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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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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…
 
Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open to protect her mental health. Grand Slam organizers fined her and threatened to disqualify the professional tennis player if she continued to refuse post-match interviews. Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share their thoughts about Osaka’s decision. They discuss athletes’ requirements to attend press c…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs. They share their thoughts about the 2021 NBA Play-in Tournament, and fans behaving badly at the NBA Playoff games. They give their NBA Playoff predictions for round one and the championship. They also mention NBA Playoff Leaders thus far. #KeepItSporty…
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Orange Creamsicle by Southern Virginia Tea Company, a loose-leaf tea business based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In Tea Talk, she discusses where to purchase Camellia sinensis (tea) plants. In Tea News, she mentions the launch of Coca-Cola Japan’s “1,2 Cube” freeze-dried green tea cubes. Mentioned in this epi…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the Women's National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) 25th season. They share their thoughts about the current WNBA standings and mention teams and players to watch. They give their picks for upcoming games. They also encourage everyone to get a WNBA League Pass. #KeepItSporty Mentioned in this episode: …
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with Franchón Crews-Dezurn, the WBC and WBO super middleweight world champion. They discuss her boxing career and the first time she got hurt. They talk about Crews-Dezurn’s upcoming fight against Elin Cederoos of Sweden scheduled for June 19, Triller Fight Club, in Miami, Florida. The Ameri…
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Fruity Paradise by Tiesta Tea. In Tea Talk, she explains what Bubble Tea is. The Taiwanese tea drink is also known as Boba, pearl milk tea, bubble milk tea. In Tea News, she shares an update on the tapioca pearl shortage in the United States. Mentioned in this episode: Tiesta Tea – www.tiestatea.com Fantasia …
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears pay homage to Kentucky Derby Black jockeys. They highlight Black jockeys who participated in the Kentucky Derby between 1875 to 1902. In the first Kentucky Derby, 13 of the 15 riders were Black; and Black jockeys won 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derby horse races. #KeepItSporty Sources: Crump, S. (2021, May 5). …
 
Host Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss 2021 NFL Draft picks by teams. They share their thoughts about no HBCU players being selected in this year’s draft. They give some NFL Draft facts. They shout-out the 259th draft pick, “2021 Mr. Irrelevant,” selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. #KeepItSporty Sources: Lewis, S. (2021, May 1). “LSU Nose T…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the NFL Draft order, NFL Draft prospects, and mock draft picks. They share their thoughts about Louisiana State University (LSU) Pro Day. They also predict how many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) players will be selected in this year’s draft. #KeepItSporty Sources: Arvoy, J. (2021, …
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason. In Tea Talk, she discusses the history of National Tea Day in United Kingdom (UK), celebrated annually on April 21. In Tea News, she shares information about HumaniTea, UK’s first ready-to-drink vegan lattes. She also shares a fun fact about teatime. Mentioned in this episo…
 
Host Rekaya Gibson has a conversation with Marisa Moseley, head coach for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team, about equity in women’s college basketball. She discusses why gender equality is important in sports; what needs to be done to promote gender equity in sports; and her role to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion at her …
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Southern Breeze Sweet Tea Half & Half Cold Brew Sweet Iced Tea. In Tea Talk, she discusses how to make southern sweet tea using Lipton Tea bags. In Tea News, she shares information about Afternoon Tea at the Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club, Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. Mentioned in this epi…
 
In honor of National Student-Athlete Day, hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears highlight student athletes on April 6. They include Donta’ Williams, University of Arizona; Azzi Fudd, St. John’s College High School; Trevor Lawrence, Clemson University; Jazzleen McRae, Choppin State University; and Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State. They also pay homage …
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss some of their favorite NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games of all times. #MarchMadness #KeepItSporty Sources: March Madness. (2020, March 23). Indiana vs. Syracuse: 1987 National Championship | Full Game. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wrh_hTDNtM Norlander, M. (2020, April 6). M…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears discuss the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. They mention upsets in college basketball during March Madness. They highlight Oral Roberts Golden Eagles men's basketball, this year’s bracket buster and Cinderella team. They share their predictions for the Sweet 16 matchups. They also project the winne…
 
Host Rekaya Gibson discusses the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament matchups for March Madness. She shares her predictions for the first round, Final Four, and the championship games. She highlights two teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who made the tournament: North Carolina A&T and Jackson State University…
 
In honor of National Women’s History Month, host Rekaya Gibson shares 11 facts about Renee Powell who became the second African American woman to compete on the LPGA Tour. She participated in over 250 professional golf events and won the 1973 Kelly Springfield Open in Brisbane, Australia. Powell was born on May 4, 1946, in Canton, Ohio. She is the …
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Purple Chocolate by JusTea based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In Tea Talk, she discusses “What is Purple Tea?” with Paul Bain at JusTea. He shares the history of purple tea; the health benefits of purple tea; how to brew purple tea; how to store purple tea; and much more. In Tea News, she mentions …
 
In honor of Women’s History Month, host Rekaya Gibson highlights Luci Collins (Cummings), an American gymnast from Inglewood, California. In 1980, She became the first Black gymnast to qualify for the United States women’s Olympic team. That same year, the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Collins, an African American of Creole heritage, did not …
 
In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Chocolate Pear Cobbler Green Tea by Umami Gourmet Coffee and Exotic Tea based in Chicago, Illinois. In Tea Talk, she discusses African American Tea Rooms in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History. They include Mayme Lee Clinkscale’s Ideal Tea-Room and Ruth’s Tearoom. In Tea News, she mentions the di…
 
Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with Jazmyn Jackson, an outfielder for Athletes Unlimited and the California Commotion. She discusses her journey as a Black woman in softball. She explains the difference between fast pitch and slow pitch softball. She also talks about the docuseries “Hitting Home: Diversity in Softball, Ex…
 
Happy Mardi Gras! In Teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Release Recharge Tea by FREEaliTEA based in New Orleans. In Tea Talk, she discusses the African American Tea Ceremony, a fictional celebration, created by Karyn-Siobhan Robinson in honor of Black History Month. In Tea News, she mentions TeaTime Magazine’s 100th issue. Mentioned in this episo…
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the NFL Super Bowl LV Championship on February 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears recap the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. They share their thoughts about the game and give some facts about Super Bowl 55. They also react to the…
 
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