30 episodes

Better to Speak: The Podcast explores sociopolitical issues affecting Black people in America through the lens of young Black storytellers and changemakers.

About Better to Speak

Better to Speak is a Black youth-led community media platform working to – in the words of Audre Lorde's 1984 essay featured in "Sister Outsider" – transform silence into language and action.

Learn More + Take Action: www.bettertospeak.org

Better to Speak: The Podcast Kési Felton

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Better to Speak: The Podcast explores sociopolitical issues affecting Black people in America through the lens of young Black storytellers and changemakers.

About Better to Speak

Better to Speak is a Black youth-led community media platform working to – in the words of Audre Lorde's 1984 essay featured in "Sister Outsider" – transform silence into language and action.

Learn More + Take Action: www.bettertospeak.org

    Founder's Letter – The Annual Report 2022

    Founder's Letter – The Annual Report 2022

    Before the year ends, take a look at Better to Speak’s second annual report to reflect on our progress and impact in 2022!
    Listen to the opening letter of this year’s annual report written and read by Better to Speak’s founder, Kési Felton.
    In the full PDF Report, you can expect to see…
    A recap of our 2022 Strategic GoalsProgram + project recapsCash flow statementA preview of our goals for 2023!
    READ MORE HERE: www.bettertospeak.org/annualreport-22


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    • 3 min
    [REPLAY] Amina’s Story – Bridging the Gap for Women and Girls with ADHD

    [REPLAY] Amina’s Story – Bridging the Gap for Women and Girls with ADHD

    This episode is a REPLAY in honor of ADHD Awareness Month.
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    The Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD works to enable women and girls with ADHD, as well as their families, providers and communities – to better understand the unique needs of girls and women with ADHD. The Duke Center aims to help individuals seek and receive appropriate treatment, find supportive communities, and reach their full potential by closing key information and resource gaps.
    Check out Kési’s conversation with Amina Sesay, Project Coordinator at the Duke Center, as they discuss the lack of information about how Black women and girls experience ADHD, the Duke Center's current projects, and how you can get involved!
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    Find Better to Speak
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    www.bettertospeak.org 
     
    Find the Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD
    Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
    www.adhdgirlsandwomen.org
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    Learn More + Take Action : 
    What I Wish You Knew: A letter to my younger myself about our ADHD – by Kési Felton on Medium Translating ADHD PodcastSistas with ADHDWomen & ADHD Podcast Adulting with ADHD “Let’s TikTalk About It” featured creator: Tiffany Lindley (@epiphanylane)Epiphany Lane Counseling Four Steps Towards Better Serving Black and Brown Girls with ADHD – Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHDCHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) ADDitude Magazine – Self-Tests for ADHD, ODD, Autism, OCD, Learning DisabilitiesNAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 
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    • 32 min
    [REPLAY] Kési's Story – The State of the Young Black Advocate

    [REPLAY] Kési's Story – The State of the Young Black Advocate

    This episode is a REPLAY in honor of ADHD Awareness Month.
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    The first question every one of our guests answers is “What’s your story? How did you get to where you are today?”
    In the Season 3 premiere of Better to Speak: The Podcast, Kési (host and founder of Better to Speak) explores her own personal story on the show for the first time.
    This episode is dedicated to Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 - November 17, 1992), whose works including “A Litany for Survival,” “Transforming Silence Into Language and Action,” and “Your Silence Will Not Protect You” continue to guide Better to Speak’s mission and vision as its north star.
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    Find Better to Speak:
    Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
    www.bettertospeak.org 
     
    Find Kési:
    Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram
    www.kesifelton.com 
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    Episode Sources:
    What I Wish You Knew: A letter to my younger myself about our ADHDNeurodivergents: Justice Warriors"To Be Young, Gifted & Black" performed by Nina Simone
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    • 37 min
    Clarke + Naomi’s Story – Disrupting and Diversifying the Media Industry

    Clarke + Naomi’s Story – Disrupting and Diversifying the Media Industry

    NAL Media is disrupting the media industry with its new app, Brij. Brij connects creative professionals in the media industry to new connections and opportunities and democratizing pathways to success for marginalized creatives. 
    Listen to learn more about co-founders Clarke Williams and Naomi Lilly, and their goals to transform networking and mentorship in the media industry as we traditionally know it.
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    Find Better to Speak
    Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
    www.bettertospeak.org 

    Find NAL Media + Brij
    Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook
    www.nal-media.com 
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    Learn More + Take Action: 
    Download the Brij app for iOS today!Learn more and donate to #Since2017, Better to Speak’s first-ever grassroots fundraiser, to support and sustain our Black youth and young adult-led community media programming including Better to Speak: The Podcast: www.bettertospeak.org/since2017  
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    • 33 min
    Melly and Kae's Story – Glamorizing the Cultural Worker

    Melly and Kae's Story – Glamorizing the Cultural Worker

    This June, we’re Celebrating Black History and Culture – specifically in honor of Black Music Month, Caribbean Heritage Month, as well as Pride Month. 
    To further explore this, we spoke with Melly and Kae, co-founders of Eight88 Studios – an interdisciplinary production company, about their work to serve independent artists through a Queer Black Feminist lens. 
    They offer artist management, currently managing three independent music artists as they journey through the beginning of their careers, video production and graphic design services, and are cultivating a working environment rooted in the holistic care of all artists: from the stories they tell, to the people who tell them, to the processes they curate.
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    Find Better to Speak
    Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
    www.bettertospeak.org 
     
    Find Eight88 Studios
    Instagram 

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    Learn More + Take Action: 
    Black Queer Feminism – Mecca Jamilah SullivanMecca Jamilah Sullivan EXODUS by Melly eight88's Inquiry Form  Melly on InstagramKae on Instagram 
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    • 1 hr
    Jada’s Story – Transforming Silence Into Action for Black Mental Wellness

    Jada’s Story – Transforming Silence Into Action for Black Mental Wellness

    Better to Speak is excited to announce our participation in the second-annual Mental Health Action Day held on Thursday, May 19 with more than 1,600 other leading organizations and leaders. 
    Our intention as a partner organization for Mental Health Action Day 2022 will be to encourage Black youth and young adults, as well as other Black folks, to take their first steps towards mental health action with a focus on collectivism and connection. 
    In this episode of The Podcast, we spoke to Jada Wesson, who is addressing those concepts through her Instagram page @BlvkPsych, to dig deeper into how various social systems impact Black mental wellness and how Black youth and young adults can learn more to not just better understand our mental health on a personal level, but a collective one.
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    Find Better to Speak
    Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

    www.bettertospeak.org 
     
    Find Jada & BLVKPSYCH
    Instagram

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    Learn More + Take Action: 
    Better to Speak Joins Second National Mental Health Action Day to Transform #SilenceIntoAction for Black Mental Wellness Black Mental Health (@blvkpsych) – InstagramBreak Away from Hustle Culture Black Folk Mental Health: Generational Trauma, Traditions & Truth – Jelan Agnew'It's Life or Death': The Mental Health Crisis Among US Teens - The New York Times Black Youth Suicide: Investigation of Current Trends and Precipitating Circumstances - Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body & Spirit Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through DepressionYou Aren't Lazy. You Just Need To Slow DownLaziness Does Not Exist – Devon Price, Ph.D.“Let’s TikTalk About It” featured creator: @4TheeHotties (original content from Nike's 'Nike Training Club' app) 
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    • 1 hr 19 min

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