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Konvos with Kiya takes an authentic approach to discuss topics that have profound effects on modern day families in the African American society. Konvos with Kiya highlights single parenting, co-parenting, navigating relationships, faith, and mothers raising African American boys today. Konvos with Kiya's primary focus is to bring awareness to unspoken about topics in a seemingly comfortable way. Drawing from the perspective of her own her struggles, her walk with God, and including her son, Kameron, on certain episodes. The idea to include him in the conversations further provides insight from a child's perspective to other parents that may find themselves going through the same types of every day issues.

Latest Episodes

Season 2 EP. 1 : Self-Sabotage

“Let’s step out and do the things and go the places our dreams take us.”- Zakiya“We are all capable of doing great things.”- Zakiya“God gives us all very special gifts; it’s time for us to tap into our full potential.”- ZakiyaHere I am and I’m back at it! This episode is very personal to me. Season 1 of Konvos with Kiya was embraced by so many people. The love was overwhelming. So much so that I quickly began questioning my capability. Questioning my purpose and wondering what I was truly doing? Me? Zakiya? A podcast? What are you thinking? I began wondering if I could keep the momentum going. Could I continue to keep listeners engaged? I began the cycle of negative self-talk, self-doubt, and sabotaging thoughts. This lasted for months.Sabotage is defined as deliberately destroying. When I read that definition, I realized that was exactly what I was doing to myself. I was intentionally talking myself out of every dream I envisioned for my brand. I began to talk myself out o...

--APR 24
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Season 2 EP. 1 : Self-Sabotage

Episode 13: Self-Doubt

“Everything is not for everybody and that’s fine.” -Zakiya“There will be someone that will embrace you for what you do.”- ZakiyaWe’ve all heard the saying, “ You are your worst enemy.” I know in many situations I have been my biggest critic. We often hold back or play small due to our self-doubts. Maybe you struggle with toxic thoughts about your capabilities. You feel as though you are incapable of making your dreams a reality. So often we have amazing ideas and a great desire to accomplish big things. Yet, we hesitate to take that leap of faith and make it happen.On this episode, Kiya speaks openly about how self-doubt often rears its ugly head during pivotal points in your life. Often when you’re on the brink of greatness you may hear a voice that tries to distract you from your purpose. Don’t allow self-doubt to deter you from greatness. Push through despite what you might think in that moment. There will always be someone rooting for you!Here are a few points from ton...

--2019 DEC 20
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Episode 13: Self-Doubt

Episode 12: Faith

Faith. The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1 How do you remain faithful when everything is falling apart? What happens when you are trusting God for specific things and you don’t see it happening for you? Humans have a way of looking at other people’s lives and wanting what they have. We often wonder why God hasn’t fully blessed us with our heart’s desires. But, are we truly ready for new blessings? Have we prepared ourselves for what we are asking God for? While waiting on God are you doing your own thing? Are you holding onto past habits or toxic relationships hoping that God will still bless you in your mess? Faith requires you to let go of the cushion and comfort of your past. Trusting when you don’t see an end requires you to let go of familiar places, people, and things. Revisiting the past only hinders you from accessing your future. “If it didn’t fulfill you the first time -chances are it’s not going to fulfill you the sec...

--2019 DEC 13
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Episode 12: Faith

Episode 11: Love

“Some people were not raised on love; they were raised on survival.” -Zakiya“You cannot force someone to love you the way you want to be loved.” -Zakiya“Love looks different for everyone.”- Zakiya“Love evolves as you grow together in a relationship.” -ZakiyaWhat is love and can it be defined? Is it an action? Is it a feeling? Is it all of the above? Do you know love when you see love? Do you know love when you feel it? Can you receive love? Can you give love?I have heard so many ideas of what people think love is. How it should feel? How someone should express their love. To be quite honest, I don’t think love can be defined. I do not think love looks the same for everyone and in every situation. I think the word love is often misused and abused. People use the word without understanding it’s depth. I am guilty of using the word and truly not experiencing the feeling. How does love play a part in our everyday lives? Our interactions? Our relationships? Our friendships? Do ...

--2019 DEC 6
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Episode 11: Love

Episode 10: Trust

“You never know how important something is to you until it’s placed in jeopardy.”- Zakiya“I have attempted to place people in boxes that they did not belong- then feel betrayed when they misuse my trust in them.” -ZakiyaTrust is defined as “the firm belief in the ability or strength of someone or something. Some people believe trust has to be earned. Others believe give their trust freely believing that once that trust is broken it cannot be restored.When trust is betrayed in any relationship, it leaves a feeling of emptiness. A hollowness in the space where you once held that level of trust in a person. What do you do when someone you admire, love, and have built a relationship with betrays your trust? Can you move forward? Is the damage repairable? Can the trust be rebuilt?In this episode of Konvos with Kiya, join me as I talk through real life situations where my trust was betrayed. Through this conversation, I find myself navigating through very real emotions and finding m...

--2019 NOV 22
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Episode 10: Trust

Episode 9: Parental Communication- Ft. Kameron

“Establish things calmer without yelling.” - Kameron“I don’t feel good when I yell, it makes me feel sad.”- Zakiya“No one is 100% percent right every time, adult or not.”-ZakiyaThe way we communicate with our children is so important! I struggle with remaining calm in stressful situations. Honestly, I can admit that I yell. In this episode, Kam and I speak about the negative effects of yelling and how it can impact the relationships we have with our children.As a single mom there are many interchangeable factors and daily dynamics that play a major part in our lives. Kam and I are often on the run between work, school, homework, dinner, basketball practice and just the hustle oflife! It can be very overwhelming! How many moms can relate to a never- ending schedule? So how do we keep our cool, parents? How do we minimize our feelings of frustration when our children aren’t doing what we’ve asked them to do? How can we “establish things calmer” (in my Kam voice) ?Identifyin...

--2019 NOV 15
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Episode 9: Parental Communication- Ft. Kameron

Episode 8: Fear Vs. Comfort Zone

We block our own blessings by living our everyday lives in fear.” -Zakiya“You can’t expect another person to see your vision like you see your vision. It’s YOUR vision for a reason.” -Zakiya“God has not given any two people the same vision.” -Zakiya How many of us can honestly say we are content living in our comfort zone?How many times have we found ourselves comparing our path to the paths of others? I am guilty of it too! But. let me tell you, “Comparison will be the death of you.”We have been conditioned to believe that fear is something to be ashamed of. If we are fearful of a person we are viewed as weak, If we are fearful of change we are lazy or complacent. Living in fear keeps us bound to our present circumstances and doesn’t allow our minds to be open to the countless possibilities of life.Join me tonight as speak openly about my personal battle with fear and why living in our comfort zone is dangerous to our growth and development. So many of us have heard, “I ...

--2019 NOV 8
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Episode 8: Fear Vs. Comfort Zone

Episode 7: Grace

“We are so forgiving of others but do not offer that same grace to ourselves when fall short.”- Zakiya “It’s not what happens-it is how you choose to react to what happens.” -ZakiyaAs we all transition into various stages of life we often face opposition. These trials and tests present us with an option to revert back to unhealthy ways of confronting uncomfortable situations. Let’s face it just because you’re growing doesn’t mean that the old you isn’t lurking within. It is important to be intentional about your growth and the delicate phase of life that you’re in.Recognizing your triggers and simply saying to yourself, “Let me think of strategies that will help me avoid situations, people, places and things that will offset me and disrupt my path.” However, what do you do when you lose your cool? When you let go of what you’ve been working so hard to grasp a hold of? How do you push forward and encourage yourself through your mistakes? Because WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES!It’...

--2019 NOV 1
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Episode 7: Grace

Episode 6: Balance

“Don’t choose to focus on the 10 billion things that went wrong today, focus on the 10,000 things that went right.” -ZakiyaAs mother’s we often struggle to carve out the necessary time we need to function as human beings. Many of us work full-time jobs; while running an entire household! Not to mention the outside commitments that we have. In a recent article, I read, ‘Black single mothers are dominating Corporate America.’ Can I get a “OH YEA!” for all the hard-working Single-moms out there getting to the bag! This black girl magic is real HUNNAY!However, when we get home and we kick off our shoes the one question that remains unanswered is how in the world are we getting all of this done? Are we truly maintaining a healthy balance? Are we carving time out to cater to our mental stability? Are we intentionally seeking ways to create BALANCE in our everyday life?Lack of balance leaves us feeling burnt out and exhausted. Drained mentally, physically, and spiritually. When you...

--2019 OCT 25
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Episode 6: Balance

Episode 5: Mental Feelings vs. Physical Feelings Ft. Kameron

We have all heard the infamous riddle, ‘Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ That has got to be the furthest thing from the truth. LET’S be REAL words hurt. Words are powerful and words can have a lasting effect on how we view ourselves. As children, we may have been unaware of how damaging the words of our peers could really be. As an adult, I am still plagued by some of the words spoken to me as an adolescent.It is easy to brush off the comments made by our colleagues, family members, spouses, and friends. Whether intentional or not, words have a funny way of sticking to us. Feelings are real and emotions run deep. In the African American community, we are taught that as long as a person doesn’t physically harm us, it’s all GOOD! We are taught that words shouldn’t hurt as much as a punch to the face. We are told to ignore, to push past emotional pain and carry on as if nothing has happened. To display any type of emotion is a sign of weakness....

--2019 OCT 18
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Episode 5: Mental Feelings vs. Physical Feelings Ft. Kameron

Latest Episodes

Season 2 EP. 1 : Self-Sabotage

“Let’s step out and do the things and go the places our dreams take us.”- Zakiya“We are all capable of doing great things.”- Zakiya“God gives us all very special gifts; it’s time for us to tap into our full potential.”- ZakiyaHere I am and I’m back at it! This episode is very personal to me. Season 1 of Konvos with Kiya was embraced by so many people. The love was overwhelming. So much so that I quickly began questioning my capability. Questioning my purpose and wondering what I was truly doing? Me? Zakiya? A podcast? What are you thinking? I began wondering if I could keep the momentum going. Could I continue to keep listeners engaged? I began the cycle of negative self-talk, self-doubt, and sabotaging thoughts. This lasted for months.Sabotage is defined as deliberately destroying. When I read that definition, I realized that was exactly what I was doing to myself. I was intentionally talking myself out of every dream I envisioned for my brand. I began to talk myself out o...

--APR 24
Comments
Season 2 EP. 1 : Self-Sabotage

Episode 13: Self-Doubt

“Everything is not for everybody and that’s fine.” -Zakiya“There will be someone that will embrace you for what you do.”- ZakiyaWe’ve all heard the saying, “ You are your worst enemy.” I know in many situations I have been my biggest critic. We often hold back or play small due to our self-doubts. Maybe you struggle with toxic thoughts about your capabilities. You feel as though you are incapable of making your dreams a reality. So often we have amazing ideas and a great desire to accomplish big things. Yet, we hesitate to take that leap of faith and make it happen.On this episode, Kiya speaks openly about how self-doubt often rears its ugly head during pivotal points in your life. Often when you’re on the brink of greatness you may hear a voice that tries to distract you from your purpose. Don’t allow self-doubt to deter you from greatness. Push through despite what you might think in that moment. There will always be someone rooting for you!Here are a few points from ton...

--2019 DEC 20
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Episode 13: Self-Doubt

Episode 12: Faith

Faith. The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1 How do you remain faithful when everything is falling apart? What happens when you are trusting God for specific things and you don’t see it happening for you? Humans have a way of looking at other people’s lives and wanting what they have. We often wonder why God hasn’t fully blessed us with our heart’s desires. But, are we truly ready for new blessings? Have we prepared ourselves for what we are asking God for? While waiting on God are you doing your own thing? Are you holding onto past habits or toxic relationships hoping that God will still bless you in your mess? Faith requires you to let go of the cushion and comfort of your past. Trusting when you don’t see an end requires you to let go of familiar places, people, and things. Revisiting the past only hinders you from accessing your future. “If it didn’t fulfill you the first time -chances are it’s not going to fulfill you the sec...

--2019 DEC 13
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Episode 12: Faith

Episode 11: Love

“Some people were not raised on love; they were raised on survival.” -Zakiya“You cannot force someone to love you the way you want to be loved.” -Zakiya“Love looks different for everyone.”- Zakiya“Love evolves as you grow together in a relationship.” -ZakiyaWhat is love and can it be defined? Is it an action? Is it a feeling? Is it all of the above? Do you know love when you see love? Do you know love when you feel it? Can you receive love? Can you give love?I have heard so many ideas of what people think love is. How it should feel? How someone should express their love. To be quite honest, I don’t think love can be defined. I do not think love looks the same for everyone and in every situation. I think the word love is often misused and abused. People use the word without understanding it’s depth. I am guilty of using the word and truly not experiencing the feeling. How does love play a part in our everyday lives? Our interactions? Our relationships? Our friendships? Do ...

--2019 DEC 6
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Episode 11: Love

Episode 10: Trust

“You never know how important something is to you until it’s placed in jeopardy.”- Zakiya“I have attempted to place people in boxes that they did not belong- then feel betrayed when they misuse my trust in them.” -ZakiyaTrust is defined as “the firm belief in the ability or strength of someone or something. Some people believe trust has to be earned. Others believe give their trust freely believing that once that trust is broken it cannot be restored.When trust is betrayed in any relationship, it leaves a feeling of emptiness. A hollowness in the space where you once held that level of trust in a person. What do you do when someone you admire, love, and have built a relationship with betrays your trust? Can you move forward? Is the damage repairable? Can the trust be rebuilt?In this episode of Konvos with Kiya, join me as I talk through real life situations where my trust was betrayed. Through this conversation, I find myself navigating through very real emotions and finding m...

--2019 NOV 22
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Episode 10: Trust

Episode 9: Parental Communication- Ft. Kameron

“Establish things calmer without yelling.” - Kameron“I don’t feel good when I yell, it makes me feel sad.”- Zakiya“No one is 100% percent right every time, adult or not.”-ZakiyaThe way we communicate with our children is so important! I struggle with remaining calm in stressful situations. Honestly, I can admit that I yell. In this episode, Kam and I speak about the negative effects of yelling and how it can impact the relationships we have with our children.As a single mom there are many interchangeable factors and daily dynamics that play a major part in our lives. Kam and I are often on the run between work, school, homework, dinner, basketball practice and just the hustle oflife! It can be very overwhelming! How many moms can relate to a never- ending schedule? So how do we keep our cool, parents? How do we minimize our feelings of frustration when our children aren’t doing what we’ve asked them to do? How can we “establish things calmer” (in my Kam voice) ?Identifyin...

--2019 NOV 15
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Episode 9: Parental Communication- Ft. Kameron

Episode 8: Fear Vs. Comfort Zone

We block our own blessings by living our everyday lives in fear.” -Zakiya“You can’t expect another person to see your vision like you see your vision. It’s YOUR vision for a reason.” -Zakiya“God has not given any two people the same vision.” -Zakiya How many of us can honestly say we are content living in our comfort zone?How many times have we found ourselves comparing our path to the paths of others? I am guilty of it too! But. let me tell you, “Comparison will be the death of you.”We have been conditioned to believe that fear is something to be ashamed of. If we are fearful of a person we are viewed as weak, If we are fearful of change we are lazy or complacent. Living in fear keeps us bound to our present circumstances and doesn’t allow our minds to be open to the countless possibilities of life.Join me tonight as speak openly about my personal battle with fear and why living in our comfort zone is dangerous to our growth and development. So many of us have heard, “I ...

--2019 NOV 8
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Episode 8: Fear Vs. Comfort Zone

Episode 7: Grace

“We are so forgiving of others but do not offer that same grace to ourselves when fall short.”- Zakiya “It’s not what happens-it is how you choose to react to what happens.” -ZakiyaAs we all transition into various stages of life we often face opposition. These trials and tests present us with an option to revert back to unhealthy ways of confronting uncomfortable situations. Let’s face it just because you’re growing doesn’t mean that the old you isn’t lurking within. It is important to be intentional about your growth and the delicate phase of life that you’re in.Recognizing your triggers and simply saying to yourself, “Let me think of strategies that will help me avoid situations, people, places and things that will offset me and disrupt my path.” However, what do you do when you lose your cool? When you let go of what you’ve been working so hard to grasp a hold of? How do you push forward and encourage yourself through your mistakes? Because WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES!It’...

--2019 NOV 1
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Episode 7: Grace

Episode 6: Balance

“Don’t choose to focus on the 10 billion things that went wrong today, focus on the 10,000 things that went right.” -ZakiyaAs mother’s we often struggle to carve out the necessary time we need to function as human beings. Many of us work full-time jobs; while running an entire household! Not to mention the outside commitments that we have. In a recent article, I read, ‘Black single mothers are dominating Corporate America.’ Can I get a “OH YEA!” for all the hard-working Single-moms out there getting to the bag! This black girl magic is real HUNNAY!However, when we get home and we kick off our shoes the one question that remains unanswered is how in the world are we getting all of this done? Are we truly maintaining a healthy balance? Are we carving time out to cater to our mental stability? Are we intentionally seeking ways to create BALANCE in our everyday life?Lack of balance leaves us feeling burnt out and exhausted. Drained mentally, physically, and spiritually. When you...

--2019 OCT 25
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Episode 6: Balance

Episode 5: Mental Feelings vs. Physical Feelings Ft. Kameron

We have all heard the infamous riddle, ‘Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ That has got to be the furthest thing from the truth. LET’S be REAL words hurt. Words are powerful and words can have a lasting effect on how we view ourselves. As children, we may have been unaware of how damaging the words of our peers could really be. As an adult, I am still plagued by some of the words spoken to me as an adolescent.It is easy to brush off the comments made by our colleagues, family members, spouses, and friends. Whether intentional or not, words have a funny way of sticking to us. Feelings are real and emotions run deep. In the African American community, we are taught that as long as a person doesn’t physically harm us, it’s all GOOD! We are taught that words shouldn’t hurt as much as a punch to the face. We are told to ignore, to push past emotional pain and carry on as if nothing has happened. To display any type of emotion is a sign of weakness....

--2019 OCT 18
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Episode 5: Mental Feelings vs. Physical Feelings Ft. Kameron
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