Jill Strickland, Grace Nxx, and Matt Beukelman – “Ride or Die!”

Grace Nxx, Brian Balestri, Jill Strickland, and Matt Beukelman

Grace Nxx, Brian Balestri, Jill Strickland, and Matt Beukelman

“I refuse to wear my own hair.” – Jill Strickland

In this episode my friend, Matt Beukelman, and I talk with our good friends Jill Strickland and Grace Nxx about what it’s like to be black women in America.  As you see in the Show Notes below, we cover all sorts of interesting topics including:

  • The extraordinary lengths that black women go to for their hair
  • What it’s like to work in predominantly white and predominately male company
  • Why you should never ask a person “where they learned their English.”
  • How few available/eligible men there are for black women
  • Plus we talk about how I became the “3rd blackest white guy in IT”.

And if you only have 5 minutes – jump to minute mark 32:10 in the YouTube video or 33:30 on the podcast to hear Jill’s story about the time she caused “all hell to break out” in her high school cafeteria.

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 Show Notes

  • 02:00 Setting the stage, everyone tells where they were born and raised
  • 04:00 Brian fails miserably to be politically correct even though he’s trying his best
  • 06:00 Jill and Grace explain their preferences between being referred to as “Blacks”, “Africans, African-American” or “Brown”
  • 09:36 The group discuss the documentary film, Good Hair, and black women’s hair
  • 10:25 Jill explains why “you’ve never seen Beyoncé’s hair real hair
  • 16:30 Brian tells the story about “Ride or die”
  • 18:00 Brian is “the 3rd blackest guy in IT”
  • 22:00 The group discusses what it’s like to be a vast minority in the work place
  • 33:00 Jill explains the differences between being a black woman and a black man and a white woman
  • 34:20 Jill tells a story about when “all hell broke out” in the cafeteria at her high school
  • 38:00 Grace tells what it’s like to be an African woman in America
  • 39:35 Pro tip: Don’t say “Where did you learn English?” Instead say, “Where are you from originally?”
  • 48:50 “Brian, I call you my bro, and I tell you you’re the whitest black guy I know.” – Jill
  • 50:50 The group talks about what’s it’s like to be a SINGLE black woman in Minneapolis
  • 56:00 Brian explains his ridiculous hair
  • 57:00 Lightning round questions

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