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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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United States

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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 57- DEON RELEFORD-LEE

10/28/2021
This week, Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcomes Deon Releford Lee to the show! Y'all, he is full of gems. Deon is an actor who can be seen on television, in commercials, and in theater in NYC. From the Beautiful the Carole King Musical on Tour, Deon knows how to sing from his soul. And with a head full of beautiful hair, he knows a thing or two about curls. Check him out at https://www.deonsbohemia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:01

EP 56- Founder of INAHSI NATURALS: RHONDA MARSHALL

10/21/2021
Rhonda Marshall, the CEO, and founder of Inahsi Naturals, Chemist, Educator, and overall QUEEN of healthy hair! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:22

EP 55- World Renowned Soprano: Julia Bullock

10/14/2021
Featured on today's episode, Salisha chats with classical performer who performed all over the world, artist resident at the Met at San Francisco Symphony, Grammy-nominated and has a heart for social activism, world-renowned soprano Julia Bullock. Julia shares that she has been able to work but it has shifted more towards recording and no longer just focuses on performing. In some aspects of her career, she's already not shifting away from performing but starting to include more curating....

Duration:00:56:32

EP 54- DIAMOND ESSENCE WHITE

10/7/2021
From the Broadway company of Dear Evan Hansen, Diamond Essence White joins the Black Hair in the Big Leagues lineup. So down to earth and cool, Diamond talks about how her actor type has shifted during the pandemic. In the video portion of this interview which has yet to be released, Diamond is rocking the bombest faux locs you've ever seen. She's keeping it real for the girls who enjoy straightening their hair, sharing how she keeps her natural hair looking shiny and healthy even while...

Duration:00:47:16

EP 53- Black Excellence with E. Clayton Cornelious

9/30/2021
Featured on today’s episode, host Salisha chats with E. Clayton Cornelious who is a Pittsburgh native and a 22-year Broadway veteran. He recently received the, "Legacy Robe" for his role in the Broadway hit, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. In Addition to all of his theatre credits, he is a 3-year Broadway Investor/Producer and a proud member of BIV (Broadway Inspirational Voices) and a proud graduate of Point Park University. E. Clayton shares how he wants to keep...

Duration:00:41:37

EP 52- MCKYNLEIGH ALDEN ABRAHAM

9/23/2021
SHOW NOTES: Mckynleigh is a BREATHE OF FRESH AIR. Her presence, light, and joy light up a room. She's a talented actress, model, life coach, singer, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:53:40

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