From the podcast that will make you question the history we were taught at school to inspirational listens from young black thought provokers, here are 10 podcasts centred around the topics of race and Black history that will educate you this Black History Month, and every day after.
The Black Lives Matter movement is not over despite it getting less airtime of late, and these shows are just one way to better educate yourself on issues and questions that, in some cases, might be hard to swallow, through the tapestry of Black history, the untold narratives and the people making change.
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Yo, Is This Racist?
This smart and witty podcast takes common social circumstances and conversations and pulls them apart to find out if they are a product of engrained attitudes that are, in fact, racist.
It’s hosted by Andrew Ti, who also created the popular blog of the same title, and Tawny Newsome. The duo work brilliantly together, answering questions from listener-submitted voicemails and emails they have come across.
Laugh out loud funny but with serious substance, that will make people question ideas of privilege and structural racism.
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes Reni Eddo-Lodge’s podcast, taking the conversations around race up a notch up.
There are only nine episodes in the series, which sadly came to a halt in 2018, but it’s definitely worth a listen, with key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism and a look at recent history that has led to many of today’s political issues around race.
Expect an interesting line-up of guests, from actor, rapper, writer and activist Riz Ahmed to MP Diane Abbott.
In Search Of Black History with Bonnie Greer
An eye-opening, shocking but essential look back at Black history and the stories that have failed to be told by northern European historians, In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer, brings listeners face-to-face with people and stories they never knew existed.
From the earliest glimmerings of modern humanity to the present day, Greek and Roman civilisations to the Middle Ages, Bonnie Greer uncovers the lives of people of African descent that don’t fit with the accepted history of Western civilisation we’ve traditionally been taught.
This podcast will fill in the gaps of a history untold, unfolding stories from saints to philosophers, warrior women and king’s heralds.
The eight part series is available to listen to on Audible.
1619 by The New York Times
“1619” references the date over 400 years ago, on August 1619, when a ship carrying dozens of chained and enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. Two-hundred-and-fifty years of slavery followed, and this New York Times audio series takes a look at how that transformed and shaped America, connecting past and present through storytelling.
The graphic podcast is hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, and enables users to read through the historical transcripts by clicking an icon as they listen.
The Diversity Gap
“I became an adult and joined the working world, I realized that racism isn’t always about the obvious things we see. Sometimes racism is the small ways people overlook you, or ask you hurtful questions that remind you of the ways you don’t belong. It’s painful. And it’s ongoing,” host, Bethaney Wilkinson says of her podcast, The Diversity Gap.
Racial justice educator, Bethaney explores the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity. Speaking to leaders, authors, creatives and more, the podcast scrutinises the diversity issues in modern society and culture and tries to work out how and when these might be closed.
Thought provoking and for some, perhaps uncomfortable listening, but without a doubt, a podcast that we should all make time to listen to.
Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
George Mpanga, better known by his stage name, George the Poet, is a London-born spoken word performer whose musical poetry has won him critical acclaim, not only in the world of art but as a social commentator.
Have You Heard George’s Podcast offers up a fresh take on inner city life through a mix of storytelling, music and fiction in this unique and captivating podcast.
Slay In Your Lane: The Podcast
Back in 2018, now multi award-wining authors, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené rose to prominence with their rose-hued book Slay in Your Lane. It was a long-awaited, inspirational guide for young British Black women looking to find success in all areas of their lives and a wake up call for non-Black women looking to better understand what they are up against.
In 2020, Yomi and Elizabeth launched the Slay in Your Lane podcast to explore topical news and popular culture from a Black British female perspective while delving deeper into many of the themes addressed in the book, from navigating the workplace to finances, education to health, relationships to dating. Sadly they haven’t recorded anymore episodes this year but it’s well worth a look back into the archives.
From across the Atlantic comes The Stoop podcast, a monthly look into stories that are not always shared out in the open.
Hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba, the duo start conversations about what it means to be Black and how we talk about blackness.
Episodes range from stories from the Black Lives Matter protests to what it means to be a Black muslim living in the US.
We Need To Talk About The British Empire
For Brits who grew up learning about The British Empire exclusively in school, this revelatory and brilliant podcast might prove a shocking wakeup call.
Journalist and author Afua Hirsch talks to six different people about their family history and through these stories makes sense of the British Empire’s legacy.
She speaks to leading figures in British culture today – from poet Benjamin Zephaniah to actress Diana Rigg, broadcaster Anita Rani to novelist Nadifa Mohamed – discovering vivid family stories of the people who made the Empire what it was, and in turn, break through old British cliches of this complicated and difficult historical inheritance.
Expect to hear stories and attitudes about multicultural Britain and the present day relationship the country has with the rest of the world.
We Need To Talk About The British Empire is available to buy on Audible.