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Podcasts for Black History Month

Diversify your podcast playlist with shows that challenge you, make you laugh, or even bring you to tears

7:38 PM GMT+1 on October 11, 2023

    Ah, Black History Month. It’s the time of year when my inbox is flooded with requests for free labour, and society at large either ignores the occasion or debates its very existence. But let's put the cynicism aside for a moment. Despite its flaws, Black History Month serves a purpose, and this year's theme, "Saluting Our Sisters," gives me a chance to shine a light on some incredible Black creators in the podcasting world.

    You're here because you already know the transformative power of podcasts. You understand that they can be more than just background noise; they can be catalysts for change, windows into worlds you've never explored, or simply a good laugh when you need it most. But let's face it, even for seasoned podcast aficionados, finding those hidden gems can be a Herculean task.

    That's where I come in. As the founder of Content is Queen, a podcast community that champions underrepresented voices, I've discovered some of the most groundbreaking Black creators in the podcasting space. And let me tell you, these creators are not just making podcasts; they're creating movements. They're tackling issues of race, gender, sexuality, and culture in ways that are not only thought-provoking but also profoundly transformative.

    So, if you're looking to diversify your podcast playlist with shows that challenge you, make you laugh, or even bring you to tears, you're in the right place. I've curated a list of podcasts that are as diverse as they are impactful. From the UK to the Caribbean to Africa, these shows are global in scope but personal in impact.

    Ready to discover your next obsession? Let's dive in.

    Wanna Be

    Shameless Plug for my own podcast! Ever wondered how to fast-track your life goals? Look no further. I sit down with the movers and shakers of the world like Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Malorie Blackman and Keke Palmer to dissect the secrets of their success. It's 30 minutes of pure gold, sprinkled with from some of the most successful and inspiring women -and (sometimes) men.

    Black Earth Podcast

    Hosted by Marion, this is more than just an environmental podcast. It's a space where nature meets activism, celebrating Black women leaders making a tangible impact in the environmental movement. Add this to your queue if you want to be inspired and informed. Did I mention they won Silver at The British Podcast Awards this year?

    Know Your Caribbean

    Forget the beaches and resorts; Fiona Compton is your passport to the real Caribbean. Dive deep into its history, culture, and music. It's not just a podcast; it's a cultural awakening.

    Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women

    Are you tired of taboos? Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Malaka Grant are here to shatter them. This Ghanaian duo offers a candid, often eye-opening look at usually hushed topics. Episodes are raucous and fun. I’d start with the episode starring UK Sexpert Oloni if you need giggles.


    It's a podcast that feels like a heart-to-heart with your wisest friends. Dive into deep conversations about relationships and identity, all served up by three Caribbean women who know what they're talking about.

    Surviving Society

    This isn't just another sociology podcast; it's a masterclass in understanding the world around you. If you're looking for a podcast that doesn't shy away from the tough questions, you've found your match with Dr Chantelle Lewis’ incredible creation.

    Let's Make it Rain

    Finance never sounded so fabulous. Davinia Tomlinson is here to help you reclaim your financial power and live life entirely on your own terms. It's the money podcast you didn't know you needed.

    Sustainably Influenced

    Think sustainability is all about recycling and veganism? Think again. Bianca Foley guides you through the unwieldy maze of sustainable choices, one expert interview at a time.

    Beyond the Self

    If you're into self-improvement but tired of the fluff, Africa Brooke cuts through the noise. She's here to help you reclaim control of your life's journey, one insightful episode at a time.

    A Black History of Art Presents: A Shared Gaze

    Step into the vibrant world of contemporary Black art with Alayo Akinkugbe. This isn't just a podcast; it's a backstage pass to the minds of today's most exciting Black artists.

    So, if you're tired of the same old, same old, and you're looking to diversify your podcast playlist, you're in the right place. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

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