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Da Hood Talks Podcast Show

Da Hood Talks Podcast Show

By Vanna
"Where community voice is 1st"
This podcast is centered around community, empowerment of the everyday people and providing voice to the voiceless. We will be having conversations with community residents of the STL area and inviting local leaders, businesses and organizations to the mic to discuss various topics including Politics, Mental Health and Racism with us.
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Da Hood Talks Podcast Storytelling Segment Episode #5
In this episode of our Storytelling Segment we hear from a man who was raised up and still living on the Westside of Saint Louis not far from the Wellston Loop. We hear of his experience seeing the changes of a once thriving community diminish. We learn why he feels he now can't turn to the community to help him raise his children even though it was once community who made an impact on his life as a teen and saved him from what has become a normal experience of young black men. 
31:09
August 16, 2022
Da Hood Needs w/ Cary On The Ball Inc.
Join host Vanna as she talks with Carlos Ball from Cary on the Ball Inc to learn about how he and his family turned a tragic loss into motivation to not only serve their community but also advocate for change in the way police interacts in our community! Listen in to see how the organizations gives back to the community, especially the ones that witnessed and was impacted by the family personal loss on April 24th, 2013.
36:17
July 23, 2022
Can Black Folks Just Live? A conversation on Black Joy (LIVE SHOW)
Join host Vanna as she talks with another community guests panelists on being black and just trying to LIVE yo best life! In this conversation, we will explore the barriers preventing black people from being able to thrive and not just surviving. We also will discuss how these guest panelists find joy in their lives and their suggestions on how as a community of people we can get more Black Joy in our lives.
01:51:24
July 23, 2022
Da Hood Talks Podcast Storytelling Segment Episode #4
In this episode of our Storytelling Segment we hear from a man who experienced the life of the streets and the all so normal circumstances of just trying to survive, even at a young age. We learn of his experience with prison and the struggle to get on his feet when he was released to how he now is feeling like he has finally made it where he wants to be and hopes sharing his story will inspire others.
01:06:49
July 12, 2022
Da Hood Needs Special w/ Dr. Jason Purnell, Vice President of BJC Community Health Improvement
Listen in as Host Vanna talks with Dr. Jason Purnell who has recently taking on the role of Vice President of Community Health Improvement at BJC HealthCare and an associate professor in the Brown School at Washington University. He and his team is doing some dope work that impacts OUR community. He also does work around HEALTH EQUITY WORK you can go visit healthequityworks.wustl.edu to learn more about this work. Listen in to this episode to hear from Dr. Purnell himself on what their team plans to do, what they have done, already are doing and his personal why for doing this unconventional work.
39:44
July 07, 2022
Da Hood Heals Segment Episode 5 (Black Men Therapists, Mental Health & More)
Join Host Vanna as she talks with Therapist Gerald Bentley of STL who keeps it REAL & RAW about his experience being a black man therapist, the black men and black women relationships dynamics and the current "simp" culture that is not only denying black men the space to be vulnerable and emotional, but also affecting black mens mental health. This conversation will bring a black mans point of view that we don't get to hear often.
59:56
June 21, 2022
Da Hood Needs w/ Young Biz Kids
Join host Vanna as she talks with the Founder Arriel Bivens-Biggs of Young Biz Kidz and The Mom Boss. We discuss her own personal journey becoming an entrepreneur, raising one and just the importance of entrepreneurship for youth in our communities. She also shares advice on how you can use entrepreneurial skills to help parent your child. Grab your notebook and tune in for this informative conversation that can help bring out the entrepreneur in you and your child!
55:11
June 16, 2022
I'm Not Your Enemy: A conversations around Black Women and Sisterhood
In this episode, Host Vanna and a panel of black women from the community of STL to talk all about black women and sisterhood. We discuss so much in this conversation like how black women can better their relationships with one another and how black sisterhood could better benefit the community as a whole. If you think it is important we uplift sisterhood in our community, then TAP IN!
02:02:08
June 06, 2022
Da Hood Heals Segment Episode 4 (Addiction)
Join host Vanna as she talks with Kevin Harris a Behavioral Health Specialist and Recovered Alcoholic about Addiction. From his professional and personal experience we learn about addiction, the resources that can be helpful and of the support that is needed and not only from professionals. This conversation unveils a lot and we hope it sparks more conversations on the growing issue of addiction in our community but also give light to the solution of recovery!
52:15
May 24, 2022
Da Hood Needs w/ The Lawrence Strawbridge Foundation
Join host Vanna as she talks with Co-Founder of the Lawrence Strawbridge Foundation to learn about how they formed a great organization that supports Youth going off to College, from an unfortunate incident and more!
23:10
May 18, 2022
We Must Stop Killing Ourselves: A conversation on Crime in our Community (LIVE SHOW)
Join host Vanna as she talks with a variety of Community Guest about Crime in our communities. We discuss the impact it leaves on the community, what we as a community can do to prevent it and much more. Once you listen we hope you send to someone else because the hope is this REAL & RAW Conversation can spark a needed change.
01:19:10
May 11, 2022
Da Hood Heals Segment Episode 3 (Narcissistic behavior)
Join host Vanna as she talks w/ Monica Peterson the Founder/CEO of Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Center. Listen in to learn all about a Narcissistic, how to identify the behaviors and how you can get help if you have been a victim of someone with this Mental Health disease.
34:09
April 20, 2022
Da Hood Needs w/ BBBSEM (Big Brother Big Sister of Eastern MO)
Join host Vanna as she not only talk with Staff of Big Brother Big Sister of Eastern Mo, but also met a College Student who has been apart of the program for years and a big sister who explains what her experience is like being in that role. This episode will unpack an unbelievable moment and show the impact of connections and mentoring needed in our community.
51:28
April 10, 2022
Overworked and Underpaid is Entrepreneurship the way? (LIVE SHOW)
Da hood talks host Vanna is joined with a panel of community members who all have stepped in the space of entrepreneurship. We dive into their experiences being business owners, learn from their points of views the positive and negatives being in that space and of course get some tips for the next hopeful Entrepreneur.
01:21:15
April 03, 2022
Da Hood Heals Segment Episode 2 (Trauma)
Join us as we talk with the Founder of KHAOS, INC who in this conversation, as she would say "get into it the way you talk" informs us about Traumas, the importance on healing in our community and more. Tap in and make sure you hit share cause our community needs to hear these GEMS!!!
56:54
March 19, 2022
Da Hood Needs w/ S.H.E.R.A.H. (Sisters Helping Each Other Reach A Higher Height)
In this episode we are joined with Founder of S.H.E.R.A.H, Shante. We learn how they are building sisterhood in the community, providing a safe space for us to heal and overall showing up unapologetically for black women in the STL.
35:35
March 13, 2022
New Era of Parents: A Conversation on Conscious Parenting (LIVE SHOW)
A wave of new parents has hit our community and we are geared up to talk all about it. Join us as we bring various community members (i.e. Parents & Educators) to the mic to discuss all things around Conscious Parenting!
01:45:34
March 06, 2022
Da Hood Talks Podcast Storytelling Segment Episode #3
In this episode of our Storytelling Segment we hear from a single mother dealing with housing issues, her experience navigating homelessness and her mental health journey since childhood. Listen in as we hold space and uplift another community member experience the struggle life that sometimes come with living in the STL.
59:57
February 18, 2022
Da Hood Needs w/ Empowering You 2 Move
In this episode we are joined with Empowering You 2 Move Founder Kiesha. We learn about the work they do and how they are showing up to support the community. One thing you should appreciate about this episode is we Keep it REAL & RAW in this conversation!
41:54
February 14, 2022
US AGAINST US: A Conversation Around The Black Family Dynamics (LIVE SHOW)
Listen in as host Vanna brings together another group of community members to have a conversation on the Black Family Dynamics. This conversations dives into how we can strengthening and support our black families in our communities and so much more!
01:42:19
February 06, 2022
Da Hood Talks Podcast Storytelling Segment Episode #2
Listen in as our host Vanna is join at the MIC for the second time to have a one-on-one conversation featuring a community member who is a overcomer. We hear in this episode her experiences navigating abuse, homelessness and so much more, but how with the help of community resources and support she is beating the odds. Take this time to see life thru the lens of someone else!
47:53
January 21, 2022
Da Hood Heals Segment Episode 1 (Emotions & Feelings)
As we kick off our NEW Da Hood Heals Segment to talk Mental Health our way, we our joined by Guest Tawyna Davidson MSW, LCSW from The T-side Podcast to discuss feelings & emotions. She also shares some basic knowledge around therapy and we discuss representation in the mental health field.
52:29
January 15, 2022
OMG DAT BIRTH #5: A conversation around families and their traumatic birthing experiences (LIVE SHOW)
In Season 2 Episode 2 we bringing families to the mic to discuss their very own personal experiences with a birth that was traumatic. Even as a very sensitive topic we want you to tune in because we know these so common stories and experiences bring so much perspective to the CDC report that black women experience maternal mortality at a rate two to three times higher than that of white women!
01:36:21
January 09, 2022
Da Hood Talks Podcast Storytelling Segment Episode #1
Listen in as we launch our new Storytelling Segment, our host Vanna is join at the MIC to have a one-on-one conversation featuring a community member born in St. Louis and raised in the foster care system. We hear in this episode his experiences navigating the streets of STL at a young age due to unfortunate circumstances and how he feels community could better support those who have similar lived experiences. Take sometime to see life thru the lens of someone else!
01:29:00
December 12, 2021
Da Hood Talks Podcast 1 year Special Celebration Episode
Join us to learn about the programs NLA (Neighborhood Leadership Academy) & NLF (Neighborhood Leadership Fellows) and how they are making an impact in our community leaders like Dionne Jones Alderperson of Pine lawn, Mo who joins us in this conversation and then uses her journalism skills to put Host Vanna in the HOT SEAT!!!
41:04
December 12, 2021
Black & In Leadership (LIVE SHOW)
We KICK OFF Season 2 of our Live Shows having a conversation with our Community Elected Officials including Ferguson's First African American Woman Mayor Ella Jones and Ferguson-Florissant School District Board President Dr. Sheila Powell-Walker and others to learn a little about their experience and point of view of being black & in leadership. We also discuss how they think we can improve the relationship with our community and leadership. Listen in as these local elected officials get real!
01:11:57
December 05, 2021
What and How is Npower providing for the Community!
In this episode we speak with Robert White III of NPower and his special guest who both recently graduated from the Npower program. We learn how Npower is supporting community and inspiring youth in the area of technology and more. Listen in to hear how these two recent graduates are success stories of the Npower program and why you should be sharing this info to help someone else or signing up for the program yourself!
42:02
August 24, 2021
Ferguson Still Strong? A Conversation with Ferguson Residents
As we end our First Season of Live shows our host is join with fellow residents of Ferguson, Mo. They will discuss the community of Ferguson past, present and future from their different perspectives and more. Listen in to hear from the people living in a community that impacted the Saint Louis area in a unforgettable way and known all over the world!
01:49:10
August 24, 2021
What and How is Prevent+Ed providing for the community!
In this episode, we talk with Nichole Dawsey the Executive Director of Prevent+Ed an learn how they are showing up to support the black community around alcohol and drug concerns, how overdosing numbers are soaring in the black community especially during this Pandemic. Listen in to learn not only how they are assisting but also learn how you even as maybe a bystander can support someone in this area.
41:59
August 12, 2021
Black Men Mentors Matter
In this episode we talk with a panel around mentorship, the need for more in our community, the ones that exist, and the benefits of it all. Listen in to this needed conversation that dives into so many levels of experiences from being the mentor to being mentored and the importance of being open and transparent in either position. 
01:37:12
July 28, 2021
What and How is ABC U providing for the Community!
In this episode we talk with a group of diverse black men of the STL community who have come together to form ABC U (About Us By Us Connecting Us) We learn about them individually, their group and the efforts they are all putting forward to make the Community and families of STL better!
01:03:44
July 28, 2021
What and How is JADASA providing for the Community!
In this episode we talk with Cynthia Bennett the founder of JADASA a GEM of an organization that educates, edify and empower survivors of domestic and sexual assault and their families! Listen in to learn how they support community through the services they provide and why they deserve support from us!
34:23
July 18, 2021
No More Superwoman
In this awesome conversation with three amazing STL community supporting women we dive into the depths of superwoman syndrome and how society unrealistic norms have glorified a title that is harming black women. Listen in to hear all the many gems that were dropped and experiences shared like the importance of listening to and loving your body and why we must take care of ourselves before it's to late! So much was provided in this conversation you must TUNE IN and Tell A Friend to listen too!
01:25:09
July 12, 2021
What and How is Simple Positive Play providing for the Community!
In this episode of Da Hood Needs segment, we talk with Jennifer llardi the founder of Simple Positive Play and learn about this awesome spot in Ferguson that provides access to clean safe fun for all children and families! Listen in to learn how you can not only visit this awesome organization, but why you should definitely support the work they do for the Community!
31:32
July 06, 2021
Back To The Land: A conversation with Urban Farmers
In this episode, we have a conversation with three local urban farmers to learn about urban farming and get some gardening tips. As the conversation goes on we learn the challeges black farmers have had and currently are facing, how urban farming developement could impact the city and so much more. Check out this video, share and remember to show support to local Urban Farmers!
01:20:08
June 30, 2021
Fatherhood
In this episode, the Host sits down with Fathers and Families Support Center employees and Fathers to have a conversation around addressing stereotypes of black fathers in society, normalizing and supporting fathers to be all around healthy and to learn how their organization serves fathers in the STL, MO and East STL, IL areas.
01:13:48
June 15, 2021
Black Men Heal: A conversation around Mental Health
In this episode, the host sits down with a panel of Black Men in the STL area who have various experiences including personal in the category of mental health. We discuss normalizing self care and mental health care for black men, how to support black men in taking care of their mental health, addressing the barriers that prevent black men from accessing proper mental health support and so much more!
02:00:55
June 07, 2021
OMG Dat Birth #4 What is a Community Health Worker (CHW)?
In this episode we have a conversation with three STL area Certified CHWs and the instructor of the CHWs program at Saint Louis Community College about the role of CHWs, how they are beneficial to the community, why and how you can become a CHW if interested. Tune in to this episode and learn all about Community Health Workers!
01:23:52
May 25, 2021
Ain't No Hood Like Motherhood
This episode we are join by three Mothers of the STL area and Kim sexton of the MOMs line. These women elaborate on their personal journeys and experiences being mothers the good, bad and in between. We discuss how the moms line has been a support to them and give the REAL on why Motherhood is tough but still so very amazing!
01:30:12
May 18, 2021
What and How is STL Metro Market providing for the Community?
In this extra episode we learn about St. Louis Metro Market from Quinton Ward the Executive Director and how beneficial the organization is to the Communities they serve by providing access to quality and affordable fruits and vegetables.
22:47
May 06, 2021
Fighting Racism Authentically: My experience as an ALLY
In this episode, the panel have a conversation from their own point of view and experiences around Anti-racism work, Allyship and so much more!
02:13:56
April 27, 2021
Special Episode with Andrew Palmer
During this special random (hint baby in the background sounds) episode we have a conversation with Andrew who lives in Qatar and works with children. In this short time we hear Andrews thoughts, views & personal experience of racism in America. He gives us his perspective on how racism differ in America then in the UK where he grew up and advice for black people in america. 
47:30
April 23, 2021
Financial Literacy
The host of Da Hood Talks Podcast sits down with four Licensed Insurance Agents and Financial Advisors in the Saint Louis area and talks about what financial literacy is, some techniques to use and how the black community can use more financial literacy techniques to impact generation wealth and more!
01:42:47
April 16, 2021
I Am A Survivor: A Conversation Around Sexual Abuse
In this episode we talk with 3 awesome STL women who share their stories on being sexual abuse survivors, talk about the work they do around the issue and discuss how our community can combat sexual abuse/assualt and support survivors.
01:34:38
April 09, 2021
OMG DAT BIRTH #3 Let's Talk All Things Doulas
During this joyful episode we bring you in front of an awesome panel of a variety of doulas in the saint louis area, learn about all things doulas and how they can be beneficial to the community.
01:39:53
March 27, 2021
The Wisdom of Da Hood
In this conversation we speak to some inspiring St. Louis women who are local leaders and represent the older generation, about the work they do in the community, what community is lacking today vs the past and so much more!
02:01:24
March 21, 2021
Us Against Us! Let's talk accountability BLACK folks
With a guest panel of awesome community members, this show will dive into the division within the black community and address the hard truths of holding ourselves accountable today and moving forward. TUNE IN with an open mind and let's have this REAL and RAW conversation!
02:05:03
March 16, 2021
OMG DAT BIRTH #2 LETS TALK MIDWIVES HOMEBIRTHS & HOLISTIC HEALTH IN PREGNANCY W/ BRITTANY "TRU" KELLMAN CPM
On this episode we kick back with Tru who is Missouri's First Black Certified Professional Midwife and founder of Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson  to talk about her personal story, her own traumatic birthing experiences, her journey becoming a Midwife and so much more!
01:00:29
February 24, 2021
Black Love: How to have and maintain a Healthy Relationship
On this episode Da Hood Talks Podcast brings you in front of two awesome STL Licensed Professional Counselors to talk about all things BLACK Love and answer questions from our Facebook LIVE show viewers
01:30:43
February 14, 2021
Black & Published
In this episode we talk to a group of dope majority STL area authors including the youth who elaborate on their journeys, how they support each other and so much more. Tune in and see why representation MATTERS and what can happen when community SUPPORTS each other!
01:23:55
February 07, 2021
What and How is Evolve providing for the community?
Check out this exciting interview with Kelly McGowan of Evolve and how this organization is beneficial to the STL community, the services they provide and how they are keeping you engaged and informed.
44:18
February 07, 2021
OMG DAT BIRTH Lets talk Birthing, Doulas, & Motherhood
In this episode Da Hood Talks podcast creator joined with her recent birth doula and postpartum doula gets real about her experiences in giving birth, having to advocate for herself as a black and plus size woman during pregnancy, dealing with a miscarriage, postpartum depression and so much more! In this episode, I mention sitting on Mercy Board correct name is Mercy Ferguson Community Advisory Council
01:43:58
February 01, 2021
The Fight For Equity and The Mans Role In It
Da Hood Talks Podcast discussed Equity and more with four different but all so awesome men of the Saint Louis community and who all recently graduated from the Neighborhood Leadership Fellows. This conversation was bold and impactful but of course REAL & RAW!!!
01:32:10
January 24, 2021
What and How is ACOPP providing for the community?
Check out this interview with CEO of Assisting Children of Prison Parents and how his organization is beneficial to our community, the services they provide and his story behind doing this work. You can learn more about or contact this organization at www.acopp4change,org.
17:37
January 19, 2021
The School System is failing BLACK children how do we the community support and continue to feed the creativity of our children
Awesome show with three dope women from different avenues of the education field bringing real and raw dialogue pertaining to community, education and more!
01:29:47
January 11, 2021
What and How is Wellness Choice LLC providing for the community?
This bonus show is a interview with a 20+ years Ferguson resident who owns Wellness Choice LLC, we discussed how her business is beneficial to the community, the services they provide, how important wellness is, how her business helped limit stress for teachers and more.
40:50
December 28, 2020
Community conversation on voting, upcoming election and presidential election
Our first Live Streamed show included two awesome women of the Saint Louis, Mo area and a special guest speaker from the League of Women Voters to discuss voting and elections. But during this awesome conversation many other things were discussed including how the basic needs of African Americans are not being met in this country, lack of food access for one particular Saint Louis City area and trying to get the community more engage. Tune in and subscribe for more of our podcast.
01:31:21
December 16, 2020
What's this about? Anchor version
A platform for the community, built by community!
01:29
December 01, 2020