Top 10 Recommended Podcasts for People of Colour
Over time, I've found podcasts to be a great tool for learning new information. I also noticed playing one in the background could improve my concentration (weird right?). While you can expect my favourite Toronto radio station (Hello Roz and Mocha) to be blasting through my speakers during my morning commute, I spend the better part of my day discovering new podcasts.
Personally, I use Apple Podcasts but you can find almost any podcast on platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud and Google Play Music to name a few. Generally, I do a search based on what I feel like learning - finances, culture, marketing or side hustles and then shortlist a few recommended shows.
I subscribe to shows as I go, once I've tested out some content. Other times, I just google a topic, say ‘best podcasts to listen to on mindfulness’, and check out a couple recommendations.
This summer, I discovered a few podcasts I personally found helpful, especially being a woman of colour. I'm sure you'll think so too after giving them a listen. Here's my list in no particular order.
Paychecks and Balances
by Rich Jones and Marcus Garrett
Favourite episode: PB109 - Start Small Save Big ft. Tanya Van Court
I like to refer to them as the older brothers that helped me get my finances in order. Rich and Marcus are the personal finance and career experts I never thought I needed. I discovered them over a year ago and have been a loyal listener since.
They draw on their experience from living debt free and growing their careers, to share practical tips on money management and growing in the work environment. Every now and then, they interview experts on their show on topics ranging from investing to saving, changing careers, taxes and more!
Side Hustle Pro
by Nicaila Mathews Okome
If you’re considering starting a side business alongside your day job or have already launched one, you should definitely listen to this podcast. Nicaila talks about what it takes to grow a profitable side business. She often has guests on the show - entrepreneurs, who share their own experiences growing their businesses in different industries.
When I discovered the Side Hustle Pro podcast I was looking to start a side business but just wasn’t sure what exactly. Listening to her guests speak about launching photography businesses, beauty companies, or even consulting firms really motivated me to stop thinking and start working to bring my side hustle dreams to life.
by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham
Favourite episode: We Need Bad Women
Still Processing is where Wesley and Jenna try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2019. They cover everything from TV, movies, art, culture and the internet.
The show hosts are witty, down to earth, funny and very entertaining. I found myself laughing out loud while listening to a few episodes. Echoing another listener’s thought, what I appreciate most is they don’t presume to provide a concrete answer for any of the issues they address. Instead, they seem to strive to help people get more comfortable living in the uncertainty of it all.
By Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings
Favourite episode: The Cult of Father Divine
The Nod tells stories of Black life that rarely get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s.
The hosts celebrate the genius, innovation, and resilience that is so particular to being Black - in America, and around the world.
Brittany and Eric gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of being black.
2 Dope Queens
by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson
Favourite episode: I trimmed my Pubes for This?
2 Dope Queens is a comedy podcast featuring two female comedians discussing about society and pop culture.
They’re black, BFFs AND host a live comedy show in Brooklyn (#Goals). They discuss topics ranging from sex and romance to race and natural hair care routines.
While Jessica and Phoebe are both funny, I love that they also bring on other funny guests on their show, so you can expect a giggle or two every episode.
Therapy for Black Girls
By Dr. Joy Harden Bradford
Favourite episode: Finding your People
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.
The host is a licensed Psychologist and offers practical tips and strategies to improve mental health. She pulls back the curtain on what happens in therapy sessions and answers listener questions. The episodes are clear and concise. The conversations are intriguing, thought provoking and very necessary.
It’s a great place to go if you're beginning or even continuing your journey to wholeness.
The Roz and Mocha podcast
By Roz Weston and Mocha Frapp
Favourite episode: Call To The Queen, Roz Gets Hacked & Our UGLIEST Features!
Okay only one of them is a POC but I’m all for podcast hosts that are very comfortable with discussing a wide range of topics and communicating with their listeners as though they aren’t strangers.
Canada’s favourite radio show is The Roz & Mocha Show. It’s your go-to show for entertainment and pop culture exclusives. If you already listen to their radio show, imagine having almost two-hour episodes on their podcast.
Small Doses with Amanda Seales
By Amanda Seales
Favourite episode: Side Effects of Pursuing Positivity
I’ve been listening to this podcast for a relatively short period of time and I already love it! Amanda does a great job keeping the show interesting with her selection of topics and hilarious take on being black in America. Each episode is informative, thought-provoking, and so genuine. Whenever I listen to her, I’m either nodding my head in agreement or laughing out loud.
I love being able to reach out to friends afterwards and share episodes I think they’d get something out of. She has been able to weave together personal stories with funny and witty punchlines, all while diving deep into a relevant or controversial issue. When she has a guest on, she makes us feel like we’re in the room with them.
By Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland
Favourite episode: Establishing Expertise (with Felecia Hatcher)
Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland talk about careers, money, and life. They also occasionally bring on guests. Every episode is full of wisdom, practical tips and insights for young professionals starting out in their career. There's lots of laughter, too. As you listen, you'll feel as if you're eavesdropping on a conversation about jobs and offices that you'd love to join in on.
I can count on them to ask thoughtful questions and provide valuable insights. Navigating the professional world is difficult, especially if you’re a fresh grad or you’re looking to switch careers and these two could help you tremendously.
By Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche
Favourite episode: When Money Issues threaten your Mental Health
Mandi and Tiffany discuss diversity, mental health, relationships, finances and culture on the Brown Ambition podcast.
Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche helps people work together to improve their lives through financial education.
Mandi is an Executive Editor at MagnifyMoney where she shares tips on money and financial freedom.
They’re both married and often discuss life updates like starting a family or home renovations. I love how comfortable they are on the show and you can tell right from when you press play. Tiffany’s ‘hey hey hey heeeeey’ always gets me and Mandi is like the calm and collected big sister. They’re such a perfect match.
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