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Beauty, Brains & Baggage

Beauty, Brains & Baggage

By Solange Hackshaw
Beauty, Brains & Baggage is an authentic and raw podcast where your host and good sis, Solange, talks about topics that every 20-something year old can relate to, no matter how taboo.
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Unpacking: Financial Wellness

Beauty, Brains & Baggage

Unpacking: Natural Haircare
Do you really need to spend eight hours washing your hair? What are those oils and butters actually doing for you? Food in your hair: yea or nay? I spoke with Shakera Kemp, a curl specialist and natural hair stylist to get you the right information about caring for your beautiful kinks and coils. Reclaim your time and bring your hair routine into the 21st century. 
February 08, 2021
Unpacking: Dating
How soon do you follow someone on Instagram after meeting them? How do you step up your dating game? What is the road to DTR? I unpack all of this with Jordan from Dating Defined to help get you ready and right for your next date night. With Dating Defined, the road to better dates starts here.
January 31, 2021
Unpacking: Financial Wellness
We're starting 2021 off right with some money saving tips to help you secure your bag all year long. I sat down with Gabrielle Oates from Smart Girl, Smart Money, a platform created to help Gen Z and Millenials learn how manage their money and make better financial decisions, to share some insights on budgeting, paying down debt, trends in the personal finance space and more!
January 24, 2021
Unpacking: Suicide Prevention Month
I chop it up with my friends about the realities of living life with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety and also how it feels to be near to committing suicide. We give tips about our coping mechanisms, distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy coping mechanism, whether therapy is a necessity, alternate forms of help and how to better support the people in your lives who may be struggling with these issues. 
September 27, 2020
Unpacking: Consent with Campus Survivors
This episode I sit down with campus survivors, an account that posts anonymous stories of people who've been sexually assaulted on campus. We discuss consent, healing, the bystander effect, Greek life, and how to better support the survivors you know or may encounter. 
September 20, 2020
Unpacking: Fall 2020 with/F*ck it Wont Cut it
Should you hook up? Should you hang out? How can we keep our campuses safe and COVID-19 free this fall? I sit down with a few members behind F*ck it wont cut it, a Boston University student led campaign aimed at helping to keep our campuses fun, safe and virus-free. Listen in for tips and information you can use to keep yourself, your friends and the community well. 
September 05, 2020
Unpacking: The Big O
This week we're talking all about sex with sex educator, Em Odesser. We'll be unpacking the G Spot, sex myths, BDSM, pegging and so much more!
August 29, 2020
Unpacking: Seriously Single
In this episode, I unpack my thoughts on the Netflix film Seriously Single, as well as my thoughts on patriarchy and parenting!
August 25, 2020
Ask Your Good Sis Segment One
In this episode we'll be unpacking: fatphobia and fat shaming, how to practice self love after a history of depression, and figuring out if you should break up with your boyfriend because your family hates him. All of these questions were submitted from the readers of through the question form. If you need any advice, feel free to submit your question or situation through there and I'll answer it!
August 25, 2020
Unpacking: Entanglements
In this episode, I sit down with my friend Marc to unpack our thoughts on the Will and Jada situation beyond the memes and the Red Table Talk. The second part of this conversation (after 1:15), Marc discusses his experience being in a non-monogamous relationship, tips for individuals interested in pursuing non-monogamous relationships and gives resources for those wanting to learn more and try it (in a healthy way, of course).
August 21, 2020
Being Black Abroad Bonus Episode, Unpacking: Hair
Given that my friends and I literally went on a 30 minute tangent about hair, body image and microagressions, I figured I'd make it a bonus episode. There's a lot of laughs in this one but also a lot of hard truths. I hope you all enjoy and learn a little bit more about how the hair that grows out of our head is so much more than a source of beauty, but a political statement without us even trying to make one.
August 16, 2020
Unpacking: Being Black Abroad
Join me and my friends, Vivian, Chanell, Dionne, Sharon and Samantha as we talk about our experiences of Blackness abroad coming from Trinidad and Tobago. This episode shows just how differently race and ethnicity functions globally and culturally.
August 14, 2020
Unpacking: The Angry Black Woman Part 2
In this segment, Dr. Rachel Levy-Bell, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Program Director and Director of Clinical Training in the Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program at Boston University's School of Medicine sat down with Solange to discuss the impacts of The Angry Black Woman stereotype on the mental and emotional well-beings of Black women. Does this stereotype have more detrimental effects than we realize?
August 07, 2020
Unpacking: The Angry Black Woman Part 1
This episode I'll be talking with my three friends, Abiola, Fuzzy, and Beverly, about the angry black woman stereotype, how it affects us and how we deal with and overcome it.
August 05, 2020
Beauty, Brains & Baggage Trailer
Hello! Welcome to Beauty, Brains & Baggage, a podcast by your good sis, Solange. This trailer is a sneak peek into what's to come for the rest of the season. I tell you a little bit about me, why I started this podcast and topics I hope to cover as this continues. Thank you all for listening and stay tuned for Episode 1 and new episodes every Wednesday/Friday!
July 30, 2020