Real Talk with BELLA: Racism + Healing – Where Do We Go From Here?

Off the heels of an ongoing racial injustice international uproar, we continue to expand our views speaking with Black, Latino, and white allies. As a media company, we have a social responsibility to seek truth, hold its power and share our findings with you.

And while this conversation has been long overdue, we know that racial healing is an ongoing process.

Racial healing benefits all people because, regardless of background, we live in and are impacted by the narratives and conditions present throughout this increasingly interconnected world. Through racial healing, we can all forge deep, meaningful relationships, lay the groundwork to transform broken systems, and create a world in which, together, we are a new force for positive change.

 

 

Meet our panel:

Danita Chantel

Danita Chantel has been a BELLA contributor and a BELLA TV host for years. Whether she is sitting down with a celebrity, designer, or entrepreneur, Danita Chantel’s interviews are intelligent, witty, and always genuine with BELLA enthusiasts. Danita also dabbles in acting, and hosts panels on topics ranging from career strategies, confidence, and taking risks in life.

Lucky Church

Lucky Church is a Public and Client Relations Specialist with over 15 years in the

Entertainment Industry, specializing as a Relationship Builder, Project Manager and Publicist. He has worked with a long list of famous brands, such as Jordan, Nike, Levi, Converse, NFL, NBA, B.E.T., and Universal Records. In 2015 Lucky was recruited into one of NYC’s famous PR Firms, Lizzie Grubman Public Relations, as the Director of PR, Concierge Services and Client Relations. This eventually led Lucky to the new creative agency SMF Global, where he became a partner and the Global Director of PR, working alongside phenomenal brands like Burberry, Showtime, VH1, and NBC.

Dr. Robi Ludwig

Dr. Robi Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist and award-winning reporter. She received the 2020 Best of Manhattan Award in the Mental Health Practitioner category by the Manhattan Award Program. She is currently the Executive Producer and Host of a Facebook Live Show called Talking Live, and is a regular on Nightline, CNN, Headline News, and The Fox News Channel, where she talks about psychological and lifestyle issues as well as the criminal mind. She also appears on national shows such as Daily Mail TV, 20/20, The Tamron Hall Show, The View, Fox and Friends, and Wendy Williams, helping audiences and guests understand the complexities of the human condition.

Ebony London

Ebony Kankam London is a Howard University alumnus, educator, blogger and mommy to a new baby boy. Her blog, Ebby Lolo, focuses on lifestyle, health and beauty, as well as serves as a source of inspiration for women all over the world to use their voice to empower those around them. Ebony was recently featured in our Beauty Issue, available now, in a feature entitled “The Beauty In Each Of Us,” highlighting the importance diversity, especially in the beauty industry.

Vivian Santora

Vivian Santora is the President & CEO of PowerPlay NYC, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering girls through sports, teaching life skills such as teamwork, leadership, persistence and tolerance, and fostering self-confidence and self-esteem for life. Prior to joining PowerPlay, Vivian worked extensively in fundraising, politics, and government affairs in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. In 2005, she started her own consulting company, providing strategic advice in fundraising, event management, and government affairs for public and private sector clients. Vivian graduated from American University in 1997 with a Master’s in Public Administration and a focus in public policy. In addition to earning an MPA, Vivian also holds a bachelor’s in both English and Women’s Studies from The University at Buffalo.

Stella Villabla

Stella Villalba was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and her parents are both from Paraguay. She grew up in a household were both countries and cultures were celebrated, acknowledged and respected. Stella has been living in the US for the past 19 years in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a bachelor in English language teaching and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University in Language, Literacy and Culture. She works in Dublin City Schools as an Instructional Coach where she focuses on providing professional development to the staff on topics such as working with multilingual students, raising our critical consciousness, culturally relevant education and English language instruction.

Teresa James

Teresa is a mother and educator.  She has spent almost 30 years raising her 4 sons, David, Daniel, Excell, and Robert.  During this time, she also received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.  Her 28-year professional career has been spent as a teacher and administrator in K-12 public and private schools throughout Indiana.  To support her work as a mother and educator, and to honor her spirit, Teresa meditates, practices yoga and is currently training to run her first marathon in November.

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