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Celebrating our Melanated Magic through storytelling and candid conversations. Melanated Conversations was created out of the desire for a sisterly community that fosters positive and authentic expression of our voices on various topics that we experience daily.

Every Monday we amplify the voices and stories of black women and share our narrative of personal and professional transformation. We build community and culture through honest dialogue, share our lessons, and celebrate our successes.

This is Our Narrative, from Our Perspective.

Melanated Conversation‪s‬ Terrian Jones & Yana Reynolds

    • Documentary
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Celebrating our Melanated Magic through storytelling and candid conversations. Melanated Conversations was created out of the desire for a sisterly community that fosters positive and authentic expression of our voices on various topics that we experience daily.

Every Monday we amplify the voices and stories of black women and share our narrative of personal and professional transformation. We build community and culture through honest dialogue, share our lessons, and celebrate our successes.

This is Our Narrative, from Our Perspective.

    Getting Your Writing Game Up with Quiana Darden

    Getting Your Writing Game Up with Quiana Darden

    Descendants Of Freedom's Journal
    by, Sophia Lenore
    Where are our Black voices?
    Voices of intellectual, financial, and spiritual freedom – for which we bled & fought?
    Did they just disappear with united Black consciousness and progressive Black thought?
    Who is writing for us?
    Where are our Black journalists?
    Our Black media armies – and brave woke writers that swing their pens like a mighty sword?
    Where are the descendants of “Freedom's Journal”? 
    The first Black newspaper launched in the 1820’s – when our voices roared!
    Who’s ensuring that we’re protected & well represented?
    Who will personify my voice?
    Your voice
    Our voice?
    While writing stories about Black joy, Black camaraderie and how we uniquely congregate to rejoice!
    We need and depend on Black writers
    Black researchers 
    And Black commentators to fight the multitude of covert wars waged against us. 
    Our stories & experiences are beautiful and vast – collectively we’ve healed from trauma –and have evolved our past. 
    So, calling all young Black voices equipped with ready pens – to write stories that highlight Black excellence, perseverance & health awareness en masse - Because we’ve progressed past stories of “The Back of The Bus”.
    And now we need Black voices that represent Me as We - They as Us.
    - Pan Africa
    In this week’s episode, we amplify the voice of Quiana Darden!  Quiana Darden is an elementary school teacher turned full time copywriter. She had established her authority in content marketing by helping multi-million dollar corporations and industry experts with their business content.  She now helps solopreneurs confidently create content with connects and coverts.  
    In this episode, we conversate about: 
    Quiana’s journey from side hustle to full time copywriter
    What does she do if she hits the dreaded “writer’s block”
    Why it’s important to develop your marketing and strategy systems to run your business
    Where can you find Quiana Darden? 
    https://www.quianadarden.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/QuianaADarden/
    https://www.instagram.com/quianaadarden/
    WOC discount code:  MELANATED CONVOS
    OUR NARRATIVE FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE!
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    • 49 min
    Aligning Your Sister Circle with Bethany & Sharoline

    Aligning Your Sister Circle with Bethany & Sharoline

    Between Us
    By Sophia Lenore
    If I fall - she catches me.
    When I stumble - she grabs my hand.
    She’s my confidant
    My safety net
    My right-hand woman
    My number one fan
    When I don’t know the way - she does the research to guide me.
    Through triumphs and failures
    During moments of embarrassment or disgrace - she’s right there beside me.
    When the pain and self doubt becomes too great - she knows just what to say
    More importantly, she knows just what to do to ward negativity away.
    She’s my support system
    My Angel
    My Sister from another Mother
    My other significant other
    My kindred spirit
    My Sister Circle - to whom I owe much merit
    Ep. 70: Aligning Your Sister Circle with Bethany & Sharoline
    In this week’s episode, we amplify the voices of Bethany & Sharoline!  Bethany and Sharoline is the team behind, Crackers In Soup, a podcast production company. Crackers In Soup help women of color and true allies of women of color’s up-level their podcast so the podcast host can focus on their genius, recording the episodes while they focus on everything else: editing, show notes, graphics, etc.  Bethany & Sharoline are also the cohosts of Chatting Over Chowder - a podcast where they concentrate on women of color in the podcasting industry and what podcasts they listen to….while we eat chowder.  
    In this lovefest episode, we conversate about: 
    How Bethany left the corporate world to begin Crackers In Soup, a podcast production company The Universe always bringing you the people you need The gorgeousness of Women supporting Women Where can you find Crackers In Soup? 
    Website: https://crackersinsoup.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcrackersinsoup/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crackers_in
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1oxEb8jQlDIpLP_t87y_AA
     
    Chatting Over Chowder:
    Melanated Conversations Interview
    Website: https://crackersinsoup.com/chatting-over-chowder/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chattingoverchowder/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChowderOver
     
    Honorable Mentions
    Support is Sexy Mastermind
    Melanated Conversations Elayne Fluker episode
    WOC Podcasters 
    Melanated Conversations Danielle Desir episode
    Podcast in a Box with Angie Jordan & Crackers In Soup
     
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    Are you ready to start your very own podcast? Check out our 70+ page comprehensive guide that walks you through every step to get your show launched and ready for the world.  We’ve taken our professional knowledge and experience in strategy, recording, editing and presenting into this comprehensive guide so you don’t have to spend months making mistakes you can avoid before you get started. Receive full-on support ranging from mindset shifting, content development, technical setup, recording & editing, and ongoing (strategies) after launch. Let's take you from dreaming to streaming so that you can powerfully share your message while achieving your next level of success.
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Friendship's Paths

    Friendship's Paths

    In this week’s episode, Sophia Lenore is back!  Sophia Lenore was featured in Episode 64 in Persistence, Hope and Thrive. If you didn’t get a chance, go back and listen.  In addition to being a recurring guest, she has been dropping all of our poems this season in the beginning of each episode! Sophia Lenore is an Executive Producer, she is also the founder and creative director of Prestige Artists, Prestige Models and Prestige Magazine! Sophia is a true artist from New York who is a celebrity hair and make-up artist and has worked with the likes of Oribe, Billy B., Brad Pitt, Eve Mendes, Uzo Aduba and so many others!
    In this episode, we conversate about: 
    How friendships change as your life transitions The friendship effect Friendships mirroring inner problems Where can you find Sophia? 
    Sophia Lenore of Prestige Artists
    https://www.instagram.com/sophialenore/
    https://www.instagram.com/prestigemaginternational/?hl=en
    https://twitter.com/Prestige_Mag
    The Prestige Magazine
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    Friends & Friendships, by Sophia Lenore
    What is a friend?
    Someone to laugh and converse with?

    A drinking partner?

    A self-prescribed therapist to fill the void?
    An incognizant martyr?

    What is a friend in its truest form?
    Someone who will encourage your dreams and share in your experiences?
    A loyal companion - who helps weather the storm.
    Truly ask yourself
    Do you have friends?
    Or well - acquainted fans?
    Confidants?
    Or gossip circles, that console you with pity parties involving tequila shots & beer cans/
    Or do you have healing circles? Equipped with prayer warriors and the laying of hands?

    True friendships are supposed to add value to your life.
    A true friend will remain loyal, reliable and respectful - while providing wisdom, encouragement, and a sense of refuge.
    So, if your friendships aren’t lifting you up - they could be tearing you down.
    You must be wise
    Assess your circle
    Restructure your relationships and REVER your crown
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Clean Beauty for Black Girls and Women with Hannah McCall

    Clean Beauty for Black Girls and Women with Hannah McCall

    In this week’s episode, we amplify the voice of Hannah McCall.  Hannah stumbled into clean beauty when she was introduced to Beautycounter. It exposed her to a world of information about the beauty industry & the lack of regulation surrounding our personal care products.  Especially as black women.  She created Clean Beauty for Black Girls because more than 75% of the products marketed to black women contain ingredients known to be harmful or potentially dangerous.  Hannah McCall has built her brand on the following belief: “We deserve the truth because our health matters”!
    What you’ll learn:
    How Hannah becoming a wine ambassador led her to create sustainable change in the beauty industry What transitioned this former tomboy to speak to Congress about beauty products The exposure to black women in the beauty industry Connect with Hannah McCall:
    https://www.cleanbeautyforblackgirls.org/
    https://www.facebook.com/cleanbeautyforblackgirls
    https://www.instagram.com/cleanbeautyforblackgirls/
    https://www.instagram.com/sippinhannah/
    Recommended App:  EWG Healthy Living App
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    Opening poem written & recited by Sophia Lenore of Prestige Artists & The Prestige Magazine
    Toxic Beauty, By Sophia Lenore
    Do you know what’s in it?
    Do you even care?

    Hence – do you love yourself?
    Value your health – nurture & protect every melanated cell?

    Or is it just hair?
    Failure to educate yourself about products you put on, or in your body will leave you with burdens to bear.  Like early on-set puberty, fibroids, cysts, and more aggressive cancers – in our community none of this is rare.
    Poor choice of food & beauty products can be our deadliest culprits – or did you think Black specific malignancies & diseases just came from the air?
     We must remain vigilant as Black consumers in a White centered beauty industry.  An industry that has yet to uphold a standard of care that is inclusive to the benefit & health of Black women.
    So, shouldn’t you know what’s in it?
    Your life could depend on it.
    The truth is whatever you place on your skin, or in your body ends up in your bloodstream.  So, making the connection between healthcare and beauty care is about protecting your self – nothing extreme.
    So, let’s educate ourselves, choose better products, demand regulations and make vigilant brand awareness the new mainstream.
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     [music: "Fly" Produced by Makaih Beats]   

    • 1 hr
    Turning Your Pain onto the Pen with Sarah Carmele McGriff

    Turning Your Pain onto the Pen with Sarah Carmele McGriff

    In this week’s episode, we amplify the voice of Sarah Carmele McGriff. Sarah is a full-time registered nurse who in addition to having a passion for helping people, she always had a passion for writing. Her aspirations include being a screenwriter as well as a movie director. In her first novel, Mind Under Troubled Waters, Sarah takes you on an adventure with Big T juggling his desire to join the NBA like his dad and his need to understand his autistic brother, Manny.
     What you'll learn:
    How being a cardiac nurse led her to write her book. Why taking care of your emotional and mental needs is just as important as taking care of your physical needs. What motivated Sarah to create a production company CONNECT WITH: Sarah Carmele McGriff
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsarahcarmele
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahcarmele/ & https://www.instagram.com/feelthereelproductions/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/s_carmele & https://twitter.com/feelthereelproductions
    Click here to purchase: Mind Under Troubled Waters
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    Opening poem written & recited by Sophia Lenore of Prestige Artists & The Prestige Magazine
     "Who", by Sophia Lenore
    Am I my Sister's keeper?
    Am I my Brother's keeper?
    If I am not, Who is?
    Who will lift me up?
    Who will lift them up?
    When we are all seeking love & support, 
    Without extending love & support, 
    Who is there to provide it?
    But why does this Who person that's coming to keep Us, uplift Us and support Us, love Us more than We love Us?
    And how long are we willing to collectively wait on this "Dr. Who" to come save Us while We continue to die mentally, spiritually and physically?
    Am I my Sister's keeper?
    Am I my Brother's keeper?
    I am NOT, because I am my Sister and I am my Brother - Who is within me and We keep each other!
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    [music: "Fly" Produced by Makaih Beats]   
    ......................................................................................................................
    Are you ready to start your very own podcast? Check out our 70+ page comprehensive guide that walks you through every step to get your show launched and ready for the world.  We’ve taken our professional knowledge and experience in strategy, recording, editing and presenting into this comprehensive guide so you don’t have to spend months making mistakes you can avoid before you get started. Receive full-on support ranging from mindset shifting, content development, technical setup, recording & editing, and ongoing (strategies) after launch. Let's take you from dreaming to streaming so that you can powerfully share your message while achieving your next level of success.
    Get your copy at: https://gum.co/launchpad-ebook

    • 57 min
    Values, Talents, Passions and Purpose with Tasha Randle

    Values, Talents, Passions and Purpose with Tasha Randle

    In this week’s episode, we amplify the voice of Tasha Randle. Tasha is a black woman in corporate America who previously struggled to show up authentically and often felt like she needed to wear a mask to thrive.   After taking three months off work to truly dive deep and develop her relationship with herself, her reality and God’s purpose, she found herself drawn to having conversations with Black women who were having remarkably similar experiences.  The result:  Real Talk Tasha!: a business where she helps Black women professionals find clarity, confidence and helps to create the action plan to get the things they want in their career.
     
     What you'll learn:
    What Tasha’s mother valued the most that helped Tasha get ahead in life How her experience as “the only one” was the foundation of Real Talk Tasha When she knew she had to get ride of “The Mask” What is your driving motivation for clarity and confidence for a meaningful career  
    CONNECT WITH: Tasha Randle
    Website: https://realtalktasha.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msrealtalktasha
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realtalktasha/
     
    Click here to get Tasha’s 5 step checklist to overcome overwhelm at work!
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    [music: "Fly" Produced by Makaih Beats]   
    ......................................................................................................................
    Are you ready to start your very own podcast? Check out our 70+ page comprehensive guide that walks you through every step to get your show launched and ready for the world.  We’ve taken our professional knowledge and experience in strategy, recording, editing and presenting into this comprehensive guide so you don’t have to spend months making mistakes you can avoid before you get started. Receive full-on support ranging from mindset shifting, content development, technical setup, recording & editing, and ongoing (strategies) after launch. Let's take you from dreaming to streaming so that you can powerfully share your message while achieving your next level of success.
    Get your copy at: https://gum.co/launchpad-ebook

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

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Wow! Thanks for being so brave and sharing your truth!!! I love this Podcast... it’s real!

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Powerful Melanated Voices

These women are well educated and incredibly well spoken. They are having great conversations, many that I can identify with. Truly powerful melanated voices.

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What I Needed In My Life

Melanated Conversations is the podcast I didn’t know I needed in my life. I don’t typically listen to podcasts, but this one is different. Terrian and Yana discuss important topics that are relevant to my daily life while bringing the joy and laughter that I have over a glass of wine with my girlfriends. They are smart, substantive, funny, and engaging. I’ve been so impressed with the ways this podcast has developed and the breadth of issues they have covered. Thank you for making space for our voice!

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