Dr. Lorena Chambers

The importance of diversity within the field of athletic training

Dr. Rebecca Lopez: Advancing DEIA within The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Diversity continues to be an important issue in all professions.  Listen to the conversation today as Ramona talks to Dr. Rebecca Lopez about the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) efforts to improve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) via their DEIA Task Force.  Through […]

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Dr. Lorena Chambers

Why Chicana Historians Matter

Dr. Lorena Chambers: The Chicanas Changing History Project As we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, researcher and historian Dr. Lorena Chambers, joins me to talk about the role of history in shaping our future. Listen in as she talks about chance moments, acknowledges those who helped pave the way in her career’s trajectory, […]

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Patricia Castillo

How do you end domestic violence?

Patricia Castillo: Ending abuse through the PEACE Initiative This week on the podcast, social worker and domestic violence advocate Patricia Castillo joins me. With more than 35 years of experience under her belt, working to end violence against women and children, Patricia continues to make an impact on what is a world-wide issue. Listen as […]

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Tosca Davis and Cedrick Smith

Film documentary: “To Be Us: To Work”

Documentary film-makers Tosca Davis and Cedrick Smith join me to talk about working while black and their film “TO BE US: To Work.” To Be Us Productions creates stories that center black people. Today we talk about how the experiences of black people at work remains valid, the impact of racism and micro-aggressions, and universality […]

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Joe Jennings

Celebrating Atlanta’s Local Black History and Jazz

This week on the Empowerment Zone podcast, educator and musical extraordinaire Joe Jennings, joins me. The jazz musician, and former director of the Spelman Jazz Ensemble, contributions include being the founder and director of the Neighborhood Arts Ensemble, a 22-piece big Band in Atlanta, as well as the founder and director of the Metropolitan Atlanta […]

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Jay Bailey

Honoring the legacy and visionary leadership of Herman J. Russell Sr.

Join Ramona as she and Jay Bailey explore local Black History of Atlanta, by expounding upon the impactful life, leadership and legacy of businessman Herman J. Russell, Sr. In fact, Russell’s life continues to inspire a new generation of business owners through the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE). In their discussion Jay expounds upon […]

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Dr. Sonya Ramsey

Centering Black Women in Black History

In this episode, Ramona centers African American women’s history in her discussion with historian Dr. Sonya Ramsey about her new book Bertha Maxwell-Roddey: A Modern-Day Race Woman and the Power of Black Leadership. In her biography of Dr. Maxwell-Roddey, Dr. Ramsey modernizes the nineteenth-century term “race woman” to describe how educational activist and Black studies […]

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Ramona Houston

Wicked Policing: A Reality in All Black Communities throughout America

Although “The Empowerment Zone” celebrates Black History all year, Ramona has decided to devote all episodes in February to recognizing Black History Month. Considering the recent tragedies in the US with the police beating and murder of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Ramona begins this month exploring racialized police violence in the United States. In this […]

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“Wicked Policing”:  A Reality in All Black Communities throughout America

I am probably one of few people in America who has not seen the George Floyd video.  Furthermore, I do not have any plans to watch it, nor the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols, the next saga of “Wicked Policing:  The American Tragedy.” It is hard for me to stomach violence in movies, let alone […]

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Christian McBride

The Extraordinary Impact of Artists

From James Brown to Winton Marsalis, artists have an incredible amount of influence, impacting all aspects of society and people, including today’s guest Christian McBride. Listen to Ramona’s conversation as Christian talks about the music and the artists who have impacted his life and his development as a musician. According to Christian, example is of […]

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