Welcome Kim and thanks for doing this interview. First , please tell the readers a little bit about you.
I am the mother to a beautiful five-year-old girl named McKinley Grace, currently residing in Houston, Texas. I am a Credentialing Specialist by day and a podcaster/blogger by night. I love reading and traveling and I wish I could do more of both! I started the Single Black Motherhood platform in January (2018) in hopes of connecting single black moms around the world who may have been in similar situations as myself, such as relocating, feeling isolated, and not really having a support system, (just) to name a few.
What inspired you to do a podcast about single black motherhood?
I had been listening to single mom podcasts by Caucasian women. I couldn’t always relate and I felt like they weren’t addressing all issues, so I felt there was a need for single moms of color to have a space in the podcast world. I didn’t know there were already single black moms that were podcasting because they didn’t have “single mom” in the title.
Why a podcast and not a blog or YT channel?
I actually started the podcast and I had a few blog posts up on the site at the same time. I chose not to do a YT channel because I like the idea of me sitting at my computer and not having to put clothes on or edit long videos. It seemed like audio would be better for moms like me who are always busy and on-the-go. They could easily play the podcast and pause it when needed, without having to watch a video.
What’s your ultimate goal with the podcast?
To create a community for single black moms and change the negative image worldwide. If I could become a full-time podcaster, that would be awesome, but that is not a goal of mine at this moment.
I know you work full time. Tell us a little about what you do.
I work in the field of Healthcare Credentialing. At this point in my life, I am not sure that I would want to do Credentialing for the rest of my life. I enjoy what I do but I want to do something that has more of a direct impact on the lives of others. I haven’t figured that out yet, but I would like to speak to single moms around the world in the future.
Why are you such a huge advocate for single black mothers?
I am a huge advocate for single black mothers because I am currently a single black mother and I know how hard the journey has been and can be. I don’t want mothers to feel alone and that they are just another statistic. I believe that it’s also important to let the world know that we are more than government assistance seeking women and we are actually great contributors to society just like anyone else.
What do you want other single moms to takeaway?
I want other single moms to gain a sense of awareness and become educated, empowered, and inspired. This allows them to take the information and tips and implement it into their lives making them better moms, not only for themselves, but also for their children.
Where can people find you?
I can be found on Instagram & Facebook @singleblackmotherhood and my site singleblackmotherhood.com