Author: Andrea Cambron

Daughter. Sister. Wife. Friend. Producer. Master Multi-tasker. But the title I like best…Mother. Andrea Cambron writes about the ebbs and flows of parenting told through the lens of today’s modern motherhood scope. Mother to a smart, spirited young man and an eager, intuitive young woman, they are all learning together about life, love and each other.

02-14-18 – Heart Health: Go Red

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Self-love is the new #relationshipgoals – Anon

Hey Family,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For those of you who have that deep connection with your soulmate through marriage and friendship I salute you.  The strong bond between two people that can last a lifetime is immeasurable to the heart.

But that’s not at all what i’m going to talk about today.

It’s Black History Month and Valentine’s Day–so who would I be if I didn’t talk about Black women and their heart? The number 1 killer for women is heart disease and stroke, and stroke disproportionately affects African Americans. On the program today, LaPrincess C. Brewer, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Much of her research has been on heart heath in the black community.  She’ll talk about the specific risk factors black women face and how we can spot the symptoms to protect our heart.

Not from bad breakups though. She can’t do anything about that unfortunately.

So go red for heart heath! Many organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha are.  Will you?

Tune in to Enlighten Me every Wednesday from 4-5p ET on WERA-FM, 96.7 in Arlington, Va. or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeOnWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

 

 

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02-07-18 – We Draw The Line

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“All great achievements require time” -Maya Angelou

Happy Black History Month Family!

Black Panther. I think that about wraps up my sentiments. We can all go home now.  I don’t know if i’ve ever been this excited for a movie I haven’t seen. I’m so excited I almost forgot I was going to talk about the real life hero’s fighting the forces against injustice and inequality. And no, they are not a part of the DC or Marvel universe.

When former President Barack Obama and former Attorney general Eric Holder left the administration, the one key issue they were both looking to combat was the issue of gerrymandered districts across the country. Districts that had been intentionally racist in their remapping has left many constituents disenfranchised when it came to the voting booth. I’ll have Brian Cannon, Executive Director of One Virginia on the program to talk about the efforts he is spearheading to combat redistricting in his state.

Why is this a black history month topic? Because in addition to voter suppression tactics used in the past, gerrymandering has a direct affect on the voting power of African Americans and other minorities.

Your vote is your voice.

Tune in to Enlighten Me every Wednesday from 4-5pm ET on WERA-FM, 96.7 in Arlington, Va. or check us out online at Facebook.com/enlightenmeonwera or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

 

 

 

 

01-31-18 – Make A Statement Without Saying A Word

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I don’t think it’s necessary to shout if you have a good story. But I also don’t think you should shy away from being bold in the statement that you’re making. – Nancy Gibbs

Hey Family,

What was that? You enjoyed the State of The Union drinking game a little too much last night and now you are struggling at work today?

I’m sorry I couldn’t process much after I saw Melania walk out in that white pantsuit. It reminded me of something but I couldn’t [theresistance] quite [the resistance] put [the resistance] my [the resistance] finger [the resistance] on [the resistance] it [the resistance].

So much was unspoken at President Trump’s State of the Union speech that I could barely pay attention to the actual words coming out of his mouth. I heard something about DACA, real Americans and Guantanamo Bay. Dassit.

I kept paying attention to the Congressional Black Caucus and rest of the Democrats “dressed in all black like the omen” and Melania’s suffragist revolt. We’ll talk about this and more as we look at the fate of immigration with Nicole Svajlenka, Senior Policy Analyst for Immigration at the Center for American Progress. Also on the program, Jen Stanley and Sophia Resnick of Rewire on how far-right wing policy is taking shape in our government.

As always, Tune in to Enlighten Me from 4-5p ET every Wednesday on WERA-FM, 96.7 in Arlington, Va. or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

1-24-18 – If I Ran The Circus

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“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” – Chinua Achebe

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Hey Family,

Seems like the scope of Robert Mueller’s investigation into this last presidential election just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  He might just end up interviewing everybody in the White House. Clutch my pearls.

Among the many issues that surround our political system in general, one such quandary that has confused many are Donald Trump’s business dealings, tax information and a host of personal ethical controversies.  Questions of whether any of this is legal continuously swirl. As we have seen, this past election blew the can open to the many loopholes that still exist.

On the program, Daniel Weiner, Senior Counsel of the Democracy program at the Brennan Center, will talk about his latest report, Strengthening Presidential Ethics Law, a comprehensive look at the ways in which the laws surrounding Presidential ethics and their code of conduct should be fixed.

As always, tune in to Enlighten Me every Wednesday from 4-5p ET on WERA-FM, 96.7 in Arlington, Va. or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

1-17-18 – We Built This City

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“Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America.  Then I discovered that the immigrants were American History.” – Oscar Handlin

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Hey Family,

With the government spending bill looming large and DACA seemingly being used (or not used) as bargaining chips–going off the deep end doesn’t even feel like the right terminology to use.

A he said/he said between Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the administration over the President’s use of “shithole” to describe some African countries as well as Haiti and Salvador have left many immigrants, especially those who supported this administration, feeling wronged.  But immigrants make up the fabric of this country.  On the program today, Nicole Svajlenka, Senior Policy Analyst for Immigration at the Center for American Progress will talk about the fate of DACA recipients, the likelihood of a deal being brokered as part of the spending bill and the administrations long term goals.

Tune in every Wednesday from 4-5p ET to Enlighten Me on WERA-FM 96.7 in Arlington, Va. or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

 

1-10-18 – Marching Towards Gilead

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“First comes smiles, then lies, last is gunfire”

– Roland Deschain, of Gilead/ Stephen King

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Hey Family,

Enlighten Me took a much needed winter break but we’re back! It looks like were just in time to people watch Oprah’s run for president. Wait, what? How did we get here?

I love Auntie Queen Oprah, really I do, but I don’t know if idolizing personalities is the way to go. Even though I believe Oprah would have us all living our best life.

I also don’t believe in living in a theocratic state whether that be on the more progressive or conservative side.  There are pluses and minuses on both sides of the aisle. Which is why i’m having Rewire’s Jenn Stanley and investigative reporter Sofia Resnick on the program to talk about their latest project, Choice/Less — Marching Toward Gilead: The Rise of American Theocracy, a two part podcast on Operation Save America (OSA), an organization “committed to a United States in which abortion, homosexuality, Islam, and anything else its leadership considers “ungodly” is a criminal offense.”  They reveal the alarming ways OSA’s far-right ideology is worming its way into state and federal government.

Tune in to Enlighten Me from 4-5p ET on WERA-FM, 96.7 in Arlington, Va. or check us out online at Faceook.com/EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

 

12-20-17 – Money. Power. Respect.

Immigrants Processed At The McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas

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“Controllers, abusers and manipulative people don’t question themselves. They don’t ask themselves if the problem is them. They always say the problem is someone else.” – Darlene Ouimet

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Hey Family,

If there is one thing we can learn from all of the sexual assault and abuse allegations as women come forward, it’s that the larger context of the conversation should be about abuse of power. One such power that should not exist in our common discourse. But as these archaic institutions begin to topple, we cant forget about the many people, in various institutions that continue to be affected by this.

Rewire has done some analysis and an investigation into sexual abuse at detention centers in Texas and I am pleased to have Tina Vasquez, immigration reporter for Rewire on the program with me.  She work uncovering this long-standing abuse needs to be highlighted.

As always, tune in every Wednesday from 4-5p ET to Enlighten Me on WERA-FM 96.7 in Arlington, Va. or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeOnWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.