61 episodes

Hey, Sis! is a weekly podcast about women finding their focus and place in business, art, culture, and life. Hosted by Nicole and Nailah Blades, two sisters who are 12 years apart and live 3,000 miles apart, but still manage to talk everyday about so many different things. The Sisters thought it’d be intriguing to add other folks, like you, into this ongoing conversation. Nicole is a novelist, freelance journalist, and mother to an 8-year-old son, while Nailah is marketing consultant and owner of boutique communications agency specializing in consumer lifestyle brands, and mom to a 2-year-old daughter. Together they are out to turn up the volume on women’s stories and soak up all the lessons from these folks’ fascinating lives.

Hey, Sis! Nicole + Nailah

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 13 Ratings

Hey, Sis! is a weekly podcast about women finding their focus and place in business, art, culture, and life. Hosted by Nicole and Nailah Blades, two sisters who are 12 years apart and live 3,000 miles apart, but still manage to talk everyday about so many different things. The Sisters thought it’d be intriguing to add other folks, like you, into this ongoing conversation. Nicole is a novelist, freelance journalist, and mother to an 8-year-old son, while Nailah is marketing consultant and owner of boutique communications agency specializing in consumer lifestyle brands, and mom to a 2-year-old daughter. Together they are out to turn up the volume on women’s stories and soak up all the lessons from these folks’ fascinating lives.

    Ep. 61: How to Get More Done in Less Time

    Ep. 61: How to Get More Done in Less Time

    Happy New Year! We’re excited to be closing out 2018 on a high note by welcoming yet another fantastic guest on the show. This time around it’s Anitra Durand Allen. Torn by the demands of a full-time career and a full-time commitment to managing the careers of her super kids, Anitra walked away from a six-figure salary to pour her time and talents into creating success in her own family. Now, she is a certified family coach, speaker, author, and the Creator & Chief Mom at The Mom On The Move, an online resource and community providing success tools for motivated moms with busy families. Driven by the desire to be “just a wife and a mom,” Anitra uses the skills she gained as a corporate project manager to run the most important organization in her life: her family. Through evidence-based, easy to apply changes in communication, she helps moms and wives reduce stress and improve outcomes with their spouses, partners, and children. Anitra is married to her college sweetheart, Harold. They are raising their two daughters — a professional actress and an All-American sprinter — in Louisville, KY.

    Find her on social at:
    www.instagram.com/TheMomOnTheMove
    www.facebook.com/TheMomOnTheMove
    www.twitter.com/TheMomOntheMove

    We also sounded our Air Horn for actor and all-around fabulous, fierce woman Taraji P. Henson and the launching of her nonprofit, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, aimed at combating the stigma around mental health in the African-American community. Listen in and join the conversation!

    • 50 min
    Ep. 60: Representation Matters with Charnaie Gordon

    Ep. 60: Representation Matters with Charnaie Gordon

    Hey, hey! We’re back with a fresh, new episode. This week we’re chatting it up with Charnaie Gordon of Here Wee Read.

    Charnaie is a wife, mom of two, computer programmer by day, blogger/influencer by night, self-proclaimed lifelong learner, podcast junkie and Distinguished Toastmaster. Her blog, Here Wee Read, is where she is currently expressing her creativity and passion for reading, diverse literature, and literacy. Her children and her husband are her inspiration and her followers/supporters are her book-loving tribe. More than anything else, she cares about connecting people with great books they'll love. In her world books are an absolute necessity. Charnaie is passionate about instilling a love of reading, lifelong learning, and curiosity in her kids. She hopes to inspire others to do the same with their children. 

    Charnaie is also the creator of the Bookstagram Choice Awards on Instagram, a contributing writer for Brightly and a contributing writer for Laila Ali's blog.  She's also working with her two children on their family community service project, 50 States 50 Books, a project helping to close the literacy gap in the United States.  So far she and her children have collected and donated 650 diverse children's books to 13 different states.  Their goal is to donate 50 diverse children's books for each of the 50 U.S. states and donate them to children in need around the country.  A forthcoming gracious 800 book donation from Hachette Book Group will help them complete 16 additional states in the coming weeks.  Taking their total number of states left to complete down to 21.  Find her online at hereweeread.com and @hereweeread on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  You can find her children at @50states50books.
    We’re also sounding our Airhorn for legendary actress, Cicely Tyson, who at 93 received an honorary Oscar.

    • 53 min
    Ep. 59: 'Stop Juggling and Get a Basket'

    Ep. 59: 'Stop Juggling and Get a Basket'

    We’re back at it, this time with our friend and special guest Natasha C. Nicholes. Who’s that, you ask? Listen. Basically, the woman is no joke. Natasha is a serious maker. To be a serious maker, you need the ability to see things not as they are but as what they can be. Not only that, you need the skills to make that vision into reality. That is Natasha’s super power. Where others saw an abandoned lot on the Southside of Chicago, Natasha saw a community garden overflowing with greens, fresh food for her neighbors, and chickens. Because of Natasha’s community leadership and hard work, the We Sow We Grow Community Garden allied with local stores, won features on the Harry show and in the Chicago Tribune, and was a 2017 Iris Award Nominee for the Best Philanthropic Work of the Year.
    Not only does Natasha grow food, she grows humans. She made four bold and brilliant children with her husband — and even made two of them at the same time. She even homeschools. But when she was researching online to find families like hers, she didn’t find any voices of African Americans represented. So of course, she created her own space at Houseful of Nicholes. Find her on social at: Twitter - @NatashaNicholes; IG - @Natasha Nicholes; and FB - We Sow We Grow
    We also sounded out Air Horn for the incomparable Michelle Obama (a.k.a. Our Forever FLOTUS) and the release of her bestselling memoir Becoming.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 58: You Probably Need a Mom-cation

    Ep. 58: You Probably Need a Mom-cation

    Welcome back! Last episode we introduced you to the new focus of the podcast. We’re talking to women just like us: work-at-home-moms with creative, slightly unconventional careers. This week we got into the importance of carving out time for ourselves to recharge the batteries. Maybe that looks like a professional development conference that you attend every year or a quiet retreat you go to so you can center on your art/writing/business for two days or perhaps it’s getting together with some chill, like-minds and going for a hike every Saturday to hash things out. Hey, maybe it’s just getting a decent hotel room in your town for a night by yourself to do whatever you damn well please. Make that staycation a mom-cation. It’s all about recharging and taking a few clean breathes, free of guilt and stress. Amen! Tell us: How do you make time for YOU, the “me” before you became a mom? Let us know, ‘cuz we’re nosy and we like to share good intel with our people! We also sound the Air Horn for all the women who became elected officials and made history in the 2018 midterm elections. Listen in!

    • 39 min
    Ep. 57: We See You, Creative Work From Home Mom

    Ep. 57: We See You, Creative Work From Home Mom

    Hey, hey! We’re back with another fresh episode. Circle up because this one’s important. We’ve decided to narrow the focus of our podcast to zero in on a particular type of woman: creative work from home moms. We’re talking about the entrepreneurs, the writers, the artists, the bloggers, the consultants, the freelancers, the business owners, the creatives. Those women who juggle making a living working for themselves with taking care of their homes, kids and partners while working from home offices, co-working spaces and Starbucks.

    We have a strong connection to these women because they are us. And we want to make sure that we’re cutting through the BS and shame and guilt out there to provide good resources, support, and community for other creative work from home moms out there.
    Listen in for more on our pivot. And let us know what you think!

    • 26 min
    Ep. 56: #MeToo Movement -- One Year Later

    Ep. 56: #MeToo Movement -- One Year Later

    We’re back after a week’s break, and we’re fired up all over again. This time we’re All A Twitter about the steady rise of white people calling the police on Black folks just living. These latest outrageous stories have one man in St. Louis being physically blocked from entering his own building because white woman and her puppy decided that he didn’t belong there; white woman in Brooklyn calling police on Black child(!) after falsely accusing him of groping(!) her at the deli; and a young white man in SoCal calling the police on a Black woman for daring to search her own car’s trunk. Worst part is? This is just a handful of these kinds of infuriating stories. Damn, it’s like, can we live? (Answer seems to be: nope.) We’re also honoring activist and original Me Too founder Tarana Burke again. This week marked one full year since the #metoo movement’s second iteration went viral. We’re looking at how far we’ve come and how much more ground needs to be torched in order to set down a new and better path for survivors.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

KhoSquad ,

A sister act worth tuning in for

What a great find- two witty, smart sisters who invite us into their conversation. The only thing missing is the coffee (they're serving plenty of tea 😉) My new life goal is to be dance-hall-siren worthy...

DanielFord ,

Siblings & Storytelling

Nicole Blades is an author I respect and admire, so it's no surprise that her podcast is GREAT. I'm close to my brothers, and found myself reaching for my phone to call/text them after listening to this podcast. Can't wait to hear all the stories Nicole and her sister are going to share going forward! #compassionorbust

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