“Raising black sons in America”
Five mothers of color hold space for grief and support
Here is the recording of the hour long conversation.
So powerful, honest, real.
Naima Beckles is an educator, doula, and founding director of For Your Birth – an intentionally diverse doula agency in New York City. She earned her MA from Loyola Marymount University and began her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member in Los Angeles, the city in which she was raised. Soon after the birth of her first child, Naima chose the work of supporting expectant parents and earned doula and childbirth educator certifications. Recently, Naima became a Holding Space Consultant with The Institute for Birth, Breath and Death and lovingly companions individuals who are experiencing grief and loss resulting from the COVID crisis. Naima lives in Harlem with her partner Sam and school age sons, Gabo and Micah. To learn more about Naima and her work, visit foryourbirth.com
Danyiel Louis is the Founder and President of Green Children’s House Montessori School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. Danyiel began her career as a Software Engineering at IBM and earned a Software Patent for her innovative work. Currently, she is an IT Business Analyst for Johnson Controls. Danyiel is a mother of three boys and has a passion for children and our environment. She is Montessori and Conscious Discipline trained and certified in First Aid and CPR. Danyiel has operated GCH for over ten years and feels it is a privilege and honor to be leader in early education in our Community. Danyiel lives in Boca Raton, Florida with her three boys. To learn more, visit: www.greenchildrenshouse.com
Paule Johanne Toussaint-Parrish (Joie) holds an Ed.S in Counseling from Rider University. Joie is the founder of Joie de Vivre Family Services. She is a Master Teacher, Educator, Birth Doula, Life coach, Parent Coach, Wife, and Mother. Joie holds an Administrative
Monique DeBose is an award-winning, multi-talented playwright and Jazz-R&B-pop singer/songwriter, who has toured and entertained audiences throughout Europe, India and Asia. Her third album–The Sovereign One–debuted at #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. A leading vocal improvisationalist (having studied under Rhiannon and Joey Blake of the renowned Bobby McFerrin Voicestra), Monique now leads an international community of over 500 vocal artists throughout the United States and Europe. Inspired by her experience of of what it means to be half African American, half Irish American, she wrote the funny, heartwarming and disruptive one-woman show Mulatto Math: Summing Up The Race Equation in America to initiate conversation and heal race relations in America. She calls LA home, is married to a Brit and is raising two compassionate, culturally intelligent boys.