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Professional golfer and educator Renee Powell is one of only six rican American women to ever play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. She is the first woman of color to be elected to membership in the PGA of America.
She is the daughter of the late William Powell, the only African-American to design, build, own, and operate a golf course in the United States. Mr. Powell was inducted posthumously March 12, 2013, into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
Jamie Leno Zimron Sensei- (Master Instructor) is the creator of KiAi Golf and The KiAi Way Inc. and is a pioneer in providing holistic trainings for peak performance on all the playing fields of life: business, family, health, spirituality, the arts, sports – and of course the golf course. Jamie is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional, 5th Degree Aikido Black Belt, Somatic Psychologist, Mind-Body Fitness Trainer, Corporate Speaker, and international Citizen’s Diplomat. She was a state and national junior golf champion, and as a senior player has won a number of pro titles and gold medals (in the Maccabiah Games, international Jewish Olympics).
Cleo Hearn-was the first African American to win calf roping event at Major Rodeo –– 1970 Denver National Western, and he was Rodeo participant at all major stock shows through out the United States and for
37 consecutive years a rodeo participant at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
Cleo retired after 33 year career at Ford Motor Company and currently he is a Rodeo Advisor Manager for Gold Buckle Network
He is a member of the following organizations: Rodeo Producer, Cowboys of Color Rodeo Tour, Texas Black Rodeo PRCA Member –– Calf Roper, Member PRCA since 1959, John F. Kennedy Presidential Honor Guard, Boy Scouts of America, Long Star High School Rodeo Association, Southwest Colored Cowboys Association, Established American Black Cowboy Association in 1971,United States Calf Roping Association, Cowboys Calf Roper Association, Old Timers Rodeo Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Cowboys of Color Museum Hall of Fame, Tennessee Walking Horse Association.
The ’68 Olympics is most remembered by the bowed heads and raised fists of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Afterwards, the United States team swept the individual 400 meter dash. Ron and his teammates stood on the podium during the medal ceremony wearing emblematic black berets. Ron’s second trip to the victory stand, with his gold medal winning 4x400m relay teammates, also included a silent stance against racial discrimination in the United States. These protests not only represent some of the most memorable moments in Olympic history but an important milestone in America's civil rights movement as well. The 4x400m relay event provided not only an exciting race, but a historic event. Ron’s time of 43.2 seconds was the fastest 400-meter relay split in track and field history and stood for more than 20 years!
His time was ultimately responsible for the United States’ world record setting time of 2:56.16, which shattered the world record by over three seconds and was unbroken for 25 years. In addition to the collective gold, Ron captured the bronze in the individual 400-meter race where the United States swept the medal stand at the ’68 Olympics, in doing so Ron ran the fastest 400 meters ever run in lane #1 at 44.4. Although Ron’s Olympic achievements are stellar, and his performance in the 4x400 meter relay proved to be phenomenal, his story of triumph in the face of adversity began long before the ‘68 Olympics.
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.
Dan Moyo (standing directly behind the Honorable Nelson Mandela), joined the African National Congress underground unit in 1979 which led to his membership to UMkhonto weSizwe its military wing later in the same year. He received both military and political training in Angola and redeployed back into South Africa to engage the enemy in the Eastern front area now called Mpumalanga where he was originally born. Early in March 1981, he was arrested and charged under the notorious terrorism act of 1967, and wassentenced to 10-yrs with 5-yesrs minimum and 5-years to run concurrently.
He was imprisoned to serve his sentenced in Robben Island Maximum Security Prison where all other freedom fighters were kept including former Rivonia trial's ANC leadership. The late President Nelson Mandela was a member of this imprisoned group.
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."
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,
Bonita McAfee-Mitchell, Founder & CEO of Thread of Hope Records, is making a sound with the celebrated school curriculum program “I’m Saving Myself.” She may have been a celebrated wardrobe stylist for Stevie Wonder but Bonita McAfee-Mitchell, Founder and CEO of Thread of Hope Records, is stitching a new mission which resonates John Lennon’s poignant message “All You Need Is Love.” Mitchell is taking her Benton Harbor, Michigan based company’s “I’m Saving Myself” youth program into the national limelight with a theme which teaches self-love as the first and most important element to making wise choices.
Judith Smith-Since September 2011 Judith has taken the role of Key Srategist and Co-Project Director for the Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation (JOIHF), a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of Jamaican youth: providing opportunities for athletes of Jamaican, Caribbean and West Indian heritage, worldwide seeking to develop and/or enhance their skills for competition in winter sports, including competition at the Olympic Game level. She was brought in by her brother, G. Webster Smith co-founder of JOIHF. He was a colleague and friend of Co-Founder and CEO, EJ Phillipps, who had this wonderful vision.
Maisha Hazzard, Ph.D. is an innovative educator, behavior change communication specialist, speech writer, and media consultant. She holds advanced degrees in Communication (Ph.D.); Transpersonal Psychology (Ph.D.); Behavioral Science (M.A.); and Counseling (M.S.C.). Further studies have included International Studies, Telecommunications, Comparative Literature, Cross Cultural Education, Information Science, Neuroscience, and Metaphysics at various universities and institutes in the United States and West Africa. She spent more than 25 years as a university professor and international consultant and more than 25 simultaneous years writing, directing, performing, and producing in performing arts and media arts programs on five continents.Maisha Hazzard is an award-winning radio producer who has trained writers, producers, and media consultants from more than 30 countries. She has taught and/or performed in Canada, France, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa. Dr. Hazzard has served as a consultant to elected officials in the United States and heads of state in countries in the Caribbean and Southern Africa. She has lectured and taught at Ohio University, Bowling Green State University (Ohio), University of Toledo, University of Guyana, University of the West Indies (Mona), Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, California State University at Northridge, and Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AR). She has conducted training programs for Voice of America, USAID, South African Parliament, BUSH Radio-South Africa, and World Health Organization.
Currently, Maisha Hazzard conducts workshops in school districts and spiritual communities on the brain/heart and learning, power of our subconscious mind, emotional intelligence and emotional healing, strategic intuition, ecumenical cooperation and spiritual activism
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.
Dr. E Fay Williams,Esq- is the President/CEO of the National Congress of Black Women and former Counsel to the U.S. Congress’ District of Columbia Sub-Committee on the Judiciary andEducation. She previously served as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff for a District of Columbia Councilmember. She is a Commissioner appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Scholars Commission.
She holds a BS Degree in Speech, English and Dramatic Arts; a Masters and PhD in Public Administration; Administration and Supervision Credential; Jurist Doctorate and Doctor of Ministry.
Nina Clymer has over 20 years of leadership experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors in the field of healthcare, including executive oversight of domestic violence and human sex trafficking programs, as well as women’s health consulting. She is passionate about social justice, or people having the ability to realize their potential in the community and society where they reside. Nina’s education includes an MBA from Santa Clara University, a BS in Nursing from Northeastern University, and a Coaching Certificate from The Fielding Institute.