Discussing current events, mental health, & how it relates to YFO
You & Five-O's podcast is hosted by BJ Council (Owner/Founder of You & Five-O). With this podcast, she aims to discuss current events surrounding the Black community, policing, and mental health, while continuing to connect back to You & Five-O's mission to educate people on how to have safe and lawful interactions with law enforcement.
We are grateful to have guests join us on our show, including retired police officers, researchers, mental health practitioners, and more!
Meet The host
Beverly “BJ” Council is the founder and primary presenter of You & Five-O, LLC (YFO). She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and retired as Deputy Police Chief of Durham, N.C. Throughout her 30-year career, she addressed community issues by implementing solutions in collaboration with those directly impacted. She believes communication and understanding are imperative when building trust within the community, which led to the birth of You & Five-O in 2015.
After retiring from the Durham Police Department, BJ wanted to find a way to ensure that law enforcement maintained its honor of serving and protecting those in need, while also understanding the importance of asking and, most importantly, hearing the community about how they need to be served.
Harmony holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from UNC Greensboro and a Master’s degree in entrepreneurship & leadership. She has worked within a number of different industries from personal injury law in North Carolina, to teaching English in northeast China. Driven by her deep sense of social responsibility and commitment to empowering communities, Harmony actively seeks opportunities to contribute to causes that promote equity, and create inclusive environments for marginalized communities. She is currently the Director of Development for TABLE, a grassroots non profit in Carrboro that delivers food to over 850 kids weekly. She is also a Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fellow, a board member for Cerebral Palsy Positive, and volunteers her time to help with social media for emPOWERment.
During her leisure time, Harmony finds inspiration in exploring the world around her, immersing herself in different cultural experiences. She has a cat named Waffles, and foster's dogs through local Triangle area rescues. She is a firm believer in the healing power of community and is always excited and honored to be a part of the groundbreaking work that You and Five-O is doing.
Drew is a media professional, allowing creativity to be the driving factor of his everyday life. He is a graduate of UNC Greensboro, where he became active in mental health advocacy, and matters surrounding social justice. He believes in the value of creating space and building community for others to speak up about important topics. Drew is very passionate about the amplification of Brown and Black voices, within spaces where they are not usually heard. He spends his free time writing, laughing until it hurts, and maintaining his life-long journey of sustaining holistic balance.
Our Podcast is produced by Chris Downey of Downey Digital