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February 6, 2020
In the season two finale, we talk Black Liberation and activism. With the election year in full swing, how do we maintain a sense of hope as black women? Charla and Lauren are joined by academic and civic leader Melina Abdullah. As a self described member of the ‘Panther cub generation’ Abdullah talks about her work within the Black Lives Matter movement and where she finds joy while fighting in the frontlines.    We’ll be back soon with Season 3!    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Melina Abdullah @DocMellyMel on Twitter Angela Davis on Black Communism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hai2viOKyBk&feature=youtu.be
January 30, 2020
Success can often be used against black women, especially while dating. Charla and Lauren have experiences that have left them being labeled as ‘intimidating’ or ‘ a lot.’ These descriptions are familiar to Author and Space Launch Quality System Engineer Dr. K. Renee Horton. Working for NASA is something that Dr. Horton loves but people rarely ask about what it’s like to thrive in all the other aspects of life. In this conversation, Dr. Horton talks about her love for science and relationships, sharing hilarious stories that illuminate one experience of dating whole being a rocket scientist.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw   Find Dr. K. Renne Horton @Reneehortonphdon Twitter
January 23, 2020
When did you realize how much physical space you took up? Lauren first became aware of her body after an awkward childhood encounter. Self described ‘larger than life’ comedian Chloe Hilliard had a different story, but also was cognizant of the space her body took up at a young age. Chloe talks about the journey to holistic self worth and how vulnerable humor allowed her to be honest when she needed it most.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw   Find Chloe Hilliard @chloe_hilliard on Instagram and Twitter
January 16, 2020
Charla and Lauren love a good scam. They bring on the Scam Goddess Laci Mosley to give tips on what it takes to be an ethical scammer, especially as a black woman. She shares hilarious insights from her experiences as an actor and comedian while speaking the truth to the power in scams.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw   Find Laci Mosley @DivaLaci on Instagram and Twitter
January 9, 2020
When Charla learned more about budgeting and finances, it changed how she talked about money forever. After all, who hasn’t made ‘getting better with money’ a new years resolution? In this episode Tiffany ’The Budgetnista’ Aliche gives advice on financial management, sheds light on her own struggles and talks about the issues black women in particular have to overcome.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Tiffany The Budgetnista @thebudgetnista on Instagram and Twitter   For the Live Richer Academy, go to JoinLRA.com
January 2, 2020
Mikki Kendall is an author, activist, cultural critic and more. She’s written several books and created the viral Twitter hashtag #Solidarityisforwhitewomen which Lauren distinctly remembers following. The hashtag started a conversation about intersectional feminism which we get into during this episode. We also chat about living in your purpose and what happens when you don’t listen to your body.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw   Find Mikki Kendall @Karnythia on Twitter
December 19, 2019
Charla started this podcast in hopes to have conversations she wanted more of when it felt like the country was falling apart. Talking to fellow black women has given both Charla and Lauren hope. Writer, producer and host Akilah Hughes says that her hope comes from the local level. Akilah dishes on what she thinks the democratic party needs, where she’s specifically found joy and her personal journey along the way.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Akilah Hughes @AkilahObviously on Twitter and @akilahh on Instagram
December 12, 2019
When it comes to make up, Charla and Lauren love it but wouldn’t necessarily call themselves an expert. So they bring on Kisha Augustine, a make up artist who currently works as a Manager of Artistry & Education at Pat McGrath Cosmetics. She talks about how beauty is much deeper than what you see and shares how her purpose was made particularly clear during one of the toughest times anyone can go through.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw   Find Kisha Augustine @kishaaugustine on Instagram
December 5, 2019
What does it mean to be a gentrifier? Charla and Lauren contemplate what this means when you are a black woman moving to a city like New York City. Asha Boston was born and raised in Brooklyn and knows all about what it looks like for folks to come into a new neighborhood but have little understanding of the history behind it. In this episode, she talks about what that history looks like, how she channeled her background to design a Nike shoe and what it looks like to pay it forward    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Asha Boston @AshaKayB on Instagram and Twitter
November 28, 2019
Charla and Lauren have had their fair share of experiences with going to the doctor. Recently, some of their friends have been dealing with fibroids- abnormal growths that can develop in a woman’s uterus. In this episode, Dr. Debra Hardy-Cartwright talks about what it means to advocate for yourself as a black woman in the hospital. She shares personal experiences as the first black female OBGYN in her hospital in Annapolis, MD and gives advice on what to do when you’re not being heard.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw
November 21, 2019
What does it mean to be a woman? It’s a question that Charla and Lauren hadn’t thought too much about until their conversation with Ericka Hart. As a a sex educator, activist, writer, model, and plant mom Ericka Hart has spent her career working to dismantle anti-black and beauty standards that persist in our culture. Ericka shares exactly what led her to this work and some of the internal battles she had to overcome in order to flourish.    You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw   Find Ericka Hart @ ihartericka on Twitter and Instagram
November 14, 2019
In our season 2 premiere Charla and Lauren talk about their struggle with confidence. Producer, playwright and journalist Bim Adewunmi has always believed in herself to a certain degree. In this episode, Bim sheds light on her confidence journey and talks about how she made a choice that seemed uncomfortable and a bit scary.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Bim Adewunmi @bimadew on Twitter and Instagram  This episode is sponsored by Bombas (www.bombas.com/secretlives) and Dipsea (www.dipseastories.com/secretlives).
November 8, 2019
We're coming back November 14th!
October 24, 2019
We’re still on hiatus! But in the meantime, you should check out fellow Stitcher show, Unladylike. We’ll be back with Season 2 in November!
October 10, 2019
In this season 1 finale, Charla and Lauren reminisce on the journey to making this show and how in some ways, it’s one step on the road to being their own bosses. Actor, Comedian and writer Kerry Coddett shares her own complicated and hilarious journey in entrepreneurship. Throughout the episode, Kerry talks about how advocating and believing in yourself is applicable to any field.  We’ll be back with Season 2 after a brief break. In the meantime, feel free to keep up with us on our socials below- thanks for supporting our show!  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  You can check out Charla’s comedy album now at https://linktr.ee/charlalauriston Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Kerry Coddett @OverFab on Twitter and Instagram  This episode is sponsored by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/secretlives), Bombas (www.bombas.com/SECRETLIVES), and Audible (www.audible.com/secretlives or text SECRETLIVES to 500-500).
October 3, 2019
When Charla and Lauren decided to do a podcast, they wanted it to be a space where they didn’t have to apologize for who they were. That’s why when they had a live event to kick off the show, Morgan Jerkins felt like a perfect guest. In this episode, Morgan discusses how her writing is an extension of her truest experiences and what it took for her to truly be secure in who she was in all facets of her life.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  You can check out Charla’s comedy album now at https://linktr.ee/charlalauriston Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Morgan Jerkins @MorganJerkins on Twitter and @_MorganJerkins on Instagram  This episode is sponsored by Blume (text SECRET to 79-79-79) and Dipsea (www.dipseastories.com/secretlives).
September 26, 2019
Charla and Lauren have used Twitter to follow people they admire while learning information that they might not have found elsewhere. That’s why watching our guest Jamilah Lemieux challenge the status quo has been a thrilling longtime activity. In this conversation Charla and Lauren find out exactly how she has been able to fight the trolls while also maintaining a sense of self. They also get into topics like abortion, motherhood and what it really means to get older.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  You can Pre-Order Charla’s comedy album at https://linktr.ee/charlalauriston Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Jamilah Lemieux @JamilahLemieux on Twitter and Instagram  This episode is sponsored by Lola (www.mylola.com code: SECRETLIVES), Birchbox (www.birchbox.com/SECRETLIVES code: SECRETLIVES), and Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/secretlives).
September 19, 2019
There’s something freeing about realizing that no one really knows what they are talking about. Charla felt a particular sense of freedom when she discovered comedy. The same can be said for actor, writer and comedian Marina Franklin, who knows that standup saved her life. In this episode we talk about how comedy shaped Marinas’ world, how the industry hasn’t really changed that much and the courage it took for her to do something she’s been hungry to do for a long time.   You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Marina Franklin @marinayfranklin on Twitter and Instagram  This episode is sponsored by VitaCup (www.vitacup.com code: SECRETLIVES), Credo Mobile (www.credo.com/slobw), and Away (www.awaytravel.com/secretlives code: SECRETLIVES).
September 12, 2019
Therapy is a staple in Charla and Lauren’s life. They use it as a way to not only deal with major life incidents, but everyday maintenance. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford knows that finding a mental health professional who speaks to the experiences of black women can be tough. That’s why she created the podcast Therapy for Black Girls and an online directory to find black therapists in your area. In this conversation, we dig into ways to dismantle the stigma of mental health particularly when it relates to black women and some accessible resources to find a therapist in your area.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Dr. Joy Harden Bradford @hellodrjoy on Twitter and Instagram  This episode is sponsored by Credo Mobile (www.credo.com/SLOBW), Hug Me by Blume (text SECRET to 79-79-79), and Acuity (acuityscheduling.com/secretlives).
September 5, 2019
Lauren loves astrology and Charla does too; but in a more cautiously optimistic way. One of the things they like the most about it is how it has become a tool for black women to navigate the world. This uptick in interest is something astrologer Mecca Woods has noticed. She explains some of the basics of astrology, gives insight into Charla and Laurens’ chart and talks about how in the end astrology shouldn’t make us feel bad.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Mecca on Twitter @TheMeccanism and Instagram @1meccanism This episode is sponsored by VitaCup (www.vitacup.com code: SECRETLIVES).
August 29, 2019
This was a tough one for Charla and Lauren to chat about. Maybe it’s because so often when we talk about sex and power, black women are seen as peripheral to mainstream stories. That’s why actor, writer and director Numa Perrier wanted to create her movie Jezebel. In this episode, we talk about what happens when a black woman takes power over her own sexuality and how we can feel more free to talk about these two things at the same time. You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Numa on Twitter and Instagram @missnuma This episode is sponsored by I'm Telling The Truth But I'm Lying and Acuity (acuityscheduling.com/secretlives).
August 22, 2019
When there’s an obstacle between you and your dreams, what steps do you take to conquer it? A life changing quote covers Charla’s desktop background while Lauren readjusts where fear lives in her mind. Living your best life despite the fear is something our guest, Cleo King, has been doing for her whole career. Having credits in some of the best TV shows and movies out there (Pineapple Express, Magnolia, The Hangover) Cleo has been around the business long enough to know that overcoming fear is one of the keys too true self discovery. You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw For a full list of all the shows and movies Cleo King has been in, see her IMDB page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0454598/  This episode is sponsored by HarperCollins - I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying.
August 15, 2019
Relationships, whether you’re in one or not, are a tough thing to navigate. Charla and Lauren have the bad date stories to prove it. Cultural critic and writer Demetria L. Lucas, who has spent plenty of time talking about love, sex and dating, joins in discussing how to mine relationships particularly as a black woman. This deeply personal conversation with Demetria centers on the social pressure to be in a relationship and what happens when things don’t turn out like you thought they would.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Demetria on Twitter and Instagram @demetriallucas This episode is sponsored by Money Ha Ha podcast and HBO - A Black Lady Sketch Show.
August 8, 2019
After a long day of work, Charla and Lauren love to chill. Sleep keeps Charla balanced, Lauren loves a good bathtub session and our guest Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball is all about some ice cream. But when does that tub time, sleep and ice cream turn from self care to self indulgence? Tank talks through how she balances the two while also sharing the confirmations that ground her band ‘Tank and The Bangas’ on the road to success.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Tank on Instagram @thinktank20 This episode is sponsored by Money Ha Ha podcast and HBO - A Black Lady Sketch Show.
August 1, 2019
What happens when the standard of black beauty isn’t quite black? Charla and Lauren discuss how social media has affected their journey to self love. Xosha Roquemore (Precious, The Mindy Project) highlights her personal experiences online in this hilarious and thoughtful conversation centered on what it means to be beautiful in a culture that can sometimes ignore true #blackgirlmagic.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Xosha Roquemore on Twitter @XoshaRockstar and on Instagram @xoshroq This episode is sponsored by HBO - A Black Lady Sketch Show.
July 25, 2019
When Charla and Lauren first met, they were two of three black women in their department. They share stories of being in a white workspace with lawyer, tech executive and advisor Bari A. Williams. Bari, who has built a career around advocating for diversity in Silicon Valley, dishes advice on how to overcome barriers that black women deal with on a constant basis when trying to simply do their job.  You can find more about The SLBW at https://www.instagram.com/theslbw/  Follow SLBW on Twitter and Instagram @theslbw Find Bari A. Williams on Twitter @BariAWilliams  This episode is sponsored by Lola (www.mylola.com code: SECRETLIVES), Green Chef (www.greenchef.us/secretlives75), and Care/of (www.takecareof.com code: SECRETLIVES).
July 12, 2019
Each week, Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino center the stories of love, sex, work, fame and more by asking, how do the black women we admire most make it through? Subscribe now and follow the show @theslbw on Twitter and Instagram for more information!
July 9, 2019
Each week, Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino center the stories of love, sex, work, fame and more by asking, how do the black women we admire most make it through? Subscribe now and follow the show @theslbw on Twitter and Instagram for more information!
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