32 episodes

The award-winning podcast Being Seen is an in-depth exploration of culture’s role in resolving the tension between how we are seen and how we see ourselves. It is a space to explore current cultural representations and their impact through conversations with leading artists, writers, activists, entertainers, and community leaders. If we create nuanced and accurate cultural portrayals of identity and experience, we have an opportunity to reduce stigma and change perception - impacting everything from HIV to institutional inequality.
Each episode is brought to life visually through licensed artwork and photography. This season, our artwork is curated by Cierra Barton, acclaimed art historian, art advisor, curator and writer. The photography for each episode has been curated by Patti Wilson from photographers including Miranda Barnes, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, and Widline Cadet. Our theme song is La Cumbia Me Está Llamando feat. La Perla by Nubya Garcia.
Consulting partners on the project are Novella Ford, Charlene Carruthers, Aria Sa’id, Davina Otalor and Darnell Moore.
Being Seen is produced by Harley & Co. and created in partnership with ViiV Healthcare. 

Being Seen Harley & Co. and ViiV Healthcare

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.9 • 409 Ratings

The award-winning podcast Being Seen is an in-depth exploration of culture’s role in resolving the tension between how we are seen and how we see ourselves. It is a space to explore current cultural representations and their impact through conversations with leading artists, writers, activists, entertainers, and community leaders. If we create nuanced and accurate cultural portrayals of identity and experience, we have an opportunity to reduce stigma and change perception - impacting everything from HIV to institutional inequality.
Each episode is brought to life visually through licensed artwork and photography. This season, our artwork is curated by Cierra Barton, acclaimed art historian, art advisor, curator and writer. The photography for each episode has been curated by Patti Wilson from photographers including Miranda Barnes, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, and Widline Cadet. Our theme song is La Cumbia Me Está Llamando feat. La Perla by Nubya Garcia.
Consulting partners on the project are Novella Ford, Charlene Carruthers, Aria Sa’id, Davina Otalor and Darnell Moore.
Being Seen is produced by Harley & Co. and created in partnership with ViiV Healthcare. 

    Our Listening Community

    Our Listening Community

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    • 51 sec
    Movement

    Movement

    How does movement show up in our lives and what power does it hold? With movement comes the future, the ability to grow, to try something new, adapt, and become.
    Featured in this episode: A’ja Wilson, Ashley Everett and Lady Jess. Artwork provided by Sarah Dahir. Photography provided by Amber Pinkerton 

    • 49 min
    Safety

    Safety

    The ability to feel safe -- when and how one wishes. How do we define safety, on our own terms? What does the future look like when we create, and dream into being, safe spaces for all Black women?
    Featured in this episode: Jessamyn Stanley, Aria Sa’id and Mariame Kaba. Artwork provided by Tiffany Alfonseca Photography provided by Kate Sterlin, Nyda Blas and Kennedi Carter

    • 45 min
    Laughter

    Laughter

    Laughter as a salve, a weapon, a commentary, and an intimacy that is often best shared. Where does laughter show up in our lives, and how can we use it as a tool for empathy and understanding?
    Featured in this episode: Ts Madison. Artwork provided by Uzo Njoku Photography provided by Kourtney King and Amber Pinkterton

    • 36 min
    Freedom

    Freedom

    How can we find our freedoms and ourselves through our stories? Freedom from stereotypes, from stigma, from silence. The freedom of visibility. The freedom of being seen.
    Featured in this episode: Dominique Jackson, Calida Rawles and Jacqueline Woodson. Artwork provided by Calida Rawles Photography provided by Kate Sterlin

    • 38 min
    Motherhood

    Motherhood

    All too often motherhood is a narrowly defined space full of bias and assumption. How can we think about it more expansively and in what ways have we provided or received mothering in our own lives?
    Featured in this episode: Raquel Willis, Ciarra Covin and Kaitlyn Greenidge. Artwork provided by Sydney Vernon Photography provided by Imani Dennison, Amber Pinkerton and Nydia Blas
    ​​The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines do not recommend breastfeeding but do acknowledge that some women with HIV may breastfeed with risk reduction measures to minimize transmission risk.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
409 Ratings

409 Ratings

Crackers_in_Soup ,

This show is beautifully produced

You can really tell the time and effort the host puts into each of the shows. It is beautifully produced from sound design to the topics at hand. I am very much enjoying the content and this podcast as a whole. Wonderful job!

Living Justified ,

Phenomenal podcast!

I look forward to each and every episode!

Mary Burrell ,

Tangled Earbuds 58

Love this beautiful podcast. Anika Noni Rose’s calming voice and the beautiful into music give me a calm peaceful feeling. I love all the different topics and the guest and their perspectives on what is happening in the world.

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