Listening to a good podcast is like constantly having your bestie speaking affirmations right into your ear. You can plug in, feed your mind with inspiration from some of the dopest black women from all walks of life, and get your life together real quick! Thanks, smartphone -- you’re really the plug.
We all need a little motivation and a glimpse into different perspectives, and podcasts are the perfect way to get both! Trust us, this post could be pages long if we listed all of the amazing podcasts out there that are hosted by black women, covering every topic from side hustling to pop culture. But if you’re looking for where to start, we got your back sis! Here's a roundup of a few of our favorite podcasts hosted by black women that you should be adding to your playlist.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working a 9-5, these podcasts are like a business coach in your pocket.
Side Hustle Pro
Hosted by Nicaila Matthews Okome
Hosted by full-time entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome, Side Hustle Pro all about mastering that tricky balance between a full-time job and a side hustle. To date, Okome has aired about 150 episodes and counting where she has real one-on-one conversations with black women who have scaled their side hustles to profitable businesses. Some of the women featured include Myleik Teele of CurlBox, Lisa Price of Carols Daughter and Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, host of the wildly popular mental health podcast Therapy for Black Girls. So listen up and get your pen and paper ready!
Myleik Teele’s Podcast
Every black girl’s favorite Entrepreneur, Myleik Teele, also has her very own podcast -- and believe us when we say that she drops some serious gems! Over the years, she’s taken us through the highs and lows of her journey of balancing work and life, while sharing advice on everything from navigating the workplace to must-read books along the way. She also taps into her network of fellow black girls bosses as special guests, including Kahlana Barfield-Brown and Karleen Roy, to name a few. If you’re looking to get your life while getting inspired, this podcast will get an easy 5-star.
The Courtney Sanders Show
The Courtney Sanders Show, previously known as The Think and Grow Chick Podcast, is the perfect podcast to add to your list if you’re all about securing your coins. Whether you’re at a 9-5 or freelancing, Sanders will get you together about understanding your value, being clear on what you bring to the table, and maintaining your spirituality through it all. If you’re looking to make a career transition or simply level up in any area of your life, this one’s for you.
Listen up if you’re looking for good conversation, good laughs, and ALL the good feels.
Jesús & Jollof
Hosted by Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji
The incredibly funny duo Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji are our favorite imaginary besties. These two proud Nigerian bosses discuss basically all the things that are feeding their soul at the moment, from personal successes to past lessons and tribulations. An hour is not long enough for these candid conversations that have you feeling like you are sitting in a living room chatting it up with your two favorite aunties. Subscribe to this podcast for a consistent dosage of dopeness and definitely take a listen to Episode 3, The Grim Before the Glow -- it is a must-listen for all!
Hosted by Alexandra Elle
Hey, Girl is a podcast that unites phenomenal women and reminds us all of the importance of sisterhood. Author Alex Elle is not new to the podcast scene, but she’s already creating nourishing spaces for women to share their truths and stories in a world that often leaves us unheard. Her episodes contain intimate and necessary conversations all geared toward inspiring women of color. The warmth of these episodes will have you heading to your bathtub with a candle and some essential oils.
Hosted by Devi Brown
Former radio personality Devi Brown stands for personal healing and created this podcast to give us all the tools we need for our individual spiritual journey. She gives you a dosage of wisdom and positivity, which is perfect for those mornings when you think “ how the heck am I going to make it through the day?!” You’ll be hooked in by her gems in the fifth episode, Heal Yourself First. Get ready to share this with all the women of color in your contact list.
The Friend Zone
Co-Hosted by Hey Fran Hey, Dustin Ross, and Assanté
Get your essential oils and your sage ready, because this podcast is a serious vibe! The Friend Zone is all about helping you get your mental health right, but with a comical and feel-good twist. There’s no shortage of laughter, random thought provoking conversations, wellness tips, and bomb music recommendations in each and every episode thanks to the varied interests and personalities of their host trio. Recently hitting their 200th episode, The Friend Zone is the perfect weekly dose of random good feels during long commutes or while you’re winding down from a crazy day at work.