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U Talk, I'll Listen

U Talk, I'll Listen

By Shannon Chatmon
Our stories make us who we are, and each experience is unique. We may not agree, but when we stop and listen, we find it is humanity that connects us.

Stories… human experience… empathy… and mental health… u talk.
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Health Scare Turned Nightmare (INOJ)
Ayanna Portee, also known as singer/songwriter INOJ, had Billboard-charting songs in the late 90s. During her career, she has worked with the likes of Dallas Austin, Lil' Jon, and SoSoDef to produce hits, including her covers of "Love You Down" and "Time After Time." However, her career would be stalled abruptly when she decided to undergo a surgery that left her unable to speak. Hear her story, how she worked her way back into the industry, and her plans for the future on the U Talk, I'll Listen Season 2 Finale. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 (Group - I Listen 2 U Talk) Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
33:50
October 18, 2021
Season 2, Episode 10 Preview
Next week's guest almost lost her ability to do what she loves to do... sing. Tune in next week to find out who it is and hear her full story. ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! It helps make my content better. Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
02:15
October 11, 2021
Guillain-Barre' Syndrome (Tim)
Tim, host of the Focused on Forward podcast, was surprised to find out that his daughter's leg pain was the result of Guillain-Barré syndrome. He talks about what it is like as a parent to watch your child suffer and not be able to do anything about it. He also discusses his family's new normal and how they are learning to cope with the trauma they experienced. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 (Group - I Listen 2 U Talk) Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
36:45
October 05, 2021
Season 2, Episode 9 Preview
Next week, Tim discusses his daughter's diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome and watching her go in and out of the ICU for 97 days. Tune in next week for the full story. ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! It helps make my content better. Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
02:21
September 27, 2021
Abortion (Ashley)
Ashley and her husband have struggled to have children. When they stopped trying, it finally happened, but their joy was cut short by a decision they felt they had to make during her pregnancy. She discusses the "gray area" of abortion and openly shares her personal experience of having an abortion at 20 weeks pregnant and the grief she and her husband experience today. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 (Group - I Listen 2 U Talk) Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
43:06
September 20, 2021
Season 2, Episode 8 Preview
On next week's episode, Ashley discusses her experience having an abortion. In this clip, she talks about what was going through her mind after she made the decision to move forward with the procedure. Join us next week to hear her full story. ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! It helps make my content better. Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
02:40
September 13, 2021
Proud U.S. Marine and Veteran (Daryll)
Daryll became a U.S. Marine at the age of 20. After the 9/11 attacks, he was called to active duty and sent to Iraq. Though he wasn't on the front lines, he still suffers from PTSD and depression almost 20 years later. Listen as he discusses his experience in the military and the effects, both good and bad, that it had on his life. ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
48:02
August 30, 2021
Season 2, Episode 7 Preview
Daryll, a veteran of the US Marine Corps, describes what his first night in Iraq was like after being deployed. Join us next week to hear the full story and how his experience in the military still affects him today. ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! It helps make my content better. Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons Sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com/
02:18
August 23, 2021
Athletic Burnout (Jase)
Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka have been in the news lately after taking a break to focus on their mental health. Jase, an elite long-distance runner, discusses his experience with burnout when he suffered a mysterious illness that led him down a path of self-doubt and destroyed his Olympic dreams, which led to burnout. He questioned the sport for which he had spent so much of his life training, but in the process he discovered the need for recovery and a deeper purpose for continuing in the sport. ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
43:41
August 16, 2021
Season 2, Episode 6 Preview
We are learning about the pressures that elite athletes face and the toll it takes on their bodies and mental health, as more and more athletes like Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, and Michael Phelps have all discussed their mental health struggles. In episode 6 we will hear from Jase, who was an elite cross-country runner with hopes to qualify for the Olympics until he experienced some health struggles which caused burnout. ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! It helps make my content better. Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Theme Music: Sonic Dragons
02:02
August 09, 2021
Single Parenthood (Kenita)
Kenita struggled as a single parent of two boys who was working two jobs and trying to get a degree, but she was determined not to become a statistic. Hear her story and how she turned her struggle into a blessing for other single parents. ***Help a single parent by donating to HOPE, Inc.   ***Click here to subscribe and listen to U Talk Ad-Free.   3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give!   Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020   Theme Music: Sonic Dragons Sound effects and royalty free tracks courtesy of zapsplat.com   Blinds.com Ad - For up to 35% off and free shipping, visit https://blinds.gnv2.net/c/2544961/1102430/9086. (offer expires August 8, 2021)
35:28
August 02, 2021
Season 2, Episode 5 Preview
3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Blinds.com Ad - For up to 35% off and free shipping, visit https://blinds.gnv2.net/c/2544961/1102430/9086.
03:36
July 26, 2021
Fertility Struggles (Eliska)
Eliska and her husband tried desperately to have a child. They got pregnant quickly, but suffered a miscarriage early in the pregnancy. Eliska shares her 6-year struggle to have a baby and what her family looks like now.  3 Ways to Support the Podcast:  Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love.  Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020.  Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen!  Thanks for any support you give!  Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media:  Facebook - @utalk2020  Instagram - @utalk2020  Twitter - @utalk2020  YouTube - @utalkilisten2020  Blinds.com Ad - For up to 35% off and free shipping, visit https://blinds.gnv2.net/c/2544961/1102430/9086.
39:32
July 19, 2021
Season 2, Episode 4 Preview
On next week's episode, Eliska talks about her struggles to get pregnant, miscarriages, and the heartbreak she and her husband experienced. You'll also hear how she became a mother of two. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Blinds.com Ad - For up to 35% off and free shipping, visit https://blinds.gnv2.net/c/2544961/1102430/9086.
03:27
July 12, 2021
Parenting Children with Special Needs (Kate)
Kate and her husband Joe have 5 kids - 3 biological and 2 adopted. Their adopted children also have severe disabilities. Kate reflects on the joys and challenges their family faces and shares why she thinks other people should consider adopting children with special needs as well. 3 Ways to Support the Podcast: Share your favorite episodes with your friends. Podcasts experience the biggest growth by word of mouth. If you share on social media, tag @utalk2020 so I can repost and show you some love. Support us financially on anchor.fm/utalk2020. Give us a great review on whatever platform you listen! Thanks for any support you give! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Blinds.com Ad - For up to 35% off and free shipping, visit https://blinds.gnv2.net/c/2544961/1102430/9086.
38:16
July 05, 2021
Season 2, Episode 3 Preview
On next week's episode, Kate shares what it is like to be a young mom to 5 kids - 2 of them adopted and with special needs. If you're a fan of U Talk, please leave us a 5-star review in your podcast app and share your favorite episode with a friend! Thanks for listening! Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Omio Discount code: LISTENER5 (offer valid until June 30, 2021)
02:32
June 28, 2021
Christian Pride (Andrew)
Andrew, who identifies as both gay and Christian, reflects on his childhood and how he reached a point in his life where he had to choose whether to continue living the lie that was weighing on his heart or reveal his truth. He talks about how he learned the meaning and history of Pride and addresses the concerns some people may have about his faith. Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Click the links below to vote U Talk as the People's Choice in the My Rode Cast Competition: Entry #1 Entry #2 Omio Discount code: LISTENER5 (offer valid until June 30, 2021)
41:23
June 21, 2021
Season 2, Episode 2 Preview
On next week's episode, Andrew talks about being Christian and gay. In the preview, Andrew discusses how he told his mom. Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Omio Discount code: LISTENER5 (offer valid until June 30, 2021)
01:31
June 20, 2021
Domestic Abuse (Mallory)
Mallory thought she had met her soulmate, but as time passed and life happened, he became verbally and physically abusive. In this episode, she details how the story unfolded, the changes she noticed in herself, and how this nightmare ended.  National Domestic Violence Hotline - Call or text 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Mallory's Social Media: IG - @bellayemaya Facebook - Mallory Lee  Follow @utalk2020 on Social Media: Facebook - @utalk2020 Instagram - @utalk2020 Twitter - @utalk2020 YouTube - @utalkilisten2020 Omio Discount code: LISTENER5 (offer valid until June 30, 2021)
01:11:16
June 20, 2021
Season 2, Episode 1 Preview
In episode 1 of season 2, Mallory details how her marriage turned from happy to abusive.
01:22
June 18, 2021
Black Love (Josh & Renesha) (Marcus & Cordia)
February is the month of love and black history, so this double episode spotlights black love. Josh and Renesha, newlyweds, and Marcus and Cordia, married 41 years, answer the same questions about their relationships and experiences with their spouses.  Join U Talk on Social Media:  Instagram & Twitter: @utalk2020  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020  Credits:  Executive Producer: Shannon Chatmon  Creative Director: Jennifer Clark  Music: Sonic Dragons
49:41
February 15, 2021
Episode 10 Preview
On next week's episode, we spotlight black love in honor of Black History Month and Valentine's Day. I asked two couples the same questions, newlyweds and my parents, who have been married for 41 years. Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020
01:38
February 08, 2021
Alcoholism to Sobriety (Aniera)
Aniera gives her account of the double life she said she was living while trying to suppress her feelings by drinking and blacking out. She describes the effects that alcohol has had on her life, her depression, suicide attempts, and low self-esteem. Now a Christian, she credits God for her life and 14 years of sobriety.  Join U Talk on Social Media:  Instagram: @utalk2020  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020   If you or someone you know is dealing with depression and/or having suicidal thoughts, please use one of the resources below:  National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org  For help with an alcohol addiction, click the link below to learn more about treatment options:   https://alcoholtreatment.niaaa.nih.gov/
47:38
February 07, 2021
Episode 9 Preview
On next week's episode, Aniera recalls her experience with alcoholism and what helped her get sober. Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020
00:59
February 03, 2021
After Suicide (Lyndsay)
Lyndsay recounts the day she found out her friend Danielle had committed suicide around six weeks after giving birth and how she helped to pick up the pieces in the days following. She talks about what helped her deal with the emotions she felt and why suicide is not the answer. Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020  If you or someone you know is dealing with depression and/or having suicidal thoughts, please use one of the resources below: National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
54:07
January 18, 2021
Episode 8 Preview
On next week's episode, Lyndsay recounts the shock and grief she felt upon finding out that her friend, Danielle, had committed suicide about six weeks after having a baby. Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020
01:38
January 11, 2021
Surviving Breast Cancer (Linde)
Linde, a breast cancer survivor who is under 40 and lives a healthy lifestyle, discusses feeling betrayed by her body. She details her emotional journey and the process from discovery of a lump to beating cancer and the aftereffects. Join U Talk on Social Media: Drop us a line on our social media, send an e-mail to utalkilisten2020@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at http://anchor.fm/utalk2020. Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020 
42:32
January 04, 2021
Episode 7 Preview
On next week's episode, Linde discusses her experience battling and beating breast cancer and the aftermath. Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020
01:14
December 28, 2020
Being Adopted (Josh)
Josh's adoption story is unique in that there was no agency involved. He recounts his experience growing up in a rural town, feeling different, and his quest for answers to some tough questions connecting to his personal identity. Join U Talk on Social Media: Drop us a line on our social media, send an e-mail to utalkilisten2020@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at http://anchor.fm/utalk2020. Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020 
52:31
December 21, 2020
Episode 6 Preview
On next week's episode, Josh discusses his adoption story, meeting his biological family, and his struggles with identity.  Join U Talk on Social Media:  Instagram: @utalk2020  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020 
01:25
December 14, 2020
Pro Athlete to Entrepreneur (Abdul)
According to a statistic from a 2018 CNBC News article, 60% of NBA players go broke within 5 years of leaving the NBA. With hard work and a humble attitude, Abdul, who played professional basketball for the Bulls and overseas, escaped becoming a part of that statistic. He discusses his experiences playing with Michael Jordan, living overseas, learning about the fitness business, and his partnerships with Orange Theory and Redline Athletics.  Join U Talk on Social Media: Drop us a line on our social media, send an e-mail to utalkilisten2020@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at http://anchor.fm/utalk2020. Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020  Keeping up with Abdul: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abdul.fox Instagram: @afox2525 Orange Theory (Peachtree City, Cumming, and Columbus, GA locations): https://www.orangetheory.com/en-us/locations/ Redline Athletics (Roswell, GA): https://redlineathletics.com/roswell/ Redline Athletics (Buford, GA): https://redlineathletics.com/buford/
25:37
December 07, 2020
Episode 5 Preview
On next week's episode, Abdul discusses his transition from professional basketball player to entrepreneur.  Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020 
01:23
November 30, 2020
SPECIAL EDITION: Native American Heritage (Dawn)
U Talk celebrates Native American Heritage Month by highlighting a Native American voice. Dawn, a direct descendant of Sacagawea, phones in to share information about her heritage, what she has learned about her culture and traditions, her experiences with discrimination, and her hopes for the future of the Native American community.  Join U Talk on Social Media:  Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020  Resources on the History of Thanksgiving and Native American Boarding Schools:  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thanksgiving-myth-and-what-we-should-be-teaching-kids-180973655/  https://www.businessinsider.com/history-of-thanksgiving-2017-11  https://www.history.com/news/how-boarding-schools-tried-to-kill-the-indian-through-assimilation
26:02
November 23, 2020
Childhood Trauma (Bigg A)
With influences from artists like Nas, DMX, Scarface, and 8-Ball & MJG, Bigg A’s music reflects his experiences growing up poor with an abusive father and having to become the primary breadwinner to help make a better life for his siblings. To provide for himself and his family, the Nashville native turned to a life in the streets, but discovered that the potential outcome of the lifestyle was not worth the risk. He tells this story in his first single, “Elbows.” As he began to understand the trauma he endured, he vowed to be a better father to his own children and break the generational curse. Hear his reflection on how his childhood trauma and struggles with depression affect his life today on Season 1, Episode 3. Join U Talk on Social Media:  Instagram: @utalk2020  Twitter: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020   Follow Bigg.A   Instagram - @bigga_trm  Stream Music - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/bigga6/elbows-radio-edit  YouTube Channel  If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts, or abuse, please call one of the numbers below:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)  National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)  National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)  National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663  https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org  https://www.thehotline.org
39:26
November 16, 2020
Episode 3 Preview
On next week's episode, Bigg.A talks about the trauma he experienced as a child with an abusive father and what life was like growing up poor. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss it!
01:34
November 09, 2020
Interracial Marriage (Taren and Harrison)
Until the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case in 1967, interracial marriage was illegal in many places in the U.S. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the number of interracial marriages. Harrison, a white male raised in the majority white suburbs of Minnesota, and Taren, a black female who was raised in a majority white suburb in Georgia, have been married for three years. They discuss their experiences as an interracial couple raising a biracial daughter and how their cultural differences have actually broadened their perspectives. Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram & Twitter: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020 
45:55
November 02, 2020
Episode 2 Preview
On next week's episode, I'l be talking to Taren & Harrison about their interracial marriage.
01:37
October 26, 2020
Divorce (Jennifer)
40-50% of couples in the US get divorced. Jennifer takes us through her experiences with infidelity, separation, divorce, and dating in her quest for healing and figuring out who she really is apart from her marriage. Her perspective is unique, as she knows what it’s like to be the wife and the side chick to a cheating husband. Join U Talk on Social Media: Instagram: @utalk2020 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utalk2020
01:04:40
October 04, 2020