The Week-Ish: Why We’re Friends

We’re Tamisha and Alexander, co-hosts of a new Level Ground podcast, Why We’re Friends. We are two very different people. and we can’t wait to consider the ups and downs of what it’s actually like to be friends. Relationships are beautiful, spectacular, and messy. Our podcast will be a safe space to explore complicated connections.

Know Thyself…

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” — Brene Brown

If you’re interested in finding authentic connections with other homo sapiens, look no further than Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly. This book has been a tremendous source of light to the both of us in terms of living vulnerable lives. Vulnerability is paramount in authentic relationships; it is the birthplace of love and belonging and the antithesis of perfection. Check out Brene’s body of work, and in the words of Miss Lauryn Hill, remember: “What you throw out comes back to you, star.”

Amandla Stenberg & Janelle Monáe: Carve out a space that the world says shouldn’t exist.

Janelle Monáe starts off by verifying PGPs (Preferred Gender Pronouns), and the duo launch into discussing their art, the 2016 election, mentors, and what it’s like to navigate white-Hollywood. These friends embody what it means to create space for others to find strength in their own identity.

Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang *SPOILER ALERT*

The fictional Shondaland show Grey’s Anatomy has received worldwide recognition (It’s Shonda Rhimes — what do you expect?!?), captivating millions of people every week. The medical drama features surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians as they evolve into seasoned doctors while trying to maintain personal lives and relationships.

Beyond the scrubs and the hospital hallways, Meredith & Cristina develop a bond that transcends the type of friendship we have been socialized to believe is “normal” or attainable. There is an ebb and flow to every growing relationship, and subsequent choices surrounding what we are willing to accept in others and what we are willing to accept in ourselves.

Follow them as they fully accept each other — past, present, and the unknown future — and you might have a half-decent blueprint of what it means to have someone in your corner. At the end of Cristina’s tenure on the ABC show, the two revealed what it means to put aside their egos to love one another.

Binge watch (or revisit with a new set of eyes) Meredith & Cristina on Seasons 1–10 of “Grey’s Anatomy” streaming on Netflix & Hulu.

True friends give you LIFE

This video will give you life, too.

Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King: Friendship GOALS

“The people who really care for you, the people who are rooting for your rise, will not be disappointed in you. The only people who are disappointed are the people who have their own agenda.” — Oprah Winfrey

Illiterate people continue to question whether or not the famous, real-life friends are actually secret lesbian lovers. I imagine that the people who are skeptical regarding the nature of Oprah & Gayle’s relationship have never experienced authentic platonic intimacy. For 30+ years, these Black Women have defined what it means to have someone “root for your rise,” day in and day out.

You can watch Oprah Winfrey on any media platform available, and Gayle King on The Gayle King Show, 7:00–9:00 am Monday — Friday on CBS.

Must Love Beyoncé (Friendship Requirements)

If you find yourself in any type of situation-ship with someone who doesn’t fully appreciate the entirety of Queen Bey the artist and human, thank the universe for revealing their true colors and keep steppin’. You don’t need negative energy in your life.

Keep these conversations by connecting with Tamisha and Alexander on Twitter. Don’t forget to tune in when Why We’re Friends premieres in November.

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