Podcast Episode 017a: You Know YOU’RE Cray-Cray When . . . . (Special Guest: Eugenia Berg)

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Here in The Swirl World, we just love, love, LOVE blogger and vlogger Mrs. Eugenia Berg of the blog/vlog “Married Girl In A Weird World.” 

We love her wit, her charm, her wisdom and above all her PASSION for Black women.

When we interviewed her for Podcast Episode 003, we asked her to be on standby because we KNEW we wanted to have her on the show again.

Whelp, when we went through a stretch of emails from readers telling us some of the “cray-cray” things they were doing (that’s right – they were doing some cray-cray things, y’all) we contacted her to join with us in coming up with some dating actions and practices that identified people as sho ’nuff cray to the cray, cray, CRAY.

Eugenia was up for the task and made time to talk with us. We appreciate that – especially since she and her handsome hubby are now expecting TWINS! Woot Woot!)

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Here’s a BONUS (see how much we love you?):

Want some FREE coaching on Vetting? Eugenia’s blog is a premiere source. You can find just about everything you need to know on the subject by watching her vlogs on the subject and clicking here and here.

Doing podcasts with Eugenia is always a blast. We know she’s going to be busy with twins Axel and Lionel, but we promise to have her on as often as they time permits!

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to the show on Sound Cloud

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Podcast Episode 016: Teaching Hair Love To Young Girls – Happy Hair Author Mechal Renée Roe

 

SY8pRw91QkuVkgJQW_-OccKqkNyhky5J0bQs2IpqAmsIn this episode Adrienne and I interviewed the fun-filled Mechal Renée Roe, author of Happy Hair.

Raised in St. Louis by a single mother of three girls, Mechal has always been fascinated with art.

She often used the medium as a form of escape of an underserved community.

She has, fortunately, allowed these experiences to be a catalyst, rather than a hindrance, to all of her wildest dreams.

As an adult, Mechal used her experiences as a child from a mixed shade family to write and illustrate Happy Hair.

 

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Happy Hair is a call and response picture book that promotes positive self-esteem and hair love to girls of all ages. Happy Hair covers different shades and hair types all while being fun and fashionable!

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Her book is a celebration of the uniqueness of natural hair, and all of its styles.

This book is the foundation to building Happy Hair in young girls, thus enabling them to grow up into women who will fully embrace their unique beauty.

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In addition to discussing her book, Mechal (pronounced “McCall”) discusses cutting off her locs, her new ‘do, hair care products and Black women’s beauty and uniqueness – all the ingredients for an interesting, stimulating and thought provoking conversation!

You can also listen to the episode on Sound Cloud:

 

ERopwQdm39GusSB7C64StBRtdJp_weTlcYJCS6ys_5QPurchase copies of Happy Hair on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. For signed copies and special bulk pricing, email Mechal at HappyHairgirls@gmail.com. Follow Mechal on Twitter @HappyHairGirls and on Instagram. To “Like” the Happy Hair Facebook page, click here.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud and listen to the show on Stitcher Radio

Copyright © 2014  Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™,  All rights reserved. Photos and images used with permission. Post contains the author’s affiliate links.

 

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Podcast Episode 015: A White Man Who Loves Black Women – Singer, Songwriter & Composer Link Valiant

Link Valiant 1Singer. Songwriter. Composer.

(and a Magician, too!)

Link A. Valiant holds all these titles, yet there is another title of which he is most proud: Swirler.

That’s right – Link Valiant loves Black women, and in this podcast episode he discusses the why and the how.

The Chicago native tells us he came to this realization between the ages of 18-19 and shares the events in his life that led to his discovery.

At the end of the show, Link even sings a few bars from a ballad that he wrote – a Black woman is his muse, of course!

You can also listen to the show on Sound Cloud.

 

Link Valiant 2To visit Link;s website, click here. If you’re on Facebook, you can keep up with Link’s latest and schedule of appearances by clicking here. You can also follow Link on Twitter @LinkValiant.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud and listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

Copyright © 2014  Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™,  All rights reserved.

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Podcast Episode 014: Life After Divorce – Wilma Jones of “Living Happier After”

60195_354774127946947_1480382695_nDivorced – or in the process of getting a divorce? Do you have a friend or relative who is facing divorce?

Well, there is LIFE after divorce!

I had the wonderful opportunity to converse with Wilma Jones, Founder/Publisher of the Living Happier After blog and Founder/Leader of the Living Happier After Facebook Community.

Jones is a speaker and author of the book, Living Happier After: 20 Women Talk About Life After Divorce. Her goal is motivating and empowering women to live better, not bitter, after divorce.

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The conversation treads into some deep waters – covering the themes of affairs, deceit, betrayal, change, forgiveness, healing, self care, moving forward and truly living happily after.

I’ve never been divorced, yet I have suffered the effects of a broken relationship. Wilma’s tips, pointers and insight is just as applicable to “break up” situations. Listen, learn and be inspired!

You can listen to the show on Sound Cloud:

To check out Wilma’s Facebook community, click here. Subscribe to her blog and visit her website by clicking here. You can find Wilma on Twitter at @LivingHappierAf.

In addition to her wonderful book, her FREE ebook - A Short Discourse To A Kick-ass Life is a great read!

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Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud or listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

Copyright © 2014  Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™,  All rights reserved. Post contains affiliate links. 

 

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Podcast Episode 013b: Dating, Mating & Relating 101 – Part 2

coupleWhelp, we promised you Part 2 of Dating, Mating & Relating 101 was forthcoming.

The Swirl World Team Members Patrick BrowneMichelle Matthews CallowayMark Custard and Adrienne London Leach held a big conversation concerning their opinions about dating and such.

Adrienne, Mark, Michelle and Patrick each express very strong opinions – which person resonates with you the most?


You can listen to the show on Sound Cloud: 

Or on Stitcher Radio.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud or listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

Copyright © 2014  Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™,  All rights reserved. 

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Podcast Episode 013a: Dating, Mating & Relating 101 – Part 1

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What happens when The Swirl World Team Members Patrick BrowneMichelle Matthews CallowayMark Custard and Adrienne London Leach have the audacity to engage in a freewheeling conversation concerning the differences in men and women’s views on Dating, Mating and Relating?

Hilarity, that’s what!

Despite all the laughter, we manage to share some thought-provoking insights on relationships.

Y’all, the conversation was so good, it had to be broken up into two parts!

This is Part 1.

If you’re receiving this in an email and you can’t see the iTunes player, you can listen to the show on Sound Cloud:

Or on Stitcher Radio.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud or listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

Copyright © 2014  Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™,  All rights reserved. Photos used with permission. 

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Podcast Episode 012: Kaye Flewellen – “The Hair Maven”

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Kaye Flewellen – “The Hair Maven”

Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, curly, straight, wavy or a combination of all three, if you’re like most women, you care about the state of your hair.

Have you ever wondered if “hair” vitamins were worth buying – or wondered to what extent genetics determines how fast your hair grows or how thick it can become?

Well, Adrienne and me chatted it up with Kaye Flewellen of Dallas, TX, and tapped into her 20+ years of hair styling expertise to learn the answers to these and other questions.

Kaye holds a degree in Communications/Public Relations from Baylor University. She is a Salon Owner, Celebrity Stylist, Image Consultant, Community Activist and Adjunct Professor at Navarro College of Cosmetology.

She has served as an educator for McBride Research Labs/Design Essentials, an industry leader in hair care and Farouk Systems/CHI Hair Salon.

The Hair Maven has created styles for Grammy award-winning gospel artist CeCe Winans, Angie, Debbie, and “Mom” Winans, Solange Knowles, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and a host of civic and business leaders. The Hair Maven has made several trips to the White House – she is continually on the move!

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Kaye Flewellen and First Lady Michelle Obama

Not only that, Kaye recently added Author to her list of accomplishments!

Her book, A Mane Attraction, is “a go-to guide for everything you need to nurture a healthy and attractive mane.”

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Whether you wear your hair natural, permed, weaved or braided, Kaye drops knowledge concerning how to enjoy a healthy mane. Listen and learn!

P.S. At the end of the broadcast, Kaye discusses Swirling. Fun, fun, fun!

If you’re receiving this in an email and you can’t see the iTunes player, you can listen to the show on Sound Cloud:

You can also listen on Stitcher Radio.

SONY DSCTo visit Kaye’s website, click here. Follow Kaye on Twitter @JustAskKaye. To follow her on Instagram (and see some amazing hairstyles!), click here. If you’re on Facebook, you can receive daily doses of interesting information on all things hair, beauty, fashion and empowerment by going to her page, Just Ask Kaye.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud and listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

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Podcast Episode 004: It’s Never Too Late For Love! Mary Ellen and Dakota Danuser

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See this gorgeous couple right here?

No, they’re not 20-something, 30-something or even 40-something, but thanks to the fact that love has no age limit, they are living life to the fullest and enjoying a vibrant relationship with each other.

We first heard from Mr. Dakota and Mrs. Mary Ellen Danuser back in March of this year. Mary Ellen contacted us on our Facebook page and had this to say:

“I would like to add a picture on this page of my husband and I. We will have been married 13 years this coming April 13th and together for 18 years. He is my rock and definitely treats me with respect and dignity. We met at a Financial Company called Primerica. We are very committed to each other and are pretty much inseparable. I wanted to submit our picture and story because I seldom see older Swirlers portrayed on your page. I am in the process of writing a book about Interracial Relationships of all races.”

You know what? Mary Ellen was right: Much ado is made of younger Swirl couples. She wasn’t “hating,” she was pointing out a simple truth.

Thankfully, even though the majority of the photos we posted were of much younger couples, the fact remains that men and women of ALL ages are Swirling!

Mary Ellen wants Black Women to know that regardless of their age or place in life (she was divorced with grown children) meeting a quality man is very possible. Dakota, a retired Marine, shares his perspective on life as a White man married to a Black woman.

Mary Ellen and her husband Dakota are living proof.

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Age really is just a number.

Listen to the Danuser’s story and gain inspiration. (Find out who made the first move – you’ll be surprised!)

We can’t wait until Mary Ellen’s book is published!

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud and listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

Copyright © 2014 Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™, All rights reserved. Photos used with permission.

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Podcast Episode 011: Entrepreneur & CEO Shun Jackson-Shell

Shun Jackson-ShellRecently on the podcast I had the pleasure to chat with Shun Jackson-Shell, CEO of ShunJack, a virtual assistance and small business consulting practice. Through ShunJack, she provides a range of services that include administrative business support, website development, social media management, and graphics and designs.

Shun has sterling credentials. She graduated twice from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Masters of Arts in Management.

Currently, Shun is just 5 classes away from completing her MBA at Texas A&M-Commerce. Woot! Woot!

Through her education at Dallas Baptist University and Texas A&M-Commerce, Shun has learned the true meaning of what it takes to serve others. In the future, she plans to use a portion of her company profits to support causes that cater to the families of U.S. veterans and single mothers.

If you’re a Black woman entrepreneur, you’ll find this show particularly interesting. Shun is very transparent about her journey, and speaks candidly about the mental processes she undertook to position herself for success.

Near the end of the podcast, Shun shares an interesting perspective on Black women Swirling, and talks about her experiences with Swirling in The Big D – Dallas, TX.

 

To visit Shun’s business page on Facebook click here.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud and listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

Copyright © 2014  Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™,  All rights reserved. Photos used with permission.

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Podcast Episode 010: Turn Your Radio On – This Radio Executive Loves Black Women!

Jeff Lyons 2I tell you, we are on a serious roll over here in The Swirl World!

The emails and in-boxes on Facebook are coming in hot and heavy, and we’re beyond excited by the bevy of men who want to make know their preference of dating and marrying Black women.

We caught up with Jeff Lyons, a busy radio executive living in Oxnard, CA.

Jeff traces his romantic preferences for Black women back to his high school days, and he was happy to tell Adrienne and me all about it.

We were especially excited to speak with Jeff because he also recently became a member of The Swirl World Team. In addition to joining us on future podcasts, Jeff will also be writing an advice column called “Just Ask Jeff.” 

Got a question about interracial dating, mating and relating? Just Ask Jeff! Send your questions to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com.

Learn more about Jeff on the podcast:

10298807_10203291725750499_7454142882499378729_nJeff is one friendly guy. You can find him on Facebook here.

Want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should? Send an email to Podcast@TheSwirlWorld.com. Be sure to “Like” The Swirl World on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can also follow us on Sound Cloud and listen to the show on Stitcher Radio!

Copyright © 2014  Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, The Swirl World™, The Swirl World Podcast™,  All rights reserved. Photos used with permission.

 

 

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