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Naming It

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Naming It features Bay Area Psychologists, Dr. Bedford Palmer & Dr. LaMisha Hill, who explore the intersections of Social Justice, Psychology, & Blackness. They introduce aspects of counseling psychology that are not commonly thought of, and engage…
Episode 55 – We Love Black Joy, with Elisha Greenwell
Feb 18 • 56 min
Bedford & LaMisha are joined by Elisha Greenwell, founder of the Black Joy Parade, and Gavin Grant. The “What’s Going On” segment focuses on recent revelations of police collusion in Portland Oregon, but they don’t let it bring them down. The #RealTalk…
Episode 54 - Social Justice and Hospitality with Ashtin Berry
Feb 11 • 61 min
Bedford and LaMisha unveil a new format for Naming It. This episode features a #RealTalk interview with Hospitality Activist Ashtin Berry. It begins with a “What’s Going On” segment where the hosts discuss some of the negative responses to Senator Kamala…
Naming It Live from NCSPP New Orleans
Feb 4 • 40 min
Naming It is back for a New Season, and we thought we would make it LIVE! This live recording of Naming It come to you straight from the National Council of Schools & Programs in Professional Psychology’s Mid-Winter Conference in New Orleans. Our…
Best of Naming It - Tell the Truth… Is Trump A White Supremacists? (repost)
Jan 29 • 56 min
We take you back to Episode 39, where Bedford & LaMisha discuss What’s Going On with being on hiatus during the Charlottesville, racist coverage of hurricanes, and the controversy revolving around ESPN’s Jemele Hill and her comments about Trump. #Realtalk…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: Sen Jesse Hamilton | Adding Racism to 911 = Hate Crime
Aug 20, 2018 • 7 min
New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton from Brooklyn joins LaMisha and Bedford in order to talk about his 911 Anti-Discrimination legislation. Sen. Hamilton explains why he wants to stop the abuse of 911 services that leads to unwarranted and dangerous…
Episode 53 - Nia Wilson #SayHerName | Whiteness Kills…
Jul 30, 2018 • 58 min
Bedford and LaMisha were joined by Zoe Samudzi, author and doctoral student, in order to discuss the impact of the murder of Nia Wilson at the MacArthur BART Station in Oakland. During “What’s Going On?” they discuss the emotional, sociological, and…
Episode 52 - Mind Your Own F’n Business, Or We Come For Your Job #CellPhonesUP
Jul 16, 2018 • 49 min
Bedford and LaMisha talk about “What’s Going On” with the ongoing internment of LatinX children, as well as #MinorityMentalHealthAwarenessMonth, and their excitement around the election London Breed as the first African American Woman to serve as Mayor of…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: Dr. Nekeshia Hammond - Child Psychologist on Children in Cages
Jun 28, 2018 • 31 min
Bedford has a conversation with Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, a clinical psychologist with a specialty in children and adolescents, author, speaker, and host of Parenting Explained with Dr. Hammond. During the interview we talk about Dr. Hammond’s passion for…
Episode 51 - Trump Nationalized Child Abuse: A Mandated Report
Jun 17, 2018 • 55 min
LaMisha and Bedford shout out their dads for Father’s Day and talk about upcoming psychology conferences in the Bay Area. During the #WhatsGoingOn segment, they take a moment to express their respect for Anthony Bourdain and provide some insights on…
Episode 50 - Kanye: Too Privileged to be in the Sunken Place
May 21, 2018 • 53 min
Bedford and LaMisha discuss their reactions to Kanye West’s TMZ Rant, and how it did not come from the Sunken Place. They spend time debunking some of the right-wing rhetoric that he promoted, like Black on Black crime and slavery being a choice. The…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: Dr. Mel Lewis - Social Justice & Liberal Arts
Apr 10, 2018 • 30 min
Bedford talks to Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis, Associate Professor & Program Director of Ethnic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California. This #RealTalk 1-on-1 episode focuses on Dr. Mel’s work as an educator and a scholar. The discuss the importance of…
Episode 49 - Lets Radically Change Policing Now… Seriously!
Apr 2, 2018 • 53 min
Bedford and LaMisha discuss their reactions to the #MarchForOurLives and how some of the students have been using their white privilege to be better allies to marginalized communities. They talk about What’s Going On with the most recent police shootings…
Episode 48 - March for Who’s Lives? | Tired of Innocent Whiteness…
Mar 26, 2018 • 49 min
LaMisha and Bedford send a shout out to all the folks who are choosing education for their futures. They talk about “What’s Going On?” with the #MarchForOurLives, and how the Parkland Students spoke out about the press ignoring their Black classmates and…
Episode 47 - Seeing Ourselves in Wakanda, Even if the Oscars Refuse to Watch
Mar 12, 2018 • 64 min
Drs. Hill and Palmer discuss Black Joy, and issues around the intersections of social justice and media. The hosts talk about What’s Going On with how #OscarsSoWhite is both institutional and a blind spot for would be white allies who fail to bring…
Episode 46 - Pink Hats? Y’all Ain’t Hearing Us…
Jan 29, 2018 • 44 min
Bedford & LaMisha talk about What’s Going On with the unapologetic Blackness of Black Lightning, and decide that they need to convene a Social JUSTICE LEAUGE. For #RealTalk, they invite Namers to call in and talk about their experiences with the…
Episode 44 - Oprah 2020: Celebrity vs Civics | Bruno & Cardi B: Judging By Color
Jan 15, 2018 • 63 min
Bedford and LaMisha start the new year by dedicating Episode 44 to President Obama. They get real about Black republicans and the sunken place. Then they explore What’s Going On with their reactions to Oprah’s potential run for the White House after her…
Episode 43 - If Black Women saved America, where were Y’all?
Dec 18, 2017 • 67 min
LaMisha and Bedford talk about what’s going on the ongoing #MeToo movement and the recent Time Magazine cover. Before that Bedford shares his thoughts about the passing of his mentor Dr. Joseph L. White (Godfather of Black Psychology & Founder of EOP).…
Episode 42 - “Back to Natural” w/ Dr. Gillian Scott-Ward
Nov 22, 2017 • 66 min
LaMisha and Bedford are joined by Dr. Gillian Scott-Ward, psychologist and filmmaker. They talk about what’s going on with racism and African hair, as well as checking in on the continued #MeToo movement. During #RealTalk Drs. Palmer, Hill, and Scott-Ward…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: Civics w/ Michael Bracamontes
Nov 15, 2017 • 31 min
Bedford talks to attorney and California gubernatorial candidate Michael Bracamontes about his career as a public servant. They discuss the relationship between social justice and civic engagement. Michael explains how you do not need to be a career…
Episode 41 - #MeToo (Burke, 2007)
Nov 7, 2017 • 60 min
Drs. Hill and Palmer have talk about what’s going on with cultural appropriation and white supremacy. They focus on recent rollbacks, by 45’s administration, in terms of protections against sexual assaults and rape on college campuses. During #RealTalk…
#RealTalk Puerto Rico: An Interview w/ María Scharrón-del Río Ph.D.
Oct 9, 2017 • 41 min
Bedford has a conversation with Dr. María R. Scharrón-del Río, an associate professor and the Program Coordinator of the School Counseling Graduate Program at Brooklyn College, part of The City University of New York. The interview is focused on Dr.…
Take a Knee for Black Lives | Stand Up for the Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico
Oct 2, 2017 • 53 min
LaMisha and Bedford check in on Black Girl Magic and camping. They talk about What’s Going On? with the continuing protests and pseudo protests in the NFL. During #RealTalk Drs. Palmer & Hill discuss Trump, racism and colorism in relation to the ongoing…
Tell the Truth… Is Trump A White Supremacists?
Sep 18, 2017 • 56 min
Bedford and LaMisha return from a short hiatus and start a new semester of Naming It. In Episode 39, they discuss What’s Going On with being on hiatus during the Charlottesville, racist coverage of hurricanes, and the controversy revolving around ESPN’s…
Naming It Live - Dr. Raina Leon, Rob Jackson, & Kalimah Priforce
Jul 31, 2017 • 83 min
At the Naming It Podcast One Year Celebration & Live Show, Bedford and LaMisha are joined by a distinguished panel of educators and social justice advocates. Rob Jackson talks about working toward cultural congruence. Dr. Leon blesses us with some of her…
Episode 37 - Misogyny, Mr. Umar, & Minority Mental Health Don’t Mix
Jul 10, 2017 • 48 min
LaMisha & Bedford shout out being one year into Naming It! They also talk about What’s Going On with abusive misogyny in the form of the Rob Kardashian’s posting of sexually explicit pictures of Angela Renée White (Black Chyna) without her consent, and…
Episode 36 - “What The Hell Is Carnism?”
Jul 2, 2017 • 64 min
Naming It is One Year Old!!! But LaMisha and Bedford kinda forget to say it during the episode. But don’t worry, they talk about “What’s Going On” with Trump and his violent/misogynistic tweets, and why is the Press so dang polite about it. During…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: Self-Care In Art w/ Eric Leive
Jun 26, 2017 • 12 min
In this special #RealTalk 1-on-1, Bedford has a conversation with video game art producer, accomplished artist, and his neighbor Eric Leive. Eric shares how he uses painting as a type of mindfulness exercise and how this helps him to reduce stress and be…
Episode 35 - Social Justice & Media
Jun 18, 2017 • 53 min
Bedford and LaMisha welcome music industry & radio thought leader, and the author of Blackout: My 40 Years In The Music Business, Paul Porter as a special guest. They talk about #WhatsGoingOn with sexism in the Senate, racism at the Southern Baptist…
Episode 34 - Can Y’all Cut the Tax on My Blackness?
Jun 13, 2017 • 74 min
Bedford and LaMisha welcome special guest “Namer” Kevin Grant! They talk about #WhatsGoingOn with the Golden State Warriors, who are the verge of winning a championship, bandwagon fans, and a Stanford University study on Oakland Police being more…
Episode 33 - Being Free Can Be Lethal
May 30, 2017 • 50 min
Bedford and LaMisha discuss the troubling increase in violent hate crimes since the election of “45.” They call out the price of allowing a white supremacist to be elected, and the catch-22 of systemically addressing racism and xenophobia within a…
Episode 32 - Black Men, Masculinity, & Moonlight
May 24, 2017 • 78 min
Bedford and LaMisha are joined by special guest Dr. Vincent T. Harris, the Director of the Male Success Initiative at California State University, Fullerton. They talk about what’s been going on with the non-guilty verdict in the trial of Betty Shelby for…
Episode 31 - Turning Our Backs on the Sunken Place
May 14, 2017 • 51 min
Bedford and LaMisha shout-in some Twitter activity around the flue shot argument, and a Naming It meme that was Colorlines magazine. They go on to acknowledge their Moms for Mother’s Day, and then talk about #What’sGoingOn with the controversy around…
Episode 30 - White Supremacy & Malaria… Pretty Much The Same.
May 7, 2017 • 66 min
Bedford and LaMisha talk about what’s going on with the lack of media coverage of the continued police violence and hate crimes against Black and Brown people. They give a shout out to their friend and past guest Dr. Candice Nicole, who was recently…
Episode 29 - Cultural Appropriation: Your Freedom or My Soul?
Apr 25, 2017 • 62 min
Bedford and LaMisha talk about what’s going on with Earth Day, 4/20, and show their love for the March for Science by arguing about vaccinations. In #RealTalk they explore the concept of cultural appropriation and relate it the controversy around…
Episode 28 - Corporate Authority & Bystander Effect #UnitedAirlines
Apr 13, 2017 • 55 min
Bedford and LaMisha are back from a short hiatus aka Spring Break! They call out some of the issues related to the incident on United Flight #3411 and the beating of Dr. David Dao. The episode focuses on the intersections of micro-aggressive behavior that…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: An Interview Dr. Anissa Moody
Apr 6, 2017 • 18 min
At the National Multicultural Summit Dr. Bedford Palmer sits down with Dr. Anissa Moody, counseling psychologist and college professor. Dr. Moody talks about how she weaves multiculturalism and social justice into her teaching and practice, through…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: An Interview Dr. Tania Israel
Mar 20, 2017 • 19 min
During the National Multicultural Summit Bedford catches up with Dr. Tania Israel. She is a psychologist and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Counseling Psychology. She specializes in interventions to support the mental health…
Episode 27 - La Profesora y Papas w/ Special Guest Dr. Raina León
Mar 6, 2017 • 91 min
This week, Bedford deals with separation anxiety, as Dr. Hill has been called away on business. But it works out, as he is lucky enough to find a special guest cohost in professor and poet, Dr. Raina J. León. They talk about Moonlight being deprived of…
Episode 26.5 - Fun & Social Justice (The B-Side) with Dap
Feb 27, 2017 • 43 min
Bedford & LaMisha welcome back Dap from REELYDOPE Media and Podcast, to explore issues in Blackness, arts, entertainment, how the Oscars will likely remain “so white,” and why we need to figure out more ways to celebrate ourselves with something more than…
Episode 26 - Fun & Social Justice in Podcasting w/ a REELYDOPE Guest
Feb 20, 2017 • 63 min
Bedford & LaMisha are joined by Dap from REELYDOPE podcast. They talk about Beyoncé, her magic chair, and Lemonade, while examining the apparent institutionalized racism in the Grammys. Dap shares his experiences as Black podcaster during a time when the…
Episode 25 - Bad Character Is Not Mental Illness #Trump
Feb 13, 2017 • 63 min
LaMisha & Bedford talk about why it is problematic for mental health professionals to diagnose “45” aka Trump without ever actually meeting him. For #RealTalk they sit down with Malkia Chionesu from Beats, Rhymes, and Life (BRL), an Oakland based…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: Strength, Solidarity, Strategy, & Sustainability
Feb 5, 2017 • 24 min
While attending the National Multicultural Summit in Portland, Oregon, Bedford catches up with Dr. Rebecca Toporek, a psychologist, a professor at San Francisco State University, and one of the editors of the Handbook of Social Justice in Counseling…
Episode 24 - Ain’t I a Woman?
Jan 29, 2017 • 60 min
Bedford and LaMisha define “Alternative Facts” and talk about the Women’s March, in terms of the historical relationship between Feminist and Womanist beliefs. Namers called in and left their thoughts on the absence of community organizers of color, the…
Episode 23 - I Love My Hair, I Love My Skin, I’m Beautiful
Jan 23, 2017 • 50 min
Bedford and LaMisha are joined by Jason Sweeting, co-owner and co-creator of Naturally Perfect Dolls. With his wife and business partner Angelica; Jason was recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, where they secured a deal with Shark Damon John. Together,…
#RealTalk 1-on-1: Black Coffee: No Sugar, No Racism, No Trump
Jan 19, 2017 • 16 min
In the post presidential election climate, where the name “Trump” has become a hate filled slogan, racism and intolerance seems to have been condoned by the next president of the United States. Dr. Bedford Palmer interviews Star Ringgold, who called out a…
Episode 22 - Obama Is Leaving & It’s OK to Cry
Jan 16, 2017 • 65 min
Bedford and LaMisha discuss the revolutionary legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and how his vision remains current. They describe their worries in terms of the ramifications of having an attorney general who has no interest in social justice. During…
Episode 21 - Fenced Off Feelings & Insecure Attachments
Jan 9, 2017 • 96 min
Bedford and LaMisha welcome you to 2017 and the Spring Semester of Naming It. They explore relationship dynamics and the importance of communication, as they discuss their reactions to the performances of Denzel Washington and Golden Globe winner Viola…
Episode 20 - An Eye for an Eye Leaves Everyone Blind…
Dec 19, 2016 • 69 min
In the 2016 finale of Naming It Bedford introduces the new Naming It listener voicemail (607) U-Name-It (862-6348). LaMisha and Bedford mark the end of Naming It’s first season with an exploration of the concepts of anger, revenge, and forgiveness while…
Episode 19 - Dreaming of a Socially Just Immigration Policy
Dec 12, 2016 • 73 min
Dr. Diana Peña & Germán Cadenas joined Bedford and LaMisha as guests in order to lend their expertise on DACA, AB 540, Dreamers, & the reality of racist immigration policy. #Realtalk focuses on the impact of uncertain immigration policy on vulnerable…
Episode 18 - White Tears & Black Anger
Nov 29, 2016 • 70 min
In this episode, we discuss our reactions to the continuing “whitelash” following the presidential election, overtly racist conservativism, and rightwing attempts to kill academic freedom through an online black listing of professors. During #RealTalk we…
Episode 17 - Post-Election Recovery & Communicating from a Space of Empowerment
Nov 21, 2016 • 55 min
In this episode, we discuss our reactions to the election results. #RealTalk focuses on ways to talk about the election, particularly with co-workers and family members who may not share your relationship to social justice. Our #SelfCare tip of the week…
#RealTalk - Keep The Faith
Nov 9, 2016 • 23 min
This is a special #RealTalk short that was taped on election night. Bedford talks about what he thinks we all need to do in the wake of this election, and shares some wisdom from his mentor. It’s all about Resilience. Follow us on Twitter:…
Episode 16 - The Halloween Episode: I’m Not Your Black Boogie Man
Oct 31, 2016 • 73 min
Bedford shares his experience living at the intersection of Black & Male identities, and the harmful impact of the stereotype of “The Dangerous Black Man.” LaMisha recaps an all too common negative narrative about Black men in relationships, and shares…
Episode 15 - Fair-Weather Fans Still Need to Vote
Oct 24, 2016 • 82 min
LaMisha and Bedford talk about healthy relationships with friends, partners, and even sports teams. Bedford explains that a one-month relationship is no more or less important than what it means to be with someone for one month. And like any…
Episode 14 - Are Trump Supporters Inherently Good People? Or Nah…
Oct 17, 2016 • 73 min
Bedford and LaMisha talk about their differences in philosophy, and how they see people. The main question of the episode is focused on what to make of people who support Donald Trump. When someone supports a candidate who exhibits bigoted and sexist…
Episode 13 - Racial Trauma Won’t Be Post Traumatic Until it Stops…
Oct 3, 2016 • 83 min
In Episode “Teenth” of Naming It, LaMisha & Bedford welcome Dr. Candice Nicole, a Psychologist and Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology at University of Kentucky,whose research and clinical interests include Black sexuality and cross cultural…
Episode 12 – Police Authority or Black Lives… #OneStopAway
Sep 26, 2016 • 61 min
Episode 12 of Naming it begins with the framing wisdom of Malcolm X from a speech delivered in 1962. Bedford and LaMisha revisit the ongoing issue of police violence in reference to the recent murders of Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Keith…
Episode 11 - Sex, Sexuality & a Little Bit of Lemonade
Sep 19, 2016 • 59 min
Bedford and LaMisha welcome Dr. Konjit Page (@PageDrPage –Twitter), Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of San Francisco to talk about sex, sexuality and relationships. They discuss…
Episode 10 - We Can’t Wait for a More Convenient Season: You must have forgot I was free
Sep 12, 2016 • 59 min
On Episode 10 (Whoop-Whoop) of Naming It Bedford and LaMisha “check-in” in true psychologist fashion, and both agree that the Netflix Original Series “The Get Down” is off the chain! They discuss the complexities of 9/11 and athletes taking a knee to…
Episode 9 - Misogyny & Blackness Should Not Mix… But they do.
Sep 5, 2016 • 57 min
Bedford and LaMisha shout out #SupportBlackPodcasts and D_Peña for supporting the podcast with a review. Bedford talks about his experience with Neighbors 4 Racial Justice and the Nextdoor app. LaMisha explains why having to raise an interracial baby is…
Episode 8 - Back to School Episode: You Earned Your Spot! You’re Not an Imposter!
Aug 28, 2016 • 55 min
Bedford & LaMisha discuss hanging out with #OaklandPodGang and check in about the past week. They revisit their discussion of #LochteGate, Bedford gives Simone Biles a nickname, and they try something new while talking about #BlackGirlMagic and the…
Episode 7 - Brown Girls | White Privilege. #PositiveAffirmations
Aug 22, 2016 • 58 min
Bedford and LaMisha reflect on #Olympic #BlackGirlMagic and the Greatest Female Gymnast of All Time @Simone_Biles. Bedford talks about his time at the Association of Black Psychologists (@TheABPsi) Convention, and LaMisha gives an update on her adventures…
Episode 6 - Being an Ally Means Sacrificing Privilege. #ImNamingIt
Aug 7, 2016 • 45 min
Dr. Bedford Palmer and Dr. LaMisha Hill reflect on gentrification & homeownership in the Bay Area. They also discuss what it means to be an Ally, via two articles; the first by W. Kamau Bell and the next by Eric Adelson. In both articles they discuss a…
Episode 5 - “They go low…We go high” ~ @FLOTUS
Aug 1, 2016 • 48 min
Bedford and LaMisha shout out #PodsinColor & #Podernfamily, and talk about “What’s Going On?” with the #DNCinPHL; focusing on “Wishing you would boo Michelle Obama,” anticipating how they will miss the 1st Couple, Black Respectability, and…
Episode 4 - Plagiarism, Privilege, Pseudo-Psychology, & Self Care
Jul 25, 2016 • 46 min
Bedford and LaMisha talk about “What’s Going On?” with the #RNCinCLE; focusing on strategic Republican racism, #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, and the double standards that come with Privilege. They do some #RealTalk about police shootings of unarmed Black…
Episode 3 - Black Excellence & Blue Lines
Jul 17, 2016 • 51 min
Bedford and LaMisha talk about “What’s Going On?” including #BLAXIT, adventures in #PokemonGo, #EmmysSoBlack, Serena Williams aka G.O.A.T., & Black/Latin Girl Magic in the Olympics. They continue their RealTalk around the costs of police violence & the…
Episode 2 - Reflections on Police Shootings, Racism, and Historical Trauma
Jul 11, 2016 • 47 min
In this episode Dr. Bedford Palmer II and Dr. LaMisha Hill focus on the tragic events in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas. They discuss the intersectionality of being Black and Male in the world, and reflect on their personal experiences navigating…
Episode 1 - Welcome to “Naming It”
Jul 2, 2016 • 38 min
In this pilot episode Dr. LaMisha Hill and Dr. Bedford Palmer II introduce themselves and their new podcast “Naming It.” In this episode they discuss the intersection between psychology and Blackness, the importance of mentoring, and LaMisha shares her…
Episode 0 - An Introduction
Jun 27, 2016 • 1 min
Naming It features Bay Area Psychologists, Dr. Bedford Palmer II and Dr. LaMisha Hill, who explore pop-culture, current events, and their impact on our lives. Follow us on Twitter: @NamingItPodcast | @DrBFPalmer | @LaMishaHill. Music provided by Lee…