September 2020 TEA TALK

Black families are turning to homeschooling in droves due to the COVID-19 global pandemic leading to closures of school classrooms and a pivot to virtual learning en masse. The switch can become overwhelming. This panel of veteran homeschooling parents offers insights in how finding balance is possible and key to building your best life as a homeschooling parent.
About the panelists:
Journei Bimwala is a family health and lifestyle development specialist who specializes in guiding, coaching and educating families on ways to build a healthy nutritional foundation and engage in the art of healing. She provides homeschooling families the tools to build wellness through comprehensive wellness services and educational plans that cater to the diverse needs of the community. You can connect with Journei Bimwala on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Dannielle Joy Davis, PhD is a homeschooling mother and was homeschooled as a child. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Higher Education at Saint Louis University. She is the first known African American woman (descended from captive Mende, Temne, and Fula people in the U.S.) to earn tenure in the history of the institution’s School of Education. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she has studied and conducted research in Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Belgium. Her interdisciplinary research examines the experiences of marginalized groups in educational settings, the role of organizational policy and practice in the promotion or inhibition of egalitarian academic and occupational outcomes, and spirituality in the workplace and other learning environments.
Queen Taese is a Black homeschool & education visionary who has been noted for her works of being an award-winning educator and successful homeschool mother for 20+ years. She has taught and learned from thousands of children, as well as designed Afrikan-centered curriculums, critical educational tools, resources, children’s events, and conferences globally. She is founder of the Liberated Minds Black Homeschool & Educational Institute, which is an educational empire forging a new reality for the wholistic cultivation of children throughout the Afrikan diaspora. Its trifold mission consists of the cultural development of Black children as scholars, leaders, passionpreneurs, and innovators that serve the Black community; empowerment of the Black family, and the creation and maintenance of the intergenerational wealth that is needed to shape a future full of prosperity, power, and legacy. Learn more at
Cheryl R. Carter is a busy homeschooling mother, author, speaker and a college professor with a passion to help others write well. She teaches English and Creative Writing classes and has written broadly on a variety of subjects.. She is the author of several books including Organize Your Life, Chasing God and the Kids Too, Essential Writing Skills for the College Bound Student, Inspire the Writer in Your Child and Organize Your AD/HD Child. In addition to writing fiction and poetry in her spare time, she blogs regularly on issues of clarity in written communication and the family. She has a BA in English Literature and a MFA in Creative Writing and has done graduate study in Special Education. She has a Certificate in College Admission from Columbia University. She has also written literary guides and won academic awards for her writing. Her books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Czech and Polish are selling well internationally. Carter's curriculum and writing classes focus on equipping students with the vital skills for lifetime communication success. Her curriculum and classes are marked by a sense of depth yet simplicity that nurture a love of writing and critical thinking in students.
BFHES TEA TALKS are brought to you monthly in our Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES) Resource Group on Facebook. They are hosted by the founders of BFHES, Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith and Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, on alternating months. Learn more about the hosts and BFHES at

August 2020 TEA TALK

A FREE Tea Talk offering bite-sized info during the break in your day!
Grab a cup of tea & come engage with our panelists! Neurodiversity is a term used to identify the brain differences among learners. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and more. HOSTED BY DR. CHERYL FIELDS-SMITH. Panelists include public school educator/administrator Colie Aziza, homeschooling mom Phyllis Smith Asinyabi, homeschooling mom and Denver Independent School founder Joyelle Naomi and education research Dr. Brandi Hinnant-Crawford.