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Jun 28, 2023

In this episode of Change It Up Radio, Paula Shaw is joined by Dr. James JC Cooley, who is a dedicated business owner, motivational speaker, author, CEO and President of The It’s Your Life Media Television, and community activist whose primary focus is on our Youth development. He is the President & CEO of JC Cooley Innovation Solutions, LLC, and The JC Cooley Foundation Options & Opportunities / The Choice Program. They discuss the complex narrative of being a Black man in America, exploring the enduring impact of historical racial injustices, and the transformative power of education, forgiveness, and self-expression in healing and personal growth.


Some key topic points covered in this episode include:


  • Dr. Cooley's journey growing up as a black man in the South during the Civil Rights Movement
  • The history and impact of slavery on African Americans, with a focus on Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States
  • Understanding and tackling racial profiling, discrimination, and systemic racism
  • The launch of Dr. Cooley's new book, "A Black Man's Point of View, Mind, Body, and Soul," providing a deep dive into the experiences of black men
  • The role of forgiveness, love, and understanding in overcoming historical pain and injustices
  • The importance of education, mentorship, and providing opportunities for disadvantaged youths
  • Insights into the work of the JC Cooley Foundation Options & Opportunities / The Choice Program in community development and youth upliftment



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