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What’s Happening on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio in September




Faith Hunter

Join Sisterhood, the Blog Radio in celebrating National Yoga Month with a yoga yummy conversation on September 8th at 9:30 p.m. with Faith Hunter, co-owner of Shakti MindBody Studio ( in Washington, D.C.  Faith is also a Thai massage therapist, ayurvedic practitioner, writer, yoga podcaster, and Director of the Shakti Yoga Teacher Training Program.  Host Ananda Leeke will talk to Faith about the power of yoga in her life and work.  Click here to listen to the show:

To learn more about Faith, visit  Be sure to check out Faith’s YogaVibe videos:

If you are in D.C., drop by Faith’s studio (one block from Mount Vernon/Convention Center Metro) and take a class:

Check out Faith’s podcasts featuring free online yoga classes recorded at Shakti MindBody Studio:


Sisterhood, the Blog Radio continues the Lessons Learned from BlogHer 2009 Series on September 9 and 10. Click here to listen to the shows: See schedule below. 


Veronica Arreola


August 27, 2009 Posted by | Blogher 2009, yoga | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrating the life of Alice Coltrane


Today marks the birthday of Alice Coltrane a/k/a Swamini Turiya Sangitananda,  an amazing woman, spiritual teacher, leader/founder of an ashram, composer, harpist, organist, mother,  and wife to jazz musician John Coltrane.  Click on the following link to see a YouTube video of a 1978 interview of Alice in concert in Bombay, India: Visit

alice coltrane


August 27, 2009 Posted by | Music, Spirituality | | Leave a comment

Remembering American Women’s Right to Vote



Yesterday marked the 89th anniversary of American women’s right to vote.  In 1971, Congress declared August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.  The proclamation read,

“WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26th, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as “Women’s Equality Day,” and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.”


What do you think needs to happen to make women’s rights more of reality in America?

What do you need to do to make it happen?


August 27, 2009 Posted by | Women's Rights | , | Leave a comment

This week on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio – More BlogHer Conversations & Spirituality Discussion


On August 24, the Bronx Bohemian ( talked to Sisterhood, the Blog Radio host Ananda Leeke ( about blogging, the BlogHer 2009 Conference (, and sisterhood.  Click here to listen to the interview:

Sisterhood, the Blog Radio will continue the BlogHer conversation on the following days:

Click here to listen to the live shows: Don’t panic if you miss the show.  You can download it several minutes after it airs. 


Be sure to tune into Sisterhood, the Blog Radio on August 26 at 8pm EST for a discussion on “Spirituality: Blooming Right Where You Are.”  The guest is Kelli Jarreaux, an ordained Interfaith Minister, attorney, arbitrator, mediator, global peace facilitator, life coach, and co-author of Hopwood, Bakke, and Beyond: Diversity on our Nations Campuses and Sacred Secrets: Finding Your Way to Joy, Peace and Prosperity.

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Blogher 2009, Sisterhood, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NYCity Mama Carol Cain talks about BlogHer09 on 8/22 @ 5pm on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio



Carol Cain, founder of NYCity Mama Blog (


Tune into Sisterhood, the Blog Radio on August 22 at 5:00 p.m. EST for a juicy conversation with NYCity Mama Carol Cain, a Latina and native New Yorker (  Host Ananda Leeke ( will talk to Carol about the reasons she established her NYCity Mama blog,  lessons she learned from blogging, and favorite moments at the BlogHer 2009 Conference.    Carol is an amazing woman who previously worked as a publishing and public relations professional.  She considers herself a nomadic spirit with a passion for cultures, languages, and customs.  Click here to listen to the show:  If you miss the live show, don’t panic.  You can download a recording from the web site ( and listen to it at your convenience.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | blogging, Blogher 2009, Mommy Bloggers, Mommy Blogosphere, Sisterhood the Blog radio, women of color bloggers | , , , | Leave a comment

Listen to NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin – Commercial Interests Tainting The Mommy Blogosphere?


Michel Martin, host of NPR’s Tell Me More



NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin featured a great discussion with mommy bloggers about commercial interests tainting the mommy blogosphere.  Click here to listen to the show’s segment (17 minutes, 49 seconds):

The mommy bloggers included:

  • Kelly Wickham, an assistant high school principal in Springfield, Ill. whose blog is (Kelly spoke on the Women of Color and Marketing panel at the BlogHer Conference – – held in July);
  • Jamila Bey, a reporter for NPR member station WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C. and a blogger for the online edition of the Washington Examiner;
  • Christine Koh, founder and editor of the blog; and
  • Catherine Sabonis-Bradley, who blogs about her parenting experience at

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Mommy Bloggers, Mommy Blogosphere | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SacredSpace 2010: Women of Color Media Conference – March 29, 2010 @ Regis College in MA

SacredSpace 2010 Conference  –

The mission of the conference is for women of color, writers, activists, journalists, and anyone concerned about the lack of diversity in mainstream media to strategize through workshops and caucuses ways and means for those who have traditionally been shut out of mainstream media on how to build sustainable creative spaces outside of the mainstream. The conference will also examine ideas of exclusivity and perhaps the benefits and or problems that come from this idea.

SacredSpace 2010 Conference hosted and facilitated by Write Out Loud: Transforming Our Lives through Writing Our Truths. SacredSpace 2010 is a conference for artists, writers, journalists, radio producers, freelancers – everyone!

 Sacred Spaces or Separatism? Women of Color addressing Media Justice and building sustainable creative spaces outside of the mainstream.

This conference would address the concepts of Women of Color using current media
tools to build websites, blogs, podcasts, etc to address issues that
are essentially “blacked” out of mainstream/corporate media.

The conference would delve deeper into the idea of sacred space and the
benefits/problems with exclusiveness. Is it separatism if WOC build
spaces that offer full visibility?

Does sacred space allow room for the “Hidden Transcript” to grow?

What is the Hidden Transcript?

Finally, is the idea or reality of sacred space merely a modern day
underground railroad for mainstream visibility for the issues of media
justice, literacy and consumption as these topics relate to women of


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March 29 @ Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts


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August 18, 2009 Posted by | blogging, Media Justice, Web 2.0, women of color, women of color bloggers | , , , | 2 Comments

Women’s Definition of Power in O Magazine: What’s your definition of power?


The September issue of O Magazine is AMAZING!  It features a diverse group of women sharing their defintiions of power.  Oprah writes about spiritual power in her What I Know For Sure column:

“For me, there is no real power without spiritual power. A power that comes from the core of who you are and reflects all that you were meant to be. A power that’s connected to the source of things. When you see this kind of power shining through someone in all its truth and certainty, it’s irresistible, inspiring, elevating. I can feel it in myself sometimes, mostly when I’m sharing an insight that I know will have an impact on someone’s life and I can see that they “get it.” I get real joy from helping other people experience aha moments. That is where my power lies.” 

Buddhist Nun Pema Chodron talks about the power of the pause:  “Pausing is very helpful in this process. It creates a momentary contrast between being completely self-absorbed and being awake and present. You just stop for a few seconds, breathe deeply, and move on.”

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,  explores power as an equation that is rooted in persistence, preparation, compassion, courage, and connection: “Follow your passion with persistence, magnified by intense preparation. Use compassion and courage to weave a strong web of connections. Use focused excellence to drive achievements and gain wisdom. It is through the combination of all these things that your power will reveal itself.  The magnitude and reach of your power is up to you. You must be prepared; you must commit the time, energy, and effort required to achieve. Be persistent. The passion you exhibit for your ideas and ideals and the compassion you show for others will further enhance your power. Connectivity is key; it is what creates and strengthens your web of opportunity. The more connected you are, and the stronger your connections, the more effective you will be in obtaining and using power to achieve your goals.” 

Kara Walker, an artist whose work is featured in Ananda Leeke’s debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One  (, reflects on the power of image: “The work began by thinking about my own body as it encountered the mythologies of the world: I was fed up with the expectations of what a black girl ought to be, but instead of rejecting them outright, I thought I would embrace every concept out there, sort of flouting the notions and taunting those who held them at the same time. I’ve met people who feel they are in complete cahoots with the work, and with my bizarre imagination; people who don’t know what I’m trying to do, who don’t see any irony in the work; and people who take it as a personal affront. There’s something beautiful about that discomfort, and about the potential for images to contain such raw emotion. These pictures—they’re the way history sees us; they’re derogatory images of blackness with deep psychic pain attached, and I use and mess around with all of it. But I’m not looking for conclusions, or meaning. I’m not interested in that. It’s about unleashing the unmentionable, the antisocial, the sociopathic—and then walking away. To let these images work their magic, their horror, their power—that’s tremendous.”

Author Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of The Omega Institute, shares that she finds true power when she trusts her soul’s voice: “I feel peaceful yet strong, gentle yet courageous.”


What is your definition of power?

 What makes you feel powerful?


August 18, 2009 Posted by | Self-Discovery, Self-Expression, Women's Definition of Power | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Interview with Kamy Wicoff, founder of on August 17th episode of Sisterhood, the Blog Radio

shewriteskamyKamy Wicoff, author and founder of (


Tune into Sisterhood, the Blog Radio on August 17 at 8:00 p.m. for an interview with Kamy Wicoff, founder of (, a social networking site for women readers and writers. Host Ananda Leeke ( will talk to Kamy about the reasons she launched and lessons she learned from the BlogHer 2009 Conference (  Click here to listen to the show:  If you miss the live show, don’t panic.  You can download a recording and listen to it when you have time.  That’s why you gotta love Internet radio! 

If you want to know more about, click on the links below.

-SHE WRITES, the Site for Women Writers by Linda Lowen, Guide to Women’s Issues – A salon of one’s own by Frieda Klotz, Broadsheet on –

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Blogher 2009, Sisterhood the Blog radio, women writers | , , , , , | Leave a comment

BlogHer09 Women of Color & Marketing Videos and Sisterhood, the Blog Radio Discussion on August 19@8:30pm EST





Denene Millner


The August 12th episode of Sisterhood, the Blog Radio featuring a one-on-one interview with Denene Millner, founder of MyBrownBaby blog (, explored many of the issues raised during the Women of Color and Marketing Session held at the BlogHer 2009 Conference ( on July 24 and 25 in Chicago, Illinois.  See the videos above that were filmed by author/artist/social media strategist Ananda Leeke ( for Ananda Leeke TV (

Towards the end of the conversation, Faith, founder of Acts of Faith in Love and Life blog (, discussed the need for a follow up discussion which will be held during the August 19th episode of  Sisterhood, the Blog Radio from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m. EST. The show will serve as an open discussion for and about women of color and marketing.  Click here to listen to the show: If you miss the live show, don’t panic.  You can download a recording from the web site several minutes after the show. The recording is also available in the archives section of the web site.


If you are interested in more discussions about women of color and marketing, consider attending Blogalicious, the first annual conference for women of color bloggers on October 9-11 in Atlanta.  Blogalicious is hosting a session on women of color and marketing.  Click here for more information:

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Ananda Leeke, ananda leeke tv, Blogalicious, blogging, Blogher 2009, Sisterhood the Blog radio, Women of color and marketing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment