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Feeling My Flo!

Menstruation! Yes, we said it! And as awkward as it might seem, it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to gather a new perspective with the Feeling My Flo podcast. 

The Feeling My Flo podcast, which launched on July 11, 2019, is a conversation shaped around this transformational experience that happens to those along the gender spectrum. Feeling My Flo discusses a broad range of topics from puberty to fighting period poverty. 

The host of the podcast, Kamilah Kashanie, is a twenty-three year old Brooklyn College graduate. She along with executive producer Mia Warren and Executive Editor Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, aim to build a community centered on a common but impactful experience. 

“This generation is intellectually curious, so each of our 10-12 minute episodes will be fun, engaging, intimate, and probing.”

Get to know host Kamilah + Feeeling My Flo podcast a little better…

Photo by Young Cheong

Podcasts are becoming an impactful influence among young people. What inspired you to start Feeling My Flo about menstruation?

Feeling My Flo (FMF) is actually the brainchild of our producer, Mia Warren, and our editor, Juleyka Lantigua-Williams. They invited me to be the host. As the three of us got to talking, I really resonated with a lot of the feelings they had about why FMF is an important podcast to put out into the world. As storytellers, I think we’re all really interested in digging into issues that other people might be afraid to tackle. Menstruation is such a sticky subject in some circles. It’s still not considered necessarily “appropriate” to talk about this completely normal bodily function that’s been happening to people since the beginning of time. At Feeling My Flo, we want to change that. Young menstruators deserve a place where their bodies are understood. We want to reaffirm to them that there’s nothing wrong with them, especially during puberty, which can already be such a vulnerable time.

Can you give us an idea of what specific topics regarding menstruation will be covered on the podcast?

In our first season, we talk about what it’s like to be a “late bloomer” – waiting to get your period after all of your friends have theirs. We explore how menstruation has affected one family across three generations of women, what sympathy cramps are like, how a family with two gay dads talk to their daughters about their periods, what menstruating is like for a trans and non-binary person, and how a lack of access to period products can impact people experiencing homelessness. Menstruation looks and feels different for everyone, and we want to talk about all of it. And this is just the beginning of the conversation. As we start thinking about season two, there’s so much more that we want to cover.


Young women have different experiences when it comes to having their first period. Do you remember yours and who was there to guide you?

Oh yes. I definitely remember my first period, and I talk about it in the pilot episode. I grew up in a house full of people with periods, so there were always products around and I had a little bit of prior knowledge just from osmosis. I started my period when I was 10, when I was out to dinner with my mom and some family. My older sister had actually started her period a month or two before me, so when it started and I felt that clammy sensation in my pants, I already knew what was happening. Growing up with three women in my house, and a plethora of older relatives and cousins around, I had a lot of people around me who had been through it before and gave me tips, whether I wanted them to or not. 

What do you want young girls to walk away with after listening to the podcast?

We want everyone who listens to Feeling My Flo to walk away with more understanding of what menstruation is like for those who experience it. And the show isn’t just for menstruators. My boyfriend doesn’t menstruate, but talking about it with him has been really important to us understanding each other better, especially during my period. Menstruation affects everyone, whether they bleed or not, and really understanding that is a part of breaking down the stigma that’s attached to periods. And we want to do that in a way that’s fun and engaging and makes you want to hear and learn more. Ultimately, we want our audience to feel informed, entertained, and empowered after every episode. 

Do you have advice for young people who are afraid to ask questions about their period or are embarrassed?

I know it may feel weird at first, and it feels like this mysterious, super private thing that you don’t want to talk about, but it’s completely okay. Find someone that you trust and ask away. Find someone who knows what you’re going through. There’s a lot about periods and the human body that we’re still figuring out, so there’s no such thing as a stupid question and nothing is too crazy to ask. Some of the resources we recommend for young menstruators include Hello Clue, Scarleteen, and Planned Parenthood.


You say that period poverty is a topic of conversation. Is there something young people can be doing to fight period poverty in other countries? 

Period poverty exists in our backyards. There are many organizations working to fight period poverty that young people can get involved with. In one of our episodes, we talked to a national activist and some high schoolers about how they’ve taken action. PERIOD is an example of an organization that’s fighting period poverty. They have people stationed all over the country donating products and doing research on how to make menstruation a safe and affordable reality for everyone. 

We are all about empowerment, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?

For me, empowerment means feeling like you can do anything. When you’re feeling empowered, it’s like nothing can stop you. If you want to do something, or change something, you just can. All the barriers – racism, sexism, inequality – they just don’t mean as much when you know you have the capacity to do more than all those “isms” tell you you can.  

 
Find out more here!
 
 
Interview by Tia Banks 

Beauty Diary x Madison!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — August 13, 2019

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of teen beauty blogger, Madison!

What’s your name + where are you from?

My name is Madison Bitten. I am from Atlanta, Georgia, but I currently reside in Alabama. Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun!

What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

I love the “makeup, no-makeup look”! It’s easy, cute, and super quick to do. It’s also really light so it’s perfect for those days that you don’t really want to have a beat face. Dewy makeup with blush and bronzer is another natural look that I adore.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

I would grab mascara, Fenty highlighter, and lip gloss!

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My ultimate beauty icon is Jackie Aina! She has really broke the barrier in the beauty industry for darker women. There’s a lot of division within the industry that no one wants to talk about, but she does. She’s honest, funny, and gives amazing tips. I’ve learned a lot from her.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

Lip gloss is a must-have!

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

Skin care is important! Especially for makeup application. You should take good care of it before and after your makeup!

Follow more of Madison’s beauty tips here!

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Beauty Diary x Bernice!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of teen blogger, Bernice!

What’s your name + the city you live in?

Bernice Ndegwa and I live in South Plainfield.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

Two beauty trends that I absolutely love this year is less is more and pops of color on a bare face. For the majority of my life, I didn’t like the color of my skin and when I hit puberty I hated my dark spots even more. This is something I still struggle with to this day  but one thing that has helped tremendously is the wave of positivity that has come with showing your natural beauty. I still love makeup just as much as the next girl but being able to step into the world and be comfortable in my bare skin is the most important thing to me. Another trend that I have fallen in love with is the pops of color in makeup. Whether, a bare face with some pigmented shadow or a bold lip, this trend has really stolen my heart. To me the basis of makeup is to express yourself and this trend does exactly that. I love seeing the thought process of someone’s look just by observing the color and how they used it in their look.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

I would grab tea tree oil, vaseline, and some falsies.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My fashion icons are Kiitan A., Zendaya, and Jackie Aina. These three women carry such elegance and confidence in their day to day lives and are so unapologetically black that it’s hard not to be completely mesmerized by their presence.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

My absolute must have is chapstick. Whether that be carmex, vaseline, or any other brand I’m trying at that particular time. I always make sure to have a lip moisturizing product on me because having chapped lips is one of my biggest pet peeves

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number one beauty rule is a saying that my mom always says to me when I’m feeling a bit self conscious. Look good, do good, be good, feel good. I live by these words and to me if I look good than everything else can’t be that bad.

Follow more of Bernice beauty inspo here!

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Beauty Diary x Dorian!

 Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Youtuber + Blogger, Dorian!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is Dorian Clark and I live in Memphis, TN.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

One beauty trend I am loving this year is the bold & weird combination of color choices for eyeshadow and lip color. It makes the look more unique and interesting to study. Another beauty trend I am loving this year is that makeup artist are creating art pieces within their makeup looks. Meaning, they are expressing their style through art on their faces.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

If I had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, I would grab an eyebrow pencil, mascara, and my favorite lip gloss!

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My ultimate beauty icon is Jackie Aina because she express her love and passion for the black community through her love for makeup. She also gives her supporters helpful tips for makeup application and has relatable content. You can tell she has a genuine passion for creativeness. She also has an awesome sense of humor!

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

One beauty must have that lives in my bag is chap stick. You can’t be cute with crusty lips!

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number 1 beauty rule is to ALWAYS have fun while doing your makeup. When creating different makeup looks, you have to have fun with it and put on your hat of creativeness. Also, don’t care what others may think of your weird combination of color choices!

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Beauty Diary x Kaela!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — March 12, 2019

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Youtuber + Blogger, Kaela!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is Kaela Moore. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia but live in Tallahassee, Florida and attend Florida A&M University aka FAMU. Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun!

What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

Normally, I’m a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I always gravitate towards nudes or girly pink makeup looks. For 2019 I am looking forward to lots of color. I want to explore out my comfort zone and try more bold, careful, daring eye shadow looks.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

Chap stick. Clear or sheer pink Lip gloss. Lash glue if I’m wearing lashes. Literally in that order.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

For makeup my favorite beauty icons are MakeUpShayla and AaliyahJay. Their youtube tutorials are always thorough and they were the first mua’s closest to my skin tone that I looked up to. For hair my ultimate beauty icon is NaturalNeiicey. I’ve watched her in the beginning of her hair journey and my hair journey. Her hair texture and curl pattern was similar to mine so it helped me throughout my hair journey.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

I always have lip gloss and mascara in my bag. Those are my two must haves every day. 

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number 1 beauty rule is to be authentically you. Be authentically you in any hairstyle, makeup look, or outfit your in. Your inner confidence enhances your look and always remember another woman’s beauty is not the absence of your own.

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Beauty Diary x Nia!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Blogger + Youtuber, Nia!

What’s your name + city you live in?
My name is Nia Lackland, but I go by “KeepingUpWithNi”. I currently attend Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA… however, I live in Chicago part time.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
I am really loving the beauty trends of this year! This year has been all about embracing your natural beauty. I love the trend of natural eyebrows rather than the “ombre” eyebrows that were popular in the recent past. Also, I love the inner eye glow with gold eyeshadow or highlighter. It just brightens up and brings more attention to your eyes.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
OMG! I would definitely grab foundation, concealer and natural hair curling cream! I just think these are the basic essentials for a cute quick look.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
My ultimate beauty icon has to be Alissa Ashley. Alissa is so relatable and humble. I truly enjoy watching her videos and being able to follow her journey as she expands her brand. I love the fact that Alissa stresses that she is a regular person but she also knows her value.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?
My beauty must-have is definitely lip gloss. I CANNOT leave my house without my lip gloss, it just makes me feel pretty.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?
My number 1 beauty rule is literally one word, versatility. I love to switch things up and try new styles. I try not to wear the same style for a long time. Otherwise, I would get bored and tired of my look.

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Beauty Diary x LaQuin!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of LaQuin Simmons!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is LaQuin Simmons + I’m from the Philadelphia area.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

I don’t really follow beauty trends but two that I love and use are natural/boy beat and lip gloss.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

Colourpop Alissa Ashley gloss, nyx HD concealer and Pacifica dream big mascara are the ones I’m snatching on my way out.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

I can’t say really choose between Zendaya and YouTube Alissa Ashley. They really show the two parts of me the natural side and then the more glam side.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

My concealer has to be in my bag because I don’t really get much sleep in the first place.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

The only real rule I follow is what you put into your body is important, so eating right is gonna help make my skin and hair healthier.

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Beauty Diary x Haley!

Scroll through the beauty diary of Atlanta based teen blogger, Haley!

What’s your name + city do you live in?

My name is Haley Cencere and I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

One trend that I am loving to see is how women are now more comfortable wearing their natural curls. Many women on social media have embraced their natural hair as well as their natural face and I am living for it. Beauty can be seen in many shapes and forms and I believe this trend is truly spreading that message. Many celebrities are now posting bare face pictures and it is truly inspiring. I am also in love with glossy eyelid trend that has been on seen on celebrity such as SZA and Kylie Jenner. I am in love with the effect that it gives to their makeup, it simply gorgeous!

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

I would definitely grab lash glue, my favorite foundation and definitely a moisturizer like shea butter or cocoa butter.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My ultimate beauty icon is supermodel Duckie Thot, she is beautiful and is always stylish. She has been a rising supermodel this year and I believe her imagine inspires many girls of a darker complexion to embrace their melanin. In my experience growing up as a darker complexion often times, I found people addressing my beauty being prefix the terms of you’re a beautiful dark skin young lady. Instead of just saying I was beautiful.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your book bag?

Lip Gloss is always a must have at all times. I will NEVER leave the house without my lip gloss because it is an easy touch up for a plain face or for a made up face. I am in love with MAC’s glass or you could go to your local beauty supply store for lip gloss.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

Embrace your truth and natural beauty. Find beauty in your insecurities. I have always wanted to spread this message to woman all over the world because I lived in my own shadow for years not embracing my unique beauty mark. I have a birthmark on the right side of my face that covers the entire right side of my face and I used to try to hide it by covering it up at a young age. The day that I embraced my beauty mark was the day the world around me embraced it and I am now known for having this very unique trait. I stand for a platform that promotes “ find beauty in what makes you uncomfortable or different because that is simply what makes you, you.”

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Beauty Diary x Ariana!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of college beauty Ariana Jordan!

Where are you from?
I am from Picayune, Mississippi.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
Two beauty trends I am loving are natural makeup looks and natural hair.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
If i had 15 seconds to choose 3 beauty products i would grab E.L.F lock on liner and brow cream, an E.L.F small angled brush and some mascara.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
My ultimate beauty icon is Yara Shahidi. Her fun spirit shows through whatever she’s wearing head to toe and I strive to be just like her!

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?
One beauty MUST HAVE is mascara I feel like I look like a turtle with out it (and not a cute one).

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?
My #1 beauty rule is to never go over board. There’s nothing wrong with a little glam once in a while but I also still want to look like myself!

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Beauty Diary x Arion!

Scroll through the beauty diary of college blogger, Arion Hewitt!

What city do you live in?
I am from Kansas City.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
2018 has been a year full of new and super exciting trends! The first beauty trend that I’m absolutely loving is the all inclusive foundation lines that are coming out. It’s very important that big makeup companies help women and men of all skin colors feel beautiful and I love that a lot of them are including lighter and darker shades. The second trend that I am really into is the new lip tints! Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE a cute lip color.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
If I had 15 seconds to grab 3 makeup products, I’d grab my eyebrow pomade, concealer, and my lip favorite pink gloss of course!

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
I absolutely love Aaliyah Jay. She is my inspiration and I hope to be just like her one day.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?
I ALWAYS keep lip gloss with me no matter what. It’s either a shimmery one or one with a pink tint.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?
My #1 beauty rule is “Your face, your rules!” Your makeup is a reflection of how you feel about yourself. Express yourself however YOU want & stay fabulous :)!

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