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Nzuri Means Beautiful: A Conversation With Chaun McDonald

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Welcomes Chaun McDonald, owner of NZuri Means Beautiful!

Here is my confession today….
I am enamored with people who build their own paths!
Today we meet with owner of Nzuri Means Beautiful, Chaun McDonald. Her handmade body products are made with love and natural ingredients. I am a huge fan of her bath bombs! They are relaxing, soothing, and healthy for your skin.
On today’s show, Chaun explores all of her products with us and she shared how she got started, as well as some of her plans for the future.

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Urban Expression: A Conversation With Nuri Madina II, of The Englewood Enterprise Gallery

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Podcast welcomes Brother Nuri Madina II Of Englewood Enterprise Gallery!!

 

Brother Madina discussed the influence of artistic expression within our respective communities and the program opportunities his organization offers in an effort to bridge the cultural gap.

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A Queen’s Gem: A Conversation With Chan Harrell, Founder of Emerald Escape Spa Products

The Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Chan Harrell of Emerald Escape Products!
Chan shared her entrepreneurial journey and how she turned her natural talent of making spa products into a brick and mortar business that is aiding in the Black economic power movement of Gary, Indiana.

 

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Bridging Generations: A Conversation With The Jackie Of All Trades, Adriann Sims-Harris

Bridging Generations: A Conversation With The Jackie Of All Trades, Adriann Sims-Harris

Adriann Sims-Harris is a wife, mother, and Jackie of All Trades. In this conversation, Adriann shares how she struggled to find a place in the workforce after taking years off to finish school and establish a foundation for her family.

Instead of letting the job market discourage her, Adrianne used her years of administrative experience to create a freelance business as a virtual assistant.

Adriann gives a lot of props to millennials, but she also challenges us to lead up, and give the generations before us encouragement to progress in a global society.

 

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Adriann referenced a few resources for homeschooling and coding. You can find them here:

Homeschool
https://www.time4learning.com
https://www.khanacademy.org/
Hslda.org
Ed.gov

Code
Udemy.com
Sololearn.com
Freecodecamp.org

Revolutionizing Education: A Conversation With Latricia Booker, Of Faith Movers Academy!

The Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Principal Latricia Booker of Faith Movers Academy!!!

Principal Booker discussed FMA and how Chicago-land families can now explore a revolutionized education for their children.

 


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Slay Girl, Slay: A Conversation With Inspirational Podcaster, Ashley Leggs

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Ashley Leggs!
Ashley is the founder of the podcast and inspirational brand, Slay Girl, Slay.
Ashley sat with me to welcome each of you to a prosperous new year!! Ashely is such an inspiration, and as a millennial, she has been able to encourage thousands of women weekly through her podcast.

What I love about Ashley, is that she is the best friend each of us always wanted and needed. She empowers, uplifts, and greets each of us every week with a “Hey boo!”. She is the epitome of living your best life.

You can check out her website at Slaygirlslay.com, subscribe to her podcast, and follow her on Instagram @slaygirlslay

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Confessions Of A Melanated Queen!!

Today we celebrate our one year anniversary! Confessions Of A Melanated Queen was founded on January 1, 2018 and today we commemorate the brand by introducing Melanated Queen Productions LLC, The first annual Melanated Queen Awards, and the new documentary series!

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Ask Dr. Lauren: A Conversation With The Melanated Queen

You asked, I answered! On this episode, I answered all of your questions regarding my nonprofit, my marriage, my thoughts on feminism, and more!

 

 

 

 

 


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Fate Of The Black Family: A Conversation With Author, Davarrio The Great

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Davarrio The Great, author of Fate Of The Black Family Vol. 1.

Davarrio The Great and I sat down to discuss his book and how it addresses various components of building a stronger foundation for Black men, women, and children by acknowledging controversial and thought-provoking topics that impact our ability to move forward, together, as a culture.

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking The Leap Of Faith: A Conversation With Mompreneur, Dawn Barnes

After serving 25 years as a social worker, Dawn Pettway-Barnes walked away from it all to launch Chandere’s Cakes.

Dawn shares how she allowed her faith to guide her decision to take the big jump into entrepreneurship, and the importance of finding “your happy” while you can still enjoy it!

 

 

 

 


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Empowering Women: A Conversation With Entrepreneur, Rochelle Wise

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast welcomes Rochelle Wise owner of the hair care line RWISE.

Rochelle used her 20 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist to develop a formula that will strengthen and restore the health of Black hair. In this conversation, Rochelle shared her passion for helping women feel good about themselves and regain their confidence through personalized pampering services.

 

 

 

 

 


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Walk In Your Purpose: A Conversation With Inspirationalist, Dreana Johnson

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen​ welcomes Dreana Johnson​. I had the pleasure of sitting with Dreana Johnson as we talked about her work as an inspirationalist, author, advocate, professional DJ, and motivational speaker!!

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Leading In Healthcare: A Conversation With Podcaster Tobi Tajomavwo

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes fellow podcaster Tobi Tajomavwo, of Tobi Talks!

The journey through a career in health care has it’s challenges.

I had a chance to sit with Tobi to discuss her work as a Quality Improvement Nurse and how she uses her podcast platform to empower millennials to explore career paths outside of bedside care.

 

 

 

 

 


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Turn Your Dream Into A Reality: A Conversation With Demetria Brown of The Blueprint Events Co.

Planning an event can be stressful. Fortunately, there is solution! Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Demetria Brown of The Blueprint Events Co. LLC.

Demetria and I discussed her journey through entrepreneurship, as she has taken her personal talent in organizational planning, to launching an event planning firm that caters to all social and professional needs!!

 

 

 

 

 


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A Spiritual Solider! A Conversation With Dr. Hakeemah Muhammad, Co-Founder Of The Royal Empress

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen welcomes Dr. Hakeemah Muhammad, Co-Founder Of The Royal Empress.

Dr. Muhammad and I discussed the importance of being spiritually grounded, training women to defend and protect their communities, female mentorship, and instilling melanin pride in our Black men.

 

 

 

 

 


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Reclaim Your Power! A Conversation With Lakichay N. Muhammad, Co-Founder of The Royal Empress

I had the pleasure of sitting with Lakichay Nadirah Muhammad of The Center for Self Improvement Wholistic Wellness and Transformation, author, and co-founder of The Royal Empress.

Lakichay and I discussed her work centered on maternal health, wholistic wellness, parent advocacy, and the power of thought and choice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Then The Sun Rose: A Conversation With Akilah Shabazz Co-Founder of The Royal Empress

In honor of the work that The Royal Empress is doing in our community, I sat down with Co-Founder, Akilah Shabazz to discuss her passion for elevating women through her annual women’s retreat, her book, the power of mediation, and viewing the opportunity to travel through the lens of a world learner.

Akilah Shabaaz

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A Queen’s Craft: A Conversation With Chatonyia Smith of Dazed & Amazed Creationz

Chatonyia Smith has built a creative empire through hand-made crafts, home décor, and all things festive!
We discussed how her business Dazed & Amazed Creationz served as a catalyst for healing after dealing with a loss and how her ability to create almost anything, can help you brighten any space!Dazed and amazed creationz

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Each Morning We Are Born Again! A Conversation With Latoya Kenner, Founder of Big Baby LLC

LaToya Kenner shares her journey through a career in social work and psycho therapy, to discovering a perfect balance as a virtual life coach and spiritual counselor under her company Big Baby LLC.
Latoya and I discussed career transitions, using vlogging as a method of helping others, and how stepping away from tradition and being “different” amongst post-millennials, has proven to be an effective approach to connecting with her audience.

Big Baby LLC

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Brothers Gonna Work It Out! A Conversation With Jackson, MS Educator, George Stewart II

George Stewart II is an educator, author, mentor, ordained minister, and youth/family advocate. He is quickly becoming a “go to” person and trusted voice on issues such as youth development, education, spirituality, and fatherhood.

George has experienced great success as a classroom teacher, but his work does not end when the bell rings. Besides partnering with “The Call Me Mister Program” to serve as a mentor to future young black male educators, he has developed a school board approved afterschool program for at risk boys, develops and facilitates male empowerment and fatherhood curriculums, and speaks at community events and conferences.

Finally, George a member of the board of directors of state organization Mississippi Families as Allies. It’s the only family-run statewide organization for parents and caregivers of children with mental health challenges. George’s motto is “Doing it With The Next Generation in Mind .”

Brothers Gonna Worth It Out

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Ep 14 Common Sense Should Have Told You! A Conversation With My Mom, Mrs. Lucy Wright

Memories of 1960’s Atgeld Gardens, 1970’s racial tension in Harvey, rules behind 37 years of marriage, raising outspoken children, and my inability to cook like her. Hear a very intimate conversation with the one I call “Ma”.

common sense should have told you
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Ep. 13 Lipstick, Heels, And Hustle: A Conversation With Business Strategist, Dr. Carey Yazeed

Tune is to hear my exciting conversation with my business coach and personal Shero, Dr. Carey Yazeed!!
Dr. Carey Yazeed is a Business Strategist who specializes in working with women who are tired of the 9 to 5 rat race and desires to be their own boss. She is the author of Lipstick, Heels & Hustle: A Women’s Guide To Entrepreneurship and the host of Beauty, Brains & Business on Apple Podcast.
To learn more about Dr. Yazeed please visit http://www.drcareyyazeed.com

Dr. Carey Yazeed
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Ep. 12 A Journey Not Shared Is A Soul Not Healed: A Conversation With Dr. Shaniqua Jones, Restorative Justice Practitioner

Wife, Mother, Author, Educator, and Restorative Justice Practitioner, are just a few of the many hats DrShaniqua Jones wears. On this episode, Dr. Jones shares why transparency is the cornerstone to restoration and how her work as a restorative justice practitioner contributes to the building of stronger communities.
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Dr. Shaniqua Jones
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Ep. 11 Simply Mesmerizing Innovations, Naturally Outstanding! A Conversation With Krissy Childs, Founder and CEO Of Minovet

Krissy Childs had the courage and faith to build a business from her God-given talents. Her signature satin hair bonnets featuring her staple creation named, Queendom, Baby Boutique, and Princess Party ensemble, are what makes her brand mesmerizingly innovative!
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Ep. 10 Connecting To Sustain: A Conversation With Camesha Jones, Founder of Sista Afya

Camesha L. Jones, LSW is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sista Afya, LLC.She has lived with a mental health condition for over 4 years and was able to overcome many challenges to achieve optimal mental wellness. Camesha created Sista Afya to help other Black women experiencing mental health challenges to get the information, community support, and the connection to resources necessary to be mentally well. She is a Radical Social Worker with an A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College. She focuses on clinical and systems change in mental health and interpersonal violence prevention in African- American communities.

camesha

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Ep. 9 Know Your Numbers: A Conversation With Candice Odom, Founder of Odom Bookkeeping Solutions

Know Your Numbers: A Conversation With Candice Odom, Founder of Odom Bookkeeping Solutions
Candice Odom understands the challenges with entrepreneurship! Using her professional background in finance, mathematical science, and education, Candice offers entrepreneurs step-by-step support through an online course that will empower you to take your business to the next level.
Don’t be afraid of it, know your numbers!

candice odom
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Ep. 8 Biblically Speaking: A Conversation With My Dad, Pastor Lafayette Wright

Welcome to another Confessions Of A Melanated Queen podcast episode!
This is such a special episode!
I had the great pleasure of sitting with my father, who enjoys teaching the Word of God. I had a few questions for him about biblical references. Thankfully, he was happy to answer them.

Dad

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Ep. 7 The Voice Of The Voiceless: A Conversation With Tae V, Founder Of Da Shameless Plug

Confessions Of A Melanated Queen Podcast welcomes our first King!! Tae V, founder of Da Shameless Plug, is a self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless. Through blogging, apparel, a highly anticipated podcast, and future published author, Tae V empowers melanated people by bridging Black culture and excellence.

Tae V

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Ep. 6 Colorism, Culture, and Community: A Conversation With Asha Foreman Ntim, Founder Of The Chrysalis Program

Asha Foreman Ntim shares her journey through servant leadership. As the founder of The Dark Brown Girl and The Chrysalis Program, Asha has taken on the challenge of changing the narrative as it relates to the standard of beauty, excellence, and culture among African American girls and women.
Asha Ntime

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Ep. 5 A Queens Gift: A Conversation With Branding, Apparel, and Spiritual Energy Expert, Jamilah Aleem!

Jamilah Aleem, marketing and branding manager, owner of Natural Babe Apparel, and spiritual energy expert, shared her journey through discovering her gifts and talents as it relates to melanated people, our ancestry, and improving our spiritual lives.

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Ep. 4 SuperNaturally Made: A Conversation With The Self-Proclaimed Eve, Dr. Sonia Kennedy

Clinical Therapist, Author, and Life Engagement Coach, Dr. Sonia Kennedy, shares gems related to women empowerment, the millionaire mindset, mental health and wellness, and overall greatness! Dr. Kennedy is the author of Supernaturally Made: Reclaiming Your Eve.

You can find her book on Amazon and Frontline Books located in Chicago, IL.

 

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Ep 3. Be You! A Conversation with Kennesha Valentine

Kennesha Valentine, owner of The Kay Cee V Collection, shares her journey to entrepreneurship on this exciting episode! Kennesha’s cosmetic line is comprised of all hand-made products with natural ingredients. Be beautiful, be fabulous, BE YOU!!!
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Be You!

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Ep 2. Living With Lupus: A Conversation with Helena Fields

Helena Fields is the founder of All Things Lupus. Helena and I sat down and discussed the challenges she has faced living with lupus for 25 years as well as her work towards bringing awareness to others.

The organization Helena referenced is the Lupus Research Alliance. If you have questions for Helena, please feel free to reach her at allthingslupus@gmail.com.

Living With Lupus

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Episode 1: To Be Young, Gifted, And Black! A Conversation With Destiny Wesley

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Destiny Wesley, founder and owner of DW Designs. Destiny is a trailblazer in the fashion industry and represents #melaninmagic to the fullest!

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