Motherhood in Black & White

Motherhood in Black & White

Hosted by Gen X moms, Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell. These two women- one Black and one White- come from different worlds, but have become close friends through their shared experiences as suburban ‘boy moms,’ working women in male-dominated workplaces, and their love of 90s hip-hop. Listen in as they chat with each other and connect with guests about parenting and pop culture and the tragedies and triumphs of motherhood with honesty, empathy and humor.

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December 26, 2021 23 min

 In this final episode of 2021, Kaanji and Tara reflect on the highlights - and low points - of this year.  Our hosts share some candid thoughts about pivoting during the pandemic and discuss what they are most looking forward to in 2022.  

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Christmas came early for our hosts as they are joined by the Emmy award-winning journalist and documentarian, Soledad O'Brien. They discuss her new series on HBO, Black and Missing, and the ongoing media bias that keeps certain stories from being told.  Join us for an incredible conversion about inclusion, empathy, and how we can make a difference in what stories are told. 

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This episode, we review two new media releases- movie King Richard and the docu-series Black and Missing. Kaanji and Tara discuss explaining marginalization and racism fo their kids and offer insight about how parents can approach these conversations with our children.  


To learn more about the Black and Missing Foundation, visit http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/


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December 5, 2021 29 min

This week, Kaanji and Tara talk about grades and how they each approach motivating their sons to feel successful in school.  They navigate a complex conversation about how they define success, how their kids are both having a different relationship with school than they each did, and where our school systems are flawed.  Can you guess which of our hosts graduated salutatorian of her high school?


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November 28, 2021 27 min

 In this episode that originally aired in November 2020, Kaanji and Tara chat with journalist, author, nonprofit founder, and mother, Gretchen Carlson. You may know Gretchen as a former Miss America and the courageous woman who has been a leading voice in speaking out about workplace harassment. But you may not know what her kids thought about her stance or what she has been up to recently. Listen to this week’s powerful episode to...

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November 21, 2021 32 min

This week, Kaanji and Tara untangle issues of beauty standards and Black hair discrimination in America.  Listen as Kaanji talks about her and her son's Black hair care journey. Tune is as our hosts talk about cultural appropriation and how it differs from cultural appreciation. 


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Clubhouse: @Kaanji and @Taraallyce
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November 14, 2021 31 min

Can working moms have it all? This episode, Kaanji and Tara are joined by Whitnee Hawthorne of The Savvy Working Mom to talk about the challenges working moms face and how to find balance in it all.  Whitnee shares her experiences and advice for working moms as they navigate their changing priorities and work to define a life that brings joy.  Join us for the conversation. 



You can find Whitnee's work at: thesavvyworkingmom.com

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Many mothers instinctively feel a need to put their children first - before other relationships and themselves.  This episode, Kaanji and Tara share the challenges that they have had with prioritizing their marriages during motherhood, and some ways that they have learned to make time and space for their partners. Join us for the conversation. 


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October 30, 2021 25 min

We are wrapping up another month and our hosts discuss how fast the holiday season is approaching.  As they discuss Thanksgiving and gathering with friends and family, they each share which celebrity moms they would invite to their holiday dinner table - and why.  Kaanji begins the episode with a mea culpa, and both hosts agree on one celebrity they would invite to their table anytime.  


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October 23, 2021 29 min

Netflix's most-watched series has many parents asking: should I let my kids watch? This week, Kaanji and Tara discuss this pop culture phenomenon, why it's so popular with kids, and how parents can assess and discuss age-appropriate viewing for our kids.

Send us a voice mail via our producer ( joeysalvia@yahoo.com) to ask us a question, suggest a future topic, and comment about this or any other recent topic. You might j...

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October 16, 2021 29 min

This week, our hosts talk about a less controversial F word - forgiveness.  They each share how important learning to forgive has been in each of their lives and how they are working to foster the practice with their kids.  It's also a special celebratory episode as Kaanji and Tara share some big podcast milestones and welcome their new listeners!  



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October 10, 2021 41 min

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.  One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This week we reshare an episode from October 2020, a powerful conversation with mom, runner, and coach, Shaluinn Fullove.  Her story of being a previvor reminds us how important it is for us to put our health first.  We are still in awe of her streng...

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October 3, 2021 25 min

This week, our hosts each review their top 5 pop culture picks of the season.  Their lists almost completely diverge and cover a wide spectrum of options - TV, movies, books and even social media picks.  Tara has a pick that Kaanji is completely confused by, but there is one pop culture phenomenon they both completely agree on. 


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September 26, 2021 30 min

This week, we are joined by Brenna Vivier, a mother of 3 who shares her story of navigating "invisible" illness and how she has found peace in the chaos through a regular mindfulness and meditation practice.  Brenna talks to us about being an empty nester, her new book, Water Stops, and we all reminisce about spending our early mornings in a dark room cycling together.   


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September 18, 2021 31 min

This week, we are joined by Jessica Jackley, Founder of Alltruists, a company that provides a monthly subscription box that provides resources for families to engage in issues and volunteer in small, but impactful ways.  Jessica tells us how this idea was formed from both her aspiration to share her love of giving with her kids and all of those pandemic deliveries.    


Learn more about Alltruists: https://alltruists.com/    

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September 11, 2021 36 min

How much time is too much screen time? How old should kids be when they get cell phones? This week, we dive into a discussion on how we can manage our kids' non-educational screen time and the ways that we have been challenged to monitor their usage of devices and computers. Listen for some tips on realistic screen time solutions, and listen as our hosts debate whether Tara's son is old enough to get a cell phone.




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September 4, 2021 31 min

This week, we are joined by Nadine Fonseca, Founder and CEO of Mighty Kind, a publication company dedicated to providing anti-bias resources for parents and kids.  Nadine talks about how Mighty Kind focuses on kindness and compassion as the foundation for anti-bias learning, and why discussing these issues with our kids is more important than ever.  


Learn more about Nadine and the work of Mighty Kind: www.mightykindkids.com 

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This week, Kaanji andTara discuss their changing relationships with their pre-teen sons and share how they are working to keep those bonds strong as their kids grow into adulthood. As usual, our hosts look to pop culture to help, as the conversation views parent/child relationships through the lens of some well-known movies.  Listen as Kaanji shares the person she idolizes the most, which surprises Tara and may surprise you as well...

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This week, listen to a throwback episode from October 2020, when our guests sat down and chatted with child counselor Jenny Gomez about how to talk to our kids about anxiety-inducing events like puberty and political unrest. The conversation is as relevant in 2021 as it was when it first aired.  Stay tuned for tips on how to navigate challenging conversations with our kiddos.



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Our hosts are back from a hiatus to kick off Season Two. The discussion centers on self care, how they replenish their spirits in this season, and how they cultivate their children's well being.  Kaanji and Tara share their tips for changing your environment, disengaging from screens, and avoiding the overscheduling trap. Listen to the end for Kaanji's alliterative commitment to this season's self-care strategy.



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