First Wednesdays

Breast Cancer for Black Women Can Be Deadly Description: Regardless of your health status, family history or age – you are at risk for breast cancer. But, early detection and early treatment can save your life. Valerie Rochester, Imperative Director of Programs and Training, will join in the conversation to inform you what the Imperative is doing to encourage early screening and treatment. Publish Date: October 5, 2011
How Do You Feel about The Help? The Book and Movie Evokes Strong Feelings – Good and Bad - among Black Women Description: Hosts Byllye Y. Avery and Ngnia Lythcott discuss The Help – book and movie. There is no question that the book and movie present us with a touching drama, not only because of the issues it explores, but the feelings it evokes among Black women. What feelings did the book and movie evoke in you? Let’s talk about it! Publish Date: September 14, 2011
The Healing Power of Poetry with Poet Nikky Finney Description: If anyone understands the power of using words to heal, it’s Nikky Finney. This amazingly gifted and acclaimed poet will join Byllye and Ngina to not only read poetry from her new book, Head Off and Split, but to discuss how you can also use poetry to heal from traumatic experiences, enhance your self-awareness, gain new insights, and renew hope. Publish Date: June 1, 2011
Are You Ready? Planning and Preparing for Natural Disasters Description: Natalie Grant of the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Emergency Medical Services provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking listeners through how to develop an emergency plan, what items to include in disaster supplies kit, how to assist children, elderly and people with disabilities in the time of an emergency and how to locate emergency public shelters. Publish Date: May 5, 2011
Black, Pregnant and In Jail Description: Special Guests: Imperative Board Chair Dorothy Roberts, J.D., author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, and Faiza Mathon-Mathieu, J.D., attorney with The Rebecca Project. A discussion with Dorothy and Faiza about a woman’s battle for reproductive justice in the criminal justice system. Publish Date: April 6, 2011
Blacks and the Ethics of Scientific Research Part I Description: Who is Henrietta Lacks? Why is she important to the conversation on Blacks and the ethics of scientific research? Physician, Historian of Medicine and University Professor of Medical Humanities at George Washington University Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble and Henrietta Lack’s Great-Granddaughter Courtnee Lacks discuss Ms. Lack's story and the impact of our resulting mistrust on the health and wellness of African Americans. Publish Date: March 2, 2011
Blacks and the Ethics of Scientific Research Part II Description: Continuation of "Blacks and the Ethics of Scientific Research". Part II Publish Date: March 2, 2011
Iyanla Vanzant on Putting the Broken Pieces of Your Life Back Together Description: Iyanla Vanzant will open up about her journey to make sense of the puzzle pieces of her life and why it led her to pen her latest book, “Peace From Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through.” A broken marriage, loss of a close, loved one, a foreclosure and years of physical and mental abuse – this is the life Iyanla lived and overcame. Publish Date: January 5, 2011
The Black Feminist Classic - For Colored Girls - Returns Description: In the 70's when Black women were dealing with racism and sexism openly; encouraged to hide our sexuality and beauty by the mainstream; and beginning to embrace the ideals of Black feminism, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, empowered us. What feelings is the movie evoking within Black women today? Publish Date: December 1, 2010
I Am Not My Hair: Black Women, Our Hair and Our Self-Esteem Description: Psychiatrist Saundra Maass-Robinson will also join the discussion with Byllye and Ngina to explore the link between a Black woman’s hair and her self-esteem. Publish Date: November 3, 2010
Tangled In Pink – The Politics of Breast Cancer Research Description: What are the politics of breast cancer research? Listen as nationally-respected breast health advocate Zora Brown and a co-founder of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation’s largest multicultural health policy group, Dr. Lovell Jones seek to answer this question. Publish Date: October 6, 2010
How to Find a Therapist That’s Right for You! With Cheryl Chisholm: How to Find a Therapist That's Right for You Description: Cheryl Chisholm is a licensed therapist and director of the Imperative-produced documentary, “On Becoming a Woman: Mothers and Daughters Talking Together,” she joined Byllye and Ngina on our BlogTalkRadio show “First Wednesday” on Wednesday, June 2 at 2 p.m. EST. Cheryl will provide unique insight into an issue rarely discussed among Black women – seeking professional help for the emotional and mental health challenges that many of us are facing. Publish Date: September 2, 2010
How to Find a Therapist That’s Right for You Description: Cheryl Chisholm, licensed therapist and director of the Imperative-produced documentary, “On Becoming a Woman: Mothers and Daughters Talking Together,”, will provide unique insight into an issue rarely discussed among Black women – seeking professional help for the emotional and mental health challenges that many of us are facing. Publish Date: June 2, 2010
Black Women and Depression: It's More Common Than You Think Description: One out of five Black women suffers from depression. Terrie Williams will unveil the truth about the faces of depression - helplessness, dissatisfaction, illness, loss, addiction and anger - and offer strategies for tough times and exercises for recovery. Publish Date: May 5, 2010
Healthy Sexuality: First Wednesdays: Conversations with Byllye and Ngina: Sexual Health Description: A discussion on sexual health with, Dr. Hutcherson whose devotion to women’s empowerment and education is supported by her monthly sexual health columns in Essence Magazine and Glamour Magazine. Dr. Hutcherson is the author of 3 books: Having Your Baby: A Guide for African American Women, What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex and Pleasure: A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need and Deserve. Publish Date: April 7, 2010
Loving Relationships: Black Love & Relationships Description: Loving relationship are created, not discovered. A Conversation with Byllye and Ngina" to discover ways to create positive, lasting and loving relationships. Joined by Dr. Denese Shervington, they will discuss how loving relationships are created. Publish Date: March 3, 2010
Explore the Power of Love with Dr. Love Description: What Greater Power is There Than Love? Explore Love of Spirit, Self and Others with Dr. Barbara Love on Conversations with Byllye and Ngina". Dr. Barbara Love is a thought-provoking speaker, consultant and writer on empowerment and transformation. Her views on social justice and self awareness are sought across the globe. She has helped thousands of Black women unveil the power self-love. Publish Date: February 3, 2010
Getting Rid of the Holiday Blues and Boosting Your Energy Description: Dr. Janet Taylor, psychiatrist, blogger and frequent guest of the Today Show, offers expert insight on “Getting Rid of the Holiday Blues and Boosting Your Energy.” Publish Date: January 6, 2010

Black Women's Health Report with Eleanor Hinton Hoytt

There is Life After Breast Cancer: Three Women Tell Their Stories Description: Eleanor talks to these women and discovers how they turned their personal challenge into an opportunity to educate, empower and encourage other Black women living with breast cancer. Whether you have been affected personally or have a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, hear first-hand how these women are using their stories to help save the lives of other Black women. Publish Date: October 19, 2011
What's Happening with Social Security Description: Guest:Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, Noted American policy scholar, income expert, speaker, author and president and CEO of Global Policy Solutions. Unfortunately, some in Washington want to cut your Social Security benefits. If Congress cuts Social Security, many Blacks across the country will be hit the hardest with Black women being affected the most. Publish Date: September 21, 2011
Living with Lupus: Lupus and Black Women's Health Description: Black women are three times more likely to get lupus than white women; yet, many don’t realize that they are being affected by the disease. Tune in to hear Yvette discuss how she discovered that she had lupus and how it affects her daily life. Health educator Dawn Isherwood of the Lupus Foundation of America will be available to help you learn the sign and symptoms of lupus and understand what life adjustments are necessary for those living with it. Publish Date: April 27, 2011
H.R. 3: What Congress is doing to jeopardize Black women’s health? Description: "H.R. 3, a high priority bill deceptively entitled, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and dubbed the “Smith Bill” (Smith, R-NJ) is dangerous, unfair and misleading," - Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Imperative President and CEO Publish Date: February 16, 2011
Black Women and Cervical Cancer: Everything You Need to Know But Don’t Ask Description: Of the thousands of Black women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, more than 40 percent will die compared to 20 percent of white women. Why are Black women especially vulnerable? This show will inform Black women about cervical cancer, the HPV vaccine, and why race may be a factor in cervical cancer prevention among Black women. Publish Date: January 19, 2011
27 Years Old with Breast Cancer on The Black Women's Health Report with Eleanor Hinton Hoytt Description: Imagine at age 27, hearing the words from your health care provider, “you have triple negative breast cancer,” the most aggressive form of the disease. Nine years ago Kimberly Bates, a medical student at Ohio State University, heard these words and her life changed. Listen to her story. Publish Date: October 20, 2010
September 23 is finally here. Why is this date so important? Description: With the 2010 Affordable Care Act, for the first time in our nation’s history, Black women will receive access to some preventative care services without copayments, deductibles and coinsurance payments. Host Eleanor Hinton Hoytt explored with a leading expert the impact of this milestone on the health of the Black women, what we can expect and how these provisions will improve our health. Publish Date: September 22, 2010
Black Women and HIV: The Numbers Don’t Show the Whole Picture, Part 2 Description: Dr. Gail Wyatt, author of Stolen Women, clinical psychologist, sex therapist, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, will shed light on why Black women are continuing to be infected, why we are afraid of talking about HIV and AIDS and why too many of us don’t know our HIV status. Publish Date: July 21, 2010
Black Women and HIV: The Numbers Don't Show the Whole Picture Description: Our experts, Gail Wyatt, Ph.D., author of Stolen Women, clinical psychologist, sex therapist, professor and associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, and Ravinia Hayes-Cozier, policy co-chair for the National Black Women AIDS Network will help us understand why Black women are continuing to be infected, why we are afraid of discussing one of the biggest health crises in our nation’s history and why too many of us don’t know our status. Publish Date: June 16, 2010
The Truth Behind the Numbers: Black Women and STDs Description: April is STD Awareness Month and National Minority Health Month, Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, host of BlogTalkRadio show, "The Black Women's Health Report," will explore why it is important for us to make sexual health a priority with Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick , a board certified infectious diseases physician and CDC-trained medical epidemiologist. Publish Date: April 21, 2010
Black Women and Breast Cancer: Fact or Fiction Description: Guests: Victorianne Russell, Dr. Regina Hampton and Marie Rull Gilliam. Publish Date: March 24, 2010
What's Happening in the Final Days of Health Care Reform: Health Care Reform and Black Women's Health Description: What is the Real Story about Health Care Reform? Will Congress pass a health care reform bill? Will President Obama become the first president to sign health care legislation into law? Will Black Women get the health care reform we need? Let's get the answers from Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Attorney Deborah Reid! Publish Date: March 17, 2010
Straight from the Heart: What Black Women Need to Know about Heart Disease Description: Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are devastating to women, too. In fact, heart disease is the single leading cause of death for Black women. Black women have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke than white women. Get the facts about heart disease and learn how to keep your heart healthy. Publish Date: February 17, 2010
Cervical Cancer: A Prevenatable Silent Killer : Cervical Cancer & Black Women Description: Cervical cancer affected more than 11,000 women worldwide in 2009. Unfortunately, thousands more will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and die from this disease in 2010. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, and women can be screened for it with the Pap and HPV tests. Listen to this podcast to hear host Eleanor Hinton Hoytt discusses these controversial new recommendations and explores the topic of cervical cancer and Black women with leading experts. Publish Date: January 20, 2010