Andrea Blackman and Tasneem Grace discuss contemporary social justice, identity, race, gender, motherhood, womanhood and humanity. Andrea and Tasneem believe good talks, good questions and curiosity are the foundation for social change. They also believe that recognizing the many shades of truth is the root of cultural awareness and connection.
Episode 13: Jedi Mind Trick
Seduced by the soft news stories, we ignore issues that persist and demand attention. So while we’re talking about brown suits and exposed shoulders, saxophone solos and titles, we are not paying attention to: children held in detention centers; political prisoners in Guantanamo Bay; wage gap; voter suppression. What distracts us and what do we need to pay more attention to?
Episode Twelve: Survival Strategies
This COVID year has been tough. It's been a time of loss, fear, anxiety, fatigue and isolation. So many of us are weary, weeping and waiting for relief. We feel you. Tasneem and Andrea are grateful for survival and fascinated with the opportunities to save themselves from unbridled despair. Tell us: What are you doing to save your own life?
Episode Eleven: Soul Speak
Soul Speak. Some call it "code-switching" but this is Andrea and Tasneem's phrase for the words and phrases that rise from comfort, familiarity and cultural connection. Some say the switching exemplifies assimilation, others insist it's a celebration of multilingualism. Listen to this examination of the cultural codes embedded in communication and share your truth: What languages, expressions and words connect you to your soul, to home?
Episode Ten: Sisterhood
Some say women are too fickle for good friendships. We’re catty. Petty. Back-biting. Evil. Watch your back. Yet we know the sanctuary of sisterhood. We have found it in one another and we extend it. Sister is a high title. Who are your sister-friends? And what defines your bond?
Episode Nine: Not Your Blues
This episode explores the ways of the culture vulture, the idea imposter, the heritage hijacker. Tasneem and Andrea explore cultural appropriation. Who gets to rock African mud cloth? And who doesn't? Who gets to sing the blues? And who shouldn't?
Episode Eight: Verzuz-The Good Beyond the Groove
Music is the call for revolution. While some songs move our bodies, others shift our thoughts. Listen in as Andrea and Tasneem share the work of two artists whose talent and lyricism activate personal peace and social consciousness.
Truth, No Lies!
I feel nourished and empowered by the conversations shared. I feel the strength and depth of intellect and social awareness that other platforms neglect just to promote ugly stereotypes and mental lethargy. Congratulations ladies, you are on the path less traveled, but it is the route of Excellence!!!
Conversations we should all be having!
Think “hot topics meets think-tank pundits”. Listening is rich and rewarding. Treat your mind and soul, and enjoy!
The gift of truth
What a gift these two intelligent, passionate, strong, and funny women give us with this podcast.
As a white woman, I hear their truths as women and say “Yes! This!” And I hear their truths as Black women and say “Yes! Thank you for sharing!”