If you’re like me, you’ve already listened to Drake’s new album five times, can recite all the words to “Ctrl” by SZA, and are sick of hearing the “Barter 6” by Yung Thing. Between car rides to summer vacations, days on the beach, and evenings spent wandering around the neighborhood trying to soak up the last bits of summer I’ve just about exhausted my appetite for music. Enter podcasts.
If you would rather listen to two friends shade the shit out of everyone, theories on the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey, or love letters from across the globe, this list is for you.
At the top of my list goes to “The Read.” This is literally my favorite podcast to listen to when I’m riding on the subway, cleaning my room on a Sunday, or trying to relax after a long day of work. Crissle and Kid Fury dissect, shade and disrespect everyone (except of course for Beyoncé) in this podcast available on Spotify and iTunes.
The show starts off with “Black Excellence” which recognizes young African American people in the community who are doing great things. It then moves onto my favorite segment “Bitch, you guessed it” or now known as “Sick, Sad World” which is celebrity gossip and news. Then finishes off with “Listener Letters” and “The Read.” Trust me, you’ll be laughing out loud so beware when listening on the subway.
“2 Dope Queens”
Another laugh out loud podcast is “2 Dope Queens,” hosted by Phoebe Robinson from “Broad City” and Jessica Williams from “The Daily Show.” Produced by WNYC, the girls talk about everything from hair, dating, romance and just general #NewYorkProblems. The fun thing about “2 Dope Queens” is the ever changing slew of comedians they bring in for each episode. Generally, Pheobe and Jessica start out the podcast with a range of topics, including talks about day-to-day lives. Comedians join in toward the end. I’m obsessed with this podcast because of the diversity on each episode in terms of comedians (POC, LGBTQ and female comedians). They also host live shows in Brooklyn and I would KILL to go.
“Therapy for Black Girls”
On a more serious note, “Therapy for Black Girls” is hosted by Joy Harden Bradford from her offices in Atlanta. She is a licensed psychologist whose goal is to reduce the stigma behind mental health in the black community. Now don’t let the name fool you because you don’t need therapy or be black to listen to the podcast. She covers a variety of topics from eating disorders, to relationships with parents and a significant other. The podcast includes interviews with guest psychologists from different areas of expertise, tips of how to find a therapist of your own and self help points for everyday people. I start every morning off with at least 15 minutes of “Therapy for Black Girls” and believe me when I say I’ve had better days because of it.
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For those of you that have been living under a rock, “Serial” dives deep into the lives of “infamous” cases from the last five to 10 years. If you’ve never heard of the name Adnan Syed, this is your chance. Host Sarah Koenig you will immediately get you addicted. I used to sit at work for hours captivated by the stories, angered by the injustice, and hopeful when I saw the cases that were being talked about reopened. It’s amazing investigative work, well produced, with a super engaging host. For those of you who have already heard it, I have one word for you: mailchimp.
I heard about “Modern Love” through a friend of mine and was very skeptical. As someone who is the mayor of struggle city when it comes to dating and relationships, the last thing I want to do is listen to a podcast about love, but I was pleasantly surprised. Modern Love is a podcast that features “Love letters” from viewers across the country submitted to the New York Times. These letters include a girl who fell in love with someone online despite them never having met, couples who deal with imbalanced sex lives and stories about love at first sight. It’s extremely interesting and no matter where you are on your love journey (yes I just barfed a little bit writing that) you will find an episode that personally speaks to you. Celebrity guests like Issa Rae, Cynthia Nixon and Danielle Brooks (just to name a few) read these letters, making you feel better about your life (seriously).