Our Mothers’ Gardens explores the complexities of Black women’s relationships with their mothers and how the ways they have been mothered contribute to the women they are today.
The Way We Show Up: Season 3 Reflection
"Whatever you needed to hear when you were growing up, you can tell yourself that now."
In this final episode of Season 3, host Satya Nelms is in the garden by herself, reflecting on some of the themes that have come up in the third season of Our Mothers' Gardens. This is 30th episode of the podcast, which premiered for the first time in March 2020. Satya takes some time to share her thoughts at the end of each season, and this time she is talking about self-mothering, and the way we show up for ourselves and our children.
Our Mothers’ Gardens is a Honeybunch of Stinkweed Production and features music produced by Ptah. Our Mothers’ Gardens is made possible in part by the generous donations of patrons Emmett Swan, James McCarthy, and Courtney Tracewski.
"Always Covered": In the Garden with Patrice King
“It was important to both my mom and my second mom, that I knew I had what I needed. That I didn’t need to go looking for it outside the home. I didn’t need someone else to tell me I was beautiful or smart. Those were things I was raised knowing.”
Patrice King was born and raised in St.Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She moved to the Northeast to attend Wesleyan University where she double majored in Psychology and Sociology. Patrice then pursued her Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in NYC. Patrice is passionate about the intersection of education, technology and the development of life-long learners. In her first career, she consulted with educators, nonprofits and co-founded a gaming company to develop spaces for deep learning, inquiry, collaboration and creation. In 2018, she pivoted her focus to interior design, architecture and self-sufficient living. She’s led the construction of a tiny home retreat and is currently developing a small farm in upstate New York.
"Freedom Work": In the Garden with Anna Malaika Tubbs
“I think there’s something so beautiful about the ways in which Black moms have a very clear focus on the future because we’re not willing to accept the circumstance as it is right now, and this is why so much freedom work and organizing has been inspired by Black mothers. It’s this vision of what’s possible, and the potential for the world, and with that we’re constantly creating new futures and passing on this transformative, liberatory knowledge, not only through our bodies but through our teaching.”
In this episode we are in the garden with Anna Malaika Tubbs. Anna is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of MLK Jr., Malcolm X, and James Balwdin Shaped a Nation. She is also a Cambridge Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholar. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in Anthropology, Anna received a Master’s from the University of Cambridge in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies. Outside of the academy she is an educator and DEI consultant. She lives with her husband, Michael Tubbs, and their son Michael Malakai.
"Well Loved": In the Garden with Carrington Kernodle
“You have to be not only willing to pour a lot of love into someone, but also be creative about how you pour in that love.”
In this episode we are in the garden with Carrington Kernodle. Carrington is a Libra Sun, Aries Moon, and Gemini Rising. She has been living in Virginia, USA her entire life, first growing up in the rural countryside of Danville and then moving to Charlottesville for college. She graduated from the University of Virginia double majoring in Philosophy and in African American & African Studies. She has been practicing yoga for 10 years and is now a 200hr certified yoga teacher. She teaches to uplift people so that they feel loved, seen & important on or off the mat. From yoga she learned about ahimsa- non violence and that has been the guiding principle in her life. It lead her to her become Vegan and she has been for over 4 years now. Being vegan speaks to her love for the Earth and all living things. She has a green thumb and cares for about 20 houseplants. She's very close with her family & happily lives with her lover. Some of the things she absolutely adores are cows, crystals, the Moon, Thai food, creating, mountains, soft textures, hip openers, candles, mushrooms, hugs, coffee, soil in her hands, meditation & sweater weather.
"Seasons of Motherhood": In the Garden with Shahidah Al-Amin
“Mothering is a long haul. And there’s so many seasons when you feel like it's so hard. And it’s not something you can escape. But with every difficulty comes some ease. And you’re strengthened through that process.”
In this episode we are in the garden with Shahidah Al-Amin. Shahidah is a retired hairstylist/salon owner turned homemaker, home educator & community builder. As a wife of 15 years and mother to four children, she takes pride in nurturing her home & her people. She is co-founder of BOSSMOM Nation, a brand and community inspired by the experiences of black motherhood. Shahidah’s ultimate goal is to make the best use of her time while being a light of inspiration and service to others.
"Generations of Healing": In the Garden with Alex Elle
“Self-love is this really sacred gift that we give our community, because if we love ourselves, and we know what we’re worth, and we trust that we are deserving, and that we are worthy of joy, and all the things we would tell our children, it manifests and resonates differently.”
In this episode we are in the garden with Alex Elle. Alex is an author & writing to heal facilitator living in Maryland with her husband and children. Writing came into her life by way of therapy and the exploration of healing through journaling. Quarterly, Alex teaches workshops and retreats centered around assisting others in finding their voices through storytelling rooted in truth without shame. Her mission is to build community & self-care practices through literature & language. She is currently an author at Chronicle Books.
Alex is the author of multiple books and journals, most recently After the Rain and the guided journal, In Courage.
She also hosts The Hey Girl Podcast.