Get Your Life with These 6 Podcasts Hosted by Black Women

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.

FOR BUSINESS

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. 

FOR PLEASURE

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! 

Hey, Girl 
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. 

Dropping Gems
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.





The Summer Festivals Every Black Girl Should Be At

Every year, music festivals around the country bring black music to the big stage with a massive energy that resonates from the East to the West. There’s something major about soaking up the summer sun in the spirit of community with your sisters, surrounded by like minded girlfriends connecting and celebrating each other. From sisterhood to the starpower of rocking with your favorite music artists, attending summer festivals are hot girl Summer certified!

From the glow up to the hair, the outfits, and the way we move without competition between the next sister, Summer festivals are a big mood. If you missed Essence Festival this year, we have the top 5 festivals you should attend to turn your black girl magic frequency all the way up! Buy the ticket, take in the sites, eat good food with good friends and good music, ignore his text, and live your best life.

Pitchfork Music Festival

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Photo: Mark Clennon

WHO: Earl Sweatshirt, Rico Nasty, The Isley Brothers and Pusha-T

WHAT: You can’t go wrong with one of the greats celebrating their 60th year in the recording biz, along with some electric pop and the likes of a supreme storyteller. If you know, you know. 

WHEN: July 19-21

WHERE: Union Park, Chicago

Cincinnati Music Festival

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Photo: Time Out

WHO: Slick Rick, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Blackstreet, Teddy Riley and Earth, Wind & Fire

WHAT: Let’s just say if the love ain’t a throwback celebration of old school hip-hop and r&b, then we don’t want it.

WHEN: July 25-27

WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Outside Lands

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Photo: Off the Strip

WHO: Childish Gambino, Paul Simon, Ella Mai, Anderson.Paak, and Lil Wayne

WHAT: Get a whole mix of folk rock, soul, and hip-hop all at the same d*mn time.

WHEN: August 9-11

WHERE: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Woodstock

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Photo: Reddit

WHO: Jay Z, The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Santana, The Black Keys and Janelle Monae

WHAT: What is there not to like when the unstoppable touring force, Shawn Carter, is in the building. You may have 99 problems, but attending this festival won’t be one.

WHEN: August 16-18

WHERE: Watkins Glen, New York

Afropunk

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Photo: Man Repeller

WHO: Jill Scott, FKA twigs, Gary Clark Jr. and Red Arkade

WHAT: Come through for a collective, creative and unapologetic culture coming together for not only music, but to celebrate each other. Yes, please.

WHEN: August 24-25

WHERE: Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn New York

How to Live Your Best ‘WANDERful' Life

Book The Trip, Pack Your Bags, & Live Your Best “Wanderful” Life On A Budget

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Let’s keep it real -- the quintessential, globe trotting, nomad has long been depicted as white. The perception of Black America is that travel is seen more as a luxury than a necessity.

Well, here’s the budget and the bees: that misconception is DEAD and we’re here to give you the travel tea so drink up, honey!

First of all, reducing expenses does not entail limiting your travel  experience, and seeking out adventures does not mean you have to break the bank. Sure, some people are fortunate enough to fly first class and stay at swanky resorts but babygirl, you can get some bang for your lil bucks and it doesn’t have to mean compromising comfort or fun. It just means get in where you fit in, and take note on a few things;okay, more like 10 things.


Tip #1: Book in advance and know peak vs. off peak travel times.


Sure, Summer travel is always a doozy, but keep heavy emoji eyes on key travel sites like Kayak, Hopper or Airfarewatchdog to help get you to where you’re going. Also, we hear the best deals are going up on a Tuesday. Take note and book accordingly.

Tip #2: Up your resource game and tap  into using points or miles for airfare.

If there’s a travel reward and flight incentive, there’s a way! You can book your way to paradise on next to nothing and cheaper than you think.


Tip #3: This might be a no brainer, but do your research!


Take the time to compare rates and deals to figure out your options for lodging. Whether a hotel, an AirBnB, well known hostel or crashing at a friends, be open minded.


Tip #4: Find a travel buddy.

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It can cut down on costs like splitting Uber and Taxi fares. The buddy policy is always the best policy -- especially when exploring new cities.

Tip #5: Don’t eliminate road trips stay-cations and domestic travel.

Paris may not be in the cards right now, but maybe the beauty of Pueblo, Mexico or  the Big Apple is. Just saying, booking alternate forms of travel can end up being the most enjoyable way to get away. Get you some.

Tip #5: Okay, this one might be a challenge but pack light, sis!

Don’t waste your coins paying for extra bags on your flights and if your driving, ain’t nobody got time for a cramped car full of unnecessary suitcases. Choose staple items, layer up, and call it a day, Mmmkaay!

Tip #6: Travel the way the locals do.

Don’t shy away from public or rideshare transportation. There are plenty of apps to download and help you find your way around town by bus, train subway or whatever. It can definitely make sightseeing easy and more cost effective. But seriously, get an app to help be your guide if you’re solo. We want you to get lost in the experience, not literally.

Tip #7: Venture off the beaten path.

Don’t get sucked into the tourist trap; anywhere you visit will have amazing things to see, food to eat and people to meet. All you have to do is show up!


Tip #8: Material things are overrated.


Collecting memories is the real bag. It also makes travel more peaceful, your luggage lighter, and your pockets fatter.


Tip #9: I don't know who needs to hear this but those new shoes you want to buy, skip it.


The Zara sale, just say no. The grande frappes and eating out, cut back. They will all take away from your travel fund. Set that savings goal to align with your pay schedule and get ready to set sail, road trip or jet set on your journey. You got this! P.S., I needed to hear this.


Bottom line, you are not too broke to experience the world around you. Yes, travel comes at a cost but you don’t have to skip out on it all together. It just means that your black girl magic comes with that ballin’ on a budget glow. So shine on, book the trip, pack the bag and live your best “wanderful” life on a budget already! That vacay-get-away slay awaits. Tuh! You deserve it! Because newsflash: traveling while black is totally a thing.

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courtesy of @travelnoir

4 ‘Homecoming' Moments When Beyonce Made Her BLACK GIRL MAGIC Known

In true royal fashion, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made the world stop on April 17th when she released her Netflix documentary, “Homecoming.” The two-hour long concert film gave us a rare behind-the-scenes look into Beyonce’s history-making Coachella 2018 performance as the first black woman to ever headline the festival which is a #blackgirlmagic worthy moment in itself.

Queen Bey managed to outdo herself yet again with this critically-acclaimed performance as she took us along for a triumphant look back at the highlights of her 22-year career, pieced together with high energy percussions, and unapologetic expressions of black pride. We also got a  look behind the curtains to see not only how relatable she is, but how deeply connected she is to her black identity, and she wants all of us to be, too.

Bey’s performance  put our culture front and center stage while igniting conversations evoking how important it is for us  to celebrate the magic in who we are. Here are our four favorite ways that ‘Homecoming’ made us all rejoice in our Black Girl Magic.

BEYONCE IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY PROUD OF HER BLACKNESS

As the documentary jumps from clips of Queen Bey slaying the stage to the nitty gritty of her behind-the scenes rehearsals, we learn more about the true motivations and intentions behind her performance. One of the first things she makes clear is that the number of performers on stage wasn’t solely intended to create grandeur; rather, her goal was to showcase how dynamic, multifaceted, and beautiful black culture actually is.

The amount of swag is just limitless. The things that these young people can do with their bodies and the music they can play, the drum rolls and the haircuts and the bodies...it’s just not right, it’s just so much damn swag. It’s just gorgeous and it makes me proud.

BEYONCE WANTS BLACK EXCELLENCE CENTER STAGE

When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture.

During ‘Homecoming,’ Beyonce reveals that she always wanted to attend an  HBCU, and how big of an impact Battle of the Bands made on her childhood. She recreated this safe haven, comradery, and fraternal spirit of HBCUs by creating her own sorority, Beta Delta Kappa, on the Coachella stage.

I wanted all of these different characters and I wanted it to feel the way I felt when I went to Battle of the Bands because I grew up seeing those shows and them being the highlight of my year.

And she was sure to include so many other forms of black excellence into her performance -- from classic black line dancing songs like ‘Before I Let Go,’ to popular black dances like her sturdy milly rock, and quotes from some of the most prominent black thinkers, leaders and activists in history including Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde  and Maya Angelou.

BEYONCE FEELS THE PRESSURE OF BEING A STRONG BLACK WOMAN TOO

Beyonce gets candid about her unexpected pregnancy with her twins Rumi and Sir, her c-section, and her struggles to once again feel comfortable in her own body after giving birth. She also gets real about struggling with work life balance and fighting to give her all to every part of her life, leaving her with little left for herself.

There were days that I thought I’d never be the same, I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.

All the while, we witness Beyonce endure over 8 months of rehearsals to produce a performance that doesn’t just speak to black excellence, but to the strength of the undervalued and underrepresented black woman in America.

As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box...I wanted us to be proud of not only the show, but the process. Proud of the struggle. Thankful for the beauty that comes with a painful history and rejoice in the pain, rejoice in the imperfection and the wrongs that are so damn right.

BEYONCE WANTS BLACK PEOPLE TO GET IN FORMATION

Using marching bands and sorority & fraternity life as the heartbeat of her performance, it’s evidently clear that unity is the takeaway message that Beyonce wants to tell us. Not only do these groups showcase unity in the synergy of their movements and musical instrumentation, but they show it in the hard work and dedication behind-the-scenes that makes the magic of their performance possible.

I know the importance of us feeling like we’re apart of something, and like we’re being spoken to; like it’s it worth it. We all performed with all of our hearts and we performed with love and connection; and we did it together.

Queen Bey has returned to her throne and is proving why she’s so deserving of it by spreading positive affirmations of blackness through what might be one of her biggest performances to date. It’s clear that her ‘Homecoming’ performance was a direct address to black women and the black community as a whole, and we heard her message loud and clear.















PSA Breakups?! Is this a thing?

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With the ease of access to information these days via social media, it’s pretty hard to avoid publicity even just locally. Easy access to the latest tea or private details is a double edge sword. On one hand it can prompt hella congrats on the wins in your personal life but on the other hand it may cause some heavy side eyes!

Let’s face it people are entertained by other peoples business good or bad. People will pry, especially if you went public about something like a relationship. So how do you walk that #relationshipgoals post you posted last season back down to the reality of a toxic or broken relationship. Announce it!

There is no better way to clear the air and kill any assumptions about what may or may not have happened then doing a public announcement. A public announcement is not where you bash anyone out of bitterness or the simp out of sadness. This is where you briefly and effectively announce the end of the relationship and go about your day. In my theory when you go public with someone you should also provide a public recognition that the someone and you are no longer. Being vocal about the dis-attachment between you and a past partner can set clear expectations and save a lot of future explaining and potential embarrassment.
Take it from me sis, the last thing you need are your friends and family sending you pictures of your ex in VIP with his new ting!

5 Apps to Get Your Mind Right for 2019

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We’re on to the next one, and we’ve got a list of amazing apps to bring along with us!

If you slayed 2018 and met all of your yearly goals, the  mantra “New Year, New Me” doesn’t have to be literal. A “New You” can simply mean that your auditing all of the things you achieved last year, and taking the time to reflect on how you can take them to the next level moving forward.

With a new year quickly approaching, there’s no better time to look back at all of the amazing things you’ve accomplished over the past 12 months, and all of the goals you plan to conquer next. Creating a list of goals or a mood board can be a great start, but for many of us, the biggest challenge in making a new year count is ensuring accountability. As a Millenial there’s only one thing in life’s that guaranteed; and that’s knowing that you’ll always have your smart phone in arm’s reach. Give your smartphone AND your new year an even stronger sense of purpose by downloading these 5 apps that are guaranteed to keep you encouraged and accountable all through 2019.

 

#SelfishBabe App:

New Year Resolution: Stay Positive & Empowered

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 What Is It?

A women's focused app centered on self-love that will remind you how amazing you are with daily affirmational notifications. Created by women, for women, this personal development app is a power-pack of inspiration filled with #SelfishTruth notifications, Audio Affirmations and more to keep you persistent on your goals while reminding you that it’s okay to be selfish when it comes to living your most authentic life.

Cost: FREE

Favorite Feature: #SelfishTruth Notifications - Daily Notifications to remind you how amazing you truly are

 

Albert App:

New Year Resolution: Manage My Money Better

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 What Is It?

A personal finance app that automates your finances and helps you keep better track of your money. It allows you to sync all of your financial information to view a full scope of your finances; from your credit cards, to your monthly bills and day-to-day expenses. You can automate your savings, receive alerts about tax refunds, upcoming bills or unexpected fees, and receive expert guidance to guide you through creating better financial habits.

 Cost: Basic Plan - Free | Genis Plan - Approx. $4/Month

Favorite Feature: Budget Management - The app has a user-friendly interface that displays your estimated monthly income alongside your expenses for the month so that you can stay on top of how much play money you have to spare.

 

Calm App

New Year Resolution: Prioritize My Mental Health & Personal Wellness

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 What Is It?

Calm provides you with action-oriented solutions for your stress, anxiety and restlessness by guiding you with masterclasses on meditation, breathing, and other resources to increase your mental health and get rid of bad habits. Whether you are a novice or expert, Calm provides both resources and tools to address your unique stress points to help you live a healthier, happier life.

Cost: Basic Plan - Free | Premium Subscription - Approx. $12.99/Month

Favorite Feature: Breathing Exercises - When you’re feeling stressed and need a moment to debrief, Calm offers multiple breathing exercise guides to help you re-center and refocus.

 

Fabulous App

New Year Resolution: Create good habits, and stick to them

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What Is It?

Fabulous is an app that makes you more accountable for your daily habits -- both bad and good. Whether you want to eat healthier, be more active, or spend less time on your phone, Fabulous helps you create a dashboard to physically track your productivity while helping you find ways to make manageable improvements.

Cost: Basic Plan - Free

Favorite Feature: Daily Challenges - Fabulous takes its habit tracking to the next level by offering daily 3-10 minute challenges that help you create an even stronger daily structure for your life.

 

Meet Up App

New Year Resolution: Build new relationships and attend more networking events

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What Is It?

Meet Up is the most popular networking & connection building platform that helps you find people in your immediate area that share your interests, from personal to professional. Whether you’re trying to be more social, traveling to a new place, or need to make more professional connections for your career, Meet Up makes it easy to step out of your comfort zone to find people with similar goals. There are some black-owned apps that fulfill the same purpose including Bburb, Mixle or BYP Network, but Meet Up has the largest overall database of groups to connect with (for now)

 Cost: Basic Plan - Free

Favorite Feature: Group Boards - Check out the Group Boards and event boards to get a feel for what they’re all about before you commit to attending an event. You can also direct message members of the group so that you can connect with people before you attend a meetup in-person.

 

How To Slay Self-Love

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How do you bring Self-love to the light?

You start within and go deep, digging to the core and you stay there awhile, sometimes a long while. Until you find what opens up the freedom in your fall so you can look up and stand taller than you were when you started. But it will ache (whatever it is) until you accept and embrace it for whatever it is. Nourish your imperfections and mold those mistakes into gold, solid gold baby girl.

It is then the transition from your setback to your comeback begins illuminating an awakening of mind, body and spirit for the better. Soul much better. You glow differently. You’re taking your L’s differently and winning from the inside out now.

One day at a time, you begin picking up all the broken pieces and the rebuilding begins. You went from being a whole snack to becoming a whole meal. A masterpiece, who has mastered peace. You are an edifying entrée and the world will come for you desiring every bite of your light in all of your worthy glory if you let them. Don’t.

Hold fast, to owning the light that is all your own. You earned it!

Enduring the process, and honoring your progress will have you looking and feeling like self- love is Bae all day. The time is now to treat yo’ self, relish in your truths, and release toxic energies. Know that there is no ceiling to the evolution of a woman rising and representing into her most authentic and higher self. When looking in the mirror, affirm you are a force to be reckoned with and manifest those feels to the fullest. You can and you will vibrate higher, stronger and wiser.

There is joy in your journey, sis. May you stay shining your light on everything you are instead of everything you are not. Because the growing and glowing struggle is real, but a Queen who has readjusted her crown through it all is the realest!

Now grab your go to gloss, throw your favorite stilettos on and stunt a little bit. Maybe even a lot of bit.

Wink, wave and slay on self- love slaya!