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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues – Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health issues in addition.

In co-occurring disorders, both the mental health issue and the drug or alcohol addiction have their own unique symptoms that may get in the way of your ability to function at work or school and/or even to maintain a stable home life. These disorders can develop when you can’t handle life’s difficulties and relate to others. To make the situation more complicated, the co-occurring disorders also affect each other. When a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance abuse problem usually gets worse. Both conditions can lead to detrimental outcomes.

Join our host Ms. Tracy L. Bell at 6:30 p.m. EST on “Conversations Of A Sistah” with her special guest in our studio “Dr. Brianna Gaynor” (pictured left), Director of Peace of Mind Psychological Services as they sit down in our studios to discuss “Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues

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“How do you trust after the hurt?” Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


Most of us have felt like our trust has been compromised at some point in our lives. Needless to say, these experiences can be very painful. Perhaps we’re still scared to trust again. Most of us have felt like our trust has been compromised at some point in our lives.  Trust is one of those things that we can’t just skip over. In fact, it’s a crucial ingredient in our relationships; some call it the foundation and without it, it’s really difficult to settle in and just love. Individuals get tired of putting their feelings on the line and giving their all, yet finding themselves with the same results over and over again.

So how can one be able to trust again after being hurt?

Join the conversation on “Conversations Of A Sistah” at 6:30 p.m EST on blog talk radio, with our host Ms. Tracy L. Bell, as she sits down in our studios with Empowerment author Tommie Brown (pictured left), author of the book, “Scattered Thoughts, My Perspective would Make You Proudas they discuss “How do you trust after the hurt?

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“Has Religion Brainwashed Black People into Forgiving?” Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


Black people didn’t know what to think after Botham Jean’s brother hugged the former Dallas cop who took his brother’s life in a deadly case of mistaken identity.

Last Tuesday a jury convicted Amber Guyger of murder in the fatal shooting of her upstairs neighbor. She claimed she mistook his apartment for her own after working a 13-hour shift on Sept. 6, 2018.

Prosecutors showed the jury racist text messages and racially offensive memes on Guyger’s social media accounts.

Guyger, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

During his victim impact testimony, Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean told Guyger, who is white, that he forgives her and didn’t want her to go to prison. “I love you as a person, and I don’t wish anything bad on you,” Brandt said.

After his testimony, Brandt gave Guyger an emotional embrace that stunned social media.

There was more odd behavior in the courtroom. A Black bailiff was seen stroking and primping Guyger’s hair after her guilty verdict was announced.

The courtroom behavior angered many and confused others.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Judge Who Hugged Amber Guyger and Gave Her Bible


An ethics complaint has been filed against a Dallas, Texas judge who hugged former cop Amber Guyger and gave her a Bible following her guilty verdict on Wednesday.

Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man who was relaxing in his own apartment when Guyger barged in.

Judge Tammy Kemp fueled outrage when she embraced Guyger in court and handed her a Bible after Guyger was sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The judge’s actions prompted many to question why Black defendants aren’t treated the same way.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed an ethics complaint against the judge with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Thursday.

The FFRF group said Kemp went too far by embracing the former cop in court and praying with her before Guyger was shipped off to prison.

The FFRF called Judge Kemp’s behavior inappropriate and unconstitutional.

After a victim impact statement by Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, he told Guyger he loved her and embraced her.

Then Kemp embraced Guyger and spoke with her before leaving the courtroom and returning with her personal Bible.

She turned the pages to John 3:16 and told Guyger, “This is where you start.” She continued, saying, “He has a purpose for you,” referring to God.

In the complaint, the FFRF said Judge Kemp, “Handled a difficult trial with grace” but that she “signaled to everyone watching… that she is partial to Christian reform and Christian notions of forgiveness.”

Legal experts have noted that the hug and the Bible could cause a conflict if Guyger files an appeal, which her attorneys have stated she will.

Other legal experts weighed in, saying Kemp’s actions bordered on judicial misconduct.

“I did not see why the judge did what she did,” said C. Victor Lander, a former municipal judge who spent 27 years behind the bench.

“Once there’s an appearance that the judges are not impartial, we lose our entire criminal justice system,” Lander said.

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Amber Guyger – Guilty or did she stand her ground? Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


Amber Guyger, 31 shot and killed Botham Jean in his apartment in September 2018. Guyger’s story is that she entered Jean’s apartment thinking it was hers, and believed she encountered a burglar who might kill her. Jean’s apartment was one floor above Guyger’s. Prosecutors argue that Guyger saw several numerous signs indicating she was on wrong floor and at the wrong apartment, including a skylight, a neighbor’s decorative planter, Jean’s red doormat and differences in the hallways.

Jurors, who began deliberating on Monday, were instructed to find whether Guyger is guilty of murder, manslaughter or neither. Prosecutors objected to applying the castle doctrine because Guyger was in Jean’s home — not the other way around. Although the judge allowed it and the defense leaned on it, it didn’t work and Guyger was found guilty of murder.

Join the Conversation with host Tracy L. Bell at 6:30 p.m. EST on “Conversations of a Sistah” as we discuss the Amber Guyger case. Is she guilty or did she stand her ground?

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