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S3/Epi. 12: Interview with Clarity Coach, Rebecca Thompson

S3/Epi. 12: Interview with Clarity Coach, Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson is an award-winning international political consultant and Clarity Coach who helps high achieving Black womxn transform their lives from the inside out. She has inspired audiences around the world with her story. From losing her election for State Representative in Michigan by just 6 votes on Election…

S3/Epi.11-Interview w/ Dr. Danielle Drake

S3/Epi.11-Interview w/ Dr. Danielle Drake

(From the Interview) “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. Drakes 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.

S3/Epi. 10: Checking in

S3/Epi. 10: Checking in

S3/Epi. 9: Interview with Ree of Fort Negrita (Earth Day Special)

S3/Epi. 9: Interview with Ree of Fort Negrita (Earth Day Special)

To learn more about Ree’s work, please visit www.fortnegrita.com

S3/Epi. 8: Interview with Keturah Kendrick

S3/Epi. 8: Interview with Keturah Kendrick

A New Orleanian by birth and New Yorker by choice, Keturah Kendrick has been penning insights about life at the intersection of race and gender for a decade. Aside from her popular blog, Yet Another Single Gal, she has written for The Unfit ChristianThe Not MomNonParents, and numerous publications. A practicing Nichiren Buddhist and secular humanist, Kendrick seeks to widen the narrative of good black womanhood. Much of her work normalizes and celebrates the Black woman who exists outside of the beloved box of gleeful sufferer of fools who sacrifices self for the greater good. She has lived in and traveled across Asia and Africa, relishing in connecting with women of different cultural backgrounds and perspectives on womanhood. Through her ground-breaking podcast, Unchained. Unbothered. and her celebrated memoir, No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone, Keturah centers the joys, pains, struggles and triumphs of free Black women who dare to name and claim a life narrative based solely on their desires and needs.

To find out more about her work, visit her website at www.keturahkendrick.com

Small Self-Care Practices

Small Self-Care Practices

By GaBrilla Ballard Graphic by GaBrilla Ballard(Copyright 2020. All Rights Reserved) As we support ourselves and each other in #flatteningthecure, I want to encourage you to fit in self-care. As many of you, I am home with my children, and it sometimes makes it harder…

On COVID-19: 5 Suggestions for Self-Care

On COVID-19: 5 Suggestions for Self-Care

By GaBrilla Ballard (Transcript) I came on to offer words of support and love to you my growing community, as I’m sure you have been inundated with more news than you probably want. Some of you are very worried, as am I and some of…

S3/Epi. 7: Interview with dana e. fitchett

S3/Epi. 7: Interview with dana e. 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 reimagination of what’s possible. She lives in Oakland, CA, and splits most of her time between the Bay Area and the Northeast. IG: def_artinmotion

Black Women, Health and  Self-Advocacy

Black Women, Health and Self-Advocacy

(This post is the transcript for episode 2 from our current season. It can be heard here) By Gabrilla Ballard In the media, many of us have heard the story of Serena Williams advocating for herself following the birth of her daughter. A practice that…