We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikey and Randie Chapman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mikey and Randie, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
We are inspired by black excellence and black families. We’re inspired by the fact that we can affect behaviors and encourage people to prioritize the health of their relationships with their partners, children, and with themselves. We are lastly inspired by our listeners who prove to us, time and time again, that we are all alike in a lot of ways and all capable of vulnerability, bravery, transformation, and love.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We believe what separates our show, the Black Millennial Marriage podcast, from many out there is that we have always lead transparently and we are doing the work in our relationships and on ourselves in real time. Our listeners have followed our journey and have seen that life is not linear. They’ve been privy to our miscarriage, our second pregnancy, raising our daughter, and doing our best to remain in a healthy and happy marriage. We’re most proud of the community we’re building with our listeners. Their feedback and commitment to the show fuels us and helps us tap into the bravery needed to discuss what goes on in our marriage. We got to where we are by consistency. We consistently choose quality over quantity, communication, and each other. It is not easy being consistent, especially when we’re sleep deprived, sexually frustrated, tired, and trying to learn our child, but we overcome these challenges by remembering the big picture, which is to be good to one another and stay married. Lessons we’ve learned along the way? Good question. A few lessons we’ve learned: If there’s no risk, there’s no reward. Engaging with our listeners is key to the survival of our podcast and business, and finally we’ve learned that we’re in rooms that we don’t even know we’re in yet. What we want the world to know about our story is: Since we were kids, we’ve been intentional about what we wanted our family and relationship to look like. We’re unique in the way that every couple is, but we’re not necessarily special. There is no secret antidote to a healthy relationship and quality podcast. There’s only setting intentions, having integrity, resting when needed, and not quitting.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
– The Ga Aquarium
– Just Around the Corner (they have great wings!)
– Center for Civil and Human Rights
– Starlight Drive-In (this place makes us nostalgic! Plus it’s a great way to enjoy your favorite movies and still practice social distancing.)
– Purnima Bangladeshi is another great place to eat! We love to treat ourselves to this food whenever we’ve accomplished a goal.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’d love to shout out God, our family members and friends who believed in our podcast way before we ever produced an episode. We’d also like to shout out our daughter, Drew for keeping us on our toes and authentic. We’d lastly like to shout out our network–Domino Sound. They are a queer, Black woman-owned network and production company passionate about telling black stories. Thank you!
Other: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/blackmillennialmarriage