Black Women & The 2021 Olympics
The 2021 Olympics are finally here, and for a number of black women their dreams were ripped from them. This week on the Freedom Train Podcast Series, Joe and Pat cover stories of at least six black women who were told they could not compete in the Olympics for various reasons. Aliyah Shipman, Caster Semenya, Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi are four of the women being bullied by the Olympic committee. Is it because they are black? The gentlemen also talked about the recent assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse. Mr. Moise was gunned down on July 7th in his home by what is believed as hired mercenaries. Who were the mercenaries, who hired them, how did they gain access to the President's home, why wasn't the President's guards injured? these are just a few of the questions that need to be answered. Tune in!!
This week on the Freedom Train Podcast Series, Joseph & Patrick have a healthy discussion about the recent spread of the B.1.617.2 or the Delta variant of SARS-COV 2 COVID-19. In 2020, the Delta variant was found in India but has recently spread to the United States. According to the CDC, a number of Delta variant cases were found in Oklahoma, and was also located in other states across the US. The Delta variant is found to be more aggressive and large number of cases were linked to people who were not vaccinated. Patrick asked the question; should a person risk contracting COVID-19 and living with known long term issues, or should they risk taking the vaccine and risk unknown long term issues? They also discussed the current issues with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. A number of Americans are upset with the Olympic committee, and some are even suggesting boycotting the Olympics because Sha'Carri Richardson will not be competing. The Olympics have banned swimmers from wearing the black owned Soul Caps during the games. At least two black female Olympic competitors are under scrutiny and may not compete against other women because of higher levels of natural testosterone. However, transwomen are allowed to compete against women in the same Olympics. Lastly, Joseph goes on a rant about black people being upset about the fight against CRT being taught in schools, but a good number of black people are not interested in learning black history to teach within their own homes. He is asking, why depend on your enemy to empower your child? Tune in to hear their thoughts!!!
Waletta Mason Dunn (W. Mason Dunn) was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas College in Business Administration and earned a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She worked for 20 years in higher education as a counselor for the military while traveling with her husband before he retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service. The breadth of her personal and professional experiences has contributed enormously to her fascinatingly inspirational writings.
Waletta’s greatest loves are God and family and she uses both as the inspirations for all of her books. She brings to life compelling relationships that move her readers through the full range of emotions – joy, pain, laughter, tears, and triumph!
She has been married for 36 years to Donald Michael Dunn (USMC, ret.). She is the devoted mother of two young, adult children, Michael Stewart Dunn and Ashley Elaine Dunn.
She also enjoys reading, playing Scrabble and solving crossword puzzles.
Bill Cosby was recently set free from prison, the information shows he was unlawfully tried and convicted of crimes without substantial proof. A number of people are upset about the ruling, a number of people are happy about the ruling, and a number of people using the information present to come up with their own conclusions. Patrick, Carl, and Joseph discuss the details of Bill Cosby being released, the effects of his release, why he was convicted, and how damaging false narratives can be to a person's reputation. Tune in!!!
Derrick Standifer is an author, a keynote speaker, and a Ph.D. candidate at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) whose primary focus is teaching people how to solve the twists and turns of life by solving the twists and turns of the Rubik’s Cube.
Growing up in impoverished neighborhoods and raised by a single mother, Derrick has learned how to transform his pain into power. Derrick dropped out of FAMU and flunked out of Georgia State University only to find himself waiting tables. After internalizing failure, he decided to bounce back from his trials and tribulations.
Notwithstanding his academic accomplishments, Derrick is most proud of the fact that he did not quit. In 2014, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree and then with his master’s degree in 2016. Afterward, he began teaching and what was supposed to be a start to a beautiful career in education was instead met with misfortune. Sadly, he lost his mother to cancer a week before his 26th birthday, and then, his dad, “Coach Hill,” in 2019 from the same illness.
Almost broken from grief, Derrick decided to use his life’s experiences to fuel his drive and commitment to serving mankind and womankind alike. “The people in my life invested in me, and they never let me pay it back, but they charged me to pay it forward. I intend to honor their legacies by using my gifts to serve.”
Currently writing his dissertation to fulfill the requirements of obtaining a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Derrick has proven that failing does not mean you are a failure. When he is not writing and reading and researching, he takes great pride in being a full-time single father of two beautiful, trouble-making geniuses, Ayana and Derrick Jr.
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