Black Women Own

Carlos Watson, host of Black Women OWN The Conversation with guests, from left, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Angela Rye, Nadine Burke Harris, Dulcé Sloan. — PHOTO: Submitted

Focused on informing, supporting and empowering women, the new OWN series “Black Women OWN the conversation, continues on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. with an emotionally-charged episode on motherhood.

Filmed at the Greystone at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, this second of four hour-long episodes hosted by Carlos Watson, features actress Ryan Michelle Bathe, California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, comedian Dulce Sloan and actress Angela Rye with 100 Black women discussing various topics associated with motherhood.

Angela Rye shares her struggles with motherhood — which began before actually becoming a mother, and talks about trying to freeze her eggs despite the fact that she was going through a bad break up with Grammy and Oscar winner, Common.

Ryan Michelle Bathe was quite candid about having “The Talk” with her two sons, but it’s not what you might think.

“For us, ‘The Talk’ means what it means to be Black boy in this society, and why people are going to treat you differently ... and why your life could potentially be in danger,” Bathe explained, while members of the audience nodded in agreement. “A white boy, his life will not be in danger. It won’t even be questioned, because his life matters. Your life is not going to matter when you’re out there, and don’t assume that your life is going to matter to the cops or to anybody else out there! It matters to us, which is why we’re having this talk with you!

Perhaps the most intriguing testimony came from Danielle, a millennial in the audience who shares her fears about the absence of good men, and how becoming a single mother may be inevitable.

“This is what they call ‘the belly of the beast,” said Danielle, who lives in Atlanta. “I was in a relationship for like six years, and so now, I’m spit out into this, and it’s bad! People are like, ‘You should have a kid! You should have a kid!’ I was like, ‘With who? I don’t understand!’ Are they bisexual? Are they gay and they just want to have a kid? Are they looking for me to be their Sugar Mama? My main thing is, I feel like women have switched roles — like we have become the man. So now it’s a thing like, even when I go out on dates with guys, it’s like expected to pay!”

“Would you think about having a child on your own?” Watson asked.

“In this day and age, I feel like that kind of normal,” Danielle answered. “So if I would have a kid, that would be my number one thing — can I do this on my own — ‘cause chances are, he’ll probably split, or he was never really trying to be a dad. So that’s at the forefront of my mind of doing it alone.”

“Black Women OWN the Conversation” features a panel of celebrity guests and 100 Black women with a focus on key issues including love and relationships, motherhood and beauty, as well mind, body and spirit.

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