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Dope Black Dads Podcast

The Dope Black Dads Podcast is an adult-only podcast for all parents or adults preparing for parenthood. Lead by Marvyn Harrison with contributions from the Dope Black Dads leadership as well as a host of special guests from the world of healing, media, parenting, TV/film, music and beyond. We discuss everything from co-parenting, masculinity, the black experience all the way to our favourite Netflix show. Don't listen if you're expecting conversations about nappies!

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53: Dads: What's the difference between a Dope Black Dad and a Dad?

Stakes are high because parenting black children in a culture of white supremacy forces us to place too high a price on making sure our children are disciplined and well-behaved. I know that I personally place an extremely high value on children being respectful, well-behaved and submissive to authority figures. I’m fairly sure this isn’t a good thing. www.dopeblackdads.com #SocialMedia #Podcast #Parenting More Episodes and longer content on: 🎙 SUBSCRIBE on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/3cIh6ejnk3lUUVhqSKzPUS 📹 Anchor.FM: anchor.fm/dope-black-dads 👑 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR…jL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz ] 💸 TWITTER: twitter.com/DopeBlackDads 📸 INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/DopeBlackDads 📲 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DopeBlackDads

24mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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39: Can you have a female best friend?

Can men and women ever be just friends? It is the eternal question that When Harry Met Sally set out to answer in 1989, and endless romcoms have continued to debate in the decades since (Friends with Benefits, 13 Going on 30 and so on). According to one new survey, the answer is a straight no. Social network MeetMe polled 6,500 of its users and found that more than half of people said they have fantasised about sleeping with their best friend of the opposite gender. What's more, nearly 40 per cent (four out of 10) reported actually having slept with said best friend, while two thirds admitted they would if the opportunity presented itself. www.dopeblackdads.com #SocialMedia #Podcast #Parenting More Episodes and longer content on: 🎙 SUBSCRIBE on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/3cIh6ejnk3lUUVhqSKzPUS 📹 Anchor.FM: anchor.fm/dope-black-dads 👑 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR…jL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz ] 💸 TWITTER: twitter.com/DopeBlackDads 📸 INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/DopeBlackDads 📲 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DopeBlackDads

48mins

26 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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44: Dads: What's the black New York dad story?

Until only a few years ago, beginning with the killing of Treyvon Martin, and with the continued press coverage of other highly unfortunate cases, it seemed to many that the issue of racism was a thing of the past. United States society was now in a post-racism era. After all, the civil rights act of the 1960’s was over half a century old. I can remember thinking honestly, in the almost entirely white town that I came from, that the only kind of racism that existed were the “innocent” jokes about blacks and other minorities. I was completely ignorant of the structural violence and racism that blacks had to live with on a daily basis in many other parts of the country, and looking back, how potentially difficult it would be for a black person to feel fully comfortable in a town like mine. www.dopeblackdads.com #SocialMedia #Podcast #Parenting More Episodes and longer content on: 🎙 SUBSCRIBE on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/3cIh6ejnk3lUUVhqSKzPUS 💸 Donate: https://www.patreon.com/dopeblackdads 📹 Anchor.FM: anchor.fm/dope-black-dads 👑 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR…jL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz 💸 TWITTER: twitter.com/DopeBlackDads 📸 INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/DopeBlackDads 📲 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DopeBlackDads

59mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Should 'black twitter' defend Meghan Markle? W/ Black Ballad and Nii Odarte

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave a rare glimpse into her personal life when she admitted that she has struggled to deal with the repercussions of being a new mother in the spotlight. A snippet of her powerful interview with reporter Tom Bradby was released by ITV on Friday. The clip is a part of the British television channel's documentary, "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey," which will be released in the UK on Sunday. In the video, Meghan talks about the issues she's grappled with as a new wife, mother, and duchess whose life has been judged and dissected by the media and public since she first began dating Prince Harry. "Any woman, especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging," Meghan said in the emotional video. "And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it's a lot. So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed."

1hr 22mins

19 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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31: What is 'Black Twitter'?

Black Twitter is a cultural identity consisting of "Black" Twitter users from around the world on the Twitter social network focused on issues of interest to the black community, particularly in the United States. Feminista Jones described it in Salon as "a collective of active, primarily African-American Twitter users who have created a virtual community ... [and are] proving adept at bringing about a wide range of sociopolitical changes."A similar Black Twitter community grew in South Africa in the early 2010s.[6] Although Black Twitter has a strong Black American user base, other people and groups are able to be a part of this social media circle through commonalities in shared experiences and reactions to such online. www.dopeblackdads.com #SocialMedia #Podcast #Parenting More Episodes and longer content on: 🎙 SUBSCRIBE on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/3cIh6ejnk3lUUVhqSKzPUS 📹 Anchor.FM: anchor.fm/dope-black-dads 👑 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR…jL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz ] 💸 TWITTER: twitter.com/DopeBlackDads 📸 INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/DopeBlackDads 📲 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DopeBlackDads

1hr 1min

14 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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The Dope Black Year in Review

When They See Us, The Power of Stormzy, Boris Johnson becoming the Prime Minister. What a year is has been! This week Marvyn is joined by some fellow members of the Dope Black collective to discuss some of the biggest moments of 2019, their personal highlights as well as looking forward to 2020 and what is in store for the Dope Black Collective in the near future.    Your hosts is Marvyn Harrison, who is joined by Nina Malone of Dope Black Mums, Leanne Levers of Dope Black Women and Donald Mbeutcha of Dope Black Dads.  Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads   If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

1hr 14mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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33: How do I know if he is cheating? w/ Simone Powderley

In a very broad sense, cheating involves betraying a partner’s expectations about the type of contact the cheater has with others. When a husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, violates one’s expectations about what is appropriate, people feel betrayed. Keep in mind that relationships are not based on logic, but are influenced by our emotions. As a result, cheating is difficult to define because people differ in the type of contact they feel it is appropriate for a partner to have with someone else. For example, some people believe that it is unacceptable for a partner to: Flirt with others Engage in sexual talk with someone else Exchange personal e-mails or text messages Deny being married or in a relationship Spend time with specific individuals Engage in specific types of contact—sleeping in the same bed with another person Purchase intimate gifts and presents for others Chat online with someone else (online affairs) Have sexual contact with someone else (physical infidelity) Become emotionally involved with someone else (emotional infidelity) Develop a crush or feelings for another individual Share their most private thoughts and feelings with someone else Become best friends with someone of the opposite sex www.dopeblackdads.com #SocialMedia #Podcast #Parenting More Episodes and longer content on: 🎙 SUBSCRIBE on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/3cIh6ejnk3lUUVhqSKzPUS 📹 Anchor.FM: anchor.fm/dope-black-dads 👑 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR…jL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz ] 💸 TWITTER: twitter.com/DopeBlackDads 📸 INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/DopeBlackDads 📲 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DopeBlackDads

1hr 6mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Women: Dating During Lockdown

Being in self isolation is one thing, but not being able to date AND you have to stay at home. That's a whole different ball game! This week the Dope Black Women discuss how they're dating whilst in isolation, getting to know someone under lockdown and the things they're doing to satisfy their physical needs. Ladies take note there are some real tangible takeaways in this episode. The Dope Black Women Podcast is all about bringing black women together to discuss the topics that matter to us, connect and support with each other and through our digital sisterhood.   Your hosts are: Leanne Levers, Roshan Roberts and Olivia Cope   You can follow Dope Black Women online at @DopeBlackWomen1 on Twitter and Instagram and Dope Black Women on Facebook

42mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Have you seen 'Love Is Blind' on Netflix?

Can you fall in love in a matter of days just by talking to someone? Could you be with someone who is bisexual? Would you be open to having an interracial relationship? In this week's episode, Marvyn is joined by Raye, Hayley and Gaia to discuss the Netflix show Love is Blind. Together they review the stand out couples from the series and answer the question: 'is love blind?' Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital space for the community. Your host is Marvyn Harrison.   Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads   If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

55mins

21 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Dads: Can Pan-Africanism save us from Tory rule? Mark Tieku

A Hard Brexit. Boris Johnson. 5 years of Tory Government. That was the result of the 2019 General Election. In this week's episode, Marvyn is joined by fellow Dope Black Dads, Chris Becks and music producer Mark T to discuss the impact of the election result on black people, but most importantly how we as a community can build our own ideologies and platforms to break down the systems that oppress us in our society. They also look at the opportunities that could be left by Brexit and how we can best foster Pan-Africanism, and what an all black government cabinet could look like. Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital space for the community.   Your host is Marvyn Harrison.  Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads  If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

1hr 8mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Women: Do you feel the Pressure to have children?

We may be in lock down here in the UK, but that doesn't stop us from bringing you new episodes each week! In a Corona free episode, the ladies are joined by fellow Dope Black Woman Adaobi Nwachuku to discuss the pressures that women feel (from society and family) to be a mother. Reflecting upon their different life stories and backgrounds the women discuss whether they want kids, whether they would consider adoption and the similarities and differences in expectations for women between African and Caribbean communities. The Dope Black Women Podcast is all about bringing black women together to discuss the topics that matter to us, connect and support with each other and through our digital sisterhood. Your hosts are: Leanne Levers, Roshan Roberts and Olivia Cope. You can follow Dope Black Women online at @DopeBlackWomen1 on Twitter and Instagram and Dope Black Women on Facebook

1hr

26 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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59: What do we do with R Kelly? (Throwback episode)

R. Kelly is facing prostitution charges by prosecutors in Minnesota, who have alleged he solicited a teenager who asked him for an autograph in 2001. According to county attorney Mike Freeman, Kelly invited the 17-year-old to his hotel room and offered her $200 (£164) to undress and dance with him. After money was exchanged they had sexual contact but not intercourse, Freeman claimed. Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg said the charges were "beyond absurd". His colleague Doug Anton said it was not clear that R. Kelly had ever met his alleged victim and that the charges might be a case of "revisionist history". The R&B singer is now facing criminal proceedings in three US states.

27mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Dads: BBK Solo 45 - Are we Acknowledging the Allegations?

Recently, Solo 45 a member of the Grime group BBK was found guilty of raping four women and holding them against their will. In this week's episode Marvyn is joined by Raye, Stephen and Hayley from the Dope Black Community to unpack this story and discuss whether whether we keep people in the black community accountable for their actions and whether we acknowledge the allegations that are being made.  Your hosts is Marvyn Harrison.  Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads  If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

38mins

28 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Dads: The Black British African Story of the 90s w/ Andrew Osayemi

From investment banker to securing a deal with Netflix for his sitcom, Meet the Adebanjos, Andrew Osayemi joins Marvyn and Chris Beck this week to discuss how he made the transition from banker to creative, how he pitched his sitcom all over the world, before securing a deal with Netflix, as well as the power of working with influencers, the changes that we're seeing in the UK entertainment landscape, and why the UK will never be as far ahead as the US in terms of representation in television. Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital space for the community.   Your host is Marvyn Harrison.   Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads  If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

1hr 5mins

4 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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Dads: What Does It Mean to Be A Man?

A few months ago at the House of Commons, Dope Black Dads held an event about what does it mean to be a man. This week, Marvyn is bringing some of this conversation to you the podcast. He discusses his own personal journey into manhood, the stages he thinks you have to go through to be a man and the responsibilities a man must take on board to be an active father, son and partner.  Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital space for the community.   Your host is Marvyn Harrisonn. Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads  If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

38mins

23 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Dads: Do Black People Need to go to Therapy? With Malcolm Phillips

'People who have People Survive.' That's the message that Malcolm Phillips shared with us this week.  In today's episode Marvyn and Darwood speak to the Counselling Programming Lead for Hestia. Hestia is a charity that provides support for people and children in crisis. He has done a lot of work to make therapy more accessible to black people by opening counselling centers in London, developing a black therapy training course and he has also been providing mental health support for the Grenfell survivors since the disaster in 2016.   In this episode they discuss whether black people need therapy, the best way to access black therapists and alternative methods to have a healthy relationship with your mental health.   If you would like more information or are seeking a black therapist, the resources in the episode that were mentioned are:  baatn.org.uk (Black, African, Asian Therapy Network) ukabpsi.co.uk (UK Association of Black Psychologists) You can contact Malcolm at Hestia.org Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital space for the community.   Your hosts are Marvyn Harrison and Darwood Grace.  Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads  If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads.”

1hr

9 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Dads: What Would You Do If You Were The Black Mayor?

We cover all sorts in this episode - joined by fellow Dope Black Dads Kwame and Nigel, Marvyn discusses the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, Trump's black supporters and the manifesto you would put together if you were appointed to be the Black Mayor.  Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital space for the community. Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

46mins

4 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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Dads: Being Black on TV w/ Sean Fletcher

You'll recognise him from Good Morning Britain, Country File and Songs of Praise. This week on the podcast Marvyn is joined by TV presenter Sean Fletcher, and they covered everything in this episode! From his mixed heritage to his experience growing up in New York, Essex and Zimbabwe, to his relationship with his kids and how he manages his son who has OCD. Together they also discuss what it's like to be black in media, navigating white spaces and his take on some of the most controversial news stories of the year. Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital space for the community.   Your hosts is Marvyn Harrison.   Join the conversation and community online through our social channels:   Twitter: @DopeBlackDads Instagram: @DopeBlackDads Facebook Page: @DopeBlackDads  If you want to get in touch with us, email us on hello@dopeblackdads.com or follow our conversations in depth in our private Facebook Group by searching “Dope Black Dads”

1hr 18mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Women: Where's the wildest place you've ever had sex?

Have you ever had sex in your car? In the sea? Or even at work? We all have crazy sex stories, ex's that we would rather forget, some that we will never forget and the ladies bare all in this week's episode.  They talk about what sex means to them, their non-negotiables, and why so many women don't orgasm! It’s important to normalise the topic of sex, especially with black women, so we are bringing together three professional women who are here to discuss sex openly and freely. From being a freak in the sheets to being spiritual and reading books - we can do it all!   The Dope Black Women Podcast is all about bringing black women together to discuss the topics that matter to us, connect and support with each other and through our digital sisterhood.   Your hosts are: Leanne Levers, Roshan Roberts and Olivia Cope   You can follow Dope Black Women online at @DopeBlackWomen1 on Twitter and Instagram and Dope Black Women on Facebook

41mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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23: How are Black Dads perceived?

James Anderson, Chris Becks, Dare and Kojo discuss what they believe the external perception of black dads is. www.dopeblackdads.com #SocialMedia #Podcast #Parenting More Episodes and longer content on:   www.dopeblackdads.com #SocialMedia #Podcast #Parenting More Episodes and longer content on: 🎙 SUBSCRIBE on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/3cIh6ejnk3lUUVhqSKzPUS 📹 Anchor.FM: anchor.fm/dope-black-dads 👑 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR…jL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz ] 💸 TWITTER: twitter.com/DopeBlackDads 📸 INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/DopeBlackDads 📲 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DopeBlackDads

22mins

23 Feb 2019

Rank #20