In today's episode, I am joined by a special guest, my 11-year-old daughter to talk about self-belief.
Music and editing by Gabrilla Ballard
In today's episode, I talk about self-care and one of the barriers to it, a lack of healthy internal and external boundaries.
Today's Episode is a special one. It is Mother's Day and today's guest is a dear person to me. Cassandra Lane is a writer, author, mother, wife and beloved friend. In today's episode, our conversation centers on motherhood, creativity and the powerful themes that emerge in her newest memoir, We are Bridges.
Cassandra Lane is author of We Are Bridges (Feminist Press), winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and Editor-in-Chief of L.A. Parent magazine. She previously worked as a newspaper staff reporter and received an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University LA. A Louisiana native, she lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.
Sierra Brown is a health and wellness coach particularly obsessed with helping black women (and our loving allies) get out of unmanageable routines and into bodies they love and love them back… for good.
Through her Melanin Well community - she has been able to help 100's of women find freedom in their own revised version of health and wellness.
Music by Gabrilla Ballard
Ahlia is the founder of Little Black Buddha, (LBB) which offers women help in making career transitions and figuring out their next move in their lives and careers. LBB also creates the space to honestly look at the entire picture of one’s life by incorporating a life design ethos into the work and programming, advocating wholeness, wellness and a complete sense of self. She is a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor.
Little Black Buddha is currently developing LBB Pathways, which is an App that helps people figure (a) what their transferable skills are and (b) what industries those skills can be used in (c) the opportunity to experiment and prototype different career paths. She is currently holding a crowdfund campaign to raise money to hire developers, please feel free to donate at https://littleblackbuddha.live/pathways.
Ahlia has navigated 5 successful career transitions over a fifteen-year period. Prior to starting Little Black Buddha, she was a Lead Engineer at a Fortune 500 company for 10+ years. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering (2001) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MA in Math Education (2009) from the City College of New York. Ahlia is married to a wonderful and supportive partner and most importantly, she is a mother of three beautiful and bright children (4, 9 & 12 years old).
Music produced by Gabrilla Ballard (Urban Mamasong Productions)
Ashley is a "Sexfluencer" whose goal is to help women create more intimate, exciting, fulfilling sex life. She created her personal brand and blog, Sex With Ashley as a tool to help women feel comfortable discussing their sexual desires as well as release all the negative B.S. that holds them back from experiencing the best sex imaginable. Likewise her CBD Sexual Wellness Company, Bedtanicals is on a mission to provide luscious, organic CBD lubrication and increased pleasure to people with vulvas and vaginas.
“Dr. Danielle Drake is one of those torch bearers, healers, her open hands offering us tools to remember that our worth, wonder, wholeness and humanity is implied. Regardless of those who lack the soul or substance to acknowledge it. Dr. Drake's scholarship and commitment reminds us that the visionary power of those who have come before us is within us and is needed now more than ever."
Danielle Drake, PhD is Associate Professor, Program Chair, and alum of the Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy MA program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University with her dissertation study focused on the use creativity and spirituality among African Americans. As a result of her dissertation research she developed and conducted an initial validation of the Black Spiritual Creativity Scale. Her post-doctoral internship at Rafiki Coalition focuses on holistic health and wellness in the Bayview / Hunters Point community of San Francisco. Dr. Drake’s clinical work as an Expressive Arts Therapist engages clients in creative writing, music, and visual arts processes. She uses a liberatory informed theoretical approach that incorporates Womanist (black feminist), and Black/African-centered psychologies with Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and contemplative practices. Dr. Drake is co-author of book chapter, “Womanism, Creativity and Resistance,” published in American Psychological Association publication, “Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voice of Fire, Acts of Courage.” In 2018 Dr. Drake hosted a conversation with Angela Davis for CIIS Public Programs on Dr. Davis’ life of activism. As a spoken word artist Dr. Drake is a former Oakland Poetry Slam Champion, and author of Cast Iron Life: A collection of poems and recipes.
During this stressful time, I wanted to offer some support that you might find helpful. May you be well.
Transcript of recording can be found at www.radicalmagicalbrilliance.com
dana e. fitchett, director of defDances, is a multi- and inter-disciplinary artist, movement educator, MFA candidate, and radical mixed-race Black woman exploring questions of identity reconciliation and decolonization by way of creative expression and re-imagination of what's possible. She lives in Oakland, CA, and splits most of her time between the Bay Area and the Northeast.
Music by Gabrilla Ballard
Raised in the arms of New Orleans, Ayanna's vibe is an eclectic mix of spoken word and Hip Hop. Her work is dedicated to uplifting women and using Hip Hop as a tool to teach young people. She has performed in venues across the country...New York (Nuyurican), Atlanta (Women Who Jam) and Houston (Blackout Arts Collective). Ayanna continues to do workshops to promote self-love and wellness for women of color. Her album, "Uplift Yo' Self" is her first project, followed by "InteGRITTY: The Mixtape". Affectionately known as "Mama Fiyah", Ayanna uses her art as a tool for activism. As a published author, Ayanna wrote Run Away Girl to chronicle the journey to self-love. She wrote Keep it High: Thoughts in a New Light to tell the story after she found self-love.
Ayanna Molina earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans in Psychology and English. She earned a Masters of Education degree in Community Counseling at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. Ayanna is also a member of the professional organizations, Counselors for Social Justice and the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Ayanna is designated as a Nationally Certified Counselor and holds a license in the state of Louisiana.
Ayanna supports children and adults experiencing grief and trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Ayanna specializes in Play Therapy for children aged 3-13 years, self-esteem work for girls and women and grief/trauma counseling with people of African/Black decent.
In this month's interview series, I had the fortune of having a conversation with B. Anderson.
B. Anderson, (they/them), is a sound healer, plant medicine stewart/herbalist, reiki practitioner, mediation teacher, mediator, ritual leader and community organizer. B. calls up the traditions, legacies and medicine of their southern Black American, Jamaican Maroon, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, and Choctaw ancestry as their healing arts praxis.
A visionary of Love Circle Sangha, a member of Harriet's Apothecary and member of the board for engaged Buddhist activist organization Buddhist Peace Fellowship, B. combines their experience as a grassroot organizer, and their life principles and practices to co-design community wellness strategies, transformative spaces and generative healing modalities across the country.
B. Recently offered their their talk on “Right Stewardship as an Anecdote to Cultural Genocide” for Tedx Flatbush and shared practice on liberation as an worm through healing sound and collective awareness for the Healing Justice Podcast.
Today's episode concludes my interview my Lisa Marie of The Black Berry Beauty Holistic Academy. For more information on Lisa Marie's work, please visit www.blackberrybeautyacademy.com
Black Women often face institutional and systemic blockades to treatment modalities that aid in our well-being. These systemic challenges make self-advocacy a vital life practice. Today’s episode centers on Black women and self-advocacy in healthcare situations.
Opening/Closing Song: Urban Mamasong Productions
Deeply dungeon-Lobo Loco (Over Midnight)
Melodiou-Partners in Rhyme-