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Songs to Invoke Abuse

Episode 24
Songs to Invoke Abuse

Experience the Journey

We should all spend more time trying to help each other, rather than abuse one another. Surely, there are lessons to be learned in abuse: survival, endurance, forgiveness, and strength. Of course, none of these are reasons to inflict abuse, but instead reasons to instill hope.

For as long as we are human with imperfections, for as long as we have wants and desires, abuse will continue – but it can produce beauty and joy afterwards. When love turns dark, when its light diminishes into abuse, no one wins.

Perhaps you never felt the cold, hard, and humiliating touch of a violent hand, nor the clammy, needy, and aggressive force of an unwanted sexual advance. Yet, abuse still exists. As such, many suffer. So, they cry out, hoping someone will hear their despair and help them push past the abuse they forced to endure.

You can help. You can be a part of the solution which combats abuse. Do not neglect to see the signs. Do not let the abused go unheard.

Pay attention. Stand up. Be a champion against abuse.

Guest Performers

  • Business Alafaka Opuiyo

    Owner, Dynamic Public Relations

    Alafaka "Alee" Opuiyo is a 2005 Howard University School of Communications graduate. She majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Political Science. While Alee attended Howard, she interned with the cable network Fox News.


  • Music Meredith Collins

    Co-Founder, Hookist

    Meredith Collins is Co-Founder at Hookist.


  • Music Peppermint

    Finalist, "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Season 9)

    The hardest working woman in show business, drag queen and recording artist Peppermint has conquered the New York scene with her high-energy and engaging personality. She is currently a finalist on "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Season 9).


  • Music Terry Derkach

    Co-Founder, Hookist

    Terry Derkach's music production and writing credits include 3-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies), gospel vocalist Vernon Bush (Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles), and Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley).


Preview Performers

  • Medical Dr. Laurén Laurino

    Board-Certified Naturopath and Holistic Health Advocate, Dr. Ren Recommends

    Dr. Laurén Laurino, lovingly known as "Dr. Ren, America's Holistic Sweetheart", is a board certified naturopath through the American Naturopathic Medical Association. She has appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show" multiple times.


  • Music Laurneá

    Recording Artist

    Prior to her debut 1997 and solo project, Laurneá was a member of three groups in the 1990s: Bobby McFarrin's a capella group Voicestra, British group Loose Ends, and later in the Grammy-winning group Arrested Development.


  • Literature Yashi Brown

    Poet and Mental Health Advocate

    Yashi Brown is an author, poet, speaker, and active leader in the mental health community. Poetry became a safe space, when she began experiencing severe emotional challenges in her late teens.


  • Music ½ Pint

    Member, Son of Bazerk and No Self Control

    Son of Bazerk and No Self Control is an American hip-hop group consisting of Son of Bazerk, Almighty Jahwel, and ½ Pint. The group was formed by Hank Shocklee, a member of the production team Bomb Squad.




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