Shades of Strong ™ | Dismantling the Myths & Stereotypes of the Strong Black Woman

Shades of Strong ™ | Dismantling the Myths & Stereotypes of the Strong Black Woman

Shades of Strong™ is a conversational podcast working to dismantle the myths & stereotypes of the Strong Black Woman by holding space for Black women to uncape, unmask and unhide so that they can be whatever shade of strong that feels right for them.

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June 21, 2021 36 min
In today's episode Lakeisha Carter takes us on a journey of how she took steps to free herself from the Superwoman Syndrome, is now striving to live an uncaped life, and how therapy is playing an integral part in her healing. She admits that living an uncaped life is challenging because she was introduced to the Superwoman mentality in childhood and kinda felt like Superwoman was her destiny, but after losing her father she k...
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Sis!!! You DO NOT have to be your own best friend. In this episode Natty and Shirl are joined by Lana Hunter and Melissa J. Nixon who have developed a friendship that few have the privilege of enjoying. Lana and Melissa both believe that despite how friendships ebb and flow, lasting friendships are very much possible and they are living proof of it.  Today we chat it up about how they met, how long they've been friends, wh...
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    The results are in and her results reveal that she's Olivia Pope. Tune in as Anyonita G. shares her thoughts on her results from the superwoman archetype quiz. The quiz uses four popular television characters (Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon, Annalise Keating and Cookie Lyon) to not only help you identify which archetype is most dominant in you, but also to help you to identify when and how the personality traits were birt...
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The mother wound -- the festering wound that we MUST heal in order to fully experience the joy of being in relationship with our sistas.  Sistahood is the container where we GET to surrender to deeper levels of support, deeper levels of love and accountability, but it is virtually impossible to experience such deep connections when your mother wound is lingering in the unhealed crevices of your soul.  If you find yourself mistrus...
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    Welcome to another feature in our Black from the Past™ segment. Today's feature is Willie (Big Mama) Thornton, blues singer and song writer from Montgomery, AL. Quick Facts:   Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton's career lasted from the 1940s until the 1980s  Earned the name "Big Mama" at the Apollo Theatre in New York Best known for her recording of Hound Dog released in 1953 Hound Dog topped the R &...
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April 26, 2021 61 min
Sistahood, the bond that keeps Black women together... …until it doesn't, right? Contrary to what mainstream media would have you believe, Black women are the original GIRLFRIENDS -- the original sistahood. Seriously, NOBODY has your back  like Black women do.  But the reality is, whether intentional or unintentional, Black women DO hurt Black women. …and it's time to have a conversation about it. In this episode Shirl...
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    Welcome to our first Black from the Past™ highlight of the season where we're shining a light on Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first Black woman to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States.   Quick Facts:   Born in Boston, MA to freed slaves  Worked as a nurse in the early 19th & 20th centuries Started working at the New England hospital for women & children as a teenager. She...
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Black women have been rocking the Black superwoman cape since we were little Black girls. Don't believe it? Check out Shirl's "Red Rover" story in this first episode of Season 4.  Tune in  as Shirl and Natty give you a behind the scenes look at what caping, masking and hiding looks like for them, how it all started, the NUMBER ONE thing the cape is costing them and how they're learning to ditch the cape piece ...
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Sis, aren't you tired of rocking that Superwoman cape?  Aren't you tired of letting "them" tell you how to do life, how to do strong?   If you answered yes, season four is just what you need to start the journey to uncaping.   The theme for this season is "Things We've Lost to the [Superwoman] Cape" and we're talking about ALL THE THINGS the cape is costing us and how we ditch the cape piece by pie...
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It's time to heal the little Black girl behind the strong Black woman. The life you long for, the deep connections you desire are buried inside the little Black girl behind the Strong Black woman. The little Black girl who was conditioned to never cry, ask for help or need anyone, the little Black girl who was taught to mimic happiness even when her heart was breaking,  the little Black girl who was led to believe that it’s b...
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Rest is NOT just another four letter word.  Your body is your temple, your temple is your strength, and sometimes your strength gets tired. When that happens, it's time to explore the temple to determine which part of this sacred space needs rest. The goal here is to have a calm, stable energy throughout the day everyday and the only way we can get there is to take care of the temple.     Tune in as Shirl takes listener...
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      There’s a difference between doing something because you have to or because you don’t have support and doing something because you don’t trust anyone else to do it, because you don’t want to relinquish control, or because you don’t want to owe anyone anything. That’s the FINE line ladies. Often we allow our lived experiences to unconsciously push us to the that “Too independent space. So, here’s the deal… It’s okay t...
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      Being a Black woman often means that our words and our emotions are weaponized and used against us. We’re compared to pit bulls when we speak up using a tone that demands respect, while our white counterparts are seen as passionate and brave for doing the exact same thing.   Because of that, you’ll find yourself sitting in silence and hiding what you’re really feeling because you’re “strong” and that’s what the superwo...
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January 6, 2021 20 min
      One of the primary reasons Black women often avoid vulnerability is because we’re a part of a culture that stigmatizes being vulnerable. In this episode Shirl talks about what vulnerability is, what it is NOT and offers some simple things we can do to begin to give voice to our needs, feelings and emotions and still withhold pieces of yourself that you're not ready to share with the world.
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December 30, 2020 27 min
      How many times has something happened in your life and you find yourself staring in the mirror mouthing the words... I shouldn’t be feeling this way. Why am crying about this? Suck it up, girl. You’re stronger than this! Get your sh** together NOW. When you do this, you invalidate your feelings. You have a right to feel whatever you’re feeling in any given moment. Why are you depriving yourself of that? There’s no rig...
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    As Black women we are born nurturers,  but because of life’s circumstances we have a skewed perception of what that means; but even more that life’s circumstances, our perception of what it means to be nurturers can be greatly contributed to learned behavior dating back to childhood.  And that learned behavior dates back to the days of slavery.  The slave owners and their wives taught us that everybody’s health and wellne...
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    Many are talking about how problematic it is how it may be time to retire the Strong Black Woman label. Tarij P. Henson in particular has been very vocal about her discomfort with the label Strong Black Woman. In an interview with Essence she talked in detail about how “many of us [Black women] proudly take on the “strong Black woman” identity not realizing that we’re sending the message that we can bear the weight of the...
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    The running theme for 2020 has been EXHAUSTED for a lot of us, but most of us are still finding ways to maintain our sanity in the midst of it all.  In this episode Natty and I give listeners a sneak peek into some of the revelations we've encountered during this time of uncertainty and some new healthy and life changing practices that we've taken on for the sake of our mental and emotional wellness. This is our...
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    It's been a few weeks since we've released an episode because you know.......LIFE! Let me just tell ya, homeschooling/virtual learning with elementary age children is NO EASY FEAT! Chile!!! I'm struggling over here. In this short bonus episode I share the struggle with y'all and invite you help Natty and I level up by answering a few questions to help us better support you. It only takes about two minute...
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    In this week's minisode of Black from the Past™ we're shining a light on the breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly talented Phyllis Hyman.  Phyliss Hyman was a Philadelphia native best known for her contributions to the music world during the late 1970s through the early 1990s.  She had this sultry, velvety and smokey gorgeous voice that absolutely could not be mistaken. In her own words, she liked songs that t...
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