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The “Quarantine 15” is Real. Here’s How to Lose your Pandemic Pounds. | TIS Ep. 25

The “Quarantine 15” is Real. Here’s How to Lose your Pandemic Pounds. | TIS Ep. 25

Episode Summary:

After more than 10 months at home, so much has changed—including the sisters’ weight! Like so many others, they have accumulated the “quarantine 15,” (ok…maybe more than 15) and now it’s time to shed the extra pounds. Tune in as Sharon and Lisa discuss effective home workouts that can help you get your weight back on track.

Plus: Another aspect of life that 2020 has changed is hair care. Neither of the sisters is ready to go back to “normal” activities like getting their hair done. Even if their stylist is wearing a mask, they prefer not to be in such close proximity to anyone unless absolutely necessary. So: they both did their hair themselves for the first time ever. Listen in as they share what it was like being their own hair stylist.

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Give yourself options: “There is so much exercise advice out there for every level of fitness. You can find anything you want.”
  2. Give yourself grace: “You need to recognize that there are days when you’re not going to be able to do as much as you would like. And that’s ok.”
  3. Give yourself encouragement: “Celebrate every win, and recognize that you are doing something good for yourself.”

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Traveling While Black: The ABC Travel Green Book | TIS Ep. 24

Traveling While Black: The ABC Travel Green Book | TIS Ep. 24

Episode Summary:

One thing the sisters have been missing since Corona started is travel. Though they’re not quite ready to hit the skies yet, they’ve already started thinking about where they should go. They plan to consult the ABC Travel Green Book, written specifically for travelers of color, to help them plan their next big trip. The new Green Book is written by Martinique Lewis, and is based on the original Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium created by Victor Hugo Green during the Jim Crow era. Also on deck: 2020 continues to be an interesting year (to say the least). Sharon and Lisa talk about Barbados becoming a republic, and why, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the word ‘racism’ has been re-defined.
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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Traveling is different depending on your race: “Racism affects every part of life. What BIPOC experience when traveling is very different from what white people experience.”
  2. Many Black travelers code switch for their safety: “As a Black traveler, you have to raise your game in terms of your appearance and attitude in order to make sure that you don’t get stopped frequently.”
  3. The ABC Travel Green Book is so necessary: “It’s useful to have a resource that says: Here is where you can find people who look like you, here are the places where you are going to be safe, and here are the places to avoid at all costs if you’re a Black woman travelling alone.”

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No Justice for Breonna | TISOT Ep. 2

No Justice for Breonna | TISOT Ep. 2

Episode Summary:

After 6 months, the Breonna Taylor case finally reached a resolution. In their second TIS Off-Topic episode, the sisters attempt to process the miscarriage of justice in the case, and discuss where we can all go from here.

3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Black Lives may never Matter: “The entire case underlines the fact that Black people’s and Black women’s lives do not matter to the system. The system does not care about Black women, and about Black people in general.”
  2. The U.S. is essentially a police state: “The U.S. police can shoot you with impunity. There are no consequences. There are no repercussions. There is zero accountability.”
  3. The work continues regardless: “This makes me more determined to keep using my work to fight racism…We can’t stop writing, fighting, protesting, and making our voices heard.”

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21 Things Introverts Wish People Understood | TIS Ep. 23

21 Things Introverts Wish People Understood | TIS Ep. 23

Episode Summary:

So many introverts feel misunderstood; Sharon and Lisa are no different. Join them as they hilariously list 21 things that make introverts tick. Or not tick. Plus: Introversion is just a small part of what the sisters are about. Tune in as they discuss Sharon’s anti-racism work, and how walking in her purpose helps her find the energy to do #allthethings.

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On a lighter note, Lisa shares what she’s been binge-watching on Netflix. Join the Introvert Sisters for a fun-filled, lighthearted episode!
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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. If nothing else, remember: “Text, don’t call.”
  2. Cancelled plans make us happy: “Cancelled plans is a love language.”
  3. Say ‘No’ to small talk: “Small talk is hard. It feels forced. It feels unnatural. It feels awkward.”

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Rest in Power, Black Panther: Celebrating and Mourning Chadwick Boseman | TIS Ep. 22

Rest in Power, Black Panther: Celebrating and Mourning Chadwick Boseman | TIS Ep. 22

Episode Summary:

Chadwick Boseman’s death sent people around the world into a tailspin of grief. Especially Black people. It feels as if OUR king was taken too soon. Tune in as Sharon and Lisa talk through their feelings about his untimely passing, explain why so many of us are grieving someone we never actually met, and discuss the legacy of the Black Panther.
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Plus: Rest is part of the revolution. The sisters have been doing A LOT, especially in the realm of anti-racism writing. It’s energizing and fulfilling, but also exhausting. Listen in to hear what they’ve been up to, and why they’re prioritizing rest and self-care

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Representation matters: “Chadwick Boseman was someone that our children and grandchildren could look at and say ‘Oh! I could be a superhero too.’”
  2. Controlling your narrative matters: “He overturned the narrative that is common about Black people, and about Black men in particular. Let us never forget that our ancestors were kings and queens. We were not slaves. We were enslaved.”
  3. Legacy matters: “For your next Black History class, just watch all the movies that Chadwick Boseman did.”

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Alone, Not Lonely: Why Introverts Love “Me Time” | TIS Ep. 21

Alone, Not Lonely: Why Introverts Love “Me Time” | TIS Ep. 21

Episode Summary:

People spend a lot of time trying to encourage introverts to “get out there” and come out of their shell. The thing is, for most introverts, their shell is their happy place. Spending time alone – and enjoying it – is part of what makes introverts introverts. Listen in as Lisa and Sharon talk about why they value their “me-time”, and how they use it. Plus: Shadeism (aka colorism) is still a thing, along with its unfortunate companion, skin bleaching. The sisters discuss why skin bleaching and colorism are still so prevalent, and if this remnant of colonialism will ever change.

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Alone time is liberating: “Alone time, for introverts, gives us the freedom to be ourselves.”
  2. Alone time is healing: “Alone time is not a withdrawal, it’s more of a recalibration, so that I can get myself back to center. It helps me be a better me.”
  3. Alone time is inspiring: “Alone time is a very creative time for me.”

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