Introduction: Changing the Narrative
Guest: Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH @DrMikeLindsey
Release Date: January 15, 2018
“With increased media and attention, more folks are attuned to racial issues and the long lasting impact of discrimination. These topics are near and dear to my heart, not only because of my own personal and professional experiences, but because they are solution focused.”
Black boys and men are the subject of negative racial and gender-based stereotypes that significantly impact their health and social standing within the U.S. This episode provides an overview of the series and the need for us all to collectively change the narrative.
Dr. Michael A. Lindsey became Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work in September 2016. Dr. Lindsey was previously an Associate Professor at NYU Silver.
Prior to joining NYU Silver in 2014, Dr. Lindsey was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and concurrently a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry’s Center for School Mental Health.
Dr. Lindsey is a child and adolescent mental health services researcher, and is particularly interested in the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable youth with serious psychiatric illnesses, including depression. He has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine the social network influences on perceptual and actual barriers to mental health care among African American adolescent males with depression. He also received NIMH funding to develop and test a treatment engagement intervention that promotes access to and use of mental health services among depressed adolescents in school- and community-based treatment.
Dr. Lindsey’s current research, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation, involves the delivery of an innovative combination of interventions aimed at decreasing PTSD and depression symptoms, and improving positive parenting skills, among child-welfare involved mothers with trauma-related disorders.
A standing member of the NIMH Services Research Committee, standing member of the National Advisory Council, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and a board member-at-large for the Society for Social Work and Research, Dr. Lindsey is also a member of the Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Wellbeing of African American Males; the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network; and the Mental Health Education Integration Consortium. His published research has appeared in the American Journal of Men’s Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Journal Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, General Hospital Psychiatry, Prevention Science, Psychiatric Services, and in the journal Social Work. Dr. Lindsey is also on the editorial board of the journals Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research and Children and Schools.
Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD in social work and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh; an MSW from Howard University; and a BA in sociology from Morehouse College. He also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
01: Addressing Historical Trauma
Guest: Samuel Simmons, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Release Date: January 18, 2018
“And we do not, as a people, do not want to deal with the trauma because we believe that if we deal with the trauma that validates that there's something wrong with us and that the system will use it against us.”
The podcast will focus on the role of historical trauma in the lives of Black boys and men.These forms of trauma include destruction of cultural practices, slavery, forced relocation, and genocide, among others and can deeply impact individuals, families, and entire communities.
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Sam Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who has over 27-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families. He is currently SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership managing the Be More Project and the culturally-specific trauma informed curriculum Healing Generations that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence.
Sam is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American community. In 2014 he was awarded the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Excellence in Fatherhood Award for his work to advance fatherhood policy and practice throughout Minnesota. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the 2016 Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership for his culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community. He is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”. He is respected for his African American historical trauma work around the country.
02: Violence and Trauma
Guest: Joseph Richardson, PhD
Release Date: January 22, 2018
“I keep emphasizing this concept of structural violence, which means, in a nutshell, harm that is preventable. And so we know that in 2017, we can prevent polio because we have vaccines. And so we know we can prevent violence, because we know what produces violence. Poverty produces violence.”
Data suggests that deaths due to violent injury have been decreasing throughout the United States. However, Black men are disproportionately overrepresented among victims of violent injury and are at higher risk of violent trauma recidivism than all other populations. In this episode, Dr. Richardson will focus on the impact of violence and trauma among young Black men and models of prevention.
03: Preventing Suicide
Guest: Sean Joe, PhD
Release Date: January 25, 2018
“...it's important to understand and focus on how black males are expressing their masculinity, the importance of them having safe spaces to emote, and to deal with their feelings, and their critical needs.”
This episode focuses on suicide prevention efforts geared towards young black men. Despite the progress that we have made, suicide continues to be a taboo subject in many communities, which makes it all the more important to notice the signs and symptoms of depression, and have access to support.
04: Racism, Masculinity, and Health
Guest: Wizdom Powell, PhD @Wizdomisms
Release Date: January 29, 2018
“Black men want to feel they are respected and human, and people see them in their fullest human potential. And so, when we are interacting with them, we need to do it respectfully, and with an appreciation for their humanity, the very appreciation we would all want for our humanity.”
This episode highlights the trends regarding the social determinants of health of Black boys and men and steps that we can take to decrease disparities and work towards better health outcomes.
05: Masculinity and Trans Black Men
Guest: Tiq Milan @TheMrMilan
Release Date: February 1, 2018
“I think people need to listen, I think you need to ask questions. And asking questions not to invalidate other people's truths but to complicate your own...It blows my mind that as a trans person I have to work so hard to try to make other people understand that I am as valuable in my humanity as they are. And that work is exhausting.”
How we conceptualize masculinity is widely debated and in many ways those definitions have been used as categories of inclusion and exclusion for years. This episode explores “organic masculinity,” as termed by Tiq Milan, and the beauty of being yourself.
06: Raising Our Black Sons: A Mother's Perspective
Guest: Priscilla Shorter & Shawana Kemp
Release Date: February 5, 2018
“They want to give you another label. You're already a young black boy.” “I want him to really have experienced joy and I feel like so much... So many of the boys don't get to be joyful, they don't get to smile, they don't get to walk down the street and run with the sun beating down on their face.”
While families come in many forms, we often downplay the role that mothers have in the lives of young Black boys. This podcast focuses on the mothers of Black boys, the unsung heroes are who are more than deserving of our praise.
07: Engaging Black Boys in Schools
Guest: Ivory Toldson, PhD @toldson
Release Date: February 8, 2018
“He wants to be seen as a person with a name, not a statistic.”
There are many myths regarding the academic achievement of Black boys and men, including that that Black boys do not value education. However, those statements are not true. This podcast will focus on debunking many of those myths regarding the achievement of Black boys and provide tangible strategies to further engage them in schools.
08: School-to-Prison Pipeline
Presenters: Daniel Losen, JD, MS and Amir Whitaker, JD, PhD
Release Date: February 12, 2018
“There’s a legacy of structural racism that also has contributed mightily to the phenomenon that we call the school-to-prison pipeline.”
The School to Prison Pipeline is the link between educational practices and the increase in Black boys entering the juvenile justice system. This podcast will describe this phenomenon and provide best practices that school administrators and policy advocates can take to intervene.
09: Policies That Adversely Affect Black Fathers
Guest: David Pate, PhD
Release Date: February 15, 2018
“And because we live in a very patriarchal society, where we think that men should be able to get a job and take care of their family, some people don't have the same access to those opportunities to be able to take care of their family, have a child, get married if they desire to do that, and do all the things that would make them what we would call an ideal citizen.”
Black fathers often contend with the stereotypes of being lazy, disinterested in the lives of their children and families, and absent from their communities. Those stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. However, Black fathers also contend with policies that adversely affect them and their ability to provide for their families.
10: Engaging Black Fathers in Behavioral Health Services
Guest: Tyrone M. Parchment, PhD Candidate, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Release Date: February 19, 2018
“...not all Black men are absent fathers. Even though there are statistics that show that there are some men who, for many reasons, may not be involved but there's a certain amount of many other men who are. And why aren't we hearing their story?”
Black fathers are often stigmatized within the U.S. for a myriad of reasons including negative stereotypes and inaccurate media portrayal. And for these reasons, they are often not engaged in child and family behavioral health settings. However, there is a host of data that describes the importance of black fathers in the lives of their children and families. In fact, there are currently more fathers living with their children than without and data suggests that black fathers are more involved in the daily lives of their children in comparison to their white and latino counterparts. This episode underscores the importance of engaging black fathers in behavioral health services.
11: Police Brutality and Trauma
Guest: Samuel Aymer, PhD @aymerPhD
Release Date: February 22, 2018
“I think another takeaway is to really understand that police brutality is real, and that witnessing these acts of violence, gratuitous violence, on social media, on video cameras, we have to be careful that we don't become numb to the viewing of Black bodies.”
Police brutality and the criminalization of Black men have been issues of concern within Black communities for centuries. Although making up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, Black people are disproportionately impacted by police related deaths. According to a recent study published by the American Journal of Public Health (Buehler, 2017), Black men are nearly 3 times as likely to die from the use of force by the police than their White counterparts. Police brutality and other forms of racial trauma often elicit race-based traumatic stress and psychological injury. This podcast will focus on the impact of police brutality on the psychological well-being of Black boys and men.
12: Ending Mass Incarceration
Guest: Glenn E. Martin @glennEmartin
Release Date: February 26, 2018
“The majority of people at Rikers are there because they can't afford bail. The majority of them have bail at under $2,000. And yes, if you're poor, $2,000 may as well be $2 million.”
This podcast will focus on concerted efforts to not only reimagine the criminal justice system, but to end the practice of mass incarceration.
13: Reentry Following Incarceration
Guest: Flores Forbes
Release Date: March 1, 2018
“I think that closing down a prison, I think is a great thing. But if you don't change the nature, if you don't change the actual criminal justice system, you're just moving one issue over to another location, because the same conditions will probably exist unless you're gonna deal with it.”
Incarceration has many impacts during and after sentencing. This podcast highlights the challenges that Black men often face with regards to reentry and removing the stigma of incarceration.
14: Reentry Part 2: Getting Back to Work
Guest: Muschi Jean-Baptiste
Release Date: March 5, 2018
“...they just have a history of being treated as a number. And when you treat somebody as a number, you don't really listen or you don't really give the type of quantifying time that that individual needs for whatever it is that they're facing.”
Following incarceration, black men who are seeking employment are met by several challenges that are detrimental to their success and increase recidivism. However, there are best practices that can be taken to ensure successful integration.This podcast focuses on the challenges that black men often face when reintegrating into the workforce following incarceration and what we can do to help.
15: Resilience and Steps Forward
Guest: Terrance Coffie, MSW @blackcoffie2014
Release Date: March 8, 2018
“I think that people already have resilience. I think that it's labelled in a way, where they don't really understand that. If you have survived prison, if you have survived waking up day in and day out, just maintaining to get through that, trying, you're practicing resilience, right then. When you're dealing with the hardships, day in and day out, that's resilience.”
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It is the characteristic or trait that allows people to thrive despite inconceivable hardship and experiences of trauma. This podcast discusses how we are all resilience and the importance of support throughout your journey.