For years, black people – women especially – have gone unheard and underrepresented in traditional media. With the advent of social media platforms, however, we are now able to take control and create our own lane for our voices to be heard in the media. Podcasts have definitely been a means of doing so. Black women definitely have a voice that needs to be heard and supported, yet the podcast industry is still a male-dominated space, with very few podcasts hosted by Black women-only.
With the success of shows like The Read, more people are starting to pop in their earbuds and listen to podcasts. I make it a point to seek out and listen to podcasts for Black women, hosted by Black women. So check out some of the best podcasts I’ve discovered that are hosted by black women! Whether you are in need of some ratchet news, just trying to understand the political climate, or in need of a virtual hug and inspiration booster, these podcasts will give you the ‘talking to’ you need, okay
Curls Culture Couture
This podcast is all about sharing the behind the scenes of the beauty, style, and hair industry to inform, empower, and inspire. Find out the latest in hair and beauty, cultural topics and event, fashion and style all in one place. I’m sorta partial to this one because I hosted along with my friend Tiana Nyree. Listen here.
The Mattie James Show
Formerly known as Mattieologie, this podcast is hosted by Mattie James, a style blogger based in Atlanta. She shares her experiences on blogging, branding and business in the blogosphere by answering listener questions. Listen here.
This podcast is all about makeup and beauty, and features interviews and commentary from top artists and influencers in the industry, plus beauty news and reviews by host Erin Baynham. Listen here.
Happy Black Woman
Hosted by Rosetta Thurman, this podcast is about empowering women to transform their lives through personal development and entrepreneurship. Listen here.
My Taught You.
Hosted by Myleik Teele, an entrepreneur and creator of curlBOX.com. Myleiek shares all the things she has learned along the way, and interviews other entrepreneurs to give listeners insights on how to do life a little bit better every day. Listen here.
Angela Yee’s Lip Service.
The Breakfast Club radio host Angela Yee talks sex and relationships with the hottest stars in hip-hop and R&B. This podcast is rated X – you’ve been warned. Listen here.
Hosted by author Alex Elle, this is a podcast created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind. Podcast guests give us a peek into their stories through candid and intimate conversations. Listen here.
Therapy for Black Girls
A weekly podcast with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford about all things mental health and personal development. Listen here.
Switch, Pivot, or Quit.
The #1 podcast for women’s empowerment in the San Francisco Bay Area, this weekly show, hosted by Ahyiana Angel, is for the woman seeking encouragement, inspiration + change in a life. Listen here.
Heart + Hustle.
This weekly podcast was created by hosts Angelica Yarde, a designer, developer, and public speaker, and Charisma O’Keefe, a social media and branding consultant, for women of color entrepreneurs to have a place to talk business and life. Listen here.
Side Hustle Pro
Nicaila is a Social Media Marketer by day, Side Hustle Pro podcast host by night. This podcast was started to help creative entrepreneurs grow their passions into profitable businesses. Listen here.
The G Code with Adri V.
This podcast is hosted by radio personality ADRI.V The Go Getta from The People Station 93.7 WBLK in Buffalo, NY, HOT 99.1 in Albany, NY and 103.9 WDKX in Rochester, NY.Listen here.
Black Girl in Om
A wellness podcast that promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for women of color, and encourages self-care, self-love, and self-empowerment for communities of color. Listen here.
Hashtags and Stilettos
The Hashtags+Stilettos podcast is like having your own personal publicist in your pocket. Tune in for business, lifestyle and PR insights and interviews from entrepreneur and PR expert Sakita Holley. Listen here.
Food Heaven Show
Registered Dietitians and BFFs Wendy and Jess discuss healthy cooking and other wellness topics related to food and nutrition. Listen here.
Two Brown Girls Talk Back.
This podcast is hosted by two actors/writers who shall remain anonymous. They discuss all things Hollywood, including movie reviews. Listen here.
Imrie and Satia are from London. They discuss everything from pop culture, millennial struggles to Black Twitter with a distinct British point of view. Listen here.
Friends Like Us
“Friends Like Us” features women of color discussing hot topics like post-racialism, hair, gender, feminism, and the treatment of Black women by law enforcement. Listen here.
Sit With Us.
Hosts Tia and Kim do not hold back their opinions as they tackle politics and pop culture topics. Listen here.
Hosts Lola & Babz provide hilarious unabashed social commentary on all things pop culture, relationships, and whatever else comes to mind – while drinking. Listen here.
Keia and Jade are two happy and hard working Black Women trying to learn how to adult. Listen to this weekly podcast for segments like Kitchen TableTalk, Petty Peeves and Lessons in Black Women Self Care, as they share their insights while trying to figure out life as 30-somethings. Listen here.
On One with Angela Rye
You might know Angela Rye from her multiple appearances to discuss the current political climate on The Breakfast Club. Tune in to this new podcast every week for the most honest answers to the pressing political, racial, and pop culture questions of the day. Listen here.
Rantin’ and Ravin’
Rantin’ and Ravin’ with Yamaneika and Friends is the incredibly funny podcast hosted by the hilarious Yamaneika Saunders. Listen here.
She’s Beauty and the Beast
This podcast is a series of modernized, downloadable affirmations that offer an empowering voice any time, any where right in your headphones. Listen here.
Think and Grow Chick
Leading success coach and mentor Courtney Sanders discusses personal development, finance, and entrepreneurship lessons. Listen here.
Keshia Knight Pulliam has grown up as America’s Sweetheart playing characters from Rudy Huxtable to Miranda Payne. Now the audience gets to experience Keshia the person. Listen here.
Ghana-based journalist Esther Armah discusses hot button issues like the #sayhername movement, white supremacy, and gentrification. Listen here.
Hosts Tabria and Mindy bring you a hilarious weekly conversation about dating and relationships, and life as thick chics. Listen here.
I know that was a LONG list, and I’m sure there are tons more podcasts out there powered by black women. My hope is that we will continue to get our voices out there, and that more new podcasts are on the horizon. If I listed any of your favorites, or you learned of a few new ones you plan to check out, let me know. Did I miss your favorite? Share it in the comments so we can all take a listen.
Jonna is a style, beauty and lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, event coordinator, and wife. She writes Naturally Glam to share her passion for natural hair, health, style, beauty and events. From healthy eating to product reviews, hair style tutorials to makeup looks, budget-friendly fashion to event recaps – Jonna covers that and then some.