Into The Dawn
Into The Dawn
Jun 8, 2020
Kerry Rhodes: Dissecting Toxic Masculinity and How to Transform it
Play • 45 min

Kerry Rhodes is a former All-Pro NFL football player, as well as an actor, writer, and producer.  Currently, he is starring in Tyler Perry’s, IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG, on the OWN Network.  He also has a popular podcast called TACKLING LIFE, which he calls an outlet for men to openly express themselves in a safe zone, without any judgment. Kerry oversees The Rhodes Foundation, a charity that provides opportunities for college-bound youth in impoverished communities. He continues to push boundaries and to knock down the stigmas with athletes and their propensity to excel at life after football.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the culture code inside the NFL and how it breeds toxic masculinity 

  • Why he started asking himself the right questions after the NFL and how systemic  oppression and depression stem from that culture

  • Why asking yourself the right questions leads to helping yourself move forward in emotional, mental and physically

  • How his concussions from the NFL brought him to ayahuasca and what he learned from it

  • Why he wanted to be in touch with his feminine side and how that transformed him, once he was able to tap into that

  • How toxic masculinity looks for men outside of the NFL and what can be done to start to transform that

  • Why men need permission to speak up and say, “I’m not okay”

  • How women can help toxic masculinity from perpetuating

  • How vulnerability shows up in his personal and professional life

Connect with Kerry:
Instagram: @kerryrhodes

Connect with Ashley:
Instagram: @ashleydrivard

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