Confessions Of A Melanated Queen

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen

By Dr. Lauren Meeks
This is Confessions Of A Melanated Queen, a podcast designed to celebrate the achievements within Black culture.
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48. You Are Not A Victim!
On this Season 2 premier, Dr. Lauren Meeks shares some updates on Confessions of A Melanated Queen and Melanated Queen Productions LLC.  She also shared her thoughts on VICTIMHOOD, where she identified 5 different examples of victim behavioral traits.  1) The Servant who wants to be served.  2) The Lover of ISM's 3) The Girl Who Cried Wolf 4) The Keyboard Guru  5) Sir No Opportunity  Are you one of these victims? 
12:42
July 1, 2019
47. Black Women, Sex and the Lies our Mothers Told Us: A Conversation With Author Dr. Hareder McDowell
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Dr. Hareder McDowell! Dr. Hareder McDowell is the author of the book, Black Women, Sex and the Lies our Mothers Told Us.  As a sexologist, Dr. McDowell works very close within her community to close the educational gap between African American women and generation myths regarding sexuality that are consistently passed down. Dr. McDowell also invites you to follow her at Haredermcdowell.com and support her non-for-profit PRETTY at Realprettygirls.org 
27:49
May 13, 2019
46. Reshaping Media For The Diaspora: A Conversation With CEO Nick Patrick
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Nick Patrick, CEO of Trindie TV! Nick shares his journey of building a Black-Owned multimedia streaming service! Trindie is Reshaping Media for the Diaspora. A full-scale multimedia platform created to tell stories of excellence.  Media is power, so we built a platform dedicated for Black filmmakers and content creators to produce and distribute their content to the world. 
34:54
May 6, 2019
45. A Woman's Prerogative: A Conversation With Poet and Advocate, Cherlnell Lane
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Podcast welcomes Cherlnell Lane!! The Melanated Queen Awards honoree, Cherlnell Lane and I talked about her journey to advocacy and how she took personal and health challenges and turned them into a tool to help heal others
1:14:32
April 28, 2019
44. In All of Her Glory: A Conversation With CEO And Community Leader, Dr. Shawn L Govan
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Podcast welcomes Dr. Shawn L. Govan. Dr. Govan and I discussed the impact of The Melanated Queen Awards and how our 11-year professional/personal relationship has come full circle to this past weekend’s celebration of Servant Leadership. Dr. Govan also shared details on her latest projects and business endeavors!
58:57
April 22, 2019
43. Scholarly Pursuits: A Conversation With Educational Consultant Dr. Andrea Davis
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Dr. Andrea Davis of Scholarly Pursuits LLC!! Dr. Davis discussed her role as an educational consultant and how her work supports students of color, and their families, as they navigate through access and completion of post-secondary education.
34:33
April 15, 2019
42. A Queen's Portrait: A Conversation With Artist Dionne Victoria
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Dionne Victoria Milton of Dionne Victoria Studios INC.! I had a wonderful conversation with Dionne about her work as an educator, advocate, artist, and community leader! On today’s show, I had an opportunity to chat with Dionne and get to know the woman behind paint brush.  Family, I was taken back by her warm spirit, her advocacy for our youth, and her passion for teaching. Words cannot express my level of respect for this Queen!  Dionne, thank you for your contribution towards the Melanated Queen Awards!
59:58
April 8, 2019
41. You Are Not A Mess! A Conversation With Author Kristen J. Woodruff
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Welcomes Kristen J. Woodruff! This episode is so personal and so special because my Soror and friend of 18 years, has taken a brave step and published her journey through trials and tribulations in her highly anticipated book, You Are Not A Mess! Reclaiming Your Self-Worth In The Midst Of Brokenness. Kristen is a mother, educator, and advocate for single mothers.  Pick up your copy Here! You can find Kristen on Facebook at Kristen Woodruff and feel free to email her at shethrivesnow@gmail.com 
1:11:10
April 1, 2019
40. For The Culture! A Conversation With TayCe Cooper, Founder of Nappy Headed Self
   Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes TayCe Cooper, Founder of Nappy Headed Self.  Nappy Headed Self is an earrings and accessories brand that specializes in statement pieces that speaks to the sentiments of Melanated People! TayCe shared her path to business and how early mistakes have developed her as a business woman.
39:17
March 25, 2019
39. The Queen Guide: A Conversation With Keana Nwaneri
Confessions of A Melanated Queen welcomes Keana Nwaneri of The Queen Guide. I love the concept of Netflix and Chill, because I’m an introvert. And solitude is my hobby. So there was something that resonated with me when I found The Queen Guide, a coaching services founded by mental health counselor, Keana Nwaneri.  Keana and I discussed the challenges African American women face and how The Queen Guide aims to provide support through various services. 
44:13
March 18, 2019
38. Revitalization Of Wealth: A Conversation With Aja Yasir and Lakichay Nadirah Muhammad of More Gold Investors
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes More Gold Investors! There is nothing more exciting than Melanated people who empower other Melanated people! More gold investors is led by two of the DOPEST Queens I know in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area. Lakichay Nadirah Muhammad and Aja Yasir not only talk about revitalizing our own communities, they hit the pavement and do the work to ensure that we know and understand opportunities that are readily available to us. Whether you have $5,000 or 50 cents in to your name, More Gold Investors offer the knowledge and resources we need to take back our economic power. 
1:22:02
March 11, 2019
37. The Voice Of A King: A Conversation With Charles Carpenter III
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Charles Carpenter III.  Charles is a husband, father, mentor to young black men, and educator. On this episode, Charles and I talked about a number of issues that impact the modern black family and I think these conversations are so important to have.  Confessions Of A Melanated Queen and Melanated Queen Productions aims to not only lend a voice to our women, we desire to create a space for our Black men to express themselves as well. 
1:09:41
March 4, 2019
36. The Law Of Confidence: A Conversation With Attorney Ashley Kirkwood
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Podcast Welcomes Attorney Ashley Kirkwood.  Ashley is the self-proclaimed “Lit Lawyer”, who supports other entrepreneurs by teaching them the essentials of trademarking, understanding contracts, and all things related to running an efficient and protected business. Ashley has such a great personality and I absolutely love her transparency and her ability to empower others throughout their journeys.  Follow Ashley on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theashleynicoleshow/ Take Her Course, Get The Tea On Trademarks: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-the-tea-on-trademarks-tickets-56355189890 Attend Her Workshop, Talk Your Way To Cash: rebrand.ly/SpeakYourWayToCash Book a Session: https://www.mobilegeneralcounsel.com/schedule-appointment/ Donate to The Kirkwood Foundation: https://www.paypal.me/KirkwoodFoundation
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February 25, 2019
Ep. 35 The Bossy Educator: A Conversation With Tara Seals
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes author and entrepreneur, Tara Seals, AKA The Bossy Educator! From the classroom to the boardroom, Tara has taken over 20 years of professional experience and created an award winning brand designed to empower educators and businesses alike to create multiple streams of income and to adopt the mindset of being the “boss” of your own destiny.
1:00:32
February 18, 2019
Ep. 34. Nzuri Means Beautiful: A Conversation With Chaun McDonald
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Welcomes Chaun McDonald, owner of NZuri Means Beautiful! Here is my confession today…. I am enamored with people who build their own paths!  Today we meet with owner of Nzuri Means Beautiful, Chaun McDonald. Her handmade body products are made with love and natural ingredients. I am a huge fan of her bath bombs! They are relaxing, soothing,  and healthy for your skin. On today's show, Chaun explores all of her products with us and she shared how she got started, as well as some of her plans for the future. 
23:58
February 11, 2019
Ep 33. Urban Expression: A Conversation With Nuri Madina II, of The Englewood Enterprise Gallery
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Podcast welcomes Brother Nuri Madina II Of Englewood Enterprise Gallery!! Brother Madina discussed the influence of artistic expression within our respective communities and the program opportunities his organization offers in an effort to bridge the cultural gap.
27:16
February 4, 2019
32. A Queen's Gem: A Conversation With Chan Harrell, Founder of Emerald Escape Spa Products
The Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Chan Harrell of Emerald Escape Products! Chan shared her entrepreneurial journey and how she turned her natural talent of making spa products into a brick and mortar business that is aiding in the Black economic power movement of Gary, Indiana. Special thanks to the Melanated Queen Awards sponsors, including Emerald Escape Products, Florea Flower Bar, and McNulty International!!
31:40
January 28, 2019
31. Bridging Generations: A Conversation With The Jackie Of All Trades, Adriann Sims-Harris
Adriann Sims-Harris is a wife, mother, and Jackie of All Trades. In this conversation, Adriann shares how she struggled to find a place in the workforce after taking  years off to finish school and establish a foundation for her family. Instead of letting the job market discourage her, Adrianne used her years of administrative experience to create a freelance business as a virtual assistant.  Adriann gives a lot of props to millennials, but she also challenges us to lead up, and give the generations before us encouragement to progress in a global society. 
37:26
January 21, 2019
30. Revolutionizing Education: A Conversation With Latricia Booker, Of Faith Movers Academy
The Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Principal Latricia Booker of Faith Movers Academy!!! Principal Booker discussed FMA and how Chicago-land families can now explore a revolutionized education for their children. Are you a female entrepreneur? Join me in the Beauty, Brains, & Business VIP Program at https://www.thebeautybrainsandbusiness.com/membership-sign-up?via=dr-lauren Sign up today! Want to make a donation to the film project? Visit https://confessionsofamelanatedqueen.com/support-the-confessions-of-a-melanated-queen-documentary-project/
35:21
January 14, 2019
29. Slay Girl, Slay: A Conversation With Inspirational Podcaster, Ashley Leggs
   Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Welcomes Ashley Leggs!  Ashley is the founder of the podcast and inspirational brand, Slay Girl, Slay.  Ashley sat with me to welcome each of you to a prosperous new year!! Ashely is such an inspiration, and as a millennial, she has been able to encourage thousands of women weekly through her podcast.  What I love about Ashley, is that she is the best friend each of us always wanted and needed. She empowers, uplifts, and greets each of us every week with a “Hey boo!”. She is the epitome of living your best life. You can check out her website at Slaygirlslay.com,  subscribe to her podcast, and follow her on Instagram @slaygirlslay.  If you want to donate to the Confessions Of Melanated Queen documentary series, visit https://confessionsofamelanatedqueen.com/support-the-confessions-of-a-melanated-queen-documentary-project/
32:02
January 7, 2019
28. Happy Birthday Confessions Of A Melanated Queen!
Today we celebrate our one year anniversary! Confessions Of A Melanated Queen was founded on January 1, 2018 and today we commemorate the brand by introducing Melanated Queen Productions LLC, The first annual Melanated Queen Awards, and the new documentary series! Are you a female entrepreneur? Join me in the Beauty, Brains, & Business VIP Program at https://www.thebeautybrainsandbusiness.com/membership-sign-up?via=dr-lauren  Sign up today!  Want to make a donation to the film project? Visit https://confessionsofamelanatedqueen.com/support-the-confessions-of-a-melanated-queen-documentary-project/
12:54
January 1, 2019
27. Ask Dr. Lauren: A Conversation With The Melanated Queen
You asked, I answered! On this episode, I answered all of your questions regarding my nonprofit, my marriage, my thoughts on feminism, and more!
38:19
December 17, 2018
26. Fate Of The Black Family: A Conversation With Author, Davarrio The Great
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Davarrio The Great, author of Fate Of The Black Family Vol. 1. Davarrio The Great and I sat down to discuss his book and how it addresses various components of building a stronger foundation for Black men, women, and children by acknowledging controversial and thought-provoking topics that impact our ability to move forward, together, as a culture.
32:02
December 10, 2018
25. Taking The Leap Of Faith: A Conversation With Mompreneur, Dawn Barnes
After serving 25 years as a social worker, Dawn Barnes walked away from it all to launch Chandere's Cakes. Dawn shares how she allowed her faith to guide her decision to take the big jump into entrepreneurship, and the importance of finding "your happy" while you can still enjoy it!
31:49
December 3, 2018
24. Empowering Women: A Conversation With Entrepreneur, Rochelle Wise
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Rochelle Wise, owner of the hair care line RWise. Rochelle used her 20 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist to develop a formula that will strengthen and restore the health of Black hair. In this conversation, Rochelle shared her passion for helping women feel good about themselves and regain their confidence through personalized pampering services.
42:23
November 26, 2018
23. Walk In Your Purpose: A Conversation With Inspirationalist, Dreana Johnson
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Dreana Johnson. I had the pleasure of sitting with Dreana Johnson as we talked about her work as an inspirationalist, author, advocate, professional DJ, and motivational speaker!!
31:46
November 19, 2018
22. Leading In Healthcare: A Conversation With Podcaster Tobi Tajomavwo
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes fellow podcaster Tobi Tajomavwo, of Tobi Talks! The journey through a career in health care has it's challenges. I had a chance to sit with Tobi to discuss her work as a Quality Improvement Nurse and how she uses her podcast platform to empower millennials to explore career paths outside of bedside care.
50:07
November 12, 2018
21. Turn Your Dream Into A Reality: A Conversation With Demetria Brown of The Blueprint Events Co.
Planning an event can be stressful. Fortunately, there is solution! Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Demetria Brown of The Blueprint Events Co. LLC. Demetria and I discussed her journey through entrepreneurship, as she has taken her personal talent in organizational planning, to launching an event planning firm that caters to all social and professional needs!!
40:10
November 5, 2018
20. A Spiritual Solider! A Conversation With Dr. Hakeemah Muhammad, Co-Founder Of The Royal Empress
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Dr. Hakeemah Muhammad, Co-Founder Of The Royal Empress. Dr. Muhammad and I discussed the importance of being spiritually grounded, training women to defend and protect their communities, female mentorship, and instilling melanin pride in our Black men.
1:23:14
October 29, 2018
Ep 19 Reclaim Your Power! A Conversation With Lakichay N. Muhammad, Co-Founder of The Royal Empress
I had the pleasure of sitting with Lakichay Nadirah Muhammad of The Center for Self Improvement Wholistic Wellness and Transformation, author, and co-founder of The Royal Empress. Lakichay and I discussed her work centered on maternal health, wholistic wellness, parent advocacy, and the power of thought and choice.
1:22:18
October 22, 2018
Ep 18 Then The Sun Rose: A Conversation With Akilah Shabazz Co-Founder of The Royal Empress
In honor of the work that The Royal Empress is doing in our community, I sat down with Co-Founder, Akilah Shabazz to discuss her passion for elevating women through her annual women's retreat, her book, the power of mediation, and viewing the opportunity to travel through the lens of a world learner.
1:26:12
October 15, 2018
Ep. 17 A Queen's Craft: A Conversation With Chatonyia Smith of Dazed & Amazed Creationz
Chatonyia Smith has built a creative empire through hand-made crafts, home decor, and all things festive! We discussed how her business Dazed & Amazed Creationz served as a catalyst for healing after dealing with a loss and how her ability to create almost anything, can help you brighten any space!
40:28
October 8, 2018
Ep 16 Each Morning We Are Born Again! A Conversation With Latoya Kenner, Founder of Big Baby LLC
Latoya Kenner shares her journey through a career in social work and psycho therapy, to discovering a perfect balance as a virtual life coach and spiritual counselor under her company Big Baby LLC. Latoya and I discussed career transitions, using vlogging as a method of helping others, and how stepping away from tradition and being "different" amongst post-millennials, has proven to be an effective approach to connecting with her audience.
47:49
October 1, 2018
Ep 15 Brothers Gonna Work It Out! A Conversation With Jackson, MS Educator, George Stewart II
George Stewart II is an educator, author, mentor, ordained minister, and youth/family advocate. He is quickly becoming a “go to” person and trusted voice on issues such as youth development, education, spirituality, and fatherhood. George has experienced great success as a classroom teacher, but his work does not end when the bell rings. Besides partnering with “The Call Me Mister Program” to serve as a mentor to future young black male educators, he has developed a school board approved afterschool program for at risk boys, develops and facilitates male empowerment and fatherhood curriculums, and speaks at community events and conferences. Finally, George a member of the board of directors of state organization Mississippi Families as Allies. It’s the only family-run statewide organization for parents and caregivers of children with mental health challenges. George’s motto is “Doing it With The Next Generation in Mind .”
54:33
September 24, 2018
Ep 14 Common Sense Should Have Told You! A Conversation With My Mom, Mrs. Lucy Wright
Memories of 1960's Atgeld Gardens, 1970's racial tension in Harvey, rules behind 37 years of marriage, raising outspoken children, and my inability to cook like her. Hear a very intimate conversation with the one I call "Ma".
49:10
September 17, 2018
Ep. 13 Lipstick, Heels, And Hustle: A Conversation With Business Strategist, Dr. Carey Yazeed
Dr. Carey Yazeed is a Business Strategist who specializes in working with women who are tired of the 9 to 5 rat race and desires to be their own boss. She is the author of Lipstick, Heels & Hustle: A Women's Guide To Entrepreneurship and the host of Beauty, Brains & Business on Apple Podcast. To learn more about Dr. Yazeed please visit www.drcareyyazeed.com
56:50
September 9, 2018
Ep. 12 A Journey Not Shared Is A Soul Not Healed: A Conversation With Dr. Shaniqua Jones, Restorative Justice Practitioner
Wife, Mother, Author, Educator, and Restorative Justice Practitioner, are just a few of the many hats Dr. Shaniqua Jones wears. On this episode, Dr. Jones shares why transparency is the cornerstone to restoration and how her work as a restorative justice practitioner contributes to the building of stronger communities.
51:43
September 3, 2018
Ep. 11 Simply Mesmerizing Innovations, Naturally Outstanding! A Conversation With Krissy Childs, Founder and CEO Of Minovet
Krissy Childs had the courage and faith to build a business from her God-given talents. Her signature satin hair bonnets featuring her staple creation named, Queendom, Baby Boutique, and Princess Party ensemble, are what makes her brand mesmerizingly innovative!
23:49
August 27, 2018
Ep. 10 Connecting To Sustain: A Conversation With Camesha Jones, Founder of Sista Afya
Camesha L. Jones is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sista Afya, LLC.She has lived with a mental health condition for over 4 years and was able to overcome many challenges to achieve optimal mental wellness. Camesha created Sista Afya to help other Black women experiencing mental health challenges to get the information, community support, and the connection to resources necessary to be mentally well. She is a Radical Social Worker with an A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College. She focuses on clinical and systems change in mental health and interpersonal violence prevention in African- American communities.
43:18
August 20, 2018
Episode 9 Know Your Numbers: A Conversation With Candice Odom, Founder of Odom Bookkeeping Solutions
Candice Odom understands the challenges with entrepreneurship! Using her professional background in finance, mathematical science, and education, Candice offers entrepreneurs step-by-step support through an online course that will empower you to take your business to the next level. Don't be afraid of it, know your numbers! Email: hi@candiceodom.com Schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/candiceodom/disc... Know Your Numbers Academy: www.candiceodom.com/course
23:53
August 13, 2018
Ep. 8 Biblically Speaking: A Conversation With My Dad, Pastor Lafayette Wright
I had the great pleasure of sitting with my father, who enjoys teaching the Word of God. I had a few questions for him about biblical references. Thankfully, he was happy to answer them.
18:13
August 6, 2018
Ep. 7 The Voice Of The Voiceless: A Conversation With Tae V, Founder Of Da Shameless Plug
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Podcast welcomes our first King!! Tae V, founder of Da Shameless Plug, is a self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless. Through blogging, apparel, a highly anticipated podcast, and future published author, Tae V empowers melanated people by bridging Black culture and excellence.
39:51
July 30, 2018
Ep. 6 Colorism, Culture, and Community: A Conversation With Asha Foreman Ntim, Founder Of The Chrysalis Program
Asha Foreman Ntim shares her journey through servant leadership. As the founder of The Dark Brown Girl and The Chrysalis Program, Asha has taken on the challenge of changing the narrative as it relates to the standard of beauty, excellence, and culture among African American girls and women.
45:14
July 22, 2018
Episode 5. A Queens Gift: A Conversation With Branding, Apparel, and Spiritual Energy Expert, Jamilah Aleem
Jamilah Aleem, marketing and branding manager, owner of Natural Babe Apparel, and spiritual energy expert, shared her journey through discovering her gifts and talents as it relates to melanated people, our ancestry, and improving our spiritual lives.
49:20
July 16, 2018
Ep. SuperNaturally Made: A Conversation With The Self-Proclaimed Eve, Dr. Sonia Kennedy
Clinical Therapist, Author, and Life Engagement Coach, Dr. Sonia Kennedy, shares gems related to women empowerment, the millionaire mindset, mental health and wellness, and overall greatness! Dr. Kennedy is the author of Supernaturally Made: Reclaiming Your Eve. You can find her book on Amazon and Frontline Books located in Chicago, IL.
41:02
July 10, 2018
Ep. 3 Be You! A Conversation With Kennesha Valentine
Kennesha Valentine, owner of The Kay Cee V Collection, shares her journey to entrepreneurship on this exciting episode! Kennesha's cosmetic line is comprised of all hand-made products with natural ingredients. Be beautiful, be fabulous, BE YOU!!!
22:48
July 4, 2018
Ep 2. Living With Lupus: A Conversation with Helena Fields
Helena Fields is the founder of All Things Lupus. Helena and I sat down and discussed the challenges she has faced living with lupus for 25 years as well as her work towards bringing awareness to others. The organization Helena referenced is the Lupus Research Alliance. If you have questions for Helena, please feel free to reach her at allthingslupus@gmail.com.
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June 27, 2018
Episode 1: To Be Young, Gifted and Black! A Conversation With Destiny Wesley of DW Designs
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Destiny Wesley, founder and owner of DW Designs. Destiny is a trailblazer in the fashion industry and represents #melaninmagic to the fullest!
36:12
June 20, 2018
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