What To Do When You Are Feeling Blue Or Broken

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgigqrdiKgw&list=PLQIikebAPmLUPXy05DKmphT8hUuZj_8dY&index=3#[/youtube] [powerpress] We’ve all felt depressed at some point in our lives. For most of us it happens on occasion and now more than ever, it happens to more people for longer durations. The important thing to remember is that it can pass. There are things we can do to help the process like seeking help, eating right and exercising.    Join us on the Kouch today as my friends and I chat about the different types of depression, how we Read More

Life After Prison

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nDLa2TtuWE&list=PLQIikebAPmLUPXy05DKmphT8hUuZj_8dY&index=2[/youtube] [powerpress] My friends and I chat about the challenges of integrating into society after being ostracized or ignored. We discuss how to overcome that challenge by “choosing again”.  Join the convo, by posting your comments below.  How important is it to have support, education and mentors? Where does that spark to change come from, to finally break old patterns? Watch my moving interview with ex-inmate and author, DJ Verrett. DJ spent 16.5 years in federal prison for drug related Read More

Video Sneak Peak – Discussion On Fighting For Your Rights

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS4EIZbZJHw&list=PLQIikebAPmLVcVTihdWXF0y9SUaCdC3HK[/youtube] My friends and I were chatting about what it must take to fight for your rights or the ones of someone you love.  In your opinion, what does it take? Have you ever been in a position where you had to go to battle? I’m lucky enough to meet and interview people who do face movie-like battles for their rights. People like Stacey Doss who fought a 4-year, 1 million dollar custody battle to keep her adopted daughter (watch her video). Read More

At What Cost Would You Fight For Someone You Love?

When I watch a great movie like Conviction (a true story) starring Hilary Swank, where  ‘A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders,’ I wonder if I would go that far to fight for my rights or the rights of someone I love. Ideally yes, yes I would! But I’ve never been put in Read More

Children Are Human Too: Children’s Rights

‘Under the law, children have long been regarded as the PROPERTY of their parents. State statutes and case law nationwide protect the constitutional rights of parents, often disregarding the rights of children. What is now common knowledge among professionals and the general public with respect to the importance of loving, appropriate child rearing, is generally not reflected in the law.‘ – Parenthood in America Stacey’s story was another interview that taught me so much about our world. I had no idea Read More

Allan Takes Off His Shirt For The Ladies Behind The Scenes

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w-UQ7EKCp0&list=PLQIikebAPmLVcVTihdWXF0y9SUaCdC3HK&index=8[/youtube] Meet my friends Shay, Jules and Allan who are some of my most regular Kouch Time guests. This behind the scenes footage is a glimpse into why I love these smart and funny people! You can see how they believe that discussions on topics that we cover like addiction and overcoming tragedy are important ones to have. Shay Moore is an entrepreneur/humanitarian, writer/producer/lyricist, who believes we all should be a beacon of light at the end of a lonely tunnel for Read More

Video Sneak Peak – Discussion On Oversexualization Of Girls

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83dDepBMZRU&list=PLQIikebAPmLVcVTihdWXF0y9SUaCdC3HK[/youtube] During our Kouch Time Discussion, I learned that kids are having contests via social media as to who can post the sexiest pictures. That took me by surprise.  What will be next? Where does this problem of oversexualization stem from? And how can we send them out into the world with higher standards?  I think what could make a huge dent into the momentum of this things is if our media and pop culture changed. I love what is happening Read More

Too Sexy For Our Kids

Does society encourage women to be oversexualized? By ‘sexualization,’ we are referring to the perception of a person in regards to their sexuality.  So, by ‘oversexualized,’ in particular women, we want to discuss how girls and women are being bombarded with the pressure to be sexy.   Let’s start by addressing the sexualization of girlhood.  I’m talking about sexy media, dolls, video games, clothing, teenage magazines, just to name a few.    ‘Ample evidence testing these theories indicates that sexualization Read More

Strip Clubs: Preferred Over Fine Arts In America

I just read this statistic aloud to my good friend. They giggled and said, “That’s funny, slash sad.”  I then proceeded to tell him a couple more; there are 5,000 strip clubs in America (sourcefirstamendmentcenter.org) and 9 out of 10 strippers will be assaulted AT LEAST once while at work (guardian.co.uk). “Damn, that’s not cool,” he said. Nope, not cool at all.   From an outsiders perspective, strip clubs can seem fun and wild but on the other side of the spectrum Read More

Video Sneak Peak – Discussion On Addiction

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuiA7OTUUJk&list=PLQIikebAPmLVcVTihdWXF0y9SUaCdC3HK&index=6[/youtube] We live in a numbing culture. Vices can be food, sex, pills, alcohol, shopping… Allan, talks about how he drank to numb his pain and anxieties for 10 years. We all do this! Sometimes we avoid our pain and anxieties for so long that our numbing can get out of control.  My good friend Allan sat down with me to share his story on alcohol abuse. He would use drinking to feel “normal.”  Watch this sneak peek of my Read More