How Openly Can You Talk To Your Mom? New Podcast Explores Generational Relationships Between Black Women
How do we bridge the communication gap between modern millennial women and their baby boomer mamas? That was the question writer Keyaira Kelly asked herself as she prepped to launch a new platform that encourages intergenerational conversation.
“Talk To Your Mom,” hosted by both Keyaira and her 65-year-old mother Tarawoner, dares to go where no Black mama/daughter discussion has gone before. The duo delves into their experiences with first time sex, the difficulties of dating and recovering from heartache, and all the healing and trauma that comes with existing as a Black woman in this world.
“As Black women, we carry a lot of shame,” Keyaira told MN.
“I truly believe breaking the shame cycle stops when we authentically tell our life stories–and not just the pretty parts either. Talking to my mom about how she became pregnant at 19 as a single woman made me astutely aware that this person isn’t just my mom, she’s a woman, with her own fears, anxieties and dreams,” she explained.
Tarawoner, who is the mother of not only Keyaira, but five other girls, said that being vulnerable with her daughters has strengthened their relationships, and she wanted to share that wisdom with the world.
“There are so many hidden secrets in my generation, and I feel women pretending like they’ve never experienced or went through anything has kept a lot of young women in bondage,” Tarawoner described.
“So many of the women I have mentored through my organization, TYL Foundation have no verb communication with their moms, grandmothers or even aunts. If I can be a surrogate mother figure for anyone who is missing crucial conversations with their moms, I am happy to do that,” she continued.
The pair operates under the belief that transparency between generations is the key to healing and freedom. Each episode serves as in invitation for Black women to talk more candidly about their valuable life lessons.
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