• 00:44

    Back2Us Show_Equality in Higher Education

    in Education

    "The most important quality of a doctoral program that is friendly toward lesbian and bisexual individuals is a collection of faculty and staff that hold among their core   values a genuine celebration of diversity, which, by definition, excludes them from holding heterosexism as a value. This quality speaks to a pervasive, all-encompassing recognition that everyone is not heterosexual, and it is that absence of heterosexism that, almost by definition, creates a doctoral program that is friendly towards and welcoming of individuals of any sexual orientation" (Nutt, Edwards, Reimers, Kams, Jackley, Frock, Maddux, Ruppenicker, & Beno, 2014).

    I call the period of my life when I completed my first Ph.D in 2007, my "wake up era".  I was coming alive with the love of living in higher education as well as coming out into my own sexual orientation.  I was fully expecting to find a lot more students and faculty just like me; but, what I found instead was a lot of heterosexism.  That was seven years ago; and, now that Sharon is nearing the end of her doctoral program, we decided to talk about our experiences at two different schools in two different programs.   Has anything changed in seven years? 

    Tune in as we talk about what we've observed as doctoral students and I will share my experience as a practitioner in the field.  If you are LGBTQ and thinking about completing your doctoral degree, this is one show that you don't want to miss!

    Article Source: http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/friendly-program.aspx

    Episode Sponsor:  http://audiblepodcast.com/back2us and http://drannisemabry.com

  • 00:59

    Back2Us Show: Refracted Reflections

    in LGBT

    Refracted Reflection is a drama encompassing both educational and comedic elements. Its story lines are intricate and thoughtful as well as relevant; showcasing varying levels of a myriad of aspects of the LGBTQ community:

    Fresh from her initial  Directorial Nomination by Detroit's Hotter than July 2013 Film Festival, Bermudian Tamicka "Tee Jay" Johnson's much anticipated Web series "Refracted Reflections" premiered Aug 31, 2013 at The Black Hollywood Pride Edition Party at The Loft@Centre Stage 

    A series unlike any that has come before it Refracted Reflections aims to fill the dearth of high quality LGBTQ television currently available for viewing. Distinguishing itself from its predecessors; its hallmarks feature artistic, high quality video, editing and talent. R & R is a drama encompassing both educational and comedic elements; highlighting important issues affecting not only the queer community but the world at large. Its story lines are intricate and thoughtful as well as relevant; showcasing varying levels of a myriad of aspects of the LGBTQ community while aspiring to present a diverse cast of characters rarely featured in LGBTQ entertainment.  It also has a prolific soundtrack of independent artists from Georgia and the wider U.S, Canada, United Kingdom and Bermudian artists.

    Tonight, the mastermind of Refracted Reflections, Tamicka "TeeJay" Johnson and the entire cast join us for our first show of the new year!  Maybe we can talk them out of some behind the scene secrets...TUNE IN!! 

  • 00:58

    Back2Us Show_The Pink Promise

    in LGBT

    Tune in as Dr. Annise Mabry and best selling Author Sharon D. Smith talk about the Pink Promise, Breast Cancer Awareness, and community resources for not only Cancer Heros but also their support systems. 

    "Today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time when we celebrate all of our Cancer Heroes and the fight to end this disease. I get excited about this time of year because it gives me a chance to fulfill the many promises I made to my wife, LaShundria Dansby Smith, just before she died in 2012 from an aggressive form of breast cancer. I have not failed on any of those promises and I don't intend to.

    You don't know the strength and courage it takes to travel this journey unless you've been through it yourself. You don't know what people are going through behind the smiles. This month, I encourage you to reach out to your friends, family, coworkers, etc and talk with them about breast cancer. Know your risks and get your mammograms done. If you need information, inbox me. Love up on somebody who may be going through therapy right now and celebrate those who are in remission.

    We have to let breast cancer know we don't fight fair! With all of our resources, research, and progress made in the last 10 years, we're slowly kicking breast cancer in the azz! You can join the fight, too. Every day, I will tell you how." (Sharon D. Smith, Facebook Status Post, Oct 1, 2014)

    Links from today's show:
    GBS/CIDP Atlanta Walk and Roll: http://walkandroll.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1110981
    Susan G. Komen 3 Day: http://www.the3day.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_cityl_AT_landing
    Pink Promise: https://www.facebook.com/pinkpromiseinc

    Music by Mimi Celese: www.soundcloud.com/mimicelisse

  • 00:58

    Back2Us Show_A United Shake Up

    in Lifestyle

    It's Community Sunday on the Back2Us Show.
    Gary Woods is the President of The Teamsters National Black Caucus and the voice for all the African American Teamsters in the State of Georgia. Not only does Gary represent the movie part of the union, but also UPS, YRC Worldwide, 1st Transit Bus drivers, Oreilly Auto Parts truck drivers and many more.
    Gary is also very connected to his local community and when unemployment in his home town hit a staggering 10.3%, Gary did more than simply talk about how horrible the economy was he started his own campaign to ensure that families who needed help the most had a meal on their table for Thanksgiving.
    LostNFound Youth: 48 hours. That is all the time that we have from the when a homeless LGBTQ youth hits the streets to when he or she

  • 01:11

    Back2Us Show_The Power of Friendship

    in LGBT

    We have all seen the quotes and memes about friendship.  Even the Mayo Clinic published an article about the impact of healthy friendships on your life"Good friends are good for your health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too" (Mayo Clinic, 2014).  

    Friendships are easy to create; but, like a relationship they take work to maintain.  Today, we are going to talk about our friendship over the past decade! We have had disagreements (like the time we bought furniture at IKEA but Sharon didn't want the boxes in her truck), we have had weeks where we were so upset with each other that we would only text or Instant Message but wouldn't speak; and, we have had times when the pain was so deep all we could do is simply sit beside each other without any words. 

    So pull up a chair, grab an iced chai tea latte, and get ready to dive inside our mind as we talk about not just our friendship over the past decade but also friendships that have really impacted us--both good and bad. 

  • 00:59

    Back2Us Show: Educational Advocacy 101

    in LGBT

    It's that time of year when everyone is on the hunt for the school supply list, the teacher wish list; and, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack that Target had online but can't locate in the store (oh wait, that's MY challenge at the moment). 

    Seriously, this time of year for many is filled with excitement but for children who learn differently and their parents--there is often very little to be excited about as the fights about homework resume.  

    According to a 2010 report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, nearly 2.4 million students are diagnoised with LD and receive special education services in schools.  

    For parents trying to navigate this educational maze to obtain help for their child, it  is often described as the equivilent of attempting to climb Mt. Everest in flipflops.  

    What do you need to know to advocate effectively for your child? What is an IEP?  Who is eligible for a 504 plan? Is there really a difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP? What are the first steps in the IEP process? Does it really speed up the process to get your child tested outside of the school system? What are some types of things you as a parent or guardian can ask to have included in the IEP?  We're going to cover all of this and more! 

    If you have a child that you believe may need extra help in school to thrive then this show is for you! 

    We will have Licensed Psychologist Dr. Arcella Trimble as our guest to help navigate the waters on Educational Advocacy 101 for Parents and Guardians as well as blogger Karen Wesley Weaver.  

    Karen's blog, Confessions of An Asperger's Mom (http://confessionsofanaspergersmom.blogspot.com/) has been featured on Mamapedia and is listed on the Top Mommy Blogs http://www.topmommyblogs.com (yes, please go vote for Confessions of An Asperger's Mom).

  • 00:57

    Back2Us Show: Doc Reflects on One Year on Air

    in LGBT

    One year ago today, March 24, we went on air.  Tonight Sharon and I reflect on the journey.  We went from a single 30 minute show to a fully syndicated radio network with 14 hosts on air 7 days per week!!

    Syndicated podcasts, 45 minutes hours, adolescent mental illness, police who don't want to investigate, book tours, and this is all in the first 20 minutes!! 

    It's the orignal Sunday evening duo back and hotter than ever!! 

    And what does Doc have in that boz? Hmmm...go to lezmysterybox.com and take a peek if you dare! 



  • 00:59

    Back2Us Show: Still Strapped Part II

    in LGBT

    Seven months ago, we went there with series Strapped and we discussed studs dating studs. That show was so hot that we promised a PartII. 

    This Sunday, we are back with Part II Still Strapped. Sharon is going to switch seats and be our guest as Dee joins me as our guest cohost.  Oh I almost forgot and Sharon is going to make HER BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. 

    What will it be? You will have to tune in and find out!

  • 00:34

    A Gurlz Guide On Air ~ #Podcasting4Change~ Interview w/ Dr. Annise Mabry

    in LGBT

    Interview with Dr. Anise Mabry, the Founder and Executive Producer of Back2us Radio.  
    This is our segment that we call #Podcasting4Change.
    30 minute interviews with people who are living their passion and changing the world as they go.
    The questions are focused on their personal journey to living their life fueled by their passion.
    This week my guest is the Founder and Executive Producer of Back2us Radio, Dr. Annise Mabry.
    Let us know what you think about th show and our new format.  On Twitter & Facaebook pleaes use the hashtag #Podcasting4Change

  • 00:54

    Back2Us Show _ Mental Health Month with guest Erica Neal of Chris Kids

    in Health

    October 23, 2012 started out like a normal Tuesday morning for us.  Both of my children went to school but by Tuesday afternoon, only one child would come home and our life as we knew it would be forever changed.  That Tuesday afternoon started what I call our "freefall" into the adolescent mental health care system in Georgia. 

    The best day and the worst day of my life was when my daughter was finally diagnosed with a mental illness.  In today's show, I am going to go back to those emotions that I felt on that Tuesday afternoon and those 10 days that followed. I will talk about the critical role that the Rockdale NAMI group in my healing and we will also be joined on air with Erica Neal, Program Manager for Chris Kids "The Spot" Clubhouse.  These two community resources were critical to helping our family re-establish our life post diagnosis.  

    We will also feature Scott Burkholder's track today "Song for A Sister".  You can find more tracks by Scott on Soundcloud:  http://soundcloud.com/scottb55

    Here is the link to the amazing studio that had a salt therapy room: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salt-Of-The-Earth-Massage-Wellness-Studio/1443476869205437

    Here is how I found my local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Parent/Caregiver Support Group: http://www.nami.org/MSTemplate.cfm?Section=GA_Groups1&Site=NAMI_Georgia&..

    Here is a link to The Clubhouse of Chris Kids: http://www.chriskids.org/behavioral-health

    Here is the link to The Crawfish Seafood Market that made the BEST LOW COUNTY BOIL I have ever eaten: http://crawfishseafoodmarket.com/




  • 00:57

    Table Talk with Comedian Reggie Jackson

    in Comedy


    Reggie Jackson has been taking on the Atlanta Comedy Scene by storm since 2005; and, now she's here on Back2Us Radio bringing her mix of Southern Belle charm with a splash raw realness!

    When people hear the name Reggie Jackson they usually think about a black man that hits home runs, not a white woman that tells jokes. Originally from Virginia, Reggie moved to Atlanta in 2005, and very quickly found her knack for making people laugh. Aside from performing stand-up, Jackson is also a member of the interactive sketch comedy group, Call Me Up.

    The path to comedy that David Young took may be an unusual one, if there is such thing as a usual path to comedy. Originally out of Virginia, David moved to Atlanta in 2011 to pursue his passions in film and sound engineering: behind the scenes of showbusiness. When he took a job running sound at a comedy club, he began to develop his ear for the timing and subject matter that led him to perform on stage. Drawing upon his experiences in international travel and the entertainment industry's hidden quirks, David flashes his unique perspective through the lens of his laid-back, cartoon-like voice.

    Tune in each Tuesday night as Reggie and Dave take on the tables of some of the hottest restaurants in Atlanta.

    Connect with Comedian Reggie Jackson




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