The Talk

THIRTEEN’s The Talk – Race in America Tackles the Issue of Young People of Color and Their Uneasy Encounters With Law Enforcement. It premieres Monday, February 20, 9 p.m. on PBS. In anticipation of that premiere Tumblr and THIRTEEN  have convened officers, advocates and policy experts to discuss the state of community policing in the United States. 

Dr. Bryant T. Marks is a National Trainer on Implicit Bias and Community Policing. He has trained over 1,000 police chiefs via a series of White House briefings, and several thousand patrol officers through small group workshops in police departments across the country. He is a professor of psychology at Morehouse College and also serves as a Senior Research Fellow with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and a former Chief of Police. John developed and implemented community policing for the Dallas Police Department in the 1990’s and has worked nationally on scores of COPS Office initiatives over the past twenty years developing over 100 community policing training programs. John also serves as the Director of Federal Partnerships for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and was a member of the White House 21st Century Policing team.

Bakari Kitwana is the executive director of Rap Sessions, which is currently touring the nation leading town hall discussions on the theme “Run Toward Fear: Millennial Activists and Social Justice in the Trump Era” He is the author of The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era.

Trevena Garel is a retired New York City Police Sergeant. During her 21-year career Trevena served as both an undercover and an investigator in the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol’s Investigation and Evaluation Section, investigating allegations of misconduct involving both uniformed and/or civilian members of the NYPD. Trevena has had “The Talk” with her three children and her two oldest grandchildren.

Chief Michael Koval began his career with the Madison Police Department in 1983. Before becoming the Chief in 2014 he was the Sergeant of Recruitment and Training for 17 years. He has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

The Ask Box is now open.  Ask our panelists a question!

Our panelists will start responding on Saturday, February 18. 

My Two Cents: The Gay Talk

Excuse me while I generalize here, but something that annoys me most about the modern parent is their need to make “The Gay Talk” with their kids a thing. I appreciate that you want your child to know that I’m here and I’m queer and “gay is okay,” but the truth is, telling your children that there are gay people in this world should not be significant enough of an event that it needs to be a moment. Save that for telling your kids why the family dog is never coming home, or explaining why the Holocaust happened — not why it’s okay that I exist.

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anonymous asked:

Can you imagine that if Sirius did take Harry in as his godson. Then harry coming to that age where you need to have "the talk". Imagine that scenario right now. The horrors and nightmares harry would have.

Oh lord….

Sirius: Harry… when a man and a woman love each other very much-

Smawl Innocent Harry: Like my parents?

Sirius: Ah…

Sirius: Yes… Like- like your parents… *turns aggressively red*

Sirius: When they love each other-

Smawl Innocent Harry: Have you ever loved someone very much?

Sirius: *turns more red* Yes, I have- I… Umm…

Sirius: I can’t do this, nevermind.

Smawl Innocent Harry: No, I wanna know!

Sirius: No, no, no. Nevermind.

The Talk
The Talk

Contains: Yuri sitting his darling child down and giving them…well…The Talk.

When Veruca becomes a certain age, she starts talking about boys and girls that she likes and it makes Yuri and Otabek realise that they hadn’t talked to her about sex yet. So…Yuri does.

A/N: If I remember correctly I made the listener ambiguous as if you were actually Otayuri’s child. But I pictured this being Veruca while I was improving it. This was 100% improv and 100% garbage but oh well, I hope it’s entertaining anyway! Thank you for listening!

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