Child Cancer Clusters

Wendy and Warren Brown live in Clyde, Ohio, where they were raising their four children. Their daughter Alexa was diagnosed with cancer and died in 2009 at 11 years old. Her cancer diagnosis is linked to a medical mystery that also affected 34 other children in and around their hometown. It was called the Eastern Sandusky County Childhood Cancer Cluster. …

Mom Shaming

Some moms receive sharp criticism from other moms, and also family and friends, about decisions regarding their children and careers. Why do moms shame other moms? How do you deal with it? And how do moms heal from the hurt that mom-shaming causes? Joining Danita are Anita Flowers, career and life coach and founder of Blue Sage Career Strategies; Rhonda …

Kamala Harris: What Is Black Enough?

When Sen. Kamala Harris threw her hat in the ring as a Democratic presidential candidate, one of the many questions asked was, “Is she Black enough?” When she accepted the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate, the question was asked again. “Is she Black enough?” Joining Danita to discuss the question “What is Black enough?” are Jharie Parker, a …

Cardi B and the Sex Revolution

“I don’t cook/ I don’t clean/ but let me tell you/ how I got this ring.” One of the few “clean” lyric lines from the number one song on both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts. With 93 million U.S. streams, rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are the dynamic duo behind WAP, which is the most …

The Unspoken Struggle

Infertility is a word no woman who is trying to have a child wants to hear. And when she hears it, a silence may follow, because of the feelings of embarrassment, shame and inadequacy she may experience living in a society where fertility is a defining factor of womanhood. It hurts, and nobody wants to talk about it, so it’s …

Pressing through Depression

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people worldwide have depression, including, according to the Census Bureau, one-third of all Americans. Depression is the most common mental health disorder for women, affecting more women than men. Former First Lady Michelle Obama says she suffers from low-grade depression, and it’s her transparency that sparks this week’s discussion. Joining …

Throwing Shade at Colorism

The light skin vs. dark skin issue within the Black community goes way back in history. This inner cultural divide that still exists has marked many Black women and men, boys and girls, with low self-esteem, self-hatred and envy—all based on the tone and shade of Black they possess. It affects romantic relationships, employment, family dynamics and fashion. Whether we …

Jonathan Butler: Heal Our Land

Jonathan Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who lives his life on purpose! Born in South Africa under the shadow of apartheid, and raised in poverty, Butler was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television. Though his musical abilities would take him away from the world he grew up in, Jonathan …

Conversation on Race

Racism in America. As part of a continuing conversation on race, News 5 Cleveland recently aired a special that digs into this issue that’s undeniably in the face of all of us. As part of the special, I had the opportunity to sit down with four white adults — Scott, Jonathan, Alexis and Miriam — who committed to having an …

Kirk Whalum: A Song in a Storm

Music is a universal language. Its melody and lyrics have always been a source of hope, comfort, peace, healing, happiness and inspiration. It’s also used to bring messages that illustrate injustice, the need for change and the importance of standing together when the world is falling apart. Joining Danita is Kirk Whalum, a Grammy-winning saxophonist who talks about the role …