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10 Podcasts Putting In Overtime To Help The Black Community Level Up

Absorbing books, consuming news, and learning new information has seen a significant shift with the popularity of podcasts. And whether you prefer Apple, Spotify, Audible, or any platform in between, listeners across the globe can access information otherwise not available, be entertained, and gain tools to maximize their trajectories. With great efficiency from the comfort of their smartphone, podcast listeners have a huge library of choices from genres such as comedy, society and culture, and entrepreneurship. The next time you are chilling, running errands, or engaging in the never-ending cycle of adulting, check out these podcasts that are putting in overtime to inspire and help you tap into the next level of your future.

Josh Rodgers

Mar 30, 2023

Popular Financial Literacy Podcast 'Earn Your Leisure' Joins The Black Effect Podcast Network

The Black Effect Podcast Network — a joint venture between famed media personality Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia — is expanding its roster of podcasts to add popular financial literacy show, Earn Your Leisure. According to an announcement made by iHeartMedia, Earn Your Leisure — a series co-hosted by financial experts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings — will join the network’s growing family of renowned podcasts in an effort to expand its digital audience. “We are proud to be a part of a network that shares our belief and vision of empowering the next generation of leaders in the world of business,” Bilal and Millings shared in a statement. “‘Earn Your Leisure’ is a college business class mixed with pop culture, offering listeners a unique perspective into the work of business and finance. We pride ourselves on being a transparent business outlet, discussing complex topics broken down so that the average listener can comprehend. We are extremely excited to be joining The Black...

Njera Perkins

Feb 9, 2021

Jemele Hill Partners With Spotify to Develop Podcast Network to Uplift Black Women in the Digital Diaspora

Former sports commentator Jemele Hill left her dream job at ESPN to build up a one-woman media empire. Now she’s making room for other Black women to get their foot in the door. Last week, Bloomberg shared that Hill has now partnered with Spotify to create a podcast network for her own show, “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered,” and will also be joined by a slew of other shows all hosted by Black women. In a recent interview with the outlet , Hill shared moments of her journey as a podcaster and television personality, as well as future plans for her rising media enterprise. “We were just testing the market, me and my manager Evan Dick, seeing what interest was there, who was serious and who wasn’t,” she said in regards to how her new podcast came about. “I had a podcast at ESPN that turned into a TV show. I always loved this medium. Spotify put themselves on our radar. They were interested from the beginning in me having a podcast.” Her plans moving forward not only include herself, but...

Njera Perkins

Jan 21, 2021

Oprah Expands Digital Partnership With Apple For Book Club Podcast

Oprah is expanding her digital portfolio through her ongoing partnership with tech giant Apple to launch her new podcast, “Oprah’s Book Club,” reports The Hollywood Reporter . According to The Wrap , starting today “Oprah’s Book Club” will release weekly episodes twice on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each episode will feature Oprah — and an author — in talks with various big-name guests to discuss a popular book or novel. As part of its first installment, the eight-part miniseries will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. The two will discuss Wilkerson’s best-selling book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” — a nonfiction work that illustrates the hidden hierarchy of human ranking that defines America. “I am honored and thrilled that ‘Caste’ has been chosen for Oprah’s Book Club and that its humanitarian insights will now reach a wider audience,” Wilkerson shared in a statement . “This work shows that the term racism may be insufficient in our current era. We...

Njera Perkins

Sep 8, 2020

theGrio Launches New Podcast 'Dear Culture' to Cater to Black News Listeners

Podcasting has become the new wave for global storytelling and keeping up with all things in current events. To stay up-to-date with the trend, media company theGrio is venturing deeper into the culture with the launch of their new podcast, “ Dear Culture .” View this post on Instagram A post shared by theGrio (@thegrio) The podcast dedicated to everything in Black news and stories hosted by a staff of theGrio’s award-winning journalists and media personalities such as Natasha S. Alford, Blue Telusma, Gerren Keith Gaynor, Shana Pinnock, Todd Johnson, and Cortney Wills. Topics for the podcast align with theGrio’s core values demonstrating enlightened views of news, politics, pop culture, and more through the lens of Black tastemakers. There appears to be a shift towards more creators that help engage Black audiences in meaningful conversations as more and more Black-run podcasts enter the cultural space. Edison Research reported that 12 percent of podcast listeners were Black back in...

Njera Perkins

Apr 6, 2020