As a Stay At Home Mum who often uses my precious downtime to multitask, sitting in front of a screen for ages is really not my kind of thing anymore.
Over the years of cramming in self care when I get the chance, I have inadvertently curated a list of auditory delights and quick videos that are boosting, rejuvenating or simply entertaining. I hope that you find that these podcasts maximise the quality of your free time too:
Disclaimer: this podcast is not a replacement for therapy but definitely feels like therapy. Dr Thema is the Psychologist, come ordained minister, made famous by being the expert on Chad loves Michelle (ex Destiny’s child).
That reality show aside, this podcast is deep. Sometimes so deep I have to stop listening to truly reflect on what is being discussed or come back to an episode days later.
It is best to follow the podcasts in order as they seem to build on one another. She sets homework which really makes you feel like you’re truly ‘doing the work’ to improve your life. Expect inner personal progress and greater self awareness if you’re willing to engage and honestly reflect on the questions she poses. This series is superb and surprisingly, absolutely free. Her twitter feed is also gold dust.
This may sound a bit silly but one of the reasons I love this channel is because of Ms Mack’s swanky New York accent. Cassandra presents straight up relatable advice to help you navigate life with sprinkles of biblical backing. Topics range from dealing with toxic people to setting goals. She gives off the vibe of a relatable aunty who has learned her life lessons and happily shares them – enjoy!
Dr Joy is an Atlanta based Psychologist who presents podcasts on an extremely vast range of topics, often joined by subject specific experts. As I write this her broad podcast back catalogue stands at 132 episodes.
Although the primary focus of this social and political news channel is on American news, Lisa often reports on issues that affect black people across the entire globe. Bear in mind that her views on the biblical reasons for modern demographic changes, although supported by facts may seem controversial for some. Either way it is thought provoking to have a non-westernised, pro black take on the state of the world at the moment.
Dr Mumbi’s channel is a beacon for all across Africa and it’s diaspora. With experience of working for the United Nations and Kenyan national broadcasters , her videos about current news are always very considered, professional and steeped in thorough accessible knowledge. I always feel like I’ve learnt something after listening to one of her videos. Although coverage focuses on current African centered political news, her show also features occasional motivational, upliftment to aid the ‘awakening’ of African people. Her knowledgeable, passionate and pro African stance is refreshing and vital.
Talk and Entertainment
Jamelia, aka ‘Gotta be a superstar Jamelia‘, is adding strings to her repertoire and now hosts her own Youtube talk show. She has created a safe, open forum to discuss topics that relate to the distinct Black British experience. Expect the best of Black British minds, stimulating discussions and vulnerability. This show is a great and necessary contribution to the Black British media sphere.
From the get go, the hosts of this award nominated podcast are completely and utterly themselves, and hilariously so! Sheryl Blu and Janice Miss Mad News, discuss current events and entertainment stories with a frank, stimulating British Caribbean edge.
The prude in me had to to get used to the rawness of their language and topics touched on as they really get into the nitty gritty of taboo subjects like sex and underwear. Despite my initial need to shed my inner nun, this show is definitely entertaining and you will be hard pressed to find many other podcasts like it.
Are there any podcasts or talk shows that you enjoy listening to? Let me know, I am always on the look out for great entertainment.