Black in Red Podcast

Episode 1

In the inaugural episode of Black In Red, A. Toni Young sits down with Jacqueline Patterson, founder & executive director of The Chisholm Legacy Project. In episode one, #BlackInRed covers the effects of globalization and COVID-19 on Black/Brown communities. A. Toni Young dives deep into a conversation about climate change; alternatives to the coal mining industry; and, the future economies of Appalachia.

Episode 2

In the second installment of Black In Red, A. Toni Young has a conversation with Dr. Tamara McCants, Board-certified pharmacist and Director of Residency Programs and Practice Transformation at Howard University College of Pharmacy. Dr. McCants discusses vaccine hesitancy and how pharmacies play a pivotal role in the nation’s COVID-19 response.

Episode 3

Our guest this week, on Black In Red, is Dr. David Malebranche. Malebranche is an internal medicine physician and public health advocate who specializes in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. In episode three, Dr. Malebranche and host A. Toni Young discuss the Omicron variant’s impact in the United States and what the “new normal” of living with COVID could look like.

Episode 4

Our guest this week, on Black In Red, is Delegate Danielle Walker. She currently serves as a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 51st District, which covers Morgantown and most of Monongalia County In episode four, Delegate Walker discusses both the local and statewide response to COVID-19 across West Virginia and how she played a role in assuring her fellow black and brown community members had ample opportunities for vaccination.

Episode 5

Nakia Austin, M.A. is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Healing House, a holistic behavioral health program based in Charleston, West Virginia. The Healing House is dedicated to serving and empowering women impacted by trauma. She is also the Founder and CEO of Nakia Austin Coaching and Inspirations, LLC. This agency offers 15+ years of strategic thinking and tactical approaches to overcoming adversity. Nakia has spoken on local and national platforms, sharing her message of healing and hope. As the self-proclaimed “Trauma Queen,” she is also passionate about educating trauma survivors on the importance of healing and self-worth. 

Episode 6

Representative Laura Hall has served nearly 30 years in the Alabama State House of Representatives, representing House District 19 as a Democrat. Hall is the first African American elected to represent her district. She is retired educator whose tenure in the education field extended over forty years.  Black In Red’s sixth installment spotlights how the COVID-19 pandemic specifically affected constituents in Representative Hall’s district and exacerbated longstanding issues, such as housing insecurity, broadband availability, and access to healthcare.