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The World Wants To Humble Black Women And Anika Noni Rose Wants To Hear Them
Anika Noni Rose is meeting Black women with the grace they’ve shown her as the season three host of the Being Seen podcast.
During the introduction the Tony award-winning actress, singer, producer and author declared “Black women need each other.” She told ESSENCE how the Black women in her life show up for her. “Sometimes it’s really visible. Sometimes it’s really small. Sometimes it’s being able to call your girlfriend and ugly cry in ways that you can’t necessarily, or aren’t allowed to, sometimes it’s being overwhelmed by life’s needs and moments,” she said. “I have friends who are so gracious, they’re so gracious with me.”
The award-winning podcast seeks an “in-depth exploration of culture’s role in resolving the tension between how we are seen and how we see ourselves.” The third season is devoted exclusively to seeing these kind of Black women.
Rose dove into its mission with sensitivity, honoring the “trust and open honesty with which the women that I spoke to came to the space.”
She joins a growing number of creatives developing audio content including Jemele Hill, Lena Waithe and Taraji P. Henson. Each episode features unique piece artwork curated by art historian, art advisor, curator and writer Cierra Britton. Britton is the founder of the first standalone New York City gallery dedicated exclusively to centering the work of artists who are women of color. The artists chosen for the podcast covers include Quiana Parks, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, and Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross.