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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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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)
So let's talk about this Coronavirus Pandemic.  While many of us are anxiously anticipating the end of this disruption in our normal lives, it seems the "Rona" ain't done with us just yet.  Amerikan Therapy sits down with two of the country's foremost experts in the space, who just happen to be highly melanated, in order to weigh in on what's the next step in this pandemic.  Given the recent spikes in the virus spread coupled with many cities grappling with the need to close back down and/ or open back up schools in August, there is so much to discuss.  This is a rich discussion on how black folks can keep themselves and their families safe and sane during these difficult times.   Georges C. Benjamin, MD - Executive Director, American Public Health Association:  Georges Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation.  Expanded Bio: https://apha.org/about-apha/executive-board-and-staff/apha-staff/georges-c-benjamin-mdE. Oscar Alleyne, DrPH, MPH - Chief of Programs and Services, National Association of County and City Health Officials:  Dr. E Oscar Alleyne is the Chief of Programs and Services for the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where he oversees its portfolio of programs, as well as its membership and meetings services. He directs the implementation of programs, promotion and diversification of funding and assists in raising NACCHO’s profile through external engagement and partnership development for the advancement of NACCHO’s mission and the success of the country’s almost-3,000 local health departments. He leads NACCHO’s national response efforts on emergent health threats such as COVID19, Zika, and natural disasters such as hurricanes. He is also responsible for personnel management and professional development; strategic planning; budget management; supervision of program leadership and services staff; and maintenance of subject matter knowledge of comprehensive policy issues that have an impact on local health departments and NACCHO. Dr. Alleyne began his career in governmental public health, designing software used as an expert system in guiding responses to adverse water quality events for the New York State Health Department. He joined Rockland County Health Department in New York at the beginning of the West Nile Virus outbreak, where he developed a model comprehensive educational and surveillance program.In his 15 years at Rockland County, Alleyne served as Director of Epidemiology and Public Health Planning responding to and mitigating several major emerging health issues including West Nile, Anthrax, Smallpox, Monkey Pox, H1N1, Botulism, MERS CoV, and Ebola. He also has experience as a Planning Section Chief for the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (NY4) under the federal National Disaster Medical System.He has an experienced and demonstrated history of working in the local and national public health sector. Skilled in Epidemiology, Health Communication, Population Health Planning and Assessment, Government, Emergency Preparedness, Informatics, Biosurveillance, and Environmental Health. In addition, Dr. Alleyne is the Past President of the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association,Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
Amerikan Therapy sits down with three black male police officers from around the country to understand what their experiences are like in this new social climate.  We ask the tough questions regarding seemingly unending cases of unarmed black people being murdered by the police and those acting in a policing capacity.  We don't hold back and neither do these black police officers.  This episode will have you on the edge of your seat and ready to jump on the Amerikan Therapy virtual couch to weigh in.  Get ready to hear both sides of a very tough debate on policing in America.  Keenon M. James serves as Deputy Director for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) where he oversees the organization’s mission to enact and impart fairness in policing and the criminal justice system.  Mr. James combines over 15 years of experience and expertise in criminal justice research, public safety policy, and community engagement to address the pressing issues related to community-police relations, civil rights, and the integrity of policing.  Prior to joining the leadership team at NOBLE, Mr. James led the team at the US Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Collaborative Reform Initiative which engaged communities and police departments following high profile officer use-of-force incidents including Ferguson, Missouri (Michael Brown), St. Anthony, Minnesota (Philando Castile), North Charleston, South Carolina (Walter Scott), and San Francisco, California (Mario Woods).  A graduate of North Carolina Central University, in addition to numerous service awards from local and federal law enforcement agencies, Keenon James has received honors from his alma mater for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the university’s 40 Under 40 alumni award. Taj Beaufort was born in 1986 in Newark, New Jersey. He completed college with a degree in Public Administration from Virginia State University.  Post-college, Taj became a Deputy Sheriff with the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office in the Corrections Division.  After serving Loudoun County for three years, Taj transferred to Fairfax County Police Department where he spent seven years doing patrol work and numerous plainclothes assignments. Taj is currently serving as a Detective in the Personnel Division which handles recruiting, background investigations, physical abilities, testing, and more.    Bo Braxton is a husband and a father of two going into his 10th year as a Law Enforcement Officer. Bo has been featured on ABC’s Channel 7 News with Nancy Chen, highlighting Public Safety Personnel who make positive impacts on their community outside of their normal work duties. Bo was recognized for his work as a mentor to at-risk youth in Southeast DC.  Most recently, Bo has been working closely with community outreach officers throughout Fairfax county in order to create greater community engagement. Bo's goal is to continue to assist with bridging the gap between police officers and the communities they serve. His passion is motivating young like-minded individuals to consider a career in law enforcement in order to continue to drive positive change. ​Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
June is Pride Month and while we can't celebrate like want to due to the pandemic, we can continue having amazing and thought-provoking discussions.  The Amerikan Therapy team sits down with two powerhouses in the black LGBTQ+ advocacy space to talk about how the revolution and resistance this time around must openly embrace our queer family.  We learn how Black LGBTQ+ advocates have always stood up for the liberation of black peoples everywhere, even when their own community may not have embraced them.  The intercommunity discrimination against LGBTQ+ members of the black community is a nuance tail illustrating how systems of oppression function at all levels.  This show illustrates the Amerikan Therapy team's dedication to continuing to grow our own understanding and definition of what black liberation looks like in all its forms. Xaria James - LGBTQ+ Advocate:Xaria James is a Hospitality Graduate of Johnson and Wales University and in 2020 became Certified in Executive Hospitality Management. She is a Transgender Professional and avid activistic.  Her goals and ideals are to lead & inspire each and everyone around her in all positive facets of professional life and all-around well being.  Xaria is a 2013 Cheer & Dance World Champion Recipient, a fitness enthusiast, and an all-around badass.National LGBTQ Task Force (Winter Party) Volunteer Relations Coordinator ' 2019 & 2020Pridelines, Colors Under The Rainbow Fundraiser’ 2020 Key Note Speaker for FIU Transgender Day Of Remembrance ' Nov 2019Committee member of Miami Beach Pride' Dec'2019David Johns - Executive Director of National Black Justice Coalition:  David J. Johns is known for his passion, public policy acumen, and fierce advocacy for youth. He is an enthusiast about equity—leveraging his time, talent, and treasures to address the needs of individuals and communities often neglected and ignored. A recognized thought leader and social justice champion, David’s career has focused on improving life outcomes and opportunities for Black people.On September 1, 2017, David Johns began his next life chapter as the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)—a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma.In 2013, Johns was appointed as the first executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) by President Barack H. Obama and served until the last day of the Obama Administration in January 2017. The Initiative worked across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education and workforce development programs for African American students of all ages. Under his leadership, the Initiative studied the experiences of students—leveraged a partnership with Johnson Publishing Company (EBONY Magazine) to produce a series of African American Educational Summits (AfAmEdSummits) at college campuses throughout the country, where the only experts who sat in front of the White House seal were students as young as elementary school. The recommendations that students made at AfAmEdSummits have been used to improve policies, programs, and practices, including curriculum, designed to ensure that students thrive—both in school and in life.Prior to his White House appointment, Johns was a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) under the leadership of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Before working for the Senate HSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
The Georgetown Pivot Program is a new, non-credit-bearing certificate in business and entrepreneurship created specifically for formerly incarcerated individuals. Designed in partnership with the DC Department of Employment Services and delivered by Georgetown faculty, the Pivot Program is a one-year transition and re-entry program centered on a blend of academic work and supported employment.Pivot Program fellowships are full-time commitments. Approximately half of their time is spent in class and training at Georgetown’s downtown campus and the Georgetown Venture Lab at WeWork White House, and half in internships. At the end of the academic year, fellows choose between one of two transition phase tracks: incubation or employment. Those opting to create their own business are provided with a workspace, business coaching, legal support, and access to resources; those seeking permanent employment are placed in off-campus internships with local employers. For the duration of the program, Pivot Program Fellows receive a weekly internship stipend from the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES), providing a strong incentive to complete the program.The principal goal is employment readiness – and the program is designed to prepare participants for a range of post-program outcomes: sustainable employment, owning and operating their own businesses, and/or continuing their education. The curriculum provides both training in the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship, as well as general knowledge and liberal arts courses (literature, economics, philosophy, and civic engagement). The program also includes modules on professional and life skills, such as personal finance, career planning, business communications and business etiquette, public speaking, self-advocacy, and conflict resolution.The emphasis on entrepreneurship is intentional – while fellows are not required to start a business, they are taught how to adopt and apply an entrepreneurial mindset and to feel a greater sense of empowerment. We believe this increased confidence will result in a more positive career trajectory and an enhanced ability to respond to social and regulatory barriers.Link: https://pivot.georgetown.edu/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
If you love the Amerikan Therapy Podcast send us a text and join us on the couch.  Text us at +1 (202) 800-2355 and let us know what topics you want us to cover.  Be ready because we might ask you to be a guest on the show.The Amerikan Therapy team sits down with TaRessa Stovall, author of Swirl Girl a coming of age story of finding identity in America as a mixed-race person amidst rising racial tensions.  TaRessa Stovall was born a Jazz Baby in Seattle, Washington.  An author since the age of seven, she has written several poems, books, and plays on various topics, including racial identity.  TaRessa is also an award-winning journalist and blogger whose works have been featured in USA Weekend, the Courier-Post, The Montclair Times, The Defenders Online, and several other platforms.  TaRessa is the proud mother of a son and a daughter, both multi-talented writers, and creatives. She lives in Atlanta and stirs things up on social media.Purchase Swirl Girl, by TaRessa Stovall: https://taressastovall.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AMERIKANTHERAPY)
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