This podcast, It’s Personal, riffs off the feminist slogan, “the personal is political”. We used to say that if one person told the story it was personal, but when a dozen people had the same story, it’s political. Even the most political or policy conversations, then, has personal roots, or a foundation in personal beliefs. Why do you do what you do? Why do you spend your time the way you do? Why do you make a difference? Believe me, it’s personal.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.
Well-known for appearances on national network programs, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others; Malveaux is booked to offer commentary on subjects ranging from economics to women's rights and public policy. She has also hosted television and radio programs.
A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held leadership and board positions in women’s, civil rights, policy and public service organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute and The Black Doctoral Network/ Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Her most recent book is, Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and Public Policy.
Stacey Patton escaped from an abusive childhood living with her adopted parents, to become a highly successful journalist and educator. Ms. Patton is the author of Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America.
In a candid and revealing conversation with Dr. J, Stacey recounts her painful early years and the connection between enslavement and abusive corporal punishment. Stacey holds out hope for breaking the cycle of violence that has become prevalent in Black parenting in America.