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Shades of Strong™ is about the everyday experiences that shape, make and often break the Strong Black Woman. On it you’ll hear conversations that explore how Strong Black Women live with and respond to the stereotypical myths, inequitable social norms, unjust cultural biases, and unreasonable expectations that show up in their everyday lives. You should listen in if you’re a Black Woman who’s ready to take back these three words and redefine what it means to be Strong, Black and Woman because of, and in spite of what others have defined those words to mean.

Shades of Strong ™ | Shifting the Strong Black Woman Narrative Shirley Hubbard - Strong Black Woman Advocate

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Shades of Strong™ is about the everyday experiences that shape, make and often break the Strong Black Woman. On it you’ll hear conversations that explore how Strong Black Women live with and respond to the stereotypical myths, inequitable social norms, unjust cultural biases, and unreasonable expectations that show up in their everyday lives. You should listen in if you’re a Black Woman who’s ready to take back these three words and redefine what it means to be Strong, Black and Woman because of, and in spite of what others have defined those words to mean.

    We're baaaack – kinda sorta, but not really

    We're baaaack – kinda sorta, but not really

    Here’s what we’ve been up to since the end of season two and what you have to look forward to for season 3. In a nutshell, Season 3 is all about helping you understand, process and move past the sh*t you’re too afraid to talk about — you know, the guilt, the shame, the blame — all things you’ve buried alive……

    • 19 min
    Black Girl Happy with Randi B

    Black Girl Happy with Randi B

     



     







    When's the last time you asked yourself the question, "what makes me happy"?  I'd be willing to bet that the answer to that question is NEVER.



    Okay, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt -- maybe you have asked yourself, but have you really sat in it? 



    What does happiness look like for you? Do you even know?



    As Black women we are so consumed with making sure that everyone around us happy, til we forget that we deserve some Black Girl Happy in our lives too!



    Well, Randi Bryant is here to SHUT DOWN THE NARRATIVE that the happiness of others takes priority over your happiness



     

    Randi shares her journey of how she finally

    tapped into the Black Girl Happy that IS Black Girl Magic...



    ...and how Black Women often find it challenging to create happiness because nobody has ever taught the Black Woman or given the Black Woman permission to be happy.



    In her words,



    We are giving a checklist and we live our lives going

    after accomplishments, but never consider our happiness.

     

    College - check.

     

    Marriage - check.

     

    Member of the bougie club - check.

     

    House - check. 



    Everybody is always saying, "girl go be successful". Why is no one saying, "girl go be happy?"



    Randi makes it clear that the Black Woman CANNOT continue to wait for the world to give her permission to be happy.  She MUST give herself permission to get on the Black Girl Happy train and stay there!



    After listening to this episode with Randi B, I hope you'll take some time to really sit in the question, 



    WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY?



    When you've soaked up all of this goodness, hop on over to  Shades of Strong and leave us a voice message telling us what you thought about the episode.



    OR



    Head on over to FACEBOOK or TWITTER, or INSTAGRAM @shadesofstrong and join the conversation.  If you’re tweeting with us, be sure to use the hashtag #shadesofstrong. Happy listening peeps!



     

    ABOUT RANDI B

    Randi B is a diversity and inclusion strategist, author, speaker, and trainer. She helps people and businesses navigate tough racial, gender, and cultural issues by equipping them with the right tools and resources to foster real, open dialogue.



    She knows the power of communication can lead to inclusive environments where people feel comfortable being their complete, open, and authentic selves. Focusing on her mission to get people to open up and join the conversation (while also changing the world).



    In her book, Neversays, Randi provides an easy-to-follow guide on 25 phrases you should never, ever say to keep your job and friends. The tenets of this book are based on the beliefs that people are good but uninformed and uncomfortable with difference. This book provides real, practical advice on how to navigate these difficult-to-talk-about topics.



    Through her speeches, trainings, and one-on-one services Randi equips people with the right tools to engage in honest conversations about race, gender, sexuality, religion, cultural, and diversity issues.



    Randi has a wealth of knowledge and experience navigating the tough dialogues that come with discussing diversity and inclusivity topics. She is the founder and president of an award-winning change management compan...

    • 43 min
    Gina Neely | Living Life on My Terms My Own Way

    Gina Neely | Living Life on My Terms My Own Way

     



     







     



    Some of you probably know Gina Neely as the FULL OF LIFE  celebrity chef on the Food Network’s Down Home with The Neely’s or Aspire TV's Chop it up with Gina,  but  let me just tell ya, she is so much more than that.



    She’s an entrepreneur, a reality television star, New York Times Bestselling Author, she’s made guest appearances on Dr. Oz,  Good Morning America  and so many more.



    Gina Neely does ALL THE THINGS. She is the epitome of all that is STRONG, BLACK and WOMAN and I had so much fun recording this episode with her. It truly felt like sipping wine with a friend I hadn't seen in a while.



    We laughed about the days of old, reminisced about parenting our children when they were younger, chatted it up about securing the bag WHILE taking care of yourself.



    She told me about how she  fangirled out when she met Vanessa Williams.



    She even gave me a sneak peek into TWO projects she has coming down the pipeline.



    AND you know we threw a lil some, some in there about dating.



    You name it.....it probably came up.



    AND



    I can't wait for you to get all this goodness in your life.

    So...........what are you waiting for??? 

    TUNE IN NOW! 

    to hear Gina Neely talk about all things JUST GINA! 

    When you've soaked up all of this goodness, hop on over to  Shades of Strong and leave us a voice message telling us what you thought about the episode.



    OR



    Head on over to FACEBOOK or TWITTER, or INSTAGRAM @shadesofstrong and join the conversation.  If you’re tweeting with us, be sure to use the hashtag #shadesofstrong. Happy listening peeps!



     

    ABOUT GINA

    Gina is a motivational speaker, philanthropist, and mom, and her keys to success are her love for her family, food, and the enjoyment of life. She currently resides in Memphis, TN and has two daughters. Gina burst onto the scene in 2008 by starring in the hit show Down Home with the Neelys, which became the highest-rated series debut in the history of Food Network’s “In the Kitchen” block. The show immediately connected with viewers nation-wide by showcasing Gina’s love for family, food and the enjoyment of life.



    Following the tremendous success of her television show, Gina released her first cookbook, Down Home with the Neelys, which quickly earned a place on The New York Times bestseller list. A hit show and a bestseller soon lead to Gina’s prime time television debut as the host of Food Network’s Road Tasted. Enjoying continuing success in television, 2011 proved to be a tremendous success for Gina with the release of a second book, The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook.

    • 41 min
    The Fight to JUST BE (Seen and Heard) Continues

    The Fight to JUST BE (Seen and Heard) Continues

     



     





    "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."





    If ever there was a principality over this nation,

    it is definitely racism and

    white supremacy.



    What the heck kind of demon is that?

     

    Four hundred years later and we are STILL

    fighting for the right to be heard.

     

    We are STILL fighting for our right to JUST BE...



    ...whoever we are, whatever we are in any given moment without judgment, scorn or ridicule.  



    In this final episode of season two, hosts, Shirley (Shirl) Hubbard  and Natalyn  (Natty)  Bradshaw give the listeners a review of the weekly conversations that kept them coming back for more.  



    Although, there were a range of topics discussed during this season, they all had one thing in common and that is how black women are constantly fighting to be seen and heard. 



    As Natalyn said during this episode, the issue of being anti-black is not just an issue here in the United States, it's a global issue.  Couple that with being female and strong, and the fight becomes even more real.  



    Tune in to the season finale now, and  when you’re finished, we’d love to hear what you're taking away from this season.  So, head over to  Shades of Strong and leave a voice message letting us know what's on your mind.



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    Head on over to FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or INSTAGRAM @shadesofstrong and join the conversation by leaving us a comment or tweet on this week's episode.  If you’re tweeting with us, be sure to use the hashtag #shadesofstrong. Happy listening peeps.



     

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    • 43 min
    Black Women Can Never Not See Color

    Black Women Can Never Not See Color

     



     







    As Black Women, we don't have the luxury (aka PRIVILEGE)

    of not seeing color because we're constantly reminded of ours.

     



    In this episode your hosts, Shirley (Shirl) Hubbard  and Natalyn  (Natty)  Bradshaw answer the question,



     

    "Why was Shades of Strong created specifically for black women?"

     



    YUP!!!  Someone actually hopped in the Shades of Strong inbox to ask, "why not all women".  



    So, Shirl and Natty waste no time giving the inquiring mind the answer to her burning question.



    Shirl admits that she was a little skeptical about creating a space for black women ONLY because she didn't want to contribute to the divisiveness that is is our country. But then, she remembered that...



     



    Everything created for ALL women, was

    NEVER created with Black Women in mind.



     



    ...and from that thought Shades of Strong was birthed. 



     



    Now, if you've listened to any of the show's previous episodes, you know the conversation went A LOT deeper than that.  



     



    Shirl and Natty dive head first into how most of us (Black Women) didn't grow up like our white counterparts. Our burdens, our privilege, our struggles, our experiences, our REALITIES are not the same.  



     



    And before you go saying, I don't see color or we all bleed the same, the hosts SHUT THAT DOWN too! 



     





    We bleed red like everyone else, but our blood is heavily seasoned with the pain and struggle of our ancestors and with that of ALL THE BLACK WOMEN who dare to have a voice and are ridiculed and persecuted for doing so. 



     



    .... and while saying, "I don't see color", seems like a noble stance, it is ultimately discounting our identities and our experiences as black women living in America.



     



    These gold nuggets only scratch the surface of this episode.  And you know you want more, otherwise you wouldn't have scrolled down this far.   So scroll back to the top and click play or hop over to your favorite podcast platform and get the rest of this goodness in your life.



     



    And when you’re finished, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.  So, head over to  Shades of Strong and leave us voice message letting us know what's on your mind.



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    • 49 min
    A Black Woman’s Guilt and Shame

    A Black Woman’s Guilt and Shame

     



     







    This episode is filled with poetry snaps and slow claps.  Seriously, Angela Roulette peels back every emotional layer while sharing her story of releasing the pain of the past and taking her life back from circumstances that threatened to kill her.



     

    Some of the episode's defining moments include:

     



    * How her self esteem suffered as a result of not being wanted by her father

    * How she overcame the guilt and shame of her father's suicide

    * Her PTSD and anxiety diagnosis having grown up in a community that "doesn't do mental illness".

    * How she went from one dysfunctional relationship to the next in search of unconditional love

    * How she sabotaged the one great relationship she had because she was broken

    * How therapy and faith CAN co-exist

    * Her life before and after therapy

    * How she chooses peace over everything, even if that means letting some people go



    This episode is jammed packed with realness and rawness

    Angela wastes absolutely no time spitting her truth about releasing the pain, heartache and trauma of past experiences. She gets naked about her estranged relationship with her mother and father, overcoming guilt and shame and how poetry saved her life.



     

    ABOUT ANGELA

    Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, poet Mz Angela Roux has always been a fan of language. She describes her poetry as “edu-tainment”, combining witty perspectives on modern day womanhood with social commentary and personal testimony. She is the creator and producer of Estrogen Rush, an all-female poetry show, which debuted in November 2012. In November 2015, she released and debuted her first poetry book "The Sinbad Sessions: Poems by Mz Angela Roux" published by Spartan Press. Currently she is the host of Roux On The Radio, airing third Saturdays at noon on KUAW 98.5FM and the TuneIn App.



    You can find Angela in the following online spaces:

    Facebook: : www.facebook.com/mzangelaroux



    Instagram:  @mz_angela_roux



    Snapchat:  mz_angelaroux



     

    Angela's MOST Quotable Moment:

    “ I love my mom from a very realistic place.  I had to 'bury' the mother I wanted; and learn to love the mother I have.  The moment I let go of the idea of what I wanted my mother to be, was the moment I started to get more peace."







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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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Amazing podcast

New listener and these past couple of episodes have been great! Today’s episode really had some points that really sat with me especially the part about healing from my past experience. Overall rating 5 stars! Can’t wait for next weeks episode.😁

G. Michelle ,

Engaging, Informative & Real

The ladies of Shades of Strong capture your attention with their real, down-to-earth conversations about what black women go through. Love their thoughts, insights and transparency — I learn something new in each episode.

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Thank you.

This is what everyone needs to hear. Keep telling it.

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