5 Podcast To Get You Through The Monday Blues

In this digital age, there are certain things that I miss at times like the importance of a landline phone, or a good paperback book and talk radio shows with music and hilarious discussion topics. I’ve jumped on the podcast bandwagon. I love them. I laugh with them and shake my head in agreement with their commentary. There are five in particular that I look forward to every week to get me through my 8 minute ab workout or help me get through the digital pile of deadlines that find their way onto my desktop.

The Friendzone 

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I’ve been a HeyFranHey fan since my earlier Tumblr days in 2009 and she serves as the right amount of balance between Assante and Dustin with their hilarious antics and commentary. Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain? 

Girlboss Radio

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In case you’re ever in need of some morning inspiration #Girlboss legend Sophia Amoruso finds some of the most brilliant women entrepreneurs and gets all the inside scoop on their building process, career gems and strategies. It’s also girl chat as well.

Black Girls Talking

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It’s like dialing up for girls on a conference call. Black Girls Talking is a podcast wherein 4 black women discuss pop culture, Beyonce, & the pursuit of the perfect body oil.

Another Round

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Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.

2 Dope Queens

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Join the 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.

Produced by WNYC Studios.

So you know, while you’re brushing your teeth or while you’re getting dressed or frying you an egg or simply making a smoothie, give one of them a listen and get ready for some morning laughter.

 

 

Unpacking The Bags of Others.

Erykah Badu’s song “Bag Lady” released in the year 2000. I was only in the 5th grade and I would ride the bus to and from school on the other side of my city, but I remember the bus driver would always have the radio on and it would always be on the soul and R&B stations so on our way to school and on our way home from school the bus would be full of kids singing along loudly, not fully understanding what these songs were actually about.

I remember listening to “Bag Lady” literally thinking it was just about women carrying too many bags. Like the kind you see struggling to catch the bus, with a bunch of groceries or shopping bags, but as I got older I began to understand the figurative meaning of carrying bags. We as women tend to carry a lot of them and often times when we’re told to let them go…we don’t know how.

Sometimes as black women it’s hard for us to unpack the luggage we carry because often times its not our own but someone else’s so we don’t even know it’s there. But it is and it affects us and those around us deeply. If you’re one of those women it’s time to start doing some self-checking on the state of your mental and emotional well-being. If you haven’t done so, now’s a great time to start. Who’s bag are you carrying?

There are times when I’m around certain people and my entire attitude just shifts. I find myself easily agitated, complaining and upset and it’s really unnecessary for me to be feeling that way. There are times when friends are going through a tough time and while it might be ideal to be there for them, their energy is taking a negative toll on you. It’s okay to let all of that go. It’s also okay to be there for them without taking on their baggage. It’s possible.

Don’t burden yourself with someone else’s baggage. Women we are often guilty of doing that. We absorb the burdens of our children, our family, our friends, our significant others and we carry them with us. We can’t resolve them because we don’t even know that the death of your friend’s grandma’s sister’s cousin is stuck with us. You don’t know that your best friend’s boyfriend’s financial issues are now your burden because she talks about them whenever you’re around each other. You don’t know that any of it is there simply because it isn’t yours, but it’s there. We are the original empaths, but while we’re emotionally investing in others, who’s checking on us? Who’s bags are we carrying?

So in the words of Ms. Badu “let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go.”

Season 1 Review for “My Life Offline” Web Series

Being a blogger, or a social media influencer can be extremely difficult when most of your life is on broadcast for the world to see, but people only get a front seat view of your successes. They never truly see the amount of work that happens offline when the YouTube videos aren’t uploaded or the pictures haven’t been posted on social media just yet. Sometimes it’s difficult to compartmentalize what you want your audience to see versus what you’d like to remain hidden, but in “My Life Offline,” three natural hair influencers  and vloggers were brave enough take you on a tour of what happens offline.

In 2013, Maureen Aladin, Founder and Executive Producer of TWELVE18 Media, set out on a (3) city tour to develop the docu-series My Life Offline (#MLO). The reality show, which features the top natural hair vloggers Vaughn Monroe (@msvaughntv), Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey (@BeautifulBrwnBabyDol), and Chime Edwards (@chimeedwards) is the first ever to follow what happens in their world when the YouTube cameras are turned off, and the lens to their life (behind-the-scenes) turns on. They are social media’s “it” girls. People want to know every detail of their lives, from what they’re eating, to where they’re going, and who they’re going there with. After building their own social media empires, they’re ready to take things to the next level. The question is, will they be able to successfully translate what they’ve done online, offline – in the real world. This series is about their journey.
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It’s about their journeys, but it also about the journey for most African American women. Each episode made me feel like I knew these women. You develop a common bond with them and you leave each episode feeling a little bit more inspired. These ladies laugh, they
cry and more importantly they work hard.
Aside from vlogging, I love the personal aspects of the series. It follows Dr. Nina’s quest in searching for her biological parents, to pressing towards her weight goals and building her business. Vaughn is building a brand of her own in her city and she’s taking us on a tour of the process. She’s learning how to tackle entrepreneurship without losing herself and her own voice. With a growing audience and blog Chime takes us on her journey to putting herself out there for her brand while at the same time preparing to also build her own
family and plan her wedding.
Beyond the vlogosphere, I think My Life Offline perfectly captures what life is like for us black women who are building. We see the triumphs and the successes and the points of achievement, but we barely get glimpses into the chasing of the pavement, the tears, the anger and the amount of work it takes to “make it.” These ladies tackle their mental well-being, they look for love and they just want the best possible life just like we all do while balancing work and life.
So if you’re looking for that sunny side of the street feeling, make it a hair day and binge on a couple of episodes of “My Life Offline” I promise it’s good and the music is too! You’ll
feel like you’re making a few more friends.

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Click here to watch Season 1 of “My Life Offline and be sure to hit the subscribe button so you won’t miss out on Season 2!!!