Loraine Ballard Morrill

Loraine Ballard Morrill

Listen to Loraine on Insight on Sundays 6-7am + keep up on her latest news updates here!Full Bio

What's Going On: PreP, Women's Resource Center, East Falls

Insight Pt. 2: Author Bakari Sellers, Women's Resource Center's Girls Lead

I speak to Bakari Sellers the author of The Moment -Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn’t and How We Can All Move Forward Now.  The book examines the modern political landscape and explores the forces at work to undermine civil rights gains over the past fifty years and offers solutions for a better tomorrow. Sellers will be speaking at   Philadelphia Free Library on Thursday at 7:30PM April 25th.
https://bakarisellers.com/
https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/event/132099

I speak to Cheryl Brubaker, Executive Director, Women’s Resource Center about Girls Lead, is a leadership and life skills program that WRC started in 1999 to help middle and high school girls with untapped leadership potential find their footing and thrive. 
www.WomensResourceCenter.net   
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Insight Pt.1: Once Upon a Preemie

I talk to Jenne Johns who has created a nonprofit, Once Upon a Preemie to address the health disparities black families face when a child is born prematurely. www.onceuponapreemie.org @onceapreemie (IG) once-upon-a-preemie-academy (LI) @onceuponapreemie (FB)

What's Going On: Boys & Girls Clubs of PHL, Love Shouldn't Hurt, "Benergy" & Autism Awareness

One of my favorite youth development programs is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. I speak to   Lisbeth Marziello, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and   Ariel Goldring - Executive Vice President Strategic support training and systematic Development about the organization’s programs and their upcoming Coaches Private Reserve Dinner April 25th.  
https://bgcphila.org/

Intimate partners violence can happen to anyone but there is help. I speak to Christina Vega, Founder/President of: Love Shouldn’t Hurt, Philly which was founded in 2018 after the murder/suicide of City Hall head of HR, Linda Rios.) They are hosting a Women’s Empowerment Conference: HERstory: A walk in HER Shoes w/ April Hernandez-Castillo April 27, 2024 9:00am - 3:00pm 6301 N. 2nd street Philadelphia, pa 19120                 
 Website: www.loveshouldnthurtphilly.org                
Instagram: @loveshouldnthurt_philly                
Facebook: Love Shouldn’t Hurt                
YouTube: Love Shouldn’t Hurt, Philly      

Autism Awareness Month, observed every April, serves as a crucial opportunity to foster understanding, acceptance, and support for individuals on the autism spectrum. It's a time to amplify voices, share stories, and dispel myths surrounding autism, promoting inclusivity and appreciation of neurodiversity. I spoke to the Hartranft family, Ben, who is autistic, his Mom Sandy and brother Dan. Ben has become a powerful public speaker about Autism with the love and support of his family.   Website and social media handles and tags www.Benergy1.com @benergylive YouTube @gobetheone TikTok benrct1 Instagram @benergyEAC Twitter X

Insight P. 2: The Hey Girl! Conference, Love Shouldn’t Hurt, Philly, Boys & Girls Clubs of PHL

On May 4th, The Hey Girl! Conference creates space and opportunity for women to belong by providing a community of women who bare their most vulnerable thoughts and experiences.” In sharing ourselves, we cultivate healing from within and for others that provides the foundation for us to be our authentic selves.”  I speak to Cassandra Burnett, founder of the Hey Girl! Conference, Summer Willow-Fitch a senior partner/Principal of KABOD consulting Group LLC specializing in organizational training and development who is a speaker at the conference and Nova Smith - Thee Coffee Gurl. www. Heygirlconference.com FB and IG @heygirlconference  

One of my favorite youth development programs is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. I speak to   Lisbeth Marziello, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and   Ariel Goldring - Executive Vice President Strategic support training and systematic Development about the organization’s programs and their upcoming Coaches Private Reserve Dinner April 25th. https://bgcphila.org/    

 I speak to Christina Vega, Founder/President of: Love Shouldn’t Hurt, Philly which was founded in 2018 after the murder/suicide of City Hall head of HR, Linda Rios.) They are hosting a Women’s Empowerment Conference: HERstory: A walk in HER Shoes w/ April Hernandez-Castillo April 27, 2024 9:00am - 3:00pm 6301 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, pa 19120                  
Website: www.loveshouldnthurtphilly.org                
Instagram: @loveshouldnthurt_philly                
Facebook: Love Shouldn’t Hurt                
YouTube: Love Shouldn’t Hurt, Philly  

Insight Pt. 1: Carolyn Sims Nesmith CSN Productions, Rev. Dr. Donna Lawrence Executive Director Metropolitan Christian Council of PHL

I talk to Carolyn Sims Nesmith, Founder/Director of CSN Productions which is hosting at. Meet and Greet for the Youth Performing Arts Program: Musical Theater Camp, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, 12 to 2 p.m. at CSN Productions, 3510 Scotts Lane, #3015A in the East Falls section of Philly. The program is six weeks and runs from   July 8 through August 16th. Registration deadline is June 10. www.csnproductions.com info@csnproductions.com  

I also speak to -- Rev. Dr. Donna Lawrence Executive Director of the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia (MCCP) and leads the organization's Restorative Cities Initiative (RCI) and was the key convener of the intergenerational conference that was held this past weekend. We discuss the renewed relevance of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. https://www.metropolitanchristiancouncil.org

Insight Spotlight: Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Media coverage of gun violence can do more harm than good and retraumatize survivors and their family and friends.   I speak to Jim MacMillian and Oronde McClain from the Philadephia Center for Gun Violence Reporting about the Philadelphia premiere of a powerful documentary “The Second Trauma” what shows the harmful effects of episodic gun violence and how the media can do better.  The event takes place April 17th at 7 pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center.
For more information:  PCGVR.org

What's Going On: Philadephia Center for Gun Violence Reporting , Community College of Philadelphia, Total Eclipse

  Think college isn’t for you.  Think you can’t afford it?  Consider Community College of Philadelphia which will close down 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets for a big block party with food, music, swag and more to announce the new college brand. I speak to Dr. Shannon Rooney, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Strategic Communications, Community College of Philadelphia. www.ccp.edu

Media coverage of gun violence can do more harm than good and retraumatize survivors and their family and friends.   I speak to Jim MacMillian and Oronde McClain from the Philadephia Center for Gun Violence Reporting about the Philadelphia premiere of a powerful documentary “The Second Trauma” what shows the harmful effects of episodic gun violence and how the media can do better.  The event takes place April 17th at 7 pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center.
For more information:  PCGVR.org

Guest host Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati speaks to Astronomer and author Deborah Skapik about the upcoming total eclipse of the sun. Her book is "Look UP, Below!  an educator's guide to the April 8, 2024 total eclipse of the Sun" available at tinyurl.com/debseclipsebook Skapik recommends Glasses must be ISO 12312-2 rating. No glasses?  Use a kitchen colander to project the image of the Sun onto the ground OR use a "pinhole projector" you can make out of a cereal box or a simple hole punched in a card.  Instructions are online.  

Insight Pt. 2: Community College of Philadephia, "All Things Cancer & Wellness," Philadephia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

  Think college isn’t for you.  Think you can’t afford it?  Consider Community College of Philadelphia which will close down 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets for a big block party with food, music, swag and more to announce the new college brand. I speak to Dr. Shannon Rooney, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Strategic Communications, Community College of Philadelphia. www.ccp.edu

 Media coverage of gun violence can do more harm than good and retraumatize survivors and their family and friends.   I speak to Jim MacMillian and Oronde McClain from the Philadephia Center for Gun Violence Reporting about the Philadelphia premiere of a powerful documentary “The Second Trauma” what shows the harmful effects of episodic gun violence and how the media can do better.  The event takes place April 17th at 7 pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center. For more informaitonL PCGVR.org  

First -   The Byrd Cancer Education & Advocacy Foundation is thrilled to announce exciting updates to our upcoming “All Things Cancer & Wellness Expo,” sponsored by Touch, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance. This event, dedicated to raising cancer awareness and providing support in the Philadelphia Tri-State Area, is set to take place on April 27, 2024, at the MQFactory, located at 126 Leverington Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19127, from 10 am to 5 pm. I speak to Imani Bailey, Radiation Therapist, DPA, M.A.Ed., RT(T), President of the Byrd Cancer Education & Advocacy Foundation and it’s Executive Director Trudean Haye. Website: https://byrdcancerfoundation.org

Insight Pt. 1: Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati VLS Journeys

Guest host Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati speaks to Astronomer and author Deborah Skapik about the upcoming total eclipse of the sun. Her book is "Look UP, Below!  an educator's guide to the April 8, 2024 total eclipse of the Sun" available at tinyurl.com/debseclipsebook Skapik recommends Glasses must be ISO 12312-2 rating. No glasses?  Use a kitchen colander to project the image of the Sun onto the ground OR use a "pinhole projector" you can make out of a cereal box or a simple hole punched in a card.  Instructions are online.  

For her monthly feature “What is Philadelphia Reading?”  Vanesse chats with Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Senior Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Website: On Instagram I am @deb_makes_bread  (because I make sourdough bread) On X (Twitter) I am @DeborahMaraziti   (maiden name) for the Center for the Performing Arts at Temple University. https://www.kimmikawilliamswitherspoon.com/