CHILLY GRITS

CHILLY GRITS

Rev. Manikka Bowman & Aisha Francis, Ph.D
Our podcast exposes Southern sayings that have shaped the hosts' personal and professional lives. Chilly Grits is where southern wisdom meets northern culture.
S2E14 - Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels
The advice of our grandparent’s generation often included this nostalgic saying as a parting phrase of caution and care. Tune in to learn how Depression Era banking practices gave rise to this saying, which then became a reminder to stay watchful and keep one’s wits about them. The conversation turns to insightfulninstances when the hosts unwittingly took wooden nickels in the workplace, and gave themselves space to gracefully recover.
Mar 11
28 min
S2E13 - There's a Pot for Every Top
This episode builds on a phrase that gives hope to those searching for an ideal romantic pairing. The conversation yields to the importance of bringing similar hopefulness and persistence to the inevitable search for solutions in the professional setting. Whoever you are, whatever your preferences and perceived imperfections may be, there's a leadership style and pathway to solutions for you. Our hosts share their experiences of rallying workplace colleagues to rise to the challenge of way making when the path forward isn’t clear.
Mar 11
26 min
S2E12 - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
In this show, the hosts contemplate a saying that touches on one of the most taboo images of negative stereotypes associated with Black people--monkeys. Listen in to learn more about how this turn of phrase is used across Southern cultures to encourage folks not to let distractions thwart progress. It is also a refrain that often comes up in African-American cultural productions like R&B songs and poems during the 50s and 70s.
Dec 15, 2023
27 min
S2E11 - If You Don't Have Nothing Good to Say, Don't Say Nothing at All
If the South is known for anything, it's charm and making nice. In this episode, the hosts consider the pros and cons of being socialized to be polite at the expense of being transparent. The conversation also considers the nuances between being nice and being kind.
Dec 15, 2023
24 min
Don’t Holler Before You’re Hurt
As a leader, how do you steward relationships and cultivate community capital that lasts for the long haul? You call upon the collective resources of your network judiciously and don't waste people's time. In this episode, the hosts tackle Chicken Little or Henny Penny syndrome and discuss how to call up reinforcements when life inevitably serves you a bowl of lemons.
Nov 14, 2023
26 min
They Don’t Have a Pot Or a Window
Chilly Grits Podcast returns for Season 2 with a saucy phrase as the show opener. The hosts leverage their memories of this idiom and Toni Morrison's classic novel, The Bluest Eye, to dissect the origin story of the expanded phrase "They don't have a pot to piss in or window to throw it out of." Listen to learn about this class-conscious Southern saying, which is a roast rooted in the LGBTQIA culture of creative expression. Dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Sylvia Myers (1943-2023)
Nov 14, 2023
29 min
Bless their Hearts
This one is for the ancestors, y'all! So many Southern mamas and grannies have passed this saying along--and they still are. Our hosts delve into their memories of using this phrase as both a genuine blessing, and a gentle form of dismissal and deflection. Join them as they unpack the connotations of these three simple words across various contexts.
Jun 29, 2023
28 min
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick
Often times life and leadership is about placing with the hand you've been dealt. What happens when you are short a few cards, or have been dealt a terrible hand? In the tradition of the trickster figure, High John the Conquerer, you think, plan, laugh, persist and then proceed in "hitting a straight lick with a crooked stick" . This might be among the lesser known witticisms that Dr. Francis and Rev. Bowman have reflected on, and it's one well worth learning about. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Rudolph Byrd, PhD, (1953-2011) https://magazine.emory.edu/issues/2012/winter/register/tribute-byrd/index.html
Jun 29, 2023
23 min
Tryna Make a Dollar out of Fifteen Cents
What do TuPac and Master P have to do with financial planning? Tune in to find out how these classic rappers and business moguls used an old adage to engrain an ethic of financial stewardship in many Gen-xers living below the Mason Dixon line.
Apr 13, 2023
25 min
Treat 'em with a Long-handled Spoon
The Chilly Grits podcasters chew on an old-school phrase that embeds lessons on self-protection, self-preservation, and working in complex environments passed down in times when independence and agency for those with their subject positions were far more circumscribed than it is today.
Apr 13, 2023
28 min
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