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August 13, 2022

Being a parent is hard, full stop. But in Western nations, it’s harder when you’re black. And it’s even harder when you’re a Black mom. Tanya Hayles experiences that first-hand every day while raising her son. From healthcare to education, racism runs deep. In this talk, Tanya shares her story and offers lessons on how to navigate the complexity of motherhood, especially as a Black mom.

Tanya is the founder of Black Moms Connection, an online global village of 20,000 and non-profit providing culturally relevant programs and resources to educate and empower Black mothers and their families. An award-winning creative storyteller, Tanya is a community builder, writer and speaker, as well as the 2020 L’Oreal Woman of Worth honoree, and one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2021. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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