Monologue: Me & The Full Negro Baby

If you don’t know about miracles, you’ll know after listening to Leeann Shaw Younger’s story.  Leeann is a local star in her own right.  People look to her and her family as a beacon for faith, unity and love.  It is no surprise that her monologue is one that will continue that legacy.

Join Leeann and our cast of 9 storytellers who will all be telling their stories of trial and tirumph in motherhood.  They take the stage on Saturday, May 4th at the Kauffman Center in the historic Hill District at 6 pm.  We look forward to seeing you there! Until then, let’s get to know Leeann a little better.


Who is Leeann Shaw-Younger?

Leeann Shaw Younger is the co-founding pastor of Cityview Church on the Northside. She and her husband, Wayne, are the proud parents of Shaw, Isaiah and Kayla. Leeann blogs at and would love to continue the conversation with you there.

What is Leeann’s monologue about?

This story is a celebration of how, sometimes, it takes a village to make a family.

If you’re friends gave you a nickname, what would it be?

Let’s go with “Truth Teller” because I always have something to say, whether you want to hear it or not.

What is the best piece of advice a mother has ever given you?

RELAX. Your children will pick up the skills they need in their own time. No amount of worrying will change this.

Who’s monologue is your favorite this year?

I’m really inspired by Muffy’s monologue. I’ve never heard such an honest story about such a difficult topic.

What is your favorite song?

I can’t stop listening to PJ Morton’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” from Gumbo Unplugged.

How has being a part of The Brown Mama Monologues changed you?

I love how we’ve created a safe place to take creative risks and to grow. There’s a lot of competition in work, in parenting, and in life in general. This has been a great experience of succeeding by loving and supporting each other.

Why do moms need to hear your monologue?

My story is about an honest to goodness miracle. It’s the kind of thing you don’t think can happen in real life. But it did. I hope it encourages everyone who hears it.
Don’t miss Leeann at the 2nd Annual Brown Mama Monologues! Buy your ticket today!


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Muffy Mendoza is a motivational speaker, author, tribe builder and overall awesome communicator. Most notably, Muffy is known for having cultivated a community of nearly 4,000 African-American moms hungry for social change when she noticed a lack of community among Black mothers in the Pittsburgh region. She created Brown Mamas, a sisterhood that connects moms with resources, advice and, best of all, each other. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. She received a standing ovation at the inaugural TEDx Strip District after giving a compelling depiction of modern day Black motherhood. From the TEDx stage she went on to create a stage for other Black moms. That same year she debuted the first annual Brown Mama Monologues showcase to an audience of over 200 moms. When she’s low-key, Muffy loves reading African history books, forcing her kids to watch most boring documentaries and snuggling with her best friend and husband Mr. Mack Mendoza. You can learn more about Muffy at or

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