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Kindred is a nonprofit initiative and alternative media platform for exploring how/if our species is going to survive.

    Black Fathers: Cultural Myth and Reality

    Black Fathers: Cultural Myth and Reality

    Part III in Kindred’s Black Men, Breastfeeding and Social Justice Series
    An Interview with Reaching Our Brother's Everywhere, ROBE's Wisdom Council Members, Calvin Williams and Kevin Sherman.

    TRANSCRIPT HERE: www.kindredmedia.org/2020/06/black-…uncil-members/

    About Kindred’s Black Men, Breastfeeding and Social Justice Series: In this series, Lisa Reagan talks with the Wisdom Council members of Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere, ROBE, Calvin Williams and Kevin Sherman, who share their extraordinary stories of forging a new “generative” path to fatherhood, one that prepares black fathers to become crucial advocates and supporters “to increase breastfeeding rates and decrease infant mortality rates within African-American communities.”

    The maternal morbidity, infant death and low breastfeeding rates (a path to lifelong wellness) in African-American communities are the results of institutional and structural racism, gender inequality, and living in the one developed country on Earth that does not provide social support for families, such as paid family leave, healthcare, and worklife laws for fathers.

    While ROBE’s wisdom council members seek to “educate, equip and empower” new fathers, they, and the fathers they serve face the persistent cultural myth of black fathers as absent fathers. A damaging mythology contradicted by CDC data that shows:

    Most black fathers live with their children. There are about 2.5 million who live with their children, and 1.7 million who don’t, according to the CDC.
    Black dads who live with their children are actually the most involved fathers of all, on average, a CDC study found.
    For more academic insights into breaking stereotypes of black fathers, see Understanding the Positive Impacts of African American Fathers, or any work by Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., who has been deeply immersed in the study of black fathers and families for over two decades.

    About Kindred’s Editor: Oral history has its roots in the sharing of stories throughout the centuries. It is a primary source of historical data, gathering information from living individuals via recorded interviews. Lisa Reagan’s interviews of thought-leaders, researchers, activists, parents and professionals serves as an oral history of the organic conscious parenting/family wellness movement in the United States and globally since 1999. Follow her podcasts, and this series, on Apple Music/iTunes, SoundCloud and here on Kindred.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Death Makes Life Possible: An Interview with Marilyn Mandala Schlitz

    Death Makes Life Possible: An Interview with Marilyn Mandala Schlitz

    In this interview with Lisa Reagan, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, shares the inspiration for her documentary, Death Makes Life Possible, created with co-producer, Deepak Chopra. You can see the film's trailer, and read a feature article with Dr. Schlitz and Dr. Chopra on Kindred here: www.kindredmedia.org/2013/06/death-…-bridging-the/

    Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, r. Schlitz is an acclaimed social scientist, award-winning author, and charismatic public speaker. She has conducted clinical, laboratory and field-based research into consciousness, human transformation, and healing. Her books include Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine; and Death Makes Life Possible (and companion film by same title). Having taught at Stanford, Harvard, and Trinity University, she is currently Chair of the doctoral program in Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, CEO/President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Schlitz has published hundreds of articles in scholarly journals and popular publications, and has lectured extensively in diverse venues, including the United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, Commonwealth Club, and community groups across the world.

    • 37 min
    Kimarie Bugg, DNP: A Kindred Interview with a Breastfeeding Equity Activist

    Kimarie Bugg, DNP: A Kindred Interview with a Breastfeeding Equity Activist

    A national treasure for her leadership in breastfeeding and equity education, in this Kindred interview, Kimarie Bugg, DNP, RN, MPH, IBCLC, shares her story of discovering her love for caring for babies and mothers as the granddaughter of a Southern lay midwife who cautioned her to become a “real nurse” when she grew up. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Kimarie’s childhood visits to her grandmother in Arkansas shaped her understanding of racism with first-hand experiences – like moving off of sidewalks with her grandmother to let white people pass – ­that she did not encounter in South Bend.

    In 1978, Kimarie became a mother of twins and a registered nurse while living in the state of Texas. In her Kindred interview, she shares her experience of calling La Leche League for help with breastfeeding her twins as a young mother and discovering the organization’s leaders and local hospital, at that time, did not return calls to “people who lived in my area code.” Her challenging and isolating experience breastfeeding twins inspired her to help mothers until, as a nurse, she became known in her hospital as the “breast nurse.”

    Her pursuit of a doctorate in nursing, 40 years of breastfeeding education, and integration of her early and ongoing awareness of racial disparities, led her to found Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, ROSE, in 2011. A recipient of a million-dollar W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant, ROSE is tasked to “Address inequities in breastfeeding rates among African American women by creating communities across the United States who promote and support breastfeeding through culturally appropriate capacity building of community members, public health professionals and healthcare systems.”

    In her 2020 letter to ROSE members and supporters, Kimarie shares, “Through our passion for eliminating the disproportionate negative impact of [Black] maternal and infant mortality, breastfeeding initiation and duration, and all the maternal, paternal and child health systematic injustices to which we have dedicated our lives, we are labeled hostile by some. To them, we say, “we are not hostile, we are passionate about disrupting the political determinates of health” in the communities where we live, work, play and worship.

    “We will not be satisfied with just Black representation. We listen to Black mothers. And we will fight for their rights to have true power in the information, care and engagement they receive from institutions and systems. This is our calling and our covenant to you. We will continue to address the root cause of social injustice and make a culture shift towards an anti-oppressive culture. And we will actively engage it until we can run no more, at which point we will gladly pass this baton of passion, this birthright, this struggle, to the next-gen mothers, the next-gen servant leaders, who will carry our power further than I can imagine. Our magic is in our fears and tears, our sisterhoods and our LOVE.” (Read Kimarie’s letter from the president here.)

    READ THE FULL INTERVIEW ON WWW.KINDREDMEDIA.ORG HERE:https://www.kindredmedia.org/2020/05/the-magic-of-fears-and-tears-an-interview-with-kimarie-bugg/

    • 59 min
    Building a Bridge Between Prenatal Psychology and Climate Change - Stephanie Mines, PhD

    Building a Bridge Between Prenatal Psychology and Climate Change - Stephanie Mines, PhD

    "Our children already know the truth.
    We need to align ourselves with this truth,
    tend to our Inner Climate Change,
    so we can talk with them and prepare them
    for the world that exists now."
    – Stephanie Mines, PhD

    Read the transcript of the interview here: www.kindredmedia.org/2020/05/buildi…nie-mines-phd/

    Stephanie Mines, PhD, is the author of We Are All In Shock, and a dynamic neuroscientist integrating human consciousness, indigenous healing systems, and our planetary crisis of climate change and species extinction.

    Dr. Mines offers her deep wisdom and sustainable healing systems for navigating our way out of an Old Story. Check out this post on Kindred to find a few handouts to go with it, and resources for healing practices.

    Dr. Stephanie Mines is a psychologist whose unique understanding comes from her academic research as well as her extensive work in the field. Her stories of personal transformation have led many listeners to become deeply committed to the healing journey. Dr. Mines understands shock from every conceivable perspective. She has investigated it as a survivor, a professional, a healthcare provider, and as a trainer of staffs of institutions and agencies. Her blend of Western and Eastern modalities offers the best of both paradigms. She is devoted to ending the lineage of shock and trauma for individuals and the world.

    Dr. Mines is the Program Director of the DOM Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing alternative health options for a broad spectrum of populations. As Director, she is responsible for disseminating information to communities in need, especially people suffering from illness that results from shock and trauma, survivors of domestic violence, families and children, and people living with neurodiversity including autism and other sensory integration challenges.

    Dr. Mines’previous book, We Are All in Shock: How Overwhelming Experiences Shatter You and What You Can Do About It, (New Page Books, 2003), presents a comprehensive application of the healing system she has developed.

    • 59 min
    Joan Williams on Class Cluelessness in America - A Kindred Interview

    Joan Williams on Class Cluelessness in America - A Kindred Interview

    Kindred’s editor, Lisa Reagan, attended the University of California at Hastings’ Center for Worklife Law‘s Breastfeeding Policy Summit at Jones Day Law Firm in San Francisco on August 6, 2019. The summit’s purpose was to educate an invited group of activists from around the country on the insights gleaned from Joan Williams’ quarter century research into advancing women in the workplace, as well as the center’s new reports on discrimination against breastfeeding and pregnant mothers in the workplace. The summit trained activists in choosing politically-conscientious verbiage, becoming aware of values of their legislators and region, and using these insights to help create and pass legislation to promote and protect women’s reproductive rights in the workplace.

    Joan C. Williams is a Distinguished Law Professor and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings. Her path-breaking work helped create modern workplace flexibility policies and the field of work-family studies. She has authored over 90 academic articles and 11 books, including White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America and What Works for Women at Work. One of her proudest accomplishments was winning the Betty Crocker Homemaker Award in high school.

    READ THE TRANSCRIPT: https://www.kindredmedia.org/2020/01/class-conflict-breastfeeding-policy-and-creating-systemic-change%EF%BB%BF-an-interview-with-joan-c-williams/

    • 41 min

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