The Suga

By 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.

Episode Date
Working Out Your Spiritual Purpose with Angela Manuel Davis
This week, Tika Sumpter and Thai Randolph are joined by former USA track & field athlete, current NIKE athlete, motivational speaker, mother, & wife, Angela Manuel Davis. In this episode, the ladies talk about finding/living in your purpose through the fusion of spirituality & fitness. Angela reminds our listeners that we are all created IN purpose, ON purpose, FOR a purpose- so we must honor and take care of the body that houses our gifts. Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @AngelaManuelDavis See for privacy information.
Jul 26, 2021
Learning How To Be Positively Plant-based with Jessica Hylton
This week we are joined by vegan chef and blogger, Jessica Hylton. In this episode, we talk about how to incorporate more vegetarian options without sacrificing an ounce of flavor. Jessica shares tips and tricks to get your little ones to eat healthier while making the cooking and cleaning process easy with her one-pot recipes. Join us to hear how Jessica's vegan diet changed her health, sleep, mood, and overall lifestyle. Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest:  @Jessicainthekitchen Blog: Jessica In The Kitchen See for privacy information.
Jul 19, 2021
Protecting Your Magic with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford.
This week, we are joined by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford., a clinical psychologist best known as the founder of the mental health platform and community, Therapy for Black Girls. In this episode, we demystify the concept of therapy and share tools to help cope with the anxiety many may feel from playing multiple roles during the pandemic.  Connect with us: @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: @Therapyforblackgirls   See for privacy information.
Jul 12, 2021
Going Through Hell with Star of ‘Lucifer’ Lesley Ann Brandt
Generational curses cannot be broken overnight. In fact, most milestones, epiphanies, and accomplishments are not often achieved without a bit of strife/obstacle. This week, we are joined by activist, amazing mama, and the talented actress playing the character "Mazikeen" on Netlfix’s drama, ‘Lucifer’ Lesley-Ann Brant. Lesley-Ann shares what it was like to grow up in South Africa during apartheid and how that has informed her identity both on and off the screen. She reminds us that life is a balance between both the good and bad and urges us to make peace with the pendulum swing of life.  Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: IG: @LesleyAnnBrandt Twitter: @LesleyAnnBrandt See for privacy information.
Jul 05, 2021
Accepting The Dark Sides of Myself with Lorraine Toussaint
“The darkest part of ourselves have to also be made known to us” Lorraine Toussaint This week we are joined by the talented actress and writer Lorraine Toussaint to discuss the importance of being unafraid in EVERY aspect of our identity and the transformative healing that occurs once you forgive your inner child. Lorraine shares the pivotal introspective healing she was able to accomplish while playing the character “Vee” from Orange Is the New Black. She encourages us all to explore the parts of ourselves that we run away from and often suppress because it’s too “dark” or “shameful”. This episode explores the idea that the most difficult parts of our lives are always the most responsible for our evolution into strong dynamic individuals. Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: Twitter: @LPToussaint IG: @lorrainetoussaint Blog: Everyday Lovely See for privacy information.
Jun 28, 2021
From Touchdowns To Fatherhood with Spice Adams
In honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to share some Suga with the men in our lives that contribute to the growth and safety of our next generation. This week, we are joined by former NFL player and comedic sensation Spice Adams. Spice shares the serendipitous scenarios that led him towards playing in the NFL, becoming a versatile and talented entertainer occupying multiple mediums, and lastly taking on his favorite role as a loving and devoted father and husband. Spice reminds us all that in order to sustain a valuable relationship with our families, we must first live intentionally and be dedicated to pouring into them daily.  Connect with us:  @TheSugaberries  @TikaSumpter @ThaiRandolph Connect with our guest: IG: @SpiceAdams Twitter: @SpiceAdams   See for privacy information.
Jun 21, 2021
Run Your World with Leigh Davenport
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.
Jun 14, 2021
Somebody's Daughter with Ashley C. Ford
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.
Jun 07, 2021
Addressing The Cancers in Our Lives with Warrior Bershan Shaw
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.
May 31, 2021
Passion Over Fear With Lynn Whitfield
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.
May 24, 2021
Reclaiming Your Womanhood With Shanicia Boswell
“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.
May 17, 2021
Nurturing The “Whole Mom” with Melanie Fiona
“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.
May 10, 2021
All About Healing with Alex Elle
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.
Apr 05, 2021
Getting Good with Money with Tiffany the Budgetnista Aliche
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.
Mar 29, 2021
Mantras that Guide Us with Cleo Wade
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.
Mar 22, 2021
Family Planning Options with Reverend Stacey
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.
Mar 15, 2021
Experiencing Pleasure, Joy and Ease with Ev'Yan Whitney
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.
Mar 08, 2021
Reimagining Justice with Brittany K. Barnett
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.
Mar 01, 2021
From Threenager to Teenager with Tichina Arnold
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.
Feb 22, 2021
Finding Your Front Row With Garcelle Beauvais
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.
Feb 15, 2021
Centering Black Women and Our Stories with Alicia D. Williams
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.
Feb 08, 2021
Working Through Mommy Guilt with Kyla Pratt
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.
Feb 01, 2021
We Do Us On Our Terms with Dani McClain
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.
Jan 25, 2021
Go About Your Business with Tabitha Brown
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.
Jan 18, 2021
Words of Affirmation from Tika and Thai
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.
Jan 11, 2021
Taking Care of Our Mental Wellness with Nina Westbrook
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.
Oct 26, 2020
Thriving Not Surviving with Tina Lifford
This year has been a full on lesson in resilience. To help us get out of our own way, author of The Little Book of Big Lies and actress, Tina Lifford (Queen Sugar) teaches us how to adapt our mindset from surviving reactions to thriving responses. You can learn more about mental fitness and Tina's life changing book on her website:  See for privacy information.
Oct 19, 2020
Guilt Free Living with Kandi Burruss
Shaking off judgement about how and when you choose to start a family is something that many of us are unfortunately familiar with. This week, we had so much fun talking with Kandi Burruss (Real Housewives of Atlanta) about how she prioritizes her happiness over judgement from other people and demystifies the surrogacy process. Plus Kandi also shares her advice for keeping things spicy in the bedroom, you don't want to miss this! See for privacy information.
Oct 12, 2020
Defining Black Motherhood with Vanessa Simmons
We told y'all we read the reviews! This week's conversation is inspired by a review that led us to talk about the scrutiny we all face as moms. We're also talking about how to raise grounded children with mommy, Actress, and Pastry Creative director Vanessa Simmons! See for privacy information.
Oct 05, 2020
Turning Fear into Faith with Kendra Bracken-Ferguson
As moms and entrepreneurs, betting on yourself to bring your business idea to life takes grit, commitment and faith. CEO of rē•spin and Founder of BrainTrust, Kendra Bracken-Ferguson shares her secrets on how she balances parenting while also running successful businesses on her own terms. See for privacy information.
Sep 28, 2020
Facing Fertility Concerns with Desireé McCarthy-Keith, M.D.
We're handling this week's episode with extra care, a medical conversation wrapped in velvet may sound uncommon, but we promise you this episode is one you don't want to miss. We're joined by Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Medical Director at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta, Desiree McCarthy-Keith, M.D. for a shame-free conversation about the basics of fertility, our reproductive options and to remind us that we're not alone on this journey. To learn more about Dr. MK and Shady Grove Fertility, please check out their website: See for privacy information.
Sep 21, 2020
How to Have The Talk with Your Kids with Dr. Tracie Gilbert
There’s no denying that our little ones are curious and it’s important for us to have those awkward, but honest conversations about their body. We're joined by sex and sexuality educator, Dr. Tracie Gilbert to learn how we can have "the talk" at any age with our kids. See for privacy information.
Sep 14, 2020
Reclaiming the Orgasm with Shan Boodram
It's sexy suga time and we're talking all about pandemic sex, orgasms, and role play with Certified intimacy educator and Sexologist, Shan Boodram (Quibi's Sexology with Shan Boodram). Just a heads up, you may want to keep the earbuds in for this one... this episode is for mommy's ears only! See for privacy information.
Sep 07, 2020
Creating Your Personal Style with June Ambrose
It doesn’t always have to be mom jeans and Birkenstocks, we’re talking with celebrity stylist and costume designer, June Ambrose about keeping it cute and creating your personal style. See for privacy information.
Aug 31, 2020
It Takes a Village with Latham Thomas
We're celebrating National Black Breastfeeding Week with Doula and maternity wellness expert, Latham Thomas of Mama Glow. Our conversation with Latham is healing, as we reexamine the narrative of Black motherhood and address our ancestral connection to the birthing experience in America today. Also, there's still time to register for the Milk & Suga digital summit happening on Friday, August 28th, sign up today! See for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2020
Love Yourself More with Marlo Hampton
We're giving our guest her peach today, this week we've got the fabulous and effortlessly chic Marlo Hampton (Real Housewives of Atlanta) on the show! She's sharing what it's like becoming a fulltime auntie raising her nephews, giving us insight into her own upbringing and how she works through her insecurities. Plus, Tika pitches Marlo on a business idea that we'd all be interested in! See for privacy information.
Aug 17, 2020
Spiritual Glow Up with Sarah Jakes Roberts
Sometimes we gotta go through the test for the testimony. To kick off season 2, we're joined by pastor and business woman, Sarah Jakes Roberts (Founder of Woman Evolve) who gives us a masterclass in evolving and reframing our relationship with failure and what it means to be a modern woman of faith. See for privacy information.
Aug 10, 2020
We Deserve All Of It! Period.
We're back with an all new season of The Suga starting Monday, August 10th! We know the terrible twos are very real, but there's nothing terrible about season two. We've got an incredible lineup of expert guests and celebrity mama's joining us to talk about all kinds of topics like career longevity, how to find your personal style and even how to face fertility concerns. Make sure to subscribe, we can't wait for you to listen! See for privacy information.
Aug 03, 2020
The Suga Mini: Blending Families with LeToya Luckett-Walker
In this mini-episode, we're talking all about identity, the pressures of motherhood, and blending families with superstar mama, LeToya Luckett-Walker (Friends and Family Hustle). LeToya reminds us that we're all doing the best we can in these very trying times. See for privacy information.
Jul 27, 2020
The Suga Mini: Family Planning with Bresha Webb
In this mini-episode, we're getting candid about egg freezing with actress and comedian, Bresha Webb (Netflix Sextuplets). If you've ever wondered what the process is like, Bresha is sharing her experience with us in this laugh out loud episode. See for privacy information.
Jul 20, 2020
Owning Your Voice with Kelly Rowland
Learning how to calm the inner critic is something that we all have in common. In our final episode of the season, we’re joined by superstar mama, Kelly Rowland who gets candid about how she quiets the noise and why it's important to embrace your flaws. Stay with us, check out for even more resources and information. See for privacy information.
Jun 15, 2020
With Love & Solidarity From Tika and Thai
We're breaking format this week to share a message of solidarity with everyone fighting for Black lives, racial justice and a better world. Learn more about where to direct your energy and donations here: See for privacy information.
Jun 08, 2020
Starting Where You Are with Massy Arias
This week we’ve got the fittest mom in the game, Massy Arias joining us to talk about motherhood, mental health and making healthy lifestyle choices that last for good. See for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2020
Mama's Mental Health with Dr. Imani
Celebrating the joys of sisterhood also means looking out for one another, especially when it comes to your mental health. We’re joined by Dr. Imani (Bravo’s Married to Medicine) to help us unpack the stigmas associated with seeking help and ways we can get our minds right. See for privacy information.
May 24, 2020
Spiritual Grounding with Erica Campbell
We've got First Lady Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) on this week getting candid about motherhood and sharing how she’s teaching her children to cultivate their own spiritual routines. See for privacy information.
May 18, 2020
Living Well with Tia Mowry
Living well and being well may sound simple enough, but we all know it isn’t. This week we’re talking with Tia Mowry (Netflix Family Reunion) about expectations of motherhood, what kickstarted her wellness journey and her favorite recipes from her cookbook, Whole New You. See for privacy information.
May 11, 2020
Sharing the Suga with Our Own Moms
Make sure to have a box of tissues ready because this Mother’s Day, we’re getting personal. Our very own precious mama’s, Ms. Janice and Ms. Sherrie join us to share their stories of resilience, strength and love. A reminder we all need to hear, there is always joy, even during the tough times. See for privacy information.
May 04, 2020
According To “Plan” with Christina Elmore Duke
Things don’t always go according to plan, but we learn how to adapt. This week we’re catching up with Christina Elmore Duke (HBO’s Insecure & BET’s Twenties) about her parenting style, planning motherhood around her career, and how she’s keeping her hands busy during quarantine. See for privacy information.
Apr 27, 2020
Celebrating Black Love with Codie Elaine Oliver
We’re sharing a whole guidebook to love and intimacy with our guest Codie Elaine Oliver, founder of Black Love. We're sharing how we met our significant others, tips on maintaining some romantic normalcy plus advice to anyone holding out hope to find that special someone. See for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2020
Creating a Vibe in Your Home with Justina Blakeney
Feeling like your home decor needs a refresh? Justina Blakeney (designer, artist, author and the founder of Jungalow) shares tips on how to design that special space for mama and the perfect play area for our sugababies. See for privacy information.
Apr 13, 2020
Preventing Mommy Burnout w/ Devi Brown
Let’s be real, moms are expected to be the epitome of self-sacrifice. This week we’re joined by Devi Brown (Founder of Karma Bliss and wellness entrepreneur) who is dropping some gems (and crystals) sharing practical tools and methods for implementing a self-care routine for all the hardworking mamas out there. See for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2020
Our Temporary Normal
Since news of Coronavirus hit the United States, everything has come to a halt and has challenged families to adjust to a temporary normal. In this episode, we give recommendations about ways to keep the little ones busy and relieve some of that mommy stress while we’re under quarantine, maybe we'll do a Tik-Tok challenge while we're at it. See for privacy information.
Mar 30, 2020
A Love Letter to All The Mamas with Jazmyn Simon
We all know that having a baby is a labor of love, but sometimes having a baby for the first time can simultaneously feel like the most joyous thing ever & the most isolating thing ever. In this episode, Jazmyn Simon (HBO's Ballers) joins us as we share advice we wish we knew before we became moms. See for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2020
Introducing The Suga with Tika Sumpter and Thai Randolph
Welcome to the sweet life! Tika Sumpter and Thai Randolph are teaming up to create a luxurious space for modern moms of color to revel in the sweetness of motherhood and sisterhood. Every episode will feature dynamic guests sharing their experiences navigating womanhood and talking about the things that light them up! Grab a beverage of your choice and sip along as you listen to The Suga! See for privacy information.
Mar 10, 2020