Join President and Founder Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq. along with Co-Host and Chair Board, Daryl D. Jones, Esq., Every Tuesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Attorney Daryl Jones and I will rotate in asking questions during the show. The questions included below are designed to provide a guide but are not the only possible questions, nor may they be asked in the exact same order.
May is designated as “Mental Health Awareness Month.” This week’s Igniting Change Radio Show on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month. This show is focused on Black Men and issues related to Black men’s mental health. The show is entitled, “Black Men and Mental Health: Shaking Off the Shackles of Stigma!”
These are the issues we will cover during this show.
Be sure to invite your friends to listen live at WOL 1450 AM in the Greater DC Metro Region, and nationwide and globally on the Internet at WOLDCNEWS.com and BarbaraArnwine.com. Listeners can call in with questions at 800-450-7876.
Please note, during the show there are 3 hard stop commercial breaks at 12:13 PM Eastern Time, 12:28 PM ET and 12:43 PM ET. We will stop all guests from speaking right before each break.
Following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Fergurson, Missouri, the poet, Prentice Powell, wrote,
“Being a black man in America means being my brother’s keeper. Being a black man in America means being my brother’s keeper while keeping a distance from my brother because I don’t trust him further than I can see him. It’s believing the cops don’t care about you. It’s learning how not to doubt yourself because when you’re born everyone else already does.”
The Black man’s history in America is unique. The Black man’s historical responsibility has been to work to provide and protect his family. The experience of the Black man in America is full of damaging psychological trauma from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; the separation, emasculation, hyper-sexualization (white men’s belief that enslaved Black men wanted their white women), hyper-masculinity (having enslaved Black men fight to show plantation dominance) of the Black man during enslavement; the criminalization of being a Black man in the post slavery Reconstruction; followed by the psychological devaluation of Jim Crow and the onslaught of Black Mass Incarceration and unfavorable treatment / discrimination in employment and wealth accumulation. All of these circumstances existed for the Black man and yet there co-existed a stigma against seeking mental health assistance and service to combat the treatment that the Black man has experienced.
A national leading figure on mental health, Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, who is the director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania once stated that less emphasis should be placed on whether Black men are resistant to therapy and more emphasis should be placed on understanding the contexts in which Black men already feel comfortable talking about their feelings and traumas. If a Black man is able to find a treatment that is culturally responsive, that he understands, and that embraces the uniqueness of his difference, he is more likely to use that service.
This Igniting Change show will focus on three areas: (1) Describing how Black men’s mental health is challenged by racism; (2) Discuss the most critical intervention points for Black men’s mental health; and (3) Describe successful treatment types and success stories for Black men, both traditional and innovative.
Dr. Paul Dyer – Activist, Podcast Host, 4 PhD’s, Certified in Neuroscience, Stress Management, Psychology.
(12:15 p.m. – 12: 58p.m.)
Mr. Maurice Mitchell – National Director, Working People’s Party, a national leader in helping black people not only survive, but thrive in the workplace.
(12:00 p.m. – 12:13 p.m.)
Mr. Subramoniapillai Teal – Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Clinician, Co-Founder of “Leading By Example,” a mental health and self development service company with three locations in Maryland.
(12:15 p.m. -12:58 p.m.)
Mr. Charles “CJ” Penny – Creator, “Normalized” Podcast, Producing “Normalized” the movie. Story of a drug addict, alcoholic, bi-polar black man who becomes top Sr. Program Manager for America’s Second largest transit system, Chicago Transit Authority
(12:15 p.m. – 12:58 p.m.)
Questions for 12:15- 12:58 Segments