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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Maurice Rush and Jasmine Poole (Both age 29) have been autism parents and advocates since their son, Maurice Jr (Little Rece), was diagnosed at age 2 in June 2011.
Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Maurice is a graduate from Temple University where he was awarded his Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing in 2010. He currently works as a Caseworker for the PA Department of Human Services (formerly Dept of Public Welfare). Maurice is involved in various Faith-Based initiatives through the Greater Exodus Baptist Church and serves as a mentor for teenagers ranging from ages 12-19. He’s had multiple speaking engagements with teen mothers through programs such as Young Lives. As an autism advocate, Maurice has used his marketing background to spread awareness and raise funds for Autism Research and Studies. Maurice enjoys watching and playing Football and Basketball, playing Video Games, and debating comic book movies with his friends.
Jasmine was born in Philadelphia but raised in Yeadon. She graduated from Villanova University in 2011 with her Bachelors of science in Nursing. Little Rece's diagnosis fueled her passion to create more awareness. In September 2012 Jasmine stood in front of over 15,000 people at Citizens Bank Park to talk about her son at "Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Speaks". Jasmine has worked as a pediatric registered nurse at CHOP and currently works as a neurology/neurosurgery RN at The University of Pennsylvania hospital. Jasmine is now Author to her first children's book "Rece Wants Cereal". In Jasmine's spare time, she enjoys crocheting, arts and crafts, singing, and showing others that it's okay to laugh!
In 2012, Jasmine and Maurice started “iWalk4Rece”, a team dedicated to raising funds and awareness of Autism as well as building a village of supporters for their son. Through iWalk4Rece, the couple has raised over $13,000 towards Autism Research by using various fundraising efforts. On July 9th 2017, Jasmine released “Rece Wants Cereal” which tells a story of how Maurice Jr has learned to communicate despite being non-verbal. The book was written with goals to further increase awareness, to magnify a real life challenge of parenting a child with autism, as well as to benefit autism research.
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Do The Confederate Monuments Really Need to Be Taken Down Now, and How Can We Be Better Prepared For Disasters?
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we discussed disaster preparedness, the removal of confederate monuments, and black people who are trying hard to be remembered in the pages of history. With the latest disasters to his Texas and Louisiana we felt we needed to have a conversation about disaster preparedness, so we can begin to make plans to be better prepared. Our community has a history of being reactionary and able to withstand anything. The problem with this mindset is we will always be victims and always playing catch up. We have to become more proactive in protecting ourselves and our communities. We also discussed the taking down of the confederate monuments around the country; is this a waste of time? Are these monuments so important that we should devote our attention to the monuments instead of building our community? Lastly, we discussed black people whose intention are to be remembered instead of truly uplifting our community. Tune in to hear our thoughts.
We wrapped up our mental health awareness month with a live discussion via our Freedom Train YouTube channel. We gave summary of our three interviews this month promoting mental health care within our community. We want to give a big thank you to Mrs. Eustacia Trawixk-Dixie, Professor Carl Tone Jones, and Evendra Catherine for giving us their time and information. We learned more about anxiety and depression and how both are prevalent within our communities. We learned that our people should be seeking professional help for their issues rather than a convenient ear. We all suffer from post traumatic slave syndrome and all experience the stress of oppression. Our mental health is nothing to overlook,; healing our minds will help us gain true liberation. Think about it!!!
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Evandra Catherine is currently a full time PhD student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her program is Special Education and Disability Policy. Her research interest focuses on national policies that impact the education of Black boys, particularly those with receive special education services. She considers herself a Pan Africanist and political activist. Her overall purpose is to empower Black peoples to acknowledge their contributions and collective identity. She also seeks to bring awareness to the quality of life Black boys and men experience in America.
Evandra’s passion stems from her own lack of Black identity throughout her life. After she spent five years in the United States Air Force, she entered college at 23 years old, majoring in African American Studies. It was during those years that she learned what it meant to be Black in America. Now 12 years later, Evandra has dedicated herself to making change at both the grassroots level and politically. She campaigned for a Virginia state office in 2013, and aspires to campaign for Virginia state senate in 2019.
Evandra spent most of her childhood homeless and experienced significant trauma (physical, sexual, psychological and emotional). The pressures of adulthood and unresolved mental health issues presented great challenges in her life which has led to her being outspoken and transparent about her mental health struggles. She has since organized campaigns throughout Richmond that address childhood mental health challenges and racial healing. Evandra is also a public speaker and intellectual and leader in her community. After she finishes her PhD, her plan is to work as an education policy consultant to change national education policy for Black students.
Evandra is also a Richmond Virginia Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2015
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Upon obtaining his Master's Degree in Social Studies-Citizenship, Jones worked vigorously in the Philadelphia Public School system. As a professor, he also teaches courses in the area of community leadership. An accomplished lecturer, writer and public speaker, Jones has become a beacon of hope within the community as he strives to continue his focus concerning the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the African born Americans as well as descendants of the African Diaspora. He continues to work with at-risk youths helping them to develop and utilize critical thinking skills through his lectures, workshops and community activism campaigns. He is Behavioral Specialist Consultant & Mobile Therapist.
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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 the feel stuck in situations. Using the therapeutic relationship to give individuals, couples, 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 is 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. 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.
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Carters Corner Community Services DREAM MANOR
Discovering Real Expectations About Manhood
(Divine. Respectful. Encouraging. Anointed. Men)
Carter’s Corner provides professional community and athletic Consulting to local agencies, sports programs, and families. Our services include fundraising, community events, case management, sport camps, mentoring, tutoring, Life Skills Training, HIV education/outreach and Testing. We believe in helping mold young people in the classroom and within the community to become leaders.
“Success is MEASURED by Sacrifice”
Our Mission is to provide community services and consulting that help people as individuals, families and agencies thrive. Dream Manor will strive to help young men prepare for independent living while developing personal growth.
Carters Corner Community Services was established to provide social services and educational support to at risk and undeserved children and their families. We are a grassroots organization serving communities throughout the United States. The organization was established on the vision of Samuel Carter, who is a dedicated educator and community leader. The organization wants to mirror Samuel Carter’s vision to educate, motivate, inspire, and mentor people while building healthier communities one family at a time.
ATHLETES FOR SUCCESS/A.F.S
One of our programs is to provide annual scholarships on behalf of Samuel Carter, to deserving Tenant. The program participant will have to met our high standards of being exceptional students in the classroom and exuded leadership skills and a positive attitude within the community. We understand the need for financial assistance for college-bound students and are committed to obtaining and awarding these scholarships.
Our organization also recognizes the need for other support programs and activities to be provided to the community. We are dedicated to disburse school supplies annually throughout the community, provide financial aid workshops, ACT preparation workshops, mentoring and other educational activities. We also partner with other agencies to give food and household supplies to needy families. We also host life skills workshops and independent living training to students who may be first generation students going off for the first time.
For more information about Carter's Corner call 850-510-6702 or email email@example.com
Is Roland Martin An opponent of Building Black Families, and Can Jay-Z Really Call Out O.J. Simpson?
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we discussed Roland Martin and his ambush of Dr. Umar Johnson. Why did Roland Martin feel the need to question Dr. Umar's credentials, his family, and his stance on black men marrying black women? Why did Do you think Roland Martin is an opponent of black liberation? Also, we discussed Jay-Z's new album 4:44 and his much talked about song "The Story of O.J." Within this song it's implied that Jay-Z is bringing attention to O.J. Simpson's idea that white America will accept him because he is a great athlete. Is Jay-Z qualified to speak about O.J.'s mentality even though he literally sold drugs, then rapped about selling drugs for nearly 20 years? We answer all these questions and more, tune in to join the conversation.
Come and get your soul food...... Since the days Africans were enslaved in America they have survived off of the food their slave master considered the bad parts of the animals they were eating. The African people used their creativity to create meals that have lasted to this day. These meals were so good that they became the preferred meals over the meals the slave owners were used to eating. Today's effects of generations of eating soul food are not as glorious as one might expect. According to BioMed Central's Public Health Reviews, 46% of African Americans over the age of 19 suffer from cardiovascular disease. The leading risk factors for heart disease and stroke currently are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, current smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity, according to CDC data. 46% of black men and women over the age of 20 have the highest prevalence of hypertension. In this episode we explored black Americas attachment to foods that can be harming us depending on how we prepare it. Have we been passed down recipes that is helping affect our health and lower our life expectancy? Tune in to hear what we have to say.
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we discussed black America and its use of social media. Is it hurting or helping our cause? Are we so addicted to likes that we have abandoned reality? Do we use social media to help empower our people or has social media helped to further divide us as a people? The various social media outlets can be a very tool for our people if we use them correctly to spread positive and empowering messages. Those of us who have access to information designed to uplift us must use these outlets to unite, organize, mobilize and built up our communities. Click below to learn more about what we have to say!!!
Betsy Devos Makes Education Budget Cuts, The Philando Castile Verdict, and How Toxic Hip Hop is Poisoning Our Youth.
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we discussed Betsy Devos and how her cuts to the education budget will affect black school children. Philando Castile was brutally murdered by former police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who received a not gulilty verdict in the trail for the murder of Castile. What can black America do to better protect ourselves? Lastly, we discussed the current promotion of substance abuse within the mainstream Hip Hop scenes. Why is it cool to promote drug use and why do we support the music and artist??? Click below to hear our thoughts and opinions and solutions on the topics above.
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series, we discuss whether or not black America should boycott the NFL for blackballing Colin Kaepernick, and should Bill Maher be boycotted for calling himself a "House Nigger"? We often call for boycotts when members of other racial groups demean a member of our community. When is the proper time to boycott an institution that has disrespected our community? Why do we boycott rather than abandon the institution all together? What are the best ways to defend our community from blatant attacks from outside groups? Is building our own institutions the best solution to help prevent the amount of racism we face? Tune in to listen to our conversation about the topics.
The Paris Climate Agreement & Donald Trump, Jason Witlock on Racism, The Alt-Right vs. Charles Barkley, and Betsy Devos visits BCU
On this episode of the Freedom Train Podcast Series we discussed Donald Trump and his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Sports Journalist Jason Witlock's idea that racism only affects poor blacks, Charles Barkley's meets Richard Spencer a leader of the Alternative Right, and Betsy Devos' ruin Bethune Cookman College's Graduation. We decided to take a look at some of the latest events and examine how they affect black America. Click the play button below to listen to what we have to say about these topics. Make sure you follow us on Twitter @Freedomtrainnet to participate in our Twitter Poll on Wednesday June 7th.
Terrance L. Barber born October 3, 1980 in Tallahassee,Florida. A devoted father, business man , and advocate for prosperity for all people in the local community. Graduate of Rickards High School , Tallahassee Community College , and current Sociology major with a minor in business administration at Florida A&M University. He grew up helping his dad with his drywall business "The Wall Doctor" where he got a first hand look at the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and business ownership. He went on to start several small businesses of his own, Super Clean South Side Auto Detailing and Heart of the City Entertainment promotional group all while assisting his uncle with the operations of Xclusive Vip Clothing store. He took a brief break from business ownership and took a sales opportunity at Tallahassee Dodge Chrysler Jeep where he has worked now for three years.
Late 2016 he decided to jump back in the saddle and began Terrance L. Barber LLC and simultaneously birthed "Working Class Wednesday" a networking mixer for other local businesses to network and exhibit their brands. Through "Working Class Wednesday" Barber with the aide of another local business owner Ms.Ayla Madison of Power Productions, have created a marketing platform like no other in which through social media and other entities have been able to assist over 150 local businesses spread the word about what it is they do and what they have to offer. Promoting positive community and economic growth has been the catalyst that has pushed Barber's brain child to the forefront of networking mixers and trade shows in the Tallahassee area.
If asked Barber adamantly gives all credit to God for his recent successes and describes himself as an unworthy vessel chosen by God to " do a little good " in the community! Although only a few months in Terrance L. Barber LLC and "Working Class Wednesday" have gained notoriety in many ways . Most recently Barber was nominated by The Leon County Board of Commissioners to sit on the " Tallahassee Leon County Minority, Women, and Small Business Citizens Advisory Committee. In short Barber works hard to aide in the prosperity of others and clearly sees the need of supporting the local economy in an effort to stimulate the local community. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for him in the future!
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“I wanted to be able to capture all of my great ideas, but I did not want to have to take a break from whatever I was doing in order to write my ideas down. I thought that it would be great if I could speak my ideas out loud, and my invention would write it all down.” Algenon Ashford-Inveor/Owner
The idea for the “Algenon’s Personal Diary” came to Mr. Ashford knowing it is much easier to speak into a device versus having to write everything down. With the proposed “Algenon’s Personal Diary”, a person could upgrade their mobile device or computer to a voice–interactive approach to creating information and communication content.
Mr. Ashford is single, and he works as a contractor. Previously, he worked in sales. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the Fayetteville State University. In his available leisure time, he enjoys reading and traveling.
The “Algenon’s Personal Diary” is Mr. Ashford’s first attempt at submitting an invention to industry. Depending upon how this project progresses, he might someday again consider another invention to pursue.
Contact Mr. Algenon Ashford at Algenonashford@gmail.com or 240-375-1417
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Brian is a veteran, social innovator and multi-disciplined marketing expert from the South Side of Chicago, IL. He is a highly sought-after business consultant with over 12 years of experience in marketing, business development and information technology and communications. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an MBA Candidate at Keiser University. Brian is also a certified business mentor that enjoys coaching entrepreneurs to reach their fullest potential.
Brian founded B-EZ Graphix, a multimedia marketing agency with a strong social focus, while attending college in Champaign, Illinois in 2004. His vision is for B-EZ Graphix to support economic development by making marketing easy and affordable for small businesses and nonprofits. B-EZ Graphix consists of a team of experienced marketing professionals offering a single-source solution for branding, design, advertising, public relations and web solutions. Brian believes that growing small businesses and having a robust social impact will foster job creation and civic engagement in local communities. He believes that this will, in turn, decrease unemployment and solve many other social problems. To further this aim, B-EZ Graphix has contributed over $5,000 in sponsorships, donations and in-kind services to the local Tallahassee community in 2016.
Brian strongly believes that there are business solutions to community problems. His creative and charismatic approaches to help people start and grow businesses are centered around community involvement. He remarks that, “No matter how much or how little your business grows, there is no better way to achieve sustainable growth than to have a strong social impact in the community you serve.”
Brian is highly sought-after as a trusted advisor for Marketing, Creative Services and Information Technology for several organizations to include his church, Love & Faith Community Church (Tallahassee, FL), LifeStyleHer (New Jersey), Mind Your Black Business (Houston, TX), Fresh Touch Publicity (Memphis, TN), Official Anais Public Relations (Chicago, IL), #WSAATL (Atlanta, GA) and Frenchtown Heritage Hub (Tallahassee, FL). Since then, he has been a key figure in the development of over 1,200 business brands. Brian is committed to partnering his clients with their community using the depth of his valuable expertise. He is determined to cultivate inspiring visions with creative direction in business development. His design philosophy is centered on the idea that “design creates usability, without usability it is just art.” He combines his strategic marketing experience, artistic creativity and ingenuity with information technology applications to develop effective branding and marketing campaigns to achieve business objectives. Brian is determined to help communities grow by using his experience and expertise to connect them with the private sector of corporations that have the resources to sustain them.
Recognized by the National CEO of Air Force Sergeant’s Association for effectively executing the marketing communications plan to reach over 23,000 people for the Central Georgia Chapter.
Brian was commended by the Regional Director of H&R Block for coordinating and executing marketing strategies that increased new client growth in the Middle Georgia District for the first time in 11 years.
Mind Your Black Business honored Brian in their Business of the Week Spotlight on www.mindyourblackbusiness.com.
Selected to be a speaker and workshop coordinator for Design Week Tallahassee in the Fall of 2017.
Certified by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for completing the Art & Science of Grant Writing for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Recognized by the Leon County and the City of Tallahassee Consortium Interlocal Agreement as a Minority Business Enterprise owner.
Recognized by Florida Department of Management Services, Office of Supplier Diversity as a Florida Veteran and Minority Business Enterprise owner.
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