15 Podcasts You Should Add To Your Playlist

For those of you that don't know, I am a podcast lover. Listening to podcasts are high on the list of things that I like to do. I can listen to podcasts while I'm in the car, at the gym, or at home relaxing. 

Here's a list of some of my favorite podcasts:


1. The Read


Kid Fury and Crissle deliver their weekly "read" of hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea... no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, or Trina...And if you are a Taylor Swift fan, stay far away from this show. 

2. Yes, Girl!


This podcast is created by the creative minds over at Essence...and just like their magazine, this podcast contains amazing interviews with celebs. The podcast also allows black women to discuss their unique sex and relationships stories...providing aspirational conversations every week.

3. The Friend Zone


The Friend Zone is a mental health and wellness podcast that is housed on the Loud Speakers Network. Each week Dustin Ross, Francheska of Hey Fran Hey and Assante explore mental hygiene because "who wants their mind to be musty?" Episodes cover everything from relationships to fitness to following your dreams.

4. On One With Angela Rye


Angela Rye says that her podcast is for the woke and 'sophistiratchet' (which is perfect for me). Rye discusses blackness, politics, current events and more. 

5. The Hughley Truth


Real, raw and funny conversations with comedian DL Hughley. Each week DL gives his uncensored perspective on current news, social issues and Pop and Urban culture. 

6. Ear Hustle


Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist.

7. Tax Season


Called “the internet’s most dangerous podcast” by the Village Voice, Tax Season bring you an unfiltered view of the Brooklyn street as only Taxstone knows them. Taxstone says what he wants, whenever he wants and we love him for that. Unfourtanetly, Tax Stone is currently imprisoned....so don't expect any new episodes soon. However, he still has a plethora of great shows up! 

8. Levar Burton Reads


In each episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek, Roots) hand-picks a different piece of short fiction and reads it to you.

9. Insecuritea


Hey Fran Hey (the friend zone) and Crissle (the read) team up together to discuss episodes of HBO's hit show Insecure

10. Another Round


Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.

11. Myleik Teele's Podcast


Myleik Teele is an entrepreneur and is currently running curlBOX.com. She shares her insights and things she's learned along the way in hopes to teach you the things that she had to learn the HARD way!

12. Gettin' Grown


Keia and Jade are two happy and hard working (Blackity) Black Women who are just trying to learn how to adult, for real. Each week they have Kitchen TableTalk, Petty Peeves, and Lessons in Black Women Self Care, as they try to figure out life as 30-somethings.

13. Drink Champs


Legendary Queens rapper and one half of Capone-n-Noreaga N.O.R.E. alongside Miami hip-hop pioneer DJ EFN come together as the Drink Champs. Listen in as N.O.R.E., DJ EFN and special guests talk over some drinks and discuss everything from current events to old school stories. Nothing is sacred when talking with the Drink Champs so this show is not for the easily offended!

14. Lip Service


Syndicated radio star Angela Yee talks sex and relationships with the hottest stars in hip-hop and R&B. Join her and her friends each week as they coax stars into revealing their most intimate from the bedroom. It’s hip-hop like you’ve never heard before.

15. A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal


The most fun interviews in hip-hop: comedian brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal, better known as ItsTheReal, engage in authentic and hilarious conversation with rappers, tastemakers, and industry veterans, all from their Upper West Side apartment.