The Heart of the Matter is a podcast that promotes self-care, healing and wellness through exploring internal well-being, relationships and connection to others, and social issues.
Critical Race Theory and The Derek Chauvin Sententing
For episode 61 of THOTM, we discuss the sentencing of former police officer Derek Chauvin, teaching critical race theory in public schools, and the benefits of rest and self-care.
Managing Stress, Gun Control, and The Pandemic
Thanks for joining us for THOTM episode #60. Michael and Jermaine discuss gun control, managing work stress, and the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Michael and Jermaine honor Mental Health Awareness Month by answering questions such as:
How is therapy helpful?
What is most rewarding about being a therapist?
Why it’s important that therapists attend to their own mental health?
Life Of A Black Military Wife
For episode 58, we talked to Jamilah Stanfield, creator of blackmilitarywives.com and author of “When Daddy’s Gone”. Jamilah talked about the unique challenges faced by black women married to service members, raising her 3 daughters, her background as a mental health professional, and the people and experiences that have influenced her life. Jamilah is a real life superhero...someone who sees a need, takes action and steps up for others. We hope you enjoy our conversation.
Parenting, Spirituality, and Decolonizing Education
Our guest on this episode of THOTM is Luisa Ortega. Luisa is a mother, counselor and doctoral student in Organizational Change and Leadership at USC. She is a passionate activist for Indigenous communities and fierce advocate for decolonialism . We talked about parenting in the current social climate, working with at-risk teen girls, spirituality and decolonizing education. It’s rare to meet someone as brilliant and sincere, so enjoy this conversation with Luisa Ortega!
Our guest, Ernie McCray, is a man who has worn many hats and is admired by many. He’s a former college basketball star, educator, a writer, poet, actor and comedian. At 82 years old, Ernie McCray is one of the coolest and most inspiring people you’ll ever meet. He described his upbringing in, experiencing racism, and becoming a college basketball star. He talked about his life long passion for teaching and career as a teacher/principal. Ernie also shared his stories and wisdom about relationships and lo