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After A Decade Behind Bars, This Entrepreneur Created A Lane For Himself And Others In Both The Podcasting And Trucking Industry

Aaron Smith stepped into his purpose after being incarcerated for nearly a decade due to being involved in a heroin drug operation.

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 12, 2022

Disctopia Gives Youth An Early Start Into The Podcast Space Through New Partnership With Charlotte Lab Schools

Disctopia is looking to jumpstart the youth’s interest in the podcast space.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 30, 2022

Meghan Markle Dethrones Joe Rogan Of The No. 1 Spot On U.S. Spotify Podcast Charts Two Days After Archetypes' Debut

Meghan Markle seems to be ready for her take over of the podcast industry. Forbes reports that the Duchess of Sussex’s Archetypes podcast has knocked The Joe Rogan Experience out of the No. 1 spot on Spotify podcast charts in the U.S. The major feat comes only two days after Markle dropped her first episode. What’s more, her podcast is dominating across Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 26, 2022

Wendy Williams Has An Upcoming Podcast That She Says Will Make Her 'More Money' Than Her TV Show

The Wendy Williams Show may have come to an end, but its former host has no plans of letting up on her media empire.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jun 29, 2022

'One Of The Craziest Deals' Snoop Dogg Has Ever Turned Down Involves $2M And Michael Jordan

Snoop Dogg’s money has been on his mind since “Gin and Juice,” but at this moment, it may not have been the case.  

Samantha Dorisca

May 26, 2022

Earn Your Leisure's Rashad Bilal And Troy Millings Wants The Black Community To Put Assets Over Liabilities

With the amount of talent, education, and sheer excellence within the Black community, “getting to the bag” is the easy part of the wealth journey. The more complex part of the journey is how wealth appreciates, and legacy is built. Acknowledging that not all people are privileged to consistently invest in side-hustles, passion projects, or wealth-building tools (stock market, digital currency, etc.), each person who earns money in any capacity must consider two things when determining their next money move. What are your liabilities, and what are your assets? Financial advisor Rashad Bilal and educator Troy Millings, hosts of the popular podcast Earn Your Leisure, suggest that people should always choose assets over liabilities, which is why they have an entire show dedicated to the topic, presented by REVOLT.

Josh Rodgers

Apr 29, 2022

How Mentorship And Experiences Played A Part In Prepping Gia Peppers To Become The Next Media Mogul

Sometimes you’re destined for greatness from the very start. Taking a glimpse into Gia Peppers’ past, it appears her story was pre-written. Her father introduced Peppers to the newsroom at just two months old and told his NPR coworkers she would become a broadcast journalist one day. Thanks to the combination of faith and hustle, she exceeded his expectations. Although she’s “most known for her work as a contributor” on NBC’s “TODAY” show, the award-winning journalist, digital content creator, and on-air host has also been on the podcast scene with “Black Girl Podcast” and has a nationally syndicated series called “More Than That with Gia Peppers.” And, it appears as though it’s only the beginning. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gia Peppers (@giapeppers) Peppers understands the power and beauty which lies in the world of storytelling and it blossomed throughout her upbringing in the Washington, D.C. area. Peppers’ mother was a Howard University alum, who went on to...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 30, 2022

NBA's Spencer Dinwiddie, Ex-Wall Streeter Solo Ceesay Launch New Podcast With CoinDesk & Spotify

NBA player Spencer Dinwiddie — the self-proclaimed “tech guy with a jumper” — and tech entrepreneur Solo Ceesay are taking their talents to the podcasting world. Today, Dinwiddie and Ceesay — also the co-founders of Calaxy app — announced their New Money podcast in partnership with CoinDesk and Spotify in a press release exclusively provided to AfroTech. “With the launch of New Money, we are catapulting traditionally boring conversations on finances into the realm of mainstream entertainment. We have given way to colloquial conversations about new methods of wealth creation in an effort to produce something that could resonate with all audiences,” said Ceesay in a press release. While the now co-hosts are entering new territory, they aren’t new to the “creator economy” as their company, Calaxy, is an open social marketplace for creators by creators. The decentralized social media app brings creators and fans closer through various features while unlocking opportunities for creator...

Micah Kimberley

Jan 12, 2022

American Express, Elaine Welteroth Partner to Highlight Black Business Owners’ Who Are ‘Built To Last’

Best-selling author and journalist Elaine Welteroth is partnering with American Express to highlights small business owners , reports Forbes. In a newly launched video series podcast titled “Built To Last,” Welteroth is sharing the stories of Black business owners to discuss their personal journeys and the significance of minority-owned entrepreneurs. “I was really grateful to have the opportunity to partner with American Express on a project with purpose. Our missions were aligned in wanting to build a platform that educates and inspires the next generation of Black entrepreneurs while also encouraging continued patronage of the many Black businesses that need our support, now more than ever Built to Last dives into the stories, history and continued legacy of Black-owned small businesses that have shaped American culture,” said Welteroth. Thus far, the podcast has featured Pinky Cole, the founder of Slutty Vegan, CEOs Issa Rae and Hannah Diop of Sienna Naturals, Melissa Butler of...

Niki McGloster

Dec 22, 2020

Charlamagne Tha God, iHeartMedia Launch The Black Effect Podcast Network to Amplify Black Voices

Charlamagne Tha God is boosting the Black podcast business. According to CNN, the outspoken radio personality, TV host, and podcaster has partnered with iHeartMedia to launch The Black Effect Podcast Network. The aim is to bring together “the most influential voices in black culture for stimulating conversations around social justice, pop culture, sports, mental health, news, comedy and more.” Currently, the network’s flagship podcast will be “The Breakfast Club.” Also, a curated slate of 18 podcasts — including series by comedian and actress Jess Hilarious, social justice activist Tamika Mallory, and attorney Eboni K. Williams — will be featured. “Blackness has an immediate, culture-shifting effect on everything,” Charlamagne Tha God said in a statement. “Blackness controls the cool. Blackness is the culture, but Black Voices are not monolithic. The only way to appreciate the diversity of thought and experiences in Black culture is to build a platform for those voices to be heard.”...

Niki McGloster

Sep 9, 2020

Ben & Jerry's to Tackle Racism in America on New Audio Podcast

Ice cream company — Ben & Jerry’s — has been extremely vocal in regards to calling out racism and violence in America during the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. After issuing a bold and detailed statement to dismantle white supremacy in America back in June, Ben & Jerry’s quickly earned a reputation of being a valued advocate for change in underserved communities across the U.S. Now they’re taking their actions a step further. In the fight for racial equality, the company has launched a podcast called “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” — based on Jeffery Robinson’s acclaimed presentation of the same name. They plan to uncover the lesser-known history of racial injustice in America, according to Refinery29 . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) According to the captioned Instagram post, the new podcast will be hosted by Carvell Wallace and ACLU legal expert Jeffery Robinson in partnership with Vox Media and The Who We Are Project,...

Njera Perkins

Sep 4, 2020

How To Start A Podcast: A Quick Guide

While video content is dominating the online world, podcasts aren’t too far behind. According to Edison Research 2019 , over half of the U.S. population has listened to a podcast. And the Podcast Trends Report 2019 shows that 82.4% of people listen to podcasts more than 7 hours each week. So there is no doubt that podcasts are rapidly gaining in popularity. If you’re interested in diving into the podcast world, here’s a quick guide to starting your own. 1. PLAN THE DETAILS The first thing you should do is choose the topic of your podcast. To help you make a decision, think of the what, who, and why. This will help you narrow down your purpose. What will your podcast be about? Who will you be targeting? Why does your messaging matter to this audience? Once you answer these questions, you can start picking a name for your podcast, planning your episodes, coming up with episode titles, and choosing a format – whether you want to interview people, have a co-host, or go solo. Think about...


Jul 22, 2020

Michelle Obama Set to Launch New Podcast on Spotify

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama continues to provide leadership despite being four years removed from the White House. Her most recent guidance comes in the form of a new podcast titled The Michelle Obama Podcast. According to CNN Politics , Obama will host the podcast and discuss topics related to meaningful relationships as well as conversations. Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, teamed up with music streaming giant, Spotify, to set the podcast in motion. “Hosted by Michelle Obama, the series will bring listeners the former First Lady’s most candid and personal conversations, showing us what’s possible when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to open up, and to focus on what matters most,” said Spotify in a news release . CNN reports the podcast’s guest lineup will include Obama’s mother and brother, Marian and Craig Robinson, Conan O’Brien, Valerie Jarrett, Michele Norris, and Dr. Sharon Malone. Obama’s vision for her new podcast is to spread the love in efforts to...

Devin Crudup

Jul 16, 2020

Black Tech Green Money Ep 6: Kenny Burns Shares The Key To Becoming A Master Marketer

The “Lifestyle Specialist” Kenny Burns, kicked it with host Will Lucas on this week’s episode of Black Tech Green Money to give us the game on how to really identify with what it is that makes you feel whole and excited and how to double down on it while remaining true to yourself. Kenny Burns is not only a true pioneer in the hip-hop community, but he has effectively contributed to the culture for nearly 28 years. He’s hosted some of the most iconic parties that the industry has ever seen, led RyanKenny, the 2 nd Black American apparel line retailed in Saks Fifth Avenue, and has worked as a top influencer in music and entertainment with brands like Grey Goose Vodka, CIROC, and now Uncle Nearest. @kennyburns Instagram As someone who’s had the ability to influence people far before the term influencer was considered a title, Burns says he’s “always supported or used any brand” that he’s been part of and speaks to the importance of work ethic. “If you want something bad enough, you’re...


Jul 14, 2020

Former Audio Podcast Duo Joins Quibi to 'Expand a Visual Landscape For Blackness'

There’s been a major shift in streaming services this year pushing for more Black-led and Black-centered content to be present. While Black creators have always been present to speak to Black experiences from genuine perspectives, the lack of places to have those experiences heard has made it increasingly difficult to create more visibility. Quibi — a short-form video service that officially launched on April 6 — included a slew of programs in their Daily Essentials lineup for daily-curated minutes long content. Among the bunch to originally launch with the streaming platform was “The Nod with Brittany & Eric” , a former audio podcast turned daily video series that digs into the stories of Black life that are not often told. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Nod (@thenodshow) With a passion for Black culture, hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings cover everything on their digital show including film, fashion, sports, food, television, and more. Similar to the podcast’s...

Njera Perkins

Jul 14, 2020