September 02, 2020
The internet went wild when Michelle Obama admitted on her new podcast that she was suffering from “low-grade” depression. What do we all feel about our current culture of anxiety and depression? Are people ashamed? Is the stigma gone? Are there differences among white women and Black women? And how does that wellness industry fit into all of this? ### Sources: [https://www.vulture.com/2017/01/black-ish-recap-season-3-episode-13.html](https://www.vulture.com/2017/01/black-ish-recap-season-3-episode-13.html) [https://www.instagram.com/theviragoproject/](https://www.instagram.com/theviragoproject/) [https://thelovelandfoundation.org/](https://thelovelandfoundation.org/) [https://therapyforblackgirls.com/](https://therapyforblackgirls.com/) [https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/06/us/michelle-obama-coronavirus-depression-trnd/index.html](https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/06/us/michelle-obama-coronavirus-depression-trnd/index.html) [https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/us/michelle-obama-depression-black-women-wellness-trnd/index.html](https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/us/michelle-obama-depression-black-women-wellness-trnd/index.html) [https://howyouheal.com/whitewashing-wellness/](https://howyouheal.com/whitewashing-wellness/) [https://www.athleteally.org/decolonizing-fitness/](https://www.athleteally.org/decolonizing-fitness/) [https://www.decolonizingwellnessto.com/home-1](https://www.decolonizingwellnessto.com/home-1) [https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/12/mental-health-george-floyd-census/?arc404=true](https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/12/mental-health-george-floyd-census/?arc404=true) -- ### Prompts Want to talk about this with your friends? Use our conversation prompts to get you going: 1. Look at the statistics. Black Americans and other people of color are leading the historic rise in depression and anxiety. From a narrative perspective, why do you think that is? 2. What are any differences along race or culture lines do you see when it comes to depression and anxiety? 3. Did you grow up thinking about depression or anxiety at all? [Versus younger generations] Do you think there are differences along class lines? Race? Why? 4. How do we navigate situational depression from clinical depression? * Have you ever been depressed or anxious? How do you cope? 5. How do you define the wellness industry? Self-care? Do differences emerge when you think about race or class? 6. What does the wellness industry need to do to decolonize? What does decolonize mean to you? -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; they greatly helps 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!** Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) You can find Lenya at: ...
July 15, 2020
What is the feminine beauty ideal? Who decided that ideal and why is it what it is? Does it help anyone or does it just push everyone to want more? Listen as Alexandra D'Italia and Lenya Wilson explore their personal history of beauty culture, what is expected of women in the workplace, and how different the experience is for white women and Black women. Alexandra probes as Lenya unpacks the details about what styles and aspects of Black culture are misappropriated and offensively misused, why it’s offensive, and how to remedy this mistake to show respect. Sources: The Swirl Suite, [https://www.swirlsuite.com/](https://www.swirlsuite.com/) Links to Lenya’s sources for her talk on Cultural Appropriation at Alexandra’s 2019 Writing Leap Art & Literary Salon, which celebrated Fashion & Identity. * Mackenzie Wagoner, The Dreadlocks Debate: How Hair is Sparking the Conversation of the Moment, Vogue, [https://www.vogue.com/article/dreadlocks-hair-debate-moment](https://www.vogue.com/article/dreadlocks-hair-debate-moment), * Elle Magazine, Update: Marc Jacobs Responds to Backlash Over Spring 2017 Dreadlicks Look, [https://www.elle.com/fashion/news/a39304/marc-jacobs-spring-2017-dreadlocks-controversy/](https://www.elle.com/fashion/news/a39304/marc-jacobs-spring-2017-dreadlocks-controversy/) * Steven Reidy & Meher Kanigiri, How are Ethnic Hairstyles Really Viewed in the Workplace?, [https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1133&context=student](https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1133&context=student) * Trevor Noah, Black Americans in the Workplace, The Daily Social Distancing Show, [https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=289587739117002](https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=289587739117002) Where Alexandra volunteers: Jacaranda School for Orphans, [http://www.jacarandafoundation.org/](http://www.jacarandafoundation.org/) -- Want to talk about this with your friends? Use our conversation prompts to get you going: 1. Who did you want to look like when you were in grammar school, if anyone. 2. How much diversity was in your childhood world? Segregated? 3. What picture books did you love...and those early novels, if any? Any black protagonists? Female? 4. When you were friends, what magazines did you read? Who did you think was the prettiest? Why? . 5. How did high school look? Cliques? Beauty? Who was ...
July 29, 2020
Can Black women and white women have deep and authentic friendships? What are the stumbling blocks? Lenya and Alexandra share how many friends of other races they have. And then they push one another—how close are they? Friends or mere acquaintances? Together, they explore how deeper friendships might be formed and what the realities are for women today who need safe spaces to restore. ### Sources: [Melinda Anderson, The Atlantic, When White Children and Black Children Grow Apart,](https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/06/interracial-friendships-fade/486902/) [Kim McLarin, The Washington Post, Can Black Women and White Women be True Friends?,](https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/29/can-black-women-white-women-be-true-friends/) [https://www.thoughtco.com/how-race-influences-friendship-2834745](https://www.thoughtco.com/how-race-influences-friendship-2834745) [https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_foster_interracial_friendship_in_schools](https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_foster_interracial_friendship_in_schools) [https://namp.americansforthearts.org/namp/get-smarter/resources/how-navigating-white-spaces-can-exhaust-you](https://namp.americansforthearts.org/namp/get-smarter/resources/how-navigating-white-spaces-can-exhaust-you) This episode was inspired, in part, by: [The Swirl Suite, https://www.swirlsuite.com/](https://www.swirlsuite.com/), Racism in the Wine Industry -- ### Want to talk about this with your friends? Use our conversation prompts to get you going: 1. Why do you think white women often say they have friendships with Black women, while Black women often feel acquaintanceship? 2. What is the level of friendship that you have with your Black friends? Do you talk about race? Do you talk about the Black Experience? What is the level of friendship you have with your white friends? Do you talk about race? The Black Experience? 3. What constitutes Allyship in the White community and why do a lot of progressive white people not have Black friends? 4. When having a party do you ever think about how your Black friends or non Black friends of Color are going to socialize and commune with others? 5. Black people often navigate White space, do you think White people can navigate Black spaces - ie get an invite to the Cookout? 6. Do you think that white feminism has a role in the complicated issue of trust in interracial female friendships? 7. Do you think interracial friendships that begin ...