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Are All "Black Folks" with Dreads for the Cause?

In this episode, we are going to explore intersectionality through a different lens. We are going to explore the, at times, taboo subject of intra-racism in African American culture and its possible impact on clients. No cultural group is a monolith (Hays, 2022). This factual statement includes African Americans. Instead, African Americans, like individuals in other cultural groups, are the collective intersection of experiences (Crenshaw, 1989).

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Derrick Shepard, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Martin. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, his master’s degree from Tennessee Tech. University, and doctorate of Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He regularly presents at state, regional, and national conferences such as the Tennessee Counseling Association, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the American Counseling Association, and has published in referred journals and authored a book chapter. His research interest includes multiculturalism in counseling, social class awareness and skills related to counselor preparation, and pedagogical practices in counselor education and supervision. 




Jones, M. (Producer). (2024, March 22). Are All “Black Folks” with Dreads for the Cause?  [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from

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