Nedra Deadwyler

Heritage preservation in the midst of gentrification

Nedra Deadwyler: How to maintain culture and community despite change Are you in a community that is being disrupted and/or destroyed by gentrification? If so, are you interested in preserving the history and culture of your community despite these changes? In this episode Ramona talks to Nedra Deadwyler about the need for communities to protect […]

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Richard J. Martinez

How can leaders operate as healers and uniters?

Richard Martinez: Transforming Minds and Actions through Messaging Current leadership in the United States has the dual challenge of unifying the communities they serve and ending systemic racism within their spheres of influence—no small feat. Today Ramona talks with leadership development trainer Richard Martinez, who explains the importance of communication and messaging in leading social […]

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Regina Jackson

How can white women dismantle white supremacy?

Regina Jackson: Host of Race2Dinner, conversations on racism How many of us have participated in conversations that explore how white women uphold white supremacy? Join Ramona in her conversation with Regina Jackson as Regina shares how she has found a creative way to have challenging yet hopeful conversations around racism, systems of oppression, and white […]

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Nick Taliaferro

What is the role, relevance and future of the Black Church?

Nick Taliaferro: Re-evaluating and Re-imagining the purpose of the Black Church The Black Church has always been the center of the African American community, but according to Nick Taliaferro, the role of the Black Church has changed. Listen to Ramona and Nick’s conversation today as Nick explains the societal factors that have influenced this change […]

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Dr. Rebecca Lopez

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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