On holding space for the realities of menopause, normalizing the multiple truths of aging, prioritizing the power of shared intergenerational story to end the negative ways in which we relate to our bodies.
Omisade Burney-Scott (Oh-me-SHAH-day, she/her) is a seventh generation Black Southern feminist, storyteller and social justice advocate.
She is also the creator/curator of The Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause (BGG2SM), a multimedia project focused on normalizing menopause and aging through the centering of the stories of Black women, women-identified and gender expansive people.
BGG2SM curates opportunities for people experiencing menopause or will experience menopause in the future to think about and, often, reimagine their own story and menopause journey as something unique, dynamic, natural, and deserving of respect and support.
BGG2SM has collaborated with Society for Women’s Health and Research, Prevention Magazine, Elektra Health and partnered with Kindra to create the Say More Conversation & Journaling Cards.
BGG2SM’s core programs are their Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause podcast,which is a guide to the different stages of menopause, intergenerational storytelling gatherings and annual zine called “Messages from the Menopausal Multiverse”.
She has been featured in numerous outlets including Oprah Daily, Forbes, VOGUE, Prevention, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Omisade and BGG2SM partnered with The Honey Pot Company for World Menopause Month in October and the Embodied Podcast at WUNC-North Carolina Public Radio for a series of weekly videos using the Say More deck.
Omisade is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the proud mother of two sons, and resides in Durham.
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