Pearly Professionalism 101

Pearly Professionalism 101

Hey, Pearls! We cannot believe it is the middle of November already! To help you end 2018 with finesse and ring in 2019 in the pearliest possible way, Jaimie and Porsha share some tips on this episode to help you become a Pearly Professional. From minding your money to doing your research to taking risks to sustaining your relationships to owning your professional style, Jaimie and Porsha are here to help. They also recommend that you check out Myleik Teele (@myleik) and Bozoma Saint John (@badassboz) for additional tips. How are you growing in your professional life? Let us know! You can email us at adventures@just2pearls.com or DM us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @just2pearls. Find our podcast biweekly on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, and just2pearls.com. Until next time, remember to cultivate the pearly boss within you! 

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Freedom Notes w/ Rev. Andrew J. Wilkes

Freedom Notes w/ Rev. Andrew J. Wilkes

Hey, Pearls! On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha chat with Rev. Andrew J. Wilkes, public speaker, activist, husband, preacher, scholar, and most recently the author of Freedom Notes: Reflections on Faith, Justice, and the Possibility of Democracy. Andrew shares about the impetus behind the publication of his writing, being drum majors for justice, the sacred dance of marriage, and much more! Andrew's book is available later this Fall. Follow him on all social media platforms @andrewjwilkes. In addition to the conversation with Andrew, Jaimie and Porsha share a reflection from Saidiya Hartman, reminisce about long, gorgeous summer days, and remind you to write down your plans. Follow our podcast @just2pearls. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Listen to our podcast bi-weekly on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Women of the New Testament Part 2 (Featuring Rev. David F. Telfort)

Women of the New Testament Part 2 (Featuring Rev. David F. Telfort)

Hey, Pearls! Make sure you listen until the end of this episode. Porsha's Petty Pearl will throw you for a loop. Anyway, today Jaimie and Porsha conclude their Women of the New Testament Series with the help of their Divinity School friend, Rev. David F. Telfort. David is the pastor of Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York. Once again, Jaimie and Porsha engage with the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman as found in Matthew 15:21-28. David shared a careful exegesis of the passage with a critical race and gender perspective. He also blessed us with a reading suggestion, Charlene Carruthers's Unapologetic! Check it out. Follow David on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @DavidFTelfort. When you are in the Brooklyn area, visit him over at LAPC on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. Let us know your thoughts about this series by reaching out to us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @just2pearls. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Don't forget to share this episode with a friend. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Women of the New Testament Part 1 (Featuring Rev. Jeremy L. Williams)

Women of the New Testament Part 1 (Featuring Rev. Jeremy L. Williams)

Hey, Pearls! On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha begin their Women of the New Testament Series by chatting with bowtie and New Testament scholar Rev. Jeremy L. Williams about the interaction between Jesus and the Canaanite Woman in Matthew 15:21-28. Jeremy talks with The Pearls about post-colonial theory, the connection between the Scripture and today's racial justice crises, and much more. Follow Jeremy on Instagram at @jeremy_mdiv on Instagram. Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Email the pearls at adventures@just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. 

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Jaimie and Porsha's Pearly Fall

Jaimie and Porsha's Pearly Fall


Hey there, Pearls! Welcome to episode 1 of Season 3 of Just 2 Pearls. Jaimie and Porsha can't wait to share more adventures in pearls with you. On this episode, The Pearls celebrate the life and legacy of trailblazing Christian social ethicist and womanist Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon, they tell you about their summers and about all they are looking forward to accomplishing in the fall, they give you a preview of the next few episodes of Just 2 Pearls, they invite you to add your voice to their bi-weekly discussions, and of course, they share their petty pearls. How was your summer? What are you looking forward to accomplishing in the last quarter of the year? Let us know by emailing us at adventures@just2pearls.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Listen to our podcast bi-weekly on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Share this episode with a friend, and until next time, remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Pearl Pro-Tip 8: Spread the Love!

Pearl Pro-Tip 8: Spread the Love!

Hey, Pearls! On this final pro-tip episode of the Just 2 Pearls Summer 2018 season, Jaimie and Porsha encourage you to spread the love. It has been quite a summer as we have witnessed political drama and human rights crises here in the United States and around the world. But, we can be part of the work of breaking the cycle. We can be active participants in spreading love, joy, and peace throughout the world. So, let's get to the hard work of showing love in radical and earth-shattering ways. We look forward to seeing all of you for Season 3 at the end of September. We invite you to be part of our podcast. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email us with your questions, reflections, or even to be a guest on or a sponsor of the podcast at adventures@just2pearls.com. Listen to our show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to spread the love and to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Pearl Pro-Tip 7: Get Professional Headshots

Pearl Pro-Tip 7: Get Professional Headshots

Hey, Pearls! Another week, another pearly pro-tip. This week, Jaimie and Porsha remind you of the importance of finding a photographer who understands lighting and your personal style to take professional headshots for you. You can even get a friend with an iPhone to help you out, but you must have a recent photograph of yourself that helps you put your best face forward. You are beautiful and worthy of achieving your wildest dreams and a great headshot puts the world on notice. Listen to our podcast now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Follow up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Until next week, thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!

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Pearl Pro-Tip 6: Get Some Sleep!

Pearl Pro-Tip 6: Get Some Sleep!

Hey, Pearls! Y'all look tired. This week's pro-tip is to get some sleep. Let's commit to being intentional about spending less time being busy, neglecting our bodies, and sitting in front of screens, and more time gettingrest and spending time with God and the people in our lives who rejuvenate us. Getting sufficient sleep helps us to be more productive during our waking hours. What is your bedtime routine? Write to us and let us know. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, get some sleep, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Pearl Pro-Tip 5: Care For Your Skin

Pearl Pro-Tip 5: Care For Your Skin

Hey, Pearls! This week, Jaimie and Porsha are back to give you your fifth pearl pro-tip: care for your skin! They encourage you to drink plenty of water, to wash your face, to exfoliate, to use SPF (sunscreen), and to moisturize. Your body is a temple, and taking care of your skin is one of the many ways to keep it healthy, happy, and productive for decades to come. Listen to this show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, remember to moisturize deeply and cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Pearl Pro-Tip 4: Educate Yourself

Pearl Pro-Tip 4: Educate Yourself

Hello, Pearls! Today Jaimie and Porsha find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Summer 2018 series. Thank you for rocking with us! Today's pro-tip is to educate yourself outside the classroom. Jaimie and Porsha are sharing about some of the things they like to learn and give you some tips about how you can learn something new. The summertime is a fine time to meet someone new, to read a book, to hit up some museums, or to enroll in a class because learning is a life-long activity! Follow the pearls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Listen to the show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Until next time, learn something new, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Pearl Pro-Tip 3: Celebrate Yourself

Pearl Pro-Tip 3: Celebrate Yourself

Hey, Pearls! It is Jaimie's birthday! In honor of this day, Jaimie and Porsha's third pro-tip of the summer is to celebrate yourself! There is so much going on in the world, so remember to take time to appreciate the sweet moments. Let your hair down, listen to a favorite song, enjoy a sweet treat, get a manicure. Do something that shows your appreciation for all the unexpectedly beautiful parts of this life. Do you want to celebrate this show? Tell a friend that they can listen to us on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Until next time, celebrate yourself, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!

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Pearl Pro-Tip 2: Own Your Style!

Pearl Pro-Tip 2: Own Your Style!


Hey, Pearls! Jaimie and Porsha are back with another pro-tip. This time around, they are encouraging you to own your style. Having personal style is about more than how much money you have to spend on clothes or how up-to-date you are with the latest fashions. Your style is about allowing the world to see the truth of who you are. Are you spunky? Adventurous? Creative? Classy? Witty? Colorful? Express yourself. The summertime is the perfect time to try something new. Follow Just 2 Pearls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email Jaimie and Porsha at adventures@just2pearls.com. Ownyour style, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Pearl Pro-Tip 1: Write It Down!

Pearl Pro-Tip 1: Write It Down!

Greetings, Pearls! Are you ready for the first pro-tip of the summer? On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha encourage you to write! Maybe you want to invest in a journal, or perhaps you prefer to write notes using your phone, tablet, or computer. No matter how you do it, The Pearls say that you must let the ideas big and small in your mind see the light of day. Maybe you want to email a letter to Jaimie and Porsha. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Write them an email at adventures@just2pearls.com. Listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Until next time, write a lot and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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PREVIEW: Pro-Tips With The Pearls (Summer 2018 Series)

Hey, Pearls! It is officially the summer of 2018, and Jaimie and Porsha are ready to cultivate their pearls while sipping sweet tea and floating on flamingo floaties. Join us for weekly episodes starting on Friday, July 13. Jaimie and Porsha will offer you the "Pearl Pro-Tips" that might transform your life forever. Subscribe to Just 2 Pearls now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with all of our summer antics, and email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. And, love yourself by remembering to cultivate the pearl within you. Now slather on the SPF and go live your best life! 

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An Honest Conversation On Mental Health

An Honest Conversation On Mental Health

Hello from the other side, Pearls! On this final episode of Season 2, Jaimie and Porsha are chatting about mental health. They discuss the increase in suicide rates in the United States in the past 20 years and the unique mental health struggles that marginalized people encounter. After sharing a bit about their journeys, they provide some resources to help light your path.  If you or someone you know is struggling right now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. Thank you for joining us for another season of Just 2 Pearls. We are grateful! We return in three weeks for our eight-week summer series. Until then, don't be petty; reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. You can email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Please share this episode with a friend. You can find our show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Be well, reach out, have fun, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!

Resources: 

Need a Therapist? Check psychologytoday.comtherapyforblackgirls.com, or TalkSpace to find help online. Also, if you are working or in school, check with your school or employer to see what resources they offer. 

Assisting Someone who feels suicidal:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/suicide/in-depth/suicide/art-20044707

Helping Someone whose loved one died by suicide:  http://www.supportaftersuicide.org.au/what-to-do/information-for-friends-and-family

Health Conditions that Disproportionately Impact Black Women:  https://www.self.com/story/black-women-health-conditions/amp

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Ministry with Young Adults (Feat. Rev. Brandon C. Harris)

Ministry with Young Adults (Feat. Rev. Brandon C. Harris)

Hey, Pearls! Happy June! We are thrilled to share this episode with you. Jaimie and Porsha talked to Rev. Brandon C. Harris, friend to the podcast, "Bowtie," and Protestant Chaplain at the Georgetown University Main Campus and Law School in Washington D.C. about his incredible campus ministry with young adults. Brandon is a millennial minister who is trained, called, and passionate about the mission of the church, and he shared keen insights about faith formation, life in the nation's capital, and the empowered members of Generation Z with Jaimie and Porsha. If you are curious about doing ministry with young adults, working on a college campus or with college students, or being a person of faith in our current political climate, this is a conversation you absolutely must hear. Connect with Brandon Harris on Facebook or by emailing him at bh631@georgetown.edu. Listen to the podcast now on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or just2pearls.com and remember to share the episode with a friend. Email the pearls at adventures@just2pearls.com. Follow the pearls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Rooting for Everybody Black

Rooting for Everybody Black

Hey, Pearls! On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha root for everybody black. Jaimie kicks off the show with a reflection from Dr. Brittany Cooper's recent book, Eloquent Rage. Then, Porsha shares about a Mother's Day outing with her mom to see the Alvin Ailey dancers in New York City. After those opening segments, the Pearls remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone, the Father of Black Liberation Theology. The Pearls dedicate the bulk of the episode to the First Annual Just 2 Pearls Black Excellence Awards. Members of the African diaspora living in the United States did too many pearly things to name this year, but Porsha and Jaimie managed to choose eight stand-outs to give "Black Excellence Awards." Even with those eight, they still had more to name! Stick around until the end of the episode to learn who received honorable mentions. Jaimie and Porsha know they have some excellent listeners, please write to them to share your excellent moments from the past year. Listen now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Just2Pearls.com. Follow the show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

2017-2018 "Pearl Black Excellence" Award Winners: 

Beyonce Knowles Carter

Tarana Burke 

Cicely Tyson

The casts of How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal

Kendrick Lamar

Jordan Peele

Rihanna

Ava Duvernay 

Honorable Mentions: 

Donald Glover ("Childish Gambino")

Serena Williams

Janelle Monae

Lena Waithe

Essence Magazine

Black Athletes 

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Pearls of Our Mothers

Pearls of Our Mothers


Hey, Pearls! Happy Mother's Day weekend. On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha share the Pearls of Wisdom they received from their mothers. Also, three young mothers: Jo Bair Springer, Bethany Goodson, and Miriam Samuelson-Roberts share their heart-warming reflections on motherhood. Listen to Just 2 Pearls on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls, and email us your feedback and questions at adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you to all the mothers (both biological and adoptive) who help us to mature and thrive. Have a great weekend, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!  

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Mind Your Body (Black Beauty Part 2)

Mind Your Body (Black Beauty Part 2)

Hey, Pearls! On this second installment of the Black Beauty series, The Pearls are chatting about body love. Jaimie shares reflection from Toni Morrison's book The Bluest Eye and Porsha discusses the lessons she gleaned about the black incarcerated body when she went to see the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" live and in-person on Easter Sunday. Porsha also converses with Jaimie about Jaimie's 2017 book Her Body Bears the Word: A Body Love Theology. During that conversation, The Pearls discuss being women in ministry, managing their physical health, learning self-love, and much more. You don't want to miss this episode. Grab a copy of Jaimie's book as a paperback or e-book on westbowpress.com or amazon.com. Use it as a resource for your individual Bible study or lead a small-group discussion with your friends or religious community.  


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @just2pearls. Listen to our show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, mind your hair and body, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!

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Mind Your Hair (Black Beauty Part 1)

Mind Your Hair (Black Beauty Part 1)

Hey, Pearls! Today's episode is part 1 of a two-part series on Black Beauty. Today we are talking all things black hair. Porsha shares a reflection from R&B songstress Solange, Jaimie muses about her upcoming natural hair adventure, and together, The Pearls discuss hair journies, cultural differences, and the struggle to normalize women's body hair. Finally, Porsha gives the best advice of the episode, "Mind your hair, and mind your business." Tell us about your hair adventures! Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com or send us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @just2pearls. Find our podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, mind your hair, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!  

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