Parenting for LiberationMay 29, 2023
Episode 72: Countering The Expectation of Exhaustion for Black Mothers
On this episode, Trina speaks with Naimah Efia, a holistic health practitioner, and healer within the ancient-future traditions of the African diaspora. Within a commitment to self-determined healing for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), Naimah activates transformation through politicized, decolonial care. They also teach yoga, offer immersive mindfulness experiences and retreats, and facilitate integrative training on the intersections of yoga, social justice and identity politics. They're a proud Ma-MaGe to toddler twins, as well as a doula, centering perinatal mental health across the spectrum of their reproductive justice work. Naimah also offers their skills & care as a healing justice practitioner, liberation-based educator and community activist.
Episode 71: Empowering Ourselves and Our Children
On this episode, Trina speaks with Dr. Raquel Martin, an experienced licensed clinical psychologist, devoted university professor, acclaimed researcher and scientist who believes deeply in the power of Black mental wealth which she defines as “an affirming, lifelong journey that encourages Black people to center mental health practices as integral and intentionally linked to success and wellbeing.” Dr. Martin is also the host of the Mind Your Mental podcast and a highly sought-after and renowned public speaker with a rapidly-growing and engaged following.
Episode 70: Intentioned: Parenting Ourselves and Our Kids (From Embodied Podcast)
On this episode, Trina is an invited guest on the Embodied podcast to discuss Gentle Parenting along with content creator Destiny Bennett and guest host Omisade Burney-Scott. Listen as Trina outlines her parenting evolution and breaks down how she creates consequences without using punishment.
Episode 69: Redefining Black Fatherhood with DeAntwann “DJ” Johnson
In this episode, Trina speaks with DeAntwann “DJ” Johnson, a husband, father, author, mentor, coach, counselor, and sports statistician, 3x champion body builder. He grew up in the Indiana foster care system and yet despite that, has gone on to lead a successful, and fulfilling life. Before spending nine years in the foster care system, DJ suffered child abuse, domestic abuse, and emotional trauma. At one point, he wanted to end his life, but he realized that he was on this earth for a purpose. It wasn’t an easy road, but DJ was fortunate enough to have several people throughout his life who inspired him to do great things, inspite of everything that he had been through. Now he works as a “traveling counselor” providing services counseling, workshops, and more for schools, youth, and parents. Resources:
Episode 68: Centering Joy in Black Motherhood with Tanya Nixon-Silberg
On this episode, Trina speaks with Tanya Nixon-Silberg, founder of Little Uprisings, an organization focused on centering artivism, racial justice, and liberation with kids. Her primary artistic identities lie in puppetry and storytelling and her work moves through the lens of liberation in Black identities focusing on body remembrances of childhood and joy. Tanya’s large-scale community-driven artistry has been exhibited at many Greater Boston institutions including the ICA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Peabody Essex Museum, and Fuller Craft Museum. She is currently in a multi-year partnership with Boston and Brookline Public Schools leading anti-bias/anti-racism professional learning and curriculum development. Tanya is also the co-leader of the Un-ADULT-erated Black Joy Collective with other Black mothers in Boston, and co-producer of Play for Change with the Gottabees.
Episode 67: Addressing Disparities in Black Maternal Healthcare with Shamiesha Ebhotemen
On this episode, Trina speaks with Shamiesha Ebhotemen, Founder and Executive Director of HERstory Inc, an organization that is comprised of Doulas, Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Midwives, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Therapists, and Social Workers who provide maternal and family health education and birthing services to create stress-free pregnancy before and postpartum for the mother and family. Their mission is to provide a safe space for pregnant and postpartum BIPOC families to learn, create community, and thrive. Shamiesha is a registered nurse, certified lactation educator, and owner of NURSEMilk LLC, where her mission is to educate, advocate, and empower families throughout their breastfeeding journey.
Birthing Justice Film - www.pbs.org/video/birthing-justice-pxaxav
Episode 66: Supporting Breastfeeding in Black Families with Lydia O. Boyd
On this episode, Trina speaks with professional lactation consultant Lydia O. Boyd. Lydia is an experienced breastfeeding mother who specializes in supporting families who are expecting or currently breastfeeding. She holds multiple certifications, including International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Blactation Educator-Expert, Certified Lactation Educator, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, and Doula. Lydia is also the co-founder and faculty of The B.L.A.C.K. Course, the full-scope lactation and breastfeeding education course made by and for Black People and folks supporting Black breastfeeding families.
With years of experience in supporting birthing and breastfeeding families, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this field. As a consultant, Lydia provides a safe space for families to discuss their concerns and questions about breastfeeding and birth. She offers technical and relevant information and education, ensuring that families receive the best support possible. Lydia's ultimate goal is to accompany families on their journey of birthing and feeding their "genius" babies with the best milk available.
Episode 65 (Part 4): Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini Series - Nature Time
For part 4 of the Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini Series, Trina speaks with Ashley Karell to discuss her innovation, Nature Time. Ashley Karell is an Oakland based lover of music, being in the water, and being a mother to her 13-year-old child. Ashley has been teaching young children in a variety of indoor and outdoor learning environments for over 15 years, with this 2022-2023 school year being her 8th year as a forest school teacher in the Bay Area.
Episode 65 (Part 3): Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini Series -The Dandelion Project
For part 3 of the Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini Series,
Trina speaks with Barbara Lawson to discuss her innovation, The Dandelion Project. Barbara is a self-taught artist and gardener as well as founder of the healing plant nursery, Meet Me In the Dirt. She believes that creativity combined with connection to self first, then others, will pave the way towards healing and change. She began painting and gardening as a way to tap into a deeper understanding of her journey. As life unfolded in and around her, grief surrounding the loss of her mother left a deep sadness in her heart that was unbearable. She sought the aid of a counselor to help sort through her pain and simultaneously began building her own healing garden. Barbara infuses the gift of encouragement into each piece she creates with flowers and natural accents in an effort to create space for others to celebrate their own uniqueness in this life.
Episode 65 (Part 2): Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini Series - The Me Bank
For part 2 of the Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini Series, Trina speaks with Nadirah Adeye and discusses her innovation, The Me Bank. Nadirah is a mother, writer, storyteller, funny bone tweaker and committed devotee of conscious parenting and partnership. She has worked and served in conscious and spiritual organizations throughout the California Bay Area, in fields ranging from Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to public ceremony and ritual.
Nadirah is also a sacred sensualist and the founder of the Green Purse Society, teaching clients to heal their resource wounds and to transform their relationship with money from one of stress and anxiety to confidence and empowered pleasure.
Episode 65 (Part 1): Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini-Series - Black Innovation Panel
This is part one of the Parenting For Liberation Black Parent Innovation Lab Mini-Series. In this episode, Trina discusses P4L's Black Parent Innovation Lab and their work to provide funding and wraparound support to parents who are driving solutions to critical issues impacting Black families in their own communities.
As part of their wrap-up and celebration, the fellows were able to present their innovations to a live audience of peers and supporters. In addition to their presentations, P4L also hosted an innovation panel with amazing speakers including Kandee Lewis, Kaci Patterson, and Brittany Brathwaite. The panel was Moderated by Nicole Vick. For part one of this series, you can hear the entire panel discussion!
Episode 64: Healing Trauma for Ourselves and Our Children with Kwamane Harris
On this episode, Trina speaks with author and life coach Kwamane Harris about addressing our intergenerational trauma and the necessity of our healing journey as parents in order to empower our children and future generations while we continue to fight against oppression in our communities.Kwamane is an advocate for youth and families. He recently wrote a book titled "Pushing the Generations Forward," which emphasizes the importance of empowering the next generation and finding purpose in the face of life's hardships. Kwamane has been working in human services for the past 15 years, specifically in youth development and family support services. Currently, Kwamane trains adults who support youth in education and employment attainment using evidence-based practices, which include cognitive behavior theory and a trauma-informed approach. Harris holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, a master's degree in business administration, and is a certified professional life coach. When he is not working, Harris enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
Episode 63: Achieving Racial Equity in Schools with Dr. Decoteau J. Irby
On this episode, Trina speaks with Dr. Decoteau Irby and discusses what it means to achieve racial equity in schools and how parents can support their children and support themselves as they advocate for their children. Decoteau’s life work focuses on creating and sustaining organizations that contribute to Black people’s self-determined well-being, development, and positive life outcomes. He is an Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. He is the author of Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership (Harvard Education Press) and the picture book Magical Black Tears: A Protest Story (Derute Consulting Cooperative).
Episode 62: Understanding Non-Violent Parenting with Krischa Esquivel
On this episode, Trina speaks with author and non-violent parenting educator Krischa Esquivel. Krischa Esquivel has worked in the field of early education for 25 years in a variety of capacities, including training and technical assistance, curriculum development, safe environments for early education settings, and various state and federal grants. She is sought after for her work and training on non-traditional parenting and has worked with the California Community College Consortium to publish a college textbook on diversity and inclusion for all early care and education students to access for free upon enrollment in any California junior college. Krischa has been a featured speaker at a local TEDx production on the topic “Treating Our Children Better” and is the Vice Chair for Plaza de la Raza’s Board of Directors. Krischa’s driving force and deep advocacy for children is grounded in her most important role as the mother of 2 teenagers.
Episode 61: Teen Liberation Conversations with Terrence Hayes Jr.
On this episode, Trina has an open conversation with her son, Terrence Hayes Jr., about his experience growing up as a child with a fearful mother, navigating high-alert situations at school, and figuring out how to strike a balance between having what's needed to survive while being able to have the space to live and be free.
Terrence is a 13-year-old Black boy centering joy. He's an up & coming student-athlete, with a 3.8 GPA, who loves baseball. His favorite player is Jackie Robinson. When not on the field, he spends his time with family, his 3 pet dogs, and gaming with friends.
Episode 60: Homeschooling for Black Families with Nichelle Nelson
On this episode, Trina speaks with Nichelle Nelson founder of Warp & Weft History, which offers virtual history and government classes for homeschooled teens. Nichelle Nelson is a veteran homeschool mom with 25 years of experience. She and her husband successfully homeschooled three of their children from birth to Baylor University and beyond. Nichelle holds a BA in History from Huston-Tillotson University and MS Ed in Multicultural Studies with an emphasis in Social Justice from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.
Episode 59: Boundaries are Blessings, Not Barriers with Nia Eubanks-Dixon
On this episode of Parenting for Liberation, Trina speaks with Nia Eubanks-Dixon, the founder and creator of Creative Praxis, an art-based, healing-centered, training organization for youth, educators, and community members working towards liberation. Nia is a therapeutic restorative community artist, international trainer, and mother of two. It’s back to school time, so Trina and Nia discuss ways we can help our children understand boundaries, advocate for themselves in educational spaces, as well helping kids create their own safe spaces at home.
Episode 58: Empowering Queer Black Families with Mia Cooley
On this episode of Parenting for Liberation, Trina speaks with Mia Cooley, founder of xHood, about Black Queer Parent Empowerment, what that means, and how we as a community can support our LGBTQ+ families in our community. xHood is the first community group and organization created in service of Black queer family building and nurturing journeys. Mia Cooley is a community builder and parenting coach. She specializes in supporting Black and/or Queer families through all of those special and at times frustrating moments on the journey to and through babies.
Episode 57: Deepening Our Understanding of Black Fatherhood with Dr. Khalid White
In honor of Father’s Day, Trina speaks with Dr. Khalid White, educator, filmmaker, and author of the book Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony & Triumph. He completed his undergrad studies in Sociology at Morehouse College and then went on to pursue his degrees in Education and African American studies at Harvard University and UC, Davis respectively. He is also the founder of Blkmpwr.com, which creates all original media content and merchandise to empower, inspire and educate.
Episode 56: Ring the Alarm: The Epidemic Black Youth Suicide with Dr. Rhonda Boyd
There is a current epidemic of Black children dying by suicide. Suicide attempts rose by 73% between 1991-2017 for Black adolescents. The suicide rate among those younger than 13 years is approximately 2 times higher for black children compared with White children. These numbers are shocking but what do they reveal about the current mental health of our young people? What does the research indicate? How do we address this issue in our own families? How do we tackle this crisis as a community? Trina sits down with psychologist and researcher, Dr. Rhonda Boyd.
Dr. Rhonda Boyd is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research focuses on depression among youth and perinatal women. She has a line of research examining maternal depression among women of color and their children and developing preventive interventions aimed at these families. She also conducts research on risk and protective factors among youth, especially Black adolescents, with a recent focus on understanding youth depression and suicidal ideation and behaviors. Dr. Boyd also served on the Congressional Black Caucus’s Emergency TaskForce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health who released the report, Ring the Alarm The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Episode 55: Supporting Our Neurodivergent Children with Natasha Nelson
Trina speaks with Natasha Nelson, a Certified Positive Discipline Educator (CPDE) and stay-at-home mother to two autistic Black girls, about positive discipline and how we can best support our neurodivergent children. The mission of Supernova Momma is to help Black and Neurodiverse people break generational curses from systemic racism and ableism. Listen in as they discuss what neurodiversity means and how it shows up in Black families, applying a Black-lens to positive discipline, making connections between neurodiversity and systems of oppressions & trauma, and connecting our children and families to resources for healthy coping and development.
Check out Natasha's offerings via her website and follow her on Instagram @supernova_momma.
Episode 54: Let's Talk About Sex...Again! with Brittany Brathwaite
Trina speaks with sex educator and reproductive justice activist Brittany Braithwaite to discuss how parents can talk to their kids about sex, bodily autonomy, and going beyond consent. They also discuss the latest threats to reproductive justice and how it impacts Black families.
Episode 53: Raising Black Futures with Ashley Aaron
Some topics we discuss are:
• How to encourage your children to have radical imaginations
• How to shift your parenting from "compliance" to creative innovation
• How to begin the internal work to ensure our children feel safe to be their free selves
Episode 52: Domestic Violence in Black Families with Kandee Lewis
As we close out Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we speak with long-time friend and partner, Kandee Lewis, to discuss domestic violence in the Black community.
Some topics we discuss are:
- DV in Black families (stats, rates) and the context of racism and systemic inequality that contribute to intimate partner violence
- Impacts of COVID and surge in DV
- Intergenerational violence and impacts of witnessing DV as a child.
- How to interrupt generational violence
- Connections between DV and Child Abuse
- Strategies for identifying and preventing relationship violence in our children's relationships
Kandee Lewis, the CEO of Positive Results Center, is a masterful trainer, Certified Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention Advocate, Kandee specializes in Trauma Awareness, Teen Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships, Leadership and developing youth to be Peer Advocates and Safety Partners. Born & raised in Los Angeles, and married for 36 years, Kandee and her husband Carl have 3 adult children, and a Pit Bull! Thanks to the love of her family, especially her mother—Daisy Newsom—she is the woman she is today.
Episode 51: "The ABCs of HBCUs" with Claudia Walker
Trina Greene Brown talks with Claudia Walker, author of The ABCs of HBCUs, about the legacy and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The ABCs of HBCUs takes readers on a front-row, all-inclusive tour of Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The first ABC board book dedicated to HBCUs, children quickly recognize that "A" isn't always for "apple." From FAMU to Howard, the Divine Nine to Battle of the Bands, children learn about the love, lifestyles, and legacies that built these incredible institutions. Hbcuprepschool.com
Claudia Walker is an Oakland-based author, speaker, and teacher whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Essence, and Vogue. As a proud second-generation HBCU graduate, her debut book, The ABCs of HBCUs, is inspired by her undergraduate experiences at Spelman College. Deeply committed to showcasing and celebrating stories that mainstream publications tend to overlook, Claudia launched HBCU Prep School, a publishing company that centers on Black voices and Black joy in children’s books.
Episode 50: Reclaiming Our Stories - "We are Bridges" with Cassandra Lane
In this episode, we interview Cassandra Lane, author of "We Are Bridges" (Feminist Press), winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and Editor-in-Chief of L.A. Parent magazine. We discuss her writings and reflect on the power of reclaiming and retelling of our legacies as Black folks. And when so much of our generational history has been lost, Cassandra shares strategies to reach back and fetch them (Sankofa).
In our conversation, Cassandra reflects on the following questions:
- How can we begin to document these narratives? What does it look like to be a griot in modern American society?
- When we have a deeper understanding of where, who, and what we come from, it gives us the opportunity to be firmly grounded in that knowledge. How does this translate to our parenting as we raise future ancestors?
- What did you find out about yourself in your quest to remember?
- How can we honor the parts of us that we can't remember?
Episode 49: Honoring Black Mothers of the Movement
This Women's History Month, P4L honors the radical power of Black mothers with Anna Malaika Tubbs author of The Three Mothers which celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the women who raised and shaped three of America’s most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.
Keep up with Anna, IG: @annastea_honesty Twitter: @annas_tea_
Buy your copy The Three Mothers at
Episode 48: Black Women & Self-Love
On the heels of Black History Month and Valentines Day, entering upon Women's History Month, this episode honors Black Women and Self-Love. Harkening Audre Lorde's commitment to self-love and self-care who said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” I join a couple of girlfriends for a Friday-night convo about Black women and loving on ourselves. A friend of mine, Nicole D. Vick, a public health advocate, mother, and author of Pushing Through invited me to join a live stream event with another friend, Dr. Nomsa Khalfani, a mom and an executive leader in health care, to discuss Self-Love as Political Warfare.
We discuss the pressures on Black women to do it all for everyone, the need to take care of ourselves, and how self-care is community care.
Episode 47: Continued Convos on Consent with Ignacio Rivera
Enjoy quick convo with Ignacio Rivera (guest of our episode #19 "Let's Talk About Sex") as we returned to discuss consent. Trina shares some new experiences raising a tween around dating, relationships, and consent.
This snippet is part of a longer that Trina and Ignacio will have about pop-culture and sexual liberation, on Ignacio's Connecting the Dots show https://heal2end.org/media/connectingthedots/
Episode 46: Unschooling with "My Reflection Matters Village"
In this episode, we talk with Chemay Morales-James about all things unschooling! We discuss what self-directed education looks like, the power of learning in a village and how to best support our children in their learning and liberation. Learn more about the virtual learning village at “My Reflection Matters”.
Chemay is a social liberation & equity coach who founded My Reflection Matters, LLC in 2016. She is an unschooling mom of two brilliant, TriniRican boys. She loves traveling, going on adventures and exploring new things with her sons, reading, decorating, yoga, photography, and collecting funky art.
Episode 45: Election Special: Liberation on the Ballot
In this special election episode, we talk with George Turner Jr., lawyer, public defender, and father. We brought George on as an expert on criminal justice to explore key questions and issues facing Black families in this historic election.
• Why voting is important right now for Black families-- what’s at stake?
• How voting is a liberatory practice?
• Highlighting any important ballot measures/props that Black parents should be focusing on.
**Please note that as a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Parenting for Liberation does not and cannot endorse or oppose any candidate for public office. George Turner Jr was invited as an expert in his field and not as a candidate.**
Episode 44: Election Special: Liberation on the Ballot
In this special election episode, we talk with Clarissa Doutherd, Director of Parent Voices Oakland, We explore key questions and issues facing Black families in this historic election.
• Why voting is important right now for Black families-- what’s at stake?
• How voting is a liberatory practice?
• Highlighting any important ballot measures/props that Black parents should be focusing on.
****Please note that as a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Parenting for Liberation does not and cannot endorse or oppose any candidate for public office.**
Episode 43: Who Cares for the Caregiver?
In this episode, we talk to Loira Limbal, Afro-Latinx filmmaker & DJ, about her feature documentary “Through the Night" about a 24 hour daycare center. We talk about the beautiful ways that Black and Brown mothers and caregivers support each other and the current challenges facing working class mothers and caregivers during the pandemic. We also reflect on the question raised by the documentary, “Who Cares for the Caregiver?” and discuss connections between caregiving and liberated parenting.
You can learn more about “Through the Night” here and support their work. Follow their work at @throughthenightdoc.
Article Referenced: The Rise of Extreme Daycare
Episode 42: Parenting Decolonized
Conversation with Yolanda Williams of Parenting Decolonized podcast on the connections between conscious parenting, decolonized parenting, and liberated parenting. Learn more at parentingdecolonized.com
Episode 41: Interview with Fierce Womxn Writing
Trina is interviewed by Sara Gallagher of Fierce Womxn Writing about being writer and publishing her new book "Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children." Learn more about Trina's writing experience and a prompt for you to reflect in writing.
Bonus Episode: Mini Book Series #6
Welcome to the second mini episode with tools from my upcoming book, Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children. This liberated parenting strategy is informed by Episode 7: Alternative Educational Environments: The Life School with Mikala Streeter.
Bonus Episode: Mini Book Series #5
Welcome to the fifth mini episode with tools from my upcoming book, Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children. This liberated parenting strategy is informed byEpisode 14: Colonialism And Other -Isms With Prof Tiffany Lanoix.
Bonus Episode: Mini Book Series #4
Welcome to the fourth mini episode with tools from my upcoming book, Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children. This liberated parenting strategy is informed by Episode 19: Let's Talk About Sex! Interview with Ignacio & Amanda Rivera The HEAL Project.
Bonus Episode: Mini Book Series #3
Welcome to the third mini episode with tools from my upcoming book, Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children. The practice is the Triple As of accountability. The liberated parenting strategy is informed by Episode 1: What is Parenting for Liberation?
Bonus Episode: Mini Book Series #2
Welcome to the second mini episode with tools from my upcoming book, Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children. The liberated parenting strategy of “Family Agreements” is informed by Episode 1: What is Parenting for Liberation?
Bonus Episode: Mini Book Series #1
For the next episodes I will be sharing liberated parenting strategies from my upcoming book, Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children. For today’s episode, I’m sharing a strategy that came from my interview with Maia Williams. If you aren’t familiar check out Episode 2: Revolutionary Mothering: Interview with Mai'a Williams.
Episode 40: Grief Circle Practices of Breath & Brush
Parenting for Liberation co-hosted a Grief Circle led by ML Daniel of Spiritual Alchemy and Farah Tanis of Black Women's Blueprint. This episode features practices of Breath & Brushing shared at the open and close the Grief Circle--in an effort to honor the sacred space held with Black parents.
“As Black parents in the Americas, we are no stranger to harm to our communities and the killing of our children at the hands of law enforcement or vigilantes. However, what has sustained us is our ability to gather in community to tell stories, share a meal and lean on one another spiritually, physically and emotionally during times of profound loss, grief, and mourning and for many there is a palpable absence of this during this time of COVID-19.
As such, spaces like Wailing Circle are not only necessary, but critical for providing a place that is safe for community to gather. A space where our souls have permission to grieve in whatever form and manner that feels right. We need spaces for our deafening wail as we call the names of those who are sick, those who have died and those who have been killed. Space and time to grieve what has been lost. Space to lament dreams and expectations we have nurtured and to which we have given our life blood that we must now surrender. Our souls need spaces where folks commit to lean in and not look away but allow for us to show up as our whole selves and our collective humanity, which allows for our pain to break them open in a new way. We need spaces to remind us of our collective humanity and the abundant possibility of what can be called forth in time like these.”
Episode 39: Parenting in Community During COVID-19: Trina Greene Brown & Dani McClain
Feminist Press hosted a conversation with authors, Trina Greene Brown and Dani McClain, to talk about Black parenting in community during COVID-19!
Trina Greene Brown is the author of the upcoming book, 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗟𝗜𝗕𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡: 𝗔 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 which drops June 19th! Pre-order your copy via Feminist Press and use promo code: 𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗔𝟮𝟬 for 20% off.
Dani McClain is the author of We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. https://danimcclain.com/
Episode 38: Holding Our Children Through Collective Crisis and Grief with Mariah Rankine-Landers
Check out this episode with Mariah Rankine-Landers as we discusses ways to hold our children through the collective crisis and grief. Mariah shares more about her article which highlights strategies to talk to our children about COVID and grief.
Episode 37: Altar Building with B. Anderson
This episode captures guided meditation and collective virtual altar building space for Black parents to reaffirm the ways that we care for ourselves and our babies held by B. Anderson.
B. Anderson, (they/them), is a somatic music therapy practitioner, plant medicine stewart/herbalist, mediation teacher, mediator, ritual leader and community organizer. B. calls up the traditions, legacies and medicine of their southern Black American, Jamaican Maroon and Choctaw ancestry as their healing arts praxis. B. Anderson is the founder and steward of Song of the Spirit, a community based institute in service of keeping alive the wisdom traditions of the African and Indigenous diaspora.
Episode 36: Parenting De-Centering Whiteness with Cindy Wang Brandt & Leslie Arreola Hillenbrand
This episode is a podcast within a podcast, Parenting for Liberation founder, Trina Greene Brown, was interviewed by Cindy Wang Brandt of Parenting Forward and Leslie Arreola Hillenbrand of Latinx Parenting to discuss "parenting de-centering whiteness." Trina shared about Parenting for Liberation and the work to bring parents together to look at the ways the systems have oppressed us historically and current ongoing oppression, and how can we heal them. We also discuss parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.
Episode 35: All About Kwanzaa With David Love
Episode 34: Harriet Screening debrief
Episode 33: Parenting After Prison with Matthew Arlington
Approximately, 10 million children nationwide have a parent who has been incarcerated
The importance of communicating with your child while incarcerated
“Get on the bus” is a California based program that was developed by the Center of Restorative Justice Works, which transports families to and from prisons for visitations on Mother’s and Father’s Day.
The importance of and open communication with your children after release from prison to build bonds of trust.
Recognizing the inequality that still exist in society and how to teach our children how to live according to law with a sense of empowerment and love for themselves.
“Friends Outside”, a Los Angeles based organization that provides resources to ex-convicts to help them transition back into society and family life.
“Project Rebound”, a program located on most CSU campuses that provides assistants to ex-convicts in enrollment and other resources needed when returning to school.
Episode 32: Black Maternal Health with Melissa Franklin & Brandi Sims
In this episode, Parenting for Liberation spoke with Melissa Franklin and Brandi Sims of First 5 LA, a public agency focused on the safe and healthy development of young children. They both joined to talk about a current epidemic of Black mothers who are largely exposed to racial bias from health care professionals during childbirth. The episode delves deeper into issues of Black maternal and infant health, with each of the Black women sharing their own personal experience with maternal health ranging from miscarriage to preterm birth and how our own traumatic experience fueled our collective passions to make a change in society related to issues of maternal health.
Key topics in this episode include:
- How racial disparities are directly correlated to maternal mortality rates as the CDC reports that black women are 3.3 times were likely than white women to suffer a pregnancy-related death.
- How common notions regarding factors such as age, income, and education being related to Black mothers experiencing birthing challenges are false.
- How the attitudes and behaviors of health care professionals towards Black mothers largely impact the lives of both Black mothers and their babies.
- How organizations such as National Birth Equity Collaborative, and the group Black Mamas Matter Alliance are educating the public to tackle racial disparities and institutional racism in the public health aspect.
- The impact California State Senator Holly Mitchell has made pertaining to Black maternal health.
- How racial disparities in maternal deaths is impacting the country on a national scale with involvement from the California Department of Public, politicians and lawmakers across the nations.
- Ways in which California’s governor, Newsom is implementing change for a successful and healthy life for Black babies, mothers, and families overall.
- Various forms of solutions such as Doulas to address racial disparities in maternal health and newborn health as well as programs such as Home Visitation and how it can benefit Black mothers and families.