Black is Beautiful: Defining Yourself for Yourself Authentically and Unapologetically

Join Dr. Culbreth and guests, Dr. Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Dr. Jeanette Walley-Jean and Dr. Christina Grange on Visibility for “Black is Beautiful: Defining Yourself for Yourself Authentically and Unapologetically.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at  8:00 pm EST

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Black is Beautiful focuses on Black women being their authentic selves unapologetically. The manner in which we choose to express our Blackness individually is a personal choice and one that should not be open to ridicule, criticism, shaming or gossip. Topics will include one size does not fit all, the authentic you, leave my hair alone, identity, career choices, lifestyles, hobbies, social circles, Black pride, interests, interracial dating, etc. Additional topics include learning to authentically define yourself for yourself in your pursuit of happiness and embracing the uniqueness and diversity of Black women. The discussion will also focus on Black girls.

Guest Bios


Dr. Sheretta Butler-Barnes

Dr. Butler-Barnes has expertise and scholarly work on African American personal and cultural assets (e.g., racial identity and self-efficacy beliefs) and achievement outcomes.

The two lines of her research agenda include 1) Strengths-Based Assets of Black Adolescents Project which explores how Black youth draw on personal and cultural assets and resources to thrive despite challenges to their identities from structural racism; and, 2) Celebrating Strengths of Black Girls Project which focuses on advancing equity for women and girls of color by creating culturally responsive programming that promotes resiliency.

Dr. Butler-Barnes is one of the directors of the Brown School’s Collaboration on Race, Inequalities, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA) and a Faculty Fellow with the Institute for School Partnership, and co-chair of the MSW/MAEd program at Washington University in St. Louis.


Dr. Christina Grange

Dr. Grange is a clinical psychologist at Pathways Unlimited, Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia), and an associate professor of Psychology at Clayton State University.  Her clinical training focused on the well-being and optimal development of young people in the context of their families, particularly Black families.  That work continues and has expanded to focus on helping women to obtain desired life outcomes by assessing their worldview, social contexts, and perceptions of personal power.  Her ultimate goal is to empower all clients to recognize, understand, and adaptively manage life’s challenges and opportunities in the context of a larger culture that often contributes to feelings of powerlessness.   Her recent research involved the evaluation of community-based programs and service-driven teaching strategies.


Dr. J. Celeste Walley-Jean

Dr. Walley-Jean (Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern Mississippi, B.A., Spelman College) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Clayton State University. She has clinical experience working with women, men, and adolescents who have experienced violence in their relationships. In addition Dr. Walley-Jean’s area of research investigates women’s use and experience of violence in their relationships, especially African American college women’s interpersonal aggression. She has published articles concerning African American college women’s use of interpersonal aggression and perceptions of African American women’s anger. Dr. Walley-Jean teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in topics such as abnormal psychology/psychopathology and human sexuality.



Love, Intimacy, Sexuality and Black Women, Part I

oin Dr. Culbreth and guest, Dr. Kat Smith on Visibility for Episode 2, “Love, Intimacy and Black Women, Part I” of the Black History Month mini series “We Are Our Sisters’ Keepers.” 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm EST

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This show will focus on Black women in love and loving, platonic and romantic relationships, intimacy and sexuality. Topics will include loving and nurturing relationships, choices, soul mates, friends with benefits, intimacy, sex, compassion, stereotypes, voices, loving with great passion, emotions, passion, satisfaction, gratification, expressing needs, wants, and desires, etc.

Guest: Dr. Kat Smith, Intimacy Expert


Dr. Kat is an engaging expert and speaker who has appeared on Good Morning America, Huff Post Live, Good Morning Texas, Daybreak, Fox4, and CW33. She created INTIMATE4PLAY, a romantic card game for couples along with other romantic products, books and programs including 69 Tips to Enrich Intimacy, Romantic Retreats in Texas, among others.

Dr. Kat is a doctor of human sexuality (sexologist), certified loveologist and certified by the American College of Sexologists. She is a speaker and former co-host of a four-year syndicated morning radio show at ABC Radio Networks, Inc. As a speaker, Dr. Kat’s topics  focus on intimacy enrichment and love and life enhancement. She helps clients to learn to re-parent themselves, rejuvenate and re-purpose their lives. She has authored several books including the ABC’s of Intimacy, I’m Tall You’re Not, Love the Vicious Cycle, and Seeds from Mama’s Garden. In addition, Dr. Kat  has created  programs, games and products. When she is not doing what she loves, you can find Dr. Kat enjoying traveling, cooking, dancing and being the occasional karaoke star.  


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