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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 51- CHRISTIANI PITTS

9/16/2021
SHOW NOTES: Christiani Pitts is an actress, singer, dancer and writer making her Broadway debut in A Bronx Tale, recently starring in King Kong on Broadway. Products used: Heat Free Hair (her pick for human hair), and Her Given Hair Talk about the current climate, life as a performer in COVID times, and her hair journey. Wearing a beautiful slicked back ponytail today on the show Christiani remembers a time in her life when her dad would take her to Stagedoor to interact with the beautiful...

Duration:00:49:12

EP 50- Broadway Star LILLI COOPER Talks Curls

9/9/2021
SHOW NOTES: Lilli is a tony nominated actress starring in Spring Awakening (OBC), Tootsie (OBC), Spongebob (OBC). She's in EVERYTHING off broadway and regional as well as on the big screen. She plays a recurring role in The Good Fight and amazes audiences everywhere she performs. She is just THAT good. Wig prep: Simple pin curls and a hair net. Around Tony season her hair was gorgeously braided so she changed her wig prep around the hair she wanted. For a perfect hair day: Lilli will wake up...

Duration:00:37:51

EP 49- KRYSTAL JOY BROWN

9/2/2021
SHOW NOTES: Krystal is a singer, dancer, and actress taking leads left and right. She made her Broadway debut in Hair, starred in Big Fish and Rent as leads. She's appeared on television in person and as a cartoon voice actor, alongside many other off broadway productions. Her most recent role is Eliza in Hamilton, what can't she do? Talked about Krystal’s start in her career, going to school full time and auditioning to follow her dreams. Krystal likes to use her psychology experience to...

Duration:00:59:45

EP 48- TAYLOR IMAN JONES talks about Wigs

8/26/2021
SHOW NOTES: Taylor Iman Jones is a gorgeous actress, singer, dancer, and guitarist from the original cast of Head Over Heels, Scotland PA off broadway, and a tour of American Idiot. Right before the pandemic she was IN COSTUME for Peggy/Mariah in Hamilton in LA. She is coming into the new Devil Wears Prada on Broadway as the "Anne Hathaway", and is currently back in Hamilton! In the episode: Exploration of different curl patterns and types Products used: Pattern by Tracy Ellis Ross' curl...

Duration:00:43:35

EP 47- Ciara Alyse Harris: Queen Made of Light

8/19/2021
Dear Evan Hansen's Ciara Alyse Harris joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues. Ciara is one of those freaks of natures that hop from College to the Big Stage. Yes, she's AMAZING. On the stage, but also, off the stage. She has a heart of gold and an awesome blog and podcast called Queen Made of Light. Follow Ciara on IG @ ciaraalyseharris or @queenmadeoflightthepodcast or Check out her blog at www.queenmadeoflight.org/blog. Follow host, Salisha Thomas @salishathomas or at www.salishathomas.com...

Duration:00:42:16

EP 46- Khalia Davis talks Black Hair and Taking Action

8/12/2021
Artistic Director of Bay Area Children's Theater Khalia Davis joins this week's episode of Black Hair in the Big Leagues. A bonafide actress turned director, producer, and now artistic director, Khalia talks about taking action in the direction of your dreams, being a black woman in a space where not a lot of people look like her, and how she is standing in her truth to represent the underrepresented. Khalia's ambition and joy for life is contagious. Watch her Sunday Spotlight channel and...

Duration:00:49:11

EP 45- The Original Ladies of Beautiful on Bway Weigh In

8/5/2021
Four of the Original gangstas from Beautiful The Carole King Musical on Broadway come together to take on this episode of Black Hair in the Big Leagues hosted by Salisha Thomas. Yasmeen Sulieman, Rashidra Scott, Gabrielle Reid, and Ashley Blanchet join this panel on all things hair. This episode was recorded right around the time of the 2020 Presidential Election, so buckle up and get ready. They've got something to say. Follow the ladies on their social channels: Yasmeen Sulieman Rashidra...

Duration:01:19:24

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