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Life, I Swear

Life, I Swear

By Chloe Dulce Louvouezo
Hosted by Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, Life, I Swear shares reflections from Black women about trials in their lives that have helped them heal, connect and process. A continuation of her published book, Chloe shares conversations and personal prose centered on personal stories that offer insights told through the lens of Black women.
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Season V Closing: The Bonfire, I Deserve, Community Questions
Chloe closes season five with three questions for listeners. — Fitbeads is a self-love platform centered around waist beads and their ability to uplift, enrich, and encourage self-care. They cultivate conversations around culture, history, and meaning, while also creating spaces for personal connection and self-discovery. Follow Fitbeads on Instagram @fitbeads.co Visit Fitbead’s website (use code LIFEISWEAR20 to get 20% off your first purchas) Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
09:60
June 05, 2022
Sisterhood, Vulnerability and Second Chances featuring Kenda Fields
In this episode, Chloe speaks to Kenda Fields, content strategist, about the power of second changes, her history in sisterhood, and the mysteries, divisions, and unity that decorate our family experiences. She speaks about the vulnerability required to move past her fear and through her own healing.  Links: Connect with Kenda Fields on Instagram @kendaelisefields Visit Kenda’s website Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
39:14
May 15, 2022
We Are The Ones: Community Care, Excess and Access featuring Hannah Tall, The Loveland Foundation
I chat with Hannah Tall, Director of Programs at The Loveland Foundation. Hannah begins by sharing the excess of love and the access to love that she learned was possible through her mother. We also go on to talk about what and who got her here as a village child. Follow The Loveland Foundation's work on social channels because the community care they offer, like mothering, is the nurturing we all need.  Links: Follow The Loveland Foundation on Instagram @thelovelandfoundation Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
39:46
May 08, 2022
Poetry, Vulnerability, and Levels featuring Lyn Patterson, Poet
I chat with Lyn Patterson, poet and artist, about her life story. We chat about overcoming trauma through poetry, shifting dynamics of family, accepting your wild, and awareness of "how we consume life, or how it consumes us if we aren't careful."  Links:  Connect with Lyn Patterson on Instagram @poetryntings Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
38:23
April 25, 2022
Black Masculinity and Black Girlhood featuring Omó Pastor, Photographer
In this episode, Chloe speaks with Omó Pastor, writer, photographer and filmmaker who uses these artistic mediums to heal, to empower and to express the reality of African people across the globe. In this conversation, Omó Pastor shares her recent work around Black male masculinity. Links: Connect with Omó Pastor on Instagram @omopastorr Visit Omó Pastor’s website Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
30:29
April 17, 2022
Telling the Story of the Story featuring Adriana Parrish, Healer
Chloe speaks with her best friend Adriana Parrish about the experience of telling her story for the first time. Adriana was a contributor to the Life, I Swear book, where she chronicled her experience of losing her mother and navigating life without her. Links: Connect with Adriana Parrish on Instagram @adrianamparrish Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
34:16
April 10, 2022
Loving and Leaving New York, featuring Renae Bluitt, Filmmaker and Creator, She Did That
In this episode, I chat with Renae Bluitt, filmmaker and advocate for Black women entrepreneur’s narratives, and Creator and Executive Producer of the Netflix documentary “She Did That.” We talk about what calls us to be passionate about telling other Black womens' stories, negotiating balance in our lives, and the invitation of new seasons and locations as she talks of loving and leaving New York. Links: Connect with Renae Bluitt on Instagram @iamrenaebluitt Visit Renae’s website Listen to Renae’s podcast: She Did That Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
38:50
April 03, 2022
The Sex Lives of African Women featuring Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Salem Afangideh
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Ghanaian feminist activist, award-winning blogger, and author sits down with Salem Afangideh, lawyer, consultant and sexuality anthropologist. They talk about Nana’s book “The Sex Lives of African Women”, self-agency, the ideologies that influence our assumptions or judgements around sex, and the perspectives of anthropology and feminism respectively. (Note: FGM mentioned in this episode is an acronym for female genital mutilation)  Links:   Purchase The Sex Lives of African Women by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah  Learn about the work of Salem Afangideh  Connect with Nana on Instagram @dfordarkoa  Connect with Salem on Instagram @salem_afangideh  Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
55:29
March 27, 2022
Truth, Light, and No Blueprints featuring Brandie Freely, founder of Lumin Magazine
In this second episode, I have with me Brandie Freely, founder of LUMIN Magazine and The Escapism Retreat. We talk about light—how we follow it, how truth helps us keep it going, and how the path to it looks different for each of us. Plus, the power of breaking rules. Links: Connect with Brandie Freely on Instagram @brandiefreely Follow Lumin Magazine on Instagram @luminmagazine Visit the LUMIN Magazine website Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foundation Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust) Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
31:25
March 20, 2022
Season Opening: Transformation and Perspective
Welcome to season five of the Life, I Swear podcast! In this episode, Chloe starts the season with a few words of her own on this journey, this season, and the reflections she's been having lately, answering the question: what do we do with that freedom from our pasts? How do we leverage our new perspectives? How can we share these new versions of ourselves? How can we expand, evolve, and seize our newest revelations of self to carry us into new levels? Links: Purchase the book (Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust)  Learn more about host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, and her work Visit the Life, I Swear Podcast website Connect on Instagram @lifeiswear
16:27
March 13, 2022
A More Perfect Union: To Be Black, Woman and American featuring Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Poet
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a phenomenal poet and author of A More Perfect Union (Ohio State University Press, 2021) and Haint (Gival Press, 2016). She is also the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. In this season four finale, Teri talks about the desire she has for the country to create a more perfect union for Black women. ------------------------------ Since 1968, the Folger's poetry reading series has brought hundreds of distinguished poets to read from their work on stage. A new Virtual Poetry Writing Workshop, titled Shakespeare's Sisters: Say Her Name, will be  led by poet and Folger Poetry Coordinator Teri Cross Davis and poet and author Kim Roberts. This workshop explores the poetry of Black women in America, encouraging workshop participants to write responses to esteemed poets of the contemporary moment. The workshop will be offered in two 4-week sessions and course will run virtually on Wednesdays from 5-7pm ET, now through December 1, 2021.  ------------------------------ {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
25:52
October 24, 2021
Authentic Voices: Because Our Voices Matter featuring Natalie Obando, President, Women’s National Book Association (WNBA)
Natalie Obando, president of the Women’s National Book Association, talks about the organization’s Authentic Voices program, which introduces women writers to publishing through four weeks of writing, editing, marketing, and publication. She also covers the resources writers need to do share their stories as published works, and the affirmation women of color need to believe that their stories matter and deserve to be shared more broadly. Visit www.wnba-book.org. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
35:02
October 10, 2021
Conditions of a Creative: Stop, Start, Listen featuring Courtney Phillips, Creator, GumboMedia
Courtney Phillips, co-founder of Gumbo Media and Gumbo Fit chats about her journey to creative entrepreneurship, how she’s encouraging Black people to define success differently, and what she needs to stay creatively inspired and focused. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
22:17
October 10, 2021
Sensuality and Sexuality: Feminism, Religion and Mental Wellness featuring Brianne Patrice, Sensuality Doula
Brianne Patrice breaks down for us how she sees sexuality, sensuality, and spirituality mastering their own lane but also overlapping--and when they do, this is the wholeness we speak of. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
35:11
October 04, 2021
A Love Letter to Ancestors: Writing, Motherhood and Burt Bridges featuring Cassandra Lane, Author and Editor
In this episode, Cassandra Lane shares the journey of her book and the truths she’s discovered in the process, including how her intentional parenting has focused with the ancestral blueprint she’s unearthed. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
28:43
September 26, 2021
Resistance in Bloom: Black Bodies, Freedom and Representation featuring Aqueene Wilson, Creator of Nene Creates
In this episode, Aqueene Wilson shares her journey of migrating from the Caribbean to the Netherlands, the transition from Black to white spaces, how the lack of representation impacted her as an artist, and what freedom of the Black body means to her. Credits: Interlude poem from Where are the black bodies dancing? Title: An ode to black bodies in bloom. Episode: Resistance in bloom Written and performed by Aqueene Wilson {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
23:60
September 19, 2021
Self-Healing: Emotions, White Spaces, and No Graduation featuring Yasmine Cheyenne, Teacher and Mental Health Advocate
Yasmine Cheyenne talks about racism in some predominately white healing spaces, her previous work in the military, and how all of that has led her to create her own community focused on self-healing, plus how the practice is both distinctive and necessary, particularly for Black people. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
30:21
September 12, 2021
Restorative Healing: Traditional Medicine, Alternatives, and the Diaspora featuring Dr. Leslie Nwoke, CEO, HeartWork EQ
In this episode, Dr. Leslie Nwoke talks about the gap between understanding how to live more intentionally in theory vs in practice and how to close it, the gap in traditional medicine vs. holistic approaches to healing, and bringing restorative healing back to the continent of Africa. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
31:15
September 05, 2021
Season IV Begins: Abundance, Wisdom and Worry featuring Chloe Dulce Louvouezo
An intro to the fourth season, on abundance mindset and learning from our shared wisdom while managing our worry. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}
07:29
August 29, 2021
Parting Words: Loss and Gain, Podcast Therapy and Book Things with Host Chloe Dulce Louvouezo
Season three finale with finals words from Life, I Swear host, Chloe Dulce Louvouezo {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/life-i-swear-chloe-dulce-louvouezo}
10:18
May 02, 2021
Art Therapy: Autism, Connection, and How Far We Have Come featuring Morgan Harper Nichols, Artist
In this episode, Morgan Harper Nichols shares how for years she used art and writing to cope with her journey of unknowingly living with Autism for much of her life. Her new book, Har Far You Have Come, releases April 27, 2021. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/life-i-swear-chloe-dulce-louvouezo}
38:51
April 25, 2021
Decolonizing Sexuality: Autonomy, Boundaries and Pleasure featuring Salem Afangideh, Lawyer
Salem Afangideh, a lawyer and sexual anthropologist, shares her experience navigating sexuality as a Nigerian-American and the intersection of spirituality and sexuality. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/life-i-swear-chloe-dulce-louvouezo}
32:23
April 18, 2021
Seeing Our Mothers: Expectations, Let Downs and Forgiveness featuring Shakira Hill Taylor, Author
We talk about the connections we have with our mothers, despite the nature of our relationships with them; the decision to love from afar; and what forgiveness can look like, as we get older and are able to humanize our mothers more.
39:29
April 11, 2021
Redefining Endings: Divorce, Pivots, and Self-Trust featuring Christine Platt, Afrominimalist
In this episode, we talk about our right to tell our stories of love endings, the importance of understanding our intentions and expectations for marriage without romanticizing the idea of it, and the possibility of healthy decoupling.
39:25
April 04, 2021
Choosing Joy Through Recovery featuring Dr. Kristian Edwards, Founder, BLK + GRN
After a near-fatal car accident, Dr. Kristan Edwards shares how her relationship with self has deepened and how she now thinks about motherhood, sacrifice, accountability, and love.
38:24
March 28, 2021
The Black Woman’s Happiness Project featuring Imani Joye Sanders, founder HURU
Imani Joye Sanders is founder of HURU, a restorative, sacred space in DC that offers a thoughtful experience curated to harvest clarity, discovery and affirmation through rest. In light of International Day of Happiness, I chat with Imani about the relationship between rest and joy, rest and freedom, rest and international peace-building, and how to cultivate more of it in our lives.
28:34
March 21, 2021
Back to My Motherland, Back to My Mother featuring Doriana Diaz and Eniafe Isis
Doriana Diaz, writer and creator of The Diaz Collection, shares a reading from her book, Mami Calls Me Gabriella, and talks about her trip to Puerto Rico to meet her birth mother for the first time helped her better understand herself, her family, and her identity. Eniafe Isis, writer and created of All Her Words, also shares why she was drawn to Doriana’s story and how writing has been her own tool for healing.
39:40
March 14, 2021
Troublemaking: Fearlessness, Orikis and Claiming Our Space featuring Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Author
Luvvie introduces her new book, The Professional Troublemaker. We also talk about fearlessness, the work it takes to get back to ourselves, what it means to betray ourselves, how to recognize when fear shows up, and knowing what you do when it does.
24:35
March 07, 2021
Intimacy: Desirability, Love and Discovery featuring Simi Muhumuza
Simi Muhumuza (of Simi Moonlight) talks about the desirability training we receive as a young girls, what intimacy and discovery can look like in relationships, and how love, above all else, is a tool for survival.
27:60
February 28, 2021
Partnership in Grief and Radical Gentleness ft. Felicia Gangloff-Bailey, Mother and Ed Psychologist
Felicia and I talk about how partnership supported her grief, how she herself has grown since her daughter’s double transition, and what radical gentleness means to her.
56:24
February 21, 2021
Season Three Begins: Love in Our Words, Voices of Listeners
Happy Valentine’s Day! Season 3 kick-off with a compilation of women who share how they define love and show up for it.
24:06
February 14, 2021
2020: Pandemic Resilience, Possibility and a Special Announcement featuring Danasia Fantastic
A 2020 wrap up with takeaways by Danasia Fantastic, creator of The Urban Realist, plus some special news about what’s ahead for Life, I Swear in 2021.
09:16
December 21, 2020
Duality: Bad Girl, Good Human featuring Orixa
Orixa, founder of Bad Girl, Good Human joins me to talk about giving women permission to embrace their dualities, as well as grief, heartbreak and the time sensitivity of life and love.
30:03
December 14, 2020
Global Cultural Identity: Marrakech, Ancestors and Aspiration featuring Meryanne Loum-Martin
In this episode Meryanne Loum-Martin, owner of the Marrakech luxury hotel Jnane Tamsna, shares her journey of taking a chance in a land and a dream unknown, what is required of her to assert her voice in a male dominated world, and her connectedness to America’s history of race through her ancestors stories of aspiration.
35:50
December 07, 2020
Fearlessness: Choice, Inner Child, and Oaklanta featuring Morgan Ashley, Bohemian Brands
Morgan Ashley, co-founder of The Bohemian Brands, is a creative, a curator of other creatives, an Atlanta loving Oakland native and a self-proclaimed extrovert—one with a voice of her own that took years to regain after it had been taken from her.
36:28
November 29, 2020
Survival: Genocide and Generational Trauma featuring Dydine Umunyana
Dydine is an author of her memoire “Embracing Survival” which tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide through the eyes of her as a four- year-old-child. In this episode we talk about healing after trauma, the generational differences in the country, and moving forward with grace.
32:41
November 22, 2020
The American Dream: Immigration, Artistry and Human Connection featuring Lili Lopez
This week, Lili Lopez, an artist and the creative behind the Undone Project, sits down with me to share her story of how her American dream turned into a nightmare.
37:22
November 15, 2020
Adoptee Experience: Being Black in a White World
In this episode Toni McCord and Sharday Dufresne share their incredible stories of growing up Black while being raised by their adopted white parents in predominantly white communities. Each of them share their unique experiences of what it was like to receive love at home but enter the world in confusion about their race and belonging. Their stories personify what is it like to live in a world that doesn't feel your own as an outlier trying to identify your roots and your sense of self.
26:46
November 11, 2020
Birthing Journey: Doulas, Advocacy and Black Lives featuring Latham Thomas, Mama Glow
Latham Thomas, founder of mama glow, a global maternity education organization that leads game-changing doula training, joins us to talk about the prevalence of black maternal health disparities and how we can reclaim the narrative and our joy around the birth experience.
35:43
November 01, 2020
Holistic Wellness: Education, Therapy and Anxiety featuring Abena Boamah-Acheampong
In this episode, Abena Boamah-Acheampong, founder of Hanahana Beauty, shares her journey, why it’s important to examine how systems meant for our wellness and well-being miss the mark, and how we can redefine them in our own ways.
41:32
October 25, 2020
Language: Race, Labels and Becoming featuring Eniafe Isis, Writer, All Her Words
In this conversation with Eniafe Isis, we talk about language, race, labels and how together, they heavily influence the eloquence or the challenge in how we speak love into ourselves and how we believe in ourselves.
39:05
October 18, 2020
Creative Entrepreneurship: Ownership and Legacy featuring Lindsey Farrar, Founder of CRWN Mag
In this episode, Lindsey Farrar, founder of CRWN Mag, shares her journey to starting the Black women’s publication, how she covered her vision with faith, and what legacy means to her. We talk about ownership versus representation and how to stay on your game in creative entrepreneurship.
49:26
October 11, 2020
Ancestral Healing: Minneapolis, Family and Home featuring Lauren Ash
Lauren is a wellness visionary, yoga and meditation guide and founder of Black Girl in Om. She has incredible clarity in her purpose: to expand the consciousness of women of color. Since this pandemic, Lauren’s been called to return to her hometown of Minneapolis to explore her own own healing through ancestral connection. In this episode, we talk about what it’s like returning home when our sense of home shifts, taking time to nurture our own healing in this era of Black Lives Matter, and how cultivating relationships with our ancestors can help us both understand ourselves and stop cycles of generational trauma.
40:56
October 04, 2020
Yours Truly featuring host Chloe Dulce Louvouezo
Closing remarks from podcast host on the intention of the show, why these conversations matter, and a special something to leave you with.
08:39
August 02, 2020
Love: Decoupling, Growth and Reciprocity featuring Kalkidan Gebreyohannes
In this episode, we’re talking about love, decoupling and maintaining our sense of self through both. The conversation features Kalkidan Gebreyohannes, an Oakland based boutique owner of Alyce on Grand, a designer, and a mother of three.
42:26
July 26, 2020
Self-Care and Self-Soothing: Love, Awareness and Acceptance featuring Esther Boykin, Relationship Therapist
In our quest for love, what are the best ways to put love for self first? What are the patterns that keep us from surrendering? And are emotional intimacy and vulnerability interchangeable?
21:57
July 20, 2020
Transparency and Vulnerability: Family, Anxiety and Self-Preservation featuring Shay Jiles, Lifestyle Blogger, The Prince and the P
Shay Jiles is an influential mommy blogger and entrepreneur. Her lifestyle and kids fashion blog, The Prince and the P, documents the experiences of her beautiful family of very dope human beings. Through her journey, Shay has been transparent about her challenges coping with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety and how it has interfered with her self-confidence and focus, all while she’s managed a growing family brand. Today’s table topic: How can we thrive day-to-day when our mental health jeopardizes and distracts from our sense of self?
24:09
July 12, 2020
Pregnancy Loss and Grief: Art Therapy, Depression and Community featuring Josefina Sanders, Writer and Art Therapist
Josefina Sanders is a writer and an art therapist. Josefina specializes in the beauty of self-care and art. Her life's work, she says, is to create fearlessly, cultivate community, and celebrate the journey of life. She has openly shared her journey through grief after the loss of a pregnancy, an experience that is hard to understand, whether it is your own womb or whether you are supporting as a friend or partner. In this episode, Josefina and I chat about the loss of pregnancy, mental illness, and the impact both had on her marriage and self-acceptance. 
43:05
July 05, 2020
Intentionality: The Power of Affirmations featuring Julee Wilson, Beauty Director, Cosmopolitan Magazine
Julee Wilson is the Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan Magazine. Julee has worked in media her entire career and has made a true dent in the industry. But as with so many of us, her success has come at a cost in terms of balancing her ambitions with motherhood, being present for her family, and prioritizing her own well-being. One way she fights through each day is by setting intentions.  How do you weave intentionality into your holistic self-confidence? And in spite of worry, how do you reconcile living through the fragility of life while also trying to live in faith?
37:49
June 29, 2020
Rewriting Our Story: Narratives and The Terrible featuring Yrsa Daley-Ward
Yrsa is of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She is a writer and poet, whose words drip off of your lips. In this episode we talk about what it means to let go of old narratives and the importance of interpreting the terrible events in our lives as beautiful texture of our stories. 
28:38
June 22, 2020
Global Citizenship: Exposure and Perspective of Third Culture Kids featuring Nneke Julia, Writer, Photographer and Storyteller
Nneka is an ambassador of the world. Her and I share a few special loves--of culture, of photography, and of the neverending exploration of stories. Nneka is also a writer and a photographer--tools she’s used to create what she calls an archive of understanding. Half Cambodian, half Nigerian, Nneka was raised by two parents who were survivors of genocide. In our chat, we talk about what it’s like being Third Culture Kids, how that translates into our experiences in the United States and abroad, and how the black experience takes shape in different global contexts.
32:45
June 08, 2020
Identity and Migration: The Black Diaspora, Creativity and Stillness featuring Wayetu Moore, Author
Wayetu Moore is a Liberian-American author and social entrepreneur. Her writing can be found in The New York Times and The Atlantic, among others. On June 2, she releases her second book and memoir, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women. In this episode, Wayetu talks about her initial resistance to writing a story about the war in Liberia and how that changed, as she understood her own role in rewriting history. We also discuss how cultural exposure and a binary existence influence our world views. 
36:31
June 01, 2020
Journey to Joy: Self-Trust, Wellness and Spirituality ft Alex Elle, Author, Wellness Consultant
Alex Elle is an author, poet and wellness consultant who specializes in self-care. She teaches workshops and retreats that help others in finding their voices through storytelling, poetry, and narrative writing rooted in truth without shame. In this episode, I chat with Alex about putting self and self-trust first, so that we can stay close to our truth as we author our lives.
33:41
May 24, 2020
Biraciality: Betweenness and Feeling More Than Enough featuring Elaine Welteroth, New York Times Bestseller
Elaine Welteroth is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and judge on Project Runway. Many of you may know her for her groundbreaking work at the helm of Teen Vogue where in 2017 she was appointed the youngest Editor-in-Chief at a Conde Nast publication. Her debut book More Than Enough, released last summer, explores what it means to come into your own--on your own terms. Today we’re talking about the spectrum of betweenness, navigating both black and white worlds, and how that journey has laid the foundation for her identity, community and life’s work. 
49:17
May 18, 2020
Motherhood: The Fourth Trimester, Transformation, Womanhood featuring Qimmah Saafir, Founder, Hannah Magazine
Today we’re joined by Bronx-native Qimmah Saafir. Qimmah is the creator of self-published HANNAH, an independent journal that celebrates and provides safe spaces for Black women. She’s on a mission to carve out inclusive spaces across media and to create platforms that showcase the diversity and influence of Black women. In this episode, Qimmah and I chat about the 4th trimester after birth and its impact on mothers’ identities, needs, and ongoing self-discovery. 
44:35
May 10, 2020
Sexual Trauma: Shame, Healing and Resilience featuring Deun Ivory, Creative Director, Founder, The Body: A Home for Love
Deun Ivory has no shortage of creativity; she is a traveling wellness creative, inspirational speaker, influencer and multidisciplinary artist whose works centers and celebrates black women through visual storytelling. In this first episode, I spoke to Deun specifically around the work of her nonprofit called the body: a home for love, a wellness and healing space for black women who are survivors of sexual assault. Deun gives others permission to heal from trauma through joy and reclaiming our bodies as homes for love. **This episode contains explicit content and is not suitable for children.**
57:04
April 27, 2020
Life, I Swear | Podcast Trailer
Welcome to Life, I Swear, the podcast. We share stories and reflections from black women about trials in their lives that have helped them heal, connect and process. Every week, we hold space for storytelling that both challenges and inspires us to be good to ourselves.
00:60
April 23, 2020