“In my work as a professor with the University of Toronto, I saw the challenges my students were facing. They kept asking me, ‘how do we manage to stay well amidst all this?’” Dr. O shares.
So, she decided to share tips that work and began collecting the stories and wisdom of those who’d been through some challenging experiences. Then intrigued by the “health harms” caused by everyday racism and the impacts of that experience, Dr. O committed much of her research to study it. Now she wants the world to keep the conversation of overcoming going.
In addition to ByBlacks Editor-in-Chief Camille Dundas, the podcast has already heard from some of Canada’s gems, trey anthony, Julien “Director X” Lutz, and Olunike Adeliyi of CBC’s civil rights drama “The Porter.” Dr. O and her guests' deep dive into the coping strategies and creativity of overcoming in a racialized Canada.
RHH aims to articulate injustices while highlighting the joy of being, loving, and caring for yourself despite the challenges of a racialized identity. “This is a podcast about overcoming. We don’t just want to survive; today, it’s time for our communities to Sur’thrive,’’ says Dr. O.
RHH investigates and identifies the factors causing disparities for Black communities. In light of the global discussion about anti-Black racism, there was a resounding need for the team to share stories and tools to help overcome the challenges of the experience and still have moments of joy and collective happiness.
“I’m hoping that these stories will inspire others, especially in BIPOC communities, to persevere, try to find joy every day, and commit to self-care in their lives,” says Dr. Karl Kabasele, Senior Producer on the show. Dr. Kabasele is a public health physician, and physician lead of Health Promotion, with over 16 years of experience as a health communications consultant educating the public on mainstream television, radio, print, and online.
Now in its third season, RHH is unleashing community healing with guests like Paul Taylor, who heads Foodshare, a food justice organization advocating for the right to healthy food and sustainability. You can learn more about RHH here and discover how to stay well in a racialized world.