Brown women across the globe are suffering in silence. They are afraid to acknowledge what is going on within their lives, minds and bodies. The rise for communities embracing the experience of being a brown woman has become a necessity for survival. The founders of Brown Women Wellness are stepping up to the plate to heed the calling. With the launch of their new podcast; Well, Honestly- they are aiming to galvanize the voice of brown women globally.
What This Podcast Is About?
Well, Honestly is the weekly deep-dive conversation every woman needs. Led by mother-daughter duo Andretta and Aaqila, no topic is off-limits as they focus on honest, vulnerable and life-changing topics centered around health, wellness and womanhood. These thought leaders want to do more than share their insight on nutrition, herbs and essential oils. Well, Honestly features groundbreaking interviews with prominent industry stakeholders sharing insight into holistic healing and western medicine. Listen to your body and this podcast.
What is the TEA? The first episode entitled “What’s Tea Sis?” lead by Andretta and Aaqila, a mother and daughter duo with different viewpoints but the same goals toward optimal health introduces the audience to the foundation of their podcast. AIming to talk things through with evaluating your health and wellness routines- the pair brings insight from industry leaders while also sharing the stories of women within their community.
Why Is This Topic Important?Podcasts and safe spaces like this are necessary. Health.com released an article that highlights that
“African American women are 60 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than non-Hispanic white women, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.” The reason for such a high statistic confirms why podcasts, businesses and communities fostered by women like Andretta and Aaqila of Brown Women Wellness are necessary. The headline suggests that this overwhelming statistic aims at discrimination being the leading factor of hypertension.
Key Take-Aways! After listening to episode one of the Well, Honestly podcast you will want to do a deep dive into better understanding the prominent elements of your wellness. The duo showcases a verbal blueprint to doing a self-diagnosis that outlines how you feel about your health and ways to hold yourself accountable for the work you put into being healthy. They also demonstrate what it is like to talk about what you are going through with someone that can understand and offer insight. This is a critical example being showcased that adds an extra layer of tenderness when you realize that the pair are mother and daughter. Lastly, they break down the need to do the research for yourself to find out how you can better your health beyond the word of mouth ministries and doctors advice you may receive. No one should care more about your health than you. Invest the time, energy and dedication needed to live your best life brown girl. And that’s us being honest!
This week a surprise, donated wardrobe makes Ted extremely jealous, Big Mac shows his prowess in the realm of “chicken related” news stories, and Damon gets threatened with a delicious smelling candle.
Alexandra has taught for California Poets in the Schools, Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Direction, Motherless Daughters of the San Gabriel Valley, and for a number of churches, community centers, and other organizations. She has had poetry and prose published in Ruminate, Gyroscope Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Selfish Magazine, Presence Journal, Poets Reading the News, and others. Alexandra received the Summer 2018 Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop Fort Lyon Fellowship, an incredible opportunity to teach classes at the Fort Lyon Residential Community in Las Animas, Colorado.
Picking up where we left off with some strange stories, the guys may have pushed the envelope too far this time. Damon needs to look different and smell better, Big Mac “one ups” with a deeper/darker tunnel than was ever imagined, and Ted institutes a whole new level of “timestamping”!
She finds hospice social work rewarding because the job involves making strong connections with people, learning, and celebrating their life stories, and having a positive impact on clients and their families.
· Master of Divinity, Pastoral Counseling and Care at Ashland Theological Seminary· Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Malone College· Clinical Pastoral Education (1 unit) from MedCentral Health System· Clinical Pastoral Education (Residency) OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital