The Podcast wave is an ever changing media landscape that offers new ways to control and receive digital content. From music, to entertainment news, show recaps, spirituality, and more, there is a podcast on virtually everything. But most people of color probably never feel encouraged enough to explore the generically placed “podcast” app that is automatically installed on their iPhone and smartphone devices. And if they do, it is easy to acknowledge that the presence of Black voices found on this medium are in extreme lacking in comparison to shows hosted by White people. While White-majority shows like This American Life, Serial, and Ted Talks continuously sweep the top ranks, there are a myriad of podcasts hosted by Black people that are introducing new perspectives and discussing everything topical from black self-care & womanhood to Black Twitter’s unapologetic approach at woke commentary. Get into the 15 POC-hosted shows below that are challenging the podcasting industry’s one-sided reputation and making space for Black voices to be heard.
Black Girl in Om – Welcome to your go-to conversation on all things wellness, self-care and self-love for women of color, hosted by Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory. This show uplifts, affirms, and informs with features from a refreshing line-up of guests—including yogis, holistic lifestylists, clean beauty experts, and a plethora of other movers, shakers, and innovators within the wellness and beauty industries. This buzzworthy show speaks directly from women of color to women of color and strives to inspire women around the world.
The Nod – Luther Vandross ballads. Oil sheen spray. ‘Twice as good.’ What do these things have in common? They are each, in their own way, essential to some facet of the Black experience. In The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life. It is a fun yet poignant examination of both the biggest moments and most underexplored corners of Black art, media, and culture.
Another Round – Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes all in one boozy show.
Melanin Millenials – Imrie and Satia are Black Women from London. As Melanin Millennials, the ladies discuss everything topical, including pop culture, millennial struggles and Black Twitter, with a distinct British point of view. Melanin Millennials is bringing the ladies’ hilarious Whatsapp conversations to life and they don’t hold back on serving all the tea, crumpets, shade and woke commentary.
The Friend Zone – Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth and mental hygiene, “because who in the hell wants a musty brain?” Send inquiries and questions to: TheFriendZone@loudspeakersnetwork.com #TheFriendZone
Insecruitea – Ready for the run down? Fran (HeyFranHey of #TheFriendZone) and Crissle (of The Read) are primed to take you through the latest episode of HBO’s Insecure with a dynamic dissection, known as Insecuritea. Tune in as they sip, share and spill on all things Insecure.
Mostly Lit – Join 20-somethings Alex Reads and Reckless Rai, and Mr Wiltshire in their journey to keep up with the London experience while exploring the intersection of literature, millennial wellness and black pop-culture. Check them out weekly as they discuss key themes in a fun, playful and (sometimes shady) insightful way.
The Brilliant Idiots – Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz are The Brilliant Idiots. Join them each week as they explore the issues of the day in a style that’s often idiotic, sometimes brilliant and always hysterical.
Mmhmm, girl – The podcast with lots of sass. Hosts Lola & Babz provide hilarious unabashed social commentary on all things pop culture, relationships, and whatever else comes to mind. And they drink while doing it.
The Read – Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly “read” of hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé…or Blue Ivy. As transplants to New York City (Fury hails from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on air therapy session for two friends (and their audience) trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city.
Friends Like Us – A podcast featuring women of color with very different views on Hot Topics.
Getting’ Grown – Keia and Jade are two happy and hard working (Blackity) Black Women who are just trying to learn how to adult, for real. Join each week for Kitchen TableTalk, Petty Peeves and Lessons in Black Women Self Care, as they try to figure out life as 30-somethings.
You Had me at Black – The only podcast where Black Millennials tell true-life stories. Stories educate, uplift, encourage, humor, frighten, humble, connect, and empower us. You Had Me at Black is the place for authentic narratives from real people.
Pod Save the People – DeRay Mckesson delves into culture, social justice and politics “by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress.” Tune in weekly as the fellow BLM activist shares ideas and practices for all to get involved in the movement.
2 Dope Queens – Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They’re Black. They’re BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.
Black Joy Mixtape – Amber (aka the High Priestess of Black Joy) and Jazmine (bka King of da South) are two petty AF Black feminists who are determined to get on WorldStarHipHop one way or another. Each week they overcome fuckboys, Becky, hoteps, and dry skin to spit hot fire on pop culture, politics and worship anything Black women have going on.