Shades of Strong ™ | Redefining the Strong Black Woman

Shades of Strong ™ | Redefining the Strong Black Woman

Shades of Strong™ is a conversational holding space for Strong Black Women to UNCAPE, UNMASK & UNHIDE so they can finally say F*** you that superwoman cape.... Show More

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February 24, 2021 29 min
      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. In this episode Shirl takes listeners on a behind the scenes tour of the...
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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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 "      Colorism  "You're pretty for a dark skinned girl."  "I don't usually date dark skinned girls." Has anyone ever had the audacity to utter those words to you? I certainly hope not. But let's be real, if those words had never been uttered, we wouldn't be having the colorism conversation, right? Dating back to the days of slavery, the chains of colorism were woven into our psyche and are ...
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    Welcome to the very first minisode in our  Black from the Past™ series.  Black from the Past™ is our contribution to preserving and normalizing Black history. Here's where we shine a light on Black women who are often forgotten,  but have most certainly made an impact on the Black female culture. Today's spotlight is shinning bright on Margaret Garner, who in one heart wrenching moment slit the throat of her 2-ye...
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    The sexualization of Black women and girls has its roots in slavery and racism and heavily contributes to rape culture internally and externally.  And  to add insult to injury, mainstream media has been oversexualizing the Black female body for years, for CENTURIES. Well, y’all know Natty and I are ALWAYS down for a good session of disrupting the madness because... We are of the belief that Black women should be able to ...
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      Hey y'all!  What is up!  What is happening!  We are back and we are ready to get back to dropping the dopeness and realness that is Shades of Strong episodes.  We appreciate your patience AND loyalty as we took some time to rest, regroup, and strategize for the remainder of the season. In this episode Natty and I tell you what we've been up during the hiatus and recap what we have planned for the Shades of ...
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        Black people are still our here fighting for the right to JUST BE -- you know ALIVE.   And I'm here for ALL OF IT!   I'm happy to see so many Black People on the front lines fighting against racism even while we're in the middle of a global pandemic. A number of changes have already taken place because Black People are refusing to be silent.  We are demanding to be seen and heard.  But, here's t...
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      People-pleasing is a habit that we’ve all fallen prey to at some point in our lives.  It is the act of pleasing other people instead of doing the things that we know will make us happy or the things that will bring us peace.    People pleasing wears many faces, but the one we’re undoubtedly most familiar with is saying yes when we REALLY want to say no, even when we know we’re already stretched beyond capacity.  But...
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June 19, 2020 1 min
      Knowing exactly when slavery started may be something we will never know, but research has shown that enslaved Africans arrived in North America as early as the fifteen hundreds However, history books have taught us that 1619 was the year slavery started in America. This was the year when approximately twenty Africans arrived on a ship to Jamestown and thus began the horrific reality of four hundred years of slavery. O...
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    It’s been nearly three months since  the brutal murder of Breonna Taylor & all we have is a total disregard for Black life & an incident report filled with lies. Is it not enough that Breonna Taylor was shot EIGHT times while sleeping in what was supposed to be the safety of her OWN HOME? Is it not enough that the city of Louisville has been and STILL is extremely elusive and downright dishonest about the circumst...
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    Thanks to social media and the news that seems to be broadcasting 24/7, we’re constantly inundated with horrific headlines painting vivid pictures of  one tragedy after another, making it is super easy for us to fall into a space of hopelessness. I get it!  Natty and I were there too.  But, thanks to  our good friend, Ife Madzimoyo who came through with some words of encouragement, we are reminded that hope is ever present...
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    With so much happening in the world, it’s super easy to feel helpless, and maybe even hopeless, especially if you’re not out protesting. As podcasters, we have platforms where we can speak out against racism and police brutality. In this PSA, Natty and I encourage you to be educated, engaged, and to take action. Support the work of activists on the front lines of change, who risk themselves daily to create a better worl...
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