In celebration of Black History Month, NYLON is running a spotlight series called UNAPOLOGETIC. Every day, we’ll celebrate different aspects of black culture through profiles, interviews, roundtables, reviews, videos, and op-eds. #Blacklivesmatter and we hold that truth to be self-evident.
When podcast hosts come to mind, names like Ira Glass (of This American Life) or Sarah Koenig (of Serial) probably do, too. The platform tends to be associated solely with the white NPR pundits of the field, but that's not entirely the case. With the steady rise in podcast popularity, added diverse voices are becoming a welcome presence to the public radio world. These leaders are welcome, not only because they're so few and far between, but because they're uniquely themselves. The hosts don't try to be the Glass or Koenig's of tomorrow, and they don't have to; they're doing fine as they are. Being, ahem, unapologetically yourself can pay off, and they're proof.
The podcast sphere is still very, very white, don't get us wrong, but the following hosts are helping to bring new and nuanced perspectives to the cultural conversation. Click through while also hovering over the subscribe button on iTunes.
2 Dope Queens
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams were funny girls long before they got their own podcast and they will remain so long after podcasting is obsolete and we just have robot voices delivered directly into our brain from implanted microchips. Anyway, the live audience format of their show just means that they're able to share laughs with a different audience, on a different platform. Black female comedians so rarely get the recognition they deserve, it's nice to see them infiltrate and dominate this world.