Ep014: Alexis P. Morgan On Anti-Capitalism, Oprah & Spiritual Healing
 
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In this episode, I speak with artist, writer and professional troublemaker, Alexis P. Morgan.

Alexis P. Morgan is the Abbess of the Church of St. Felicia, where her work as a writer, artist, and ritualist serve her community and the pursuit of Truth, Justice, and Liberation. Alexis is one of my favourite writers. Her ability to write with both fire and love inspires me - both as a writer and as a black woman. Alexis describes herself as the, 'pole-dancing, troublemaking, pro-heaux, anarcho-communist, Black AF sorceress you've been warned about'. I would say that's spot on. Alexis' work spans many different interlocking disciplines including writing, art, anti-capitalism, business, spirituality and anti-oppression work. It was a blessing to have this conversation with this dear sister.

in this episode, Alexis & i explore:

  • Accessibility vs sustainability in personal and professional practice

  • How to be at peace in a capitalist society

  • How to stay at peace and at rest as a deeply spiritual and sensitive person

  • Alexis’s essay A Open Letter to Gary Vaynerchuck

  • The idea that capitalism will always make you want more

  • The myth and politics of the “self-made person”

  • Not owing anyone a discussion when you write and share your words or your stories

  • Having a plan for self care and protection on the other side of releasing your work and words

  • The relationship between capitalism, business, and spirituality

  • How can we live under these systems while not compromising ourselves

  • The over prevalence of white supremacy and white feminism of internet marketing

  • Win-Free Consulting, Alexis’ alternative to business and marketing and commerce

  • Intentionally integrating an anti-capitalist lens

  • Real life story vs the rags to riches myth

  • Doing the work and analyzing the ways you have been complicit

  • Alexis' upcoming Win-Free Philosophy book

  • Using dancing as liberation from oppression

  • Showing up with vulnerability in how we see the world

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About Alexis P. Morgan

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Alexis is the pole-dancing, troublemaking, pro-heaux, anarcho-communist, Black AF sorceress you've been warned about. As an anticapitalist commerce babe, Alexis occupies her time and makes her cheddar as a writer, artist, consultant, and professional opinion-giver. Devoted to Truth, Justice, and Liberation, she lives in the spirit of her foremothers before her: Unbossed. Unbought. Unbothered.

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Ep013: Latham Thomas On Owning Your Glow
 
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In this episode, I speak with author, birth doula and celebrity lifestyle maven, Latham Thomas.

Latham Thomas, aka Glow Maven is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Latham is helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power. She is the founder of Mama Glow (MamaGlow.com) a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas.

Having cultivated her wellness practice over nearly a decade she has served as a doula and lifestyle guru for celebrity clients including: Alicia Keys, Debra Lee, Rebecca Minkoff, Tamera Mowry, DJ Khaled, Venus and Serena Williams and more. Latham's leading a revolution in radical self-care teaching women everywhere to “mother themselves first”. She was named one of the “Top 100 Women To Watch In Wellness” by Mind Body Green and has been featured in Fast Company, Wall Street Journal Magazine, FORBES, SELF, Essence and more. Latham has graced the covers of New York Family Magazine, Experience Life, La Fashionista Compassionista, Heart and Soul and Thoughtfully Magazine coming this fall. She is the proud mother of 14 year old DJ prodigy and entrepreneur, DJ Fulano.

in this episode, Latham & i explore:

  • Navigating the currency of relationships and support systems
  • How we can expand our capacity to receive
  • Looking at the health and sustainability of relationships
  • Power of the matrilineal line and the lessons that we inherit
  • Working with the empowerment or disempowerment of what we inherit
  • The reality that spiritual leaders can provide solution oriented ways of thinking and tools to uplift people
  • Social cleansing and how to make the platforms work for you and your energy
  • Creating change in this moment in the cosmic cervix
  • How to use your voice in the moment versus "getting it right"
  • How we can protect those who are vulnerable and let them be seen
  • The birthing of Latham's new book Own Your Glow and how it has impacted others
  • How spiritual leadership can provide an entry point for the message

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About Latham Thomas

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Latham Thomas, aka Glow Maven is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Latham is helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power. She is the founder of Mama Glow, a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas. 

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Ep012: Desiree Adaway On Leading Difficult Conversations On Race, Class + Gender
 
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In this episode, I speak with nonprofit consultant and facilitator, Desiree Adaway.

Desiree is a Principal of The Adaway Group. With over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries, she is uniquely qualified to partner with talented leaders to successfully navigate through integrations, reorganizations, and all stages of organizational evolution.

Desiree has held senior-level roles in several large, well-respected organizations in the nonprofit and grant management sectors. Her deep level of expertise in fundraising, grant management, and environmental, social justice, and faith-based initiatives, allows her to offer specific insights that help organizations achieve consistent, quality program results at the chapter, national, and international levels.

in this episode, Desiree & i explore:

  • How to bring social justice into our businesses to make change
  • Understanding the value of black women’s work and how this shows up in creating prices for your business
  • How our systems are both racist and patriarchal and how this particularly affects black women
  • Whiteness as a justification for slavery and the power play
  • Difference between diversity, inclusion, equity and justice
  • How to spot the difference between tokenism and true equity in discussions being held
  • Relationships needs to be transformation and not transactional
  • Affirming and centering yourself as a black woman and woman of color
  • Our sense of responsibility to the collective to get free
  • How whiteness is a system, a construct, that we (all of us) are responsible for dismantling
  • While social constructs are just that, they do have powerful implications and provide privilege
  • Social justice and spirituality go hand in hand, they are not separate
  • Putting the vision in place, not just focus on getting rid of the systems
  • Liberation, joy (especially black women joy) is an act of resistance
  • How we can decline privilege to uplift others voices

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About Desiree Adaway

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Desiree is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator. All of her presentations have a mix of thought provoking content presented with humor and wit. When she teaches she makes a point to connect with every person, and create a safe space for their growth. She is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations. She is not afraid of addressing anything that gets in the way of great work.

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Ep011: Sharona Lautoe On Race, Spirituality & Motherhood
 
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In this episode, I speak with modern day soul midwife and writer, Sharona Lautoe.

In addition to being one of my dear sister-friends, Sharona is an author, intuitive guide and modern day Soul Midwife. She live in The Netherlands and is the single mother to her young daughter Luna. She combines motherhood with running her own mystic practice serving women around the world. Her most potent gift is is the ability to birth in her clients a truth that burning to be accessed, but often cannot be connected to. Her groundedness and Presence holds space through many deliveries of self and shedding of skin. Through shadowwork, word witching and spiritual mentorship she has a gift to strip the layers of nonsense off and get right to the heart of what needs to be heard.

in this episode, sharona & i explore:

  • Exploring new truths in motherhood, sovereignty, and generational trauma
  • Understanding generational trauma and how it manifests in black lives in today's world
  • Being re-traumatized by media and "slavery" entertainment movies, books, TV, etc. 
  • Descent into shadow work and anger as a way to understand trauma
  • Why the race wound is just as important as the patriarchy wound and allows for depth and intersectionality in black women's spiritual path
  • Navigating white supremacy as a black woman in every space of life, including the personal development industry
  • Lack of representation of women of color in the personal development industry
  • Struggles with worth in relationships, friendships, and business
  • Finding strength from our ancestors
  • #BlackGirlMagic and finding our worth as black women
  • Akashic Records and past lives work to help heal our old wounds
  • The myth of spiritual glamour and why we need depth to these "buzzwords" as a way to be truly empowered
  • Coming undone as a mother, seeking balance to bring self back together, and the struggle black mothers must face

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About Sharona Lautoe

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Sharona Lautoe is a modern day soul midwife whose soul work is to help women align with their truth and to guide them in birthing what they need in this incarnation of life. Her special brand of healing is in the form of writing, intuitive and akashic readings, and guiding women deeper in private one on one sessions. Sharona's gift of navigating both worlds allows her to be a bridge that will connect women to their truths and offer much needed healing. 

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Ep010: Andrea Ranae On Coaching As Activism
 
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In this episode, I speak with vision-led coach and facilitator, Andréa Ranae.

Andréa is someone whom I respect deeply and whose work in social justice, personal growth and conscious business I have been following for quite a while.

Andréa works with entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that want to be more inclusive and impactful in their work do so through their approach to leadership, their brand and their company culture.

Andréa is also the creator of Coaching As Activism, a course that I have recently joined to deepen my own knowledge on how I can use my spiritual business to create change not just for us as individuals, but also for us as an intersectional collective. This is exactly what we speak on in this episode.

in this episode, andrea & i explore:

  • Speaking your personal truth while navigating power dynamics
  • Projecting your own power on to others
  • Dismantling and healing from white supremacy as black women
  • The Messiah Complex/Saviourism (the myth that One Person will save us all) in social activism
  • Why the self help industry is not changing the world
  • Shifting your activism from the individual to the system, culture, and institution changes
  • Connecting with individuals and moving together to heal from toxic programming
  • How lack of representation connects to the idea that "I am not enough"
  • How every aspect of life is performative and how we can step in fully as ourselves
  • How collective movements (like Black Lives Matter) heal individuals
  • Intention versus impact and how we must still hold ourselves and others accountable

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About Andréa Ranae

Andréa Ranae is deeply committed to doing her part to cultivate a world that works for everyone. Her work sits at the intersections of personal growth, social justice and conscious business. As the creator of Coaching as Activism, she supports people doing transformative work to deepen their impact by taking a critical look at how their work and lives are connected to social change. As the co-founder of Whole / Self Liberation, she offers and uplifts practical tools, resources and wisdom for those who want to make change happen in their lives and communities.

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