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Women Bridging the Gap

Welcome to Women Bridging the Gap, a free-wheeling, conversation podcast co-hosted by Lenya Wilson, a Black woman and Alexandra D’Italia, a white woman. As two women over 50 who are still dreaming, planning, and working,...more

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Episode 31

April 28, 2021

In Conversation with Young Advocate AB Tucker on Black Excellence, Fighting for the Wrongfully Convicted

AB Tucker is the gust today, and she tells the story of her brother being wrongfully accused of murder, and how that has pushed her down her own path for criminal justice, and to set right what was wronged. As AB tells the harrowing story of her brother being wrongfully accused of murder, Alexandra, Lenya, and AB touch on the prison industrial system, and how the system doesn’t care if they pick the wrong Black man, or boy, and the actual perpitrator is on the streets and could strike again, giving the system another opportunity to put a Black man behind bars; that’s actually the point. Alexandra uses her lawyer background to dissect the story of AB’s brother, and see where there were pitfalls, and maybe how to use them to change the case. But also she describes how difficult it still will be, a whole system working against them. Links: [freebrandonburns.com](https://freebrandonburns.com) [instagram.com/freebrandonburns/](https://www.instagram.com/freebrandonburns/) [Donate to the Free Brandon Burns fund](https://www.paypal.com/donate?token=VSTYfSCmV_iRIpCJ4uUgg4DtPLQDduPxXcJbjv9k2A9cJDFmehRyNH4bMo57xTkhul346sSK1-A5Cjcl) The views and opinions of this podcast do not this website do not, and are not intended to, constitute legal advice. -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/) This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find ...

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Episode 30

April 21, 2021

In Conversation with Strongest UK Woman Andrea Thompson - Just Wow!

[Strongwoman Andrea Thompson](https://www.instagram.com/AndreaThompson_Strongwoman) joins the Women Bridging the Gap family to discuss race and womanhood, at the hearth level. She grew up in England and not knowing Black history, and in this episode describes what it’s like to not only be the top of her field in Strongman, but to be the only top Black woman, and yet still not get the recognition the way her White counterparts do. That systemic racism is so deep and so ingrained that when George Floyd was murdered and race became a conversation, it caused discussion, disagreement, and distance, leading to Andrea’s separation from her husband and father of her kids. Listen to hear her tell her story about that. Lenya and Alexandra discuss with Andrea more about the George Floyd murder, about the Derrick Chauvin trial, and what the reaction might be if the worst case becomes reality and he is found not guilty. You’re going to want to be prepared for this. There is also a deep discussion on body image, and a revelation that the most body shaming you’ll receive could be from yourself instead of from others. And talk about the COVID 15 and how people want to lose the weight they gained during the pandemic. Links: [@AndreaThompson_Strongwoman on Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/AndreaThompson_Strongwoman) -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) Or on ...

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Episode 29

April 14, 2021

In Conversation with Author Jen Dalton on Bullying, Writing, and Volunteering in Haiti

Long time friend Jen Dalton joins Alexandra and Lenya to discuss writing, where to get your news, bullying, and so much more. Jen is an author of a YA novel called [“Of Butterflies & Bullies”](https://www.butterfliesbullies.com/) available now on Amazon. Jen tells the story of how she wrote a novel about being bullied in school so that other kids getting bullied could have something to read and see that they are not alone, and they are not broken. There is also a deep discussion on the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the struggles of White saviorism versus helping fellow humans, and how [Hearthstone Village](https://www.hearthstonevillageukiah.org/) is getting girls in Haiti to not only finish high school, but to go to college, too! Haiti has one of the lowest rates of girls in school, and a girls education is the greatest tool to get a community out of poverty. Jenny Dalton (you can call her Jen too) is an author, facilitator, coach, healer and polymath. She’s an ENFT, Sagittarius, Manifesting Generator. Her work in the world flows from facilitating healthier local food systems and fundraising for [an orphanage in Haiti](https://www.hearthstonevillageukiah.org/), to talking about her recently published book [“Of Butterflies & Bullies”](https://www.butterfliesbullies.com/) – a Judy Blume inspired story about her experience being bullied in 5th grade. She’s also starting what she calls the Better Friends Club which will create a space for grown women to heal from their own childhood bullying. And, Jenny is excited that she recently became a Kind Campaign ambassador which means she will be facilitating school assemblies to empower younger girls to talk about their own bullying experiences. As a woman who devours learning opportunities and reads voraciously, she leans towards ...

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Episode 28

April 08, 2021

Royals, Racism, and Interviewing

We’re back! Welcome to the third season of two incredible women having difficult, real, emotional, and exciting conversations about race, culture, and more. The Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has been on everyone’s mind lately. Listen in as Alexandra and Lenya analyze the interview, and pick apart moments and admissions that no one else is talking about. Plus more than that, they analyze the backlash afterwards, from Piers Morgan to Sharon Osborne, to Cheryl Underwood, plus others, and discuss all the gritty details. This is Lenya and Alexandra at their best, just talking openly, being unafraid to speak their minds, and coming out of it stronger, and you, the listener, along with them! Links: [The Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry](https://www.cbs.com/shows/oprah-with-meghan-and-harry-a-cbs-primetime-special/video/i6UW_WTQjLrEeOoObMmlwrFLTTypvuZm/cbs-presents-oprah-with-meghan-and-harry-a-primetime-special/) [Video of the Shron Osbourne outburst](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xUviHcV8NA) [Video of Piers Morgan walking off set](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaZ5LhUbFng) [Video with Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, the Author of This Is Why I Resist](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot13wtOd5OM) ![The Sun "Princess Pushy"](https://i.ibb.co/FBzQV9N/Screen-Shot-2021-04-06-at-8-17-21-PM.png) ![Woman's Day "Meghan Must Go!"](https://i.ibb.co/Bsv4p6p/Screen-Shot-2021-04-06-at-8-18-20-PM.png) ![Daily Mail "Brits Prefer True Royalty"](https://i.ibb.co/PD0G6s9/Screen-Shot-2021-04-06-at-8-18-09-PM.png) ![The Sun "Kate That Got The Cream"](https://i.ibb.co/Gkz5MJs/Screen-Shot-2021-04-06-at-8-17-49-PM.png) -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/) This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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Episode 27

March 03, 2021

From Self Care to Slut Shaming

As a closer to the second season of Women Bridging the Gap, we have our first listener guest! Franziska joins Alexandra and Lenya to discuss slut shaming, sexual vs sexualized, and daily affirmations. Alex asks if “slut” is as bad or worse than “bitch”, and Lenya advocates for “slut” to be removed from the lexicon. Listen in to get all the details and consider for yourself what language is acceptable, then let us know about it on our [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) or on [our Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/). Franziska is a brand architect, integrated marketer, and author. Franziska specializes in brand development and visibility strategy for brands in entertainment, technology and wellness. Early in her career, she spent time in Detroit working in business development for some of the most notable entertainment and consumer brands in the U.S., including The UPS Store and Smithfield. Franziska believes in building strong brand identities woven in culture and is passionate about empowering the youth to achieve their dreams. Franziska is a fellow listener and reached out to be on the show and talk about slut shaming. If you have a topic you want to discuss on the show, anonymously if you like, send an email to: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) Links: [Car Accidents And Cowboys blog post by Alexandra](https://alexandraditalia.tumblr.com/search/car+accidents+and+Cowboys) [Franziska’s new blog Everybody Hates LA](https://www.everybodyhatesla.com/) -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can ...

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Episode 26

February 24, 2021

Black History Month

It’s Black History Month! So Alexandra and Lenya check in about how they’re feeling and what they’re doing for Black History Month. They both have a selection of movies and shows they’ve been watching lately, and they both have opinions on Black History Month itself. Lenya and Alexandra also check in on how they’ve had to cope with the COVID-19 lockdowns over the year, changing their workout routines and more. Plus a deeper dive into the colorism and racism of Bridgerton on Netflix. Our episodes now include a computer generated transcript. Visit https://womenbridgingthegap.podiant.co/e/black-history-month-3954499652012c/ to check it out and follow along. Links: [12 Years A Slave](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2024544/) [Ma Rainey's Black Bottom](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Rainey%27s_Black_Bottom_(film)) [The Long Song](https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/long-song/) [Jet Set Sarah on Women Bridging The Gap podcast](https://womenbridgingthegap.com/interview-with-jet-set-sarah/) [Bridgerton on Netflix](https://www.netflix.com/title/80232398) [Tiny Pretty Things](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Pretty_Things) [The Queen's Gambit](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen%27s_Gambit_(miniseries)) [I May Destroy You](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_May_Destroy_You) [Zendaya](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zendaya) [Euphoria](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphoria_(American_TV_series)) [Malcolm & Marie](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_%26_Marie) [House ejects Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees over extremist remarks](https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-poised-to-eject-marjorie-taylor-greene-from-committees-over-extremist-remarks/2021/02/04/670601e4-6703-11eb-8468-21bc48f07fe5_story.html) [The Wealthy Are Getting More Vaccinations, Even in Poorer Neighborhoods](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/health/white-people-covid-vaccines-minorities.html) [https://myturn.ca.gov](https://myturn.ca.gov) [Formula 1: Drive To Survive](https://www.netflix.com/title/80204890) [Assassin's Creed Odyssey](https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/assassins-creed/odyssey) -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/) This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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