Here at ESSENCE, we celebrate Black love and relationships in a big, big way. Some of us also have super long commutes. So with that said, we’re always keeping our finger on the pulse of new love and relationship podcasts that keep it all the way real and let us know that we are not alone in our quests to love better.
Scroll through the gallery to get our favorite podcast picks about love, sex, relationships and like.
Dead Ass with Khadeen and Devale Ellis
LOVE, SEX, MARRIAGE and everything in between!
Each week Khadeen and Devale Ellis spread love the Brooklyn way with their Dead Ass podcast. Listen in as they reveal personal truths, share opinions and inspire us to level up in our own lives by giving some advice — but no matter what you hear they will always keep it 100.
Ratchet & Respectable With Demetria L. Lucas
Demetria L. Lucas, cultural critic and author of A Belle in Brooklyn and Don’t Waste Your Pretty, muses on pop culture shenanigans, dating and relationships mishaps, everything worth watching on any size screen and occasionally, the hilarious (mis)adventures of being “single” for the second time around. There’s more to it. But that’s the gist of it. #ratchetandrespectable
Talk To Your Mom
Keyaira Kelly had the genius idea to launch the Talk To Your Mom podcast with her mother Tarawoner Kelly, life coach and founder of TYL Foundation. These conversations are far from awkward. Each episode, Keyaira and her mom will tackle raw and traditionally taboo mom/child topics that include sex, love, spirituality, growth, healing and trauma.
The Casey Crew
DJ and radio host DJ Envy and his wife Gia Casey become partners in business and love with The Casey Crew podcast where they explore the good, bad, ugly and beauty of relationships and family. These two get brutally honest about past experiences, give advice, talk to celebrity couples and help drive home the reality that there are two sides to every situation.
Black Love Matters
Black Love Matters are hilarious and raw conversations about love while being black. From finding your inner Barack and Michelle (or Jay-z and Beyonce) to your spouse eating the last of the ice cream to building a better life without losing your roots, hosts Niram and Niambi tackle all these matters and more.
Angela Yee’s Lip Service
Angela Yee of the infamous morning show The Breakfast Club started her own brainchild, Lip Service, to bring you the honest conversations about sex and relationships in hip-hop. With her star power, she’s brought on guests like Kandi Burruss, 2 Chainz, DeVon Franklin and Cardi B to talk about sex like you’ve never heard them before.
Inner Hoe Uprising
Don’t let the title scare you! Inner Hoe Uprising is a funny podcast about sex, love, and dating from the perspective of one black, feminist, 20something and her weekly co-hoes. Here, you’ll get brutally honest perspectives on everything from sex and STDs to polyamory and childbirth. Seriously, no topic is off limits.
When it comes to matters of the heart, everyone has an opinion, but very few have the answers. So step away from that group chat, and bring your problems to The Solve. Join ESSENCE’s love guru, Charli Penn and her girl gang of outspoken friends and experts as they share hilarious anecdotes and get-to-the-point advice for navigating some of your biggest dating dilemmas.
The Engagement Game
Author Joi-Marie McKenzie kicks off season one of The Engagement Game podcast in celebration of the paperback edition hitting shelves. In six episodes, Joi-Marie delves even deeper into the books’ themes like “the myth that powerful women can’t find a man” while tapping experts, friends and strangers to join her.