Chasing Sammee

Chasing Sammee

By Sammee Leigh
Welcome! Chasing Sammee is a bi-weekly podcast centered around candidly raw, insightful, funny conversations on relationships, family, current events, pop culture, health and wellness with various guests unapologetically sharing their fresh perspectives. We are all works in progress; let's fearlessly navigate this thing called life together.
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EP 16: Mind Your Mental with Dr. Mia Pappagallo, MD
Welcome everyone. I’m Sammee Leigh and this is Chasing Sammee, a podcast all about candid conversations with everyday people because we all have a story to tell and sometimes hearing someone else’s story is how we make sense of our own…   The coronavirus is a global pandemic. At the time of this recording,  the best means to beat this virus is to self-quarantine. Many of us are working from home, or using that time to read, watch a ton of shows, focus on hobbies and self-care as the world around us struggles from this outbreak.  Staying inside and staying healthy are the very best we can do right now but mentally this could be a struggle for some.  In this episode, my dear friend, Dr. Mia Pappagallo, MD, a New York board certified psychiatry specialist with over 20 years experience joins me to discuss how we can mentally prepare ourselves during this time of self-quarantining and social-distancing. All links mentioned are available in the show notes. Okay, Let’s Get into it!  ***NOTES***: Digital Recovery Support: Online and Mobile Resources: https://www.recoveryanswers.org/media/digital-recovery-support-online-and-mobile-resources/
52:00
March 25, 2020
EP 15: You Are Not Alone with Aaron Gold
FAM! It’s ya girl, Sammee Leigh here and welcome to Chasing Sammee, a podcast all about candid conversations with everyday people because we all have a story to tell and sometimes hearing someone else’s story is how we make sense of our own... In this episode, I chop it up with actor, comedian, and all around nice guy, Aaron Gold. Aaron is kinda what you get if Seth Rogan and Chris Pratt gave birth to a golden retriever - his words not mine. We unpack the uniqueness that is You Are Not Alone, an uplifting Improv comedy show about depression that Aaron produces and hosts, we swap our own depression tales, sing the praises of the Magnet Theatre, and we both agree that Creed had some bops, plus so much more.  All links mentioned are available in the show notes. Okay, Let’s Get into it! ***NOTES**** Aaron Gold -  Instagram: @heyitsaarongold / www.aaron-gold.com >>> You Are Not Alone -  Instagram: @youarenotalonecomedy / yanacomedy.com >>> Don’t Mind If I Don’t -  Instagram: @dontmindpodcast >>> Magnet Theater -  Instagram: @magnettheater / www.magnettheater.com
58:35
March 23, 2020
Ep 14: Otherhood: Childless By Choice
Aye, Sammee Leigh here and welcome to Chasing Sammee, a podcast all about candid conversations with everyday people because we all have a story to tell and sometimes hearing someone else’s story is how we make sense of our own... In this episode, Shana, Leslie, Vics, Megan and myself discuss a hot topic - choosing to not have children. We get into what that dynamic is like with family and friends, how not having kids doesn’t mean we hate children and how Tracee Ellis Ross and Ellen Degeneres are game changers when it comes to otherhood: being childless by choice. Okay Let’s get into it.
1:00:42
March 9, 2020
Ep 13: Mommyhood: Raising Baby & Me
What’s good fam! Sammee Leigh here and welcome to Chasing Sammee, a podcast all about candid conversations with everyday people because we all have a story to tell and sometimes hearing someone else’s story is how we make sense of our own... We have our very first roundtable discussion, yall! Listen as Erin, EB and Natalia, three professional women share their varying experiences on becoming a mother. We touch on stay at home moms, boobs on tap, how watching MTV’s 16 and Pregnant built confidence if you are afraid of childbirth and much more.
1:11:01
February 24, 2020
Ep 12b: Travel Rookies with Keysha Baynes
What’s up fam! Sammee Leigh here and welcome to Chasing Sammee, a podcast all about candid conversations with everyday people because we all have a story to tell and sometimes hearing someone else’s story is how we make sense of our own... In this episode the conversation continues with Keysha “Coach Key” Baynes. We get into the difference between a travel agent and a travel coach, how others overseas define who is American and how she taught double dutch for $200 dollars for 40 minutes, Y’all DAMN! And for the true travel rookie, she shares a special couch to country offer that is too good to pass up. SIDE NOTE: In the conversation, Keysha mentions a comment Bill Cosby made about black people not needing to travel. In the show notes you will find context for that reference In Bill Cosby’s famous “Pound Cake” speech, he decried black use of “backward” clothing and the prevalence of urban slang: We’ve got to take the neighborhood back. We’ve got to go in there. Just forget telling your child to go to the Peace Corps. It’s right around the corner. It’s standing on the corner. It can’t speak English. It doesn’t want to speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk. “Why you ain’t where you is go, ra,” I don’t know who these people are. And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. Then I heard the father talk. This is all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner and you got into the house and switched to English. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t land a plane with “why you ain’t …” You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. There is no Bible that has that kind of language.
1:03:16
February 10, 2020
Ep 12a: Travel Rookies with Keysha Baynes
Hello! it’s Sammee Leigh here and welcome to Chasing Sammee, a podcast all about candid conversations with everyday people because we all have a story to tell and sometimes hearing someone else’s story is how we make sense of our own... On today’s episode Keysha “Coach Key” Baynes shares how her love for travel began, what lengths she was willing to go to make it all happen, how show & tell is the ultimate gateway into public speaking and she reveals both her most joyful and truly terrifying travel abroad experiences. Before we get into it please Note: this episode contains details about sexual assault that may be triggering for some listeners. ==== IG: @travelrookies
53:46
January 27, 2020
Ep 11: 20/20 Vision with Lilybeth Reyes
Heyo! I’m Sammee Leigh and this is Chasing Sammee, a podcast and welcome to the First ep for the new year! So many people use this time of year to set resolutions and what not but How do we bridge the gap between where we want to be and where we are currently? The key is to reflect on our past. Take the time to remember the wins, and understand that failures are simply opportunities to start again on the right foot. Best friend of the podcast, Lilybeth Reyes joins me from Gainesville for an honest reflection of our 2019 and a look ahead to what we are claiming for 2020. *** Mentioned in the show:  THE END OF YEAR REFLECTION WORKSHEET: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0159/0942/1110/files/endofyearreflectionworksheet-energymuse.jpg?v=1577133205
50:04
January 13, 2020
Season Two Promo!
What’s good fam! The new year has brought about a new name! Welcome to Chasing Sammee, a podcast with me, Sammee Leigh. You might be wondering, Why the change of name? I love the name ‘Sammee Sometimes” but this wasn’t the right project for it. After listening to all of season one (go check it out now if you haven’t already) switching to Chasing Sammee just felt right and lets keep this all the way 100 - ain’t nobody got time to maintain multiple social media platforms - there I said it - unified branding across the board baby not to mention this is more about catching the convos and finding out who I'm speaking with next! Speaking of which, Do you want to share your story with me? I’m always down for a good chat. Go to sammeeleigh.com to get in touch! New year, new name, new awesome content dropping every 2nd and 4th Monday starting January 13!!
01:07
January 6, 2020
Ep 10: E'erybody
And we’ve come to the end of the road... That’s right! It’s a wrap y'all on season one! So this week, things are a bit different. I called in a very special someone to play guest host for the finale and we’ll be taking a look back at previous episodes and touching on what’s to come for season two. I also share my final notes and some of my answers might surprise you. Before we get into it, I want to say thank you to all the guests, each and every listener, those that have sent comments and written reviews - I’ve read all of them. THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart. Please checkout the site, www.sammeeleigh.com for links to book recommendations, the Spotify playlist, and/or if you are interested in being a guest. Okay! On with the show!
48:40
October 28, 2019
Ep 09: Are You Emotionally Fit?
Before we begin, ask yourself one question. Are you emotionally fit? Not quite sure how to answer that? No worries! This week’s chat will give you some insight in discovering that answer. La Shell Wooten is a licensed Mental Health Therapist and an Emotional Life Coach that’s going to explain what it means to be emotionally fit, and share some tips and tools to start creating the life you truly want. She gives it to you straight, y’all. Let's get into it! Go to her website to get connected, www.LaShellWooten.com
59:48
October 14, 2019
Ep 08: Blerd So Hard
Special release in celebration of New York City Comic Con!  This week we take it to the boogie down Bronx to the home of family man J-Steed, a 39 year old, radio host, and Bronx native. We BLERD SO HARD on comic books, the significant role they played in his life, the importance of representation at comic-con, his Black Panther 2 predictions and I share my not so kid-friendly comic book recommendation. I’m talking a possibly NC-17 rating; if not that then definitely R.  Plus as a nice bonus, two special guests join the conversation. As a quick aside, the term blerd combines black and nerd meaning nerd culture with an urban point of view focusing on people of color. Now that we are on the same page, let’s get into it. ***instagram handles:*** Guest: @jsteed80_rpm host: @chasing_sammee
32:51
October 7, 2019
Ep 07: Career Day
It’s career day with Chris Lorusso, an editor on the groundbreaking, hit tv show How To Get Away with Murder. He shares a key tip for making it in the film and tv industry, how it’s never too late to make your dream a reality, what it’s like working in Shondaland and that a 3 month old baby has the power to bring a grown man to tears.  This contains some strong language. You’ve been warned. Ma, you may want to skip this one. Lets get into it. *** The final season of How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursday, September 26th. Chris edited the 3rd episode of this season, airing October 10th. You can catch more of his work in CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion (2018) airing on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) on Monday, September 23rd at 8:00 PM  and Monday, September 30th at  11:00 PM. In November, his essay is included in anthology set for release under the title, My Favorite Horror Movie part 2 .
38:16
September 23, 2019
Ep 06: A Blind New World
This week’s chat is with Callie Gray, a South Florida native and my TV News Mom who was recently declared legally blind. We get into what that’s been like as she continues to work successfully in a field she’s been in for the last 35 years, we dig into why she had to give up watching NBC’s hit show, This Is Us, we also explore some of the ways technology is used within the V.I.P community, and why she’s enterally grateful for Earth Wind and Fire’s Gratitude album, here’s a hint it involves a cop car and the best sleep she’s ever gotten. Ok y'all lets get into it.
1:03:12
September 9, 2019
Ep 05: Girl Talk
This week I’m happy to welcome back Lilybeth Reyes for some crazy girl chat on sad animal facts, 7 reasons friendships change over time, the dynamics of female friendships and the realization I’m a reformed jerk. A quick aside there’s some technical issues that were beyond control which makes some bits of the audio hard to hear. Bare with it y’all as we get into this.
40:40
August 26, 2019
Ep 04: A Man. A Woman. Just Friends. SHOCKER!
This week is all about if men and women can be just friends and I’m super excited to explore this topic with R&B soul singer-songwriter and my best friend George Tandy jr. oh don’t forget the jr. We explore so much from the value of coed friendships, the Harry Met Sally effect, friend-zoning as a good thing and now that George is married what will happen to us? ||***DOPE STUFF MENTIONED: Friendship quotes: https://www.ikedaquotes.org/
57:58
August 12, 2019
Ep 03: Black, No Chaser
This week, I popped into the office of Uzuri Holder, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist working in emergency medicine. She’s been practicing Nichiren Buddhism since birth with the SGI-USA, chanting nam-myoho-renge-kyo Just like Tina Turner. Basically she runs with fortune y’all. When I moved back to New York in 2007, she was One of the first people I met. She keeps it 100 always in all ways and you are about to get a taste. Hair tips, natural beauty products, cultural appropriation, Jack Daniels, When They See Us, vicarious trauma, the importance of mindfulness, and big ass titties... Yup, you heard right and you are about to hear much more.  | |***DOPE STUFF MENTIONED:  shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie *  Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker *  Eco Style Argan Oil Styling Gel *  @body_scrubs_by_rebeca *  TENDER organics *  | |***CORRECTION - TENDER organics, based out of Queens, New York not Brooklyn. My bad!
29:48
August 4, 2019
Ep 02: Mother, Honestly
This week, I thought it only right and proper that I invite over my lovely, quirky Mother! Please welcome Jeanette Thomas! Get ready for some nostalgia,  laughs and a pretty solid way to tell your job peace out and much more. 
50:38
July 28, 2019
Ep 01: Adulting
In this debut episode, I’m speaking with Lilybeth Reyes about how adulting is like being in the upside down place, the oddness of Florida, how the “Cats” trailer has everyone losing their minds, embarrassing pronunciations like fatty-goo-wee and much much more.
55:01
July 21, 2019
Teaser Episode
“Sammee Sometimes” launches July 21st!
00:51
July 21, 2019