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The BLK + GRN Podcast
38 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 19-Teni Adewumi
Teni Adewumi has spent the last six years advocating for and educating black women on the hidden dangers found in the ingredients of personal care products. Using her background in industrial hygiene, health sciences, and as a PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, Teni is at the grassroots level working to find better solutions to limit the negative health impact of cosmetic products predominantly used by women of color. A lot of women aren’t aware of the toxic ingredients that lurk in their favorite products and that they are negatively impacting their health. So, Teni’s mission is clear — to protect all black women, especially those who work in salons with harsh chemicals and women of reproductive age who may be greatly affected by hormone-disrupting ingredients found in most of their products. Quote from interviewee for call out box: “We’re in a very interesting time right now where researchers are really starting to ask questions on the impact of these products on black women.” —Teni Adewumi Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: Black people are usually underrepresented in the environmental health space. That needs to change. Black women’s products often have the most harmful ingredients, so we should be mindful about the products we use. Black women have huge purchasing power — we have the power to change the current system and what’s allowed in products. Check Out These Highlights: Teni discusses common hormone-disrupting chemicals found in black products (9:51) Tips on what ingredients to watch out for (23:59) The outcomes of being exposed to toxic ingredients over time (28:31) Quotes: “We are this economic driving force, and we can shift the market when it comes to products marketed to us.” “Black women have huge purchasing power.” We came all the way from Madam C.J. Walker. The innovation, the purchasing power, and the sheer will of black women is just amazing.” You can listen and subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Sticher or Spotify. Also, follow us @blkgrn on all social platforms and let us know what you think! (1.5 hours)
33 minutes | a year ago
Episode 17-Christina Arenas
Some things should be sacred, like our home spaces, our rituals, and the things we feed our bodies. Christina Arenas, one of our artisans and creator of Blue Sage, works to cultivate body-friendly, hand-poured, soy wax candles that are affordable and easily accessible to everyone who desires to live a healthier, more intentional lifestyle. Christina believes everyone should celebrate themselves, and candles can play an important role in necessary self care rituals. She strives to continue on her journey to spread awareness, positivity, and educating others about being mindful of protecting their bodies. Quote from interviewee for call out box: “A natural lifestyle is definitely a journey. It’s not a sprint.” —Christina Arenas Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: Self love is learning to accept yourself just the way you are. The products we use in our homes is just as important to our health as the products we use on our bodies. Everything has energy. Everything has vibration. Check Out These Highlights: Christina talks about the process of preparing your body to shift to natural products. (7:59) Tips on how to practically celebrate yourself with the time you have. (14:49) Christina shares her insights on the uses and benefits of crystals. (19:00) Quotes: “A lot of us need to realize we’ve been putting so many chemicals in our bodies for so long, it’s going to take some time for our bodies to produce those things it needs to cleanse itself.” “So many of us think self care has to be about going into a spa and getting a massage. But we all don’t have the resources to do that. So, why not create that space at home?” “Create sacred moments for yourself.” “Everything created by the Creator has its purpose.” You can listen and subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Sticher or Spotify. Also, follow us @blkgrn on all social platforms and let us know what you think! (1 hour, 15 minutes)
31 minutes | a year ago
Episode 16-Dr. Anne
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to skincare, but here’s what we do know: Most of the products marketed to black women have toxins in it, and these toxins are known to have adverse effects on our overall health. Our skin is different, and so, therefore, we have different needs than most mainstream products can’t help us with, so it’s time for us to make a big change in the products we use. Thankfully for people like Dr. Anne, who created the AbsoluteJOI skincare line, we have hope that we can safely meet our skincare and lifestyle needs. Today, we talk about the important products Black people need to have in their skincare routines, the damaging effects of inflammation, and how we can do better about putting better things in and on our skin. Quote from interviewee for call-out box: “With skincare, it’s less about the appearance of your skin and more about the health of your skin.” —Dr. Anne Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: It’s important to work with your skin, not against it. Black skin has different needs and the products we use should be tailored to those needs. The more aware we are, the better we can protect ourselves. Inflammation is the root cause of disease. Check Out These Highlights: Anne talks about the dangers of fragrance. (7:04) Debunking skincare myths. (11:39) Why using oil is best for oily skin. (14:11) The importance of using non-toxic products in your daily routine. (16:14) Anne discusses inflammation and the harmful role it plays. (24:55) Quotes: “Oil has a very important role in maintaining our skin health. And when we are constantly trying to strip it away, what we’re doing is fighting against what our skin is naturally trying to do.” “Focus on maintaining a healthy approach to the skin.” “What we don’t put in our bodies is just as important as what we do put in.” “Inflammation causes diseases or is an indicator of disease.” You can listen and subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Sticher or Spotify. Also, follow us @blkgrn on all social platforms and let us know what you think! (1.5)
27 minutes | a year ago
Episode 15-Annie White Brown
There isn’t a lot of regulation for what goes into mainstream personal care products and how they’re labeled, so it’s really important to know there are people who are in our corner and producing products that will not only benefit us, but help us thrive. One of our artisans, Annie White Brown, is doing just that. Owner of NaturalAnnie Essentials, Annie creates products using the ancient practices of her Jamaican roots, using top-of-the-line essential oils and herbs to create natural beauty products and soy candles. Quote from interviewee for call out box: “I am excited to be a part of this movement where we can provide products for our people without them having to beg to be wanted.” —Annie White Brown Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: Natural products give us the opportunity to heal ourselves sometimes better than other options. Self care can be simple, but it’s a choice. Wellness can happen for anyone at any phase of their lives. Check Out These Highlights: Annie talks about what essential oils are and how they can be used to benefit the body. (6:12) A discussion on why buying black is important. (13:45) How to create a personal wellness lifestyle. (15:24) Annie talks about balancing motherhood, entrepreneurship, and self care. (18:58) Quotes: “Representation matters.” “We shouldn’t have to beg to be represented.” “I have the power to change the outlook of my day.” You can listen and subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Sticher or Spotify. Also, follow us @blkgrn on all social platforms and let us know what you think! (1.5 hours)
8 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 14-Dr. Crystal Jones
Welcome to the final episode of the BLK + GRN podcast. Each week during the discussion with the artisan we take time out to listen to a meditation by Dr. Crystal Jones. In this episode, we interview the woman behind the meditation. Dr. Crystal shares with us her definition of healing, finding healing and she provides tips on meditating. This is an amazing closing to season one of the BLK + GRN podcast. Join our FB group to see updates on season two. Thank you for all of your support and don't forget to "buy black and live green".
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 13-Black Girl Sunscreen
Welcome to Episode 13 of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we have Shontay Lundy the founder and creator of Black Girl Sunscreen. Black Girl Sunscreen is one of our top-selling products and in this episode, we find out the reasons why. Shontay shares with us the reason behind the company, her beliefs and her experience as an entrepreneur working a full-time job. Tune in to this amazing episode and don't forget to subscribe.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 12-Pur Home
Welcome to Episode 12 of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we have Angela Richardson the founder and creator of PUR HOME. In this episode, we take a deep dive with Angela to discuss all things clean ingredients. Angela shares with us her journey to entrepreneurship, the support from the black community and so much more. This is an episode you won't want to miss and don't forget to subscribe.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 11-The Happy Pop-Up
Welcome to Episode 11 of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we have Chianti Lomax. Chianti is the founder and creator of The Happy Pop-Up. This episode is all about positivity and self-love. Chianti shares with us so many tips on how to not only bring happiness to your life but also how to be resilient in times of self-doubt. Make sure you bring your paper and pen to write down all the tips from Chianti. Don't forget to subscribe.
29 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 010: Natural Mixologists
In this episode of the BLK + GRN podcast, I sit down with Donica Johns, the owner of the Natural Mixologist. Donica opens up about how the needs of her family led her to seek out chemical and toxin free skincare. We dig deep on the needs of the black community, her struggles with being a woman of color in the skincare industry and the importance of black-owned businesses in the black community. In this episode, some of the most critical challenges facing black owners are discussed. Ever wonder why black business owners don't put a picture of themselves on their website? Or why we don't get the same opportunities as our equal counterparts? Make sure to tune in to hear the discussion. Want to know more about the Natural Mixologist? You can find her here at https://blkgrn.com
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 009: H&B
Welcome to the ninth episode of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we interview Gabrielle Lauren, the founder, and creator of H&B. In this episode, Gabrielle discusses how her high-paced and stressful job as an RN left her at a vulnerable place in life. After she took medical leave due to the current state of her mental/physical self at that time, she stumbled upon a DIY for candle making, and it piqued her interest. After she made her first candles, she was hooked, she loved the process! Gabrielle shares with us all of her stresses, hurdles and her reason behind Honest and Beautiful. We dive deep into her struggles between Christianity and meditation. This is a fantastic episode you won't want to miss. Make sure to tune in and subscribe.
37 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 008: Jacq's Organics
Welcome to Episode 8 of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we sit down with the inspirational Barbara Jacques the founder and creator of Jacq's organics. In this episode we Barbara shares details of the battle, she had with a tumor and fibroids. She provides amazing information about self-care and self-love. Barbara allows us an insight into the woman behind the brand. Don't forget to subscribe and get ready for another exciting episode of the BLK + GRN podcast.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 007: Choiselle
Welcome to episode seven of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we are speaking to the incredible Nydia Norville. In this episode, we dive deep into her journey to entrepreneurship and the decisions she has been faced with as a black woman in business. We learn more about how her passion was formulated for nature-based skin solutions. Tune in to here Nydia's "why" and learn more about the spirit and value of Choiselle.
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 006: Melanin Essentials
Welcome to episode six of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we sit down with the innovative co-founders of Melanin Essentials, Olayinka Credle and Saba Williams. Olayinka and Saba experienced years of individual stunted hair growth before deciding to embark on a natural hair journey together. Their mission of finding affordable, natural and reliable hair products birthed Melanin Essentials. In this episode, Olayinka and Saba, discuss the beginning of Melanin Essentials, how their faith has helped them along their journey, and they even discuss how it is to run a business with a friend. Tune in for another exciting episode of the BLK + GRN podcast.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 005: Afro Hair & Skin Co.
Welcome to episode five of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka. Ibi is a natural and wellness beauty expert, creative entrepreneur and the founder and creative director of The Afro Hair & Skin Co. Her bestselling facial oil FLOW has attracted the attention of top beauty editors and was subsequently named as 'Best Skincare for and By People of Colour' by VOGUE. In this episode, Ibi speaks about her journey over a five-year period in which she began researching and developing her powerful line of holistic products. Have you ever wondered if you were the only one who couldn't seem to find products that were made for "us"? Well, you're not the only one. Tune in to hear Ibi story and learn what turned her struggle into a booming business.
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 004-Demosea (formerly So Posh Beauty)
Welcome to the fourth episode of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we sit down with the owner of Demosea (formerly So Posh Beauty), Ronni Wilson. Due to her struggle with an auto-immune disorder, Ronni's business So Posh was born out of necessity. In this episode, Ronni opens up about the biggest mistake she made while building her business, her experience being a black women entrepreneur dealing with big box stores and the access that black business owners have to opportunities, and so much more. Do you believe that black women don't support each other in business? Dr. Kristian and Ronni share their honest opinion on the topic. Tune in now for this fantastic episode.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
This week on the BLK + GRN podcast we are featuring Trinity Mouzon. Trinity is the owner of Golde, a turmeric wellness company. In this insightful episode, we take a closer look at the woman behind the brand. We discuss the leap she took when she decided to pursue Golde full time. Trinity opens up about the various benefits of turmeric, healthy living, and how to become confident as a woman in business. Get ready to hear another informative but fun episode and don't forget to visit us at www.blkgrn.com.
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 002-Honey Pot Part Two
Welcome to part two of my incredible interview with the owner of Honey Pot, Beatrice Dixon. If you thought part one was amazing, you are in for a treat. Have you ever wondered if you need your product in a big box store to be successful? Well, this episode is for you. Then we buckle down and talk about everything surrounding the topic of authenticity as a business owner. Does it hurt or help business being loyal to your black customers? This can be a touchy subject, and we open up the discussion by talking about the controversy surrounding Shea Moisture. Let's just say it was a very passionate conversation. Tune in for another great episode and don't forget to visit us at www.blkgrn.com/
25 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 001-Honey Pot
Welcome to the first episode of the BLK + GRN podcast. This week we speak with Beatrice Dixon the owner and creator of Honey Pot, a natural feminine wash. Honey Pot was born because Beatrice decided to stop the vicious cycle of taking antibiotics for temporary relief and embark on a mission to find a natural and lasting remedy to vaginal infections. This episode is jam-packed with so much information and insight. We discuss everything from the real truth why Dove is the number one recommended product to why women don't know how to take care of their Honey Pot. There was so much information, knowledge and honesty in this episode we had to have a part 2. So, make sure to subscribe so you can tune in next week for part 2. Don't forget to comment on social media and visit us at BLKGRN.com
10 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 00-Welcome to the BLK + GRN podcast!
Welcome to season one of the BLK + GRN podcast. Hosted by Dr. Kristian Henderson. Each week she speaks with artisans who otherwise would not have a place to share their stories or their products with the very people they created them for. Her mission in life has always been to connect Black women to the tools, resources, knowledge, and products they need to lead happier and healthier lives. One of the goals of the BLK + GRN podcast is to provide other women whether business owners or consumers with support, love, and encouragement. Tune into this episode to hear Dr. Henderson's reason why she started BLK + GRN and more about her wellness journey.
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