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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