Melanin Mothers Meet

Waking Up Our Ancestral Instincts

Melanin Mothers Meet provides safe spaces for women of color to express themselves without judgement, be themselves without hate, and  love themselves without hesitation!

The Healing Baba Series:
Identifying Traumas & Activating Solutions for Fatherhood 

Happy Father's Day Everyday!
This month we have a special edition of Fathers (Babas) who will share their wisdom, their drive and their experience! Sit down with your son, your father, your cousin, your nephew, your boyfriend or your husband and join us! This is for our Melanin Families! 
Enjoy!

A Song for Mama: 
A Tribute to Our Mamas from Son to Father 
w/ Royce Lovett

 Armed with an unmistakable voice, soulful lyrics and spirited sounds, Royce Lovett released “Better” April 22nd, a much-anticipated single from the genre-bending artist. The single features RMG recording artist Canon. Bringing a much needed breath of fresh air to music, the single’s release follows Lovett’s widely-acclaimed EPs, mostly in the gospel realm. Nonetheless, “Better” still tackles personal themes from Lovett, including supporting and encouraging black women. “Malcolm X reminds us that ‘The black woman is the most forgotten person in America.’ Through this song, I wanted to let women know, I’m here to support you, protect you and even get out of your way, so you can step into your leadership and passion,” said Lovett. Drawing from influences like Bob Marley, Mos Def, and Motown greats, Lovett groomed his lyrical skills for years as an underground emcee. Lovett has been sharpening his genre bending style since beginning his career over a decade ago, stirring up a genuine and authentic style steeped in hip-hop, soul, and rock guitar. Previously signed to Motown Gospel, Lovett released “Love Wins” in 2015, a EP produced by Nate Butler, where he tackled personal themes, outlining holding fast to faith and winning at love. He then followed with “Love and Other Dreams” in 2017, produced by Max Stark, fusing hip-hop, soul and rock to showcase his unmistakable voice and profound lyricism. Lovett competed on season 17 of NBC’s The Voice in 2019, as well as gave a 2017 TEDxBerkeley talk titled “Love, Purpose and Security” where he expresses his message of love through shared experiences with music. Eventually, Lovett left Motown Gospel to pursue more independence with his music. Lovett is now signed to Paravel Global Entertainment. The talented artist has toured the globe and performed alongside Wale, Vince Staples, Jeremy Camp, George Clinton P-Funk and others. He’s received acclaim from BET, Jet Magazine, and more. Lovett plans to go out on tour later this year.

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An Elder's Perspective on Midwifery
w/ Baba Olusegun

Educator, Folklorist, Historian, Musician and Storyteller. Baba Olusegun Samuel G. Williams was born in Washington, DC and he grew up in Atlanta, GA. He majored in Psychology and is a 1968 graduate of Morehouse College, where his father was chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religion and was a teacher/mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. Olusegun was one 12 African American men who became commissioned officers in the US Coast Guard in 1969, thus increasing the number of black commissioned officers in the Coast Guard from two to fourteen. Before receiving his commission, he was part of the military honor guard on the platform at Richard Nixon’s first term inauguration in January, 1969. From 1973 to 1980, Olusegun worked in radio broadcasting. He was an announcer/dj and music director at WEDR (99.1 fm) in Miami during the height of the Watergate scandal that engulfed Richard Nixon. In 1974, he moved to WKAT (1360 am), a CBS Network affiliate, to serve as a producer, recording studio director, and assistant chief engineer. He was editor for CBS Radio Network post game coverage of Super Bowl X in 1976 and was assigned by WKAT to cover the 1980 Arthur McDuffy Civil Disturbance in Miami in 1980. Olusegun worked from 1977 to 1987 at Miami Dade Community College. There he taught radio production and cable tv installation. 
Since moving to Tallahassee in 1987, Olusegun has been an integral part of Tallahassee’s cultural community in the area of African drumming & dance, and theater. He has been affiliated with FAMU’s Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theater and the Essential Theater as well as the African Caribbean Dance Theater. He was the organizer of Phoenix Uprising Reggae Band, one of Tallahassee’s most popular bands during the 1990’s. Bob Marley’s mother, Cedella Booker, invited the band to be a part of the 1994 Bob Marley Festival Tour. Other areas of interest to Olusegun include African Religions, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Aviation, Bicycle Racing, Camping, Egyptology, Genetics, History, Neuroscience, Photography, Sailing, and Scuba Diving.

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Life is Like a Rubic's Cube

Dr. Derrick Standifer

“My vision is to teach one million people how to solve the twists and turns of life.” – Derrick Standifer Derrick Standifer is one of the most energetic youth motivational speakers in the United States. His speech Life is Like a Rubik’s Cube is inspiring, entertaining, and is simply breathtaking. His story of triumph, persistence, and overcoming tragedies has motivated more than 20,000 students, parents, and educators to solve the Twists and Turns of their Life. Derrick has written a book entitled Life is Like A Rubik’s Cube that details how he went from a college dropout to a PHD candidate. His book has been translated into a personal development curriculum for high schools, mentoring organizations, and colleges and universities. Now he hosts workshops, seminars, and mastermind sessions to provide strategies that help people avoid the same mistakes that he has made and maximize their full potential. Derrick lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his two 'beautyfully' trouble making babies, Ayana and Derrick Jr. He recently finished his doctoral program studies in Educational Leadership and earned his PhD at Florida A&M University.   

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Celebrating the Legacy of Baba Zaid Haynes through Art & Medicine

Dr. Zaid Haynes

I was introduced to Acupuncture while working as an instructor in the Black Studies Department at Northeastern University in Boston. (I had previously traveled to and worked in Tanzania, East Africa. For a year. I was later to return to Africa again three times since then to investigate our culture and our people). I actually received my first Acupuncture treatment in Tanzania. I enrolled at the New England School of Acupuncture and graduated in 1977. My teacher was Dr. James T.Y. So, a Master Teacher. His personal conduct and knowledge has had a profound influence on my approach to the practice of medicine. Along with medicine, Art is a lifelong pursuit. Very personal and very therapeutic.  

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The Cultural Components of Maternal & Paternal Health

Dr. Amandla Haynes & Dr. Atum Boukman (Adam Baptiste)

Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Board Member and Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a holistic healer, wife, mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual travel guide, and a lover of food and culture.

Dr. B, aka Bro. Boukman, aka A.B., aka (Adam Baptiste, MD), is a family-oriented man Physician-Researcher, Educator, Farmer-Gardener, amongst many other roles. He aims to assist people in practical and meaningful ways. Rooted in justice and equity, his interest in health is aimed at wellness, and correcting disparities for the groups that experience them greatest. Taking special regard to serve indigenous, aboriginal, melanoid, rural, and underserved populations. Dr. B holds an entrepreneurial position as the Chief executive of Balancing Being, a lifestyle company, that offers a variety of services and products from auricular acupuncture to academic advising and apparel. He is an educator working with Health Science Consulting (HSC) and The Family Agency (TFA) to train and inspire the next generation of health professionals. He is affiliated with Florida State University College of Medicine employed as a Researcher & Coordinator for the Center for Behavioral Health Integration within the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Social Medicine. Much of his current work there is focused through initiatives that prioritize Perinatal Mental Health and Pediatric Behavioral Health. He aspires to improve and include the paternal involvement and perspective in this work, ultimately working toward wholistic mental/behavioral health practices to be implemented for families. Through the FL Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and the FL BH IMPACT Program, Dr. B and the team he collaborates with aim to promote awareness and build the capacity of health care providers to address the critical gaps in the care of our nation's women, children and their families. Although focused in Florida, his efforts are for the work he engages to contribute to policy change, not only locally, but also at state, national, and international levels.  

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MA'AT: Assisting Mamas During Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery

Baba Jah--Sun Bey


Minister Of Wholistic Health & Wellness, Dynamic Speaker, Life Coach, Motivator & Edutainer - 3rdEyeVisionsUnlimited.com presents Jah--Son (a.k.a Montego El Xaymakali Bey) from Love AnkhTM. If you are ready for the lifting of the veil, the Universal L.A.W., Eating The Light & ShineTM, AnhkologyTM, HistographyTM, Natural Pregnancy, Birthing, Breastfeeding, VaxFree Living and much moor…Then this enlightening and dynamic Lecturer, Edutainer, Raw Food Educator, Metaphysician, Numerologist, Phonetic SpiritTM, Reiki Master, Blue Dragon Qi-Gong Educator, Iridiologist, White Overtone Wizard, Musician, Poet, Writer, Aerospace Engineer, Father and out of the box Visionary is what the multiverse delivered.




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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month! Our focus is on making sure our Melanin Mothers have tools and resources to navigate through their times of need!

The Post Partum Journey: Discovering & Preparing Motherhood
Tiara Flynn

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Finding yourself after having your baby can be a task if you are unfamiliar with what to look for. Discover the greater good of the postpartum journey and see what  preparing and discovering through the essence of mothering and what it looks like.

As a full-spectrum doula, Tiara is a non-medically trained community worker who offers support to people during the full spectrum of pregnancy – from preconception to birth, to abortion, to miscarriage, to adoption, and postpartum. Tiara launched her practice, Phenomenal Mama, in August 2021! Phenomenal Mama is a doula practice that offers services from prenatal, birth planning, support during labor, postpartum support, and more. The Phenomenal Mama philosophy is that all expectant mothers and birthing people deserve empowerment, support, advocacy, comfort, and encouragement. With the Phenomenal Mama experience, families will be educated, supported, and have an advocate in their parenting journey from the very beginning. “Life is not introduced upon arrival; it is nourished, nurtured, and cultivated at conception.” – Tiara Flynn.


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Anxiety and It's Impact on Mothering
Dr. Yolanda Bogan

Wednesday May 4, 2022
Video Call

Being a Mother, especially a Melanin Mother, life can be taxing! Discover healthy ways to navigate through it all with this powerful session, as a Melanin Mother, you DON'T want to miss it!

Dr. Yolanda K.H. Bogan is a licensed psychologist and licensed mental health counselor supervisor in the state of Florida. She is CEO/Owner of Dr. Yolanda Bogan & Associates, PLLC, a culturally competent psychotherapy practice. Her thirty years of experience includes working in outpatient, inpatient, faith-based, and higher education counseling settings. She has studied and provided therapy services related to women’s issues including depression, sexual assault, substance abuse and women’s health. Her practice focuses on African American women with depression, anxiety and trauma. Her clinical work in maternal mental health focuses on maternal support and empowerment, role transitions and values identification. She is married to her college sweetheart, and they have three grown sons, two of whom are Navy officers.

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Moms Healing While Grieving
Cutina Francis

Thursday May 12, 2022 8pm
Video Call

Getting back to yourself after a loss can be tough, whether a child, a loved one or a spouse, it sometimes gets harder to move forward. Join our Life Coach, as she shares her experience and wisdom to help us all get through Grief!

Cutina has raised her loving 28-year-old son and currently raises her eight- year-old daughter. Cutina's third child passed away in 2017. The struggles of this loss amongst many other traumas, led her into depression and ultimately stuck in life. After rigorous and committed self-healing practices, Cutina formed GUTAH Consulting and Product Services. GUTAH is an acronym for Get Up Today and Heal. She is a Transformational Life Coach where she encourages and assists women to get up out of their mess and keep going after the unfortunate loss of a child. She offers 1:1 coaching, group mentoring and custom healing designs to foster a mentally healthy environment. Her mission in life is to be of servitude to as many humans as possible in as many capacities necessary.

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Happy Black Maternal Health Week!!!
April 11-17, 2022

Please View the Recordings Below!

Black Maternal Health Week Proclamation Acceptance
Recognized by Mayor John E. Dailey

Melanin Mothers Meet accepts the recognition of Black Maternal Health Week founded by Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Thank you, Mayor John Dailey!

Watch Acceptance Here!

Black Maternal Health Week Roundtable
Online Event

The Disparities of Black Maternal Health Discussion

April 12, 2022 7p-8:30p EST

Watch Recording Here!

Black Maternal Health Week
Video Call 

Online Event

Reclaiming the Body with Nadia Francis

April 14, 2022 8pm-9pm EST

Click Here to Request Recording for Melanin Mothers!

Conversations With Nicole
Talk Show
Online Event

Black Maternal Health Week 

Join us as we discuss Black Maternal Health Week, live!
Friday, April 15, 2022 
7pm EST

Watch Recording Here!
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Our Services

We provide training, coaching, and consulting to help African American women/mothers have healthy pregnancies, postpartum care, and successful breastfeeding experiences.

Our services are available for individuals, groups, and corporations.

Womb Care

Postpartum Care

Breastfeeding Support

Consultations 

Workshops, Trainings & Seminars

About Us

Being a mother can be overwhelming, especially after the birth of a baby. Multiple children? No problem, we will help care for children too! M3 offers a postpartum care task force for mothers in this stage to help alleviate stress, depression, and/or fear by providing assistance in cooking, childcare, cleaning and conversation.

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Melanin Mothers Meet Team Members

"If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together."

Melanie Andrade Williams 

Legislative Manager-Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Founding Member of Dream Defenders, entrepreneur, mom of 3. After the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, Melanie joined the struggle for Justice as a community organizer and activist. She fights for equitable laws at the local and state level in Florida with a focus on the cradle to prison pipeline and reproductive justice.

Instagram:
@thatmword_


Christina Compere



Hello, my name is Christina Compere Minor. I am a mom, wife and lover of promoting greatness! Delivering fresh ideas as an online producer and social media manager for small businesses or non-profit organizations is the highlight of my life.

Instagram: @ccmediamogul 


Dykibra Gaskin, 
MS, RD, LD/N, CBS

 

 She has over 14 years’ experience as a Pediatric Dietitian and 10 years’ experience as a breastfeeding counselor. In 2021 she became an IBCLC and in May of 2022, she will be moving to a full-time position at Tallahassee Memorial as a Pediatric Dietitian. She has been married for 15 years to her college sweetheart and they are the parents of 2 beautiful daughters ages 7 and 3, both breastfed over 3 years each.

Instagram:
@breastfeeding4Real 


Dr. Amandla Haynes

Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Board Member and Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a holistic healer, wife, mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual travel guide, and a lover of food and culture.

Instagram: 
@niatraveltours_amandla


Ani-Ra Kala Ɔyere
(Ariane L. Randolph)

I am Ani-Ra Kala Ɔyere (Ariane L. Randolph). I am the seed of my Ancestral Mother’s calabash, mother of 7 beautiful children, and wife of 16 years. I am the author of the Melanoid Breastmilk ~ a book that advocates for breastfeeding in the Afrikan=Black Family, by any means necessary; and my purpose is to help families transform their lives through Revolutionary Impact!

Instagram: 
@melanoidbreastmilk


Chauntee Howard

Tallahassee native - DONA trained Birth Doula - Homebirth and Breastfeeding Advocate - Mom of 2 Having successfully given birth to both of her daughters at home, Chaunteé discovered the need for higher quality care for melanated wombmen transitioning into motherhood. As a birth doula and breastfeeding advocate, her objective is to empower and embrace through continued education, expansion of conversation, and supporting melanin mothers to ensure positive birth experiences.

Instagram:
@numoondoula


Camille Lewis

Camille Lewis is an experienced educator and community advocate, she is the creator of Earth’s Garden. Earth’s Garden is a garden maintenance and installation company that is committed to empowering families and individuals with the knowledge and tools to grow their own food. Her passions include urban farming and providing gardening education and resources to local children. It is her hope that through education, a positive impact can be made in the community.

Instagram: 
@Earthsgardenllc


Re'Shaun Blake

Re’Shaun Blake is an up and coming trailblazer in the homeschool, academic, and local community. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Early Childhood Education. She was recently admitted into a doctoral program where she plans to earn her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Reading Education and Language Arts. In addition to being a graduate student, Re’Shaun is a preschool consultant, private tutor, and owner of O.U.R. Educational Enterprise, a company dedicated to producing culturally-rich, high-quality curriculum material.

Instagram: 
@ofuniqueroots


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Melanin Mothers Meet: Testimonials 

 A word from our founder and others who have been influenced by M3!

Founder: Trishay
(Mama Yata)

 "Melanin Mothers Meet helps women to re-identify their whole self by providing them with a network of women they can trust, the tools to regain  confidence, release depression and build up self esteem. Most importantly,  M3 encourages raising melanin babies in a way that never holds them back."

 

Nana, The Alley Shoppe

"Melanin Mothers Meet has inspired me to step out of my shell and embrace a new level of Sisterhood. My Family (Mate, Son and Daughter) moved to Tallahassee Florida in 2017 to open a cultural shop called "The Alley Shoppe." She gave my family and I a new sense of Family away from home. We're forever Grateful for the impact she's had on me solely as an individual as well as for business." 

 

 Professor Iyanu, FAMU

 

"Melanin Mothers Meet has helped me immensely with my school. Not only did it provide me with like-minded clientele (mothers who wanted their children to get health-centered and African centered education), the creator of  Melanin Mothers Meet herself (Trishay/Yata) came and taught students when I needed help. This experience helped me to realize my love for teaching. Thank you Melanin Mothers Meet!"

Melanie, Tallahassee, FL

After having my daughter I didn’t have to stress about my day to day needs at home. Women in our organization, Melanin Mothers Meet, were there for me every day of each week during my maternity leave. My husband was able to work and not worry about doing everything that was needed at home. I was thankful to have people to help me and keep me company while I experienced these stages of motherhood, and long after that. 

 

Chauntee, Tampa, FL

As parents, we felt alone in our opinions and somewhat misunderstood. In the most serendipitous way, Trishay/Yata reached out and introduced me to some of the most open-minded revolutionary groups of women that I never knew I needed. That was made possible through Melanin Mothers Meet, and for that I am grateful.

 

Re'Shaun, Tallahassee, FL

Being a part of Melanin Mothers Meet is such an amazing experience. To be in a space that allows for black women to be their authentic selves is a breath of fresh air.

 

Wallisha, Tallahassee, FL

The services received from Melanin Mothers Meet was greatly appreciated and much needed. This was the first time in all 5 births I had experienced this level of love help and support. These types of services are critical for families after birth! 

 

-Queen Taese, Founder/CEO of Liberated Black Homeschool & Education Institute

 When I first met Trishay from Melanin Mothers Meet, I knew immediately that she was a beautiful rare spirit. Her passion, commitment and dedication to our Melanin mothers and the ancient divine lives that come through our wombs is sacred work. Trishay is full of life and a breath of fresh air, which is inspiring to everyone she touches. Melanin Mothers Meet is a critical resource for Mommies to be loved on and fully supported educationally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually to ensure both wholistically healthy babies and mothers. This is proving to change lives globally, as I experienced personally with her speaking at our Annual Liberated Minds Black Homeschool Expo in Atlanta, as well as contributing as a writer to our resource magazine. It has been an honor to support this budding lotus and a joy connecting in Sisterhood! 

 

Sherraine, Jacksonville, FL

 Trishay/Yata came into my life at a time where I needed a major change. I'd been stalking her on Facebook for awhile, and an opportunity presented itself for a Breastfeeding photo shoot. We linked & from there I started coming to the “Melanin Mothers Meet” meetings and it truly helped me. Being around like minded women, having similar experiences and building this amazing "Sistarhood". Yata personally has given me the push that I needed to start my own business when I was afraid to, so being around her and all the other business owners in the group gave me inspiration to do so. Her loyalty is unmatched. She is like the bigger sister I've always wanted to have and when I feel unsure. I trust her opinion to ease my anxiety. I’m filled with so much gratitude that the Universe connected us to each other. We’re conquering the world starting with ourselves & that’s where all healing comes from. 

 

Reflections: Melanin Mothers Meet M3

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M3 holds each other accountable so it can expand into our communities.
M3 will beat the odds, fighting not only to bring our mothers together, but our children and fathers. 
M3 encourages you to keep your eyes on the road ahead, while comprehending the road behind you.

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Melanin Mothers Meet


P.O. Box 7464 


Tallahassee, FL, 32314, US

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We offer a plethora of resources, strategies and tools for melanin women, mothers and babies. We are here to give Melanin Mothers back their power of being emotionally sound, informed of options pertaining to preconception, prenatal care, pregnancy, birthing, postpartum care and overall mothering our melanin babies.


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