In My Shoes Stories from Women of Color

In My Shoes Stories from Women of Color

In My Shoes is a podcast about women of color and the issues we face but sometimes don't get to talk about. We will give our perspective, allowing you a glimpse into what it's like to deal with racism, infertility, mental illness, parenting, relationships, colorism, politics, hair, health, you name it - in our shoes. Sometimes it just takes a moment to hear a personal story to realize things aren't always the way they seem. When you hear someone's personal story you can see things through their eyes, from their perspective, even if it's just for a moment - but that moment may be all it takes to change the way you think about or view women from other cultural backgrounds and skin tones. Walk a mile in my shoes, and find out things aren't always the way they seem.


February 4, 2020 5 mins
So excited to introduce In My Shoes, a podcast that chronicles the life experiences of women of color. This episode tells you what you can expect and what we hope you will learn from listening.
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In this solo episode, I give you a little more information on why I started this podcast and blog:, why I had to grieve the loss of the relationship I thought I would have with my daughter and learn how to embrace our connection in order to give her what she needs to fight this battle for her mind.

I'll also tell you my experience as the only person of color in care giver support groups and what happened to m...

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Adopting my babies has been one of the greatest honors of my life. But it never dawned on me that society might question my choice, or ask me questions and make comments that I can't believe anyone would be bold enough to actually say.

In this next to the last solo episode before our in-studio interviews begin, I'll tell you some of the craziest things people have ever said to me, how I handled it and how it made me feel.

And a lit...

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In this last solo episode before in-stuio guests, learn more about how the issues women of color face can be swept under the rug. What is it really like in this skin?

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Listen as two beautiful darker-skinned sisters tell their story dealing with colorism in their community and at home. Maureen and Ginain will give you a great perspective about how they have dealt with comments like "You're pretty for a Black girl," and "You don't really need to get anymore sun do you?"

Here how they handle it all, how it shaped their view of themselves and how it has impacted the way they have raised their childre...

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March 12, 2020 32 mins

In Part 2 of our colorism series, two of our lighter-skinned sisters talk about their experiences with questions about their blackness and if they have mixed our white parents. And one guest will tell you how she handles for beautiful girls in every shade.

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March 19, 2020 20 mins

How does colorism impact women in the Hispanic community? Two Latina women will discuss their experience with colorism, how it impacted their families, their self esteem and the way they raised their children.

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March 26, 2020 30 mins

In this final episode on Colorism, two of our podcast regulars, Amber Congae and Ginain Grayes, talk hair and how their relationship with their hair and the messages they received growing up has shaped their feelngs about wearing their natural hair, how they handle quesitons and comments from famiily and co-workers and how they struggle with the right hairstyle for the workplace.

Learn more about Amber and Designs By Lynne at: http...

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April 2, 2020 21 mins

Meet Ivanaa. She has a small business in the beauty industry forced to close once our home town inssued a Safer-at-Home order. Hear how she plans to survive and what closing the business has meant for her. PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded the week of March 23 so stats such as the number of people applying for unemployment may have chaged.

Want to reach out to Ivanaa? Contact her at the email below: chateaublanclashandbeauty@gm...

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April 9, 2020 13 mins

This is my story, worrying about my young adult daugther who is battling a mental illness out there in the world during COVID-19. She refuses the help we are offering her and with her host of diagnoses there is no telling what she has been exposed to.

It's been hard and talking about it was a lot tougher than I thought it would be, but I hope opening up helps someone else. #strongertogether

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Interested in reading her books?

Somebody's Someone: A Memoir -

Someone Has Led this Child to Believe: A Memoir:

I Am Somebody's Child - The Regina Louise Story (the Lifetime movie) -

Want to...

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April 23, 2020 22 mins

Listen as two In My Shoes regulars talk about how they sometimes feel they may have missed a great opportunity worrying about the "what ifs." They will talk about their experiences in business and their personal lives and how they deal with the self doubt we all struggle with as we strive to make our dreams a reality.

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Hear NAMI Hillsborough's Vice President Natasha A. Pierre tell her story of discovery after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She will talk about the stigma she has faced, what happened when she was first diagnosed and the day she decided she was going to go public with her diagnosis.

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization. The goal is to build better live...

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Listen to three members of my tribe talk about life in quarantine.

  • What will they do differently in the "new normal"
  • How have they been able to advance their side hustles
  • What is the one word they would use to describe their quarantine experience
  • Find out who said they would make a terrible teacher and who was at first worried about too much alone time with the hubby only to find it was just what they needed

And check out ...

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Catch up with our small business owner, Ivanaa as she lets us in on how things have been going on the eve of being able to reopen her business. She was forced to close in late March because of COVID-19. 

Ivanaa began seeing clients in the new normal the week of May 11.

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More Than a Mom founder Andresea Jackson talks about her life as a mom of four, including two children with special needs.

Listen to her talk about juggling motherhood with for kids in school quarantined at home while trying to work full time job and remember to keep working on her own dreams.

It’s a thought-provoking interview that will leave you wanting to know more about Andresea and about More Than a Mom.

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Listen as my classmate Sammecia Bagley talks openly for the first time about her battle with depression. While Sammecia has talked with close friends and family, she has never spoken publicly about her struggle.

Hear her brave conversation about what helps her deal, what triggers an episode and why it was hard for her to decide to step forward.

You will also learn more about the chance to take a mental health first aid training - an ...

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Listen to a great conversation with Sybil Wilkes. After 26 years on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the flyjock retired and now Sybil is moving into a new season of life with her daily newsletter What You Need to Know. It's five major news stories that impact the Black Community. Hear her talk about the newsletter, politics and the pandemic.

Click Here to Subscribe to her newsletter:

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Listen to Dr. Robin DiAngelo talk about her book White Fragility - Why So Many White People Struggle to Talk About Race. She dives into why many white people struggle to deal with racism or admit that they struggle with it.

Her book has been a best seller since it was released in 2018. Dr. DiAngelo is an American academic, lecturer, and author working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies.

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June 18, 2020 58 mins

Listen as two members of my tribe talk about their concerns raising Black sons in America. Maureen Greene-James and Toni Boyd both have sons in college, they are both 20 years old and away from home. I also have a 20-year-old son who attended technical college and is working in his field.

We discuss the fear that grips us when we can't reach them right away on the phone or when they are away from home longer than expected. Hear wh...

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