The Strong Black Woman

Each one of us is born with a set of expectations, placed on us by either the society in which we live or by the people that surround us. Some expectations are designed to help us, move us closer to being the best we could possibly be. Other expectations, whether intentional or not, can cause us great harm. As women we are often seen as strong, the ones who hold the family together. As black women we are expected to be strong and anything less is unacceptable. Unfortunately that expectation, to be the “strong black woman” has lead to depression, anxiety and in some cases suicide,because the reality is, no one can be strong all the time. 

On this episode of Gather & Glow The Podcast; host LaKeisha Entsuah chats with licensed clinical psychologist Dr. B Nilaja Green of Stand Point Counseling and Consulting in Atlanta, GA about the long term effects of being the “strong Black woman”. Dr. Green shares how the need to live up to the stereotype puts our mental, physical and emotional health at risk. Dr. Green also shares practical ways for us to manage the expectations of  others and of ourselves and resources for getting the help you need. 

As an added bonus, Dr. Green has put together a list of 15 Self Care Tips For The Strong Black Woman. Be sure to download your copy and share this episode with your friends. 

About The Guest

Dr. Brandeis “Nilaja” Green, PhD is a native of Brooklyn, NY. She has worked and been interested in the mental health and well being of individuals and communities of color for much of her adult life. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University where she double majored in English and Psychology. 

She completed her doctoral training at Georgia State University where she earned a PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology with her graduate dissertation focused on the Strong Black Woman, depression, and suicide. She completed her psychology training at Yale University in New Haven, CT where she worked with individuals and communities in distress. 

She currently works full time and has a part time private practice specializing in treating trauma, depression and other psychological challenges for Black women, men and members of the LGBTQ community in Atlanta, GA. She has written several scholarly articles on trauma, black women, and psychological distress from a feminist perspective. 

You can find Dr. Green through her website www.standpointtherapyandconsulting.org 

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Men Need Skincare Too

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In 2019 the beauty and personal care industry was worth $93.5 Billion. Most of that money is spent by women on products for women, but what about the men? Roughly one third of that or $29.3 Billion is spent on men’s grooming products. While it’s clear that men need and consume personal care products, it’s not something that gets talked about a lot.

 On this episode of Gather & Glow The Podcast host LaKeisha Entsuah talks to Darius Lawson, founder and CEO of Sean Dubois Skincare about what men need and what we as women can do to help them become comfortable with talking about skincare. In his words, Darius is helping more men “Complete the Swag”.

Darius also shares with us how he is helping to shape the next generation and why it’s never to early or too late to start taking care of your skin.

About Our Guest

Darius Lawson is an Army Veteran turned IT professional who decided to trade in his big brand skincare marketed to women and create something for men by a man. With the support of his wife and two daughters he has created Sean Dubois Skincare, a clean skincare brand designed to help me take care of their skin in a way that is simple and sustainable.

You can learn more about Sean Dubois Skincare by visiting their website at www.getseandubois.com or on Instagram @getseandubois

S2 E2: You Are What You Eat

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We’ve all heard the saying; “You are what you eat” but what does that really mean? While the saying is technically a figure of speech, there is some truth to it. You may not be what you eat, but the quality of your life is definitely affected by it.

On this episode of Gather & Glow, host LaKeisha Entsuah chats with board certified vascular surgeon Dr. Brittny Howell about food as energy and how we as women can overcome our constant state of exhaustion by changing our eating habits. They also discuss why fad diets are not sustainable for the long term and what you should be doing instead.

Tune in to hear why this Duke, NYU and Georgetown trained surgeon traded in her scalpel to coach woman into healthier lives.

About The Guest

Dr. Brittny Williams Howell is a wife and a mom of three who lives in Ridgefield, CT. She is also a board-certified vascular surgeon and a coach who helps women transform their bodies and their world with lifestyle modifications.

She was an undergraduate at Duke University. She then attended NYU for medical school and remained there to train in general surgery. She completed her training in vascular surgery at Georgetown. By now, she’s taken care of and operated upon thousands of patients.

But her deeper purpose is supporting women on their journey to deep health. She doesn’t prescribe pills, quick fixes, or hacks. Instead, she connects, educates and guides her clients to a new understanding and appreciation of their bodies and how to care for them.

You can connect with Dr. Brittny via her website at www.doctorbrittny.com or Instagram @doctorbrittnymd

S2; E1: Starbucks Therapy

They say when friends get together anything is possible. Well in this episode, host LaKeisha Entsuah, gets together with friends Whitney Roberts and Imani Stewart-Jackson for a candid conversation about friendship.

In what is usually reserved for their hours long Starbucks meetups, the three friends open up about how love and life can impact forming and maintaining your tribe. If you listen closely, between the laughter you will hear stories of growth, development and a whole lot of honesty.

Continue the conversation with us in our Gather & Glow Tribe Facebook Group or Follow Gather & Glow on Instagram @gathernglow

About The Guests

Whitney Roberts is a writer, influencer and social media manager who as she puts it, “plays on the internet”. He joyful personality is felt in her work and by all who know her. You can keep up with Whitney by following her on Instagram @thereclaimed or on Facebook at Whitney Alese Writes

Imani Stewart-Jackson is a business strategist that helps faith based, female entrepreneurs hone their vision to grow profitable businesses. She is a no nonsense type of business women whose work ethic is second only to her fierce loyalty. You can keep up with Imani on Instagram @Imani_Inspires or on Facebook at Imani Inspires

 

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Self Care Is… Showing Your Hair Some Love

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Showing Your Hair Some Love With Angela Fields

When you’re a person who has allergies, you get in the habit of reading the labels of everything to see if their may be a problem. But what do you do when the culprit is come unfamiliar chemical in your shampoo or conditioner? In the case of this weeks guest, you make your own.

I spoke with Angela Fields, founder and CEO of  Curly Coily Tresses; a clean beauty hair care line specifically designed for the chemically sensitive. In this episode, Angela share with us how to take care of your crowning glory, why reading the label is so important and the secret to stress less on wash day.

Angela also shares with us her favorite self care activities including a form of massage therapy called Jin Shin Jyutsu

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On this episode you will learn

  • What made Angela decide to create her own hair products.
  • Her number one secrete for an easy wash day as a curly girl.
  • Why self care should include mind, body and beauty. 
  • Why essential oils may not be the answer to your issue with fragrances. 

Here is how you keep up with Angela

Connect with Curly Coily Tresses on Instagram : @curlycoilytresses_/

Check out her private Facebook group: Curls Kinks and Conversations

Watch her videos on YouTube: Curly Coily Tresses 

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Self Care Is… Holding Space For Others

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Holding Space for others with Tara Pringle-Jefferson

One of the best ways that we can take care of ourselves is by maintaining our sense of community. However in this highly digital age, real life communities are sometimes hard to find. That’s why so many have turned to digital versions, but not all are created equally.

On this week’s episode, host LaKeisha Entsuah chats with Tara Pringle-Jefferson, writer, speaker and founder of the Self Care Suite, a digital wellness community for women. Tara has created a robust online community of engaged women, who love, support and encourage each other. 

Listen in as we talk about finding your tribe and how to take those online friendships offline. 

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on this episode you will hear

  • What Tara learned from motherhood.
  • How to create your tribe when you can’t find them.
  • How to take your online friendships, offline.
  • The not so surprising reason Tara has only recently taken a serious interest in skincare.

Connect with Tara

Discover the Self Care Suite Facebook Group at bit.ly/theselfcaresuite

Follow the journey on IG: @TheSelfCareSuite

Connect with Tara personally on IG: @WhereWomenBloom 

 

Self Care Is…Glowing From The Inside Out

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Glowing From the Inside Out with Robyn Sutton

The only thing worse than acne as a teenager is acne as an adult. Especially when it decides to show up at a time in your life when you have so many other things to deal with, like a new baby.

Well that is exactly what my guest Robyn Sutton had to deal with after the birth of her son when hormones, stress and life wreaked havoc on her skin. Thankfully as a licensed esthetician she was armed with the knowledge to fight back, from the inside out.

Listen in as we discuss her approach to healing the skin and one surprising culprit behind some womens hyper pigmentation.

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On this episode you will hear

  • How Robyn healed her own postpartum acne
  • The surprising culprit behind some women’s hyperpigmentation
  • Why taking a wholistic approach is so important. 
  • How she is using the power of technology to educate the masses. 

connect with Robyn

To learn more about Robyn’s acne treatment program you can visit her website at poisedprofessional.com

To get some helpful tips and tricks for taking better care of your skin, connect with Robyn on social media.

Instagram: @poisedprofessional

Facebook: @poisedprofessional

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Self Care Is…Making Better Choices

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Making better choices with Sierra Brown

Life transitions are not always easy to handle. When combined with an unexpected illness, we can really be thrown for a loop.  That is exactly what happened to Sierra.

After suffering from a blood clot in her lung and facing the end of her collegiate basketball  career; Sierra found herself 50 pounds heavier and feeling like she was in someone else’s body. 

The recovery wasn’t easy and the weight loss took time but now she has committed her time to helping women create bodies that they love and that love them back. 

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In this episode you will hear

  • Why your relationship with food matters
  • How routines play an important part in maintaining your health. 
  • What it means to be confident in the choices you make. 
  • The difference between sprinting and jogging to your wellness goals. 

Here is how to connect with Sierra

You can learn more about Sierra and her wellness program by visiting her website at Melaninwell.com

You can also get some great advice by following her on Instagram @iammelaninwell

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Self Care Is… Thriving Not Surviving

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Thriving Not Surviving

Imagine being in the best physical shape of your life and then suddenly collapsing after running a marathon. That’s exactly what happened to this week’s guest Alanna Gardner, MFT and now she has dedicated her life to helping people create healthier bodies and relationships.

Listen in as we talk recovering from a traumatic experience physically, mentally and emotionally. We also cover the mind body connection when it comes to health and disease. Plus, Alanna shares some great books for getting your whole self back on track.

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On this episode you will here

  • Where her passion for helping people heal from trauma began. 
  • The importance of the Mind, Body connection. 
  • Knowing how to recognize our own limits. 
  • How to share your experiences with therapy without telling your “business”

To connect with Alanna

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Self Care Is… Staying True To Yourself

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Staying True to Yourself with Angela Baltimore

As we go through life, we have a tendency to allow our roles or other people’s expectations to define us. We morph into who we think we should be, instead of staying true to who we have always been. 

On this episode of Self Care Is… host LaKeisha Entsuah chats with wife, mom and fashion blogger Angela Baltimore about being you, no matter what where you are in life. We also discuss how fashion can make us feel, staying on trend this fall and finding your personal style. 

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On This Episode You Will Hear

  • How Angela Defines “Mom Style”
  • Why being a minister’s wife shouldn’t force you to change your wardrobe.
  • How to set healthy boundaries for the sake of your own self care. 
  • Top fashion trends for this fall season

To COnnect With Angela

For Information on her styling services and to read her blog visit. http://angelabaltimore.com/

For Style Inspiration follow her on social media. 

Instagram: @AngelaBaltimore  

Facebook: @AngelaBaltimore

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