MTR Network (society & culture)

Ashanti (DocuDrunks and Scarestalgia) and I interview Devyn C. from Nyvedna Productions, a consummate cosplayer who made fabric to celebrate Black Panther and we discussed:

  • What got her into cosplay
  • What costumes she's created
  • How she gets inspired
  • How did cosplay translate into forming a business
  • Where she sees her business going in the future
  • Her Dora Milaje costume
  • Our current loves and hates
  • Our black women shoutouts
Direct download: Black_Girls_Cosplay_Too_-_Secret_Sauce.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:33am EST

Welcome back to Secret Sauce! Happy New Year! On this episode my co-host Diane from BLK Proverbs. We talk about a wide range of topics. Obviously a new year means everyone has New Year "Resolutions" and we discuss what our goals and motivations for the year are. We talk about what it's like to be stuck at a job you hate and finally being able to take the leap to building your own brand and business. Not everyone has the opportunity to do it but sometimes you need to take that leap to do what makes you happy. We also touch on The Crown, Proud Mary, Black Panther and yes, even 45's ridiculousness in the White House. You won't want to miss this episode. 

In addition to the chat with Diane I also have two interviews throughout this episode:

  • I interviewed Kiara Madison of Madison Square Bakery who started selling her baked goods in high school and is successfully juggling her business and being a full time college student.  Check out her instagram account @madisonsqbakery. 
  • To get our year started right, I interviewed  Ashley Chatman a certified fitness coach from Fit Body by Ashley.  Ashley is passionate on helping women get fit while having fun and has a variety of resources available so that you can join her. Diane's black woman shoutout.
Direct download: Happy_New_Year_-_Secret_Sauce_9.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:11am EST

 

Welcome back to Secret Sauce! We change up the format of the show a bit as we continue to play around with different ways of celebrating black women. I am joined this episode by Tea from Fandom City and discussed sexual assaults on black women, when body shaming goes wrong and a change of heart. I then take a bit of a break to to interview Diane Liston from Styles of Imagination an award winning clothing manufacturer and designer from Cleveland Ohio. In my interview with Diane we talk about her first creation, her tenacity for success and why she believes sewing is a lost trade.

Award winning fashion designer and clothing manufacturer Diane Liston has been in business for years under the Styles of Imagination umbrella. She has become extremely successful with clothing in over 15 boutiques across the company under the signature line NGU (which stands for 'Never Give Up').  She has also been featured in more than 20 magazines, highlighted on local TV and given opportunities to work with local and national celebrities like John Legend and Dwight Eubanks from the Atlanta Housewife franchise. A mentor in her community Ms. Liston advises to be a little aggressive to be successful in business and drops some entrepreneurial gems on the show.

 
As a gift to the listeners of Secret Sauce Ms. Liston is giving a 15% discount on her website www.stylesofimagination.com using coupon code Nov2017.  

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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_-_No_Longer_A_Ward_Apologist_1.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:48am EST

Welcome back to episode 7 of Secret Sauce! On the show today we start with an article that is focused on empowering young black women to take control of their lives: sexually, physically and emotionally. Then we meet Graeme Seabrook a life coach who wants each of us to take more time to take care of ourselves. She has a virtual retreat coming up called Self Care in Color on October 16th and you are invited! Lastly we listen to a little stand up comedy from the hilarious Janelle James. Her new album Black and Mild is out and you need to own it. Thank you for joining us!!

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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_7__Take_Care_of_Yo_Self_1.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Welcome to a bonus episode of Secret Sauce! To celebrate the release of our 5th episode I thought it would be alot of fun to get the ladies of MTR together to discuss any and everything on our minds. We had a blast discussing sex, recommendations, comic books and Girls Trip but we were definitely missing an important member from the MTR Network...Coqui from Molecules and Shit. Come join the fun!

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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_-_The_Ladies_of_the_MTR_Network_1.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

Welcome back to episode 5 of Secret Sauce! To begin, we start with our very first review. Thanks Rich! Next we get to know someone special to the MTR Network, Attorney Susan Berry. Then a short segment on 'manhating' and finally we talk to Val Rich, a talented clairvoyant. Thank you for listening.

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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_5_-_Contrary_to_Popular_Belief_1.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:57pm EST

 

This episode of Secret Sauce deals with the way the world seems to always shit on our (black) sheroes. From Lisa Durden being fired for keeping it real on Fox News to the police once again murdering a black woman who needed help, this is a pattern that needs to stop. For our interviews, meet Shayla Racquel the filmmaker behind Riverment which explores the evolving struggle for black rights and how that struggle affects families through generations. We also cackle with the ladies from Black Girl Squee, a podcast hosted by Inda & Didi that is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Black girls and women.  Check out the episode and let us know what you think.
 
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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_4_-_Stop_Shitting_on_Our_Sheroes.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:28am EST

Welcome back! In this episode I discuss a letter penned by Solange to her teenage self. Then I speak to K.Bly from Vth Wall a comic book company based in science fiction.  My next guest is Laura Simpson who has a tabletop game called Companion’s Tale and a game design studio called Sweet Potato Press.  Tanya Depass joins me from a non profit organization called I Need Diverse Games. Finally I end the episode with my thoughts on the assault on Zoa Stigler.

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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_3_-_Powerful_1.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

Welcome back to the second episode of Secret Sauce! On this episode, we start with a tidbit from Mama Maxine Waters and have a fun interview with Diane from Blk Proverbs. We also talk to author Brooke Obie who wrote a really important book called the Book of Addis Cradled Embers and end with thoughts on Shea Moisture and this week’s hero Esha Jordan.

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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_2_-_Everyday_Heroes_1.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:02am EST

Thank you for joining us for the first episode of Secret Sauce! On today’s podcast, we talk to Danielle McRae -  a video game voice over artist, Asa Todd - a makeup and mental health blogger and M. Harrison from Harrison Editing (bit of a surprise there), a Serena article and a little laughter from Tiffany Haddish.

Guests:

  • Danielle McRae Danielle is an LA based voice actress who has been featured in Video Games such as League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Skull Girls; as well as anime such as Sword Art Online, Magi: Kingdom of Magic, and Gargantia: On the Verderous Plane. 
  • Asa Todd - MakeupandMania.com
  • M. Harrison - Harrison Editing Firm - a professional editing company that caters to authors at every level. 10% discount for new clients on their first project. For more information, email mh@harrisonedit.com for a free instant quote

 

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Direct download: Secret_Sauce_1_-_Love_Me_1.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:19am EST

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