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Mission

We are committed to providing our listeners and followers with a stimulating and vibrant perspective on romantic relationships. We focus on challenging the conversations on relationships in today’s world and provide psychoeducation and responsible advice towards a healthier self and a fulfilling relationship.

Dr. John Hart, PhD, LMFT

Dr. John R. Hart is an up and coming licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Family Scientist in the Washington D.C. metro area. Dr. Hart officially received both his Doctorate in Family Science and his Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland at College Park. Clinically, Dr. Hart is a senior therapist and public relations manager with the Relationship Counseling Center of Maryland in Columbia, MD. In addition, Dr. Hart is a Pre-Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a clinical supervisor at the University of Maryland. His clinical specialties with couples revolve around improving structural interactional patterns (e.g., boundaries, power dynamics, trust), facilitating vulnerability and emotional connection between partners, and fostering romantic partnership between both partners. Dr. Hart has written countless blogs and newsletters articles for both print and media outlets on these topics and more over the last 5 years.

In terms of his family science research interests, Dr. Hart’s work focuses on the transition into adulthood for young men of color, the impact mass incarceration has on Black fathers, and the re-entry experiences of young Black fathers as it pertains to jobs, communities, and their children. Dr. Hart’s work and experiences have involved improving prison and jail family space conditions for men to interact with their children, program evaluation to improving re-entry centers in the communities, and reducing relationship conflict between Black fathers and the families and mothers of their children. Throughout his career, Dr. Hart has presented at numerous conferences (e.g., American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, National Conference on Family Relations, Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, etc.) and has been fortunate to work with prominent national researchers in the field such as Dr. Kevin Roy, Dr. Mia Smith-Bynum and Dr. Stephen Thomas. Dr. Hart is also a prominent adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park teaching on privilege, social position, affluence and poverty, and structural inequalities.

Recently, Dr. Hart has become co-creators of two lively radio podcasts on couples relationships – “Kings of the Heart” with his colleague, Tariiq Omari Walton and “The 3some” with Tariiq and radio personality, Mrs. Weena Cullins. Dr. Hart is a dedicated MFT whose personal and professional motivation is to assist couples in their journey towards communicating healthier, meeting each other needs efficiently and consistently, and growing together – the essentials for a life-long romantic relationship filled with bliss. Feel free to visit his websites at www.kingsofthehearts.com and www.rccmaryland.com or email him at john@rccmaryland.com

Tariiq Omari Walton, LMFT

As President and CEO of Infinite Possibilities Entertainment, LLC and its many divisions, Tariiq Omari Walton has written, published, marketed, and distributed four books: the novels Broken and its sequel Mister Bachelor, as well as Crystal’s Tears; and the relationship guide It’s Just A Damn Date: Why We Expect Too Much Too Soon (IJADD). From 2006 to 2008, Tariiq hosted a weekly interpersonal relationship discussion forum at Artmosphere Cafe’ in Mount Rainier, Maryland called Touch Me Tuesdays. Tariiq has more than 25 years of radio and television experience and in 2006, became a co-host on the Saturday night radio call-in talk show Moonman and The Fun Bunch, on WOL in Washington, DC, where he stayed until 2014. Tariiq also produced and hosted Views & Vibes, an arts and culture television talk show airing on CTV in Prince Georges County, Maryland from 2010 to 2015.

Born in Albany, New York and raised between the borough of Brooklyn and the state’s capital, the multiple influences of that Upstate/Downstate exposure resonates throughout Tariiq’s work as an entrepreneur, educator, consultant, therapist, speaker, talk show host, and an artist in several mediums. Tariiq graduated from Lincoln University, a historically black institution in Pennsylvania, with a double major in History and Secondary Education and a minor in Sociology. He then went on to attend graduate school at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he majored in American History.

A noted leather craftsman, Tariiq spent almost every weekend from the summer of 2006 until the fall of 2015 selling both his books and hand-made crafts at historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, in DC. In 2014, Tariiq was named an honoree of the Prince George’s County Forty Under 40 in the category of Arts and Humanities. He has spoken at a number of colleges across the country, been a guest on dozens of radio and television talk shows, is a frequent and sought after panelist for relationship forums, and has been cited in several online and print magazines and newspapers. Tariiq completed his studies in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Maryland, College Park, is licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and is the owner of Insight Marriage & Family Therapists, LLC, a small private practice in Silver Spring and Largo, Maryland.

You can now find Tariiq as one of the Kings of the Heart, with fellow LMFT and friend, Dr. John Hart. The pair hosts a podcast under the same name, as well as facilitate conversations with college students around dating and relationships. And when the Kings of the Heart meet up with Weena Cullins, also an LMFT, the super group goes by the name “The 3some”.