Unapologetically Black Unicorns

Have you ever chatted with an Unapologetically Black Unicorn? Someone who symbolizes freedom, power, strength and is a true force of nature and thought, ‘WOW people need to hear this’? Now you can and learn how to be a U.B.U. too! Join the weekly conversation with host Keris Jän Myrick, an unapologetically black unicorn in their own right, and nationally recognized mental health advocate chatting with amazing U.B.U. folk who are advancing all things mental health, racial justice, and anything cool to enhance human existence.

“Make That Dream a Reality” with Denise Soler Cox

August 2nd, 2022

Denise Soler Cox (she/her) is an author, film director and an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Denise shares the concept for “Project Eñye” and how screening #44 changed everything about her film. They talk about “Los Trapos Sucios Se Lavan En Casa” and how Latinx families speak about mental health, how her film sparked something within the viewers to share their secrets and the power of our individual experience.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

#BlackMentalHealth with Lorenzo Lewis & Kelechi Ubozoh

July 26th, 2022

Lorenzo Lewis (he/him) is the Founder of the Confess Project; America’s First Mental Health Barbershop Movement and Kelechi Ubozoh (she/her) ) is a mental health consultant, advocate, author and they share the importance of talking about Black Mental Health. They both talk about how they got inspired to do the work they are doing and how representation matters. This discuss pushing forward community crisis response, creating opportunities for the communities to be healers for our Black mental health and the concerns with 988 but also what an opportunity it could become if done right.

 

This episode is sponsored by Janssen Neuroscience and Supported by The Painted Brain, a California based Peer Run Organization.

https://paintedbrain.org/ubu-black-mental-health/

#BlackMentalHealth with Ellis Gordon Jr.

July 19th, 2022

Ellis Gordon Jr. (he/him) is treasurer of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and he is the former husband of Bebe Moore Campbell. Ellis shares the story of how he met Bebe Moore Campbell and why it was so important to name the month of July after Bebe. They talk about the inception of NAMI Urban Los Angeles, how NAMI is community-centric and community-centered and continuing the goal of erasing the stigma.

This episode is sponsored by Janssen Neuroscience and Supported by The Painted Brain, a California based Peer Run Organization.

https://paintedbrain.org/ubu-black-mental-health/

“No CARE Court” with Andreya Garcia-Ponce De Leon, Asantewaa Boykin and Shonique Williams

July 12th, 2022

Shonique Williams (she/her) is the Founder of the Ezekiel’s Project and No CARE Court Coalition, Asantewaa Boykin (she/her) R.N MICN, is an Emergency RN and the co-founder of APTP (Anti Police - Terror Project), Andreya Garcia-Ponce De Leon (she/her) is the Executive Director of San Bernardino Free Them All and Project Amiga and they are all Unapologetically Black Unicorns. They discuss Senate Bill 1338 - CARE Court and all of its shortcomings. They talk about how they all got involved in the No CARE Court Coalition, their experiences speaking during the hearings and reactions from some assembly members and holding our elected officials accountable.

If you or someone you know is in a mental or substance use disorder crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

“It’s Time for Us to Heal” with Enola Aird

July 5th, 2022

Enola Aird is the Founder and President of the Community Healing Network and an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Enola shares how she is mobilizing Black people to heal from the lie of white superiority and Black inferiority. They talk about the impact of Marcus Garvey, making the Emotional Emancipation Circles a safe space for Black people and defying the lie and embracing the truth.

To learn more about Emotional Emancipation Circles visit: https://communityhealingnet.org/

To secure your seat at the lunch table for an “Emotional Lunch Break” visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lc-6oqzopGt2ONlqQzNxruZz0EUBp9BQ1?fbclid=IwAR1QBVIUPBYdRFm0R_9dF55tPpLEBRxgy1XTqI-v-2Plu3jZcaADuM3GJv0

If you or someone you know is in a mental or substance use disorder crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

#BlackMentalHealth with Toni McNeil

June 28th, 2022

Toni McNeil (she/hers) is the Lead Community Organizer with Faith in the Valley and an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Toni does community organizing in rural areas and she shares how there are lack of services and support in those communities. They talk about trauma being passed down in the Black community and why the work always has to be trauma informed, moving toward creating more healing spaces for Black people and the impact of Safe Black Space.

This episode is sponsored by Janssen Neuroscience and Supported by The Painted Brain, a California based Peer Run Organization.

https://paintedbrain.org/ubu-black-mental-health/

“Cognitive Liberation” with Katherine and Rebecca Grainger

June 21st, 2022

Katherine Grainger (she/her) is a Managing Partner at Civitas Public Affairs Group and Rebecca Grainger (she/her) is a Distinguished Educator and they are both Unapologetically Black Unicorns. Katherine and Rebecca both discuss the importance of understanding and moving policy to fix and change systems. They talk the history of Critical Race Theory and the language behind it, the work they’re doing with The Black Policy Institute and the freedom of cognitive liberation.

If you or someone you know is in a mental or substance use disorder crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

“Let Your Freak Flag Fly” with Sylvie Trevena

June 14th, 2022

Sylvie Trevena (she/her) is a writer and Program Associate and Executive Assistant at Well Being Trust and she is also an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Sylvie shares why being a parent is so important to her and her experiences raising her transgender son Jake. They talk about checking in with your friends while also taking your own temperature, trying to speak with kids about school safety and having hope for the next generation surrounding mental health.

If you or someone you know is in a mental or substance use disorder crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

“Get In Where You Fit In” with Jalyn Radziminski

June 7th, 2022

Jalyn Radziminski (they/she) is an activist whose work is dedicated to advocating for voter rights, racial equity, and accessibility for the BIPOC Disability Community and they are an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Jalyn talks about starting the non-profit “Count US IN” and how they are trying to elevate people’s voices and foster inclusive and equitable political participation. They talk about how they are trying to slowly change the culture, celebrating small wins and how they both find time to rest.

If you or someone you know is in a mental or substance use disorder crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

#BlackMentalHealth – Lived Expertise with Dr. Jonathan Edwards & Rayshell Chambers

May 31st, 2022

Dr. Jonathan Edwards and Rayshell Chambers share the importance of talking about Black Mental Health. They talk about implementing a plan for your emotional health including a Wellness Recovery Action Plan and vision boards. They discuss the importance of language, finding and reaching out to the people in your support network and how they address the issues of racial inequities.

This episode is sponsored by Janssen Neuroscience and Supported by The Painted Brain, a California based Peer Run Organization.

https://paintedbrain.org/ubu-black-mental-health/

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