It’s safe to say that 2020 has tested EVERYONE’S ability to live a healthy and balanced life, from the comfort of your own home. Covid-19 has ravaged the world on a tragic scale, and it is only set to worsen in the coming weeks and months. Lucky for you, we have just the list you’ll need during those winter months and beyond.
Whether you’re a podcast veteran, or are just now dipping your toes into the water, you can use any of the below podcasts to cater to your mind, body, and soul. We’ve broken them down into the following needs: Healing, Inspiration, and Laughter. The truth is, we likely need all three, so start wherever feels most comfortable, and enjoy the boost of positive energy that these dynamic conversations will bring you.
If You Need Healing:
Spiritual Shit by Alea Lovely
First on our list is Spiritual Shit, which is hosted by Alea Lovely, a spiritual teacher, energy coach, and healer. She hosts a variety of spiritual professionals, and explores a broad array of topics including dating, astrology, religion, awakening, mediumship, aliens, and SO much more. Her episodes dive deep into practicing self awareness, self care, and self-love. If you’re doing some soul searching, and are into topics like returning to your truest self, examining self sabotage, or connecting with your highest self, then this is the right vibe for you. Check out the details below!
Listen Time: 30 mins – 1 hr+
Podcasts to date: 94+ episodes
Black Girl in Om by Lauren Ash
Black Girl in Om is an oldie but goodie that will absolutely lift your spirits! Founder Lauren Ash, has been at the forefront of mindfulness education for the past few years, and continues to enrich her listeners with an array of healing topics. As an advocate for black women and women of color, she shines a spotlight on numerous black wellness professionals and their unique journeys. You will laugh, cry, and dream big with this podcast as you explore fellow black women in their entrepreneurial successes, their hurts and healings, and their many avenues to finding peace within. Hear from black girl favorites like Tatianna Tarot, Chelsea Loves Yoga, Morgan Harper Nichols, and more. Details are below!
Listen Time: 5 mins – 1:30 hrs+
Podcasts to date: 61+ episodes
Therapy for Black Girls by Joy Harden Bradford PhD
Therapy for Black Girls, hosted by Dr. Joy Bradford, provides a more scientific approach to healing. The mission for this therapeutic community is for its members “to be seen, to be heard, and to be understood.” Healing topics range from addressing anxiety, the impact of racial trauma, domestic violence, fear of rejection, and other sensitive subjects. Dr. Bradford intimately discusses the complexity of black womanhood, spanning the challenges of black women in the medical field, resilience and sisterhood in business, tips for taking up space, and more!
Listen Time: 5 mins – 1 hr+
Podcasts to date: 180+ episodes, new episodes weekly
If You Need Inspiration:
Hey, Girl. by Alex Elle
Alex Elle, known as quite the literary goddess in our community, created the “Hey, Girl.” podcast to add another sensory layer to her already impactful words. She’s best known for her poetry, words of affirmation, and books, so in creating this podcast, she made a distinct choice to raise up the voices of other women. In listening, you’ll feel empowered by conversations on ancestral guidance, self-preservation, intentional habits, and self evolution, to name a few. Alex’s transparent, and light approach is complemented by the many colorful stories of her friends, professionals, and fellow creatives. As each conversation unfolds, she and her guests invite the listener into a warm, soothing environment, in which growth is inevitable!
Listen Time: 5 mins – 30 mins+
Podcasts to date: 185+ episodes
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations by Oprah and Various Guests
What started out as the tv show SuperSoul Sunday on Oprah’s OWN network, evolved into yet another gold mine for black women in the podcast world. Super Soul Conversations features many household names and a-list personalities, and invites them to explore their stories of success. Black women who’ve graced the podcast include Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross, First Lady Michelle Obama, and sooo many more! Indulge your curiosity with conversations on religion, business, self-healing, and love languages; you’ll also gain new insights into some of your favorite celebrities that are sure to inspire the next steps in your journey. Details below!
Listen Time: 15 mins – 1 hr+
Podcasts to date: 184+ episodes
Small Doses by Amanda Seales (oldie but goodie)
Truth is – we love a controversial queen! Amanda Seales brings her outspoken and spirited energy to her Small Doses podcast, exploring what she calls the “side effects” of every day life. She covers quirky topics like the side effects of being a cat lady, side effects of social media, side effects of ambition. As she invites celebrity guests, friends, and other prominent voices to the podcast, her conversations cover pop culture, personal experiences, mental health, blackness and identity, black artistry, among others. If Amanda is your cup of tea, or you just want to hear her spill the tea, listen below!
Listen Time: 30 mins – 1:30 hr+
Podcasts to date: 141+ episodes
If You Need A Laugh:
Unpack ‘n Bounce Back by Reyna Biddy and Skye Townsend
This brilliant cousin duo, Skye Townsend and Reyna Biddy, are trailblazing a path with their new podcast Unpack ‘n Bounce. Both Skye and Reyna have experienced immense success in their careers as creatives, with Reyna excelling as an author, and Skye aptly receiving the Hollywood baton from her father Robert Townsend. The podcast is centered on transparency, and very much driven by the community of beautiful women supporting it. This podcast differs from the traditional shows, in that Reyna and Sky incorporate journaling, challenges, quotes, and ultimately put the ball in the listener’s court. You will only get out of this podcast what you put in, so explore their episodes, and incorporate some of the practices into your life. Does this sound like something you need? Go for it – links are below!
Listen Time: 15 mins – 1:30 hr+
Podcasts to date: 27+ episodes
Black Frasier by Phoebe Robinson
Phoebe Robinson is a podcast OG, if we’re being real! She created the podcast turned HBO Special “2 Dope Queens” alongside comedian Jessica Williams. She also starred in the podcast “Soo Many White Guys” about her journey as a black female entertainer in a sea of white men. Today’s plug, however, is for her current podcast “Black Frasier,” which debuts via IGTV, but also on Apple Music, and Spotify. Phoebe has an electrifying laugh and an infectious humor that pours through in the show. She hosts candid conversations with black women, celebrities, and as she often jokes about, her white boyfriend. If you’re trying to belly laugh, and really let go of some stress, pop in your headphones and click any of the below links. Enjoy!
Listen Time: 8 mins – 1 hr+
Podcasts to date: 15+ episodes
Soo Many White Guys
2 Dope Queens
Naomi Brooks is a creative professional with immense passion for self-care, mindfulness, and black excellence. Her brand, Melanin 4 You glimpses the black female experience in a unique way with weekly music, every day mantras, and unapologetic expression of black culture and history.