The Sound Bath, a Lush Cosmetics podcast that explores what personal, social, and environmental care and wellbeing really mean in today's society.
Join host aja monet for thought-provoking and intimate discussions with some of her favorite authors, artists, activists and experts. This podcast is designed to be enjoyed in the bath and each episode includes a built-in music meditation. So start the water, lie back and soak in The Sound Bath.
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The Sound Bath is hosted by aja monet, surrealist blues poet, storyteller and organizer. In each episode, aja explores ideas that transform and reveal us.
The Sound Bath: Bavu Blakes and Erin Green
Bavu Blakes and Erin Green join our host, aja monet, to discuss the state of education in the era of book bans.
The Sound Bath: Derecka Purnell
Derecka Purnell joins our host, aja monet, to discuss abolition and how racial capitalism is killing Black people.
The Sound Bath: Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas joins our host, aja monet, in a conversation about the creative process and the power of branding.
The Sound Bath: Charlotte James
Medicine Woman and Community Steward Charlotte James joins aja in a healing conversation about Sacred Earth Medicines, respecting Indigenous practices and the impact of understanding our own ancestry.
The Sound Bath: Hannibal Buress
Hannibal (Eshu Tune) joins our host, aja monet, to discuss the struggles and influences that shaped his music career.
The Sound Bath: Lauren Von Der Pool
Lauren Von Der Pool joins our host, aja monet, to discuss healing through food and balancing a healthy "mental diet".
The Sound Bath: Ev'Yan Whitney
Sexuality doula, author and educator Ev’yan Whitney joins aja for an open discussion about the importance of sexual liberation, approaching each other’s bodies with compassion and how to begin a new journey with your sexuality after experiencing trauma.
TW: This episode contains mention of sensitive subjects, including sexual assault, rape and violence
The Sound Bath: Kehlani
Award-winning singer, songwriter and cultural worker, Kehlani, joins aja to discuss her relationship with spirituality, therapy and social media—and how her healing journey shaped her latest album Blue Water Road.
This episode contains strong language that some listeners may find uncomfortable.
The Sound Bath: adrienne maree brown
New York Times bestselling author and doula adrienne maree brown joins aja in a conversation about the different types of hurt, liberating ourselves from the boundary of a capitalist society, and how to understand and appreciate our lives through the gift of aging.
Sharmin joins aja to discuss her experience as a reproductive rights activist growing up in New York and how she's moving forward after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
This episode contains mention of abortion that might be triggering for some listeners.
New York Times bestseller and Critical-Race practitioner, Ijeoma Oluo, joins aja for an intimate conversation about processing trauma and why taking action early is necessary—especially after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
This episode contains mention of abortion that be triggering for some listeners.
Dr. Thema Bryant, author of Homecoming and president-elect of the American Psychological Association, joins aja to discuss hearing your calling, the art of listening and the rise of women's voices on an international scale.
We’re revisiting some of the previously unreleased segments from Aja’s interview with Naomi Klein—exploring deeper into ecofeminism, intersectionality and finding inspiration in what has been lost.
We’re revisiting some previously unreleased segments from Aja’s interview with Hope Giselle—from what it takes work someone on the opposing side of the ideological spectrum, to overcoming self-hate and colorism, to answering the question that nobody ever asks regarding what it really takes meet your dreams and so much more.
Mohammed El-Kurd was named one of TIME 100’s most influential people in the world in 2021, but he grew up in a constant state of war and displacement. The Palestinian poet joins Aja for a conversation about how he found solace in words and freedom of expression.
Abiodun Oyewole is a talented poet, teacher, as well as member of African-American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets. He joins Aja in conversation about the power of community, how creativity is more than just poetry, art, and music, and how caring for one another is caring for oneself. Please note that this episode contains discussion of mental illness and includes sensitive, adult content that some may have difficulty engaging with..
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, the author of The Sex Lives of African Women, joins Aja to talk about African women’s sexuality, feminism across the African diaspora, and the idea that caring for your community is integral to self-care.
The author of Self-Care For Black Women works with the unhoused population of Los Angeles as a psychiatric social worker. She shares her on being in-relationship with people suffering from mental illness, and how the system might be changed to better care for all.
Philosopher, professor, and poet, Bayo Akomolafe joins Aja in a discussion on the evolution of activism, what resides in the space between words, the meaning of love, and the healing power in the sound of children laughing.
In her new book, Who is Wellness For?, poet Fariha Róisín examines wellness culture and who it leaves behind. She joins Aja for a conversation that touches on wellness, activism, healing from childhood trauma, and being accountable for our own wellbeing.
For author Jason Reynolds, sometimes “slaying dragons” means writing #1 New York Times bestselling youth fiction. Other times it’s about kicking back to watch basketball with his friends or playing guitar. Jason joins Aja to talk about balancing writing, family, and his own mental health.
Hope Giselle is the first openly trans woman to graduate with a MFA from the conservative Alabama State University. The author of Becoming Hope: Removing the Disguise, shares her modern social take on trans and black bodies in public spaces, plus her tips on cooking the perfect pasta and how to relax when you’re under a microscope.
Climate justice activist, professor, and author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein explores ecofeminism, intersectionality, and what we can do to “light ourselves up” in ways that can make a difference to the planet.
Safiya Noble, a professor from the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and author of the book Algorithms of Oppression, joins Aja for a chat about how we can reckon with technology and reclaim our mental wellbeing in online spaces.