My name is Ericka Cromartie, I am the head Girls’ Basketball Coach at FAMU DRS. My job is geared to teach the young ladies at FAMU DRS, basketball skills, life skills, and to give them exposure to the game of basketball.
I am a former baby rattler, and I have the opportunity to teach Physical Education and coach high school girls’ basketball at my alma mater. I graduated from FAMU DRS in 2001, and after graduation I attended Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama where I played basketball for four years. Upon graduating from Miles College, I returned to the state of Florida to attend The Florida State University where I received a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. I also received a Master’s Degree in Sport Management at the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University. Furthermore, I began teaching and coaching basketball in 2008, while I was working at Crossroad Academy Charter School in Quincy Florida.
In 2014-15, I began coaching basketball at FAMU DRS, where my team won the 2A State Championship. At this time, I was voted “2A Coach of the Year.” By 2015-16, my team won back to back State Championships, and I was voted “2A Coach of the Year” again. Finally, I truly thank GOD for giving me the opportunity and the will to teach and coach students to become the best they can possibly be. In 2017 Ericka Cromartie led her team back to the state championship for the third time, becoming the first team of any sport in Tallahassee, FL to win three championships in a row. Coach Cromartie was also named the 3A Women's Basketball Coach of the Year; this makes her third coach of the year award in a row.
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A CDC Doctor Is Missing, The Gun Control Debate, The Dow Jones v. Trumps Tarrifs, and Should We Really Vote Oprah for President?
This week on the Freedom Train Podcast Series we take a look into the case of the missing CDC doctor in Atlanta, GA, and the accuracy of the information surrounding the case. Weeks after the latest school shooting in Florida there were two gun incidents on school grounds in Florida and Georgia; will sound gun control laws ever be made, and what is causing these men to conduct these mass shootings? We discuss the recent plummeting of the Dow Jones due to the tariffs Donald Trump has places on the steel and aluminum industries. Our final topic was about Oprah Winfrey and would she be the president America needs, and the president black America has been waiting for? Tune in to hear what we think!!!
This weeks episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we discussed the latest school shooting in Florida by Nicholas Cruz. The teen killed at least 17 people and injured many more; he was deemed as mentally unstable. This is the latest white male to kill people in mass ans be deemed mentally unstable. We also discussed the youth of Florida marching to the capital building in Tallahassee, FL to voice their concerns about the gun laws. The children are wanting change and the adults are not willing to change; what a sad state of affairs. We also discussed what black history means to us and if it is still relevant to black America. Tune in!!!
This episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Joseph, JayAzonic and Patrick give their thoughts on the Black Panther movie, Joseph and JayAzonic give their reviews of the movie, and we have a candid conversation about the significance of the movie to black America. The movie is a good movie that the whole family should watch; support the black actors and directors. We did discuss the impact of the movie on black people, how to capitalize off of the momentum of the movie, and is this movie truly going to spark true black pride which can lead to a better existence? Tune in to hear a great conversation.
Rashida A. Marshall grew up in South Florida in a Caribbean household as the oldest of three. She attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science. After graduating, she decided to tap into her love for fitness and wellness more and began to attain certifications as personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and nutrition coach.
Rashida is the owner of Skillfully Sculpted, through which she provides fitness and nutritional coaching for women looking to become shaped into their best selves. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of AFIYA Magazine, a bi-monthly health and wellness publication focused on holistic well-being. Serving as an extension of Skillfully Sculpted Health & Fitness, the mission of AFIYA Magazine is to enhance the awareness and knowledge of health and wellness issues important to African American women while providing a platform for us to grow, expand, and develop within our personal and professional lives. Rashida A. Marshall has also been competing in bodybuilding competitions for 4 years and received the title of WNBF Figure Professional in July of 2015.
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Adigun Kazemde Ajamu is a visionary and community activist. As an avid reader of Afrikan and Black culture, he knew that he wanted to promote Black positive messaging with a purpose. This love for our people and thirst for knowledge led to the founding of the Black Dot Cultural Center and Bookstore. However, his journey did not begin here.
As a young man growing up on the streets of North Jersey, Kazemde knew that he wanted to make a difference. During that time, he wasn’t certain of how he could attain this goal because he thought making a difference required something he didn’t have – a lot of money.
Over the course of twenty years, Kazemde worked various jobs. His diverse background includes sales and marketing in the mortgage banking industry and the automotive industry. During this time, he spent a great deal of time searching within himself. Beginning in 1989, Kazemde’s increasing knowledge of Afrikan history and his interest in social and political issues sparked the transformation into the foundation of his purpose. As a result, he finally discovered a way to bring positive Black messaging in everything he does.
After becoming more in tune with his Afrikan roots, he decided to consult with one of the elders. In the Afrikan tradition, babies are not named before or even immediately after birth. The parents consult with the elders in the village and based on the child’s personality and what they wish for him, the name is given. There is a naming ceremony and their destiny is set. Armed with this information, he decided to change his name. He reached out to Baba Mwalimu Baruti in 2012 to inquire whether under these circumstances it would be appropriate to name himself or if he should be given a name by an elder. Baba Baruti advised that either would be appropriate, but Kazemde decided to request that Baba Baruti give him the honor of bestowing upon him his new name.
In April 2014, he asked Baba Baruti for his name. In July of the same year, his name was bestowed upon him. Adigun means righteous. Kazemde means ambassador. Ajamu means fights for what he wants. In November 2014, Baba Mwalimu Baruti performed the naming ceremony for Adigun Kazemde Ajamu. To know him is to understand how fitting this name is for such an humble leader.
In 2013, Kazemde Ajamu charted new territory within the Afrikan consciousness community. He partnered with producer Ronnie Burnett, Sr. to begin his own internet radio show called The Urban Politician Show. The show’s focus was on politics and history. In 2014, Ajamu added author to his resume with the publication of “Think Black: The Manifesto.” Ajamu, Inc. was born in September 2014 and AjamuDesigns’ introduced its line of legacy t-shirt designs. The “Think Black…It’s Okay” shirts, hats and hoodies hit the streets of Atlanta in October 2014 and thousands have since been shipped across the nation.
Even with all of these accomplishments, Ajamu wanted to do more still. He had a vision of bringing his people together and helping them learn more about themselves to promote power within our communities. This desire birthed the concept of the Black Dot brand. The Black Dot is an ancient Afrikan symbol for Blackness – the seed and archetype of all humanity. It is the hidden doorway to the collective unconscious, ancestral memory bank for all who enter.
Kazemde wants to help his customers in the process of “moving from the unconscious state to the conscious knowing.” The Black Dot Cultural Center and Bookstore is a community gathering place where you can come in, sit back with a cup of Afrikan coffee or tea and read a book, purchase diaspora-inspired pieces and attend events to enhance your being. Our people are becoming more and more unapologetically Black and this is a safe haven for expression and food for the journey. This sacred space is here to offer literature to touch your spirit while addressing our history, spirituality and psychological behavior towards one another.
The Black Dot Cultural Center and Bookstore is not simply the expansion of a brand, but an extension of Adigun Kazemde Ajamu. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Kazemde resides in Lithonia, Georgia. Affectionately known as Baba Kaz, he now makes public appearances and speaks to young people about the importance of education, respect for their elders and making a difference within the Black community. He spends his travels supporting Black businesses while spreading the Think Black message because, after all, It’s Okay.
Trishay “Yata” Burton is C.E.O. Of Nurturology, LLC along with her husband, Brent Burton, JR.
Nurturology provides skin care products, scalp care products/services. www.Nurturology.net
Trishay also created an organized group under Nurturology, called Melanin Mothers Meet, in Tallahassee, FL. Melanin Mothers Meet, or M3, has hosted a plethora of events, workshops, conference calls and fitness classes that all cater to rebuilding and healing our Melanin Mothers so that we can rebuild our Family.
What is Melanin Mothers Meet? (M3)
Melanin Mothers Meet is a service provided by Nurturology, LLC for melanated Mothers in the Tallahassee Community. With a plethora of resources for women and babies, we are here to give Melanin Mothers back their power of being emotionally sound, informed of options pertaining to prenatal care, pregnancy, birthing, postpartum, and overall mothering our Melanin Babies.
Increase awareness amongst Melanin Mothers in the community pertaining to health, education, business/finance & spiritual wellness.
This week on the Freedom Train Podcast Series we gave our opinions about Monique vs Netflix, The 2018 government shutdown, the emergence of sex dolls and sex robots for men and women, and our last topic was the prevalence of male loneliness and how it affects our health. Netflix offered Monique a low amount of money to star in a Netflix special, she took to social media to tell the world about the issue. She ten called for black America to boycott Netflix because she feels that the company has a racial and gender bias. The U.S. Government has shutdown once again and we talk about how it impacts black America. For some reason sex dolls a becoming very popular now. Women have used sex toys for a while, are men wrong for buying sex dolls? Men are not known for being as engaged in maintaining their health as they should be, the bad part about men and their health is they also neglect their mental and emotional health. Male loneliness is a problem that is also ignored and is becoming an issue within our communities. Tune in to hear our thoughts.
This week on the Freedom Train Podcast Series we gave our opinions on Ginuwine being labeled transphobic, the effects of the speech Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globes, and the fallout of the H&M ad controversy after the mother spoke out. We also gave more of our opinion about the situation between Dr. Umar Johnson, Tariq Nasheed and Boyce Watkins. Tune in!!!!
SwagHer Mgazine is an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black community, both online and in print. We promote self love, entrepreneurship/small business, healthy lifestyles, progressive politics, and urban news. Founded in 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA, the magazine was originally created for women of color. The magazine relocated to Atlanta, GA in 2014 and during that time also began to include content for men, but returned to Baton Rouge in 2016. The outlet has featured community leaders and celebs like David Banner, Kandi Burruss, Dr. Algeania Warren-Freeman, Jay Morrison, Tami Roman, and others.
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is a renewed woman on a mission to inspire and motivate other women to live up to their full potential and love themselves. After many personal disappointments and failures, Fancy realized that we are only given one life and it is what you make it, so she began a journey in search of inner peace four years ago, and learned to love herself.
Fancy is the owner of Fancy’s Thoughts, LLC which publishes SwagHer Magazine, an online and print empowerment and lifestyle publication now for the NEW Black community. Initially the magazine was solely for women of color, but they began rebranding and including male content due to many recent events effecting the Black community. Through her years of interviewing powerful women and searching for the ingredients to success, this womanpreneur learned that true success is when one is strong enough to practice self love and forgiveness, able to embrace their inner goddess, and willing to be guided by a spirit of discernment.
Her passion for all things creative combined with her love for writing guided her to start She So Media, her public relations, branding, and media boutique but then began to operate it under SwagHer Magazine. Fancy is now in the process of structuring a non-profit for Black millennial women with a mission to change their mindset and grow professionally, mentally, and spiritually, while also mentoring young girls.
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Happy New Year from the Freedom Train Podcast Series. This episode was our 2017 year in review. We took a look back at the interviews and social discussion shows he put together in 2017. It was a great year. We met new people, learned many new things, and witnessed the growth of our podcast and the Freedom Train Network. We interviewed authors, film makers, brain injury advocates, entrepreneurs, inventors, championship basketball coaches, artist, writers, comic book creators, and many more. We also featured our very first mental health awareness month, which was the month of August. Black America has a wealth of talent and we had the pleasure of interviewing a number of our best. I hope you enjoyed your year and roll into the new year on a winning note. Enjoy the podcast!!!
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we broke down the results of the 2017 Alabama Senate race. A small section of the black community attributed the victory to the number of black women who voted for Doug Jones. Statistics show that black women were 17% of the voters and black men were 11% of the voters. One narrative floating around is suggesting that black women solely secured the victory for Jones, saved Alabama from racism and black men don't deserve to be with black women. We used our time to dig deep into the numbers to help our listeners understand why we believe Jones won, and how the combination of black men and black women votes helped Jones secure his victory. We also took a closer look at Doug Jones; who is Doug Jones and what has he done for black people as a politician? Tune in to hear what we have to say about the topic.
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series, we give you part two of our discussion about American rape culture. Patrick and Joseph were joined by Mo and Tam of the Tea Time: Black Women Talk Podcast. Last week's episode Joseph explored the origins, the environment, the nurturing and impact of the culture of rape. This week, Mo and Tam were able to give their perspectives about rape culture as black women in America. Both women have experience raising children in this country; one household is raising all girls, the other is raising all boys. We were able to gain different viewpoints about the culture of rape and how it affects the members of our community. Enjoy the podcast!!!!
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we delved deep into the American culture of rape. Host Joseph Ward does his best to examine the culture of rape from its genesis to now; why is rape still so prevalent in the year 2017? The discussion centered around the way rape was used in the founding of America, the breaking of the black male slaves, and how the rates of increased rape are directly related to war. We believe as long as we see rape and rape culture as a male issue, we are overlooking a section of the population who were also socialized within the culture of rape. Yes, men make up the largest number of perpetrators, but the culture of rape could not exist without buy in from both men and women. We do our best to examine the culture and hopefully help create a lane for dialog about rape culture, and a drastic culture change within our communities. Tune in!!!!
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we delve into the fall of Muammar Gaddafi as the leader of Lybia, and the slave trade currently going on in the country. Do the two events have anything in common, why is the Lybian Government saying they had no idea the slave trade was happening, and why isn't the UN doing anything about it? Robert Mugabe is not longer the President of Zimbabwe after being forced out by the Military. Emmerson Mnangagwa is the new president of the country, one of his first moves is to give land in Zimbabwe to white farmers. Was this the best move for Zimbabwe to make and what will the future bring for the country? Tune in to hear our thoughts!!!!
My name is Candance Johnson-Pleas. First and foremost I am a child of the Most High, a wife, mother, mentor for the organization Link Up and also a small business owner here in Tallahassee Florida, J2Couture, LLC ( The Essence Of Beauty & Fashion) and Personal Healthcare Services by Candance J...
My goal in life is to help empower and inspire young and older women from all walks of lives through beauty, fashion and business. By helping them reach their potential and goals in life. My motto is "When We Help Onne Another "We All Win"....
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We are a trio of sisters and kidpreneurs Lyrica (10), Zaira (9) and Nadira (6). Though it is evident that this business is a collaborative, we each have important individual responsibilities, as well. The oldest handles our social media (with occasional help from Mom), marketing and press releases. The second oldest is the bookkeeper, inventory specialist and stylist. The baby of the bunch handles packaging and shipping. They all are product researchers, bakers, juicers, salespersons and merchandisers. In 2013, the eldest of the trio started a bread ministry at the age of 6! She would bake bread, prepare snack baggies filled various treats and even hand out drinks after school. We could not afford to keep up with the frequent donating, so she suggested this business venture as 'The Baking Ballerinas'. Over the years, we have created our own recipes and re-branded our business into Bourne Brilliant LLC.
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Are black women raising sons who have a sense of entitlement? Can an entitled black man be a productive citizen? What role does the absent black father play in the rearing of men who are entitled and unproductive? In this podcast we explore the many factors that lead to black women becoming single parents and the son's they raise. Former First Lady Michelle Obama during a conversation at the first Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago spoke about the issue, she stated that "We love our boys and we raise our daughters, we raise them to be strong and sometimes we take care not to hurt men. And I think we pay for that a little bit." Tune in to our podcast to hear what we have to say about the topic.
Min. Reid is also a visionary and co-author of the newly released Anthology entitled “Affirmations & Antidotes That Heal ME” which is a collaboration of healing words by authors, poets, and lyricists. She is currently working on two additional literary works titled “Affirmations for the Mind, Body, and Soul; A Guide for Survivors of Tragedies” as well as “Private Pain”.
By sharing her personal story of hope and healing through her son’s traumatic brain injury she promises to reassure, uplift and enthuse others affected by the devastation brain injury causes by letting them know that they too can go from tragedy to triumph.
You can visit her at www.twyliareid.com or www.facebook.com/authortwyliareid.
You can also learn more about Broken Wings, Inc. at www.brokenwingsinc.org
She can also be reached on the following social media sites:
Twitter: @tgreid02 or @BrokenWingsTBI
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Patrice has a background in education. She’s work in the field for a decade in higher education, middle and high school.
She holds undergraduate degrees in digital film making and screenwriting and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She has worked both in front of the camera as well as behind the camera, and managed to do this part-time along with education for the same length of time.
Patrice is a lover of words, so writing is one of her favorite things. She also enjoys sharing her knowledge and her stories. Helping others comes second nature to her, so when her son wanted to write a book at the age of nine, she saw to it that it happened. Using her teaching experience came in handy in showing him how to create his own book from conception to completion.
After coaching her teenager through scholarship research, college entry exams, money management, and revisiting life skill lessons, she knew she could help other parents and students, thus her most recent book was created.
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On this weeks episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series Joseph, Patrick and Jayme covered Harvey Weinstein, the Weinstein effect and the silence from black feminist, BIE and the resurgence of targeting black people and groups who seeks to uplift their people Lastly we covered the controversial Dove commercial and the uproar it has caused within the black community. We slightly spoke on Eminem and his freestyle at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Tune in to hear what we have to say about these topics and more.
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(H)afrocentric stars a posse of disgruntled undergrads of color as they navigate their way through Ronald Reagan University. Follow the self proclaimed radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper (who has a White mama), as she deals with the contradictions of her own life in various ways—lashing out in Tourette Syndrome-like rants about gentrification, white supremacy, and apathy. Both she and her brother, Miles Pepper, grew up in a mostly White and Asian neighborhood. Miles Pepper reflects a popular culture aesthetic and mindset. As they navigate through the world with their best friends, Renee Aanjay Brown and El Ramirez, their identities and neighborhood start to change in front of their eyes.
Juliana “Jewels” Smith is a writer, cultural worker, and educator. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Riverside and M.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. As an educator in community colleges Smith decided she could reach more of her students through an unorthodox medium, a comic book. She created (H)afrocentric as a way to challenge students and readers alike about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. Smith was honored at the African American Library and Museum of Oakland with the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award. In 2016, she received the Glyph Award for Best Writer on (H)afrocentric Volume 4.
She has given talks about the relationship between using comics to address racial justice, gender equity, political literacy, and humor at the Schomburg Center, New York Comic Con, Studio Museum of Harlem, Baltimore Book Festival and The Cooper Union. Her practice focuses on the links between racial justice, gender equity, and political literacy.
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On the episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we broke down the article titled "Straight Black Men Are The White People of The Black Community." Does this article hold any truth? Are black men using their power to oppress black women? Or is this article another divisive tool used to further divide black men and women? Check us out and see what our thoughts about the article are.
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I'm Jacquelyn Calloway, The Credit Doctor, and I'm passionate about teaching others how to live financially FREE. I give you a prescription for OVERALL financial wellness...pieces to the puzzle if you will. I love credit all things credit.. and yes that is one piece to the puzzle...but there are others as well. My number one goal is to provide you with enough education to assure that you not only succeed financially, but that you MAINTAIN that status and do not go back to your old ways of managing money and credit. Tired of being denied because of a bad credit score? I can help. Got paid on Friday and broke on Monday? I can help. Need help creating a budget? I can help. Tired of paying rent when you can be owning your own home? I can help. Want to get out of debt? I can help that too.
Lindsay Thompson is a REALTOR® Consultant specializing in residential Real Estate in greater Tallahassee and surrounding areas. Although she enjoyed a decade in the field of customer service and Public Relations she felt drawn to real estate for all of her adult life. She began her career in real estate as an associate with Keller Williams Realty, because of her belief in an agency focused on ethics, customer service, business, and constant education to be at the leading edge. Her personable demeanor, positive and energetic attitude, strong communication and powerful negotiating skills make her a valuable and effective asset to her clients. Her specific attention to detail, flair for design and energetic spirit make the home-buying or selling process an enjoyable one.
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Rosewood has long been infamous, but Wilmington came first and was even more devastating in its effects. In 1898, Wilmington was North Carolina's largest city, with a majority black population, a thriving black middle class, and a biracial Republican-Populist fusion government. On November 10, an armed mob of Democrat-backed white supremacists opened fire on African American neighborhoods, slaughtering dozens and driving thousands out of the city for good. In a five-year passion project that consumed all his resources, director Everett amassed rare photographs, original research, and testimony from historians and descendants of the victims to uncover a shocking event that marked a turning point in the politics of the post-Reconstruction South.
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