9 episodes

mater mea tells the stories and discusses that topics that matter most to Black women at the intersection of career and family. Host Anthonia Akitunde talks to guests about everything from work-life balance to single motherhood to self-care and more.

mater mea mater mea

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

mater mea tells the stories and discusses that topics that matter most to Black women at the intersection of career and family. Host Anthonia Akitunde talks to guests about everything from work-life balance to single motherhood to self-care and more.

    "My Son Was 6 Years Old When He First Tried To Kill Me"

    "My Son Was 6 Years Old When He First Tried To Kill Me"

    Trigger warning: This essay includes descriptions of hospitalization and attempted suicides.

    Can you imagine waking up to see your 9-year-old standing over you with a knife? Or having to move into a hotel room because they’ve tried to jump out of their second-story bedroom window?

    Those aren’t bad dreams or scary hypotheticals for Natasha Robinson. The 33-year-old mom has experienced this and more while raising her son Isaiah.

    Isaiah is a bright, loving boy who suffers from a number of mental health issues.

    In an essay originally written for Michigan’s MLive.com when Isaiah was 8, Natasha shares what it’s like to be a single parent of a child with severe mental illnesses navigating a broken health care system.

    ∆∆∆

    Story Update: http://bit.ly/333UX6b
    Natasha and Isaiah's GoFundMe Page: www.gofundme.com/f/shineonisaiah

    Amazon Wish List: amzn.to/2CYCJIR
    Email Natasha at n.robinson8@gmail.com

    For more stories of Black motherhood in all its shades, visit matermea.com or follow us on Instagram (instagram.com/matermea) and Facebook (facebook.com/matermea).

    • 16 min
    episode 008: Career First, Babies Later?

    episode 008: Career First, Babies Later?

    In this episode, Anthonia talks to brand strategist Neffy Anderson and creative director Piper Hickman about their thoughts on finding the right person to start a family with, and what it means to have a child later in life.

    You can find show notes at http://bit.ly/2daOC0g. And don't forget to tell your friends and leave a 5-star review!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    episode 007: Don't Knock The Side Hustle

    episode 007: Don't Knock The Side Hustle

    In this episode, Anthonia pops open a bottle of prosecco to talk about self-care and side hustles with Erica Nichole Harris, freelance writer and creator of 2014 Black Weblog Award winning personal blog EverythingENJ.com, and Kweli Wright, parenting editor for Madame Noire and creator of a forthcoming interior design project.

    For more conversations about work and life from Black women's perspectives, visit www.matermea.com. Follow mater mea on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @matermea. If you have a topic idea you’d like us to discuss, email us at podcast@matermea.com.

    The mater mea podcast is executive produced by Anthonia Akitunde, O. Valerie Nicolas, and Kimson Albert. Our associate producer is Isaro Carter and the podcast is edited by Ty Worell.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    episode 006: I Ain't Birthing No Babies!

    episode 006: I Ain't Birthing No Babies!

    While we usually talk to working moms or single women who want to have children one day, in this episode we talk to two women about their decision to not have children and how that's shaped their personal and romantic lives. And since it's summer time, we also discuss the social media gender wars that pop up when the weather heats up: specifically fixing our men's plates.

    For more conversations about work and life from Black women's perspectives, visit www.matermea.com. Follow mater mea on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @matermea. If you have a topic idea you’d like us to discuss, email us at podcast@matermea.com.

    The mater mea podcast is executive produced by Anthonia Akitunde, O. Valerie Nicolas, and Kimson Albert. Our associate producer is Isaro Carter and the podcast is edited by Ty Worell.

    • 52 min
    episode 005: Avoiding The Coparent Trap

    episode 005: Avoiding The Coparent Trap

    Anthonia talks to blogger and vlogger Anika Lani about the stigma older women face when they have children later in life and about her 13 years of coparenting experience.

    The mater mea podcast is executive produced by Anthonia Akitunde, O. Valerie Nicolas, and Kimson Albert. Our associate producer is Isaro Carter, and the podcast is edited by Ty Worell.

    • 47 min
    episode 004: Why Did These Heifers Lie?

    episode 004: Why Did These Heifers Lie?

    With us on the show today are brand strategist Antonia Dean and African Health Now nonprofit founder Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo to discuss the need for diversity in media for their kids, and how their lives changed from being single to getting married to having kids.

    The mater mea podcast is executive produced by Anthonia Akitunde, O. Valerie Nicolas, and Kimson Albert. Our associate producer is Isaro Carter, and the podcast is edited by Tyrell Worley.

    Visit matermea.com to see more stories celebrating Black women at the intersection of career and family. Follow us on Soundcloud (http://bit.ly/277Zh2p) and subscribe on iTunes (http://apple.co/1rBRGZH).

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Podcasto ,

These are voices I need to hear!

Thank you. More please!

Cierraxyz ,

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Heard about mater on Alex Elle's podcast hey, girl. So glad I did! We are not a monolith and it's so refreshing to listen to black ladies from all different walks of life give us their take on hot topics.

Ahtis ,

Episode 4 🎯🎯🎯

I absolutely related to the guests with very young children and the advice shared in episode 4...keep putting one foot in front of the other and it will/does get better.