If you’re currently investigating the number of Black voices, perspectives, and artists you follow—that’s great. Maybe you’re looking to expand by adding these Black podcasts to your Spotify queue—that’s also great. But before we dive in, take a minute to check-in with yourself: How else are you engaging with Black culture on the daily? How can you support those efforts—whether monetarily or through sharing with friends and family? At the end of the day, be sure to take real account of the ways you listen to Black people far beyond these podcasts.
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I live to observe love. Rom Coms à la When Harry Met Sally are my drug of choice. I watch YouTube wedding videos. I don’t even mind PDA. When I see crazy kids heavy petting in the corner of a bar, I think it’s more sweet than gross. So, it’s no surprise that I subscribe to several sex and relationship podcasts. You don’t need a significant other to find them interesting. Many of these podcasts offer a fascinating, voyeuristic window into the human condition. Others offer tips that are applicable to any relationship, romantic or otherwise. Some make you cry, some are kind of a turn on, and my very favorites are just out-and-out funny.If you’ve burned out on your usual true-crime podcasts, trust me: Give the “couples therapy” genre a listen. Here are the absolute best sex and relationship podcasts of 2020 to cue up first. Modern LoveEach week, a different celebrity reads an essay from The New York Times‘ eponymous column. You might find yourself laughing one minute and tearing up the next. The podcast explores everything about love, from the first butterfly to the bone-aching loneliness of love lost. (My suggestion: Start with Vulture‘s roundup of the Modern Love team’s favorite episodes.) Death, Sex, & Money Host Anna Sale dives into topics that would make most people squirm at a dinner party. With precise reporting, each episode dissects a taboo such as why people cheat, sex ed fails, and sugar babies. Dyking OutStand-up comedians Carolyn Bergier and Melody Kamali dig into conversations about intimacy and finding yourself, focusing mainly on the queer community. They bring levity to each discussion, and interview a wide range of guests including Erika Owens of 90 Day Fiancé: Before The 90 Days and political commentator Jess McIntosh. This is LoveThis addictive show offers and incisive look into “sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we bet everything on each other.” Dying for SexThis podcast tells the story of a woman who goes by only the name Molly, who was diagnosed with stage IV terminal breast cancer. She leaves her troubled marriage, and decides to embark “on a series of sexual adventures to help her feel alive.” Interviewed by her best friend, Nikki Boyer, Molly shares tales of making connections, tackling a tickle fetish, trusting in friendship, and feeling like herself while dying. Sex with EmilyHost Emily Morse, PhD, brings her expertise to discussions on everything from interracial relationships to coming out to virtual dating. Where Should We Begin? with Esther PerelThe absolute classic. This podcast offers everything you could possibly want from the genre. During each episode, you listen in on an actual couples’ therapy session with a real duo, struggling through the rawest of life’s obstacles, including separation, loss, and trouble in the bedroom. Her insightful wisdom can be applied throughout your own life, too. Dear Sugars Most of us know Cheryl Strayed from her book Wild. Long before she became famous for losing a boot, she ran The Rumpus’s anonymous advice column, “Dear Sugar,” taking over from her wise predecessor Steve Almond. Now Strayed and Almond offer empathic, compassionate advice to the “lost, lonely, and heart sick.” They dish out guidance on handling feelings of jealousy, and even getting through emotional abuse. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Comedy Podcasts Will Absolutely Crack You UpThe Best New Podcasts Coming In 2020The Best Podcasts For Relationship Advice
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We can think of dozens of Black-owned beauty brands out there that deserve our support now and always, but even as we look to amplify these companies and their amazing products, it isn't hard to notice that there's a huge shortage of Black-owned fragrance brands specifically. For a range of reasons, Black fragrance-brand founders are few and far between, but that doesn't mean the ones making names for themselves in the fragrance industry don't also deserve an equal amount of visibility. In case you're in the market for a new perfume or two, read ahead to check out a few Black-owned fragrance brands guaranteed to make you feel just as amazing as you'll smell.
“I chose to focus on black women because you are the canary in the coalmine...” Joanna Barsh, Director Emerita at McKinsey, joins host Ja’Nay Hawkins to talk about diversity and inclusion efforts at companies, and the importance of listening to the experiences and supporting the growth of Black women in the workplace. Joanna digs deep into the current structures and necessary changes within organizations to develop more inclusive environments, including building a diverse talent pipeline and promoting transparency. Joanna is a hit speaker at every MAKERS Conference; watch her from February 2020 here - https://finance.yahoo.com/video/joanna-barsh-2020-makers-conference-174919073.html
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There’s no question about it: We’re living in unprecedented times, and change is (finally) happening on all fronts — locally, nationally, and globally. This season, Unbothered and Target are proud to partner on a platform to keep that momentum going by sharing the stories of Black women who are reclaiming joy, defying stereotypes, and proving that summer is definitively not canceled. Feelings about summer right now are complicated — and rightly so. It’s a season that’s typically marked by carefree joy and ease, but for Black women around the world, this time is layered with grief from seeing the community struck hardest by the pandemic, deep-rooted anger at gross social injustices done at the hands of those who are meant to protect and serve, and utter frustration following decades of fighting to be heard. During this period of uncertainty, Black photographers across the U.S. are turning to their art to not only document the current state of affairs, but also to capture what summer looks like to them, and in doing so, ultimately — and unapologetically — express how they’re feeling in the moment. For some, that means turning the lens on themselves, resulting in a series of stunning self-portraitures that reveal self-reflection, peace, and growth amid chaos. For others, it means taking photos of the family and friends with whom they’ve been in isolation as a way to celebrate the strength, power, and beauty of being a Black woman. Ahead, scroll through to see how five creatives have funneled their feelings into beautiful pieces of work.Da’Shaunae Marisa is a photographer based in Cleveland, OH, who photographed herself and her friend Ariona. How I’m coping lately: “This pandemic allowed me to give all of my attention to my mother before she passed away from cancer in May. I was able to stay home and laugh, cook, and watch films with her. The death of a loved one is a heavy feeling to face, but instead of falling into depression, I’m choosing to look at this experience with understanding and acceptance. I’ve been taking this time to establish self-care routines — yoga, rollerblading, walks, drawing — that keep my mind and body uplifted.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Planning to get outside as much as I can. Summers are typically busy, filled with lots of photo shoots and nights out with friends. This summer, I plan to find a new trail to bike, attend a drive-in theater, and build a new bike, which has been a childhood goal of mine.” My personal style is…: ”A mix of my mother’s style — classy, feminine, with neutral tones — and my unique style, which is relaxed and dorky but cute. I feel like myself when I wear a pair of funky socks and a loose T-shirt, and I like to wear a lot of gold jewelry — gold makes me feel like a queen. My creative process: “Creating is such a stress reliever for me as an artist. Photography is my true passion, so I’m taking any chance I get to document the world around me. I photograph moments that inspire my soul. The people I choose to photograph are the ones I feel I connect with the most, like a mother walking with her son might remind me of my childhood or reading someone’s personal experience on their face will inspire me to take a portrait.” What I hope we learn from this experience: “That everyone learns and appreciates themselves. I hope people figure out and focus on what is truly important in their lives. I believe the creations that come after will be more authentic to one’s self.” I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Surrounding myself with the people that make me happy and truly matter in my life. I’m choosing to do what’s essential for my health and happiness, like foraging herbs to connect with nature and listening to uplifting music. I’m reminding myself every day that I’m here to do great things, so it brings me joy to be able to create and inspire others.”What my photos capture: “That it’s okay to feel beautiful, it’s okay to love yourself, it’s okay to have fun and treat yourself, and it’s okay to cut out toxic people. We all deserve to be happy, so don’t feel bad to do what you want for yourself. That’s how I felt while taking my self-portraits: to be 100% myself at all times. I also wanted to capture Ariona, who is my sister from another mother and mister — we have done a bunch of fun projects together so I loved including her in the creative mix. Outside of photography, she has been a great support for me during this crazy time and I am so appreciative to have her in my life.” Flo Ngala is a photographer based in New York City who — with her sister’s help — photographed herself. How I’m coping lately: “With action. Doing my part and doing my job not only as a photographer, but also, first and foremost, as a Black woman. Being able to march and protest as well as share images of what NYC is feeling right now is how I’m coping. Being able to use my platform to share my thoughts and opinions is coping. Speaking up is coping.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Staying in touch with online communities. My summers are usually very social — I love being outside, surrounded by people — but I feel thankful for the community that’s been created digitally to allow us to listen, learn, and grow. It’s become especially crucial for those conversations to take place, and we’re seeing that no amount of social distancing can keep the Black community from coming together.”My personal style is…: “Quirky, bright, fly, chill. During quarantine, I’ve been wearing elevated home looks for store runs or walks. Head wraps are something that keeps me feeling like myself — they’re colorful, patterned, and super pretty.”My creative process: “I was always confident with using visuals to express myself creatively, but this time has allowed me to be more verbally creative. More time spent thinking and being introspective has given me a different grasp on my thoughts that I didn’t know I was capable of tapping into before.”What I hope we learn from this experience: “I hope we’ll all take away a sense of empathy and compassion. We’re all members of this world, and no one picked their color or where they were born — a lot of it is beyond our control. As far as creating, I feel like this has woken up all of us. If you’re a creative, you have a voice. Use it to speak up, and that fact will compel people to create differently.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Being myself.”What my photos capture: “Myself (with my sister’s help). I have continued to capture myself in the past because I matter. Black women representing themselves matters. I want to convey that happiness and joy that starts within you and your own skin. We’re seeing why it’s so important to take control of our own narratives and images.”Kennedi Carter is a photographer based in Durham, NC, who photographed herself and her family.How I’m coping lately: “I’ve been hanging out with my family way more than I usually do. Times are hard, but I’ve never felt so close to my family. It’s needed now, especially with the protests. Being able to take breaks from activism and finding solace in my loved ones has kept me grounded.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Sprucing up the backyard with garden lights, a hammock, and an umbrella. I even bought a kiddie pool for my god sisters. During summers, my family and I usually host cookouts, go swimming, or go to the beach, which we can’t do now.”My personal style is…: “Soft and femme. There are some days that I’ll force myself to wear something nice, just so I can feel a sense of normalcy in my life.”My creative process: “I’m usually constantly working and sacrificing so much because I have to, especially in an industry that’s very white and very male. I have to work twice as hard to even be noticed by photo editors. My life coming to a pause could be seen as a blessing in disguise — I’ve come to the realization that my productivity is not a reflection of my being. I want to be more intentional about the work I put out into the world. I’ve been doing a lot more self-portraits as well as photos of my family — social isolation has forced me to see the beauty in myself and in the people around me.”What I hope we learn from this experience: “I’m hoping we’ll create with passion and value, as though whatever we’re making might be the last thing we create. I’m hoping we all find healing, having gone through something as traumatic as a pandemic. Lastly, I’m hoping we’ll hold onto the love we saw shining during a dark time and spread it.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Imagemaking and storytelling. Sometimes the most revolutionary thing you can do is to use your imagination. It’s what helps me maintain hope.”What my photos capture: “My family in our backyard: my mother, my sister, and my two god sisters. There is so much power in seeing yourself represented. I want to communicate the beauty I see in my family, myself, and in Black women as a whole.”Amber Aisha is a photographer based in Los Angeles who photographed herself. How I’m coping lately: “In the first couple of months of isolation I took the time to learn new languages, watch foreign films, re-read favorite books, and make my new apartment feel homey. I feel blessed to have that pause on life, but just when I thought I was at peace, these heartbreaking videos emerged. Not only is the Black community dealing with the pandemic, but we’re dying from brutal acts of racism every day. How can we cope with that?”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Listening to friends’ live DJ sets and enjoying summer nights. My summers usually have a lot more beach days, road trips, day parties, and traveling. I always equate summer to freedom.”My personal style is…: “Whatever mood I am in in the moment. I’m so eclectic.”My creative process: “I draw inspiration from being around my sisters, cooking dinners, open conversations, style — everything. My creative work is dedicated to Black women. Creating art through this pandemic has been a beautiful experience to me: I’ve enjoyed learning more about myself. I love being free to create what I want, and not what I’m told. I’ve done a ton of self-portrait series during lockdown. Will I share them? Probably not, because I’m realizing sometimes my art is just for me.” What I hope we learn from this experience: “I hope we all remember to just pause at times, to create more freely, to share the stories we want to tell, and have that reflected in our art.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Consistently nurturing my relationship with God, doing things that keep me happy like dancing and cooking, and trying to manage my time on social media.”What my photos capture: “Myself. I want to convey that there are no limits. I’ve been working on myself for the last three months, and this shoot is a reflection of that.”Makeda Sandford is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY, who photographed herself and her roommate KB.How I’m coping lately: “Right now, I’m not doing much coping, sadly. We’re all fed up with the police state and our lives not being valued. My responsibility is always to stand with my community, and it’s hard to stop scrolling since I’m not out protesting. I’ve found moments of peace in reading revolutionary Black poets and taking a small moment to unplug and meditate.”I’m keeping my summer traditions alive by…: “Creating daily. My summers are usually a good mix of traveling, exploring the city, and relaxing outdoors. It’s the peak time for photography content creation! That’s not much of a possibility this year, so I’m trying to keep my daydreaming and my creative process going indoors.”My personal style is…: “Very simple but rich. In photography, I love warm tones and honesty in portraiture. I document myself and surroundings with these things in mind, illuminating the beauty in the mundane and what makes me unique in my identity, story, and geography.”My creative process: “I’m adapting by using this time for personal development and putting myself first — something a lot of Black women don’t have the capacity to always prioritize. I’m writing again, and going back to my roots of self-portraiture and internet moodboarding. I’ve learned that love can be felt from the comfort of our homes and there’s a lot of inspiration in connecting with friends.”What I hope we learn from this experience: “To appreciate the exciting opportunity to be alive, to have health, and to be able to sit in the sun and feel freedom.”I’m reclaiming joy by…: “Taking things day by day, appreciating the small pleasures in life — baking sweets, binging shows, reading works by powerful poets — and reminding myself that what matters most is to stay present.”What my photos capture: “The stillness and beauty of our lived-in spaces, our sleepy faces, and messy hair as it is in its unique form. Summer can still be what we want it to be — we just have to maneuver around our collective experience, but there is blessing and privilege in that. I photographed myself and my roommate KB, a multifaceted creative who has used her time for inner growth and sharpening skills.”Shop swimsuits: Shop apparel: Shop accessories: Shop the rest of the story here. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
There’s no question about it: We’re living in unprecedented times, and change is (finally) happening on all fronts — locally, nationally, and globally. This season, Unbothered and Target are proud to partner on a platform to keep that momentum going by sharing the stories of Black women who are reclaiming joy, defying stereotypes, and proving that summer is definitively not canceled. Noelle Singleton is well aware of the stereotype: Black people don’t swim. It’s a joke shared, often among Black people, when we sit, legs dangling over the edge of the pool, not wanting to get our hair wet. But for the 32-year-old swim coach, aquatic healer, and founder of AfroSwimmers, a swim movement that offers lessons and aquatic wellness services for people of color, the stereotype is not only not true, it’s also not funny — because swimming saved her life.From a young age, water consumed Singleton’s world. As a child, she swam competitively. In high school, she was the captain of her swim team. And in college at Georgia Southern University, she was a water safety instructor, teaching lessons to faculty, students, and members of the ROTC. But the everyday humdrum of post-grad adult life ended up pulling her away from her childhood passion. And then, when she was 26 years old, Singleton was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease that caused massive loss of the tissue in her spine and — as a result — severe, crippling pain. “I went from being completely healthy to not being able to carry a gallon of milk,” she says. “It was catastrophic. I had to change my entire lifestyle over the course of about three months. It was a very dark and confusing time.”For two years, Singleton battled physical agony. Even simple tasks like sitting in a chair for two hours for work proved to be excruciating, leaving her temporarily paralyzed. She sought an orthopedic surgeon for minor treatments and procedures, including spinal epidurals and cervical traction — but nothing worked. So for her 28th birthday, in 2015, she made the decision to undergo spinal surgery and eventually made a full recovery with the help of physical therapy. Noticing that some of the recommended PT movements mirrored exercises she had performed in the pool, Singleton realized it was only natural that she should try swimming — her first great passion — to help her on her path to fully healing.“I started swimming again for myself and doing my own rehab — as long as I was in the pool, the buoyancy relief lifted the pressure off of my mind and my joints,” she says. “Swimming has so many healing benefits: Studies have shown that aquatic exercise and therapy can help lower your blood pressure, slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, correct your posture, and calm attention deficit disorders.”The experience turned into a lightbulb moment she used to spark AfroSwimmers. Not long after returning to the water, she quit her corporate job. With no clear business plan, she began teaching swim lessons at a private pool in Conyers, GA, and word spread. The drowning rates among Black people, which are disproportionately higher than those of white people, further motivated Singleton to combat preventable deaths in her community through aquatic services. AfroSwimmers began with these local classes, but after promoting awareness around these staggering statistics on her personal social media, creating an online presence for AfroSwimmers — the first group, she found, that not only provided swimming education but also unified Black swimmers across the country — and using her journey to prove that swimming is a form of wellness, Singleton amassed support and a loyal following within two years.By 2017, AfroSwimmers became a full-fledged business, complete with a facility in Atlanta where programs — including competitive coaching, aquatic therapy, and private swimming lessons — are offered to help break down barriers between the Black community and swimming.Christian O’Brien, a friend who supported Singleton as she created the swim movement, champions AfroSwimmers as world-changing work. “This movement isn’t just about showing that Black people can swim,” she says. “It’s about spotlighting yet another overlooked area in our community — which also means missed opportunities for scholarships and accolades — that would have otherwise prevented unnecessary deaths by drowning. AfroSwimmers means another door opened for people of color.”Singleton is also quick to shatter myths and misconceptions that swimming is bad for Black hair and skin, using her own personal experience. “‘Dry’ and ‘unhealthy’ are two words that have never been associated with my hair since I’ve been coaching, and I’m in the water five, six days a week,” she says of her large, flourishing afro. “And I used to have acne and now my skin complexion is so clear.”A college friend of Singleton and fellow AfroSwimmer Tarrah Smith echoes the same thought: “Growing up as a woman of color, I remember wanting to swim, but keeping my hairstyle intact stopped me from having those experiences. I’m glad that people are being informed, encouraged, and enlightened by the AfroSwimmers platform, and I never want another child of color to miss out because they are afraid of the water [or] their hair health.”Though the Atlanta metropolitan area is the core hub of AfroSwimmers, Singleton has partners with several organizations around the globe to extend its reach. She developed the Learn To Swim initiative, now operated primarily by Empowered Swimming, Inc., to help reduce the drowning rate in marginalized communities. In addition to that, she has taught water safety, hair, and skin-care classes at Fish ‘N Fins in Montserrat — her first global outreach. This year, she was honored with the 2020 Community Lifesaver Award by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. “There’s no way I can save everyone from drowning,” she says. “You have to build a community to save a community. And once you have that community, you can save, systematically, one person at a time.”While the world was on pause, AfroSwimmers temporarily closed its facility. In a heartfelt letter to her swimmers, Singleton wrote to remind them about their love for swimming and how to find peace outside of the water. But what hit her the hardest was watching the videos of police brutality that emerged and sent the country into a state of civil unrest. To cope, Singleton needed to find a place where she felt safe. “I went hiking and felt safe among the trees and near the water,” she says. “I can’t control what happens to me in this life, but you better believe that I have full control over how I respond to it. I must stay focused on my goal to change the world, and I can’t do that unless I’m healthy spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.”And once restrictions lift and it’s completely safe to get back to work, Singleton plans to return to the water, open a new location in Seattle, and continue to promote the benefits of swimming within the Black community. For LaJoya Smith, an AfroSwimmers swim coach and professional swimmer who is training to compete in 2021, the group has been a safe haven that’s liberated her, allowing her to, for the first time, truly be herself. “It’s a place where I can share my light with other swimmers,” she says. “More importantly, I can engage with swimmers who look like me and change the game on what swimming looks like.”Melissa Brown, an AfroSwimmers member and competitive swimmer who is also training to compete in 2021, agrees: “Being a Black woman in swimming has always made me stand out — there are pros and cons to drawing that kind of attention, but AfroSwimmers makes me feel important in this sport.”It’s these testimonies that drive Singleton to do all that she does. “Ever since I created AfroSwimmers, a new account pops up every week that promotes swimming among Black people, and it just makes me so proud,” she says. “I have clients from all backgrounds and ethnicities — white, Asian, Latinx — and that’s important because [encouraging Black people to swim] needs advocacy. I need people to support this movement. It can’t just be about me.”Shop Singleton’s top picks from Target: Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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