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Black women are negotiating the different stages of menopause along with their ever evolving identifies, relationships, careers, responsibilities and societal tropes. This is a curated intergenerational exchange, a space for exploration, mentorship, intimacy and vulnerability around life, identity and change. It’s the excavation of the things that you need to know, but were never told. It’s the guide we wish we all had access to no matter our age.

Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause Omisade Burney-Scott

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 97 Ratings

Black women are negotiating the different stages of menopause along with their ever evolving identifies, relationships, careers, responsibilities and societal tropes. This is a curated intergenerational exchange, a space for exploration, mentorship, intimacy and vulnerability around life, identity and change. It’s the excavation of the things that you need to know, but were never told. It’s the guide we wish we all had access to no matter our age.

    Season of Orisii : gina Breedlove & Ash-lee Woodard Henderson

    Season of Orisii : gina Breedlove & Ash-lee Woodard Henderson

    Welcome to our 6th iteration of the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause podcast: the Season of Orisii. Building on our international diasporic tour from last year, this season's theme is Orisii, or 'pairs' in the Afric language of Yoruba. We've invited different types of pairs to explore the through-line between menarche and menopause. You will hear parent/child, partner/lovers and siblings to offer their reflections and observations about this journey as individual and as orisii. We as people capable of menstruation understand that each experience is unique and impacts both our selves and connections we have to our loved ones.



    On this first episode, we have gina Breedlove and Ash-lee Woodard Henderson: partnered orisii

    gina Breedlove is a grief doula, sound healer, vocalist, mother, grandmother, author, and oracle of grace. (website | IG)

    Ash-lee Woodard Henderson is an organizer, strategist, soon-to-be author and the first Black woman co-Executive Director at the Highlander Center for Research and Education. (Ash-Lee's IG | Highland's IG)



    Produced by BGG2SM Creative Director, Mariah M.

    Hosted by BGG2SM Founder & Chief Curatorial Officer, Omisade Burney-Scott

    Edited by Kim Blocker of TDS Radio

    Theme music by Taj Cullen Scott

    Season 6 Artwork by Assata Goff, artist & in-house Iconographer of BGG2SM



    Season 6 of the podcast is sponsored by The Honey Pot Company



    Learn more about Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause at www.blackgirlsguidetosurvivingmenopause.com

    • 59 min
    BGG2SM Hits the Road Final Episode: Toronto and Puerto Rico!

    BGG2SM Hits the Road Final Episode: Toronto and Puerto Rico!

    During 2023, the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause continued to bushwack a maroon path for those menopause stories left at the margins by launching a diasporic tour that took our team to the UK, Harlem, Toronto, and Puerto Rico.



    Our intergenerational team has learned to hold the “both/and” dynamic tension of curating storytelling spaces more deeply. We are infinitely grateful for the lessons we have learned from our travels together, community conversations, and partnerships that include:




    What it means to make offerings in communities where we do not reside
    What it means to partner with people who have different definitions and understandings of community, culture, justice, gender, healing, and liberation
    What it means to collaborate with BIPOC and queer creatives and artists who are infinitely talented and habitually underresourced
    What it means to hold intergenerational space in ways that don’t reinforce ageist tropes about who can offer wisdom, respect, power, and perspective
    What it means to create, in real-time, a culture of belonging and care for and with your team
    What it means to travel internationally as a team in ways that keep us safe from harm
    What it means to be patient, humble, and accountable
    What it means to try and fail
    What it means to try and soar



    In this last episode of this very special season of the podcast, you will hear stories from our time in Toronto and team reflections from Puerto Rico. As you soak up this offering, we will leave you with these questions as 2023 comes to a close:




    What is the important liberatory work you want to do for your community and the spaces you occupy?
    What stories live inside you that are ready to be shared?

    See you in 2024!



    Episode Notes



    Voices heard in this episode:




    Alexandra Jane, BGG2SM Social Media Manager
    Farhath Siddiqui, BGG2SM Hits the Road Videographer, Siddiqui Media
    Assata Goff, BGG2SM in-house artist
    Omisade Burney-Scott, Creator & CCO at the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause



    Feature Orisii interviewees:


    Amma Gyamfowa, Founder of Womanist Healing
    Georgina G., mother of Amma



    Season 5 Host and Producer:


    Mariah M., Creative Director at the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause

    Score credits (all music free to use under Creative Commons Licensing):




    Moving Fast by Holden Excess
    Beauty all Around Us by Steven Beddall (AudioLibrary)
    AfroLove by The LadyProducer (AudioLibrary)
    BGG Season 4/5 Theme - Taj Scott

    This season and the diasporic tour were made possible by our partners and sponsors at The Honey Pot Company, Kindra, Elektra Health and the Groundswell Fund.



    For the past four years, the Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause has been a multi-media platform with Reproductive Justice, Black Feminism, and Healing Justice as our north star. At its core, this means we fundamentally believe that none of us are free until all of us are free, and when the most vulnerable of us are taken care of, all of society stands to benefit. BGG2SM unapologetically stands in solidarity with all marginalized people and their struggle for freedom, and their demand of their innate human rights.

    • 43 min
    BGG2SM Hits the Road: The Harlem, NY Episode!

    BGG2SM Hits the Road: The Harlem, NY Episode!

    Happy World Menopause Month!



    This year, the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause has been deepening our intergenerational narrative shift work by co-creating peer learning exchanges to normalize the menopause experience of Black people in the UK, New York, Toronto, and Puerto Rico. We are also co-hosting intergenerational menopause storytelling events called "Orisii" ( "pairs" in Yoruba).

    The peer learning and the Orisii dinner are being offered in partnership with community-based women-led organizations. We identified each of these locations because of their strong Black diasporic communities. We have local partners on the ground, or we are seeking to connect with more partners on the ground. In addition to the events we co-host, BGG2SM is documenting our learning during our travels, introducing how each partnering organization works to normalize menopause for Black and Queer communities and sharing stories from participants about their experiences with their bodies, identities, and relationships.

    So.... our podcasts in Season 5 will sound a little different. Think if "This American Life" was centering on Black intergenerational menopausal stories.... LET'S GO!



    This summer, the BGG2SM team traveled to Harlem, New York, and was blessed to partner with long-time friend and sister of the heart, Ebony Noelle Golden, Founder and CEO of Betty's Daugther Arts Collaborative.

    Ebony is a performance artist, scholar, and culture strategist whose work consists of site-specific performance rituals and live art installations that explore relationships between creativity and liberation.

    For the last decade, she has collaboratively created site-specific public art performances grounded in authentic community storytelling. Each time, she has felt that those folks who joined herself and her collaborators on their creative journey had been enveloped into the project itself—no longer audience members, but co-conspirators or co-performers.



    We had a great time hosting three amazing gatherings for people Global Majority who are living and thriving in New York. These included the Menopausal Multiverse Cocktail Hour, Peer Learning Dinner, and Orisii Intergenerational Dinner using the Say More deck. We were also honored to interview singer, composer, creative, performer, and our Beloved, YahZarah, and her mother Beverly about their memories of their first menstrual cycle, bodily autonomy, agency, and sovereignty.

    Themes explored in this episode include:


    Right Relationship Partnership
    Spiritual Reciprocity
    Care and Wellness
    Agency and Autonomy
    Shame
    Being at home inside your body
    Rites of Passage
    Intergenerational Healing



    Voices heard in this episode:



    Ebony Noelle Golden, Harlem Community Partner & Founder of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative



    Omisade Burney-Scott, Creator & CCO at the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause



    Mona Eltahawy, global feminist & guest at Orisii dinner | featured on Season 2, Episode 5 of the BGG2SM Podcast



    Feature Orisii interviewees:



    YahZarah, singer, daughter & mother of 1

    Ms. Beverly, children's author, former educator & forever mother



    Host: Mariah M., Creative Director at the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause



    Score credits:

    Sunflower by Soyb

    Lude Illa by Joe Bagale

    Sweet as Honey by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena



    All music free to use under Creative Commons Licensing via AudioLibrary

    Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0



    Thank you to our partnering sponsors, The Honey Pot Company, Kindra, and Elektra Health for making this leg of the BGG2SM Hits the Road possible!



    Next Stop Puerto Rico! Stay Tuned!

    www.blackgirlsguidetosurvivingmenopause.com

    • 19 min
    BGG2SM Hits the Road: The UK Episode!

    BGG2SM Hits the Road: The UK Episode!

    This year, the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause plans to deepen our intergenerational narrative shift work by co-creating peer learning exchanges to normalize the menopause experience of Black people in the UK, New York, Toronto, and Puerto Rico. We are also co-hosting intergenerational menopause storytelling events called "Orisii" ( "pairs" in Yoruba). The peer learning and the Orisii dinner are being offered in partnership with community-based women-led organizations. We identified each of these locations because of their strong Black diasporic communities, we have local partners on the ground, or we are seeking to connect with more partners on the ground. In addition to the events we co-host, BGG2SM is documenting our learning during our travels, introducing how each partnering organization works to normalize menopause for Black and Queer communities and sharing stories from participants about their experiences with their bodies, identities, and relationships. So.... our podcasts in Season 5 will sound a little different. Think if "This American Life" was centering on Black intergenerational menopausal stories.... LET'S GO!



    This spring, we traveled to the UK to partner with Karen Arthur, fashion creative, model, menopause advocate, and creator of the UK-based podcast Menopause Whilst Black centering the menopause stories of Black women in the UK. We hosted two intergenerational gatherings, a peer learning dinner with other Black women, femmes, and gender-expansive people engaged in work in the UK focused on women's wellness, gender equity, mental health, menopause, and aging. We also co-hosted our first Orisii (Pairs) intergenerational dinner in St. Leonards-on-Sea (Sussex). Each guest attended a delicious dinner with a special "plus one" guest and was guided through conversations about bodily autonomy, body sovereignty, pleasure, identity, and mental health using the Say More deck.



    In this episode, you will hear the beautiful soundscape of....



    UK Peer Dinner Guests:



    Fay Reid

    Anita Powell

    Dr. Nneka Nkwokolo

    Marcia Jones

    Kenya Fairly

    Maureen Anderson

    Eileen Bellot



    Orisii Intergenerational Dinner Participants:



    Teresa Adjorlolo

    Dorcas Magbadelo

    Claudine Eccleston

    Kareem Arthur

    Maheni Arthur



    Our Community Partner:



    Karen Arthur



    BGG2SM Team Members:



    Leigh Reid

    Mariah Monsanto

    Omisade Burney-Scott



    Check out the video on Patreon!



    Score Credits:



    All music licensed by artlist.io

    Ido Maimon - NYC - Instrumental Version

    Sémø - Better - Instrumental Version

    Yulee - Gotta Love - Instrumental Version



    Big Thanks to our sponsors and collaborating partners who made this stop possible, The Honey Pot Company and Kindra!

    • 24 min
    Season 5: The Magical Menopausal Multiverse School Bus Tour!

    Season 5: The Magical Menopausal Multiverse School Bus Tour!

    This year, the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause plans to deepen our intergenerational narrative shift work by co-creating peer learning exchanges to normalize the menopause experience of Black people in the UK, New York, Toronto, and Puerto Rico.  We want to take you all along with us on our Magical Menopausal Multiverse School Bus tour!



    In each location, we will also co-host curated intergenerational menopause storytelling events called "Orisii" ( "pairs" in Yoruba). The peer learning and the Orisii dinners are being done in partnership with community-based organizations fulfilling a pre-COVID commitment to center the menopausal lived experiences across the African diaspora.

    We will be in the UK this spring, working in partnership with Karen Arthur, fashion creative, model, menopause advocate, and creator of the UK-based podcast Menopause Whilst Black centering the menopause stories of Black women in the UK.  New York is scheduled for this summer, partnering with Ebony Noelle Golden of  Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, and Luquillo, Puerto Rico is scheduled for this fall, and we will be partnering with Molly Jones of  Love, Soul, Beautiful. We are finalizing our partnership with Toronto native  Michelle Osborne and are looking at September to come to Canada!



    Meet our new team member Madylin Nixon-Taplet, founder of Love Önwa Photography, Associate Director of Artist Training for The Beautiful Project and BGG2SM Documentary Creative Advisor:



    Madylin started Love Önwa Photography in 2020 in response to losing her job of 13 years, wanting to spend more time indulging in her photography as a love, wanting to advance her artistry, and wanting to develop & grow as an entrepreneur. Their mission is “I Capture Souls and the Magic of Life”. Madylin truly believes that every human on this planet has something beautiful about them, even if they can’t always see that within or for themselves. She shares, "my goal is to show people themselves! Exactly and as beautifully as she sees them".

    The name Önwa means moon in Igbo, as Madylin is a child of the moon (Cancer ♋️ Energy). When she photographs, what she presents to the client resonates as a letter that she is writing to their soul. To their experiences. To the beauty, she sees that she wants to be reflected back to them. And so she ends with ~Love Önwa.



    STAY TUNED!!



    Season 5 and BGG2SM Hits The Road Sponsors Include:



    The Honey Pot Company 

    Kindra

    Elektra Health



    We also want to thank our GENEROUS donors:



    The Groundswell Fund

    Common Counsel Foundation Honeybee Fund

    Jeanette Stokes



    Episode Details:



    Host: Omisade Burney-Scott

    Producer: Mariah M.

    Podcast Theme Music: Taj Cullen Scott



    Send your thoughts, suggestions, questions and more to decolonizingthecrone@gmail.com!

    • 20 min
    Welcome to Black Technologies: BGG2SM Season 4 Recap!

    Welcome to Black Technologies: BGG2SM Season 4 Recap!

    Welcome to the O. Estelle Butler Intragalactic Train Station, where all of our Milky Way is always within your reach. Please follow the illuminated paths to the ticket kiosk, your train line, and other needs you may have about the station.

    This is Omisade Burney-Scott and welcome to ‘Black Technologies of the Menopausal Multiverse.’ The voices and stories featured in this exhibition include our guests from Season 4 of the Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause and myself. But what exactly are Black Technologies? These are methods, strategies, and formulas those born with uteri have learned and adopted in their lifetime in order to survive, thrive, and move in the fullness of themselves as they navigate the liminal journey of menopause. Some technologies picked up on the way include but are not limited to spiritual practices & embodiment, tarot and other forms of divination, community as praxis, intentional intergenerationally, and the dispelling and exploration of gender and gender roles. Throughout this exhibit, you will hear varying perspectives on womanhood and queerness.

    Recap Episode Notes

    We want to thank our Season 4 guests:


    M'kali-Hashiki and Syd Yang
    Jamyla Bennu
    Satana Deberry
    Austen Smith
    Lutze Segu
    Amber J. Phillips and Sonya Renee Taylor
    Mariah M. 

    We also want to thank our team that made this episode possible:


    Mariah M.
    Holden Cession
    Our BGG2SM 2022 Fall into Freedom Fellows:
    Shakira Bethea
    Amani Barnes
    David Okoth

    **JJMA featured in this episode is named after Joshua Johnson, the son of an enslaved woman and Baltimore native, who was the first documented Black painter to be paid for their work in the United States. More on Joshua Johnson and his legacy here: http://americanartgallery.org/artist/readmore/id/235

    **O. Estelle Butler Intergalactic Train Station is named for our beloved Afrofuturist and speculative fiction oracle Octavia E. Butler

    All sounds used in this episode are free to use under the Creative Commons license

    Original Theme Music: Taj Cullen Scott

    Host: Omisade Burney-Scott

    Producer: Mariah M.

    Season 4 of the Black Girl's Guide was sponsored by our local NPR station, WUNC-North Carolina Public Radio, and Kindra with whom we created the Say More midlife and menopause discussion deck. 



    We'll see you again on the dark side of the moon in 2023! www.blackgirlsguidetosurvivingmenopause.com 

    • 30 min

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