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Libations & Liberation: The Podcast
53 minutes | 10 days ago
Episode 5: Happiness Unlocked
Arnetta discusses mental wellness, cultural understanding, and the myth of blackness with special guest Brandi Avila, host of youtube series "Happiness Unlocked." She also pours libations for Amber Ruffin's black joy. Don't forget to like our show and leave us a review! Also, you can stay updated by following me on IG: /queeneleda Also, check out the folks from this episode: Brandi Avila is a social justice-focused educator, mother & wife, founder of Happiness Unlocked Relationship & Life Coaching, and the face of the "Happiness Unlocked" Youtube Channel. She creates content centered on love, wellness, and personal growth. She is driven to normalize mental health and care and help facilitate the inner work that we need to engage to realize and enjoy the happy life we desire. Her educational background spans Pan African Studies, Sociology, Educational Counseling, Mental Health Recovery & Trauma-Informed Care. Check out her youtube series "Happiness Unlocked" and follow her on IG, @happiness_unlocked, to stay updated on mental wellness tips! Also, check out Amber Ruffin on IG @amberruffin. A few books to consider: 1. My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem 2. The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson 3. Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown 4. You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar 5. The Body Keeps Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk 6. Self Compassion by Kristen Neff
60 minutes | 24 days ago
Episode 4: Birth Stories and Radical Motherhood
Arnetta's back after a long hiatus. She pours libations for her midwife, Racha, shares her experience of their birth story, and discusses what it looks like to be a radical mother with special guest, Jess Allen. Don't forget to like our show and leave us a review! Also, you can stay updated by following me on IG: /queeneleda Also, check out the folks from this episode: Jessica Allen is Black-Latinx, queer, mother, Doula, and visionary with a determination to ignite her communities towards large-scale revolution and intergenerational healing. At seventeen, she became a certified doula through the Natural Birth Institute in San Francisco. Through this work, she has proudly supported over one-hundred births in her community and addressed chronic stress, social isolation, and emotional hardship within her practice. She is an African American Studies major at UC Berkeley. She has been in service to San Francisco Bay Area’s most disenfranchised populations (LGBTQ youth, formerly incarcerated people, and foster-care youth) for over a decade. In 2014, she launched Mamahood Revolution, a doula initiative in which she facilitates healthy pregnancy, birth, and postpartum workshops. Check her out on IG @mamahoodrevolution Also, want to shout out our midwife, Racha. Check her out at crimsonfig.com or on IG @crimson_fig A few books to consider: 1. Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington 2. Invisible Visits by Tina Sacks 3. Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 3: Education for Liberation
Arnetta reflects on the Breonna Taylor's case, pours libations for educators, shares a dope ass song from indie artist @virgogabrielle, and talks education for liberation with special guest, Dr. Amber Gonzalez. Don't forget to like our show and leave us a review! Also, you can stay updated by following me on IG: /queeneleda Also, check out the folks from this episode: Dr. Gonzalez is a detribalized Indigenous Xicana of Indé (Apache), Pueblo, Spanish, and Irish heritage with deep roots in New Mexico, who came of age in 1990s Los Angeles. She is a proud transfer student who earned a BA in Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies from Cal Poly Pomona and an MA and Ph.D. in Chicana/Chicano and Feminist Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Amber is Associate Professor and Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at Fullerton College, a certified conflict transformation mediator, an anti-imperialist decolonial feminist, and committed to creating liberatory educational-healing spaces. She is currently co-editing an anthology about the 20+ year legacy of Mujeres de Maiz, an LA-based womxn of color artivist collective. Check her out on IG: /fcethnicstudies Virgogabrielle an indie RnB singer/guitarist/songwriter from Northern California. She is an old soul in a fast, new world and has found the recipe to converting her pain into pleasure to your ears through honest lyrics, jazz-influenced guitar, and melodies designed to make you feel something wavy, something real, something genuine. Speaking on everything from past-lifetime pain to karmic partners to the experiences of womanhood, Virgo takes you to a place not easily found in a world full of hiding. Check out virgogabrielle's linktree: http://linktr.ee/virgogabrielle
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 2: It's About to Get Racial
Arnetta, with special guests, Angela Scott and Berenice Villela-Smith, deconstruct the behavior of liberal White women and exposes a pattern of racial microaggressions that inevitably precursors conversations about race.
7 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 1: I Just Needed to do More
In this short introduction, host Arnetta Villela-Smith (she/her) honors freedom fighters and discusses why she needed to do a podcast.
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