“Life Talks”

with Kamyala Howard

A Four-Part Video Series to Support Black and Brown Families

In the wake of George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis Police Officers, nonprofit Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC) will release a four-part video series, “Life Talks,” by Kamyala Howard.

The talks will support Black and brown children and families of color in an era of racism, police brutality and racial violence. The first episode will debut on July 22 at 5:00 CST on Facebook Live. www.facebook.com/childrenofincarceratedcaregivers

The Black community is traumatized by the recurring loss of Black lives such as George Floyd.  CIC recognizes a need for increased support for Black and brown children and families to help them process, cope with, and discuss issues related to racism and racial trauma.

“Life Talks” host, Kamyala Howard, is a Children of Incarcerated Caregivers board member, a licensed mental health practitioner, and founder of We’re Divine consulting. We’re Divine is a black-owned company that facilitates training and consulting on diversity, equity, racialized trauma, privilege, power, and oppression.

Children across the country are asking questions, watching their families and communities grieve, and trying to make sense of the world. Parents of Black and brown children are forced to start preparing their children for how to deal with racial biases as early as preschool.  Their children do not have the privilege to be protected from police brutality and other racially discriminatory acts.  


“Life Talks” will support parents with processing their own emotional wounds of racialized trauma so they are better prepared to teach their children how to navigate racial experiences in society. 
Many parents struggle to find the words to talk to their children about race, racism, protesting, and police violence.  Because children have more access to social media, YouTube, and other media outlets, most have been exposed and are asking questions.  It is important that racial messages come from their caregivers and not the media.

“Life Talks” episodes will provide culturally reflective support that families can use to help their children address the trauma of racism.  The intent is to establish a healthy sense of self-worth and cultural identity through literature that depicts positive representations of the community. 

Episodes released on Facebook Live on Wednesdays, beginning on July 22 at 5:00PM CST

July 22, Episode 1: Preparing Ourselves for Hard Conversations

  • How do caregivers prepare to create a safe and supportive space as Black and brown-bodied people?
  • What is Racial Trauma?
  • What is Racial Battle Fatigue?

Books that Kamy suggests:

ABC I Love Me by Miriam Muhammad

 

My Grandmother’s HandsRacialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

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July 29, Episode 2: Build healthy sense of self and cultural identity

  • Talking to children about race
  • Promoting self-love

August 5, Episode 3:  Helping parents process the emotional wounds of racial trauma 

  • How to prepare yourself
  • Unpacking the experience of race and racial biases

 

August 12, Episode 4: Talk to children about race-based experiences and racism.

  • How to talk to kids about racism, racial violence, and police brutality
  • How do you support children and families? 

 

About Kamyala Howard


Kamyala Howard MSW, LCSW, is the founder of WE’RE DIVINE consulting. Ms. Howard is a licensed mental health practitioner certified in a range of evidence-based practices and training methodologies. She received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota with special emphasis on cultural studies, family systems, leadership and direct clinical behavioral health.

She has over 15 years of result-driven experience as a leader, developing innovative programs that cultivate communities and create culturally responsive practice. Her experienced-based learning assesses one’s readiness for change, increases personal accountability, dismantles barriers, and builds intercultural relations.  She believes in making a difference one day at a time.