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This week we’re joined by a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Michelle Henry. She’s going to be giving us the suga on her journey, how to keep our melanin popping and loving the skin you’re in.  Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with Dr. Henry: @drmichellehenry See for privacy information.
This week we’re joined by acclaimed award-winning actress, author, film director and activist, the legendary Sheryl Lee Ralph. We’re sharing the suga on dreaming big, learning life’s lessons and being the author of your own life story. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with Sheryl: @thesherylleeralph @thesherylralph See for privacy information.
This week we’re joined by media maven Eden Bridgeman Sklenar, current owner and Chairwoman of the iconic EBONY and JET brands and CMO of Manna, Inc. We’re sharing the suga on building legacies, being Black and proud, and living life on your own terms.  Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with Eden: @eden_bridgemansklenar See for privacy information.
This week we’re joined by media powerhouse Rachel Lindsay, current on-air correspondent with Extra, host of Extra on Snapchat, co-host of The Ringer’s Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay and pen behind the hit online column “Honestly Rach.” We’re sharing the suga on manifesting your destiny, creating your own table and how to keep married life spicy. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with Rachel Honestly Rach @TheRachLindsay therachlindsay See for privacy information.
This week we’re joined by the inspirational René Brooks, Founder of Black Girl Lost Keys, a blog dedicated to helping other women of color struggling with ADHD, and we’re having a heart to heart about climbing out of darkness, silencing the shame and why having support matters. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph   Connect with René: Black Girl Lost Keys @blkgirllostkeys See for privacy information.
This week we’re joined by real life ‘spice girl’ Angel Gregorio, owner of The Spice Suite. We’re talking all things spice, motherhood and what it means to find and follow your purpose - even when it happens by accident!    Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph   Connect with our guest: @TheSpiceSuite See for privacy information.
This week we’re joined by the amazing Dr. Lisa Williams, Founder and CEO of The World of Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration, home to beloved global brands like The Fresh Dolls, and we’re sharing the suga on loving the skin you’re in, going after your dreams and keeping life fresh.    Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph   Connect with our guest: @thafreshdolls Facebook Fresh Dolls Youtube   See for privacy information.
Our guest this week Richelle Carey was featured in the latest print edition of Essence celebrating her journey to motherhood. After years of waiting for the perfect partner and an unsuccessful round of IVF she became a mother last year through adoption. In Richelle’s own words “If you had told me that at 50 years old I’d be a single Mom living in my parents guest house I would think I’d screwed up my life... But actually everything turned out perfectly" Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @RichelleCarey Richelle Carey Reel Richelle Carey Bio See for privacy information.
This week we are joined by Lenise Williams, an attorney, serial entrepreneur, and mom of two amazing boys. She consults with start-ups, creates viable business models and is the founder of Made Leather Company, a luxury brand that imports quality handmade leather products from Morocco. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and continuously sets out to educate many, especially mothers, on the importance of finding independence through entrepreneurship. Made Leather Co. Mompreneuresq Sugaberry See for privacy information.
This week we are joined by Kelly McCreary, who stars on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Maggie Pierce. Last year, Kelly gave birth to her first child with her husband, director Pete Chatmon (whom, btw, she met on the set of Grey's Anatomy)! We are so happy to have Kelly on the show to talk about her thoughts on family planning, finding the right healthcare providers, and most importantly, how we can ease into being a new mom. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @seekellymccreary See for privacy information.
This week, we're doing a little mental health check-in with Dr. Chanté D. DeLoach, a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. DeLoach, or "Dr. D" as she is affectionately known, is the founder and executive director of Luminesce Psychological Services, where she works to help individuals, couples, and families create healthier, more meaningful relationships.  Tune in as we talk about how we can maintain happy and healthy relationships with our children, our loved ones—and most importantly—ourselves. Dr. D also shares some sample scripts we can use to check our kids’ mental health, along with some sage words to help us get through tough times. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: See for privacy information.
In this week’s episode, we talk to Christine Michel Carter, a global advocate and expert on issues impacting working moms everywhere. Her writing and commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington PostandForbes. Christine has also worked with the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S.Chamber of Commerce.  Last but not least, Christine is also the author of the bestselling children’s book, Can Mommy Go To Work? as well as the adult novel, MOM AF. Tune in as we dive into all things child care, remote work, and how mothers can advocate for the life they want. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @cmichelcarter  See for privacy information.
We have a special episode today! If you ever wanted to soak up a boatload of wisdom from some incredible women—all in less than hour—THIS is your episode! This week, Tika and Thai listen back and react to their favorite moments from past guest interviews on The Suga. We often hear just how much you appreciate hearing the wonderful stories and wisdom shared by our guests. So, we decided to compile a special episode with a few favorites! Be sure to check out the complete episodes for each guest to hear even more incredible stories from some truly remarkable women. [Interviews Sampled In This Episode:] 1) Honoring Your Heart's Desire with Mara Brock Akil  2) Finding Your Flow with Cassie Ventura Fine 3) Preventing Mommy Burnout with Devi Brown 4) Living By Your Own Rules with Tamron Hall 5) Legislating a Brighter Future with Rep. Cori Bush 6) Embracing Pleasure, Joy, and Ease with Ev’Yan Whitney 7) Creating a Vibe In Your Home with Justina Blakeney 8) Living Authentically with Tasha Smith 9) Working Out Your Spiritual Purpose with Angela Manuel Davis 10) Go About Your Business with Tabitha Brown Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph See for privacy information.
This week we are joined by Shelah Marie of Love & Hip hop Miami. Shelah is a wellness influencer and founder of Curvy, Curly, Conscious, a sisterhood and collective that promotes self-care, self-love and self-empowerment for Black women. Shelah is also the author of Positive You: A Personal Growth Journal for Women. In this episode, we talk to Shelah about how her upbringing as the only Black person in her household influenced her journey into wellness, why she is unapologetic about making space for Black women and how she kept herself grounded while filming a reality TV show. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @theshelahmarie @curvycurlyconscious  See for privacy information.
It’s not every day a member of Congress joins us on the pod, but that’s exactly what we have in store for this week’s episode! Join us as we chat with the remarkable and inspiring Congresswoman Cori Bush from the wonderful state of Missouri.  Congresswoman Cori Bush is a registered nurse, community activist, organizer, single mother, and ordained pastor for the people of St. Louis. She is currently serving her first term as the representative of Missouri’s 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.  In our conversation, we talk about the congresswoman's journey from activist to legislator, how she’s adapted family life while working on the Hill and, how the U.S. can better maternal healthcare for Black moms. Last but not least, she shares what gives her hope as we build a brighter future for us all. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @coribush  See for privacy information.
You know, they say "a Black woman’s hair is her crown!" But, with so many products on the market and styling methods to choose from, it can be confusing knowing where to start. That's why this week we're diving into all things hair care with the powerhouse sisters Sharie Wilson and Tonya Thompson, co-founders of DreamGirls Hair. In this episode, we talk to these beauty mavens about living their dream, lessons learned along the way, and how having “magic hair-growing hands” is helping women appreciate and protect their crowns. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guests: @dreamgirlshair @hairbytonya @imshariewilson See for privacy information.
This week we are joined by the Daytime Emmy award-winning TV host, journalist and philanthropist, Tamron Hall! Tamron has served as the anchor for MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall and was the first African-American female co-host of “TODAY.” Recently, she published her first novel, As the Wicked Watch: The First Jordan Manning Novel. In this episode, we talk about why we deserve it all, why you should never stop pursuing your dreams and the importance of amplifying the stories of Black women. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @tamronhall  See for privacy information.
This week we are joined by Tasha Smith who is known for her acting roles in hit films such as "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Why Did I Get Married, Too?" In the past few years, Tasha has shifted her focus to being behind the camera as a director. Most recently, she has taken the helm of several series including STARZ’s Black Family Mafia and Lee Daniels'FOX show, "Our Kind of People," and Amazon's "Harlem."  In this episode, we talk to Tasha about how her upbringing in Camden, New Jersey influenced her approach to filmmaking and TV and why she practices radical vulnerability in all her relationships. Plus, we dive into her spiritual journey and how she came to believe in a higher power. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @tasha4realsmith See for privacy information.
This week we are joined by actress Karen Pittman, who is known for her work in shows like "Yellowstone," “The Americans,” "Luke Cage," and, most recently, for her portrayal of Mia Jordan on Apple TV’s Golden Globe-nominated, “The Morning Show." In our conversation, we talk about how Karen's Southern family roots impacted her parenting style, how her role as Mia Jordan evolved post #BlackLivesMatter, and why she believes it's important for Black women to prioritize love and romance. We also talk about how she landed the role of Dr. Nya Wallace on the highly-anticipated HBO Max reboot of "Sex and the City," called, "And Just Like That..." And, last but not least, we discuss why there's "extra sweetness in being a Black woman." Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @thekarenpittman See for privacy information.
This week, we are joined by a friend of the pod and all-around icon in television: Mara Brock Akil. Mara is a prolific producer, screenwriter, and showrunner who has helped reshape the television landscape by blessing us with iconic shows like “Girlfriends,” "The Game,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Black Lightning,” — and so many others!  In our conversation, we talk about how Mara honors her intentions and goals as an artist by traveling, playing tennis and finding ways to fill her cup outside of work. We also discuss some of the iconic characters she’s brought to life on television and why she considers "Love Is" to be her best work to date. Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with Mara Brock Akil: @MaraBrockAkil  See for privacy information.
Comments (4)

Michelle Campbell

I will probably listen to this several times.. lots of lessons to unpack here

Nov 18th

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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