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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Jul 27, 2020

Dr. Donna Oriowo wanted to learn more about being a sex therapist after watching Meet the Fockers and that was what led her to find her career path. She is assisting primarily Black women on a journey to understanding their sexuality. Her philosophy is that sexuality is at the core of a lot of mental health challenges.


In this episode, Dr. Donna Oriowo breaks down how colorism and texturism impact our self-image. She explains how white supremacy plays a role in how Black people teach each other. She breaks down how beauty standards help feed our capitalist society. We jump into who is impacted by colorism and texturism also where it stems from.


About Donna Oriowo


Dr. Donna Oriowo is an international speaker, clinically licensed social worker, and a sex & relationship educator and therapist. Born in Washington D.C. and raised on jollof rice and fried chicken with mumbo sauce. Dr. Oriowo graduated from the illustrious Morgan State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She graduated in 2012 with a double master's in Social Work and Education for Human Sexuality from Widener University and continued at that University to get her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. Dr. Donna is a certified therapist and colorism/texturism sexpert. Dedicated to helping others reclaim their sexuality, identity, and self-love, Dr. Donna emphasizes addressing mental health, intersectionality, culture, and racial justice in both educational and therapeutic settings. With a focus on developing healthy Black female sexuality. She also is the author of the workbook Cocoa Butter & Hair Grease: Exploring Sexuality Through Colorism and Texturism.


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