ASWIFTT RADIO Host Brenda Diann Johnson on August 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm CST, 2:00 pm EST and 11:00 am PST on the show “Racism Seen Through BLUE EYES,” along with her guest Ray Studevent who authored the book “Black Sheep,” discussed issues of abandonment, belonging, racism, and redemption. Ray Studevent was a bi-racial child who was born to a black alcoholic father and a white heroin addicted mother. After Ray was abandoned by his parents and adopted by his father’s relatives, he began a journey of experiencing racism. Each time he entered a room he had to decide whether it was better to be Black or White. His bi-racial make up of both African-American and Caucasian decent lead to a life- long journey of understanding his true identity. His experience of childhood trauma is now used to educate by telling his story to the world.
Brenda is a mother, grandmother, author, publisher, educator, entrepreneur, radio host, speaker and above all a humble servant of God. She is the founder of ASWIFTT PUBLISHING, LLC which is the parent company of ASWIFTT RADIO, ASWIFTT Television, ASWITT Journal and ASWIFTT Records. She enjoys writing and spending time with her daughters, Diamond and Kamille and her grandson, Bryson. Ms. Johnson’s life mission is to use the creative talents God gave her in writing, teaching and speaking to not only have self-fulfillment but to also have an impact on the audience God has predestined for her.
Ray Studevent was born in 1967 in Washington, D. C. during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. His biological parents– a light-skinned alcoholic Black man with a violent streak and a White woman who was a slave to her heroin addiction–abandoned him at age five leaving him orphaned and destitute. Salvation came to him by way of his Black uncle and aunt who swooped in and took him to live with them in their all Black neighborhood. But Ray’s newfound happiness came to a crashing halt when two years later, his uncle–the man he had come to idolize as a father and hero–dropped dead right before his very eyes. Instead of turning the other cheek, his aunt by marriage chose to adopt and raise him in the mean streets of Washington, D. C. at a time when it was known as Chocolate City. Ray’s life became quite interesting, not to mention dangerous, as a “White” Negro living in the blackest city in America and being raised by a southern Black woman who grew up in Mississippi during the segregated Jim Crow era. Race and its polarizing issues would play a vital role in Ray’s life.