Ciara Alyse Harris is a singer/actor in her twenties performing across the country in a show called Dear Evan Hansen. While she's not singing on a stage for hundreds of audience members, she's sharing her personal experiences through her now one year old advice-giving blog "Queen Made of Light" whose purpose is to remind her readers of their innate power and how they are fully capable of finding their own light in the darkness. In this podcast we're taking it to a deeper level. Ciara is a strong mental health advocate and invites guests to share their perspective about topics such as anxiety, relationships, being a Black woman, being an artist, and learning how to love yourself where you are and where you are going. Illuminating strength, one episode at a time.
Black Women in Faith with Brittany Nicholas
Continuing our segment "Black Women In", today's episode is all about Faith.
In this episode Brittany Nicholas, a performer in "Mean Girls" on Broadway with an extensive career as a swing in other shows such as "Billy Elliot" and "Matilda", shares with us her relationship with her faith and how she believes it is God moving in her and the force of him behind her that transcends through everything that she does.
Black Women in Wellness with Charnette Batey
Continuing our segment "Black Women In", today's episode is all about wellness!
In this episode Charnette Batey, a certified yoga instructor and performer, shares with us how she found yoga as a means of taking care of not just her physical self, but also her spiritual self. Her activism, displayed this summer while marching in the streets in the middle of Louisville, Kentucky, inspired her to create her online practice "Charnette B yoga" and hold classes that raised awareness for Black mental health.
Charnette's passion for protecting and uplifting Black women through her practice shines in this episode.
Body Love- What it Means to Truly Love Your Body with Samantha Williams
In today's episode we're introducing a new series for Black History Month called "Black Women In" Over the next month, we will be sharing stories by Black Women living life through the Black experience!
Today we're starting with the beautiful and talented Samantha Williams. Samantha made her Broadway Debut in the Tony Award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen playing the principal role of "Alana Beck" while she was in her junior year at Pace University. When Broadway opens back up you can catch her playing "Emmie" in Caroline or Change.
In this episode Samantha shares with us how she shows her Black body that it is LOVED despite societal standards.
Your Purpose is Not Attached to Your Soul
Our soul is the summation of everything we've experienced in our life. It is who we are. If we attach who we are to what we do then we do a disservice to the very essence of who we are.
In today's episode we're talking about the dangers of toxic positivity, forced happiness, and living in a world where hiding negative feelings keeps us from showing real versions of ourselevs.
Black Women Understudies: The Unsung Heroes with Kayla Davion
Today were getting CHATTY with one of my nearest and dearest friends and Broadway Star, Kayla Davion! We're talking the challenging times and rewarding times of being an Understudy and the mental gymnastics it takes to remain confident and assured in yourself in a world where Understudies are looked at as "the other option".
As a young black woman I LOVE listening to this podcast and having someone to look up to and relate to. :)