We are celebrating Black History Month and compiled such a longlist of recommendations that we’ve had to split it into three parts: what to read, listen and watch. Part two is our top podcasts to listen to now!
These are 12 podcasts from brilliant Black podcasters with topics ranging from true crime to mental health to current affairs – there is definitely something for everyone. If you missed part one on what to read, click here.
1. Okay, Now Listen
Okay, Now Listen is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell. They share what’s on their minds, what they’re binging and what’s blowing up their timelines. Listen here.
2. Rice At Home
Tired of society’s stereotypical ideas of success being shoved down your throat? Are you hungry for knowledge? Then listen to Rice At Home with young entrepreneurs Ama, Michael and Travis, as they share all the tea, all the laughs, all the failure and all the success they encounter on their journey to financial freedom. More info here.
3. It’s A Continent
This podcast challenges the common misconception that Africa is a country and showcases the identity of each nation. Through each episode, we explore the key historical moments which have shaped the continent, in an easily digestible, satirical (and shady) format with hosts Chinny and Astrid. Check out more info here.
4. Therapy For Black Girls
A weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. Listen to episodes and find out more here.
5. Growing up with gal-dem
Over the course of the series, Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves – nurturing important conversations about growing up. Check out gal-dem and the podcast here.
A podcast intersecting all things unapologetic and deeply connected. Welcome to our safe space. This is where we grow together, challenge each other and heal ourselves. TAP IN!! And click for more here.
7. StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Science, pop culture and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio, Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director, Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe. Keep Looking Up and listen here!
8. The Gurls Talk
Your regular source of fierce female chat. Hosted by Adowa Aboah and featuring different guests, as they talk, share, listen and take control of their lives. Find out more here.
9. Good Ancestor with Layla Saad
An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad. Check it out here!
10. Hear to Slay
Hear to Slay is the black feminist podcast of your dreams—compelling conversations curated in only the way black women can. Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom offer uncommonly incisive reads of the politics that shape the world we live in and the popular culture we consume. If you want to laugh as much as you want to be challenged, come a little closer because we are hear to slay and click here to see past episodes.
What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of colour, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on, exploring how it impacts every part of society. Visit NPR here to learn more.
12. Affirmative Murder
Affirmative Murder is the true-crime comedy podcast hosted by Alvin Williams and Francel Evans. Each week they swap murder stories from marginalized communities while trying not to rant about anything from fast food, to what is actually buried in graveyards. Follow them as they shed a light on the darker side of true crime, pun intended.