The Oprah Rose Show Podcast Is Reppin' For Women's Duality

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Podcasting has resurged in recent years, and from self-proclaimed nerds to therapists who offer support, there is a voice for every person in the Black community to follow.

But for the Black millennial woman (or man) looking for a podcast that balances their sexually and spiritually liberated sides, there is only one podcast: The Oprah Rose Show. Hosts TT and GG- the self-proclaimed "cheerleaders, sisters, mentors" of the podcast- have a motivational approach to discussing life as a Black millennial in 2018, and it is paying off. Because sometimes all you want during your commute after a long day of work is a good keke.

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Why You Should Listen

"When we initially began," TT explains. "We started brainstorming ideas and one day (after watching Oprah's Super Soul Sunday) it came to us. The duality of the two seemingly different women is us - combined. Oprah Winfrey is the personification of positivity, growth, and empowerment, while Amber Rose represents a sexually free feminist who is bold, determined, and confident."

TT and GG, similar to many other women, walk a duality between the two seemingly different Winfrey and Rose but can float transparently in and out of both spectrums. And really, isn't that a part of what makes all Black girls "magic"? Being unapologetically crazy, vulnerable, relatable, ambitious, authentic, and self-aware?

TT and GG Have Cred

Over 70 episodes in and The Oprah Rose Show has discussed with its guests everything Black and beyond, from dating and sex to fears, goals and personal development. TT and GG pride themselves on having no "off limit" topics. Past guests have included Nas producer Saalam Remi, Rap Radar co-host B.Dot, and Love & Hip Hop TV personality Tahiry Jose. The Oprah Rose Show was also recently featured on Vibe.com for its first live podcast taping in Brooklyn with Rob Hill Sr., author and public speaker. (RSVPs for the live taping were so high the duo had to switch venues days before the event.)

Their H** (Rhymes With Snow) Tales Are Hilarious

Not all of their discussions are safe for work, but they'll quickly become a guilty pleasure. Because even if you've never been in the exact situation that TT, GG or their guests describe, you'll love hearing how successful Black professionals are navigating themselves through storms and come out on top.

"The best feedback is from young women saying that our advice or stories helped them. One listener said we felt like her big sisters and she related to our experiences (we share the good, bad, and ugly). Our goal is always to be transparent with listeners. We're all going through the same things and we want people to know they're never alone," TT adds.

New episodes of The Oprah Rose Show appear every Wednesday on SoundCloud and iTunes. The show will be available on Tidal Spring 2018. You can also find The Oprah Rose Show online by visiting Instagram and Twitter.

When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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