The podcast landscape is currently seeing an uptick in black-hosted and black-curated original podcasts—and we are all here for it.As more black-hosted podcasts have been hitting the scene, from the ratings and reviews, they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. So now is your chance to catch up on the best black podcasts that are smart, insightful, and some– hilarious.
If you haven’t yet given podcasts a try, chances are you’re missing out on some valuable information presented in an efficient and entertaining way. In recent years, this medium of information intake has taken off.
According to The Neiman Journalism Lab, podcasting has 57 million monthly U.S. listeners in 2017, up 23% year over year. And 85% of podcast listeners consume majority or entirety of an episode.
Data from the Pew Research Center shows that podcasting continued to grow in both audience and programming in 2015. About one-third of Americans now say they have listened to a podcast, according to Pew’s State of the News Media 2016 report. Podcast listening grew 23% between 2015 and 2016. And between 2008 and 2016, the percentage of people who listened to a podcast has more than doubled. So what are you waiting for if you haven’t given this form of media a go yet?
From Larry Wilmore and Jenna Wortham to comedians like Phoebe Robinson and Desus Nice, and our very own Black Enterprise staffers, many of the current black-hosted podcasts offer valuable insight on everything from personal finance, pop culture, and tech trends to politics, race, wellness, and more. Whether you’re looking for a serious hour of learning money tips, seeking perspectives on politics, or a lighthearted escape offering good laughs or lifestyle tips, these best black podcasts are well worth lending an ear and subscribing to.
Read on to enrich your life and elevate your podcast-listening game.
16 of the Best Black Podcasts
1. Joblogues: Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland
You can find your financial motivation with personal finance expert and TV/radio personality, Ash Cash. The Ash Cash Show is focused on personal finance with an aim to empower people to achieve financial freedom. Cash and crew speak to everyday people about everything from money and business to even changing the world and everything in between. The Money Mondays with Ash Cash podcast provides actionable tips on how to budget, invest, and save yourself from debt, whether you’re a seasoned workforce vet or college student.
3. Chris Hogan’s Retire Inspired Podcast
Known as America’s voice on retirement, Chris Hogan tackles topics including how to find extra money for retirement, the ultimate 401(k) questions you should be asking, and how millennials can approach retirement planning. With each insightful episode, his aim is to help you create the retirement you have always dreamed of.
4. Two Black Guys with Good Credit: Shaun Lynda and Arlington Forbes
Hosts Shaun Lynda and Arlington Forbes “will educate, entertain, and inspire you to achieve your financial goals.” Both are financial experts—Forbes has a background in entrepreneurship while Lynda previously worked on Wall Street. The podcast is part of the Financially CLEAN network, launched in 2006 by Lynda because of his desire to pass on the knowledge he had gained over his career to the next generation.
5. Still Processing: Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris
Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist puts together a highly informative, clever show each week on StarTalk Radio, “where science, pop culture and comedy collide.” DeGrasse Tyson’s comedic co-hosts, including Chuck Nice, lend a hilarious bent to the podcast. And deGrasse Tyson doesn’t disappoint when it comes to guests. Big names like Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, and journalists Baratunde Thurston and Fareed Zakaria have all shined their light and intelligence on listeners.
12. Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio: Selena Hill
Selena Hill, Black Enterprise’s digital editor. (Image: file)
Let Your Voice Be Heard! is an energetic, award-winning weekly show founded, executive produced, and co-hosted by Black Enterprise’s digital editor, Selena Hill. LYVBH is committed to informing, educating, and empowering millennials on political and social issues via discussion and in-depth interviews with influential leaders. Past guests include Sen. Cory Booker, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former ACLU President Nadine Strossen, and Russell Simmons.
13. Intersection: Jamil Smith
Senior editor at The New Republic, Jamil Smith’s podcast is taking a clear look at identity politics in the U.S. Each episode delves into how race, gender, and all the ways we identify ourselves and one another intersect. From activists and politicians to journalists and everyday folks, each episode is packed with plenty of worthy conversation starters.
Therapy for Black Girls: Dr. Joy Harden
Psychologist Dr. Joy Harden. (Image: therapyforblackgirls.com)
This podcast stems from Dr. Harden’s namesake online space that is dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls. Each week the Atlanta-based psychologist chats about “all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.” She shares practical tips and strategies to improve your mental health, and also discusses the latest news and trends in the field.
14. The Friend Zone: Dustin Ross, Francheska Medina of HeyFranHey & AssantéThe Friend Zone podcast. (Image: Instagram)
Think of this health and wellness podcast as your friend and confidant for all things related to mental hygiene, because, “who wants their mind to be musty?” Whether it’s a discussion on relationships, race, or being true to yourself, this insightful and funny podcast will get you through a long week or help you start a Monday right.
15. The Combat Jack Show: Reggie Ossé
The Combat Jack Show calls itself the undisputed No. 1 hip-hop podcast. Hosted by Reggie Ossé, a former hip-hop music attorney, each episode features interviews with icons like Rza, Talib Kweli, and Chuck D who dish about their experiences, philosophies, and viewpoints in conversations that extend beyond music.
16. Afropop Worldwide: Georges Collinet
If you’re looking for a podcast that discusses music beyond the borders of North America, Afropop Worldwide is a good starting point. From the black music of Peru to Ghana’s regional pop and neo-traditional music, this podcast expertly curates stories of music from the African diaspora, adding in intriguing historical and cultural details.
Editor’s Note: This article originally published June 2017