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Interruptions is a podcast hosted by Rev. Odell M. Cooper and Cathy Patton, two parents whose lives were Interrupted - one by gun violence and the other by autism. The hosts use their voices to Disrupt the Silence caused by inherited faith and family traditions, cultural and societal stigmas, and fear. Each episode openly addresses racial and economic disparities and the impact on mental health in communities of Black and Brown people. Their guests share personal stories about how their live ...
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Tonya Johnson, Body Builder in the past struggled with her weight. As many did during covid, she gained weight and her health self-esteem began to suffer. When it was time, Tonya began to change her outlook and found a coach she connected with. Soon after, her coached lost his life. Struggling with the loss of her friend and coach, Tonya found Fult…
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Jodi Hill-Lilly shares an amazing journey of life and struggles from an unexpected and unimaginable interruption in her life. Hear what happens when life is going in the right direction, until it's not. Listen as Jodi share the strength and faith it takes, to continue a journey you never expected you would be part of. It’s a story of family, of lov…
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In this Episode, we discuss the impact of Covid on Millennials and how our guests have had to work toward reinventing themselves or their lives during and as a result of the Pandemic, both professionally and personally. Our guests are: Malakhi RL Eason II (Dr. Kreative): The Director of Programming and Community Impact at International Festival of …
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This episode we focus on the change in direction of some churches to now take on the issues of Mental Health and Emotional Wellness in their congregations. We also discuss why there are so few churches willing to have these types of dialogues and challenges faced by those who attempt to introduce these types of services within the church. Parking L…
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Health inequities continue to prevail in the African American communities. Despite economic or social status, people of color are too often treated differently among medical institutions and professionals. The impact of that treatment can have devastating impacts among those treated unfairly. While women are more vocal about this treatment, we tend…
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Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States today. In this Episode we speak to Tracey Foskey, C…
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April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States today. In this pod…
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Interruptions Red Carpet is a 3-part series where we meet some of characters from the book that shaped the lives of the Cooper family and were with them during this Interruption. In each episode, Coach Cathy and Rev. O dare to invite the stories from characters themselves. You will hear stories that are tearful, heartfelt and often hilarious. In th…
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Interruptions - the book - has launched and we are rolling out the Red Carpet! Interruptions Red Carpe is a 3-part series where we meet some of characters from the book that shaped the lives of the Cooper family and were with them during this Interruption. In each episode, Coach Cathy and Rev. O dare to invite the stories from characters themselves…
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Interruptions - the book - has launched and we are rolling out the Red Carpet! Interruptions Red Carpe is a 3-part series where we meet some of characters from the book that shaped the lives of the Cooper family and were with them during this Interruption. In each episode, Coach Cathy and Rev. O dare to invite the stories from characters themselves…
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Interruptions is the personal triumph story of dealing with a traumatic life event and how Rev. O challenged every belief system to reinvent herself. Hear Rev. O share that questioning her faith, upbringing, culture, and education helped her to select the characteristics to help her heal and discard the myths and stereotypes that were hindering her…
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Dr. Thandeka, a mother of two and divorced, decides to give life and love a second chance. She signs up for a dating app, re-evaluates her priorities and learns that being submissive is a wonderful feeling. Dr. Thandeka finds a surprising and fulfilling relationship with her superman. Join us as she shares the cleansing and remarkable story of woma…
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Regina Mullings, a mother of two and happily married and in love for 23 years. The family placed the house on the market and planned to relocate south before discovering a life altering Interruption. Listen how Regina kept her faith in God while planning a homegoing service for the husband and wedding for the daughter in the same week. Through her …
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Recorded Live @ People Get READy Bookstore 10/24/2021 Interruptions is a true story that details Rev. O's journey after her son, Jonathan, was murdered in a case of mistaken identity, becoming another victim of gun violence. This "interruption" in Rev. O's life ignited a domino effect of PTSD, depression, and grief compounded by a subsequent loss o…
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How many middle-aged Asians do you know that suffer from a stroke, anxiety, or early death? Not many, why is that? Shifu Shirley Chock shares how she uses Tai Chi to balance the stress and interruptions that happen in everyday life. Shirley wants to spread the message of this ancient Chinese Art of Healing with others. Join us and hear the ancient …
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Listen to Rev. Dr. Anthony Bennett, Senior pastor at Mount Aery Baptist Church (Bridgeport CT) share his responsibility to carry the torch and message of the MAAFA as a ministry. As a young reverend Pastor Bennett was introduced to the MAAFA from his mentor, Bishop Johnny Ray Youngblood from St. Paul Baptist Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Pa…
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Can I find my true passion in this new phase of my adult life and be happy? Owner of a newly opened shop called Bloom in New Haven, CT. Bloom is a vibrant shop in the Westville community. Meet the owner Alisha as she shares her story growing up in Boston to a single parent in Orchard Park, and Mission Hill, receiving a scholarship to private school…
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Enola G. Aird is an activist mother. A former corporate lawyer. She was born in the Republic of Panama, of Caribbean heritage, and attributes much of her vision and passion for the movement for emotional emancipation to stories passed down in her family about her great-grandfather, Samuel Alleyne, a loyal follower of Marcus Garvey. Enola shares the…
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The Rev. Dr. Jerry Streets shares how and why he integrated Mental Health Ministries into the fabric of his church. Listen to how he selected, implemented, and executed a safe place for disciples and leadership to share their stories without judgement. The Trauma informed ministries have begun to disrupt the silence of the myths and stigmas of ment…
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For many persons of faith it has been our cultural to turn to God and pray to ask for relief, direction, and/or healing when we experience a traumatic life event. We have exercised the same practices when we or a family member displays unrecognizable or misunderstood behaviors. For generations, rather than seek professional guidance, we excuse thes…
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In the midst of police killings of innocent unarmed Black Men, meet two young black men who reconnected with God and committed to stopping generational trauma in our youths in a unique methods. Both Kirk Wesley, a lead organizer for Congregations Organized for a New CT (CONECT) and Chaz Carmon, President for "ICE The Beef" are disrupting generation…
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We welcome Rev. Marcia Clinkscales as we honor and recognize Women’s History Month. She has been instrumental in educating and empowering women to thrive in careers, earn their doctorate degree and become changers of the world. Rev. Clinkscales was raised as an only child, she thought, until one day, she learned from one of her doctoral students re…
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In this episode, we introduce you to Dori Dumas, President of NAACP New Haven Chapter. Dori shares her journey in politics and passion toward providing change in the New Haven community. Dori shares how she uses her voice and power as a the president of New Haven Chapter of NAACP to honor the legacy, history and mission of the organization. The New…
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In this episode, we introduce you to State Senator Gary Winfield, CT State Senator-Democratic Party, Chief Deputy Majority Leader. State Senator Gary shares his journey in politics and passion toward providing change in his community. State Senator Gary shares how he uses his voice and power as a Black man who is the CT State Senator in speaking up…
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In this episode we hear from RanDe Rogers, owner and Head Chef of Sister's Cuisine in East Harlem, NY. Learn how his mid-town Manhattan upbringing and family culture has prepared him to acquire the family restaurant in Harlem and making a strong impact in the community. Chef RanDe has continued the legacy of providing a powerful and authentic flavo…
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"About 24 million children in America live without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And there have been numerous local and national efforts to improve these statistics. Children without fathers in the home have a greater risk of poverty, are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, are more likely to dropout of high scho…
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The most common symptom of the holiday blues is amplified depression. This is true of people who may being dealing with depression already as well. You may be experiencing a bout of seasonal depression or holiday blues if you feel like simple activities are more difficult than normal. The ‘holiday blues’ is not an officially recognized psychiatric …
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Welcome to part 1 of our 3 part series "Pursuit of Happiness" In this series we introduce a variety of ideas to encourage your path toward resiliency. Our series shares options of helping yourself in addition to seeking medical support when needed. The ‘holiday blues’ is not an officially recognized psychiatric condition. This does not mean that yo…
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