With podcasts getting increasingly popular each day, it can be hard to figure out which to give ear time to. This month (and every month), tune in to these five podcasts, all started and hosted by Black creators. These podcasts tackle everything from race and intersectional identity to food, wellness, and friendship, and they all definitely deserve a listen.
1. 2 Dope Queens
2 Dope Queens is a live comedy show podcast hosted by the unbelievably hilarious BFFs Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Along with their favorite fellow comedians, they talk sex, love, race, hair, and whatever else is on their minds with their signature humor and unabashed honesty.
2. Black Girl in Om
Hosted by Black Girl in Om founder Lauren Ash and art director Deun Ivory, BGIO is all about wellness, self-care, and self-love for women of color. They talk to women of color making waves in the world of wellness about everything from yoga, deep self-love, and body positivity, to astrology and tarot cards.
3. Pod Save the People
Join activist, community organizer, and all-around brilliant host DeRay Mckesson for inside discussions of culture, social justice, and politics. He talks about activist history and how people drive political and social progress, as well as what practical things listeners can do to help.
4. The Friend Zone Podcast
Every Wednesday, friends Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey, and Assante tune in to discuss mental health and self-development. Listening to The Friend Zone really does feel like you’re sitting around having a conversation with friends, and you’ll come out of it with inspiration and tools for a sharper, clearer, and healthier mind.
5. The Black Joy Mixtape Podcast
The Black Joy Mixtape is a celebration of Black women being their truest selves. Amber (the “High Priestess of Black Joy”) and Jazmine (“King of da South”) discuss how they overcome fuckboys and Beckys, explore the latest in pop culture and celebrate anything and everything Black women are doing in the world.