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Society tends to forget the minds that get locked up in correctional facilities. In comparison to the amount of change happening in our world today, little of that is focused on the people who are trying to establish their lives after months or years in prison. Dr. Robert Smith, professor and researcher, says “We’ve crafted this notion that if you’re incarcerated, you’re different, you’re on the margins of society.”

In this podcast, the thoughts and experiences of men and women incarcerated and their hunger for a better life are revealed. There are only a few
individuals who have experienced this hunger in those that reenter society. Host Beverly Taylor sits down with Dr. Robert Smith, Michael Carriere and Shannon Ross, a collaboration of university life and the incarcerated to innovate the delivery of resources for men and women looking to establish themselves after release.

Contact Info

Dr. Robert Smith – Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach at Marquette University
Phone: (414)288-0868
Email: [email protected]

Michael Carriere – Associate Professor, Director, University Scholars Program | Humanities, Social Science and Communication
Contact Information

Shannon Ross – President of The Community. Inc
Website: thecommunitynow.us
Email: [email protected]
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Beverly Taylor, Host

Beverly Taylor is a prober, listener and talker. She utilized all those skills as an anchor and reporter at WITI-TV (Fox 6 News). During her 21 years there, Beverly became a very recognized face in southeast Wisconsin. The most rewarding aspect of the job for her was telling stories that make a positive difference in people’s lives and stories that bring awareness. That included multiple stories about sex trafficking, which makes this podcast about the subject a logical fit.

For her efforts, Beverly has received a lot in return. She’s met people in different stages of life: during their most joyous times, their most vulnerable times, and their most painful times. These people have given Beverly tremendous examples of courage, generosity and determination.

Beverly has received many honors for her reporting, including three EMMY nominations. The University of Tennessee graduate also has a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Marquette University. She left TV news in December of 2019. Resolving conflict is another way she hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of others. She is a video production contractor, voice-over artist and podcaster.

Putting God first is a constant aim for Beverly. She is a member of New Testament Church of Milwaukee, and loves hanging out with her husband Julian and son, Nate.

Lashondra Scott, Producer

LaShondra Scott is a visionary leader on a mission to change the conditions, mindsets and attitudes of community residents through transformative and mission-driven films, television shows and new media.

LaShondra, a production executive for over 15 years, has produced and directed television programing, documentaries, video and radio content that has been broadcasted on a variety of outlets including, MPTV, radio 1290 WMCS and cable outlets. Scott, President and CEO of Neo Soul Productions also creates inspiring videos for business, organizations and non-profits.

LaShondra’s keen interest in her community and an intense desire to change the conditions so many of her fellow citizens experience, help her focus her eye on films that make a difference. With God’s guidance, she seeks to completely transform the mindsets and attitudes of individuals as wells as provide a sense of direction and purpose for all who share her vision.

“Always live life with a purpose” is Lashondra’s motto. She strives to make at least one person smile everyday because, as she says, “You never know what that person is going through, and making them smile could change their mood and make life just a little better.”

At an early age, Lashondra saw her life through the lens of a camera. She was 16 when she decided that television/video production would be her vocation. With that in mind, she attended Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and earned an Associate’s Degree in Television/Video Production. She then earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale, WI.

She is on the programming committee of the Milwaukee Film Makers Alliance and is part of the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Milwaukee and Sojourner’s Family Peace Center’s human trafficking task force.

Dewayne Edwards, Associate Producer

Dewayne Edwards was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves all areas of filmmaking and is passionate about using the world around him to inspire his stories. With his passion for writing, he loves to develop stories to not only show a journey but to get the audience thinking.

With experience in writing, producing, and directing, Dewayne inspires to grow the filmmaking community in Milwaukee to show the different ways we can express our creative minds. Having grown up in Milwaukee, Dewayne knows that there are a lot of stories to tell to help and inspire people all over the world.

Emma Bonack, Social Media Manager

Emma Bonack is an aspiring writer and film director. She attends UW-Milwaukee for business and film and has written travel blogs for Visa Calculators and Ferries, and completed research under CEO Lashondra Scott for awareness on sex trafficking. Through her writing, Emma hopes to positively influence society by promoting happiness, health, wellness and a connected community.