Living for We We talk to Cleveland's Black women about their experiences at work, at school, in the doctor's office, and in community with each other in an attempt to answer the question... is Cleveland really as bad as they say it is for Black women?
Living for We

Living for We

From WKSU

We talk to Cleveland's Black women about their experiences at work, at school, in the doctor's office, and in community with each other in an attempt to answer the question... is Cleveland really as bad as they say it is for Black women?

Most Recent Episodes

E11: That's a Wrap

In a conversation led by creative director HeyFranHey, go behind the scenes of "Living For We" with the production team– host and executive producer Marlene Harris-Taylor, lead producer Hannah Rae Leach, and our in-pod therapist Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett. Learn more about Living For We here. Donate to Ideastream Public Media here! Leave us a voicemail at (216) 223-8312 letting us know your thoughts on the season! Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here. Check out photos from Enlightened Solutions' Living For We: Live event here!

E10: Love Language

Is there anything more beautiful than Black love? From sister-friends and treasured co-workers to devoted husbands and boyfriends, love makes life worth living, especially in a city where it can be so tough. How can we use the power of love to make Cleveland a better place for all of us, and how can we shape its future through the act of "living for we?" If you are someone you know doesn't feel safe at home, Dr. Angela recommends the below resources: Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 Text "START" to 88788 Visit http://thehotline.org/get-help/ for support via chat Learn more about Living For We here. Donate to Ideastream Public Media here! Leave us a voicemail at (216) 223-8312 letting us know your thoughts on the podcast. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here. Check out photos from Enlightened Solutions' Living For We: Live event here!

Introducing When Magic Happens

Today, we're sharing an episode of When Magic Happens, a new podcast from WBEZ Chicago, where intergenerational convos of love and laughter collide. In this episode, we're discussing body-ody-ody-ody. Slim-thick, bean pole, pear, apple – how has your body been categorized? Cheryle, Jennifer and Taylor discuss body image and their relationships to their bodies over time. Then, we hear from Michaela Duerson, a plus-size model, talent agent, photographer and former gymnast, who explains the importance of appreciating our bodies at their many stages and why everyone is wrong. Find When Magic Happens from WBEZ Chicago wherever you listen to podcasts.

E9: School Daze

In the classroom, even the best and brightest of Black women are often encouraged to think small and aim low. Chronic underfunding of public schools in Black neighborhoods, steering of Black girls away from honors classes in suburban schools, and abundant microaggressions from preschool to graduate school make learning a challenge. Despite it all, Black women are finding ways to shine. If you're a Black woman in Cleveland and want to share your thoughts, leave us a voicemail at (216) 223-8312 and you may just hear yourself on the podcast! Learn more about Living For We here. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here. Check out photos from Enlightened Solutions' Living For We: Live event here!

E8: First and Only

When a Black woman becomes the first of her kind to receive a sought-after title or high-powered role, it's a cause for celebration– but these breakthroughs have always hinged upon a lineage of elders forging thorny paths for those coming up behind them. In this episode, we trace that lineage from 94 year old former nurse Miss Arnell Hendricks all the way to Metrohealth's new CEO, Dr. Airica Steed. Learn more about Living For We here. If you're a Black woman in Cleveland and want to share your thoughts, leave us a voicemail at (216) 223-8312 and you may just hear yourself on the podcast! Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here. Check out photos from Enlightened Solutions' Living For We: Live event here!

E7: Medical Misogynoir Pt. 2

Cleveland is allegedly a healthcare mecca. There should be an abundance of quality care right here in town, but why can't Black women seem to find it? Dr. Carla Harwell of University Hospitals and Dr. Linda Bradley of the Cleveland Clinic, two Black woman doctors, join us to unpack that very question. Learn more about Birthing Beautiful Communities here. Learn more about Living For We here. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here. Check out photos from Enlightened Solutions' Living For We: Live event here!

E6: Medical Misogynoir Pt. 1

When their lives are placed into the hands of white doctors and nurses, Black women's basic needs can quickly evolve into life-threatening ordeals. Medical professionals' lack of empathy demands that Black women prioritize advocating for themselves and their families over self-care. How can Black women be healthy when doctors refuse to really hear them? Learn more about Birthing Beautiful Communities here. Learn more about Living For We here. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here. Check out photos from Enlightened Solutions' Living For We: Live event here!

E5: It Starts With Us: Workplace Pt. 2

Black women don't want to fight for basic respect in the workplace. When do they walk away from a "great opportunity" in a white space? How do they find the strength to do it? And what do they do next? This week we share the stories of two dynamic Black women– Leah Hudnall of The Legacy Perspective and Ramat Wiley of Adun Spice Company– as they create their own spaces and become their ancestors' wildest dreams. Learn more about Living For We here. Learn more about The Legacy Perspective and Adun Spice Company. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here! Want to share your thoughts as a Black woman in Cleveland? Leave us a message at (216) 223-8312 and you may just hear yourself on the podcast. Learn more about Living For We here. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here!

E4: Reaching New Heights: Workplace Pt. 1

For Black women, the climb to the top is often filled with impossibly high standards, blatant disrespect, and jealousy from those both outside and inside their community. What should they be expected to sacrifice in order to succeed? Author and former TV news anchor Romona Robinson, entrepreneur Ariane Kirkpatrick, and Cleveland Housing Court Judge Moná Scott share their bittersweet journeys to dream jobs. Want to share your thoughts as a Black woman in Cleveland? Leave us a message at (216) 223-8312 and you may just hear yourself on the podcast. Learn more about Living For We here. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here! Join Enlightened Solutions and the Living For We team for a live podcast activation event with our creative director HeyFranHey!

E3: Young Black Queens

The powerful girls of the QueenIAM program, run by 27-year-old founder and mother Dameyonna Willis, tell us all about their big dreams and hopes for their lives in Cleveland. While the Commission for Black Women and Girls– an entity conceived in those girls' best interest– struggles to get off the ground at City Hall, these young women are building a future for themselves through self-love and sisterhood. Learn more about the QueenIAM program here. Want to share your thoughts as a Black woman in Cleveland? Leave us a message at (216) 223-8312 and you may just hear yourself on the podcast. Learn more about Living For We here. Read our foundational research, Project Noir by Enlightened Solutions, here! Join Enlightened Solutions and the Living For We team for a live podcast activation event with our creative director HeyFranHey!