They’re the perfect companion for long commutes, solo treadmill sessions, and Saturday morning errands.
Since their resurgence in recent years, the face of podcasts hast been white and male, but today people from all backgrounds are lending their voices to inform and inspire their audience (including ESSENCE magazine with its Webby Award-nominated podcast, Yes Girl!).
As usual Black people are at the forefront of diversifying the growing medium. Here’s 12 of our favorite podcasts hosted by us, for us.
“Reid This, Reid That” By Joy Ann Reid and Jacque Reid
Two professional journalists that happen to be “play cousins” give fun takes on pop culture, politics and more with their signature auntie style. They also offer behind-the-scenes takes on viral moments from awards shows and movie premieres. Listen now!
“Woman Evolve” By Sarah Jakes Roberts
This electrifying preacher of a new generation is bringing her relatable brand of Christianity with a touch of ratchet to her podcast. With three segments, including one where she doles out advice on navigating the Christian lifestyle as a millennial, it’s no wonder that this podcast is a must-download (and a favorite of ESSENCE’s senior entertainment editor Joi-Marie McKenzie). Listen now!
“Black Girl Podcast” By Gia Peppers, Scottie Beam, Alysha P., Saphira Martin And Bex Francois
Five young entertainment entrepreneurs take the filter off what it’s like to be young and popping in this wildly successful podcast. The perfect balance of tears and laughter anchor conversations about the personal and professional struggles that come with being a Black girl. Listen now!
“Strong Black Lead” By Netflix
Netflix’s Strong Black Lead initiative reflects the company’s commitment to diverse storytelling. Learn about the creators and stars behind some of your favorite content on the first season of “Strong Black Legends,” hosted by Tracy Clayton. Listen now!
“Jesus and Jollof” By Luvvie Ajayi And Yvonne Orji
Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji connect with listeners, and one another, over their experiences straddling two cultures. Listen to see yourself or a friend reflected in their stories about strict parents and firm traditions from the continent. Listen now!
“Gettin’ Grown by” Jade And ‘Keia
Two grown women take on the task of hardcore adulting in this relatable show. You’ll feel inspired to finally pay that parking ticket and update those health insurance forms after the duo demand that you get your life together. Listen now!
“Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” By Jemele Hill
Celebrities like T.I., Killer Mike, and Don Lemon join Jemele Hill as she leaves the trolls in the digital dust. Co-hosts I Can’t Date Jesus author Michael Arceneaux and writer-director Cole Wiley bring even more wit and perspective to the podcast. Listen now!
“Reaganomics” By Reagan Gomez-Preston
Hollywood veteran and Twitter legend Reagan Gomez-Preston uses her podcast to discuss the history of important social issues. She also reveals the realities of self-funded filmmaking, and shares what it’s like to be a child in the entertainment industry. Listen now!
“The Nod” By Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings
This storytelling podcast features well researched deep dives into pressing topics like the true origin of “Knuck If You Buck” and the modern-day legacy of sharecroppers. Unique sound effects and the hosts’ chemistry make every episode seem fresh and exciting, no matter the topic. Listen now!
“Ratchet And Respectable” By Demetria Lucas
This former ESSENCE editor reminds us how she became the stern yet free-spirited big sister in our heads on this weekly show. Using her made for radio voice and her journalism background, the ex-Brooklyn belle turned boss lady properly unpacks trending topics that affect Black women. Listen now!
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition” By Trevor Noah
Looking for real conversations unimpeded by commercials? Catch extended interviews with guests from The Daily Show on this companion podcast. Noah airs clips of conversations with people like Janet Mock and Valerie Jarrett that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor. Listen now!
“Jade and XD” By Jade And Xavier D’Leau
Nothing is off limits for these two besties. Their weekly roundup of social commentary touches on every topic imaginable with a heap of humor, a dash of empathy and the perfect pinch of shade. Listen now!