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51 minutes | Dec 31, 2018
Ep. 61: How to Get More Done in Less Time
Happy New Year! We’re excited to be closing out 2018 on a high note by welcoming yet another fantastic guest on the show. This time around it’s Anitra Durand Allen. Torn by the demands of a full-time career and a full-time commitment to managing the careers of her super kids, Anitra walked away from a six-figure salary to pour her time and talents into creating success in her own family. Now, she is a certified family coach, speaker, author, and the Creator & Chief Mom at The Mom On The Move, an online resource and community providing success tools for motivated moms with busy families. Driven by the desire to be “just a wife and a mom,” Anitra uses the skills she gained as a corporate project manager to run the most important organization in her life: her family. Through evidence-based, easy to apply changes in communication, she helps moms and wives reduce stress and improve outcomes with their spouses, partners, and children. Anitra is married to her college sweetheart, Harold. They are raising their two daughters — a professional actress and an All-American sprinter — in Louisville, KY. Find her on social at: www.instagram.com/TheMomOnTheMove www.facebook.com/TheMomOnTheMove www.twitter.com/TheMomOntheMove We also sounded our Air Horn for actor and all-around fabulous, fierce woman Taraji P. Henson and the launching of her nonprofit, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, aimed at combating the stigma around mental health in the African-American community. Listen in and join the conversation!
53 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
Ep. 60: Representation Matters with Charnaie Gordon
Hey, hey! We’re back with a fresh, new episode. This week we’re chatting it up with Charnaie Gordon of Here Wee Read. Charnaie is a wife, mom of two, computer programmer by day, blogger/influencer by night, self-proclaimed lifelong learner, podcast junkie and Distinguished Toastmaster. Her blog, Here Wee Read, is where she is currently expressing her creativity and passion for reading, diverse literature, and literacy. Her children and her husband are her inspiration and her followers/supporters are her book-loving tribe. More than anything else, she cares about connecting people with great books they'll love. In her world books are an absolute necessity. Charnaie is passionate about instilling a love of reading, lifelong learning, and curiosity in her kids. She hopes to inspire others to do the same with their children. Charnaie is also the creator of the Bookstagram Choice Awards on Instagram, a contributing writer for Brightly and a contributing writer for Laila Ali's blog. She's also working with her two children on their family community service project, 50 States 50 Books, a project helping to close the literacy gap in the United States. So far she and her children have collected and donated 650 diverse children's books to 13 different states. Their goal is to donate 50 diverse children's books for each of the 50 U.S. states and donate them to children in need around the country. A forthcoming gracious 800 book donation from Hachette Book Group will help them complete 16 additional states in the coming weeks. Taking their total number of states left to complete down to 21. Find her online at hereweeread.com and @hereweeread on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. You can find her children at @50states50books. We’re also sounding our Airhorn for legendary actress, Cicely Tyson, who at 93 received an honorary Oscar.
51 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Ep. 59: 'Stop Juggling and Get a Basket'
We’re back at it, this time with our friend and special guest Natasha C. Nicholes. Who’s that, you ask? Listen. Basically, the woman is no joke. Natasha is a serious maker. To be a serious maker, you need the ability to see things not as they are but as what they can be. Not only that, you need the skills to make that vision into reality. That is Natasha’s super power. Where others saw an abandoned lot on the Southside of Chicago, Natasha saw a community garden overflowing with greens, fresh food for her neighbors, and chickens. Because of Natasha’s community leadership and hard work, the We Sow We Grow Community Garden allied with local stores, won features on the Harry show and in the Chicago Tribune, and was a 2017 Iris Award Nominee for the Best Philanthropic Work of the Year. Not only does Natasha grow food, she grows humans. She made four bold and brilliant children with her husband — and even made two of them at the same time. She even homeschools. But when she was researching online to find families like hers, she didn’t find any voices of African Americans represented. So of course, she created her own space at Houseful of Nicholes. Find her on social at: Twitter - @NatashaNicholes; IG - @Natasha Nicholes; and FB - We Sow We Grow We also sounded out Air Horn for the incomparable Michelle Obama (a.k.a. Our Forever FLOTUS) and the release of her bestselling memoir Becoming.
39 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Ep. 58: You Probably Need a Mom-cation
Welcome back! Last episode we introduced you to the new focus of the podcast. We’re talking to women just like us: work-at-home-moms with creative, slightly unconventional careers. This week we got into the importance of carving out time for ourselves to recharge the batteries. Maybe that looks like a professional development conference that you attend every year or a quiet retreat you go to so you can center on your art/writing/business for two days or perhaps it’s getting together with some chill, like-minds and going for a hike every Saturday to hash things out. Hey, maybe it’s just getting a decent hotel room in your town for a night by yourself to do whatever you damn well please. Make that staycation a mom-cation. It’s all about recharging and taking a few clean breathes, free of guilt and stress. Amen! Tell us: How do you make time for YOU, the “me” before you became a mom? Let us know, ‘cuz we’re nosy and we like to share good intel with our people! We also sound the Air Horn for all the women who became elected officials and made history in the 2018 midterm elections. Listen in!
26 minutes | Nov 1, 2018
Ep. 57: We See You, Creative Work From Home Mom
Hey, hey! We’re back with another fresh episode. Circle up because this one’s important. We’ve decided to narrow the focus of our podcast to zero in on a particular type of woman: creative work from home moms. We’re talking about the entrepreneurs, the writers, the artists, the bloggers, the consultants, the freelancers, the business owners, the creatives. Those women who juggle making a living working for themselves with taking care of their homes, kids and partners while working from home offices, co-working spaces and Starbucks. We have a strong connection to these women because they are us. And we want to make sure that we’re cutting through the BS and shame and guilt out there to provide good resources, support, and community for other creative work from home moms out there. Listen in for more on our pivot. And let us know what you think!
30 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
Ep. 56: #MeToo Movement -- One Year Later
We’re back after a week’s break, and we’re fired up all over again. This time we’re All A Twitter about the steady rise of white people calling the police on Black folks just living. These latest outrageous stories have one man in St. Louis being physically blocked from entering his own building because white woman and her puppy decided that he didn’t belong there; white woman in Brooklyn calling police on Black child(!) after falsely accusing him of groping(!) her at the deli; and a young white man in SoCal calling the police on a Black woman for daring to search her own car’s trunk. Worst part is? This is just a handful of these kinds of infuriating stories. Damn, it’s like, can we live? (Answer seems to be: nope.) We’re also honoring activist and original Me Too founder Tarana Burke again. This week marked one full year since the #metoo movement’s second iteration went viral. We’re looking at how far we’ve come and how much more ground needs to be torched in order to set down a new and better path for survivors.
37 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
Ep. 55: Making Your Mental Health a Priority
We’ve got a hot + fresh Nsquared episode for you. Starting things off, we’re All a Twitter about the Season 3 finale of Insecure and finding out what happened to Ghost Bae (a.k.a Nathan, Issa’s barber boo). We also get into another buzzed about topic right now: Kanye West. Whether it’s that awful MAGA hat or his pro-trump rants, we’re basically asking the same thing you are … WYD, Kanye? This leads us into the main topic this week: mental health and the importance of investing in meaningful self-care. For Black women, it’s almost a revolutionary act to put your mental health and wellness as priority one, and we get into how we’re doing exactly that. Plus, we sound our Air Horn for Atlanta-based psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and her great resource Therapy For Black Girls, an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. The site can even help you find a therapist in your city! So, relax, relate, release, and listen in!
48 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
Episode 54: What About Your Friends?
It’s another Nsquared episode! This time we’re talking about friendships as an adult, specifically when you go through a major life change like moving or having a baby. Maintaining friendships as an adult is hard enough but sometimes big changes like a new baby can shatter them completely. We’re sharing our experiences and giving some tips on how to keep those friendships going strong even after that little bundle of joy joins the party. We’re also All A Twitter about the disgusting mess of the Supreme Court Nomination process for Kavanaugh. And we’re sounding our Airhorn Salute for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her bravery in coming forward with her testimony. *Programming note: we recorded this episode before the Senate hearings for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh that took place on Thursday 9/27
31 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Ep. 53: The Highs & Lows of The Emmys
We’re back with another N+N episode! This time we’re all abuzz about the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards which aired earlier this week. On the real, this year’s Emmys were a bit of a snooze but there were still some fun moments — The Fonz! Betty White! Teddy Perkins! — and we dive into each of them. We also talk about some of the new, diverse shows slated for this Fall season. We sound our Airhorn Salute for the one and only Regina King who won her third Emmy for her starring role on Netflix’s Seven Seconds.
33 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Ep. 52: It's Time to Get Free, Sis!
It’s an N-squared episode fresh and ready for ya! This week we’re All A Twitter about — #spoileralert! — that tall, cool, drink of Big Gulp, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), walking back into our lives on HBO’s Insecure. This means we got a brief visit from our fave sidekick, Chad (Neil Brown. Jr.), too. We’re also buzzing about Lena Waithe’s powerful acceptance speech for the Shot Caller Award she won at the recent Black Girls Rock ceremony. She encouraged us all to “get free” of the limited thinking, restricted narratives, stereotypes, and unnecessary fear about what other people think of you, and instead live out loud as your authentic self. This leads into our larger conversation about tennis great Serena Williams and the tired-ass “angry, Black woman” trope too many of us have to deal with every damn day. And we close out the show with an Air Horn Salute for 20-year-old, Women’s U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka. Get in to this!
48 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Ep. 51: Making Art and a Difference with A'Driane "addyeB" Nieves
This week we're chopping it up with A'Driane "addyeB" Nieves, a USAF veteran, self-taught artist, activist, and speaker with a heart for serving others and social good. She’s the founder of Addie Addye Studios, and gallery & boutique in Philadelphia that serves women artists of color. She's also a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder, and runs an online mental health support group for women of color called Tessera Collective. She empowers women to transform brokenness in their lives into power and beauty, and amplifies the voices and experiences of those marked as Other in society through her written and visual work. She believes creating and viewing visual art that addresses themes such as racism, mental health, and recovering from trauma can serve as a catalyst for personal growth and social change.Her work has been featured on BlogHer, Everyday Feminism, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Mashable, The Fourth Trimester Bodies Project, Sheryl Sandberg's "Option B" platform, and MISC Magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited at Wild Goose Festival, Johnson State College, WORKS San Jose, and most recently at Rare Device in San Francisco. She lives in New Jersey with her robotics loving husband and three boys. Plus, we sound the Air Horn for Nike and their newest ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Nike will air its first "Just Do It" ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick during the NFL season opener Thursday night. How do you like them apples, NFL? Listen in!
37 minutes | Aug 30, 2018
Ep. 50: Looking For Everyday Eyecandy with LaShawn Wiltz
We're back with another fresh one and another lovely guest! We welcome our friend and fave IG Influence LaShawn Wiltz. LaShawn is the creator of Everyday Eyecandy where she blogs about motherhood, her life, her passion for capturing everyday moments through photography and trying to find her version of balance through it all. She was the 2017 Mom 2.0 Summit IRIS Award winner for Best Instagram And 2018 winner for Best Photography. She is also VERY passionate about helping everyone live their best Instagram life. Based in Atlanta, GA, you can find Lashawn on Instagram, capturing the beauty in life’s everyday moments, documenting her days as a working wife and mom with a half-finished coffee in one hand and her camera in the other. LaShawn is also on Twitter: @lashawnwiltz and FB: @lashawnsphotoblog. We also sounded our Air Horn Salute for pioneering NASA mathematician and "human computer" Katherine Johnson, who celebrated her 100th birthday this week! So glad that she's able to see and feel all the well-deserved admiration, love, and gratitude going her way.
42 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
Ep. 49: Take Your Voice Off Mute with Amber L. Wright
We're excited to welcome our homegirl Amber L. Wright to the show this week! Amber is a communication coach, consultant, and owner of Words Well Said, LLC. Her superpower is helping women take their voice off mute and use it to change their lives. A popular speaker and award-winning educator, she is known for her hilarious, authentic, and inspiring approach to speaking and teaching. An expert in storytelling, she has helped a stellar roster of clients tell their stories at TEDx events, SXSW, and Harvard. She’s been featured in or mentioned on sites like Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, and Black Enterprise. Her debut book, Can We Talk? 10 Life Lessons on Finding Your Voice and Finding Yourself, was released in 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. She’s a married mom of two, a proud lefty, and card-carrying member of Beyonce’s BeyHive. We're also sounding out Airhorn for Crazy Rich Asians, whose box office success is further proof that #RepresentationMatters, but it also brings in the big dollars.
32 minutes | Aug 16, 2018
Ep. 48: We Got This
Hey, hey! Not only are we back with a new N+N episode, but it's another episode that we recorded sitting right next to each other. We could get used to this! This week we're All A Twitter about the return of HBO's Insecure for its third season. And we're issuing a major spoiler alert because we dive right into what's going on. We're also talking about Black women and the power in getting outdoors. We highlight a few women and organizations who are doing their part to help make the outdoors a more colorful, reflective place, including Nailah's Color Outside. Lastly, we sound our airhorn for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezfor her historic nomination and what it means for the future of the Democratic party.
27 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
Ep. 47: Black Women a.k.a. Icons Living
We're back! So excited to kick-off Season 3. Even better: We actually recorded the episode sitting right next to each other. So the laugh factor was definitely leveled up. We dive into what everyone seems to be talking about (uh, basically, always)... Beyoncé. This time it was her takeover of the September issue of Vogue magazine. Not only did she grace the cover, but Beyoncé also served as creative director for the issue, including handpicking the photographer for the cover shoot: 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell. He is the first Black fashion photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in 126 years. A HUNNID AND TWENTY SIX YEARS! Wow! (But also, wow. Shameful.) Plus, we sound the air horn for all the magazine September issues with strong, creative, powerful Black women on their covers. As Lena Waithe said on Insta: "We don't just move the needle forward; we are the needle." Hell, yes!
50 minutes | Apr 18, 2018
Ep. 46: Always Bet on Black ... and Beyoncé
Well, here we are at the end of Season 2. But, the good news is, you can catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 during our hiatus — relieve the magic from the beginning — and we'll be back in the summer with all new episodes! On this season ender we get All A Twitter about the danger and frustration of Being Black in America with the latest awfulness that went down in a Starbucks in Philly. Then we move into something hella better: Beyoncé headlining Coachella! King Bey took the stage as the first Black woman to headline the music fest, and then she destroyed it. Her historic performance was bold, badass, and Black as hell! She also kept the goodness flowing by announcing $100K scholarship donations to four HBCUs. And we sound our final Air Horn of Season 2 for cyclist Ayesha McGown, who plans to be the first African-American female pro cyclist. Hell, yeah! Listen in, and remember to hit us up on social media. We're still out there during the brief hiatus. Catch us at @heysispodcast on FB, IG, and Twitter!
51 minutes | Apr 11, 2018
Ep. 45: Cardi B, Motherhood and Making Money Moves
We're back with a brand new episode! This time, we're talking about motherhood, career and the myth that women can't do both. After Cardi B announced her pregnancy on SNL, there were some naysayers implying that her choice to become a mother would derail her career. We call BS. And so does she in this Hot 97 clip. We're also All A Twitter about the ongoing investigation into Trump and his corrupt cronies and we talk a bit about Tony Robbins and his warped view on the #MeToo movement. Plus we're sounding our horn for Cardi B — between the pregnancy, the album debuting at #1 on Billboard and co-hosting the Tonight Show, she's living the best week ever!
61 minutes | Apr 5, 2018
Ep. 44: The Why, What, and How of Goal-Setting
Welcome to April! We're getting into the swing of things of the new, bright second quarter of the year by talking about goal setting. How do you go about getting closer to your big goals? Well, don't answer that! Not until you hear some of our smart tips for managing your passions and pulling your dreams within reach. Also, we're All A Twitter about this creepy video of dozens of TV anchors from Sinclair Broadcast Group reciting the same speech warning against "biased and false news." Like some kind of bizarre hostage video. Plus, we sound the Air Horn for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the fearless, South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela.
53 minutes | Mar 29, 2018
Ep. 43: Talking Top Sheets, Outside Clothes and #WhoBitBeyonce
We're back at it! Fresh, new N + N episode just for you. This time we're taking on some important debates that have been burning up social media. First, WHO THE HELL BIT BEYONCÉ??! We join the digital sleuthing to crack the case. Then we move into the sheets discussion — as in, do you use a flat sheet on your bed or do you just slide right into the fitted sheet and let your comforter/quilt/duvet/blanket act as your only cover? (We let you know from the gate that we are TOTALLY on Team Top Sheet!). We also delve into some other "what do you do at your house" questions and remain surprised by some of the answers. Plus, we sound the Air Horn for Naomi Wadler, the youngest speaker (she's 11!) at the recent March For Our Lives rally in D.C. This fifth grader's speech was passionate and powerful, leaving anyone who watched or listened to it utterly inspired. We look forward to hearing more from this bright, young mind. Have a listen and let us know what you think!
55 minutes | Mar 22, 2018
Ep. 42: All Together Now with Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
It's time for another exciting episode! We're All A Twitter about Cynthia Nixon throwing her hat in the Gubernatorial race for New York, and we're talking more about the newest season of Atlanta on FX. Plus, we sound our air horn salute for Tomi Adeyemi, author of the bestselling new YA series Children of Blood and Bone. We're also excited to welcome to the show Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, who sits at the nexus of one of the world’s leading entertainment and media companies, WME. After selling her own small company to the William Morris Agency, Walsh served on the Board of Directors as the first woman ever and continued serving at WME after the company merged with Endeavor. As the head of WME’s Worldwide Literary, Lectures, and Conference Divisions, she steers the industry’s most prominent book business with the largest presence of any agency on the New York Times Best Seller List. She has stewarded the careers of some of today’s most seminal literary lions such as Alice Munro, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, Sue Monk Kidd, Jeannette Walls, Tom Clancy Estate, Ken Burns, Curtis Sittenfeld, Amy Bloom, Brené Brown, Janet Evanovich, and Oprah Winfrey among others. Walsh spearheaded the launch of WME’s conference division, beginning with the creation of the WME Women’s Summit, and constructing national conferences for Oprah Winfrey with The Life You Want Tour, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive, Cosmo Magazine’s Fun Fearless Life, and the premiere Christian women’s conference Women Of Faith. Most recently, Walsh is the founder of Together Live, a multicultural touring event that brings an array of thought leaders, activists, athletes, and celebrity guests to cities across the country for a night of inspired talks and interactive conversation focused on purpose, community, and social action. She also hosts a podcast, Do It on Purpose presented by Together Live. Walsh lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children. You can follow Jennifer online on Instagram and tap into the Together Live community with the Together app.
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