Ep 51 – Money & Marriage

On this episode, Amber and Erika discuss money, marriage, and the unique ways that systemic and economic inequities burden Black love. The impacts of mass incarceration, wage and education gaps, student loan debt, and gender expectations can combine with other societal and cultural barriers to make building an effective financial partnership within a marriage especially difficult. Tune in to hear the hosts’ personal experiences and the objective data on the joys and pains of combining romance with finance!


  1. Watch PBS documentary “Two American Families” tells the story of the Stanley’s and Neumanns in 1991 in Milwaukee
  2. Tag two friends in the comments so they can watch and y’all can discuss together.
  3. Tell us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter how you handle the money in your marriages.


Marrying Your Peer, a Tougher Prospect for Black Women (The Atlantic)
Author:  Gillian B. White
Date:  Apr 28, 2015

‘Marrying Down’ Costs Educated Women $25K a Year (The Atlantic)
Author:  J. Weston Phippen and National Journal
Date:  Oct 7, 2015

‘The Whiteness Of Wealth’ Probes Why Black Americans Pay Higher Taxes (wbur.org)
Author:  Peter O’Dowd
Date:  May 17, 2021

Marriage Isn’t for Black Women (marieclaire.com)
Author:  Tiffanie Drayton
Date:  Feb 15, 2018

College Was Supposed to Close the Wealth Gap for Black Americans. The Opposite Happened. (The Wall Street Journal)
Author:  Rachel Louise Ensign and Shane Shifflett
Date:  Aug 7, 2021

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