The Rise of Black British Podcasts
The number of podcasts by black British people has increased quite significantly over the last few years. This rise has been inline with the also rapidly increasing number of platforms being created by the black community. These platforms are being used to share the lived experiences of people who's heritage is from all corners of the diaspora.
Many of these are being created by millenials (currently aged 22-37). But we're seeing more Gen X people embrace social media & technology to start telling their stories. I'm Gen X. So I was brought up in what it seemed was a typical model within the black community. For me this model meant that we didn't really talk about our experiences within our own families. Let alone to the wider community or even to complete strangers.
So for me it's refreshing to see younger generations opening up and not being afraid to do so. While at the same time it's encouraging to see the Gen X black community putting to one side the model defined by our parents generation. Across the generations people are talking about their experiences across multiple sections of their lives. These include
- Entrepreneurship & Startups
- Well Being
- Sex & Relationships
The Research We've Done
We have spent time researching and creating a directory of podcasts as we discover them. As a Brummie at heart but now living in the south east of England, there has been one disappointing part of the research. I haven't seen as many podcasts as I thought there would be from other regions of the UK. We're hoping as the research continues that we will disover more shows that originate from other regions. But only time will tell.
So our first big review of some 70+ podcasts was completed at the end of June 2019. From this we've created our top 20 podcasts which covers a range of different genres and demographics. What can I say, our tastes are diverse and cover music, tech, business, the arts, parenting and comedy to name a few. As data geeks we've also categorised all the podcasts. Yeah I know, somebody has to be that person!! Over time we'll put together a blog about the categories so that you can dive straight into ones that are likely to be of more interest. But for now we've put together a list of all the podcasts that we were aware of at the time and listed our top 20.
If you come across any others podcasts that you think should be on the list, then do hit us up via our socials or contact page and we will add them when time allows. Also feel free to share your top podcast list and let us know why you've chosen them.
We hope you enjoy discovering the world of Black British podcasts as much as we have and are still enjoying them too.