Dating, Relationships, and Love (DRL)

Tennesha Wood / Ten Am Entertainment LLC

Dating, Relationships, and Love Podcast (DRL) shares life-changing lessons and explores unique dating experiences covering the full spectrum of relationships. Join dating coach and matchmaker Tennesha Wood every week for unfiltered and engaging conversations with everyone from singles sick of swiping on Tinder, partners exploring open/poly relationships, happily married couples in Black Love bliss, divorcees starting from scratch, to sex workers juggling careers with romantic connections. Full of eye-openers across 185+ bingeable episodes, DRL gives invaluable advice through coaching sessions with real clients, industry experts, and Tennesha's Jamaican mom, who isn't afraid to tell it like it is. DRL is your how-to guide on being your authentic self, understanding relationships, and creating the love you desire.

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Episode 0: Introduction
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Gentlemen's Factory founder, Jeff Lindor, is sharing why Black men need safe spaces and what men talk about when women aren't around. He's also discussing why getting married at 25 turned out to be his biggest blessing.

Sep 23

36 min 33 sec

Tennesha's back! She's sharing where she's been for the last year and why she's still processing 2020. 

Sep 16

11 min 42 sec

Breakup Coach and Author Amy Chan is sharing what happens in the body and the brain during a breakup and how to work through the stages of heartbreak. She’s also sharing how her upbringing and the fantasy of the 'fairy tale' led her to ignore red flags that caused her own traumatic breakup. 

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Dec 2020

53 min 50 sec

Donnetta got married at 24, and divorced her husband after years of lies and infidelity. Now 41, she's having trouble trusting her instincts and the men she dates. Tennesha coaches Donetta on defining her own needs, being upfront, and the power of positive thought and manifestation. Tennesha is also sharing some exciting news that will redefine how Black professionals meet and date.

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Nov 2020

43 min 1 sec

Kola and Kofie met on Facebook and instantly realized they were soul mates. They fell in love within a week, and Kola sold her house and moved to Georgia with her children to start a life together. The couple shares how working on themselves led them to love and why they have no doubts despite moving so quickly.  

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Oct 2020

26 min 22 sec

Tennesha and her boyfriend Chris answer listener questions and advise on preventing situationships, exposing screenshots from a cheater, and when men are actually ready to get married. The pair also share how they manifested each other and why they believe music perpetuates cheating.

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Oct 2020

51 min 40 sec

Tennesha advises on how to handle the infamous "WYD" "good morning beautiful" and "we should hang out" texts that every woman has received from men. It's frustrating and wastes time, but men aren't the only ones to blame! She's sharing why it's happening and how you can end the ambiguity and establish quality communication while courting.

Sep 2020

14 min 56 sec

After ten years in a monogamous marriage, Kenya and her husband decided to embark on a new journey that began with seeing other people. Even after settling into a poly relationship, they still had to remove layers of conditioning that caused jealousy and anger. Kenya is sharing why she doesn't believe in monogamy, how she manages two husbands and other partners, and how her children view of their lifestyle.

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Sep 2020

40 min 5 sec

Ryan was fairly certain she didn't want kids but assumed the urge might come someday. Although she never changed her mind, she met the love of her life and got married. Tennesha and Ryan discuss the stigmas associated with women that are childfree by choice. Tennesha also shares how a medical condition has not only made the topic of children a more imminent one but has also put her on the fence about having children of her own.  

Sep 2020

42 min 34 sec

Divorce attorney Kimberly Cook is sharing the number one reason couples get divorced and the crucial conversations to have before getting married. She's also discussing why everyone needs to look into a pre-up and how to protect your future.  

Sep 2020

41 min 18 sec

Renata noticed that Chris kept liking all her photos, so she slid into his DM to say hi. Soon they were talking for hours every day and fell in love. They are sharing why this relationship has shown them that love is possible at any stage and why they waited for two months to meet in person. Spoiler alert: Since recording this episode, Renata and Chris got engaged!

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Sep 2020

36 min 39 sec

Tennesha and mom Sonia answer listener questions and give advice about dealing with a monster in law, regrets about getting married too young, and a former player who 'thinks' he's ready to change. Sonia also wonders how Tennesha's OCD nature is impacting her relationship.

Aug 2020

41 min 21 sec

After years of dating in the U.S., Bako felt like men weren't pursuing her, so she left to work and date abroad. She's sharing some of her hilarious tales from dating in Japan and dispelling some myths about Asian men. Tennesha and Bako also discuss how she's been able to separate sexual connections from emotional ones and why her happily ever will always include a suitcase.  

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Aug 2020

34 min 6 sec

When 22-year-old Bri met her 62-year-old boyfriend Bill, friends and family were skeptical of the union and his circle did not initially accept her. Despite the 40-year age gap, the couple has forged a strong bond; Bri is now helping to parent his two youngest children and is open to having more in the future. She's sharing how she has learned to navigate his world and why she belives their age gap is not an issue.

Aug 2020

42 min 14 sec

Damilola was in a relationship with the woman he knew he would marry, but old friends still lingered, and eventually, he became entangled in an emotional affair. He’s sharing how his faith led him to come clean to his girlfriend and why he believes their connection is now stronger than ever.

Jul 2020

31 min

Heather and Baxter answered a casting call for a "stranger session" photoshoot; something that was out of character for both of them. Their chemistry was clear in the photos that immediately went viral. They are sharing what really happened during the photoshoot and whether they have formed a romantic connection since then.

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Jul 2020

16 min 38 sec

After a secret wedding in the Dominican Republic, LaRhonda found out that her new husband had children she knew nothing about. She's sharing how she learned to trust her gut and let go of old baggage and why she has never stopped believing in the wonder and adventure of dating.    

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Jul 2020

51 min 56 sec

Tennesha and boyfriend Chris discuss whether it's possible to overcome strained parental relationships and start fresh.

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Jul 2020

53 min 46 sec

'Too Much Soul' author Cindy Wilson was born in South Korea and adopted by a Black couple from Jackson, Mississippi. Cindy is sharing how she has navigated being of Korean descent but connected primarily to Black American culture while growing up in the deep south. We also discuss why Cindy had exclusively dated black men and how living in Atlanta has expanded her horizon. 

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Jul 2020

49 min 14 sec

Psychotherapist Kenya Crawford is joining Tennesha to talk about racial trauma, being mindful of your own mental health, and how to handle workplace discussions around race. Kenya is also answering a listener question from a woman whose boyfriend refused to join her at a Black Lives Matter protest.

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Jun 2020

49 min 2 sec

Tennesha and her mother Sonia discuss her experience growing up in Jamaica and transitioning to the racial inequalities of America. Sonia also shares how she dealt with the systemic racism in the education system and why she continues to fight in the face of “Minnesota nice.”

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Jun 2020

57 min 26 sec

Dear White people- If you are ready to join the fight against racism and oppression in America, please start by examining your own beliefs, privileges, and interactions with Black people.  ~Tennesha

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Jun 2020

4 min 52 sec

Tennesha revisits three interracial relationships to help navigate the rough week we've all been through. www.drlpodcast.com/margaret-wilkerson-sexton/ www.drlpodcast.com/michael-and-meghan/ www.drlpodcast.com/kara-young-interracial-relationships/

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May 2020

49 min 30 sec

Although Dana is waiting on Mr. Right and believes in dating with purpose, she also believes that the wait should be fun. With age, Dana's non-negotiables have shifted and she's now dating people she didn't previously consider, including older men and white men. Dana also shares the hilarious tale of dating a man that was a few decades her senior.

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May 2020

36 min 27 sec

Tennesha explores the process of egg freezing with Azella, Lauren, and Nubia, who have varying views on childbearing. The ladies also share the mental, emotional and financial impacts of the process and how it affected the way they date. They discuss whether it's possible for women to have it all, given all the sacrifices that motherhood brings and how gender roles also play into the equation.

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May 2020

1 hr 2 min

Lashaun’s husband kept a secret from her and it eventually led to their divorce. After 15 years of marriage, she began dating again and had the time of her life, before meeting her new boo. She’s sharing how her divorce forced her to face her flaws and embrace her freedom.

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May 2020

54 min 11 sec

At 47, Omar was single and wanted children but hadn't met the one. Just as he was about to start the surrogacy process, he met his now-fiancée Shar on the street. Though 20 years his junior, they knew it was meant to be and got engaged just two months later. Omar is sharing why he's glad Shar came later in life and how he knew she was the one he had been waiting for.

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Apr 2020

49 min 18 sec

Mika is sharing how she grieved the death of her boyfriend Reggie and overcame the unhealthy coping mechanisms she used to numb the pain. Eventually, therapy helped her to face the grief head-on. She also reveals how Reggie's words gave her the courage to date again.

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Apr 2020

57 min 1 sec

Financial dominatrix, Mistress Marley introduces us to the world of kink and domination. She's also sharing why she left her corporate job to be a 'fin dom', where men pay to worship her. 

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Apr 2020

36 min 6 sec

Tearra shares how becoming a mother has changed her perspective and taught her to live in the moment. She is also explaining how she learned to work through her traumas and how motherhood has impacted her relationship with her own mom.        

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Apr 2020

38 min 56 sec

Tennesha gives tips on how to date during a pandemic; from setting up a profile to creating a quarantine date. Chris and Tennesha also discuss why being apart during the formation of their relationship actually brought them closer together.

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Mar 2020

51 min 44 sec

Tennesha is joined by her boyfriend Chris to answer listener questions and discuss "quarantine and chill" etiquette, why a pandemic is not a good excuse to reach out to your ex, and how soon is too soon to share your phone passcode with your significant other.

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Mar 2020

55 min 18 sec

Essah is sharing how she learned to recognize what she needed instead of what she wanted and how it lead her to her husband. Tennesha and Essah also discuss how women's insecurities cause nice guys to finish last.        

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Mar 2020

44 min 40 sec

Married couple Dillion and Venza are sharing how they formed a partnership with their fiance Mari and why jealousy has not impacted their relationship. The throuple is also discussing how friends and family reacted to the decision to live a polygynous life, why they plan to add more women to their tribe, and why they believe polygyny is a part of human nature.   

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Mar 2020

56 min 28 sec

At 34, Arhonda felt the pressure to get married and start a family. Soon into the marriage, she realized that she ignored red flags and married her husband based on his potential. She's sharing why she waited almost 10 years to end the marriage and how divorcing gave her the freedom to explore what she really wants.

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Feb 2020

57 min 23 sec

Erin never knew her father and felt like she chose the wrong men to fill the void, and ended up in an abusive relationship. She is sharing why she's has gotten a new lease on life after meeting the sister she never knew.

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Feb 2020

30 min 23 sec

Elisha is sharing how taking time off her career gave her the freedom to just be and find "her most mature relationship" and why she actually enjoys being in a long-distance partnership. Tennesha and Elisha also discuss how the choice to delay marriage and children have afforded other opportunities.

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Feb 2020

43 min 57 sec

Fatima lost her mother to suicide, at just two years old, and had no relationship with her father. The trauma of her past and never witnessing a successful relationship brought difficulty in her own relationships. She’s sharing how she learned to accept her past and gain strength from it. Fatima is also discussing why she believes it's important to keep your ego and your pride.

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Feb 2020

59 min 8 sec

After leaving an 11-year toxic relationship, Eliana decided to clear all things from her life that no longer served her; including one-sided friendships and a career that brought her no joy. She is sharing her journey to self-love, empowerment and how becoming a plus-sized model has helped her to define her destiny.  

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Jan 2020

52 min 24 sec

Tennesha's mom, Sonia, shares wisdom on what to look for in a partner and answers listener questions. She also discusses why she chose the quiet guy despite being courted by so many eager men.

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Jan 2020

29 min 29 sec

After nearly 20 years together, Tracy and her husband have been faced with infidelity and family tragedies; they reached a breaking point and decided to tear it all down and rebuild their marriage on their own terms. Tracy is sharing how they found new ways to deal with old issues and why they are honest with their kids about the work it takes to maintain a happy marriage. 

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Jan 2020

49 min 15 sec

Seven years into her relationship, Glaiza is debating about whether she should change habits her boyfriend doesn't like in order to get a ring.  -------------------------------- This episode is sponsored by Booknotes. Try a free 7 day free trial here: https://booknotes.page.link/dating

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Jan 2020

55 min 54 sec

Tennesha gives thanks for 2019.

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Dec 2019

4 min 47 sec

Lauren shares her journey to sex positivity and why she believed that she had to suppress her sexuality in order to find a good man. We also discuss how she learned to detach from the expectations and opinions of others when it comes to her sexual fluidity and desires.    

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Dec 2019

48 min 16 sec

Tennesha sits down with boyfriend Chris and shares why she feared losing her independence and how it led to a challenging long-distance relationship. They also answer listener questions from a guilty cheater and a frustrated app dater.  

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Dec 2019

46 min 33 sec

Erotic visual artist Sir Dashington is sharing how he creates intimacy and taps into a woman's body without sex and how he helps couples form a stronger bond through the work he was called to do. He is also giving advice on how to approach the conversation if you are not being sexually pleased in your relationship.    

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Nov 2019

50 min 56 sec

Lucy met a guy, they fell in love, and then things started to change. He began isolating her from her friends and family and it slowly escalated into a toxic and emotionally abusive relationship where he threatened to expose private photos. Lucy is sharing how she took matters into her own hands to regain control and how she now spots and avoids red flags.

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Nov 2019

51 min 54 sec

Acclaimed author, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, is sharing how she navigates being in an interracial marriage and the shifting racial dynamics throughout their 18-year partnership, including how becoming parents have changed the couples’ interactions with white friends. Margaret is also giving a preview of her latest book, The Revisioners, and discussing the link between her identity and her writings that interweave slavery, segregation, race and the lingering effects we still face today.

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Nov 2019

51 min 53 sec

Tennesha and Rhonda are giving advice on how to let someone know when you’re not interested; while also debating whether it's okay to let partners know when they have a habit that bothers you. Rhonda goes on to share memorable dating adventures, including the awkward date that followed meeting a guy at a swingers club.

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Oct 2019

44 min 39 sec

When they first met, Ruben had just gotten out of a relationship and Raul had just come out and never had a serious relationship. They are sharing how they got past the fears and decided to live in the now. Ruben is also sharing how healing his relationship with his father gave him the courage to let go of past hurt and love people as they are.   

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Oct 2019

53 min 31 sec