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Thursday, October 08, 2015 04:49 PM

Dr. Ramel Smith on the field

Asque the Blaquesmith answers a need


By 2007, licensed psychologist Dr. Ramel Smith had come to the realization that there was a great need to get more mental health information out to the public.  Too many people with mental health issues were not walking into a doctor’s office.  For some, it was a transportation issue.  For others, the cost was prohibitive. Still others did not want the stigma of mental illness. 

Then Dr. Smith learned about MATA Community Media and he got an idea for a monthly show.  At first Asque the Blaquesmith stuck solely to mental health issues, covering depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and the importance of exercise.  Over the last eight years, the half-hour show has evolved to talk about issues that affect people’s everyday lives such as managing money, building relationships, and communicating effectively. 

Asque the Blaquesmith also goes on-location to events happening around the city.  Dr. Smith has interviewed the cast of Clybourne Park (a sequel to Raisin in the Sun) at the Milwaukee Performing Arts Center and talked with candidates for the Milwaukee School Board.

Perhaps the relationship he cherishes most is the one with the Milwaukee Public Schools.  Asque the Blaquesmith has promoted and covered the flag football fundraiser for MPS and has started a scholarship program that rewards eighth graders, seniors, and college students for academic achievement and involvement in activities.

Asque the Blaquesmith can be seen on channels 14 and 96 in Milwaukee on Wednesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 11:30 am.  It is also carried on AT&T’s channel 99, a clickable web-based platform on the line-up.