By Alisa Gumbs
Motherhood for black and brown moms is something that should be “enjoyed not just endured.” That’s the founding principle of Sugaberry, a new lifestyle brand created by Tika Sumpter, the actress-producer who stars on ABC’s mixed-ish, and Thai Randolph, the executive vice president and general manager of Kevin Hart’s company, Laugh Out Loud.
The idea for Sugaberry came out Sumpter’s experiences during her pregnancy with her daughter, Ella, Sumpter and Randolph shared during an exclusive video interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE.
“When I was pregnant, I was just searching for community. I was searching for people who look like me, people who were going through things that I was going through,” Sumpter says. “And I felt like there was a disparity within the joy of motherhood. It felt like it was only queued up for a certain group of people.”
Sumpter wanted to combat the prevailing narrative of “death, doom, and destruction” for black moms with something that gives black women a space to celebrate the full range of motherhood.