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In My Shoes is a podcast about women of color and the issues we face but sometimes don't get to talk about. We will give our perspective, allowing you a glimpse into what it's like to deal with racism, infertility, mental illness, parenting, relationships, colorism, politics, hair, health, you name it - in our shoes. Sometimes it just takes a moment to hear a personal story to realize things aren't always the way they seem. When you hear someone's personal story you can see things through th ...
 
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Happy New Year! It's our first episode of 2022. It's just me on the mic, reflecting on 2021 and the surprised beginning of 2022... surgery. Find out what issue I've been dealing with for years that has finally come to a need for another surgery, what I wish I had known when I was younger and what I regret not advocating for earlier. Then, a quick u…
 
Sabrina Tshiamalenge has always loved to cook. A teacher by day she always loved trying new recipes as a hobby and of course, loved cooking for her family in the evenings and on weekends. But one day, a series of events led her to believe God was talking to that inner voice, the one that always wanted to try cooking as more than a hobby but was dou…
 
This is the story of Elizabeth Leiba, who still lives with the shame of an arrest that wasn't her fault during her days as a student at the University of Florida. After a local drug store accused her of theft, (for a pack of batteries she had purchased) the store refused to admit wrongdoing and for years, she didn't talk about it, until the death o…
 
When Zariyah reposted the simple sentence about the hate dark-skinned girls must endure her mother knew right away that she needed to check in with her daughter. As the darkest member of her family, Zariyah often deals with the insensitive comments about the color of her skin - often from people of her own race. But the 17-year-old said she refuses…
 
I can't believe it is December! It's been a while since it's just been me on the mic. I figured it was time for an update on my girl and a look back at 2021. So, it's just me this time. Find out what's going on with my girl, how I am planning to push myself out of my comfort zone in 2022, my take on parenting young adults and how I have found grati…
 
Tonight is Thanksgiving and I am so thankful for the opportunity adoption afforded me. It gave me the chance to grow my family and become the mommy God wanted me to be with the two babies He gave me. I am also thankful for the chance adoption has given my baby sister. She adopted a beautiful baby girl 8 months ago. Today you get to meet her! She ha…
 
Maria is an ICU nurse who was on the frontlines of COVID from the very beginning. She shares her experience and what it meant for her family. Find out what she says was the hardest part for her and the way the NFL showed its gratitude to her for caring for our veterans. And don't forget we are working on our donation challenge for Giving Tuesday to…
 
On this Veterans Day we pause to remember Vanessa Guillen. A beautiful soldier serving a Ford Hood Texas who mysteriously went missing. The military didn't have many answers for her family, but they wouldn't give up and refused to accept the military's stance that she simply walked off base. Now a little more than a year after her death, her family…
 
It’s a rewind episode with me and my hubby talking about our adoption journey in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month. Find out how he felt when I told him I didn’t think I would get pregnant easily and what he thinks helped him to be open to adoption. AND don’t forget November is the month of giving and you can help us make Thanksgiving and …
 
Sandy Boisrond is an attorney, advocate and auntie. She is a part of the village and support system for her nephew who is on the autism spectrum. As an attorney she helps families with estate planning and making sure they have the right things in place in order to future plan for the needs of a special needs loved one Find out what she thinks is on…
 
Listen to this rewind episode in honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month. Andrea Dalzell (The Seated Nurse on the 'Gram) talks about the struggles of proving she can do her job with her wheels just as effectively as any other nurse. Listen to her story and find out what happened when Good Morning America honored her as a front line hero and …
 
It's a member of my tribe Tam! Talking about the day she found out she had breast cancer and her yearlong journey fighting the disease. She is open, honest, candid, and inspirational. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am so glad that my girl had the courage to step into the light and share her story. Find out why she was alone when she…
 
Best-selling author Minda Harts talks about her journey to healing and her new book Right Within - How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace. Listen to her talk about how her finger nail polish led to daily racial aggression and the courage she found to insist on the respect and treatment she deserved. Her new book is out NOW! Find it whereve…
 
As the possibility of a booster seems to be becoming a reality, Dr. JAM, an infectious disease pharmacist, breaks down the myths, what we can expect for the future (masks or no masks) and what she's sees in the ICU as more and more COVID patients are admitted. Find out where she thinks we can get the best information about the vaccine and why she s…
 
When the Black and Brown go missing, the alerts, media posts and police updates don't happen quickly. There have been countless examples, most recently the story of Grabby Petito. Her story has made the headlines for weeks and while any missing person is a tragedy, where is that level of coverage and concern when people of color go missing? What ne…
 
In this powerful episode, Breonna Taylor's mom Tamika Palmer talks about her daughter, the night she was murdered and how she is still fighting for those responsible to be held accountable. Find out what she wants people to know about Breonna, how she found out her daughter was gone, what the police didn't tell her and how she is honoring her memor…
 
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, this is the perfect time to give you another chance to hear this episode. Listen to two members of my tribe talk about how they handle it when someone insists that they refrain from speaking Spanish and tell them that this is America and they should speak English. They talk about how they respon…
 
When the pandemic hit, Kyra Peralte needed an outlet to express how this new way of living made her feel. So, she bought a simple black and white composition notebook and began to write. After deciding she wanted to share her thoughts with a stranger and in turn, give them a space to write their own thoughts, she found a woman willing to participat…
 
It's me and my tribe ya'll! We are talking about the real meaning of cancel culture and why the majority hates the word woke. Both concepts are steeped in the African American culture and were meant to be a way for us to come together and recognize that we are a force to be reckoned with. Listen to what we have to say, send me a shout out and let m…
 
Melissa Toyo had been dreaming about writing a book, but with a family and a full- time job, she could never find the time. Then, the pandemic hit, the world went into lockdown and she suddenly had three extra hours a day that she would normally spend getting to and from work. So she decided to put that time to good use and began the draft of a chi…
 
This year's Olympics has been about so much more than the usual medal count. From Sha'carri's disqualification before the games even began, to Simone's brave decision to take a step back and Naomi's return to light the torch and represent Japan in tennis, women of color have certainly been front and center. Take a listen as I talk with two members …
 
Marie Rattigan was 13 years old. She was riding the bus home when her cousin was assaulted and the bus driver asked the two girls if they wanted to call the police. They said yes, but Maria asked if she could get off the bus while they waited to tell her mother where they were. One minute, the middle schooler was talking to her mom, the next minute…
 
Continuing to honor Bebe Moore Minority Mental Health Month this is a REWIND episode! This was our conversation last year just before World Mental Health Day: We had a chance for another important talk with Natasha Pierre, Executive Director of NAMI Hillsborough (Tampa). NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots organi…
 
This is a solo episode ya'll. You know I had to talk about Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Month. As I continue to navigate life for my baby girl (who will turn 20 this month!) and figure out how to balance that with my own life, it got me to thinking... who cares for the caregiver? Listen as I give an update on my beautiful baby girl an…
 
The reaction to a video a few weeks ago posted by Monique and her feelings on Black women walking around in Bonnets, Blankets and Slippers started a frenzy on social media. So you know my girls and I had to put in our two cents! Check out what we had to say about this "trend" and how people reacted to Monique's take on it. It's me, Amber Conage of …
 
Shar Phillips has been crafting for more than twenty years. She joined social media groups to meet other crafters and things were going well, until George Floyd was murdered. And a space that was meant to encourage creativity began to become a place to use creativity to make offensive and inappropriate comments about Floyd's death. It was clear it …
 
You have all heard the story. Vanessa Guillen was a vibrant, beautiful 20-year-old soldier who vanished from the Fort Hood Texas Army base. With no real answers from the Army the family began a crusade to find out what happened to Vanessa. Tragically her remains were found on June 30 of last year, killed at the hands of a fellow soldier. Hear her s…
 
It's my hubby ya'll! Joining me at the table to talk about being a girl dad and how he handled the news when her diagnoses began pouring in. Sometimes the importance of a dad is overlooked and for Father's Day, I wanted to shine a light on that special relationship between a girl and her dad. So check out my boo! He has some great wisdom to share a…
 
Meet Brittany Noble, of the Noble Journalist. She was working her way up in TV News, landed an anchor position, then, she had a baby, decided to embrace her natural hair, and everything changed. They wouldn't accommodate her with a place to pump, they took her face off of the promotional billboards while she was pregnant, she wasn't invited to repr…
 
It's Season 3! I can't believe it! This was like talking to an old friend ya'll! Karen Derrico was a joy to interview and their show is a breath of fresh air. No drama, no mess, just a family trying to make it work every day. Listen as she talks about her daily routine and how she handled the question "You pregnant again?!" And even those who tried…
 
It's another REWIND episode with foster and adoptive mom Keia Jones-Baldwin. She and her husband have four children including a son who is White. In this episode she talks about the crazy questions she's received over the years, including people calling the police when they are convinced that she must have kidnapped her baby boy. May is Foster Care…
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Hear NAMI Hillsborough's Executive Director Natasha A. Pierre tell her story of discovery after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She will talk about the stigma she has faced, what happened when she was first diagnosed and the day she decided she was going to go public with her diagnosis. NAMI (the Natio…
 
It is my birthday ya'll! Normally I don't celebrate all month, but this year I have something really big to celebrate. For my birthday, help me celebrate with a donation to our non-profit, Sisters Empowering Women, Inc. We are relaunching the non-profit and we could use your help. SEW's mission is help women and girls of color to find their voice a…
 
KD French said a few years ago, when she discovered an app that allowed her to record all the vocals of a song with her voice, she started putting her creations on social media. The more she posted, the more popular they became. And then one day she posted a funny story about her struggles to stay away from the fridge as the pandemic dragged on and…
 
It's just me this week. April 18-24 is National Infertility Awareness Week. I wanted to use this episode to share my own journey and let any woman struggling with infertility know that you are not alone. Infertility was a part of my story very early and I wanted to share what it was like for me. Although I chose a different path and if you follow m…
 
The Black Beauty Business rakes in billions of dollars each year, but there are only a handful of companies owned by Black Women with a store selling the products that are targeted almost exclusively to our community. Meet Pam Thompson of My Shade and Texture. She was tired of not seeing people who looked like her as the owners of beauty supply sto…
 
It's Autism Awareness Month and we are talking to Tiffany Hutchinson, a mom with a son on the spectrum. She talks about the rough road getting to a diagnosis, how she felt when she finally had answers and what she thinks are some of the misconceptions many have about children with autism. The experience led her to use her love of writing to write a…
 
Listen to this powerful and important conversation with Dr. Jasmine Marcelin, an Infectious Disease Physician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Marcelin, a TEDxSpeaker, will talk about the vaccines, how researchers were able to make them so quickly, why she believes there is so much mistrust in communities of color and why it is imp…
 
Hanging out with my girls on this episode! As we wrap up celebrating our one year anniversary, this is another group in my tribe talking colorism, one year later, the “angry Black woman syndrome” and our hopes and dreams for the rest of 2021. Listen to my girls Ginain Grayes, of Cook Pray Slay and Maureen Green James of MGJ Speaks and Wyllow Caraba…
 
Listen to Dr. Erin King-Mullins, a colorectal surgeon in Atlanta and founder of Corona Mamas, as she discusses colon cancer, what can be done to catch it early, why family history matters and why people of color, and African Americans in particular, need to learn all they can. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. To learn more, go to: https://fas…
 
Still celebrating our one year anniversary ya'll! Catching up with some of my tribe and how they feel about COVID and the racial unrest that begun right after In My Shoes began. Hear what they have to say, how they are doing today and what they think 2021 holds as we work toward herd immunity and maybe a little light at the end of the COVID tunnel.…
 
Celebrate with me in this solo episode as In My Shoes turns ONE! Hear why this exciting day almost didn't happen, why I started the podcast, what I had to do when I was plagued with self-doubt and where In My Shoes is going next. Don't miss ME, taking the mic solo. Visit our website: www.inmyshoestoday.com and join our mailing list for all of the I…
 
Tinika Carrington thought she wanted to be a nurse, she did hair on the side and eventually decided that working as a hairstylist was the way to go. But a chance conversation with the husband of a client sent her life in a totally new direction. She got her Commercial Driver's License and now works in the transportation teamsters union for the ente…
 
Meet Stephanie, she and her husband have been struggling to get pregnant for a while, she was ashamed and often felt horrible as family and friends around her were able to have successful pregnancies. She tells her story of infertility, how she stays positive and what she told her husband when she first learned she would have trouble getting pregna…
 
It's me and my boo ya'll! We are telling our love story for Valentine's Day. Find out what happened when he realized I was just a Freshman, and years later, when we were just about to date and then he moved away. And the day I found out he was getting married!! You will have to listen to find out what happened there! It's Valentine's Day and we are…
 
Listen as two members of my tribe talk about their college experience - one who attended a PWI (Predominantly White Institution) and on who attended an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). How did they decide where they wanted to go, what were their experiences like, are there misconceptions about HBCUs that sometimes impact decisions? …
 
Listen to Dr. Vanessa Stark, an anesthesiologist in Washington D.C. as she talks about her journey to becoming a doctor, the comments she gets when patients realize a Black woman will take care of them during surgery, and the difference between the way Black men and White men respond when dating a woman with M.D. behind her name. You can also join …
 
It's Inauguration Day! Listen as my girls and I talk about the importance of today - what it means to us and what we think it means for our daughters and the country. We are dropping this episode a day early because how could we not? It's the day the first woman ever, and a woman of color at that, is the Vice President of the United States! To say …
 
This one has been in the vault for a bit, but the information is so timely. After watching a little series about women of color on Essence.com and the Madame CJ Walker Story (I know that's how long it's been). I wondered about women supporting each other, why doesn't it happen more, why is it important and how can we do better? Listen to me and a f…
 
This is a solo episode guys! Just giving you an update on the last few months of my 2020, my girl, her mental illness, what I just realized about myself, my word (one of them at least) for 2021 and the one place I was hoping to see more progress as we go into the New Year. There's also a few nuggets about what episodes you can expect in the New Yea…
 
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