3 Black Women Podcasts To Get You Through Quarantine

It’s going on week two of social distancing and quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, and besides the occasional trip to Target the allure of being at home is starting to wear thin. If you’re like me and find yourself drowning in the silence of your own apartment/home/space and don’t have enough contacts to Facetime, here are three podcasts by black women to fill the void.

1. The Secret Lives of Black Women
I got into this podcast hosted by Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino through their first episode of season three with Teen Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner. If you do anything today, go listen to that interview! So many gems!

2. hey, girl.
I’ve been listening to Alex Elle’s soothing voice for over a year now. The hey,girl. podcast if one of my favorites to put on early in the morning when I’m getting ready. There’s always a little nugget of advice or an aha moment with each episode, whether you relate to the topic or not.

3. Therapy For Black Girls
I have to mention this podcast ran by licensed psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, especially in today’s climate of uncertainty and anxiety. Nothing beats having a licensed mental health professional who knows you personally, but if you don’t have access to or can’t afford therapy then this podcast can at least point you in the right direction.

New Job, New Me

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This year has been amazing. Amid all the political drama and racial tensions, I’ve personally been winning lately. Maybe it’s turning 25 at the end of last year, but I’ve finally started making things happen for myself. It’s all been thanks to God. I put in the work and he delivers on his promises.

I’ve been trying to live what I preach. I’m the encouraging friend, the nurturing friend, the friend that encourages everyone around me to in the words of Oprah, “Live your best life!” But, I wasn’t practicing what I preached, until this year. I finally decided I was going to apply to the jobs I wanted, not just the jobs that I could do. I decided I was going to apply to this Assistant Editor position for a children’s magazine that I was barely qualified for. I didn’t even get a call back, but then less than a month later I came across the same position for a hair magazine more suited to my interests.

I applied, got an interview, then another interview, then a temporary freelance position for a few weeks, before finally starting in a permanent position as an Assistant Editor in April. That happened because I decided to finally start going after what I wanted. Every internship, blog or magazine I ever wrote for prepared me for the job I have today.

This “Just do it!” mentality has benefited me positively in other areas of my life, and yes sometimes things still don’t work out the way I want them too. But, I think it’s better to start living life without regrets, than to have a bunch of “shoulda, coulda, wouldas” in the future.

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XOXO

 

Playing Catch Up: 12/18/15

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  1. Clémentine Desseaux was thought to be Christian Louboutin’s first plus size model in a potentially historic beauty campaign. Turns out it was just the luxury shoe brand reposting her airy video wearing their lipstick. But, it brings up the question why more luxury brands aren’t using plus size models in their campaigns? – Refinery 29
  2. Beth Ditto, lead singer of Gossip, is releasing her own plus size clothing line next year in February. She’s already released the first look of a t-shirt dress collaboration with Gaultier. – Vogue
  3. Two words. Squad Goals. According to Fashionista.com, friendship was the biggest trend in fashion. Referring to the celebrity/model clicks that form every season, exacerbated by our favorite social media platforms. I’ve long passed the age where I’d look at these cliques in reverence, but there’s no feeling like finding out one of your favorite celebs is besties with your other favorite celeb. – Fashionista
  4. 3 trends to look out for according to The New York Times are leather chokers, long wrap coats, and seventies inspired stripe sweaters. Unless your into the dominatrix look or looking like your auntie in an old photo, I’d stick to the over sized wrap coats. Timeless, goes with everything, and perfect for those bummy days when you need to leave the house, but don’t feel like dressing up. – The New York Times
  5. Last, but not least. The former CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals was arrested for securities fraud. Martin Shkreli made the news earlier this year for drastically increasing the cost of an AIDS related drug. – Bloomberg Business