On Being Our Sisters’ Keeper

Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series: Episode 3:  On Being Our Sisters’ Keeper

Join Dr. Culbreth and guests, Ms. Bethany Loper and Dr. Alexanderia Smith, authors and contributors to “Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color” for a discussion on embracing girls and women of color. This episode will focus on how women of color act, react and interact with other, embrace each other and move within and around each other personally, academically and professionally.  Topics include: jealously, being envious,  race and color, mixed race identity, unity, on loving our sisters, supporting each other through the good, bad and ugly moments, interracial and intraracial unity among women of color, the need to protect, the evil eye, glares, negativity, issues experienced by women of color in the workplace, and the reasons why we embrace girls and women of color, etc.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST

on Complexity Talk Radio, Inc.’s  program:  Visibility 

Listen Live:  On Being Our Sisters’ Keeper


Dr. Alexanderia Smith

Dr. Smith is the South Carolina State Counseling Coordinator for Webster University. She earned a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia in 2001 and earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2007.  Dr. Smith is a nationally certified counselor, a licensed professional counselor, as well as a licensed addiction counselor.

Submission:  Black Girl Glare

 Ms. Bethany Loper

Is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and currently resides in New Castle, Delaware with her family. She is an award-winning poet and author and is currently working on her first novel and poetry book.


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About Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series

The Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series consists of five episodes presented in celebration of the publication of the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc.’s anthology: Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color and in celebration of Women’s History Month.


Orders for Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color will be accepted beginning on March 20, 2019 via the website of the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc. and books will be shipped in April.


Link to Listen Live: On Being Our Sisters’ Keeper


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.