Moetown Lee and Dr. Ed Garnes from the Reclamation Point podcast joined us for an interview earlier in the week to discuss their new podcast about Black men and mental health. The four men cover a lot. We discuss why it's important for us to celebrate our wins, how do we unlearn toxic habits and how manhood and masculinity is being redefined.
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00:30 Dr. Ed Garnes on Joy Snippet
01:05 Welcome to the conversation
04:40 Welcome Reclamation Point Podcast
05:19 How do we start the process of unlearning toxic habits?
11:06 Why is it important for Black men to celebrate our accomplishments?
17:16 How is Reclamation Point prepared to cut through the noise of the manosphere?
28:11 What should listeners come to Reclamation Point with to get the most out of the experience?
34:45 What responsibility, if any, does hip-hop have in the discussion about Black men and mental health?
39:48 The idea of what American manhood has been historically is being redefined.
44:37 We have been attracted to some music artists because of their vulnerability.
47:13 How can folks find Reclamation Point?
49:31 Closing the interview out
Moetown Lee Bio
A west coast native, Maurice ‘Moetown’ Lee proudly represents the state of California as his hometown. Inspired by the struggle of his underserved, once gang-saturated neighborhood, Lee began DJ’ing as the escape from the street life. Quickly earning himself a name in the evolving music game.
It was later, during his time with Interscope Records as Southeast Regional Manager, the major label acquired platinum record success from artists including Eminem, Lady Gaga, and billion-dollar success of the ‘Beats by Dre’ collaboration. Moetown was very instrumental in the career development of Grammy winning artist Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, P. Diddy, and Kendrick Lamar among many. Lee is still affiliated with Universal Music Group (a parent company of Interscope) as a music consultant.
Moetown co-produces one of the largest African American owned festivals ONE MUSICFEST, developing partnerships with key sponsors including Miller-Coors, Ford and more. As a key curator for one of the largest music festivals in the U.S., this full day Atlanta event attracts crowds of 50,000+, hosting acts such as Lauryn Hill, Usher and Kendrick Lamar on its highly sought stages.
A quote Lee often references – “If you dare to struggle you dare to win. Let me say Peace to you, if you’re willing to fight for it.”
Dr. Ed Garnes Bio
Dr. Ed Garnes is one of the most dynamic therapists, educators and life consultants in America. A doctoral internship trainee of Cal Berkeley, he holds a PHD (University of Tennessee), M.A. in Counseling (Michigan State University), M.A. in Psychology (University of Tennessee) and B.A. in English Writing with minors in Black Studies; Mass Comm (DePauw University). Dr. Garnes has worked extensively with diverse individuals and groups. He curates interventions keenly aware of the impact race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic background, and disability status have on values, interests, and skills that directly impact academic, career, and psychosocial development. Intergenerational supporters champion his ability to channel his grandmother's southern wisdom, observational humor, and sobering life lessons as an activist into practical strategies for personal development.
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