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A black woman with white hair in an afro smiles at the camera. She is wearing big, dangling gold circles as earrings, glasses with a green marbled frame, red-orange lipstick and a multi-colored short turtleneck with horizontal stripes.

Omisade Burney-Scott

Omisade Burney-Scott (she / her) is a Black southern 7th-generation native North Carolinian feminist, social justice advocate and creative with decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, philanthropy and social justice.

She has worked with WUNC on many projects, including as guest host of Embodied.

  • The trend of “gentle” or “intentional” parenting faces plenty of skepticism in the child-rearing realm. But by rethinking the way we communicate and set boundaries with kids, some folks are finding liberation in multiple types of relationships.
  • Guest host Omisade Burney-Scott is well aware that gentle parenting is a divisive concept. So she's gets into it! Omi talks with two other Black mothers about their definitions of gentle parenting and how it can break cycles of generational trauma. Then her older son shares how he has seen her parenting evolve over the past three decades.
  • The legacy of Black Horror films — horror made by, for and/or about Black people — goes back decades. And it has a lot to teach us not only about the power of fear, but the necessity of joy.
  • For most of guest host Omisade Burney-Scott's life, she was a reluctant viewer of horror films — squinting through her fingers long enough to get to the closing credits. In recent years, that trepidation has turned into thrill as she's watched the Black horror genre evolve. She talks with a filmmaker, director and horror scholar about how they see their own experiences reflected in the Black horror renaissance.
  • Cultures across the world have consulted the stars about everything from agricultural practices and politics to romantic compatibility. Whether you’re a casual consumer of astro memes or intimately familiar with each planet’s position within your chart, digging deeper into astrology can be a meaningful form of self-reflection.
  • Guest host Omisade Burney-Scott is a proud Aries Sun-Leo moon-Virgo rising and has been looking to the stars since the '70s. She and her best friend of over 50 years look back on how astrology influenced their relationship growing up and how they move in the world today. Plus, she talks to two astrologers about how this practice can play a role in social justice movements and in the intersections of our identities.
  • Anita turns the mic over to guest host Omisade Burney-Scott to explore the many ways folks are raising kids outside the nuclear family unit. First, Omi talks with one of her co-parents about their evolution from romantic partners to partners in parenting. Plus, she meets a woman who is part of a four-person parenting structure and hears from someone who is creating resources for folks in blended families.
  • Co-parenting looks different for every family. But at its core, co-parenting can encourage good communication and responsibility-sharing by putting focus on the common interest: the children.
  • Omisade Burney-Scott writes about experiencing puberty and menopause as a Black woman, and the conversations that she is working to normalize.