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Meet ClaudBee Bird of Two B’s

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claud Bee and Bird of Two B’s, the podcast.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Claud Bee and Bird. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
We met in 2011 while working at a local rape crisis and domestic violence agency. As crisis counselor advocates we responded to crisis calls on a 24-hour hotline, as well as to hospitals and police stations to support survivors after an assault had taken place. We also provided crisis counseling, support, advocacy, and resources to survivors and their significant others.

We both began working at the sexual and domestic violence agency at different times but for the same reasons; #cuztrauma. As survivors of sexual violence ourselves, we know how important it is for survivors to not only receive support at the immediate time the trauma occurs (as well as continued support thereafter) but also how important it is to BELIEVE survivors when they disclose.

Because of this, we have an innate desire to connect with other survivors. While working at the organization, we had the opportunity to coordinate various trainings together. One such opportunity allowed us to coordinate a training for a survivor speakers bureau, the time spent planning this training allowed us the space to open up to each other about our own stories and experiences.

Prior to this, we had not disclosed to one another much about our personal experiences, in fact, we weren’t one hundred percent sure if the other was a survivor, we would say that this was the pivotal moment in which we started spending more time together in and out of work hours.

Not only is this is what allowed our friendship and working relationship to blossom into what it is today, but being part of a training and a group of predominantly womxn of color who so bravely and openly share their own personal stories of abuse and subsequent healing, really encouraged and empowered us to share our stories as well.

The impact that a story of survivorship and healing can make on even one survivor, just as it has made on us, has really encouraged and shown us the importance of storytelling. Because of this, we both have had experiences sharing our own stories at press conferences, rallies, Take Back the Nights, Denim Day, and of course, the internet.

Claud is an avid podcast listener and Bird just wants to be famous, so naturally, Two B’s was born! Being part of the Latinx community, as well as women, we love having this type of outlet as a platform to hold space for other survivors and womxn of color. We understand the importance of speaking out about these issues within our communities.

We understand the important work of acknowledging and healing generational trauma and how storytelling can be an integral part of healing. Podcasting is a means of storytelling. It is a great way to connect with various people who you may share common interests or ideas with, or whom you can learn from, it is a way to build community.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing is smooth with us Bs. We have had an amazing journey and have really grown in our short time as a podcast; we’ve learned most of what we’ve done by just jumping in, from recording equipment to story editing. Our first few episodes were recorded with Bird’s cell phone, and we have since upgraded to microphones and a laptop, it’s all DIY and Indie over here.

We are still finding the balance between full-time jobs, family, being podcasters and creatives, all the while still working to maintain a solid friendship with each other. We have two very distinct personalities, Claud Bee is a planner and Bird is more of a go with the flow-er, but the balance of both of our personalities has been valuable in the coordination and production of the podcast.

When Claud is too shy to take the leap, Bird is there to push her, as any good friend and co-host should! We even out each other’s quirks and since we’ve been friends for quite some time, we also do some bickering along the way, as every good friend and podcasting duo should.

Our time and training as crisis counselor advocates really established effective communication skills in both of us and we try to implement them as much as possible. While the podcast is important to us, so is our friendship, and we wouldn’t have one without the other.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Two B’s – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
In 2018, we were both looking for an outlet for our creativity, at the same time we wanted to create a space for survivors to share their stories, hear other survivor stories, feel validated and start to take back their power.

We started Two B’s with the intention of creating a space for survivors and womxn of color, but at first, we were just two B’s talking about life, love, surviving, and thriving through the everyday trials of adulting from a survivor’s lens. We didn’t have it all figured out, but we did it anyway! We chose “B’s” because of our nicknames, Claud Bee and Bird, but also as a way of reclaiming the word bitch and thinking about the interchangeable B words that describe us mujerxs; beautiful, badasses, brave, AND SO ON!

Storytelling and healing are the foundation of Two B’s, it is why we refer to our episodes as Stories, and as one of the few survivor centric podcasts around, we knew were heading towards becoming a space where folx could come on to be heard and perhaps find some validation in the stories of others. But it all happened pretty fast!

Our guests and topics have ranged from dating as older millennials after ending long term relationships, an LA Girl returning to her homeland roots and discovering more about both herself and love, learning about trauma-informed healing modalities, brujeria, and ancestral healing, and intention setting, to raw audio of first-hand accounts of survivor experiences in response to #WhyIDidntReport .

At its core, Two B’s is a podcast for survivors by survivors. We want people to know that survivors are more than just their trauma so we have adopted the hashtag, #cuztrauma and we use it in a sort of tongue-in-cheek way with our sometimes self-deprecating humor. We are not products of our trauma. While Womxn faces various types of traumas living in a patriarchal society, we are also strong, brave, and resilient badasses. Two B’s is a podcast for all of us.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We’ve actually been thinking about this a lot in the new year. We really want to work on restructuring our show a bit as well as working on our branding, mission statement, and engagement as a whole. We would love to have a level of brand recognition such that when survivors see us, they know us, and they know that Two B’s is for them.

As we look into the future of the podcast we are thinking a lot about taking this show on the road, so to speak, and what that means to us. For many podcasts that means live shows, and while we are definitely open to that, we are also thinking about evolving the Two B’s brand into more than just podcasting, and are very excited about some ideas and possible collaborations we have in the works with pasts guests.

We just recorded an episode on intention setting, vision boarding and manifesting, and we are buzzing with all that amazing positive energy! But for now and in the immediate future, we Bs are so excited about continuing to build relationships and collaborations with many more amazing creatives in various fields, about bringing information and various types of healing modalities to survivors. We are excited about continuing to record and learning more.

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