December 16, 2020
Episode 18: Dr. Stephanie has a frank conversation about is there enough room at the table for all of our sisters. Her special guest is recording artist, writer activist and long time organizer in the bisexual and polyamory community, Robin Renee. The conversation clarifies some myths about the polyamorous and bisexual communities and explores how we can expand our circle of sisterhood beyond those who love like us and worship like us and create like us. How can we have a big circle where no-one has to fit in to be included and welcomed. If you have asked yourself this question then you definitely want to listen to this episode. We also talk about Robin Renee's music. Her work has been featured in Curve magazine, The Songwriter's market, on Weirdomusic.com, and many other platforms. Her music crosses gender, color, beliefs, and allows you to feel life and power with every note. Robin Renee also co-hosts "The Leftscape" a podcast dedicated to exploring politics, culture and conversation through a progressive lens.
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December 9, 2020
Ep 17: It's holiday time y'all! And as much as we love the holidays they sure do come with stress. We try to crunch all the joy, all the gifting, all the partying and all of the traditions in about six weeks time and it can be too much on top of still having to work and take care of families. Dr. Stephanie has experienced this year after year until she made some drastic changes to how she decided to show up for the holidays. She has learned how to flow with the festivities and most importantly to be present. Her personal care guide entitled "Stress Free Festivities "Click link for guide is a great resource for anyone who experiences stress during this time because during this episode she breaks down each area of the guide and how to keep them in balance. So, if you want to know how to keep the Social, Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Mental and Grief in balance to have a stress free holiday season listen to this episode and don't forget to download the guide.
December 2, 2020
Ep 16: In this episode Dr. Stephanie talks to Georgetown law professor Tiffany Jeffers about her about what in means to be a Black women in a system that was never designed to protect people who look like her. She is an Associate Professor of Law, she has worked with police, victims, and witnesses who needed protection. Dr. Stephanie and Tiffany discuss the conflict Tiffany feels as an attorney sworn to uphold the law but at the same time knowing that the law is not designed to uphold her womanhood, her personhood or her livelihood just because she was born a little girl with melanated skin. They talk about VP Elect Kamala Harris and her record as a prosecutor and how Black women are often held to an impossible standard. The conversation lands in such a sweet space of how important self-care is and how our sisterhood is part of our self-care regimen. The Professor is not only here to school us in this episode but leans into her vulnerability and helps us to do the same.
November 26, 2020
In this episode we tackle one of the biggest most universal challenges. Finances can break up marriages, businesses and even good relations between nations. One thing 2020 has made us realize is that we all need a plan B because things can take an expected turn pretty quickly and when that happens having debt leaves you with fewer choices. Sisters, we deserve to live our destiny and not be saddled with debt. So, how do we go "From Debt to Destiny" Mrs. Shay Cook gives us the roadmap and one of the unexpected stops on the path is releasing shame. Mrs. Shay Cook is the CEO & Founder for Crusaders for Change, LLC. Shay is a certified Accredited Financial Counselor® and Financial Fitness Coach® that holds Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Psychology. This Odenton, MD resident is intentionally empowering and equipping the community with tools to become financially free.
November 18, 2020
In Episode 14 join Dr. Stephanie and her guest Yolanda Davis as they tackle the limiting beliefs around perfectionism. I know I'm not the only one who has ever felt like a failure, all because of not doing things up to the standards of others. We endure unnecessary pressure, fight with our self-esteem, and live in a constant state of second-guessing who we are. And it's ALL because we're trying to do one thing - BE PERFECT! So how do we embrace being "Polished, but not Perfect!" This is the conversation that these ladies commit to having. We have to embrace that we will have flaws, but we can still be successful and admirable while maturing. And special guest, Yolanda Davis, breaks it down in a way that we can all understand and use in our personal and professional lives. She gives us some etiquette pearls for free that will allow us to show up as a better version of ourselves tomorrow.
As an Etiquette & Image Consultant, Mrs. Davis serves Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania with her poise and professionalism. This owner of The Swann School of Protocol trains and equips those who desire to be successful, putting their best foot forward. But what she doesn't expect is for anyone to be perfect! When you're polished properly, perfectionism is least expected.
November 11, 2020
In Episode 13, Dr. Stephanie talks with another Stephanie about the power of forgiveness. When a woman's partner is unfaithful it is not uncommon for their entire life to unravel. Stephanie McNeal describes this unraveling as the catalyst for her brokenness but also the passion behind her healing and restoration. Stephanie McNeal has a Masters degree and is a licensed facilitator who teaches women how to live their God-given purpose through freed2love. She is committed to seeing women bounce back from brokenness and stress to be able to forgive everyone who hurt them and live out their God given purpose. You will learn the steps to forgiveness and spoiler alert its not as simple as it sounds. But, It's so worth it! This is a healing conversation that just might change your life.
November 9, 2020
Election 2020 is one for the history books and there are many hot takes right now. But, arguably Black women have emerged as true champions for democracy and are in the spotlight right now. In this bonus episode Dr. Stephanie has a candid conversation discussing the raw emotions in the aftermath of the election. Candace Dodson Reed, a political insider who serves as the Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, discusses the new opportunities that are available for Black women and some lessons learned. Many of you may be having similar conversations with your girlfriends, so feel free to take a listen to ours. If you aren't having these conversations, we hope this episode will spark you to have them.
November 4, 2020
Episode 12: Is Colorism still a thing or are we post-colorism? Well, the release of Beyonce's song "Brown Skin Girl" brought colorism to the surface again. It's always been there and has been almost like a dirty little family secret, but when that song came out it was on full display for all to see. Colorism is the perceived preferential treatment of lighter skinned Blacks based on their closeness to whiteness. Join Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt who is an expert on this topic as they discuss this topic and how it can be a challenge to creating sustained, healthy sisterhood. As usual, we won't just expose the problems but also how we can overcome and continue to strengthen our sisterhood.
Kimberly R. Moffitt (Ph.D., Howard University) is currently serving as interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC. Before assuming this role, she was director of the Language, Literacy and Culture doctoral program and a professor of communication/media studies, as well as affiliate professor of Africana Studies. A media critic whose research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body, Dr. Moffitt has published several articles and book chapters, as well as five co-edited volumes, including Michelle Obama and the FLOTUS Effect: Platform, Presence, and Agency (Lexington Books, 2019), Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Representation in Scandal (Syracuse University Press, 2019), Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair and Body Politics in Africana Communities (Hampton Press, 2010), The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010) and The 1980s: A Transitional Decade? (Lexington Books, 2011). Her latest work explores the black body in Disney programming and the impact of colorism on Black teens. Dr. Moffitt often writes op-ed articles for the Baltimore Sun and is a frequent guest on local public radio, television, and Internet broadcasting programs. She is a member of the public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the secretary of the board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and the founding parent and former board member of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Charter School, a 4th-8th college preparatory school.
October 30, 2020
Episode 11. When is the last time you decided to write your own chapter ending? Or even a new beginning? Many times, we leave the idea of a "happily ever after" in the hands of popular opinion. However, we have to recognize that we have the right to CHOOSE - no matter the age. And this episode of "S.O.A.R. with Dr. Stephanie" will tackle some tough topics like becoming a mother when you're 50. Our host is going to discuss how to embrace and rethink this concept in middle age with the illustrious Malkia K. Lydia. This powerful product of the Washington, D.C. public school system is dispelling the myth that such endings are only happy in the traditional sense. As a filmmaker and lover of culture, she is well known and respected in the world of the Arts and has been recognized by countless art councils for her brilliance. She was degreed by Duke University & Temple University, and her story is still being written.
October 20, 2020
Episode 10: In Episode 10, Dr. Stephanie has a magical conversation with Althea Lawton-Thompson that will make you feel like you have been transported to a virtual retreat. Who can't use some travel right now, even if it's virtual? This is not your typical surface conversation about meditation. They go deeper into different types of meditation and all the beautiful forms that meditation can take on. They discuss controversial topics like plant medicine in mediation and how indigenous people can teach us a lot. Did you know that a trance is a form of manifestation? If this has peaked your curiosity then you definitely want to listen to the entire interview. Althea is the President of Aerobics, Yoga & More. She is a best-selling author and a 24-year certified fitness expert, seasoned Yoga & meditation instructor and international holistic healing guide. Althea has led 18 Living Life Limitlessly wellness retreats in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America, the Carribean and the U.S.
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