39 episodes

This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life.

Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

We do “adult” differently.


-About Daren and Jenn-

Jenn is a queer, Black feminist from Oakland. Daren is an introverted nerd and novelist from Anaheim.

They are boo’ed up and have been since 2002 when they bonded over a mutual love of Brian McKnight’s “Never Felt This Way”, their favorite Brandy lyrics, and nineties TV like Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Living Single. It was a shared obsession with Black cultural icons, histories, and artistry that drew Jenn and Daren to one another even though they are actually completely different personality-wise.

Jenn and Daren have always said to themselves, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a show?” Well, no major networks have reached out yet. So, until that happens, you can find the them here, sharing their views on race and culture and everything in between.

They are young thirty-somethings who have been married since for over a decade. Jenn and Daren have three beautiful, brilliant, radical, snarky kids who play no games.

That Black Couple Podcast Jenn and Daren

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life.

Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

We do “adult” differently.


-About Daren and Jenn-

Jenn is a queer, Black feminist from Oakland. Daren is an introverted nerd and novelist from Anaheim.

They are boo’ed up and have been since 2002 when they bonded over a mutual love of Brian McKnight’s “Never Felt This Way”, their favorite Brandy lyrics, and nineties TV like Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Living Single. It was a shared obsession with Black cultural icons, histories, and artistry that drew Jenn and Daren to one another even though they are actually completely different personality-wise.

Jenn and Daren have always said to themselves, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a show?” Well, no major networks have reached out yet. So, until that happens, you can find the them here, sharing their views on race and culture and everything in between.

They are young thirty-somethings who have been married since for over a decade. Jenn and Daren have three beautiful, brilliant, radical, snarky kids who play no games.

    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 38: Black Queer Pride

    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 38: Black Queer Pride

    In the first segment, Jenn and Daren spotlight the intersection of Black Music Appreciation Month and how much of a tragedy it is that we will never "know know" the truth about Luther Vandross.

    In the second segment, Jenn and Daren share their own experiences of how they came to understand and accept their queerness.

    In the third segment, Jenn and Daren tease Jenn's appearances on the new Discovery+ show The Book of Queer.

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    Podcast Summary:
    This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
    Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

    • 27 min
    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 37 - Toxic (Black) Masculinity

    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 37 - Toxic (Black) Masculinity

    In the first segment, Jenn and Daren discuss the current threats to Roe v. Wade and how the confrontation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars brought discussions around toxic masculinity to the forefront.

    In the second segment, they bring up a range of current examples of toxic (Black) masculinity including Kevin Samuels and Tory Lanez.

    In the third segment, Jenn and Daren give a preview of their next episode that will be all about critiquing the Black middle class.

    Reference Material:
    * Everything We Know About The Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez Shootign Investigation - https://www.vulture.com/article/tory-lanez-megan-thee-stallion-shooting-explainer.html
    * Taking his advice was like ‘chewing broken glass’: the short life of dating guru Kevin Samuels - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/may/13/relationship-guru-kevin-samuels-life-death
    * BBB Issues Warning Against Darius 'Cooks' Williams, Celebrity Chef Accused Of Having Fraudulent Business Practices - https://blavity.com/bbb-issues-warning-against-darius-cooks-williams-celebrity-chef-accused-of-having-fraudulent-business?category1=news

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    Email: ThatBLKCouple@gmail.com

    Podcast Summary:
    This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
    Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

    • 35 min
    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 36 - Black Women and the Downside of Being the First

    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 36 - Black Women and the Downside of Being the First

    In the first segment, Jenn and Daren celebrate the landmark confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court and the burden that she will need to bear as a result.

    In the second segment, they discuss why celebrating “firsts” for Black people can be complex and problematic and ask if the “race for firsts” is even a good thing for Black people.

    In the third segment, Jenn and Daren reflect on the conversation and explain why we need to shift the conversation to interrogate what we mean by a “win”, divorcing value from white-centered ideals to defining and centering independent Black excellence.

    Reference Material:
    * “The History Lesson About Black Women That You Never Got” - Jenn M. Jackson https://www.teenvogue.com/story/the-history-lesson-about-black-women-that-you-never-got
    * “I'll be so proud when my daughter is president and runs a corrupt oligarchy” - Kiese Laymon - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/22/daughter-us-president-corrupt-oligarchy
    * Viola Davis Gives Powerful Speech About Diversity and Opportunity | Emmys 2015 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSpQfvd_zkE&ab_channel=TelevisionAcademy

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    Email: ThatBLKCouple@gmail.com

    Podcast Summary:
    This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
    Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

    • 28 min
    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 35 - Petty Politics: Rihanna, Kanye, and Ukraine

    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 35 - Petty Politics: Rihanna, Kanye, and Ukraine

    In the first segment, Jenn and Daren share their current favorite things, including PJ Morton and JoJo’s new song “My Peace” and the Peacock show “Bel-Air.”

    In the second segment, they talk through how Kim and Kanye’s divorce shows that stalking and harassment are never OK, why everybody needs to stay up to date on the war in Ukraine, and how people’s issues with Rihanna’s pregnancy are another example of how Black women are treated like products instead of people.

    In the third segment, Jenn and Daren give a preview of what they’ll be discussing for Women’s History Month in their next episode, including phenomenal Black women like Audrey Lorde, bell hooks, and author Zakiya Dalila Harris.

    Reference Material:
    * Episode 26: Why We Aren’t Rooting For Everybody Black
    https://soundcloud.com/thatblackcouple/thatblackcouple-ep-26-why-we-arent-rooting-for-everybody-black
    * Episode 7: #MentalHealthMatters
    https://soundcloud.com/thatblackcouple/thatblackcouple-ep-7-mentalhealthmatters
    *iamlegallyhype on TikTok
    https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdAePGpN/
    * Episode 4: “Pretty Pregnancy” and Unrealistic Expectations for Black Pregnant People
    https://soundcloud.com/thatblackcouple/thatblackcouple-ep-4-pretty-pregnancy-and-unrealistic-expectations-for-black-pregnant-people
    * Peacock's "Bel-Air"
    https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/bel-air
    * PJ Morton & JoJo (feat. Mr. Talkbox) - My Peace
    https://soundcloud.com/pjmorton/my-peace-feat-mr-talkbox
    * Samm Henshaw - Joy
    https://soundcloud.com/sammhenshaw/joy

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    Email: ThatBLKCouple@gmail.com

    Podcast Summary:
    This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
    Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

    • 40 min
    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 34 - The Black Futures Episode: How To Move as a Healing Black Person in 2022

    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 34 - The Black Futures Episode: How To Move as a Healing Black Person in 2022

    In the first segment, Jenn and Daren highlight the recent increase in Black deaths from suicide and why it is imperative that we seek healing in 2022.

    In the second segment, they discuss bell hooks’s book Sisters of the Yam, talk through the troubling statistics around Black mental health, and share their “4 Steps to Moving as a Healing Black Person in 2022”.

    In the third segment, Jenn and Daren reflect on their own mental health journeys and explain why it is so important that we support each other while hold each other accountable.

    Reference Material:
    * #ThatBlackCouple Ep 7 - #MentalHealthMatters
    https://soundcloud.com/thatblackcouple/thatblackcouple-ep-7-mentalhealthmatters
    * #ThatBlackCouple Ep 30 - Black Healing and Trauma During COVID-19
    https://soundcloud.com/thatblackcouple/thatblackcouple-ep-30-black-healing-and-trauma-during-covid-19
    * Black men’s mental health matters - American Psychological Association
    https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/09/ce-black-mental-health
    * Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations - American Psychiatric Association
    https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/cultural-competency/education/mental-health-facts
    * Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health - Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR1PDFW090120.pdf


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    Email: ThatBLKCouple@gmail.com

    Podcast Summary:
    This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
    Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

    • 35 min
    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 33 - bell hooks, breakups and Blackness

    #ThatBlackCouple Ep 33 - bell hooks, breakups and Blackness

    Jenn and Daren start season 3 of That Black Couple with a rundown episode covering some of the hottest topics of the month.

    In the first segment, Jenn and Daren share what has been on their minds like the little known long-term success of recent chart topper Muni Long (Hrs And Hrs), the merits of white on white violence in HBO’s Euphoria, why they’d both rather have a “sex tape” go public than a “spit tape”.

    In the second segment, they explain why celebrity divorces can be a “good’ thing and why the losses of legends like bell hooks, Betty White, and Thich Nhat Hanh show us how important it is to respect and honor people while they still walk the earth.

    Reference Material:
    * Caught on Video: Pastor Mike Todd Wipes Spit on Church Member's Face
    https://www.theroot.com/caught-on-video-pastor-mike-todd-wipes-spit-on-church-1848376773
    * Catalog of the over 100 songs Muni Long (Priscilla Renea) has written for artists like Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and Ariana Grande
    https://artists.spotify.com/songwriter/53bxaIXxhpUg3mlsLSMWad
    * HBO’s Euphoria
    https://www.hbo.com/euphoria
    * The TERRELL One Million Show
    https://youtu.be/s4Y0N8qp4ZM
    * The TERRELL One Million Show (Album) https://open.spotify.com/album/3cAgKKxhswmZu3t8OC8Hr1?si=R6ePXDeUTzW4kvNY3cvvOQ&nd=1

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    Email: ThatBLKCouple@gmail.com

    Podcast Summary:
    This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
    Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

MsDemona ,

The Blackest, Most Woke Podcast

This is the first podcast I came across with a Black couple where one partner identifies as poly and gender fluid. Whenever you hear about poly couples in the media, the couple is never POC, not even in fictional stories. They also touch on politics, parenting and being married. I always learn something when I listen to an episode.

thebigtuna1 ,

Poop

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🙇🏾‍♀️💆🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️ ,

Finally! Black NonMonogamy Content<3

One of the BLACKEST SHOWS I have ever heard! Love the episode on non monogamy. As a millennial queer black woman, I feel super seen and supported. Ugh *swoons.*

More please!
Thank you for being here.

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