Mother's Jewels

A two-part reflection on Black motherhood

produced by You Had Me at Black and Cult TV



Growing up, almost everything our mom taught us had a backstory.  It was either something she heard from her mom - like "your siblings are your longest set of friends" - which by that point, felt like a tried and true fact of life; or something she discovered in her personal journey - like how to stand up for yourself - which she shared with us so that we wouldn't have to figure it out on our own.

Mother's Jewels explores how Black mothers pour into their children. The intergenerational lessons they draw from (or reject), and the life experiences they lean on.

We asked eleven women, "What's a conversation you had with your mom, and one you didn't have, that you couldn't wait to have with your children?"

Here are their stories.


"To mother is to impart jewels, heirlooms, wisdom..."


Some relationships are windows —they help you see beyond who and where you are. Other relationships are mirrors, bringing you closer to who you are. Motherhood is one relationship that acts as both a window and a mirror in our lives.

The second part of the series explores the windows and mirrors of black motherhood from the perspectives of three dynamic women: The Working Beauty, a lawyer turned thrift expert and mom-to-be; marketing expert and mompreneur, Rickelle Gordon, and Reba Corrine, a sexpert, mom and bonus mom of five children.



About You Had Me at Black

You Had Me at Black is a storytelling podcast and kickback series reclaiming the Black Narrative by passing the mic to regular people to share their stories in their own words.  For Harriet, Saint Heron and XONecole have dubbed them top podcasts to listen to. Earlier this year, Apple Podcasts and Spotify featured You Had Me at Black on their Black History Month Playlists. Listen to You Had Me at Black to hear stories from Black people just like you, and Black people not like you at all.

About CultTV

CultTV is where culture connects. As host, Candace guides guests from all backgrounds and various stages of success to discuss life and entrepreneurship in a way that answers questions that many millennial wrestle with, but won’t ask aloud.