In the age of wellness and personal development, the number of self proclaimed healers seems to skyrocket. And with so many #healers, it's hard to know who's really in it for the right reasons. So today I want to discuss how the idea of being someone's healer can be problematic, but also cover the range of everything from an unaddressed savior complex to deliberately exploiting people's vulnerability to also recognizing the need for us to take responsibility in our own healing process. And I hope you're ready for that part of it too. So this isn't a "call out" episode but more of a "call in" for all of us.Read More
Can you remember the first time someone made a hurtful comment about your appearance? If so, this is the perfect episode for you! Take a listen as Dr. Donna Oriowo explores beauty and body image in relation to colorism, internalized racism and white supremacy. Plus, hear her advice on how to make steps towards greater self-acceptance and body love. Take a listen…Read More
One of the most controversial topics during elections stems around immigration. Tune into today's episode to join Davia and a special guest, Zelma, who shares her story of being an undocumented immigrant to naturalized citizen and doctoral candidate.
Learn the nuances of the immigration process and see the connection between identity, self-worth, mental health, and coping skills. Take a listen…Read More
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Affirm is rejoined by veteran guest host Tashira Halyard. Tashira originally joined AFFIRM during episode 2, “Self Care: Soul work for Survival” and now returns to share her story of breast cancer.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2017, Tashira has undergone chemo and radiation. She can now say that she is in remission but is far too aware that women of color are dying from the disease. While women of color have lower incidences of cancer compared to white women, Black women in particular have higher rates of mortality (death) and she’s sharing her story in hopes of motivating others to self-check and improve early detection. Take a listen…Read More
Hearing someone say, "All the crazy people just need to be locked away somewhere," was enough to keep my mouth shut. So instead, I learned that saying, "I'm just really busy and tired," was enough for most people to halt questions about my wellbeing.Read More