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Black Men, the Uneven Playing Field and Mental Health — Perspectives from a Former NFL Player: Interview with Dwight Hollier | Episode 63

Overview
Mass incarceration, police brutality, and systemic racism are just some of the trauma and injustice many Black men face every day. In this podcast I have a difficult conversation during a heavy time with former NFL player Dwight Hollier about his story of living through tough times, how many benefit from the positive psychology of sport, and the four pillars of strength needed for total wellness.

About Dwight Hollier
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Dwight Hollier played as an NFL linebacker for eight years for the Miami Dolphins and one year for the Indiana Colts. After he retired he earned a counseling degree (LPC) and served as the VP for Wellness and Clinical Services for the NFL supporting player engagement and total wellness. Today he is the Senior Associate Athletic Director for the University of North Carolina overseeing student athlete health and well-being. for more information on this episode go to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/hope-illuminated-podcast/63

Turning Tragedy Into a Catalyst for Connection

Dr. Hallowell once thought about practicing medicine on a hippie commune! What??? This surprising detail about our host emerges as he reflects on the past and shares his hope for the future, as it relates to Black Lives Matter and the global pandemic.    Share your thoughts with us. Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

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116 – Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza – Activist Theology and Dismantling Supremacy Culture

“I hope that my work speaks from the scars and not the wounds.” ~Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD

Revolutions take work. The movement to dismantle supremacy culture rightly demands that much of the work be done off-camera, by those who benefit most from its proliferation. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD engages those willing to do the requisite heavy lifting through stories (and, sometimes, food). 

As a queer activist, Latinx scholar, and public theologian, they stand at the intersections of systemic analysis and lived experience. As a white-passing person of color, they move through the world with the same power, access, and privilege afforded to those who’ve set the ground rules for centuries.

Robyn invites white people to get dirty, to sit with our defenses and explore our tacit acceptance of supremacy culture. Only then, they say, can we join forces and begin to heal our world. “I think the work of coming together is our work…It’s an ethics of togetherness because if we are together in a practice of being human with one another, we can actually reshape our democracy.”

The revolution is here. Are you in?

 

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Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD has been described in a myriad of ways: a scholar-activist, scholar-leader, thought-leader, teacher, public theologian, ethicist, poet of moral reason, and word artist. Among these ways of describing Dr. Robyn, they are also a visionary thinker who has spent two decades working in the hybrid space of church, academy, & movements seeking to not only disrupt but dismantle supremacy culture by focusing their PhD studies on new concepts of being & becoming, decolonizing knowledge production, & bridging with radical difference. They enflesh a deep hope of collaborating in these hybrid spaces where their work seeks to contribute to the ongoing work of collective liberation.  Activist Theology as a disciplinary off-shoot of liberation theology & Movement idea has been incubating since 2008 with Dr. Robyn and further developed throughout their doctoral program and engagement with Movement leaders.  Now, Activist Theology has the chance to emerge as a collaborative project.  Dr. Robyn was named 1 of 10 Faith Leaders to watch by the Center for American Progress in 2018.  As a scholar-activist, Dr. Robyn is committed to translating theory to action, so that our work in the hybrid spaces reflect the deep spiritual work of transforming self to transforming the world. Dr. Robyn writes & creates both academic & other valuable resources, including digital resources. Dr. Robyn is a non-binary Transqueer Latinx who calls Nashville, TN home.

 

For full show notes, guest information, and resources, visit: http://www.headhearttherapy.com/podcast

 

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Black Lives Matter: Hope & Unity; A Christian Perspective

We are at a divisive time in our nation. Learning how to help bridge the gap, the hurt and frustration as a white American holds tremendous significance for me. Today’s episode is about listening, learning and doing better as a human race.
My guest today, Art Butler, is a black American with a passion for service, pouring out the love of Christ in both action and word as well as breaking down barriers in some spectacular ways.
Art has served both State-Side and abroad with mission-minded charitable organizations for over 30 years. He is a leader, minister and true ambassador of goodness. God is using him to do amazing things in the lives of others and his heart is evident through today’s episode.
Art’s book, Focused: Understanding the Genius of God in Our Weakness, will be released in 2021 and will be available in bookstores and amazon. Check it out!

Follow Art’s literary work on www.hearts4prayer.org

Interested in learning more about one of Art’s favorite outreach programs that’s connecting young people to meaningful employment? Check out CoPassion at www.copassion.org.

ST Podcast Ep. 55: We Stand With The Resistance. Black Lives Matter

ST Podcast Ep. 55: We Stand With The Resistance. Black Lives Matter

“The opposite of a hero is not a villain. It’s a bystander”

-Matt Langdon (Founder of The Hero Construction Company)

On this episode, Dr. Scarlet and Dustin discuss and condemn the systematic racism and police brutality ravaging our world. The senseless death of George Floyd along with so many other black individuals has got to stop. Enough is enough. This is our call to stand up for change and equality. This is our call to aid members of our community who are dying and need our help. We see you. We support. We stand with you. Black Lives Matter.

Accountability, Acceptance, Change: A Conversation on Racism with T3 Sports Podcast

This week the guys at T3 Sports Podcast invited me onto their show to talk about the events that have occurred over the last couple of weeks. I thought that it was important to share this conversation with my audience. I have no political motive or agenda. We all just want accountability, acceptance, and change. Thank you for tuning in and you can find this entire episode and more from T3 at https://youtu.be/Q9k36bisCgQ

Race and Privilege

Dr. Hallowell talks about the murder of George Floyd, racism, and his own white privilege. Read the article that Ned refers to in this episode: A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America   Want to help? Support the Black Lives Matter Movement with a donation to one of the organizations below: Black Visions Collective The Bail Project Communities United Against Police Brutality Know Your Rights Camp   Share your thoughts with us. Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

Derrick Dawson – Dismantling Racism Re-release

~We decided to re-release this episode because we couldn’t think of a better voice to head during this time. We have chosen to mute ourselves and support #amplifymelanatedvoices through June 7th. 

“We have inherited a system and there’s nothing we can do about it except acknowledge that and dismantle it. But if we don’t acknowledge it, then we are actually maintaining [it].” ~Derrick Dawson

A conversation that eloquently connects the dots between capitalism and systemic racism? Straight talk about our American way of life and the foundation of white supremacy upon which it was built? Yes, please, to both! 

Derrick Dawson, co-program coordinator of the Regional Organizing for Anti-Racism, aka Chicago Roar, sheds light on the myriad ways white supremacy continues to fester and flourish. Using the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as metaphor and proving ground, Derrick hits our collective compliance with his high-powered truth rays. He exposes us to the vicious strategies employed by corporations and power-brokers hell-bent on destroying our relationship to our planet, our communities, and ourselves. Once you see the light, I guarantee you won’t be able to look away.  

Derrick Dawson is a member of the AntiRacism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and served as its Co-Chair for three years. He is the Training Manager at the Chicago law firm of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg in Chicago, and is a graduate student and teaching assistant in English Composition at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Derrick was also a broadcaster and journalist in the United States Navy, where he served for eight years on ships in Asia and the Pacific.

 

For more information about antiracism resources, this is an excellent, though not exhaustive list: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES 

 

7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now

 

If you’d like to support other black healers who’ve appeared on this show you can listen to the following episodes and support their work:

Monika Black – 110

Lauren McBride – 98

Jade T. Perry – 66

Lisa Lackey – 58

Mishara Winston – 53

Jamila Kekulah Kinney – 38

VersAnnette Blackman – 34

For full show notes, more episodes, guest information, and resources, visit: http://www.headhearttherapy.com/podcast

Conversations with a Wounded Healer is a proud member of @mhnrnetwork.

Let’s be friends! You can find me in the following places…

Website:

www.headhearttherapy.com/podcast

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WoundedHealr/

https://www.facebook.com/HeadHeartTherapy/

Instagram: 

@headhearttherapy

Twitter:

@WoundedHealr

@HeadHeart_Chi

 

Sarah’s virtual speaking gig:

Tuesday, June 16, 1pm Central  

New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association – The Wounded Healer

https://www.nhadaca.org/event-3805324/Registration

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