“Being a mother is not a full time job. It’s like 6 or 7 full time jobs.” Karen Wright
Oh, how right Ms. Wright is! No matter how many siblings you have watched over, how many hours you have logged babysitting, or how many pets you have cared for, nothing prepares you to be a mother. No book you read, video you watch, or stories told by friends and family prepares you for the exhaustion, the changes in your body, the lack of “me” time, and the overwhelming love you will feel for your child.
In Mommy, Uncensored creator and star Charity Jordan as Karen Wright shares her life and feelings about motherhood via confessional vlog. Karen has left her job as a counselor in order to be a stay-at-home mom to a toddler and an infant. Karen has the same anxieties as most mothers. She doesn’t know children’s songs, so makes up her own (I can relate – an early favorite in our house was ‘Puppy Doggy Dance Fever’ which you will not find on any K-Tel compilation). One such original composition earns Karen a phone call from Baba Henderson (the unforgettable Jelani Akil Jones), principal of Bright Minds Daycare, regarding daughter Mackenzie’s rendition of “Move, Bitch”.
Whether she’s worrying about getting a tutor to help Mackenzie improve her pasting skills, being accepted at the best playgroup, or trying to find time to get her groove back on with husband Neil (‘Reemo’ Rod Thomas), Karen’s witty and heartfelt take on motherhood come across as very relatable experiences.
A theme throughout Mommy, Uncensored’s first season is Karen’s dismay at the changes two pregnancies have wrought upon her body. She suffers from conditions which make her still look pregnant. She must explain herself to those offering congratulations on another pregnancy. Karen manages to handle these uncomfortable situations with great aplomb, though she is inwardly cringing. When she finally opens up to Neil, he surprises her with a wonderfully thoughtful gift.
The show’s second season gives us more of the characters we met briefly in Season 1. Nosy neighbor Toni (Nikki Mynyon), friend and advisor Carmisha (Shannon Byrd), and Karen’s nemesis, Sindi with an “S” (Kelly Jenrette) – you know the type, the woman who not only does everything better than you, but her kids are smarter and more talented than yours. We also see more of Neil, and understand that fathers have their own set of insecurities. Last, but not least, Karen’s best friend Jill (Wanita ‘D. Woods’ Woodgett), a high-powered businesswoman who has some mothering issues of her own, gives us the Season 2 cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see what Season 3 brings!
Mommy, Uncensored is a must-watch for anyone who is a mother, has a mother, or knows a mother! Kudos to Charity Jordan and Director of Photography and Editor, (and real-life husband to Charity) Justin Jordan for creating such an inspired and true to life show that I will be watching again and again.
Watch Mommy, Uncensored and find out more about the talented cast and crew on their website.