Melanated Rising

Melanated Rising

Hosted by Kristin Iris, an Artist, Speaker & Coach for Black creatives, entrepreneurs, and athletes. On Melanated Rising we inspire, uplift, and ignite Black creatives all while changing the narratives around Blackness. What does it mean to exist Black in this world today with our many intersections? That’s exactly what we explore: The challenges, the beauty, and the brilliance. Every episode is a look at what is possible when Black creatives stand in our undeniable power.... Show More

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In our society we have a skewed idea of light and dark, good and bad, that translates even to how we relate to skin color and the place it puts you in society. We also have some extremely violent, ingrained ideas about fat bodies—Black bodies in particular—that we need to get very honest about in order to create change.

In this week’s episode Courtney Alexander, creator of the Dust II Onyx tarot deck, joins me to discuss ... Read more

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October 22, 2019 15 min

Working with my mentor on my projections and goals for 2020 has me seeing big things. But old voices of doubt rise up to have me asking "Can I do that?" "Nah, girl you can't make that happen." In this minisode I explain why you have to LISTEN to that voice. It's telling you of a deeper belief you still have that will continue to hold you back. If you don't listen you can't dismantle it. Boom!

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October 16, 2019 43 min

Here’s one we’re all familiar with: Fear of Failure! Everyone has experienced it but the truth it no one really knows what it is. See, the fear of failure isn’t actually about failure. In this solo episode I breakdown what the fear of failure really is and the ways it shows up that you may not even realize are holding you back. I also share how systemic oppression and generational survival conditioning of the Black dias... Read more

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I don’t care what anyone says, hair is important. Especially for Black women who are constantly battling anglo-beauty standards and stigmas around our natural hair. How do you build confidence in the Beauty of your Blackness?

Lulu Pierre founder of Boho Locs joins me today to talk about her brand of high-quality synthetic locs made “for us by us”. We talk natural hair journeys, hair stigma, and building confidence in our ... Read more

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It has been one year since I shared the story of my rape online. In this episode I reflect on the experience of speaking up, the fear of repercussions, and how speaking my truth and sharing my story changed the way I show up in the world. As Black folx our voices, stories, and experiences MATTER. If you have a story to share or a truth to tell there are reasons you may be holding back. I also explore why it’s hard for us to tell... Read more

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September 30, 2019 16 min

You know that quote "You have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce"? Yeah, that's crap. We don't have the same team or resources that Beyonce has and that makes a BIG difference. However, you do get to choose what you prioritize with the time you have. Listen in for my tips on how to maximize your time and prioritize what will move you forward.

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September 18, 2019 47 min

We put a lot of stock in what others think. Guess what? Everyone is judging you and you cannot be what everyone wants nor what they expect and once you realize that it frees you to show up as you are.

In this episode I break down how you may be shaping yourself and your actions based on what you think people think, the impact of the real dangers in navigating the world while Black, and some key tips that will help you let... Read more

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There is a cycle of fatherlessness and trauma impacting our Black men all around the world. How does this harm both the family structure and male identity? This is what we explore in this episode which features my first male guest on the show!

L.T. Bourne joins me today to share about his trauma growing up fatherless and gives a call-in to Black men to talk about their trauma, explore different views of what manhood means... Read more

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September 4, 2019 47 min

Who do you follow? Who do you consider a leader? As Black folx we need to learn from, follow, and be guided by people who look like us. In this solo episode I go hard on the white dominated coaching industry and why Black folx need Black coaches.

I share my experience with two really good white privilege having coaches who still did harm to me as a Black woman and why, despite how much I gained, I knew I couldn't work... Read more

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Sharing our stories as Black folx is a powerful way of addressing and healing the struggles we face, and embracing the beauty of our humanity. This week Rowana Abbensetts joins the show to discuss mental health, intuition, and following your purpose. As a fellow writer we discuss how important it is for Black stories to be told because they change the narratives for US of what we think is possible.

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“Change your thoughts change your life!” Right? Hmm…maybe. Mindset work alone only goes so far. You have to get to the root!

In this solo episode Kristin takes you on a deep dive into why mindset work alone can leave you stuck and wanting. She shares why you must do the deeper work to get to the root issue, the ways oppression and generational trauma impact our mindset, and plenty of tips on how to truly change the way yo... Read more

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As humans we are constantly evolving. That means our passions and interests evolve too. In this week’s episode we’re talking passion, play, and changing directions as your interests evolve. Nicole Goss of Blackgurlhoopin joins the show to talk about all the ways she’s changed direction to get where she is now as a hooping instructor and how important it is to pursue what you love and not just what the world tells you to do.

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August 9, 2019 46 min

Sometimes when things aren't working it can be hard to change directions. REALLY hard. But why? There are a lot of things at play here. In this solo session Kristin Iris talks pivoting directions and why it can be such a challenge. She dives into how survival mode, oppressive societal messaging projected on Black folx, and fear all play a role in keeping you from shifting when you need to.

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Our health and nutrition as Black people is under constant attack in U.S. and most of us don’t even know it. With corporations having their hold on food and health organizations where do we turn to for the real deal good food knowledge? Dr. Ruby Lathon joins the show today to talk about plant-based eating (it’s not just for white people), the systemic oppression of the food industry and how it’s killing Black folx, and healing y... Read more

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Are you putting up barriers for yourself that don’t need to be there? Blocking your blessings, opportunities, gifts? Let’s find out! Whether it’s saying no to someone who offers the help you need, or finding all the reasons why you can’t take an opportunity in front of your face, we need to stop making it harder for ourselves.

As Black people we already have enough challenges and things in our way. We don’t need to add mo... Read more

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This week is loaded with powerful relationship knowledge bombs! We dive into narratives around Black love that are setting you up for failure. Getting clear on what monogamy and infidelity mean to you. And why you need to TALK because communication is key.

Joining the show this week is Renelle Nelson to discuss betrayal, healing after infidelity, communication, sex, and Black love. There are some powerful things here that... Read more

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Today Kristin is going in on why we need to de-center whiteness and heteropatriarchy to thrive in our Blackness. There are many layers to de-centering from the more obvious whose gaze are you looking for? To the less obvious deconstructing and decolonizing of concepts and sneakily oppressive ideas you’ve been taught to live by.

We touch on everything from decentering whiteness in our creative work, to Law of Attraction, t... Read more

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In this episode, Miterrez Brown joins me to share their story of being harassed as a stud stripper after speaking up about an inappropriate incident, the sacrifice that came with telling the truth, and the power of learning you have a choice.

This conversation is an interesting and unexpected look at the depth of telling the truth, from the sacrifices and hardships you may have to endure to the changes you can create with... Read more

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Juneteenth just passed and we're talking Black Freedom! In the spirit of the date the last slaves in America were freed we are exploring what is Black freedom when we live in a world where we're only free-ish.

I'll take you through exploring how you are cultivating freedom and also how you may be blocking freedom in 3 big areas: with yourself, in how you show up, and in how you create change in the world. Each... Read more

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Dismantling racism and white supremacy is challenging work that is both external AND internal. We as Black people are not exempt from the work. We too have to look at ourselves and how we perpetuate the systems of racism and white supremacy.

Rachel Ricketts joins me for a powerful and in-depth conversation on Black joy, responding from survival, and doing the work to dismantle our own anti-Blackness and white supremacy to... Read more

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