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Ep 11: A Better Sex Talk w/ Dr. Stephanie Ros

The lack of quality in the sex talk the majority of people get has left so many women seeing sex as function, when at its core, it’s meant to be fun. In this episode, Dr. Ros delves into her journey with maternal fetal medicine, and also provides information about pleasurable sex, myths around pregnancy and birth, and how to educate young people about sex. This is not your mother’s sex talk. The people need to know for this week include: A novel called, “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalinithi, The Gypsy Rose Blanchard story, you can learn all about it by watching, “Mommy Dead and Dearest” on HBO, follow it by diving into, “The Act” on Hulu, and the board game, “Ticket to Ride.” You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest at @dcandcm.

Blog Post, The People Need to Know!, Written by Alé

Podcast Recommendation? Have Six!

Need a podcast recommendation that will inspire, uplift or make you laugh?
6 Podcast Recommendations: to uplift, inspire, or make you laugh.  Where Should We Begin, Conversations with People who Hate Me, Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, My Favorite Murder, Why Won't you Date me, and Transitional Wisdom

Looking for a podcast recommendation? There are 18 million podcasts currently available to stream! If you are just getting started out listening to podcasts, or are looking for something new to add to your library, read on. Having a three hour daily commute has given me the time to listen to a lot of podcasts. This collection of six podcasts will uplift and inspire you, or just make you laugh out loud. If you are enjoying the Dream Chasers and Change Makers Podcast, you’ll find another show you love here! (If you haven’t heard our show, stop reading and go listen!) Click any of the titles to get a direct link to my podcast recommendations.

1. Where Should We Begin: With Esther Perel

The logo for the podcast recommendation, Where Should we Begin with Esther Perel.  The title is printer over a couple's bed.
A Podcast for when you want a peek into the lives of others.

Esther Perel invites listeners into her office as she provides couples’ therapy to her clients. I love being a fly on the wall in other people’s therapy sessions! The clients reveal the strains in their relationships, ranging from infidelity, to substance use, to abuse. Esther’s skillful and direct approach, and her French accent make the show both educational (for a budding therapist like me) and entertaining.

2. Conversations with People Who Hate Me

The logo for the podcast recommendation, Conversations with People Who Hate Me.  The title in a speech bubble of host, Dylan Marron's head.  He is sitting at a desk in front of a computer holding a red telephone.
A podcast for when you want to hear a civil discussion with people who fundamentally disagree.

Something I am working on is open communication with people who think and believe differently than I do. That is why I love CWPHM. Dylan Marron started this podcast interviewing people who had sent him cruel and hateful messages and comments online. Now he often connects guests who have received online hate to their haters. The conversations are thoughtful and everyone is treated with respect and dignity. The show reminds us that, “There is a human on the other side of the screen.” Dylan’s approach to this topic is refreshing and fills me with hope!

3. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Podcast Recommendation: Oprah's Super Soul Conversations.  Text over a blue and green background.
A podcast for when you want to go deep and feed your soul.

I mean, obviously if it’s Oprah, it’s got to be good. At Dream Chasers and Change Makers, our whole “thing” is deep, brave, vulnerable conversations. Super Soul Conversations is exactly that, with some of the world’s brightest minds and spiritual teachers. This podcast goes deep! Oprah interviews guests about topics like spirituality, the afterlife, the human condition, and life’s hardest lessons.

4. My Favorite Murder

Podcast Recommendation: My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.  Cut out Magazine Letters over a black background.
A podcast for you’re in the mood for murder with a side of fun!

MFM is a true crime/comedy podcast, hosted by the hilarious and talented Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff. Their comedic timing, impeccable storytelling skills, and chemistry makes this show a treat. Not only do they recount the stories of infamous murders, the hosts give us a glimpse into their lives, and are candid about their mental health battles. They are very conscious of respecting victims and tear down perpetrators in side-splitting ways. Their fandom is #goals. The My Favorite Murder community is enormous. Join in on the fun by subscribing to the fan cult or one of the hundreds of Facebook groups.

5. Why Won’t You Date Me?

Podcast Recommendation: Why Won't you Date Me?  With Nicole Byer.  A cartoon version of Nicole Byer with her arms stretched out, signaling "Why?"
A podcast for when you can’t figure out why the hell you’re so single, or need a belly laugh!

You know her, you love her, she is Nicole Byer, host of Netflix’s Nailed It! In her NSFW podcast she asks the question, “Why am I so single even though I will [insert wild sexual act here.]” Nicole has guests talk about their dating and sex lives, and has them review her multiple dating profiles. I have to say, almost nothing makes me laugh as hard as this delightful podcast. Not only does she make me pee my pants in laughter, she is all about embracing her body, sexuality, and bold personality. Even the ads are ridiculously funny. 10 out 10 recommend for podcast recommendation!

6. Transitional Wisdom

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A podcast for when you want to learn what life is like for those in the trans* community!

We love supporting our friends and independently produced podcasts like ours! I proudly make this podcast recommendation. Hosts Nash and C talk all things trans*, including medical transitioning, dating while transgender, allyship, and more. If you are part of the LGBTQ+ community, love someone who is, or want to learn more about the life experiences of those in the trans* community. They also feature captivating interview from high profile people in the trans* community, parents of trans* children, and supporters of the LGBTQ. No matter how you identify, this podcast has something for you.

Hope you podcast recommendation that you love! What would add to our list? Let us know in the comments!

Published by Alé Cardinalle |LMSW Candidate NYU 19’| Podcast Enthusiast

Blog Post, Change Makers, The People Need to Know!, Written by Alé

12 Black Change Makers You Didn’t Learn about in School

In this post we will give you bios of 11 black change makers you didn’t learn about in school. Learn the rich history from yesterday and today of some of the most influential, pioneering and badass black Americans who influence our history.


1. Alvin Ailey

Heading Says Celebrating Black Change Makers.  On the left the is a photo of Alvin Ailtey, wearing a red leotard, in a dance pose.  There is a bullet list of his accomplishments on this right.  It is says activist, founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recipient of Presidential Medal of Honor, and Choreographer, Below is his name, and the Dream Chasers and Change Makers logo.

Alvin Ailey was a child during racial segregation and lynchings and grew to have the nickname, “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” for having danced and toured all over the world. He had a strong sense of black pride that developed at an early age while attending a southern baptist church and juke joints. He found dance at Lester Horton’s dance school. Ailey went on to popularize modern dance and his show “Revelations,” is the best known modern dance performance in history. He founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and later the Alvin Ailey school. Although the dancers were multi-racial, Ailey wanted to ensure black dancers were given opportunities because they were often turned away from other performances. He died in 1989, and after his death Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Honor. @alvinailey‘s dances theater continues on today.

Learn More: https://www.biography.com/people/alvin-ailey-9177959

2. Mae Carol Jeminson

Title of the photo says celebrating black change makers.  Below on the left is a photo of Mae Carol Jeminson, smiling in a full space suit, with the helmet open.  To the left are bullet points of her accomplishments.  It says, first black woman in space, engineer, physician, college professor, holds nine honorary PHDs.  On the bottom of the photo is the Dream Chasers and Change Makers Logo

 Dr. Jemison became the first black woman in space in 1992, going into orbit on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. She was selected to join the Astronaut Corps by @nasa while she was serving the @peacecorps in the 80’s. Currently she is the principal of the 100 Year Starship organization. Oh, and she’s been an actress too! She’s been featured on Star Trek: The Next Generation. 🚀 

Learn More: https://www.biography.com/people/mae-c-jemison-9542378

3. Keith Boykin

The heading of the photo says Celebrating Black Change Makers.  On the right is a photo of Keith Boykin wearing a suit.  He is standing in front of a brick wall.  On the right is a bullet list of his accomplishments, including, LGBTQ advocate, award winning author, political analyst and commentator, and Co-Founder of the National Black Justice Coalition.  His name is printed below.  On the bottom of the photo is the dream chasers and change makers logo.

This man’s resumé is more than impressive but here’s a little info: @keithboykin1 was the editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties law review, while attending Harvard Law. He later went on to be the highest ranking openly gay staffer in the Clinton White House, as special assistant to the president and Director of Specialty Media. He published his first book in 1996, “One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America.” He is often seen as progressive broadcaster and commentator on CNN, and he is the cohost of “My Two Cents,” a talk show on BET.

Learn More: https://www.keithboykin.com/bio

4. Anna J Cooper

Heading says celebrating Black Change Makers.  Below on the left is a black and white head shot of Anna Cooper.  To the write is a list of her accomplishments, including black liberation activist, author, educator, and one of the first black women to earn a phd.  Below is her name.  On the bottom is the Dream Chasers and Change Makers Logo.

If you’re like me, you have never heard of Anna J Cooper despite her impressive contributions to society. Not only was she the first black woman to earn her PhD, she is often referred to as “The Mother of Black Feminism.” Ms. Cooper was born enslaved and at only 9 years old she was able to earn a scholarship and began her teacher training and road to academic excellence.

Learn More: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Anna-Julia-Cooper

5. Angela Rye

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@angelarye
 is a change maker currently impacting history. She is an attorney and a liberal political commentator on @cnn and a political analyst for @npr. She is involved in several organizations– including the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. Angela also co-founded @impactstrategies which encourages young professionals to engage both civically and politically. 

Learn More: https://dodoodad.com/angela-rye-biography

6. Octavia E Butler

The heading of the picture says Celebrating Black Change Makers.  Below on the write is a headshot of Octavia Butler looking at the camera.  She is wearing a blazer with geometric patterns and glasses.  The Background appears to be a berry bush.  To the right is a list of her accomplishments, including award winning sci-fi writer, feminist, first sci-fi author to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.  Below that is her name.  On the bottom of the picture is the dream chasers and change makers logo.

Rejecting the idea to become a secretary, Octavia E. Butler entered a field dominated by white men, and became an award winning science-fiction writer. Ms. Butler spread her success around by teaching several writing workshops as well. Furthermore, Octavia Butler’s stories explore far reaching issues of sex, power, and race. Her writing garnered her a diverse following, and she claimed black readers, sci-do fans, and feminists were her most loyal fans.

Learn More: https://www.biography.com/people/octavia-e-butler-38207

7. Janet Mock

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@janetmock
 is a transgender activist, a New York Times bestseller, a TV producer & host, an NYU grad (woo woo), and has been a magazine editor. She was assigned male at birth but affirms that she always been female. Her book Redefining is the first book written by a trans person who transitioned in their younger years. She’s also been a guest on Oprah’s (😍) #supersoulsunday. She stands as with other black and trans change makers, like Laverne Cox.

Learn More: https://janetmock.com/bio/

8. Edward Bouchet

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Despite his brilliant mind and his PhD in physics Edward Bouchet was unable to get a job as a college professor because he was black, even though he was one of the only people in country to have attained that academic achievement. Additionally, he taught at some of the only schools that offered rigorous curriculums of chemistry and physics offered to African Americans for 25 years. It was only after death that his work was given accolades with several awards and honors.

Learn More: https://www.biography.com/people/edward-alexander-bouchet-21317497

9. Rachel Cargle

The header of the photo says celebrating black change makers.  Below to the right is a head shot of Rachel with curly hair with a headband.  She is wearing a black sweater.  On the right is a list of her accomplishments, including activist, creator and lecturer of "unpacking white feminism," writer, and entrepreneur. Below is her name and the Dream Chasers and Change Makers Logo.

 If you haven’t heard of her yet, @rachel.cargle is an educator and academic. She is one of the most influential black change makers of our time. Her work focuses on the intersection of womanhood and race. She has a large Instagram following where she asks her followers to #dothework and unlearn the racism that has been perpetuated throughout white culture. For black history month, Rachel has posted a prompt for people to google and learn about important black history. She also is a speaker and tours the country with her lecture, “Unpacking White Feminism.” Rachel writes for Harper’s Bazar. She is also a student at Columbia University, and an entrepreneur.

Learn More: https://www.rachelcargle.com/

10. Ella Baker

Header on the picture says "Celebrating Black Change Makers."  Below on the left is a black and white photo of Ella Baker wearing sunglasses and speaking into a microphone with her arm outstretched.  On the right is a bulleted list of her accomplishments, including civil rights activist, mentor, leader, and critic of sexism and classism in the united states.  Below is her name and the Dream Chasers and Change Makers Logo

Ella Baker is one of many black change makers who worked largely behind the scenes with famous civil rights leaders, like MLK. She was a mentor to many other activists. One of her mentees was Rosa Parks. Her work involved empowering the oppressed to advocate for their rights. She also called out racism and classism within the civil rights movement. Ms. Baker worked within the NAACP for 15 years. She started as a secretary and worked her way to becoming the highest ranking woman within the organization. However, she challenged hierarchies within organizations all together.

Learn More: https://ellabakercenter.org/about/who-was-ella-baker

11. Killer Mike

The title of the photo says Celebrating Black Change Makers.  Below on the right is Killer Mike, wearing a black t-shirt, he is making a serious face and holding a small kitten.  On the right to his picture is a list of his accomplishments, including, black activist, rapper, actor, and producer of trigger warning.  Below is his name and the Dream Chasers and Change Makers Logo.

Atlanta based rapper, Killer Mike is half of the Grammy award winning rap duo, Run the Jewels.  He is a political activist whose work leads to empower the black community.  In the 2016 election and now, he has been an outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders. He invests in property and owns a barber shop. Killer Mike aims to show the black community how they can find financial security and success outside of sports and music.  He has recently produced and released a Netflix series, “Trigger Warning: with Killer Mike.”  It is enlightening and HILARIOUS, he is certainly one of the highest ranking entertaining black change makers.

Learn More: https://www.biography.com/people/killer-mike-5102017

11. Angela Davis

The header of the photo says celebrating black change makers.  to the left is a photo of Angela Davis with gray curly hair wearing an #IMWITHKAP football jersey.  To the right is a list of her accomplishment, including LGBTQ advocate, radical black educator, author, and co-founder of Critical Resistance.

Angela Davis is a writer, activist, educator, and revolutionary. Her work is vast and spans decades. She is known for work in prison abolition, she herself was jailed, accused of participating in a prison outbreak but was later cleared. She has written several books, including a title called, “Women, Race, & Class.” Throughout recent history she has spoke out on major events like the Vietnam War, LGBT rights, the war on terror, and was a co-chair for the @womensmarch on Washington in 2017. 

Learn More: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/angela-davis

Are there more black change makers you are inspired by? Let us know in the comments below.

By Alé Cardinalle | LMSW Candidate NYU 2019