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Let's Talk: Conversations on Race

Let's Talk: Conversations on Race

By Nicole Doyley
Thoughtful discussions about RACE. For more about Nicole Doyley or to read her blog, go to
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We Belong Here

Let's Talk: Conversations on Race

We Belong Here
Race Replacement Theory says that white people are slowly being replaced in the US by non-white people.  Those who subscribe to this theory don't like that idea - at all.  They think that America is a white nation, that it should always be a white nation and that Black people, and other POC, do not belong here.  Black people have been told this for so long that many suffer from Imposter Syndrome, a perpetual sense of not truly belonging.  In this last episode of Season 5, I discuss the roots of this syndrome and disclose it for the lie that it is.
July 20, 2022
Marriage is on the decline throughout the Western world.  Why is that?  Why is marriage important, and if you are married, how can you safeguard your marriage?  What unique marriage challenges do Black people have?  Listen in on this riveting interview with LaShunda Leslie Smith who, with her husband, has been working to strengthen marriages for many years.
July 12, 2022
The Importance of the Arts in the Black Community
Dancer and choreographer Nicolette Ferguson joins us to discuss why the arts have been so crucial in the Black community.
June 24, 2022
Should We Send Our Kids to HBCUs?
Why were HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) formed?  Why do we still have them and why are so many Black parents sending their kids there?  Here I speak with Dr. Julia Stevenson about her college years at Hampton University, an HBCU in VA, why she went there and why those years were so important to her life and career as a surgeon.
June 10, 2022
Raising Black Daughters
How can we raise Black daughters who are strong and confident and who know who they are despite colorism, hypersexualization and false notions that they are less beautiful than white women?  Pastor Jenn Bibb shares poignant wisdom in this compelling interview. 
May 27, 2022
Raising Black Sons
Pastor Timothy Bibb joins Let's Talk discussing the joys and challenges of raising Black sons in America.
May 12, 2022
Inner-city Violence and the Power of the Black Church
Pastor Melvin Cross joins us to discuss two crucial topics: violence in the inner-city, and the power and importance of the Black church.  What are some of the causes and solutions of inner-city violence and how does the Black church fit with the racial reconciliation movement?
April 28, 2022
Creating Generational Wealth in the Black Community
In this first episode of Season 5, financial manager, Michelle Sinclair Doyley, tells us that though Black people were often barred from past opportunities to accumulate wealth, we can begin now.   We can take steps to turn the tide for our children and our children's children - even if we don't have a lot of money to save or invest.  Join us for this riveting conversation!
April 14, 2022
SPECIAL Black History Month EDITION: The Courage, Excellence and Honor of The Tuskegee Airmen
In this SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH EDITION, we provide a cameo of the brave aviators who helped to secure our victory in WWII.  My very special guest tells us some of the courageous exploits of these honorable men and how they turned the tide of history in more ways than one.
February 21, 2022
Suicide Risk in Black Youth
Why is suicidal behavior on the rise among Black youth?  In this episode, I interview psychologist, Dr. Ellen-ge Denton about her suicide research in Guyana, South America.  How might this research make sense of some troubling data here in America?   
January 13, 2022
What is Cultural Appropriation -and what is it not?
Is it cultural appropriation when Black musicians play Classical music?  What about when white musicians sing jazz or gospel?  When is it appropriation and when is it appreciation?  To help us make sense of all of this, I interview award winning author Dr. Jeffrey McCune, Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester.
December 30, 2021
When Black Kids Attend Majority White Schools
In this episode I interview Kimberly Brown, advisor to a Black Student Union at a mostly white suburban high school.  What do Black students who attend majority white schools experience?  What can be done to help mitigate some of the negative impact?  
December 16, 2021
Growing up with Racist Family - and Becoming Anti-Racist
In this episode I interview friend Jeff Bickford who grew up with racist family and racist ideas, but rejected those ideas in his youth and adulthood.  We don't always have to be the product of our surroundings.
December 02, 2021
What is an Anti Racist Curriculum - and why are parents coming to blows over it?
Over the past several months, many school board meetings across the country have turned into near fist fights, always over the same things: masking and Anti Racist Curricula.  In this episode, I interview Shane Wiegand and Kesha James, co-leads of the Pathstone Anti Racist Curriculum Project.  What is it and why is it so controversial?
November 11, 2021
Voter Suppression: are we losing ground?
In this episode I interview attorney John Bradley who speaks about the tactics being used to limit the vote.  Why is this happening and why is it dangerous?
October 28, 2021
Being Biracial is Complicated
This is a sneak peak into a book I'm writing about being biracial - and the sometimes difficult journey of finding racial identity.  
October 15, 2021
Covid Vaccine Hesitancy in the Black Community
Black people die from Covid at a higher rate than anyone else, and yet, Black people are the most hesitant to receive the vaccine.  Why is that and what can be done about it?  Join me as I interview infectious disease expert, Dr. Angela Branche.  This is a great episode for anyone who is hesitant, even if you aren't Black!
October 01, 2021
Four Months Later: reflections on the January 6th insurrection
When we gladly left 2020 behind, who would have thought that 2021 would start with an attempted coup d'état?  The January 6th insurrection was offensive and troubling on many levels.  We can't afford to forget it and do what it takes to ensure that it never happens again.  During this last episode of Season 3, I provide some thoughts and reflections on that terrible day.
April 21, 2021
Mothers, Babies and Covid 19
Do doctors treat White and Black patients differently?  Why is the mortality rate higher among Black women and babies, and why have so many people of color died from Covid-19?  Join us for an incredible interview with Dr. Jessica Long.
April 09, 2021
Trauma, Addiction and Daniel Prude
In this episode, I interview Dr. Louisa Olushoga, a psychiatrist who serves poor communities in Chicago.  We discuss trauma, collective trauma and addiction.  And then she shares her thoughts on Daniel Prude, a mental health patient who was killed by police in Rochester NY in 2020.
March 26, 2021
Was Jackie Robinson Exceptional?
The Myth of the "Exceptional Negro" goes something like this: "Most Black people are subpar, but every once in a while, one rises up and does something great."  This is of course a myth.  Black excellence has always been there, and it will flourish more, as more opportunity opens up.
March 12, 2021
The notion that former slaves and descendants of slaves should be given reparations has been kicked around since the close of the Civil War.  We've been talking about it for 150 years and have never actually provided them.  Why not, and is it too late now?
February 26, 2021
When White Families Adopt Black Children
Forty percent of US adoptions are transracial.  This shows progress in our culture: no longer do couples only want to adopt children who look like them.  But what are some of the challenges the children who grow up in these homes face?  Melissa Luckey joins us and tells her transracial adoption story.  What are some of the things she and her husband are doing to help their boys grow up with a health racial identity?
February 11, 2021
Racial Bias in the Child Welfare System
Why are there so many children in foster care and why are so many of them Black?  In this episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Ashley Cross, an expert in the foster care field.  We discuss the leading causes of child neglect and abuse and why a disproportional number of children who are removed from their homes are Black.
January 28, 2021
Where Would We Be Without Dr. King?
Season 3 begins with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King's Jr,   How extraordinary it was that King insisted that the movement he lead be nonviolent.  He witnessed gross injustice, but he never encouraged retaliation.  His March on Washington was the linchpin which finally moved JFK off the fence and motivated him to write the Civil Rights Act.  Where would we be if King hadn't lead this historic movement?
January 15, 2021
First a Man: growing up in a Black nation
In this final episode of Season 2, I interview my husband, Dr. Marvin Doyley.  He talks about the benefit of growing up in Jamaica, where he never even thought about race.  This provided a strong foundation which helped him to navigate the racism he experienced in England and later, in America. 
October 09, 2020
Let's Get Rid of Black History Month
I have been a vigorous defender of Black History Month, but I've changed my mind.  
October 02, 2020
Nothing New Under the Sun
We've seen racial protests, demonstrations, boycotts and riots for the last 100 years.   What have they accomplished - and is there an end in sight?  My son, Ben, joins me at the end for the last word.
September 25, 2020
Race and the Church
In this episode, I interview Dr. Christopher House.  Dr. House resigned from the faculty of Liberty University, after former president Jerry Falwell Jr published a racist tweet.  He tells us what went down at Liberty, and then we delve into the good, the bad and the ugly of the church's involvement in slavery, the Civil Rights Movement and the current movement for racial justice. 
September 20, 2020
The Talk
How can parents talk to their children about racism?  This week I speak with author April Randolph discussing how to teach our black children about the realities of racism, without instilling fear or anger, and how we can talk to our white children about being compassionate, aware anti-racists.
September 11, 2020
Racial Bias in America
We are fortunate to live in a country with so many freedoms.  Nevertheless, racial bias runs deep.   In this week's episode, we look at where we are and how we got here -- and why we're still plagued with it.
September 04, 2020
Statues, Flags and Heroes
Grassroots organizations are demanding that certain statues be removed; this is actually happening all over the Western world.  But while some applaud this, others fear the erasure of our history.  How do we determine which statues stay and which statues go?
August 28, 2020
Racial Bias in Sentencing and Incarceration and the Defunding of Police
In this final episode of season one, we invited Criminal Defense Attorney, John Bradley, back to finish discussing racial bias in the criminal justice system and what defunding police might look like.
June 26, 2020
Making Black Friends is Easier Said Than Done
In our last episode, we talked about the importance of having black friends.  The truth is, this is can be difficult.  There may be very few black people in your community, or it just may feel awkward.  But if we don't have black friends, it can be very easy to allow other people and the media to shape our view of black people, and racism will just be passed down from one generation to the next.
June 19, 2020
What Next?
In this episode, Community Organizer Aisha Bussey joins me in discussing next steps following the murder of George Floyd.  As protests fade out and the nation goes back to semi-normal after COVID, what are some practical things we can do to bring lasting change?
June 12, 2020
Riots and Curfews
The murder of George Floyd by a police officer sparked protests all over the world.  Some of the protests turned violent.  Though there is no excuse for rioting, these riots are symptomatic of deeper problems within the criminal justice system.  Let's not get distracted by the symptom, but rather go deep and find the cause.
June 04, 2020
A Bird Watcher and a Dog
In Central Park, a man asked a woman to leash her dog.  Rather than just saying, "Sure!" she called 911 and told dispatch that a black man was trying to hurt her.  She weaponized his color.  This was disturbing, but perhaps more disturbing was the fact many were more distraught over her treatment of her dog,  than of her treatment of the man.  
May 29, 2020
Ahmaud Arbery and The Racial Bias of the Criminal Justice System
On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was killed by two men who thought he looked suspicious.  These two men were only arrested when a video emerged - over two months later.  Ahmaud was black; the two men are white.  In this episode, I interview attorney, John Bradley, who talks about the case from a legal point of view and then we discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system in general. 
May 26, 2020
Breaking the Silence
This is a  shorter version of a talk I gave at Rochester's Institute of Technology in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In it, I discuss why we in America are encouraged to remember some events, like 9-11, but we're encouraged to stop talking about other things, like slavery, Jim Crow and current racial issues.  It's crucial for us as a people to remember all of our past, not so that we can become bitter, but so that we can better understand others -- and prevent history from repeating itself.
May 23, 2020
What do Colin Kaepernick, Viola Davis and Lebron James Have in Common?
In this episode, we'll try to understand why more and more black athletes and celebrities are using their positions of influence to underscore racial injustice.
May 23, 2020