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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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Back to school. It comes at the end of every summer, a hectic cycle of buying uniforms, stationery and sports kits for kids before school starts in September. This time though things are different. After eighteen months of social distancing measures and lockdowns, we are now learning to live with covid but with fewer restrictions in place. This epi…
 
Marvyn is joined by Jade and Nakita from the Virtuous Mums podcast to discuss 'dad envy'. Together they debate where dad envy stems from, how co-parenting is navigated in 2021 and the best ways to work together to ensure both parents feel seen and supported in their roles. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having pr…
 
Marlon and Marvyn are joined by the founder of REIE Parliamentary Group and Cambridge graduate, L'myah Sherae and fellow dope black dad from South Africa, Tebogo. Together they explore what it means for black people to occupy spaces in elite schooling systems, how it can impact you and your future, and whether profiting off of your activism prevent…
 
A couple of weeks on from the Euro 2020 final and the racial abuse that Saka, Rasha and Sancho faced - Marvyn, Marlon and Marvin discuss their opinions towards the reactions of England fans and what possible solutions there are for ensuring racism of this kind is tackled. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having pro…
 
Marvyn is joined by Marlon and Marvin to explore their childhood experiences at home and school, discuss what lessons they learned and how that has shaped the way they raise their children. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers and creating a safe digital space for th…
 
Marvyn, Marlon, and Marvin are joined by South African member Olivier Tshimbidi. They discuss their childhood celebrity crushes, how they influenced their attraction to women and their ultimate goal for relationships with their partners. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black …
 
Marvyn, Marlon and Marvin are joined by comedian Babatunde Aléshé to explore a list of over 30 dope black dads in TV & Film. Together they narrow it down to their top 10 top and discuss how those dads influence their parenting styles in real life. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations ab…
 
Marvyn is joined by regular co-host Marvin Crichlow and fellow DBD member Marlon Bruce. Together they discuss the different key points they took from Will Smith's Redtable Talk with Kevin Hart, issues of discounting your own feelings as part of the fatherhood mission and the controversy surrounding Nick Cannon having multiple children in one year D…
 
As Dope Black Dads turns 3 this Fathers Day, Marvyn chats to fellow group members Marvin Crichlow and Marlon Bruce about where they are in their current fatherhood journey's, how they celebrate Fathers Day as well as discussing how difficult the day can be for fathers who are trying to gain access to their children. Dope Black Dads is a place where…
 
This week Marvyn sits down with Marvin Crichlow, creative activist/spiritual mentor Chia Phoenix and journalist/dope black women lead Romantha. Together they discuss where men and women are in society right now, where they'd like to be and whether it's possible for them to ever be 'just friends'? Dope Black Dads is a place where we ae changing the …
 
Following the recent discussion around Naomi Osaka withdrawing from playing, Marvyn Harrison and Marvin Crichlow discuss how essential it is to find the right balance between work and your mental wellbeing. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers and creating a safe dig…
 
In this episode, Marvin Crichlow and Marvyn Harrison chat about the 10-day meditative retreat that Marvyn recently completed. They explore the events which led to it being booked, what it was like whilst on the retreat and how it changed Marvyn's outlook and sense of peace. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having p…
 
Marvin Crichlow and Ortis Deley are joined by voice artist and YouTuber Russell Evans. Together they discuss the topic of mortality; how and when to introduce the concept to your children; what values are important to instil in our children, and what they feel is the most valuable trait they have learned from their children. Dope Black Dads is a pl…
 
**Trigger Warning: mention of Domestic Abuse** Marvin Crichlow and Ortis Deley are joined by Michael Forbes, founder of Michael's Mentors - a mentorship scheme that assists in keeping young people out of trouble. Together they discuss reasons as to why so many pupils are on the brink of criminality, how parents and teachers can work together to pre…
 
Marvyn is joined by Marvin Crichlow and hip-hop artist Mickey Factz. They discuss the passing of well-known artists in the industry including DMX, the importance of having a life plan and understanding the financial tools necessary for taking care of your family if you pass away. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and ha…
 
Marvyn is joined by Marvin Crichlow and spiritual influencer Slaywithslice. They discuss masculinity; what it is, who owns it and how our relationships are impacted by our individual connection to masculine energy. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about Black fathers, as well as cre…
 
Marvyn is joined by contributors Lebogang Rasethaba and Oladele Olafuyi. They discuss how money has been used to keep the peace in their households, exploring the root of nursery rhymes that have been used in racist contexts as well as discussing Odele's journey to creating his own range of children's books called Kunda Kids. Dope Black Dads is a p…
 
Marvyn is joined by Death In Paradise actor Ralf Little to discuss issues of race and allyship. They cover controversial casting, reflect on past experiences and explore the 7 steps of allyship. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a safe digital…
 
This episode is the second in a two-part mini-series, in which Chris Becks sits down with members of the black community in Australia to talk about their life and experiences whilst living there. This time, Chris is joined by Mibenge Nsenduluka. They discuss her experiences as a black journalist in Australia, what she learned from her time living i…
 
Host Marvyn Harrison, Ortis Deley and Marvin Crichlow are joined by MP David Lammy to explore the vision for Britain. They discuss ways the black community can come together for change, how the labour party is addressing issues faced by the community as well as exploring what the future for Britain looks like. Dope Black Dads is a place where we ar…
 
Marvyn is joined by Ortis Deley, Marvin Crichlow and Chris Becks to explore the different conversations that have arisen since the Sarah Everard case. They discuss what men can do to help women feel safe as well as what men can do as fathers to teach both their sons and daughters about society and the police going forward. Dope Black Dads is a plac…
 
This episode is the first of 2 in a Dope Black Dads mini-series, in which Chris Becks sits down with members of the black community in Australia to talk about their life and experiences whilst living there. This time, Chris is joined by Kristin originally from Washington DC and Remell originally from South London. Together they discuss what it was …
 
Marvyn is joined by one of the leaders of the organisation UTCAI, Chris Otokito. They discuss the weight and importance of community leadership, how black organisations may be able to work together for change and the controversial responses to the iconic image of Patrick Hutchinson who carried the racist protestor to safety during the BLM protests …
 
Marvyn welcomes two new dads to the community - actor Oliver Alvin Wilson and personal trainer Tyrone Williams. They discuss how their work and industries have been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdowns as well as their relationships with their non-black partners and what it's like to be a dad in an interracial relationship. Dope Black Dads is a place…
 
Actor Richard Blackwood and playwright Ryan Calais Cameron join Marvyn ahead of the release of their new film Typical; based on the real-life of Christopher Alder who died in police custody in 1998. Together they share their personal experiences with the police and how they feel the community can combat the issue still present in today's society. T…
 
Marvyn is joined by Umar Kankiya to discuss romance and dating ahead of Valentine's Day. They tell stories about their past dating experiences and have a light-hearted chat about dating apps, traditional gender roles in the dating scene, as well as how to get out of a date that isn't going according to plan. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are …
 
This week, the dads from South Africa chat with Marvyn to reflect on the fundamental values of the Dope Black Dads community. They talk about how to approach dads with potentially problematic views, the importance of participation within the community as well as how to avoid becoming an echo chamber. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing…
 
Entrepreneur and CEO of Vitae London William Adoasi joins Donald on this week's podcast to discuss everything from his journey to fatherhood, becoming a successful business owner and the importance of family along the way. Dope Black Dads is a place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as wel…
 
Former footballers, Troy Townsend, Marcus Gayle and Michael Duberry join Donald this week to reflect on the passing of the young footballer Jeremy Wisten They discuss mental health support within football, dealing with rejection, the pressures parents put on their children to make it as professional footballers and who they think is the top Black B…
 
Donald is joined by Melvyn and Umar to discuss the free school meals debate from their perspective as fathers - they also discuss how they have used Facebook portal during the pandemic to connect with others Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as creating a s…
 
***Trigger Warning*** This episode contains discussion about suicide and Baby Loss. Baby Loss is something that affects so many in the Black Community but so rarely spoken about. In this episode Donald shares his own story of Baby loss and shares the podcast with fellow Dope Black Mums Cerise and Katie. They share what they didn't know about Baby l…
 
Donald and Chris are joined by Marcus Smith who is a 6-Year NFL Veteran, former 1st Round Draft Pick from the Philadelphia Eagles. They have a real candid conversation about how Marcus overcame anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and embraced therapy. They also discuss how his children renewed his purpose in his life.Dope Black Dads is place whe…
 
Love Islander and Basketball Pro Ovie Soko joins the Dads on this week's podcast to discuss everything from his relationship with his Dad and the influence he's had on his career, what it was like for him growing up, the importance of platonic female friendships and his new book, You Are Dope which is out now. Dope Black Dads is place where we are …
 
This week Donald is joined by Umar, Stephen and actor Okezie Morro, who created Tata Storytime which is a platform where Black actors tell black stories for kids. The group discuss how his daughter was the inspiration for Tata Storytime, how his upbringing influences the way he parents and the importance of telling diverse stories. Dope Black Dads …
 
Deon Derrico of TLC's Doubling Down with the Derrico's joins Donald and Kwame all the way from Las Vegas to discuss the secrets to how he and his wife raise 14 children, including quintuplets as well as the legacy he wants to leave as a Black Family on reality TV.Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive co…
 
As part of the Dope Black Dads Fitness challenge, the team are also being challenged to get their diets in order, so Donald and Chris have enlisted Nancy Odogwu of Fit Soul Kitchen, who is a trainee nutritionist and health food blogger to give them some advice on improving their diets to loose weight. Together they discuss what foods have 'secret s…
 
This week, the Dope Black Dads reflect on Chadwick Boseman's legacy after his untimely death. They talk about why celebrity deaths make us more reflective of our own mortality and they also reflect on the relationships within their own lives that they would like to improve. Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having pro…
 
It's so easy to fall off the fitness bandwagon but given lock down over the last few months, it's been even easier to fall out of shape, But Dope Black Dads have said enough is enough! So this week they are joined by Malika Faye Fitness talks about her journey into fitness, the common mistakes people make and whether you can 'eat yourself fit.' She…
 
Following on from our conversation last week about sending children back to school, we invited Laura Osei who is the headteacher of the Eden School onto the podcast. The Eden School is an independent faith school specifically for Black Children from Nursery to Sixth form. Together with Laura, Donald and Kwame discuss how Black studies are incorpora…
 
As September draws nearer, Donald, Umar and Kwame discuss how they feel about sending their kids back to school in a world that's not only in a pandemic, but a society that is post - BLM. They discuss what sacrifices they would make to give their children a good education, the importance of their children being in multicultural environments and the…
 
After removing a member of the group, Marvyn, Donald, Chris and Marvin discuss the importance of protecting Black Women and what Black Men can do to better support our Mothers, Daughters and Sisters in the Community. Dope Black Dads is place where we are changing the narrative and having progressive conversations about black fathers, as well as cre…
 
**Trigger Warning - this episode contains discussion of domestic violence** Naomi Donald is a survivor. From a young age she experienced several different types of abuse and now works as a Youth Domestic Abuse Consultant. Today on the podcast we wanted to share the platform with her to tell her story, educate us on the different types of domestic a…
 
Sex. We all love to have it. Do we get enough of it? Do we consider masturbation self care? These are just some of the questions that Marvyn, Donald and Chris dive into this week with the help of podcaster Sherryl Blu, host of the Slumber Party Podcast. They openly discuss journeys of abstinence, how they keep their sex lives active during marriage…
 
There are 4 different types of wealth: financial, social, time and physical wealth. Often our jobs demand us to focus on financial and social wealth whilst robbing us of time and physical wealth. This week, Marvyn is joined by Donald, Umar and Marvin to discuss what wealth means to them and whether you can have it all. They also discuss Kanye West'…
 
As Black people we are taught that we have to work twice as hard to get half the results of our white counterparts. This week on the podcast Marvyn and the crew discuss whether we can ever normalize Black people being mediocre, how we adopted this mentality and whether we will pass this work ethic onto our kids. They also dive into Will and Jada's …
 
The founding members of Dope Black Dads South Africa join Marvyn, Donald and Chris this week and they discuss everything from the potential normalization of polyamorous relationships in the future, the aftermath of Will and Jada's Red Table Talk, Kanye West running for President and their most shocking moments of 2020 so far. Dope Black Dads is pla…
 
Do you feel appreciated as a father? Can a man be a good Dad if they're not a great partner? Do you push your ambitions onto your kids? These are just some of the points that the Dope Black Dads discuss this week as they break down Will and Jada's first 1 on 1 Red Table Talk Special. You can watch the full Red Table Talk episode here: https://www.f…
 
The last month has been an extremely traumatic time for Black People and it is so important, now more than ever to take care of your mental health. Dr Roberta Babb joins Marvyn, Donald and Umar this week to discuss the mental health impact of racism. Together they discuss managing triggers, the problem with the over exposure of traumatic images, sh…
 
When is the right time to talk to your children about race? What's the right age? How do you have these conversations in a way your kids understand? In light of the death of George Floyd it is clear that we are now bringing our children into a different world. Everyone is talking about race, everyone is talking about Black Lives Matter and as black…
 
Father's Day also means we're celebrating 2 year of Dope Black Dads! Marvyn is joined by the core members of the Dope Black team, Umar, Donald, Chris Becks and Marvin Crichlow. Together they discuss how they are going to use Father's Day to dedicate themselves to being better Dads and how they can better support the mothers of their children in the…
 
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