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Listen Up!: 5 Must-Have Black Podcasts

While blogs provide a wealth of information on various subjects, it is difficult to multitask while you read one.  Podcasts provide a way to consume information while doing a variety of tasks like driving or exercising.  The iTunes Store is the most popular directory of podcasts, and it contains over 100,000 of them.  A small number of these podcasts are created by African Americans, and we’ve selected five of them that deserve a place on your MP3 player.

1.  HBCU Digest Radio

Focus:  HBCU News

This podcast covers news and opinions about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  It’s also the radio property of the HBCU Digest, an online magazine.  Recent episodes covered HBCU football, the role of HBCUs in the Civil Rights Movement, and the how religion intersects the HBCU experience.

2.  The Confab
Focus: Politics

The Confab is a podcast published by and has a variety of hosts including Joel Dreyfuss, Teresa Wiltz, and Sheryl Huggins Salomon.  Each episode covers a variety of topics about the American political system from the black perspective.  Some of the latest shows discussed the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the strong ties between African Americans and President Obama, and the diminished role of religion in the lives of today’s youth.

3.  One Black Mans View
Focus:  Politics and Society

This podcast presents the perspective a black man who served in the United States Army during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  He covers topics such as the recently aborted attempt by a pastor in Florida to burn Qurans on September 11th and the effect of police brutality in poor neighborhoods.  While this podcast often covers national news, events local to the podcaster’s home state of North Carolina are often featured.

4.  Friday Favecast
Focus:  Soul Music and Hip-Hop

This weekly podcast covers both new and old soul and hip-hop music with extensive playlists by artists like Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius, Dwele, and Eric Roberson.  Hosted by Fave, the show also includes commentary about his life, local Houston news, and relationships.  An interesting segment is “JayQ&A”, where a friend of the host calls in to provide an honest discussion about love and relationships.

5.  Mixed Chicks Chat
Focus:  Racial Identity

Hosted by Fanshen Cox and Heidi Durrow, Mixed Chicks Chat takes a serious yet often humorous look at the lives of those who are racially and culturually mixed.  They tackle topics like the use of racially insensitive language, the experience of dark skinned mixed women, and growing up with two different heritages.

Adding these five blogs to your RSS reader of choice will provide you with regular and timely information about how to get your company off the ground and keep it rising to higher altitudes of profitability.



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