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Shades of Strong | Shifting the Strong Black Woman Narrative

Author: Shirley Hubbard - Strong Black Woman Advocate

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Shades of Strong Podcast, formerly known as Get Naked LIVE, is not your regular shmegular podcast. We exist to engage in meaningful dialogue about ALL THE THINGS that shape, make and often break the STRONG BLACK WOMAN. We are committed to showing the Strong Black Woman how to honor her full range of emotions, including vulnerability, while exercising self-care, and not being afraid to get the support she needs when she needs it.
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Behind the Mask of the Angry Black Woman | S2Epi002 Featuring Ife Madzimoyo
"Black women ain't out here angry for nothing!"Ife Madzimoyo hit the nail on head with this one.  As a matter of fact (in my honest opinion), no truer words have ever been spoken. So, Natty and I invited the Queen of emotional wellness [for black women] to join us at the table to see if together we could shed some light on why black women are so angry....and boy did we!  Y'all know how Iyanla Vanzant is always saying "call a thing a thing"?  Oh! My Gosh!  We did that!  We unpacked so much goodness in this one episode and there's still so much more to unpack.  ... and it all started with one ("LOADED") question,"When you hear the words, angry black woman what's the first thing that comes to mind?"The responses ranged from "a very flippant way of attempting to control someone"  to "extremely dismissive". But that doesn't even scratch the surface of just how deep this conversation goes.We talked about the internal (how we may have inadvertently taken on the title of the angry black woman ourselves), as well as the external label (how this label has been placed on us by the white/eurocentric, dominant culture). We then went on to chat it up about internalized oppression, our ancestors and how they expressed or didn't express anger (or any emotion), and how that contributes to how we express our emotions.And if that wasn't enough, we went there with how the "we are not our ancestors" memes are completely disrespectful to those who fought with valor, as well as to those who often remained silent in the name of survival.  We then wrapped it all up with how we can support each other physically, spiritually and emotionally while building and growing together.Seriously, this conversation could have gone on for days and we still wouldn't have unpacked everything.  Check it now and AND when we're you're finished, hop on over to FACEBOOK or TWITTER, or INSTAGRAM @shadesofstrong and join the conversation.  Happy listening!!  SUBSCRIBE. RATE. REVIEW If you found this episode valuable, head on over to Apple Podcasts and SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW! And if you’re moved to do so, kindly leave us a rating and review.  Not sure how do that?  Click HERE for a quick how to. Other Ways to subscribe to the Shades of Strong Podcast: Click here to subscribe via Google Podcasts Click here to subscribe via Stitcher   Click here to subscribe via Tunein Click here to subscribe via Spotify Click here to subscribe via e-mail Click here to subscribe via RSSWant to join the conversation? Friend me on Facebook or hop on over to the Shades of Strong Facebook Page and share your thoughts in the comments of this week's episode.
The Cost of Being a Strong Black Woman | S2Epi001
Being a Strong Black Woman often means giving up your rightto just be (whomever you are) because...They tell you to take risks – take lots of them. Then question you when you do.They imply that you need to be everything to everybody.They tell you not to settle for mediocrity – fight for the life you want.But no one tells you how to do any of those things. There’s no rule book or guide.So, you stumble. You fall flat on your face. And now you’re trying to figure out how to soar.You’re fighting with everything in you – not being easily intimidated.Not letting society, religion, the man walk all over you.You boldly speak up against unfairness and injustices in your personal and business life.You have the audacity, the unmitigated gall to sit at the table where you’ve rightfully earned your seat.You even dared to build your own table – building your own empire and ruling as THE QUEEN within its walls.You fight!  You push!  You refuse to be silenced! You stand in your truth. You refuse to allow anyone to control your narrative.You proudly adorn yourself with your superwoman cape and eagerly place a S on your chest.And just when you’re feeling like all is right in your world, you find yourself on the wrong side of being a strong black woman.Suddenly, you’ve been labeled bitter, angry, emotional, unemotional, aggressive, too independent, not independent enough and the list goes on.Black men don’t want to date you.  White men don’t want to hire you. Your health is failing -- mentally, physically and emotionally.  You have no idea how to process any of these experiences.So, now here you are – ready to renounce your strength by boldly declaring,  “I’m not a strong black woman.  I’m just a woman.” Welp!  Natty and I are here to help change all of that because you are NOT just a woman! You are innately strong, innately black, innately woman and it's time to STOP apologizing for that.Tune in NOW to hear our thoughts on the cost of being a strong black woman and how you can stand in your truth without apologizing for your strong black womaness, AND we're you're finished, hop on over to FACEBOOK or TWITTER, or Instagram @shadesofstrong and join the conversation with the hashtag #mystrongis SUBSCRIBE. RATE. REVIEW If you found this episode valuable, head on over to Apple Podcasts and SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW! And if you’re moved to do so, kindly leave us a rating and review. Other Ways to subscribe to the Shades of Strong Podcast: Click here to subscribe via Google Podcasts Click here to subscribe via Stitcher   Click here to subscribe via Tunein Click here to subscribe via Spotify Click here to subscribe via e-mail Click here to subscribe via RSSWant to join the conversation? Friend me on Facebook or hop on over to the Shades of Strong Facebook Page and share your thoughts in the comments of this week's episode.
014: The Strong Black Woman vs. White Privilege w/Amy Brooks
WHITE PRIVILEGE DOES EXIST IN AMERICA!Dear oppressors of the STRONG BLACK WOMAN:Don’t tell me to be myself, but in the same breath say, “Girl!!! Not like that”.Don’t tell me how to feel. How to respond. How to live.Don’t tell me what to say. What to wear. How to pray.Let me be me. Let me do me. Let me live free… in all of my vulnerability without you sitting in the corner judging me!This episode of Get Naked LIVE features, Amy Brooks who is not afraid to tell the world that white privilege DOES INDEED EXIST.  She and I had such an amazing time chatting it up about the differences in the experiences of white women vs. those of black women, the expectations of society from black women in their personal and business lives and what we can all do to bridge the gap.Amy Brooks gets naked about white privilege in America “White women in particular have the privilege to opt in or out of conversations— opt in or opt out of the struggle, the fight for justice and difficult conversations. Everything just feels really optional for white women...”Some of the episode's defining moments include: The white woman's experience vs that of the African American Woman The STRONG BLACK WOMAN in and outside the board room Bridging the gap in race relations and embracing human connection That moment when her bi-racial son labeled her as "another white woman yelling at black boys" Normalizing mixed faces and modeling authentic connections despite our differences ABOUT AMY BROOKSAmy Brooks is a book coach and author who helps wannabe writers get out of their own way. She encourages everyone to figure out their story and share their wisdom. She founded VoicePenPurpose Publishing to help individuals embrace their voice, pick up their pen, and step into their purpose. After moving her family to Costa Rica and holding Writing for Change retreats there, she and her family have recently resettled in Maryland. She works with clients online and in small workshops. Learn more at VoicePenPurpose.com.You can find Amy in the following online spaces:Facebook:  Voice Pen Purpose Publishing and  Amy BrooksIf you enjoyed this episode of Get Naked LIVE, tell a friend to tell a friend.…and if would you have a story to share and would like to be a guest on the show, Click HERE to make it happen.   SUBSCRIBE. RATE. REVIEW If you found this episode valuable, head on over to Apple Podcasts and SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW! And if you’re moved to do so, kindly leave us a rating and review. Other Ways to subscribe to the Get Naked LIVE Podcast for the Strong Black Woman: Click here to subscribe via Google Play Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe via Stitcher   Click here to subscribe via Tunein Click here to subscribe via e-mailWant to join the conversation? Friend me on Facebook or hop on over to the Get Naked LIVE Facebook Page and share your thoughts in the comments of this week's episode or any other episode that suits your fancy.psst.... Check out what's coming down the pipeline...Get Naked LIVE Weekly panel discussions,  Get Naked Bath, Body and Mind™ , Shades of STRONG™ multi-media campaign and docu-series COMING SOON.  Like the Facebook Page to stay in the loop.
013: Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair
People often look at me and think that I have it all together — mostly because that’s what I've led them to believe.I haven't always been this big bundle of AWESOMENESS you see out here in these internet streets, and in the words of Langston Hughes, "LIFE FOR ME AIN'T BEEN NO CRYSTAL STAIR".It's been filled with lots of tragedy, trauma, heartache and heartbreaks.  As a matter of fact, it wasn't that long ago that my life was in complete shambles. I was carrying around so much bitterness and anger, and unforgiveness was wreaking havoc on my life.In hindsight, it was such a miserable existence – loneliness, unhappiness and so much unrest. So, I did something about it! I took my life back and I've never been happier.For several weeks I've been sharing the stories of some amazing women, but now it's my turn to GET NAKED!  I cannot lie, y'all.  I was a little  nervous about it, which is why it took me so long to release this episode.  Seriously, I was supposed to do this a month ago.  But my fears got the best of me.  I was like Shirley, are you really ready to get THAT naked before your listeners, but here I am taking my clothes off  because I realize that my story is not about me -- it never has been.  It's about those I've been called to serve and if you're listening this episode or reading this post, you're included in that number.So here goes........In this episode you get the raw, unedited, uncut version of me – the me without the mask.
I’m Coming Out Naked and Unashamed
... and we're back!! Well not quite, but after a three week hiatus we'll be back MONDAY with a brand new episode and I'm head over heals excited about it!   As you already know, I've had several guests come on to share their stories about getting naked, defining strength on their own terms and learning to LOVE LIFE UNMASKED!Well, guys...it's my turn!!!  That's right!  I'm coming out NAKED AND UNASHAMED. Monday's episode is going to be epic because I'm taking my clothes off and I'm inviting you to take a front row seat as I share my story of how I overcame a number of traumatic events -- and I'm going all in.I'm talking heart break, domestic violence, sexual assault, rebellious teens, teen pregnancies, prison sentences, job loss, foreclosure, car repossession............  You name it!!! I'll probably be talking about it!!!Trust me! You don't want to miss it.I ain't gon lie, though!  I'm a little nervous about it, but I'm doing it anyway and I hope you'll be tuning in!!Anyway...  been behind the scenes doing the damn thing and I'm wasn't just working on new episodes.  I've been working on the Get Naked product line, I've been putting plans in place for the sister circle, a docu-series, a multi media campaign, international strong black woman day...all kinds of goodness because we are taking the words, STRONG BLACK WOMAN back!!  If I have anything to do with it, those three words will no longer be associated with negative connotations.  Those three words will no longer be stigmatized!....and you can help me make that happen.  Hop over to the home page of getnakedlive.com, scroll down until you see the link the says "join the movement", type in your name and email address to get the deets and lets make it happen.
012: Loving Every Fiber of Your Naked Self w/Kaila Boulware
Episode 012 of Get Naked LIVE™ features Kaila Boulware, President of the Baldie Movement.  Kaila has been struggling with alopecia for ten years and there were days when she was afraid to leave her room without something covering her head; but FED UP with hiding, she looked at herself in the mirror about two years ago, and declared, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Today, SHE'S BALD! SHE'S NAKED! SHE'S FREE!! Tune in to today's episode of Get Naked LIVE and hear how she finally kicked fear in the butt and started walking in freedom and wholeness. Kaila Boulware  gets naked about loving yourself from the OUTSIDE in while living with alopecia."From birth, we are taught that our hair is a major part of our beauty. But, what if we don't have any!? Are we not beautiful? Of course we are! But how do we come to learn, and accept our beauty as bald women in a world that tell us we are not so?"Kaila addresses these questions throughout her interview while taking us on a journey of how she learned to embrace her physical nakedness, which in turn taught her how to embrace her emotional nakedness.Some of the episode's defining moments include: How alopecia affected her confidence and self-esteem Viewing beauty from a perspective that promotes loving yourself unconditionally The black girl starter kit and common myths about being bald Dating as a baldie and how she met her husband AFTER she shaved her head Loving yourself with or without hair -- no matter your size, or shape Defining beauty on your own terms ABOUT KAILA BOULWAREKaila Boulware  is a digital artist and philanthropist residing in New Jersey. Graduating from Rutgers University, Kaila uses her skills and talents to showcase the "NAKEDNESS"  of women in the fashion and entertainment industry.  She's also the president of The B.A.L.D.I.E (Beauty and Love Demonstrated in Everything) Movement, where she works to celebrate, support, and empower bald women and children to love themselves more--without the need of hair.You can find Kaila in the following online spaces:Facebook:  The Baldie Movement and  Kaila BoulwareInstagram: The Baldie Movement and   Kaila BoulwareClick HERE to Join The Baldie Movement Support GroupClick HERE to Join Kaila and Other Baldies for Walk with Confidence 2018Kaila's MOST Quotable Moment:"You have to love your NAKED self unconditionally.  If you don't,  no one else will."If you enjoyed this episode of Get Naked LIVE, tell a friend to tell a friend.…and if would you have a story to share and would like to be a guest on the show, Click HERE to make it happen.   SUBSCRIBE. RATE. REVIEW If you found this episode valuable, head on over to Apple Podcasts and SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW! And if you’re moved to do so, kindly leave us a rating and review. Other Ways to subscribe to the Get Naked LIVE Podcast for the Strong Black Woman: Click here to subscribe via Google Play Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe via Stitcher   Click here to subscribe via Tunein Click here to subscribe via e-mailWant to join the conversation? Friend me on Facebook or hop on over to the Get Naked LIVE Facebook Page and share your thoughts in the comments of this week's episode or any other episode that suits your fancy.psst.... Check out what's coming down the pipeline...Get Naked LIVE Weekly panel discussions,  Get Naked Bath, Body and Mind™ , Shades of STRONG™ multi-media campaign and docu-series COMING SOON.  Like the Facebook Page to stay in the loop.
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