Resilient Black Women is a new podcast from hosts Joi McGowan and Deneshia Simpson, founders of the nonprofit Resilient Black Women. Joi and Deneshia seek to reimagine mental health access for communities of color and are committed to redefining what it means to have courage, resilience and a heathy sense of self. New episodes every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. The first season will run March through June, 2022.
In the third episode, Joi and Deneshia discuss Black joy: how vulnerability is key to experiencing it, but is also a barrier to allowing yourself to feel it; how belonging and acceptance are keys to experiencing joy for everyone; what research shows about joy and suicidal thoughts; and how Black joy is necessary today with so many images and instances of Black death and trauma prevalent in our culture. And finally, how Black joy is communal and liberating. Hosts: Joi McGowan and Deneshia Simpson, LPCsProducer: Leigh WoodTheme music composed by: Jasper Logan
Joi McGowan and Deneshia Simpson, LPCs, explore grief: how it effects the body, how it particularly effects African Americans and communities of color, and what you can do to down-regulate when you're feeling overwhelmed by it.
Joi and Deneshia begin the first episode of Resilient Black Women by sharing their vision for the podcast, to process culture and mental health, to check in with our bodies and to remove barriers to mental health access for all, especially for Black women and women of color.