It was 2009 when Dr. Annise Mabry was promoted to Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Mabry was the first African American female to hold this title at DeVry University. But the celebration would be short-lived as her daughter became the victim of what would later be called “the worst case of extreme bullying” her small rural school system had ever encountered. The bullying caused her daughter to develop PTSD and Dr. Mabry found herself free-falling through an Alice-in-Wonderland system of fragmented adolescent mental health care.
Dr. Mabry turned to her best friend Dr. Sharon D. Shakespeare and the two launched their first podcast called The Back2UsShow. Their podcast later grew into the first LGBTQ podcast network to reach international syndication. Back2Us Radio Network became the first network to offer free airtime to other invisible voices in the community.
Dr.Mabry’s journey has captivated audiences both on and off-screen since 2013; and, in 2017, she founded The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation.
Today, Back2us Radio still offers free airtime to those whose voices are missing in the mainstream media.
Since 2016, Dr. Mabry has helped over 100 families to issue their own homeschool high school diplomas in Georgia.