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  • Writer's pictureTalib Jasir

Black Podcasts Empowers Authentic Expression

Updated: May 29, 2023

Podcasting has emerged as a powerful medium for creatives to share their voices and stories with the world. In recent years, more and more Black creatives and audio professionals have entered the scene, utilizing this platform to share our unique experiences and perspectives with a global audience. Through podcasting, Black folks have the opportunity to be authentically ourselves and leave a record of our current existence, experiences, and legacy.

One of the most beautiful things about podcasting is that there is no barrier to entry. Anyone with a microphone and a story to tell can start a podcast. This is especially important for Black creatives who face systemic barriers to entry into traditional media spaces. In a world where mainstream media often fails to accurately represent Black voices and experiences, podcasting provides an alternative space for us to share our stories and perspectives.

Furthermore, podcasting allows us to be authentically ourselves. Unlike traditional media, where Black folks are often asked to fit into specific molds or stereotypes, podcasting provides an uninhibited space to express ourselves fully and unapologetically. This is especially important given the historical erasure and misrepresentation of Black experiences and realities. Through podcasting, we can tell our own stories, on our own terms.

Podcasting also provides an opportunity for us to leave a record of existence and legacy. The past is repeating itself and in 2023 Black voices and stories are actively being suppressed and erased from history. Podcasting allows us to continue telling our history but also document our contemporary experiences and perspectives, creating a record that future generations can learn from and appreciate. In this way, podcasting provides a space for Black people to contribute to the ongoing project of Black history and culture.

Finally, podcasting provides an opportunity for us to connect with others and build community. Through our podcasts, we can share our experiences and perspectives with a global audience, building bridges and connections with others who may have similar experiences. This is especially important given the ongoing struggle for Black liberation and equality. Through podcasting, we can create a space for ourselves and others to heal, grow, and connect.

Podcasting is a powerful medium for Black folks to share our voices, experiences, and perspectives with the world. Through podcasting, we have the opportunity to be authentically ourselves, leave a record of our existence and legacy, and connect with each other. As more and more of us discover audio storytelling and enter the podcasting scene, we can look forward to a more diverse and inclusive media landscape that better reflects the complexity and richness of Black experiences.

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