The best podcasts on work by brilliant Black women
Plug into these conversations and let these excellent women navigate you through the messy world of work, from Zoom calls to pay rises.
Podcasts are getting diverse, finally. More than ever, we’re seeing brilliant Black women taking to our airwaves and talking about issues affecting them, whether that’s dating via Zoom and parenting in a pandemic, to the best books by Black authors or need-to-know beauty advice.
For the career-minded, we’re constantly turning to a number of incredible and inspirational women to lean on for regular audio advice. These Black women are breaking ground with their take on modern working life, entrepreneurship, getting that pay rise or sticking it to your dodgy boss – all through excellent weekly episode drops. These are the wise women we are here for…
Host: Otegha Uwagba
Average episode length: approx. 1 hour
For those among us who are committed fans of Women Who, a network and accompanying newsletter called The Roundup designed for working women, you’ll already know and love Otegha Uwagba. In Good Company is an extension of the brand where she talks to other successful women who are carving out their own career paths. If you’re interested in the beauty industry and wondering how one of the few Black editors managed to rise to the top, then tune in to her chat with Fenmi Futto. Wondering how to negotiate that pay rise? Take some tips from her insightful convo with publishing queen Sharmaine Lovegrove who’s behind Dialogue Books and one of the best voices around on diversifying our bookshelves.
Host: Nicaila Matthews Okome
Average episode length: 1 hour
As a former digital marketer for NPR in the US by day, Nicaila was a self confessed side hustler by night. She took a gutsy leap and quit her nine to five job in 2017 to go full-time with Side Hustle Pro, a podcast she dubs as the first and only podcast to cast the spotlight on bold Black women entrepreneurs who have ‘scaled from side hustle to profitable business’. There’s so much great content to dig into here: listen to Monique Rodriguez reveal how she took her organic beauty brand Mielle Organics from her garage to the most glamorous retail shelves, and find out how Brittani Allen built her professional home organisation business from scratch. Marie Kondo eat your heart out.
Hosts: Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené
Average episode length: 30 minutes
Relatively new to the podcasting scene come the award-winning authors behind the guide Slay in your Lane: The Black Girl Bible. With the same title and same brilliant ethos, each episode explores topical news and pop culture from a young Black British female perspective, while also expanding on the issues tackled in the book including navigating the workplace and keeping your finances in check. If you’re a budding writer, then this will resonate with you even more. The dynamic duo dedicates entire episodes to how they wrote their best-seller featuring commentary from dozens of successful Black women – from putting together a stand out proposal for publishers to how they first got inspired to put pen to paper.