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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 ™ | Rewriting the Strong Black Woman Narrative Shirley Hubbard & Natalyn Bradshaw, Advocates for the Strong Black Woman

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 29 Ratings

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.

    Why Millennials and Gen Z’ers Are Rejecting Being Strong

    Why Millennials and Gen Z’ers Are Rejecting Being Strong

     



     







     



    Hey y'all!  What is up!  What is happening! 



    We are back and we are ready to get back to dropping the dopeness and realness that is Shades of Strong episodes. 



    We appreciate your patience AND loyalty as we took some time to rest, regroup, and strategize for the remainder of the season.



    In this episode Natty and I tell you what we've been up during the hiatus and recap what we have planned for the Shades of Strong movement moving forward.



    Here a few things we chatted about: 



    * Natty's new journaling class, Healing Processes, Creative Practices 

    * New Black from the Past mini episodes featuring and honoring the history of the Black women who came before us. If you have someone you would like to see featured, please send us an email, hi@shadesofstrong.com with the subject line Black from the Past. 



    * Why Millennial and Gen Z'ers are rejecting being called strong 



     



    * What the remainder of season three will look like



     



     











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    • 37 min
    Dear Black People, It's Okay to Pause From the Cause

    Dear Black People, It's Okay to Pause From the Cause

    ALL OF IT!  



    I'm happy to see so many Black People on the front lines fighting against racism even while we're in the middle of a global pandemic.





    A number of changes have already taken place because Black People are refusing to be silent.  We are demanding to be seen and heard. 



    But, here's the deal. Although I recognize that PAUSING FOR THE CAUSE is essential for change to happen, I also recognize that it is essential to pause FROM the cause.



    In this episode, I'm offering a few suggestions for taking a momentary break from fighting to just be...



    ...because if Black People are going to continue the fight for justice and equality we absolutely must take care of ourselves.  

    • 17 min
    People Pleasing Ain't It | Live Your Life, Sis

    People Pleasing Ain't It | Live Your Life, Sis

    People pleasing wears many faces, but the one we’re undoubtedly most familiar with is saying yes when we REALLY want to say no even when we know we’re already stretched beyond capacity. 



    But did you know that people pleasing comes out of a perfectionist mindset, AND that the perfectionist mindset that gives birth to people pleasing is born out of white supremacy?



    I know, right?  CRAZY!!



    Listen, I was taking aback too when Natty said it, but then code-switching and shape shifting immediately came to mind.



    I see you clutching your pearls again, sis!  I did the same thing.



    Anyway…



    I can’t give you all this tea now.  You gotta tune in to hear us POUR IT ALL OUT!

    • 42 min
    Juneteenth | Still Breaking Chains

    Juneteenth | Still Breaking Chains

    For years Black People have blindly celebrated July 4th as if were our independence day, but today we PROUDLY celebrate JUNETEENTH. #stillbreakingchains #blacklivesmatter



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    Dear Black Woman, You Have a Right to Be Angry!

    Dear Black Woman, You Have a Right to Be Angry!

    It’s been nearly three months since Breaonna Taylor's murder & all we have is a total disregard for Black life & an incident report filled with lies.



    Is it not enough that Breonna Taylor was shot EIGHT times while sleeping in what was supposed to be the safety of her OWN HOME?



    Is it not enough that the city of Louisville has been and STILL is extremely elusive and downright dishonest about the circumstances surrounding her death?



    Is it not enough that the life of a 26 year old Black women was TAKEN due to NO FAULT of her own?



    Is it not enough that her family is left grieving her untimely death?



    IS ANY OF THAT NOT ENOUGH?????



    Now, the LMPD has the CAUCASITY to release an incident report that is--------------let’s just call it what it is, a BLANK piece of paper.

    • 43 min
    The Revolution is Being Televised with Ife Madzimoyo

    The Revolution is Being Televised with Ife Madzimoyo

     



     







    Thanks to social media and the news that seems to be broadcasting 24/7, we’re constantly inundated with horrific headlines painting vivid pictures of  one tragedy after another, making it is super easy for us to fall into a space of hopelessness.



    I get it!  Natty and I were there too.  But, thanks to  our good friend, Ife Madzimoyo who came through with some words of encouragement, we are reminded that hope is ever present and change is happening right before eyes.  

    In other words, THE REVOLUTION IS BEING TELEVISED



    ... and we love to see it!



    Listen, it's no secret that George Floyd was murdered at the hands of a police officer for the whole world to see and we are all grieving the dehumanization of yet another Black man.  But, we are so very grateful for the change that is unfolding right before our eyes. And we're shining a light on ALL OF IT  today's episode.  





    Ife is an emotional wellness coach making her mark on the world by helping Black Women heal from the shit they're often ashamed to talk about.  You can find her on Facebook and Instagram doing her thing and once again, WE LOVE TO SEE IT!!!



    And if you need soothing messages of hope and love in your life, be sure to check out Natty's AMAZING poems and artwork HERE and the soulful sounds of Sweet Honey in the Rock HERE! 



     



     











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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

BeStill84 ,

My sistahs , my tribe

Heeey Queens,

So I love you both so much. I can’t wait until God brings women like you all into my physical circle!! You both speak to my heart and I’m grateful God brought you both in my virtual life!I first fell in love with Shades Of Strong while listening to the episode-Behind the Mask of Angry Black Woman!! I now have an iPhone so I faithfully listen to you all on apple podcast!!!

My voice gets stronger and stronger with every episode I listen to!! I’ve been silent for waaaaaaaaay to long but not anymore!! Call me angry if you want ,so what!!!

Subscribe now!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!

Nik Nik 35 ,

Great show

I just started listening to episode 1 and I already love the show.

Janine Maryland ,

Healing in Real Life

This podcast is so amazing. Shirl and Natty are already my best friends in my head. They immediately make you feel like you are sitting on their couch with a glass of wine, having girl talk. I love the transparency, raw, realness and laughter. No matter what you are going thru these two amazing women will give you the courage and strength to get through it, because they are thriving survivors as well. Each podcast will take you on a healing journey you will never forget. Thank you for everything you do. I needed a tribe and I found virtual ones in you two. :)

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