Brown Ambition is a weekly podcast about juggling life, career, and building wealth on your own terms. Your hosts are Mandi Woodruff, executive editor of MagnifyMoney.com and former personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, and Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, an award-winning financial educator and best-selling author of “The One-Week Budget.” Mandi and Tiffany are another Black Girl Magic duo with perfect synergy. Not only do they provide great financial advice, but they interject their personal lives into the narrative. I find them very relatable because we’re close in age and life circumstance. Tiffany and Mandi just closed on their first houses (#teamfirsttimehomebuyers) and have to juggle work and home all while being a black women in America.
A history podcast from Gimlet Media, where they go back to the time our divisions turned into a war, and bring you stories left out of the official history. They bring you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, and so much more. And they connect these forgotten struggles to the political battlefield we’re living on right now. Uncivil won a Peabody award in 2017 for their episode, “The Raid”, which tells the true story of the pivotal role played by 250 escaped slaves struggling for freedom during the Civil War in South Carolina. Warning: If you’re listening to this at work around your all white co-workers, you may start to feel some type of way.
5) Code Switch
I’m sure we’ve all had to code switch from time to time. Being mixed race, I’ve tried to identify with more than one culture at the same time. Do you ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get stuck? Code Switch is here for you. Sometimes the conversations can get uncomfortable, make you think and even let you laugh. The pod is hosted by Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji. Gene, an African American man, and Shereen, a Puerto Rican/Iranian women, pose questions like “Shouldn’t you help out your own community first?”. Code Switch covers topics that span the black and brown spectrum. The diversity on this show really stands out. In fact, their entire team is made up of people of color – from reporting to producing.
On one episode they explore “The Impostor Syndrome”, which I wholeheartedly identify with. Having one foot in one culture and one foot in another. Sometimes being mixed makes you feel like you don’t belong in either one.
Caught follows the lives of real teenagers that get “caught” up in the very real school to prison pipeline. I’ve been giving this topic a lot of thought lately. I’ve never experienced the criminal justice system up close and personal, but I was lucky. I got caught doing a stupid thing as a kid in high school, but I was able to call my mom and went home that night. Sure, I had to hear her wrath, but I wasn’t handcuffed. I wasn’t finger printed. And I wasn’t put into the system. Unfortunately that’s not the case for many of our children with a darker hue than me.
Caught tells the stories of young lives forever changed by collisions with law and order. They also interview parents, guards, counselors and judges, whose hands are sometimes tied by laws that force children to be tired as adults. Here’s some food for thought… America incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and it starts with kids. Nearly 60% of young people in lockup are black or Latino. We all make dumb mistakes growing up, but certain populations are targeted with harsher penalties that can follow them the rest of their lives.
Stephen A. Hart hosts the Trailblazers.FM podcast. He’s a brand and marketing professional, serial entrepreneur, husband, father, believer and, as you’ll quickly notice by his accent, Jamaican. You can tell this podcast is his passion project. Trailblazers.FM explores stories of successful black professionals through live interviews who share their knowledge so that the next generation can blaze their own trail. One of my favorite interviews is with Dr. George C. Fraser on closing the wealth gap.
8) Historically Black
This podcast was created by APM Reports and The Washington Post. It made the list because I feel like it’s so important to know where we’ve come to figure out where we’re going. As part of The Washington Post’s coverage of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a “people’s museum” of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. Listen to the entire first season on iTunes.
9) Call Your Girlfriend
Call Your Girlfriend is for long-distant best friends everywhere. It’s co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman and every week they discuss pop culture and current events. Aminatou and Ann are feminist who support everyone’s right to autonomy and building strong relationships with other women. I’m drawn to this podcast because my bestie lives in another city and even though we may not talk as often, it always feels like home when we do. Laura and I have been best friends since we were nine-years-old and can piratically finish each other’s sentences. So I really value this sisterhood and enjoy the topics of everyday issues we all face. Go to www.callyourgirlfriend.com and take a listen.
10) You Had Me at Black
Where Black Millennials tell the stories you won’t see on TV. By writing our own stories, millennials are reclaiming the black narrative. So often our stories of success and triumphs are not told or are manipulated in the main stream media. Contrary to popular believe, we are out here making moves. If you’d like to listen or share your own story visit their website at www.youhadmeatblack.com.
That wraps up my list for the top 10 unapologetically black podcasts to start listening to now. After making this list I realized there’s so many good podcasts it was hard to narrow it down to 10. Believe me – there will be another list coming soon. And I’m always looking for new shows so if you have a suggestion drop it down in the comments. I’ll take a listen!
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