Episode 6: Undressed

I’m too fat.

I’m too skinny.

I wish my boobs were bigger.

I wish my hips were smaller.

We spend so much time lamenting over the size of our thighs and for women of color, often we lament in the dark and alone. Issues with body image, eating disorders, and disordered eating are often seen as “white girl issues,” but many women of color grapple with these same internal conflicts. Yet, no one ever talks about it until now.  Haze and I have very different experiences of living in our bodies, but we both know what it is like to look in the mirror and feel let down. We also know what  it looks like to be inching toward victory and have that glimmer of internal light that comes from healthy eating and exercise. In short, we both know what it is like to have some level of happiness and self-worth hinged upon body weight.

In this episode of the podcast, we’re getting undressed and talking about body image, weight, healthy eating and the historical exploitation of black women’s bodies in the media. We are breaking the silence. It’s time to get naked and hopefully get healed.

Episode 5: Unable to can

We’ve been away for over two weeks and so much has gone down in the world. From Muslim bans to the GRAMMYs we are saying all of the words left unsaid about current events. We’re talking about the “Cash Me Outside” Girl, Hurt Bae, the Remy Ma/Nicki Minaj “ShETHER” dis track, and everything that has gone down in the meantime and in between time. We also have a new #QTNA (questions that need answers) segment where we dissect national and world politics. Give us a listen and tweet us your thoughts @unbasicpodcast.

Episode 4: #Oscars

The Academy Awards are Kelundra’s favorite television event and Ashlee Haze indulged her by doing an Oscars live cast. I (Kelundra) used to have a tradition of waiting for the Oscars to come around and then spend the year leading up to the following year’s awards watching the movies that won the previous year. Nowadays I just watch the movies that I have an inkling will be nominated, and this year I managed to see La La Land, 13th, Hidden FiguresFences, and Moonlight. And, Haze watched all of the animated and short films. We watched the entire a show, from Justin Timberlake’s opening to Halle Berry’s wig to Gary from Chicago to the La La Land/Moonlight mix-up, and we’re breaking it down.

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#ThisBody, The New York Times and more shameless plugs

Ashlee Haze #unleashed

If you go to your local Lane Bryant, you might see a familiar face on the displays and advertisements. Ashlee Haze is one of the faces for Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign, and she’s in great company with singer Lizzo and the dancers of Pretty Big Movement. Be unbasic and press play.

And if Haze wasn’t being amazing enough, she recently did an interview  with Nylon magazine about empowering women of color through spoken word. Read it here.

Kelundra #unleashed

Kelundra recently did an interview with American Theatre magazine about the role of race in theatre criticism. The article was written in response to the recent New York Times Big River controversy. New York Times critic Laura Collins-Hughes reviewed the Encores! production of the musical Big River, which is loosely based on Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. In the original review, Collins-Hughes brings up the issue of race, which struck a nerve with the show’s producer Jack Viertal, so much so that he wrote a letter to the Times’ editor. Get caught up the in the drama (all puns intended).


#HurtBae, we need to talk

So, last night Haze sent me a message on Facebook, and here’s how it went:

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For those who do not know, #HurtBae is a series in The Scene’s “Love” section where exes have the opportunity to confront each other about the implosion of their relationship.  Watch the video here. This type of closure is rare when these ephemeral millennial relationships end and after watching the video, you’ll see that the emotional investment in their dynamic was completely one sided. Please believe that we will be dissecting this on a future episode of Unbasic. When he said “I did everything” and when she said “Today, I couldn’t see my life without you,” I knew they both needed to listen to the Uncuffed episode. Get yourself some boundaries, people!

What is most astounding is when she said she forgives him and he didn’t understand why he would be extended any mercy, even though that is fundamentally what love is about– the extension of grace, mercy, and charity from one person to another. However, one has to wonder whether she forgave him, or blamed herself, because that is not the same thing. Tell us what you think about #HurtBae in the comments section or on Twitter @UnbasicPodcast

Episode 3: Unleashed

This week, we’re continuing the New Year’s resolution series and talking all about finding your purpose, making the most of where you are now, and setting measurable, attainable career goals. We know that most millennials have a 9 to 5 and a 5 to 9, and we want to encourage you to see your 9 to 5 as an investment in your 5 to 9. It’s time to stop ignoring your something bigger and be you UNLEASHED!

Episode 2: Uncuffed

Most people’s New Year resolutions center on one of three things: weight, relationships, and career satisfaction. We don’t believe in resolutions, but we do believe in doing better, so we’re doing a series of podcasts on these three subjects.

To kick it off, we have an episode we’re calling “Uncuffed” because we’re both single and need for you to hear about it. In this episode, we’re talking about love languages, sex, boundaries, expectations, and making the time to love and be loved. We’re both looking for our “plus one”– where they at though? Help us out y’all and stay tuned for next week’s episode, “Unleashed,” all about working that 9 to 5 to your benefit.

Episode 1 – Introduction & The Inauguration

The first episode of Unbasic is now live for your listening pleasure! We want to say the words left unsaid in this podcast, and go beyond skimming the headlines to dig into current events, art, celebrity news, wellness, everything that is trending, and everything that isn’t.

In this first episode, we’re getting it out of the way and going political. Listen to us unpack the inauguration and recent executive orders, as well as our take on issues such as immigration, gun control, women’s healthcare, and more.

*Kelundra misspoke in this episode and accidentally said that Clarence Thomas swore in Donald Trump, but he actually swore in Mike Pence. Recognizing one’s error and correcting it is unbasic.