Black Coffee with a Side of Candor

Nikita Gadson & Monique Gibson

"Black Coffee with a Side of Candor" is a podcast created to give voice to the experiences of Black women, and share powerful insights from special guests to help us ALL win. We hope that these candid conversations inspire, motivate and encourage our listeners.

read less

S2 E9: Warning Signs of Burnout, Depression and Other Stuff with Special Guest: Samantha Allen
May 16 2023
S2 E9: Warning Signs of Burnout, Depression and Other Stuff with Special Guest: Samantha Allen
It's MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH! In this latest episode of Black Coffee with a Side of Candor, we're talking about some of the mental health challenges that busy women, particularly black women, may face. We start with BURNOUT, its meaning, and the signs associated with it. Then we move on to DEPRESSION, shedding light on its lesser-known signs. And we continue with mental health challenges that are more commonly observed among busy women, particularly black women. While mental health challenges can affect anyone, black women often face unique stressors such as systemic racism and microaggressions that lead to conditions like anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Finally, we present three best practices or tips for addressing burnout and depression: 1 - PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE 2 - SET BOUNDARIES 3 - SEEK SUPPORT Remember, taking care of your mental health is essential, and seeking professional help is always encouraged. By recognizing the signs, implementing self-care strategies, setting boundaries, and seeking support, you can navigate burnout and depression more effectively. Stay tuned for more episodes where we explore topics related to mental health and well-being. Grab your coffee β˜•οΈ (or your glass 🍸) and join us! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND SHARE! #BurnoutAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #DepressionAwareness #BusyWomenMentalHealth #BlackWomenMentalHealth #SelfCareMatters #AddressingBurnout #DepressionSigns #MentalHealthSupport #WellBeingTips #MentalHealthAwareness #StressManagement #SelfCarePractices
S2 E8: Can I Make More Off of My Body or My Brain?
Apr 18 2023
S2 E8: Can I Make More Off of My Body or My Brain?
What's up everybody! In this latest episode of Black Coffee with a Side of Candor, we dive into a controversial and thought-provoking topic: Can women make more money off their bodies than their brains? The discussion delves into whether using one's physical appearance can attract more attention, get more likes, and ultimately make more money than solely relying on intellectual expertise. ❓ Do women feel pressured to show more skin to be desired and successful? πŸ€” ❓ What are some of the generational differences in what is considered professional attire? πŸ€” ❓ How do societal expectations & gender biases impact how women are perceived and valued? πŸ€” πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” And what's the deal with all the BBLs? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” Tune in to find out how we answered these and other questions! πŸ˜‰ Grab your coffee β˜•οΈ (or your glass 🍸) and join us! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND SHARE! #careerguidance #womenempowerment #corporatewoman #careeradvice #strongwomen #blackentreprenuer #womenbusinessowners #entrepreneur #womenissues #podcast #candid #letstalk #tunein #coffee #blackcoffee #blackwomen #follow #subscribe #diversity #betonyourself #workplace #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #advice #ourexperience #showup #letstalkaboutit #support #ProfessionalWomen #DressForSuccess #WorkWear #BusinessAttire #PowerDressing #CareerFashion #ProfessionalStyle #WomenWhoWork #WomenLeaders #WomenInLeadership
Surviving the Teenage Years: Raising Young Black Women
Apr 11 2023
Surviving the Teenage Years: Raising Young Black Women
Can we just start with RAISING TEENAGERS IS HARD! 😫 In this episode of "Black Coffee with a Side of Candor" we boldly explore the unique challenges and rewards of raising young Black women during their teenage years. This is a no holds barred conversation! πŸ’Ž We begin by acknowledging the blessings of raising young Black women, highlighting their resilience, as well as their unique creativity and perspective on the world. πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž We talk about the burdens of navigating societal and cultural pressures and issues, and the impact they can have on a young Black woman's mental health and self-esteem. πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž We address the issue of competing with the images of women portrayed in social media and popular music. πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž We discuss the importance of creating an open dialogue with young Black women about the media they consume, and the need to teach them critical thinking skills to decipher harmful messaging. πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž πŸ’Ž And we share some of our coping strategies as parents of young Black women, including building supportive communities, prioritizing self-care, and cultivating self-love and acceptance. If you are currently raising teen daughters, or have girls that approaching the teen years, you don't wanna miss this! Share this with a mom (or dad) raising teen girls! Grab your coffee (or your glass) and join us! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND SHARE! #momlife #blackdaughters #blackparents #strongwomen #blackentreprenuer #womenempowerment #womenbusinessowners #entrepreneur #womenissues #podcast #candid #letstalk #tunein #coffee #blackcoffee #blackwomen #follow #subscribe #diversity #careeradvice #betonyourself #workplace #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #advice #ourexperience #showup #letstalkaboutit #teens #raisingteens #copingskills #support #blackgirls
Superheroes, Superpowers & STEM with Special Guest Dr. Nikki Delk
Feb 7 2023
Superheroes, Superpowers & STEM with Special Guest Dr. Nikki Delk
In this episode of "Black Coffee with a Side of Candor" we are discussing the challenges, potential and rewards of working in the STEM field. Dr. Nikki Delk is a tenured Associate Professor in Biological Sciences, an endowed Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science, and the Assistant VP for Research Development in the Office of Research and Innovation at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). Her research lab studies inflammation-induced cancer progression and treatment resistance. Dr. Delk was named on the 2020 Cell Press list of 1000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America, inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 2022, and commissioned as an Air Force Officer. She obtained her doctorate in molecular biology from Rice University in order to pursue her childhood dream to be a cancer biologist in honor of her grandmother who passed from cancer. In addition to her love for science, Dr. Delk is passionate about mentoring and providing research training opportunities to students. She is equally passionate about the creative and performing arts. In 2021, Dr. Delk merged her passions to create Arts for Science to raise awareness of the Delk Lab cancer research program and to raise support for STEM mentoring and outreach through the arts. We had a great conversation around the diversity gap in STEM fields, the importance of having more diversity in STEM, the exciting opportunities in STEM that are just as valuable as careers in entertainment and sports, as well as how professionals in STEM have a creative streak! πŸ˜‰ Grab your coffee and join us! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND SHARE! #blackscientist #cancerresearch #artsandscience #blackentreprenuer #womenempowerment #womenbusinessowners #entrepreneur #podcast #candid #letstalk #tunein #coffee #blackcoffee #blackwomen #follow #subscribe #diversity #careeradvice #betonyourself #workplace #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #advice #stem #blackwomeninstem #nuttyprofessor #scienceiscool #superheroes #superpower #stemeducation
How to Build a Successful Business or Side Hustle on a Dollar and a Dream w/Zane Johnson
Jan 18 2023
How to Build a Successful Business or Side Hustle on a Dollar and a Dream w/Zane Johnson
In this episode of "Black Coffee with a Side of Candor" we are discussing "Empowering the Underdog - How to Build a Successful Business or Side Hustle on a Dollar and a Dream" with Special Guest Zane Johnson. Zane Johnson is the Founder and Managing Attorney of MZA Legal, a Black-owned, virtual law firm empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. Zane helps self-funded entrepreneurs set a solid foundation for the future growth of their business and own their futures. A decade ago when Zane was in law school, what stood out to him about the legal industry was the lack of professional legal solutions for everyday people. Recognizing this as an opportunity to do good by doing good, Zane has focused his legal practice on empowering everyday people to do extraordinary things. What else should you know about Zane? He's a husband and a father He enjoys reading, running, and creating He always roots for the underdog Check Zane out on social media: IG: @mza.legal LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mzaneesq/ Youtube: @mzalegal Grab your coffee and join us! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND SHARE! #legaltips #blackentreprenuer #womenempowerment #womenbusinessowners #entrepreneur #podcast #candid #letstalk #tunein #coffee #blackcoffee #blackwomen #follow #subscribe #diversity #careeradvice #betonyourself #workplace #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #advice #sidehustle #dollar #underdog
Season 2 Episode 1: Making Space for Profession and Passion with Special Guest CorΓ© Cotton
Jan 10 2023
Season 2 Episode 1: Making Space for Profession and Passion with Special Guest CorΓ© Cotton
In this first episode of Season 2 of "Black Coffee with a Side of Candor" we are discussing Making Space for Profession and Passion. Ever heard the song "Optimistic" by "Sounds of Blackness?" Our featured guest, CorΓ© Cotton, is one of the voices on that iconic song. Not only is she is a Grammy-winning recording artist, she is a seasoned attorney, songwriter, author, life coach, and CEO. Her mission is to empower women to step out of their boxes and into their power, without sacrificing their passions. CorΓ©'s proprietary coaching programs, The Empowered Woman’s Masterclass, The Elite Career Accelerator, and The Power of a Made-Up Mind, have been impactful to professionals in the corporate, public and private sectors, and her 'A Woman Evolves' biopic has elicited rave reviews. CorΓ© co-authored a memoir with her mom, Dr. M. Jeanne Dolphus Cotton, entitled 'A Three Hundred and Sixty-Degree Perspective: A Mother - Daughter Journey of Come Here Meets Been There.' Check out her website at www.corescotton.com and on her YouTube channel, @AWomanEvolves . Grab your coffee and join us! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND SHARE! #grammywinner #followpassion #blackentreprenuer #womenempowerment #womenbusinessowners #entrepreneur #podcast #candid #letstalk #tunein #coffee #blackcoffee #blackwomen #follow #subscribe #diversity #careeradvice #betonyourself #workplace #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #advice #passion #balance #passionandpurpose #followyourpassion #optimistic #soundsofblackness