Being A Black Man In America Never Feels Safe

Being A Black Man In America Never Feels Safe

When I wake up in the morning, I tend to toss and turn and try to grab another 30 minutes of sleep. It feels like I never get enough. Today was different. I woke up, looked around at the sunlight finding its way into the apartment, and headed to the bathroom. As I looked at myself, I smiled. LeRon, you are getting old, kid! I thought, as I turned my head and saw the greys in my beard and goatee. Read the rest here

The Dr. Vibe Show – Covid 19 and it’s effect on Black America.

The Dr. Vibe Show – Covid 19 and it’s effect on Black America.

It is always good to appear on The Dr. Vibe show. Since first guesting a little more than five years ago, we have grown to have a good relationship. On this episode, he and I caught up and talked about how Covid 19 is disrupting African-American’s. Our colleague Galen Bingham joined in on the conversation to offer his always intelligent observation.

We Are Meaningful podcast

We Are Meaningful podcast

I was a guest on the We Are Meaningful podcast, a show that talks about Black and Brown women’ experience in the workplace. I spoke with Crystal and Krysta about racism while working, the practice of keeping my cool in anti-Black environments, and why it is important to recognize when people are being racist. I had a great time on the podcast and hope to speak with them soon Click on the link below. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/decoding-the-subtext-contortion-w-leron-barton/id1493457205?i=1000468844997

Speakers Who Dare – The Talk

Speakers Who Dare – The Talk

In March 2020, I was asked to give a recorded talk for Speakers Who Dare, a theatrical event held in New York City. My speech called “The Talk: What Black Parents Have To Tell Their Children” is about conversations that African American Mothers and Fathers have with their kids about racism, how to interact with police officers, and being Black. I referenced my Mother giving me “The Talk”, my Father telling me about race as an older man, and when I gave “The Talk” to a young Black man I…

In Death….

In Death….

In my 41 years on this earth, there have only been two times that I was truly afraid of dying. The first was in 1999 when I learned of the death of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas. The second time was in 2017 when my friend Anh died in a plane crash. These moments are significant for me – Byrd’s horrible murder told me how much America hates the Black man. Anh’s death hit me hard because this was someone who was going after her goals and taken from…

LeRon gives a PechaKucha!

LeRon gives a PechaKucha!

In June 2019, I performed at PechaKuchaSF! Meaning “chit chat” in Japanese, Pechakucha is a story telling format that has 20 images in 20 seconds, so the speaker weaves a tale around that. Pechakucha can be a about many different things, so keeping with the “redux” theme, I spoke about how backpacking through Central America lit my fire and motivated me to change the direction of my life. This was a fun experience! Please check it out –