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On today's show: We shoutout listeners who Tweet or Instagram us on each show. Want a shoutout? Hit us up at @brownambitionpodcast on the gram or @theBApodcast on Twitter. We take a question from listener Sheena who wants to know if she should defer her student loans in order to pay off her car. 
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday!On today's show: Tiffany's biggest tax lessons as an entrepreneurA shoutout to Yelp Cash Back — check it out if you haven't yet! Today's Q&A features some great listener questions —1) Does interest stop accruing if you cancel a credit card? and 2) What should a husband do if his wife is hesitant to dip into their savings to pay off his student debt? Have a question for us? Hit is up at mentioned on today's show, here are some helpful link:   Compare Balance Transfer Credit Card OffersBest Debt Consolidation Loans 
Each week we feature comments/questions from our listeners on Twitter and Instagram! Want to get a shoutout? Hit is up @theBApodcast on Twitter or @brownambitionpodcast on the gram. As mentioned on the show, here are some great resources if you're looking for a low down payment mortgage program: LendingTree: Your Guide to First-Time Homebuyer ProgramsMagnifyMoney: The Best Mortgages That Require No or Low Down PaymentHUD: Search down payment assistance programs in your areaDisclaimer: The Q&A segment on our show is when we give off the cuff advice and tips we hope can help you start moving in the right direction — these answers are not intended to serve in place of advice from a certified financial adviser or planner or other financial professional. 
*Today's show is dedicated to Titi Branch — a phenomenal woman, entrepreneur, and sister. We love and thank you for every contribution you made toward helping women embrace their natural beauty.*Miko Branch, the phenomenal cofounder of Miss Jessie's sits down with Mandi and Tiffany to talk about creating the Miss Jessie's hair care line with her big sister Titi in their Brooklyn brownstone over a decade ago. The sisters mixed their products in the kitchen of their Brooklyn brownstone and bootstrapped the company themselves without any of the usual trappings of entrepreneurship (they didn't have MBAs, or a team of wealthy investors to back them). Word spread about their signature product, their "curly pudding", and soon enough they went from begging NYC-area stores like Ricky's to carry their products to lining up deals with major retailers like Target.But, of course, there were some bumps along the road to success.   After Titi's sudden passing in 2014, Miko has made it her mission to not only continue to grow the company they created as a team but also to focus even more on her own personal happiness, health and balance in life. "I make happiness and health a priority right up there with business," she says. "I think money is a tool that you can use to do many things but I don't think money has much to do with your character or your decision making." Check out Miko's book, "Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch---Naturally".
  Ever since she was a toddler, Adrienne Smith loved the game of football. She never considered it a career choice until she heard about the little-known world of women's tackle football in 2005. That's right. Tackle! This is not the Lingerie League or Powderpuff (no shade) but full-on, knock you on your butt, shoulder pads and broken bones football. For the last decade, she has dominated the sport and represented the U.S. in international tackle football championships around the world. Adrienne joins us on the show to talk about breaking barriers in the sport, why she PAYS to play and how she met President and First Lady Obama. Must-have links for today's show: Check out Mandi's feature story on the world of women's football on Yahoo > Adrienne's blog The Gridiron Queendom > Want to support your local women's football team? Find them on >  
  It's our Sweet 16, BA Fam! Fair warning: if you have not yet watched The Wiz Live, spoilers are ahead! The cast...the music...the WARDROBE. It was truly a night of unforgettable black magic. On the down side, what's a groundbreaking moment for people of color without a little touch of racist shade? Ignorance was out in full force on the Twitterverse and we discuss in this week's Buzzworthy.   Next up, is it ever OK to move in with a significant other simply to save on rent? And Tiffany has a question for Mandi: Which race do you identify with more? Anyone who has a mixed racial/ethnic background will relate to her answer. WINS: While Tiffany packs up for a week in paradise (jealous!), Mandi shares a major update about work (and really hopes she hasn't jinxed herself!). We hope it inspires every woman out there to ask for what she deserves.      
In Episode 2 of Brown Ambition, we tell you what it's really like to be the "only one" in the office. Tiffany talks about growing up in "Nigeria Central", Mandi tells you how she negotiated a 25% raise, and we both discuss the merits of simply knowing when to shut up.        
  It's the last show of 2015 for Brown Ambition! Thank you all for an amazing run these past four months. We'll be back and better (browner?) than ever in 2016. To set us up for the New Year, we want to know what YOU want more of/less of from us next year. More guests? Fewer dance breaks? Different advice? Email us at or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with your thoughts. And if you haven't left a review for us on iTunes yet, now's your chance! It would be the best Christmas present ever.  
  I know we say every episode is our best episode EVAH but....Y'ALL. THIS ONE IS FIIIIRE. In lieu of tips this week, Mandi sat down to chat with the extraordinary Mira Jacob, author of the critically acclaimed novel "The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing" and all around badass. Mira's viral Buzzfeed post "37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son" hit us right in the feels — so sweet, so funny, and so relevant to what it's like to be a parent raising a kid in a multi-cultural family today. Mandi talks to Mira about that story PLUS her bumpy ascent in a business that, well, isn't exactly known for its loving embrace of diverse voices. BUZZWORTHY: -Starbucks cup? War on Christmas? Y'all cray. -We've had it with Spirit Airlines. And not just because they kicked 6 black people off a flight last week. -Serena Williams catches a crook. Ben Carson's lies catch up with him. -Donald Trump BOMBS on SNL. And all is right with the world again. BROWN BREAK: -Tiffany dumps her waist trainer for the real thing. -Mandi goes IN on so-called "travel hackers". Did we mention Mira is GORGEOUS too? #Werk  
In this episode, we serve up some simple tips to help you prepare financially for marriage (yikes!). We talk about what's buzzing: Serena Williams' epic defeat in the U.S. Open and why we don't care because she is still the best person EVER; and the shocking police attack on another tennis pro, James Blake. In this week's Brown Break, Mandi makes a desperate plea for the end of man buns and Tiffany seeks reprieve from street harassment (really, is that too much to ask guys?). We introduce an old-new segment called "Brown Brilliance". Last but not least, Tiffany tells you how to financially prepare for marriage (dun dun dun!). For more, check out
In our first episode, we explain what 'Brown Ambition' is all about and tackle the question we've both been asking ourselves — when's the right time to have a kid, anyway? Mandi explains what "white feminism" is all about, Tiffany calls for the end of the "Perm v. Natural" debate and both of us share our wins of the week. As if that wasn't enough, Mandi offers 4 key tips to save on rent and Tiffany serves up a key strategy for new business owners.
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  AMAZING GUEST ALERT: On today's show, Stacy Francis, the founder of nonprofit women's financial empowerment group Savvy Ladies and President and CEO of her own financial planning firm, Francis Financial, joins us to talk about handling money in relationships, what NOT to do when you get divorced, and how to protect your finances before you get married. Plus, Stacy tells YOU how to get FREE financial advice on the Savvy Ladies helpline. Check out Savvy Ladies here > Also: How single women in China are fighting back against the stigma of singleness and the joke that has Twitter dragging Hillary Clinton.
Our hearts are with the victims of the senseless attack in Las Vegas, as well as our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico still struggling in the wake of hurricane Maria. GoFundMe has a page for Las Vegas shooting-related fundraisers: You can also show solidarity by signing up to donate blood wherever you live:
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday!Today on the show: The parental pressure around baby birthday parties — let's discuss. The Federal Reserve Bank raised rates again last week....what the heck does that mean for us? Mandi explains.Today on the show we mentioned the Credit Karma credit score simulator: And also You Need a Budget is a solid app/budget management tool. 
On today's show:  Life insurance, the thing everyone should talk about but never does! We are determined to make it sexy. -Wanna know the one thing you should NEVER do on a job application? Tune in to hear Mandi's hiring nightmare. -Tiffany's got a productivity coach update! -#OscarsSoWOKE -Happy Independence day Ghana! Here's another excuse to read Mandi's favorite book of the year — Homegoing by Ghanian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi. 
We can hardly believe it, BA Fam...the Brown Ambition podcast is turning 1! To celebrate our pending anniversary, we're hosting an epic contest and treating a whole group of lucky listeners to a special evening with us — your hosts! Win a Night of Dinner + Drinks with Mandi and Tiffany! To enter, send an email and answer this question: What does Brown Ambition mean to you personally, whether in your personal life or your career? This is a shot to tell us why you are proud to be part of the #BrownAmbition family. Submissions are Due by Sept. 1 and winners will be notified by September 4th.   The dinner will be hosted in Manhattan on the evening of Friday S
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Today's guest needs no introduction but we gon' give her one anyway! Luvvie Ajayi has turned her hilarious pop culture blog into a media sensation. For the last 13 years she bas been cracking up the Interwebs with her bitingly funny and whip smart takes on celebrity, TV, film, technology, politics and more. This year, the self-proclaimed "professional troublemaker" caught the eye of none other than Oprah Winfrey herself, who included Luvvie on her first annual Super Soul 100 list. This September, Luvvie is releasing her first book, "I'M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual". Pre-order it on Amazon or wherever books are sold.  
We can hardly believe it, BA Fam...the Brown Ambition podcast is turning 1! To celebrate our pending anniversary, we're hosting an epic contest and treating a whole group of lucky listeners to a special evening with us — your hosts! Win a Night of Dinner + Drinks with Mandi and Tiffany! To enter, send an email to and answer this question: What does Brown Ambition mean to you personally, whether in your personal life or your career? This is a shot to tell us why you are proud to be part of the #BrownAmbition family. Submissions are Due by Sept. 1 and winners will be notified by September 4th. The dinner will be hosted in the NYC area, so keep that in mind before entering.    
  Stay in touch! Send us any and all finance/career questions:   Twitter: @TheBApodcast Facebook: Brown Ambition
Today's show is all about YOU, our lovely listeners. We're shaking up our mail bag and answering your burning money and career questions.  Have a question? Hit us up at  We're having a special guest soon to talk about ALL the documents you should have in order before you die...a will? Power of Attorney? What does that even mean anyway? We've got you covered. Send us your estate planning Qs and we'll select a few to discuss on the show! 
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Sep 12th, 2015
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Feb 19th, 2020
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