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: Jamie Broadnax
Why It’s For Us By Us: If you are into fandom, cosplay, comics or just an overall entertainment fanatic, then Broadnax’s Black Girl Nerds podcast is for you!
The Deets: As “an online community devoted to promoting nerdiness among Black women and people of color,” Black Girl Nerds is a pioneering one-stop geeky shop and guide for blerd women. Broadnax has everything from celebrity interviews to film and TV reviews and even some political commentary.
Listen Up: Broadnax already has over 4,000 followers on Soundcloud and boasting well over 200,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram combined., which is huge growth from when she created the podcast six years ago.
“A lot of the podcast industry at that time in 2013 was predominantly white guys talking about the fandom of comic books, gaming, movies, and TV shows. It’s important that Black women hear themselves and know there are communities of us that like these things; that celebrate these things; that participate in fandom such as cosplay; that go to conventions and do all of the things that, over the years, we thought was a ‘white thing.’ Hearing those voices is both comforting and refreshing.”