39 episodes

Join close friends Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino on their hunt for the ‘secrets’ that have helped black women flourish through the bullsh*t. They connect with guests over shared experiences by wading through everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. Each conversation centers on creating a space for joy with some newfound besties while asking: how do the black women we admire stay incredibly phenomenal?

The Secret Lives of Black Women Stitcher

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    • 4.6 • 1.4K Ratings

Join close friends Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino on their hunt for the ‘secrets’ that have helped black women flourish through the bullsh*t. They connect with guests over shared experiences by wading through everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. Each conversation centers on creating a space for joy with some newfound besties while asking: how do the black women we admire stay incredibly phenomenal?

    36. We Interview: Each other!

    36. We Interview: Each other!

    In this very special season finale episode we’ve got some personal news for you all that we’ve been getting ready to share for some time. Let’s get into it.

     

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    • 42 min
    35. Making Your Own Podcast With Stephanie Kariuki

    35. Making Your Own Podcast With Stephanie Kariuki

    Charla and Lauren get a lot of questions from listeners about how to sell a podcast. They might not have all the answers, but in this episode Stitcher Senior Producer Stephanie Kariuki comes on to share her words of wisdom for getting a project off the ground. She also throws in tips on finding work life balance and finessing all aspects of life with a self-starter attitude. 

     

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    • 42 min
    34. Learning The Real Meaning of Our Clothes With Tanisha Ford

    34. Learning The Real Meaning of Our Clothes With Tanisha Ford

    We may recognize the political symbolism of an afro or a “future is female” shirt, but cultural historian Tanisha Ford sees a political meaning in nearly everything Black women wear--whether they’re trying to make a statement or not.  In this episode, she takes a step back to explain the origin stories of some of the most popular fashion items for Black women and girls. And she breaks down the little-known ways that “high fashion” gatekeepers have been apropriating Black aesthetics from slavery to today. You’re not going to want to miss this. 

     

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    • 54 min
    33. Rethinking Gender With Raquel Willis

    33. Rethinking Gender With Raquel Willis

    Growing up in Agusta County Georgia, Raquel Willis didn’t find the language for what was so different about her gender experience until young adulthood. But in just a few years since her gender transition, she’s become a leading thinker on gender politics and feminism with her journalism and non-profit work. In this episode, Raquel fills us in on how she became a key player in the movement for LGBTQ rights, where she thinks it’s going, and why she thinks Black womanhood is inherently gender non-conforming. 

     

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    • 45 min
    32. Decolonizing Climate Activism with Elsa Mengistu

    32. Decolonizing Climate Activism with Elsa Mengistu

    Charla and Lauren are tired of environmentalism constantly being associated with white activists. This week 18-year-old climate justice organizer Elsa Mengistu (our future president) fills us in on what it’s been like to fight for the environment at Howard University and bring her race-conscious approach to the national stage. Her insights show there are big divides between the youth movement and adult organizers. But like a true future president, she outlines a way for each of us to fight climate justice like the function of white supremacy that it is. 

     

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    • 47 min
    31. Creating New Support Networks With Etta Fly

    31. Creating New Support Networks With Etta Fly

    In this second installment of our two-parter on managing grief, Charla and Lauren talk with Detroit community leader Espy Thomas aka Etta Fly. She started her own grief management circle run out of her family’s sweet potato restaurant called “Where Do Black Women Go to Grieve?” And she’s here to discuss how she helped Black women in her community break through the cultural barriers and red tape around seaking therapy, to talk through their deepest losses together. But because she’s Etta Fly, it’s actually a very uplifting conversation. 

     

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Amari ❗️ ,

Such a great podcast!

I really enjoy listening to this podcast on days when I don’t just want to fill my head with music but instead enhance my mind in ways I didn’t even know i needed too! I am just grateful these two stepped out & made such a great podcast. I have been flipping through the various episodes for about 2 months now! & everyday I learn something new. Thank you both so so much . You all have really made a mark in my life .

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Good job ladies

I really enjoy this show. Thank you ladies

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