclusive environments. Cultural Diversity and the City from the European University Institute This course explores the importance of racial and cultural diversity in shaping the identity of a thriving city. Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism from the University of Exeter The University of Exeter’s short, free course examines the British Empire, including how it exploited race, religion, and propaganda to hold sway over a third of the Earth’s population. Rate and leave a review on iTunes, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Join us at: www.facebook.com/groups/cultivatewithcourage YouTube: Cultivate With Courage  This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani Music by: Alex Maldonado  
Host: Diane Gil Co-Host: Antonio Moore Episode Introduction: In today’s episode of the Now What podcast, Diane and her co host KeKey Hussein talk about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. A real life example of what can happen in any community who loses their voice, and when local leaders fail to act in the best interest of the citizens.    This episode is a reminder to our listeners to empower yourself to be informed on (elected and appointed) local and state officials, and the authority they have to impact your daily life. Episode Summary: The discussion revolves around the lead contamination in drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan. The crisis began back in 2014 under the presidentship of Barack Obama and still remains unsolved in President Trump’s period. The crisis is traced back to its origin and resources to help are discussed.  Notable Facts & Statistics: 85% of the land pipes have been replaced in the city of Flint, Michigan. The work for replacing the remaining 15% is stuck due to Covid 19. Over 12,000 children are exposed to high lead damage in Flint, Michigan. Lead contaminated water affects the mental and physical development of children. It also results in mental diseases, premature delivery, increase in infant mortality rates, reduced sperm count and other diseases. Resources: Residents in need of a water filter or filter cartridge should Call for CORE at 810-238-6700 City of Flint: (810) 410-1134 Genesee County Recycling Hotline: (810) 762-7744 Keep Genesee County Beautiful: (810) 767-9696 Republic Services: (800) 438-0966   Additional information can be found at: http://www.flintcares.com http://michigan.gov/flintwater Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172    Rate and leave a review on iTunes, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil   REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Join us at: www.facebook.com/groups/cultivatewithcourage YouTube: Cultivate With Courage    This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani
Host: Diane Gil Special Guest: Antonio Moore, Lamon Gorman, Franschesca Benzant Episode Introduction: In today’s episode of the Now What podcast, Diane and her guests talk about Conscious Rap & Hip Hop as they travel back to the year 2000, and its relevance in the present year 2020.  Episode Summary: The theme is this episode revolves around two songs: They Schools (2000) and Jesus Walks (2004). Various lyrics are discussed and their importance then and now  Key Themes: They Schools by Dead Prez This song is the first time that the issue of racism was outlined in mainstream hip hop. Children of color face discrimination in public schools and tend to think less of themselves by not to respect their own heritage because of this. This song changes the traditional ideas of what terms like ‘education’ and ‘success’ mean. The lyrics also explain the types of history being taught to black students in the public school system. Dead Prez talks about how real life skills are not taught in the educational setting. The complete spectrum of opportunities is not provided to children of colors and they’re only prepared for menial jobs. If you don’t agree with what They Schools had to say, they label you as ‘dumb’ and outcast you. Key Themes: Jesus Walks by Kanye West This song talks about relinquishing all control to Jesus. The song emphasises on the challenges faced in Chicago. The lyrics of the song say that one doesn’t need to be Christian in order for Jesus to walk with them. The song broke a lot of barriers in terms of what was considered “acceptable”. This song talks about the themes of terrorism and racism. In a lot of ways, it can be seen that the song is still relevant to the current times. Kanye West comes off as being vulnerable and highlights the importance of black mental health.  Notable Facts & Statistics: Ever since the time of slavery, people have used music as a medium of conveying their emotions. Back in the time, slaves used to sing hymns of freedom. Black students represent 31% of the school arrests in America. Black students are expelled or suspended 3x times more than their white counterparts.  Black students face the  consequences of zero tolerance policy unproportionately more than their white counterparts. RBG is a prevalent theme in Dead Prez Music but it also stands for ‘Revolutionary but Gangsta’. RBG is also traced back and deeply rooted in the pan-Africanism movement. Resources: Listen to They Schools by Dead Prez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSWwWdAw-h8 Listen to Jesus Walks by Kanye West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYF7H_fpc-g Listen to other episodes: https:// podcasts.apple.com/ us/podcast/now-what/ id1439125172  Rate and leave a review on iTunes, it helps more people discover us and stay connected with things that matter.  Tell us what you want to hear, and where you're listening from by completing this brief survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/dianegil REACH US:  Contact: connect@cultivatewithcourage.com  Website: www.dianegil.com  Instagram/Twitter: @dianegil_cwc  Join us at: www.facebook.com/groups/cultivatewithcourage YouTube: Cultivate With Courage This episode was executive produced by: LG Media Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani
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