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The Ricochet Effect
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Dr. Abeni El-Amin and Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. are the co-hosts and executive producers of the Ricochet Effect Podcast. The objective of the podcast is to focus on community issues and to improve the social determinants of health (SDOH). The podcast highlights community leaders, community issues, and community initiatives, while discussing urban topics and minority culture in Central Kentucky. More information is available at projectricochet.org.

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  • Dr. Abeni El-Amin and Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. present the next special edition episode. This special edition of the Ricochet Effect features Lafe Taylor of Project Ricochet’s Urban Art Collective. Lafe is a creative professional with a diverse skill set in storytelling, character design, technology and entrepreneurship. Lafe is passionate about creating impactful content for audiences through animation, education and books. Lafe creates purposeful joy.
  • Dr. Abeni El-Amin and Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. present the next special edition episode. This special edition of the Ricochet Effect features David Napier. He joined the Ricochet Effect Team in the studio at Public Radio Music Day on October 25, 2023. Public Radio Music Day celebrates the impact of public music stations on artists and fans. Public radio stations provide an important platform for local artists in Kentucky and across the country.David is a singer, songwriter, musician and educator. He started singing live and in competitions at the state level at the age of eight. He has studied under the instruction and influence of Beth Pope through Western Kentucky University and Nashville’s and former Kentuckian “Voices to the Stars” Ron Browning, international vocal instructor with the jazz workshop of Nashville.For more than ten years, David has been teaching voice to those in early childhood to adulthood. His emphasis is in teaching stage presence as well as applied music theory in helping others “find” their own voice by reaching DEEP into the song and bringing each NOTE one sings while enjoying the learning process of finding the voice.David plays both solo and with bands at music festivals, weddings and venues across the country. He is also the owner of “Happy Spooning - Stirring Up Love”, a local business that crafts hand carved wooden spoons with various themes and styles. They are true works of art.
  • In this episode of The Ricochet Effect, hosts two guests that speak to DEIB and Humanity as we discuss the difficult and challenging social issue of domestic violence and abuse. Dr. Abeni El-Amin and Renee Collins Cobb welcome two voices of great authority on this subject with Tanesha Ash-Shakoor, JD and Darlene Thomas MSSW.Tanesha Ash Shakoor, J.D, is an advocate, survivor, a expert witness, community leader Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Voices of Color in Lansing, Michigan.Darlene Thomas, MSSW is Executive Director of Greenhouse 17 in Lexington, KY and leads a management team that brings more than a hundred years of combined experience in its mission to end intimate partner abuse. She also works with and educates community leaders, health care workers, lawyers, judges, legislators and police departments on the topic of domestic violence and abuse and how to move those from victim to survivor.These two guests speak to 1) what DV really is versus what a lot of people think it is, 2) sharing of their experience and backstories, 3) the difference between being a victim and a survivor, 4) Michigan and Kentucky state legislation that protects those affected, how this issue affects humanity, 5) what happens if it is not addressed, 6) PTSD and therapies and 7) legal issues that have to be navigated to escape DV and 8) strategies to help anyone who is living in an abusive situation for advocates who are working to move victims to inner, mental, spiritual and physical peace.
  • This special edition of the Ricochet Effect features Dr. Anthony Everett, DMin (he, him, ours). He is a public theologian, social entrepreneur, and prophetic activist. He also serves as a member of WUKY’s Diversity and Inclusion Community Advisory Board. Dr. Everett speaks about his experiences in social, political, and educational arenas leading people across ethnic, racial, national, and cultural lines to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable society.
  • Dr. Abeni El-Amin and Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. present the next special edition episode. This special edition of the Ricochet Effect features The Ruen Brothers. The Ruen Brothers are Scunthorpe, England siblings Henry and Rupert Stansall. They join the Ricochet Effect Team in studio at Public Radio Music Day on October 25, 2023. Public Radio Music Day celebrates the impact of public music stations on artists and fans. Public radio stations provide an important platform for local artists in Kentucky and across the country.
  • This podcast delves into the crucial realm of accessibility with two distinguished guests, Marcey Ansley and Jeremy Smith. Marcey Ansley, the Executive Director of the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, brings extensive expertise in addressing hearing-related challenges, while Jeremy Smith, a member of the WUKY DEIB CAB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Community Advisory Board), provides insights into promoting inclusivity.
  • Dr. Abeni El-Amin presents the next special edition episode. This special edition of the Ricochet Effect Podcast highlights the work of Ricochet Effect Podcast co-host Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. Renee talks about Overtones LIVE's recent win at The Josie Music Awards at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee along with the wins of 15 other musicians from Kentucky. In a strategic approach to take Overtones LIVE from the "studio to stage to screen", Renee has been recognized for bringing and broadening the awareness to the talent we have in Kentucky. Additionally, she "works in concert" with her husband, Warren Cobb, in bringing mission, storytelling, clarity of purpose, and alignment to individuals, teams, organizations, and the community.
  • Plug in to Project Ricochet's Urban Art Collective Podcast with Bryce Oquaye. Bryce Oquaye has been an artist-in residence at The Loudoun House, Lexington Art League, and Project Ricochet. He’s an illustrator, comic artist, and animator. His comic and graffiti style approach have placed him within a wide range of projects. From comic to cover art for publishers. Project Ricochet, Inc. is on a mission to redefine the possibilities for our community. Project Ricochet's cultural programming empowers the next generation with concrete pathways to economic opportunity through art!
  • Dr. Abeni El-Amin and Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. present the next special edition episode. This special edition of the Ricochet Effect highlights The Manchester Hotel with Nik Feldman of New Circle Investments. The Manchester Hotel, located in Lexington, Ky offers 125 luxurious suites influenced by Kentucky’s diverse culture from the thoroughbred and bourbon industries to the textiles of Appalachia. Additionally, Nik and his partners have successfully managed to create a globally inspired space woven with influences from Morocco, two world-class dining spaces, and an exceptional rooftop rum bar oasis. The Manchester Hotel is a cultural destination.
  • Dr. Abeni El-Amin and Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. present the next podcast in a series of special edition episodes. This special edition of the Ricochet Effect introduces a new podcast on WUKY called Aging Graycefully hosted by Missy Ward. The Aging Graycefully podcast addresses issues that accompany the aging process and talk about strategies to implement (and engage). So sit back and enjoy the first episode of Aging Graycefully.