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Robin Lofton and Frederick Douglas Lofton

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We confront issues and their effects on Black people in the United States and around the world. From climate change to white supremacy, police violence to veganism, we face these highly charged topics with courage and curiosity. Our uncommon conversation is quick, engaging, and enlightening. Grab an espresso and join the convo!
 
Meet BlackFacts.com, the Internet's longest running Black History Encyclopedia - Delivering Black History, Culture, Vides and News to our followers. This podcast series provides your daily Black Facts Of The Day™. In addition there will be occasion bonus episodes focused on diversity or other key topics of interest to our BlackFacts audience Learn black history, Teach black history - https://blackfacts.com
 
This is a lecture series about African American history. Each "wiki" lecture is approximately 5 minutes long and teaches about lessons from the past can be used to improve our lives and the future. These lectures are fun, interesting, and inspirational!
 
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We are continuing the discussion on how to start a business. You have a great idea. You think that it will be a great product or service. Don't know how to start? No worries! This podcast show will discuss what you need to know to get started. This is the second part of the "Starting a Business" series. See October 8th for Part I of the series. Joi…
 
Braids. Locks. Twists. Cornrows. Afros. Bantu knots. These are styles of natural hair worn by Black people around the world. Although these styles can grow naturally, without the use of chemicals, heat, or painful treatments, many Black people experience professional difficulties or school punishments for wearing these natural styles. In this episo…
 
Racial stress is a fact of life for most Black people. This stress is damaging our mental and physical health. How can we fight the effects of racial stress? Epidemiologist Sherman A. James discusses healthful coping strategies that individuals and communities can--or must--take to protect Black health and support upward mobility. Join us for this …
 
The truth is out: racism damages the health of Black people. Racism damages our mental health and well-being. Racism damages our physical health. The Espresso Talk Team is joined by Professor Sherman James, an epidemiologist who has studied the effect of racism--and high effort coping behavior to deal with racism--on Black bodies. The result? Chron…
 
Adultification is a form of stereotype in which adults view and treat Black children as more adult-like than their white peers. Adultification causes trauma to children. Black children are held to "adult-like" standards and given harsher treatment than white children. This form of bias robs Black children of their childhood. In this episode, the Es…
 
Black actors have been fighting for racial justice and social change for decades. Eartha Kitt. Jesse Williams. Danny Glover. Cecile Tyson--and many more used their fame and fortune to make a change in society. They risked a lot. Some were “blackballed” from the entertainment industry. Others were ostracized. Some lost everything for their beliefs a…
 
Storytellers have always been held important roles in Black communities--from Africa to Detroit. Storytelling connects us with our roots in Africa where the oral tradition was used to remember family history, acknowledge special events, and teach societal rules. The Espresso Talk Today is pleased to have Edith Armstrong, aka Mama Edie, on the show …
 
So you want to start a business? Great! You have a great idea. You think that it will be a great product or service. Don't know how to start? No worries! This podcast show will discuss what you need to know to get started. Join us in the Lawyers' Corner for this informative and fun discussion!By Robin Lofton, Mellanese Lofton, and Hans Hyppolite
 
The fastest-growing demographic segment worldwide is the senior population. People are living longer and more are staying healthy as they age. Yet age-related illnesses like dementia, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes are realities for some senior citizens and their families. With this growing population has arisen an area of law that is dedicate…
 
Storytellers have always been held important roles in Black communities--from Africa to Detroit. Storytelling connects us with our roots in Africa where the oral tradition was used to remember family history, acknowledge special events, and teach societal rules. Elders were often revered storytellers, which also acknowledged their important positio…
 
The Espresso Talk Today team continues the interview with Kimberly Slaughter, Chief Executive Officer of Systra USA. (We encourage you to hear the first part of this interview!) Kimberly Slaughter will discuss her professional journey and obstacles that she met and overcame within corporate America. Kimberly will also discuss her typical day as a c…
 
“Many college-educated Black Americans are entering corporate America with dreams, ready to do great things, but they're confronted with an unwelcoming culture." The Black community has always focused on education as a way of obtaining financial security, political power, and even upward mobility on a personal level. The Espresso Talk Today team is…
 
Simone Biles. Naomi Osaka. Nicole Hannah-Jones. Meghan Markle. Rosa Parks. What do these women share? Besides excelling in their professions, they are also working in an environment that exposes them to mental or physical harm. Most importantly, they all refused to allow themselves to suffer harm in their toxic professional environments. They all s…
 
The Lawyers Corner returns to discuss discrimination at work. Everyone has the right to a safe and respectful working environment. Unfortunately, many people experience discrimination at work because of race, gender, age, pregnancy, or another status. In this episode, attorneys Wayne and Mel and paralegal Janice discuss what to do if you experience…
 
Why is Stoicism growing so popular today? Amid the problems of systemic racism, the Covid-19 pandemic, political upheaval, climate change, people are facing constant financial, mental, and emotional challenges. Stoicism was designed to help people stay calm in the chaos and develop happiness by determining their sphere of control. Robin and Ben dis…
 
Financial educator, Jorick Gaines, is back! Today he's talking about cash flow: How to increase it, why you need it, and what happens if you don't have it. The Espresso Talk Today team is excited to discuss and learn creative ways of increasing our cash flow. Yes, you can get another job but we're thinking out of the box today and brainstorming how…
 
What's the big deal about cultural appropriation? Why do we care if Justin Bieber gets loc'd or if Katy Perry goes Geisha? This week, we are asking the GenZers what they think about white folks dressing like and imitating other cultures. Ben and Marlene lead this discussion and the opinions are flying! Robin makes a surprise appearance too! Join th…
 
Justin Bieber in locks. Madonna wearing an elaborate North African headpiece and dress. Pop singer Adele wearing Bantu knots. White children wearing Native headdresses on Halloween. Katy Perry doing a Geisha performance. What do these have in common? These actions involve cultural items or rituals worn or practiced by White Americans. Is this cultu…
 
Do you have a problem with your landlord, employer, or neighbor? Mediation is the answer! Mediation is a powerful tool that can help you to resolve disputes without going to court! The Lawyers Corner discusses how mediation can be used rather than the expensive and time-consuming method of going to court. Property disputes, family disputes, landlor…
 
The Stock Market is one of the quickest ways to accumulate wealth in America. Yet many African Americans are not participating in this lucrative market. Low African-American participation in the stock market contributes to the widening wealth gap between black and white households. Studies show that African Americans are 35 percent less likely to t…
 
Police violence. White supremacy and terror. Dehumanizing behavior. Systemic racism. Everywhere. Every day. African Americans and other people of color face constant threats not only to their physical safety but also to their mental health. This leads to high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Racism-induced stress a…
 
America's original (White) Founders--Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and others--were revolutionaries and resisters. They created a new nation but also a new relationship between the government and the people. Yet there were omissions, problems, conflicts, genocide, and racism. They never reached a clear decision on slavery, the rights of women, or the…
 
Anarcha, Betsey, Lucy, Henrietta Lacks. Numerous un-named free and enslaved Black women. What do these women have in common? They experienced health problems. They needed medical assistance. They were used and exploited by the American medical community. Since slavery in the United States, the American medical community has treated Black women as “…
 
Hypertension. Depression. Cardiovascular disease. Arthritis. African Americans have a higher risk of suffering from these chronic illnesses. African Americans also experience earlier onset of these illnesses and earlier deaths. Why? Systemic racism. In this episode, we are joined by Professor Sherman James who developed the theory called John Henry…
 
Espresso Talk Today is celebrating Juneteenth! We have an original short story about a young freed Black woman and a true narrative by a young freed Black woman. This is the 156 anniversary of the freeing of the enslaved population of Texas. Let's acknowledge and celebrate this historic day. And remember that there is still lots of work to do. No o…
 
Depression. Anxiety. Suicide. Mental health issues are real and pervasive in the African American community—but we don’t often recognize them. You are not alone. Just like physical health problems, mental illness needs to be identified and diagnosed as early as possible and treated. However, many people are not aware of many common mental and emoti…
 
Tony Lip in The Green Book. Aibileen Clark in The Help. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Rudyard Kipling's poem, The White Man's Burden. The problem of the “White saviour” is persistent and growing in western culture. The term “white saviourism” refers to an idea in which a white person, or white culture, rescues Black people from their own …
 
Americans love Paris. The food. The art. The language. Black Americans also love Paris--for different reasons. The freedom. The equality. The experience of living in a "colorblind" society. This led many Black Americans to settle in Paris. James Baldwin. Chester Himes. Beauford Delaney. Josephine Baker. Jazz musicians. Artists. Military servicemen.…
 
Debt is a fact of life. But debt is not created equal. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. The power comes with having the good debts and limiting the bad and the ugly debts. How can you know which is the good debt and which is bad? And why is it important to have good debts? Financial educator Jorick Gaines returns to answer these questions …
 
Robert E. Lee Memorial Statue (Richmond, VA). Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma, AL). Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Obelisk (Birmingham, AL). Buffalo Bill Cultural Center (Kansas). Columbus Day holiday. Gone with the Wind. What do these have in common? They remember the history of White Americans. However, many people—particularly people of color—are de…
 
Hypertension. Depression. Cardiovascular disease. African Americans have a higher risk of suffering from these chronic illnesses. Earlier onset. Earlier deaths. Why? Systemic racism. Many states now have declared racism to be a public health crisis. Public health can protect health in Black and Brown communities by addressing racism-based issues li…
 
African Americans are a large voting bloc. But how much political power do we really have? And how effectively do we use our power? In this episode, we examine this mythical monolithic Black voting bloc. Join us as we compare Black voting power after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, consider how we can more effectively use our voting powe…
 
What were the Buffalo Soldiers? Why were they called "Buffalo Soldiers"? What was their role in fighting for America? Why haven't we heard of them? This episode will answer all of your questions about these brave Black soldiers! You will learn who the Buffalo Soldiers were and how they fought in the wars of western expansion. Yet they faced racism,…
 
Do you need a will? What is probate? Can I avoid making a will or going through the probate process? What is a trust? What about taxes? Great questions. The lawyers in this episode discuss these and other important questions about wills, trusts, probate, taxes, and even fraud! Many people don't think about making a will or they don't know why they …
 
Financial hardships can happen to anyone. Anytime. But there are ways to protect your income and future--and it's easier than ever! Yet many people remain unprotected and vulnerable. If you like tax-free cash income then join us to discuss the power of life insurance. In this show, financial educator, Jorick Gaines with WealthWave, Inc. will discus…
 
Muhammed Ali. Wilma Rudolph. Colin Kaepernick. All of these African Americans were great athletes. But they were also great activists fighting for racial and social justice. Many people forget the important contributions made by Black athlete activists. Yet they have had an incredible impact on highlighting racial and social injustices--and changin…
 
The lawnmower. The key chain. The gas mask. The video security system. The modern traffic signal. These were invented by African Americans. And there is so much more! Yet we learn and hear so little about the numerous inventions by African Americans. This show changes this perception of Black inventors and scientists! The ETT team discusses Black i…
 
How can you support Black economic empowerment? The easiest yet most powerful way is to buy from Black businesses. Invest in Black businesses. Donate. Collaborate. And always buy Black first! There are more than two million Black-owned businesses in the United States. They provide important goods and services, jobs, and needed revenue for the commu…
 
Black Wall Street. Madame C.J. Walker. BET. OWN. Vista Equity Partners. Black Americans have always worked for economic power and independence. There have been notable successes--and many obstacles. Today, there are more than 2 million Black-owned businesses in America. Why is economic empowerment important in the Black community? What have been th…
 
On March 31, Toni Morrison wins the Pulitzer. She was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. In the late 1960s, Morrison became the first Black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City. She became noted for her examination of the Black experience within the Black community. In 1988, Morrison won the Pul…
 
On March 30, The 15th Amendment was ratified and gave blacks the right to vote. In the final years of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era that followed, Congress repeatedly debated the rights of the millions who had been enslaved. After surviving a difficult ratification fight, the amendment was certified as duly ratified and part of …
 
Wilma Rudolph was an American sprinter, who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international icon in track and field. Rudolph was born prematurely at 4.5 pounds (2.0 kg) on June 23, 1940, in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee. She was able to overcome several early childhood illnesses, including pneumonia, scarlet fever and polio. She enrol…
 
March 29 is the birthday of Pearl Bailey. She was an American entertainer notable for her sultry singing and mischievous humor. A nightclub performer, Bailey shared the stage with entertainers such as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Bailey also had a television career and even hosted her own show, “The Pearl Bailey Show.” BlackFacts.com is the Int…
 
Diane Judith Nash is an American civil rights activist, and a leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement. Nash was born in 1938 and raised in Chicago. After finishing Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Diane Nash went to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University. She then went on to major in English at Fisk University…
 
On March 28, Bill Russell became the first African American to coach an NBA team. During his career, Russell supported the American civil rights movement, and spoke out against the Vietnam War. He won 11 NBA titles in the 13 seasons that he played with the Boston Celtics, and then he was named the player-coach of the Celtics in 1966. In 2011, Barac…
 
Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. She was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and co-founded the radical activist group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.). On the early morning hours of June 28…
 
On March 27, the Black Academy of Arts and Letters was founded. Founded in Boston, the Black Academy of Arts and Letters works to promote, cultivate, and preserve the work of African, African-American, and Caribbean artists in the fields of literature, fine arts, performing arts, visual arts, and cinema. The organization grew out of the American Ne…
 
Odetta Holmes was an American singer, actress, guitarist, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Odetta was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 31, 1930. As an important figure in the American folk music of the 50s and 60s, she influenced many of the key figures of the fo…
 
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