I’m no podcast buff but for me, The Read is the godmother of my podcast collection. Just when I think I’m not going to make it through the work week, The Read drops a new episode that includes black excellence, pop culture, listener questions and “the read.” The Read is my favorite part. Subject matters range from customer service to misogyny and include fatal yet intellectual ass whippings.
LAST NAME BASIS
As a result of Crissle mentioning an article The Read and other podcasters were featured in, I downloaded Last Name Basis hosted by Patrick and Franchesca who happen to be husband and wife. You may be familiar with Franchesca from her YouTube skits, social media activism, and MTV Decoded. Patrick is just a boring attorney… Any who, the couple usually chats about recent experiences, pop culture, useless scientific facts, and slang tests (given to Patrick by Franchesca).
Now stepping into something a little ratchet. Each week, under the influence of some liquor or mixed drink I’ve never heard of, Mmhmm, Girl hosts Lola and Babs give us the 411 on a range of topics from rap and pop culture to Lola’s dating life. Occasionally, Babs randomly breaks out into songs and it’s absolutely hilarious.
Another Round reminds me of brunch, maybe happy hour with fellow young professionals. Subject matters include but are not limited to social injustices, terrible jokes that are funny because we’ve been drinking, personal stories and interviews with journalist and music artists I would’ve never heard of had I not tuned in. There is also weekly discussion of squirrels.
2 GUYS AND A GIRL
Bringing the ratchet back, 2 Guys And A Girl hosted by X D, J Williams and Jade (described as smart, funny and black as hell) have me literally laughing out loud every week. Episodes are usually a combination of pop culture, f***** up song of the week, and custom cocktails by Jade. They are the group of friends who always say things you’re thinking but never say out loud because you’re pretending not to be an asshole.
FOR COLORED NERDS
For Colored Nerds, hosted by best friends Brittany and Eric cover topics deemed “uncool.” However, I find them quite humorous, relevant and….cultured. They make me want to attend film festivals, the newest exhibit at my local art museum, and try a cigar. Damn, what am I doing with my life?
THE FRIEND ZONE
Last but not least is the very new The Friend Zone. By the time you read this, their fifth episode should’ve dropped. I’m familiar with this bunch through their friends Kid Fury and Crissle. Both Assante and Dustin have been featured on The Read. Any who, this podcast is quickly becoming a favorite. It’s the weekly spiritual boost I need. One of my friends coined them as the “hippies” of podcasts.
Honorable mention goes to Brilliant Idiots who are more idiotic than brilliant (hosted by Charlemagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz) and Neck of the Woods (hosted by Freshalina and Sir Ratchetness). Neck of the Woods could be a favorite if they released podcasts more than once a century 🙂
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