The Fragmented Whole

The Fragmented Whole
Piecing Together the News and Self
The Final Step: Have Many Thoughts, Keep Your Intentions
Aug 13, 2018 • 22 min
This season, we have explored an array of concepts and strategies for facing, combatting, and remaining resilient in the face of trauma. In this season three finale episode, I discuss with my therapist, Shanequa Anderson, LMSW, four present and future…
Step 6: I Go Forth Alone, and Stand as Ten Thousand
Aug 6, 2018 • 24 min
Is it better to seek healing from acute or chronic trauma for oneself by oneself, or attain healing through the support of a community? What does it mean to be or remain resilient during or after a traumatic event(s)? The answers may not be so simple.…
Step 5: There’s Privilege in Experiencing Joy
Jul 30, 2018 • 34 min
This episode features Vacation.Charlie a Black, trans, and queer educator, healer, and experience. He is the founder and facilitator of the workshop, ‘Sex As Healing:Better Sex & Self Care.’ In this episode we discuss how sex can be a tool of healing and…
Step 4: Be Willing to Move
Jul 15, 2018 • 27 min
This episode features, Venneikia Williams, a self-proclaimed sinner, sociologist, and seminarian. Currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity, her independent study explores the strategies women of color are taking to heal themselves and others in a…
Step 3: I Will Live Free
Jul 8, 2018 • 24 min
This episode features licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, and yoga instructor, Emily Grace Siy, L.Ac. Her platform and practice, Emily Grace Acupuncture, is centered on helping clients attain balance and community in self-care and female…
Step 2: Re-Member, You Are Worthy
Jul 1, 2018 • 31 min
This episode features the insights of educator, healer, artist, and cultural bearer, Jana Lynne Umipig. Her platform emphasizes how self and communal care practices should incorporate one’s ancestry, while simultaneously revisioning one’s colonized…
Step 1:No Longer at Ease but Resilient
Jun 25, 2018 • 29 min
In the season three premiere, I provide a glimpse into my therapy session with my therapist, Shanequa Anderson, LCSW, in order to demystify what exactly therapy entails and the stigma that surrounds it, particularly for us black and brown folks. As a…
Counternarrative #5: Not All Gorillas are Friends: Resistance & Resilience Under the 45th
Mar 12, 2018 • 47 min
The season 2 finale episode highlights commentary made during the first live audio recording of The Fragmented Whole. With the 2018 midterm elections on the horizon, this discussion addressed the following ideals and tactics: 1. Intra- vs. inter-partisan…
Counternarrative #4: Wakanda Forever: Normalcy is Excellence
Feb 19, 2018 • 45 min
This week’s episode celebrates African diasporic representation in media, fine arts, and entrepreneurship by acknowledging the works of the African Chophouse founder, Stanley Lumax, and those of the Black Joy Project founder, Kleaver Kruz. If you aren’t…
Counternarrative #3: Net Neutrality: Has it Really Been Repealed?
Feb 12, 2018 • 37 min
Co-hosts from Public Knowledge and the Detroit Community Technology Project, discuss how Congress, states, and communities are taking digital justice into their own hands with the repeal of net neutrality. The acts of mobilization discussed make you…
Counternarrative #2: Liberia: Cracking the Crab Syndrome
Feb 5, 2018 • 39 min
This week’s episode explores Liberia’s first peaceful transition of power in more than 70 years. With the insight of three Liberians of the diaspora, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the socio-political climate within which the 2017 elections…
Counternarrative #1: Zimbabwe: Finally ‘Free & Fair?’
Jan 29, 2018 • 43 min
This week’s contributors, two Zimbabweans of the diaspora, reflect on the end of the 37-year reign of former President Robert Mugabe, critique the current presidential administration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, and look forward to the uncertainty of a ‘free…
2017 in Review: Films are the Window to my Soul
Nov 27, 2017 • 30 min
The season 1 finale episode reflects on 2017 by shining a spotlight on some of the year’s best films. From Hidden Figures to Get Out, let’s reflect on this past year and prepare for the new year to come.
We Built This, Part 2: A Seat at the Table
Nov 20, 2017 • 37 min
The second and last of a two-part conversation on mobilization efforts to remove Confederate statues from public spaces. This episode is guided by the narratives of UNC students and staff regarding the presence of Silent Sam and efforts to have it removed.
We Built This, Part 1: Confederate Spaces & Black Faces
Nov 13, 2017 • 18 min
This two-part episode is centered on mobilization efforts to remove Confederate statues in public spaces. This week’s episode sets the historical and social background of events that have led to the heightened resurgence of efforts to remove Confederate…
Clap Back: When you Look Different, People Like to Talk Different
Nov 6, 2017 • 20 min
This episode examines the historical body shaming of women of color and centers this analysis on current Dallas TV anchor, Demetria Obilor, of Channel 8, who was body shamed by a white female viewer for her choice of apparel or more frankly, her body…
Beyond Hashtags: Of Mules & Men
Oct 23, 2017 • 15 min
In this week’s episode, we discuss the role of men in discussions about gender-based violence, particularly with the #metoo campaign. We also shine a spotlight on a programmatic example of male allyship in Nairobi, Kenya.
To Boycott or to Affirm: #WOC Affirmation
Oct 16, 2017 • 23 min
In this week’s episode, by analyzing such movements as the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement and the counter protest of #WOC Affirmation, we’ll explore how the sentiments of women of color have been historically undermined and more importantly, how women of…
In the Aftermath of Maria: Continental Privilege
Oct 9, 2017 • 27 min
In the first episode of the series, we explore the -ism/-phobia of ‘nationality discrimination’ within the context of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, and the treatment of these American citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Pre-Season Introduction: The Fragmented Whole
Oct 9, 2017 • 7 min
The Fragmented Whole examines the -isms and phobias that unite and divide us intrapersonally, interpersonally, and geographically. In each episode, we’ll examine how these ideological frameworks play out in current events and pop culture, and hopefully…