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The Empowerment Zone

Dr Ramona Houston is focussing on all aspects of strengthening African American and Latinx communities.

In this show we zone in on Black and Brown empowerment: building economic, political, educational and social power; advocating for health, philanthropy and service; championing racial and social justice; critically analyzing current events and issues from our perspectives. We also spotlight and celebrate our history, (s)heroes, culture, institutions, organizations and events by creating synergies between our communities. We believe that by working together, we will increase our capacity and effectiveness in ushering in a better nation and world.

If you are interested in advancing the empowerment of the African American and Latinx communities, please subscribe on your favourite podcast app and join us twice weekly as Dr. Ramona Houston and her guests get into the zone to explore Black and Brown relations and our journey to empowering our communities.

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Tracey Washington

Choosing Purposeful Alignment

Today Ramona talks to Tracey Greene-Washington about her new book Choosing Purposeful Alignment: The Messy Middle of Transformation. According to Tracey, during the transformation process of aligning with one’s life’s mission, many experience the “messy middle” of change. Listen to this insightful conversation as Ramona and Tracey discuss her new book, which seeks to inspire […]

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Dr. Garrick White

How can communities advance positive youth development?

Many people believe that today’s youth have no direction nor purpose. Dr. Garrick White explains that this challenge exists because of the absence of adults in the lives of young people. Join Ramona and Dr. White today as they explore the significance and value of adults being present with and investing in young people. Learn […]

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Gabriel Vaca

Latino Leadership and Business Success

Developing Latino leadership, growing Latino businesses, and promoting diversity have always been central to the work of Gabriel Vaca. His career has spanned entrepreneurship, a 24-year history in corporate America (UPS International), and leading the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Join Ramona today as Gabriel discusses his passion and work in developing Latino leadership and […]

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Raquel Ark

Grow your listening superpowers

Learning how to listen is a skill that can enhance your personal and professional life. In fact, listening is an essential skill, especially for leaders. Join Ramona today as Raquel Ark teaches us how to develop our listening superpowers. Raquel is a communication expert, coach, facilitator and podcast host of “Listen in with Raquel Ark.” […]

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Kenneth and AC Fields

How can entrepreneurs do business better?

Are you a business owner seeking ways to improve your outcomes? Technology is one of the solutions you can use to enhance opportunities and increase revenue. That is what IT-Henhouse is all about. Join Ramona as Kenneth and AC Fields explain how they help businesses by developing technology that improves performance. Partners in life and […]

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Dr. Patricia Parker

Ella Baker’s Catalytic Leadership

Ella Baker is one of America’s most impactful civil rights leaders. That is why you should join Ramona today as she talks to Dr. Patricia Parker about her new book Ella Baker’s Catalytic Leadership: A Primer on Community Engagement and Communication for Social Justice. As America enters another phase of social change, we can learn […]

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Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev

And Still We Rise!: Black Women Scholars, A Conversation, March 31, 2021

And Still We Rise!: Black Women Scholars in the Ebony Tower Since 1965, is a conversation highlighting the educational journeys and professional contributions of Black women scholars at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). Join Ramona and Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev as they discuss the upcoming summit, which will be held March 31, 2021, at noon […]

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Martina Jimenez

How do you become financially prosperous?

Martina Jimenez has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Early in her career she discovered the prevalence of minority wealth disparity and financial illiteracy. This epiphany led Martina to devote her carer to creating wealth for all and eliminating ignorance about money and wealth. Join Ramona for this insightful conversation as […]

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Adán Medrano

“Truly Texas Mexican”

Documentaries are a great way to document history and tell stories. Chef, author and film producer, Adán Medrano is doing just that through his new movie “Truly Texas Mexican.” The road movie weaves through Texas cities, naming the racism that erased Native American history and celebrating the food that kept alive the community’s living memory […]

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Dr. Carolyne A. Opinde

Women’s Empowerment Roundtable Summit, March 19, 2021

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, the International Women’s Think Tank (IWTT), the United Nations Association of USA, Atlanta Chapter (UNA-Atlanta), and the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Greater Atlanta) are hosting their virtual Women’s Empowerment Roundtable Summit: Achieving Global Goals, Best Practices and Lessons Learned this month. Join Ramona […]

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Dr. Chris Chappell

How do educators create impactful leaders?

The best educators are the ones who know how to tap into and bring out the immense potential of their students. Following in the footsteps of his professors and mentors, Dr. Chris Chappell is dedicated to building leaders through his work as an educator. Join Ramona today as she and Dr. Chappell discuss his methodology […]

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Janneh K. Wright

The Black Business Success Model

Janneh K. Wright is on a mission to build successful and profitable businesses in the African American community. He believes that businesses should be at the center of any economic development plan. Listen today as Ramona and Janneh dissect the challenges facing black businesses and suggest strategies for overcoming them in order to build thriving […]

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Cristina Morales

How do you build a healthy marriage?

All of us want to have a healthy relationship with our significant others, but conflict often makes that difficult. Christina “Tina” Morales is on a mission to help couples turn conflict into a means to connect. Listen today as Tina and Ramona talk about ways couples can work through conflict in order to build and […]

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Bryon Jennings

Part II – Does Dave Ramsey’s financial plan really work?

A champion of financial empowerment and wealth-building, Bryon Jennings has become a regular guest on this podcast. In Part II of his discussion on Dave Ramsey’s financial plan, Bryon challenges some of Ramsey’s ideas and suggests alternatives for building intergenerational wealth. Although he is not a financial planner, Bryon presents some unique ideas that he […]

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Lydia Camarillo

How Congressman John Lewis ushered in Latino political empowerment

This month we celebrate not only Black History Month but the birthday of one of America’s treasures, Congressman John Lewis. Join Ramona in this fascinating interview with Lydia Camarillo, who discusses the little known legacy of John Lewis—his role in building the political power of the Latino/a community. As Lydia explains, “Congressman John Lewis taught […]

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Richard J. Martinez

How can leaders operate as healers and uniters?

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 transformation. Listen and learn from Richard how to […]

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Pierre Campbell

Topic: Do You Know Your Value?

Leadership coach Pierre Campbell is on a mission to bring out the best in others. Join Ramona today as Pierre inspires us to believe in ourselves and our abilities. In this energetic discussion, Pierre provides his “Simple Intelligence” strategies on how to build our confidence and recognize our value in order to achieve our fullest […]

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Alexis Scott

Celebrating the history of the Atlanta Daily World

Founded in 1928 by W.A. Scott, the Atlanta Daily World became the first successful African American-owned daily newspaper in the United States. Join Ramona in this inspiring discussion as Scott’s granddaughter Alexis Scott discusses the rich history of the newspaper and its impact on African Americans, Atlanta and the country. Alexis became the paper’s publisher […]

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The Power of Being Different

Dyscalculia is an unknown math learning disability. Many students refer to their struggles in mathematics as “needing a tutor,” “not applying oneself,” or “not being efficient in math.” Due to unawareness, students struggle and are forced to make life decisions that alter their futures. In today’s discussion Ramona talks to Dr. Stacy Roberson about dyscalculia. […]

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Dr. Richard Reddick

The Wages of Blackness

When handling issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, mentorship, and community engagement, frequently black professionals assume many of these responsibilities; however, they are rarely compensated for their contributions. Join this enlightening conversation as Ramona’s guest Dr. Richard Reddick discusses “cultural taxation.” Dr. Reddick is the inaugural associate dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach for […]

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Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez

Embracing the Full Latino Experience

Latinos of African heritage encounter many challenges with identity when living in the United States. Many are confronted with choosing between being African/African American or Latino/a. The truth is that Afro-Latinos identify with both identities. Why should they choose? In this insightful discussion, Ramona talks to Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez about Afro-Latinidad and Dr. Reid-Vazquez’s research […]

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Stacy Risco

How to Grow Your Business

Stacy is devoted to helping entrepreneurs make their enterprise as “the business of choice” through her work as a businesses development consultant. Join Ramona today as Stacy outlines the tools and strategies that entrepreneurs need to grow their business. Originally from Connecticut, Stacy is owner of the Pink Patch Group, a business management consulting company […]

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Dr. Daryl Harris

How do you develop your creative abilities?

Today Ramona explores creativity with master artist and professor Dr. Daryl Harris. In this delightful discussion Dr. Harris explains how the performing and visual arts help individuals to enhance and expand their creative ability, a skill needed in all professions. He also shares his beliefs on how individuals can tap into their creative powers and […]

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Gregory Perrin

“Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks!”

Gregory Perrin loves the performing arts and understands the power of this platform. That is why the Pollyanna Theater Company commissioned Gregory to write “Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks!,” a children’s play that celebrates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In his discussion with Ramona, Gregory explains how the arts influences activism and how it can […]

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Dr. Karen Poteete

How can you achieve health, happiness and success in 2021?

Good health is extremely important to having a happy and successful life. As we enter 2021, everyone is recommitting to achieving their goals, including those centered on health and wellness. Today’s guest Dr. Karen Poteete inspires listeners to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Sharing her personal journey through processed hair, unhealthy eating and drinking, and stress, […]

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Lynette Correa-Velez

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) in Higher Education

Lynette Correa-Velez is on a mission to impact college students and alumni as a DEIB coach. In this engaging conversation Ramona and “Dr.” Lynette, as Ramona affirmatively calls her, explore a range of topics including the recent Georgia US Senate run-off elections; embracing family, culture, and community; and advancing student success. Lynette is the Assistant […]

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Gerald Baptiste, Jr

How can we reduce the spread of airborne pathogens like COVID-19?

COVID-19 has disrupted our ability to gather in groups safely. That is why we need new technology to purify the air and make the indoor environment safe, so businesses can drive revenue and we can resume our normal lifestyle. Join Ramona as she talks to Gerald Baptiste, Jr., about photocatalytic oxidation technology, a new product […]

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Stan Watson

Vote, Georgia, Vote! The Runoff Election for US Senate

Political empowerment is important to advancing the interests of the African American and Latino/a communities. That is why Georgians must vote in the upcoming runoff election for US Senate on January 5, 2021. Join Ramona with Stan Watson as they discuss why it is important to vote and understand how government works. A seasoned public […]

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Lorenzo Sanford

The stars are lining up in 2021!

It is a new year! Jupiter and Saturn are joining forces in 2021 to create “The Great Conjunction.” Now is the ideal time for you to connect and align with the stars, so that you may live your best life. Join Ramona and Lorenzo Sanford today in their illuminating and delightful conversation on how the […]

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Ramona Houston

Let’s Finish Strong!

Special Episode: Georgia is now in an important runoff election for two US Senate seats. More than ever, the African American and Latino/a American communities must vote. Voter turnout is key to winning in this run-off election. Understanding this fact, Ramona is using her power and platform to push more people to vote. In this […]

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Bryon Jennings

Does Dave Ramsey’s financial plan really work?

A champion of financial empowerment and wealth-building, Bryon Jennings will be a regular guest on our podcast. In his second appearance on our show Bryon challenges Dave Ramsey’s financial plan and suggests alternatives for building intergenerational wealth. Although he is not a financial planner, Bryon explores issues that will help Black and Brown communities to […]

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Judith Martinez Sadri

Addressing Stereotypes – The Right Way

Stereotypes disrupt many of our lives, causing discomfort, pain and anger. Many times we do not know its origins or how to address them. In this interview, Ramona talks to Judith Martinez Sadre about her personal and professional experiences with stereotypes. Learn from Judith how you can use these uncomfortable moments as opportunities to make […]

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Sabrina Jenkins

Managing Transitions

There is only one condition that is constant in life, and that is change. Although change is an experience that all of us have to endure, many find it difficult to embrace. Sabrina Jenkins knows all about change. Enjoying a 27-year career with the Atlanta Braves, Sabrina changed vocations and is now President of CEO […]

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Derek Hubbard

How to become an agent of positive change

In our current environment, individuals can no longer remain silent about the social issues that challenge our communities, nation and world. Silence is indeed complicity. As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good […]

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Dr. Dhanfu Elston: Complete College America

Complete College America is on a mission to eliminate barriers to college access and completion. As Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President for Strategy, Dr. Dhanfu Elston is dedicated to accomplishing this mission. In this discussion, Dr. Elston expands upon the work of CCA and how its Game Changer Strategies are accelerating the success […]

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Mariela Romero

How do you handle a crisis?

Everyone has experienced moments of crisis in life. For most of us, these can be very challenging times. After enduring several personal and professional crises, Mariela Romero has developed a different perspective. As she explains, crises are periods of change and opportunities for growth. According to Mariela, we only experience crisis when we choose not […]

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Dr. Cynthia Orozco

Discovering and Uncovering a Mexican American Shero of Texas

Join Ramona as she talks to fellow historian Dr. Cynthia Orozco about her new book Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist. Considering the fact that few biographies exists about Mexican American women, this discussion with Dr. Orozco is indeed a treat. Dr. Orozco talks about her book on […]

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Monique Russell

Why is communication key to self-empowerment?

Most of us aspire to exert more power over our personal and professional lives, but do we recognize the importance of communication in self-empowerment? According to Monique Russell, self-empowerment is all about knowing how to communicate authentically and effectively. The way you communicate with others shapes your relationships, and, consequently, your relationships shape your personal […]

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Elisa Lagrange

Ladies, do we have the right mindset for success?

Success is all about mindset. Elisa Lagrange is on a mission to help women to operate in their zone of genius. In this engaging discussion, Elisa teaches women strategies on managing their minds. Elisa is a multicultural marketer who helps entrepreneurs and individuals build profitable businesses and significant lives. A native of Argentina, Elisa lives […]

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Marlon Addison

Are you tapping into your Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is important to personal and professional success. According to Marlon Addison, EI is a learnable skill. Discover more about EI and how it can enhance your performance, relationships, and career. Marlon is a sales and marketing leader, who has trained sales teams and college students on Emotional Intelligence for over ten years. […]

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