Unapologetically Black Unicorns

Unapologetically Black Unicorns

Have you ever chatted with an Unapologetically Black Unicorn? Someone who symbolizes freedom, power, strength and is a true force of nature and thought, ‘WOW people need to hear this’? Now you can and learn how to be a U.B.U. too! Join the weekly conversation with host Keris Jän Myrick, an unapologetically black unicorn in their own right, and nationally recognized mental health advocate chatting with amazing U.B.U. folk who are advancing all things mental health, racial justice, and anything cool to enhance human existence.

Episodes

January 24, 2023 36 min

Nandini Nema (she/her) is a gap year student who is making an impact in mental health and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Nandini shares the work she’s done as a youth representative with UNICEF by helping build child friendly cities. They talk about how mindfulness is a process, working in tech as a Google summer scholar, what they would do to encourage people to get into the field of mental health and they share some of...

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Alvin Lee (he/him) is the Executive Director of GENup and he is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Alvin shares the backstory of how he got into student activism and what it is like being a young person in a space with older adults. They talk about why education is a fundamental issue for everyone, how his work in education impacts BIPOC communities and why representation matters in school curriculum.

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Fajr DeLane (she/her) is the CEO of F^3: Fun. Fit. Fabulous! Health & Wellness Mentoring Program and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Fajr shares her inspiration for starting the “Fun. Fit. Fabulous!” program and how her camp was about inspiring the girls/women in her community. They talk about making time for self-care, how her work intersects with mental health and taking the time to start the conversation about ment...

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Lynn Borton (she/her) is the Producer and Host of the radio show "Choose to be Curious" and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Lynn considers herself a student of curiosity and how with that she tries to make space for intellectual humility. They both add another “p” word to “people, place and purpose”, how the intractable problems can only be solved together and some analogies to curiosity illustrating making a conn...

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December 27, 2022 14 min

Keris sips her tea and shares a dream that resonates with the podcast’s past year and its future for the next year. Also, she connects the dots between how her dream was tied to finding spaces where we can be our authentic selves and have full autonomy. Keris talks about the goal of last year’s podcast, a tease for the podcasts starting next year and some meaningful quotes from bell hooks and Maya Angelou.

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Jose Caballero (he/him) is a mental health advocate, blogger and an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Jose talks about his “why” and his experiences growing up in Nicaragua and immigrating to the United States. They talk about having conversations about mental health with their families and in their communities, the impacts of emotional intelligence, trying to incorporate mental health education into school’s curriculum and beauty st...

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We're taking the week off so enjoy this re-airing of our episode with the Grainger sisters. Katherine Grainger (she/her) is a Managing Partner at Civitas Public Affairs Group and Rebecca Grainger (she/her) is a Distinguished Educator and they are both Unapologetically Black Unicorns. Katherine and Rebecca both discuss understanding and moving policy to fix and change systems. They talk the history of Critical Race Theory and th...

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Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D. (she/hers) is the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administrator of SAMHSA and an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Dr. Delphin-Rittmon reflects on her roles before joining SAMHSA and some of her mentors through the course of her career. They talk about mental health promotion and early intervention, the data behind th...

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DJ Chuang (he/ him) hosts the Erasing Shame podcast (erasingshame.com), the director of Christian Asian Mental health (camh.network), a moderator at Subtle Asian Mental Health and he is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. DJ talks about his personal experiences with the challenges around finding a safe space and the lack of communication around mental health in the Asian community. They talk about trying to get more than just spirit...

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November 22, 2022 13 min

This is a special episode about giving thanks. Keris shares why she’s struggling this holiday season and where it all stems from. She explains how it is hard to be positive with everything we are going through in this country but how it is important to fight together. She finishes it up with what she is thankful for including all the guests she’s had on the podcast and what she’s wishing for us all.

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Nicole Doña (she/her/ella) is the Founder and CEO of Hope + Equity Without Borders and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Nicole talks about being an artist and a creator to her core and how art helps with her mental health. They talk about spirituality, the therapeutic nature of working with clay, the Crypto for Couples Podcast and taking the road that requires the most faith.

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November 8, 2022 31 min

We're taking the week off so enjoy this re-airing of our episode with Lynnae .Lynnae Brown is a storycoach and the director of Howie the Harp Advocacy Center at Community Access and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Lynnae shares her journey on how she became the director at Howie the Harp and how they have extensive training programs to teach people in mental health recovery to become peer support workers. They talk ab...

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Dr. Ikwunga Wonodi (he/him) is a psychiatrist, an Afrobeat Poet and he is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Dr. Wonodi talked about what afrobeat poetry represents and his personal journey in becoming an afrobeat poet. They talk about pidgin, how afrobeat has been used as a vehicle for change, his poem and songwriting process and his message on homelessness and mental illness.

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Kana Enomoto (she/her) is the director of brain health for the McKinsey Health Institute and Reina Chiang (she/her) is a college student and a mental health advocate and they are Unapologetically Black Unicorns. Kana and Reina discuss their personal experiences when crisis showed up in their home and why the emergency room could do more to support mental health crisis. They talk about why mental health and medical conditions should...

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Tiffany Russell (she/hers) is the Chief Officer of Crisis and Justice Partnerships with the SAMHSA 988 and Crisis Behavioral Health Coordinating Office and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Tiffany gives an overview of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and what to expect when people contact 988. They talk about the data and call volume, information about funding, getting feedback from the community and how 988 is trying t...

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October 11, 2022 15 min

Keris goes solo to reflect on some personal meaning behind another Tarot card. She shares why the Lovers card resonates with her and she draws the parallels between the card and her personal experiences. She talks about why she first struggled with the Lovers card even though it is her birth card, she shares an event from her childhood that’s made it hard for her to love herself and honoring you for you – U.B.U.

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Dr. Shairi Turner (she/her) is the Current Chief Health Officer at Crisis Text Line and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Dr. Turner shares how juvenile justice helped her understanding of trauma blossom and how the Crisis Text Line helped bring everything together for her. They talk about the purpose of the Crisis Text Line, recognizing that we are in a youth mental health crisis and the differences in need for BIPoC young...

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Dr. Felecia Pullen (she/her) is the founder of The PILLARS & S.A.F.E. in Harlem and she is an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Dr. Pullen focuses on language surrounding the political determinates of health and racial disparities in policy. They talk about Dr. Pullen’s substance use recovery, mental health and suicide attempt survivor journey, her passion for the work she is doing and how money and insurance shouldn’t be a barri...

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Dr. Nzinga Harrison (she/her) is a physician, educator, the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health and an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Dr. Harrison shares the “r’s” of trauma-informed care and how racism is a predictor for health disparities. They talk about Eleanor Health’s mission, how substance use disorders are mental health issues and how there are an infinite number of paths to addiction which means there a...

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Vesper Moore (they/elle) is a mad liberation and disability justice activist, and they are an Unapologetically Black Unicorn. Vesper defines mad liberation and neurodiversity and how they got involved in the field. They talk about opening Respites and the complications with funding, using advocacy in their peer training and learning lessons in everything and everyone.

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