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In this episode of the 411 Live, Beverly Taylor talks to Cyrena Martin, Community Wellness Advocate at Mahogany Cares and Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Advocate with Aurora Sinai.
In this episode, we focus on a part of sex trafficking that we’ve only scratched the surface on so far, the right terms to use when it comes to those who’ve sadly been through the experience of sex trafficking. As you will hear from Cyrena, we still don’t know to this day whether to refer to those who’s been through such a horrific experience as a “victim” or a “survivor”. Given some prefer one over the other and vice versa, it’s best to be cautious with how we approach each situation. But as we all know, we should always be aware and intentional about how we approach and care for those who’s been through the experience.
As we continue into the podcast, Cyrena helps us understand the type of crisis sex trafficking victims go through. Everything from how their introduced into the world, how they may get caught up in with the law, and when they be trying to find help. Listen and watch close as Serena guides us through signs we can look for to help those in need. Join Beverly Taylor and guest as we continue to explore the world of sex trafficking and how you can make a difference. This is the 411 Live.
Mahogany CARES is dedicated to bringing awareness to issues that are plaguing our community and support those that are affected. Mahogany CARES was founded in 2010 by Cyrena Mahogany Martin and was created to bring awareness to issues affecting women, families and the community. Breast cancer and domestic violence affected the lives of many of those closest to Cyrena and she saw fit to create an organization that could touch the lives of many, while providing them support and resources as they determine their path in life.
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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.