Compiled by Becca J. G. Godwin
As the world continues to react to America’s consistently abhorrent police brutality with demonstrations, protests, and demands for changes in legislation — actions that are proving as powerful as the very activists driving them — still others have been working to dismantle oppressive systems another way. That is, through the simple, impactful work of self-education.
So many people are doing the work to make it easy and simple for us all to take action by providing incredibly thorough step-by-step resources. With a critical mass of allies ready to learn and unlearn, publications have responded with excellently curated lists of podcasts that discuss anti-racism: Elle’s Anti-Racist Podcast List, Bello Collective’s 21 Podcasts That Confront Racism in America, and WBUR’s 5 Podcasts To Listen To If You Really Want To Know About Race In America are a few of our favorites.
To supplement these lists, we’ve compiled our own list of independently produced podcasts by Black creators that discuss a broad range of cultural topics through the lens of the Black experience. Listen to, share, and amplify these shows. Then…Seek. Out. More.
Places & Travel / Relationships
Flourish in the Foreign
Podcast Description: Flourish In The Foreign is a weekly podcast that elevates and affirms the stories of Black women who live and thrive abroad hosted by Black American ex-pat Christine Job. Listen as they share their journeys: the triumphs, tribulations, and how they created a flourishing life abroad. https://www.patreon.com/flourishforeign
As Told by Nomads
Podcast Description: As Told By Nomads features interviews with global nomads, Third Culture Kids, and entrepreneurs discussing what it takes to be global leaders.
xoNecole’s Happy Hour
Podcast Description: xoNecole’s Happy Hour Podcast serves up candid conversations over cocktails (without the early-morning hangover). Led by xoNecole founder Necole Kane, the show’s trio of hosts also includes managing editor Sheriden Chanel and lifestyle contributor Amer Woods. Together they transform into your “homegirls in your head” as they welcome special guests and delve into vulnerable, unfiltered discussions on life, love, sex, wellness, personal/professional growth and all things affecting your glow up. Need a mid-week mental refill? Join us for the xoNecole Happy Hour Podcast and unwind with us every Wednesday. IG: @xohappyhour
Podcast Description: hey, girl. is a podcast that unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far. Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, author Alex Elle sits down with people who inspire her. From friends to family members and strangers, the hey, girl. guests give us a peek into their stories through candid and intimate conversations.
Black Girl in Om
Podcast Description: 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. This show uplifts, affirms, informs, and features 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 buzz-worthy show speaks directly from women of color to women of color and strives to inspire women around the world.
Society & Culture
Behind the Brilliance
Podcast Description: Behind the Brilliance is the go-to podcast for the intellectually curious and relentlessly ambitious. The show features weekly long-form interviews with innovative and culture-shaping leaders in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa’s inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
The Atlanta Podcast
Podcast Description: Beer fueled, unfiltered, and funny. TAP talks news and culture in the city of ATL with some of the city’s dopest people. 🍑✌🏾🍺
The Window Seat
Podcast Description: A lifestyle comedy podcast, covering everything from pop culture, racism, climbing the corporate ladder to climbing on top of your partner. Hosted by God sisters, Arielle and Evin. IG: the__window__seat
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/window-seat/support
Black Balance Pod
Podcast Description: Engaging with creatives. Giving you insight from entrepreneurs and self-starters. Honest, witty, and intelligent conversations. Founded on friendship, the ladies of Black Balance Podcast like to dive into a myriad of topics. To help further support us donate here paypal.me/BlackBalancePod
Cult 45: The Movie Podcast
Podcast Description: It’s the ONLY cult movie podcast that puts hair on your chest! Two men review movies from B-movie classics to mind-blowing arts films, all while knocking back \”tasty beverages\”.
The Home Video Hustle
Podcast Description: Every Friday, Brent and PJ watch whatever random movie they pick out of a bag and talk you through it while also discussing any and every other thing that comes across their minds.
How To / Self-Improvement
Blk Pod Collective: The Podcast
Podcast Description: A podcast for podcasters, that provides insights, resources and instruction to those looking for guidance in starting, growing and sustaining their podcast.
Podcast Description: A seriously opinionated podcast bringing you the real and the sometimes raw on anything happening while black.
Podcast Description: Unfiltered talk about beauty trends, self-care journeys, skincare, wellness tips, and the products we love, hosted by Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli, with the women I admire.
Black Wall Street 1921
Podcast Description: A podcast chronicling significant and related events before, during, and after “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history,” The Tulsa Race Massacre.
The Atlanta Legacy Makers Podcast
Podcast Description: Atlanta Legacy Makers is a public commemoration of Atlanta’s inheritance exemplified by two Atlanta mayors, Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson. This podcast is a companion to the city-wide reading of the 1996 Gary Pomerantz book, “Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family,” which chronicles the lives of these mayors and their families in Atlanta.
Business / Entrepreneurship
Next Economy Now
Podcast Description: Next Economy Now highlights the leaders that are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to using business as a force for good. Popular guests include Winona LaDuke (White Earth), Rose Marcario (Patagonia), Daniel Goleman (author of “Emotional Intelligence”), Ed Whitfield (Southern Reparations Loan Fund), Charles Eisenstein (author of “Sacred Economics”), Kat Taylor (Beneficial State Bank), Nwamaka Agbo (Restorative Economics), Paul Hawken (author of “Drawdown”), and Rha Goddess (Move the Crowd). Learn more at www.lifteconomy.com.
Support is Sexy
Podcast Description: Hosted by media entrepreneur, author, speaker, and coach Elayne Fluker, the SUPPORT IS SEXY podcast features candid interviews with more than 500 successful women entrepreneurs around the world, who get real and share inspiring true stories of the ups and the downs of their entrepreneurial journeys — where they started when they struggled, and how they still made it happen! Each episode of SUPPORT IS SEXY will give you actionable strategies for success, tips for building your support network, pitfalls to avoid and important lessons learned that will motivate you to take your business, and your life, to the next level! Elayne Fluker was a journalist for more than 20 years before launching her own media brand. She also leads the SUPPORT IS SEXY Mastermind community — which is a global network of 1000+ women entrepreneurs around the world — and she is currently writing a book to be released by HarperCollins Leadership reminding unapologetically ambitious women that having it all doesn’t mean doing it all alone. Join Elayne and her guests and get inspired! Visit elaynefluker.com for more, and thank you for listening!
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