Happy New Year! We’re excited to be kicking off 2019 on a high note by welcoming yet another fantastic guest on the show. This time around it’s Anitra Durand Allen. She walked away from a six-figure job in corporate America to refresh and reinvent herself, and step closer toward happiness. Now Anitra is a certified family coach, speaker, author, and the Creator & Chief Mom at The Mom On The Move, an online resource and community providing success tools for motivated moms with busy families. Anitra is married to her college sweetheart, Harold. They are raising their two daughters — a professional actress and an All-American sprinter — in Louisville, KY. We also sounded our Air Horn for actor Taraji P. Henson and the launching of her nonprofit, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, aimed at combating the stigma around mental health in the African-American community. Listen in!
Hey, hey! We’re back with a fresh, new episode. This week we’re chatting it up with Charnaie Gordon of Here Wee Read. Charnaie is a wife, mom of two, computer programmer by day, blogger/influencer by night, self-proclaimed lifelong learner, podcast junkie and Distinguished Toastmaster. Her blog, Here Wee Read, is where she is currently expressing her creativity and passion for reading, diverse literature, and literacy. Her children and her husband are her inspiration and her followers/supporters are her book-loving tribe. More than anything else, she cares about connecting people with great books they'll love. In her world books are an absolute necessity. Charnaie is passionate about instilling a love of reading, lifelong learning, and curiosity in her kids. She hopes to inspire others to do the same with their children.
We’re back at it, this time with our friend Natasha C. Nicholes. Basically, the woman is no joke. Natasha is a serious maker. To be a serious maker, you need the ability to see things not as they are but as what they can be. Not only that, you need the skills to make that vision into reality. That is Natasha’s super power. She made a community garden out an abandoned lot on the Southside of Chicago called the We Sow We Grow Community Garden. Not only does Natasha grow food, she grows humans. She made four bold and brilliant children with her husband. She even homeschools. But when she was researching online to find families like hers, she didn’t find any voices of African Americans represented. So of course, she created her own space at Houseful of Nicholes. Find her on social at: Twitter - @NatashaNicholes; IG - @Natasha Nicholes; and FB - We Sow We Grow
We also sounded our Air Horn for the incomparable Michelle Obama (a.k.a. Our Forever FLOTUS) and the release of her bestselling memoir Becoming.
Welcome back! This week we got into the importance of carving out time for ourselves to recharge the batteries. Maybe that looks like a professional development conference that you attend every year or a quiet retreat you go to so you can center on your art/writing/business for two days or perhaps it’s getting together with some chill, like-minds and going for a hike every Saturday to hash things out. It’s all about recharging and taking a few clean breathes, free of guilt and stress. Amen! Tell us: How do you make time for YOU, the “me” before you became a mom? We also sound the Air Horn for all the women who became elected officials and made history in the 2018 midterm elections. Listen in!
Hey, hey! We’re back with another fresh episode. Circle up because this one’s important. We’ve decided to narrow the focus of our podcast to zero in on a particular type of woman: work-at-home-moms with creative, slightly unconventional careers. We’re talking about the entrepreneurs, the writers, the artists, the bloggers, the consultants, the freelancers, the business owners, the creatives. Those women who juggle making a living working for themselves with taking care of their homes, kids and partners while working from home offices, co-working spaces and Starbucks.
We’re back and fired up! We’re All A Twitter about the steady rise of white people calling the police on Black folks just living. These latest outrageous stories included everything from one man in St. Louis being physically blocked from entering his own building because white woman decided that he didn’t belong there to a white man in SoCal calling the police on a Black woman for daring to search her own car’s trunk. We’re also honoring activist and original Me Too founder Tarana Burke again. This week marked one full year since the #metoo movement’s second iteration went viral. We’re looking at how far we’ve come and how much more ground needs to be torched in order to set down a new and better path for survivors. Listen in!
Another hot + fresh Nsquared episode! We’re All a Twitter Insecure’s season 3 finale, and finding out what happened to Ghost Bae. We also get into another buzzed about topic right now: Kanye West. This leads us into the main topic this week: mental health and the importance of investing in meaningful self-care. For Black women, it’s almost a revolutionary act to put your mental health and wellness as priority one. Plus, we sound our Air Horn for Atlanta-based psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and her resource Therapy For Black Girls, an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. So, relax, relate, release, and listen in!
It’s another Nsquared episode! This time we’re talking about friendships as an adult, specifically when you go through a major life change like moving or having a baby. Maintaining friendships as an adult is hard enough but sometimes big changes like a new baby can shatter them completely. We’re sharing our experiences and giving some tips on how to keep those friendships going strong even after that little bundle of joy joins the party.
We’re back with another N+N episode! This time we’re all abuzz about the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards which aired earlier this week. On the real, this year’s Emmys were a bit of a snooze but there were still some fun moments — The Fonz! Betty White! Teddy Perkins! — and we dive into each of them. We also talk about some of the new, diverse shows slated for this Fall season.
We sound our Airhorn Salute for the one and only Regina King who won her third Emmy for her starring role on Netflix’s Seven Seconds.
It’s an N-squared episode! And we’re All A Twitter about — #spoileralert! — Lawrence, walking back into our lives on HBO’s Insecure. We’re also buzzing about Lena Waithe’s powerful acceptance speech at the recent Black Girls Rock awards. She encouraged us all to “get free” and live out loud as your authentic self. This led us into our larger conversation about tennis great Serena Williams and the “angry, Black woman” trope too many of us have to deal with every damn day. And we sound our Air Horn Salute for Women’s U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka. Get in to this!
Well, here we are at the end of Season 2. But, the good news is, you can catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 during our hiatus — relieve the magic from the beginning — and we'll be back in the summer with all new episodes! On this season ender we get All A Twitter about the latest awfulness that went down in a Starbucks in Philly. Then we move into something hella better: Beyoncé headlining Coachella! Her historic performance was bold, badass, and Black as hell! And we sound our final Air Horn of Season 2 for cyclist Ayesha McGown, who plans to be the first African-American female pro cyclist. Hell, yeah! Listen in, and remember to hit us up on social media. We're still out there during the brief hiatus. Catch us at @heysispodcast on FB, IG, and Twitter!
We're back with a brand new episode! This time, we're talking about motherhood, career and the myth that women can't do both. After Cardi B announced her pregnancy on SNL, there were some naysayers implying that her choice to become a mother would derail her career. We call BS. We're also All A Twitter about the ongoing investigation into Trump and his corrupt cronies and we talk a bit about Tony Robbins and his warped view on the #MeToo movement. Plus we're sounding our horn for Cardi B — between the pregnancy, the album debuting at #1 on Billboard and co-hosting the Tonight Show, she's living the best week ever!
Welcome to April! We're getting into the swing of things of the new, bright season by talking about goal setting. How do you go about getting closer to your big goals? We're sharing our smart tips for managing your passions and pulling your dreams within reach. Also, we're All A Twitter about the creepy video of dozens of TV anchors from Sinclair Broadcast Group reciting the same speech warning against "biased and false news." Plus, we sound the Air Horn for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the fearless, South African anti-apartheid campaigner.
Fresh, new N + N episode just for you. This time we're taking on some important debates that have been burning up social media. First, WHO THE HELL BIT BEYONCÉ??! We join the digital sleuthing to crack the case. Then we move into the top sheets discussion and later delve into some other "what do you do at your house" burning questions. Plus, we sound the Air Horn for Naomi Wadler, the youngest speaker (she's 11!) at the recent March For Our Lives rally in D.C. This fifth grader's speech was passionate and powerful, leaving anyone who watched it utterly inspired. Have a listen and let us know what you think!
It's time for another exciting episode! We're All A Twitter about actor Cynthia Nixon throwing her hat in the Gubernatorial race for New York and we're talking more about the newest season of Atlanta on FX. We're also excited to welcome to the show Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, who sits at the nexus of one of the world’s leading entertainment and media companies, WME. And we sound our air horn salute for Tomi Adeyemi, author of the bestselling new YA series Children of Blood and Bone.
Be honest; have you ever been at a party and someone asks 'What do you do for fun?' and been completely stumped? You're not alone. According to research, women find it especially hard to get lost in hobbies or leisure time where the sole purpose is fun — not for the kids, not tied to some obligation — but pure, selfish fun. We've noticed the same thing about ourselves so we decided to talk about it. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you have hobbies or is leisure time a foreign concept in your life? We're also All A Twitter about A Wrinkle In Time and its box office success. Plus, we're sounding off our airhorn salute for the young star of the movie, Storm Reid.
It's March 8th, and we're celebrating! Not only is it International Women's Day, but it's also the one year anniversary of Hey, Sis! Podcast. Release the doves! On this episode we're taking it back to the reason why we started this show in the first place: honoring their stories. We're also All A Twitter about the Oscars (bring on the inclusion riders!) and this #HereWeAre campaign, plus we sound the air horn for director and screenwriter Dee Rees. ANDDDD... introducing our first-ever giveaway! One lucky listener will win a special one-year-anniverary prize pack. Listen in for more details and how you can enter the giveaway.
We're back up in place! In his new episode we are All A Twitter about... what else? Black Panther and all its Black Excellence! We're also excited to welcome Colleen Oakley, long-time journalist and author of the novels Before I Go and Close Enough to Touch. And we sound the HSP Air Horn for Emma Gonzalez, the 18-year-old Stoneman Douglas High School senior, activist and advocate for gun control who is leading the charge for change in the #NeverAgain Movement.
It's another Nsqaured episode! This week we're hootin'-n-hollerin' for the Olympic Winter Games. It's all so thrilling! From Team USA's snowboarding star Chloe Kim and history-making speed skaters Maame Afua Biney and Erin Jackson to Nigeria's first-ever bobsled team and the Jamaican bobsled team the there are so many powerhouse women of color out on this grand stage showing what dedication and excellence look like. Plus, we're All a Twitter about the National Portrait Gallery's unveiling of the long-awaited portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Breathtaking! And we sound our Airhorn for Team USA figure skater Mirai Nagasu and her rare triple axel feat. Listen in! [Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images]
Hey, hey! We're back this week with our super sized Superbowl episode and giving you our hot take on football's biggest night: Superbowl LII. We talk about whether Justin Timberlake's halftime performance was hot or not (spoiler: this scathing review of the performance from the Daily Beast basically sums up our thoughts) and then dive right into the best part of the Superbowl — those commercials. Listen in to hear our run-down on the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. And if you need a quick refresher of some of the ads that ran, check out this NPR article.
We also sounded our airhorn for Tayari Jones who released her new novel, “An American Marriage,” earlier this week to high praise. It's Oprah’s newest book club pick, so you know it's good.
It's another N-squared episode, hot and fresh out the oven. This week we're going back to college — in our minds, at least — to talk about relationships and dating. After watching a recent episode of the new, fab series Grown-ish in which the young, college student characters get into a conversation/soft debate about what terms like "hooking up" really mean. We're also All A Twitter about the world premiere of Black Panther (a.k.a. Maximum Black Excellence) and all the post-Grammys chatter. And we sound the HSP Air Horn for U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and the more 140 brave women who gave heartbreaking, yet powerful victim impact statements against former U.S. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser, accused of sexually abusing over 100 people while under his "care." Stand up and speak out, Aly! You are making incredible, meaningful impact on so many lives.
Annnnnd we're back with another fresh episode for you! This week, we got serious and discussed the rising maternity mortality rate in the U.S. — particularly for Black women who are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth or shortly afterwards. We mentioned Serena Williams' complications post-childbirth as well as some of the organizations that are shedding more light on this public health issue, like the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. We're also All A Twitter about the new Aziz Ansari sexual misconduct allegations, and we're giving a special airhorn salute to Franchesca Ramsey. Check it out!