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The Black Sheep podcast is the place to celebrate unconventional lifestyles, working for yourself, and redefining the "american dream" from the perspective of people of color. Hosted by Nicole Letelier, this show and supporting community, were created to create a space to convene, recharge and connect with other women of color like you!  Are you a woman who owns her right to design her life celebrating her brown skin but not being defined or contained by it either?  Welcome.

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The Black Sheep podcast is the place to celebrate unconventional lifestyles, working for yourself, and redefining the "american dream" from the perspective of people of color. Hosted by Nicole Letelier, this show and supporting community, were created to create a space to convene, recharge and connect with other women of color like you!  Are you a woman who owns her right to design her life celebrating her brown skin but not being defined or contained by it either?  Welcome.

    41: Dare to say yes with Leah Lakins

    41: Dare to say yes with Leah Lakins

    Dani is chatting with Leah Lakins, editor, writer and publisher, or as she sometimes calls herself - a wordy, nerdy, quirky girl from Baltimore. You may have seen her name and words in popular books like Steve Harvey's New York Times Bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, and his most recent project Jump.
    Leah shares her early dreams of what she wanted to be when she grew up and how her high school journal revealed pieces of her current reality. We get to learn about how her variety of career opportunities has prepared her for life as an entrepreneur doing what she loves - sharing the stories of others.
    Change in her life inspired more change. After dreaming of living in New York for 10 years, she gambled on herself and moved to NYC and started her life as an entrepreneur. Leah shares about how she prepared for that major move and what some people had to say about her plans.  
    We hear about some of her unique challenges of NYC living, what she loves and appreciates about the city, and how it has contributed to her career and success. Her advice to making it in this city: say yes! It is saying yes that has opened up so many amazing opportunities in Leah's life, including working with Steve Harvey. We get to hear her story of how that unfolded from starting a conversation with a fellow word nerd to the process of giving her all to the project.
    Leah touches on the benefits and the importance of supporting herself with her networking community and business coach.
    Leah also shares about her aerial yoga adventures and how it has improved her mind body connection, helping her find strength and confidence, and how it helped her on her trip to India.
    We learn about her superpower, her anthem songs, and about a conversation that shifted her perspective on her life.   
    Leah's story is a great example of seeing how she planted the seeds are planted and laid out the steps to create life she wanted, and this is just the beginning.
    May this episode encourage you to "say yes" to gambling on yourself in whatever you want to see happen in your own life.
    Learn more about Leah:
    Website: http://www.fresheyeseditorial.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEyesEditorialServices/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lakins9/

    • 48 min
    40: Felicia Gibson Jaycox - Daring to find the power within

    40: Felicia Gibson Jaycox - Daring to find the power within

    This episode is part of a series in the Take Over Season where speaker, host and adventure creator Danielle Fontus took over the podcast for chats about living a daring life.
    Dani is chatting with Felicia Gibson Jaycox, the founder and executive director of The Power of You Teens - a Harlem based mentoring and empowerment group for girls ages 10 - 18.
    For Felicia, this organization started at a time when she was in a lot of pain. She shares about the unexpected loss of her brother and how she coped with the help of a supportive sisterhood.
    Learning to channel her pain into passion, she poured her heart into a space where she saw others hurting - teenaged girls who had lost hope, some even resulting in suicide, from life challenges they were facing, like bullying and abuse. Through volunteering, Felicia was able to push through her own pain and she rediscovered the joy she had in touching the lives of young girls that she'd felt before during her days working with a runaway center in Florida.
    Today, through The Power of You Teens, Felicia has created a loving and supportive community, where she and her team of Power Women pour into these young girls the inspiration and the resources they need to discover the power within themselves and show up in the world as their best powerful selves.
    From teaching one young woman to read and pairing one with a piano teacher to field trips and workshops lead by women from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, these girls are constantly exposed to the possibilities available to them. Year-round these teens participate in the program that includes things like improv classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, financial education workshops, college preparation sessions; and for four years they have put on their Empowerment Experience - their major event that intends to educate, empower and engage the larger Harlem community.
    Felicia's vision has become a powerful reality thanks to her dedication and the support of the every-community who believe in and want to do whatever they can for our teens.
    To learn more about The Power of You Teens, you can visit their website: http://thepowerofyouteens.org/
    Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePowerofYouTeens/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepowerofyou10
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powerofyouteens/
    Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fundraiser-for-the-power-of-you-teens-2017-girls#/
    Or reach out directly to Felicia felicia@thepowerofyouteens.com if you are interested in supporting however you can.

    • 47 min
    39: Daring to Make a Home with Evelyn Badia

    39: Daring to Make a Home with Evelyn Badia

    Dani is chatting with Evelyn Badia, the hostess with the mostest. She has been an Airbnb host since 2010 (before airbnb was cool and a verb).
    When the economy shifted, Evelyn couldn’t find work in her industry as a TV producer. She stumbled upon Airbnb in the NY Times and decided to try it as a way to save her home. Evelyn shares about how her lifestyle changed and what it was like moving out of her home as a way of income. She tells the stories of how she started her listing and her first guest. We learn in this episode the lessons she’s learned from hosting - like setting boundaries and establishing realistic expectations with clear communication. She also shares about some of her favorite guests and funny moments, like when the guy ate her avocado.
    Evelyn is the ultimate hostess because not only does she create a special experience for her guests but she also contributes to her community, lending her home to neighbors during challenging times like Hurricane Sandy and home repairs as well as for their families’ visits. She equips her guests with recommendations to give them the best NYC experience while also supporting local businesses in her neighborhood.
    This conversation with Evelyn is a story of perseverance and resilience. She has created a new career in this unexpected chapter of her life, which is continuing to evolve. Seeing a need that was not getting met, she has created The Hosting Journey, an international community of hosts she offers information and support on everything from how to create a listing to how to get a stain out.
    From moving to NYC from Puerto Rico at the age of 15 knowing no English to creating this new business and career for herself, Evelyn has proven to be tough, someone who takes new challenges; and we see lends that strength and her voice and experience as a host as an advocate for Airbnb and other hosts.
    In this episode, you will learn what it looks like not only to become an Airbnb host but what it looks like to start a new chapter from an unfortunate situation. There are great lessons and nuggets of wisdom for you to digest.
    You’ll also get answers to some questions like:
    -what does she (and should you) look for in an Airbnb?
    -does she ever stay in hotels?
    -what makes her Airbnb a unique experience?
    -what kinds of things guests have left her as gifts?
    -what have been some of her interesting experiences as a guest?
    Here’s where you can connect with Evelyn:
    Listing: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/118971
    Website: http://www.evelynbadia.com/
    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheHostingJourney/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehostingjourney/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/EvelynBadiaBk

    • 55 min
    38: Daring to go deep with Tatiana Dellepiane

    38: Daring to go deep with Tatiana Dellepiane

    Dani is going deep with Tatiana Dellepiane - a sex and relationship expert and tantra teacher. She helps women connect to their sensuality, which she believes is our superpower.
    She works with them through movements and their body to break through from shame and reach their full potential out in the world. It is her mission and her work to help women remember who they truly are.
    Her journey started as she was seeking healing in her own life. During a time when she felt stuck and was experiencing pain, she found a teacher who opened up her eyes to work that used movement to help women heal their own trauma.
    Having experienced abuse and trauma throughout her life, which she coped with by dismissing, Tatiana reached a point in her life, when she realized true, deep healing was necessary for her to move on. Following her own self love and spiritual journey, she went deeper which not only granted her healing but also helped her discover the work that she wanted to do for other women.
    Tatiana has grown to know an intense life and existence, which has equipped her for the depth and capacity of the work she is doing with her clients. She is one to break taboo and play in the spaces in our lives that we often avoid or neglect.
    In this conversation, we go deep and get messy, touching on what happens when spirituality, religion, culture, family, sex, sensuality, all collide. We hear about Tatiana's personal experience of sorting through these things, how she has grown from this work and how she helps her clients do the same,.
    To learn more about Tatiana and her work, connect with her on:
    Her website:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelovegypsy
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelovegypsy
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelovegypsy

    • 1 hr 6 min
    37: Daring through Celibacy with Bernice Wooden

    37: Daring through Celibacy with Bernice Wooden

    This episode is part of a series in the Take Over Season where speaker, host and adventure creator Danielle Fontus took over the podcast for chats about living a daring life.
    We are chatting with Bernice Wooden - entrepreneur & educator, who has been in the entertainment business for 10 years. She started her own production company, Be Nice Productions, which includes videography, photography and workshops. Bernice has recently written a book How to Get a Degree in Celibacy: 10 Steps to Keeping Your Lips Closed, where she is sharing with the world about her sex life,or lack thereof.
    In this conversation, we learn about Bernice's journey to where she is today in her career. She shares about the unique challenges she faced and how she overcame them and the lessons she learned from them.
    In this candidly, juicy and intimate interview, Bernice dares to share:
    what makes her uncomfortable to this day & how she approaches those uncomfortable situations
    an emotional failure and the wins that also came with it
    some of the excuses she's used that have limited her (which she has since overcome)
    a private detail she hasn't shared with anyone else
    In this episode, we get to hear from Bernice about:
    growing up in Brooklyn
    how she found her boldness
    who she's interviewed on the red carpet
    when she realized she was a Black Sheep
    her experience with her unique ethnic background & what unique challenges came from that
    all the things she thought she was going to be when she grew up
    the jobs shes had along the way &  the lessons she’s learned and prepared her for where she is now
    how she started in her current field - her first production job
    her networking tips
    Bernice has created her own adventure with her celibacy journey AND deciding to share it publicly with her book. We get rich insight from Bernice's experience, including:
    how she decided to be celibate & the struggle
    what supported her during the process
    what she has discovered through the process (in her friendships, in her body, in her relationships)
    the surprising reactions she heard when sharing with others (men versus women)
    some of her temptations and how she dealt with them
    the interesting way she got the title of her book
    tips for anyone considering their own journey
    We learn a few fun things about Bernice like:
    her superpower
    a random job would she do for a day
    one of her proudest moments
    So where we can find her and stay up to date on all that she is up to?
    www.bernicewooden.com (You can pre-order her book here.)
    Social Media:
    What questions do you have for Bernice? Let's keep the conversation going! Share in the comments below.

    • 51 min
    36: The take over with Dani Dares

    36: The take over with Dani Dares

    The Black Sheep Podcast is BAAACK!
    In this episode you will head from Nicole on what caused the long delay in between seasons, what to expect in upcoming seasons of the podcast and how to get your initiatives, products and services in front of our audience.
    This episode is an interview by past guest Danielle Fontus who is back to interview Nicole.  This episode kicks off the “Take Over Season” where Nicole invited Danielle to take over the mic for honest chats with women who are daring to live life on their terms as a Black Sheep.
    In this episode we will learn:
    What has happened since last season? Nicole had baby # 2 and alot of work come her way at the same time and the impact of both these on her, her family and health. Including the low moments - “I’m failing” and high moments “im living and doing work that matters”
    Her plans for the future of the podcast and ways to continue to support WOC.
    How time is the most valuable currency in her home
    Why she and Danielle are really owning not having a business and being freelancers.
    Reacting vs responding to life’s challenges
    Hard chats around gender norms with her husband. Deep work; money work, valuing her worth.
    Creating an entrepreneurial life.
    Nicole’s aspiration?  Creating a WOC Podcaster Network.
    A call to listeners >>>>WOC who want to experiment with launching a podcast!Want to Take Over the Black Sheep Podcast??
    We pick a topic- tied to your word, your biz, interviews or a topic to explore with NIcole
    Email: Hello@liveblacksheep.com or visit www.liveblacksheep.com
    A call to listeners >>>>WOC with Social Impact Efforts that Need Promotion!
    The Black Sheep Podcast is looking to support smaller grassroots efforts -
    We will be experimenting with in episode segments or mini episode on initiative led by WOC looking for small investment of funding. Use the Black Sheep Podcast platform to promote it.
    Email: Hello@liveblacksheep.com or visit www.liveblacksheep.com
    A call to listeners >>>>Micro-sponsorship for WOC with Small Businesses!
    The Black Sheep Podcast and Live Black Sheep brand is looking to support smaller WOC owned businesses interested in sponsoring episodes, segments and WOC Shopping Guides.
    Email: Hello@liveblacksheep.com or visit www.liveblacksheep.com
    Join the Black Sheep Society and connect with fellow WOC!
    Get on the list and get notified about new episodes!
    Follow us @liveblacksheep

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14 Ratings

yariarenas ,

We're all Black Sheep in our own way

I've been listening to Black Sheep pretty much from day one and it's been an amazing journey! A convo on the nuances of being a WOC has been lacking, and Nicole & Jes have done it with such openness and vulnerability that you can't help but relate to every interview and every story shared. In typical Black Sheep fashion, I love how each season gives me a little something different. From interviews with other WOC entrepreneurs, to lifestyle anecdotes, to the takeover season with Danielle Fontus, there's always something new to keep you on your toes. I never really gave thought to being a Black Sheep before, but this podcast has helped me realize that we are all Black Sheep in our own way and owning that is what makes the journey so much more exciting!

La Nena Morena ,

Thank you! Best podcast for WOC

Love starting my days off with Nicole and Jess. Their energy is perfect for the long morning commute and it allows me to focus and set some intentions for the week & the day!

Danielle "Dani Dares" Fontus ,

Such a special place

I love how Live Black Sheep has created such a special place for people who don't necessarily fit into traditional boxes.

My first listen of this podcast was so comforting and encouraging - hearing the unique stories of other women doing such amazing things. Not only is it validating for my own unique journey but it also so inspiring to hear about triumph over difficulty and the reality of success.

This podcast makes life and success feel very realistic, and I truly appreciate that.

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