6 Black Girl Podcasts to Listen to Before the End of the YearDec 29, 2020 08:00AM ● By Boitumelo Masihleho
The COVID-19 pandemic raised more awareness of the importance of mental health as many countries went into lockdown and people stayed in their homes. Listening to podcasts is a great form of self-care.
If you are not already listening to podcasts, it may feel a little daunting to sift the vast number of podcasts that already exist and find yourself overwhelmed. According to Edison Research, 32% of Americans listen to podcasts at least once a month and Apple Podcasts hosts 1.68 million podcasts as of December 2020.
FunTimes Magazine created the Soothe Your Spirit Campaign but this time around, we’re focused on podcasts with Black women behind the mic. Here are our top six Black girl podcats to listen to before the end of the year for that extra boost, with lessons to take into 2021.
Joy Ann Reid and Jacque Reid, two professional journalists that happen to be ‘play cousins’ give their fun takes on pop culture, politics, and more. They also offer behind-the-scenes takes on viral moments from awards shows and movie premieres.
Actress in HBO’s Insecure and comedian, Amanda Seales, drops gems with her podcast Small Doses. Seales makes serious topics relatable and interesting and combines her wit, humor, and pop culture obsession to create her unique style of smart funny content for this podcast.
Best Friends is American comedians and actresses Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata and their podcast is outrageously funny, with two best friends navigating life. Byer and Zimader are the Gayle and Oprah of podcasts, making it feel more conversational and embodying real joy of two Black women enjoying each other’s company.
The H.E.R. in H.E.R Space stands for healing, empowerment, and resilience, and the hosts brand strategist, Terri Lomax, and psychologist and college professor, Dr. Dominique Broussard bring for meaningful conversations with every episode. With a variety of topics from women’s health to healthy relationships and friends, if you’re a Black woman looking for an extra dose of inspiration on the go, give this podcast a listen.
Nigerian American author, speaker, and digital strategist, Luvvie Ajayi and Nigerian-American actress and comedian Yvonne Orji connect with listeners in their podcast that shares being caught between Nigerian culture and American culture. The interesting name for the podcast is the two things these two cannot do without. “Besides, the other option was 2 Goat Queens” as their website states.
Dr. Tykeia Robinson, a.k.a Keia, and Chef Jade Verette are two happy and whole 30-somethings figuring their adult lives out. Every week, they talk about all things regarding black women from their or Kitchen TableTalk, Petty Peeves, and Lessons in Black Women Self Care.
Boitumelo Masihleho is a South African digital content creator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies and Politics and International Studies.
She's an experienced multimedia journalist who is committed to writing balanced, informative and interesting stories on a number of topics. Boitumelo has her own YouTube channel where she shares her love for affordable beauty and lifestyle content.