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Black Girl’s Guide to

Surviving Menopause

Welcome to

the dark side of the moon

This is a curated intergenerational exchange, a space for exploration, mentorship, intimacy, and vulnerability around life, identity and change. It’s the excavation of the things that you needed to know about your personhood through the years, but were never told. It’s the guide we wish we had access to no matter our age.

The Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause has a special message for you!

The Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause has a special message for you!

Click here to read “Messages from the Menopausal Multiverse”

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This is an inclusive space.

This guide, podcast, and brand was birthed by me, a cisgender, Black, heterosexual woman born and raised in the American South.

While I am motivated by my own lived experiences, I want to explore the multiple truths of aging and menopause in an inclusive way. Menopause doesn’t just happen to heterosexual, cisgender women.

There will be people who identify as femmes, gender non-conforming, or non-binary who want to access and be part of the stories shared. 

Please know that you are welcome here and my goal is that you will also see your stories in the stories that are shared.

"Everybody wants to be a Black woman but they don't like, protect, believe, or take care of us."

Here's What I Know...

Menopause seems to be cloaked. It’s the conversation we all want to have. There is a lack of information around how non-binary, Black women, and femmes are experiencing aging. 

OUR SOCIETY VALUES YOUTH​

Patriarchy and misogyny seeks to erase the value of Black women. We live in a youth-crazed, youth-centric, youth-focused society which marginalizes older women.

Aging is dynamic

Black women are not always seen and valued. You may not know or want to do what your mama did. You want to be at peace with being human.

We want our power back

You’re tired of not liking yourself. You want to feel happy, healed, and whole. You want language and new tools to take care of yourself. 

We Gon' Heal Together

Healing is hard work. It’s not always fun or glamorous. Having kindred people who can navigate with you helps the journey.

This space is for non-binary, Black women, and femmes who want to live fully and in all ways.

We are creating spaces for non-binary, Black women, and femmes to have intentional, intergenerational conversations around life, intimacy, pleasure, and vulnerability.

We are creating a space of healing for non-binary, Black women , and femmes around bodies and their relationship to their bodies through the sharing of our stories

Meet Omisade

Omisade Burney-Scott (she / her) is a Black southern 7th generation native North Carolinian feminist, mother and healer with decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, philanthrophy, and social justice. She is a founding tribe member of SpiritHouse and previously served as a board member of The Beautiful Project, Village of Wisdom, and Working Films. 

Omisade is the creator of The Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause, a multimedia project seeking to curate and share the stories and realities of Black women and femmes over 50. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the proud mother of two sons, and resides in Durham.

The Squad

For over 25 years, Leigh Reed has been the ‘Consider it done!’ woman, aka the vendor whisperer. No has never been an acceptable answer to her. In her career she has worked with Coca-Cola, in advertising at BBDO & Grey Group, as well as being a full time real estate agent.

Leigh A. Reed

She / Her

Executive Administrative Assistant

Angel Iset Dozier is a creative strategist, conceptual teaching artist, and an urban visionary, having contributed to writing ed curriculum at the Ferguson Uprisings in 2014. This work led to establishing Be Connected Durham & Beyond, a community education initiative that addresses disparities, fosters equity, connects audiences, and bridges access gaps using the arts, culture, and music, as the vessel for socio-political change.

Angel Iset-Dozier

She / Her

Creative & Communications Strategist

For over 25 years, Leigh Reed has been the ‘Consider it done!’ woman, aka the vendor whisperer. No has never been an acceptable answer to her. In her career she has worked with Coca-Cola, in advertising at BBDO & Grey Group, as well as being a full time real estate agent. Her tenacity, skills, and strong work ethic have allowed her to provide advanced, diversified, and confidential support for C-suite executives and their teams.

She believes life is too short to be stressed out over a calendar invite. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Leigh is a proud mother of 2 young men and their families, cancer survivor, and an avid runner with 10 full marathons (26.2 miles) under her belt.

Leigh A. Reed

She / Her

Executive Administrative Assistant

Angel Iset Dozier is a creative strategist, conceptual teaching artist, and an urban visionary, having contributed to writing ed curriculum at the Ferguson Uprisings in 2014. This work led to establishing Be Connected Durham & Beyond, a community education initiative that addresses disparities, fosters equity, connects audiences, and bridges access gaps using the arts, culture, and music, as the vessel for socio-political change.

Angel Iset has 19-years experience integrating science, technology, and the arts across K-12 disciplines and learning intelligences, a skill that has served as the foundation for The Be Connected Method, a prescriptive concept design process for communications and curatorial services. Her love for dance, golden era hip hop, film, literature, and yoga has driven her career in education and STEAM curriculum development within public, private and Montessori school systems.

Angel Iset-Dozier

She / Her

Creative & Communications Strategist

Mariah M. (She/they) is a Black queer artist and political + cultural organizer based out of Greensboro, NC by way of Durham and Chapel Hill. As the audio engineer and a creative producer for the BGG, she has the pleasure of hearing the episodes before they drop and collaborating with the team for events and other BGG2SM brand goodies.

Mariah M.

She / They

Audio Engineer & Creative Producer

Tarryn Henry started her career supporting small business owners and early-stage tech startups in various capacities. She designs clean, quality, affordable websites for startups and small business owners. Her desire is to create a platform that showcases the best your business has to offer in a way that reflects the intention and vision behind your brand.

Tarryn Henry

She / Her

Web Design Mistress

Mariah M. (She/they) is a Black queer artist and political + cultural organizer based out of Greensboro, North Carolina by way of Durham and Chapel Hill. At 29 years old, she is the youngest member of the team but feels seen and right at home with the BGG crew.

As the audio engineer and a creative producer for the BGG, she has the pleasure of hearing the episodes before they drop and collaborating with the team for events and other BGG2SM brand goodies. Alongside her work on the podcast, Mariah M is a 2020 Queer Mobilization Fellow of the Southern Vision Alliance and a guest resident with Toshi Reagon as part of the Creative Futures’ Fellowship at Carolina Performing Arts.

Mariah M.

She / They

Audio Engineer & Creative Producer

Originally from Antigua, Tarryn Henry has spent the past two years traveling around the world studying startup ecosystems and how they are supporting diverse founders in their region. Tarryn started her career supporting small business owners and early-stage tech startups in various capacities.

In her spare time, she designs clean, quality, affordable websites for startups and small business owners. Her desire is to create a platform that showcases the best your business has to offer in a way that reflects the intention and vision behind your brand.

Tarryn Henry

She / Her

Web Design Mistress

What Y'all Have To Say

Listening to Omisade Burney-Scott latest Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause Podcast podcast and resonating deeply with the politics and depth of silence, especially in the South.
Alexis M.
What if we thought differently about aging? What if Black women had spaces to explore aging, intimacy, body, change, pleasure, love, and spirituality? And they genuinely were supported in these efforts (especially by white women, as one way for us to keep dismantling white supremacy)? If these are things you think about or want to think and learn more about, be sure to check out my dear friend Omisade Burney-Scott's amazing and utterly necessary work and podcast Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause Podcast!
Lynne W.
It feels like I've been sisters with Omisade Burney-Scott for many lifetimes. Who else would understand my shock about the lack of conversations about growing older and menopause, and then do something about it? Omi would.
Lana G.

Upcoming Events

Love, Rage, Spooks, and Specters: Adventures in Black Storytelling

June 16 | 7-10:30 pm EDT

Virtual | Airmeet

Just in time for Juneteenth and the Summer Solstice, we are hosting a virtual, intergenerational storytelling space for Black people co-hosted by Omisade Burney-Scott and Amber J. Phillips. 

Partner with Us!

We host and partner with those committed to facilitating healing justice community conversations for Black, indigenous, People of Color focused on body positivity, intimacy, pleasure and change.

We create events with and for non-binary, Black women, and femmes over 50 for open conversations about “the change”, shapeshifting, menopause, love, life, white supremacy, patriarchy, moon phases and the crone identities. 

Interested in partnering with us for your event?

 

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The Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause is a multimedia project seeking to curate and share the experiences, stories, and realities of non-binary, Black women, and femmes over 50 related to aging, intimacy, body, spirituality and change through the medium of audio storytelling.

We’ve hosted sold out events in Washington, DC and Durham, NC in addition to an international conference in Kenya!

With over 5K listens in 10+ countries, non-binary, Black women, and femmes are craving this information and this community. Your support allows us to curate, produce and edit new content for Black women over 50 that will be shared via a high quality podcast product as well as curate and co-host  intergenerational salon-style community engagements that engage intergenerational WOC, indigenous folx, Black women and femmes

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