13 Awesome Podcasts for Black Women

Black women's voices are roaring loud in the world of podcasts. From dissecting pop culture and news headlines to unpacking the Rachel Dolezal scandal or the #SayHerName movement, these sisters are shifting mindsets and introducing us to new voices and perspectives on Black womanhood. Whether you're well-versed in podcast territory or just tuning in, these are the shows you should be tuning into.

Yolanda Sangweni Jun, 22, 2015

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Get your life, and all things pop culture, Beyoncé (she is queen here), Black excellence, and race from The Read. Hosts Crissle and Kid Fury dish on the hottest topics of the week and dish out some sound relationship advice to their listeners. You'll laugh, and shade, like never before.

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Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia, and Ramou are the fierce millennials behind this exciting podcast. Expect vibrant conversations on “sister Rachel" Dolezal, pop culture, media representation of Black women, “and the prefect body oil.”

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Bay area friends Lola and Babs describe themselves as “2 dope girls talking about everything and yo mama.” The two cover everything from race to respectability politics... with the occassional alcoholic beverage in hand.

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Buzzfeed has a show for Black women? Yup! Editors Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton's weekly podcast will have you feeling like they're your favorite political-but-sometimes-ratchet girlfriends (in your head).

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Ghana-based journalist Esther Armah assembles a roundtable of powerful Black women though leaders (recently it was dream hampton, Dr Christina Greer, and Asha Bandele) to discuss hot button issues like the #sayhername movement, white supremacy, and gentrification.

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This fun and clever podcast is a peek at what happens when your bestie moves and you have tons to talk about. Hosts, and besties, Aminatou Sow, Gina Delva and Ann Friedman catch up on their friendship and dive deep into the hot topics of the day.

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"Friends Like Us" features women of color discussing hot topics like post-racialism, hair, gender, feminism, and the treatment of Black women by law enforcement.

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Hosts Zeba Blay and Fariha Roisin offer a tongue-in-cheek look at all things pop culture.

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Comedian and The Talk co-host Aisha Tyler is always full of surprises on "Girl on Guy." Whether talking art or politics or "psychological bruises, action movies, rock music, ninjas, zombies, failure, success, sacrifice, video games, and blowing shit up," Tyler's show will keep you in the LOL zone.

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In her new podcast, the Fashion Queens co-host will sound off on everything form fashion to pop culture to women's issues. If you're ready for a laugh or a good read, this is the show for you.

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Two anonymous actresses share their experiences of trying to make it in Hollywood. Hint: it’s not easy, but Eartha and Dorothy have fun while retelling their adventures.

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If you've ever wanted to have candid girl talk with one of our favorite child actress turned grown and successful woman, Keshia Knight Pulliam, now's your chance. On her debut episode, Keisha has a conversation with her former TV dad, Bill Cosby.

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Covering everything from relationships to race relations, Rolonda Watts is not afraid to open up the conversation. If you're in need of a quick news update and a dose of inspiration, this is the podcast for you.