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Talk Radio – May 3, 2022 – Black Men and Mental Health: Shaking Off The Shackles of Stigma – Call In 1-800-450-7876

May 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

May 3, 2022: “Black Men and Mental Health: Shaking Off The Shackles of Stigma”

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

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Call in with Questions During the Show


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 Time12:28 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.)


Maurice Mitchell

  • Please tell our listening audience what is the Working People’s Party?
  • You lead one of the nation’s foremost progressive organizations, what is your advice for Black me in leadership positions?
  • Is there a link between Black men voting and how America has treated Black men?
  • How do people learn more about the Working People’s party?
  • What parting words do you have for our listeners concerning Black men, employment and mental health?

Questions for 12:15- 12:58 Segments

  • Dr. Dyer, there is a belief that Black men do not seek mental health treatment because of a negative stigma attached to receiving psychological help, is this true and how did it come into being?
  • Mr. Teal, what about the “tough it out” belief that you just need to pray and leave it at the alter?
  • Mr. Penny, you represent a special story regarding mental health, could you share your story with our audience?
  • Racism is a psychological stressor in the Black community.  Some say it is a health disease that causes high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and other related issues. What impact has the Black man’s history in America from degrading enslavement; from prison pipelines;  mass incarceration;  to devalued employment; stressed fathers in family; crack epidemic had on his mental health state?
  • How is that impact seen today?
  • What are some recognizable signs of psychological trauma?
  • How does this impact show up in the workplace of black men?  What special challenges does it present for Black men in leadership and management positions?
  • What coping techniques can be applied?
  • Black men are believed to under perform in exercising their voting rights in America, do you believe there is a psychological component to this phenomenon, and, if so, why does it exist and what can be done?
  • What about voting rights and Black men, are there mental health aspects to feeling depressed about voting…why vote, it doesn’t make a difference,  the court system is against us anyway?
  • Some black men believe that the government is against them.  How do you break the cycle of Black men believing that the government system is against them?
  • Does it make a difference to have elected officials that look like you
  • What about services that can be offered by local governments that are advocated by elected officials (they always turn to basketball courts in the black community)
  • Is there a minimum age when people should not seek mental health services?
  • Can you share any special mental health issues revolving around Black teenage boys?
  • Is there a connection between mental health and physical health?
  • How do you reach the people in need of mental health services in trying to provide mental health services?
  • What can our listening audience do if they know someone who is in need of mental health services?
  • What is your contact information for listeners who may want more information?


May 3
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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