7 dope podcasts you should be listening to
I got hooked on podcasts a couple years ago after following Myleik Teele of Curlbox on Instagram. I would listen to her candid advice on relationships, business and health between classes or during some much needed downtime after a long day. Since then, the podcast scene has blown up, and there is tons of great content to listen to and learn from.
Yes, we have a podcast! The Cut Life Radio is hosted by our co-founder Tahira Joy. Our podcast covers Beauty Tips & Tricks, Shop Talk (entertainment news), Short Hair Stunner of the Week, Chopping It Up with… (celebrity guest interviews). So far, we’ve interviewed Ariane Davis of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, Amber Grimes of Like A Boss on Oxygen, actress Jasmine Burke, and actor/model/TV host Dorion Renaud. And lastly, we have an Ask The Expert segment focusing on entrepreneurship, branding and the business of beauty.
The Read podcast is lead by the the dynamic and hilarious duo of Kid Fury and Crissle. Each week, they cover pop culture and celebrity gossip stories, and tackle the heavier issues of politics, race, gender, sex and class. Each podcast ends with a “read,” where Kid Fury and Crissle vent about people or events that have made them angry throughout the week. Although some “reads” are over silly things, such as New York City’s crappy metro system, my favorite reads are where the duo share the truth on deeper issues, such as the ridiculous scrutiny that the women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault have gone through, or the unfair treatment of the LGBTQ community.
Another Round is the brainchild of Heben and Tracy of Buzzfeed fame. These two ladies have a unique and uncanny sense of humor (Tracy has an obsession with animals) and the journalistic prowess of someone who should be on CNN or writing for The New York Times. They always have an interesting lineup of guests that range from well-known leaders, such as Hillary Clinton, to up-and-coming creatives such as Marley Dias of #1000BlackGirlBooks. After listening to one podcast, you’ll definitely want another round of these ladies.
These six guys have been grinding hard on YouTube for years by producing hilarious skits, comedy music videos and other content. Last year, they added podcasting to their list of offerings, and I’m glad they did. They start each podcast with a section called “What we’re not going to talk about,” which covers the foolishness that happened on social media that week, and they dish out relationship, sex and business advice during the reader email segment. Although these guys are full of laughs, don’t think they can’t get serious and have some heartfelt conversations about the grind and the sacrifices needed to reach your dreams.
This was the podcast that got me hooked on podcasts. On this podcast, Myleik Teele of Curlbox shares poignant relationship, business and self-care advice that is easy to understand and act on. She candidly shares the sacrifice and drive it takes to be a #girlboss, bares all about her former relationship issues and drives the importance self-care through prioritizing your physical and mental health. If you are looking for the tools to reach the next level, Myleik is your girl.
Often times, we focus the success of others without recognizing the struggle it took for them to get there. What It Takes delves into the life stories of some of history’s greatest people, such as Coretta Scott King, Steve Jobs, Sidney Poitier and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. What’s interesting about this podcast is that they include audio from the subjects themselves, which makes it feel like you’re right in the room with that person. Coretta Scott King’s episode touched me the most, since I never really knew her individual struggles and personal triumphs after her husband’s murder.
This podcast only comes around once a year, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Each season, Sarah Koenig and her reporting team seek to uncover the secrets around some of the most mysterious and misunderstood stories. Last year, she worked on the story of Adnan Syed, a Baltimore man who was accused of killing his girlfriend nearly 10 years ago. This year, she sunk her teeth into the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who went AWOL in Afghanistan and only returned home a few years ago. If you like investigations and tapping into your conspiracy theorist side, check out this podcast.
Who do you like to listen to? Let me know in the comments!