Opt Out of Silence: Part 3

Apr 21, 2023

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I'm Kelley — licensed therapist, burnout expert, and host of the Black Girl Burnout podcast. I encourage black women to opt out of struggle and opt into our legacy of joy and accomplishment. Join me!

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In this episode, host Kelley Bonner and her special guest Jennifer M. Gómez conclude their discussion on the importance of Opting Out of Silence. They discuss the power of turning towards joy as a form of activism and healing work, even when facing adversity. This episode is for you if you are ready to learn how to effectively integrate Joy into your personal life. Stay tuned til the end, to learn more about today’s homework assignment. You will be so glad that you did 🙂

The Black Girl Burnout podcast is dedicated to helping black women learn how to opt-out of the mentality of struggle while also learning how to opt-into the life of joy, abundance, and good health, which is their birthright. Burnout can manifest in a variety of ways, including feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of accomplishment. It is totally ok if you are experiencing more than one of the feelings at the same time. Being able to fully align with your truth is a significant sign of strength. The ultimate goal of the podcast is to help women achieve Opting Out of Struggle.

GUEST BIO : Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Jennifer M. Gómez, Ph.D., Board Member and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee at the Center for Institutional Courage, is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Social Work and Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health. 

In addition to her expertise in structural racism and systems-level change, her primary research focus is cultural betrayal trauma theory (CBTT), which she created as a framework for understanding the mental, behavioral, cultural, and physical health impact of violence on Black and other marginalized youth, young adults, and elders within the context of inequality. 

As a 2021-22 Fellow at the Stanford University Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Dr. Gómez wrote her first book, The Cultural Betrayal of Black Women & Girls: A Black Feminist Approach to Healing from Sexual Abuse (APA; Book Release Date: 11 July 2023: https://jmgomez.org/the-book/). Her work has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Ford Foundation, and Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). 
She has also provided research perspectives on violence, sexual abuse and harassment, racism, and sexism in national news outlets, including in The Lily—a product of Washington Post, NBC News, HuffPost, Newsweek, and Forbes. Dr. Gómez’ ultimate goal for her work is to promote equity, equality, and healing for individuals, families, communities, institutions, and society.


Are you ready to reclaim sovereignty over yourself, while aligning with Joy and Resilience in the face of struggle? Joy is a practice that requires active pursuit and turning towards it is essential to your ability to survive and thrive. Let today be the day that you say NO MORE to all versions of the struggle.

If you are new to the Black Girl Burnout podcast, or a happily subscribed member of the Black Girl Burnout community (big hug), thank you so much for your support. Message us on social media and let us know what is keeping you trapped in silence. By the way, have you been enjoying our new licensed musical treat by Mayyadda?  Let us know what you think about the vibe of our new podcast sound. Stay tuned, we will be interviewing her soon, she is amazing!

Check out these time stamps from the podcast audio and let us know what you think on social media.

How To Pursue Joy  [01:29]

How To Bring Joy Into Your Life [06:25]

If Pain Is Everywhere, Joy Is Everywhere Also  [10:05]


Click below to view the full transcript for this podcast episode. 

Opt Out of Silence- Part 3


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GUEST BOOK: https://jmgomez.org/cultural-betrayal-trauma-theory/

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Are you a black woman who has been feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and confined to the struggle? If so, the Black Girl Burnout podcast is here for you. Journey along with host Kelley Bonner as she interviews guests and shares personal anecdotes about productive ways to opt-out of struggle and opt into happiness,  while navigating the unique challenges and joys of being a black woman in today’s world. From work and relationships to self-care and mental health, this podcast is a safe space to explore and find support along the journey towards your goals. Join our community and start feeling more connected and less burnt out.

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Special thanks and appreciation to the team for all that you do! 🧡

Producer  – Wendye Walter

Associate Producer – Amanda St. Maur

Editor – Andre Martineau

Transcription – Carissa Graham

Cover Art – Reignland Creatives