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Virginia Diaz-Laughlin

Women in Film-Making

For more than 30 years, Virginia Diaz-Laughlin has broken barriers in the film and video industry in production management. She has worked on commercials, feature films, television movies and syndicated shows. Feature film credits include “Rushmore,” “Apollo 13,” and my personal favorite “Selena.” Her most recent accomplishment is “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage […]

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Stephanie Lang

Is the history of your family and community valuable?

Join Ramona as she talks to Stephanie Lang about the importance and power of African Americans and people of color collecting, preserving and presenting the histories and stories of their families and communities. According to Stephanie, African Americans and other marginalized communities must be agents in making sure that their voices are heard and included […]

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Dr. Herman Turner

How do doctors address health disparities in the African American Community?

In this episode Ramona talks to Dr. Herman Turner about health disparities and his work with indigent populations. During their discussion Dr. Turner also explores his educational and professional experiences as an African American man in the STEM field. Listen to learn about the challenges as well as rewards of working with people who have […]

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Paula McClain

Are corporations serious about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion?

As a result of the “awakening” on racial injustice and disparities sparked by last year’s murder of George Floyd, companies and organizations are evaluating themselves internally to assess their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Many have announced their monetary and organizational commitments, but are they just illusions? What should be considered to ensure that […]

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Dr. Eddie Bonilla

Have communities of color worked together to advance social change?

Join Ramona today as she discusses activism among communities of color with Dr. Eddie Bonilla. In this episode Dr. Bonilla explores the far reaching influence of activists from a multiracial organization known as the League of Revolutionary Struggle, which existed from 1978-1990. The organization was led primarily by Asian American women but was attuned to […]

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Ramona Houston

How do you start a podcast?

I started my podcast with limited knowledge and technology. All I possessed was the idea. A friend and podcaster encouraged me, “Just jump in! You will figure it out as you go.” That is just what I did. Listen to this episode today as I talk about my journey to starting a podcast and how […]

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Family Matters

Join Ramona as she engages in an interesting conversation with her sisters Rhonda and Rhesa about their upbringing, relationship and philosophy on family. They attribute their loving, supportive and affirming relationship to great parenting and learning to respect one another. Enjoy childhood stories and more serious subjects on how these sisters work through their challenges […]

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Houston Sisters

Are History PhDs only valuable in the classroom?

There are so many careers that individuals with a Ph.D. in history can pursue. Historians possess a myriad of valuable skills and abilities needed in every sector of society. Listen to this episode where Ramona reads her compelling essay “Casting a Wider Net: History PhDs Change Your Perspective!” published in “Perspective on History, The Newsmagazine […]

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Shajmil Smith

Is being resilient a strength or a weakness?

Join Ramona as she talks to Shajmil Smith about Black Women and resilience. According to Shajmil, resilience is more than just pushing through. Shajmil argues that women must rethink resilience to ensure that it strategically and personally serves their interests. Shajmil also discusses her upcoming conference Rethinking Resilience to be held on May 22, 2021. […]

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Danylle Givens

Can dance be performative and transformative?

The performing arts, dance and healing go hand in hand in the experience of Abundance Dance Company. Abundance comes to create a space of healing for the dancer and audience through emotionally transparent, authentic, and innovative dance experiences. Listen to this episode as Ramona and Danyelle explore how dance serves as an invaluable tool for […]

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