In this episode of The Freedom Train Podcast series, Joseph and Patrick discuss the results of the 2018 mid-term elections. The Democrats took control of the House while the Republicans maintained control of the Senate. The three black candidates running for Governor ( Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Ben Jealous) ran great campaigns but either lost or are currently waiting for the results of the votes being recounted. Black America found something new to help further divide us; the new beef is "Hoteps" vs. "Voteps", or voters vs. non-voters. A county in Texas voted in 17 black women within the local judicial system. We also discussed the results of the local elections in Tallahassee, Fl and Charlotte, North Carolina. How does the results of these elections positively impact the black community? Tune in to hear our thoughts!!!
On this episode of The Freedom Train Podcast Series, Joseph and Patrick interviewed Mr. Willie Moody Jr., the owner of Advanced Cutz N Shavz in Tallahassee, FL.
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On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series, Joseph and Patrick
discuss the horrible Pittsburgh Shooting by Robert Bowers, the Florida mail bombing terrorist Cesar Sayoc who targeted Democrats and Trump critics with pipe bombs in the mail. Lastly, we discussed the three black candidates running for Governor Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams and Ben Jealous. Will the three candidates win? Is the our community prepared to become organized? When will we make civics education important within our community? We discussed all these topics and a bit more. Tune in!!!
Alicia Hall is the founder of Chozen Entertainment, Inc. As founder and president, Alicia stands firm on the company's values of compassion, integrity, authenticity & achievement. Creating content that inspires, motivates and encourages is Alicia's goal on her journey to become one of the leading entertainment companies. Alicia is an entrepreneur, author, screenwriter, a script developer and consultant.
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Social Discussion Time! On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series, we get into a variety of topics. The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the craziness of Kanye West, and the conviction of Bill Cosby along with other connected topics such as rape culture and politics. Tune in for a great discussion and let us know your thoughts on the subject.
Alexandria Washington is an award-winning health advocate located in Tallahassee, FL. She holds a Bachelor degree in Health Science and a Master degree in Public Health from Florida A&M University. She is the CEO of Change The Narrative, LLC a boutique health education and advocacy company. Her work has been featured in Tallahassee Democrat, Journey Magazine, Black Matter US, Capital Outlook and Orlando Advocate amongst others. An engaging facilitator, Alexandria has delivered speeches on politics in health, becoming an advocate, creating generational health and specific health topics. When not presenting, Alexandria is dedicated to community service and serves as the United State of Women Ambassador for Tallahassee, Alumni Council for Young People For, New Leaders Council Tallahassee Executive Board, and American Cancer Society Young Professionals Board. Her dedication to community service and advocacy has resulted in Alexandria being named one of Tallahassee’s 25 Women You Need to Know.
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Samori Swygert, a renaissance man of the times. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York. A jack of many trades and master of some. A self-described man of many passions. A graduate of Hampton University with a bachelor in Biology (2001), continuing at Hampton, he received his Master’s in Medical Science (2003), he furthered his education at Howard University where he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy (2007).
Currently and professionally, he’s a practicing intensive care unit pharmacist. Outside of the practice of pharmacy is where he truly flexes his mental muscles. The last year of his pharmacy school, Samori published a book of poetry entitled: Black I/Eye on America. This book of poetry addresses many of the social injustices, double standard disparities between class and race, and an introspective tour of his universe.
Dr. Swygert is also regular radio show host on the Source Radio Network, his show is called the Pendulum, and it airs every Wednesday at 8pm.
Samori released a #1 Best Selling album under the quiet storm category on Amazon in 2015. The album is entitled: P.O.R.N. (Poetry. Oration. Rhythm. Narratives.). This album is a breath of fresh air, some say that it’s the 21st century Love Jones Soundtrack. This album is created with all original music, with real instrumentation. The production was done with an intercollegiate production team from Hampton, Norfolk State, and Howard University.
Dr. Swygert has also produced an audiobook entitled: Speak On IT, Mandatory Conversations for Black America. Samori has been a regular blogger and contributor for Dr. Boyce Watkins Your Black World and Financial Juneteenth for 4 years. His current project is a documentary film series entitled, Black AND Woman, and this addresses many of the cultural, social, professional, political, economic, and historical injustices and hurdles that Black Women have had and continue to endure despite new achievements in the 21st Century.
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Sherrel Sampson is the Founder & CEO of Canviiy. Prior to founding Canviiy, Sherrel led teams as a Director of Marketing Strategy developing omnichannel activations for over a decade in the verticals of personal care, grocery retail, consumer healthcare (OTC), and enterprise software. Sherrel holds an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University and a BA in Marketing from Stetson University.
Canviiy is an innovative, fast growing organic-based health & beauty brand, most notable for its revolutionary organic-based itch-calming scalp serum, ScalpBliss. Canviiy has partnerships with Moffitt Cancer Center, USF Health & Tampa International Airport with a growing domestic and internationally customer base. Canviiy has been featured by renowned media outlets including Yahoo Beauty, POPSUGAR, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise and was named a semi-finalist in the HSN/Good Housekeeping Entrepreneurs’ Competition. Canviiy’s products are available in over 70 retail stores including Target Stores.
This week we had a social discussion on the show. Tune in to listen to us talk about the Serena & Osaka situation, the supreme court and Brett Kavanaugh, the latest incident of a cop killing a Black Person inside their home, and Black People and Politics. It's a good show with a lot to digest.
Let us know what you think about the topics in the comments below.
Da’juh Sawyer is a proud native of Saint Petersburg, FL. In 2014, she graduated from Gibbs High School. Very active on campus during her tenure, Miss Sawyer was the Student Government Association President. Passionate about the community in which she lived in, Da’juh was an active public servant In the Saint Petersburg community. Miss Sawyer was a tutor/ mentor at the Precious Angle Preschool, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, and has host college 101 seminars at Barlett Park recreation Center, Gibbs High School, and the Royal Theater. Da’juh graduated from the School of Business & Industry with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Florida A&M University. She served as the Vice President of the Student Government Association. In her spare time Da’juh enjoys speaking to younger adults about the importance of education, registering to vote, self -confidence, and college opportunities. Her favorite quote is, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” The Make It Out Foundation, Inc. Founded November 29, 2017
The mission of the Make It Out Foundation is to present scholarships to students that are incoming freshmen, graduate level students and transfer students, from the St. Petersburg area who demonstrate academic success and intend on pursuing a post-secondary education at Florida A&M University. The funds presented will be used for the necessities that come along with the college experience.
Our vision is to enhance the recruitment of students from the St. Petersburg area to attend Florida A&M University.
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There are times in life that we are rocked to our core. My calling in life is to help people when they feel stuck in situations. Using the therapeutic relationship to give individuals, couples, and families the coping mechanisms needed to move forward in their lives and functioning. Restoring the peace of individuals is so important to me, and I take pride in using therapy to help do that. There is no one size fits all model of therapy; however Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has worked well with the short term clients that I have had most frequently. Assisting individuals with disabilities adjust to and create their new normal, is also an area of specialty that I love. I provide therapy as well as premarital preparation courses and rehabilitation counseling.
My educational background includes a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Thomas University as well as being a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I have a BS in Psychology from the Florida State University.
Westly Francois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida and Georgia. He also earned his bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management in 2010 and his master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Based Administration in 2013 from Florida A&M University. He has 8 years with working with the mental health and psychiatry. He is also trained in Targeted Case Management (TCM) services and is a certified to use the Danger Assessment and Level of Scoring System to evaluate the level of danger in domestic violence cases. He is also trained as a Certified Instructor for CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
Huberta Jackson-Lowman is a Full Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, and a past Department Chair. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in FAMU’s Department of Psychology, the only Psychology Department in the US that claims an Afrikan-centered thrust. She is the editor of the anthology, Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class and Culture (2014.) Currently, she serves as the President of the National Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), which is composed of psychologists of Afrikan ancestry in the United States and around the world. She is certified through the Association of Black Psychologists as a diplomat and fellow in Afrikan-centered psychology.
Dr. Jackson-Lowman demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of Black families and youth. Prior to relocating to Tallahassee, FL, she resided in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work experiences there include serving as the Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Families, an initiative designed to address the high black infant mortality rate in Pittsburgh, and as co-director of the Institute for Black Families which implemented primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention programs for families. She was also a co-founder of the Sankofa Institute of Pittsburgh, a grassroots Rites of Passage initiative for adolescents; and an active member of the Advocates for African American Students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS). The Advocates engaged in research, community educational, organizational, and advocacy strategies that challenged the Pittsburgh School Board’s failure to educate Black children. In 1992, along with her husband and several other activists in the Pittsburgh community, the Advocates filed a legal complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against the PPS for its dismal failure to educate Black children and youth. As a result of the complaint, the Pittsburgh Board of Education agreed to set up an Equity Commission charged with monitoring the progress and undertaking efforts to enhance the educational outcomes of Afrikan American students.
A current project involves the implementation of Community Healing Days in Tallahassee. Community Healing DaysSM, developed by the Community Healing Network (CHN), is a national initiative designed to place healing on the agenda of people of Afrikan ancestry. It is a three-day event, typically held during the third weekend of October, which focuses on raising consciousness about the impact of the myth of black inferiority and the lie of white superiority on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the Black community, and which also strives to promote the truth about people of Afrikan ancestry. The Tallahassee Community Healing Coalition will hold its seventh annual Community Healing DaysSM in October 2018. In addition to these activities, Dr. Jackson-Lowman served as a Commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls from 2013-15.
Dr. Jackson-Lowman has also been instrumental in training trainers to implement Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM (EECs) in the greater Tallahassee community. EECs are self-help groups developed by CHN in collaboration with ABPsi. They are designed to assist the Black community in its recovery from the myth of black inferiority and lie of white superiority, and to foster the reclamation of our cultural values and ways of functioning. In the coming year, she plans to initiate EECs in Tallahassee community.
In 2008, The Association of Black Psychologists recognized Dr. Jackson-Lowman for her contributions to research and scholarship within ABPSI. One area of focus of her research examines the effects of cultural identity and cultural misorientation on Black women’s attitudes, behaviors, mental health, and relationships. She has developed measures examining the internalization of myths of Black womanhood--The Engendered Racial Myths Scale (ERMS)—and relationships between Black women--Black Women’s Relationship Scale (BWRS). She has also published articles examining use of proverbs to promote cultural socialization. An emerging area of research in which she has also published promotes the use of cultural policy to empower troubled neighborhoods.
Wife of William Lowman, her incessant supporter, and mother of three adult children, she also revels in her role as grandmother to her five beautiful grandchildren. She is an initiate in the Lukumi/Yoruba spiritual system and provides spiritual coaching and consultation to those seeking to return to their Afrikan roots.
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In this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series, Joseph and Patrick give their opinions about the new R Kelly "I Admit" song, they discuss the details and outcome of the Charlamagne Tha God situation. Nia Wilson was brutally murdered in Oakland, what does that mean for the rest of black America? A mass grave was found in Texas last week, and convicted rapist Brock Turner's lawyer wants an appeal. Tune into hear our opinions!!!!
We are joined today by Enigma to talk about the newest show on the Freedom Train Network: The Enigma Sept Hour! This show will be geared towards Hip Hop and all things related. Listen in as we talk to Enigma about the show and about himself in a pretty good Hip Hop discussion that you won't want to miss.
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we continue our discussion about sex. We invited Mo aka #moknows from the Tea Time: Black Women Talk Podcast to join our conversation. Are people really having as much sex as advertised? Why aren't people having good sex? Why is clear and healthy sexual communication rare? Why is sexual education still considered taboo? How do our ideas of sexuality and our sexual practices impact our community? What are your ideas about sex and sexuality? Tune in to hear what we have to say!!
During this Episode of The FTPS Joseph Ward (our resident Sexual Education and STD expert) educated us on the current HIV situation and alerts us to alarming potential trends in our community regarding our sexual activity. This is a social discussion that is vitally important and that needs to be had A LOT more often.
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Constant 911 Calls on Our People, The Coming Economic Crash, and Should Black America Celebrate the 4th of July?
Why are white people continuously calling the police on black people? Why do they continue to disturb our peace with their nonsense? Are you prepared for an economic crisis? If the economy collapsed how will your finances be impacted? Should black people celebrate the 4th of July even though black people were enslaved in 1776? These are the topics we discuss in this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series. Tune in!!!!
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Kalauna is putting a new “Kolorful” twist on the nail polish industry all while empowering women at the same time!
Founded by Kalauna Carter a native of Portland, Oregon, she was inspired by the lack of representation of women of color in the beauty industry, “We see the products and we see the models, but how many of them are truly wearing products made BY women of color? Not many.
With a love for nail polish after looking at her own personal collection she thought to herself, “I could save so much money if I learned how to make this for myself.” As she started doing her research she came across the chemical components and saw how dangerous some of them were, EVEN when used in small doses on just our hands and feet. She said to herself “if I can figure this out without all THESE chemicals I could be on to something”. With the advice of a cousin, Teresa Scott, she went to work and that’s when KolorsbyK was born.
Ms. Carter decided to take an unorthodox approached when starting her company. With a degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry from attending Tuskegee University, she created an environmentally friendly and 10-free nail polish company; meaning there is no chemical composition of Camphor, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resins, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, phthalates and fragrances. All of which are found in majority of nail polishes sold in stores. They are also non-environmentally friendly and often linked to cancers found in women ranging from cervical, breast and ovarian. Her company, KolorsbyK is also FDA approved, VEGAN as well as cruelty free.
The first ever of its kind sold by a woman of color.
She saw a space that needed to be filled and filled it.”
With her polishes being vegan and animal cruelty free KolorsbyK was able to gain international recognition by retaining international certification from The Leaping Bunny Program. Leaping bunny is the only internationally-recognized certification program for cosmetics, personal care and household product brands which are not tested on animals. They audit companies’ entire supply-chain monitoring system to check companies are following guidelines and are meeting Leaping Bunny’s strict criteria.
Ms. Carter gets asked this all the time about how she came to start her business, and did she have a plan, she states when she started she had no initial fears and had what she thought was a clear plan, but God quickly showed her his. Over the course of almost two years she has learned that God’s plan is truly the right plan and although like most she mentions she struggles with patience, she is never disappointed when he “shows” up.
She states “God placed entrepreneurship on my heart, although when I started my business I had no idea what entrepreneurship was. Her main goal was to make difference and make
impact, but it’s turned into so much more and she can only Thank God for that. She has been able to fulfill her passion of contributing to society taking something as simple, yet complex as Nail Polish and putting her very own “Kolorful” twist on it. She is a firm believer that when God creates us, the desires he puts on our hearts were put there by Him to fulfill our purposes for him and her purpose is within KolorsbyK aiding in all women’s health by providing them with healthier nail polish alternatives. In the Tallahassee community Ms. Carter, has participated in several local events just to name a few Working-Class Wednesday, The Annual Prima Donna Hair Show, Girls2Divas Brunch and The Annual Girlz Gone Pink. She has also puts on workshops where she shares her story of how she created her company, how women inspired her and most importantly educates the young girls and women on the importance of using safe nail products on both their hands and feet.
She aspires to be a role model for other African American women, EVERYWHERE and will not stop until they have all worn KolorsbyK. In the future, KolorsbyK will expand from nail polish to cosmetics, but until then her job will remain unfinished. She encourages all women to go after their passions and stay consistent. God wouldn’t have placed it there If it wasn’t supposed to be.
Fun story, starting KolorsbyK allowed for some amazing opportunities one being able to share her business and polishes with The (44th) FLOTUS Mrs. Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia and Sasha. It was quite the experience from sending them directly to her and communicating with her and her assistant. Kalauna had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Obama when she served as her classes Senior Class President of Tuskegee University for the Class of 2015. Mrs. Obama delivered the classes commencement speech that spring.
The Ladies of the Dora Milaje from the new Black Panther movie have also been supportive of KolorsbyK. She is thankful her polish has been able to reach them and that they too support KolorsbyK.
Staying Connected with Kalauna:
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This week, with Fatherhood here, we talked about the value of fatherhood in the Black Community. We asked 2 simple questions, do we value fatherhood and what can we do to make fatherhood a bigger part of our discussion. Tune in to hear what we had to say on the subject and in the comments below share your thoughts.
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Tracy is a nationally and internationally known and sought after expert trainer for law enforcement courses and quasi-military behavior style modification programs. He has worked and train law enforcement officers in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai United Arab Emirates.
He is a United States Army Retired Veteran, First Sergeant who served with distinction in the United States Army Military Police Corp Regiment.
Upon retiring, he became the First Commandant for the Florida Youth Challenge Academy, an at-risk para-military high school in the State of Florida located on Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida serving troubled youth ages 16-18 for both males and females. Under his leadership and guidance, The Florida Youth Challenge Academy was voted the “Best Challenge in the Nation” in 2005. He's co-founded numerous grassroots mentoring program for youth at-risk youth through out the state.
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This week the Freedom Train Podcast Series goes into another Social Discussion. Are we living in a police state within the Black Community and what is social engineering and how does it impact us? These are the 2 major topics discussed on the show today after host Joseph Ward and Patrick Irvine finish their usual intro of clowning around. Check it out and leave a comment about what you think, are we living in a police state?
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series, Joseph and Patrick were joined by guest Dominique and KG. Both Dominique and KG will be hosting the upcoming podcast Wine After 9ine. We discussed Stacey Abrams and her historic victory of winning the Georgia Democratic primary for governor, Dominique and KG explained to use what their experiences are as black women in America, the ladies talked about the joys of being a black women, and we discussed how black women are the best allies but it's not their job to save America. The ladies and gentlemen had a healthy discussion with lots to think about when it comes to the empowerment of black women. Tune in!!!
Ayla Madison the CEO of Pow3r Productions LLC a Marine Corp Veteran, a devoted Mother and community activist, who believes that the empowerment of one another can create an ecological welfare for the generation.
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