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Say It Loud

Say It Loud

By Marvin Franklin
(Season 1) is a series of conversations with a wide variety of local community activists, educators and black fathers about educating African American males. We discuss strategies for educators and students as well as success stories from students and educators regarding educating and uplifting African American males.
(Season 2) is a wide variety of people from across the United States that are creators of nonprofit organizations, founders and presidents of minority businesses, restorative practices, authors and national presenters, children's program operators and much more.
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Season 3, Episode 8: It's All About The Pursuits

Say It Loud

Season 3, Episode 8: It's All About The Pursuits

Say It Loud

Season 3, Episode 10: Holiday Blackstravaganza!
Holiday shopping can be a challenge, but shopping locally and supporting minority owned and operated businesses has quite a few benefits.  Crystal Gunn, founder and creator of 20/20 Accord and Amazing Woman Network chats with me about supporting small business.  The Amazing Woman Network is sponsoring a Holiday Small Business Event on November 21, 2021 - Noon to 4:00pm (RSVP Events Studio, 25463 Grand River, Redford Charter Twp., MI.) Also, Frank Allen Apparel will be available this Sunday (November 21, 2021) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 29260 Grand River, Farmington Hills, MI.  
November 17, 2021
Season 3, Episode 9: Putting It Where The Goats Can Get It.
In this episode, culturally relevant teaching and critical race theory are described and defined.  
November 11, 2021
Season 3, Episode 8: It's All About The Pursuits
Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius discusses the intersectionality of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Culturally Responsive Literacy. Clips are from a Dr. Ben Carson interview earlier this year, Candace Owens and Donald Trump with public comments about Critical Race Theory and the 1619 project. Twitter @GholdyM Instagram @gholdy.m "I conceive our Literary Institutions to have the power of doing.  It seems to me, then, that the main object is to accomplish an intellectual and moral reformation.  And I know of but few better ways to effect this than by reading, by examining, by close comparisons and thorough investigations, by exercising the great faculty of thinking; for, if a man can be brought to think, he soon discovers that his highest enjoyment consists in the improvement of the mind; it is this that will give him rich ideas, and teach him, also, that his limbs were never made to wear the chains of servitude; he will see too that equal rights were intended to all.  Then who would not wish to become inspired with the taste of reading, if it has the ability to create so happy a state of things as I have just described."   -James Forten in an address delivered before the American Moral Reform Society, August 17, 1837
September 7, 2021
Season 3, Episode 7: Men Build Too Many Walls And Not Enough Bridges
Kwaku Osei, Board member at Bridging Communities, a grassroots organization created to assist seniors in Southwest Detroit chats with me about the organization's mission and vision for today and tomorrow. 6900 McGraw Detroit, Michigan 48210 313-361-6377
June 26, 2021
Season 3, Episode 6: Challenges of a principal during a pandemic.
What are local school districts doing to support the social well being of students?   How are the student's responding to the responsibility of logging on, instead of going in to a school?  Principal Mrs. Claudia Martinez talks about the unique challenges of virtual learning for children in Southwest Detroit.  
May 17, 2021
Season 3, Episode 5: "Science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
Mr. Christian Greer, President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center shares the challenges and successes of the Science Center during the pandemic.  Over the last few months, MiSci has been nominated as one of the top 10 Science Centers in America as well as become a Smithsonian Affiliate.  We also chat about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.  I share and we discuss an excerpt from Dr. Joy DeGruy's book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.   Please take a moment and VOTE for the Michigan Science Center by clicking on the link below.
May 7, 2021
Season 3, Episode 4: What the world needs now, is......(TEACHERS)!!!
Dr. Jesse Kilgore, Jr. founder of Plymouth Educational Center and CEO of T.E.A.C.H. an alternative pathway to teaching certification speaks about the benefits and employment opportunities in the field of education.  
March 17, 2021
Season 3, Episode 3: African Americans and golf. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Tarek DeLavallade, Executive Director of United Golfers Association and President of Deuce Premium talks with me about the evolution and importance of the rebirth of the U.G.A.  Why African Americans (men, women and children) with the game of golf need to unite for support and growth.   Follow unitedgolfersassociation on Instagram.
March 8, 2021
Season 3, Episode 2; Health and Wellness in 2021
Former Miss USA, Carole Gist discusses Health and Wellness during a pandemic.  She and I also talk about resilience, determination, and mentors!  Our literary discussion was centered around an excerpt from Forty Million Dollar Slaves by William Rhoden.
February 20, 2021
Season 3, Episode 1; David and Goliath
President and CEO of P.I.E. Management, William Phillips and I discuss his company's recent accolade as well as the importance of exposure and expectations.  He and I played high school basketball together at Cass Technical High School and then he went on to play at Delaware State.  After getting his Master's at DSU, he decides to get his Law Degree.   In the second segment, he and I talk about an essay in David and Goliath, a book written by Malcolm Gladwell.  The author recounts historic events of  Davids defeating Goliaths as well as asking the question, Why do we view Goliath as the winner even before the challenge?  
January 11, 2021
Season 2, Episode 11: Black America is dealing with more than one pandemic.
Medical physician, Dr. David Wash and I talk about the pandemic, politics and Black America in 2020.  The good doctor provides some insight about the current state of America and what is necessary for us to get back to a sense of normalcy.  
November 17, 2020
Season 2, Episode 10: Detroit's Digital Divide
Mr. Joshua Edmonds, the City of Detroit's first Director of Digital Inclusion chats with me about Detroit's digital divide and all of the dimensions that includes.  He then expresses the importance of creating and developing great relationships.  Without that, he would not have been able to accomplish his lofty goals and expectations of himself.    
October 18, 2020
Season 2, Episode 9: This Is How We Do It!!!
Masai Troutman discusses his keys to success in life and business.  As a college student, he was a scholarship student athlete with high expectations in the classroom as well as on the track.  A hard work ethic as well as a strong foundation in religion helped propel him to the top on the track and in business.   
September 28, 2020
Season 2, Episode 8: What's poverty got to do with it?
National presenter and author of multiple books and articles, Horacio Sanchez comes on Say It Loud to talk about applying brain science to drastically improve student achievement as well as school climate for children in poverty right now.   New podcast art by tinnie_art.  You can find him on FB and Instagram.  My intro was created by jhaywillgetbizzy (Instagram).  Old podcast art was created by a University Prep High Schooler (Detroit, Michigan).  
August 23, 2020
Season 2, Episode 7: The Blueprint
Financial guru Crystal Gunn shares with Say It Loud the importance of financial literacy as well as what we need to do next following all that has occurred in 2020.   She also shares her thoughts on Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes.
July 27, 2020
Season 2, Episode 6; Inception, The Very First Mental Health Gym
Inception, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan is the first mental health gym in America.  David McCullar, founder and president takes time out of his schedule to talk about this unique approach to fitness and health.  David also shares his thoughts about an excerpt from the book, Cry Like a Man by Jason Wilson.
July 19, 2020
Season 2, Episode 5; The Crown Act
National presenter, Dr. Afiya Mblishaka takes time out of her extremely busy schedule to discuss discrimination for hair and The Crown Act.  
July 5, 2020
Season 2, Episode 4: Accountability is the key.
Recently retired educator, Pamela Askew talks about how she increased student achievement as a principal in an urban district and her book (Checkmate: How Power and Greed Destroyed the Detroit Public Schools).
June 29, 2020
Season 2, Episode 3: Why is it important for us to be restorative in nature?
Mrs. Keisha Allen, Executive Director with Black Family Development Institute chats with me about Restorative Practices and her new book (Engaged).
June 20, 2020
Season 2, Episode 2: Making Detroiters Great.....Period.
Justin Banks, a Detroit Renaissance High grad and Western Michigan University alum currently works with Detroit youth to help them reach their full potential in various ways.  Our literature discussion was inspired by a Detroiter, Shaka Senghor.  His book is Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.   Podcast Intro Music By: Jhay Will (@jhaywillgetbizzy) IG
June 15, 2020
Season 2, Episode 1: (846) 8 minutes, 46 seconds
Say It Loud is proud to have a conversation with Jolisa Beavers, the founder of the nonprofit organization, 4ward Inclustion about her NPO and current events.  We discuss the death of George Floyd and the protests as well as a conversation about the Letter from a Birmingham Jail (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
June 7, 2020
Season 1, Episode 11: It Takes a Village
Detroiter, and former Bunche Elementary/Middle student (Ridgeley Hudson) who now is a graduating high school senior (Martin Luther King, Jr. HS) talks about his school experience during the Covid-19 pandemic.  
May 17, 2020
Season 1, Episode 10: Black boys are referred to Special Education at an alarming rate.
Say it Loud host sits down with director of Special Education (Mrs. Theresa H. Franklin) to discuss the alarming trends of African American boys and Special Education. 
May 13, 2020
Season 1, Episode 9: Encouragement and motivation from mentors helped me keep my eyes on the prize.
Educator and accomplished musician, Daryl Beebe talks about the importance of high expectations.  He and I also talk about how our HBCU experience helped to nurture us as well as others.
May 12, 2020
Season 1, Episode 8: Quality teachers provide superior instruction, which in turn encourages learning for our boys.
Dr. Derrick Coleman, the River Rouge School District Superintendent and I discuss viable career solutions for high school seniors in addition to the college/university route.  He and I also discuss an excerpt from Visions for Black Men by Na'im Akbar.
May 4, 2020
Season 1, Episode 7: A Fireside Chat
Reflections about my personal and professional experiences with school and urban education.  
April 26, 2020
Season 1, Episode 6: Positive School Culture Equals Student Achievement
One of the world's most sought after education consultants (Dr. Anthony Muhammad) takes time out of his busy schedule to talk about the current challenges of the field of Education in America.  
April 19, 2020
Season 1, Episode 4: Your neighborhood does not have to predict your future.
The superintendent of Ecorse Public Schools, Dr. Josha Talison talks about his HBCU (Kentucky State University) experience and the need for all to stay resilient and maintain high expectations if you want children to achieve.   Our literary discussion is inspired by Ta-Nehesi Coates from the book Between the World and Me.  
April 12, 2020
Season 1, Episode 3: Can we do it? Yes, we can.
Interview with Dr. Jelani Jabari, an author, educator and father shares successful strategies and good reads for African American males.  
March 29, 2020
Season 1, Episode 2: Mentors and Programs
An African American Male teacher from Detroit discusses how a mentor inspired him to become a teacher.  While teaching, he creates a music program at his school that is award winning.  
March 22, 2020
Season 1, Episode 1: Father and Son
This is the first interview that I conducted with a former educator and civil rights activist about saving, educating and uplifting African American Males.  
March 16, 2020
December 11, 2019
December 11, 2019