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Black Hair in the Big Leagues

Throughout Black Hair in the Big Leagues, host Salisha Thomas sits down with badass black women (and men) on Broadway and talks about all things hair.

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EP 107- Gabrielle Beckford is Slaying Stereotypes: a Black Woman's Triumph in a Classic Role

EP 107- Gabrielle Beckford is Slaying Stereotypes: a Black Woman's Triumph in a Classic Role

Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcomes the incomparable Gabrielle Beckford to the show! Host, Salisha Thomas sits down with former cast mate of Once Upon a One More Time on Broadway, Gabrielle Beckford.

40 mins
Jan 4
EP 106- Breaking Molds and Shaping Stories; Aisha Jackson Uncut

EP 106- Breaking Molds and Shaping Stories; Aisha Jackson Uncut

Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcome back Aisha Jackson! If you don't know, she was one of the first episodes to kick off the entire podcast (EP 2)!!!

47 mins
12/28/23
EP 105- From Broadway Lights to Hollywood Nights: Phylicia Pearl Mpasi Makes a Star Turn

EP 105- From Broadway Lights to Hollywood Nights: Phylicia Pearl Mpasi Makes a Star Turn

Phylicia Pearl Mpasi from the upcoming Blockbuster hit, The Color Purple graces us with her presence here on Black Hair in the Big Leagues.

1 h 1 min
12/22/23
EP 104- After the Final Curtain with guest Justin Guarini

EP 104- After the Final Curtain with guest Justin Guarini

American Idol's Justin Guarini stops by Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas Weiss for an episode of laughter and nostalgia. Justin recently closed his run as Prince Charming in Once Upon a One More Time at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway.

1 h 18 mins
10/4/23
EP 103- Playwright of New Play: Truth- Gail Burton

EP 103- Playwright of New Play: Truth- Gail Burton

Hello! Salisha Thomas here! And I'm excited to share that I making my Theater producing debut of a play written by this week's guest on Black Hair in the Big Leagues: Gail Burton! Gail is a thought leader, public intellectual, director, and a writer.

50 mins
7/27/23
EP 102- A Goddess Living: Martina Sykes

EP 102- A Goddess Living: Martina Sykes

Martina Sykes is Royalty among us. She was in Motown the Musical on tour and on Broadway, Raindogs, Rent, Hairspray, and is currently on tour with Lion King as Shenzi! Her brother is Ephraim Sykes, also a major talent in the industry so clearly the Sykes Family has something special running through their veins.

44 mins
6/22/23
EP 101- Tony Nominated Actress and Business Woman: Shalita Grant

EP 101- Tony Nominated Actress and Business Woman: Shalita Grant

Host, Salisha Thomas sits down with Actress turned Businesswoman Shalita Grant on this week's episode of Black Hair in the Big Leagues. She is the founder and creator of Four Naturals Hair products.

53 mins
6/15/23
EP 100- The Icon and Living Legend: Jocelyn Bioh

EP 100- The Icon and Living Legend: Jocelyn Bioh

The one and only Jocelyn Bioh graces Black Hair in the Big Leagues with her presence this week for our 100th Episode!!!!!!! She is the woman who wrote School Girls: The African Mean Girls Play, and Nollywood. She's a playwright with Manhattan Theater Club and Atlantic Theatre Company.

44 mins
6/8/23
EP 99- Basking in Gratitude and Abundance w/ Celeb Stylist Sophie Rose

EP 99- Basking in Gratitude and Abundance w/ Celeb Stylist Sophie Rose

This week on Black Hair in the Big Leagues, host Salisha Thomas sits down with celebrity stylist, Sophie Rose (Gutterman). She's been in the hair industry for over 10 years, is California based (but travels), and has worked for Italian Vogue, Hollywood Reporter, Harper's Baazar, Maybelline, Christian Dior, Karlie Kloss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more!

53 mins
6/1/23
EP 98- Set Your Mind to Do Anything, with Aurelia Michael Holmgren

EP 98- Set Your Mind to Do Anything, with Aurelia Michael Holmgren

Aurelia Michael Holmgren joins the Black Hair in the Big Leagues lineup with host, Salisha Thomas Weiss. Aurelia is a Motivational Speaker, Dancer, a body builder, a major voiceover artist (booking gigs like McDonald's, Hulu, and Netflix!) and the creator of Voice On Demand.

44 mins
5/25/23
EP 97- A Broadway Reality Check with Salome B Smith and Imani Pearl Williams

EP 97- A Broadway Reality Check with Salome B Smith and Imani Pearl Williams

This episode was recorded during the Broadway Revival run of 1776 with a full cast of Women and Nonbinary actors and a whole lot of People of Color. Originally, 1776, a show about the making of the Declaration of Independence was performed by a cast of all white men (and a couple of women to play their wives).

38 mins
3/23/23
EP 96- A Haircare Line That Will Change Your Life

EP 96- A Haircare Line That Will Change Your Life

Greg and Joanne Starkman join the lineup for Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas making history as the show's first guests who are not people of Color. And it is not by mistake. Greg and Joanne are the creators of a product line called INNERSENSE Organic Beauty.

47 mins
3/16/23
EP 95-The Curl Doctor: Shai Amiel Shows You How to Care for Your Curls

EP 95-The Curl Doctor: Shai Amiel Shows You How to Care for Your Curls

The One and Only Curl Doctor, Shai Amiel graces us with his presence this week on Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas. Shai has been in the business of hair (and in particular, CURLS) for over 20 years and it shows in his work.

46 mins
3/10/23
EP 94- Hamilton's Marja Harmon Walks You Down the Aisle

EP 94- Hamilton's Marja Harmon Walks You Down the Aisle

From the 'And Peggy' cast of Hamilton on tour, Marja Harmon who's currently starring as Angelica Schuyler visits Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas! Marja is a light! A graduate of USC, she was in God Friended Me, Jessica Jones, and Madam Secretary.

48 mins
2/23/23
EP 93- Get Your Butt Kicked with Broadway Badass: Michelle West

EP 93- Get Your Butt Kicked with Broadway Badass: Michelle West

Broadway Star and founder of BIA, Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcomes Michelle West to the show!!!!! She's performed in Regional Theaters all over the country including Sacramento Music Circus, Walnut Street; She's Toured with Memphis and Aladdin, and made her Broadway debut in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

28 mins
2/16/23
EP 92- Get the Perfect Afro with Kendall Dorsey

EP 92- Get the Perfect Afro with Kendall Dorsey

We welcome stylist to the stars, Kendall Dorsey to Black Hair in the Big Leagues today! Kendall Dorsey’s cliental includes Saweetie, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Solange, Lizzo, and so many more and recently created Rihanna’s iconic “traditional Aaliyah inspired sweep” style.

45 mins
2/9/23
EP 91- Women Supporting Women with Andrea Bowman

EP 91- Women Supporting Women with Andrea Bowman

Emancipation, The Watchmen, Lovecraft Country and now Oscar shortlisted celebrity stylist Andrea "Mona" Bowman stops by Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas.

42 mins
2/2/23
EP 90- The Fire This Time Festival with Kelley Girod

EP 90- The Fire This Time Festival with Kelley Girod

Joining this week's episode on Black Hair in the Big Leagues with Salisha Thomas is Kelley Nicole Girod. Hailing from Louisiana and with an MFA in playwriting from Columbia, she's the founder and executive director of Obie award winning Fire This Time Festival.

46 mins
1/20/23
EP 89- A Deep Dive with Cendie Stanford, founder of ACEs Matter

EP 89- A Deep Dive with Cendie Stanford, founder of ACEs Matter

Cendie Stanford joins the Black Hair in the Big Leagues line up with host, Salisha Thomas! She's a started a non-profit called ACE's Matter. WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE IN THEIR CHILDHOOD INFORMS WHAT KIND OF ADULTS THEY BECOME.

31 mins
1/14/23
EP 87- The Illusion of Time with Dawn L Troupe

EP 87- The Illusion of Time with Dawn L Troupe

Dawn L Troupe joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues with Host Salisha Thomas. An actor, singer, artist mother, director, writer, and producer who has performed at just about every major regional house in the United States including but not limited to ART, Cal Shakes, Joes Pub, Hill Barn, Berkeley Rep, and Theatreworks, to name a few.

56 mins
12/19/22
EP 86: Paving Your Own Path with Gisela Adisa

EP 86: Paving Your Own Path with Gisela Adisa

Gisela Adisa from 1776 on Broadway joins the Black Hair in the Big Leagues lineup with host, Salisha Thomas. Gisela is a Broadway, television, commercial, and voiceover actress.

34 mins
12/9/22
EP 85- FAT HAM'S Nikki Crawford and Adrianna Mitchell

EP 85- FAT HAM'S Nikki Crawford and Adrianna Mitchell

Nikki Crawford and Adrianna Mitchell join this week's episode on Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas! They are currently starring in the FAT HAM playing at the Public Theatre in New York City. Get your tickets Here.

33 mins
7/21/22
EP 84-Playwright and Performer: Roger Q. Mason

EP 84-Playwright and Performer: Roger Q. Mason

Roger Q. Mason (Playwright) (they/them) joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas.

43 mins
7/7/22
EP 82: Tony Award Nominated Actor from Paradise Square: Sidney DuPont

EP 82: Tony Award Nominated Actor from Paradise Square: Sidney DuPont

Tony Nominated actor, Sidney DuPont graces Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas! He is an actor, dancer, a cinematographer, director, and award winning screenwriter.

38 mins
6/25/22
EP 83-From the Hadestown Tour: Tyla Collier

EP 83-From the Hadestown Tour: Tyla Collier

We recorded with Tyla Collier literally in 2020 and the audio got damaged. BUT WE HAVE FINALLY RECOVERED IT!!!! SO SO happy to share this episode with you all. Tyla is an actor, singer, dancer, and an award winning Voiceover artist and audiobook narrator.

42 mins
6/16/22
EP 81: Tony Award Winning Actress for Paradise Square: Joaquina Kalukango

EP 81: Tony Award Winning Actress for Paradise Square: Joaquina Kalukango

Powerhouse Joaquina Kalukango joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host Salisha Thomas this week! She is currently starring in Paradise Square, bringing down the house 8 times a week playing Nelly. The show is fantastic. She is PHENOMENAL.

33 mins
6/2/22
EP 80: Tony Nominated Director of Skin Of Our Teeth: Lileana Blain-Cruz

EP 80: Tony Nominated Director of Skin Of Our Teeth: Lileana Blain-Cruz

A graduate from Princeton AND Yale, Lileana Blain Cruz joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues with host, Salisha Thomas. Lileana is the director of The Skin of Our Teeth on Broadway which also happens to be her Broadway directorial debut!!!!

27 mins
5/26/22
EP 79- Broadway Swing Love: Keirsten Nicole Hodgens from Six the Musical

EP 79- Broadway Swing Love: Keirsten Nicole Hodgens from Six the Musical

HAILING from Six the Musical on Broadway, Keirsten Nicole Hodgens joins the Black Hair in the Big Leagues lineup with host, Salisha Thomas. From Ball State University and swinging half the cast of Six on Broadway, she is black, queer, and a whole vibe.

48 mins
5/24/22
EP 78- From Exception to the Rule: AMANDLA JAHAVA

EP 78- From Exception to the Rule: AMANDLA JAHAVA

MANDLA JAHAVA joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues with Host, Salisha Thomas. She is a first generation Kenyan-American actor, writer, and director based out of New York. She passionately creates and advocates for African stories from an African perspective for African people.

35 mins
5/13/22
EP 77- A sitdown with host of Meeno Podcast, Safiya Vanterpool

EP 77- A sitdown with host of Meeno Podcast, Safiya Vanterpool

For over a year now, Safiya Vanterpool has worked as an assistant on Black Hair in the Big Leagues in the promotions department, and we are SO PROUD that she has recently created her own show called Meeno, available wherever you listen to podcasts!

40 mins
4/21/22
EP 76-Knowing Your Worth with Felicia Curry

EP 76-Knowing Your Worth with Felicia Curry

Star of the upcoming Queens Girl in the World offBroadway in New York City, Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcomes Felicia Curry. Felicia's regional resume includes Les Mis, The Color Purple, Sister Act, Caroline or Change, Ragtime, Scottsboro Boys, Matilda, Nina Simone: Four Women which she won a Berkshire Theatre Critics award for.

39 mins
3/31/22
EP 12- Interview with The Book of Mormon's Shanel Bailey

EP 12- Interview with The Book of Mormon's Shanel Bailey

She plopped out of college at Syracuse University and plopped onto Broadway in the Book of Mormon in 2019 just prior to the Broadway shutdown. Shanel Bailey is wise beyond her years, genuine, kind, and lovable!

54 mins
3/24/22
EP 75- Broadway’s Housso Semon

EP 75- Broadway’s Housso Semon

Upon beginning this podcast in 2020, this episode was one of the first episodes recorded with the beautiful, genuine, talented Housso Semon. Housso Semon has been on Broadway in Beautiful the Carole King Musical, The Lion King, and The Girl from the North Country.

42 mins
3/17/22
EP 73- Playwright Elizabeth Addison

EP 73- Playwright Elizabeth Addison

Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcomes Elizabeth Addison! Elizabeth is a writer, composer, lyricist and playwright, artist, activist, and entrepreneur. During the pandemic, she started an interview series called Chasing Beads, and she was recently accepted in the Muse mentorship program where she's mentored by Broadway composers and musicians.

49 mins
3/3/22
EP 72- Stars of Broadway's American Utopia: Angie Swan and Tendayi Kuumba

EP 72- Stars of Broadway's American Utopia: Angie Swan and Tendayi Kuumba

Currently on Broadway now until April 2, 2022, American Utopia is a smash hit! And stars: Angie Swan (Guitarist) and Tendayi Kuumba (Dancer/vocalist) visit Black Hair in the Big Leagues as the final episode of Black History Month.

46 mins
2/24/22
Episode 71- Fashion Model Janine Tondu

Episode 71- Fashion Model Janine Tondu

A fashion model featured in Halston, Prada X Elle, Project Runway and more, Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcomes Janine Tondu to the stage! In this episode, Janine shares her journey to becoming a fashion model, how she found her confidence, and a few surprising fun facts about herself.

37 mins
2/17/22
EP 70- From A Journal For Jordan and The Skeleton Crew, Chante Adams

EP 70- From A Journal For Jordan and The Skeleton Crew, Chante Adams

Hot off the press from filming in A Journal For Jordan, starring opposite Michael B. Jordan and directed by the one and only Denzel Washington, Chante Adams joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues!

27 mins
2/11/22
EP 69- Miss USA 2019,  Cheslie Kryst

EP 69- Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst

This episode was originally Episode 5 on Black Hair in the Big Leagues recorded on October 16, 2020 with Cheslie Kryst, the reigning Miss USA at the time. Cheslie has sinced passed away and this episode is in honor of her.

37 mins
2/3/22
Bonus EP - A Message From Your Host, Salisha Thomas

Bonus EP - A Message From Your Host, Salisha Thomas

Hey Y'all, It's me Salisha your host of Black Hair in the Big Leagues. I thought I'd just sit down and have a talk just you and me this week. It's something I've been wanting to do. I keep it short and sweet but I hope you enjoy and can relate.

18 mins
1/27/22
EP 68-Co-Hair Designers from COMING 2 AMERICA

EP 68-Co-Hair Designers from COMING 2 AMERICA

Stacey Morris (@staceykutz) and Carla Farmer join Black Hair in the Big Leagues. Both have been on the shortlist for the Oscars twice for their Hair designs in Coming 2 America and Dolemite.

30 mins
1/20/22
EP 67 JADE PHILLIPS
30 mins
1/13/22
EP 66 Super Swing Extraordinaire: DIANA VADEN

EP 66 Super Swing Extraordinaire: DIANA VADEN

Broadway's Diana Vaden has been seen in Tootsie as well The Music Man at The Kennedy Center and Mack & Mabel at Encores in NYC. Currently in the pre-Broadway run of Once Upon a One More Time at The Shakespeare Theater Company, Diana shares her faith, hair tips, and positive outlook on life.

37 mins
1/6/22
EP 65 Broadway playwright, DOUGLAS LYONS

EP 65 Broadway playwright, DOUGLAS LYONS

Douglas Lyons is a playwright, actor and more on Broadway. He writes with an unmatchable conviction and is trailblazing wherever he goes. He was an actor in Beautiful the Carole Ming Musical, Book of Mormon, and toured with Rent, Dreamgirls, and Book of Mormon.

40 mins
12/30/21
EP 64- DARRELL SPENCER
36 mins
12/23/21
EP 6- Interview with Broadway's Amber Iman

EP 6- Interview with Broadway's Amber Iman

Amber Iman has solidified her place on the Broadway map not just because of starring in Soul Doctor and Shuffle Along, and not just for slaying in Hamilton as Peggy/Maria Reynolds, but because she's a trailblazer, fearlessly leading the way for Broadway activism and equality by being one of the founding members of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition.

50 mins
12/16/21
EP 61- The Public's Cullud Wattah

EP 61- The Public's Cullud Wattah

Showing now until December 12th at The Public theater in New York City, Cullud Wattah stars Alicia Pilgrim and Lauren F. Walker join host, Salisha Thomas on this week's episode of Black Hair in the Big Leagues. Get your tickets and see them live NOW!

36 mins
11/25/21
EP 60- ZURI WASHINGTON
53 mins
11/18/21
EP 59: Celebrating A Broadway Debut with Nyla Watson

EP 59: Celebrating A Broadway Debut with Nyla Watson

Nyla Watson is a force of nature who just very recently BURST onto the Broadway scene in her favorite show: Waitress the Musical! Yes, Waitress is back on Broadway post-pandemic (okay, we are still sort of in this thing, aren't we?) and headlining is Sara Bareilles.

52 mins
11/11/21
EP 58: How to get the most defined curls with Bisserat Tseggai

EP 58: How to get the most defined curls with Bisserat Tseggai

Bisserat Tseggai is my ultimate Curl Crush. Listen to this powerful woman break it down on how to kick butt at life and look the bomb doing it. Follow her on IG @bisserat. Follow host, Salisha Thomas @salishathomas or read the blog at www.salishathomas.com.

39 mins
11/4/21
EP 57- DEON RELEFORD-LEE

EP 57- DEON RELEFORD-LEE

This week, Black Hair in the Big Leagues welcomes Deon Releford Lee to the show! Y'all, he is full of gems. Deon is an actor who can be seen on television, in commercials, and in theater in NYC. From the Beautiful the Carole King Musical on Tour, Deon knows how to sing from his soul.

41 mins
10/28/21
EP 56- Founder of INAHSI NATURALS: RHONDA MARSHALL

EP 56- Founder of INAHSI NATURALS: RHONDA MARSHALL

Rhonda Marshall, the CEO, and founder of Inahsi Naturals, Chemist, Educator, and overall QUEEN of healthy hair!

37 mins
10/21/21
EP 55- World Renowned Soprano: Julia Bullock

EP 55- World Renowned Soprano: Julia Bullock

Featured on today's episode, Salisha chats with classical performer who performed all over the world, artist resident at the Met at San Francisco Symphony, Grammy-nominated and has a heart for social activism, world-renowned soprano Julia Bullock.

49 mins
10/14/21
EP 54- DIAMOND ESSENCE WHITE

EP 54- DIAMOND ESSENCE WHITE

From the Broadway company of Dear Evan Hansen, Diamond Essence White joins the Black Hair in the Big Leagues lineup. So down to earth and cool, Diamond talks about how her actor type has shifted during the pandemic.

43 mins
10/7/21
EP 53- Black Excellence with E. Clayton Cornelious

EP 53- Black Excellence with E. Clayton Cornelious

Featured on today’s episode, host Salisha chats with E. Clayton Cornelious who is a Pittsburgh native and a 22-year Broadway veteran. He recently received the, "Legacy Robe" for his role in the Broadway hit, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.

39 mins
9/30/21
EP 52- MCKYNLEIGH ALDEN ABRAHAM

EP 52- MCKYNLEIGH ALDEN ABRAHAM

SHOW NOTES: Mckynleigh is a BREATHE OF FRESH AIR. Her presence, light, and joy light up a room. She's a talented actress, model, life coach, singer, and much more.

48 mins
9/23/21
EP 51- CHRISTIANI PITTS

EP 51- CHRISTIANI PITTS

SHOW NOTES: Christiani Pitts is an actress, singer, dancer and writer making her Broadway debut in A Bronx Tale, recently starring in King Kong on Broadway. Products used: Heat Free Hair (her pick for human hair), and Her Given Hair.

44 mins
9/16/21
EP 50- Broadway Star LILLI COOPER Talks Curls

EP 50- Broadway Star LILLI COOPER Talks Curls

SHOW NOTES: Lilli is a tony nominated actress starring in Spring Awakening (OBC), Tootsie (OBC), Spongebob (OBC). She's in EVERYTHING off broadway and regional as well as on the big screen. She plays a recurring role in The Good Fight and amazes audiences everywhere she performs.

33 mins
9/9/21
EP 49- KRYSTAL JOY BROWN

EP 49- KRYSTAL JOY BROWN

SHOW NOTES: Krystal is a singer, dancer, and actress taking leads left and right. She made her Broadway debut in Hair, starred in Big Fish and Rent as leads. She's appeared on television in person and as a cartoon voice actor, alongside many other off broadway productions.

55 mins
9/2/21
EP 48- TAYLOR IMAN JONES talks about Wigs

EP 48- TAYLOR IMAN JONES talks about Wigs

SHOW NOTES: Taylor Iman Jones is a gorgeous actress, singer, dancer, and guitarist from the original cast of Head Over Heels, Scotland PA off broadway, and a tour of American Idiot. Right before the pandemic she was IN COSTUME for Peggy/Mariah in Hamilton in LA.

39 mins
8/26/21
EP 47- Ciara Alyse Harris: Queen Made of Light

EP 47- Ciara Alyse Harris: Queen Made of Light

Dear Evan Hansen's Ciara Alyse Harris joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues. Ciara is one of those freaks of natures that hop from College to the Big Stage. Yes, she's AMAZING. On the stage, but also, off the stage.

41 mins
8/19/21
EP 46- Khalia Davis talks Black Hair and Taking Action

EP 46- Khalia Davis talks Black Hair and Taking Action

Artistic Director of Bay Area Children's Theater Khalia Davis joins this week's episode of Black Hair in the Big Leagues.

48 mins
8/12/21
EP 45- The Original Ladies of Beautiful on Bway Weigh In

EP 45- The Original Ladies of Beautiful on Bway Weigh In

Four of the Original gangstas from Beautiful The Carole King Musical on Broadway come together to take on this episode of Black Hair in the Big Leagues hosted by Salisha Thomas. Yasmeen Sulieman, Rashidra Scott, Gabrielle Reid, and Ashley Blanchet join this panel on all things hair.

1 h 17 mins
8/5/21
EP 44- Textured Hair in Politics & Pageants w/ Cierra Jackson

EP 44- Textured Hair in Politics & Pageants w/ Cierra Jackson

Cierra Jackson is a political and Pageant Queen POWERHOUSE. When we recorded this episode in the winter of the Pandemic, she was Miss DC USA. Since then, she has officially become the longest reigning Miss DC USA in the history of the pageant.

42 mins
7/29/21
EP 43: Hamilton on Broadway and Tour: ERIN CLEMONS

EP 43: Hamilton on Broadway and Tour: ERIN CLEMONS

SHOW NOTES. Éponine in Les Misérables, Janelle Woods in Beautiful, Eliza in Hamilton. Wearing natural hair all the time makes hair inherently healthier. You can't wear it down/out everyday.

31 mins
7/22/21
EP 42- Tina on BWAY DESTINEE REA

EP 42- Tina on BWAY DESTINEE REA

Amelie. Book of Mormon. Hairspray. Tina on Broadway. Co Creator of BOLD. What is BOLD? -BOLD is a nonprofit that shoots to BUILD UP BLACK WOMEN IN THE PERFORMING ARTS FOR THE RESTORATION OF CULTURE. Broadway debut in Amelie was WILD for Destinee, but she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

43 mins
7/15/21
EP 41- Mrs. Doubtfire on BROADWAY: LAQUET PRINGLE

EP 41- Mrs. Doubtfire on BROADWAY: LAQUET PRINGLE

Laquet Pringle is no stranger to the Broadway Industry. She is a dancer extraordinaire, a veteran, and an educator. In this episode, Laquet keeps it all the way real with her authentic, genuine self.

32 mins
7/8/21
EP 40- 4C Hair Journey: JASMIN RICHARDSON

EP 40- 4C Hair Journey: JASMIN RICHARDSON

Jasmine Richardson has starred in the US tour of The Bodyguard opposite of Deborah Cox, on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and Getting the Band Back Together, and regionally in Dreamgirls, Memphis, and so much more.

59 mins
7/1/21
EP 39- Bronx Tale Musical: WONU OGUNFOWORA

EP 39- Bronx Tale Musical: WONU OGUNFOWORA

Wonu Ogunfowora is a force to be reckoned with. Starring in a Bronx Tale, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, We Are the Tigers off Broadway, and in rehearsals pre-pandemic for the Britney Spears Musical: Once Upon a One More Time, she can do it all.

47 mins
6/24/21
EP 17- Interview with Todrick Hall

EP 17- Interview with Todrick Hall

Salisha Thomas sits down with the one and only Todrick Hall to discuss his journey to stardom, and of course, HAIR! Todrick is a choreographer, actor, dancer, singer, songwriter and director, who first became famous as a contestant on American Idol before going viral with his online Disney re-working videos.

57 mins
6/17/21
EP 38-Solo Recording Artist: DANIELLE

EP 38-Solo Recording Artist: DANIELLE

Danielle is a vocalist in theater and the music recording industry. She was in Beautiful on Tour, Memphis and countless other shows. Download Danielle's new hit single: PHOTOSHOP on all streaming platforms and follow her on IG @gimmesumm.

42 mins
6/10/21
EP 19 Alex Newell, Star of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

EP 19 Alex Newell, Star of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

From the hit TV show Glee and currently starring in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist on Hulu, Alex Newell is a force in every single room. Alex discusses advocating for oneself, starring on Broadway in Once On This Island, and gracefully explains a couple controversial topics.

43 mins
6/3/21
EP 37-Vanguard Theater Company: JANEECE FREEMAN CLARK

EP 37-Vanguard Theater Company: JANEECE FREEMAN CLARK

Janeece Freeman Clark is an actor, director, producer, and the founder of Vanguard Theater Company which educates the youth and also has a HUGE mentorship program matching up each student with an actor currently on Broadway.

44 mins
5/27/21
Bonus EP: "In the Heights" Exclusive Interviews!

Bonus EP: "In the Heights" Exclusive Interviews!

Our BPN Podcasters bring you exclusive interviews with cast and creatives from In the Heights, in theaters on June 11 2021. Watch the video version of this event here: https://youtu.be/py3YLSt8MSo. Interview 1: Daphne Rubin-Vega, interviewed by Salisha Thomas.

57 mins
5/21/21
EP 36- Caroline or Change BROADWAY: HARPER MILES

EP 36- Caroline or Change BROADWAY: HARPER MILES

She's a doula, a hair dresser, and a Broadway star. Harper Miles is down to earth and has many hidden talents. In this episode, Harpers breaks it down when it comes to Hair porosity, detangling, and finally reveals that YES, SHE BRAIDS HAIR!

50 mins
5/20/21
EP 35- Dance Captain of the Tina Turner Musical: LEANDRA GASTON

EP 35- Dance Captain of the Tina Turner Musical: LEANDRA GASTON

Down to Earth, real, and hilarious, Leandra Gaston graced the halls of Beautiful the Carole King Musical on Tour before becoming a full blown badass in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical understudy Adrienne Warren in the Title role.

53 mins
5/13/21
EP 34-Summer on Broadway's ANISSA FELIX

EP 34-Summer on Broadway's ANISSA FELIX

Anissa Show Notes: Made her Broadway debut in Motown. In Sunset Boulevard and Summer (The Donna Summer Musical) on Broadway. TV & FILM: Pose, The Deuce, The Good Fight, 2017 movie Detroit. Salisha’s Curl Crush. Currently in her apartment in Brooklyn, enjoying quarantine with her Fiancé.

44 mins
5/6/21
EP 33- Beautiful on Tour: ALEXIS TIDWELL

EP 33- Beautiful on Tour: ALEXIS TIDWELL

Black Hair in the Big Leagues features Alexis Tidwell this week from the National Tour of Beautiful the Carole King Musical. Y'all, she is a real one. Her self worth, self confidence, grace, ingenuity, comedic skills are all off the chain.

42 mins
4/29/21
EP 32- The INSPIRING AYANA MAJOR BEY

EP 32- The INSPIRING AYANA MAJOR BEY

From theater, film, commercial, and voiceover actress, Ayana Major Bey is an INSPIRATION. Black Hair in the Big Leagues was born in part due to Ayana's influence. Always on a grind, always leveling up, Ayana Major Bey cares for her curls like nobody's business, and this episode will make you feel like you are truly one of the girls!

55 mins
4/22/21
EP 31- Actor Comedian: RICK YOUNGER

EP 31- Actor Comedian: RICK YOUNGER

Broadway's Rick Younger was on hiatus from starring in Meangirls as Mr. Duvall at the time of this recording due to the pandemic. Since this time, Meangirls has announced its official closing on Broadway but Rick hasn't slowed down a bit!

46 mins
4/17/21
EP 30 -HEALTHY PERMED HAIR w/ Broadways's BRITTANY NICHOLAS

EP 30 -HEALTHY PERMED HAIR w/ Broadways's BRITTANY NICHOLAS

Brittany Nicholas hails from Meangirls on Broadway. She was also the dance captian for Matilda and Billy Elliott. Black Hair in the Big Leagues highlights a lot of Natural Hair sisters. But this episode is special because Brittany is holding down the fort for the girls out there perming their hair.

43 mins
4/15/21
EP 29- Founder of Claim our Space: MARLA LOU

EP 29- Founder of Claim our Space: MARLA LOU

From the Beautiful the Carole King Musical on Tour family, Marla Lou joins Black Hair in the Big Leagues! Marla is a true trailblazer, unapologetically going forth as her most authentic self. During this pandemic she founded Claim Our Space and is a VOICE and activist during a time that it's needed the most.

45 mins
4/8/21
EP 28- Dear Evan Hansen Star: Sammie Williams

EP 28- Dear Evan Hansen Star: Sammie Williams

Samantha "Sammie" Williams went straight from college to starring on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen. This superstar is sweet, hilarious, down to earth, and prior to the pandemic was slated to lead the Broadway Revival of Caroline or Change.

29 mins
4/1/21
EP 27: MISS AMERICA 2010: Caressa Cameron

EP 27: MISS AMERICA 2010: Caressa Cameron

We simply cannot celebrate Women's Month without uplifting my favorite Miss America: Caressa Cameron (now Jackson): Miss America 2010. Hailing from Virginia, Caressa is the first Black Miss Virginia (2009) who went on to become the 8th Black Miss America.

47 mins
3/25/21
Bonus EP: Natasha Frater

Bonus EP: Natasha Frater

Currently starring in Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse Letrec in Greenwich Village, Natasha Frater joins the Black Hair in the Big Leagues family. FINALLY, THEATER!!!! IT'S HAPPENING! Slowly but surely.

34 mins
3/20/21
EP 26: Vegan Mom of 4 Blogger: CHANTEA MCINTYRE

EP 26: Vegan Mom of 4 Blogger: CHANTEA MCINTYRE

Chantea McIntyre is a real life superhero and powerhouse. A mentor, a mother to four gorgeous children, blogger, influencer, and all around badass, Chantea is CONSTANTLY leveling up and challenging herself to get to the next level.

28 mins
3/18/21
EP 25-The Good Place: TIANA OKOYE

EP 25-The Good Place: TIANA OKOYE

Making her Broadway Debut in the Cher Show in NYC, this UCLA grad is no stranger to big stages including the Hollywood Bowl (Mamma Mia, A Chorus Line) and some of the yummiest Live musicals on TV including Hairspray Live and Grease Live.

47 mins
3/11/21
EP 24- Motown on Broadway: REBECCA COVINGTON WEBBER

EP 24- Motown on Broadway: REBECCA COVINGTON WEBBER

Please welcome to the stage, real life Broadway Royalty: Rebecca Covington Webber. Wife to Donald Webber (Hamilton), the Webbers just brought to Earth a brand new BABY!!

38 mins
3/4/21
Black History Month Bonus EP: CHERYL MORROW

Black History Month Bonus EP: CHERYL MORROW

Host Salisha discusses the science and technology of Black hair with Cheryl Morrow, CEO of the California Curl Company, and daughter of its founder, world-renowned, Willie Morrow. Willie Morrow is famous for coining "the blowout" era and is the inventor of the blow attachment comb for hair dryers.

45 mins
2/28/21
EP 23- SIMONE IMAANI: World Record for Largest Afro

EP 23- SIMONE IMAANI: World Record for Largest Afro

Simone Imaani (also, Simone Williams) has gone down in history for currently holding the Guinness Book of World Records for the LARGEST afro., with her afro measuring in at a whopping 4 feet and 10 inches in circumference!

42 mins
2/25/21
EP 22-Broadway's Ain't Too Proud Nasia Thomas

EP 22-Broadway's Ain't Too Proud Nasia Thomas

Salisha Thomas sits down with Nasia Thomas (no relation, by the way), where Nasia makes the poignant point that “our hair is not the problem” while discussing the issue of Black hair with our host.

36 mins
2/18/21
EP-21 From Meangirls and The Voice- Ashley De La Rosa

EP-21 From Meangirls and The Voice- Ashley De La Rosa

From The Voice, to the Beautiful tour to making history as the first Black Regina George in Meangirls on Broadway, to Beautiful on Broadway to Hamilton as 'And Peggy,' Ashley De La Rosa is a the most humble, kind, force of nature you've ever met.

44 mins
2/11/21
EP 20- Wicked on Broadway's First Black Glinda-Brittney Johnson

EP 20- Wicked on Broadway's First Black Glinda-Brittney Johnson

Broadway's Brittney Johnson is no stranger to making History. She first made history in Les Mis as the first black woman to play both Eponine and Fantine and the first woman to go on for both roles on the same day.

46 mins
2/4/21
EP 18- Jagged Little Pill's DEANNE STEWART

EP 18- Jagged Little Pill's DEANNE STEWART

Host Salisha talks with Deanne Stewart, who recently made her Broadway debut on the Alanis Morrissette-inspired rock musical, Jagged Little Pill,. They discuss being "conditioned to the European standards of beauty" and finding the beauty within their own natural hair while on Broadway.

46 mins
1/21/21
EP 16-Hailing from SIX the Musical: Britt Mack and Adrianna Hicks

EP 16-Hailing from SIX the Musical: Britt Mack and Adrianna Hicks

From the hit musical, SIX we got Brittney Mack and Adrianna Hicks. Truly, two anointed and blessed Queens hailing from the Chicago production of Six to Broadway who are slaying on and off the stage.

60 mins
1/7/21
EP 15- Beautiful the Carole King Musical-THE BOYS DRESSING ROOM

EP 15- Beautiful the Carole King Musical-THE BOYS DRESSING ROOM

Is it hot in here? Or is it this boy gang! Paris Nix (Hamilton), Noah Ricketts (Frozen), Josh Dawson (Cyrano, Beautiful), Jay McKenzie (Beautiful), and Dashaun Young (The Lion King, Motown, Beautiful) are heating up this episode with truth, facts, and all the tea!

1 h 16 mins
12/31/20
EP 14-Recording Artist and Broadway Star, Patrice Covington

EP 14-Recording Artist and Broadway Star, Patrice Covington

Patrice Covington just dropped a hit single 'My Favorite Things' available now anywhere you can stream music. She has sung back up for Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, and Stevie Wonder. She was in the original Broadway cast of The Color Purple and can SING.

37 mins
12/24/20
EP 13- Beautiful the Carole King Musical: Ladies Edition

EP 13- Beautiful the Carole King Musical: Ladies Edition

This episode features Kris Roberts (Little Shop of Horrors), TyNia Brandon (Lion King), Gabrielle Elisabeth (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Kerissa Arrington Jessie (Sister Act), Rosharra Francis (EP "I'm the Girl) and is hosted by Salisha Thomas.

56 mins
12/17/20
EP 11- Interview with Broadway's Britney Coleman

EP 11- Interview with Broadway's Britney Coleman

Voted one of the Top 10 Sexiest Women on Broadway, Britney has been in Beautiful, Sunset Blvd, Tootsie, and most recently Company on Broadway that was days away from opening right before the Bway shutdown earlier this year.

46 mins
12/3/20
EP 10 Dear Evan Hansen's Kristolyn Lloyd PART 2

EP 10 Dear Evan Hansen's Kristolyn Lloyd PART 2

Welcome back to the second part of the episode with Kristolyn Lloyd. She talks about what she does for headshots when her hair is always changing and dealing with Alopecia. She is lovable and perfect. And you should follow her: Kristolyn Lloyd IG @kristolynlloyd.

28 mins
11/26/20
EP 9- Dear Evan Hansen’s Kristolyn Lloyd PART 1

EP 9- Dear Evan Hansen’s Kristolyn Lloyd PART 1

Kristolyn Lloyd originated and starred in Dear Evan Hansen as Alana Beck. In this episode she tells me about her iconic twists and how it’s been working with many creative teams that don’t understand her hair. She’s classy, down to earth, empowered, everything I want to be when I grow up.

32 mins
11/26/20
EP 8- A Thanksgiving Pause with Salisha

EP 8- A Thanksgiving Pause with Salisha

Hey You All. I thought I'd take a few minutes to share a few thoughts and some gratitude. So grateful for my listeners on here. Happy Thanksgiving. Always always feel free to shoot me a DM on Instagram @salishathomas if there's anything you'd like to share with me or if there's something you'd like for me to bring up on an episode.

11 mins
11/26/20
EP 7- Introducing Tina On Broadway's Geo Brian Hennings

EP 7- Introducing Tina On Broadway's Geo Brian Hennings

Geo is one of the very few Black Hair and Makeup supervisors on Broadway. He is currently the supervisor at Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and was Idina Menzel's personal hair and makeup stylist during her world tour.

1 h 5 mins
11/19/20
EP 5- Interview with Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst

EP 5- Interview with Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst

Host, Salisha Thomas sits down with the reigning Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst days before she crowns the next Miss USA on November 9th. In addition to being a national title holder in one of the world's most renowned pageants, she is also a lawyer, correspondent for Extra TV, and runs a Fashion Blog for the working woman called White Collar Glam.

36 mins
11/5/20
EP 4- Jessie Hooker Bailey, Waitress on Broadway

EP 4- Jessie Hooker Bailey, Waitress on Broadway

Salisha Thomas sits down with the energetic, fun-loving Jessie Hooker Bailey (Waitress, Beautiful) and they are diving into Hair Journey. Jessie describes not even knowing where to begin with her hair, to experimenting, to ultimately becoming a natural hair bride.

44 mins
10/29/20
Ep3 - Interview with Joanna Jones, Broadway's Hamilton

Ep3 - Interview with Joanna Jones, Broadway's Hamilton

Salisha Thomas sits down with Broadway's Joanna Jones. Joanna made her Broadway debut in Hamilton as Peggy/Maria Reynolds and is slated to open the Los Angeles touring company of Hamilton as Eliza. Follow Joanna Jones on IG @joannaalexisjones.

35 mins
10/22/20
Ep2 - Interview with Aisha Jackson, Broadway's Frozen

Ep2 - Interview with Aisha Jackson, Broadway's Frozen

Host, Salisha Thomas welcomes Broadway's Aisha Jackson as her first guest on Black Hair in the Big Leagues! Aisha's Broadway credits include Beautiful the Carole King Musical, Waitress (OBC), Frozen (standby as the first and only Black Anna on Broadway), and is slated to star in The Britney Spears Musical One More Time upon Broadway's return.

41 mins
10/22/20
Ep1 - Welcome to the RevHairution!

Ep1 - Welcome to the RevHairution!

Welcome to Black Hair in the Big Leagues Podcast! Blogger, Broadway actress, and former Miss California, Salisha Thomas, the host introduces herself and shares why she's excited about this podcast. Follow her blog at www.salishathomas.com.

7 mins
10/22/20
Podcast Trailer

Podcast Trailer

Throughout Black Hair in the Big Leagues, host Salisha Thomas sits down with badass black women on Broadway and talks about all things hair. We are sharing secrets, swapping ideas, and talking about our individual experiences backstage, onstage and beyond.

1 min
10/14/20

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