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Black Women in Wellness

By Black Women in Wellness
Black Women in Wellness is a virtual interview series looking to amplify the voices of black women working as wellness practitioners in various capacities.
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BWIW Interview with Angela V Shannon
Angel V. Shannon, MS, CRNP is a personal development keynote speaker, board certified nurse practitioner and founder of Seva Health and The Seva Institute. Her inspiring presentations are drawn from nearly three decades of clinical practice and lifetime study of integrative health and mind-body medicine. Through courses, coaching, community and radical self-compassion practice, Angel teaches overworked professionals how to break free from burnout and gain the clarity, courage and confidence they need to design the life they deserve. In 2014, she founded Seva Health, specializing in functional medicine and integrative health for adults and seniors. Drawing upon nearly three decades of experience in chronic disease care and personal study of mind-body medicine, Angel takes a uniquely integrative approach to preventive health care. Using the tools of functional medicine and mindfulness based practices, Angel’s patients uncover root causes of their conditions, developing strategies that change their lives, not just their symptoms. In addition to managing her busy clinical and coaching practice, Angel is the host of Healthy House Calls With Angel, a podcast filled with tips, tools and strategies that help listeners live longer and live better with lifestyle medicine.  Stay connected with Angel at and on LinkedIn at
August 14, 2022
A Sensual Journey with Perle Noire
Perle Noire is THE Black Burlesque Queen. Known as Mama Perle in the burlesque community, she's been blessed with the unique gift of embodying Josephine Baker and healing an audience in a theatre or in the classroom. A paragon of glitz and glamour, Perle is an intuitive healer, creative director, transformative coach, and the creator of The Healing Through Seduction program. She specializes in guided sensual touch, empowerment workshops, and burlesque-inspired healing rituals. As a visionary, she is also an advocate for people searching for a community to reclaim their bodies and reclaim control over their sensuality. Email: Website: IG: Current Projects: Healing Through Seduction 8-week course  (Registration is open.) Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
June 12, 2022
A Chat About Hypnotherapy and Travel with Talya Peters
Talya Peters was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia.  She has worked in the aviation industry for over 20 years.  She tried hypnosis in 2016 but it wasn’t until she used Hypnobirthing in 2019 that she really began to see the benefits of hypnosis.  After taking Mindvalley courses with Marissa Peer and observing her methodology, she became a Certified Hypnotherapist in August of 2021 specializing in Rapid Transformational Therapy also known as RTT.  When she’s not in the air or in session you can find her in Costa Rica with her husband and three children. IG: @talya_schronda   and    @greatpetersescape Join one of Talya's tribes: Talya Peters Hypnotherapy, The Great Peters Escape Contact Talya| email:           WhatsApp: 770 827 5677 Check out our episode with Wanderwomxn's Janna Zinzi where she talks about sensual movement and travel as healing modalities. Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
May 29, 2022
BWIW with Dr. Micah Allen ND, L.Ac.
Dr. Allen is a Naturopathic Physician & Licensed Acupuncturist at Essential Natural Health in the Richmond, Va area. As an expert in her field, her patients benefit greatly from her extensive knowledge of natural care options available that include but are not limited to: Lifestyle Modifications, Herbal Medicine, Nutrient Repletion, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Dr. Allen received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wa. She is a founding member of the National Association of Black Naturopathic Physicians, Board Certified in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). She is also an affiliate faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). During her downtime, she enjoys yoga, traveling and exploring local museums with her family. Connect with Dr. Allen: Business: Essential Natural Health Contact information: 804-464-3315/ Website: IG: @drmicahallennd Current Projects: The Legacy Program Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
April 10, 2022
Talking All Things Naturopathic Medicine with Dr. Adeola Mead
Adeola Mead is a Naturopathic Physician with 15 years of clinical experience who's team provides integrative wellness programs to help improve digestion, energy and mood, naturally and simultaneously. They help organizations implement wellness initiatives that improve mental and physical health while creating a culture of camaraderie in wellness. Dr Mead's approach combines integrative wellness modalities and therapeutic self care education to empower clients to reach the fullest potential in their health and lives. Name of Business/Organization : Dr Adeola Mead, ND PLLC Contact information : Website: Social media handles: LinkedIn: Dr. Adeola Mead  ; IG: @dradeolamead Current Projects: Forty Day Fresh Start Program, Corporate Wellness Training and Programs Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
March 06, 2022
BWIW Interview with Mental Health Advocate Sasha Nicole
Content warning: In this episode, we discuss postpartum depression and thoughts of harm. For women who feel stuck and stagnant in life, Sasha Nicole teaches how to feel more confident and courageous through various courses, motivational videos, coaching, and keynote speeches. As a mental health advocate in the wellness industry for over ten years, who not only survived severe postpartum depression and thrives with a mental health condition, it is her mission to assist others in living a healed and whole life while honing in on what truly makes you happy. Organization: Fearless Nfluence email: Websites: and  IG: @therealsashanicole Current projects: Wellness and Business Courses along with the E-book "From Detour to Destination" BWIW Interviews on Reproductive Health Interview with medical sociologist and reproductive health advocate Dr. Alicia Bonaparte Interview with birth doula Shawn Morant Interview with birth and bereavement doula Teaisha Whittingham Other Resources Find a black postpartum doula Addressing the Increased Risk of Postpartum Depression for Black Women Connect with BWIW IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
February 13, 2022
BWIW Interview with Tattoo Artist Rae Muhammad
Rae Muhammad was born and raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She went to Auburn University and earned her bachelor's in Pre-Veterinary Sciences, and continued on through Veterinary Medicine. After a fulfilling career working with animals, she decided it was time to give love to her other passion, the arts. She spent a year apprenticing at Boston Tattoo Company, and went on to take a break a focus on family. In 2020 as the pandemic began, she began tattooing professionally in Florida, and has worked to focus on giving her community vibrant beautiful pieces to cherish forever ever since. Business: Rae Ink Collective (Permanent Skin Design) Whatsapp: +1.850.280.4032 IG: @raeinkcollective FB: @raeinkcollective Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
November 21, 2021
A September Story Time
Hi good people, This month's episode is a little different. I don't have an interview for you. Instead, I will be sitting down for a story time to let you in on what has been happening behind the scenes and what will be happening with the podcast going forward. Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
September 26, 2021
BWIW Interview with Green Carbon Queen Dahiana Green
Dahiana Green is your Green Carbon Queen. She is a firm believer that it is the ultimate goal of life to yoke or unify your spiritual form with your mind, and your physical body through conscious breathing and all forms of spiritual nutrition and will power. It is then naturally that life brought her to the practices of different types of holistic and spiritual practices such as yoga, from Hatha, to Ashtanga and Kemetic; culinary ventures and certifications, becoming a plant based chef, a certified nutritionist , currently undertaking her Sunfired culinary certification at the Land of Life in Panama. It is with the blended knowledge of all those specialties that she is proposing her services as a facilitator, helping you reach at your own pace the ultimate goal of Self. ORGANISATION: GCQ (Green Carbon Queen) SOCIAL MEDIA: GreenCarbonQueen @greencarbonqueen & @yokeandwokeyaself Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB:  Website: Email:
August 22, 2021
BWIW Wellness Chat for Back to School/Work
Ahoi hoi good people! Ginette Rhodes is back to do another wellness chat with me. For this chat, we'll be talking about daily routines and back to school. Check out our conversation to pick up some tips and tricks to keep you motivated throughout the day. Check out IG: @mannaherbalcare FB: Mannaherbalcare Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
August 09, 2021
BWIW Interview with Urban Medicine Woman Carine Camara
Carine Camara is an urban medicine woman. She is a Spiritual Wellness Coach, Acupuncturist, Energy Healer, Host of the Infinite Love Podcast and a Holistic Health Care Provider. She is a firm believer that Love is Medicine, and her podcast illustrates how people can overcome life’s challenges with love. As a holistic practitioner she looks at all angles of a client’s health, life, mindset, movement and nutrition to find their path of deep healing and transformation. She has devoted the last 20 years to the study of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. She began by studying plant based nutrition, to heal her own physical issues, and later obtained her Masters in Chinese Medicine. Her practice and knowledge continued to expand, as she trained in Energy Medicine, and worked closely with spiritual coaches, teachers and more. For those who are suffering from chronic illness, who are highly sensitive and/or who are looking for support in their lives, she has a wealth of knowledge to guide you back to wellness. Get in touch with Carine: Business: Acupuncture & Healing Arts email: website: IG: @carinejcamara FB: @carinehealing Podcast: Current Project: 3 Day Challenge for Overcome Trauma with Self Love Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
July 25, 2021
BWIW Wellness Chat on Summer Skin Care
We're trying something new this month! In the spirit of "Friday Inspiration", we're doing a new segment called "Wellness Chat". For these chats, I'll be sitting down with the lovely Ginette Rhodes (from to talk shop about a wellness topic. And for this episode, we'll be talking all things summer skin care.  Check out Ginette's blog post on skin care here. Check out IG: @mannaherbalcare FB: Mannaherbalcare Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
June 21, 2021
BWIW Interview with Artist and Poet Kyoko Rorie-Bruton
Kyoko Rorie-Bruton was born and raised in a small town named New London, NC. When she was 18, she graduated high-school and began college to pursue a career in Healthcare. She worked as an Executive Director for a series of nursing homes and retirement facilities. Then at the age of 30, she had a mid-life crisis, quit her job, and decided to explore an education in Art School. She can say that this was the best choice she could have ever made. She currently works as the Creative Arts Director for a local non- profit organization that supports children and adults who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also married to her wife Jennifer, and they have two sons. Her current projects include hosting a Black Lives Matter Trap and Paint Party for a local Juneteenth Festival, painting Culture and Diversity murals at the local library, a series of paintings celebrating black women and working on completing her poetry book entitled “AFRO-CENTRICS”. Her passion truly lies in creating mixed media art, turtles, poetry, African studies, and traveling. Her Life Motto is : My life is Simple, all I require is: LOVE PEACE ART TURTLES. Email: IG: PurpleAquarianTortoise FB: LovePeaceArtTurtles Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
June 13, 2021
BWIW Bonus Interview with Poet/Activist Joyce M. Rose-Harris
Joyce M. Rose-Harris is an experienced Digital Strategist for political and non-profit organizations. Currently Joyce is a Digital Trainer with the National Democratic Training Committee. Most recently she was the Digital Organizing Director for the 2020 South Carolina Coordinated Campaign; and Digital Director in South Carolina for the Elizabeth Warren Presidential Campaign. Joyce is a published poet and serves on the board of The Watering Hole Poetry Organization. You can find her musings on her blog She is also an active member of the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Instagram: @PaisleyPerspective  Twitter: @PaisleyPerspect Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
May 23, 2021
BWIW Interview with Podcaster and Wellness Entrepreneur Ginette Rhodes
Ginette Rhodes graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019. After graduation she founded which is an online wellness store that ships natural personal care items, vitamins, superfoods, candles, incense and household supplies. She is a nature enthusiast and active podcaster. Her current podcast “Empowered Life Lessons” details her different life lessons in a monologue format to document her maturation into womanhood as well as her awakening to “self”. Website: IG: @mannaherbalcare  FB: Mannaherbalcare   Podcast: Empowered Life Lessons on Spotify Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
May 16, 2021
BWIW Interview with Poet - Actor - Visual Artist D. Colin
D. Colin is a poet and dreamchaser holding degrees in English and  Africana Studies. She is the author of Dreaming in Kreyol and Said the Swing to the Hoop . One of NY Capital Region's Creatives under 40 in The Collaborative, she is also an NYS Writers Institute, VONA and Cave Canem Fellow. D. Colin uses poetry, performance and paint to inspire, empower and educate communities through creative writing workshops, theater and visual art. She also runs, Empress Bohemia, her own line of wearable art which mainly showcases handpainted wood earrings. Website: Facebook: Danielle Colin, D. Colin, Empress Bohemia Instagram: @poetdcolin @empressbohemia @poeticvibe518 Twitter: @poetdcolin Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
April 18, 2021
BWIW Interview with Holistic Wellness Guide and Health Coach Lauren Pope Forbes
Lauren Pope Forbes is a Holistic Wellness Guide and certified Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She is also the Creator and Founder of Love Yourself Healthy and the Hair & Body Positivity Experience. Her business is based on 4 basic pillars of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle: knowing, nourishing, loving and giving yourself. Her mission is to infuse into the lives of women over 40 the same unconditional love, compassion, and support that they give to everyone else. By focusing on a holistic approach and ancient self-care practices including meditation, yoga, plant-based eating and mindfulness techniques, each client will develop a more loving and healthy relationship with the most important person in her life: Herself! This love that will radiate from inside her will help her better serve those she loves, and serve the planet with her unique gifts and talents. Website: IG: @laurenpopeforbes Clubhouse: @aware Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
March 28, 2021
All things Cannabis with Afro Cannada Budsistas Khadisha Thornhill and Natalie Cox
Today's show is our season 2 finale and my first double interview. Today I had the pleasure to talk all things cannabis with Khadisha Thornhill and Natalie Cox of Afro Cannada Budsistas. Khadisha Thornhill is an outspoken co-founder of the important new Canadian collective. AFRO CANNADA BUDSISTAS. She developed an appreciation for cannabis approximately 4 years ago when she was dealing with some chronic shoulder pain issues and has recently been prescribed medical cannabis which has made her more adamant about advocating for better insurance health benefits coverage for medical cannabis to ensure end-user patient access.  Khadisha spent nearly 4 years as an admin and moderator for Black Moms group on Facebook - a group with more than 16 thousand members, and developed a lot of skills in managing online safe spaces for Black women. Every day she remains committed to standing up and speaking out to the ravages of systemic racism and white patriarchal societal systems. You can follow Khadisha on Instagram @ms_weedwiki Natalie Cox has been described as a powerwoman of Canadian cannabis.  She first came to the plant for personal reasons - she realized she had been coping badly with untreated anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. Cannabis, she says, helped give her a better quality of life. With the federal legalization of cannabis in Canada, she felt empowered to start growing her own.  She was good at it - and so, after a lifetime serving customers in retail, she determined to go back to college to study Horticulture. She also became an influential member of the Canadian cannabis community - and she realized her voice was needed -Cox went online in search of groups where she could find other Black women interested in cannabis, being vocal in the space. Over conversation with Khadisha Thornhil, the two lamented over the lack of spaces for Black women and committed to filling to the gap and creating the space they craved, birthing Afro Cannada Budsistas.  Together, their mission is to normalize cannabis use among Black Women by information, education, and exposure. You can follow Natalie on IG @growingwithnatalie And check out Afro Cannada Budsistas: IG: @afrocannadabudsistas FB: Website: Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
December 06, 2020
Making Healthy the New Normal with dietitian and nutritionist Alexis Motley
Alexis Motley is contagiously positive and passionate about nutrition and creating healthy lifestyles for everyone in her community. She is known for her comprehensive approach that encompasses a positive relationship with food and physical activity.  She takes her professional expertise and practical ideas to make nutrition fun and easy.  Alexis received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Southern University A&M College. This is where she commissioned in the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant within the Engineer Corps. After serving her country proudly, Alexis attended McNeese State University where she received her graduate degree in Health and Human Performance, as well as completed the dietetic internship program which resulted in Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recruiting her as a Clinical Dietitian.  As a Military spouse, Alexis moved to Colorado Springs which is where she became a Consulting Dietitian for 5 Star Senior Living Cooperation. While working with patients at this location, Alexis took her love for food to help create nutritious menus with fun activities to enhance the living experience for senior citizens.  After Colorado, Alexis returned to Louisiana, taking a consulting position as the Senior Registered Dietitian at Fort Polk to serve the soldiers and families at Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital. As her involvement grew, she collaborated with healthcare teams to create a comprehensive treatment program focused on healthy weight and body image for children, adolescents and families who desired prevention and treatment for weight management, diabetes and other metabolic concerns. Currently, Alexis is enrolled in the Nutrition PhD program at Louisiana State University (LSU) while also teaching multiple nutrition courses at there. She is also a devoted wife, mother of two amazing little boys, and community outreach organizer.  She has a down-to-earth approach to nutritional guidance oriented to her clients’ goals of “Making Healthy the New Normal.” Here are a few ways you can connect with Alexis: Instagram: themommydietitian Facebook Group: The Mommy Dietitian Facebook Business Page: Red River Medical Nutirtion Website: And here's how you can connect with Black Women in Wellness: IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
November 29, 2020
How to Take a Moment with Yourself
Sheryl Jackson is a Savvy Entrepreneur, Business and Private Yoga Wellness Coach. She specializes in helping Yoga Teachers & Wellness Entrepreneurs to create financial well-being through coaching and online courses. She also helps women struggling with hormone imbalance. This is done through The Conscious Woman Midlife Detox program. A holistic 90 Days step by step optimal online, private well-being coaching method to transform your life, build a sustainable diet and wellness habits. Connect with Sheryl on FB and IG to find out more about her course offerings, coaching services, and to catch her live interviews with wellness practitioners making the digital pivot. Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
November 22, 2020
Getting Fit with Your Whole Self
In this interview, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Licensed Psychotherapist, Wellness Coach and Certified Life Coach Aisha Antoinette Picott. She has over a decade of experience in the field of social work and mental health in the healthcare setting and is passionate about empowering women to find their passion, live their purpose and fulfill their dreams.  She helps navigate them to a place of power by identifying what holds them back – self-limiting beliefs, negative self-talk, low self-esteem and commonly – low to no self-confidence. Her goal as a coach is to provide all the support, information and motivation people need to achieve and maintain their goals. She is committed to helping her clients realize and unlock their full potential. One size does not fit all! She creates customized programs and goal setting to support optimal health and well-being along with necessary life changes that will enable them to achieve and maintain their health and life goals. You can find out more about what Aisha is working on at Also follow her on IG and Facebook to stay up to date on fitness challenges and more. Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
November 15, 2020
Two Black Girls Go to A Farm
For this interview, I sit down with friend and Black Girl Social Club -- Costa Rica Chapter President Celesté Lawson. We have a chit chat about a recent volunteer project we did at the Pro-Huerta Guanacaste Community Garden. Born in Queens, NY and bred in Columbia, South Carolina, Celesté is from the best of both worlds. Celesté served in the US Army for 4 years including a 1 year deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is a proud mother of one 17 year daughter who is a National High School Scholar, Varsity Volleyball player, and is currently being scouted by multiple college track and field teams. A born traveler and expat at heart, Celesté relocated to Costa Rica during the pandemic to focus on veteran and mental health advocacy. Inspired by the BLM movement in Costa Rica, Celesté strives to provide access to resources, community, and a safe space for Black and Brown girls to live unapologetically and with purpose. To donate to the BGSC Costa Rica community food drive, reach out to Celesté here. To tap into the Black Girl Social Club, check out their IG here.  Find out more about Pro Huerta Guanacaste Community Garden here.  We're still looking for black women to interview for season 2. If you are a black woman who works with food and wellness (gardener, farmer, dietitian, health coach/educator, chef, food activist, etc) and you want to be on the show, drop us a line at
November 08, 2020
Community Health Workers for the Win!
Tasha Whitaker is a speaker, author, educator, trainer and owner of TWhitaker Enterprises, a consulting agency that provides professional development training, health and wellness workshops for healthcare professionals that build capacity. A passionate health and wellness advocate for communities she empowers communities to take charge of their wellness. She is the Founder and Host of The CHW Crew, a community that highlights the work of community health workers through empowerment, education and service. IG @iamtashawhitaker We're still looking for black women to interview for season 2. If you are a black woman who works with food and wellness (gardener, farmer, dietitian, health coach/educator, chef, food activist, etc) and you want to be on the show, drop us a line at
November 01, 2020
Dietitian Marsha S Hoffman Chats All Things Food and Health
Marsha Hoffmann is a NYC based Registered Dietitian. She is a first-generation Haitian American. Marsha graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors's in Hispanic Language and Literature. After completing her bachelor's she discovered food as a career and went back to school to study dietetics at Queens College in NYC. She then went on to do her dietetic internship at Lehman College where she completed her Masters in Health Education and Promotion. She an avid traveler, aesthetic bullet journaler, foodie, and media lover. She's the creator behind Do You Salut. A brand that encourages people to celebrate everyday life through traveling, exploring different cultures, eating good food, and practicing self-care. She recently received her personal trainer certification and is currently in the process of becoming a certified yoga teacher. She hopes to one day combine what she learns from her yoga studies with her nutrition background to help people feel empowered to practice self-care.
October 25, 2020
Gullah Geechee Vegan Cookbook Author Takes Us on a Food Journey
The lovely Sufia Giza returns to kick off season 2 of the interview series and talk about her journey to veganism, her vegan cookbook, and her new venture of growing her own food. Sufia Giza is a yoga teacher, filmmaker, and writer who has released a vegan cookbook called Vegan SOULfood: Food for the SOUL. She has been vegan since 1992, and has 30+ years of vegetarian food prep. She also has a Certificate in Nutrition from the University of California, Riverside. You can find Sufia's cookbook on Amazon here. And check out her website here. For more information about Farmasis, check out this article here. And for some gardening inspiration, check out these Instagram accounts: blackgirlswithgardens, gardeningunderinfluence, greenthumbsistas We're still looking for black women to interview for season 2. If you are a black woman who works with food and wellness (gardener, farmer, dietitian, health coach/educator, chef, food activist, etc) and you want to be on the show, drop us a line at
October 18, 2020
BWIW Interview with Raychelle Heath
For our season 1 finale episode, I'm bringing you an interview with me! I sat down with my dear friend Rev Saundra Porter Thomas to talk about my journey as a wellness provider.  I have been a yoga teacher for some time now, and am also a meditation teacher. To say the journey has been interesting is an understatement, but it has definitely been worthwhile.  And it has brought me to the time and place of working on Black Women in Wellness, which has definitely been a gift. If you want to know more about my wellness services, check out my website This is the final episode of season 1, but season 2 will be back and in full swing on October 18. For season 2, we'll be focusing food and wellness. I've got some great interviews lined up for you, but still have space to chat with a few more wellness women. If you're interested in being on the podcast, click here.  Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
October 04, 2020
BWIW Interview with Teaisha Whittingham
In this episode, we have our final interview in our reproductive health conversation. I'll be talking to another doula who has her own unique experience to share about birthing wellness. Teaisha Whittingham is very passionate about birth and all things babies. She is a certified Birth and Bereavement Doula, trained through Doula Training Canada and stillbirthday academy.  She is also a mother of three and surrogate mother of two. As a doula, she wants to make sure each of her clients are knowledgeable and empowered when it comes to making decisions regarding their birth and their bodies. One of her favorite quotes is by Ina May Gaskin where she says, “Wherever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life." The National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB) Resource page  National Black Doulas Association Directory Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
September 27, 2020
Friday Inspiration -- Tam Luc and Women Who Boss Up
For today's Friday inspiration, I have a bonus interview for you with business coach Tam Luc Tam Luc is a #1 International bestselling author, and founder of Women with Vision International who shares the triumphs, stress, and struggles of balancing her life to help women grow their business. After 20 years as a business entrepreneur, she helps women leverage their message and create the lifestyle they want through her own unique book messaging strategies. Check out her new book series, “Women Who BossUp; Strategies of Successful Women Who have Leveled Up In Life, Health And Business” available now on Amazon.  Core Message Blueprint Follow Women With Vision International on Facebook  1000 True Fans YT Video
September 25, 2020
BWIW Interview with Shawna Morant
We are continuing our conversation on reproductive health this episode with birth doula Shawna Morant. Shawna Morant graduated from Winthrop University in 2008 with a Masters of Social Work, emphasis on Health and Mental Health. She has worked as a professional social worker for the past 12 years, serving some of the most vulnerable in Mecklenburg County. During her own pregnancy and motherhood journey, she felt a strong pull towards helping other expectant parents. She finally took the leap and completed Birth Doula training in January 2020, establishing her doula practice and beginning to serve clients shortly after. As a Birth Doula, Shawna is committed to providing guidance, education, and empowerment on a client's birth journey. The National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB) Resource page  National Black Doulas Association Directory Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
September 20, 2020
BWIW Interview with Dr. Alicia Bonaparte
This episode is the first of three episodes that we'll be doing discussing reproductive wellness.  Dr. Alicia D. Bonaparte is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College and trained as a medical sociologist with a specialization in reproductive health, health disparities, and female crime and deviance. Her publications and research interests examine the gendered social hierarchy within American medicine as well as the intersection of race and gender in healthcare practices and racial disparities. She is also co-editor of the anthology Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth, contributed to Routledge’s Motherhood Companion (2019) examining the collusion of race, class, and gender regarding choices about midwife-attended births, and has forthcoming chapter in Routledge’s Black Feminist Sociology (2020). Lastly, she has served as a keynote speaker for various organizations and institutions such as Doula Trainings, International, UCLA's Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, and LaGrange College. email:                                            twitter: @adbphd Midwife and Health Advocate Jennie Joseph: Angel Shannon's Seva Health : Olaomi Amoloku (Priestess of Oshun): Aura Meditation app: Connect with Black Women in Wellness IG: @bwiw_interviews   FB: Website: Email:
September 13, 2020
BWIW Interview with V Ophelia Rigault
V. Ophelia Rigault whole-heartedly believes that grief is our greatest teacher, and there comes a time that the griever has to choose to get through their grief or become mired in it. Ophelia knows that grief is not meant to be fixed - it is meant to be witnessed and healed. After the death of her mother, Ophelia tried to "fix" her grief, and was waiting to "get over it". Her grief became an unwanted dinner guest that wouldn't go away. She learned how to turn her wounds into wisdom and reconnect to joy. Ophelia is known as The Grief Transformation Coach and has been featured on Grief Dreams Podcast with Dr. Josuha Black, Grief Healing Corner with Sharon Ehlers of Grief Reiki, and Boob Talk with Cynthia Rogers Ophelia is the radio host of Thank The Grief it's Friday and TV Host of Conversations with Ophelia. She is also the founder and spiritual director of Meet Me By the River Spiritual Centre. She is an inspirational speaker, and has logged over 2000 hours as a speaker. She is a lover of peppermint tea, restorative yoga, and is a self-proclaimed scarf-aholic. She loves being silly with her beloved niece. Her website is To learn more about Black Women in Wellness you can go to Follow us on IG @bwiw_interviews Like our FB page Black Women In Wellness
September 06, 2020
Friday Inspiration -- Black Joy Matters
I had the great pleasure of attending The Black Love Experience last week, and in this minisode I talk about my take-aways from the Black Joy Matters panel discussion.  The Moderator for the discussion was Jessica Solomon, and the panelists were Alex Hardy, Christine Platt, Derrick Weston Brown, and Zoë Pulley.  You can find the black joy archive here. To learn more about Black Women in Wellness, you can go to Follow us on IG @bwiw_interviews Like our FB page Black Women In Wellness
September 04, 2020
BWIW Interview with Janna Zinzi
Janna Zinzi is a traveling storyteller documenting cultural changemakers in arts, spirituality and social justice. When she saw that most travel guides are written by and for heteronormative white folks, she worked to cofound WanderWomxnTravels which is a collective of womxn of color and femme travelers. Wanderwomxn seeks to create a space that provides travel and safety information because the way we experience the world is naturally different. Through the stories shared by its contributors, Wanderwomxn wants to show the diversity of travel experiences you can have around the world. But Wanderwomxn also works to lift up local stories and businesses in the hopes that you will learn about the people on your block. Janna is also an international burlesque teacher who has reached students in the UK, Canada, and Costa Rica. She has performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame/Miss Exotic World competition in Las Vegas and is currently based in Los Angeles. Her dream is to be able to perform internationally some day. Find out more about Janna on her website And follow WanderWomxnTravels on IG @wanderwomxntravels You can find Black Women in Wellness on IG also @bwiw_interviews and on the web at
August 30, 2020
Friday Inspiration -- Tiny Habits for Big Changes
In this minisode, I talk about making big habits small so that they are more sustainable. This Friday's inspiration comes from: Sustainable Vegan "How Tiny Habits Can Change Your Life"  BJ Fogg "Tiny Habits -- The Small Changes that Change Everything" Life Kit on NPR "Tiny Habits Are The Key To Behavioral Change" To learn more about Black Women in Wellness you can go to Follow us on IG @bwiw_interviews Like our FB page Black Women In Wellness
August 28, 2020
BWIW Interview with Rev Saundra Porter Thomas
Rev. Saundra Porter Thomas is a SynErgy Wellness Practitioner, Interfaith-Interspiritual Minister, Next Level UP! Life Coach, Intuitive Messenger, Singer/Songwriter, and StoryWeaver currently based in Costa Rica. She has 30 years of experience working with clients. In her SynErgy Wellness practice, which includes her Next Level UP! Life Coaching, she draws on knowledge of Energy Medicine, music, counseling, spirituality, and intuition to assess and address the whole person -mind, body, heart, emotions, and spirit. Through breathwork and meditation, she teaches clients how to center, calm, and clear energy breaches and restore balance within their bodies and bio-systems. She incorporates music and sound frequencies to help support shifts on the surface and at the client’s core DNA. She also uses StoryWeaving and Intuitive Messaging to help clients re-envision a situation or challenge in their life through the lens of story reframing. As an Interfaith~Interspiritual Minister, Saundra offers people a safe place to express and explore personal beliefs through the lens of Love, non-judgment, and the wisdom to agree to disagree. She facilitates traditional and non-traditional celebrations, rituals, and ceremonies. She recognizes and acknowledges that there are many religious and spiritual paths and beliefs, including no belief. She believes that the one thing that connects everyone and everything around us is the Breath. To learn more about Rev Saundra and her work, go to: And to learn more about Black Women in Wellness you can go to  And don't forget to follow us on IG @bwiw_interviews 
August 23, 2020
Friday Inspiration -- Checking in on Our Mental Health
In this mini-episode, I talk about getting vulnerable about our mental health. We are living in an unprecedented moment right now, and having support for our mental health needs is crucial. Here are some resources if you need to reach out: The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) 24 hour helpline: 800-950-6264. Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish), or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746. Spanish speakers from Puerto Rico can text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453 National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)  Veteran's Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
August 21, 2020
BWIW Interview with Venecia Runningwolf
Venecia Runningwolf is medicinal musician out of South Carolina Practicing who has been practicing in the realm of music and sound therapy for over 12 years. Some of the tools she uses to work with clients are medicinal songs, gongs, flutes, and  the Chinese Guzgeng harp. She also works with Cannabis ceremonially as a medicinal aid to deepen the processes of discovery and healing for her clients. During our chat we talked about her work as a sound therapist, her time in China, and she even shares some music with us. You can find Venecia on IG @veneciarunningwolf And you can find Black Women in Wellness on IG @bwiw_interviews and on the web at
August 16, 2020
Friday Inspiration - The Importance of Rest
In this bonus mini-episode, I talk about being inspired to rest this week. Shout out to @thenapministry on IG for reminding us all to take time to rest. Go give them a follow. And make sure you're following Black Women in Wellness also @bwiw_interviews
August 14, 2020
BWIW Talks with Yoga Teacher Sufia Giza
In this episode, I sit down with the beautiful spirit that is Sufia Giza. We talk about what it was like for her as black woman going through yoga training. She also schools us about yoga's African origins and the importance of intention in our yoga practice. Find out more about Sufia at her website and get a copy of her cookbook here.
August 09, 2020
Introduction to BWIW Interview Series
Here's an introduction to the Black Women in Wellness Interview series and a preview of what you can expect from season 1. Find us on the web: Follow us on Instragram: @bwiw_interviews Find us on Facebook:
August 07, 2020