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
Prioritizing Life With Adrienne Banfield Norris
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This week we’re joined by the dynamic Adrienne Banfield Norris. She’s going to be giving us the suga on why more women need to prioritize their dreams, how hosting Red Table Talk has opened her mind and how she got that banging body. 

Connect with us:
@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Gam:

@gammynorris

@GammyNorris_

Positively Gam

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Aug 01, 2022
Boundaries Are A Beautiful Thing With Nedra Glover Tawwab
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This week we’re joined by licensed therapist and relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab. She’s going to be giving us the suga on her gift for helping others , creating healthy relationships and why boundaries are a beautiful thing. 

Connect with us:
@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Nedra:

www.nedratawwab.com

@NedraTawwab

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Jul 25, 2022
Embracing Change with Yolonda Ross
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This week we’re joined by critically acclaimed actress, writer, director and activist, Yolonda Ross. She’s going to be giving us the suga on her journey, embracing change and why she loves Butterflies.

Connect with us:
@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Yolonda:

yolondaross.com

@yolondaross

@yolondaross_creator

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Jul 18, 2022
The No Stress Zone with Katrina McGhee
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This week we're joined by chief brand ambassador for the American Heart Association, Katrina McGhee. She’s sharing the suga on decreasing our stress levels, taking care of our bodies and how we can live heart healthy lives

Connect with us:
@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Katrina:

@KDMcGhee

https://lovingonme.com/

 

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Jul 11, 2022
Loving The Skin You're In With Dr. Michelle Henry
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Dr. Henry:

www.skinaestheticsurgery.com

@drmichellehenry

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Jun 27, 2022
Divine Living with Sheryl Lee Ralph
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Sheryl:

@thesherylleeralph

@thesherylralph

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Jun 20, 2022
Continuing The Legacy With Eden Bridgeman Sklenar
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Eden:

@eden_bridgemansklenar

ebony.com

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May 16, 2022
Getting Real About Reality With Rachel Lindsay
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Rachel

Honestly Rach

@TheRachLindsay

therachlindsay

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May 09, 2022
Being Your Own Advocate with René Brooks
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

 

Connect with René:

Black Girl Lost Keys

@blkgirllostkeys

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May 02, 2022
Rebellious Living with Angel Gregorio
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

 

Connect with our guest:

www.TheSpiceSuite.com

@TheSpiceSuite

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Apr 25, 2022
The Diverse Beauty of Life and Motherhood with Dr. Lisa Williams
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

www.sugaberry.com

 

Connect with our guest:

www.thefreshdolls.com

@thafreshdolls

Facebook

Fresh Dolls Youtube

 

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Apr 18, 2022
Embracing Motherhood After 50 With Richelle Carey
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@RichelleCarey

Richelle Carey Reel

Richelle Carey Bio

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Apr 11, 2022
Taking Charge of Your Destiny with Lenise Williams
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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

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Apr 04, 2022
Easing Into Motherhood with Kelly McCreary
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@seekellymccreary

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Feb 07, 2022
A Mental Health Check-in with Dr. Chanté DeLoach
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

https://www.drdeloach.com/

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Jan 31, 2022
The Reality of Working Moms with Christine Michel Carter
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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 Post and Forbes. 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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@cmichelcarter

https://christinemichelcarter.com/ 

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Jan 24, 2022
Our Favorite Words of Wisdom from The Suga
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

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Jan 17, 2022
Preserving Your Peace with Shelah Marie
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@theshelahmarie

@curvycurlyconscious

https://www.curvycurlyconscious.com/ 

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Jan 10, 2022
Legislating a Brighter Future with Rep. Cori Bush
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@coribush

https://coribush.org/ 

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Jan 03, 2022
Protecting Our Crowns with Sharie Wilson & Tonya Thompson of DreamGirls Hair
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guests:

@dreamgirlshair

@hairbytonya

@imshariewilson

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Dec 27, 2021
Living By Your Own Rules with Tamron Hall
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@tamronhall

https://tamronhallshow.com/ 

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Dec 20, 2021
Living Authentically with Tasha Smith
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@tasha4realsmith

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Dec 13, 2021
Indulging in the Sweetness of Love with Karen Pittman
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@thekarenpittman

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Dec 06, 2021
Honoring Your Heart's Desire with Mara Brock Akil
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with Mara Brock Akil:

@MaraBrockAkil

https://inthelandofmara.com/ 

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Nov 29, 2021
A Mommy Mantra for Soothing the Soul
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Hello Sugas! It’s officially the start of the holiday season. With Thanksgiving coming up, we’re taking the week off from the podcast in order to spend some much-needed time with family—and we hope you're doing the same!

We'll be back next week with another wonderful guest interview. But, in the meantime, we wanted to to leave you with a minisode of one of our favorite Mommy Mantras from last season. This one comes courtesy of Lorraine Toussaint, one of our guests from Season 4. We hope this Mommy Mantra helps soothe your soul as much as it did ours.

See you next week!


Connect with us: 

@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

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Nov 22, 2021
Finding Your Flow with Cassie Ventura Fine
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This week, we are joined by the one and only Cassie Ventura Fine, the gorgeous stunner behind iconic hits like "Me & U” and “Long Way 2 Go.” In this episode, we talk to the happy momma of two beautiful daughters about how she’s piecing together the new version of herself, why she thinks shrinking friendship circles are a good thing, and what’s next for her in music.


Connect with us:

@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@Cassie

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Nov 15, 2021
A Mommy Mantra to Help You Step Forward Into the Unknown
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Hello Sugas! Only one more week till our Season 5 premiere on November 15th! We are SO excited to be recording and we can hardly wait to fill you in on our incredible guests!

While we put the finishing touches on next week's episode, here’s a minisode of one of our favorite Mommy Mantras from last season. We hope it gives you the encouragement to keep taking a step forward in life, even when you don't know what lies ahead!


Connect with us: 

@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

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Nov 08, 2021
A Mommy Mantra to Help You Take a Breath and Refocus
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Hello Sugas! We know it’s been a while since our last episode aired, but rest assured we are hard at work prepping for our upcoming season. We have some exciting guests lined up and we can hardly wait to share some new episodes with you all! 

In the meantime, here’s a minisode of one of our favorite Mommy Mantras to hold you over until we come back with our first new episode on November 15th!


Connect with us: 

@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

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Nov 01, 2021
Working Out Your Spiritual Purpose with Angela Manuel Davis
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@AngelaManuelDavis

AARMY.com

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Jul 26, 2021
Learning How To Be Positively Plant-based with Jessica Hylton
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest

@Jessicainthekitchen

Blog: Jessica In The Kitchen

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Jul 19, 2021
Protecting Your Magic with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford.
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@Therapyforblackgirls

 

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Jul 12, 2021
Going Through Hell with Star of ‘Lucifer’ Lesley Ann Brandt
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

IG: @LesleyAnnBrandt

Twitter: @LesleyAnnBrandt

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Jul 05, 2021
Accepting The Dark Sides of Myself with Lorraine Toussaint
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“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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

Twitter: @LPToussaint

IG: @lorrainetoussaint

Blog: Everyday Lovely

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Jun 28, 2021
From Touchdowns To Fatherhood with Spice Adams
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

IG: @SpiceAdams

Twitter: @SpiceAdams

 

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Jun 21, 2021
Run Your World with Leigh Davenport
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@LeighDav

STARZ: Run The World

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Jun 14, 2021
Somebody's Daughter with Ashley C. Ford
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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 TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 


Connect with us: 

@TheSugaberries 

@TikaSumpter

@ThaiRandolph

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

Instagram: @SmashFizzle 

Twitter: @iSmashFizzle 

BOOK: Somebody's Daughter 

Ashley C. Ford's Link Tree 

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Jun 07, 2021
Addressing The Cancers in Our Lives with Warrior Bershan Shaw
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest:

@Bershanshaw 

Book: The Unstoppable Warrior Woman

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May 31, 2021
Passion Over Fear With Lynn Whitfield
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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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com

Connect with our guest: 

@mslynnwhitfield

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May 24, 2021
Reclaiming Your Womanhood With Shanicia Boswell
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“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

TheSuga@Sugaberry.com 

www.sugaberry.com


Connect with our guest:

@shaniciaboswell  

    https://www.shaniciaboswell.com/

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    May 17, 2021
    Nurturing The “Whole Mom” with Melanie Fiona
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    “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

    TheSuga@Sugaberry.com

    www.sugaberry.com

     

    Connect with our guest: 

    @MelanieFiona

    MelanieFiona.com

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    May 10, 2021
    All About Healing with Alex Elle
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    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: thesuga@sugaberry.com Also, sign up for our newsletter to stay connected: https://sugaberry.com/

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    Apr 05, 2021
    Getting Good with Money with Tiffany the Budgetnista Aliche
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    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: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/663645/get-good-with-money-by-tiffany-aliche-the-budgetnista/

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    Mar 29, 2021
    Mantras that Guide Us with Cleo Wade
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    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: https://www.cleowade.com/what-the-road-said

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    Mar 22, 2021
    Family Planning Options with Reverend Stacey
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    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.

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    Mar 15, 2021
    Experiencing Pleasure, Joy and Ease with Ev'Yan Whitney
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    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.

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    Mar 08, 2021
    Reimagining Justice with Brittany K. Barnett
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    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: https://www.buriedaliveproject.org/ GEMS: https://girlsembracingmothers.org/about/mission-statement/

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    Mar 01, 2021
    From Threenager to Teenager with Tichina Arnold
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    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!

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    Feb 22, 2021
    Finding Your Front Row With Garcelle Beauvais
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    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!

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    Feb 15, 2021
    Centering Black Women and Our Stories with Alicia D. Williams
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    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: https://www.aliciadwilliams.com/my-books

    Here's what we're throwing in the bag this week: 

    https://thehoneypot.co/

    https://sugaberry.com/mama/be-well/black-owned-brands-good-vibes-for-the-new-year/

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    Feb 08, 2021
    Working Through Mommy Guilt with Kyla Pratt
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    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: https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/

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    Feb 01, 2021
    We Do Us On Our Terms with Dani McClain
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    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: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/dani-mcclain/we-live-for-the-we/9781568588544/Books mentioned this episode are linked below:The Will to Change by Bell Hooks: https://bookshop.org/books/the-will-to-change-men-masculinity-and-love/9780743456081Sula by Toni Morrison: https://bookshop.org/books/sula/9781400033430

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    Jan 25, 2021
    Go About Your Business with Tabitha Brown
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    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

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    Jan 18, 2021
    Words of Affirmation from Tika and Thai
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    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

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    Jan 11, 2021
    Taking Care of Our Mental Wellness with Nina Westbrook
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    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: https://minibrook.co/
    Vibrate Higher Daily: https://www.vibratehigherdaily.com/

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    Oct 26, 2020
    Thriving Not Surviving with Tina Lifford
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    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: https://www.theinnerfitnessproject.com/the-little-book-of-big-lies 

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    Oct 19, 2020
    Guilt Free Living with Kandi Burruss
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    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!

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    Oct 12, 2020
    Defining Black Motherhood with Vanessa Simmons
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    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!

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    Oct 05, 2020
    Turning Fear into Faith with Kendra Bracken-Ferguson
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    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.

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    Sep 28, 2020
    Facing Fertility Concerns with Desireé McCarthy-Keith, M.D.
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    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: https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/

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    Sep 21, 2020
    How to Have The Talk with Your Kids with Dr. Tracie Gilbert
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    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.

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    Sep 14, 2020
    Reclaiming the Orgasm with Shan Boodram
    3286

    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!

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    Sep 07, 2020
    Creating Your Personal Style with June Ambrose
    3286

    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.

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    Aug 31, 2020
    It Takes a Village with Latham Thomas
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    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! https://www.milkandsuga.com/#register-form

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    Aug 24, 2020
    Love Yourself More with Marlo Hampton
    2606

    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!

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    Aug 17, 2020
    Spiritual Glow Up with Sarah Jakes Roberts
    3435

    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.

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    Aug 10, 2020
    We Deserve All Of It! Period.
    103

    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!

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    Aug 03, 2020
    The Suga Mini: Blending Families with LeToya Luckett-Walker
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    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.

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    Jul 27, 2020
    The Suga Mini: Family Planning with Bresha Webb
    1835

    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.

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    Jul 20, 2020
    Owning Your Voice with Kelly Rowland
    3049

    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 http://sugaberry.com for even more resources and information.

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    Jun 15, 2020
    With Love & Solidarity From Tika and Thai
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    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: http://sugaberry.com/mama/10-social-justice-resources/

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    Jun 08, 2020
    Starting Where You Are with Massy Arias
    3035

    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.

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    Jun 01, 2020
    Mama's Mental Health with Dr. Imani
    3825

    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.

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    May 24, 2020
    Spiritual Grounding with Erica Campbell
    3892

    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.

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    May 18, 2020
    Living Well with Tia Mowry
    3304

    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.

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    May 11, 2020
    Sharing the Suga with Our Own Moms
    3176

    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.

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    May 04, 2020
    According To “Plan” with Christina Elmore Duke
    2794

    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.

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    Apr 27, 2020
    Celebrating Black Love with Codie Elaine Oliver
    3438

    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.

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    Apr 20, 2020
    Creating a Vibe in Your Home with Justina Blakeney
    3103

    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.

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    Apr 13, 2020
    Preventing Mommy Burnout w/ Devi Brown
    3859

    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.

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    Apr 06, 2020
    Our Temporary Normal
    2635

    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.

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    Mar 30, 2020
    A Love Letter to All The Mamas with Jazmyn Simon
    3623

    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.

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    Mar 23, 2020
    Introducing The Suga with Tika Sumpter and Thai Randolph
    124

    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!

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    Mar 10, 2020