Welcome to Breathe, Baby, Breathe, a podcast from Community Healing Network, where we engage Culture Carriers in conversations that light the path to emotional emancipation and cultural healing for people of African ancestry. Listen in each month for a new conversation that will offer you emotional and cultural strength for the journey ahead. Come, breathe in the fresh air of African values. (Listeners' note: we were unable to remove approximately 90 seconds of the background noise that occurs during President Aird's opening remarks in Episode One. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.) || #DefytheLie and #EmbracetheTruth to #FlourishWhileBlack
The Art and Act of Black Love
Knowing our history is knowing ourselves; it is how we become more of ourselves.
In this episode we explore Black love and Black humanity through a set of love letters exchanged between a young Black man and Black woman captured in Dear Mary, Dear Luther: A Courtship in Letters by Jill Marie Snyder. Snyder is the daughter of the young couple, Mary and Luther, and through the story of her parent's romance and courtship, she captures the truth of Black people, relationships, and the family. In this interview we continue to dismantle the lie of White superiority and Black inferiority by unearthing and illuminating the narratives of Black men and women in their own words.
Moving Beyond Bad History
"We can catch our own babies....We owe it to our ancestors to get all-the-way free."
In love, Jackie Dozier, Melanie Funchess, aka "Mama Mel," and Sherita D. Bullock, aka "The Baby Lady," are leading the effort in Rochester, NY, to rebuild the Black "Village." Known as "Shermakie," a combination of their three names, Jackie, Melanie, and Sherita are self-described gatekeepers of the Black village. Jackie, Melanie, and Sherita are modern-day QueenMothers who demonstrate not only the centrality of Black women in the movement for emotional emancipation and the complete liberation of people of African ancestry, but the sheer power of Black sisterhood.
Circles of Black Self-Love
"Black love, provide the adequate electric for what is lapsed and lenient in us now. Rouse us from blur. Call us." –Gwendolyn Brooks
"Love is both a noun and a verb....When we are in close proximity, love multiplies....When we come together our natural selves come through."
What does it mean to love? What does it mean to be loved? What does it mean for Black people to love each other? The journey towards emotional emancipation is a journey of courage fueled by love. Join us in this discovery of Black self-love, individually and collectively, with a husband and wife team of Emotional Emancipation Facilitators.
Kia Lanae and Dominic Coleman are a modern-day renaissance couple! As certified emotional emancipation facilitators and community-oriented entrepreneurs, they have partnered with multiple community organizations and initiatives over the past 20 years, particularly those that empower and uplift the African American community and spirit. By trade, Dominic is a licensed general contractor and Kia is an empowerment speaker, writer, artist, and creator of “Edify Newsletter” whose mission is to inspire, uplift, and honor the African Diaspora. For more information visit edifynewsletter.com.
A Conversation with QueenMother Akua Kalia Adayé of the Royal Brong Kingdom | Part 2
We dedicate this episode to the late Ms. Cicely Tyson.
We continue our conversations with Dr. Kelley Page Jibrell who is a recent doctoral graduate of African Studies and Adjunct Professor of International Business at Howard University. She is also a global strategy consultant with Sachem Global, LLC, and has worked in every region in Africa and across 25 countries worldwide. Dr. Jibrell is also known as QueenMother Akua Kalia Adayé of the Royal Brong Kingdom in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
A Conversation with QueenMother Akua Kalia Adayé of the Royal Brong Kingdom | Part 1
"We all have a contribution and a legacy." –QueenMother Akua Kalia Adayé
In this episode, we engage with Dr. Kelley Page Jibrell who is a recent doctoral graduate of African Studies and Adjunct Professor of International Business at Howard University. She is also a global strategy consultant with Sachem Global, LLC, and has worked in every region in Africa and across 25 countries worldwide. Dr. Jibrell is also known as QueenMother Akua Kalia Adayé of the Royal Brong Kingdom in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Part two of our conversation with QueenMother is forthcoming.
Becoming 'We' People
In episode five we talk with Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, Professor of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, about becoming "we" people. How do we shift from the Western perspective of "I am" to the African perspective of "we are"?
Join us on CHNConnect to continue this conversation as we connect, learn, heal, and grow together in the spirit of Ubuntu.