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The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast

The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast

By Muffy Mendoza
The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast is a podcast for black moms with the intention of amplifying black female voices through storytelling and giving black mamas advice on the subjects that matter most in their lives. Muffy's goal is to help you do the whole-woman work necessary to be the whole woman you want to be.
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Destigmatizing Black Fatherhood
Did you know that Black fathers are more actively involved in their children's day to day lives than any other race? The statistics speak for themselves, however, there is still a major stigma attached to Black fatherhood. On this episode of the Brown Mama Blueprint podcast, we're destigmatizing Black fatherhood with Healthy Start's Fatherhood Coordinator Rick Cobbs and radio DJ KiKi Brown.  Pregnant? New mom? Looking for support in the Pittsburgh area? Visit Healthy Start's website to get free diapers, prenatal care, education on birthing while black and a free doula. Support the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast Donate Paypal.me/BrownMamas Purchase our Merch Buy the Brown Mama Mindset book set Follow us on Facebook Follow us on IG
57:36
May 26, 2021
The Intersection of Black Motherhood & Poverty
On this episode of The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast we talk about poverty with educator Dr. Lisa Pickett and financial consultant Tammy Thompson. The world is particularly harsh on Black mothers experiencing poverty, listen to how we can take control of our finances as we go over financial insecurity in this episode. Pregnant? New mom? Looking for support in the Pittsburgh area? Visit Healthy Start's website to get free diapers, prenatal care, education on birthing while black and a free doula. Support the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast Donate Paypal.me/BrownMamas Purchase our Merch Buy the Brown Mama Mindset book set Follow us on Facebook Follow us on IG
01:07:09
May 12, 2021
Destigmatizing Postpartum Depression in the Black Mothering Community
When Black women experience postpartum depression, we suffer in silence. In this episode of The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast, we talk with Stacy Crawley, founder of Ignite Her Purpose, mom empowerment coach, and motivational speaker as well as family and child therapist Dr. Courtney Utz, about Black women, the stigmatization of postpartum depression, and healing. Pregnant? New mom? Looking for support in the Pittsburgh area? Visit Healthy Start's website to get free diapers, prenatal care, education on birthing while black and a free doula. Support the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast Donate Paypal.me/BrownMamas Purchase our Merch Buy the Brown Mama Mindset book set Follow us on Facebook Follow us on IG
47:17
May 7, 2021
Self-Care & the Black Mothering Experience
Sis, you have the right to rest! Black women are so often taught that the key to life is hard-work, but when do we prioritize ourselves and self-care? In this episode of The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast, we're talking self-care with speaker, author, holistic life-coach, and founder and owner of HER Vibrant Lyfe Cordelia Spence and activist, self-love therapist, and Heart Advocate Ta’lor L. Pinkston.  Pregnant? New mom? Looking for support in the Pittsburgh area? Visit Healthy Start's website to get free diapers, prenatal care, education on birthing while black and a free doula. Support the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast Donate Paypal.me/BrownMamas Purchase our Merch Buy the Brown Mama Mindset book set Follow us on Facebook Follow us on IG
47:41
May 7, 2021
The Stigma of Pregnancy Loss & Infertility in the Black Community
How do Black women cope with pregnancy loss?  During this episode of the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast we talk with author, speaker and teacher, Lannea Adamson, and executive producer and director of the film, "Eggs over Easy", Chiquita Lockley about Black women and pregnancy loss.  Pregnant? New mom? Looking for support in the Pittsburgh area? Visit Healthy Start's website to get free diapers, prenatal care, education on birthing while black and a free doula. Support the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast Donate Paypal.me/BrownMamas Purchase our Merch Buy the Brown Mama Mindset book set Follow us on Facebook Follow us on IG
01:07:22
April 26, 2021
Stop Performing & Start Living
Is it time to stop contorting, complying, performing, adjusting to the expectations, preferences and admiration of others?  Listen to this episode if you feel me. Book Muffy as a speaker here - https://forms.gle/bQ8w85QNswupPXXD8 Support this podcast - Paypal.me/BrownMamas
15:08
April 17, 2021
Domestic Violence & Black Motherhood
What does domestic violence look like in Black communities?  How do black women experience this common, traumatic experience?  During this episode of the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast we talk with Tiffany Huff-Strothers, executive director of When She Thrives, and Iesha Thomas, an Pittsburgh-based investment banker and participant in the Brown Mama Monologues.  They both talk about their experiences with domestic violence as well as how it has informed the work they do and their lifestyles. Pregnant? New mom? Looking for support in the Pittsburgh area? Visit Healthy Start's website to get free diapers, prenatal care, education on birthing while black and a free doula. Support the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast Donate Paypal.me/BrownMamas Purchase our Merch Buy the Brown Mama Mindset book set Follow us on Facebook Follow us on IG
57:20
April 17, 2021
The State of Black Birthing
What exactly is the state of Black birthing?  Is it safe to birth in a hospital? Should you birth at home?  What is a doula and why is everybody talking about them?  Check out this interview with Jada Shirriel, CEO of Healthy Start, Inc. and Iyanna Bridges, the founder of The Birthing Hut. 
43:49
April 5, 2021
Motivational Muse from Muffy: Learning to Love Living
This season on the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast, I'll air 10 minute or less motivational messages in addition to our regularly scheduled interviews with subject matter experts on a myriad of Black Maternal Health subject.  This week I'm motivating you to really learn to live your best life.  Check out this NPR concert from Jhene Aiko to help you stay centered throughout the week. https://youtu.be/XVMJXZYgNfc
08:10
April 5, 2021
Healing the Emotional Wounds of Black Women
What does healing mean for Black women?  How do we heal?  What do our emotional wounds look like?  These are all questions we tackle in this episode of the Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast.  I interview Nijama Small, author of Brown Girl's Guide to Healing Emotional Wounds.  Her book tells her story of becoming a whole woman who can raise her family, love her husband and live her life on her own terms.  Check it out. How you can support this podcast: Purchase the Brown Mama Mindset here Donate to Brown Mamas here Follow Us on Instagram or Facebook Subscribe to BrownMamas.com here How can you support and find Nijama Smalls Purchase her book here Visit her website here
53:52
January 9, 2021
Energy Work, Reiki & Real Black Girl Magik
This episode of the Brown Mama Blueprint podcast focuses on Black women energy workers.  What does it mean to be an energy worker?  What is Reiki?  What does the spirit realm have to say about 2021?  In this episode I chat with Reiki practitioner and Energy Worker Lisbeth White.  We talk about how Black women experience the art of Reiki as well as dive deep into our own journeys toward energy work. Learn more about Lisbeth; http://www.lisbethwhite.com/ ig: @earthmaven Support Brown Mamas: PayPal.me/BrownMamas Buy the Brown Mama Mindset on Amazon Visit BrownMamas.com
01:08:17
December 22, 2020
Self-Governance & Education Episode
In this episode we chat about what the election of our nation's first Black woman Vice President, Mrs. Kamala Harris, has the potential to mean for sistahs and how we can support our Second in Command as she takes her seat in the White House.  We also chat with Allyce Pinchback Johnson and Latrenda Leonard Sherrill of Black Women for a Better Education about how we can advocate for Black children who are still in the classroom as well as the work they are doing on the ground here in Pittsburgh. To support this podcast, you can: Purchase Brown Mama Products Donate to Brown Mamas Share, Subscribe, Like & Listen Visit Black Women for a Better Education's Facebook Page LaTrenda is also a Business Coach - Click here to see here PHENOMENAL PRODUCTS Allyce is doing AWESOME WORK at Remake Learning  To listen to KRS One's Full on Interview on Cannon's Class Click Here To listen to Myles Munroe's Full Speech Click Here
01:03:33
November 10, 2020
The Militant Episode - Talking Sexual Dysfunction & Voting Early
In this episode we talk about my early voting experience with 1Hood Media's Voting Party, plus a whole 30 minutes on sexual dysfunction in American society.  In particular we talk about the science and history of sex in America, slut-shaming and parenting teenagers in an age of hypersexualization of children.  This is a good one - but it's just me...lol Get your Brown Mama Box! It includes - The Brown Mama Mindset Book - The Mama Map Workbook - The Write Here Mindfulness & Meditation Journal - The Mind Check Deck - A Black Mom & Proud T-shirt - A Black Mom & Proud Mug Visit  https://bit.ly/brownmamabox to buy before the price goes up on Nov. 1st. Support the show via Cashapp $MuffyMendoza Visit my website at brownmamas.com To learn more about 1Hood's Voting Parties visit their website at https://www.1hood.org/
46:45
October 26, 2020
Not Voting, Being a Boy Mom & the Black Women's Policy Agenda
I'm so happy to have recorded something on this podcast again.  It's been awhile, but I'm back!  In this episode I chat about the loneliness that moms of only boys feel, my confession about not voting in a very important episode and I interview Rochelle Jackson of the Black Women's Policy Agenda. In addition, I'm launching my first subscription box.  It's only for the holiday season, but you can get the entire Brown Mama book set, a Black Mom & Proud T-shirt and mug, plus some other holiday goodies in the set!  Check out the link below. The Brown Mama Box >> http://bit.ly/brownmamabox If you are a Pittsburgh mom, be sure to fill out the Black Women's Policy Agenda Survey here https://bit.ly/Listen2BlkWomen and sign up for their Listening Sessions here https://bit.ly/25toTalk. If you wanna PayPal or Cashapp me to support this podcast visit PayPal.me/BrownMamas or send me cash at $JamaicanCas Or, just subscribe.  I appreciate that too.
01:30:09
October 14, 2020
What the Pandemic Means for Black Women & Amanda Lynch Author of the Mindfulness Room
This pandemic has been something else for me.  What about you? Have have you experienced this forced stillness?  Tell me about it.  In this episode I talk about numerology, homeschooling and blind allegiance in parenting and I chat with Amanda Lynch author of The Mindfulness Room.   Numerology >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0bhxocwzEc ( I know she's a white woman, but I she's thorough) Brown Mama Mindset Series >> https://www.amazon.com/Muffy-Mendoza/e/B07CTPB336 Amanda Lynch >>> https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Room-Amanda-Lynch-ebook/dp/B07XVQ1SXB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1593619947&refinements=p_27%3AAmanda+Lynch&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Amanda+Lynch
46:00
July 1, 2020
Black Girls Should Garden with Jasmine Jefferson
In this episode we examine the historical value of gardening for Black women and how Jasmine Jefferson is cultivating a community of black girl gardeners with her website and movement BlackGirlswithGardens.com.  You can find Black Girls with Gardens on Facebook and Instagram.  You can learn more about Brown Mamas and Muffy Mendoza at brownmamas.com.  If you are looking to find your Godspace, check out the Brown Mama Mindset book series on Amazon.
32:52
June 11, 2020
By Any Means Necessary, A Story from The Brown Mama Monologues
A homeschooling, vegan, Christian mom, Jessica Brown is one of the everyday moms who took the stage to fiercely tell her authentic story via The Brown Mama Monologues stage.  Jessica's story entitled "By Any Means Necessary" walks us through what I like to call "Do-It Scare motherhood" as she shows us what's it's like when black mothers make parenting choice that are out of alignment with what the world expects from black moms. If you want to learn more about the show, visit brownmamamonologues.com To listen to Jessica's story and the stories of all of the mothers from The Brown Mama Monologues, click here. You can also visit BrownMamas.com to learn more about the Brown Mama Movement.
13:58
June 11, 2020
Raising Black Teenage Daughters with Latifa Miller
Raising a teenage daughter is nothing to play with.   Reality TV, revealing clothing, boys and dating...just thinking about all of the different factors that influence the lives of teenage girls is daunting.  So, for this episode we had to call in re-reinforcement.  Latifa Miller has been doing the work of making our brown girls feel confident and loved for nearly a decade.  Her organization, Daughters of Zion, host weekly GirlTalk sessions that assist young women in building their self-esteem, creating better mom-daughter relationships and mapping out a course for their future. If you are struggling with raising your teenage daughter, this is the episode for you. Learn more about Muffy and Brown Mamas: brownmamas.com Learn more about Latifa: daughtersofzion.org
43:28
May 26, 2020
Abortion, A Story from The Brown Mama Monologues
This episode dives lived experience first into the topic of abortion.  Host of The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast, Muffy Mendoza, gives her first hand account of a subject that is all but taboo in American society.  Every year thousands of black mothers have abortions, yet it is still a hidden topic in our black households.  Today's episode showcases one of the stories that have taken the stage as part of The Brown Mama Monologues, an annual showcase that amplifies the voices of Black mothers and seeks to redefine the American motherhood narrative to be more inclusive of the stories of black mothers.  You can learn more about The Brown Mama Monologues at brownmamamonologues.com. Looking for a set of books to help you along your motherhood journey?  Check out the Brown Mama Mindset book, workbook and journal https://bit.ly/mamaseries
14:04
May 20, 2020
Free Black Mamas, Raise Free Black Kids, On Unschooling with Akilah Richards
Homeschooling is not all about your kids, at least it wasn't for this Black mama.  After hearing Akilah Richards speak at a self-directed learning seminar, I was forced to confront the ideas that had been popping up in my head around unschooling and living a freer life.  Akilah is a pioneer in the self-directed learning space and graced us with her words and wisdom during this episode of The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast.  Find out more about her, her dope podcast and the movement she's spearheading at raisingfreepeople.com.
28:15
May 20, 2020