Episodes

Blessings on blessings on blessings. You can find all our new episodes below:

Episode 9: Implicit Racism, Microaggressions, and Millennials

In this week’s episode, Jenn and Daren talk about whether or not implicit racism and microaggressions are a thing. They also debate the “punch a Nazi” movement and challenge folks to punch their aunties at Thanksgiving dinner. Get into it!

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren discuss how subtle forms of racism show up in our everyday lives.

In the second segment, they dig deeper into what implicit racism is, how we conceive of “microaggressions”, and what racism looks like for Black millennials in the United States.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren talk about how we address these issues and what are some ways to combat these issues as we do the adulting thing.

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Episode 8: Harvey Weinstein and Gaslighting as Culture

In this week’s episode, we discuss the increased numbers of sexual assault victims and survivors who are sharing their experiences with prominent men in Hollywood.

First, Jenn and Daren discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the misuse of power in Hollywood.

In the second segment, they dive into gaslighting, defining the term and illustrating how pervasive it is in our culture.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren talk about sexual harassment in intimate environments and why it is so important for men to be vocal about these issues.

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Episode 7: #MentalHealthMatters

In this week’s episode, we discuss the importance of mental health awareness in Black communities. We pay special attention to the intersections of race, gender, and class and how they affect mental illness outcomes in the US.

First, we discuss how mental health has played a role in their lives. They talk through anxiety attacks, childhood trauma, medication, and long term therapy.

In the second segment, we lay out a litany of stats to discuss the seriousness of mental illness within the Black community.

In the third segment, we go over ways to seek help and be helpful to those in our lives who may be working through mental illness issues.

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Episode 6: The Problem with #RelationshipGoals

On this week’s episode, Jenn and Daren discuss the #BlackLoveDoc to show how the idea of #relationshipgoals is inherently flawed. Give it a listen!

First, Jenn and Daren discuss the “Black Love Documentary” that recently aired on OWN. They talk about the couples they loved, the ones they didn’t, and the depictions of Black love that they hope are represented in the next season.

In the second segment, they talk through why #RelationshipGoals is damaging and problematic both for those who are described with the term as well as those who use it to describe others.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren share personal stories of how #RelationshipGoals have been misapplied and how no one should aspire to have the relationship they have.

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Episode 5: The Erasure of Black Women’s Work

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren discuss the Canadian Poet Laureate who stole ‘Still I Rise’ from Maya Angelou, the problem with those “Phenomenal Women” t-shirts, and the historical erasure of Black Women’s work.

In the second segment, they talk about the role of Black women in the workplace, very public examples of Black women’s erasure like the adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s novel “Who Fears Death” at HBO, and the ways patriarchy also operates to shut up Black women like Jemele Hill and Munroe Bergdorf.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren reflect on their own relationships with the erasure of Black women and how they navigate that in their lives and in their relationship.

 

 

 

Episode 4: “Pretty Pregnancy” and Unrealistic Expectations for Black Pregnant People

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren discuss how Serena Williams and Beyonce were treated during their pregnancies. Their experiences are indicative of how Black women really are damned if they do and damned if they don’t, and pregnancy and motherhood are fraught with racial and gendered biases and innuendo.

In the second segment, they talk about motherhood in very real terms. Namely, there is an immense amount of under-recognized labor that people with uteruses do when pregnant, the expectations placed on new mothers and others who give birth prove this. Pregnancy is not an accessory or a trend; it is a medical condition and should be treated as such.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren reflect on Jenn’s pregnancies, how partners claiming that they are “pregnant too” are dead wrong, and just how little education people have on the realities of pregnancy.

Episode 3: Coming of Age with the Toxic Masculinity of 90’s Black TV

In “First Things First”, we talk about how we were introduced to masculinity and the impact of growing up in single-mother households.

In “The Conversation”, we define toxic masculinity and give some concrete examples from television shows. Highlights include perpetually invasive stalker Stever Urkel from “Family Matters” and Overton and Kyle from “Living Single”.

In “The Reflection”, we discuss how grateful we are to have been raised by single mothers and explain how the absence of male figures in our households helped make us who we are today.

 

 

Episode 2: Talking to Children About Charlottesville

In this episode, we discuss the white supremacist march and rally in Charlottesville, abstinence parenting, and why it is important to be honest with kids about the political realities facing the world today.

In the first segment, we talk about what happened in Charlottesville and how it affects Black families.

In the second segment, we talk about an experience we had with our kids during a recent trip to Ohio that raised a debate over if racism is learned or if that even matters. We also talk about how that factors into Charlottesville.

In the third segment, we reflect on our experiences learning about race, gender, class, and other social issues growing up.

 

Episode 1: Introducing That Black Couple

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren describe how they came to be called “That Black Couple” by walking through how they became a couple in the first place. Highlights include when Daren had to literally be Jenn’s mouthpiece and their “Never Felt This Way Moment” at the back of a bus.

In the second segment, they provide a brief overview of the content listeners can expect to hear discussed on the podcast, including gender roles, class and capitalism, and sexuality.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren explain the structure of their episodes.