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: Author, speaker and business consultant Rosetta Thurman
Theme(s): Entrepreneurship and Self-Help
Why It’s For Us, By Us: If you are a Black woman entrepreneur or interested in starting a business, but lack the motivation to get things started, check out the Happy Black Woman Podcast for the tips needed to move the dial.
The Deets:Thurman has gone through her own ups and downs. After going to a good school and getting a great job, she had checked off all the boxes, but still wasn’t happy. In 2007, she started a blog that eventually grew into her becoming the founder and CEO of Happy Black Woman, a global empowerment company and online community that empowers ambitious Black women to create their ideal lives and businesses.
Listen Up: Thurman has shifted the mindset and business acumen of countless Black women with her podcast as a mentor and inspirational teacher. Part life coach, part business guru, women who have experienced listened to her advice have said that Thurman helps to validate the realness of their desires, transform their lives and provide the tools needed to simply commit to clarity.
Grio fam, what’s your favorite Black women driven podcast?
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