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.

 

 

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!!! 

5 LGBT Films for the Open-Minded

This week has left a lot of at a loss of words, emotionally and mentally drained due to the tragedy in Orlando. What’s left a bunch of us even more exhausted are the responses and messages that are being plastered all over social media. It’s become a debate rooted in several different religious beliefs, people personal biases against LGBT culture and hate. I’ve seen so many hurtful and harmful messages this week that’s forced me to step back from a few of my social media channels for a bit. It’s really sad that such a tragic event has caused such division rather than unity among us as humans.

Any who, tired of having the same conversations with folks who view life from a single, narrow lens, I’ve decided to stop talking, but today on my break, I decided to watch a movie on Netflix. I made a random pick, but I thought that it was ironic that the film had an LGBT story line and I couldn’t help but shed a few tears throughout.

Jenny’s Wedding 

Plot: Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life – except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrells’ inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice – either change with it or drown.

We Were Here 

Plot: During the 1970’s, San Francisco became a safe haven for the gay and lesbian community, providing a place where one could live openly, away from discrimination. But, after almost a decade of celebration, the city was hit by a wave of shock and grief when it became ground zero of the AIDS epidemic, with hundreds of gay men falling victim to the disease. Director David Weissman explores the incredible story of love and loss through the eyes of five men and women who experienced it firsthand.

Pariah 

Plot: Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). A lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity and is looking for her first lover, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents’ marriage already strained. When Alike’s mother presses her to befriend a colleague’s daughter (Aasha Davis), Alike finds the gal to be a pleasant companion.

RENT 

Plot: In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger (Adam Pascal), an HIV-positive musician, scramble for money to pay rent to their landlord and former roommate, Benny (Taye Diggs). Meanwhile, their friend Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a professor, has fallen for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), who is slowly dying of AIDS.

The Out List 

Plot: A documentary about being among the LGBT community in modern society, told through interviews with LGBT celebrities and community leaders.