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Life, I Swear

Chloe Dulce Louvouezo

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Hosted by Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, Life, I Swear shares reflections from Black women about trials in their lives that have helped them heal, connect and process. A continuation of her published book, Chloe shares conversations and personal prose centered on personal stories that offer insights told through the lens of Black women.
 
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Chloe closes season five with three questions for listeners. — Fitbeads is a self-love platform centered around waist beads and their ability to uplift, enrich, and encourage self-care. They cultivate conversations around culture, history, and meaning, while also creating spaces for personal connection and self-discovery. Follow Fitbeads on Instagr…
 
In this episode, Chloe speaks to Kenda Fields, content strategist, about the power of second changes, her history in sisterhood, and the mysteries, divisions, and unity that decorate our family experiences. She speaks about the vulnerability required to move past her fear and through her own healing. Links: Connect with Kenda Fields on Instagram @k…
 
I chat with Hannah Tall, Director of Programs at The Loveland Foundation. Hannah begins by sharing the excess of love and the access to love that she learned was possible through her mother. We also go on to talk about what and who got her here as a village child. Follow The Loveland Foundation's work on social channels because the community care t…
 
I chat with Lyn Patterson, poet and artist, about her life story. We chat about overcoming trauma through poetry, shifting dynamics of family, accepting your wild, and awareness of "how we consume life, or how it consumes us if we aren't careful." Links: Connect with Lyn Patterson on Instagram @poetryntings Explore ways to give to The Loveland Foun…
 
In this episode, Chloe speaks with Omó Pastor, writer, photographer and filmmaker who uses these artistic mediums to heal, to empower and to express the reality of African people across the globe. In this conversation, Omó Pastor shares her recent work around Black male masculinity. Links: Connect with Omó Pastor on Instagram @omopastorr Visit Omó …
 
Chloe speaks with her best friend Adriana Parrish about the experience of telling her story for the first time. Adriana was a contributor to the Life, I Swear book, where she chronicled her experience of losing her mother and navigating life without her. Links: Connect with Adriana Parrish on Instagram @adrianamparrish Explore ways to give to The L…
 
In this episode, I chat with Renae Bluitt, filmmaker and advocate for Black women entrepreneur’s narratives, and Creator and Executive Producer of the Netflix documentary “She Did That.” We talk about what calls us to be passionate about telling other Black womens' stories, negotiating balance in our lives, and the invitation of new seasons and loc…
 
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Ghanaian feminist activist, award-winning blogger, and author sits down with Salem Afangideh, lawyer, consultant and sexuality anthropologist. They talk about Nana’s book “The Sex Lives of African Women”, self-agency, the ideologies that influence our assumptions or judgements around sex, and the perspectives of anthropology …
 
In this second episode, I have with me Brandie Freely, founder of LUMIN Magazine and The Escapism Retreat. We talk about light—how we follow it, how truth helps us keep it going, and how the path to it looks different for each of us. Plus, the power of breaking rules. Links: Connect with Brandie Freely on Instagram @brandiefreely Follow Lumin Magaz…
 
Welcome to season five of the Life, I Swear podcast! In this episode, Chloe starts the season with a few words of her own on this journey, this season, and the reflections she's been having lately, answering the question: what do we do with that freedom from our pasts? How do we leverage our new perspectives? How can we share these new versions of …
 
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a phenomenal poet and author of A More Perfect Union (Ohio State University Press, 2021) and Haint (Gival Press, 2016). She is also the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. In this season four finale, Teri talks about the desire she has for the country to create a more perfect union for…
 
Natalie Obando, president of the Women’s National Book Association, talks about the organization’s Authentic Voices program, which introduces women writers to publishing through four weeks of writing, editing, marketing, and publication. She also covers the resources writers need to do share their stories as published works, and the affirmation wom…
 
Courtney Phillips, co-founder of Gumbo Media and Gumbo Fit chats about her journey to creative entrepreneurship, how she’s encouraging Black people to define success differently, and what she needs to stay creatively inspired and focused. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visi…
 
Brianne Patrice breaks down for us how she sees sexuality, sensuality, and spirituality mastering their own lane but also overlapping--and when they do, this is the wholeness we speak of. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}…
 
In this episode, Cassandra Lane shares the journey of her book and the truths she’s discovered in the process, including how her intentional parenting has focused with the ancestral blueprint she’s unearthed. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust. Visit www.chloelouvouezo.com}…
 
In this episode, Aqueene Wilson shares her journey of migrating from the Caribbean to the Netherlands, the transition from Black to white spaces, how the lack of representation impacted her as an artist, and what freedom of the Black body means to her. Credits: Interlude poem from Where are the black bodies dancing? Title: An ode to black bodies in…
 
Yasmine Cheyenne talks about racism in some predominately white healing spaces, her previous work in the military, and how all of that has led her to create her own community focused on self-healing, plus how the practice is both distinctive and necessary, particularly for Black people. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Blac…
 
In this episode, Dr. Leslie Nwoke talks about the gap between understanding how to live more intentionally in theory vs in practice and how to close it, the gap in traditional medicine vs. holistic approaches to healing, and bringing restorative healing back to the continent of Africa. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black…
 
In this episode, Morgan Harper Nichols shares how for years she used art and writing to cope with her journey of unknowingly living with Autism for much of her life. Her new book, Har Far You Have Come, releases April 27, 2021. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust: https://www.har…
 
Salem Afangideh, a lawyer and sexual anthropologist, shares her experience navigating sexuality as a Nigerian-American and the intersection of spirituality and sexuality. {Pre-order a copy of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/life-i-swear-chloe-dulce-louvouez…
 
Imani Joye Sanders is founder of HURU, a restorative, sacred space in DC that offers a thoughtful experience curated to harvest clarity, discovery and affirmation through rest. In light of International Day of Happiness, I chat with Imani about the relationship between rest and joy, rest and freedom, rest and international peace-building, and how t…
 
Doriana Diaz, writer and creator of The Diaz Collection, shares a reading from her book, Mami Calls Me Gabriella, and talks about her trip to Puerto Rico to meet her birth mother for the first time helped her better understand herself, her family, and her identity. Eniafe Isis, writer and created of All Her Words, also shares why she was drawn to D…
 
In this episode Meryanne Loum-Martin, owner of the Marrakech luxury hotel Jnane Tamsna, shares her journey of taking a chance in a land and a dream unknown, what is required of her to assert her voice in a male dominated world, and her connectedness to America’s history of race through her ancestors stories of aspiration.…
 
In this episode Toni McCord and Sharday Dufresne share their incredible stories of growing up Black while being raised by their adopted white parents in predominantly white communities. Each of them share their unique experiences of what it was like to receive love at home but enter the world in confusion about their race and belonging. Their stori…
 
In this episode, Lindsey Farrar, founder of CRWN Mag, shares her journey to starting the Black women’s publication, how she covered her vision with faith, and what legacy means to her. We talk about ownership versus representation and how to stay on your game in creative entrepreneurship.
 
Lauren is a wellness visionary, yoga and meditation guide and founder of Black Girl in Om. She has incredible clarity in her purpose: to expand the consciousness of women of color. Since this pandemic, Lauren’s been called to return to her hometown of Minneapolis to explore her own own healing through ancestral connection. In this episode, we talk …
 
Shay Jiles is an influential mommy blogger and entrepreneur. Her lifestyle and kids fashion blog, The Prince and the P, documents the experiences of her beautiful family of very dope human beings. Through her journey, Shay has been transparent about her challenges coping with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety and how it has interfered…
 
Josefina Sanders is a writer and an art therapist. Josefina specializes in the beauty of self-care and art. Her life's work, she says, is to create fearlessly, cultivate community, and celebrate the journey of life. She has openly shared her journey through grief after the loss of a pregnancy, an experience that is hard to understand, whether it is…
 
Julee Wilson is the Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan Magazine. Julee has worked in media her entire career and has made a true dent in the industry. But as with so many of us, her success has come at a cost in terms of balancing her ambitions with motherhood, being present for her family, and prioritizing her own well-being. One way she fights throu…
 
Yrsa is of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She is a writer and poet, whose words drip off of your lips.In this episode we talk about what it means to let go of old narra…
 
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