On the upcoming season of Sick Empire you’ll hear Branden Janese ask critical questions surrounding Black trauma and centering conversations around healing. What does the path to freedom in healthcare look like for all Black Americans?
Season One of Sick Empire exposed the social ills highlighted by the coronavirus. Now, Season Two will focus on the healing steps. Our new season will highlight the ways to heal Black trauma, as well as the history behind Black folx and their forms of healing. We will feature the voices of holistic healers, root workers, doulas, Black financial health experts, nutritionists, prison abolitionists, historians and folx who specialize in treating Black American mental health.
The Mothership: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity & Black Owned Birthing Centers.
The powerful subject of maternal mortality and morbidity. Black women are dying from childbirth at a staggering rate compared to white women. And on today's episode you'll hear Branden Janese in conversation with two black birth workers who are changing the way we birth our babies for the better.
In the Black: Economic Wellness & The Pressures of Money
On this episode of Sick Empire we explore the health of Black wealth. Host Branden Janese interviews two brilliant financial pundits, Tiffany Hawkins and Allan Boomer of The Momentum Advisors. You'll hear candid conversations surrounding Black finances. We dive into topics surrounding the health of the Black dollar. You’ll hear how Black folks have overcome the history of trauma surrounding finances and what the future looks like for Black economics.
The Magical Negro: Tackling the “Blacks Can Take More Pain” Theory
The episode of Sick Empire dives into the data and science behind the notion that Black People can take more pain than other people. Why do physicians perceive Black people differently? Does the myth of the “strong Black woman” lead to the contributions of maternal mortality and morbidity? These are modern beliefs that come from slavery and it’s time to expose the sickness of racism in our public health systems. You’ll hear researchers Kelly Hoffman and Faith Mitchell in conversation with Branden Janese, talk candidly about their findings on the inequities in healthcare, and the history of the Magical Negro.
The Survivors: Mental Health in the Black Community
What happens when the struggle with sickness ceases to exist? What happens when the ill become healed? On this episode of Sick Empire our host Branden Janese interviews two women who overcame battles with mental health traumas to become professional healing practitioners. Camesha L. Jones and Selome Arya share powerful insight on how they offer free & low-cost services to underserved communities on the South side of Chicago and in Brooklyn.
Hood Eats: How Black Diets Influence Our Social Wellness
This episode of Sick Empire features two very different food educators who purposefully planted themselves in environments where they teach their passion for food and gardening by promoting access and knowledge in overlooked and all but forgotten Black neighborhoods. You’ll hear our host Branden Janese interview Kurt Evans, a chef who curates dinners to end mass incarceration, teaches culinary arts to kids on Rikers, and employs a staff of returning citizens at his pizza shop in Philly. Branden also interviews Yemi Amu, an aquaponic educator who talks about the power of healing in the garden, and shares her experiences teaching her non-gentrified Brooklyn community how to grow produce, herbs and proteins from recycled water.
Black Blood: Modern Day Healing Practitioners
On Season 2 of Sick Empire we are focusing on the healing practices and journeys of Black folx in New York and across the country to share the diverse paths of healing that we can explore after the coronavirus has left so many of us in sick in more ways than one.
You’ll hear our host Branden Janese interview an eclectic group of modern day healing practitioners, from a Reiki Master and yoga teacher in West L.A, to a holistic advocate in Atlanta, to a New York based Black femminist professor, scholar and mental health therapist.