HeARTtalk with Tracey Michae’l

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Special Guest - Deesha Philyaw on Wielding Joy as Black women and writers

TMLG chats with prolific author, Deesha Philyaw, about the various ways we wield joy as Black women and writers. The two explore how Black joy shows up in the creation of characters as well as how creatives, in particular, live and work. 

Visit Deesha at: www.deeshaphilyaw.com

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IG - @hearttalkwithtracey & @tmlgwriter

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Get your copy of Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration wherever books are sold! Including Black bookstores Click HERE to buy.

Black Joy when the Body is Speaking

TMLG talks more about the physical body being a portal to joy, especially for Black and Brown folks. 

Our caller fam also wants to know how we can sustain joy over time. 

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IG - @hearttalkwithtracey & @tmlgwriter

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Get your copy of Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration wherever books are sold! Including Black bookstores Click HERE to buy.

 

Black Joy when the World is on Fire

TMLG is back and Season 3 is all about BLACK JOY!

In this episode...

What does it look like to hold on to our joy, to be intentional about creating moments of joy, when fear and rage and grief is ever present and the world is a dumpster fire?

With the new call-in format and special guest episodes, Tracey will unpack this and so much more this season. 

Visit TMLG and HeARTtalk online at:

IG - @hearttalkwithtracey & @tmlgwriter

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Get your copy of Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration wherever books are sold! Including Black bookstores Click HERE to buy.

 

Kanye, Covid, & Jesus: Loving and Creating as an Artist Living with Mental Illness

In the season finale episode, Tracey Michae’l talks with author, visual artist, and teacher, Claudia Love Mair, about the intersection of the arts with mental health and specifically about her own journey with Bipolar Disorder. This candid conversation covers the problematic view of racism as mental illness, Claudia's spiritual evolution and winding journey in publishing, and the beauty in having a different kind of brain.

Visit Claudia on IG: @claudialovemair

 

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

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The Ups and Downs of Being Married to an Artist/Creator

In S2E9 of HeARTtalk, TMLG talks with her partner/husband William Giggetts about the challenges and upsides of living with an artist/creative. The couple talks about the day-to-day frustrations, the ever-elusive notion of balance, and parenting pressures during the pandemic.

 

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

 

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A WAY TO HEAR: Using the Gift of Theater to Heal

In S2E8 of HeARTtalk, TMLG talks with actor/playwright, Teresa Miller, about the power of the arts to help us "hear" ourselves so that, in turn, we can love well and heal. The response to grief, for some, is to run as far away from it as possible. And that’s understandable. It hurts. It overwhelms. But Teresa shares with us the hope found in sitting in our grief. Examining it.

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

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Pivoting on Purpose: Leaving Safe Behind

In S2E7, TMLG speaks with writer, cinematographer, and producer, Stephanie Malson, about her pivot from corporate security to full-time creative work. The conversation is an intimate and candid look at the ebbs and flows that come with making such a huge transition and the significance of knowing your “why.” 

 

Check out Stephanie’s cinematography reel: https://vimeo.com/223023758

Visit her on instagram: @slminspired

 

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

 

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“Moving” Toward Wholeness: How Dance Can Help Us Heal

So much of what we call illness and disease can be linked to how much personal and trans-generational trauma we hold in our bodies. That’s why it is critical in this movement for Black lives that we #fightANDheal. Learning how to return to our bodies can be transformative and one of the ways we can do that is through movement. In S2E6 of HeARTtalk, TMLG speaks with Randall Rosenberg, a NOLA-based dancer and choreographer, about how movement and dance can be a healing force if we can embrace the freedom found in it.

Visit Randall on IG at: Instagram.com/Iwantmycrownback

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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RAGE & GRIEF: Gardening as a tool for Healing

While we—Black people—are fighting, we must also try to heal. We must. In S2E5, Tracey Michae’l talks about choosing to embrace her rage as righteous and the importance of finding subversive ways to heal from the trauma of racism and racial micro-aggressions. One of those tools for healing is gardening and in this episode she chats with Natasha Nicholes of We Sow We Grow and HousefulofNicholes.com about urban homesteading and how gardening/farming has served her own grief journey.

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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The Power in Sharing Your Personal Story

In S2E4 of HeARTtalk, Tracey Michae'l speaks with author, journalist, and public intellectual, Lori Tharps, about the power of telling our personal stories for personal and collective healing. It’s inevitable that when sharing our personal stories--whether via memoir, essays, or oral storytelling--there will be a myriad of questions that come up. What part of the story should I tell? How much of it should I tell? Who am I "speaking" to and why? Do I need to give the other people in my story a "heads up"? HeARTtalk takes a deep dive into what it means to be “ready” to tell your story.

Visit Lori at https://www.loriltharps.com/

Visit My American MeltingPot at http://myamericanmeltingpot.com/

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HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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Processing Grief

The timeline for grief is not standardized. We all journey through it in our own ways. In this episode, TMLG talks with Neysa Taylor, an author and leader in the communications field who recently lost her husband of 17 years, Chris, after his long battle with cancer. The two talked about the ways grief has shown up for Taylor and how she has chosen to help herself and her children navigate it. They also explore how grief shapes us as we try to prepare for a world that’s different from the one we knew before our loss.

Visit Neysa online at: www.neysataylor.com

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

IG: www.instagram.com/hearttalkwithtracey

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Participating in Your Own Healing: What does wellness really mean to the entrepreneur/creative?

In this episode of HeARTtalk, Tracey Michae’l talks with entrepreneur/influencer/speaker and all around dope woman, Dawn Fitch, Founder and President of Pooka Pure and Simple, a handmade bath and body products company based out of New Jersey. The conversation deep dives into the power of persistence and what it means to advocate for your own wellness. Dawn talks about her journey from graphic designer to entrepreneur/wellness guide to thousands of women, and how she transformed a devastating MS diagnosis into her life’s passion and work.

Visit Dawn online at: IG: @pookalita, Facebook: @thebestlifetribewithdawnfitch, www.pookapureandsimple.com

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

IG: www.instagram.com/hearttalkwithtracey

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LEAVING CORPORATE: Finding Peace in the Pivot

In our SEASON TWO opener, Tracey Michae’l talks with Michelle Richard about what it means to find peace after leaving her lucrative corporate career. As an attorney and former C-suite corporate executive for a billion dollar company, the list of Michelle’s accolades is long. But what happens when the concessions and compromises one has to make to reach that level of power and success become too much? Well…you pivot. And you do so with fierceness and grace. That’s what Michelle did and HeARTtalk is grateful that she shares a bit of her sojourn with us.

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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BONUS - “Catching” Your Breath in the COVID Crisis: A Meditation

There’s so much going on right now. So much uncertainty. Sorrow and frustration is seeping into our souls. As we sit with these emotions, we must remember to breathe. Breathing is how we live through it. COVID-19 is trying to steal our breath…physically for some, emotionally and spiritually for others. Let’s reclaim it. Our stories are not finished.

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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IG: @hearttalkwithtracey

 

Black Women Professors Creating Space in Academia

The final episode of season 1 of HeARTtalk is a dynamic one! Tracey Michae’l facilitates a roundtable discussion with Black women professors who share their stories on what it means to create space and be authentic in Academia. The conversation covered a myriad of topics including how and why being unapologetically black can be a struggle. How being an advocate for the marginalized in a way that isn’t denigrating to those groups is too often challenged in a way that doesn’t make sense. And of course, the ever-present bureaucracy that shows up in so many large organizations. It can be hard to fly with some of those weights but these women candidly speak to what it means to fly anyway.

Featuring:  

Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus, Assistant Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia

Dr. Nakeiha Primus-Smith, Associate Professor of Education at Millersville University

Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Assistant Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia.

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story and how we use that space to create work and a life for ourselves. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

Creating Creatively: When the Vision is Bigger Than Your Budget

In episode 9 of HeARTtalk, Tracey Michae’l chats with writer, director, and producer, Christina Faith. Christina is a dynamic filmmaker and educator who, along with her spouse, photographer Allen Johnson, owns Creative Thought Media, a Philadelphia-based independent production company and artist collective. TMLG and Christina discuss the challenges of being a Christian filmmaker who doesn’t tell “corny” stories; the role that a creator’s own personal healing journey can have on their work; and how to manage grind culture. Christina goes IN on the false validation that too many artists seek instead of investing in the development of their craft. A great conversation you don’t want to miss!

Visit Christina on social media @christinafaith and CTM at www.creativethoughtmedia.com 

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit TMLG and HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com 

Sex and the Church Girl: Has the Church Misinformed Women on Sex and Sexuality?

In this episode, TMLG speaks with four of the 11 contributors to the Sex and the Church Girl essay collection published in 2019. The conversation is a no holds barred, candid talk about the ways in which the Christian Church—particularly the Black Church—navigates the subject of sex and sexuality. (Please note that because of the room where this taped, there are some minor tech issues with sound--apologies!)

Participants include: author, speaker, and minister, Candace Wilkins, scholar Dr. Felecia Commodore, writer Rainah Chambliss, and artist and family/behavioral health therapist, Cyndi Swinton-Jackson. The conversation that took place was a candid exploration of how sex has (or not)  been taught by the Christian Church—more specifically, the Black Church—and the ways in which those gaps in progressive dialogue have informed the sexuality of women.

Purchase your copy of Sex and the Church at www.nsbooksandmedia.com or wherever books are sold. 

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com 

Returning to the Body: Living Through Racial Trauma and Violence (with Meditation)

In her commentary, Tracey Michae’l discusses the impact of racial trauma and violence on the physical bodies of Black and Brown people. She candidly shares her own story of learning to return to her body through EMDR and bodywork. This episode closes with a meditation for Black people navigating a world often bent on their dehumanization.

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com 

From Story to Story: Unraveling Truth from the Narrative (Pivot Series #1)

In this episode, Tracey Michae’l talks with writer, producer, and artistic theologian, Alexus Rhone, about the power of holding true to the enormity of our dreams and being willing to pivot in the name of writing a better story for our lives.  Telling the stories of our heart—whether its a novel, a memoir, a poem, or a chat with a friend—is a revolutionary act and part of finding our authentic voices is understanding that one of the ways we heal is by removing the masks we’ve crafted. First though, we must trust ourselves enough to “lean into the wild.”

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Alexus Rhone is a writer, producer, artistic theologian and "revolutionary artist" devoted to candidly exploring the power of story through fiction, story-slams, and page-to-stage productions. She has over 20 years of experience working in the private/corporate sector customizing workshops and branded events, and coaching creative and true, first-person storytellers for live events.

Visit Alexus Rhone at www.alexusrhone.com 

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com 

The Creation of Better Humans (Parenting) and the Stories That Help Us Do It…or Not

In this episode, TMLG talks with Angela Johnson Ayers about how parenting, and motherhood specifically, can be an act of creation, and how too often our own narratives impact the effectiveness of that important work. 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Angela Johnson Ayers is a wife, mother, author and consultant.  With a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Gannon University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Penn State University, she has over 20 years’ experience working in the Political, Corporate, and Education arena as a Policy Analyst, Program Supervisor and Middle School Principal to name a few.  Angela creates and facilitates interactive workshops targeting Professional Development & Best Practices, Academic Success, Career Coaching, Self-Esteem, and Life Transitioning Techniques for organizations, schools, churches, individual and corporate agencies. After becoming a mother 11  years ago, she endured various pitfalls numerous new moms encounter, such as postpartum depression and anxiety.  In her own journey to mental wholeness, Angela began a Podcast, Blog and YouTube Channel as a means to reach other mothers and give them a place to vent, share and receive encouragement.  One of Angela’s books, Laughter Pills for Moms, A 31 Day Supply provides funny antidotes about parenting, marriage and daily life as a mom. Angela’s true passion is using her life experiences and knowledge and becoming a bridge for others to grasp hope, insight and laughter from.  She does this through her podcast, The Bridge Building With Angela Podcast which can be found on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, & Spreaker, and her YouTube Channel, The Bridge Building With Angela Channel.

When Angela is not sitting in carpool lines or transporting their two daughters to every place imaginable, she enjoys quiet North Carolina evenings with her husband Larry, relaxing and listening to jazz. 

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com 

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