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86 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
How Black Americans Can Get Started in the Stock Market
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 take part in the stock market as compared to white people with the same income. Why are African Americans reluctant to invest in the stock market? What barriers exist that prevent or discourage African Americans from participating in the stock market? In this podcast show, the Espresso Talk Today team will discuss the importance of the stock market in wealth accumulation and how to get started in the stock market. We are joined by J.R. Fenwick, Founder and CEO of Flip That Stock, a leading education company that specializes in teaching beginners and how to get started in the stock market and be successful in the stock market. Join us for this uncommon wealth-building conversation!
46 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Meditations to Fight (Racism-induced) Mental Illness
Police violence. White supremacy and terror. Dehumanizing behavior. Systemic racism. Everywhere. Every day. African Americans and other people of color face constant threats not only to their physical safety but also to their mental health. This leads to high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Racism-induced stress also reduces the life expectancy and quality of life for many African Americans. Add poverty, lack of health care, inadequate housing, and reduced access to good nutrition and clean water to this deadly cocktail and there is another "pandemic" rooted in racism. Many African Americans are seeking methods to protect their mental health and reduce stress and anxiety. One effective method is meditation, which has proven benefits of fighting stress and anxiety, reducing depression, and improving the quality of life--on mental and physical levels. In this special episode, Robin will discuss the unique stresses faced by African Americans and the benefits of meditation. She will also guide three short meditations to introduce the practice of meditation and provide instant stress relief during these turbulent times. You will not want to miss this episode!
29 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
The Hidden Story of America's Black Founders
America's original (White) Founders--Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and others--were revolutionaries and resisters. They created a new nation but also a new relationship between the government and the people. Yet there were omissions, problems, conflicts, genocide, and racism. They never reached a clear decision on slavery, the rights of women, or the rights of the indigenous populations. Work remained to be done. America's new (Black, Indigenous) Founders were also revolutionaries and resisters. They were more committed to the ideals of equality, freedom, and individual rights for all people. They are often not revered like the original (White) Founders but their accomplishments were arguably greater and definitely more egalitarian. In this special episode, Robin discusses these new Founders--she names names!--and their contributions towards perfecting the Union for all people desiring life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Join this uncommon and revolutionary discussion.
81 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Medical Racism in the Treatment of Black Women
Anarcha, Betsey, Lucy, Henrietta Lacks. Numerous un-named free and enslaved Black women. What do these women have in common? They experienced health problems. They needed medical assistance. They were used and exploited by the American medical community. Since slavery in the United States, the American medical community has treated Black women as “medical specimens” to pioneer medical treatment and surgical developments. This practice did not end with the abolition of slavery. In this uncommon episode, the Espresso Talk Today team will meet with medical historian, Professor Deirdre Cooper Wells, to discuss her book Medical Bondage. She will explain how the racist beliefs that affected Black enslaved women are still present in the treatment of Black women today. Professor Cooper Wells will also discuss how to identify these practices and protect yourself from them. Join us for this important talk.
95 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
John Henryism 1: How Systemic Racism affects Black Health
Hypertension. Depression. Cardiovascular disease. Arthritis. African Americans have a higher risk of suffering from these chronic illnesses. African Americans also experience earlier onset of these illnesses and earlier deaths. Why? Systemic racism. In this episode, we are joined by Professor Sherman James who developed the theory called John Henryism that discusses how Black Americans suffer health consequences in our "quest for success" in a racist society and system. Professor James will also discuss the physiology of John Henryism and how it affects (or rather, damages) the cardiovascular system. We will conclude with a discussion of coping strategies that can avoid these racism-induced consequences. Join the team for this important and possibly life-saving discussion!
32 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Juneteenth Special: Original Short Story and a True Slave Narrative
Espresso Talk Today is celebrating Juneteenth! We have an original short story about a young freed Black woman and a true narrative by a young freed Black woman. This is the 156 anniversary of the freeing of the enslaved population of Texas. Let's acknowledge and celebrate this historic day. And remember that there is still lots of work to do. No one is free until we all are free. No one is equal until we all are equal. Happy Juneteenth!
63 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
You Are Not Alone: Depression and Anxiety in Black Americans
Depression. Anxiety. Suicide. Mental health issues are real and pervasive in the African American community—but we don’t often recognize them. You are not alone. Just like physical health problems, mental illness needs to be identified and diagnosed as early as possible and treated. However, many people are not aware of many common mental and emotional illnesses or that they (or someone close to them) are suffering from mental illness. In this episode, the Espresso Talk Today team discusses two common mental illnesses: depression and anxiety. Through research and experience, they identify the symptoms of depression and anxiety, treatment options, and living with these mental illnesses. Apart from depression and anxiety, they will also address suicide among young people, how to identify when you or a friend is in crisis and needs support, and how to get support for anyone suffering from mental illness.
37 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
The Stubborn Stereotype of the "White Saviour"
Tony Lip in The Green Book. Aibileen Clark in The Help. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Rudyard Kipling's poem, The White Man's Burden. The problem of the “White saviour” is persistent and growing in western culture. The term “white saviourism” refers to an idea in which a white person, or white culture, rescues Black people from their own situation. This has been witnessed in western culture from slavery and colonialism to the present "White liberal" day. It is prevalent in many different settings. From books and movies to charitable organizations and foreign policies and even our friends, the image of the White savior saving Black people is a persistent theme and feeling in western culture. In this podcast show, Ben and Marlene will discuss the issue of White saviourism. They will define and identify the “White saviour” in various settings. They will also discuss the effects of White saviourism in Black and White communities. Join the convo!
66 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
The Untold Stories of Black Americans in Paris
Americans love Paris. The food. The art. The language. Black Americans also love Paris--for different reasons. The freedom. The equality. The experience of living in a "colorblind" society. This led many Black Americans to settle in Paris. James Baldwin. Chester Himes. Beaufort Delaney. Josephine Baker. Jazz musicians. Artists. Military servicemen. Black Americans were looking for a "home" where they could live without the pervasive racism and violence in America. For many, Paris became this new home. The Espresso Talk Today team discusses the Black American presence and influence in Paris with Monique Wells who founded Entree to Black tours, which conducts tours of Paris focusing on the Black American and Black diasporan presence in the City of Lights. Join the team to learn the surprising and untold stories of Black Americans in Paris. Forget the Eiffel Tower. See the cafe where America's greatest Black writers would gather in Paris!
96 minutes | May 28, 2021
Managing Debt: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Debt is a fact of life. But debt is not created equal. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. The power comes with having the good debts and limiting the bad and the ugly debts. How can you know which is the good debt and which is bad? And why is it important to have good debts? Financial educator Jorick Gaines returns to answer these questions and show us how "bad debts limit your ability to save" while good debts enhance our financial portfolio. Join Robin and Mel in this lively discussion as we identify our debts and learn how to control them so that they don't control us!
75 minutes | May 21, 2021
White Supremacy Hidden in Plain Sight
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 denouncing these public remembrances for their idealization of slavery, segregation, genocide, mass rape, and other atrocities. Other people respond that their history or heritage is under attack and that their stories are not fully acknowledged. Who is right? Can we respond in a way that acknowledges the full--and often ugly--history? The Espresso Talk Today team approaches these difficult questions and gives their opinions about what should be done about these historical sites. Join us in this lively discussion about White supremacy hidden in plain sight. There are no right or wrong answers--just opinions here! Grab your espresso...
74 minutes | May 19, 2021
How Public Health can Save Black Lives
Hypertension. Depression. Cardiovascular disease. African Americans have a higher risk of suffering from these chronic illnesses. Earlier onset. Earlier deaths. Why? Systemic racism. Many states now have declared racism to be a public health crisis. Public health can protect health in Black and Brown communities by addressing racism-based issues like poverty, food insecurity, toxic environments, inadequate housing, and even lack of education. Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, will discuss chronic health problems in the Black community and how public health is perfectly positioned to protect and improve Black health by addressing the persistent problem of systemic racism. Listen to this podcast and learn what you can do to protect your personal health and promote health in the Black community. Public health saves lives! Don't miss this important episode.
55 minutes | May 14, 2021
The Myth of the Powerful Black Voting Bloc
African Americans are a large voting bloc. But how much political power do we really have? And how effectively do we use our power? In this episode, we examine this mythical monolithic Black voting bloc. Join us as we compare Black voting power after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, consider how we can more effectively use our voting power, and disagree on whether we should refuse to vote as a means of protest. Lots of issues from defunding police to environmental justice to Palestinian rights are discussed. It gets fierce. But it gets us ahead. Join us for this dynamic and uncommon conversation.
58 minutes | May 12, 2021
The Important History of the Buffalo Soldiers
What were the Buffalo Soldiers? Why were they called "Buffalo Soldiers"? What was their role in fighting for America? Why haven't we heard of them? This episode will answer all of your questions about these brave Black soldiers! You will learn who the Buffalo Soldiers were and how they fought in the wars of western expansion. Yet they faced racism, racial violence, and numerous difficulties on their way to becoming feared and respected western legends. The Espresso Talk Today team interviews a docent from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum--and a direct descendant of a Buffalo Soldier!--who will also teach us about the contributions of African American soldiers in every major American war. Grab an espresso and be prepared to be surprised and enlightened by a true historian, soldier, and storyteller, respectfully known as Trooper Charles Williams.
51 minutes | May 7, 2021
Lawyers' Corner on Wills and Trusts
Do you need a will? What is probate? Can I avoid making a will or going through the probate process? What is a trust? What about taxes? Great questions. The lawyers in this episode discuss these and other important questions about wills, trusts, probate, taxes, and even fraud! Many people don't think about making a will or they don't know why they might need one. They might not know what other legal instrument is better suited for them. Join attorneys, Barry and Mel as well as dynamic paralegal Janice to learn more about these important issues. You need this information! *Remember that estate planning is different in every state.
23 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
April Deliberations of a Black American
Police violence. Reparations. DC Statehood. Death of DMX. Everything is on the table in this "uncommon" news show--from a Black perspective. Join host, Ben Koponen, on this show as he deliberates about the news and events and their effects on the Black community. Time to get real. Join the convo!
74 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Easy Ways to Protect your Income and Financial Future
Financial hardships can happen to anyone. Anytime. But there are ways to protect your income and future--and it's easier than ever! Yet many people remain unprotected and vulnerable. If you like tax-free cash income then join us to discuss the power of life insurance. In this show, financial educator, Jorick Gaines with WealthWave, Inc. will discuss the importance and power of life insurance. No, it is not only for after death! No, it is not only for older people! Life insurance is one of the most important parts of your financial portfolio and you can reap the benefits right now. Already have life insurance? Great, if it's the right kind and right amount. Jorick discusses ways to protect your income and financial future using life insurance and by creating an emergency fund. His advice works for people in all income categories and age groups. Join Robin and Marlene as they ask both easy and complex questions about ways to protect your financial future. The time to start is now!
36 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Black Athlete Activists who have changed the World
Muhammed Ali. Wilma Rudolph. Colin Kaepernick. All of these African Americans were great athletes. But they were also great activists fighting for racial and social justice. Many people forget the important contributions made by Black athlete activists. Yet they have had an incredible impact on highlighting racial and social injustices--and changing the world. In this episode, we discuss these athlete activists, their contributions, and the consequences they suffered for their activism. We also discuss ways that we can support them. Grab an espresso and join this uncommon discussion!
54 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Black Inventors that You Didn't Learn about in School
The lawnmower. The key chain. The gas mask. The video security system. The modern traffic signal. These were invented by African Americans. And there is so much more! Yet we learn and hear so little about the numerous inventions by African Americans. This show changes this perception of Black inventors and scientists! The ETT team discusses Black inventions and their backstories. We also discuss the challenges faced by Black inventors today and how we can support their research, work, and contributions to society. Join us!
40 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Why & How to Buy Black First
How can you support Black economic empowerment? The easiest yet most powerful way is to buy from Black businesses. Invest in Black businesses. Donate. Collaborate. And always buy Black first! There are more than two million Black-owned businesses in the United States. They provide important goods and services, jobs, and needed revenue for the community. Black businesses also support the culture and encourage unity. However, many of these small businesses struggle every month. If they fail, then the individual and the community suffers. But when they succeed, the community and generations of Black families are empowered. Wealth needs generations to develop. And buying from Black businesses starts the cycle of wealth generation. In this follow-up episode on Black economic empowerment, Robin and Marlene discuss the reasons to buy Black first as well as other ways to support Black businesses. Listen to this important episode to learn how to find and support Black businesses. It's easier than you might think. It makes a difference. Join us!
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