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The Secret Lives of Black Women

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Join close friends Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino on their hunt for the ‘secrets’ that have helped black women flourish through the bullsh*t. They connect with guests over shared experiences by wading through everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. Each conversation centers on creating a space for joy with some newfound besties while asking: how do the black women we admire stay incredibly phenomenal?

Join close friends Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino on their hunt for the ‘secrets’ that have helped black women flourish through the bullsh*t. They connect with guests over shared experiences by wading through everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. Each conversation centers on creating a space for joy with some newfound besties while asking: how do the black women we admire stay incredibly phenomenal?

Location:

United States

Description:

Join close friends Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino on their hunt for the ‘secrets’ that have helped black women flourish through the bullsh*t. They connect with guests over shared experiences by wading through everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. Each conversation centers on creating a space for joy with some newfound besties while asking: how do the black women we admire stay incredibly phenomenal?

Language:

English


Episodes

Introducing Imani State of Mind

7/6/2020
Imani State of Mind is a new podcast from Stitcher that demystifies mental health and wellness in an accessible and approachable way. Dr. Imani Walker (Bravo’s Married to Medicine) equips listeners with the right language and tools to normalize this stigmatized topic, in addition to finding laughter and light in navigating these struggles. Listen now in your favorite podcast app! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:06:55

36. We Interview: Each other!

5/28/2020
In this very special season finale episode we’ve got some personal news for you all that we’ve been getting ready to share for some time. Let’s get into it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:31

35. Making Your Own Podcast With Stephanie Kariuki

5/21/2020
Charla and Lauren get a lot of questions from listeners about how to sell a podcast. They might not have all the answers, but in this episode Stitcher Senior Producer Stephanie Kariuki comes on to share her words of wisdom for getting a project off the ground. She also throws in tips on finding work life balance and finessing all aspects of life with a self-starter attitude. You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/ Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw...

Duration:00:42:16

34. Learning The Real Meaning of Our Clothes With Tanisha Ford

5/14/2020
We may recognize the political symbolism of an afro or a “future is female” shirt, but cultural historian Tanisha Ford sees a political meaning in nearly everything Black women wear--whether they’re trying to make a statement or not. In this episode, she takes a step back to explain the origin stories of some of the most popular fashion items for Black women and girls. And she breaks down the little-known ways that “high fashion” gatekeepers have been apropriating Black aesthetics from...

Duration:00:56:42

33. Rethinking Gender With Raquel Willis

5/7/2020
Growing up in Agusta County Georgia, Raquel Willis didn’t find the language for what was so different about her gender experience until young adulthood. But in just a few years since her gender transition, she’s become a leading thinker on gender politics and feminism with her journalism and non-profit work. In this episode, Raquel fills us in on how she became a key player in the movement for LGBTQ rights, where she thinks it’s going, and why she thinks Black womanhood is inherently gender...

Duration:00:49:00

32. Decolonizing Climate Activism with Elsa Mengistu

4/30/2020
Charla and Lauren are tired of environmentalism constantly being associated with white activists. This week 18-year-old climate justice organizer Elsa Mengistu (our future president) fills us in on what it’s been like to fight for the environment at Howard University and bring her race-conscious approach to the national stage. Her insights show there are big divides between the youth movement and adult organizers. But like a true future president, she outlines a way for each of us to fight...

Duration:00:49:28

31. Creating New Support Networks With Etta Fly

4/23/2020
In this second installment of our two-parter on managing grief, Charla and Lauren talk with Detroit community leader Espy Thomas aka Etta Fly. She started her own grief management circle run out of her family’s sweet potato restaurant called “Where Do Black Women Go to Grieve?” And she’s here to discuss how she helped Black women in her community break through the cultural barriers and red tape around seaking therapy, to talk through their deepest losses together. But because she’s Etta Fly,...

Duration:00:39:24

30. Confronting Grief With Keisha Wells

4/16/2020
Black women are constantly exposed to death in our private lives and in the media, but we rarely talk about the process of grieving. Lauren has been grappling with her own grief for decades after losing her father at nine and Charla is hoping to learn new ways to support her loved ones through unfathomable losses. In this episode, they talk with licensed grief counselor Keisha Wells about ways to manage the various manifestations of grief, and whether it’s even possible to truly overcome a...

Duration:00:34:47

29. Creating Your Own Rituals With Ayanna Maia

4/9/2020
These days it seems like everyone is trying to channel their inner spirituality or witchiness. Charla and Lauren have gotten increasingly curious about what new rituals they could develop on their own journeys, but there are so many traditions one could consider and so many ways to get scammed. In this episode, spiritual guide Ayanna Maia gives an inside-look at how she helps her clients develop their own spiritual intuition, avoid hustlers, and find a practice they can feel empowered by....

Duration:00:51:28

Introducing The Suga!

4/3/2020
Check out The Suga, a new podcast from Stitcher! Actress, model, and producer Tika Sumpter and award-winning digital business leader Thai Randolph are teaming up to create a space for modern moms of color. A celebration of sisterhood and motherhood, The Suga is a safe space where moms, moms-to-be, and those undecided can laugh, learn and love on each other as they navigate life. Listen now on your favorite podcast app! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:05:58

28. Put Your Pussey On the Earth With Junauda Petrus

4/2/2020
Lauren has been waiting for this episode since the day this podcast was conceived. This week we’re unpacking the increasingly popular lifestyle philosophy of pleasure activism. And we have queer fantasy book writer, performance artist, and self-proclaimed soul sweetener Junauda Petrus here to let us in on the magic. This episode is a meditation on the limitless potential of Black women embracing their wild side and following their most “out there” curiosities. Our conversation starts with...

Duration:00:42:57

27. Pole Dancing with Dalijah Franklin

3/26/2020
In the past few years pole dancing has become more visible than ever in movies, on social media, and at concerts for artists like Summer Walker and Lizzo. Charla and Lauren may have never tried pole dancing before, but they’re eager to learn why it’s become such a key vehicle for Black women’s joy and wellness today. In this episode, pole dancing instructor Dalijah Franklin sheds some light on the meaning of the phenomenon as she explains how her organization, Black Girls Pole, created an...

Duration:00:52:16

26. Finding Hope In Politics With Camonghne Felix

3/19/2020
Charla and Lauren may be exhausted by the state of Black pandering in the 2020 election but we’ve tapped a big wig in electoral politics to explain what keeps her going. Camonghne Felix is a celebrated poet, writer and political communications wiz who most-recently managed all Black media content for the Elizabeth Warren campaign. She’s here to explain how she's found hope and genuine connection in politics, and why an accomplished artist like herself keeps signing up for such stressful...

Duration:00:37:20

25. Becoming the Change With Lindsay Peoples Wagner

3/12/2020
When Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner told her mother she wanted to leave Brown Deer, Wisconsin to build a career in fashion, her mom said she would have to be the change she needed as a kid. Now, she’s seen a lot she wants to change from exlusive white spaces to Black leaders dissapointing her. In this episode, Lindsay dishes about her behind-the-scenes journey to speak her truth and tell inclusive stories as the youngest EIC in Teen Vogue history. You can find more about...

Duration:00:57:12

Introducing: Season 3!

3/5/2020
Third time's the charm, we'll be back with season 3 March 12th! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:02:37

Introducing: Season 3!

3/5/2020
Third time's the charm, we'll be back with season 3 March 12th!

Duration:00:02:37

24. Believing We Can Win with Melina Abdullah

2/6/2020
In the season two finale, we talk Black Liberation and activism. With the election year in full swing, how do we maintain a sense of hope as black women? Charla and Lauren are joined by academic and civic leader Melina Abdullah. As a self described member of the ‘Panther cub generation’ Abdullah talks about her work within the Black Lives Matter movement and where she finds joy while fighting in the frontlines. We’ll be back soon with Season 3! You can find more about The SLBW at...

Duration:00:48:04

23. Dating a Rocket Scientist with Dr. K. Renee Horton

1/30/2020
Success can often be used against black women, especially while dating. Charla and Lauren have experiences that have left them being labeled as ‘intimidating’ or ‘ a lot.’ These descriptions are familiar to Author and Space Launch Quality System Engineer Dr. K. Renee Horton. Working for NASA is something that Dr. Horton loves but people rarely ask about what it’s like to thrive in all the other aspects of life. In this conversation, Dr. Horton talks about her love for science and...

Duration:00:57:03

22. Knowing Your Worth with Chloe Hilliard

1/23/2020
When did you realize how much physical space you took up? Lauren first became aware of her body after an awkward childhood encounter. Self described ‘larger than life’ comedian Chloe Hilliard had a different story, but also was cognizant of the space her body took up at a young age. Chloe talks about the journey to holistic self worth and how vulnerable humor allowed her to be honest when she needed it most. You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/ Follow SLBW...

Duration:00:49:50

21. Being an Ethical Scammer with Laci Mosley

1/16/2020
Charla and Lauren love a good scam. They bring on the Scam Goddess Laci Mosley to give tips on what it takes to be an ethical scammer, especially as a black woman. She shares hilarious insights from her experiences as an actor and comedian while speaking the truth to the power in scams. You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/ Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Laci Mosley @DivaLaci on Instagram and Twitter See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Duration:00:44:28