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Ricki Stevenson has served as creative thinker, lead guide and CEO of Black Paris Tours since its inception in 1998. Stevenson, a native of Oakland, California, is a former New York and Bay Area TV/Radio news anchor/reporter and talk show host. Ricki holds the distinction of having worked as a United Nations radio correspondent and as one of the first Black international travel reporters. She holds a master's degree in education and history from Stanford University, with an emphasis on African and African American history. Stevenson says her dream of living in Paris began when her Mother, a former dancer, took her to see Josephine Baker perform when she was three years old. Over the years, her dream was fueled by interviews with some of the famous who fled racism in the US to live or spend time in Paris: Ray Charles, Earth Kitt, artist Lois Mailou Jones and choreographer, Geoffrey Holder. The idea for Black Paris Tours grew out of that dream and her six years work as an international travel reporter.
Dr.George Stewart is an Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has worked with traumatized foster youth for 30+ years. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Medical School, he initially completed his training in Family Medicine at the University of Washington and at UCSF. He then worked as a Family Physician for several years in an impoverished barrio near San Jose, California. He returned to complete his training in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UC Davis.
Working with Seneca Family of Agencies, a large non-profit providing a variety of mental health services to youth and their families, in various treatment settings in Northern California, he was able to observe repeatedly the overuse of medications with traumatized youth who had behavior problems. He spent much more time tapering youth off of medications than he did prescribing them.
He is extremely pleased that the Mercury News' Series on "Medicating Our Youth" is attracting a lot of attention to a long-neglected population.
D'Anthony was born in 1995 in Oakland, California and is a foster home youth and will share with us his experiences in foster care. He likes making beats and his favorite producer is DJ Mustard. D'Anthony says he "enjoys breathing and waking up every day and thinking God he's alive."
Guests: Investigative Reporter Karen de SA, and Dr. George Stewart Psychiatrist.
For the past four months, the Bay Area News Group has been documenting the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California's foster care system -- and the impact on thousands of vulnerable kids who suffer the consequences.
Here, in Part 5 of our investigative series "Drugging Our Kids," we present a documentary video that gives voice to many of these young people, who say they were silenced during their youth by the powerful drugs.
From Los Angeles to the Bay Area to Humboldt County, reporter Karen de Sá and photographer Dai Sugano interviewed more than 175 people, including dozens of current and former foster youth who were frequently moved and heavily medicated by a system that struggled to manage their complicated childhoods.
Now, there's a growing call for change among former foster youth, psychiatrists, public health nurses and youth advocates. The stories of lost childhoods and remarkable resilience provide compelling lessons on how California can better address their trauma and stop "Drugging Our Kids."
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Today on "It's My House" we shall discuss the "High Finance" principle of "Tithing". Tithing to some is a very controversial subject. Some people say that it does not work, while others swear by it and the act of giving "tithes and offersings" is a way of life.
We shall discuss the following topics:
What is the Tithe ?
What is an Offering ?
Paying yourself first.
The 90 Day High Finance Challenge.
Make sure that you have pen and paper ready or your electronic device ready to take notes.
There was a dude recently who challenged atheists to prove god does not exist. To illustrate the flaw in this thinking, I'm reminded of an old debate blog I did years ago. A far less charismatic person gave me the exact same challenge. This brought about a new religion I made up that involved a dragon in my pants, and the Super Mega Awesome Dragon, later dubbed the SMAD.
Why is the demand to prove a negative stupid? Why should extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence? Why does no one believe I have a dragon in my pants when no one can prove I don't have a dragon?
Plus your calls.
The SMAD aprroves
The Table is being set here in the kitchen where all sport dishes will be discussed from NBA to NCAA. We will review all major events from the days past and preview the weekend that ends the month of February and get us prepared for the MADNESS of March. Join Chandler "Nostradamus" Knight, Chad Spriggs, Aaron Simmons and Tyrone Powell aka TP Tymeless as we get this Roundtable flowing for your Sport City needs. Tell a friend to tell a friend that its the Sport City Chefs AGAIN..... And if they don't know... NOW THEY KNOW!!!!!
Richard Torrance, Creative Writer
Richard Torrence III is a Jr. Marketing Executive at a Fortune 50 Technology Company. Richard’s scholarly determination and attributes have driven him to strive and pursue excellence in every undertaking that he has ever chosen.
In 2010, Richard was accepted into the prestigious Edinburgh Business School in Edinburgh, Scotland. During his time there, Richard was elected as the Edinburgh Business School Class President while graduating with distinction and a Specialized Interest in Strategic Planning. The wonder kid has now renewed and employed his genius in the penning and development of the inspirational musical “Lord, Why Can’t I Do Right?”.
Michael Lange, Director
Michael Lange, actor, director and filmmaker, is best known for his portrayal as a Malcolm X delineator, having performed the fiery freedom fighter and orator’s speeches Message to the Grassroots and The Ballot or the Bullet nationally on stage since early 1990. He recently performed the role of Elijah Muhammad in Larry Americ Allen’s The Expulsion of Malcolm X. Currently,
Dave Newhouse has spent 50-plus years as a sportswriter and columnist, mostly at the Oakland Tribune in Oakland, California. In addition, he has written 11 books, including two which will be published in 2015. “Forgotten 49ers: The Dark Days before the Dynasty” deals with the begin of the San Francisco 49ers, and their early, mostly disappointing years before the franchise became a dynasty in the 1980s under Bill Walsh. There has been no book on the 49ers like this book, as it includes interviews with 49er players from as far back as the 1940s, including two Original 49ers in 1946.