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Black Hair in the Big Leagues

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Throughout Black Hair in the Big Leagues, host Salisha Thomas sits down with badass black women (and men) on Broadway and talks about all things hair. We are sharing secrets, swapping ideas, and talking about our individual experiences backstage, onstage and beyond. But that’s not all; there are women (and men!) who can speak on this topic in other industries as well and open the conversation about what it means to show up to work being black and “put together.”After every episode, you’ll have new ideas for your own tresses and leave feeling inspired and empowered no matter what color you are to stop fighting what makes you unique, to live your best life and to embrace yourself exactly the way you are.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Throughout Black Hair in the Big Leagues, host Salisha Thomas sits down with badass black women (and men) on Broadway and talks about all things hair. We are sharing secrets, swapping ideas, and talking about our individual experiences backstage, onstage and beyond. But that’s not all; there are women (and men!) who can speak on this topic in other industries as well and open the conversation about what it means to show up to work being black and “put together.”After every episode, you’ll have new ideas for your own tresses and leave feeling inspired and empowered no matter what color you are to stop fighting what makes you unique, to live your best life and to embrace yourself exactly the way you are.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

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Throughout Black Hair in the Big Leagues, host Salisha Thomas sits down with badass black women (and men) on Broadway and talks about all things hair. We are sharing secrets, swapping ideas, and talking about our individual experiences backstage, onstage and beyond. But that’s not all; there are women (and men!) who can speak on this topic in other industries as well and open the conversation about what it means to show up to work being black and “put together.”After every episode, you’ll have new ideas for your own tresses and leave feeling inspired and empowered no matter what color you are to stop fighting what makes you unique, to live your best life and to embrace yourself exactly the way you are.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

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English

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Episodes

EP 44- Textured Hair in Politics & Pageants w/ Cierra Jackson

7/29/2021
Cierra Jackson is a political and Pageant Queen POWERHOUSE. When we recorded this episode in the winter of the Pandemic, she was Miss DC USA. Since then, she has officially become the longest reigning Miss DC USA in the history of the pageant. She crowned the new Miss DC and has now become the new Miss Black International Ambassador!! She's a model, an entrepreneur, has an online jewelry business which you can check out at @cierras_corner. She started a program called She Should Run which...

Duration:00:42:38

EP 43: Hamilton on Broadway and Tour: ERIN CLEMONS

7/22/2021
SHOW NOTES Éponine in Les Misérables, Janelle Woods in Beautiful, Eliza in Hamilton Wearing natural hair all the time makes hair inherently healthier You can't wear it down/out everyday Ouidad Curl Creme (first) Ouidad Climate Control Gel (second) Only puts a little bit in hair because she wants hair to feel a little frizzy (doesn't want crunchy look) Deva Cut did not go well! Took too much off when she asked for a trim; TRAGIC! Ana Daniels (Hair Stylist) does a nice cut Half black...

Duration:00:35:17

EP 42- Tina on BWAY DESTINEE REA

7/15/2021
Amelie Book of Mormon Hairspray Tina on Broadway Co Creator of BOLD What is BOLD? -BOLD is a nonprofit that shoots to BUILD UP BLACK WOMEN IN THE PERFORMING ARTS FOR THE RESTORATION OF CULTURE Broadway debut in Amelie was WILD for Destinee, but she thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Pandemic talk: Worries, stay-at-home experiences, and hope for the future! The black hair department has been great for Destinee, filled with educated and knowledgeable help! As a hard dancer, she’s learned that...

Duration:00:46:24

EP 41- Mrs. Doubtfire on BROADWAY: LAQUET PRINGLE

7/8/2021
Laquet Pringle is no stranger to the Broadway Industry. She is a dancer extraordinaire, a veteran, and an educator. In this episode, Laquet keeps it all the way real with her authentic, genuine self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:08

EP 40- 4C Hair Journey: JASMIN RICHARDSON

7/1/2021
Jasmine Richardson has starred in the US tour of The Bodyguard opposite of Deborah Cox, on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and Getting the Band Back Together, and regionally in Dreamgirls, Memphis, and so much more. She is an educator, a mentor, a light in the darkness, and someone who you'd want to be friends with. Jasmin keeps it so real and has a heart of gold!! Show Notes: Created a space for kids of color to have access to mentorships. Hair and education go hand in hand! Pandemic talk:...

Duration:01:03:50

EP 39- Bronx Tale Musical: WONU OGUNFOWORA

6/24/2021
Wonu Ogunfowora is a force to be reckoned with. Starring in a Bronx Tale, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, We Are the Tigers off Broadway, and in rehearsals pre-pandemic for the Britney Spears Musical: Once Upon a One More Time, she can do it all. She keeps it real. She's down to earth. And a dream to work with. Listen in on this Broadway star's journey and hair thoughts! Voted one of the sexiest women on broadway. The pandemic was tough, but Wonu balanced her life well and stayed safe all...

Duration:00:49:31

EP 17- Interview with Todrick Hall

6/17/2021
Salisha Thomas sits down with the one and only Todrick Hall to discuss his journey to stardom, and of course, HAIR! Todrick is a choreographer, actor, dancer, singer, songwriter and director, who first became famous as a contestant on American Idol before going viral with his online Disney re-working videos. He is an absolute trailblazer, and huge inspiration for people all over the world. Todrick slays the game on the stage and on screen, starring in Broadway shows such as Kinky Boots,...

Duration:00:58:21

EP 38-Solo Recording Artist: DANIELLE

6/10/2021
Danielle is a vocalist in theater and the music recording industry. She was in Beautiful on Tour, Memphis and countless other shows. Download Danielle's new hit single: PHOTOSHOP on all streaming platforms and follow her on IG @gimmesumm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:22

EP 19 Alex Newell, Star of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

6/3/2021
From the hit TV show Glee and currently starring in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist on Hulu, Alex Newell is a force in every single room. Alex discusses advocating for oneself, starring on Broadway in Once On This Island, and gracefully explains a couple controversial topics. An outpouring vessel of love, a voice descended from the heavens, and a whole lot of personality, Alex Newell is truly from out of this world. Soak up some of his magic and tune in. From Hollywood to Broadway and...

Duration:00:44:43

EP 37-Vanguard Theater Company: JANEECE FREEMAN CLARK

5/27/2021
Janeece Freeman Clark is an actor, director, producer, and the founder of Vanguard Theater Company which educates the youth and also has a HUGE mentorship program matching up each student with an actor currently on Broadway. She was in the Broadway production of Urinetown but truly has a heart for education. You'll leave this episode feeling like you want to go and make a difference in the world! Learn more about Vanguard Theater Company HERE. Support Black Hair in the Big Leagues on Patreon...

Duration:00:47:25

Bonus EP: "In the Heights" Exclusive Interviews!

5/21/2021
Our BPN Podcasters bring you exclusive interviews with cast and creatives from In the Heights, in theaters on June 11 2021. Watch the video version of this event here: https://youtu.be/py3YLSt8MSo. Interview 1: Daphne Rubin-Vega, interviewed by Salisha Thomas http://bpn.fm/bhbl Interview 2: Olga Merediz and Jimmy Smitts, interviewed by Dori Berinstein http://bpn.fm/ddb Interview 3: Quiara Alegría Hudes (screenwriter), interviewed by Jesse McAnally http://bpn.fm/mwc Interview 4: Scott Sanders...

Duration:00:58:54

EP 36- Caroline or Change BROADWAY: HARPER MILES

5/20/2021
She's a doula, a hair dresser, and a Broadway star. Harper Miles is down to earth and has many hidden talents. In this episode, Harpers breaks it down when it comes to Hair porosity, detangling, and finally reveals that YES, SHE BRAIDS HAIR! Follow her on IG @harpermiles Follow Black Hair in the Big Leagues on Patreon HERE! Follow Host Salisha Thomas @salishathomas SHOW NOTES HARPER MILES A member of the fabulous “Beautiful” tour, starred off broadway in “Bat Outta Hell”, and when the...

Duration:00:53:06

EP 35- Dance Captain of the Tina Turner Musical: LEANDRA GASTON

5/13/2021
Down to Earth, real, and hilarious, Leandra Gaston graced the halls of Beautiful the Carole King Musical on Tour before becoming a full blown badass in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical understudy Adrienne Warren in the Title role. She's the real deal AND since recording this interview has cofounded a whole company with former guest Deanne Stewart. Hand clap for Black Owned and Women owned. Follow @dearseptemberevents and @leandraellisgaston. SHOW NOTES LEANDRA GASTON The incredibly talented,...

Duration:00:55:07

EP 34-Summer on Broadway's ANISSA FELIX

5/6/2021
Anissa Show Notes: Made her Broadway debut in Motown In Sunset Boulevard and Summer (The Donna Summer Musical) on Broadway TV & FILM: Pose, The Deuce, The Good Fight, 2017 movie Detroit Salisha’s Curl Crush Currently in her apartment in Brooklyn, enjoying quarantine with her Fiancé. Spent most of quarantine living Little House on the Prairie style! Washing clothes in the bathtub, baking bread, walking everywhere, etc! Hair Journey: Started out with a relaxer every six weeks from her mom...

Duration:00:45:54

EP 33- Beautiful on Tour: ALEXIS TIDWELL

4/29/2021
Black Hair in the Big Leagues features Alexis Tidwell this week from the National Tour of Beautiful the Carole King Musical. Y'all, she is a real one. Her self worth, self confidence, grace, ingenuity, comedic skills are all off the chain. I loved talking to her because I've watched her love and embrace her hair since the day I met her. Follow Alexis Tidwell at https://alexistidwell.com/ and on instagram @tinytidwell. Follow host, Salisha Thomas on IG @salishathomas, @blackhairpodcast and on...

Duration:00:44:38

EP 32- The INSPIRING AYANA MAJOR BEY

4/22/2021
From theater, film, commercial, and voiceover actress, Ayana Major Bey is an INSPIRATION. Black Hair in the Big Leagues was born in part due to Ayana's influence. Always on a grind, always leveling up, Ayana Major Bey cares for her curls like nobody's business, and this episode will make you feel like you are truly one of the girls! Listen to her podcast: THE ARTIST PIVOT. Follow Ayana on www.ayanabey.com or on IG @ayanambey! Follow host, Salisha Thomas @salishathomas or at...

Duration:00:57:26

EP 31- Actor Comedian: RICK YOUNGER

4/17/2021
Broadway's Rick Younger was on hiatus from starring in Meangirls as Mr. Duvall at the time of this recording due to the pandemic. Since this time, Meangirls has announced its official closing on Broadway but Rick hasn't slowed down a bit! He's been booking national commercial after national commercial, filmed for The Last OG with Tracy Morgan, as well as doing a whole lot of writing. In addition to these creative outlets, he's a professional standup comedian and...a FATHER! He's got two...

Duration:00:48:06

EP 30 -HEALTHY PERMED HAIR w/ Broadways's BRITTANY NICHOLAS

4/15/2021
Brittany Nicholas hails from Meangirls on Broadway. She was also the dance captian for Matilda and Billy Elliott. Black Hair in the Big Leagues highlights a lot of Natural Hair sisters. But this episode is special because Brittany is holding down the fort for the girls out there perming their hair. She seems to have gotten it down to a science for how to do it long term and in the healthiest way. The chillest vibe on the block, Brittany is an energy you just want to hang with! Follow...

Duration:00:44:52

EP 29- Founder of Claim our Space: MARLA LOU

4/8/2021
From the Beautiful the Carole King Musical on Tour family, Marla Lou joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues! Marla is a true trailblazer, unapologetically going forth as her most authentic self. During this pandemic she founded Claim Our Space and is a VOICE and activist during a time that it's needed the most. She is a model, director, student at Fordham University, and a stylist with a bomb eye for fashion! Follow Marla on IG @marlalou_ and @claimourspacenow and www.claimourspacenow.org...

Duration:00:47:08

EP 28- Dear Evan Hansen Star: Sammie Williams

4/1/2021
Samantha "Sammie" Williams went straight from college to starring on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen. This superstar is sweet, hilarious, down to earth, and prior to the pandemic was slated to lead the Broadway Revival of Caroline or Change. Sammie talks about hair backstage at these big shows, colorism, what she's using for her tresses, and so much more. She is one of the coolest people you will ever meet. Follow Sammie on IG @Sawmie Follow Salisha Thomas: @salishathomas Blog:...

Duration:00:32:20