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Steeping Around with Rekaya is a bimonthly podcast where the host, Rekaya Gibson, discusses all things tea. Its mission is to inspire, educate, and connect with tea lovers from around the world. Gibson does this by offering: 1) Teatime - where she features teas that she likes; 2) Tea Talk - where tea learning takes place; 3) Tea News – where Gibson shares what’s going on in the world of tea from events, cool teaware, the latest tea trends, and everything in between; and 4) Special Steeping A ...
 
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Host Angela Spears shares uncommon facts about the Kentucky Derby, highlighting women jockeys and the most recent black jockeys who have competed. She also shares fun facts about the Kentucky Derby that you might not have known. #KeepItSporty #BlackGirlsTalkSports Podcast Items of Interest: Listen and Support Black Girls Talk Sports Podcast - https…
 
The Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) season starts on May 6, 2022. Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss some teams and players to watch. They also encourage everyone to get the WNBA League Pass. Access games anytime, anywhere. #KeepItSporty Mentioned in This Episode: Ameshya Williams-Holliday, the first Historically Black C…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the National Football League (NFL) draft prospects and share some fun facts about the athletes. They also mention HBCU Draft prospects. Lastly, the women talk about the NFL Draft order and give their predictions about team Draft picks. #KeepItSporty Podcast Items of Interest: Listen and Support Black Gi…
 
In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Happy to Be Me, an herbal blend by MEplusTea. In tea talk, she discusses the difference between loose-leaf tea and tea bags. In tea news, she announces a free Virtual Tea Chat event with MEplusTea in honor of National Tea Day on April 21, 2022 (United Kingdom). Mentioned in This Episode: MEplusTea – www.meplu…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the 2022 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field. They compare the difference between indoor and outdoor track and field. They highlight athletes to watch. They mention some fun facts about NCAA outdoor track and field. They share outdoor track and fiel…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation about the Six Nations Championship - a men's rugby competition between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. They discuss the matchups and players to watch. Also, they share their predictions. #KeepItSporty Update: France is 2022 Guinness Six Nations Champions --- Congratulat…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share details about the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. They discuss players and teams to watch during March Madness. They also give some fun facts about March Madness that might help you complete the NCAA tournament bracket. #KeepItSporty Mentioned in this Episode: 2022 NCAA DI Women’s Bask…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share details about the 2022 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. They discuss players and teams to watch during March Madness. They also give some fun facts about March Madness that might help you complete the NCAA tournament bracket. #KeepItSporty Mentioned in This Episode: 2022 NCAA Selection Sunday …
 
In honor of Women's History Month, hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with Sonja Stills, the first female Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and HBCU Division I sports. She discusses her short- and long-term goals for the MEAC. She shares her professional milestones. She also talks about what fueled he…
 
In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Chocolate Drop by Tyme for Tea Online. In tea talk, she highlights six Black-owned tea brands for Black History Month. In tea news, she announces the World Tea Conference & Expo being held on March 21-23, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Credit: Courtney Alexandria Mentioned in This Episode: Chocolate Drop by Tyme…
 
In honor of Black History Month, host Rekaya Gibson pays homage to Lucy Diggs Slowe, the first African American woman to win a national championship in any sport. In 1917, she secured the women's singles title at the first American Tennis Association championship. She attended Howard University and became one of the founding members of the Alpha Ka…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the Super Bowl LVI matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams. They share their predictions for the Big Game. They also mention some Super Bowl fun facts. #KeepItSporty Mentioned in This Episode: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California Super Bowl Halftime Show: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Emin…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with Adrienne Smith, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Gridiron Queendom. She is also the wide receiver for The Boston Renegades, the six-time national champion women's tackle football team. Smith discusses how she became a female professional football player and her mission to …
 
In honor of the 36th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (February 2, 2022), hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss women athletes and sports figures they admire. Powered by the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), this celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. This year’s event will also …
 
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he stood for, host Angela Spears, discusses Prominent Athletes Promoting Social Justice. Angela shares contributions of athletes (past and present) in the name of social justice. She acknowledges that the voice of athletes promoting social justice hasn’t always been popular but is becoming more common. S…
 
In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Taylors of Harrogate Lemon and Ginger Tea. January is National Hot Tea Month. In tea talk, she shares 10 ways to celebrate National Hot Tea Month. In tea news, she mentions the Laneway Tea Festival scheduled for February 12, 2022, in Brisbane, Australia. Mentioned in This Episode: Taylors of Harrogate Lemon a…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with special guest Renata Simril, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the LA84 Foundation. Simiril is also the President of the Play Equity Fund. She discusses the impact sports and play have on the mental health in youth. She shares what her organizations have done during the pande…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the College Football Playoff National Championship matchup between Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide. They mention players to watch and share their predictions. They also chat about the Alabama-Georgia football rivalry last meeting on December 4, 2021, in the SEC Championship Game. The College Fo…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears reflect on their five-years of podcasting. They share their podcast milestones and tips on how to stay motivated. They mention how to become a podcast guest. They also discuss their future podcast plans. #KeepItSporty Black Girls Talk Sports Podcast’s mission is to inspire, educate and encourage women to partic…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share their thoughts about the BreakThrough Summit, a digital leadership summit designed to develop and celebrate women in sports. They discuss the 2020-2021 Women in College Coaching Report Card that was presented during the Breakout Session: Women Coach Data. The dataset included all head coaches of women’s t…
 
In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Indigo Punch by Harney & Sons. In Tea Talk, she visits Reignforest Tea Bar in Chesapeake, Virginia in her “Steeping” around segment. In Tea News, she mentions author Emily Winfield Martin’s collaboration with Harney & Sons. Mentioned in This Episode: Harney & Sons, Indigo Punch - www.harney.com Reignforest Te…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with author Farrah Rochon about NFL Week 14. They share their thoughts about the New Orleans Saints season and its upcoming game against the New York Jets. They give their NFL Week 14 predictions for matchups between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas Cit…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share their holiday gift ideas for sports fans. #KeepItSporty Mentioned in This Episode: Cuisine Noir Magazine, 2021 Special Edition Print Issue – CuisineNoirMag.com Ballparks of America Bucket Journal - MyBucketJournals.com Women's WNBA Gold Logowoman Hoop Earrings – WNBAStore.NBA.com BRXLZ Football – FOCO.com…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the effects of the pandemic on sports. They share the latest COVID-19 and vaccination numbers from John Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention respectively. They give updates on the COVID-19 vaccination rates for the NFL, NBA, and WNBA and NFL’s COVID-19 outbreaks. They sh…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with tennis trailblazers Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison, the podcast hosts of “The GOAT: Serena” which takes a deep dive into the life and career of one of the greatest of all time, Serena Williams. They discuss their tennis careers. They also share details about their 12-part podcast series…
 
Host Angela Spears attends the Princeton University vs Harvard University football game on Saturday, October 23, 2021. She chats with co-host Rekaya Gibson about the Ivy League Football matchup that went into five overtimes. They share several reasons why you should watch Ivy League Football. They also mention some fun facts about Ivy League Footba…
 
Host Rekaya Gibson shares her reaction to “Swagger,” the highly anticipated drama inspired by NBA superstar’s Kevin Durant’s experiences in the world of youth basketball. No spoilers. The cast includes O’Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill, Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Shinelle Azoroh, Tessa Ferrer, Caleel Harris, James Bingham, Solomon Irama…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share some National Football League (NFL) Week 5 statistics and mention the NFC and AFC Players of the Week 5. They discuss which teams are still winless and undefeated going into Week 6. They highlight teams in the NFL Power Rankings for Week 6. They share their thoughts about this week’s matchups and make som…
 
In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Flamingo Vanilla Chai by David Rio. In tea talk, she discusses the history of chai. She explains what chai is; what chai means; and what chai is made of; and what the health benefits of chai are. In tea news, she announces the opening of Namaste Chai in Fargo, North Dakota. Mentioned in This Episode: Flamingo…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss NCAA football, week five. They share their thoughts about matchups between Alabama vs Mississippi, Georgia vs Arkansas, Ohio State vs Rutgers, and Notre Dame vs Cincinnati, and Oklahoma State vs Baylor. They also mention the ivy league game between Princeton and Columbia. They highlight Historically Bla…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the WNBA Standings, the WNBA Playoff format, and the teams who made the 2021 WNBA Playoffs. They share their thoughts about the first-round matchups between Dallas Wings vs Chicago Sky and New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury. #KeepItSporty Podcast Items of Interest: Become a Monthly Patron - https://ww…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss athletes and mental health. They answer how many athletes suffer from mental health; how mental health affect athletes; why do athletes have mental health issues; and what athletes have mental health challenges. They share their opinions about how athletes can help with mental health and what family, fr…
 
In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features American Classic Tea by Charleston Tea Garden. In tea talk, she discusses the role of colored (Black) children who picked tea at Pinehurst Tea Plantation (Summerville, South Carolina) in the 1800s. Dr. Charles Shepard, the plantation owner, manages to produce award winning teas with their help. Gibson attribu…
 
Host Angela Spears attends the U.S. Open Tennis Championship this year. She shares her experience with Host Rekaya Gibson. They discuss the women’s singles final between Canadian Leylah Fernandez and Britain Emma Raducanu. They mention the women’s doubles final. Spears also highlights Serbian Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam performance. #KeepItSporty P…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears give an overview about the Paralympics Games. They answer the questions: how the Paralympics got started; what Paralympics mean; what the six broad Paralympics categories are; and what sports are included in the Paralympics. They highlight Bonnie St. John, the first African American to medal in any Paralympic e…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share details about the upcoming 2021 National Football League (NFL) season, including which NFL teams require fans to be vaccinated. They discuss some of the new NFL rules and the NFL kickoff game between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys. They give their opinions about the NFL Preseason, the NFL’s f…
 
In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Pineapple Mint by Shaka Tea. In tea talk, she shares the history of growing tea in the United States from 1799 to present day. In tea news, she announces the launch of Mavusana Premium Rooibos Tea in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. Mentioned in This Episode: Shaka Tea - www.shakatea.com Mamaki, a na…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears give updates on the NBA Trade and Free Agency. They share their thoughts about the Wizards Russell Westbrook being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers; New Orleans Lonzo Ball heading to the Chicago Bulls; Miami Heat Andre Iguodala returning to Golden State Warriors; and much more. They mention NBA Trade rumors. Th…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears give updates and facts about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They share the final Olympic Medal Count. They highlight Team USA winners, including the first Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) athlete to medal at the 2020 Olympics. They also shoutout a HBCU for winning its first Olympic gold medal. #KeepI…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the 2021 NBA Draft results. They share their thoughts about the top five players and the 60th overall pick. They also mention what each rookie brings to the team for the 2021-2022 NBA season. #KeepItSporty Sources: NBA. (2021). 2021 NBA Draft Profile: Cade Cunningham. NBA Media. https://www.nba.com/draf…
 
Host Rekaya Gibson honors Ruth White, the first African American to win a U.S. Fencing Championship (1969). She was the first American to win a medal at the Junior World Championships. White also became the first African American woman to represent the U.S. in fencing at the Olympics. #KeepItSporty Mentioned in this episode: YWCA - https://www.ywca…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They share their favorite moments of the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony. They give an update on the Olympic medal count and how much Olympic athletes get paid for each gold, silver, and bronze medals. They highlight Team USA winners and other champions from around the globe. Th…
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Decaffeinated Green Tea by Bigelow Tea Company. In Tea Talk, she discusses three tea-inspired cookbooks coming soon in August and September 2021. In Tea News, she shares details about Alaska’s first tea farm. Mentioned in This Episode: Bigelow Tea Company – www.bigelowtea.com Bookshop.org - https://bookshop.o…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the outcome of the NBA Finals, Game 6 matchup between Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. They share their thoughts about the Bucks winning the NBA Championship. They also mention how Giannis Antetokounmpo makes history multiple times. In other news, Black Girls Talks Sports Podcast reacts to receivin…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Name Image and Likeness (NIL) ruling. They explain what NIL mean and which states have enacted NIL legislation. They mention some of the NIL policies. They share their thoughts about the effect NIL will have on social media and the incentive for college ath…
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Ito En Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea, Japan’s number one green tea brand. In Tea Talk, she discusses the difference between afternoon tea and high tea. Gibson compares the attire, times, settings, and menus for both. In Tea News, she announces Milo’s Tea Company partnership with Auburn football’s quarterback …
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with RJ White, the first Black female President of the Vipers Pro Men’s Basketball team. She discusses what it takes to own a semi-professional men’s basketball team and how she prepares players to play basketball overseas. She mentions requirements to play for an American Basketball Associa…
 
In celebration of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) 25th Season, hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share 25 WNBA facts. They include, but not limited to WNBA history, WNBA statistics, and WNBA fun trivia. #KeepItSporty Download your copy of the 25 WNBA Facts Here Sources: Augustyn, A. (2021, May 26). Women's National Basketball…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss their NBA Playoff Bracket. They share their thoughts about the NBA Conference Finals matchups between Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns, and Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks. They give their NBA Conference Finals predictions. #KeepItSporty Sources: Associated Press. (2021, June 23). Young scores 48 …
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Raspberry Iced Tea by Tejava. In Tea Talk, she discusses the history of Summerville, South Carolina, the official birthplace of sweet tea. She highlights its Sweet Tea Trail Guide, and she mentions some stops on the trail. In Tea News, she announces The Republic of Tea’s launch of Beauty Brain. #NationalIcedT…
 
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