Activism as a Form of Wellness

In this episode of Talk Wellness to Me, Delilah and Ashley explore activism as a form of wellness as they speak with Etienne Maurice, Ivy Coco Maurice, and Marley Ralph of Walk Good LA,  an organization that brings people together in the fight for racial equity through the arts, health, and wellness. Listen in as they discuss the genesis of Walk Good LA, activating the greater community in support of wellness and activism, and their individual journeys from wellness to wholeness.

Key Popsyisms from This Episode…

“I can bring a community of people together to fight for something bigger than ourselves.” –  Etienne Maurice on starting Walk Good LA

“I realized there was power in building community.” – Etienne Maurice regarding Walk Good LA

“Black joy and black health is a form of defiance and activism in itself.” – Ashley Johnson on expanding our ideas of wellness

“A lot of people thought we started on accident, that we are “accidental activists”. But, no this was meant to happen.” – Ivy Coco Maurice on the intentionality behind Walk Good LA

“We are living our life on purpose so we can live our purpose.” – Ivy Coco Maurice on creating a loving space where black health and activism co-exist peacefully

“I feel closest to God when I’m practicing yoga.” – Marley Ralph on discovering yoga as her main wellness tool

“We must create a movement, not a moment.” – Etienne Maurice on continuing the fight for racial justice and equality

“We just want to matter.” – Etienne regarding the importance of the Black Lives Movement

Walk Good is actually a Jamaican euphemism… It means “Take care of yourself”. I thought what a beautiful way to honor my grandmother and my Jamaican heritage by calling it Walk Good LA so that we can take care each other as a community.” – Etienne Maurice regarding Walk Good LA

Season One episodes drop every Tuesday right here at AmPopsy. So be sure to tune in next week for Episode Four as we journey from wellness to wholeness.

About the Co-Hosts….

Delilah Dasilva is a first gen Cape Verdean American from Boston. She began her career in entertainment working at the Roxbury International Film Festival and went on to work in the film festival circuit including working at Sundance and then transitioned to working in Film/TV Production for the last 8 years. She has worked on the Netflix show GENTEFIED both seasons 1+2. In 2020, she produced her first short DREAMER that has screened at the LA LATINX FILM FEST and OUTFEST. Delilah is a the Co-Creator of the Talk Wellness To Me Podcast, with her producing partner Ashley Johnson, that discusses the intersectionality of being black/brown children of immigrants and how we process trauma and get to wellness. Follow her on IG @ staayydope.

Ashley Johnson was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She began her career in entertainment working on hit shows such as “American Idol”, “Little Big Shots”, “Speechless”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”, and transitioned into Jfilms such as Universal Pictures’ “The Photograph” and MGM’s  “Everything, Everything”. Ashley took the leap into independent producing, which led her to collaborating with “Talk Wellness To Me” co-host and co-creator, Delilah. Ashley and Delilah began TWTM to normalize discussions of wellness within black and brown and immigrant communities; and to share tools and resources that can help facilitate healing and expand awareness of wellness for others. Follow her on IG @ a.noel.j.

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