These clear and vivid observations do occur in most major cities; however, I personally do believe that television programs can be instrumental in positive change because humans relate to people who appear similar to them. Images have power. Through my research, the only time someone of color was shown on television in Providence was either due to being a victim of crime or the perpetrator. Since perception is reality these are the images locally that impact negatively the mind set of our children and young adults. These observations were stated publicly when I interviewed Viola Davis, We need more emphasis on multi-culturalism here in Rhode Island in The Providence American November 2012 issue.
The host and producer of the show is Tatia Lopez who is an alumnus of the University of Rhode Island and a freelance writer. In the first episode of the show, we will be discussing the rise in chronic illnesses with a naturopathic/internal medicine physician and a holistic coach. Throughout the United States people and children are suffering from illnesses such as anxiety; chronic fatigue syndrome, gastric reflux disease, depression, food allergies and poor concentration. We will provide answers to what could be the mysterious culprit triggering medical problems such as these. Also, in the show how to live pass your pre-determined life expectancy, and stretching your life to the fullest extent possible. You do not want to miss the first episode because it will set the stage for episode two on unpacking the new health care system.
According to the 2010 census for Rhode Island we have over 217,000 minorities, who reside here and it has increased by 31.1% since 2000; coincidentally, our disparities lie within being the highest unemployed and people living in poverty in the state. A television show like Say You Got Soul would not only be a reflection of the minorities that live here, but it would be extremely educational for others who tune in. We plan on addressing risky teenage behavior, family cohesion, violence, discrimination, employment and education.
You do not want to miss the first episode because it will set the stage for episode two on unpacking the new health care system. Say You Got Soul will be aired following the July 2013 taping on PBS of Rhode Island. For the specific air dates you can tweet her @LopezTatia.