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Melanated Stamps

By Jenaya Perdue
Melanated Stamps is a podcast where I interview dope people who do dope things. I have entirely too many interests and know entirely too many amazing humans who are changing the world using their gifts, talents, and creativity in order to have just one topic. Global travel, dismantling whiteness, living authentically abroad are themes for sure.

If you’re interested in being showcased, inbox me and we will make that happen!

Current home for Dr. J: Shenzhen, China--across the street from Hong Kong.
USA home: Denver, Colorado
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#DenverWhileBlack: Angela Wells, Entrepreneur, Vegan, Cakes, Skin/Hair Care

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#DenverWhileBlack: Angela Wells, Entrepreneur, Vegan, Cakes, Skin/Hair Care

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12. Angela “Ange” Saint-Yl: Flexitarian Travel, Entrepreneur, Tennis Aficionado
In today’s episode, I converse with Angela “Ange” Saint-Yl who talks about her journey following her love of tennis all over the world. She has a platform where she shares travel hacks and her DIY manual for traveling solo on your budget. We talk about tennis, food, travel, and being a budding entrepreneur. Support/Hire/Follow Ange: 💥Website for the courses- https://theflexitariandigest.thinkific.com/  💥Travel IG- @theflexitariantravels 💥Food IG— @eatswithangieee  💥theflexitariandigest@gmail.com . ALWAYS buy books from Black independent bookstores, NOT Amazon. Are you currently reading a book by a Black author? Share your thoughts in a brief audio clip and I’ll feature you and your read on a future podcast episode! How to contact Dr. Jenaya Perdue: Instagram: @MelanatedStamps Website: www.melanatedstamps.com Facebook: Melanated Stamps Podcast: Melanated Stamps Email: melanatedstamps@gmail.com
37:16
March 30, 2021
Denver While Black: Allurr’em Velvit. Entrepreneur, Performer, Producer with an Emmy
Allurr’em Velvit is an incredible Black woman who dabbles in tons of unique fields ranging from entrepreneurship to stage performances to journalism behind the camera. One of my favorite parts of my conversation with her was when we were talking about something entirely unrelated and she just stops mid-sentence and says, “Oh, you mean, my Emmy?” And pulls it off her bookshelf behind her. She is Co-Founder and Producer of Melanated Menagerie, a freelance producer, and an Emmy Award Winning AP. Owner of a Black hair and body care store in Denver where she works tirelessly to bring high-quality products from Black local businesses and product lines to the masses, she is fully dedicated in investing in her new community. Hailing from the mid-west, she moved to Denver because of her love of nature and the vibe. In my conversation, we talk about body image while being on stage, her journey in choosing herself and who she represents in a white, male-dominated industry, uplifting the stories of Black America, toxicity of whiteness and self-care in challenging work environments, and so much more. She drops so many gems as she shares about her journey throughout America chasing her self, her love, her identity, and her story. Currently, she is raising support for her business as she endeavors to secure it better against those who wish her dreams to not go forth. You can read more about her vision for her community and her store here in her GoFundMe. Support her directly via PayPal or through this link. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-velvit-boutique-beauty-buy-a-security-system?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR09zYRPAATRaf5n0P1Ca7J6nBiJsLH7S-JOQhMLs7cqYFTcQrpqLAsPxP0 From Allurrem: I am not only the founder and operator of Velv'IT Boutique Beauty-offering Denver Naturals the service they deserve while seeking out their Beauty supply needs - but also an established Producer of film television and live events. Haha, I even perform in some of those events!! Shop with us over at www.velvitboutiquebeauty.com. If you're local, come on in. 4611 Peoria St. Unit A2, Denver CO 80239 Follow us at Velv'IT Boutique Beauty on Facebook and Instagram ALWAYS buy books from Black independent bookstores, NOT Amazon. Are you currently reading a book by a Black author? Share your thoughts in a brief audio clip and I’ll feature you and your read on a future podcast episode! How to contact Dr. Jenaya Perdue: Instagram: @MelanatedStamps Website: www.melanatedstamps.com Facebook: Melanated Stamps Youtube: Melanated Stamps Podcast: Melanated Stamps Email: melanatedstamps@gmail.com Buy my book on my website: #BlackInDenver: A Black Girl’s Reflection on Being A Boujie Hipster and Black In Her Favorite Town. Essays On Race, Racial and Cultural Dissonance, Whiteness, and Being Blackity Black.
01:22:08
March 22, 2021
10. Let’s Read: “The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998” Book Review
On this episode, I talk about my most recent Black author read. I’m terrible at interpreting poetry, but I tried something outside of my skill set! Whilst reading, I thought about the “huemanity” of the Civil Rights Movement, how poetry shows the reality of tough times in American history, and how Giovanni did incredible work without naming a life partner or lover in her bio. ALWAYS buy books from Black independent bookstores, NOT Amazon. Are you currently reading a book by a Black author? Share your thoughts in a brief audio clip and I’ll feature you and your read on a future podcast episode! How to contact me: Instagram: @MelanatedStamps Website: www.melanatedstamps.com Facebook: Melanated Stamps Youtube: Melanated Stamps Podcast: Melanated Stamps Email: melanatedstamps@gmail.com Buy my book on my website: #BlackInDenver: A Black Girl’s Reflection on Being A Boujie Hipster and Black In Her Favorite Town. Essays On Race, Racial and Cultural Dissonance, Whiteness, and Being Blackity Black.
18:03
March 21, 2021
Adalia Aborisade: Black Woman Expat, Retired Educator, Financial Coach, Current Home—Mexico City
Adalia Aborisade is all of the Black Girl Magic and living her best life in Mexico City, Mexico. In our conversation, we chatted about how she reinvented herself and learned to cherish herself after a two-decade long marriage. In her journey of healing and daring to ask herself hard questions, she found her freedom and identity by digging deep and uncovering what she loves. She now coaches Black women to find wholeness and freedom through her finance and money coaching, expat journey, and education. She has been living abroad now in several countries as an educator in international schools. She even had a stint in China which was less than pleasant, but has now found her home in Mexico. We talk about parenting abroad and the opportunities American educators can have in other countries. Support her journey abroad and her work. Hire her to help you see your financial situation with new eyes as you pursue your own journey towards freedom. Money may not give you happiness, but it most definitely gives you options! Find Adalia: adalia@pickygirltravelstheworld.com DM on IG: @pickygirltravels FB: @pickygirltravels TW: @pickygrltravels ALWAYS buy books from Black independent bookstores, NOT Amazon. Are you currently reading a book by a Black author? Share your thoughts in a brief audio clip and I’ll feature you and your read on a future podcast episode! How to contact Dr. Jenaya Perdue: Instagram: @MelanatedStamps Website: www.melanatedstamps.com Facebook: Melanated Stamps Youtube: Melanated Stamps Podcast: Melanated Stamps Email: melanatedstamps@gmail.com
01:00:56
March 16, 2021
Let’s Read: “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” Book Review
Dr. Jenaya Perdue shares what’s she’s up to and why on her podcast airwave! Stay tuned for 1) Conversations with dope folks who do dope things, 2) #DenverWhileBlack Series: Conversations with amazing Black folks who are in or from Denver, 3) Book reviews of books by Black authors. Come read Black authors with me!
26:21
March 14, 2021
Tope Adubi: Global Entrepreneur, Beauty Expert, New Transplant from Nigeria to USA
Tope Adubi is a business owner who focuses on bringing beauty, peace, and self-confidence to Black women around the world. She owns a beauty and skin care line that’s rooted in the Motherland—Africa— and is focusing on bringing the creativity, tenacity, and uniqueness of her homeland to the who le world. So often, folks forget that Africa is made up of over 50 countries and each place is vastly different! The food, people, language, culture, skin colors, weather, and norms. She desires for her product line to reflect the nuances and distinct attributes of this incredible continent. With Nigeria being the land coursing through her veins, Tope is a newbie to the USA and talks about what it’s like to be a transplant, what racism looks like from her perspective, being newly married, and surviving and thriving as a new business owner through a global pandemic. You can find, support, buy from, and follow her at the links below: info@kilalicosmetics.com
www.kilalicosmetics.com @kilalicosmetics __ Melanated Stamps is Dr. Jenaya Perdue’s platform where she shares stories of dope people who do dope things around the world. If you know someone who deserves more spotlight and wants to showcase the awesome things they are doing, find and follow me: @melanatedstamps and www.melanatedstamps.com
48:40
March 10, 2021
Denver While Black: Jahala Rose Walker. Massage Therapist, Energy Worker, Entrepreneur
Jahala Rose is an incredible Black woman in Denver who uses her hands and heart to heal, soothe, and assist in bringing forth life. She is a birth doula, massage therapist, mom, entrepreneur, and an energy worker. In this episode, you will hear about her spiritual journey and how it has moved her from the Christian faith into her own spirituality where she connects with people and the earth at a transformational level. She also shares data and her own experiences working in the birth realm where Black women have historically been unheard and unsafe in birth spaces. She works with her clients to make sure they have birth that is safe, empowered, and holistically health. Follow, support, and hire her. You can find her online to set up massage appointments and doula services. Website: https://www.handsofoshunhealingservices.com/ Instagram: @jahalarose. @handsofoshunlmt. @MelanatedStamps Website: www.melanatedstamps.com
51:41
March 9, 2021
Let’s Read: “Becoming” by THE Dr. Michelle Obama Book Review
Dr. Jenaya Perdue reviews “Becoming” by THE Dr. Michelle Obama and talks about why this book is so impactful for her personally. Support and follow me on Instagram @melanatedstamps.com and on my website Melanated stamps.com. Share which book by a Black author you’re reading and send an audio blurb to be featured on a future episode! Also, do NOT buy books from Amazon. Support Black independent bookstores. Use direct links on my website to put your money where it matters.
23:02
February 21, 2021
Let’s Read: “The Color of Compromise: ...American Church’s Complicity in Racism” by Jemar Tisby
Dr. Jenaya Perdue reviews the book “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism” by Jemar Tisby. To frame her thoughts on the book, she delves into her experiences growing up Black in white evangelical churches in the south. As always, support Black independent bookstores, not Amazon! Follow and support Dr. J’s work on Instagram @melanatedstamps and www.Melanatedstamps.com. Are you reading a book by a Black author and want to share your thoughts, send me a voice clip here to be featured on a future episode!
47:39
February 21, 2021
#DenverWhileBlack: Angela Wells, Entrepreneur, Vegan, Cakes, Skin/Hair Care
Angela Wells is a Denver transplant who has fallen in love with the city and the community she has built for herself and her family. She is a marketing executive for an insurance company and an entrepreneur who aligns her purpose and priorities in everything she does. She currently provides quality products at affordable prices with great customer service in her business Serein Naturals, a vegan haircare and skincare product line and Angie’s Vegan Cakes. Instagram: @sereinnaturals @angiesvegancakes @melanatedstamps
52:32
February 16, 2021
#DenverWhileBlack Series: Brittany Green, Relationship Coach and Dr. Jenaya Perdue
#DenverWhileBlack Series by Dr: Jenaya Perdue, Founder of Melanated Stamps Episode 1 Brittany Green: Relationship Coach, Marriage and Family Therapist, Black Woman. Dr. J talks with Brittany Green about being Black (Biracial) in Denver, prioritizing mental health, and her work/coaching at Collaborative Healing Spot. Connect With Brittany Green Instagram: @brittanyrosegreen Website: www.brittanyrosegreen.com Relationship Coach and Collaborative Healing Spot ($19 a month) with experts and professionals to guide your wellness. Connect with Jenaya Perdue Instagram: @melanatedstamps Website: www.melanatedstamps.com Are you Black in Denver and want to share your story? Contact me for a spotlight.
01:09:25
February 7, 2021
Let’s Read: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue and Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
Join Dr. J as she reviews two books by two incredible Black authors. In this episode, I talk about the complexities of the USA immigration process and how we ought to humanize data by reading books like Mbue’s. Also, female genitalia mutilation, women’s pleasure, and women’s sexual agency is reflected on using the text by Walker. Come chat about the book on Insta: @MelanatedStamps. Slide in my DMs if you have a favorite book by a Black author. Next book: Becoming by Dr: Michelle Obama
30:18
February 4, 2021
Melanated Stamps Fan Club is here!
Hi good people! It's me, Dr. J. For 2021, Melanated Stamps is expanding! Listen to this episode so that you know what I'm up to and how you can join the fun. We will have a virtual Black author book club, Iconic Black movie club, 30-day Goal Slay with Dr. J, and amazing conversations with dope people who do dope things. Stay tuned. Subscribe on Anchor. Follow on Instagram: @melanatedstamps Follow on Youtube: Melanated Stamps Fan Club Follow on Facebook: Melanated Stamps Patreon: Patreon.com/melanatedstamps
27:55
January 15, 2021
Amanda Chambers: Publisher, Writer, HBCU Grad, Future World-Schooler
🚨 🚨 NEW EPISODE ALERT!! 🚨 🚨 On this episode, I chat with Amanda Chambers, owner and brain behind Divine Legacy Publishing. We talk about her journey as a writer now business owner, her plans to world school her daughter, being a Black woman in 2020, and the importance of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). . Find her on Instagram: @amandachamberssays and @divinelegacypublishing Twitter @achamberssays @divinelegacypub . Facebook Amanda Chambers Divine Legacy Publishing, LLC . Website www.amandamchambers.com divinelegacypublishing.com . 🤸🏿‍♀️Follow @melanatedstamps for pics and thoughts from my everyday expat life. 🤸🏿‍♀️Purchase my new book #BlackInDenver at melanatedstamps.com (link in bio)
01:03:57
November 24, 2020
Michael Nuñez--Headphones, Stockton, Slimy Consistency, Lithuania
Michael Nuñez has been a ton of places around the world and is currently in New Zealand, but headed back to USA very soon for a huge road trip. He talks about growing up in California, the importance of nice headphones, and lessons he's learned abroad. Want to be showcased on an episode? Inbox me! Let's make it happen! Follow @melanatedstamps on Instagram.
01:00:40
November 18, 2020
Author, Mom, Wife, and a Great Human: Terri Harding
Terri Harding wrote a book on how to navigate and stay balanced while you and your newborn are in the NICU. She's an incredible, deeply genuine, and resilient person. On this episode, we talk about writing, her new book, being a wife, being a dope mom, and being a Black woman in 2020, 
01:08:25
November 18, 2020
Montenegro: Rest, Reset, Sunsets, New Beginnings
Montenegro is gorgeous and holds a special place in my mind and heart. I had a deeply spiritual moment watching a sunset and allowed myself to begin again--and also to let some things go. Travel transforms if you let it. Follow me @melanatedstamps on Instagram. Want to be interviewed? Inbox me!
38:06
November 18, 2020
The Rona Self-Care Reflection
Dr. J has been stuck in China for 983 years it seems like, is an expert introvert, and has LOVED being secluded during this season. It's still hard even for her, but she gives some wisdom and perspective on how to reorient your mind so that you, too, can maximize this time of pause and reflection.
31:58
November 18, 2020
Where Should Connor Go to School?
It's hard for white parents to figure out how to raise their white kids to be empathic, justice-oriented, and dismantle whiteness. Y'all, whiteness starts early! And Dr. J gives some advice to a parent who wants to build a healthy and balanced environment for their kids. Check out this episode. Follow @melanatedstamps on Instagram!
31:45
November 18, 2020
Rwanda, White Saviorism/Allyship, Marriage, Therapy: Heather Oglesby
Heather is an amazing human who does dope things and I got to snag her for almost an hour. She is a Peace Corps veteran who served in Rwanda, a newly wed to another amazing human, a mental health professional, hiker of mountains, reader, therapist, and so much more. In this interview, we chat about marriage, the LGBT journey for her, living in Rwanda, returning to life after Rwanda, white saviorism, being a white ally and advocate for Black/Brown people, and the absolute necessity of therapy. Enjoy the episode, reach out to her on Instagram at @newoglesby, check out melanatedstamps.com for photos of Heather's life, follow @melanatedstamps, and share with your friend circle!
01:00:11
October 5, 2020
Alice Walker, Chinese homework, Minority Mental Health Week
On this episode, I talk about Black woman sexuality found in Alice Walker's book "Temple of My Familiar," Chinese student homework, and Black folks seeking help to live healthy, balanced lives, and for WP to be quiet.
23:09
July 13, 2020
Statues, White People, Dragon Boat Festival
On today's episode, I talk about: 1) The difference between white people and white people 2) What we need to do with all these statues that white people love 3) How Whiteness takes up space and air for Black and Brown bodies and minds 4) Dragon Boat Festival in China 5) How to schedule non-negotiables into your life and why Find me at melanatedstamps.com and on Insta @melanatedstamps
32:05
June 28, 2020
Statues, White People, Dragon Boat Festival
On today's episode, I talk about: 1) The difference between white people and white people 2) What we need to do with all these statues that white people love 3) How Whiteness takes up space and air for Black and Brown bodies and minds 4) Dragon Boat Festival in China 5) How to schedule non-negotiables into your life and why Find me at melanatedstamps.com and on Insta @melanatedstamps
32:05
June 28, 2020
Podcast Plot Twist!! 6/21/20
Hey good people! I'm changing my podcast a bit and centering it on all things me! But there is space for you too! I have way too many interests and there are WAY too many things happening in this world to have a solo focus. So now I will have a plethora of foci and it will be all things that I love to think, talk about, and conversate (Yes I said it) about. Join me on the journey. Current Black Author Book: The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker.
21:33
June 21, 2020
12: Lawrence. Food. China. Texas. Black. Painter.
I spent time chatting with Lawrence right when the Coronavirus shenanigans began. We chatted about all things travel, eating, trying to convince people to travel, and incorporating the global perspective into future plans. He's great and shared that he would love to hear from you. Follow him on Insta @furcoatlorenzo.
43:21
May 1, 2020
Cuzzo, ESL, Educator Survives Europe
Educator, mom, wife, global traveler, quilter..so many titles! And I know I'm missing more. In this episode, I interview Shelby Chase. We discuss racial ambiguity, how global travel impacts her teaching career, and how she survived chaperoning young students to Europe. You can follow her on Twitter (@ShelbyReadsAlot) and Instagram (@shelbyreadsbooks). Don't forget to follow the podcast on Instagram at @MelanatedStamps! Happy listening :)
57:16
March 16, 2020
Feeding Oneself Whilst Abroad
How do I eat? Where do I eat? What kind of food is over there? are all questions that new folks ask when they are thinking about traveling or living in a new country. In this episode, I am talking about my transition from eating exclusively in restaurants to cooking at home and why. Check it out! Follow @MelanatedStamps on Instagram and Facebook. Check out the blog post on melanatedstamps.com!
32:05
February 16, 2020
Goal-Setting Whilst Abroad--January 20, 2020
On this episode, I chat about how my goal-setting is now influenced by my abroad context, starting to make my food at home, and transitioning from "living abroad" to "LIVING abroad." Join me and share. Follow me on Instagram @MelanatedStamps
30:06
January 20, 2020
Holidays Abroad: I miss Butter's Note, Black Food Plates, and Not Much Else
Holidays are tough--especially when you're abroad and when you have the lens of grief. On today's episode, I spend time reflecting what it's like to spend a holiday in a foreign country away from all the things I used to spend copious amounts of time and energy whining and sulking about. Taking time to reflect and build is a crucial part of adulting. Check out this episode and share your thoughts on Instagram! @MelanatedStamps
20:32
January 7, 2020
Sharing a Blanket with Folks from Kosovo
Happy Veterans Day! On this episode, I talk about a lovely Albanian family I shared a blanket with in Montenegro and how I grapple with two dichotomies--being a military kid and traveling the world. Check out my website www.melanatedstamps.com and follow me on Instagram at @melanatedstamps.
30:16
November 11, 2019
Episode #1--Why MelSta
On this episode, creator and host of Melanated Stamps, Jenaya Perdue, talks about why she is starting this podcast and her vision for MelSta. 
22:37
January 31, 2019