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We confront issues and their effects on Black people in the United States and around the world. From climate change to white supremacy, police violence to veganism, we face these highly charged topics with courage and curiosity. Our uncommon conversation is quick, engaging, and enlightening. Grab an espresso and join the convo!
 
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Self-care takes courage. Self-love takes courage. Courage is needed to put your needs first, live with joy and peace, practice forgiveness (self and others), and show unconditional love (self and others). This show will introduce the concept of courage--we return to the Stoics--and the steps that will help you to live courageously. The show conclud…
 
Racially stressful moments are common. Micro-aggressions, stereotyping, and racist encounters in schools, stores, workplaces, and social settings happen regularly to Black people (and other people of color). These moments cause stress responses that can damage one's mental and physical health. However, there are methods to minimize these unhealthy …
 
"Know Thyself" is the fundamental basis of growth and learning. This axiom from the sages of ancient Egypt (Kemet) has been denied to African Americans. Instead of learning the truth of their great culture and history, Black Americans have been "miseducated" to believe in the inferiority of Blackness and the superiority of Whiteness. In this second…
 
Robert E. Lee Memorial Statue (Richmond, VA). Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma, AL). Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Obelisk (Birmingham, AL). Buffalo Bill Cultural Center (Kansas). Columbus Day holiday. Gone with the Wind. What do these have in common? They remember the history of White Americans. However, many people—particularly people of color—are de…
 
Black rage is real. Black rage is a normal response to systemic racism and daily racial indignities, hostilities, and microaggressions experienced by Black people. But it can have an impact: Racial Battle Fatigue. In part 2 of our uncommon conversation on Racial Battle Fatigue, Professor William Smith continues the discussion of Racial Battle Fatig…
 
Time to get real about racism. An introduction to Racial Battle Fatigue. What is it? What are the effects? Professor William Smith discusses the roots, symptoms, and health effects of Racial Battle Fatigue with Espresso Talk Today. Microaggressions and the stress of living in an anti-Black environment are the focus. Take a deep breath and face the …
 
Health equity matters. What does health equity mean? How do we achieve health equity? Rawle Andrews, Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, joins the Espresso Talk Today team to discuss his vision and work at this prestigious and powerful mental health organization. Mr. Andrews will discuss certain mental health prob…
 
2020 was known as the “Year of the HBCU.” While many universities were struggling and saw student enrolment decline, many of the country’s 107 HBCUs—who have always struggled with funding and resources—witnessed a rise in student interest, enrolment, and financial support. Many prominent African Americans were educated at an HBCU. In this episode, …
 
It's Women's History Month. The ETT Team is excited to discuss courageous Black women who are making history right now. Simone Biles. Naomi Osaka. Nicole Hannah-Jones. Meghan Markle. Rosa Parks. What do these women share? Besides excelling in their professions, they are also working in an environment that exposes them to mental or physical harm. Mo…
 
Our epic Black History story continues! The Espresso Talk Today team is pleased to present Sankofa: An African American Saga. Part IV continues with the struggle for equality and civil rights. But Black Americans are also making great inventions, opening universities, and changing the laws. Intellectuals like WEB Dubois and educators like Booker T.…
 
Our epic Black History story continues! The Espresso Talk Today team is pleased to present Sankofa: An African American Saga. Part III begins with the joy of freedom experienced by the freed Black population to the elusive and unlikely reality of equality and civil rights. The Black freedmen and women continue the fight for civil rights while estab…
 
An epic Black History Month story! The Espresso Talk Today team is pleased to present Sankofa: An African American Saga. Part II begins with the treacherous Middle Passage as Africans stolen and kidnapped were taken to America. The story then continues to discuss slavery, the revolts and activism of the free and enslaved Africans, abolition, and th…
 
An epic Black History Month story! The Espresso Talk Today team is pleased to present Sankofa: An African American Saga. Part I begins in the great kingdoms and empires of Africa which were prosperous with gold, salt, and other commodities. These kingdoms traded widely, contained well-built houses and urban centers, and were renowned intellectual c…
 
Books. Movies. Museums. Re-enactments. Elders. How do you learn and experience Black history? The Espresso Talk Today team discusses their experiences with learning Black history and the favorite ways to prepare for and enjoy Black History Month. Join the team as they learn about the founding of Black History Month, why it's important, and how to c…
 
Learn the importance of a Black-centered approach to psychology and psychotherapy! Culture. Family. Ancestors. Spirituality. The Elders. Community. These are important in Black culture and in Black Psychology. The Espresso Talk Today team is joined by Theopia Jackson, Ph.D., former President of the Association of Black Psychologists to discuss this…
 
What is Black Psychology? What role does culture play in psychology, therapy, life choices, personal decisions, and individual behavior? Join us for this introduction to Black Psychology. The Espresso Talk Today team is joined by Theopia Jackson, Ph.D., former President of the Association of Black Psychologists to discuss this culture-based form of…
 
Perspective is your window to the world. It determines your thoughts, behavior, and, ultimately your life experience. In this first wellness show of the year, Robin discusses the importance of determining perspective and knowing whether it is helping or hurting you. The Stoics are brought in to discuss the importance of perspective and how a view f…
 
What does self-empowerment mean to you? Do you feel self-empowered? In a world of white supremacy, many African Americans feel disempowered and struggle with maintaining self-esteem. This show will introduce the elements of self-empowerment, the obstacles to self-empowerment, and how everyone can live a self-empowered life. You will also learn prac…
 
In this special and unique episode, Elder Mel reads a short story by Langston Hughes called, "One Christmas Eve." This story is written in a genre that is not widely known: the African American holiday story. In these unique stories, Black writers and activists present racial and social justice issues and Black cultural traditions during the Christ…
 
Habari Gani! Enjoy a guided celebration through the seventh day of Kwanzaa with the Espresso Talk Today team! We'll start with a discussion of the importance of faith (Imani) in the Black community. We'll guide you through the candle lighting ceremony with the kinara. Finally, we have a special reading of an original Kwanzaa story about faith. Hara…
 
Habari Gani! Enjoy a guided celebration through the sixth day of Kwanzaa with the Espresso Talk Today team! We'll start with a discussion of the importance of creativity (Ku'umba) in the Black community. We'll guide you through the candle lighting ceremony with the kinara. Finally, we have a special reading of an original Kwanzaa story about creati…
 
Habari Gani! Enjoy a guided celebration through the fifth day of Kwanzaa with the Espresso Talk Today team! We'll start with a discussion of the importance of purpose (Nia) in the Black community. We'll guide you through the candle lighting ceremony with the kinara. Finally, we have a special reading of an original Kwanzaa story about purpose. Hara…
 
Habari Gani! Enjoy a guided celebration through the fourth day of Kwanzaa with the Espresso Talk Today team! We'll start with a discussion of the importance of cooperative economics (Ujamaa) in the Black community. We'll guide you through the candle lighting ceremony with the kinara. Finally, we have a special reading of an original Kwanzaa story a…
 
Habari Gani! Enjoy a guided celebration through the third day of Kwanzaa with the Espresso Talk Today team! We'll start with a discussion of the importance of collective work and responsibility (Swahili: Ujima) in the Black community. We'll guide you through the candle lighting ceremony with the kinara. Finally, we have a special reading of an orig…
 
Habari Gani! Enjoy a guided celebration through the second day of Kwanzaa with the Espresso Talk Today team! We'll start with a discussion of the importance of self-determination (Swahili: Kujichagulia) in the Black community. We'll guide you through the candle lighting ceremony with the kinara. Finally, we have a special reading of an original Kwa…
 
Habari Gani! Enjoy a guided celebration through the first day of Kwanzaa with the Espresso Talk Today team! We'll start with a discussion of the importance of unity (Swahili: Umoja) in the Black community. We'll guide you through the candle lighting ceremony with the kinara. Finally, we have a special reading of an original Kwanzaa story about unit…
 
Watching classic holiday movies is a long tradition. But have you ever watched African American holiday films? Or read Black holiday stories? Grab an "eggnog espresso" and get ready to be entertained and uplifted! Join the ETT Team as they discuss their favorite Black holiday movies. They also examine the importance of Black films and the differenc…
 
Habari Gani! Let's celebrate Kwanzaa! Learn the basics about Kwanzaa from Master Storyteller Mama Edie. Enjoy hearing why Kwanzaa was started, who started it, how to celebrate it, and how you can live the Kwanzaa principles. Great fun and wonderful traditions for the whole family, friends, or just you and the Espresso Talk Today team.…
 
Financial educator and advisor, Jorick Gaines, is back! Today he's talking about building wealth. It's simple but not easy. Jorick talks and walks us through the mindset and discipline needed. And he discusses the biggest threat to building wealth: procrastination. The Espresso Talk Today team is excited to discuss wealth building with Jorick, goal…
 
We are continuing the discussion on how to start a business. You have a great idea. You think that it will be a great product or service. Don't know how to start? No worries! This podcast show will discuss what you need to know to get started. This is the second part of the "Starting a Business" series. See October 8th for Part I of the series. Joi…
 
Braids. Locks. Twists. Cornrows. Afros. Bantu knots. These are styles of natural hair worn by Black people around the world. Although these styles can grow naturally, without the use of chemicals, heat, or painful treatments, many Black people experience professional difficulties or school punishments for wearing these natural styles. In this episo…
 
Racial stress is a fact of life for most Black people. This stress is damaging our mental and physical health. How can we fight the effects of racial stress? Epidemiologist Sherman A. James discusses healthful coping strategies that individuals and communities can--or must--take to protect Black health and support upward mobility. Join us for this …
 
The truth is out: racism damages the health of Black people. Racism damages our mental health and well-being. Racism damages our physical health. The Espresso Talk Team is joined by Professor Sherman James, an epidemiologist who has studied the effect of racism--and high effort coping behavior to deal with racism--on Black bodies. The result? Chron…
 
Adultification is a form of stereotype in which adults view and treat Black children as more adult-like than their white peers. Adultification causes trauma to children. Black children are held to "adult-like" standards and given harsher treatment than white children. This form of bias robs Black children of their childhood. In this episode, the Es…
 
Black actors have been fighting for racial justice and social change for decades. Eartha Kitt. Jesse Williams. Danny Glover. Cecile Tyson--and many more used their fame and fortune to make a change in society. They risked a lot. Some were “blackballed” from the entertainment industry. Others were ostracized. Some lost everything for their beliefs a…
 
Storytellers have always been held important roles in Black communities--from Africa to Detroit. Storytelling connects us with our roots in Africa where the oral tradition was used to remember family history, acknowledge special events, and teach societal rules. The Espresso Talk Today is pleased to have Edith Armstrong, aka Mama Edie, on the show …
 
So you want to start a business? Great! You have a great idea. You think that it will be a great product or service. Don't know how to start? No worries! This podcast show will discuss what you need to know to get started. Join us in the Lawyers' Corner for this informative and fun discussion!By Robin Lofton, Mellanese Lofton, and Hans Hyppolite
 
The fastest-growing demographic segment worldwide is the senior population. People are living longer and more are staying healthy as they age. Yet age-related illnesses like dementia, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes are realities for some senior citizens and their families. With this growing population has arisen an area of law that is dedicate…
 
Storytellers have always been held important roles in Black communities--from Africa to Detroit. Storytelling connects us with our roots in Africa where the oral tradition was used to remember family history, acknowledge special events, and teach societal rules. Elders were often revered storytellers, which also acknowledged their important positio…
 
The Espresso Talk Today team continues the interview with Kimberly Slaughter, Chief Executive Officer of Systra USA. (We encourage you to hear the first part of this interview!) Kimberly Slaughter will discuss her professional journey and obstacles that she met and overcame within corporate America. Kimberly will also discuss her typical day as a c…
 
“Many college-educated Black Americans are entering corporate America with dreams, ready to do great things, but they're confronted with an unwelcoming culture." The Black community has always focused on education as a way of obtaining financial security, political power, and even upward mobility on a personal level. The Espresso Talk Today team is…
 
Simone Biles. Naomi Osaka. Nicole Hannah-Jones. Meghan Markle. Rosa Parks. What do these women share? Besides excelling in their professions, they are also working in an environment that exposes them to mental or physical harm. Most importantly, they all refused to allow themselves to suffer harm in their toxic professional environments. They all s…
 
The Lawyers Corner returns to discuss discrimination at work. Everyone has the right to a safe and respectful working environment. Unfortunately, many people experience discrimination at work because of race, gender, age, pregnancy, or another status. In this episode, attorneys Wayne and Mel and paralegal Janice discuss what to do if you experience…
 
Why is Stoicism growing so popular today? Amid the problems of systemic racism, the Covid-19 pandemic, political upheaval, climate change, people are facing constant financial, mental, and emotional challenges. Stoicism was designed to help people stay calm in the chaos and develop happiness by determining their sphere of control. Robin and Ben dis…
 
Financial educator, Jorick Gaines, is back! Today he's talking about cash flow: How to increase it, why you need it, and what happens if you don't have it. The Espresso Talk Today team is excited to discuss and learn creative ways of increasing our cash flow. Yes, you can get another job but we're thinking out of the box today and brainstorming how…
 
What's the big deal about cultural appropriation? Why do we care if Justin Bieber gets loc'd or if Katy Perry goes Geisha? This week, we are asking the GenZers what they think about white folks dressing like and imitating other cultures. Ben and Marlene lead this discussion and the opinions are flying! Robin makes a surprise appearance too! Join th…
 
Justin Bieber in locks. Madonna wearing an elaborate North African headpiece and dress. Pop singer Adele wearing Bantu knots. White children wearing Native headdresses on Halloween. Katy Perry doing a Geisha performance. What do these have in common? These actions involve cultural items or rituals worn or practiced by White Americans. Is this cultu…
 
Do you have a problem with your landlord, employer, or neighbor? Mediation is the answer! Mediation is a powerful tool that can help you to resolve disputes without going to court! The Lawyers Corner discusses how mediation can be used rather than the expensive and time-consuming method of going to court. Property disputes, family disputes, landlor…
 
The Stock Market is one of the quickest ways to accumulate wealth in America. Yet many African Americans are not participating in this lucrative market. Low African-American participation in the stock market contributes to the widening wealth gap between black and white households. Studies show that African Americans are 35 percent less likely to t…
 
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