I am new to podcasts, but have started listening to some over the last couple months when I’m in the car, and they are a game changer for me. Plus they are FREE, so you’re able to regularly support folks and get your life together (or get some laughs, whatever the case may be) without breaking the bank. Here are a few that I’m listening to right now:
Gettin’ Grown with Jade and Keia:
To be honest, I hated Gettin’ Grown at first. I hated that the episodes were so long. I hated that Jade always started the episodes singing off-key. I hated that I always felt out of the loop because they made reference to people (from other podcasts that I don’t listen to) like I was supposed to know them. I hated that as much as I hated it, I wanted to keep listening. But honestly, the more I listened, the more I loved it. Gettin’ Grown is legitimately like a conversation with your 2 (slightly) older cousins who are just tryna make it, just like the rest of us. They are real and honest and transparent. It is refreshing to hear that other people have similar struggles, and that you are not alone in adulting. They shout out black women and listeners and folks who are doing great things in all different fields, have deep and meaningful conversations about literally everything, and even get a little (or a lot) petty. It’s a beautiful balance. In a short period of time, I have grown to love them so much that I spent money to go to their live show this past weekend in Atlanta. Let me tell you, the show is just as good live as it is listening in my car, plus you have the added bonus of random audience member reactions and collective audience responses. For the live show, they also had Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, the host of Therapy for Black Girls (another favorite – see below), as a guest, and that made me love them even more.
Therapy for Black Girls:
Therapy for Black Girls is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy, a black woman who is a licensed psychologist. Every time I listen, I feel like I learn something new, both about mental health in general, and about myself. Conversations are usually with the host and an expert in the field of discussion for the session. Some of these topics are really heavy emotionally (i.e. race-related stress or grief), so sometimes it takes me a couple sittings to get through the 30ish minute episode, but I’m always glad that I did. The thing that I love about Therapy for Black Girls is that Dr. Joy works to keep it real, understanding the culture and environment that many of us are operating in. Discussions and suggestions are shared without judgement, but with the hope that they would (ideally) provide an additional support between therapy sessions.
Girl, Do Better:
Listening to Girl, Do Better feels like you are eavesdropping on a girl group’s chat in the middle of a party. Conversations move quickly, and you have to pay attention to keep up. Depending on the week, there are anywhere between 4 and 7 hosts, who start every episode by introducing themselves, so you know who is on the show, and the various ways they did better in the previous week. I enjoy listening to this podcast because you can tell the hosts really like each other and enjoy talking about…literally everything. It’s also good for at least a few laughs, either from the stories shared during the“on today” segment or from some of the shade they (lovingly) throw at each other during the show. This is a newer podcast, but they already have a solid show and a really engaging IG. I’m excited to see how they evolve as they become more even more comfortable and continue to settle into their style.
AFFIRM by Redefine Enough:
What I love about AFFIRM is that every episode starts with an affirmation. It is usually a very simple, yet very powerful statement, but it is always relevant and always makes me feel a whole lot better about my life. That little life boost is followed by a fairly candid discussion, either just with the host (who is a licensed therapist and a Black woman) or with an expert in the day’s topic. New episodes air every two weeks, are usually somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes long, and have covered everything from family drama to domestic violence to self-care to therapy. I love that listening to AFFIRM feels like I’m listening to a friend helping me get my life together. I highly recommend it.
I just recently started listening to Schoolin Life, but I am already a big fan. Ashley and Marcy are super educated Black women talking about navigating life on the regular. Life, love, and (occasionally) libations? I can get down with that. I love when Ashley goes in during “It Ain’t None of My Business”, and the discussions usually touch my soul during “I Digress”. My favorite segment is “All Black Everything” (obviously), where Marcy talks about something related to blackness. I love that it varies – one week it’s on health disparities and how black women are impacted by breast cancer differently, the next it’s a game of Black Card Revoked! I also really appreciate that the show does not shy away from any topic. Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week, largely due to the fact that I can start my day with a new episode of Schoolin Life. They also just recently launched their store full of the cutest merchandise. So now I can rep them on the daily, and I’m so excited.