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 these smart and
insightful, and at times, hilarious episodes.

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 podcasts are well worth lending an ear and
subscribing to.

Read on to enrich your life and elevate your podcast-listening
game.

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GIPHY

 

Personal Finance/Career:

 

1. Joblogues: Joymarie Parker and Cortney
Cleveland

(Image:
Instagram/Joblogues)

 

For the young professional seeking job advice and financial
empowerment, Joblogues could
be your go-to podcast. Co-hosts Joymarie Parker and Cortney
Cleveland describe it as “candid, career conversations
with young professionals around the globe.” According to their
website, more than 20,000 multicultural women tune in monthly
for career advice, inspiration, and lots of laughs.

 

2. The Ash Cash Show and Money Mondays with Ash
Cash

Ash Cash (Image: Selena Hill
and Ash Cash)

 

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

(Image: 2 Black Guys
With Good Credit Podcast)

 

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.

 

Social Commentary/Culture:

 

5. Still Processing: Jenna Wortham and Wesley
Morris

(Image: Instagram)

 

The New York Times‘ Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris
are both powerhouses when it comes to expertly dishing out
thoughts from the black perspective. So naturally, their
podcast,
Still Processing
, is one worth tuning into, especially when
you want some intelligent journalistic insight on matters like
black health, LeBron James, and the toxic racial climate in
America.

 

6. Black On The Air: Larry Wilmore

(Image: wikimedia/Gage Skidmore)

 

The Emmy-award winning comedian is back on the air giving his
sharp and pointed opinions on race and politics in America. For
fans of The Nightly Show, this podcast is a
refreshing respite to the missing black perspective on late
night television after its untimely cancellation. From
conversations like what it means to “sound black” and the
current president’s lack of regard for the truth, Wilmore once
again holds no reservations about his opinions.

 

7. 2 Dope Queens: Phoebe Robinson and Jessica
Williams

2 Dope Queens podcast
hosts, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. 
(Image:
Instagram)

 

If you haven’t heard about the
Lenny Kravitz debate
by now, we can only implore you to
immediately download and listen to Phoebe Robinson
and Jessica Williams hilariously debate back and forth about
Lenny Kravitz’s hotness—a topic they call the greatest mystery
of our generation. Beyond Lenny, these comedy queens dish out commentary
and laughs every week about a range of random topics
with guests like Gabrielle Union and Nicole Byer.

 

8. Snap Judgment: Glynn Washington

Since its launch in 2010, Snap
Judgment
 has become a titan of the podcast platform
and remains a popular mainstay. Host and Executive Producer
Glynn Washington curates intriguing and engaging stories each
week that are guaranteed to make listeners question, cry,
laugh, and come away more informed and well-rounded. Their
slogan, “storytelling with a beat,” is indicative of the
podcast’s successful attempts to overlay music that fits and
flows with each narrative, expertly pulling the listener in
more.

 

9. Bodega Boys: Desus Nice and The Kid Mero

Desus Nice and The
Kid Mero host the podcast, Bodega Boys
. (Image: Instagram)

 

If you want to tune in with some laughs on all things pop
culture for the week, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero have you
covered. From hilarious impersonations of Donald Trump using
words like “lit” and “we out here” to a mashup of weekly pop
culture references ranging from Rihanna to LeBron James and
Whoopi Goldberg, these two Bronx comedians provide an
unfiltered and funny take.

 

Tech/Science

 

10. BE the Code: Sequoia Blodgett

podcastSequoia Blodgett hosts
BE the Code.
(Image: Niranjan Deshpande/Sequoia Blodgett)

 

Offering insight on all things tech,
BE the Code
is hosted by Sequoia
Blodgett
Black
Enterprise’s 
tech editor in Silicon Valley, and
it is a must-listen for anyone looking to venture into the tech
entrepreneurial space or looking to learn more about the tech
world. It explores matters related to technology that are
important to African Americans and those within the African
diaspora, and is filled with winning strategies and
game-changing advice from top innovators out of Silicon Valley,
celebrities, and rising stars. We recommend checking out her
interviews with Monique Woodard, Venture Partner at 500
Startups and Mike Brown, the former NFL player turned tech
entrepreneur.

 

 

11. StarTalk Radio: Neil deGrasse Tyson

(Image:
wikimedia/Bruce F Press)

 

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.

 

Politics

 

12. Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio: Selena
Hill

 

Selena HillSelena 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.

Wellness/Mental Health

 

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 & Assanté

The 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.

Music

 

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.

 

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