Brrr. Does winter get you down? With the sun setting earlier and earlier, more time gets spent being cozy under the blankets with a sweet hot coco and warm socks. Need help formulating a viewing list to keep you distracted from the cold while learning about social issues? Volunteer Supervisor Kalei is here with some recommendations.
Looking for a good watch?
When They See Us, Directed by Ava Duvernay
This four part limited series, based on true events, outlines the events that lead to the incarceration of five African American Harlem teens who were falsely accused of rape in the 80's. Notoriously known as the Central Park 5, this series showcases the aftermath of these young teens spending time in prison for an act they never committed. When They See Us is an emotional, raw and phenomenal betrayal of how systemic racism manifests itself. This series is of sensitive material but is well-worth the time and is an eye-opener for the weight of our decisions based on biases.
Surviving R. Kelly, Directed by Dream Hampton
Surviving R. Kelly is a six-part Lifetime documentary that gives multiple accounts of abuse and rape allegations against singer R. Kelly. Most accounts are centered around victims under the age of 18. R. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing, both in light of new accusations and previous ones made over the last 20+ years. This series is very graphic and should be watched at your own discretion. This heart-wrenching series shows the very unfortunate reality of how in-frequently victims are believed, especially victims of color. These women and their stories deserve to be heard. We, as a society, have a tendency to age African American children/women, treating them as if they are older than they are and then society uses this parentification as justification for the unjust, violent acts done to them. This series gives the chilling effects of not believing victims' stories.
Both of these recommendations contain graphic and mature material. The other suggestions are less graphic.
Looking for a good listen?
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on ArmChair Expert with Dax Shepard
On this episode of the podcast Dax Shepard is welcomed by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. Dr. Nadine, the new and 1st Surgeon General of California talked all about her notorious work in adverse childhood experiences and her new endeavors in California to address ACE scores. Nadine is a powerhouse and also has a great Ted Talk that you can find here.
The Narcissism Epidemic by Red Table Talk
On this Facebook episode, three generations of the Pinkett-Smith family are joined by renowned psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula to discuss Narcissism, the spectrum of behaviors and how they effect the people in their life. Throughout the episode, people will learn red flags as well as action plans for escaping the narcissists hold. No one is born with narcissistic traits and Dr. Ramani gives a great overview how un-treated trauma cause such egotistical and dangerous behaviors to manifest.
Looking for a good read?
Educated, by Tara Westover
Educated is a memoir of Tara Westover's life growing up isolated from the real-world and at the hands of abuse from family members. This book gives an emotional betrayal of Tara's life and the intense events that lead to her ultimate escape from the family land and educating herself. Her journey to self-love, education and realization of abuse endured is a captivating read that shows similar traits to the types of mental health concerns, poverty and trauma specific to this Appalachian region.
Talking with Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
Talking with Strangers is a must-read especially for those front-line workers that interact with new people every day. Each chapter outlines a different worldly event, from the Brock Turner trial to the death of Sandra Bland, and shows how awful we are as humans trying to understand other humans. Because of our seeming difficulty talking with strangers, conflict arises and sometimes that conflict leads to irreversible consequences. This book is perfect for CASA volunteers and other professionals getting up-close and personal into people's lives by giving many examples of 'what we need to know about the people we do not know'.
These recommendations come to you by Volunteer Supervisor, Kalei Edenfield. Kalei has watched, listened and read all of them and had epiphanies through out of how they relate to personal experiences and those synonymous with the work of advocating for children. Have you already experienced these suggestions? Let's discuss!