Beauties & Banter: A Lifestyle Podcast

Beauties & Banter: A Lifestyle Podcast

By Renee B. and Toya Nicole
Beauties and Banter is a lifestyle podcast where real conversation takes place. Join authors and opinionated friends, Renee and Toya Nicole as they share laughs and banter about business, life, and love.

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Bow Down To #BeyFlix
The Queen Bey has come home. Our review of Beyonce's #HomecomingLive documentary is in!
April 29, 2019
Thank U, Next
One taught me love One taught me patience And one taught me pain Now, I'm so amazing -- Ariana Grande This week we discuss why we're so grateful for our exes!
April 9, 2019
A Seat At The Table
Black women who have been called the most educated and entrepreneurial in the US, only received 0.2% of all venture funding. In Corporate America, for every 100 men promoted to manager, only 60 black women are. We banter about what it's like sometimes being the "ONLY" and why important it is to collaborate, mentor and lift up our sisters. 
April 1, 2019
Hot Topics
We're catching up on the latest hot topics: Gayle King, Jussie Smollet, College Cheating Scandal and #OscarsSoBlack! 
March 19, 2019
Bonus Episode: Best Of Season 3
We're halfway through Season 3! Enjoy this episode of a few of our favorite clips from this season. This podcast is sponsored by LOLA, a female-founded company that is taking a modern approach to feminine care. Known for offering a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners, they now offer sex products, too! For 40% off all subscriptions, and enter BANTER when you subscribe!
March 4, 2019
CEO or Pastor: Is Church a Business?!
These days running a church is more like running a Fortune 100 corporation. We banter about the rise of mega churches, church scandals and choosing relationship over religion. Planning a church wedding? This podcast is sponsored by ZOLA, the wedding company that will do anything for love, is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in couples' lives even happier. To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to
February 25, 2019
Are you caught up in #RelationshipGoals? We banter about the pros and cons of sharing your relationship on social media. This podcast is sponsored by LOLA, a female-founded company that is taking a modern approach to feminine care. Known for offering a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners, they now offer sex products, too! For 40% off all subscriptions, visit and enter BANTER when you subscribe!
February 19, 2019
Where's The Support: Dream Stealers and Energy Drainers
What do you do when your friends and family don't support you?!
February 11, 2019
Trigger Warning: We're Rooting For Everybody Black
It's Black History Month! We watched #TriggerWarning with Killer Mike, we're already planning our vote for Cory Booker and we're giving you all the reasons why you need to support #blackowned businesses. 
February 4, 2019
You Can't Win When You Play Dirty: Fyre Festival Recap
We're talking Fyre Festival, shady business practices and the power of social media influence. 
January 28, 2019
Are We Too Politically Correct?
The #WomensMarch went down this weekend but not without controversy calling for the co-founder, Tamika Mallory to step down. The Oscars are only a few weeks away and Kevin Hart will not be hosting amid controversy of anti-gay tweets. Are we too politically correct? Have we become too sensitive? We banter about these topics and a few more. 
January 21, 2019
Hot Topics
We're back! On Episode 1 of Season 3, we share how our 2019 goals and catch up on the latest hot topics!   This podcast is sponsored by ZOLA, the wedding company that will do anything for love.  To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to
January 14, 2019
We're back! Welcome to Season 3 and the latest episode of Beauties & Banter. The #SurvivingRKelly documentary has us shook and ready to stand with the #MuteRKelly movement. Listen in and share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #BeautiesBanter
January 9, 2019
Online Dating: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
When it comes to dating, sometimes you win, sometimes you learn and sometimes you want to run for the hills! We banter about the good, bad and ugly of online dating.
November 19, 2018
Reboot: Single In The City
Navigating the single life in the big city has many challenges but no worries, we've got this!  This podcast is sponsored by LOLA, a female-founded company that is taking a modern approach to feminine care. Known for offering a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners, they now offer sex products, too! For 40% off all subscriptions, visit and enter BANTER when you subscribe!
November 12, 2018
This Week In Hot Topics
Don't forget to go vote on Nov.6 plus we banter about the latest hot topics including, OWN Network's Ready to Love and Chad Loves Michelle, Ariana Grande's new song about her exes and RHOA.
November 5, 2018
Embrace Your Dopeness
On Episode 13 we talk about the importance of celebrating yourself and embracing your dopeness. There's confidence and then there's cockiness, which side are you on?
October 30, 2018
Are You a Ride Or Die Chick?
On Episode 12, we share our thoughts on the "ride or die" mentality. What does it really mean to be a "down chick" and just how far is too far? Let's Banter! #BeautiesBanter
October 22, 2018
Our Favorite Season 2 Clips
Missed an episode? Enjoy this podcast sampler of a few of our favorite clips from this season!
October 15, 2018
October is #AwarenessMonth
It's October and it's Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We're sharing our personal stories of survival, family history and providing resources in hope of helping those impacted to overcome, heal and thrive.  Domestic Violence Resources: Breast Cancer Resources:
October 8, 2018
Should You Take Your Ex Back?
Are things really better the second time around or should you leave the past behind you, close the door and throw away the key? On episode 10 we banter about a few ways to determine if you should get back with your ex.
October 1, 2018
Nappily Ever After
We watched the Netflix film, 'Nappily Ever After' starring Sanaa Lathan over the weekend! Listen in as we give our review, share our own hair journeys and discuss the importance of embracing your natural beauty.
September 24, 2018
Real Women Don't Compete, They Collaborate
Somebody needed to send CardiB and Nicki Minaj the message that there is room for every woman to win. We did just that. Check out our new sponsor and use the code BANTER15 for 15% off your purchase. Details on Toya's book, "Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Purpose" can be found at
September 17, 2018
Level Up
CiCi has given us the blueprint, now it's time to #LevelUp. On episode 7 we discuss how to level up personally, professionally and spiritually. How are you leveling up?
September 10, 2018
Faith Over Fear
We all struggle with doubt, fear and anxiety but our faith is how we get through.
September 4, 2018
We Got Beef
Madonna didn't show Aretha any R-E-S-P-E-C-T, a Brooklyn nail salon owner went crazy, Nicki Minaj needs to added to the sick and shut in list and The French Open won't let Serena Williams be great.
August 27, 2018
Party Of One: Single In The City
We pay tribute to the Queen of Soul..and Shade, Aretha Franklin and banter about the pros and cons of living the single life.
August 20, 2018
Snapbacks, Body Shaming and Self Love
In episode 3 we banter about body shaming, snapbacks and learning to love the skin that you're in.
August 15, 2018
R Kelly and Charlamagne The God: Can You Separate the Art from the Artist?
R.Kelly admitted he did it, Charlamagne The God is backpedaling after sexual assault claims and everyone's favorite TV dad, Bill Cosby is headed off to prison. What do you do when your favs exhibit bad behavior? Are you able to separate the art from the artist?  Let's banter!
August 6, 2018
We're Back + Hot Topics!
We're back! On Episode 1 of Season 2, we share how our summer has been going and catch up on the latest hot topics!
July 30, 2018
Summer Break
Hey y'all! Season 1 is complete and we're taking a little break. We will be back with new shows in July. :-) Check out some clips from some of our favorite episodes and be sure to go back and listen to any episodes you may have missed..and don't forget to leave a review!
May 28, 2018
What About Your Friends?!
Friends, Enemies or "Frenemies"?! On Episode 18 we banter about defining true friendship, having an inner circle that rocks and how to let go of toxic or one-sided friendships. Join in the conversation online #BeautiesBanter
May 21, 2018
Waiting On The One
Destiny’s Child reunited at #BeyChella and then Michelle Williams announced her engagement! Inspired by her story, on Episode 17 we’re talking finding love after heartbreak through self-care, spirituality, friendship and patience.
May 14, 2018
Lessons in Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Larvetta Loftin
On episode 17 we sit down to talk entrepreneurship with Larvetta L. Loftin the CEO and Founder of the L3 Agency, a full-service marketing and communications agency focused on influencer marketing and delivering authentic content for brand engagement. Connect with Larvetta:
May 7, 2018
Can Women Have It All?
It's a podcast party! On Episode 16, we banter about a very popular topic, 'Can Women Have It All?' Our girlfriends Shana, Madra and Larvetta joined us to chat about marriage, motherhood, redefining success and work/life balance.
April 30, 2018
Best Of Beauties and Banter: Our Favorite Clips
We went on "Spring Break" so enjoy this episode of a few of our favorite clips from the season! Will be back with a brand new episode next week :-)
April 23, 2018
Build A Body
Do you want to build your body or buy it? In episode 14 we are talking body image, plastic surgery, and the pressures to fit into society's beauty standards.
April 16, 2018
Case of the Wannabes
Bogus people are lurking online looking for vulnerable people to take advantage of. Don’t let that be you. On Episode 13, “Case of the Wannabes” we banter about how to determine the real from the fake.
April 9, 2018
Should You Block Your Ex?
To block or to not block your ex. In Episode 12 we banter about whether it's good to remain friends with your ex or if the block button should be your only option.
April 2, 2018
Self Care is Self Love
In Episode 11 we discuss the importance of self-care. We talk about our self-care routine, the importance of saying no and how sometimes being selfish is the ultimate expression of self-love.
March 26, 2018
Churchin' and Trappin'
We Luh God and Trap Music.  On Episode 10 we banter about the release of Snoop Dogg's new album 'The Bible of Love' and the blurred lines between the gospel music industry and secular artists.
March 19, 2018
Who You Calling A BISH?!
On Episode 9 we banter about street harassment, random people asking you to "smile" and how we really feel about the "B" word.
March 12, 2018
Pay Me What I'm Worth
We aren't quite ready to boycott Netflix but we still love Mo'nique..for real. On Episode 8, 'Pay Me What I'm Worth' we banter about the gender pay gap and the importance of advocating for yourself in salary negotiations.
March 5, 2018
Is He Relationship Ready?
Situationships are real in these streets. In episode 7 we banter about commitment (or lack thereof) and how to know when your guy is ready to settle down.
February 26, 2018
#BlackGirlMagic Is Here To Stay
Episode 6 is a #BlackGirlMagic Explosion as we celebrate black excellence.
February 19, 2018
Is Closure Necessary?
In Episode 5 we discuss the importance of closure when it comes to our personal and professional relationships. Do we really need closure in order to move on or do we just need to accept things as they are?
February 12, 2018
#YouOkaySis? Yep, I Just Need A Moment
In Episode 4, ‘#YouOkaySis? Yep, I Just Need A Moment..' we banter about the recent 'Will I Be Single Forever' post from comedienne, Leslie Jones that went viral. We also celebrate the upcoming Black Panther movie and all things Black Excellence.  Be sure to check out Heritage 1849 to get your Black Super Hero t-shirt. Email:
February 5, 2018
#ToRomeForLove? Is Travel The New Way To Secure A Bae?
In Episode 3, ‘Is Travel the New Way to Secure a Bae?’ we banter about the new BravoTV reality show, #ToRomeForLove and the dating struggles and stereotypes black women face in America. Follow Beauties & Banter on Social Media: Emal us your thoughts, ideas and questions at
January 29, 2018
Is CardiB Goals or Nah?
On Episode 2 we banter about CardiB's rise to fame and discuss all the feels folks have about her. Renee is Team #BardiGang but Toya Nicole is on the fence. Either way, we both agree there are some lessons to be learned from her success and struggles.
January 22, 2018
Do it for the Gram
Meet the beauties behind the podcast. On our first episode we discuss why we started the podcast and get into some banter about the love/hate relationship we have with social media.
January 12, 2018
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