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# 11 Chelsea Higgs Wise

Chelsea Higgs Wise is a social worker and intercultural communicator who specializes in connecting underserved and misrepresented communities to policymakers to advocate against racism and misogyny. As an activist who helps evolve narratives and policies, Chelsea has been an instrumental voice in numerous campaigns and was recently highlighted on the PBS News Hour as a community change-agent. Chelsea values genuine connection, authentic relationships, and meaningful impact. Ask her about how she’s recently worked with some of the coolest people in Richmond on feminine hygiene drives, diversity education summits and leadership initiatives for young adults.


Here’s one way to debunk President Trump’s s—hole nations smear.  Portray an African nation as a technologically advanced society and then emerge as the hottest movie ticket in years. Credit the monstrous opening of this African themed, superhero movie from Marvel Studios, now part of the Disney family, with shattering records and busting myths. Will this phenomenon, with its cultural implications, lead to doors being opened in new ways to African-American creatives, in front of and behind the camera, and will it create new opportunities for understanding in these challenging times?  We pose those questions and more to Dr. Phillip Cunningham, a media studies professor, at Quinnipiac University.

African American Mental Wellness: An Interview with Counselor Steven Welch 3.2

Steven Welch is a seasoned psychotherapist with over 27 years of experience in the areas of addiction, HIV, LGBT, adult and adolescent care.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), he is able to adapt his clinical knowledge to support clients in a wide spectrum of life stressors.

Some topics of discussion on the show are below and the full blog article can be found here.

Why do men avoid therapy/counseling?

How does imagery impact African- American male identity/wellness?

What are some themes of African-American men that are barriers to seeking help?

What are some environmental factors to consider?

Why physical wellness can be a gateway to a conversation?

Why do you think trauma is at the root of many African American male well-being issues?

What is COLORISM and is this an issues impacting African American (AA) wellness?

What are some factors AA men face when coming to terms with same sex attraction?

How do I create a safe space as a clinician?

Why are you a therapist and why this topic?

Steven P. Welch LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC




Have you ever caught your self telling a joke with racial overtones? There is a culture of denial within America’s white community about the existence of racism. In a poll a few years back, only 22 percent of white people believed that racism is a major societal problem. Paul Kivel is not one of them. That’s why his book ‘Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice’ is in its 4th printing. He provokes us all to re-consider the notion that America, because of the election of Barack Obama as President, is now, somehow, a ‘post-racial’ society. He suggests some provocative ways to test our notions about class and race, hoping the discomfort associated with the answers might lead to greater awareness of our own feelings. Prepare for a jolt of reality with this episode.

Mental Health News Radio Network Announces Coverage of Major Mental Health Conference in New York City to Promote Public Knowledge About LGBTQ People of Color Mental Health

Mental Health News Radio Network is proud to announce their coverage of The In My Mind: LGBTQ People of Color Mental Health Conference created by DBGM: Depressed Black Gay Men which is taking place in New York City, Oct. 5-6th. Mental Health News Radio Network, commonly known as MHNR network, based out of Asheville, North Carolina, is a network of podcasts focused on mental health and how it affects all aspects of individuals’ lives: Emotional, Physical, Financial, Spiritual, Entertainment, Sports, Politics, Technological, and more. By covering such a comprehensive conference discussing the many different issues that gay Black men face, MHNR endeavors to further educate the public about taboo conversations. The In My Mind conference hopes to make these topics mainstream, remove stigma and shame, and encourage embracing healing methods and therapies.

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DBGM In My Mind Conference: HIV and Mental Health

Antoine Craigwell joins our host Kristin Walker again to discuss his upcoming event: In My Mind: A LGBTQI+ people of color mental health conference and Mental Health and HIV.

As a journalist, Antoine Craigwell wrote for Out In Jersey magazine, The Bilerico Project, FORTUNE Small Business magazine, The Bronx Times Reporter, The New York Amsterdam News, was the assistant editor with The Network Journal, and a contributor to He graduated from Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York, and in 2008 he earned awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists for a public policy series about NYC’s Riker’s Island, and on healthcare in NYC. He produced the documentary “You Are Not Alone” in which Black gay men speak about their struggles with depression and facilitates discussion forums on depression and HIV in Black gay men. he presented a poster exhibition “Examining Depression and HIV in Black gay men” at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. Antoine founded and is president and CEO of DBGM, Inc.a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of the underlying factors contributing to depression in Black gay men, to prevent their suicides. The organization has hosted several community discussion forums on depression affecting Black gay men nationwide.

Restorative Justice and the Theater with Lindsey Sherwin

Lindsey is an actress, model, drama and performing arts specialist, youth development practitioner and speaker, poet, published author, and social entrepreneur. She is a world traveller having lived, studied, and worked abroad throughout Eastern Europe and the UK  and taught drama and performance art in NYC, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania..

After moving back to NYC to pursue a career in Non-Profit Management and Youth Development, she worked for several large non-profit and social service agencies building and developing educational and personal development programs for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system.

She discussed the the impact that drama therapy and the creative arts therapies have when applied as intervention techniques toward improving social and emotional learning skills, personal development outcomes, and behavior change catered to diverse multi cultural youth populations.

For more about Lindsey visit her website here. 

Mini 48: A Personal Story About Bullying & Racism

This week, Distraction’s producer Sarah Guertin sits down with Dr. Hallowell to share her family’s recent experience with bullying and racism. And as Ned tells her, we all share in social cruelty and we all share the responsibility of finding creative solutions to these not-so-new problems.  

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