Episode from the podcastStraight Talk with Dean and Marc

Woman Who Overcame Abuse, Felicia Lee-Sexton, Along With Verna Street On Show

Released Tuesday, 15th January 2019
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Joining us on Straight Talk was Felicia Lee-Sexton, a  former dope dealer and dope fiend. That’s not to depress you or impress you, that’s just who I USED to be.” That’s how Felicia introduces herself to perspective clients walking into her women’s only gym. ‘When I start by telling my truth, I begin to tear down the wall. I’m transparent and I encourage them to start breaking down the wall that’s keeping them stuck in life.”

Felicia says she spends about an hour in her office talking to a new client. She doesn’t start with their exercise goals or if they want to work on losing weight, strength training or endurance. She asks them what they’re addicted to. “Most of them usually give me a blank stare and can’t answer or tell me they’re not addicted to anything. That’s when I tell them they’re lying to themselves and will always be stuck.”  

Felicia’s gritty and raw life story is chronicled in her book, From Recovery to Discovery: My Journey Through Addiction.  Her story is definitely inspiring and we were glad to have her featured on the show...We also had my cousin Verna Street on as well, she is a renowned Pow Wow Dancer and owner of her own Dance Studio.....

Originally scheduled was Durham City Council member DeDreana Freeman and we will be rebooking her for a later date....

She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Rutgers University and is currently enrolled in North Carolina Central University’s Master of Public Administration program.  We will try and not hold it against her that she attended a rival Big East school to my beloved Marquette... Since moving to Durham in 2007, DeDreana has worked with a number of community and non-profit organizations to build a more equitable Durham.

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“Straight Talk with Dean and Marc" is a podcast that touches many aspects of our society ranging from politics and social justice to entertainment and sports. We feature guests from various backgrounds who motivate, encourage and provide tools to pursue goals and dreams whether those dreams are entrepreneurial, corporate or personal. The show is hosted by Marc Lee and Dean Geronimo.Here's what some of our past guests are saying about the show....It's people like Marc that care about the little guys like me that make the sun shine and the flowers grow. Listening to his podcast has become the high point of my week..... Cliff Latshaw, President at Newbasstone.It was a delightful, interesting, and fun interview that felt more like a conversation with an old friend as Marc Lee and I talked about the book and related topics and swapped a few stories. Dean pitched in some comments along the way. Peter Davidson, Author.As a guest on the show, I enjoyed the conversation about the connection between science and art, between activism and Afrofuturism. Marc has been a longtime friend and supporter of the Arts, especially regarding blues music and film, and it was easy having this conversation. Dean carried us down the road with his politically informed charm. I look forward to being back on the show to pick up where we left off and to carry us into what Sun Ra would say, The Spaceways! Darrell Stover, Poet and EducatorYou have such a wonderful radio voice and a great demeanor with your guests on your blogtalkradio show "Straight Talk With Dean and Marc." I had fun talking with you about my new book "Dear Passenger: Welcome to My Wacky World as a Flight Attendant." I hope all our friends tune in for an entertaining time. - Elizabeth Calwell, Flight attendant and author...*A member of the LEVEL Radio Network.

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