Sazón y Corazón
By Ayanna Kelly
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Sazón y CorazónApr 05, 2023
Coach Karina on EQ, Boundaries, and Relationships
Karina F. Daves is a Life Coach who helps women overcome their #1 relationship issue, so they can show up as themselves! She has been mentoring and leading community based practices for close to a decade. As a Life Coach, she provides several platforms for her audience to dig in and receive respite.
Karina's Podcast titled "One Day At A Time" is the nexus for tips on how to have relationships, set boundaries and live your best life. Her focus is on boundaries, relationships and putting yourself first. She guides women towards a fulfillment making sure that they are the main character of their lives. Her growing community allows women to see that they are not alone in this thing called LIFE!
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Chombita Chronicles w| Yovy D
IG @yovy_d/@chombita_chronicles and Twitter @YWDaniels
linktr.ee/yovyd for all featured press articles
Migration, Family, Mental Health w| Mahmoud Khedr
*TW* discussion of suicide attempts, addiction and substance abuse
Mahmoud Khedr, an Egyptian immigrant, is the founder and CEO of FloraMind, a mental health innovation lab building radically accessible and equitable solutions addressing the youth mental health crisis.
Loss, Creativity, and Storytelling w| Thea Thouton
Check the trailer of Thea’s latest project/documentary, Bake It Till You Make It: youtu.be/Bbn_zP2qaSI
Trauma & Transformation w| MADDOX
TRIGGER WARNING: Contains conversation surrounding domestic violence and self-harm.
MADDOX (he/they) is a social impact visionary from the concrete jungle of NYC, who believes in the idea of Protopia. Protopia is the idea that every day we can actively work toward the world we want to see. When they're not de-mechanizing humans from the conditions that've been instilled in us, through different art mediums and practices. MADDOX is dreaming and creating new solutions. MADDOX co-founded and led Nyc's Youth Action Board(YAB) creating a sustainable infrastructure for youth experiencing homelessness in Nyc. He has supported many key initiatives in Nyc including —Raising the age for youth in shelters from 21 to 24, creating a permanent YAB seat in Nyc's Continuum of Care, co-writing and leading the Youth Homelessness Demonstration project for Nyc's $15 million plan to end youth homelessness, championing Direct Cash Transfers—which gives young people experiencing homelessness unconditional cash as an intervention to end youth homelessness —as well as partnering with the LGBTQ community to create host homes opportunities in the ballroom community. With over 8 years of experience in social impact, creative advocacy, and innovation his work has been recognized nationally by various media outlets and platforms. MADDOX believes in the role imagination plays in ending youth homelessness. He has expanded the narrative shift beyond a seat at the table and supporting people with lived experience to not just have a seat at the table but to also be supported to have their own homes both metaphorically and literally.
Growing Beyond Trauma w| Geida Cleveland
Geida Cleveland (She/Her/ Ella), currently serves as Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Enrollment for the Undergraduate Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Geida has worked at the University of Minnesota for over 10 years. Geida is a Mexican-American immigrant, who was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and moved to Minnesota when she was 12 years old. As a first-generation college student, immigrant, and woman of color, Geida has a passion for higher education, diversity, and inclusion, helping individuals reach their fullest potential through education. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2009 with her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development and minors in Communications Studies and Leadership Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in hopes to gain tools that will challenge systems of oppression in higher education and will create a more inclusive environment for students who are underrepresented in Business. She is a mother of two beautiful, kind children. After the birth of her first child, she was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety and PTSD. She is passionate about mental health, mindfulness, parenting, diversity, belonging, and creating brave spaces and educational experiences.
Keepin' up with Kimmy
Follow Kimmy @toowuforyou
Notorious Momz w| Tania Ruiz
Tania Ruiz was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and her parents are from PuertoRico. She is the creator of Notorious Momz The Podcast. Growing up singing has always been her passion but she have found another outlet in podcasting. She loves talking to people and keeping them engaged with laughter, content and sense of humor. She says what she means and oftentimes says the things that people are thinking but don't want to say.
YouTube: Notorious Momz The Podcast
Kicking it with Katherine
Hi, everyone, I’m Katherine Castro and I’ve been gifted a platform from your girl Ayanna to share my truths, pain points turned to problem solving and how I arrive today. I share things I’ve never shared before and I hope it encourages someone out there to share too. This is our history. Thank you for taking hiSTORY and incorporating any gems that shine for you, into your beautiful future.
-Your girl, cafécito lover, DEIB practitioner, career coach, entrepreneur, nap taker, and mama
Beefy Anger w| Dr. Monica P. Band Reunion
Our friend is back! Dr. Monica P. Band is an award winning, trauma-informed licensed mental health therapist and mental health justice advocate with a distinct focus on strategy, application, and practice of DEIB in mental health care practice and policy. We reunited with Monica to discuss intersectionality, anger, emotions, and the spark for change.
First Gen Therapy w| Mara
Mara Sammartino (sher/her/ella) has been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) for the past 11 years. She is a Nicaraguan American First-Gen therapist who uses cultural storytelling in her practice. She has worked in many areas of mental health but always within the Latino/x/e community. Her goal as a therapist, social worker, Latina provider is to dismantle stigma, increase education and create mentorship for up and coming BIPOC therapists.
Hope Center for Wellness w| Cheryl Aguilar
TW: Episode mentions suicidal thoughts. If you need help, please call or text 988.
Cheryl Aguilar is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over two-decade experience in the public and private sectors. She is the founder and therapist at Hope Center for Wellness, a multicultural mental health practice focused on holistic healing. She is pursuing a social work Phd degree at Smith College School for Social Work and she is a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research Scholars program.
Cheryl specializes in clinical work for immigrants, refugees and bi-cultural individuals. She has designed and implemented culturally sensitive support groups and innovative programs including Emociones y Política, a support group for immigrants facing anxiety due to the political climate and a support group for parents separated from their children under Zero Tolerance policy. In 2015, Cheryl spearheaded Washington, DC's first TeleMental Health program for Spanish speaking immigrants.She is a speaker and trainer on culturally sensitive work with Latinx, immigrants and refugees, Trauma Informed Care, TeleMental Health, Self-Care, among other topics.
Throughout her career, Cheryl has held several roles as communicator, organizer, advocate, case manager and has held volunteer leadership positions. Cheryl serves as advisory board member for WETA Well Beings/Mental Health project, an initiative aimed to raise mental health awareness through radio, television and public events. She has served as an appointed committee member of the National Association of Social Workers’ Mental Health Specialty Practice Section and as appointed board member of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work Policy.
Cheryl combines her passion for micro and macro work, advocating for the communities she serves. She founded and co-leads Social Workers United for Immigration, a network of social workers committed to advancing immigrants rights. In 2019, Cheryl was featured in Social Work Today magazine as 1 of 10 dedicated and deserving social workers making extraordinary impact across the country.
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All Things Stress w| Jesenia
She's baaaaaack! The Invisible Wounds Therapist AKA my bestie Jesenia is back and this time we're talking about all things related to stress, burnout, hustle culture, and figuring it all out along the way. Follow her on Instagram @invisible_wounds_therapist.
Black, Queer, & Creative w| Natalia M. Villarán-Quiñones
Natalia M. Villarán-Quiñones is a Virgo, Queer, Femme Afro-Caribbean and intersectional feminist. Author of Desamor y Memorias de una Virgo: The Heartbreak and Memories of a Virgo, participated in Future Now project, Metropolarity; En Comunidad: Works by Queer and Trans Latinx Contemporary Artists exhibit and had her poetry exhibited in The Black QT artistic body at Fox Art in Philadelphia, PA. Co Curated Equinox exhibition in 2017 and QT Noir Festival of Till Arts Project in Philadelphia, PA in 2019. She was also published in the anthology Puerto Rico en mi Corazón in 2019.
Books mentioned: Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey, Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab, Grieving while Black by Breeshia Wade
Leadership, Trauma, and Work w| Rosa Revuelta
Rosa is a first-generation Chicana, the eldest daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, and a proud Mama to a 1-year-old. Rosa has over 15 years of experience advocating for women and communities of color within the anti-sexual violence movement. 10+ of those years as a strategic leader in management roles.Rosa is a trauma-informed leadership coach who works specifically with First-Gen and BIPOC leaders. Rosa helps them become confident and respected change-makers in their industries. An advocate at an early age, Rosa's work meets at the intersection of gender equity and racial justice by focusing on supporting and empowering communities and professionals of the global majority. She enjoys helping others learn and grow and works to increase leaders' knowledge and skills through coaching and leadership development.
Social Media Handle - https://www.linkedin.com/in/revueltarosa/
Personal Links: rosarevuelta.com
Kindness is a Choice w| Shadille Estepan
Shadille Estepan (she/ella) is a storyteller and mental health advocate. Currently, she serves as the Communications and Creative Manager for Born This Way Foundation. With over six years of experience as a communications expert, she is committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health and advocating for a world where young people are more emotionally equipped to navigate life's challenges. Through her role, she curates conversations that foster positive mental health and lead young people to tangible resources that support their wellness, create community, and builds kind, empathetic communities. Shadille has been part of Born This Way Foundation since 2012, when she served as part of the inaugural Youth Advisory Board. She is currently based in Miami, FL.
Born This Way Foundation Socials:
Social Worker Appreciation w| Audrey Camino-Jara
Audrey Camino-Jara is an Ecuadorian-born & Connecticut-raised social worker. She has volunteered and interned at many organizations helping immigrants, college students, the elderly, and kids. She is a mental health advocate and trained crisis counselor who currently has a career focusing on youth mental health.
Social Media: @nenapoetry and coming soon @therapynecessities
Plátanos Are Love w| Alyssa Reynoso-Morris
Alyssa Reynoso-Morris is a queer Afro-Latinx/e Dominican and Puerto Rican storyteller. She is a published children’s book author, an award-winning professional resume writer, mother, motivational speaker, and community organizer. She works with her clients to tell compelling stories that inspire readers and deliver professional game-changing careers. Alyssa was born and raised in The Bronx, New York, and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her partner and daughter. During the day she works with community members, non-profit organizations, and government officials to make the world a better place. Then she puts her writer’s hat on to craft heartfelt stories about home, family, food, and the fun places she has been. She hopes you enjoy her stories.
Social Media handle: @AReynosoMorris
Plátanos Are Love Pre-order link: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Platanos-Are-Love/Alyssa-Reynoso-Morris/9781665902731
Mujeres del futuro con Teresa Park [Women of the Future]
Ha Na Teresa Park, a tricultural and trilingual community leader, social entrepreneur, and nationally recognized communicator. She has helped Fortune 100 companies like Nike and Verizon create social impact through the power of belonging. As the founder of Mujeres del Futuro, she is committed to creating a safe space of healing and support for Latinas. Mujeres del Futuro was recognized by Meta in 2022 for creating impactful global social change. She currently teaches multicultural marketing and equity at the University of Washington Master's Program in Communication and Leadership. Most importantly, what drives Ha Na Teresa Park are her core values. She is love, impact, honesty, play, and wonder.
Social Media Handles:
IG: @teresaparkoficial (www.instagram.com/teresaparkoficial)
FB: @tereparkoficial (www.facebook.com/tereparkoficial)
Mujeres del Futuro FB: www.facebook.com/groups/mujeresdelfuturo
Oh Black Joy w| Corinne Graham
Oh we're choosing Black joy today and everyday. Period. Corinne Graham stops by to let us know how she does that despite all the things life has thrown at her. Beyond that, she discusses how we hold up the boundaries when we're tested to lose joy. Our ancestors would have wanted us to have all the joy and that's exactly what we're going to do.
Check out Corinne's website here: https://www.corinnegrahamcoaching.com/
Anti-Racism w| Dr. Ebony White AKA #EbTheCeleb
Dr. Ebony White, LPC, NCC, ACS is a counselor, professor, activist, and mental health expert. She's a dope Black queen who gave us some lessons on how our world impacts the mental health of Black and Brown people - particularly those of us doing work in the mental health and academic intersection.
Follow Dr. Ebony White below:
YouTube Channel: Dr. Ebony White #EbTheCeleb
Reclaiming Ourselves through Our History w| Prof. Rémysell Salas
Rémysell Salas might be the dopest professor I know. He is professor at CUNY, newly elected NYS Democratic Male District Leader for the 80th Assembly District in NY, and a lover of coffee and books. We chat about finding our history as Black and Brown people, understanding how that history shows up today, and what we can do to continue to be our ancestors' wildest dreams. Connect and follow Rémysell:
Personal Website: https://www.remysellsalas.com/
Ayanna is back. LFG!
Your host, Ayanna Kelly, is back for another season of Sazón y Corazón! On this season opener, Ayanna opens up about grief, connecting with ancestors, and doing the work she's being called to do. Enjoy this one... there's so much more to come.
No Mo' Burnout w| Mona Eshaiker, LMFT
Connect with Mona on Instagram @monalmft and check out her website. Check out where we work together at The Rise Journey and the what we're developing for one person and small HR teams with OPHR.
Gathering for Justice w| Carmen Perez Jordan
Carmen Perez Jordan is a mom, Chicana, and civil & human rights activist. This is a heavy but very informative conversation with Carmen about social justice, movements, and how nearly three decades of this work has impacted her own mental health journey.
Connect with Carmen on Instagram @msladyjustice1, follow @gather4justice and @nyjusticeleague. Learn more about the Gathering for Justice on their website.
Rowdy w| Ra Ra Rollins
*insert khaki and fire emojis here*
This episode will not disappoint! Ra Ra Rollins joins us this week to discuss the importance of developing the skills to communicate our emotions, the impact of the systemic issues around us, and deconstructing the terms that box us in. Connect with Ra Ra on LinkedIn or @rararollins on social media platforms.
Love, Light, & Science w| Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble
World renowned psychologist and mental health expert, Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble (Dr.Alfiee) sits down with us to discuss her personal journey and the impact on her work with BIPOC youth mental health. She is the auntie we all wish had to share impeccable wisdom with us.
Civic Engagement & Social Justice w| USA Rachael Rollins
US Attorney for the district of Massachusetts, Rachael Rollins, joins us to discuss being the first in many places, standing up to pour into our communities, and how we take care of ourselves in the midst of the perfect storm.
Learn more about US Attorney Rachael Rollins here.
Lowdown w| Dometi Pongo
MTV News Correspondent, Dometi Pongo comes to the mic this week and we talk about it all! He's our cousin after all! Ayanna and Dometi talk about being children of immigrants, mental health journeys, and how to remain authentic to their identities through it all.
Connect with Dometi on Instagram & Twitter @dometi_
Watch his shows Need to Know & MTV True Life Crime or visit his website: https://www.dometi.net/
Mindful Healing w| Dr. Monica P. Band
Dr. Monica P. Band is an award winning, trauma-informed licensed mental health therapist and mental health justice advocate with a distinct focus on strategy, application, and practice of DEIB in mental health care practice and policy. Monica joins us today for a deep conversation about navigating mental health in a culturally informed way.
Time with Taina Brown
Coach and DEI consultant, Taina Brown, joins the conversation this week to dispel systemic labels, therapy talks with family, and everything in between.
Links: Read - Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown
Connect with Taina on LinkedIn or IG @tainambrown
Love Taina and want to pursue her coaching? Listeners can get a discount to enroll in the next cohort of her program, The Collective, which begins in January 2023. It's specifically designed for burned out and anxious millennials who want to create a life they are excited about. The Collective focuses on the following things:
- getting better at dealing with failure
- lessons we can learn from grief
- navigating the systems that trigger imposter syndrome
- living a life of radical pleasure
- scaling all of this up to make an impact in our own communities!
The program is specifically for folks from historically marginalized populations--Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+. The discount code is MAGIC and folks can enroll at this link.
PLURAWL con Pabel
Pabel Martinez, founder of PLURAWL, hops on the mic this week to talk about his mental health journey, "professionalism" in the workplace, and learning the benefits of having the right language at the right times.
Let's Talk About It w| Lizbel Ortiz
La Matatana, Lizbel Ortiz, graced us with her presence to drop some healing gems on us. We dive into seeking help and breaking the molds in a traditional Dominican household and bringing family along in our healing journeys.
Meniando Comida con Manolo Lopez
Puerto Rican chef, storyteller, and entrepreneur, Manolo Lopez joins the conversation to discuss the connection between food, healing, and identity and how it all ties back to our ancestors.
Donate to ConPRmetidos Hurricane Fiona relief fund to help community organizations in PR.
Charla con Charlotte
Managing Director for Poderistas, Charlotte Castillo, joins us in a vulnerable conversation about grief, loss, feeling the feelings and then moving beyond it in the best way we know how. We also discuss how Latinas can use our poder to uplift our community and ultimately get us civically engagement in meaningful ways.
Check out the Poderistas Poder Portal to get info on your state's voting dates, voter ID laws, and how to get involved!
The OG, OG - Oscar Guzman
It's officially the beginning of Latine/x Heritage Month and there is no better way to kick it off than to have Oscar Guzman (they/them/he/his) come to the mic! Oscar tells us about their vulnerable journey through gender identity & Latine heritage all while reminding us we need to eat good and appreciate corgi butts. Connect with Oscar on Twitter @0scarguzman or on their website oscaraguzman.com for professional & social media inquiries.
Healing con Jorge
Jorge Alvarez is a digital strategist, content creator, and speaker focused on normalizing healing conversations for all, black and brown people in particular. Ayanna ugly snot cries in this episode as they both speak on their journeys, how they met, and the healing they're still working on.
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Theon Tea Time
*CONTENT WARNING* mentions of suicide
THE Theon Freeman joins the mic with Ayanna to discuss emotional journeys, leaning into abundance, and navigating life transitions. Be ready for many gems served with NY pride. Connect with Theon on LinkedIn and on Instagram @theoniusfree & @marriedbythee.
Abenaa Hayes on Health Equity
Abenaa "Abby" Hayes is the Trini sister we all have been searching for. In this episode, Abby discusses how she is advancing health equity in her realm of consulting, her own journey that led her on this path, and her favorite soca recommendations. Connect with Abenaa on LinkedIn & follow her work through her organization Elysee Consulting.
Abenaa's Soca recommendations:
Intersectionality, Identity, & [Dis]abilities w| Zane Landin
Diversability's D-30 Disability Impact List Honoree, Zane Landin joins the conversation on today's episode and we are not holding back! We're diving into identities, intersectionality, and disabilities. All while being vulnerable ourselves.
Read Zane's magazine! Positive Vibes Magazine (@positivevibesmag)
La Ley con Ale [Law w|Ale]
Fellow Poderistas Power Squad member, Alessandra Cartagena, joins Ayanna in today's episode. They talk about growing up as Latinas, navigating their mental health journey, changing big systems, politics, and keep it real the whole damn time. You can follow Alessandra on instagram: @alessandraaa_amc.
Imagination w| Imani
Imani Butler is a UX designer who has a passion for learning about the challenges other communities face, mental health, and advocating for anyone and everyone through her imagination, designs, and speaking up. You can connect with Imani on LinkedIn to follow her and work.
Ya Boi Zach
Ayanna sits down with Zach to reach across the racial table. Zach tells us about his mental health journey, his work as an ally, and what he thinks white people should know. You can follow Zach and his latest work on LinkedIn.
Inelegancies w| Bhavya
Today's guest is Bhavya Rai, founder of Inelegancies. She also happens to be a neurodivergent person living with ADHD. She tells us her story of challenge, triumph, and courage.
You can find and connect with Bhavya and her projects using the below!
Personal: IG @bhavyaraii Tiktok: @bhavyrai website: bhavyarai.com
Inelegancies: IG: @inelegancies website: inelegancies.com
Off the Pedestal Podcast: IG @offtheped website: offtheped.com
Service w| Sangi
*trigger warning* This episode contains discussions surrounding substance abuse, suicide, and big T traumas.
If you're new around here, you probably didn't know I have a big brother. I do. We both happen to veterans and a lot to unpack. We start a bit of that unpacking in this episode. We discuss many topics as it pertains to veterans, service members, and their families. Here are a list of the resources mentioned if you or someone you know could benefit:
Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health Services: https://www.va.gov/health-care/health-needs-conditions/mental-health/
Military OneSource Mental Health Resource Center: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/mental-health/mental-health-resources/
Book recommendation: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk