For those of you who know me personally, you know I’m all about the Holiday Season, the weather ( although I don’t get much of this in Orlando), the décor, the Holiday cheer and of course the gift giving, and receiving. With Thanksgiving literally around the corner and Black Friday just a stitch behind I thought I need to get on my Holiday Gift Guides. Today I’m giving you the Twenty Something Girl’s Guide to Holiday Gift Giving for Her! This is for the girl who wants to be cozy and fashionable, who loves home décor and cooking, this gift guide is essentially for the Twenty Something Girl Who’s Living Life and Loving It! On this Holiday Gift Guide you’ll find everything from the most comfortable Pajama Set, to a Pretty Pink Keurig and of course the Henri Bendel All Leather Jetsetter Backpack ( My Personal Fav!). I’ll take everything on this list and I promise the girl in your life will too!
Happy Tuesday! So I’m all into this new weekly idea of things I’m loving and because I skipped last week I had to bring it to you guys today! I would usually take this time to share a handful of things I’m loving because we all know there are many things I tend to easily fall for HOWEVER today I’m focusing on just one thing that I’m completely loving! And that’s #BlackGirlsTexting the podcast! I’m beyond obsessed (like I may have listened to just about all the past episodes).
I’m just going to keep it real with you all, being a black woman in media I love to find and support other black woman in media ESPECIALLY when I love what they’re doing and their content. So of course I’m full on supporting Sade, Chelsea and Glynn,the girls behind #BlackGirlsTexting and sharing a little about them! If you’re interested in getting to know these girls then keep reading!
I’d love to know a little about each of you! Where are you all from?
We are all from Brooklyn, Sade and Glynn rep Bedstuy, while Chelsea hails from Flatbush.
How long have you all known each other and when/how did you meet?
A long ass time
Glynn and Sade have known each other since they were around 6 or 7 years old. They were neighborhood friends and their parents knew each other.
Sade met Chelsea through a mutual friend in middle school and through Sade, Chelsea and Glynn met.
How did the #BlackGirlsTexting Podcast come about and where do you see it going?
We used to have an instagram where we post our conversations from or group chat that we found thought provoking and funny, but we realized we had more to say than those snippets. One day Chelsea reached out to a friend who has a studio, we recorded a pilot and have kept it going ever since. Eventually Black Girls Texting will become a household name. It will be more than a podcast. We hope to connect women and organise networking events, host conferences and provide mentorship to young black women.
– I love that – Danielle Mone
Where did the name #BlackGirlsTexting come from? I know it’s a peak for listeners into your group chat but where did it really come from?
All of our podcasts topics come through conversations that we have in our group chat and we wanted to focus on how modern day millennial women, especially black women share so much of their lives in their group chats and through text. We also wanted to highlight something as simple as texting to show that black women are just like everyone else, we text, we laugh, we cry. It is really meant to show the world that we are more than some of the stereotypes that exist in media about us
I must say I love listening to the podcast and how you all can talk about serious topics BUT still keep it fun, sexual and just real! Has that ever gotten any backlash for you all?
People seem to like it so far. We talk like how you talk to your friends, because that is what we are. Just a group of authentic friends unpacking all the shit happening around us. We have received some emails that people express that they disagree with things we have said, but we welcome that because the point is to have a dialogue. No topic is off the table and we think that is why we have received great feedback.
How do you come up with content for the podcast? Do you have notes you all want to hit in each episode or is it more like let’s have a drink, sit down and just see where the conversation goes?
We definitely plan each episode because we dont want to put out whack content. BUT we don’t overplan and sometimes when we start talking TOO much about something in the groupchat, we say “STOP talking about it, and save it for the podcast.” Drinks are definitely flowing while we record, but it’s meant to feel like a genuine conversation.
Have your lives changed after starting this podcast?
For sure. We care so much about this thing and dedicating lots of time to making it grow. We are grassroots with no one really behind us but us, so we work lots. It’s becoming all of our “baby” and we believe the sky’s the limit so we put a lot into it.
What advice would you give to young Black girls wanting to get into the entertainment industry be it through starting a podcast or a blog?
Like Nike said, JUST DO IT! Don’t wait, just do it. We JUST started this thing in June and its already growing so fast.
Lastly is there anything you want listeners of yours and readers of mine to know?
Making a podcast is easy and hard at the same time. It is easy to find a studio and record for an hour with your friends, but keeping things fresh, smart and interesting is hard. We really appreciate all the support we are getting so please continue to support, share, rate and subscribe so we can continue to give you fresh and fun content for free.
Trust me when I say, listening to #BlackGirlsTexting is like listening to my group of girlfriends literally have drinks and just talk to each other. It’s fun, it’s thought provoking and of course it’s freeing! They’ve certainly gained not only a life long listener out of me but I’ll most definitely be in attendance at those conference and much more!
Let’s go to Happy Hour, Let’s grab dinner, Hey! wanna go catch a movie? All date night ideas that I’m sure are some of the first to pop into your mind but it’s time to start thinking outside the box! Yes I love a Happy Hour and I’m all about getting dinner but most of the time I want to spend time with Jeff doing something new, exciting and interactive. Once of the best dates Jeff ever took me on was to Lakeridge Winery here in Florida for a winery tour and tasting. When the tasting was over we grabbed a bottle of wine, some sausages, cheese and crackers and sat in the winer just talking; it was new, exciting and wonderful!
Let’s get into some date ideas that I think you all should keep in your back pocket!
1.Go Wine or Beer Tasting
Whether this is a first date or your weekly date night/day almost everyone (of legal age) enjoys a drink. I enjoy a nice beverage while still learning something new. A few months ago I took Jeff to a brewstillery tour and tasting where we toured both a beer brewery and a vodka and rum distillery and of course tasted! It was fun because we were able to get a little buzz, have some food and learn something new. It was interactive and most definitely not boring. On a wine or beer tour and tasting there’s no way you can’t have fun!
2. Food Trucks?
Jeff and I are all about a food truck night. Here in Orlando every Tuesday is Tasty Tuesday in the Milk District with a handful (more like 2 handfuls) of food trucks setting up, music playing and a few bars with doors open and drinks for sale. A Food Truck fest is a fun take on launch or dinner date! You get food and conversation but with a twist! And what I love about this is if Jeff wants a Philly cheesesteak and Cheese Fries and I want Pancit, Chicken and Lumpia neither of us has to choose because we can just go grab food from our favorite trucks and meet back in the bar for a beer and some fun convo! Hop on google and see what’s happening in your city!
3. Stay In and Cook Dinner Together
I’ve recently heard that one way to strengthen your relationship is to cook together and I can see why! Jeff and I both love to cook and both being Leos we can both be a bit type A so cooking together is a good way t have fun and allow each other to be in charge (assigned roles) We’ve found that Publix has meal kits for 2 making it suer easy, for $15 you get everything you need down to mini packets of olive oil for dinner. In 30 minutes you get to spend time with your partner cooking dinner then you get to enjoy dinner together – there’s something special about enjoying a meal with someone who helped you make it!
What are some of your favorite date day/night ideas?