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Break Concrete is a podcast show exploring the unique experiences of Black women professionals as they navigate race and gender in the workplace and break through the concrete wall to professional advancement.

Break Concrete: Black Women At Work Cheryl-Lyn Bentley

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

Break Concrete is a podcast show exploring the unique experiences of Black women professionals as they navigate race and gender in the workplace and break through the concrete wall to professional advancement.

    Motherhood Comes in Many Different Forms with Tomi Akitunde

    Motherhood Comes in Many Different Forms with Tomi Akitunde

    Motherhood and mothering can be complicated, but Tomi Akitunde has built a much needed resource for Black moms: mater mea also known as Black Mom Google. Tomi is an award-winning journalist who founded mater mea, the #1 destination for thoughtful, high quality content that celebrates, supports, and empowers Black moms. mater mea helps Black moms get the answers to their motherhood, life, and career questions through sincere storytelling, expert advice, and community. In today's Mother's Day special episode, Tomi opens up about her experiences with infertility, why she decided to create an online space for Black moms, how she confronted insecurities as the founder of mater mea, and more.
    Topics Covered:
    Why Tomi started mater mea, an online magazine for Black moms How mater mea grew to be known as the “Black Mom Google” Why Tomi created a space for Black moms specifically How mater mea builds community for and empowers Black moms Challenges Tomi faced as an entrepreneur Tomi’s experience dealing with infertility  How Tomi has dealt with imposter syndrome and gaslighting culture How for years Tomi had been hiding behind mater mea and why she wrote Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself to confront her insecurities as the founder of mater mea Tomi’s relationship with her mom Celebrating Black motherhood  
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    • 44 min
    Deepening Our Inhales, Lessening Our Stress with Jasmine Marie

    Deepening Our Inhales, Lessening Our Stress with Jasmine Marie

    Understanding that Black women experience higher rates of chronic stress and anxiety, Jasmine Marie, a breathwork practitioner, founded black girls breathing, a safe space for Black women to nurture their mental, emotional, and spiritual health through guided meditation, breathwork, and community. In 2020, as racial tensions mounted and many Black women struggled with higher unemployment rates, increased childcare responsibilities, feeling less supported at work, and the devastating health impacts of COVID19, Jasmine adjusted her business structure to provide free and accessible mental healthcare to hundreds of Black women. In this final episode of Season 3, Jasmine shares how she helps women own their bodies and reclaim their power to heal themselves through black girls breathing.
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc043.
    Topics Covered:
    Defining breathwork Understanding the health benefits of breathwork including stress and anxiety reduction How Jasmine was introduced to breathwork and built black girls breathing Barriers for Black women in accessing breathwork and mental health therapy How Jasmine combines breathwork, meditation and community with black girls breathing Incorporating breathwork into your daily routine What to expect when trying breathwork for the first time Deciding whether to try breathwork individually or in a group setting Selecting a breathwork instructor who speaks to your needs Jasmine’s crowdfunding campaign to provide free breathwork sessions to Black women for one year How Jasmine collects and uses data about Black women with house of bgb Jasmine’s vision for black girls breathing  
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    • 44 min
    Confronting Biases within Philanthropy with Kishshana Palmer

    Confronting Biases within Philanthropy with Kishshana Palmer

    It’s no secret that problems around diversity, equity, and inclusion permeate all sectors, including the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Whether it’s disparate funding for Black and women-led organizations, failure to promote women of color to leadership, or foundations using money as a weapon to dictate the direction of organizational efforts, Kishshana Palmer breaks it all down. Kishshana is an international speaker, trainer, and coach with nearly two decades of experience in fundraising, marketing, and talent management. She is also the founder of The Rooted Collaborative, a global community focused on the holistic evolution and advancement of female leaders of color in the social impact sector. 
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc042.
    Topics Covered:
    How Kishshana started in fundraising and development Adopting a more collaborative approach to fundraising  Defining donor-centric fundraising and its shortcomings Disparities in funding between white-led, minority-led, and women-led organizations Increasing support for minority-led and women-led organizations Setting priorities when fundraising Using fundraising to build power and amplify marginalized voices Re-centering how we think of money when fundraising Challenges facing the nonprofit sector with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion  Why Kishshana started The Rooted Collaborative and how she hopes to redefine philanthropy     
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    • 47 min
    Tailoring Your Image with Krysta McGowan

    Tailoring Your Image with Krysta McGowan

    Dressing the part is only one step in your journey toward professional success. Equally important is understanding and controlling your image, which includes your communication, your personal brand, your wardrobe style, and more. In today’s episode, Krysta McGowan, the founder and visionary behind Critique Consulting, an image consulting firm, discusses how an image consultant can positively impact your career. Through Critique Consulting, Krysta provides services such as brand development, wardrobe styling, and personal shopping to professional women across the country. 
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc041.
    Topics Covered:
    Defining image consulting  How image consultants can help you with enhancing your personal image and wardrobe styling, personal shopping, communications, and professional development Why Krysta started Critique Consulting and how she built her company Understanding your body type and shape Finding clothing that accentuates your body (patterns, prints, shapes) How company culture and corporate aesthetics influence norms around professionalism  How Krysta coaches and empowers women of color to embrace and accentuate their physical attributes in the workplace Natural hair politics in the workplace Developing and defining your personal style Timeless staples for your professional closet Common fashion faux pas that women should avoid Costs to hire an image consultant How Krysta is working with women through COVID-19  
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    • 38 min
    BONUS - The Rise of Modest Fashion and the Black Women Behind It with Rayya Ansari and Sumayah Ansari

    BONUS - The Rise of Modest Fashion and the Black Women Behind It with Rayya Ansari and Sumayah Ansari

    Cries for equal treatment and representation billow across all fields, including the fashion industry, and especially in the booming modest fashion industry. Yet, although Black women have made significant contributions (in fact, some may argue that they are the backbone of modest fashion), many go unrecognized and unseen. In today’s episode, sisters Rayya and Sumayah Ansari, join to discuss how they created spaces for themselves and other Black Muslim women in fashion. Rayya is a popular modest Muslim fashion blogger and influencer who speaks about current events and style. Sumayah is the owner of A.SumayahShop, which offers “modest chic” clothing for the contemporary woman. 
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc040.
    Topics Covered:
    Defining modest fashion and misconceptions and myths about modest fashion  The intersection of fashion and religion How Rayya and Sumayah became fashion influencers and how they get inspiration How Rayya created her own space in fashion Why Sumayah opened A.Sumayah shop and how her fashion stands out in the market of modest fashion  Spotlighting Blackness in the modest fashion industry The (in)visibility of Black Muslims What the hijab represents  How modest fashion became a multi-billion dollar industry and the increased visibility of Muslims in fashion  The push for diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry  Contributions of Black Muslim women on trends in modest fashion How Black women have been excluded in the modest fashion industry How Rayya and Sumayah #breakconcrete The pay gap between Black and white influencers  
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    • 37 min
    The (In)Visibility of Black Muslim Womanhood with Vanessa Taylor

    The (In)Visibility of Black Muslim Womanhood with Vanessa Taylor

    “As a Black Muslim woman, it gets very exhausting to exist in a world that projects onto you.” In this episode, Vanessa Taylor, a Philadelphia-based writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of the Drinking Gourd, a Black Muslim literary magazine, discusses the paradox of Black Muslim womanhood - being simultaneously hypervisible and invisible. Within that nuance, Black Muslim women carve out spaces where they embrace their multiple identities as Black, Muslim, and women while resisting the impulse of others to reduce their multi-dimensionality. Vanessa chats about this spirit of resistance: how Black Muslims challenge anti-Blackness within the Muslim community and Islamophobia within the Black community, and how she, as a Black Muslim woman, navigates her multiple identities to take up space and create spaces where she and other Black Muslim women can thrive. 
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc039.
    Topics Covered:
    Why Vanessa converted to Islam The history of government surveillance of Black Muslims and Islamophobia in the United States The paradox of hypervisibility and invisibility of Black Muslims  How Muslims have created their own spaces to resist surveillance Questions of authenticity and legitimacy of Black Muslimhood Anti-Blackness within the Muslim community How Black Muslim women navigate their multiple identities (race, gender, religion) to take up and create their own space   Defining modest fashion and Black women’s contributions to modest fashion The co-optation of Black Muslim style Why Vanessa developed the Drinking Gourd The meaning of the title the Drinking Gourd How Vanessa breaks concrete  
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

stb_vintage ,

Singing my life with her words!

I loved the episode with Latisha Roberson! So many things she said resonated with me across all employment experience I’ve had! I will definitely be sharing this with my girlfriends who can all relate!

SophiLynn ,

Oddly reminiscent

While I appreciate the content, I feel this podcast lacks originality and sounds almost identical to the more senior podcast Black Women Talk Work. From the music, to the description, to the formatting of the questions. I think there is space for all Black women to be creative and express themselves while also being original and not imposing upon the creativity and efforts of other Black women.

Adiasg ,

Insightful Discussions!

Cheryl-Lyn has wonderful guests on her podcast and asks insightful questions which result in rich discussions for the listener. Highly recommend!

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