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 …

The ‘superwoman’ dynamic in a pandemic

Voices for Change: The ‘superwoman’ dynamic in a pandemic The Superwoman myth says that women can do it all without missing a beat. Work a full-time job, be a full-time-wife, full-time parent, full-time house manager. It never ends. Then you go and toss in a pandemic. Joining Danita to discuss is Brandi Harvey, a public speaker, author and wellness coach.

Biracial and caught in the middle

Voices for Change: Biracial and caught in the middle Being biracial is a difficult walk along racial lines. Having to transform at times into chameleons trying to bridge the gap of a tumultuous racial divide and always asking the question: Why do I have to pick a side? Joining Danita are News 5 digital content producer Camryn Justice and Pastor …

Young activists say, ‘Not on my watch’

Voices for Change: Young activists say, ‘Not on my watch’ People all over the world have been horrified and angered by the senseless killings of black Americans at the hands of police officers, and they’ve taken to the streets to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Among them are youth activists, and we talk to three of them who live …

Talking to your kids about pandemics and protests

Voices for Change: Talking to your kids about pandemics and protests In this episode, we focus on the impact the pandemic and the protests are having on our children. Host Danita Harris talks about the challenges parents face when explaining to children what is happening in the world and things that can be done now to prepare your child for …

Voices for Change: EP 01

Voices for Change: A conversation about being black and being a journalist right now. In the first Voices for Change, a new podcast from Danita Harris, the News 5 anchor interviews her African-American colleagues in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police and the nationwide protests that followed. This is a heartfelt discussion …

“SINGLE” is not a bad word

This blog entry will hopefully encourage those of you who are single and desire to be married.  Being single is not a bad thing. Yes, it can feel lonely at times and you may wonder if you’re ever going to meet Mr. or Miss Right. But the truth of the matter is, you just have to wait it out. The …

The Beauty of my Nakedness

It took me a long time to really grasp the fact that I can share everything with God. That prayer was an intimate time between me and the One who created me. The one who knows me better than I know myself. It took me a long time to feel comfortable with baring my soul to the savior of my …