About SoundBalming with LaMarr D. Shields: Inviting you into his basement Balm shelter once weekly for emergency relief from the rays of negative reinforcement bombarding us throughout our daily living experiences, LaMarr D. Shields drops balms made up of inspiration, information, uplift, and edutainment on shelter dwellers in the form of amazing stories about innovative individuals--artists, activists, social entrepreneurs, social impact practitioners, educators, soldiers of our civic systems, everyday people/courageous everyday doers--committed to creating positive progressive social change in our world today, often doing so via unique, unusual, and surprisingly unexpected methods and approaches.Hosted by the Baltimore based and Chi-town south side raised, Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, SoundBalming brings its listeners social change ideas through audio lectures, audio interviews and roundtable discussions. With the intention to help you rise and thrive, Dr. Shields chronicles the journeys of his special guests creating their own paths, enlightening and illuminating the way forward for you on your own special road to restoration, healing, progressive change and positive action.
Investing in Yourself with Real Estate Mogul Reed Goossens
Jun 01 2020 • 43 min
In 2012, Reed quit his job in Australia and moved halfway across the globe to the US to change his life, and to chase a dream. With limited funds, no investing experience, and no credit, Reed went from purchasing a small duplex to growing his own real...
How to Eat Healthy During the COVID-19 Lockdown with Celebrity Dietician Marlisa Brown
May 28 2020 • 54 min
With the outspread of the Coronavirus pandemic, one must take care of oneself and loved ones. For this various precautionary measure has been adopted by everyone over time, but with that, it is essential to take care of our eating habits also. It is of...
The Healing Power of Music with Bill Protzmann
May 25 2020 • 55 min
Bill Protzmann, a renowned contemporary pianist and composer, tells a very personal story about the healing power of music.
Spiritual Evolution with Uma Shankari
May 18 2020 • 50 min
With self-effacing humor and refreshing candor, Uma Shankari examines her Spiritual Evolution from her childhood in India to her arrival in the United States. What she uncovers are familiar and all too common distortions that shaped her view of about...
Energy Healing with Mark A. Hernandez
May 11 2020 • 45 min
Mark Hernandez is the owner and founder of People and Pets Energetics. He is a Holistic Practitioner that helps people and animals that have “hit the wall” with health and well-being issues. He uses non-invasive energy-medicine modalities and tools to...
How to Thrive If You’re a Highly Sensitive Person: An Interview With Alexandria Thibodeaux
May 04 2020 • 39 min
Are You a Highly Sensitive Person- HSP?Do you even know what an HSP is?Well today may be your lucky day as we interview Alexandria Thibodeaux, transformational leader, teacher and healer for highly sensitive persons -HSPs and HSP Consultant that has...
The Business and Health Benefits of CBD with Michael Pachan
Apr 27 2020 • 47 min
It’s no secret that the popularity of CBD has grown exponentially in recent years. Chances are someone in your circle of acquaintances has used CBD: a co-worker, a family member, or a friend. And chances are they’ve shared stories about how well it...
How to Eliminate Negative Self Talk with Michelle Kuei
Apr 20 2020 • 45 min
Michelle Kuei was an 11-year-old student in rural Taiwan when a car running a red light completely altered her life’s trajectory. Through the long and painful process of recovery, Michelle made surprising discoveries about loss, identity, and personal...
Creativity and Entrepreneurship During COVID-19 with Designer Marjorie Nicole
Why It's Never Too Late to Follow Your Purpose with Christy Rutherford
Apr 06 2020 • 48 min
When people first come across the Law of Attraction, their hearts and minds often immediately think of one specific thing that they’d love to manifest in their lives. However, the next thought is usually, “But I can’t do that.” You may come up with all...
How to Cope with Anxiety and Depression in the age of COVID-19 with Balin A. Durr, MD
Apr 04 2020 • 71 min
The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a condition can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your...
How to Respond to the Business Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Apr 01 2020 • 46 min
In addition to the serious implications for people's health and the healthcare services, coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on businesses and the economy. Dr. Jeffrey A. Robinson shares strategies to help small business prepare and...
How to Pursue Your Purpose with Dr. Towanna Burrous
Mar 28 2020 • 45 min
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.” - Mark Twain. You are going to LOVE this episode! Dr. Towanna Burrous is real. She is a mom, Executive Coach, Founder & President of CoachDiversity...
When Diversity & Creativity Meet Nothing Can Stop You with Yolonda Brinkley
Mar 24 2020 • 43 min
For years, critics have sounded off about the lack of diversity in nominations in the Academy Awards. Social media commentators have used the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to share their disappointment. Just like the Academy Awards, the Cannes Film Festival,...
Meeting the Needs of At-Risk and Adjudicated Youth with Behavioral Challenges with Jeff "Jazz" Jones
Mar 17 2020 • 24 min
Jeff gives a candid, unforgettable look at the world for at-risk and incarcerated children and youth today, and the juvenile justice professionals who work with them.
Live from the National Youth a Risk Conference 2020 in Savanah, Georgia with Julia Gabor
Mar 16 2020 • 21 min
Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder of Kid-Grit, opens up about her personal life, and how her upbringing prepared her to serve some of the most challenging kids. Kid-Grit is committed to a holistic developmental approach promoting the nourishment of a...
Live from the National Youth a Risk Conference 2020 in Savanah, Georgia with Hotep of Hustle University
Mar 15 2020 • 28 min
On this episode of SoundBalming, Hotep, Business Abolitionist, documents his personal and professional journey of building Hustle University in real-time. From his early days of being a kindergarten teacher to creating innovative ideas that evolve to...
Live from the National Youth a Risk Conference 2020 in Savanah, Georgia with Keith L. Brown
Mar 13 2020 • 25 min
Known Nationally and Globally as, “Mr. I’M POSSIBLE,” Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Keith L. Brown, overcame the systematic labels of, “Special-Ed,” and, “At-Risk,” to become one of the most sought after speakers of our time. Named a,...
Live from the National Youth a Risk Conference 2020 in Savanah, Georgia with Dr. Irma Gibson
Mar 13 2020 • 16 min
I caught up with Dr. Irma Gibson at the National Youth At-Risk Conference. She was giving a talk about her new book, Intimate Partner Violence Among African American Male Victims. The essence of this nonfiction book pertains to intimate partner violence...
What it Means to Serve Others — The Mark of a Servant Leader
Mar 11 2020 • 35 min
Being a servant leader means putting the interests of others above your own. And no one knows this better than Dr. Shaw Ashworth. For the past two years, every Thursday evening, at the Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshal Airport, she feeds over 150...
HOW THE HIDDEN POWER OF WORDS INSPIRES, EMPOWERS, AND CREATES CHANGE
Mar 05 2020 • 47 min
Ever wonder what the hidden power of words is?My next guest would cringe at the sight of the grammar on this blog as I often confuse “Whom with Who,” and “Affect with Effect.”For me, it’s always been about the passion behind my words, not the grammar or...
It's Yours If You Want It
Feb 20 2020 • 35 min
Actor, Gregory Keith Grainger embodies the hope that anyone, no matter how humble their background, can succeed at the highest level. Known for his work on Queen & Slim (2019), Uncle Drew (2018), and Atlanta (2016). He went from studying...
Reimagining Success with Ayinde Alakoye
Feb 11 2020 • 62 min
Ayinde Alakoye's journey as a serial entrepreneur began early in his career when he created the first iteration of what would become Clear Channel's iheartradio app. Now a highly popular app with over 100 million users, the way in which the world at...
The Coffee Challenge: The Power of Asking for What You Want with Bobby Audley
Jan 27 2020 • 43 min
Ask for what you want, get what you want. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But as Bobby Audley explains in this inspiring episode, sometimes it’s the smallest words, the simplest steps, and 50 cups of coffee that can make the biggest difference in our lives....
Why Telling Our Own Story Is So Powerful for Black Women with Tiffany Gill
Jan 13 2020 • 43 min
For so long, Black women’s and Black girl’s stories and memory have often been ignored, erased, and neglected. However, Tiffany Gill, Founder/Chief Visionary Officer of Black Girls Unscripted, is ensuring that these “errors” and the exclusion of their...
Living on Purpose
Jan 07 2020 • 39 min
How do you practice staying on purpose? Have you lost sight of the purpose of your life? If so, you're not alone. According to a new book, by Victor Strecher, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being. Today I sat down with a...
In Search of My Roots: A Journey to Find Myself and My Father
Jan 04 2020 • 45 min
What started as a dare between two college friends in a hotel room in Las Vegas, quickly turned into a journey from rural Pennsylvania to the Mediterranean. When former educator and CEO of Day Real Estate, Mat Day, dared to unearth his family...
How to Navigate the Holidays After Losing Loved Ones (While Still Serving Others)
Dec 24 2019 • 40 min
Family and togetherness are key themes for the holidays. That can make the holidays awfully difficult for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. My father passed away a few weeks before the holidays. We still shared stories, ate large meals,...
Why People of Color Need Safe Spaces
Dec 21 2019 • 50 min
Maurissa Stone Bass is a social artrepreneur, change strategist, management consultant, facilitator, motivational speaker, executive coach, and community development professional. She sat down with me today to talk about why people of color need safe...
Lessons I Learned from Drinking: Life Principles Gained through Investing in Spirits
Dec 17 2019 • 40 min
In his latest book, Lessons I Learned from Drinking: Life Principles Gained through Investing in Spirits, Timothy Fields reflects on some of his most memorable drinking adventures over the last 20 years. This book is not just about drinking; instead...
"Vegan Soul Food" is Not an Oxymoron with Gregory Brown
Dec 12 2019 • 42 min
I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the country telling folks about the history of soul food. Along the way, I learned a sure-fire way to bring an energetic audience into a stunned silence. I tell them that “vegan” is the hottest trend in soul food....
From Teen Mom to Rocket Scientist
Nov 12 2019 • 49 min
As a society, we learn about the world and advance our well being through science and engineering. The United States may be known around the world for its higher education, but compared to many other leading and steadily emerging countries, we lack a...
Love and Entrepreneurship: The Story of CurlMix
Jul 29 2019 • 52 min
Marriage takes work. This is especially true when you literally work with your spouse. Having your partner at your side all day at work and then for the rest of the night at home isn’t for everyone, but for married entrepreneurs, Kim and Tim, they...
Creativity, Calling, Culture, and Leading with a Spiritual Purpose
Jul 22 2019 • 66 min
Dr. Ericka Njeri Elion is an emerging spiritual and cultural leader, as well the Creator and President of the Miriam House, who understands the need to define and respond to the generational spiritual consequences of racism, victimization,...
How to Thrive in Life's Toughest Seasons
Jul 15 2019 • 47 min
Are you overwhelmed with life’s changes? Have you gone through a divorce? Wanted to give up? Had a baby? Changed jobs? Switched careers? In this up and close interview, former Ebony Fashion Fair Commentator and model turned psychotherapist and media...
Twisted Melodies: The Life of Soul Legend Donny Hathaway
Jul 08 2019 • 45 min
Soul music legend Donny Hathaway, who is name-checked among a list of famous suicides— a man who often refused to take the prescribed medication that was meant to help control the debilitating symptoms of his paranoid schizophrenia takes center stage in...
Secret Confessions of A Real Estate Entrepreneur
Jul 01 2019 • 49 min
I recently had a chance to chat with entrepreneur and real estate expert Christian Ross. If she looks and sounds familiar to you, she either sold you your home or you’ve seen her on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.” With more than 10 years’...
Matchmaker Ericka Jackson dishes about love and the job search
Jun 26 2019 • 34 min
It turns out that dating and job searching aren’t all that different. One expert shares her best advice for flirting, handling rejection and avoiding being too picky.I recently conducted an interview with my friend Ericka Jackson, who is a witty, fun,...
Uncovering the Story of Youth Homelessness
Mar 27 2019 • 40 min
Across the country, thousands of young people are without permanent homes. Service providers and policy makers have not known how many of these young people exist or how to meet their needs. That picture is changing due to the work of a Rebeka Beach,...
Student Loans Are the Devil
Mar 21 2019 • 26 min
It’s been one week since federal authorities announced that 50 people — including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman — participated in a massive scam focused on getting wealthy children accepted to elite universities.The scandal has sparked an...
Overcoming Adversity with Reality
Feb 04 2019 • 64 min
Someone once said, “Every great loss demands that we choose life again.” This quote sums up the life of Jeff Jordan, social entrepreneur and health and wellness advocate. Despite being raised by a single mom, who was addicted to drugs, and a father who...
Confessions of a Special Needs Parent
Jan 28 2019 • 53 min
Parenting a child with a disability can be a challenge, and often those challenges feel like a strong tidal wave coming, threatening to make parents lose their balance, to fall, and sometimes wanting to give up.Despite the stares, the school system, the...
Yoga, Mental Health and Healing: An Interview With A Yoga Instructor Leonora Eubanks
Jan 21 2019 • 44 min
Yoga, Meditation, SoundBalming, Dr. LaMarr D. Shields, Lenora Eubanks
Winning BIG in the Game of Life
Jan 14 2019 • 66 min
Educator, author and filmmaker Dr. Marc Williams, a nationally-respected sports marketing pioneer, pop culture expert, has been widely regarded as a Sports Marketing Pioneer. He is one of the nation’s experts on Education, Leadership, Career Transition,...
Reciprocal Healing with Thai Massage
Jan 07 2019 • 41 min
From the moment we are born to the final days of our lives, touch acts as a central aspect of the human experience — impacting our physical, mental and emotional health, and quite literally shaping the way we go through our lives.Candace J. Mickens, the...
Doing What You Love While Building a Smart, Purposeful Brand
Dec 11 2018 • 48 min
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Samara Stone, Founder of The Stone Foundation, about personal branding, learning from failure, and leading with passion and purpose.Samara is an innovative leader in the field of mental health, where she...
The Art of Adaptability: Climbing Mountains without Legs
Nov 27 2018 • 61 min
After walking into Brain Surgery and never walked back out, Dr. Yvette Pagues lost an opportunity for fully-funded Ivy League college scholarship, Fortune 100 Executive Engineering career and the ability to walk on her own. On the other side of tragedy,...
Up Close with Jazz Artist Frank McComb
Oct 30 2018 • 31 min
These days, the word ‘legend’ is very seldom used to describe modern day artists, but I had the opportunity to sit down with a legend, Frank McComb. Frank has worked with this century and last century’s greatest musicians and blessed many people’s lives...
How 'Mess In A Bottle' Creator Kalilah Wright Defied All Odds To Start Her Business
Oct 26 2018 • 46 min
When Kalilah Wright left her six-figure architect job to follow her true passion of becoming an entrepreneur — crafting cool sayings on cotton t-shirts for her brand, Mess in a Bottle — she never thought she would come face-to-face with crime. More...
From Pain to Purpose
Oct 08 2018 • 53 min
How one mom bounced back after SIDS
Finding Your Juicy Integrated Life (JIL) with Executive Coach Anisa Rashad
Aug 26 2018 • 51 min
Being happy doesn't have to be hard, says prominent executive coach Anisa Rashad. We each possess an internal compass that expresses our individual wisdom and points to the things that would most fulfill us. On this interview, Anisa offers...
Photographer Kyle Pompey talks about his book Perspective Baltimore, living a life of purpose, giving back, beauty, and what it was like being my student.
Aug 20 2018 • 51 min
This is one of my favorite interviews to date. It really delves into the details of how Kyle Pompey found his niche, and started to excel in it. We also reminiscence on the days when Kyle was my student, and what he learned from me. Most importantly...
Confessions of a Life Coach
Aug 13 2018 • 43 min
This week on the podcast, my guest is Jennifer Powers, author of the Oh, Shift! and Oh, Shift! for Teens. She talks about the power of words, living free, beating depression, and choosing joy. Her message of hope provides real solutions for real people...
Professional Beatboxer Shodekeh talks on the origins of beatboxing, child-abuse, and neuroscience
Aug 06 2018 • 78 min
Shodekeh Talifero has embarked on many collaborations over his career as a professional beatboxer - not only with other musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds, but also with neuroscientists as he seeks to reinforce his musical intuition. As a...
Singer and Activist Ayanna Gregory Reflects on The Legacy of Her Father Comedian Dick Gregory
Jul 27 2018 • 76 min
Ayanna Gregory is the daughter of longtime civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory; she's also an accomplished singer. Ayanna talks about how activism influenced her acting and music. Also, Ayanna Gregory shares an excerpt from her one-woman...
Reducing Stress with PeaceBreaks
Jul 23 2018 • 56 min
From work, school, and finances, to friends, family, and first dates, pretty much every aspect of our lives can (and will) be a cause of stress at some point. In this episode of SoundBalming, author Candance Greene shares her deep breathing technique...
Emmy Award- wining talk show host talks about following your passion.
Jul 13 2018 • 64 min
People know him as the Digital Lifestyle Expert® on NBC’s TODAY Show, CNN, NPR, FUSE, and more. They’ve watched him on Steve Harvey, Inside Edition, Dr. Oz, and other popular talk shows and news programs. In recent years, Mario has become an even...
Charnele Brown from ‘A Different World’ Opens Up about her life, Acting, and Bill Cosby
Jul 13 2018 • 47 min
Charnele Brown's role of Kim Reese in A Different World was one of the most relatable ones during the run of the show. Striving for educational perfection while experiencing real world issues, there was no denying Brown's talent in her role on the show....
Walking While Black' documentary aims to bridge gaps in police, community relations
Jul 13 2018 • 26 min
After an interaction with Howard County police in 2012 that he found deeply troubling, filmmaker A.J. Ali says he was motivated to address relations between police and the African-American community. AJ — teamed up with Errol Webber, a Maryland...
What You Need to Know About Self-Publishing: An Interview with Dr. Adair White-Johnson
Jul 12 2018 • 38 min
I recently caught up with Dr. Adair White-Johnson, the author of eleven self-published books and the founder of the Johnson Tribe Publishing. In this interview, she told me about: 1)How to self-publish a book in 2018 2)The one thing you must do...
In Haiti, Art Remains a Solid Cornerstone
Jul 11 2018 • 18 min
Jan. 12 will mark the nineteenth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Among the millions of Haitians still homeless and rebuilding their lives are artists — painters, musicians, dancers, writers. On a recent trip to Haiti, I caught up...
Academy-Nominated Cinematographer Hans Charles Talks Race, Culture, Relationships, Images, and Hollywood
Jun 29 2018 • 88 min
'13th' Cinematographer Hans Charles On 'Mr. SOUL!' And Being Deliberate About The Black Image Selma director Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th examines America’s prison industrial complex and its effect on African Americans from slavery till now. The 2016...
Why Pursuing Your Purpose Matters
Jun 06 2018 • 35 min
This episode is dedicated to people who are feeling lost, stuck, or stagnant in their lives, people who are in jobs that they don’t love, and people who are struggling with finding what it is they’re really meant to do. Dr. Joe Johnson shares key...
Unmasking the Pain Inside the Classroom
May 28 2018 • 37 min
The extraORDINARY: Mr. Nobody follows Tsanonda Edwards, a young man growing up in inner city Baltimore, MD, as he strives to find his way through high school, college and life having grown up in a strict religious home. After death significantly impacts...
DC Sniper's Ex-Wife, Mildred Muhammad Talks About Link Between Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings
May 25 2018 • 35 min
Some experts say domestic violence is a common thread in mass shootings. Mildred Muhammad, D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad's ex-wife, said she knows about the connection first-hand. She joins me in the BalmShelter to describe her living nightmare. It...
Doing Time with My Son: A Mother and Son's Enduring Love Through Incarceration
May 25 2018 • 38 min
As a mother of a formerly incarcerated son, Bettye Blaize share’s her story of struggle and triumph. And how she stayed connected to her son, even though he was in prison.
Keeping Babies Dry and Safe
May 08 2018 • 3 min
Eliseba Osore talks about working with women who desperately need supplies for their babies and small children.