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Black Out Loud Conference
August 2-4 2019
Southern University- Baton Rouge 

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GRAMMY nominated singer, emcee and poet Maimouna 'MUMU FRESH' Youssef will be kicking off the 2019 Black Out Loud Conference weekend with a special performance on Friday, August 2nd


New Orleans native and visionary, Sunni Patterson, is a highly sought after and internationally acclaimed Performer, Lecturer, Workshop Facilitator, and Certified Life Coach. As a diligent student in the Healing and Spiritual Arts, she deliberately uses Art and Culture as tools to recognize, address, and eliminate all forms of oppression. Currently, Sunni serves as a Resident Artist for both the City of New Orleans’ Claiborne Corridor Cultural Initiative and Junebug Productions of New Orleans. She is also co-founder (with Cherelle Blazer) of Environmental Arts and Public Health Organization, Breath is Lyfe



A New Orleans native, Dr. LaKeitha Poole opened her Baton Rouge-based private practice, Small Talk Counseling & Consulting​, in August 2015. Her calm demeanor, delicate and informative clinical approach, and engaging personality creates a safe environment for clients where trust and growth can develop. She is passionate about the work of mental health counseling and clinical research and views her role as a therapist as an opportunity to serve and empower others. Through her practice she is able to help clients focus on a variety of clinical and relational issues, including life transitions & career development, relationship & interpersonal conflict, anxiety & depression, sexual trauma, substance use & addiction, identity development, and personal growth. Because of her efforts and intention on highlighting the specific needs of the Black community, ​Small Talk​ was featured in ​Ebony Magazine’s​ 2016 list of Black Mental Health Resources.
Dr. Poole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Upon graduating, she moved to Baton Rouge, LA where she learned the intricacies of working with diverse populations and gained invaluable experience working with young adults on transitional life issues. Inspired by her experience, LaKeitha pursued a career in counseling while attending Louisiana State University where she received a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health. During her graduate studies, LaKeitha served as a clinical intern at LSU Mental Health Services in the university’s Student Health Center and as a Program Coordinator of the LSU African American Cultural Center and Assistant Director in the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs.
She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education & Supervision at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA with her advanced clinical training including practicums and internships at, HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc. (HAART) and the LSU Olinde Career Center. rnships at, HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc. (HAART) and the LSU Olinde Career Center. She also currently serves as the Director of Student-Athlete Mental Health in the Sport Psychology and Counseling department for LSU Athletics, as an adjunct instructor in the College of Human Sciences & Education, and is a Board Member for the Baranco-Clark YMCA in Old South Baton Rouge.
When not working, LaKeitha enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Cody. Whether through volunteer work or at her practice, Dr. Poole enjoys the opportunity to help improve the lives of others and be a beacon of light for her community.



Klassi Duncan currently serves as the Director of the Women’s Business Resource Center and the Contractor’s Resource Center at the Urban League of Louisiana in New Orleans, La. In this role, Klassi is responsible for the oversight and management of the organization’s operations, programming, and staff. Her responsibilities include establishing and leading the strategic direction of the organization, developing market-specific training curricula and special events, fund development and management, fostering strategic partnerships, and growing the Center’s impact in the community.
In 2018, Klassi was named one of Gambit New Orleans Magazine’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch in New Orleans. She also received the “Tech Innovator of the Year Award” during the 2018 National Urban League Whitney M. Young Leadership Conference, as well as, the 2018 Partner of Year Award from the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-South.
Under her leadership, the Women’s Business Resource Center was awarded the 2017 Women’s Business Champion Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana District Office for their work in promoting and developing women-owned businesses across the region.


For many years Terrica Matthews, M.S. found that she was always highly adept at managing her money and establishing excellent credit. Having graduated with a B.A. from Louisiana State University and then from Southern University and A&M College with a Master of Science degree, Terrica moved into the Human Services profession. It wasn’t until a few years ago when a close friend suggested she should utilize her vast knowledge of finance that Terrica began to think about how she could give back and help others in her community and elsewhere rebuild and forge ahead in realizing their dreams.

This conversation led Terrica to her passion and purpose as a licensed and bonded credit repair specialist. Terrica understands intimately that people from all walks of life can suddenly find themselves in a position where everything comes to a screeching halt because of bad credit. Sometimes there’s more involved than just paying off a creditor; sometimes there’s a lot of investigation, legwork, and knowledge of the credit scoring system and model that’s desperately needed. Terrica can help with this. As the first FICO Pro (Fair Isaac & Company Professional) certified agent in the state of Louisiana, you can count on Terrica for solid and honest answers about the business and consumer credit industry. As the CEO and Senior Credit Consultant of Premier Prropery and Consulting Group, LLC, Terrica has witnessed the unlimited potential in her clients that begins to unfold once the burden of bad credit or poor financial planning is lifted from their shoulders.



Baton Rouge native, Claudia M. Dixon is an experienced accountant with a successful career in banking, business development, accounting, and financial planning. She's a proud mother of 4 amazing children, a member of 100 Black Women of Baton Rouge, the current treasurer for former US Congressman, Cleo Fields’ Senate campaign and is also a pretty good Spanish- speaker... Hola!
Claudia teaches financial education throughout the southern region and has led training seminars sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development. She also developed a training program to ensure small businesses are prepared for SBA lending, organized and taught at conferences throughout the state for small businesses and worked with SBDC consultants and SCORE mentors.
Claudia recently founded the non-proft “Music and Money” to promote financial and arts education throughout the Baton Rouge, expanding the platform to Cuba, the Virgin Islands and Jamaica. The signature event, Emerald City, happens twice a year in May and October.
Finally, as a business owner and consultant, Claudia provides full-service accounting solutions to Louisiana businesses, non-profits and personal clients. This includes grant allocation and budgeting, payroll, advising and financial coaching. The primary focus throughout her career has been community betterment and empowerment. Her aspirations are to continue investing in the communities where she lives and raises her children.


Harry Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with accreditations including an Associate degree in Process Technology from Nunez Community College, Bachelor degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, and a Master of Social Work graduate degree attained at Louisiana State University. His work experience includes employment in the mental health department of a state correctional center, the Emergency Department of a major nonprofit hospital, and a major community mental health clinic in Baton Rouge.
He has received training by the Southern Law Enforcement Foundation to become a Critical Incident Stress De-briefer and had the honor of providing assistance to law enforcement who are/were impacted by tragic events in our community. He has been trained in crisis intervention from the Crisis Intervention Center in Baton Rouge and also participated as an intern volunteer in the Survivors of Suicide support group, which is a service provided by the Crisis Intervention Center.



Viveca Johnson is a licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor that is passionate about empowering each client with the tools and strategies to foster change and move forward in a more satisfying and
holistic life. Johnson has been working in the field of mental health for over ten years. Johnson is an honor graduate of Millsaps College where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans. In her clinical experience, she has worked with diverse populations in providing individual, family, marriage, and group counseling. Johnson’s specializations are in PTSD/trauma, grief and loss, pre-marital and marital counseling, relationship issues, and women’s issues. Johnson holds a certification in trauma focused-cognitive behavior therapy, telemental health, and in marriage and family therapy. Johnson is involved in the community by serving as a mentor to high school and college age young women empowering and supporting each participant through mentorship, education, counseling, and community service. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Louisiana Counseling Association, Junior League of Baton Rouge, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to name a few. Johnson is the owner of Forward Moving Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC where she helps each client move forward with living their best life. 


Jaime C. Hilton is a social worker who works with individual using a systems, cognitive behavioral approach while focusing on client’s strengths.

Jaime has over 10 years of experience working with diverse clients and areas of practice include:
 • Anxiety and depression (including perinatal mood disorders)
• Attachment and trauma
• Domestic violence

She has previously worked with at risk families in the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), survivors of domestic violence, children with behavioral disorders, school and clinical outpatient setting, adoption and private practice.

Jaime graduated from Louisiana State University with both her graduate degree in Social Work and her undergraduate degree in Sociology. Jaime also earned a minor in Psychology and has always enjoyed the intricate process of how the human mind directly affects behavior. Additionally, Jaime comes from a diverse cultural background which awarded her the opportunity to learn Spanish as her first language.

Jaime believes the core values of social work—service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, relationships, integrity and competence—are deeply engrained in who she is as a woman of faith, a wife and mother.


Tyrus Thomas is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. In 2006, after helping LSU men’s basketball team reach the NCAA Final Four, he was drafted fourth overall in that year’s NBA draft. Since then, he been visible in the community, either giving back, or fighting for the rights of his people. However, Tyrus was also fighting his own battles. Battles within himself. For years Tyrus battled depression, anxiety and residuals of childhood trauma without being able to identify that he was doing so. With the help of professional counseling and continuously doing self work, Tyrus has been able to overcome those things. Tyrus is now on a mission to tell his story in hopes that he can help others heal.


ReAzalia Z. Allen is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. Currently, ReAzalia works as a Staff Attorney at the 19th Judicial District Court and the Staff Attorney for the 19th Judicial District Court Reentry Program. She is the managing and founding partner of The Allen Law Firm, LLC. In 2008, ReAzalia moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in English with minors in Leadership, Communications, and Psychology. ReAzalia also attended the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where she received her Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law in 2015. In August 2017 she received her Masters of Science in Organizational Development from Abilene Christian University. ReAzalia is a published author and local poet also known as Attorney Southernbelle. She is a member of the Baker-Zachary Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society


Kenn Barnes, Jr. serves as Special Counsel- Criminal Justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Kenn began with Court in August 2017 as Special Counsel- Pretrial Services with the duty of serving as a liaison between the City of New Orleans and Orleans Criminal District Court’s Pretrial Service’s Program. In this capacity Mr. Barnes has assisted in the use of best practices and implementation of the Laura and John Arnold Public Safety Assessment risk assessment tool in Orleans Parish to assist judges during the setting of a bond by providing information on an accused’s likelihood of new criminal activity while on bond and likelihood of failure to appear. Additional duties of Mr. Barnes include assisting with the Court’s reentry court, drug court, mental health court and other specialty court programs across Louisiana, serving as liaison between the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Felony Class System Task Force, Louisiana Public Defender Board, and Louisiana State Law Institute, and has recently been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council. 

Prior to joining the Louisiana Supreme Court, Mr. Barnes served as a Bond Advocate and Staff Attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders office where he represented clients at the First Appearance bond hearings and at trial. Prior to moving to New Orleans in the fall of 2016 Mr. Barnes served as the Campaign Manager to the now Mayor of Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and was a Civil Rights Attorney for a boutique Baton Rouge firm. Kenn received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2011 and received both his Juris Doctorate and Diploma of Comparative Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where he served as Executive President of the Student Bar Association and Vice- Chair of the Council of Student Body Presidents in 2015. 

In addition to his work at the Louisiana Supreme Court, Kenn is an initiate and member of the Nu Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc., the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Gala chair and member of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society, and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee. Kenn also serves his community as a member of the Louisiana New Leader’s Council Advisory Board, and board member of the New Orleans Abeona House Child Discovery Center. In Kenn’s free time, he enjoys strolling the French Quarter with his wife, meeting new people and animals, and volunteer coaching high school wrestling. Kenn Barnes is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana but now calls both Baton Rouge and New Orleans home. 


Attorney Niles B. Haymer, 41, earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center in 2003, where he was member of the Southern University Law Review and the American Trial Lawyers' Association Mock Trial Team. He was also a recipient of the Russell B. Long Federal Court Award and Juvenile Clinic Student Attorney of the Year. Niles earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southern University in 2000, graduating with the highest GPA in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy all while serving as Student Government Association President.

Niles has been recognized by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL) as a Blackstone Order Award recipient for his work in juvenile court and voted to the Southern University Alumni Top Forty Under 40 List. Niles is a past instructor for the Legal Seminar Series for the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging, current President of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Parish Council and sits on the boards of J.K. Haynes Charter School, the Baton Rouge Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Baptist Builders International, Inc. Now, Niles has announced his candidacy for East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court, Section 2, Division B with the campaign theme of Our Children, Our Community, Our Future which exemplifies his reasons for running for office. He is married to Shermaine and has three children, Niles II, Naomi and Nicholas.


Gail (Adkins) Grover is a lifelong public servant and has served alongside great leaders that have impacted every level of her career. In 2009 she was appointed Director of the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) for East Baton Rouge Parish. Providing direct service delivery to youth and parents provided Gail an opportunity change lives, restore hope and build futures. In 2013, Mayor Melvin L. “Kip” Holden appointed Gail Grover to the position of Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Baton Rouge. At the conclusion of Mayor Holden’s Administration, Gail returned to the position of Director of DJS to continue her life’s work of helping youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice System. In September 2018, Gail retired from City-Parish government and served for 8 months as the Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. Currently, Gail is a Judicial Candidate for East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court, Division B.


Checo W. Yancy is the Director of Voters Organized to Educate (VOTE), an organization established to advocate for re-storing the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people. In his capacity as Director of VOTE, he along with Mr. Norris Henderson, the Executive Director of VOTE has worked tirelessly with the LA. Department of Corrections and the LA. Legislature, the Louisianans for Prison Alternatives (LPA), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the ACLU and other partners in pursuing the goal of restoring the voting rights and more broadly in securing the human and civil rights of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Before joining VOTE, Checo Yancy served as the Mentoring Program Director for the Capital Area Reentry Coalition (CAPARC), an organization that assists returning citizens in their effort to make a successful transition to life in our free society. He worked in this capacity for 6 years.
After his release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP), Yancy was employed for 5 1\2 years as an administrative assistant with Personal Care Services, Inc. He is an active member of the Grace and Compassion Church in Baton Rouge; a member of the Kairos Angola Advisory Board and an active volunteer with Promise Keepers - Men of Integrity.


Ronald Haley is the founding partner of Haley & Associates, representing clients in criminal defense, personal injury, and employment discrimination cases. He is a 2006 graduate of LSU Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate & Bachelor's DEGREE in Civil Law. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the Xavier University of Louisiana. He opened his practice in 2008.
Inspired by his family and his clients, Mr. Haley has made it his mission to be a representative for those in need. “To be in a position of trust and to advocate for those who are voiceless is what inspires me every day. People often have seemingly impossible legal issues; I strive to find possible solutions.”
Mr. Haley is regularly seen on the news for high-profile cases throughout the state. Whether it is in defense of the accused caught in the criminal justice system or defending the rights of those whose civil rights who have been violated. He is not afraid to fight for his clients regardless if it is against the prosecution, law enforcement, or a large corporation.
Mr. Haley is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc., the National Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. He has done pro bono work through the Baton Rouge Juvenile Court.