10 Podcasts By And For Black Women
by: Kendra Hunsley
Representation matters. I cannot begin to explain how many times I’ve heard a podcast by a black woman that was filled with commentary I felt wholeheartedly and every part of me related to. It was as if I was hearing my own thoughts and opinions being spoken right back to me. As black women, we need to hear from each other and know that we’re not alone. We live in a patriarchal society where women’s voices get drowned out by male bravado. Our experiences, voices and opinions often go unheard, but mediums like podcasting allow us to grab hold of the mic and speak our truths both freely and authentically.
Yes, there may be more and more black podcasts on the rise, but it is simply not enough. Here are 10 podcasts hosted by black women who have unknowingly become my springboard and shining light when the road gets dark. Listen, be inspired and pass them on to other black women.
SOCIETY & CULTURE
“Welcome to The Friend Zone, your weekly look into all things mental health, mental wellness and mental hygiene; because who in the hell wants a musty brain?”
The Friend Zone is a sweet escape to a safe, black space that you can feel completely comfortable in. This weekly podcast delves into the latest news in pop culture as well as hot button topics that are relevant to millennials. It’s very much a ‘this sh*t is for us’ platform that includes nuances that both black people and people of color may be the only ones privy to.
Afrolit feels like candid conversations I’d have with my best friend. Both stating facts and including receipts, agreeing to disagree and reaching a consensus on views that were birthed from personal experiences that we’ve already debriefed each other on in private. Trust me when I say, there’s nothing like hearing from two intelligent and lit black women while indulging in your weekend self-care.
The Call is for the women who are either basking in their life’s calling or trying to navigate their way to it. It peels back the many layers of success and gives us honest and inspiring conversations about life’s challenges and the lessons that reveal themselves soon after. Every Tuesday Erica Williams Simon sits down with remarkable women from various disciplines such as politics, media, fashion and wellness to discuss their journey toward their purpose and passion.
I became an instant fan when I stumbled across her Ted Talk ‘Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable’ which has garnered over 2 million views and sits high up on my list of ‘Favorite Ted Talks of All Time.’ In addition to being a phenomenal speaker, Luvvie is a New York Times best-selling author, digital strategist and the epitome of black girl magic. Her podcast ‘Rants and Randomness’ has a new episode every second Tuesday and is filled with funny commentary and special guests such as Bozoma Saint John, Jenifer Lewis, Abiola Oke and Amanda Seales.
Trying to find your place in this thing called life can be both confusing and discouraging at times, especially for a 20-something-year-old who feels like they don’t quite have it all figured out yet. Wanna Be podcast, hosted by Imrie Morgan tackles the challenges we face while on our way toward personal and professional development. Every Monday and Wednesday, Imrie and her #girlboss guests provide practical tools and ‘aha moments’ that move us closer to our goals and the life we believe we are destined to have.
On the 1st and 15th of each month, Joymarie and Cortney cover all things work. From work-life balance to financial literacy, Joblogues offers practical tools and advice to up your performance and get you on the right track toward success. This podcast offers so many gems and I always end an episode with knowledge that I can put into practice in my own personal and professional life.
“Black Girl in Om creates space for women of color to breathe easy.”
Created with women of color in mind, BGIO is centered around holistic wellness as a guiding force for tapping into your highest self. As black women and women of color, we sometimes get so caught up in making sure that everyone and everything is taken care of that we forgot to replenish ourselves. We need to make self-care a priority, which is why communities like Black Girl in Om are so important.
Known for her eloquent way with words, author Alex Elle brings her grace and glory every Sunday to her podcast ‘hey, girl’ where she sits down with remarkable and awe-inspiring women. The 'hey, girl' podcast is a sisterhood and safe space for black women to just exist. Hey, girl propels us to unmask and tap into the core of our being.
One word: Oprah. Need I say more? Super Soul Conversations is a weekly source of lessons and tools for mental and spiritual wellness. Oprah sits down with thought-leaders to discuss matters of the mind, body, spirit and soul. With guests such as Malala Yousafzai, Brene Brown, Marianne Williamson, Gary Zukav and Shonda Rhimes, this podcast offers a multitude of gems.
Marginalized groups may not have access to therapy, but virtual communities like Therapy for Black Girls are trying to make mental health and wellness accessible. With a brand new episode every Wednesday, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist, uses Therapy for Black Girls to give advice, provide resources, and create a safe space for black women and girls. Listening to podcasts such as Therapy for Black Girls can help our healing and remind us that we are not alone.