Episodes
This week we get upfront, down low and everywhere in between with UCL Consultant Midwife and global advisor to The Royal College of Midwives, Dr Yana Richens OBE. Dr Richens, or Yana, as she says we can call her, was the first midwife to be appointed with the prestigious Mary Seacole Fellowship by the Department of Health and has been recognised by the Queen for her tireless work not only delivering babies but improving the outcome of Black and minority mothers. This episode we ask Yana about...
Published 07/20/21
As a Black woman what does it mean to be beautiful? To be sexy? And to feel attractive and accepted? This episode we delve into our own beliefs about beauty, body image and hair choice (on our head and elsewhere), unpacking what we truly think verses what society would have us believe. How much are we, and more importantly our children, influenced by popular mainstream culture? Are Black features deemed more attractive on racially ambiguous women? And should we let our ten-year-old daughters...
Published 07/06/21
This episode we get upfront about the D word. Diversity. We all need some D in our lives, but how much is too much? And how much is too little? We’ve all been the only Black in the room at some point in our lives. But what about the only Black in the private school? The only Black in the corporate office? The rural Village? Are we gifting our children opportunities by being in predominately white spaces? Or gifting them therapy-worthy baggage? We reflect on our own eclectic experiences and...
Published 06/23/21
This episode we get upfront and personal with renowned podcaster, entrepreneur and single Dad, Tazer, from 3 Shots of Tequila. With Father’s Day fast approaching we decided to hear first hand from a very upfront dad, to understand better a man’s perspective on the reality of raising a daughter. How is parenting across gender, and what’s with the much talked about daddy-daughter dynamic? Tazer bares all, sharing his shocking ‘one night only’ crash journey into fatherhood (yes, it seems one...
Published 06/15/21
Thanks to Nike we’ve caught up with Olympic athlete mothers and gold champion medalists, so it’s only right that this week we get upfront with the front runner of Black motherhood, best selling author, presenter and change maker, Candice Braithwaite. This episode Candice reveals the truth about living life in the public eye, talks openly about her traumatic birth experience and shares why being an outspoken dark skinned black woman comes with a price. (Yep, we discuss that documentary.)...
Published 06/08/21
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Published 06/01/21
Between us, we’ve got it covered. But can separation ever be a good thing? Is successful co-parenting a myth? And how do you navigate a family breakup without having a family breakdown? This emotive episode sees us go head to head with each other as we hash out if the traditional family unit is always the optimum set up to raise a child. And what to do if, like some of us, that family unit comes crashing down. Upfront feelings of parental guilt, shame and despair will be shared. 🤯  This...
Published 05/19/21
Kinky, curly, nappy, frizzy, tough, wild. Good, bad, straight, natural, processed, difficult. Black women and our hair.  It seems like everyone has an opinion. But why is Afro hair such a hot topic? Is society trying to police our blackness through policing our hair? Are we now policing each other as Black women? Or should we just keep our hair on cos it really ain’t that deep? This episode we comb through the micro-aggressions that we’ve all experienced and dig deep into our own thoughts,...
Published 05/11/21
This episode we head to Nigeria to catch up with Olympian British track and field athlete and mum of one, Perri Edwards. We talk Nigeria verses East London, raising a child with both African and Caribbean heritage and having a celebrity for a husband. Perri is no stranger to hurdles, in fact she’s pretty darn good at them, but what about the hurdles of new motherhood in a pandemic? We get upfront about the reality of birth, post-baby bodies and black maternal health. This Nike sponsored ...
Published 05/04/21
‘First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes infertility, hormones and IVF.’ Yup, it’s time to get upfront. Last week was National Infertility Awareness week and it is a good time to remember that one in six couples in the UK experience...
Published 04/27/21
This episode we are joined by Black British supermodel and super-mum, Jourdan Dunn, as we talk super-modelling whilst Black,  blended families, and raising a son with Sickle Cell anaemia. When Jourdan gave birth at the age of 19, she discovered that her...
Published 04/19/21
Should you submit to your husband? No, seriously, should you? Can you really manifest your dream goal in life? And what do you do when someone steps on your toe and in that instant ruins your career? (#fml) All this and more in this week’s episode......
Published 04/06/21
To sleep or not to sleep, that is the question. In a world that doesn’t seem to stop, we decided to take some time out and discuss all things sleep related. Do you do it enough? Do you do it alone or with a partner? And do you do it with your little...
Published 03/30/21
Motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it even comes whether we want it or not. This episode we are joined by guest Sabine Telesford who gets upfront about her unconventional journey to motherhood. Following a series of tragic events Sabine...
Published 03/22/21
What a week for women. And Piers Morgan. This episode we discuss how safe it really is to be a woman, particularly a woman of colour, as we open up about our own experiences of male threat and danger. With the fall-out from the Meghan, Harry and Oprah...
Published 03/17/21
This episode we bolt over to Jamaica to chat with none other than the fastest woman in the world, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce! The ‘pocket-rocket’ powerhouse opens up about her childhood in Waterhouse, poverty and complex family dynamics. Shelly-Ann keeps...
Published 03/09/21
Say What?! So it seems we are not the only ones who like to be upfront about things. This week we open up about all the ways our kids have shamed, outed and exposed us with their curiosity, honesty and realness. They say that children are our biggest...
Published 03/03/21
‘Mummy, what happens when we die?’ are words we’re never dying to hear. Perhaps now more than ever death seems to be around us, and yet we still rarely talk about this one guarantee in life. Well we’re up for changing that. This week we get upfront with...
Published 02/23/21
This week we get upfront with Commander Dr. Alison Heydari, the most senior Black female police officer in the UK, to ask, can we really trust the police to protect us and our children? With Black people nine times more likely to get arrested than white people, we talk stop and search, community relations and institutional racism, in this frank and arresting episode. Join us at the beginning of a very important dialogue with the Metropolitan police. We take no prisoners on this...
Published 02/16/21
We get upfront and very personal this episode as we talk pleasure, pelvic floors and pee. ⁣ ⁣ We are joined by vagina and vibrator guru, Zuleika Philips - a mother of two and owner of Pleasure Drum, a wellness company dedicated to pelvic strengthening solutions and pleasure products. ⁣ ⁣ We open up (ahem) about orgasms, we let out (cough) our post baby incontinence insecurity and we share our secret sex toy tips. Is pleasure our right? Are we comfortable claiming it? And how can we ensure...
Published 02/09/21
This episode we head to Dubai to catch up with (it’s not easy) motherhood’s front runner, British gold medalist and new mum of one, Bianca Williams. Bianca gets upfront about the realities of athlete life with a new born, raising a black son in London and learning to love her changing body. She also opens up about that fateful day she was stopped, searched and handcuffed by the police and why she is using her voice to speak out against racial profiling by the Metropolitan Police. This is one...
Published 02/02/21
In this upfront episode we talk maths, masturbation and motherhood. In an attempt to understand our children better we put ourselves in their shoes and take a trip down memory lane to reflect on our own coming of age experiences (yikes). Do we approach the topic of sex differently with our sons to our daughters? Does gender affect our attitude to g******s? And should we be teaching our children about orgasms? Join us in this playful podcast as we discover how far us modern Black mothers have...
Published 01/26/21
Whilst some of us are going no further than the local Lidl, others are taking stock of their lives, following their instincts and relocating to the Caribbean. This episode we get upfront and personal with entrepreneur, and bestselling author and coach, Jessica Huie MBE. We caught up with the mum-of-two in Jamaica to discuss finding your purpose, living authentically and what happens when that means upping and leaving everything for a new life in a new continent. Jessica opens up about her...
Published 01/19/21
This episode we are joined by BBC’s Mimi on a Mission - Digital Detox child therapist, Kemi Omijeh, as we explore parenting through a pandemic and the rising number of children who are experiencing mental health difficulties. We all know lockdown has been a testing time for us parents (*pass the wine) and 2020 has bought some challenging times for Black people (*raise the fist) but what about our children? Are they as resilient as we think? Join us as Kemi answers your questions and drops...
Published 01/13/21
New year, new name, same purpose. We are going to be upfront, 2020 did some ass kickin’. Yet here we are, still standing, well sitting with our mics, keeping Black mothers firmly on the map in 2021. In this, our first episode as Black Mums Upfront - we talk difficult endings and new beginnings, when to stand strong, and why Black women aren’t playing small anymore. We also discuss our favourite vibrator setting and sing Lion King...Standard. There is strength in vulnerability so join us we...
Published 01/05/21