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Meet Melissa Tarpley and Natasha Gordon of Mahogany Momology

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Tarpley and Natasha Gordon.

Neither of them have any experience in radio or media. They live on opposite ends of the city spectrum and have two very different backgrounds. But that hasn’t stopped these two moms in changing the narrative of black motherhood.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Mahogany Momology is hosted by Melissa Tarpley and Natasha Gordon, two African American wives and moms. Mel and Tash (their show nicknames) met through the group, Mocha Moms, and wanted to transform the lessons learned through their leadership teneur and wanting to help others in their motherhood journey through an online dialog.

Over the course of a few months the two worked diligently on topics, potential guests, and learning the nuts and bolts of a podcast. Mahogany Momology, a podcast addressing the concerns and carefree parenting of black motherhood, was released Mother’s Day Weekend 2018 and now has over 1,100 downloads!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As Mel and Tash live in two different areas of Dallas-Fort Worth Area the biggest part of the podcast planning was finding a recording location or deciding to buying equipment and where to record. Understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses, Tash and Mel signed with Aaron Wolpin of Greenville Avenue Recording Studio due to its central location, Aaron’s professionalism, and amazing partnership. The dynamic duo carried the thirst for knowledge further in joining Facebook groups such as the Podcast Movement and Women of Color Podcast. “Both of these groups allow us to exchange ideas on how to run a podcast, “ says Co Host Melissa Tarpley, “but also a support system in which if we need a speaker or hash out an idea we can do so without feeling like someone is going to steal concepts from us.”

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mahogany Momology story. Tell us more about the business.
Through open dialogue and engaging platforms, Mahogany Momology podcast brings light and conversation to such topics as Re-Establishing Parent Relationships, Black Maternal Healthcare, The Rise of Gun Ownership, and more. It appeals to African-American mother’s ages 25- 44 years old.

The most recent episode featured information on the stress dads face versus moms in current society, reaching an audience of over 500 listeners in the US and Europe.

Podcast co-host Natasha Gordon says, “Currently media representation in the crafting of black motherhood portrays a negative connotation. This podcast will not only discuss OUR joys, issues, but also delve into the social complexities that many African American mothers face daily.”

Consistent social media interaction allows for fellow momologists (fan base nickname) to create a smaller community. Each Monday the duo does this by asking subscribers to publicly recognize a mom that is need of prayer or recognition. Through Marvelous Mahogany Momologist these women are uplifted during the podcast. Wednesdays are a day in which fans can share even the smallest wins in Make Mommy Moves Wednesdays. Every so often momologist can share tips on tricks on motherhood “hacks” on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

What are your plans for the future? What are you looking forward to or planning for – any big changes?
Mahogany Momology is excited to be the official podcast of the 2018 Birth Texas Convention. Set for Saturday, July 21 in Arlington, TX, Birth Texas hosts its annual fundraising event focused on pregnancy, birth and parenting. With a family-friendly atmosphere for consumers, birth professionals and advocates alike, the Birth Texas Convention is about centering community and activism in improving maternal healthcare in the state of Texas.

Mel and Tash are continuously aligning Mahogany Momology with branding opportunities that will benefit the show and its subscribers.

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