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Author: Tika Sumpter, Thai Randolph

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Welcome to The Suga, a brown mama's guide to the sweet life with hosts Tika Sumpter and Thai Randolph. Each week, listeners can laugh, learn, love AND (instead of spilling the tea) share THE SUGA by celebrating sisterhood and motherhood.
48 Episodes
The pandemic has empowered many to intentionally pursue their dreams, and claim the lives they desire for themselves. This week, we are joined by writer, director,  creator & EP of STARZ new dramedy Run The World, Leigh Davenport. Similar to the title of her new show, Leigh epitomizes what it means to run her own world. She walks us through her journey of quitting her prestigious position at Hello Beautiful to pursue her dreams of becoming a writer. Leigh shares with us the obstacles she encountered during the pursuit of her goals and the importance of having a tribe to support her through difficult phases of her life. In this episode, we are reminded that when you reach for the sky, you may actually end up on STARZ.  Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @LeighDav STARZ: Run The World See for privacy information.
This week, we are joined by writer, podcast host, & educator Ashley C. Ford as we explore “who you are”vs. “what you were born into”. We take a closer look into Ford’s childhood through discussing her newly released memoir titled, Somebody’s daughter: a well-written feature examining poverty, race, body image, parental incarceration, and a beautiful yet very complex family dynamic. You will be mesmerized by Ford’s storytelling as she shares key lessons with us about the importance of relinquishing our need for control, the power of apologizing to a child, and how to find comfort in the body she once identified as a traitor.  This episode is guaranteed to leave you running to your nearest bookstore to pick up a copy of this book!  To share your thoughts about this episode or Ashley C. Ford’s new memoir Somebody’s daughter email us at  Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: Instagram: @SmashFizzle  Twitter: @iSmashFizzle  BOOK: Somebody's Daughter  Ashley C. Ford's Link Tree  See for privacy information.
Today, we are joined by serial entrepreneur motivational speaker, TV personality, business coach, & two-time cancer survivor, Bershan Shaw. We talk about removing shame from our lives and nurturing the leader within to enhance the quality of our internal and external relationships. Bershan encourages us all to address the “cancers” within our own lives so that we can be fulfilled TODAY,  because tomorrow may never come. You can’t help but leave this conversation ignited, inspired, and motivated to be the best version of yourself. Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @Bershanshaw  Book: The Unstoppable Warrior Woman See for privacy information.
This week we are joined by iconic, Emmy-award-winning star of the stage and screen, Ms. Lynn Whitfield. In this episode, the legendary actress shares how she moved past her fears by relying on her unwavering passion. We dive deep into her acting roots to discover how exposure to ambitious and prestigious Black professionals as a child and during her undergraduate years at the historic Howard University, helped shape her identity, work ethic and set her on the path to success. She shares with us how as a fellow SugaMama she balances the natural instinct to protect her daughter Grace from the harsh realities of life by instilling limitless thinking and encouraging her to explore and discover her own path in the world. So grab a cup and get ready to sip the tea, because this a discussion you won't want to miss.  Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest:  @mslynnwhitfield See for privacy information.
“I am not a single mother. I am a single woman, with a child.” ⁃ Shanicia Boswell In today’s episode, we’re talking about turning the page on negative chapters in life and writing new stories for ourselves and our families. Our guest, Shanicia Boswell will share how she went from being homeless and jobless – to becoming an accomplished author, entrepreneur, and advocate for Black Moms.  Shanicia also shares the story behind the formation of her platform, Black Moms Blog & the importance of representation for Black mothers within the blogging community. In her book, “Oh, Sis! You’re Pregnant” she explores topics like setting boundaries with an overbearing mother in the delivery room, to offering suggestions about ways you should wear your hair while giving birth. Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @shaniciaboswell See for privacy information.
“Kids listen to what you say but they pattern what you do. The best thing that we can do is model holistic care for ourselves." -Melanie Fiona  Happy Mother’s Day and welcome to season 4 of The Suga Podcast!! In this episode, we are joined by singer, songwriter, wellness advocate, healer, and Mama, Melanie Fiona. Melanie candidly shares with us, the doctor’s visit that led to her great awakening, the importance of trusting your own intuition, and why it’s so critical to pay attention to the themes and truths that continue presenting themselves in our lives.    Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph   Connect with our guest:  @MelanieFiona See for privacy information.
We're wrapping this season with a heart to heart with author and wellness consultant, Alex Elle. We’re talking all about healing, self-love, and self-care. While we take a brief break, write us with any questions, guests or topics you want us to cover next season: Also, sign up for our newsletter to stay connected: See for privacy information.
Talking about money can feel like a shameful or confusing topic, but not with this week’s guest. Today we’re talking with America’s favorite personal financial educator, Tiffany the Budgetnista Aliche about financial wholeness and her new book, Get Good With Money. You can get your copy here: See for privacy information.
We're reflecting on what it means to respect the road that got us to where we are now with today's incredibly thoughtful guest, Cleo Wade! We're talking all about her new children's book, "What the Road Said" which is available for purchase now, check out Cleo's website for more information: See for privacy information.
This week we’re joined by Reverend Dr.Stacey L. Edwards-Dunn of Fertility for Colored Girls to talk about the intersection of faith and fertility. See for privacy information.
We’re tapping into our sensual side today with Sexuality Doula, Ev’Yan Whitney. Listen in and learn all about how we can indulge in the pleasure we all deserve. See for privacy information.
This week we're talking about the intersection of incarceration and motherhood with Author, Attorney and Entrepreneur, Brittany K. Barnett. We learn more about the life saving work she's doing to change the narrative around justice impacted people and how we can get involved in creating sustainable liberation for women and girls impacted by the justice system. You can learn more about Brittany's incredible work by checking out the nonprofits she founded: The Buried Alive Project, which works to dismantle life without parole sentences handed down under federal drug laws and Girls Embracing Mothers (GEMS), dedicated to empowering girls with mothers in prison. The Buried Alive Project: GEMS: See for privacy information.
Anyone else dealing with a threenager? Today we're talking all about what it's like raising a teenager with actress and comedian, Tichina Arnold! See for privacy information.
This week we're celebrating Galentine's day with the one and only Garcelle Beauvais! We're talking all about sisterhood and how to find a squad that lifts you up, cheers you on and fixes your crown. Plus, Garcelle shares what it's like co-parenting her teen sons, finding love during Covid, and her big goal for 2021! Show us some love, don't forget to rate and review! See for privacy information.
This Black history month, we're talking all about storytelling with multi-award winning author, Alicia D. Williams and her new picture book Jump At The Sun that chronicles the life of writer and storycatcher extraordinaire, Zora Neale Hurston. A friendly reminder that you are not the default in somebody's story.  You can learn more about Alicia's book, Jump At The Sun here: Here's what we're throwing in the bag this week: See for privacy information.
Staying busy is good and all but what grace do we offer ourselves when it comes to being a working mom expected to balance it all? This week we're talking with actress and mom Kyla Pratt about breaking generational curses, managing mommy guilt, and understanding postpartum depression. To get support and for more information about postpartum depression, call or text the Postpartum Support International helpline at 1-800-944-4773. More information can also be found on their website: See for privacy information.
The Suga is an intentional space for joy because we understand the pain that is often associated with Black motherhood. Today we’re joined by journalist Dani McClain, author of We Live For The We: The Political Power Of Black Motherhood to unpack the layers of our power and what it means to be a mother today. We're talking about raising confident children and what it means to live for the we while also doing us on our terms. If you loved today's episode, need some words of affirmation or advice, drop us a line at thesuga [at] sugaberry [dot] comYou can learn more about Dani's book here: mentioned this episode are linked below:The Will to Change by Bell Hooks: by Toni Morrison: See for privacy information.
In 2021 we’re asking: how are you betting on yourself this year? Actress, vegan foodie and everyone's favorite mom, Tabitha Brown joins us to share her incredible story about how she took a chance on herself and made her wildest dreams come true. Plus, Tabitha shares her personal approach to motherhood. If you loved today's episode, need some words of affirmation or advice, drop us a line at thesuga [at] sugaberry [dot] com See for privacy information.
The Suga is back with all new episodes starting Monday, January 18th! We have some incredible guests and topics lined up for you. Make sure to subscribe, we can't wait for you to listen! While you're at it, if you need some words of affirmation drop us a line at thesuga [at] sugaberry [dot] com See for privacy information.
In our final episode of the season, we want to remind you that it's OK to not have it all together all the time! We're sharing the pressures we've been feeling to hold it all together and it's rarely ever perfect but we're all learning how to roll with what life throws our way. Plus, we're joined by the insightful and thoughtful Nina Westbrook (@ninawestbrook) who teaches us effective strategies about how to take better care of our mental wellness, setting boundaries, and prioritizing our self-care. Also, we are sharing what we're throwing in our bags, check out the links below.Minibrook: Vibrate Higher Daily: See for privacy information.
Comments (3)

Michelle Campbell

I sooooo enjoyed this. I was in tears listening because it was speaking to my soul being a SAHM. I feel like I've lost so much of myself, and this was confirmation that I deserve breaks to take care of myself.

May 10th

Stacey D. Herron

I'm so glad for this perspective. I'm a doula and aspiring nurse-midwife and find a lot of value in hearing your stories and viewpoint. i have had two myomectomies due to fibroids and was told that I would not be able to birth vaginally. I connected with a group called ICAN the International Cesarean Awareness Network and found a lot of healing in sharing with a group of women who have had similar experiences. I wanted to just give some info for people who may want to hear that there are women who have had multiple cesarean births and are very well able to birth vaginally. It's an awesome support and information resource. Cant wait to keep listening. I'm starting from the beginning! ❤❤❤

Dec 10th


I am a single mama and love listening to you ladies, even though I am white I still understand your pain with fibroids, and being judged im judged because im a single mom and I live in utah where if you aren't Mormon and married you are going to hell! Its crazy thats why there is no black people here, they are too smart! hah I have been trying to move ut my entire life, but they keep it safe here for kids and the cost of living s low so i stay, but I am judged constantly and so is my daughter.

Mar 26th
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