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Hosted by Kristin Iris, a Film Producer, Speaker & Coach for Black creatives. Melanated Rising is designed to inspire, uplift, and ignite Black creatives all while changing the narratives around Blackness. On the show we have open and honest conversations on topics and issues affecting us as Black people and how to take what limits us and turn it into what ignites us! Every episode is a look at what is possible when Black creatives stand in our undeniable power.

Follow Kristin Iris on Instagram @kristiniris

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

Hosted by Kristin Iris, a Film Producer, Speaker & Coach for Black creatives. Melanated Rising is designed to inspire, uplift, and ignite Black creatives all while changing the narratives around Blackness. On the show we have open and honest conversations on topics and issues affecting us as Black people and how to take what limits us and turn it into what ignites us! Every episode is a look at what is possible when Black creatives stand in our undeniable power.

Follow Kristin Iris on Instagram @kristiniris

    Being a Balanced Black Girl with Lestraundra Alfred - Ep 48

    Being a Balanced Black Girl with Lestraundra Alfred - Ep 48

    You ever notice how the “wellness” industry is just sooo white? It isn’t that there aren’t Black teachers, healers, and leaders out there, it’s that they’re not getting the same face time as their white counterparts. Then there’s the HIGH cost creating a high barrier or entry for the communities that most need care.
    This week’s guest, Lestraundra Alfred, is working to change that. Founder of Balanced Black Girl, Lestraundra works to highlight the Black womxn leaders in health and wellness and discuss some of the many issues we Black folx face in navigating a white dominated and classist industry. Listen as we talk wellness, Black joy, and changing how we care for ourselves!
    Lestraundra is a Social Media Manager, Podcast Host, experienced corporate communicator and wellness advocate. She started her first blog The Balanced Berry in 2014 to share her love of fitness and nutrition with others. After years of feeling dissatisfied with the lack of diversity in wellness content shared on large platforms, she pivoted to create Balanced Black Girl Podcast in 2018. Balanced Black Girl is a lifestyle brand that provides content and experiences empowering women of color to live their healthiest lives.
    Connect with Lestraundra at:
    Balanced Black Girl Podcast
    Instagram.com/balancedles
    Instagram.com/balancedblackgirlpodcast
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    One Word Theme for 2020 (Or Two) - Ep 47

    One Word Theme for 2020 (Or Two) - Ep 47

    Every year I choose one word as my theme or focus for the year. For 2020 I have two words and I chose five support words that work for both to keep me focused and living my themes. In this solo episode I share my two themes and support words and why they will take me to my next level.
    We’re continuing this conversation inside The Melanated Rising House - our dope ass community for Black creatives. Join at: https://melanatedrising.mn.co/
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    • 43 min
    Environmental Change Through Tech with David Jones - Ep 46

    Environmental Change Through Tech with David Jones - Ep 46

    What if you had an idea that could change the way people relate to the land, the ways we handle disaster relief, and even change the future of the formerly incarcerated? Could you sit on it? Hold out due to fear?
    This week’s guest David Jones, lives his life staying curious, pursuing new careers, and using his brilliant mind and ideas to create change for marginalized communities and countries. He is a living example of going beyond what everyone else tells you is possible.
    David Jones is a technologist, inventor and CEO/Founder of Lite Injen Labs He is a Polyglot, has traveled to 72 countries, and is a self-taught software developer. He attended the Juilliard School-BFA for Film Score Composition, attended Airline Training Professionals and is a Certified Flight Instructor, and he’s a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Dropout.
    Connect with David at:
    On Facebook
    david@liteinjenlabs.com
    We’re continuing this conversation inside The Melanated Rising House - our dope ass community for Black creatives. Join at: https://melanatedrising.mn.co/
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Power & Strength of Community - Ep 45

    The Power & Strength of Community - Ep 45

    I’ve had a complex relationship to community throughout my life. Community can be both powerful and complicated for Black folx who were both dispersed and pushed together in marginalized groups. In this solo episode I share about my experiences in community and now building a community of my own, and I discuss the dynamics and complexities of community and Blackness. All to explore the question: What does healthy community look like?
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    • 43 min
    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! Introducing The Melanated Rising House

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! Introducing The Melanated Rising House

    Today's bonus episode is a special announcement. I've been working hard the last couple months on designing an online community space tailor-made for Black creatives and our unique needs. It's finally here!!!
    Today I am introducing The Melanated Rising House - a dope ass space for Black creatives who want to make an impact!
    Hear all about it in this bonus episode.
    Join The Melanated Rising House at: https://melanatedrising.mn.co/

    • 15 min
    Blackness is Not a Monolith with Omkari Williams - Ep 44

    Blackness is Not a Monolith with Omkari Williams - Ep 44

    Can one voice create change? One story? What about 10 or 100 together? Omkari Williams joins me today for a conversation on the power of our individual and collective stories to change policy and change peoples view of us and the world. There is a power in telling your story, a power in reclaiming your voice, a power in living your right to be seen and heard.
    Omkari Williams is a speaker, writer and certified creativity and life coach. Her passion is teaching women to use their stories as a tool in changing social policy. Omkari says, “Our stories are bridges between us and others and can be immensely powerful in creating societal change. Yet women’s stories have been neglected. When we learn how to leverage our collective stories we can create meaningful change and help bring justice to the world.”
    She loves gathering stories from people she meets and inspiring them to take action. She also loves traveling to foreign countries and visiting as many churches, museums, and holy places as she can find. Her writing has been featured online by Elephant Journal, My Empowered World, Women For One, and Tattooed Buddha and in print by Savannah Magazine and Paprika Southern.
    Connect with Omkari at:
    www.omkariwilliams.com www.instagram.com/omkari_williams  Get my free video for Black Writers - 3 Key Elements To a Powerful Story at: www.kristiniris.com/3keys
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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

ND#33 ,

Bold

Love this podcast. As a 62 year old black woman, I have high hope for your generation. Particularly how you use social media as a form of organizing and educating folks. You speak so much truth to power here. Some might not be so “ready”. That’s all right. Keep up great work. You are a bold, audacious, fierce and intelligent sister. 👏🏾👍🏾❤️

Jazzy Symoné ,

Wonderful and necessary show!!

Thank you, from one Black creative to another, for carving out this space to discuss these topics. You’ve given me things to consider in my own life. Thank you 🙏🏾

dbterp ,

No Filter

Get ready to hear from this bold and fresh powerhouse. She is not going to sugar-coat anything for you, but if you’re open to your creative side, be sure to take notes. You’ll finish with plenty of new ideas to take yourself to your next level.

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