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Radical Magical Brilliance: Centering The Well-Being of Black Women
Radical Magical Brilliance: Centering The Well Being of Black Women is a weekly podcast that offers illuminating insights, guidance and inspiration.
May 29, 2020
Interview with Dr. Danielle Drake
“Dr. Danielle Drake is one of those torch bearers, healers, her open hands offering us tools to remember that our worth, wonder, wholeness and humanity is implied. Regardless of those who lack the soul or substance to acknowledge it. Dr. Drake's scholarship and commitment reminds us that the visionary power of those who have come before us is within us and is needed now more than ever." Danielle Drake, PhD is Associate Professor, Program Chair, and alum of the Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy MA program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University with her dissertation study focused on the use creativity and spirituality among African Americans. As a result of her dissertation research she developed and conducted an initial validation of the Black Spiritual Creativity Scale. Her post-doctoral internship at Rafiki Coalition focuses on holistic health and wellness in the Bayview / Hunters Point community of San Francisco. Dr. Drake’s clinical work as an Expressive Arts Therapist engages clients in creative writing, music, and visual arts processes. She uses a liberatory informed theoretical approach that incorporates Womanist (black feminist), and Black/African-centered psychologies with Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and contemplative practices. Dr. Drake is co-author of book chapter, “Womanism, Creativity and Resistance,” published in American Psychological Association publication, “Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voice of Fire, Acts of Courage.” In 2018 Dr. Drake hosted a conversation with Angela Davis for CIIS Public Programs on Dr. Davis’ life of activism. As a spoken word artist Dr. Drake is a former Oakland Poetry Slam Champion, and author of Cast Iron Life: A collection of poems and recipes.
May 21, 2020
Now that we have been in this new normal, I wanted to check in. I'm excited to be back.
Apr 22, 2020
Interview with Anamarie "Ree" Shreeves of Fort Negrita
In celebration and recognition of Earth day, we are sharing a much loved interview with Ree of Fort Negrita, conducted in 2015. For more on her work, please visit www.fortnegrita.com
Mar 31, 2020
Interview with Keturah Kendrick
Interview with Writer and Author of No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone, Keturah Kendrick. Music: "What's going on? " (Instrumental) by GaBrilla Ballard
Mar 13, 2020
On COVID-19-5 Suggestions for Self-Care
During this stressful time, I wanted to offer some support that you might find helpful. May you be well. Transcript of recording can be found at www.radicalmagicalbrilliance.com
Mar 9, 2020
Interview with dana fitchett
dana e. fitchett, director of defDances, is a multi- and inter-disciplinary artist, movement educator, MFA candidate, and radical mixed-race Black woman exploring questions of identity reconciliation and decolonization by way of creative expression and re-imagination of what's possible. She lives in Oakland, CA, and splits most of her time between the Bay Area and the Northeast. Music by Gabrilla Ballard
Feb 14, 2020
Interview with Ayanna Molina
Raised in the arms of New Orleans, Ayanna's vibe is an eclectic mix of spoken word and Hip Hop. Her work is dedicated to uplifting women and using Hip Hop as a tool to teach young people. She has performed in venues across the country...New York (Nuyurican), Atlanta (Women Who Jam) and Houston (Blackout Arts Collective). Ayanna continues to do workshops to promote self-love and wellness for women of color. Her album, "Uplift Yo' Self" is her first project, followed by "InteGRITTY: The Mixtape". Affectionately known as "Mama Fiyah", Ayanna uses her art as a tool for activism. As a published author, Ayanna wrote Run Away Girl to chronicle the journey to self-love. She wrote Keep it High: Thoughts in a New Light to tell the story after she found self-love. Ayanna Molina earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans in Psychology and English. She earned a Masters of Education degree in Community Counseling at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. Ayanna is also a member of the professional organizations, Counselors for Social Justice and the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Ayanna is designated as a Nationally Certified Counselor and holds a license in the state of Louisiana. Ayanna supports children and adults experiencing grief and trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Ayanna specializes in Play Therapy for children aged 3-13 years, self-esteem work for girls and women and grief/trauma counseling with people of African/Black decent. (From truelovemovement.com)
Jan 27, 2020
Interview with B. Anderson
In this month's interview series, I had the fortune of having a conversation with B. Anderson. B. Anderson, (they/them), is a sound healer, plant medicine stewart/herbalist, reiki practitioner, mediation teacher, mediator, ritual leader and community organizer. B. calls up the traditions, legacies and medicine of their southern Black American, Jamaican Maroon, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, and Choctaw ancestry as their healing arts praxis. A visionary of Love Circle Sangha, a member of Harriet's Apothecary and member of the board for engaged Buddhist activist organization Buddhist Peace Fellowship, B. combines their experience as a grassroot organizer, and their life principles and practices to co-design community wellness strategies, transformative spaces and generative healing modalities across the country. B. Recently offered their their talk on “Right Stewardship as an Anecdote to Cultural Genocide” for Tedx Flatbush and shared practice on liberation as an worm through healing sound and collective awareness for the Healing Justice Podcast.
Nov 18, 2019
Interview with Lisa Marie of The Black Berry Beauty Academy-Part 2
Today's episode concludes my interview my Lisa Marie of The Black Berry Beauty Holistic Academy. For more information on Lisa Marie's work, please visit www.blackberrybeautyacademy.com
Nov 11, 2019
Interview with Lisa Marie of The Black Berry Beauty Academy
Today’s episode kicks off our first monthly interview of season 3. Today’s interview is with healer, artist and world traveler Lisa Marie who recently visited Colombia. In part 1 of this two-part interview, Lisa Marie discusses self-love and tenderness in the lives of Black Women. To find out more about her work, please visit her websites below. Visit her you tube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCttjrp4Gj95DM4SQGpeDtvQ Her website: http://www.blackberrybeautyacademy.com/ Her IG: https://www.instagram.com/rosa_negratravels/ Enjoy today's episode!
Nov 1, 2019
Health Self-Advocacy and Black Women
Black Women often face institutional and systemic blockades to treatment modalities that aid in our well-being. These systemic challenges make self-advocacy a vital life practice. Today’s episode centers on Black women and self-advocacy in healthcare situations. Music: Opening/Closing Song: Urban Mamasong Productions Deeply dungeon-Lobo Loco (Over Midnight) Melodiou-Partners in Rhyme-
Oct 25, 2019
S3 Episode 1: New Direction Welcome to the beginning of a new season. Procrastination or what can be perceived as such, isn't always about avoiding doing our work. Sometimes procrastination and/ or hesitation can be a sign that there is something not right. That you need to reconsider a choice you’re making or move in another direction. Today’s episode is a result of me taking a step back to rethink and ultimately re-envision the direction of this podcast. To begin moving in a direction that excites me and feels more aligned with my life’s work. And to focus more on a subject I am very passionate about--The Well-Being of Black Women. Enjoy today's episode.
Mar 27, 2019
Radical Magical Brilliance Interviews: kei slaughter
About Today’s Guest: kei slaughter (pronouns: they/them) is a Soul-Folk Sonic Storyteller conjuring bokou magik from deep New Orleans roots. A dynamic Vocalist, Songwriter, Flutist, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Board-Certified Music Therapist, kei delights audiences with their soulful, smart, and highly inventive compositions. In addition to writing and playing for a range of cross-disciplinary projects, kei also uses music as a tool for healing and social change in their heartwork with LGBTQ+POC and Youth of Color communities. Recently, kei launched S O U L F O L K Sounds, a radical community music and sound healing practice for the People, lovingly centering Queer Black Magik and QTPOC Kin. In Spring 2018, kei won the Delgado Songwriting Contest and within the last year wrote, produced, and independently released their debut album, Dark Fire. Beyond the stage, kei is a whimsy pencil enthusiast/collector and creator of The Pencil Fairy. Learn more and follow the journey: keislaughte…
Apr 16, 2017
RadicalMagicalBrilliance: Season 2
Sep 13, 2016
RadicalMagicalBrilliance: Season 2/Episode 1
This is the first episode of Season 2 of RadicalMagicalBrilliance. It has been a long time, but we are back and I am so excited about this upcoming season.
Dec 8, 2015
Nov 23, 2015
RadicalMagicalMonday/Insight for the Week: Love is a Muscle
Nov 15, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance: On Race and Wealth, Part 1
My thoughts on Missouri within a larger historical context.
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance Episode 8: Dr. Herukhuti Williams
Interview with Writer, poet, playwright and scholar Dr. Herukhuti Williams
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance Episode 7: Arisa White
Interview with poet, author and playwright Arisa White
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance Episode 6: Amber McZeal
Interview with Scholar, Vocalist and Healer Amber McZeal
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance Episode 5: Hurricane Katrina
In Episode 5, I reflect on where I was during Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance: Episode 4- On Black Lives Mattering
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance Episode 3: Re-Imagination
In this episode, I ponder the notion of stepping outside of boxes and re-imagining how we can be, live and create.
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance: Episode 2
RadicalMagicalBrilliance Episode 2: Interview with Yoga Teacher and Activist, Chanelle John
Sep 26, 2015
RadicalMagicalBrilliance: Episode 1
The first episode of RadicalMagicalBrilliance: On Love.