10 Black and Brown Podcasts Revolutionizing the Game
Podcasts are everything. No really, they've changed my life for the better and I have no problem shouting just that from any mountaintop or soap box! I suppose ever since listening to "The Shadow" on the cassette player in 4th grade, I've had a soft spot for all things audio, especially story telling.
What is a podcast, and why should you care? Podcasts, simply put, are a digital, downloadable file that can be played the same way as an mp3 or mp4 file: on your iPod, or computer. There are literally dozens of topics covered, and they're all well-organized on iTunes. From finance, to crime dramas, to marketing, self-help, technology, and comedy: there's a podcast for every taste and fancy. Unlike with satellite radio, or Spotify (the free version, that is) you can listen to podcasts even without connecting to the internet by simply saving the file, which makes boring errands much less dreadful! I listen to podcasts while commuting, then drop random knowledge bombs on unsuspecting friends (and strangers) about why you should cover your computer's webcam, or the history of Judaism in America. You know, normal topics!
There are several Black and Brown podcasters who are changing the podcast world, and I want to take a moment and sing their praises. Personally, these podcasts have been a saving grace because as an expat in Spain, sometimes we're a bit behind the times. My podcasts keep me current, and without them, I'd probably still try and do the "chicken noodle soup" dance to impress onlookers and drop "you da bomb diggity" into conversations. Thank you podcasts, you're the real MVP. (Do people still say that?)
Marketing and entrepreneurship
Get. Your. Life. Myliek, founder of CurlBox, is a boss entrepreneur who will have you in your feelings, questioning life, and ready to take over the world in the next moment. She's inspirational, real, and you'll feel like you're listening to your older sister!
If you're looking for practical advice from a PR veteran, this is the podcast for you! Sakita Holley often has extremely relevant special guests, and the podcasts are always the perfect length for the millennial attention span: between 20-45 minutes!
Current Events & Pop Culture
One of the firsts, Still, one of the best. Kid Fury catapaulted onto our radar with during the "Sh*t ____ People Say" trend, and has been going hard both on YouTube, and in the Podcast world ever since. Crissle is Black, lesbian, woke, and absolutely unapologetic, and together they are a super-shade throwing duo calling out all the nonsense in today's world.
This podcast is hosted by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, long distance besties with lots to say on current events. Aminatou works in Tech, and on several different levels she's killing the game. Their perspectives are always interesting, and on point.
Black Girls Talking : "Black Girls Talking is a podcast wherein 4 black girls discuss pop culture, Beyonce, & the pursuit of the perfect body oil."
Two Brown Girls : "Two Brown Girls is a pop culture, film, and television podcast hosted by writers and critics Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay"
This podcast just gets it. Oh to be Black, and a nerd, what a tangled web indeed! This is about being yourself, in all your complexities and nuances, and not caring how other people feel about it! The topics are varied, and so relevant I always learn something new.
PostBourgie : "PostBourgie is a long-running, semi-orderly blog about race and gender and class and politics and media and whatever else we can think of. The PostBourgie podcast is the talk-y version of that."
I laugh so hard when listening to Jessica Williams (of the Daily Show) and comedia Phoebe Robinson. Seriously: if you hate running errands, or grocery shopping, listen to this podcast, and time will fly! Each week there's a general topic, and several well-known, and up-and-coming comedians that they spotlight. I've cried real tears of joy listening to these queens.
This podcast is me, and I am it. Heben and Tracy of BuzzFeed are revolutionary because they have brought the Black millennial voice to a mainstream platform, and snaps to them. I would try and describe the awesome that is Another Round, but I can't, so here are their own words. "Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show." Also, they pull some dope interviews! And the segments are LIFE!
Bravo, ladies, and gents, truly!
Which podcasts are you listening to at the moment?
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful life partner. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.