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Nurah Speaks is a weekly podcast that tugs at the soul and consciousness of the black community. Listeners gain unique perspectives on topics such as education, youth empowerment, women's impact, community engagement, violence prevention and more.

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(Ep 95) We Have To Stop Explaining Ourselves!
We are so frequently accosted in these ‘living while black’ incidents wherein someone calls the police on us as we engage in normal, non-criminal activities in our own communities, sometimes in our own homes. And nearly as often during these incidents, the accused begins explaining his occupation, salary or education as a means to suggest why the accusation is a complete implausibility. But I say, “We have to stop explaining ourselves!” Neither our income, our educational attainments, the cars we drive, nor the size of our homes should dictate the level of respect to which we are entitled. We are qualified for respect by our very personhood, by the breadth of life within our bodies. And if someone chooses to respect us based on some false qualifier such as our degree, membership or salary-they are in fact not respecting us at all. And neither are we in having such an expectation. I am passionate about this issue as listeners will hear in this episode. We cannot continue to waste time and energy pleading for something that others refuse to give us. In fact, what we ask of others, we should give to ourselves. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 94) Our Vanity Is In The Way
With unchecked vanity, leaders or would-be leaders may appear bullying, arrogant, selfish and insecure. Too much is required of a good leader to allow pride to interrupt progress. A remedy for vanity ‘gone wild’ may include being reminded of the bigger picture, getting attuned to the needs of others and being grateful for the opportunity to serve. Being in the mind of the greater good can alleviate the stumbling block of conceit. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 93) When We Get Out with Vallrie Dorsey
This week’s guest is Vallrie Dorsey an attorney, entrepreneur and a newly minted host of the podcast, ‘When We Get Out.’ Vall’s podcast will discuss the challenges facing our second chancers as they re-enter society, search for employment, re-connect with friends and family and more. The podcast will feature ex-offenders, advocates, attorneys, judges and the family of ex-offenders. Vall’s extensive knowledge and interest in this area stems from her experience as a criminal defense attorney, a juvenile prosecutor and the partner of an ex-offender. ‘When We Get Out’ launches this month so be sure to follow Vall on Instagram @whenweget.out and @valldorsey. You can also connect with Vall at www.valldorsey.com to learn more about her professional coaching services. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 92) Friends, Foes and Phonies
This episode will help listeners navigate their career, social and familial circles by identifying into which categories those around us fit. ‘Friends, Foes and Phonies’ highlights the features of each of these people and explains why knowing them is a protection for us. How do you deal with foes and phonies? Have you learned that someone you thought was a friend actually is a foe or phony? I am curious about your experiences. You can share with me by emailing me at Nurah@NurahSpeaks.com. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 91) Disinhibition Is Our Downfall
Without order, there is chaos. And our diminished self consciousness and self control has damaging impacts on our community. If we do not restore restraint and discipline to our language and behavior, how can we grow? How can our families be successful? And how will our communities improve? If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 90) Urban Mental Health with Kimme Carlos
I am excited to welcome Kimme Carlos to the podcast. Kimme is the Founder and Executive Director of the Urban Mental Health Alliance: Advocating for Healthy Minds in Urban Communities. She is a a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid and author of the published book The Window of Grace: Living in Recovery through Christian Faith. I asked Kimme to be a guest on Nurah Speaks to discuss her work with the Urban Mental Health Alliance because she understands how to have a conversation about mental health in a culturally credible way. She also recognizes the intersection of social injustice and mental health concerns. As a listener, I guarantee you will come to understand mental health in a way that you hadn’t before. Kimme is a consultant, speaker and facilitator of programs on mental health, addiction & recovery and wellness & self-care. She has received numerous awards for her nonprofit and volunteer work. Follow Kimme on Facebook @KimmeCarlos, on IG @KimmeCarlos and visit her website KimmeCarlos.com. Please be sure to keep up with Urban Mental Health Alliance on Facebook @UrbanMentalHealthAlliance and stay up to date on their schedule by visiting UrbanMentalHealthAlliance.org. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 89) 5 Areas Impacted by Our 'Smart Distractions'
We treat our ‘smart’ devices in many ways as a retreat from the world around us. But what happens when we spend more time distracted in our escape than we do our reality? In episode 89, I share five key areas of our lives affected when we are distracted by our smart devices. What has been your experiences? I look forward to your feedback and observations. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 88) Remembering Gratitude
There is no joy without gratitude! This episode was recorded while I watched the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean. In moments like these gratitude can come easy. But are we grateful even in life’s mundane or even challenging moments? This episode is a reminder to us all to be grateful in all of the moments. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 87)The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
Mother is the first teacher, doctor, nurse…mother in many ways is a child’s first god. That is why the saying goes, “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.” I read an article recently in which a woman discussed having hired a wife which resulted in her legal career flourishing. By her own admission, she could not be a great attorney and a great mother at the same time. So she enlisted a part time caregiver for her children wherein she was no longer boggled down with the minutia of motherhood. School pickups, extra curricular activities, dinner, clothes shopping-she was free from these and other “time sapping chores” (her words not mine) because she had a proxy in her place to perform these tasks. This episode is not an attack on the article’s author but it is a defense of motherhood and the need children have of mothers. Society has declined so much that we terribly devalue both. However, motherhood is a not a trivial responsibility that we can hire out without there being collateral impacts. Children need their mothers because mothers are irreplaceable. I wonder what a child’s perspective would be on mom making the choice to kill it at work instead of home and be relegated to a substitute or a series of substitutes. I appreciate what one commenter wrote: “I sure wish kids were more loved and valued in society.” You can read the article using this link: https://medium.com/@chrismorgan_1657/i-hired-a-wife-and-my-career-took-off-16dc8ae481fe?source=linkShare-f5bc743471e-1566776564 If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 86) 1619 or 1555: The 64 Hidden Years
Many corners of America are reluctantly acknowledging the 400 year anniversary in which the first slaves were brought to the New World colonies in 1619. But very few historians will concede that the actual import of the first slaves to North America by Sir John Hawkins occurred in 1555. This episode explores the true history and why the 64 Hidden Years were ever concealed from conventional knowledge. Revisionist historians have whitewashed American slavery as an unfortunate moral misstep in American history when it was something far greater with further reaching consequences than we can begin to imagine. You can read more on this subject by clicking this link: http://nurahmuhammad.com/blog/1619-and-the-64-hidden-years If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 85)Punished For Success In The Black Community
There is a destructive trend in our community that prevents us from celebrating the good that comes to our brothers and sisters. Think about it! Have you ever payed to attention to the ways in which we diminish the shine coming to those among us who are successful? “He always gets lucky but that so and so ain’t...” “She sold out, that’s how she got in office.” You’ve witnessed this hardship that we heap on our peers who 'make it.' Our efforts to explain away their success is a weak attempt to negate their achievements despite their sacrifice, effort, study and expertise. Jealousy and self hatred are bitter diseases that we must get under control lest they eat away at the fabric of our families, communities and our own personal well being. What has been your experience? Have you been on the receiving end of this treatment or have you in fact been the one laden with feelings of jealousy yourself? How did you handle it? If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 84) If Our Youth Think "Religion Is A Joke"
“You better wake up and smell the real flavor/Cause 911 is a fake life saver!” If you remember the classic Public Enemy hit song, “911 Is A Joke” then you remember this line. This is the song that came to mind when I overheard a conversation about religion and our youth’s rejection of it. I do not actually think that religion is a joke-I am being facetious with the title of this episode. But I do think that our young people see it that way. I’ve often heard older folks lamenting about our young people, “They won’t come to the church” “What’s wrong with them” or “This is a lost generation!” I’d suggest that our young people are in fact a reflection of the generation that produced them and if they don’t see any value in religion, it is because we have not shown them the value of religion. Scripture teaches us that, ‘Faith without works is dead.” I also say, “Talk without works is dead” and if our young people hear our talk but don’t see the rewards in our practice we won’t keep their attention. If we want them to value religion, we have to be the examples of the benefits of faith. And that will only come through the application of our faith’s principles. Simply put- our young people see religion as a fake life saver because they don’t see it saving our lives. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 83) Managing Expectations In 400 Years of Domestic Violence
“I found it dehumanizing that there’s some segment of white America that still see us as N’s no matter how much money we make, no matter where we live. So to me, it was a wake up call that the good ol' boy network still exists.” This was the comment from Jerrick Jackson, a Black patron at J. Alexander’s in Bloomfield, Michigan who claims he was discriminated against in the restaurant. He also says that he was called the n-word and had food thrown at him when he came to the aid of another black patron who was also confronting apparent discrimination at the same time in a separate incident. Mr. Jackson says this experience was for him, a ‘wake up call.’ In 2019, if we are still asleep to the challenges of equity and justice than we have a much deeper problem than the one he had in the restaurant. Read more in my blog: https://nurahmuhammad.com/blog/managing-expectations-in-400-years-of-domestic-violence If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com
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(Ep 82) Know Thy Self Radio with Yosef Ben Asiel
Yosef Ben Asiel is the host of the ‘Know Thy Self Radio' podcast and is this week’s guest on Nurah Speaks. Yosef, who hails from Chicago, has an interesting background. His late mother was a student and follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his father is Prince Asiel Ben Israel, the International Ambassador of the Hebrew Israelites. His exposure to both the Hebrew Israelites and the Nation of Islam - plus the moral and spiritual contributions of both parents - has uniquely positioned him to challenge the social conditions impacting young blacks in this nation and abroad. Yosef has made it his personal mission to use the knowledge and talents he’s gained to uplift his community. His podcast 'Know Thy Self Radio' is based on the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Inspired by his late mentor Munir Muhammad and the Coalition for Remembrance of Elijah Muhammad (CROE), he dedicates the podcast to be an extension of the Munir Muhammad Show, to combat lies and deception which have been placed on the the black man and woman in America and throughout the world. (*Munir Muhammad is a past guest of Nurah Speaks.) Without a doubt, Yosef is manifesting the wisdom he’s gleaned from the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad through entrepreneurship with his clothing line, Black Royalty (BlackRoyaltyWear.com) and Vegan Now where patrons are served meals that satisfy the palate and the body’s nutritional needs without compromising health. Follow Yosef on Instagram and Facebook @NaskiYosef Follow Black Royalty Wear @BlackRoyaltyWear on Instagram. Get your royal apparel at LiveBlackRoyaltyWear.com and enjoy a nutritious meal at Vegan Now:  131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661! Email your questions and comments of support to Yosef: KnowThySelfRadio@gmail.com If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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Special Tribute Replay: Archiving History with Munir Muhammad
This week’s episode of Nurah Speaks is a special tribute replay in honor of the recently departed Munir Muhammad. Brother Munir was the business manager and co-founder of CROE (Coalition for the Remembrance of Elijah Muhammad). He is also known to be the chief archivist and historian of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. This interview was recorded on December 9, 2017 during a film showing of the movie ‘The Nation’, written and directed by Junie Smith. In this interview Brother Munir explains: •how Elijah Muhammad impacted him personally •why time dictated the establishment of CROE •why Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam is misunderstood by many I feel it is important to note the significant impact of the work of Brother Munir. He was a man who single handedly performed the work of many men. He was an archivist, a journalist, an investigative reporter, a facilitator, a radio host, a television host, a leading media figure, a husband, a father, a successful businessman and so much more. On set in the CROE television studio, he interviewed prominent politicians, judges, notable civil rights figures, renowned actors and actresses, singers, song writers, community organizers, Senators and Congressman, religious leaders, celebrated authors, respected businessmen and business women. Additionally, Brother Munir interviewed leaders of other esteemed nations and offered us a global perspective on world affairs. On my podcast, when I mention my own personal mentors who have inspired and encouraged me to begin this journey-Brother Munir was always one of my strongest supporters. There are countless men and women who we learn little to nothing about but who have worked tirelessly to resolve issues impacting our people. Brother Munir Muhammad was one of those men whose impact has not only been national but UNIVERSAL! I honor him. I honor his legacy. And it has been a personal privilege to know him and join him on his television shows remotely and in person on so many great occasions. He will continue to be an example to be emulated in the work for the true liberation of our people. Enjoy this tribute replay of my interview with my mentor, big brother and friend, Munir Muhammad. Learn more about CROE by visiting CROE.ORG and CROETV.COM. CROE is located at 2435 West 71st Street (CROE Lane) Chicago, IL 60629. You can contact them at 773-925-1600 or CROE@CROE.ORG. Viewers can watch CROE live each Wednesday at 7:30est and Sunday at 3:30est on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC--UCt5LqFF3IW5fLn5lH2g or on Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/muhammad-and-friends. Be sure to check out CROE’s archived episodes as well! If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link.
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(Ep 81)7 Proactive Approaches To Protecting Our Children
In order for us to prevent child abuse, we must recognize the antecedents and take proactive measures to protect our children. This episode shares seven proactive measures we can take to safeguard our children and guard the wellbeing of our communities. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 80) Heart 2 Heart with Denise Poole, Part II
This episode is the conclusion of my conversation with Denise Poole, Founder and CEO of Heart 2 Heart Services. If you did not listen to the first part of our conversation, I advise you to go back and listen to episode 79. Be advised that this conversation may be triggering for some. Heart 2 Heart is a nonprofit agency providing education on Sex Trafficking in the United States as well as outreach and support services for survivors. Learn more about Heart 2 Heart Services by visiting https://www.heart2heartservices.net/ and follow Heart 2 Heart Services on social media: https://www.facebook.com/heart2heartservices/, https://www.instagram.com/heart2heartservices You can contact Heart 2 Heart Services by email heart2heartsvcs@gmail.com or calling (856) 352-5424. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call now: National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement! Denise is a wife, mother of three adult children and grandmother of five grandsons and a great-granddaughter. With experiences that span more than twenty years, Denise has worked in the field of social services, child and youth development and has been employed as a therapist for the adolescent population. Denise has endured and victoriously overcome personal challenges during her own formative years. These challenges have served as a catalyst for her to render counseling services to other women as she has ministered in women’s groups, women’s retreats, churches, and conferences. She has served as a strong advocate to assist women in being empowered to face life’s obstacles at shelters and prisons. Offering support and locating resources for women has positioned her to take action during this season in her life, thus the organization of Heart 2 Heart Services. She holds the belief in treating everyone with dignity and helping others advance emotionally, spiritually, and physically, realizing their self-worth and self-value which will enable them to live the life that God intended for them, before the foundations of the world. Denise holds a Master’s degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling, a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Associate Counselor. One of her many favorite scriptures is: Lamentations 3:21 “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness.
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(Ep 79) Heart 2 Heart with Denise Poole, Part I
Denise R. Poole is an International Speaker, Author, Therapist, Workshop Presenter, and Founder/CEO of Heart 2 Heart Services, Inc. With experiences that span more than twenty years, Denise is considered an expert in the field of social services and child and youth development. Denise established Heart 2 Heart Services, Inc. with a mission to educate and provide outreach to services linked with providing a safe home for youth who are victims of human trafficking. (scroll down for Denise’s full bio) Did you know that New Jersey ranks as the 13th state in the nation with calls regarding child sex trafficking? Did you know that sex trafficking was the 2nd largest criminal enterprise in the nation? Denise shares these stats and other important information in this episode of the Nurah Speaks that most of us do not know about Sex Trafficking in the United States. •••Disclaimer this episode may be triggering for some!). This episode is Part I of II. Learn more about Heart 2 Heart Services by visiting https://www.heart2heartservices.net/ and follow Heart 2 Heart Services on social media: https://www.facebook.com/heart2heartservices/, https://www.instagram.com/heart2heartservices You can contact Heart 2 Heart Services by email heart2heartsvcs@gmail.com or calling (856) 352-5424. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call now: National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement! Denise is a wife, mother of three adult children and grandmother of five grandsons and a great-granddaughter. With experiences that span more than twenty years, Denise has worked in the field of social services, child and youth development and has been employed as a therapist for the adolescent population. Denise has endured and victoriously overcome personal challenges during her own formative years. These challenges have served as a catalyst for her to render counseling services to other women as she has ministered in women’s groups, women’s retreats, churches, and conferences. She has served as a strong advocate to assist women in being empowered to face life’s obstacles at shelters and prisons. Offering support and locating resources for women has positioned her to take action during this season in her life, thus the organization of Heart 2 Heart Services. She holds the belief in treating everyone with dignity and helping others advance emotionally, spiritually, and physically, realizing their self-worth and self-value which will enable them to live the life that God intended for them, before the foundations of the world. Denise holds a Master’s degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling, a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Associate Counselor. One of her many favorite scriptures is:
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(Ep 78)What Good Is Knowledge If It Doesn't Benefit You?
Knowledge affords the knowledgeable the ability to solve problems, breach barriers, overcome resistance and make progress. Many can testify that in our individual lives as well as collectively, we are not as progressive as we should be. In the 156 years post the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, we are still asking government for equality and justice. Yet we have more educational attainments than ever in our history in America. What then has our education rendered if we are unprogressive and absent of universal rights? I think of the scripture’s teaching, “The truth will set you free!” If we are not enjoying the benefits of progress and true freedom, we must re-examine our application of knowledge or the veracity of the education itself! If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 77)Black Women, Hard Truths and Tough Talks, Part. 3
This episode concludes my series of conversations about the role Black women - in particular - have in impacting our community. This episode touches on the impact that we have in shaping the strength and the weaknesses in our boys and men. It is not always easy to do a critical self examination and identify those areas in which we have not supported our boys and men as they need. I salute the sisters who do so and perform this audit on an ongoing basis. We have to challenge ourselves to be 'woman enough' to course correct when it is required for the improvement of our families and communities. If you have not listened to the preceding episodes in the series (Ep 74 and 75) I urge you to do so. Please let me know what you think about this conversation. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 76) Politicians and Corporations Can't Fix What's Broken In Our Own Homes!
In too many urban areas across this country, un-informed leadership have taken to patterning themselves after a certain beggar named Lazarus who laid at the gate of the rich man desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. These leaders amplify the role of corporations and politicians to reduce crime rates and gun deaths in our communities while diminishing the role of the actual community. They scapegoat by creating a ‘bogeyman mythology’ laying fault at the politically or economically elite and deflect accountability from where it should fall first and that is in our homes. Parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, coaches, counselors, mentors and preachers should be scrutinized first, even ahead of law enforcement. It is putting ourselves in a subordinate role to suggest that companies and politicians are responsible ahead of families in creating safe communities. This is a childish, immature and embarrassing assertion and shows a lack of accountability and true leadership. While it may be easy to hold our hands out towards the golden palace, the real and sustainable changes requires families in the community to be accountable and intentional. Change is made when ‘we’ decide we want it. We have to divest from this Lazarus-type behavior and get up and get it for ourselves! Stop thinking we are so unworthy and incapable that we seek to beg instead of build. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 75) Black Women, Hard Truths and Tough Talks Part. 2
There are consequences for children and communities when children are born to fractured homes. The discussion in this episode shares some of those consequences and the considerations we need to create better outcomes for our families and communities. This is episode is part 2 in a short series of conversations especially for Black women to help us realize the impact we have in shaping our communities. Because a Nation will rise no higher than its woman, it is crucial that we value and take seriously our contribution in shaping our people’s future. To read my blog, "Putting Marriage in Motherhood" click this link: https://nurahmuhammad.com/blog/putting-marriage-in-motherhood If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: https://NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 74)Black Women, Hard Truths and Tough Talks, Part 1
Truth hurts but it can also heal if we allow it. This episode is part one in a short series in which I discuss sensitive issues regarding black women. This installment calls on us to be accountable for our choices, particularly those involving reckless sexual behavior resulting in unintended pregnancies…and single parenthood. As I say in this episode, this discussion is shared with love, not judgement. But if we do not take responsibility for poor choices we have made, we may continue making them unaware of how we diminish our own potential to create the future we desire. Take a listen and let me know what you think about this discussion. I am interested in how this conversation resonates for you. You can also read my blog post on this subject here: http://nurahmuhammad.com/blog/victors-or-victims-of-our-own-choices. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 73) 'Somebody' is You!
“Somebody needs to do something!” This is a familiar refrain in response to events and conditions outrageously offensive to the general public. Gun deaths. Educational deficiencies. Youth delinquency. Drug abuse. Gang violence. Unscrupulous police activity. Neglectful parenting. Food insecurity. It is true that 'somebody' needs to do something and that 'somebody' is you! We do not need to look over our shoulders for the answer to come from someone else. WE are the answer that we have been waiting for and needing. The only thing missing is our activation. Well, this episode’s message is intended to be just that, activation. This installment of Nurah Speaks continues the show’s theme of challenging listeners to do their part to tackle issues in their communities and neighborhoods and to Be The Movement! If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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REWIND: Managing Adolescent Trauma with Cher McCall, LSW
Cher McCall is this week’s guest on the Nurah Speaks podcast. She is a licensed social worker who works primarily with the adolescent population. Cher has extensive experience serving youth who’ve endured physical, mental, emotional and spiritual trauma. She shares her insights into practical approaches in helping youth manage their pain and fostering hope in what seems to them as a hopeless reality. This episode dives deep into the real mental and emotional labor of social work and the implications for the service recipient and provider. Cher tells the audience how she came to find herself in social work, the rewards of social work and how others can get involved to ‘Be The Movement.’ Cher can be contacted at CherMcCall@gmail.com If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 72)Integrity of Intention with Judge Charles Dortch Jr.
This was an insightful conversation with Judge Charles Dortch Jr. and the takeaways from this episode are abundant. A key takeaway is the lesson of entitlement embedded in him by his parents. He understood at an early age that he was entitled to be his best and do his best. And the encourages the youth who come before him to do the same. Judge Dortch’s impact on youth and families extends well beyond the courtroom and he has been an extraordinary asset to the Camden County New Jersey community. •••NOTE: This conversation is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult your personal attorney for counsel. ••• To learn more about Camden County Family Courts visit: https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/family/familyvicinage.html#camden. To learn more about the JADI (Juvenile Alternative Detention Initiative)visit: https://www.aecf.org/blog/new-jersey-becomes-first-state-to-implement-jdai-statewide/ To learn more about New Jersey bail reform visit: https://www.northjersey.com/story/opinion/editorials/2019/04/03/editorial-nj-bail-reform-law-continues-show-its-effectiveness/3345843002/ If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 71) Mentorship and the Criminalization of Childhood with Qahhar Muhammad
This is Part 2 of my series for ‘National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.’ This episode features my other son Qahhar Muhammad. In this episode Qahhar shares thoughts on mentorship and his experiences with the criminalization of childhood that is impacting children and families nationwide. Qahhar is a member of Camden’s New Jersey’s Youth Leadership and Readiness Program, Camden Men’s Wrestling and Track and Field Teams and he is a sophomore at Muhammad’s University of Islam 20. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 70)Fear, Leadership and 'Dad Talks' with Haidar Muhammad
Since it is ‘National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day’, I have brought my two sons onto the podcast to hear their thoughts on life. This week’s episode, Episode 70, is part one of a two-part series and features my son, Haidar Muhammad. Haidar shares his thoughts on fear, leadership, 'Dad Talks' and being reared in a two parent household plus so much more. He is a member of Camden New Jersey’s Youth Leadership and Readiness Program, Camden Men’s Track and Field Team and a junior at Muhammad’s University of Islam 20. This was definitely an interesting episode having Haidar speak on behalf of his generation and contribute his insights to the Nurah Speaks audience. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 69)Jealousy Destroys from Within
Jealousy is one of those social cancers that eats at the fabric of our community and the sanity of the individual bearing the jealousy. In this episode I discuss five common components of jealousy and how jealousy is manifest. Be sure to read the accompanying article to this episode which shares those five components in even greater detail by using this link: https://nurahmuhammad.com/blog/jealousy-destroys-from-within Here is an excerpt of that article: “The bearer of jealousy may enjoin all of this-the hatred, the assumptions, the disregard and the campaign-yet without so much as showing an inkling to the person of whom they are jealous. He may appear as the greatest cheerleader all the while masking his contempt and working behind the scenes to sour the opinions of others. Therefore it is incumbent upon anyone who has experienced personal and professional triumphs to continually take inventory of those closest to her. She should pay attention to the sudden or gradual shifts in the attitudes and behaviors of those around her including those in the innermost, the outer and still more distant circles. If discerning, she can identify the source of the disruption.” Subscribe to the Nurah Speaks podcast and leave a comment, review and rating. Let me know what you think about the podcast. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 68) Recruiting Our Youth
We are fooling ourselves if we think we do not need a strategy to capture the attention of our youth. Corporations and organizations (legitimate and illegitimate)are competing for the minds of our young people. And they are very strategic in their solicitations. There are lessons we can learn from these strategies and this episode explores them and what we risk if we do not recruit our young people. Let me know what you think about this episode. Leave a comment, rating and review and be sure to subscribe on your streaming app. To read my blog on this subject, use the following link: https://nurahmuhammad.com/blog/recruiting-our-youth. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 67) Diversions and Distractions
In an instant broadcasters, social media influencers and entertainers can define our attitudes and perspectives on trending issues. We can often find ourselves immersed in the overwhelming and repetitive coverage of trending topics while matters much closer to home are left ignored. This episode is a reminder to stay vigilant; stay woke! We had better because while we are swept up in the distracting whirlwind of national issues fed to us in broadcasts and social media, our attentions remain diverted from actual issues that we can and should change to improve our daily lives and our communities. Read my blog on this issue with links to articles that deserve our attention. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com
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(Ep 66) Keep An Open Mind
Since there is no maximum capacity to learning, it is great to keep an open mind. Doing so avails us the great potential of learning new and useful information and applications to improve our lives. But we block those blessings, so to speak, when we make roadblocks of pride, fear or even guilt, preventing our accessing solutions to many of the problems we face. In this week’s episode, I discuss our unconscious habit of shooting down advice without any attempt to use or even consider it. This is often an inconspicuous thing and without someone bringing it our attention, we may never notice it. This episode is a reminder for each of us to stay openminded, even when thinking objectively is a major challenge. Take a listen and share your thoughts! If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 65) When Choosing Leadership
The political season is bearing down upon us. Candidates will soon be stomping in your town seeking your vote. But what considerations do you have when choosing your elected officials? Choosing our elected officials, especially at the local level, is one of our most important acts of civic engagement because it is these electeds who will be voting on legislature that will directly impact our families and our communities. These are the folks who will be in the closed door rooms when decisions are made affecting us. We want to have folks in these rooms who will advocate staunchly on our behalf, not capitulate to access, money and prominence. Therefore, let's consider the following: • 1. Do they sacrifice consistently of their persons and resources, even in the absence of an ‘important’ title? • 2. Do they practice what they preach? • 3. Are they dignified and do they respect the dignity of others? • 4. Are they solution-oriented? • 5. Are they ‘big meeting members' or consistently active? • 6. Are they qualified? This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but a good start. Read more here: http://nurahmuhammad.com/blog/when-choosing-leaders. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 64)Think Five Times Before You Post!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘Drive Time’ episode and this week’s 'Drive Time' conversation is about our Facebook habits. The content that we post online says a lot about our values, our character and our discipline. Take a listen to this episode as I discuss: •Why we should treat Facebook like Main Street •Content that is not good to share on Facebook •Policies your employer, organization or school may have regarding social media •Online practices to protect yourself and your children from predators •Why it is good to think five times before you post Remember to subscribe to Nurah Speaks on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, CastBox or wherever you stream great podcasts. Be sure to leave a rating and review. If Nurah Speaks is not on your streaming platform, please send an email to info@NurahSpeaks.com so we can get to the bottom of it. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 63)Settle On The Best Part!
Negative thinking is not only an impediment to personal and professional growth but also to our health and wellness. We must learn how to prioritize the good over the bad by ‘settling on the best part’ of our lives, of our families, of our communities and of ourselves. Why is it so important to settle on the best part and avoid persevering on the negative? Inclining to negative thoughts and attitudes can increase our stress levels. When our stress levels are increased, especially on a chronic basis, we cause our bodies to maintain high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone can impact the body in a variety of ways including depressed immune system, cardiovascular disease, digestive issues and increased blood sugar levels. These health impacts over an extended period of time can lead to significant health issues. Cortisol is the same hormone that is released when we are in a fight or flight situation. This hormone prepares us to react quickly in emergencies by increasing heart rate, blood pressure, constriction of our blood vessels and increased blood glucose levels. This is helpful in a short term emergency but detrimental over an expanded period of time. This episode will explain more about how negative mindsets impact us and what we can do to amplify the positive aspects of our lives. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 62)A Lawful Truth with Andrea Lawful-Sanders
It was an honor to sit with this week’s guest, Andrea Lawful-Sanders. Andrea is many things. She is a writer, a wife and a mother, a child and family advocate, a mentor, a columnist, a radio show contributor, an executive director and so much more. And in all that she does, one words resonates loudly: authentic. Andrea lives her life authentically and she challenges others to do the same. Listen to this episode to learn how she is impacting students, parents, organizations and corporations in the Philadelphia region with her straight-no chaser-message of authenticity and truth. Andrea can be heard regularly on the Michele Speaks Radio Show and you can find her column in the Philadelphia Sun. Learn more about Andrea by visiting her website: www.alawfultruth.com and be sure to follow her on social media: Facebook: @ALawfulTruth, Twitter: @ALawfulTruth and on Instagram: Instagram: @islddva. Be sure to purchase your copy her book of affirmations “A Lawful Truth-Words of Affirmation: Simple Truths for Everyday Living” This episode was recorded on location at Andrea's third office: Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books. For cool people, dope books and great coffee be sure to visit Uncle Bobbie’s the next time you're in Philly! (unclebobbies.com) If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 61)Our Real Problem With Racism Is Our Response To It
Temporary responses to the permanence of racism is getting us nowhere. As it is the cycle, once the offenders of racism issue their apologetic platitudes, we are soon thereafter pacified back to neutral. We are too easily placated with interim damage control in the form of sensitivity forums, promotional opportunities and temporary access. Our short term memory of the sustained offenses against our humanity has been an ongoing problem in our community. We fail ourselves with acceptance of these cosmetic fixes. In this episode, I share six steps that we can and should take immediately. We must start the internal work of self examination and start the corollary work to create sustained change. Otherwise we will remain vulnerable to the damaging effects of racism and the clear disregard with which others have of us. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 60)Activist or Terrorist
There is a stark contrast in what a Community Activist is and what some may consider a Community Terrorist. In general, activism is lobbying special interests, confronting inequities, challenging governmental dysfunction and persuading social change, sometimes through protest and otherwise through affirming new social norms. For purposes of this conversation, I will define community terrorism as: intimidation, character assassination, violence (or the threat of) and/or extortion in confrontation with local leaders and government officials. Community Activists activate. Community Terrorists terrorize. Activists are solutions oriented. Terrorists are often problems oriented. Personal attacks and verbal assaults interrupt the good that can be derived during public debate. We should understand how to instigate change through social engagement that is effective and advantageous. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog: https://nurahmuhammad.com/blog. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 59)Black History in American Education
Black History in America is American History. Separating Black History as an elective, optional subject for teachers and students disadvantages not only Black students but all students. This creates misunderstandings and ill informed, conflict-ridden relationships. Just look at how many current cases are popping up of prominent lawmakers, entertainers and government officials who engaged in some racially offensive language or behavior because, ‘they didn’t know’ the pain they’d cause. It is silly that black, white, asian and hispanic students could sit in classrooms next to each other elementary through high school, but cultural and historical knowledge of only one group would be highlighted. I believe that the struggles, achievements, innovations and contributions of Blacks in America are a part of the American context no less than those of the Europeans who ‘settled’ on this continent. Therefore in art class, black American artists should be discussed right along with Norman Rockwell. In science class, black American scientists should be discussed right along with Alexander Graham Bell. To exclude the contributions, trials and triumphs of American blacks in the general education and to exclusively highlight those of European descendants suggests we are irrelevant. But what we know is that we are not irrelevant to this great nation. In fact, we are as relevant as the settlers and founders themselves. Therefore it is an absolute absurdity that only “1-2 lessons or 8-9% of total class time is devoted to Black history in U.S. classrooms.” (https://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/articles/se_810117014.pdf) If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 58)What We Can Learn From Tamika Mallory
“…if people can’t understand the implications of a white woman yelling at me and trying to badger me into saying what she says - even if I wanted to say it - I wouldn’t have said it the way in which she was speaking to us” Tamika Mallory Tamika Mallory is not new to activism or criticism. But she has been under a new sophisticated attack since she has been co-chair of the Women’s March. These recent aggressions, charges against her character and dismissal of her self determination has really exposed just how powerful this woman is. Tamika is the first black leader - woman or man - that I have witnessed not humiliate herself by succumbing to the paternalistic treatments to which other ‘so-called leaders’ have succumb. There is much we can learn from her resolve and her commitment to her values. In this episode, I elaborate on just four lessons learned during these attacks. •Define Yourself •Honor Your Relationships and Your Work •Only Concern Yourself with Those Who Want to Know You, Not Control You •Don’t Allow Anyone To Infantalize You You can also find links below to the interviews which I reference in this episode: Tamika Mallory on The View https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRzOS7SNKmY Tamika Mallory on Roland Martin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc5RLIcG2Ig Tamika Mallory on The Breakfast Club https://youtu.be/HO9Mwx4Eb6Q If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 57)Putting Marriage Back In Parenting
Over 77.3% of black births were to unwed mothers in 2015 according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In Episode 57 I challenge us (the black community) to confront our staggering rate of unwed births and the social challenges that often result. To be clear-this is not an episode about unwed mothers-it is about unwed mothers AND fathers and the need of putting Marriage ‘back' into Parenthood. I know this can be a controversial issue and somewhat sensitive for many. As stated in the show, there is no condemnation or indictment on anyone within our community in this condition. But this episode does push us to have different conversations and even difficult conversations surrounding the behaviors and lifestyles we have accepted as normal. I have included a few articles about the issue below and I encourage your feedback. For more information: https://fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/sites/fragilefamilies/files/ff_fact_sheet.pdf https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/77-black-births-to-single-moms-49-for-hispanic-immigrants https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/9-things-you-should-know-about-out-of-wedlock-births/ “The research found that children born to unmarried parents are disadvantaged relative to children born to married parents in terms of parental capabilities and family stability. Additionally, parents’ marital status at the time of a child’s birth is a “good predictor of longer-term family stability and complexity, both of which influence children’s longer-term wellbeing.” “The Columbia and Princeton report found that father involvement declines over time for out-of-wedlock births. By age 5, only 50 percent of non-resident fathers have seen their child in the past month. While formal child support from non-resident fathers increases over time, informal cash support and in-kind support (such as buying toys or clothes) declines.According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, children who live without their biological fathers and are, on average, at least two- to three-times more likely to be poor; to use drugs,;to experience educational, health, emotional, and behavioral problems; to be victims of child abuse; and to engage in criminal behavior, than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents. In contrast, children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, avoid high-risk behaviors, and exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior.” If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog: http://nurahmuhammad.com/blog.html Nurah Speaks can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahSpeaksPodcast and on Instagram and Twitter @NurahSpeaksPodcast. To bring Nurah to speak at your next event, email info@NurahMuhammad.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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REWIND: Sonja Prince and the Kwesi Prince Foundation
Sonja is the Executive Director of the Kwesi Prince Foundation, a pediatric cancer organization dedicated to providing support to families suffering the devastating effects of Childhood Cancer with a focus on brain tumors. The foundation is named in honor of Kwesi Prince, Sonja’s son, who was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor in 2010 when he was just 7 years old. After multiple brain surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, Sonja lost Kwesi in 2014. Listen as Sonja shares their journey and the amazing work of the Kwesi Prince Foundation. This conversation with Sonja is informative and listeners will learn: -how friends and family can support caregivers of children with cancer -the extreme need for increased funding for pediatric cancer research -why it’s important that caregivers optimize their own health and wellness -what Kwesi’s journey helped her learn about life Learn more by visiting the KwesiPrinceFoundation.org. In our conversation, Sonja also mentioned Caring Bridge which is a social media platform in which parents of sick children can share real time information and updates to family members and friends. Learn more about Caring Bridge by visiting CaringBridge.org. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  NurahSpeaks.com and reading her blog:http://nurahmuhammad.com/blog.html. Follow Nurah Speaks on Facebook and @NurahZ20 on Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email Info@NurahMuhammad.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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REWIND: Anointed News with Reverend Chris Collins
“All things will remain the same until the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change.” Reverend Chris Collins I am joined in this episode by Reverend Chris Collins, Founder and CEO of the Anointed News Journal. The Anointed News Journal is the nation’s premier weekly faith based and professional publication for winners - with a 24 year running. This was a great conversation with Reverend Collins as he shared his journey of resilience, faith and perseverance. In this episode you will learn: -how personal trials can bring us face to face with purpose -why the Anointed News Journal is thriving while many local and national print newspapers are fighting to survive -what Reverend Collins has overcome that’s positioned him as a local leader and inspiration to many -so much more Listen closely to this interview, grab a pen and pad and prepare to be inspired! To connect with Reverend Collins, support the Anointed News Journal or submit your advertisement, visit: AnointedOnline.Net, call 856-904-9429 or mail your donations to P.O. Box 309 Camden, New Jersey 08101. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To bring Nurah to speak at your event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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REWIND: A New Perspective on Education with Chabree Muhammad
“It is so important that a teacher feels that child’s vulnerability so that they can give them success at the end.… And that’s what’s rewarding!” Chabree Muhammad This episode is why I created the Nurah Speaks Podcast! Chabree Muhammad is a passionate educator, director, teacher of teachers, child advocate and parent advocate. Her passion for youth and families resonates in this interview and it was my pleasure to have her on the program. In this conversation, you will hear a perspective on education that is not -but should be- part of the mainstream discussion. We enjoyed ourselves so much and the content was so dense that we realized we must have a part two of this interview. But for now, enjoy this part one. If you are an educator or a parent of school students and have questions for Chabree, you can email her at Mui.ChabreeMuhammad@ymail.com. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To bring Nurah to speak at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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REWIND: Being Bold with Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell
This REWIND EPISODE of Nurah Speaks features Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell, Esq., CPA, CCLC. One of my favorite quotes from her is, “Just because you are good at something doesn’t mean that’s what you’re supposed to be doing.” Lynita is a Top 100 National Attorney, CPA, and Certified Christian Life Coach. She is the CEO of the Leading Through Living Community and Bold Favor Media Group which produces highly acclaimed TV and radio shows. She is also the Executive Director of the Emerging Leaders Institute. Lynita’s complete bio is extensive and you can learn more about her on her website www.LynitaMitchellBlackwell.com. Lynita is a LeadHership Champion! As CEO of the Leading Through Living Community, LLC, Lynita manages a multi-faceted organization that includes publishing bestselling inspirational and motivational books, as well as several magazines including the 2016 “ATL’s Hottest Magazine” under LTLC’s subsidiary BOLD Favor Media Group; produces the #1 leadership awards show “The BOLD Awards”, highly acclaimed TV and radio shows, and the PLUS-tacular full-figured calendar; serves as Executive Director of the leadership training and professional development non-profit The Jewell Jackson McCabe Emerging Leaders Institute; and loves coaching women business owners and entrepre-DO-ers! Lynita is a Top 100 National Attorney, CPA, and Certified Christian Life Coach who lives by the motto: “When you wake up early in the morning, don’t roll over, roll OUT. Your mind is ready, get your body set, and let’s GO!” Learn more by visiting: www.LynitaMitchellBlackwell.com EmergingLeadersNow.org If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com.
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(Ep 56)Border Patrol
What consumes our minds controls our lives. It is imperative that we monitor what we allow beyond our (mental) borders to impact our thinking and feelings. Since the television, music, social media and foods we consume will invariably affect our mindset and behavior-we should be always be watchful of our consumption. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 55)STAACK-ing the Building Blocks of Confidence
Let's not take for granted that confidence is developing in our youth without intentional and deliberate guidance on our part as parents, mentors, coaches, teachers and counselors. I believe that we must be unrelenting in aiding the belief and esteem that our young people have in themselves. One way to help advance the development of self confidence is teaching them about: STAACK. What is STAACK? STAACK is their Surroundings-Thoughts-Actions-Appearance-Competence-Knowledge. In this episode I break down how each component hinders or hastens the developing self confidence of our young people. I urge you to share this when working with our youth to empower them to develop security in themselves. Being self assured will help protect them from seeking validation from unworthy people and means. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To have Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 54)4 Questions to Ask Our Youth
It is never too soon to encourage our youth to start mapping out their life plan. However, they cannot be expected to chart the course of their lives on their own. We must help them plan, organize, strategize and steer their lives towards the goals that they ultimately set for themselves. This starts with a simple conversation. Let's ask them the following questions and have them write their answers: ••What outcomes do they want in their lives? What do they want their lifestyles, careers, families to be like? Be specific! What car do they want and how does the leather smell? What are their vacation destinations and how does the ocean breeze feel on their skin? And how's the water? What does their home look like? What color paint is on the walls? •••What can catalyze their outcome(s)? What can you do to ensure achieving your outcome? What actions need to be taken? For example, to purchase a first home by age 25, earnings will need to be saved, credit will have to be built, income needs to be steady. How can you become a nurse? Choose a nursing program? What is required for admission? (GPA, course study, entrance exam, etc?) •••What can delay or prevent the outcome? What events, behaviors or thinking can get in the way of achieving the outcome? Experimentation with drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy, criminal record, poor grade point average, poor credit, reckless spending… •••What can you do to avoid barriers to your outcomes? Stay around positive people, recognize what your barriers may be, make good choices, strategize, stay focused on outcomes, break your long term goal into smaller short term goals to prevent overwhelm, etc. This is actually a great exercise at any age especially as goals can change during our lifetime. It helps young people realize that they are in control of their future and that their results will always be determined by the choices that they make. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To bring in Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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Ep 53)One Year Anniversary Episode: Wins, Hurdles, Next Steps and more!
This episode marks the One Year Anniversary of the Nurah Speaks Podcast! I am so grateful to all who've listened, subscribed and shared the podcast over the last year. Special thanks of course to the great guests who have joined me to share their work and insights with the Nurah Speaks audience. This anniversary episode was LIVE CAST on Facebook! That was a new and unique experience for me as a podcaster! In this episode, I share many of my wins, hurdles, next steps and more. I am so proud of this incredible journey and I am even more blessed that you have joined me on it! If you have not already, please rate and leave a review or comment. Let me know what you think of the podcast and be sure to share it with others. ------- If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To bring Nurah to speak at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 52)5 Smart Holiday Buying Tips
There is no biblical commandment directing us to $PEND-$PEND-$PEND to honor the birth of sweet baby Jesus. However, year after year, the season has become less religious and more commercial. This episode I share tips that will benefit your wallet and your community. So what should we do in this season of spending? For starters, I advise us all to be aware of the clever campaigns retailers use to incite our excitement to spend. We should be sober and buy what we need, when we need it. There is no sudden urgency wherein a large flat screen tv is needed. The jewelry, apparel, appliances now set at ‘markedly reduced’ prices can wait. Advertisers know the perfect strategies to persuade spending. Here are my five tips for to help you this season: 1. Don’t!----Just don’t spend. Save your money. Invest your money. Refrain from making the rich even richer. 2. Buy Black!----If you like the tradition of holiday shopping, buy black. Identify black business with which you can spend. Buy black in brick and mortar stores or shop black online. Just buy black. 3. Buy Local!----Shop in YOUR neighborhood. These are the businesses investing in your community. Support them. It is hard for many of our mom and pop shops, startups, independent owners and small businesses to compete with the big box stores and retail chains. But they are right in your community sharing your interests in wanting your community to thrive. 4. Buy From People You Know!----Check your network. There are people within your network of friends and family with whom you can shop this holiday season. There are artisans, designers, small business owners, etc. If you don’t know the owners of the stores in your local community, introduce yourself to them. Expand your network and theirs. There is something special and unique in shopping from someone with whom you have a relationship. But not only that-it helps create a unique story with your gift-giving when you know your seller. 5. Buy Small!----Resist the push advertisers give us to spend, spend, spend. Buy what you need. Know in advance what you want or need and only buy that. Make a list or put a note in your smart phone. There is no reasonable need to trample, snatch, push and fight over retail items. Be responsible. You work hard for your money. Keep as much of it as you can. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To hire Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 51)Terina Nicole of DIY MakersCon
This interview with Terina Nicole, founder of Jypsea Leathergoods was so much fun! This is one of those episodes that will have you smiling from beginning to end. Terina is one of those bright, joyful and energized souls who makes you feel happy just being around her. Just listen to this interview and you’ll see! Terina is a creative, interior stylist, modern leather artisan, product designer, diy instructor, design blogger and so much more. She has been featured on and in NBC, ABC, HGTV, Centric, Essence, Upscale, Philadelphia Magazine and more. Terina is the cofounder of DIY MakersCon which is an annual one day conference for women which celebrates, educates and gives a platform to creative entrepreneurs. On this coming Black Friday 2018, Terina will be hosting the Independent Designer Showcase: Pop-up Shop & Fashion Show. Get your tickets here: https://independentdesignersshowcase.eventbrite.com/. Terina continues to create platforms for designers and would-be designers and she actively facilitates opportunities for us to support them. She embodies the phrase ‘Be The Movement’ in her work and personal life. She is an inspiration for all. Visit TerinaNicole.com to learn more and make sure you follow Terina on her socials- Facebook: Terina Nicole, IG:TheTerinaNicole If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To hire Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 50)Quit Quoting Malcolm!
"Cowards Quote the Revolutionary but Do Not Revolt Themselves!" Nurah Muhammad This is harsh language-I know- but I believe that the power of Malcolm X's language is used to enhance the speech of many without the many emulating Malcolm's activity. How many times have we heard someone using impassioned words of Malcolm to push their argument but have no evidence of organizing others and creating real sustaining change themselves? We have taken to entertaining one another by how many leaders we can quote. As a member of the Nation of Islam, as a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad-Malcolm X engaged in real work-not just speeches to improve the conditions of our people. But today, we have folks claiming to be so-called Malcolm X experts who quote the man-but have not and will not walk the walk of Malcolm that made him great. I claim not to be a Malcolm X expert, however I recognize his wisdom to be that of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the work which produced the solutions to our problems. My suggestion-Quit Quoting Malcolm until you engage in the long, hard, tiring work of re-engaging our people with the truth of our nature and history-by organizing, creating and building. In other words-do the work. *Here is Sister Ilyasah's interview wherein she states that the Nation of Islam did not kill her father: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-stx5wf1Gw. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To hire Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 49)Protecting Our Children At All Costs
WARNING! This episode may be triggering for some… Protection of our youth should be paramount in the minds of parents and all adults responsible for the welfare of children. Unfortunately, we live in a culture wherein children are the prey of sexual predators. And these predators not are not only targeting girls, but also our boys. They are after our infants, toddlers, prepubescent children and beyond. There is no exemption of victim or victimizer. Perpetrators are fathers, mothers, teachers, preachers, coaches and doctors. In so many cases, they are the most trusted members of our society. We are shown news story after story that the worst is happening to our children -sometimes for years- unbeknownst to parents. To protect our children from the ungodly intentions of these people, we must not be reckless with whom we leave our children alone. And we must be proactive. Unfortunately, some of what I relate may be upsetting because I believe in very strict boundaries. I do not believe we should leave our young children alone with any male- that’s right-not ANY male- father, grandfather, boyfriend, uncle, brother, cousin. Additionally, we must be extremely limiting and selective with, women because vile intentions and sexual exploitation are not only the actions of men alone. Women engage in these indecencies as well. I am a firm believer in risking a personal offense rather than therapeutic reparation of innocence lost to sexual abuse. We can start protecting our children by realizing their value and our responsibility to them. Anywhere we go, with very few exceptions such as work, our children should be able to come with us. Otherwise, we might want to reconsider if it means leaving our children with a sitter. This episode is not one intended to create suspicion in households and families. But it is one urging mothers and fathers to recognize the potential for abuse in any situation and a reminder that most abuse occurs with someone close to the family or a relative. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To hire Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 48)Character, Capacity & Function
To be Relevant one must possess Character, Capacity and Function. Without these, we find ourselves useless, irrelevant or only useful for inconsequential things and people Character is dignity, decency and ethics. Having character is choosing right over wrong, honesty over dishonesty. Capacity is the ability to a complete task, perform a duty, endure circumstances or produce results. Some people are high capacity individuals. To develop capacity, one must train, study, practice, endure without quitting and with the goal to improve ourselves. Capacity is not developed on the sidelines. It is gained in the field of endeavor. Function is the activity, role or natural purpose of a person-it’s why something exists. To be functional means that one can operate competently within the world. It is having the ability to get things done.
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Nisha Blackwell, Founder and CEO of Knotzland Bowties
I cannot tell you how excited I am to present this week’s guest, Nisha Blackwell. Nisha is the Founder and CEO of Knotzland Bowties. Knotzland is a company that sources the discarded waste from upholstery and textile manufactures to create unique hand sewn bowties. And Nisha's journey? Just Remarkable! But let me tell you how I learned about Nisha. One random, lazy Sunday I was watching a morning news program when an amazing google commercial caught my attention. The ad was about a young black woman (Nisha) who found herself unemployed-but after attending a child's birthday party-she was an entrepreneur. I kid you not! But I won't tell the whole story here-you'll get the journey as you listen. Still, this episode is full of wisdom that Nisha shares from that journey. When you listen, you'll learn about the challenges black women led startups face, gentrification and urban renewal and how being open to new challenges can take you to places you'd never expect. Her message to anyone with a dream- 'Just Go For It!' To learn more about Knotzland, visit Knotzland.com and follow Knotzland on Instagram and Facebook @knotzland and you can follow Nisha on twitter @Naturalknotz. To view Nisha’s google commercial, click here: https://youtu.be/6R8euQeU-Fc If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog. Follow Nurah on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To hire Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 46)The N-word Of The World
This episode comes in response to Bette Midler’s recent tweet, “Women are the n-words of the world.” We are witnessing the absolute co-opting of the historical trauma and terrorism sustained by Blacks in America . We are a people who’ve endured American slavery, sharecropping, Black codes, Jim Crow and today, we experience modern day lynchings. As others are hijacking our suffering to illustrate their hardships, we cannot ignore their implicit devaluing of our humanity. But I wonder - what will WE do to value ourselves and our interests? Below you will find Bette Midler's full tweet as well as partial lyrics from the song ‘Woman Is The Nigger Of The World,’ by John Lennon. This is the song which she references in her tweet. Bette Midler’s tweet: “’Women are the N-word of the world’ Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring he pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years…They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.” Partial Lyrics from John Lennon’s “Woman Is The Nigger of the World” Woman is the nigger of the world Think about it, do something about it We make her paint her face and dance If she won't be a slave, we say that she don't love us If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man While putting her down we pretend that she is above us Woman is the nigger of the world, yes she is Nurah Speaks is a weekly podcast that tugs at the soul and consciousness of the black community.  Nurah Speaks listeners gain unique perspectives on topics such as education, youth empowerment, women's impact, community engagement, youth violence prevention and more. Host Nurah Muhammad welcomes guests who have demonstrated capacity in these areas and so much more. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 45)Taylor Ali, Founder of Brown Girls Nirvana
This week's guest is Taylor Ali, founder of Brown Girls Nirvana. Brown Girls Nirvana is an organization striving to empower and restore sisterhood between brown girls of all shades and ages. It is her goal to create a safe space for brown women to thrive and flourish. Taylor hosts the monthly women's groups 'Queens Court' which provides women the opportunity to decompress from the world that expects so much from them. Taylor continue to develop both Brown Girls Nirvana and Queens Court to provide encouragement and support for brown women. On November 10, 2018 Taylor hosts 'I Like My Coffee Black' a women's empowerment and networking conference. This conference will empower, inspire and equip attendees through conversation and networking with an amazing panel of women speaking on real life issues! I am grateful to be a panelist at this great event! To learn more and get your tickets to "I Like My Coffee Black" use the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-like-my-coffee-black-tickets-49876245192?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing. Follow Taylor and Brown Girls Nirvana: Instagram @brown_girls_nirvana Facebook @browngirlsnirvana nirvana.empowerment@gmail.com If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 44)Lessons I've Learned
In this episode of the Nurah Speaks Podcast, I share with listeners some of the lessons I have learned in my study of life, in my podcast journey and in my community and public service. These 8 lessons that I share here have benefited me well and I know they will benefit listeners too. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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( Ep 43)Your Care At Home with Sheila Joyner
Sheila Joyner, Founder and CEO of Your Care At Home is my guest. Your Care At Home is a person centered non medical in home care service for the handicapped, elderly and intellectually disabled. Sheila has been in the healthcare field for over 30 years as an employee. In our conversation, she describes her perspective from her recent years as owner/operator and what she has learned about herself in this journey. Your Care At Home tells you where services are provided but the full depth of services are remarkable…including patient and family education, scheduling and attending medical appointments, companionship, housekeeping, grocery shopping and much more. She is licensed and insured and all members of her team have the essential background screenings. I am very grateful to have Sheila as a guest. As a disclaimer…parts of the audio may be sketchy…we recorded this podcast while Sheila was literally enroute from a visit…but she was insisted that we proceed anyway… Learn more by visiting: YourCareAtHome.Info Call: 267-242-8742 (phone) or fax 267-335-4143. You can also email Sheila at: YourCareAtHome@Gmail.com If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 42)Jasmine Moore, Purpose Partner
I loved this conversation with this week’s guest Jasmine Moore, a self described Purpose Parter and author of ‘'Because No One Told Me'. Jasmine is a motivational speaker, youth advocate and the founder of MooreThanHelpLLC. She joins me to discuss her journey to finding her purpose, her work with young people and 'I Like My Coffee Black' her upcoming Women’s Empowerment and Networking Event. Jasmine is invested in her work and empowering others with the wisdom she has gained from her own life experiences. Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JasmineJMoore/. Get your ticket to 'I Like My Coffee Black' using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-like-my-coffee-black-tickets-49876245192?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Be sure to get your copy of her book 'Because No One Told Me' from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today! To contact Jasmine, email her here: moorethanhelpllc@gmail.com (More About Jasmine) Jasmine J. Moore is a Motivational speaker, philanthropist, and youth advocate that has been working with youth for over 10 years. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and mentor to many young woman who she identifies with in many unique ways.  Currently Jasmine serves as the Program Director for a Homeless and at-risk youth program in Camden City, Chairperson for the Southern NJ Youth and Education Committee, and she has also worked as a social worker for Covenant House in her hometown of Atlantic City. Growing up, she would often see different things occur that she just knew one day she would have the power to change. Her change started with her education; she was a first generation family member to attend college where she pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice and Masters in Public Administration. Jasmine is currently preparing to take her LSAT to be admitted to Rutgers Law School in Camden as a Social Justice Scholar where she will be working as legal counsel on issues such as homelessness policies, human trafficking, and access for disenfranchised communities. Within the past year Jasmine has published her first book, moved into leadership at her church (Victory in Christ Christian Center), mentored young girls in her hometown with the In My C.A.R.E Mentoring program, and has also assisted the founder with opening a chapter for girls in Camden City. Jasmine is so excited, blessed, and grateful for the purpose that God has for our lives because anything is attainable with God!
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(Ep 41)Do Not Be Held Back
Everything we want is on the other side of fear. Too often, fear hampers us from engaging in the personal development and decision making that will move us to the next level. This episode encourages us to move forward ‘through’ the fear. What do we fear? We fear ridicule. We fear failure. We fear the absence of quick success. We fear loneliness. But moving forward to a better reality requires us to accept the discomfort that comes with self improvement. Either way, when we desire more for (or of) ourselves-we are either going to be uncomfortable with the same old sameness or uncomfortable in the progressive newness. I say, it is better to be uncomfortable moving forward than staying the same old person who has denied their dreams. I want this podcast to be the encouragement you need to help get yourself unstuck and choosing to win. I must honestly say, this episode is as much for me as it is for you. So let’s go and let’s win together! If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com.
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(Ep 40)Legally Chic with Ms. Toni Moore, Esq
This episode is one of my most favorite to date! Today’s guest is the insightful and witty Toni Moore. Toni is an author, speaker and the legal visionary of Legally Chic Services, a boutique law firm that offers savvy business and legal strategies to individuals, business owners, and nonprofit visionaries. Toni is personally committed to empowering as many as she can, whenever she can AND however she can with much needed business, lifestyle and legal knowledge. In doing so, she strengthens others to live more victoriously in every aspect of their lives. Prior to launching Legally Chic Services, Toni spent more than 20 years as a civil trial attorney, a domestic relations attorney, an adjunct professor, a legal coach and as a Senior Financial/Business Fraud expert with the U.S. Department of Labor. You can learn more about Toni at legallychic360.com or follow her on social media @MSToniMoore. Purchase her book, Handle Your Business, on amazon or from legallychic360.com. About the book: "Handle Your Business shares basic information you need to create, build and protect your dream business. Throughout each chapter, you are provided with clear, concise and specific guidance to help your own power, monetize your brilliance, protect your assets and uplevel your success." If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks Podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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Ep 39)A Competing Message
It is our duty to provide a competing message to our young people that challenges the nonstop barrage of marketing streaming at them 24/7, 365. We have to help them develop confidence based on who they are, not what they can buy, wear or drive. This episode explains why. It is our duty to provide a competing message to our young people that challenges the nonstop barrage of marketing streaming at them 24/7, 365. We have to help them develop confidence based on who they are, not what they can buy, wear or drive. This episode explains why. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To hire Nurah for your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 38)Master Teaching with Kathyrn Muhammad
This episode features Kathyrn Muhammad, a Master Teacher educating children in Camden, NJ. I invited Kathryn to the podcast because of her expertise in education, in particular, educating the black child. As you will hear in this episode she is passionate about teaching and she recognizes that learning involves more than academics. It also involves the love of children and the will to help them succeed. Kathryn and I recorded this episode on the road in my new favorite coffee spot and you can view the video using this link: https://youtu.be/X_OC-Cpe8Wo. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 37)When Destiny Found Me - Drive Time Thoughts
In this episode, I answer a question that was posed to me a short while ago. Essentially, the question is, “How was I able to establish myself in the area of youth services?” So I thought the best way to answer that question is to share my own journey. That is what I do in this episode. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 36)Essential Nutrientz with Sulaiha Turner
I am excited to welcome Sulaiha Turner to the Nurah Speaks Podcast. Sulaiha is a professional hair stylist and owner of Essential Nutrientz, an all natural hair product line. In this episode Sulaiha explains: -how Essential Nutrientz was born -the impact hair products can have on general health -what consumers should look for in shampoos and conditioners -the benefits of investing in a business coach -how serving others is crucial to overall success -much more Sulaiha’s Essential Nutrientz Philosophy:  “I believe in making products combining natural butters and oils that infuse the hair and skin with nutrients and vibrancy producing shiny healthy hair and glowing skin. My belief is that healthy products don't have to smell herbal in order to be considered nutritious to the hair and skin. My hair care products were designed to give people a healthy option for moisturizing and caring for their hair while they are away from the salon. The Essential Nutrientz Hair Care Line contains ingredients that are designed to increase shine, moisturize, stop breakage, stimulate growth, and protect the hair from split ends.” To learn more about Essential Nutrientz, visit www.EssentialNutrientz.com. Follow Essential Nutrientz on IG: @EssentialNutrientz_he and on Facebook @ Essential Nutrientz. Email Sulaiha: EssentialN1.info@gmail.com. You can also find Sulaiha and her hair product line at the upcoming EmpoWer Your Business Conference hosted by DaVita Garfield on August 12, 2018. To reserve your spot in the room, visit EmpowerYourBusiness.com. If you would like to engage with the podcast submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 35)Communities Rise When Women Rise
The woman is the first teacher, the first nurse, the first doctor…therefore her wellness in all aspects of life is essential to the wellness of our communities. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 34)Woke For What?
Let’s talk about our use of the term “woke” and what it really means to be woke. For those who may not know, the term “woke” refers to being consciously aware and understanding the nature of social, economic and political injustices. But what good is being woke if our awareness does not translate into action? In this episode, I break down how our wokeness must move beyond awareness: *Woke means WORK! - we must actively create the change that we need and recognize that laziness is the enemy of progress *Woke means SUPPORT! - we must vigorously patronize establishments and back leaders who reflect our needs and goals *Woke means SACRIFICE! - we must be willing to give something up to create a new reality *Woke means COURAGE! - we must be willing to challenge traditions and powerbrokers who disapprove of or interrupt our efforts to freedom, justice and equality. I filmed myself recording this episode so if you would like to view on Youtube, visit my Youtube page: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCDBHsYsvrdxbdWn8LWZpzkg If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 33)Education Edifies-So Why Are We Still Here?
verb ed·i·fy \ ˈe-də-ˌfī \ Uplift, Enlighten, Dignify If Black women are the most educated group in America... If the Black community controls $1.2 trillion annually… If Black people have the most significant influence on pop culture… Why are we still confronted with century’s old dilemmas? Considering that in 2018 we are in the age of Barbecue Becky, ID Adam, mass incarceration, unarmed police shootings and systems that socioeconomically marginalize black people-much has not changed for us. In this episode I assert that our degrees, dollars and influence will only be advantageous when we bond them with inward efforts, collective action and group operations. Until we do that, and ONLY until we do that (because all else has failed) we will be neither uplifted nor dignified. But the good news is, there is still time. What say you? For additional insight, see the links below: http://www.kentwired.com/ksubuzz/article_f03c57b0-ac01-11e4-8e93-4304b37bd948.html https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc.net/time/5134486/how-to-slay-black-fashion-influence http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2018/black-impact-consumer-categories-where-african-americans-move-markets.html https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2017/beyond-bls/the-unexplainable-growing-black-white-wage-gap.htm If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 32)Youth Leadership with Haafiz Muhammad
I am so proud of this episode and of this week’s guest Youth Leader, Haafiz Muhammad. Haafiz joined me to discuss the impact he’s made in his community and ways we can empower young people to tackle issues that confront them daily. Haafiz has been instrumental in Camden, New Jersey’s efforts to mitigate violence impacting youth through his participation in the Department of Justice’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. As a delegate representing Camden in such arenas as Cities United (a collective of mayors working to halt the loss of life in cities throughout America - CitiesUnited.org) Haafiz has represented on the national stage and on the front lines of change. Haafiz shares how his heritage as a Muslim and member of the Nation of Islam makes him distinct and a role model for his peers. I am thankful for Haafiz taking time to share his perspective on current events and popular trends that affect the Black community. This was a profound discussion and Haafiz will leave the listener encouraged that our youth are recognizing their right and responsibility to transform the world in which they live. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 31)Beating The Odds with Terrence and Brandy White
I love this couple and you will too! Terrence and Brandy White were my guests during their recent visit to Camden, New Jersey to feature the acclaimed book Terrence co-authored, ‘Doing Time With My Son.’ The book features his journey of incarceration, recovery and re-entry to society. We discussed why the book is necessary, why their story needed to be told, how to cope when your loved one is incarcerated and so much more. Terrence and Brandy are a dynamic couple who have endured much individually and together within their marriage. Terrence credits writing for the book as the beginning of his awakening. To learn more or purchase your copy visit: DoingTimeWithMySon.com. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 30)Emotions: Good Servants But Poor Masters
Emotions make for good servants but poor masters. This is a truism of which we should stay mindful. Because while feelings go away, actions fueled by feelings can have permanent consequences and detrimental ramifications on decisions and relationships. Too many of our men and women (young and old) are experiencing this first hand from their jail cells. Lives have been lost, families destroyed and potential has been squandered from hasty decisions not lead by logic and reason. We have to always allow ourselves time to get to the other side...because if we keep breathing and allowing time to work on us; we may find ourselves grateful for not jumping into action without the benefit of clarity and a clear mind. Share this with our children....feelings - go - away! The pain of a breakup, the fear of a new challenge, the embarrassment of a public mistake...we can overcome anything if we endure to a new day. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 29)The Smartest Thing A Woman Can Know
I came across a horrendous meme recently which stated, “The Smartest Thing A Woman Can Learn Is To Never Need A Man.” Seeing this let me know that the time has come for us to start speaking up for our men, for ourselves and AGAINST the barrage of misinformation sent our way. In this episode I share my take on this devaluing, divisive and denigrating language and share what I believe is the smartest thing a woman can know. I also question our role in the Feminist or Women’s Movement, the role it plays for us and if the movement truly tracks and takes action on the issues Black Women face. I believe we must control our message and determine our own narrative. Otherwise we unwillingly (or willingly) take up a narrative that perpetuates confusion and dysfunction. I would love to hear your take on the subject discussed in this episode. Am I taking this to seriously? Do you agree? What are your thoughts? If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 28)Mona Pryor and the Market Street Group
Welcome to episode 28! I am happy to share my interview with Ms. Mona Pryor, business consultant and the manager of the Market Street Group. At the Market Street Group., Mona manages the company’s Tax Preparation Service, Business Planning and Financial Planning Service, Hoarders Express Cleanup Service and the Original Cafe and Bistro. What interests me most about Mona is the impact she makes on others, particularly those whom others deem are beyond help. Whether one is a recovering addict, an ex-offender reentering society or homeless in need of permanent housing-Mona has the ability and the will to assist. As a second-chancer herself, Mona recognizes the hardship society puts on those who are looking to make a fresh start. Therefore, they are able to find a fresh start with her. Having survived reoccurring aneurysms and 8 brain surgeries, she knows she has a purpose greater than herself. Mona is a story of resilience and generosity. And it is my pleasure to feature her here on Nurah Speaks. To learn more about the Market Street Group visit http://529marketst.com. If you are in the Camden, New Jersey area, be sure to visit the Original Cafe and Bistro located at 529 Market Street in downtown Camden, New Jersey. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 27)Brand Enchanting Media with Nichelle Pace
This was an extremely fun conversation with Nichelle Pace, owner of Brand Enchanting Media. Not only was it an informative dialogue but I also got to bask in 80’s and 90’s culture with a fellow Gen-X’er. In this episode you will hear Nichelle describe her journey into media and marketing and why there have been so many prominent ads recently getting it all wrong. We delve into her family’s tie to the Civil Rights movement and her efforts to empower her community. I found talking with Nichelle easy and delightful and as you will see as our interview opens, we get right into it! You will enjoy this episode. About Brand Enchanting Media and Nichelle Pace: Brand Enchanting Media is spearheaded by integrated marketing expert, Nichelle N. Pace. With extensive lifestyle marketing and big advertising agency background from New York to Chicago, Nichelle has been a steward for many global and domestic brands’ integrated and digital marketing efforts including: Procter & Gamble, Estee Lauder, Jones New York, Stoli Vodka, Dell, and Sharp Electronics. Nichelle has been a featured panelist at prominent marketing, business and social media events, including: Social Media Week New York, Internet Week, Blogher Conference, NYC 3-Day Start Up, Mashable Social Media Day, and the Independent Fashion/Lifestyle Bloggers Conference. Nichelle’s experience and leadership in the marketing community firmly laid the foundation for Brand Enchanting Media to form in 2016. BEM now serves as the parent company of STYLEMOM.com (founded in 2009), Small Biz Digital BootcampTM, and a soon to be released group of online publications. Creatively led, and strategically driven, Brand Enchanted Media takes the guesswork out of developing inclusive advertising and marketing plans that incorporate multilevel experiential, social media, and full-service digital executions. You can learn more by visiting brandenchanting.com or by following Nichelle on social media: https://twitter.com/nichellenpace and https://instagram.com/nichellepace. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don't just join the movement, BE THE MOVEMENT!
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(Ep 26)A New Perspective on Education with Chabree Muhammad
Chabree Muhammad is this week’s guest on Nurah Speaks! Chabree is the Director of Muhammad’s University of Islam 20 (MUI) and M.E.L. Childcare Center Inc. in Camden, NJ. More than that, Chabree is a leading expert in educating Black Children! Let's set the stage. Camden is one of the most challenged cities in the nation. The city struggles with poverty, crime, literacy and educational attainments. In the midst of all of this is Chabree. In the childcare center, she guides her employees to nurture the infants, toddlers and after school children who attend the center. At MUI, she leads her teachers, reminding them that school-age students require nurturing as a necessary component in education. This show is a must for parents, teachers, school administrators and anyone interested or involved with children or education. If you are serious about the success of children-you will want to listen to this episode. Chabree is a passionate educator, director, teacher of teachers, child advocate and parent advocate. Her passion for youth and families resonates in this interview and it was my pleasure to have her on the program. We enjoyed ourselves so much and the content was so dense that we realized we must have a part two of this interview. But for now, enjoy this part one… Oh, please let me add…the Nurah Speaks studio (aka, my home office) is in close proximity to the local regional trauma center. In the background you can hear helicopters flying to and from but I felt that Chabree was on such a role, it didn’t seem warranted to take a break. I believe her content is well worth the minor background noise. M.E.L. Childcare Center serves infants, toddlers and after school children and is located at 1131 Haddon. Avenue Camden, New Jersey 08103. Muhammad’s University of Islam 20 serves pre-K to 12th grade students and is located at 1157 Haddon Avenue Camden, New Jersey 08013. You can contact Chabree by calling 856-966-1722. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 25)To Impact Our Youth, Lead With Love
Youth are highly perceptive and they spot sincerity as easily as they spot phoniness. Therefore it is essential that when working with them in capacities such as teachers, mentors, clinicians or coaches we must always: Be Loving Be Non-Judgmental Be a Role Model We must remind ourselves that it is a privilege to be positioned to impact the potential within our young people. Being reckless, judgmental or self promoting can damage how they see themselves and their possibilities in our world. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 24)Life and Death in the Kitchen Part 2
I thought this subject worthy enough to have a part 2. In this episode, I share the benefits of eating less, avoiding non-nutritive food items, fasting, eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being mindful about our food choices. *Train our stomachs and retrain our appetites. *Eat less-the more we eat, the more wear and tear we put on our stomachs and digestive system. *Fasting-Fasting gives our bodies an opportunity to rest and purify. Not only is fasting a natural mood stabilizer, it also helps with clarity of thinking. *Eliminate or minimize unhealthy. BUT STOP EATING PORK!!! The hog is a four legged garbage disposal! I explain more in this episode. *Choose fresh fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into each of our meals. Avoid fruit juices that are high sugar content minus the fiber that helps regulate blood sugar levels. *Be mindful about our dietary decisions. Read ‘How To Eat to Live” and “How To Eat To Live Book 2”. Eat to Live! If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 23)Life and Death in the Kitchen
Blacks suffer from chronic diseases at increased rates and have the highest cancer death rate of any group. Most of our chronic health conditions are diet related and therefore preventable when we make appropriate dietary choices. We must know what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. This conversation is just a start at tackling this necessary subject. Follow Dr. Terry Mason on Facebook and elsewhere online. Eat to Live! If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 22)Drive Time Thoughts: After Starbucks-Will We Protest Or Produce
This ‘Drive Time” episode comes on the heels of the Starbucks controversy in which two black men were arrested while waiting for their associate. Here, I confront us with our responsibility to ourselves and the indignities we suffer when we neglect them. Also, do we have the will to use our trillion plus in buying power to establish our own economic base? Or will we remain at the Rich Man’s Gate? If you’ve seen the footage, the protests of today in 2018 resemble much of what we’ve seen in the 60’s. What have WE done differently in the 50 plus years since? Are we tired yet? And what measures have we taken to avoid such encounters? If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 21) "Qualifying" for Equality
Build your own table before demanding a seat at the table of another. For decades we have petitioned to be treated with equity by white America; but have we enjoined equal labor, commitment, investment, love and governance among our own? This conversation challenges us. What have we done amongst ourselves, FOR OURSELVES - except sport and entertainment - that would urge others to welcome us into their society? We must study the successful operations of other groups-and model their self service and self interest. Equality is right-but it is not enough to demand equality without doing an equal duty to ourselves, as others have done for themselves. We will only be respected outwardly when we demonstrate viability inwardly. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 20)Anointed News with Reverend Chris Collins
I am joined in this episode by Reverend Chris Collins, CEO and Editor of the Anointed News Journal. The Anointed News Journal is the nation’s premier weekly faith-based and professional publication for winners - with 24 years in circulation. I was very delighted by this conversation as Reverend Collins sat with me to share his remarkable journey of resilience and faith. In this episode you will learn: -how personal struggles can bring us face to face with purpose -why the Anointed News Journal is thriving while many local and national print newspapers are battling to survive -what Reverend Collins has overcome that’s positioned him as a dedicated leader and inspiration to many -so much more Listen closely to this interview, grab a pen and pad and prepare to be anointed by his powerful message! To connect with Reverend Collins, support the Anointed News Journal or submit your advertisement, visit: AnointedOnline.Net, call 856-904-9429 or mail your donations to P.O. Box 309 Camden, New Jersey 08101. You can also follow the Anointed News Journal on Facebook! If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 19)Win, Rock & Rule 2018 plus Networking Tips
Win, Rock & Rule is the 'MUST ATTEND' New Jersey networking event. Win, Rock & Rule is presented by Dr. Dee C. Marshall, Founder of Girlfriends Pray. This year’s event featured an abundance of incredible women including: Janaye Ingram-one of the organizers of the Women’s March and Camden, New Jersey’s own Sonia Lewis, the Student Loan Doctor, Maddie Brooks, Prudential Financial Manager, DaVita Garfield, founder of EmpoWermentNOW and Michellene Davis Esq, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer another of Camden’s Finest. And this is the short list! BUT! We cannot just be IN the room with great women; it’s what we DO when in the room that will make a difference. In this episode, I share the importance of Dr. Dee C. Marshall’s Win, Rock & Rule, others’ takeaways of the event and tips for successful networking. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog. Follow Nurah on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 18)Drive Time Thoughts: Monique and Netflix
I’m trying something new this episode so I’m calling this one, ‘Drive Time Thoughts: Monique and Netflix.’ In this episode, I question our public response to the Monique/Netflix issue. What does it mean to ‘Support Black’? And should ‘Support Black’ exclude personally disparaging our own in the public? This episode was recorded during my commute; I thought it’d be a cool idea to share my ‘Drive Time Thoughts’ with listeners. The audio isn’t as great as when recording in my studio office but I’ve thought of ways to improve that moving forward. Be sure to tell me your thoughts on this topic and don’t forget to leave a review and rating on iTunes or SoundCloud and please share with friends. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 17)3 Ways We Can Empower Our Youth
In this episode of Nurah Speaks, I share three ways in which we can empower our youth. Remember that, just like us, our young people are searching for Purpose, Power and Importance. And although social media provides a means to instant response and recognition; it can also foster a false sense of reality. Therefore, we must equip youth with life skills necessary to find purpose, power and importance to operate within the real world - in a healthy and productive way. The three tips I share in this episode are: 1. Love Them 2. Challenge Them 3. Refrain from Rescuing Them Listen as I expand on each of these and how we can ready our young people for the world that awaits them. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep16) Rita Gayle: A Global Perspective of the Black Experience
This is a PHENOMENAL conversation with my sister from the U.K., Rita Gayle. Rita is the author of the compelling book ‘Friend Across the Water: A personal journal inside Black America’. Formerly of the BBC, Rita is a journalist, author, academic and lecturer. She has a broad knowledge of global affairs which she demonstrates expertly in this conversation. In our interview, Rita discusses the moral obligation that Black Americans (former slaves) have in sharing our experiences with our Brothers and Sisters who live abroad. She talks about the risks of not doing so when Hollywood and others are presenting their own versions which often fall short in accuracy. Rita also discusses the conditions of Blacks living in Europe and the struggles they face which have both similarities and unique distinctions from our own in America. This interview was recorded live at CROETV studios in Chicago, Illinois while we were both there to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Coalition for Remembrance of Elijah Muhammad (CROE). To get your copy of Rita’s book ‘Friend Across the Water: A personal journal inside Black America’ visit http://a.co/1FLBafS. To listen Rita’s 2012 lecture ‘Friend Across the Water’, listen on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/friend-across-the-water. You can also use this link https://youtu.be/E3rBlCAf47M to see Rita featured on the Munir Muhammad show. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 15)My 6 Black Panther Takeaways
I wanted to share my 6 takeaways after watching and rewatching the blockbuster movie Black Panther! This movie was amazing on so many levels and there were many lessons to be learned from the onscreen and off screen action. Nurah Speaks is a weekly podcast that tugs at the soul and consciousness of the black community.  Nurah Speaks listeners will gain unique perspectives on topics such as education, youth empowerment, women's impact, community engagement, youth violence prevention and more. Host Nurah Muhammad welcomes guests who have demonstrated capacity in these areas and so much more. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to info@NurahSpeaks.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: NurahSpeaks.com or reading her blog by clicking this link. Follow Nurah Speaks @NurahSpeaksPodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To bring Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email info@NurahSpeaks.com Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 14) Sonja Prince and the Kwesi Prince Foundation
Sonja Prince is Kwesi Prince’s mother and was his primary caregiver. Kwesi was only seven years old in 2010 when he was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor. In that year Kwesi had two brain surgeries, radiation and high dose chemotherapy. After 15 months of remission, he relapsed in 2012. He had another surgery, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. In 2013 Kwesi relapsed a second time and in 2014 he passed away but left his spirit in those who knew and love him. Sonja remains a fierce childhood cancer advocate and is dedicated to fight for all pediatric cancer families until a cure is found. She's served as a member on the Family Advisory Committee at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and has spent many years mentoring young girls and volunteering at her local Ronald McDonald Family Room. Sonja is the Executive Director of the Kwesi Prince Foundation which is a pediatric cancer organization dedicated to providing support to families suffering the devastating effects of Childhood Cancer with a focus on brain tumors. She has over 19 years experience working in the banking industry and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. In this episode of Nurah Speaks Sonja shares with listeners that pediatric cancer is vastly different than adult cancer and that pediatric cancer receives only 4% of government funding. (And a small percentage of that addresses brain cancers.) Sonja shares how friends and family can support caregivers of sick children or what she has learned about herself in her journey with Kwesi. She encourages listeners to fight for increased research funding for cures and prevention of childhood cancers. She also suggests volunteering or donating to your local childhood cancer nonprofit organization. The Kwesi Prince Foundation is dedicated to: 1. Providing education for holistic lifestyles 2. Providing assistance for bereaved families 3. Funding innovative research for less toxic treatments for children 4. Supporting parents and caregivers through the ‘tranquility tote’ program 5. Spread awareness of childhood cancer and effects on the entire family Learn more online by visiting www.KwesiPrinceFoundation.com and on Facebook www.facebook.com/KwesiPrinceFoundation/. In our conversation, Sonja also mentioned Caring Bridge which is a social media platform in which parents of sick children can share real time information and updates to family members and friends. Learn more about Caring Bridge by visiting CaringBridge.org. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog. Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 13)Your Gift Will Make Room For You
“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16 If you’re doubting your dreams; if you’re re-thinking your goals as too lofty, if your New Year’s resolutions are already faded memories if you’re feeling impatient that your “It” hasn’t happened yet… this episode is for you! This episode is YOUR cheer section! Brief but impactful, this episode reminds you to outlast doubts, fears, hurdles and reminds anyone who has a goal to stay the course. As it is written, “Your gift will make room for you!” But as with anything worth having-effort, investment and perseverance are essential to bring the goal from an idea to a reality. Stay encouraged. Stay patient. Use your gifts in the service of good and the Universe will amplify you! Nurah Speaks is a weekly podcast that tugs at the soul and consciousness of the black community.  Nurah Speaks listeners will gain unique perspectives on topics such as education, youth empowerment, women's impact, community engagement, youth violence prevention and more. Host Nurah Muhammad welcomes guests who have demonstrated capacity in these areas and so much more. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To hire Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 12)Celebrating Black History Month
“The thought of the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.” Carter G Woodson This episode is my first of Black History Month! Black History Month is the expansion of Negro History Week established by historian Carter G Woodson in 1926 with the goal to acquaint 20th century Black youth with the history and accomplishments of their ancestors. In this episode I encourage listeners to examine if we are fulfilling the visions of the great figures that we commemorate during this month. I also discuss how the exclusion of Black history from general American and World history negatively impacts all students, white, black or otherwise. Carter G Woodson’s concern with the education of Black youth stemmed from his understanding that when you control a man’s thinking, you’ve established control of his actions. I encourage us all in our celebration of Black History Month to continue educating our youth of the genius of their ancestors but also helping them tap into their own unique genius. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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Ep 11)Doing Time With Bettye Blaize
Bettye L. Blaize is this week’s guest on Nurah Speaks. She is co-author of the timely and touching book, “Doing Time With My Son”. Essentially, this book is a memoir of a mother and son’s enduring love through incarceration and is a realistic look at a struggle which is now a national crises. In this interview you will learn how Bettye advises loved ones to support those who are incarcerated and why staying hopeful is always the best course. Bettye is a mother of one son, grandmother of two, and great-grandmother of three who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She was educated in Baltimore City Schools and continued her education at Strayer Business College, where she studied accounting. She started her career at Holiday Inn as a desk clerk and proudly worked her way up to the position of manager. She retired from the Holiday Inn after 29 proud years of service. Throughout her life, Bettye has had a passion for working with and encouraging young people, and it was this passion that led her to re-enter the workforce after retirement as an administrative assistant with the Urban Leadership Institute in Baltimore. In this role, Bettye managed many daily operations of the company and assisted co-founders David Miller and Dr. LaMarr D. Shields in their work in schools and non-profits throughout the country. She currently serves as the chief administration assistant for the Cambio Group, where she travels nationwide and contributes to the Cambio Group’s mission of affecting change at both the individual and systemic level in schools, non-profits, and government agencies. Bettye also works with the SPARK Center for Professional and Personal Renewal, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teachers, social workers, and other change agents reignite their passions for their professions. When she’s not working or traveling, Bettye loves nothing more than spending time with her incredible family in Baltimore. You can get more information on her website www.DoingTimeWithMySon.com, you can email her directly at BettyeBlaize@yahoo.com and you can follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bettye.Blaize. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com.
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(Ep 10)The Hard Work To Be “A Natural”
Welcome to episode 10! What a mini milestone in the history of Nurah Speaks (I celebrate ALL victories and strongly encourage you to do the same!) Thanks to the listeners for your continued support! In this solo episode I question what it means to be a natural---well, for me at least. I’ve been told (more times than I can count)that I am a ‘natural’ public speaker. But if you knew me years ago (or were in my 8th grade English class), this might seem the furthest from the truth. Listen in as I describe the hard work it takes to be a ‘natural’ in any field you are pursuing. This episode covers: My 8th grade public speaking disaster Why I dislike the phrase ‘fake it til you make it’ The necessity of practice How taking risks can bring us face to face with our gifts Ways to improve our public speaking How having un-empowered language and thinking create an un- empowered reality The importance of reviewing our past work Be sure to tell me your thoughts on this topic and don’t forget to leave a review and rating on iTunes and share with friends. If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 9) Reflections on Leadership on MLK Day of Service
This Nurah Speaks episode was recorded on the 2018 MLK Day of Service. This day calls for Americans from all walks to work collectively in creating solutions to the most urgent of national problems. In this episode, I reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of social activism and servant leadership. I discuss how modern day activists can emulate his example to increase the effectiveness their leadership in their local communities. Dr. King is one who embodied ‘Being the Movement’ in his quest for freedom and justice in America and it was an honor to be of service to my community in his memory. Nurah Speaks is a weekly podcast that tugs at the soul and consciousness of the black community.  Nurah Speaks listeners gain unique perspectives on topics such as education, youth empowerment, women's impact, community engagement, youth violence prevention and more.   If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 8)Being Bold with Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell
I am excited to present this episode with guest Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell, Esq., CPA, CCLC. Lynita is a Top 100 National Attorney, CPA, and Certified Christian Life Coach. She is the CEO of the Leading Through Living Community and Bold Favor Media Group which produces highly acclaimed TV and radio shows. She is also the Executive Director of the Emerging Leaders Institute. Lynita’s complete bio is extensive and you can learn more about her on her website www.LynitaMitchellBlackwell.com. Lynita is a LeadHership Champion! As CEO of the Leading Through Living Community, LLC, Lynita manages a multi-faceted organization that includes publishing bestselling inspirational and motivational books, as well as several magazines including the 2016 “ATL’s Hottest Magazine” under LTLC’s subsidiary BOLD Favor Media Group; produces the #1 leadership awards show “The BOLD Awards”, highly acclaimed TV and radio shows, and the PLUS-tacular full-figured calendar; serves as Executive Director of the leadership training and professional development non-profit The Jewell Jackson McCabe Emerging Leaders Institute; and loves coaching women business owners and entrepre-DO-ers! Lynita is a Top 100 National Attorney, CPA, and Certified Christian Life Coach who lives by the motto: “When you wake up early in the morning, don’t roll over, roll OUT. Your mind is ready, get your body set, and let’s GO!” Learn more by visiting: www.LynitaMitchellBlackwell.com EmergingLeadersNow.org If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 7) Youth Empowerment with Aneesah Parker
Nurah Speaks welcomes Aneesah Parker, a high school senior, youth leader, student mentor, filmmaker and photographer. In this episode, Aneesah talks about how she transitioned from a shy student to a youth leader, how becoming a peer mentor has affected her and how a class assignment at the University of Islam 20 changed the direction of her life. Aneesah's goals are to become a professional filmmaker and make an impact on other's lives while doing so. This is a refreshing conversation and Aneesah is a beautiful example of what it looks like when we truly empower our youth and nudge them beyond their comfort zones. You can visit her website neesahfilms.wixsite.com/neesahfilms and follower her on Instagram @neesahs.pics. Also, view her short films on her Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQzm5McLDptMWz410hykPvw. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 6) Advancing Our Interests Within Our Communities
Every group has the responsibility to advance their interests. But are we advancing ours? This conversation is necessary because: -our neighborhoods are a reflection of what we think of ourselves. -our communities should not be a place from where our children (and we) want to make it out. -education is for function, not status. -working cooperatively works. -we must help self, first, before helping others. -we must end dependency. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog. Follow Nurah on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 5) Removing the Mask with DaVita Garfield
As a speaker, author and empowerment coach, DaVita Garfield credits the many life experiences and obstacles that she has overcome as the driving force behind her God-given assignment to support other women by encouraging them to become amazing-On Purpose. She founded her company, empoWermentNOW, LLC to provide empowerment and coaching support for women to help them identify and reach their life goals, despite their circumstances. DaVita’s number one role is being a mother to her 13-year old daughter and her most recent accomplishment includes the release of her self-published book, ‘Tell the Whole Story: Embrace Your Journey to be Amazing on Purpose. Learn more about her work at www.DaVitaGarfield.com; www.getempowered4success.com; Facebook: EmpowermentNOWDaVitaGarfield; Instagram: @davita_empowermentNOW  Twitter: @DaVitaGarfield If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 4)Archiving and Uncovering History with Munir Muhammad
Munir Muhammad is thought to be the chief archivist and historian of the Nation of Islam and Honorable Elijah Muhammad. In this interview, he explains how and why the Nation of Islam and Elijah Muhammad are misperceived by so many. Munir Muhammad is the business manager and co-founder of CROE (Coalition for the Remembrance of Elijah Muhammad). CROE serves as the archives of the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. In this interview Brother Munir explains how and why the Nation of Islam is misperceived and how the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has impacted him personally. Listeners can learn more about CROE by visiting CROE.ORG and CROETV.COM. CROE is located at 2435 West 71st Street (CROE Lane) Chicago, IL 60629. Call 773-925-1600 or email CROE@CROE.ORG. Watch CROE live each Wednesday at 7:30est and Sunday at 3:30est on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC--UCt5LqFF3IW5fLn5lH2g. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com. Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website: http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog. Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 3) Managing Adolescent Trauma with Cher McCall, LSW
Cher McCall is this week’s guest on the Nurah Speaks podcast. She is a licensed social worker who works primarily with the adolescent population. Cher has extensive experience serving youth who’ve endured physical, mental, emotional and spiritual trauma. She shares her insights into practical approaches in helping youth manage their pain and fostering hope in what seems to them as a hopeless reality. This episode dives deep into the real mental and emotional labor of social work and the implications for the service recipient and provider. Cher tells the audience how she came to find herself in social work, the rewards of social work and how others can get involved to ‘Be The Movement.’ Cher can be emailed at CherMcCall@gmail.com. If you would like to engage with the Nurah Speaks podcast, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep1)Introductory Episode
Nurah Speaks is a weekly podcast that tugs at the soul and consciousness of the black community.  Nurah Speaks listeners will hear unique perspectives on topics such as education, youth empowerment, women's impact, community engagement, youth violence prevention and more.   If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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(Ep 2) Are We In Answer(Or Conflict) to the Prayers of Our ForeParents?
In this episode of the Nurah Speaks podcast, Nurah challenges to consider prayers of our enslaved fore-parents and if our actions today are an answer to those prayers. This episode features clips of United States Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey wherein he addressed the legacy of slavery in Camden, New Jersey and the U.S. at large. Over 800 slaves arrived in Camden via three waterfront locations and slave markers were placed this week at each location by the Middle Passage project. New Jersey is recorded to having as many as 12,000 slaves. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/nyregion/slavery-memorial-marker-camden-nj.html Nurah Speaks is a weekly podcast that tugs at the soul and consciousness of the black community.  Nurah Speaks listeners will hear unique perspectives on topics such as education, youth empowerment, women's impact, community engagement, youth violence prevention and more.   If you would like to engage with the show, submit your listener questions to questions@NurahZaheerah.com.  Listeners can also learn more about Nurah by visiting her website:  http://NurahZaheerah.com and reading her blog: http://www.nurahzaheerah.com/blog Nurah can be followed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NurahZaheerahMuhammad and on Instagram @NurahZ20. To book Nurah as a speaker at your next event, email support@NurahZaheerah.com. Remember, don’t just Join the Movement, Be the Movement!
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