Podcasts are all the rage—and for good reasons. Convenient, offering diverse themes and topics, and bridging communities, it’s no wonder why people are binge listening all over the country. And with their increasing popularity, of course, it’s Black women who are using the power of tech to demand that their perspectives, thoughts, and politics are centered and heard.
Data from Edison Research shows that in 2018, Black women were 10 percent of monthly podcast consumers; which is extremely significant as African-Americans in general comprise about 13.4 percent of the U.S. population and Black women specifically makeup a little over 13 percent of the U.S. female population. This is why major tech hubs such as Google and Spotify are taking heed and investing in Black women podcasters.
Whether it’s conversations on self-care, health and wellness, body positivity, sports, or food, Black women always have the answers. Here’s a list of theGrio’s favorite 15 podcasts run by Black women for your listening pleasure .
Host with the Most: Multifaceted artist, singer and model, Boshia Raejean aka Young Muslimah
Theme(s): Religion and Spirituality
Why It’s For Us, By Us: If you are interested in understanding the experiences of Black Muslim women, then this podcast is for you.
The Deets: Raejean has several layers to who she is and what she’s about, which makes for her conversation all the more interesting. On the Young Black Muslimah podcast, she uses her experiences to connect and empower other women across the globe.
As the first person in her family to convert to Islam, Raejean examines, shares and analyzes the trials, triumphs, and powerful testimonies around the politics of religiosity, womanhood, and identity as a young, Black Muslim woman in America.
Listen Up: Raejean is proud of her ability to connect to her audience.
“I’ve developed so many friendships. I love the fact that we are able to create our own work,” said Raejean in an interview with Bustle.