Christine Leunens is a New Zealand based author of three books. Her second book, Caging Skies, was the inspiration behind the 2019 Oscar winning Taika film, Jojo Rabbit. Starring award winning actors Scarlet Johannson, Rebel Wilson and Taika Waititi playing [...]
Life 95: Anti-Racism and Spiritual Expansion with Dr. Darnise Martin Listen on iTunes.Listen on StitcherStream by clicking here.Download an MP3 of the show by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Description Expand your understanding of anti-racism and discover how it [...]
LIFE 94: When Life Blows Up with Cylvia Hayes Listen on iTunes.Listen on StitcherStream by clicking here.Download an MP3 of the show by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Description Speaker, Author, and Spiritual Teacher, Cylvia Hayes joins Cynthia to [...]
LIFE 93: The Creative Cycle with Amber Bonici Listen on iTunes.Listen on StitcherStream by clicking here.Download an MP3 of the show by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Description The challenges we’re dealing with now are marathons, not sprints. You [...]
LIFE 92: Learning to Talk About Racism Listen on iTunes.Listen on StitcherStream by clicking here.Download an MP3 of the show by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Description Join Cynthia for a non-judgmental and open-hearted discussion about creating an anti-racist [...]
LIFE 91: Chaos, Crisis, and A New Normal Listen on iTunes.Listen on StitcherStream by clicking here.Download an MP3 of the show by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Description A tough time and a tough week for sure. Cynthia shares [...]
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Life 95: Anti-Racism and Spiritual Expansion with Dr. Darnise Martin Listen on iTunes.Listen on StitcherStream by clicking here.Download an MP3 of the show by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” […]
This week's episode is focused on giving you some insight into my experience as a Black American female expat in Iceland. Along with that, I share how Iceland has responded to the gruesome killing of George Floyd by a police officer in the United States. As one might expect, everything that is happening right now in the United States is deeply personal for me. My Experience As A Black American Female Whether I like it or not, how I am perceived in the world, starts off with my skin color. I have encountered various types of discrimination. Being the descendant of people that were first kidnapped and enslaved, then systematically oppressed is a burden that is hard to explain. I often tell people that one of the unexpected positives of moving to Iceland is not feeling that weight of systemic racism. Yes, people in Iceland see my darker skin and sometimes stare a little longer than what is comfortable. However, the history of systemic racism toward Black people doesn’t exist in this country. It is not to say that there isn’t racism or white supremacy here. But it is vastly different from the overt, menacing racism in the United States. I don’t feel like having darker skin is automatically a strike against me here. I’ve been to many parts of the country and have met countless Icelanders who have been friendly, helpful and quite curious about my background. https://youtu.be/SebHO0flQiY Feeling Safe in Iceland Is everyone’s experience with darker skin the same as mine here? Absolutely not. However, so many of the Black Americans who have moved to Iceland have one thing in common - we feel safe. We. Feel. Safe. Knowing this has allowed for me to blossom in ways that I can’t fully articulate. This podcast was started not just because I like this culture, history, language and nature, but also because of my interactions with Icelandic people. My husband’s family, who are of course my family, welcomed me with open arms. Before coming to Iceland for my first visit, my mother and grandmother were afraid for me. In the United States, you can meet a White person that is kind to you, but their family might not be welcoming. In fact, they might even be downright racist. Both my mom and grandmother grew up in the Rochester, New York area. They learned the hard way that no matter how nice, well spoken and well dressed you are, some White people will hate you and let you know it. They didn’t want that for me. My mother and grandmother assumed that in Iceland, a land full of White people, I would for sure experience racism overtly. While they were happy that this didn’t happen to me, they were still a bit skeptical until they experienced the country for themselves. My grandmother, who is now 90 years old, still talks about how amazing it was to come to our wedding in 2017 and meet Gunnar’s family and friends. Feeling safe and allowing myself to blossom after moving here in 2016 has been a blessing and a curse for me. Living in Iceland: A Mix of Guilt & Joy When I’d see videos online of another Black person brutalized, I felt guilt for having the opportunity to live in a country where I am treated like a human being. Black and other People of Color in the United States are not afforded that basic right. It is not unusual for me to feel scared for my family, friends and people I may never meet who live in the U.S., because they are constantly on guard. They are afraid of being the victim of police brutality, attacked by White supremacists or being treated differently when they are just trying to go about their lives. I feel sadness knowing that for hundreds of years we have been fighting to have the right to be treated equally. Instead, we have constantly been met with hate and violence purely because our skin is darker. I’ve cried more times than I can count throughout my life because of the cruelty that Black People have faced. I constantly have to suppress feelings like this just so I can get ...
Listen as two members of my tribe talk about white privilege, and how it felt to be victims of it. Although this episode was recorded before the current unrest, it was so timely and relevant that I wanted to include it in our Race in America series. I tell a few stories of my own experience as well. How has it impacted your life? I want to hear from you. Email me at: email@example.com
Hear two police officers in Florida talk about race, the riots and what it's like to be a police officer in the current climate. Michael Bucciarelli and Anthony Collins are officers with the sheriff's department in Hillsborough County, Florida. Both talk openly about working in law enforcement today and racial tensions and concerns about police brutality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
On this episode we talk about the new Corona Virus Relief our president signed. It allows people to dip into their 401k plans, without paying taxes or penalties. Buyer beware, if it sounds to good to be true, it is.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nynjrealtalk/message
Our Black and Brown in America series continues with two mothers of daughters. Listen as Ginain Grayes and LaToya Hayes discuss their fears as they raise daughters in America. How do they deal with their girls' questions on race, the murder of black men and women and the future they hope for as their daughters grow up in America?