The Power Within

Join Dr. Culbreth and guests, Dr. Meghna Bhat and Ms. Alicia Thompson, authors and contributors to “Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color,” for “The Power Within, Episode 4 of the “Our Voices Our Stories Mini-Series.” This episode will focus on the empowerment of girls and women of color personally, academically and professionally. Topics will include how we can empower girls and women of color psychologically, emotionally, physically and socially.

Additional discussion topics will include realizing the power within, self-esteem, self-love, self-identity, self-respect and self-pride, colorism, race,  hair, body image, inner beauty, words of wisdom, self-validation, on being original, defining yourself for yourself, standards of beauty, setting high standards and expectations among other topics.  The episode will also focus on how women of color can inspire, set examples and empower girls and teens of color and the development of coping strategies to deal with race, color and disparate treatment issues.

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST

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

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Ms. Alicia Thompson

 Is an international thespian and writer from Jamaica.  She is the founder of Artistry is Ministry (AIM) and known for customized performances of one woman shows and folklore.  Alicia uses artistry to uplift and impact girls and young women to help them deal with issues such as self-image, self-worth and self-realization.  She is an alumni of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), Parents Supporting Excellence in Education (SEE), and a past recipient of the Bridgeport Parent Leadership Award.

Submission: “Words of Wisdom from Mother Wise on Beauty and Self-acceptance.”

Dr. Meghna Bhat

Dr. Bhat holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in Gender and Women Studies. She is a proud South Asian woman and first-generation immigrant from India, and her experiences growing up in India and having lived in the US for 14 years motivated her to become an outspoken advocate for gender equality. Meghna currently lives in Sacramento, CA and is an independent consultant, scholar, speaker, and volunteer.

Submission: “My Experiences with Colorism as a South Asian Immigrant Woman:  How I Learned to Celebrate and Embrace my Skin Color.”

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 27, 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:The Power Within 

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.