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Dope Mom Approved is a parenting, lifestyle, food and culture blog dedicated to inspiring women to trust their inner dopeness! Curated by Jeniece Isley and Shakara Artis, 2 new moms navigating their way through motherhood, marriage, love, and life, we offer our unique perspectives and opinions on any and everything from Pampers® to pop culture.

Allow me to reintroduce myself…

So, this motherhood thing is new to us…like really new. Amir {Jeniece’s Prince} is teetering on two and Dakota Kay {Shakara’s Princess} is just over one! What is not new is the blogging world, running our own businesses, and being all around dope chicks. See, before the diapers, Bugaboos, and breast milk, there were best-selling books, catering companies, and cupcakes…lots and lots of delicious red velvet cupcakes!

You may remember us as the authors of the best-selling cookbook series, The Get ‘Em Girls’ Guide (Simon & Schuster):


Or maybe, as contributing writers for popular magazines like Ebony, Essence, and Black Enterprise.


You may have even caught us on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda many, many moons ago (Kathie Lee can still catch these fiery hands for eating the stage food).

No matter where or how you know us, if you’ve ever followed us, had the opportunity to work with us, or eaten any of the deliciousness we’ve created over the years, you know that Dope Mom Approved will be truly authentic, fun, and ridiculously dope.