#SafeWordSociety

#SafeWordSociety

#SafeWordSociety is a podcast about the nuances of living, loving & thriving in NYC as #QTPOC. The hosts, Kristen McCallum and Lamika Young, use interviews & discussions with thought leaders, influencers and everyday people to navigate the authenticity of identity. Their mission is to create a safe space for versatility and self-definition while uplifting the stories of those that aren't often heard.... Show More

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"It's a #VYBE, said it's a vybe... QTPOC doing our thing, yes we THRIVE!" ...It's SEASON 5 Y'all!  We're back with a brand new format and it includes our very own discussion-based game, the #VisibilityPacks!  On this episode, we chatted with Nappy Nina - an MC hailing from Oakland, CA and Kai Davis - writer, performer, poet, and teaching artist from Philadelphia, PA. We talked about the value of lifelong learning, the complicated r... Read more

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"It's a #VYBE, said it's a vybe... QTPOC doing our thing, yes we THRIVE!" ...It's SEASON 5 Y'all!  We're back with a brand new format and it includes our very own discussion-based game, the #VisibilityPacks!  On this episode, we chatted with Harlem NYC native, Founder of Transgender Fund, Trans advocate and model ...Devin-Norelle!! We talked about community struggles & strengths, social media's impact on our self-worth and what rep... Read more

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June 6, 2018 71 min

"It's a #VYBE, said it's a vybe... QTPOC doing our thing, yes we THRIVE!" ...It's SEASON 5 Y'all!  We're back with a brand new format and it includes our very own discussion-based game, the #VisibilityPacks!  On this episode, we chatted with Brooklyn-based DJ & Producer -- Robi D Light!! If you've ever been anywhere (bc she's a boss & that's how it goes)...you've heard her mixing magic, at least once! We were so excited to chat it ... Read more

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"It's a #VYBE, said it's a vybe... QTPOC doing our thing, yes we THRIVE!" ...It's SEASON 5 Y'all!  We're back with a brand new format and it includes our very own discussion-based game, the #VisibilityPacks!  On this episode, we chatted with nationally-awarded writer, performer, and cultural worker -- Kirya Traber & Sekiya Dorsett -- writer, producer, editor and one of our favorite queer filmmakers giving voice to issues of inequal... Read more

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"It's a #VYBE, said it's a vybe... QTPOC doing our thing, yes we THRIVE!" ...It's SEASON 5 Y'all!  We're back with a brand new format and it includes our very own discussion-based game, the #VisibilityPacks!  On this episode, we chatted with healer, educator, psychic, traveler, and self-proclaimed "sexpert" Charlie Trotman & writer, cultural worker and sex-educator from Philadelphia, PA - Marcus Borton! We had a really candid and e... Read more

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"It's a #VYBE, said it's a vybe... QTPOC doing our thing, yes we THRIVE!" ...It's SEASON 5 Y'all!  We're back with a brand new format and it includes our very own discussion-based game, the #VisibilityPacks!  For our SEASON PREMIERE, we chatted with the amazingly talented Lina & Estephanie of Bag Ladiez! In their own words, "2 Bronx Dominicans (*ahem* afro-latinas) just tryna be better and make you better too, join ussssss as we tr... Read more

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Another great season wrapped and we celebrate our closing of Season 4 with this gem-filled finale!  We had an amazing visit at the studio from two of our fave #bosses & busy moms, Allison & Talima Davis-Lamb, owners of multi-use skincare line... LIMEGREEN. We learned how necessity pushed Talima's passion for formulas, how Allison's support created pathways and how business partnerships aren't necessarily a requirement with marriage... Read more

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 How To Fan-Girl 101...right here.  We were so honored to grab some time with Visual Narrator, Texas Isaiah while he was in NYC for a conversation about practice and intersecting interests at The Whitney Museum with Artist, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Novelist, Yaa Gyasi. We took the opportunity to get all the details we could about life (and space) in LA, the importance of archives and some best practices for capturing essence and crea... Read more

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Happy Valentine's Day!  Kristen's hopes in a Tinder match have been restored (ever so slightly) after our love-themed episode with the amazing Ericka Hart and Ebony Donnley! We had the best time just kicking it with these lovebirds and hearing all about how they got together, how they stay together and how the rest of us can get it together! We sang, we laughed and we felt the love...trust us, you will to! Enjoy :) Follow their jou... Read more

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February 7, 2018 43 min

The joy of laughter was loud and robust in the studio (AHEM, sorry in advance but you'll need to work that volume button)...as we spoke to Writer/Director AND Comedian, Robin Cloud, a few days before she made her big move to California! We got to hear more about the how's and why's of her comedic journey, her stint with "Robin Cloud and The Raindrops" and her truly great short film "Out Again." As usual, we're excited to share with... Read more

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January 31, 2018 52 min

Food as healing... a concept we can't afford to ignore and with culinary bosses like Sara Elise & Cleo Zuli at the helm, we won't be able to! We sat with these two to talk about the business of feeling good and living our best lives through fresh ingredients, the atmosphere of celebration and entrepreneurship. We learn how Sara Elise ended up with two successful ventures, Harvest & Revel and Blindseed! Also, the story behind Cleo Z... Read more

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January 24, 2018 39 min

The 2018 Reset is REAL, already.  We did A LOT this episode because a lot has been going on... keeping it authentic is our brand, remember? We start out with a much needed friend session about integrity, healing and our necessary re-commitments for the year. We move right into our gratitude session with some team shoutouts, SWS happenings and some really exciting announcement! In 2018, we've got cool partnerships, we're planning ep... Read more

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January 17, 2018 42 min

This is our SEASON 4 Premiere y'all!!  We are so excited to be back and we couldn't have chosen a better guest to start the season off with! Allow us to introduce you to Sir Knight, Co-Founder of the primary Black Trans* News Resource - BlackTransTV! We spend our first episode back talking to Sir about his thoughts on Black Unity, the responsibility of educating ourselves and what it takes for black folk to really do better. We eve... Read more

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Happy New Year! So you know, Season 4 premieres on January 17th and we know you're as excited as we are! Until then... we gathered two of our fave positivity forces for this amazing BONUS episode about AFFIRMATIONS! We needed to start off #2018 with some reassurance and this episode did just that! Self-proclaimed Love Activist and past guest, Anyanwu and SWS first timer and Youth Minister, Sontaia took us on a journey of how-to's, ... Read more

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This is our SEASON 3 FINALE y'all!! But we've got one surprise left... so stay tuned for our special New Years Day episode on 1/1/18!  We're back with the SEASON 4 Premiere on 1/17/18 :) We are so excited to be closing this amazing season with Rae Leone Allen, co-creator of the black & queer badassery that is 1-9-5 Lewis! You've heard about it, watched it and now we got to talk about all of it.. the how, they why and all the gems i... Read more

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We got really vulnerable on this episode and are so glad to share with y'all... as per usual! We were in great company with Shannon Matesky, Creator of QTPOC Variety Show - Queer Abstract and Milly Dubouchet, Creator of connection powerhouse - LezFactor. We talked about using truth to connect with community, the power of healing in the spotlight and why self-care will always reign supreme. If you're going through a thing, this is a... Read more

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We happily scraped time out of our weekday schedules to catch the very booked Dennis Norris II...y'all, we're so glad we did! We got the tea on how he became one-fourth of the hottest thots in town, what it really means to be a MacDowell Colony Fellow and who in his family was just nominated for 2 Grammys! This convo will definitely put your procrastination on front street, get in here and check it out :) Follow our guest and his w... Read more

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We had such a good time talking to one of Issuu's 25 Most Stylish Black Men in Fashion and had no shortage of fabulosity in the studio while doing so! B. Hawk Snipes left us with some gems about finding his footing in the fashion industry and how he maintains the confidence it takes to SLAY on the daily. We get to hear about the long history of style in his hometown, the Bronx, and why energy is SO important when deciding where he ... Read more

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We are so excited to share the laughs from our convo with two of our faves out here holding space and building community -- Ryann Holmes of Bklyn Boihood and Simone Davis of Girl Social and Queer Abstract! We talked about the how and why of curating events, the road to longevity and the importance of "Adult Recess." Ryann gives us some deets on the activities Bklyn Boihood has coming up and Simone gets us ready for some upcoming ga... Read more

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We are so excited to share the gems from our chat with serial entrepreneur, Vanessa Newman aka DJ Fiveboi and gender-neutral evening wear designer, Kris Harrington of Kris Harring Apparel Group! As Lamika so accurately put it, we talked about "decolonizing success" so grab a notepad and take away some tangible tips to do just that! Kris and Vanessa talked to us about their introductions to business and self-employment, the importan... Read more

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