A podcast that gives a voice to women of color in a society where we are often not heard at all. The Mocha Message: Come for the real conversation, stay for the inspiration.
[Episode 30] White Hypocrisy
After the attack on the Capitol, and then watching AOC's Instagram live recounting her experience, we had to end Season 3 of the Mocha Message venting about the White Hypocrisy shown in law enforcement, government, honestly EVERY part of life.
It's exhausting, and we (the black community) are tired. Continue the conversation on our Instagram @mochamessagepodcast. Happy Black History Month!
[Episode 29] Believe Black Women.
What happens when the people who are supposed to protect and care for you cannot be trusted? We already know this to be true with police, but there are other instances where people (such as physicians) cannot act upon their own biases. Jackie and Shani speak about the importance of being able to uncover bias in believing Black people, specifically Black women, in this week's episode. Follow us on IG and subscribe on your favorite pod platform to stay in the know about all things Mocha Message!
[Episode 28] Sick & Tired of the Photoshop
In this episode, Jackie & Shani chop it up about the pressure that social media - namely IG - places on women and their looks. Having to be "on" all the time can surface a lot of insecurities, and our two Mocha Mavens unpack and process where it all stems from. Is it the male gaze? Patriarchy? Feeling the need to one-up the next woman?
Let's navigate ways to build confidence and affirm one another (and ourselves) to filter out the noise of trends, crazes, and short-lived popularity.
[Episode 27] Respectability Won't Save You.
What do we do in a world that makes snap judgments about us strictly based on the color of our skin?
In this episode, Jackie & Shani get deeply into respectability politics. We chat about running across skin folk who ain't kinfolk, and what to do when they try to tell you to "sit down and play nice." Are there times where respectability can be an advantage? Or are you simply selling out?
Continue the conversation on IG: @mochamessagepodcast
[Episode 26] Forgiveness, Pt. 1: You're Only Human
Isn't it interesting how we sometimes struggle to extend the same grace we give to other people... to ourselves?
It is imperative to hold space to be kind to yourself just as you would to others. Shani and Jackie explore questions such as, When is it appropriate to take a break, take a step back, or even just stop and be still?
We need to be reminded from time to time: you're human and nothing good comes from running on E! Your greatest accomplishment will only be as good as you are to yourself.
[Episode 25] Black Women, Image, & the Industry
In this episode, Shani & Jackie muse on why black women can't seem to get their flowers in the industry? From music (Jazmine Sullivan), to television/film (Viola Davis), and even politics (Michelle Obama) - black women are constantly criticized, torn down, and celebrated less. Why is it that when you don't fit the image of what's "in", the recognition for your hard work and talent completely disappears? Do males get the same treatment? For more content like this, follow us on IG @mochamessagepodcast!
Mocha Message as a Mocha Man
I can honestly say that I listen to Mocha Message episodes as soon as they release because I have the notifications enabled. I am very glad the new season is out. Keep up the good content!
-a chocolate brother
Feels right at home
Even being more on the male end of the spectrum, it’s still so dope to hear black women empowering the culture for both men and women. I truly value and appreciate these women encouraging our black culture to be the best and truest version of themselves.
I love this girl time!!
This podcast is so dope! I love that casual feel, it’s like talking to my best friends. The body image episode really hit home with me. Mocha Message really touches on the all of the relevant issues of today