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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.

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Donna King

Take the Leap!

In today’s episode, Ramona talks to entrepreneur Donna King, Chief Visionary Officer and Head Designer of P. Sherrod & Co., an Atlanta-based leather lifestyle brand founded in 2009. Donna shares her story of how she “took the leap” and persevered through the challenges of entrepreneurship to build her company. If you are temporarily paralyzed by fear, […]

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Chiquita Lockley and Patrice Gaines

Masterclass: The Patrice Gaines Story

It is a fact: the United States has the largest incarceration rate in the world. With a system that disproportionately criminalizes and incarcerates the poor and people of color, criminal justice reform has become one of the key social issues of the day. Listen in as Ramona talks to author and journalist, Patrice Gaines and […]

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Obery Hendricks

Christians Against Christianity

The evangelical right has become a powerful force in US politics. Interestingly, many right-wing evangelicals have used the Bible to justify and promote white supremacy and power as well as marginalize and demonize various groups. In this episode Ramona talks to best selling author and Biblical scholar Dr. Obery Hendricks about his newest book Christians […]

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Dr. Cynthia Orozco

Alonso S. Perales – Pioneer of Mexican-American Civil Rights

Reading biographies is one of the best ways to learn about life and history. In this episode Ramona talks to scholar Dr. Cynthia Orozco about the amazing life and legacy of Alonso S. Perales. Of Alice and San Antonio, Texas, Perales is the principal founder of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the […]

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Krysta McGowan and Celene Alexandria

Herstory in Living Color

Since 1987, October has been recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which evolved from what was known as the “Day of Unity.”  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience physical violence by an intimate partner. Moreover, 33% of teens in the US have experienced physical, […]

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Dr. Carolyne Opinde

The Future of NGOs Global Summit, December 8-9, 2022

The world is going through a rapid transition. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are faced with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) at the local and international levels. What then is the future of NGOs? Listen to Ramona as she talks to Dr. Carolyne Opinde, Founder of The NGO Whisperer Center For Social Impact. Dr. Opinde shares […]

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Andrew Baskin

Challenging the “Mis-education” of African Americans

Since its publication in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro by Dr. Carter G. Woodson has influenced generations of African American educators, including Ramona’s guest Professor Andrew Baskin. Listen to Ramona’s conversation with Professor Baskin as he discusses his work as a college educator and how he has encouraged and compelled students to achieve academic […]

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Grené Baranco

Ladies, have you ever considered a career in the automotive industry?

According to Forbes, women drive 70-80% of consumer purchasing decisions, which includes vehicle purchases. Despite the amount of money women invest in cars, the automotive industry lacks diversity when it comes to women and, particularly, women of color. In fact, there are only six black women new car dealers in the US! Listen to Ramona […]

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Angela Valenzuela

How can municipalities produce academic success and teacher pipelines within the Latino community?

Providing educational support with identifiable teachers are important to the academic success of all students. In today’s episode Dr. Angela Valenzuela shares her work with Academia Cuauhtli (Nahuatl for “Eagle Academy”), a partnership model with the Austin Independent School District and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center that supports the educational development of […]

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Jose Miguel Madrigal Hidalgo, Sruthi Venkatraman and Justin Hart of the Democrats Abroad Global Youth Caucus

The Power of Voting from Abroad

With less than 100 days to the mid-term elections, the Democrats Abroad Global Youth Caucus is mobilizing voters around the world to engage in the political process and cast their votes. In this episode Jose Miguel Madrigal Hidalgo, Sruthi Venkatraman and Justin Hart of the Democrats Abroad Global Youth Caucus talk with Ramona on the process of […]

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Dr. Emilio Zamora

Part II: The Social Responsibility of the scholar

Scholars have always played a significant role in movements to advance racial and social justice. In Part II of his conversation with Ramona, Dr. Emilio Zamora discusses why and how scholars should be involved in the community. Dr. Zamora shares his work in Texas in the campaign for Ethnic Studies—involving petitions for inclusion in the […]

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Dr. Emilio Zamora

Part I: The Social Responsibility of the scholar

Scholars have always played a significant role in movements to advance racial and social justice. In Part 1 of his conversation with Ramona, Dr. Emilio Zamora discusses his career trajectory as a Mexican Americanist historian and how his research has shaped his consciousness of social responsibility and his approach as a scholar activist. Expanding on […]

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Sharif El-Mekki

How can communities increase the number of African American teachers?

Many individuals matriculate through their formative years in K-12 education without having an African American teacher. This is a problem for multiple reasons. Listen to Ramona’s conversation with Sharif El-Mekki as they discuss why there are so few African American teachers and what communities must do to intentionally attract them to the profession. The Center […]

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Kamela Boyd

How can African Americans and Latino/as influence media?

Listen to Part II of Ramona’s discussion with Atlanta-based media and communications expert Kamela Boyd. Kamela shares her thoughts about the evolving impact media has on culture and marketing. She also discusses why it is so important for African American and Latino/a professionals to pursue careers in journalism. According to Kamela, media has a profound […]

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Dr. Christine Ortega

How do institutions usher under-represented groups into health professions?

Like many other fields, the health profession lacks diversity, primarily due to the systemic structures that impede access to educational and professional opportunities. In this episode Ramona talks to Dr. Catherine Ortega about careers in health and how institutions and organizations can create pathways, as opposed to pipelines, for career access and success. Dr. Ortega […]

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Joel Alvarado

Part I: How identity shapes leadership

Identity is so important to individuality and leadership. We are all constantly evolving. As many of you know, it is not so important how others define you, as it is for you to define yourself. In Part I of this series, Ramona talks to Joel Alvarado about the evolution of his personal identity. Joel discusses […]

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Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

Do you need more rest?

What is something everyone needs, but few get enough of it? Rest. Rest and relaxation is vital to productivity and creativity. Rest rejuvenates our minds, bodies and spirits, so that we can enjoy life and perform at our maximum potential. Yet, most of us push ourselves for long hours and rest only enough to keep […]

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Dr. Natalia Molina

A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community

There are places in every community where marginalized people come together to affirm their humanity, culture and community. In Los Angeles the Nayarit was one of those esteemed places and spaces. Today Ramona talks to Professor Natalia Molina about her most recent book A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community. […]

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Michael H. Ross

How cities create systems to support the growth of black-owned businesses

Are you a business or civic leader seeking to develop black businesses in your community? Then, this episode is for you. Listen to the conversation as Ramona talks to Micheal H. Ross about the long and rich history of black business success in Atlanta, starting in the late nineteenth century through the present. Acknowledged by […]

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Vincenzo Piscopo

Ableism and its impact on inclusion among people with disabilities

Accessibility, an essential component of DEI&A (diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility), is the process of making opportunities, environments, services and products available and usable by all people. Ablism—discrimination in favor of able-bodies people—is the reason accessibility is so important. In their discussion today, Vincenzo Piscopo talks to Ramona about his work in inclusion and accessibility […]

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Kamela Boyd

the Impact of Communications on Culture

Join Ramona as she talks to Atlanta-based media and communications expert Kamela Boyd. Kamela shares her career journey in public relations and her thoughts about the evolving impact media has on culture and marketing. Kamela explores HBCU excellence, WalMart’s blunder with Juneteenth products, compassion needed in coverage of the Uvalde, Texas school tragedy, and lessons […]

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Dr. John Eaves

The 4 Pillars of Political Empowerment

Being politically engaged is essential to the empowerment of the African American and Latino communities. Why? One simple reason: government affects every aspect of our lives. Services are connected to the vote, so our communities must be involved in the political process to improve the services in our communities. Join Ramona and Dr. John Eaves […]

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Dr. Tracey Morant Adams

How is Renasant Bank embracing social responsiblity?

Renasant Bank knows what it means to be a corporate citizen and leader in the community. Through effective corporate social responsibility initiatives the bank is making a big impact on women. Listen to the conversation as Ramona talks to Dr. Tracey Morant Adams about how Renasant Bank through its community engagement program, Renasant Roots, is […]

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Larry Gonzales

How can organizations strategically advance the political empowerment of Latinos?

Veterinary medicine is the least diverse medical profession in the country, which is not reflective of pet ownership. Many veterinary professionals work in hospitals where there is only one doctor of color and/or person of color. A lack of diversity within veterinary medicine impacts the ability of veterinary professionals to educate their clientele of diverse […]

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Dr. Niccole Bruno

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) in Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine is the least diverse medical profession in the country, which is not reflective of pet ownership. Many veterinary professionals work in hospitals where there is only one doctor of color and/or person of color. A lack of diversity within veterinary medicine impacts the ability of veterinary professionals to educate their clientele of diverse […]

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John Haroldson Suarez

How are changing demographics shaping the political and cultural landscape of the US?

Over the past few decades, demographic changes have been transforming the US. America is quickly evolving to become a majority-minority country. Threatened by this demographic shift, some Americans have created an antagonistic political and cultural environment, ushering in a period of hostility and incivility toward fellow Americans. In this episode Ramona is joined by Attorney […]

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Congressman Hank Johnson

Congressman Hank Johnson: Leveling the playing field for everyday Americans through the Courts

America is celebrating the Senate confirmation of its first African American woman Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. The Democratic Congress is one of the forces that made this landmark and consequential event happen. Join Ramona as she talks to Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) about this significant moment as well as the importance of US […]

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Dr. Jose Leyba

How can educators transform their profession?

Educators are vital to the development of children and young adults. Following the parents, they are the first to inspire students to achieve their potential. Many African American and Mexican American students, however, are left behind due to the systemic realities that label them incapable of academic excellence. Join Ramona as she talks to leading […]

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Contrial Davis

How can information technology become more diverse?

It is no secret that the technology industry has a challenge with diversity and inclusion. Information Technology (IT) is one of the many fields that must address this critical issue. Listen to Ramona and Contrial Davis as they discuss how he entered IT and what he thinks the industry needs to do to attract and […]

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Dr. Tara T. Green

Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar Nelson

As racial and social justice activism takes center stage in America, we are presented with a biography of prolific writer, educator, and social activist, Alice Dunbar Nelson, whose life in the early twentieth century reflects many of our nation’s current challenges. Join Ramona as she talks with Dr. Tara T. Green about her new book […]

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Quentin Moses

How does offering health insurance help to grow your business?

Health insurance is a benefit that every employee desires. That is why business owners should include health insurance in their business growth strategy. Join Ramona as she talks to independent health insurance agent Quentin Moses about group health insurance and how offering it helps business owners to attract and retain the best talent. Originally from […]

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Arthel Neville

Arthel Neville Design

There are so many ways to inspire others. That is what Arthel Neville does everyday. Listen to the conversation as Ramona talks to Arthell about her journey as a nationally acclaimed journalist to an immensely passionate designer. As a trailblazer in news and programing, Arthel has expanded her impact to create an accessories line adorned […]

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Dr. Ian D. Brooks

How do you create change in your life?

Personal change is difficult. It requires clarity of purpose, acknowledgement of individual direction, and perseverance. To help us along this journey, Ramona is joined by Dr. Ian D. Brooks to discuss the foundations in living to our purpose and purposefully managing transformations. Dr. Brooks is the CEO of Rhodes Smith Consulting—a personal and professional development […]

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Kimberly Greene

What does the Negro League, Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen have in common?

There are so many ways to honor and memorialize African American history, and Ramona has discovered a business that does just that. Join Ramona as she talks to Kimberly Greene, founder of BLACK (Bases Loaded Authentic Clothing and Kaps). Through BLACK Kimberly uses licensed apparel to celebrate African American history by serving as an educational […]

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Lovell Hooks

How has jazz music evolved over the years?

Jazz is America’s classical music. Join the conversation as Ramona discusses jazz with radio personality Lovell Hooks, host of “Jazz, Straight No Chaser” on community radio WRFG 89.3 FM in Atlanta. Lovell’s show has been on the air for 30 years—the longest running show on the station. Lovell educates audiences about jazz through playing its […]

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Rep. Donna McLeod

The power of civic and political engagement

The mid-term elections are right around the corner. Part of social responsibility is embracing your civic duties and responsibilities. Join Ramona as she talks to Georgia State Representative Donna McLeod about why individuals should participate in their local and national elections. In addition to voting, Rep. McLeod also emphasizes the importance of holding elected officials […]

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Dr. Abel Bartley

The importance of studying and understanding history

African Americans and people of color represent tremendous potential, which is not being harnessed. Americans have an obligation to study our past so that we can avoid creating mistakes in the future. Listen to the conversation as two American historians, Dr. Abel Bartley and Ramona, discuss the value of learning history. Dr. Abel Bartley is […]

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Ricki Fairley

Why should African Americans care about breast cancer?

Like many health disparities, African American women disproportionately suffer from breast cancer. The statistics are overwhelming. Listen in as Ramona talks to Ricki Fairley about the dangers of breast cancer among African American women. Ricki shares her personal experiences with breast cancer and her work in TOUCH, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance (BBCA) to inspire […]

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Marlon Addison

Being a Good Father

There is nothing like having a loving and devoted father. That is just what Marlon Addison is. Join Ramona for Marlon’s second appearance on the show as they discuss the passion, responsibility and commitment involved in being a present and engaged father. The two share their personal stories of their fathers and the impact that […]

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Dr. Dwight Andrews

African American Music: The Nucleus for Resistance and Resilience

Music created by African Americans has always had a purpose. Music provided African Americans a voice, despite the fact that throughout American history there has been an effort to silence them. Listen to the conversation as Dr. Dwight Andrews and Ramona discuss the history and significance of music as the center of the African American […]

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Kent Jones

How do you avoid becoming a “Fad Entrepreneur?”

There are all type of entrepreneurs, and according to Kent Jones, many are “fad entrepreneurs.” Join the conversation for Kent’s second appearance on “The Empowerment Zone” as Ramona and Kent discuss the most critical work in developing successful business. As Kent explains, entrepreneurs must create systems that enable their businesses to become profitable and sustaining […]

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Dr Ramona Houston

Motivational Monday: Do you need a morning wake up call?

Ramona has your #MondayMotivation covered! She shares one of her blogs. According to Ramona, each of you have your own Divine Inheritance that God has created especially for you! Listen today as Ramona inspires you to go get everything that God has for you!

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Nicole Moreno-Deinzer

How do you grow and pivot a business?

Ramona talks to magazine publisher Nicole Moreno-Deinzer. Nicole dives into, not only the creation of Epifania Magazine, but her mindset throughout the way—from imposter syndrome to confidence, to growth. Listen to the conversation today as Ramona and Nicole discuss the challenges and rewards of growing a business. Nicole is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Epifania […]

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Kebbi Williams

Advice for Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens

There are so many cities known for their music and the arts, and Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams is on a mission to make Atlanta one of the top. Listen today as Ramona talks to Kebbi about his advice for his childhood friend, Mayor-elect of Atlanta Andre Dickens, on how to lead the City of […]

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Tracye Bryant

“A Twist of Fate”

Reading engaging novels is a favorite pastime for many. Today Ramona talks to Atlanta author Tracye D. Bryant, who is debuting her second novel “A Twist of Fate.” The riveting sequel to “This Twisted Life” is a holiday must-have. Join the conversation as Tracye discusses her novel, her approach to writing, and the publishing process. […]

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Deb Moore

WCLK 91.9 FM: The Jazz of the City

A gem of Clark Atlanta University, WCLK 91.9 FM has been a treasure in Atlanta for decades, and Deb Moore has been a devoted steward of the station for many of those years. Listen today as Ramona talks to Deb about WCLK, jazz music, and the artists who create it. Deb Moore is host of […]

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Alfred Ramirez

How do you achieve maximum impact and sustainability?

Many individuals are continually seeking ways to improve their performance and impact. Join Ramona today as she and Alfred Ramirez discuss how to develop techniques and procedures that will help you to become more effective in your professional and personal life. Alfred Ramirez is President of Diverse Strategies Now. Originally, from Los Angeles, Alfred now […]

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Ramona Houston

Providing Strategies for College Success

Ramona shares details from her unpublished manuscript that provides students with strategies for college success, focussing particularly on relationships. Her recommendations, based on in-depth research and countless conversations with professionals and educators point out the importance of developing healthy, enjoyable and affirming connections in college.

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Dr. Robert Yancy

Why is there a renewed interest in Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Currently, there is a rise and immense interest in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). More students as well as prominent professionals such as Deione Sanders and Nikole Hannah-Jones are now attending and/or working at HBCUs. Listen to the conversation today as Ramona talks to Dr. Robert Yancy about the various reasons African Americans are […]

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Leedonal Moore

Listen, Learn and Love: Leading by Example

Personal experiences shape all of us. Listen to the conversation today as Ramona talks to Leedonal Jazzmin Dian Moore as they explains how personal experiences can be an opportunity to help amplify our journey in becoming better leaders. A US citizen who lives in Germany, ”Jazz” serves as Chair of the Democrats Abroad Global Black […]

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Suzette Arnold

The Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta empowers women in its upcoming summit

Returning for its second year, the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta (affectionately known as JamCham) is empowering women through its PowHER Virtual International Women’s Summit, which will be held on December 4, 2021. The summit seeks to create opportunities for women to network, collaborate, and partner. Join the conversation today as Ramona talks to […]

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Dr. Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller

How do you inspire students to solve social challenges?

Listen to the conversation today as Ramona talks to Dr. Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller, who is on a mission to create a future where there is no oppression. As a scholar and professor, Dr. Muller teaches her students how to think at the limits of the possible. As founder of the Impossible Project, a learning […]

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Daryl Perry

What insurance should you choose as an employee?

Insurance can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Everyone needs and should have insurance. That is why it is so important to educate ourselves. Join Ramona as she talks to insurance Advisor Daryl Perry II. Daryl has spent the last eight years helping educate individuals and small business owners on insurance. In […]

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Johnny Lee Lane

Let’s All Recognize Our Heroes in Education

Many of us have been touched by a teacher and/or professor who has made a significant impact on our lives. That is Johnny Lee Lane. Professor Lane has educated music and percussion students all over the US and world as a college professor and Director of the United States Percussion Camp at Eastern Illinois University […]

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Ambassador Kate Canavan

What was it like to work directly with Secretary Colin Powell?

The United States and the world recently lost one of its preeminent leaders: Secretary Colin Powell. With an extensive and esteemed career, Secretary Powell devoted his life to serving America in multiple capacities: as a four-star general, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of the US Department of State. […]

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Florence Chikowore

How do you build resilience?

Often when we hear the word resilience, it conjures up images of perfection not attainable to ordinary people. Join Ramona today as she talks to Change Leadership and Resilience Coach Florence Chikowore. “Flo” uses her change leadership coaching philosophy along with her life experiences to explain how everyone can apply simple, realistic strategies to build […]

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Karen KJ Johnson

How can women develop our executive presence?

In many environments the strong woman stigma has taken on a negative connotation.  Women, however, should not allow society to dictate our reality.  Listen to Ramona and her guest Karen KJ Johnson today as they discuss the importance of women owning and embracing our power in every aspect of our lives. As Ramona and Karen […]

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Charles Warria

What is the route to sustainable growth and development?

Charles Warria is passionate about endogenous growth and sustainable development in Africa. According to Charles, aid has not worked. Listen to Ramona’s conversation with Charles today as he explains how and why partnerships between NGOs and the private sector have created hybrid innovative and viable solutions for challenges facing communities and societies in Africa. A […]

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Alberto Sapoznik

Why should you work with a realtor specializing in commercial properties?

There are various reasons to work with a real estate agent, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs. Join Ramona and Alberto Sapaznik today as they explore the world of commercial real estate. As owner and operator of 1st Global Realty, Alberto explains the importance of having someone on your side at the negotiating table. Through […]

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Dr Ramona Houston

The Empowerment Zone Live!

Join Ramona for her first live podcast as she celebrated 1 year and 100 episodes with guests, listeners, family and friends. Listen to Ramona’s favorite moments, a panel of podcast guests, a Question/Answer from listeners, and other special surprises! Panelists included some of your and Ramona’s favorite podcast guests: Alfred Ramirez, Dr. Eddie Bonilla, Raquel […]

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Dr. Michelle Dionne Thompson

How can you become a more productive and balanced professional?

Join Ramona today as she talks with coach and scholar Dr. Michelle Dionne Thompson about her business Resistant Vision and who it serves. Resistant Vision is creating synergy between global concerns and daily life for academics and lawyers. According to Dr. Thompson, your career is more than grasping for the next rung on the professional ladder. […]

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Janneh K. Wright

The Business Capacity Development Alliance

There is a direct connection between the economic, civic, and social engagement of a community and the prosperity of its business sector. Join Ramona as she and Janneh K. Wright discuss the Business Capacity Development Alliance (BCD Alliance). BCD Alliance aims to create the largest Black business network dedicated to the empowerment of the African […]

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Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar

White nationalism and the formation of Atlanta

Today Ramona has a fascinating discussion with University of Connecticut history professor and former classmate, Dr. Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar. Listen as they discuss his current book project on how neo-Confederate politics of white nationalism provided the space for the rise of Atlanta as a Black Mecca. At the start of the Civil War, Atlanta […]

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Alberto Sapoznik

Why should you work with a realtor specializing in commercial properties?

There are various reasons to work with a real estate agent, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs. Join Ramona and Alberto Sapaznik today as they explore the world of commercial real estate. As owner and operator of 1st Global Realty, Alberto explains the importance of having someone on your side at the negotiating table. Through […]

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Rhonda C. Hight

What is the status of DE&I one year after America’s racial reckoning?

After the murder of George Floyd, corporations acted with a sense of urgency to address areas of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).  Over a year later, it appears that there has been some change. Are these changes for the better, or do companies still have a lot of work to do? Listen to the conversation […]

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Rev. Lukata Agyei Mjumbe

Making the Case for Compassionate Release of Elderly Prisoners

During the Black Liberation Movement, the US imprisoned many activists, among them Black Panther Party member Sundiata Acoli. Sundiata remains incarcerated at 84 years of age. Join Ramona today as she talks to Rev. Lukata Agyei Mjumbe about the need for American society and policy leaders to consider “compassionate release” of elderly prisoners. Originally from […]

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Amerika Garcia Grewal

Democrats Abroad: Providing Americans living internationally a voice in government

Political empowerment is an important aspect of power. Join Ramona today as she talks to Texas voter Amerika Garcia Grewal about Democrats Abroad. Amerika is the Asia Pacific Deputy Regional Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad. During her discussion with Ramona Amerika talks about how she shifted from cause-based activism to politics after moving outside the […]

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Edward Vargas

How do you work beyond labels to develop collaborations?

With this episode “The Empowerment Zone” begins its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Although the podcast celebrates the achievements and contributions of the Latino/a/x community 365 days a year, Ramona recognizes the value and importance of commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month. Today Ramona talks with speaker, author, mentor and consultant Edward Vargas. Ed discusses his path […]

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Russell Gunn

The Forces of Jazz and History Unite: “The Sirius Mystery” (new CD)

Sacred music and the artists who create it are treasures within all cultures. Today Ramona talks to one of Atlanta’s treasures Russell Gunn. Listen to this enlightening conversation between Ramona and Russell as they explore the worlds of music and history, the African Diaspora, and his latest CD “The Sirius Mystery.” Russell discusses his musical […]

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Dr. Anju Reejhsinghani

How do you transition into Higher Education Administration Seamlessly?

Many professionals aspire to work in higher education administration. Despite this clear goal, it may be difficult for some individuals to achieve, especially since there are multiple routes. Join Ramona today as she talks to Dr. Anju Reejhsinghani about the steps professionals must take in order to move into higher education administration. Dr. Reejhsinghani is […]

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Dr. Valencia Sylvain Stinson

Healing and Domestic Violence

“The man I love or the woman I love” could be declarations of emotion. This statement can produce wonderful feelings until that emotional connection is riddled with violence and abuse. Join Ramona and Dr. Valencia Sylvain Stinson today as they examine domestic violence. Dr. Sylvain Stinson shares her personal story and provides advice on how […]

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Ambrose Leburu

Are you committed to the change you want to see in your life?

Creating change in your life can seem daunting for some people. Many become overwhelmed, leaving them feeling stuck. If you want to learn some simple steps on how to create change in your life, listen to the discussion today as Ambrose Leburu shares his methodology on how to successfully change. Ambrose is a professional trainer […]

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Dr. Katherine Bynum

Black and Brown Coalitions against Police Brutality in Dallas, Texas

The African American and Mexican American communities have a long history of working together in Texas to advance civil rights. Listen to the conversation today as Ramona and scholar Dr. Katherine Bynum discuss Black and Brown coalition-building against police brutality in Dallas, Texas. During their discussion they explore how the Black and Brown freedom struggles […]

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Glenice Harris

Building Wealth from Black Wall Street to Black Main Street

Financial independence comes with having a vision for your future and your family’s future. It is about planning in advance for the expected and the unexpected. Financial factors to consider are health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, a plan for your child’s college education, a retirement plan, an emergency fund, etc. Listen today as […]

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Melvin Jones

How has COVID changed the arts and education in America?

COVID has deeply impacted both the artistic and educational communities. In fact, many professional practitioners of the arts dually function in various levels of education. As nations across the world begin to emerge from this shared moment in history, we will discover more and more how the pre-COVID ideas of normalcy and the conventional models […]

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Dr. Deena González

Moving from Faculty to Administration

As faculty progress through their professional careers, many choose to move into higher education administration. Although these positions require a different skillset and much more time and energy, being an administrator does have its rewards. Administrators have the opportunity to shape the strategy and direction of the institution. Enjoy the conversation today as Ramona talks […]

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Stephanie Lopez

How does America increase Latina representation in public service?

Although Latinos make up nearly 20 percent of the US population, they hold less than 2 percent of all local, state, and federal elected and appointed offices. LatinasRepresent, an initiative of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), is on a mission to change this reality by working to increase Latina civic engagement and political representation […]

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Jasmine Stevenson

Teaching Children Confidence… with Dance

In the art of dance nothing comes easy. Dance teaches the discipline to never give up. Dance also teaches life skills needed for other aspects of life and career. Join Ramona today as she and Jasmine Stevenson explore the value of the art of dance. They discuss how dance builds confidence within children at an […]

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Dr. Adriana Ayala

What is the value of Service Leadership?

Ramona and her classmate Dr. Adriana Ayala explore the importance of education, service and leadership. As the Executive Director of the Chicana Latina Foundation (CLF), Dr. Ayala talks about how the CLF helps college students by providing scholarships and leadership development. CLF uses service leadership, relationship building, and the cultural cura (embracing culture as a […]

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Dominique Vitalis

How do you build intergenerational wealth?

Financial freedom starts with having the right mindset and then seeking the knowledge. Individuals must be intentional about building credit, planning for retirement, diversifying investments and utilizing resources. Listen today as Ramona and Dominque discuss the important components of building financial prosperity and creating intergenerational wealth. A former Division 1 athlete at Georgetown University, Dominque […]

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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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Atty. Francisca Fajana

Latino Justice, transforming society through litigation

Latino Justice, formerly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, uses litigation, advocacy and education to transform the American society. Their work primarily focuses on four issues: voting rights, criminal justice, economic justice, and immigrant rights. Join this impactful conversation today as Ramona talks to Atty. Francisca Fajana, who discusses her work in the […]

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Melvin Houston

Do you need a little motivation to help you reach your health goals?

At 81 years old, Melvin Louis Houston is a living testimony of health and wellness. A devoted educator, he passionately continues his 51-year coaching career. Listen to Ramona’s conversation with her Uncle Lou as they discuss his philosophy of creating a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly, during his interview you will also learn some Texas history. Uncle […]

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Rev. Tyrone McGowan

Does faith have a role in addressing social issues?

Racial and social justice are in the forefront in American society. Notably, millennials are leading the way in addressing many social challenges through the power of faith. Listen to Ramona’s interview with Rev. Tyrone McGowan today to learn how faith can be used as an act of resistance in the fight against two pandemics: COVID-19 […]

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Dr. Robin Chapdelaine

The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria

In this episode Ramona talks to Dr. Robin Chapdelaine about her recently published book The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria (Jan 2021). During this enlightening conversation, Dr. Chapdelaine discusses the historical intersection of economics, trade and labor to explain how and why children have been used for economic purposes. […]

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Michael Neal

How COVID-19 has impacted community colleges

Community colleges play an important role in educating unique populations in our society: first-generation, non-traditional, African American, Latino American, and working-class students. Due to COVID-19, enrollment at community colleges has significantly decreased for a variety of reasons. Listen to this interview with Ramona and Michael today to learn more about the value of community colleges […]

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Blanca Vargas

How can you become an impactful activist in your community?

Helping others is what community activism is all about. Blanca Vargas exemplifies this standard. A passionate leader in the metro-Chicago area and a long-serving member of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), Blanca has served in various leadership capacities throughout her life. Join Ramona and Blanca today as they discuss Blanca’s philosophy on community […]

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Robert Jackson

Lessons and inspiration from “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

With the rise of hate and violence and the surge of voter suppression laws across America, our country needs individuals, organizations and leaders who will join the movement against hatred and divisiveness. Listen to this powerful discussion today as Ramona and Robert discuss the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963). […]

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Dr. Carolyne A. Opinde

How can nonprofits be more impactful?

Nonprofits focus on solving social challenges; however, many lack direction on how to achieve their goals. Through The NGO Whsiperer Dr. Carolyne Opinde has created a sustainability model for nonprofits: “Connecting People, Raising Funds and Impacting Lives.” Join Ramona and Dr. Opinde today as Dr. Opinde explains how she helps nonprofits to tap into human […]

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Victoria Archable

What is the difference between Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care?

There are distinct differences among the various types of care facilities for seniors. Many times families are not prepared to make important decisions about their loved ones. Join Ramona today as her guest Victoria Archable explains what makes senior care facilities different from each other. Understanding their offerings and services can help you to make […]

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Tracey Greene-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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Ari Perrymond

Inspiring children to dream BIG!

Imagination is key to achieving your dreams. Eleven-year-old Ari Perrymond is sparking the imagination of children through “Ari’s DreamWorld.” Created to engage, excite and educate young learners all over the world, the YouTube show inspires children to embrace their visionary powers. Join Ramona as she talks to her niece Ari about her new creative venture. […]

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Michelle Dionne Thompson

How do you tap into your purpose?

As a professional coach, Michelle Dionne Thompson understands the value of bringing out the best in others. In her conversation with Ramona, Michelle provides specific strategies on how to determine your purpose in life—how to answer the question, “Why am I here on this earth.” Michelle is founder of Michelle Dionne Thompson Coaching and Consulting […]

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Michelle DeGrate

How Philanthropy Operates in Black and Brown Communities

As recent studies have shown, the philanthropic sector lacks diversity. On top of that, there is a widely held belief that only rich white people engage in philanthropy. Contrary to popular belief, Black and Brown people give. In this episode, Michelle DeGrate explores the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in development and fundraising. Michelle […]

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Christine Ortega

What is Servant Leadership?

Having operated in multiple leadership roles for over three decades, Christine Ortega has created numerous impactful corporate and community partnerships. As one who truly believes in service, Christine talks to Ramona about her understanding of, appreciation for, and approach to servant leadership. In their conversation Christine explains how servant leaders engage all stakeholders, speak truth […]

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Dr Troy Harden

How can the African Americans and Latinx communities show up for each other?

Professor Troy Harden discusses his work as an educator and community activist in the Black and Brown communities of Chicago. According to Troy, the African American and Latinx communities experience similar experiences in trauma and social trauma and must show up to support each other to create social change. Troy is the recently appointed Director […]

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Joe Biden, Dr Ramona Houston

African Americans, Embrace Your Power and Vote!

As America enters the final days of the 2020 election season, many individuals and groups are engaged in get out to vote (GOTV) efforts. Voter turnout is key to winning in this election. Understanding this fact, Ramona is using her power and platform to push more people to vote. In this podcast Ramona reads two […]

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Jesus Martinez

How do you fund your business?

subscribe here Today Ramona talks to Jesus Martinez about his work in supporting small business owners. Quite simply, Jesus helps his clients to fund their businesses. As Jesus explains, business owners must understand the various types of lending. Jesus is Founder of Peach Tree Commercial Capital, a full service commercial loan brokerage firm. Raised in […]

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What does it take to be an effective leader in education?

Today Ramona talks to Hector Montenegro, Ed.D., about educational leadership. Dr. Montenegro has a long history in education, having served as a math teacher, principal, Chief of Staff for the DC Public Schools and Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools for three school districts in Texas. Now retired, Dr. Montenegro talks about his current work […]

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Roy S. Johnson

The Journey of an Agile Journalist

Today Ramona explores the fascinating journalism career of Roy S. Johnson. In their conversation, Roy discusses his extensive work covering sports, entertainment and business at several prominent publications including Sports Illustrated, History Channel magazine, Men’s Fitness and Savoy magazine. Roy also explores his current role as a statewide columnist for AL.com, where he has been […]

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Bryon Jennings

Is living debt-free really financial freedom?

In this enthralling conversation, Ramona talks to Bryon Jennings, who will be a regular guest to talk about wealth, economics and business. Today, Bryon discusses money and building wealth. As Bryon explains, the black church has shaped many of the ideas that African Americans have about money. Interestingly, Bryon challenges the community’s existing beliefs about […]

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Giovanni Gonzalez

Giovanni Gonzalez: Mindful Performance Blueprint, Your Resource for Building Trust

Today, Ramona’s guest Giovanni Gonzalez discusses how he helps individuals and companies to elevate their performance. According to Giovanni, building trust and transforming organizational culture is key to building an effective team. Giovanni is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mindful Performance Blueprint (MPB), the creator of “Access the Leader Within – 3 day Leadership […]

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Dr. Maria Hernandez

Dr. Maria Hernandez: LatinaVIDA, Empowering Latinas to Lead

Today, Ramona talks to Victoria Archable, Owner, Certified Senior Advisor, and Certified Dementia Trainer with CarePatrol Metro Atlanta.  CarePatrol is a full service placement agency that assists families in finding safe and quality care for elderly loved ones. In this discussion Victoria discusses how she helps families navigate the complex process of finding the right […]

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Victoria Archable

Victoria Archable: Helping Families Navigate the Process of Finding the Right Care

Today, Ramona talks to Victoria Archable, Owner, Certified Senior Advisor, and Certified Dementia Trainer with CarePatrol Metro Atlanta.  CarePatrol is a full service placement agency that assists families in finding safe and quality care for elderly loved ones. In this discussion Victoria discusses how she helps families navigate the complex process of finding the right […]

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Sylvia Puente

Sylvia Puente: Reflections on the Transformative Year of 2020

Today Ramona talks to Sylvia Puente about the civil unrest of 2020 and how the movement has influenced and changed conversations among decision makers. No longer are the topics of systemic racism, structural inequality, and white privilege on the margins of discussion. Sylvia elaborates on how leaders within the nonprofit, advocacy and philanthropic spaces are […]

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Tracey Washington

Tracey Greene-Washington: Philanthropy and Community as Co-Creators and Co-Designers

Ramona’s guest in this episode is Tracey Greene-Washington, who talks about her leadership in transforming the relationship between philanthropy and community. According to Tracey, the philanthropic sector must change its approach from charity to see community as partners in solving complex social issues. Tracey is President of the Indigo Innovation Group and Founder of Co-Think […]

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Eboni Hall: American Forests and Tree Equity

Today, Ramona talks to her cousin Dr. Eboni Hall about urban forestry. In this enlightening conversation Dr. Hall expounds upon Tree Equity. Tree equity approaches urban forestry as a social equity issue and not just an environmental issue, considering the fact that trees are necessary in the fulfillment of basic needs for survival. As Dr. […]

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Izora Jones and Family

Izora Jones: You Can Learn at Any Age

In this episode, Ramona celebrates her grandmother Izora Jones, who turned 94 years old this month! A resident of Fort Worth, Texas, “Dr. Grandmommy,” as Ramona affectionately calls her, is a big advocate for education. She has educated three generations of her offspring, with three of her seven grandchildren earning doctorate degrees. On top of […]

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Ricardo Negron-Almodovar

Ricardo Negron-Almodovar: A Champion for Latino Justice and Del Ambiente

Today, Ramona talks to Ricardo Negron-Almodovar about his work with Latino Justice and Del Ambient. In this enlightening discussion, Ricardo sheds light on the various voter participation challenges of the upcoming 2020 elections and explains how Latino Justice is working to address these critical issues. As one of the founders of Del Ambiente, Ricardo also […]

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Shaleiah Fox

Shaleiah Fox: Engaging Alumni of Color

Today Ramona explores philanthropy and alumni giving in higher education with guest Shaleiah Fox. As predominantly white institutions change the way they recruit a more diverse student body, they should also change the way they engage alumni of color. Learn how Shaleiah, a fundraiser in higher education, is working to shift how The University of […]

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Dr. Rhesa Houston

Dr. Rhesa Houston: Finding Her Role in Addressing Institutional Racism and Systemic Oppression

Today, Ramona talks with her sister Rhesa Houston, DVM, about why and how she developed a racial and social justice initiative for her business Assistance Animals Consulting. Rhesa shares a very personal experience, where she encountered the convergence of the racial and social justice protests and white supremacists in the community of Birmingham, Alabama. This […]

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Sandy Holt

Sandy Holt: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

In this captivating conversation, Ramona talks to Sandra “Sandy” Holt about the incredible work of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). With HACU’s mission “To Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education,” Sandra expands upon the multiple programs of the organization, which include advocacy, student programs, conferences and capacity-building initiatives. Whether you are a […]

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Suzette Arnold

Suzette Arnold: The Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta

Today Ramona talks to Suzette Arnold, President of the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta. Suzette discusses the value of the Chamber and its role in growing businesses in the metro-Atlanta area. Suzette also explores her experiences as a female leader in an organization of majority men. Notably, Suzette announces and invites listeners to participate […]

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Elliot Kirk

Elliot Kirk: Building a Family Business

In this episode, Ramona explores the funeral home business with Elliot Kirk of Brownwood, Texas. Elliot discusses the long road of building the family business, exploring its many challenges and explaining how his family overcame these obstacles. Elliot also provides advice to aspiring business owners. Elliot is owner of Big Country Crematory and Kirk Family […]

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Crystal Mullen-Johnson

Crystal Mullen-Johnson: Take Care of Your Mental Health

Ramona’s guest today, Chrystal Mullen-Johnson, discusses mental health. As Crystal explains, there is a misunderstanding about mental health in the African American community. Although African Americans experience all types of life stressors, few seek professional help. Most internalize their pain and, consequently, suffer in silence. According to Crystal, African Americans must go beyond spiritually and […]

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Jim Estrada

Jim Estrada: Create Your Success

Today Ramona talks with Jim Estrada about how to build a career that brings joy and satisfaction. Jim’s advice includes identifying role models and mentors, surrounding yourself with affirming people, and staying connected to your culture and community. Jim is a recognized pioneer in ethnic marketing communications and author of The ABCs and Ñ of […]

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Angela Fobbs

Angela Fobbs: Every American Citizen Around the World Must Vote

Ramona’s guest today is Angela Fobbs, founding member and Chair of the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus and elected member of the Democrats Abroad Germany Executive Committee. In their discussion, Angela talks about the work of the Democrats Abroad and their efforts to engage Americans across the globe in the electoral process. She contents that […]

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Kent Jones

Kent Jones: Building a Successful Business Enterprise

How to Go from an Idea to a Sustainable Business – Kent Jones provides insight on how to create and build a successful business. Kent explores topics such as creating a business plan, marketing, and the importance of sustaining capital.

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Lyord Watson

Lyord Watson, Jr.: The Penny Foundation and Strategic Philanthropy

Strategic Philanthropy and Institution Building within Communities of Color – Today Ramona discusses strategic philanthropy with guest Lyord Watson, Jr., Founder and CEO of the Penny Foundation, based in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Aracely Panameño

Aracely Panameño: The Economic Impact of COVID

How COVID Has Made Political Engagement an Imperative – Today, Ramona’s guest Aracely Panameño discusses the economic impact of COVID on the African American, Latinx and immigrant communities.

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Dr. Robin Sibert

Dr. Robin Sibert: Special Education Services for K-12

A Discussion on How Special Education Services Levels the Playing Field for Students – Today, Ramona talks to Dr. Robin Sibert about special education services in K-12 education.

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Dr. Genine Ervin

Dr. Genine Ervin-Smith: Embracing Change in Post-Covid Veterinary Services

Ramona talk to Dr. Genine Ervin-Smith, a Los Angeles native, who is a proud graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ervin-Smith sheds light on the historical and significant role that Tuskegee University has played in developing Black and Brown veterinarians—both in the US and abroad. As Chief of Staff for VCA in […]

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Anita Henderson

Anita Henderson: Tell Your Own Stories!

Why You Should Write about Your Life – As the saying goes, “History is told by the victor.” Ramona talks to Anita Henderson, owner of The Write Image and creator of the Write Your Life Author Coaching Program, about the importance of writing.

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Alfred Ramirez

Alfred Ramirez: Follow Your Heart and Passion

Some people stay on one job their entire life, while others create a professional Odyssey. In conversation with Ramona, Alfred Ramirez shares how to design a lifetime of rewarding professional experiences. One theme runs throughout his career, Alfred has always followed his heart and passions. Whether working in higher education at Columbia University, as special […]

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Dr. Juan Andrade

Dr. Juan Andrade: The Unsung Legacy of Congressman John Lewis

John Lewis—The Fuse that Launched Latino Political Power and Leadership Development. In this special episode, Ramona’s guest, Dr. Juan Andrade, shares the fascinating history and unsung legacy of Congressman John Lewis in the political empowerment and leadership development of the Latino community.

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Dr. Mara Perez

Dr. Mara Perez: Invest in Your Community

The Importance of Philanthropy — Dr. Mara Perez, Founder and Principal of Latino Futures, discusses the importance of Latinos and African Americans engaging in philanthropy—both as donors and as professionals. According to Dr. Perez, the Black and Brown communities must become more involved in the philanthropic sector on multiple levels to ensure the viability of organizations that serve our communities.

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Cause Marketing and Atlanta History with Marilyn Pearlman

Cause Marketing and Atlanta History with Marilyn Pearlman — Today’s guest is Marilyn Pearlman, Founder and Principal of Atlanta Cause Marketing and PR. Ramona talks to her about her professional evolution working in the field of public relations and cause marketing. Through her agency, Marilyn connects businesses and nonprofits to advance the good of humanity and promote both entities.

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Dr. Brian Gosa: Take Control of Your Health!

Today, Ramona speaks with Pharmacist Dr. Brian Gosa of Montgomery, Alabama, who now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, addressing health disparities within the Black and Brown communities. As a health advocate, Dr. Gosa encourages individuals to take control of their health by educating themselves about health…

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Lydia Camarillo

podcast: Episode 2 with guest Lydia Camarillo

Lydia Camarillo, President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), explains the history and importance of building the political power of the Latinx community. Based in San Antonio, Lydia discusses the founding of SVREP and its role in increasing Latino/a political participation. Asserting the importance of the upcoming elections, Lydia recommends strategies for maximizing […]

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Dr. Rhesa Houston

podcast: Episode 1 with guest Dr Rhesa Houston

Ramona talks to her younger sister Rhesa Houston, DVM, Founder and CEO of Assistance Animals Consulting (AAC), who explains how AAC partners with health care professionals and organizations to serve as a veterinary resource for any human-animal intervention treatment plans. After realizing there was a gap between veterinarians, health care professionals, support animals, and the patients […]

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