Candid Conversation with Diana Mucci, about her new naptime series of children's books "Snugawinks Of Cuddleton Falls." We talk about her inspiration behind the book series and how motherhood had an influenced the collection. As an Afro-Latina, we also chat about the importance of seeing representation in children's books. Additionally, Diana shares an excerpt from the one of her books. Allow this conversation to inspire you!
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Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC An OB Hospitalist, is an obstetrician whose sole focus is caring for pregnant women in the hospital. She is also a mom, medical writer, lactation consultant and married to medicine (her husband is a pediatrician). Recently, Dr. Lincoln's Tik Tok video went viral and about Black Maternal Health and it caught many by surprise. In this episode, we will chat about Black Maternal Health and some of the benefits of breastfeeding.
* Please excuse my daughter's debut in the episode, motherhood is full of unexpected moments!
Mental Health Therapist, Leah Steverson of Poppy's Therapeutic Cornor located in Ohio, shares ways we can cope with how we are feeling in the midst of the Race Pandemic, and how love is a universal language that binds us together and can make us feel better.
Poppy’s Therapeutic Corner, LLC is a private group practice located in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, that is Black Owned and Operated. They are a safe corner in the world where clients are able to develop new coping skills, ways to handle conflict and hope for increased life satisfaction full of happiness and joy.
*Video Clip Source is via YouTube, watch the full clip here. Explicit due to language.
Aileen Kelleher is a Liscensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago who specializes in helping children, teens, parents and families regain hope and joy in the midst of challenges. With all of the changes that our children have experienced during this era of COVID and Race Conversations, Aileen shares tips on how to support our children during this time.
Reelblack founder MIKE D. is a graduate of both NYU film School and The American Film Institute. His 2008 short film, THE 13TH AMENDMENT played in several festivals and won the jury prize in CNN's inaugural IREPORT FILM FESTIVAL. His 1989 NYU short, WHO IS CHRIS ROCK? went viral after being featured on Huffington Post and spawned a follow-up, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JORDAN ROCK in 2011.
Mike and I have a conversation about the importance of Black Film and his words of wisdom as we navigate the Race Pandemic.
Dr. Tana M. Session is an award-winning International Speaker, Best-selling Author, and Certified Executive-level Performance Strategist. Her path to success was not an easy one, and started out with her being born into the New York City foster care system where she remained until she was 3 1/2 years old and reunited with her biological family. Dr. Tana M. Session holds PHR, GPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is WMBE certified. With over 25 years of Human Resources experience, she specializes in cultural engineering, facilitated experiences and leadership & organizational development.
In this episode, Dr. Tana will share strategies and a preview of her book, Working While Black: A Woman's Guide To Stop Being The Best Kept Secret. She will share how race plays an integral part in the success of Black woman and how we can lean in, to change those standards.
Dr. Jalan Burton (Dr. J) is a pediatrician based out of the DMV area. Dr. J has over a decade of experience in well and sick child care, complex care, children with special needs, public health, youth development and health care consulting. She also own her own medical consultancy business where she provides direct patient care by way of home visits. Healthy Home Pediatrics was birthed, so she could spend extra time with her patients to better address health and wellness needs and change unfavorable medical trajectories. Dr.. J also talks about the importance of fresh foods and how gardening can be an immersive family activity.
Maya Washington has been a resident of Minnesota for most of her life, as her dad, was a Professional Football player for the Vikings. She’s a filmmaker, actress, writer, poet, creative director and arts educator. We are going to dive into a conversation centered around what is happening in Minneapolis during this Race Pandemic. Additionally, Maya shares personal experiences centered around race, and how it impacted her life.
Tiffany and I have a Candid Conversation about Race and how the Murder of George Floyd has impacted her household as a White woman, married to a Black man, with their three children in tow.
Tiffany Hinton is a married mom of three children, the author of the #1 Amazon best -sellers, Gluten Free Mom Certified and Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage. She is also a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and Gluten-free lifestyle expert! She has been a featured expert on Fox News, The Morning Jam and in HuffPost. She has written 15 cookbooks.
Racism has been present in this country for over 400 years, and the recent murder of George Floyd has ignited feelings of anger, despair, helplessness and fear. Today, I am sharing parts of my story of being a Black woman in America.
Sheetal Patel, the founder, began her “Power Bag” line in 2011. The handbags have since been featured on Zappos.com on their Emerging Designer platform, as well as, WWD MAGIC Launch Pad trade show. The line has also been sold at the Four Seasons Hotel gift shop in Chicago and other luxury hotels. After taking a hiatus, Sheetal has come back with a bang to empower women through wearing a statement bag. To own it, love it and not give a damn what others think. Sheetal began G.I.A. Luxe as a single mother in college. She has challenged the unconscious bias, crushed stereotypes and now looks to empower the girls and women of tomorrow.
Becoming a grandmother at the age of 37 is tough. My mother was vulnerable and shared how she uncovered I had been sexually active and discovering I was pregnant. This is a conversation that took place via social media, hence the commentary that I shared throughout. I hope this inspires you to be transparent about your journey.
Jennifer Arnise is the author of "F*ck That Cape: The Grown Woman's Unapologetic Guide to Putting Herself First. She is also a Spiritual Life Coach and entrepreneur who turned tragedy to triumph after surviving a traumatic and violent assault at the age of 17.
Dr. Kiri-An Bridgewater is a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist working in Jamaica. She works in the Public Health care system where she gives back to the free health care system. During this conversation, we will talk about vaginal health and the importance of keeping our lady parts healthy even past childbearing years.
They tried to steal her joy, they attempted to keep her down, but she rose to the occasion. CoCo Davis is a multifaceted woman who uses her journey from being incarcerated for 13 and a half years to inspire, advocate and create change in the community. Coco Davis is an Author, Activist, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Founder of Talk 2 Me Foundation, and much more. Be prepared to be inspired!
This one is for all the parents and caregivers, Dr. G. is discussing ways to manage parental stress, in particular during such a stressful time as the global COVID 19 Crisis. She is addressing the importance of putting stress management knowledge and skills into practice as a means to model to your children how to manage their own stress, difficult emotions, and promoting their emotional intelligence.
LaToiya Thomas is a certified sex therapist and sexpert, who focuses on sexual intelligence and sexual grief. LaToyia was candid with me, sharing a couple quick tips to help invite more romance into your relationship. You can follow Toiya on social media:
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Renelle E. Nelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Infidelity Recovery Coach. Her passion is to assist clients with getting their sexual voice back and shattering sexual shame. In this episode, Renelle talks about intimacy and shares how we can ignite more intimacy by exploring the various levels of our own story. Grab your notebook and a glass of wine!
IF YOU HAVE YOUNGER CHILDREN, PLEASE LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES. THIS IS ADULT CONTENT.
Sherisa Rivera is an advocate for Black and Brown women and families experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss and/or infertility. She created Fertility in Colour while facing her own battle with recurrent miscarriages.
Her experiences and losses inspired her to use her voice to establish a space of belonging for women experiencing difficulty staying pregnant. Along with her husband Will, Sherisa is dedicated to fostering honest conversations around this seemingly invisible topic.
Are you interested in fertility options that are non - invasive and incorporates using natural methods to like, diet adjustments and health and mental wellness? I had a Candid Conversation about this topic with Dr. Aumatma, who is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes solely on Fertility, Pregnancy, and Post-Partum. She is the best-selling author of "Fertility Secrets: What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Baby-Making," and is a sought out speaker on topics of Fertility, Women’s Health, and Women’s Empowerment.
Dr. Aumatma was also awarded the “Best Alternative Medicine Practitioner″ award; she consults with clients locally in the Bay Area and works virtually with clients all over the world.
There is always a looming question within the realm of blended families centered around marriage and how we navigate the situtions. I am sharing with you insight on how I felt about my daughters dad getting married.