Black radio is in flux. The State of Black Media 2013 report found an accelerated decline in black-owned radio stations and on-air talent. The hasty decline led a group of black-owned media organizations to send a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, requesting a probe into the “demise of black radio in America.”
“Black radio, ownership and voices have been spiraling backwards since the Telecomm Act of 1996,” Paul Porter, co-founder of media watchdog group Industry Ears told The Grio.
We see this in the sudden hiatus of Michael Baisden’s syndicated show and the merging of two of New York’s premiere radio stations, WBLS and WKRS. Despite the bleakness of mainstream black radio, the unlimited Internet platform has been a catalyst for entertaining podcasts, including “The Read” and “Strange Fruit.”
One of the emerging podcasts is “Black Girls Talking.” It is revolutionary. The podcast, which features four women of color discussing representations of communities in popular culture, is a platform to divulge and interrogate issues. “Black Girls Talking” uses lived experiences to detail the impacts of cultural appropriation, racism, sexism and other ills on the everyday lives of women of color.
The hosts – Fatima, Alesia, Aurelia and Ramou – spent the first 20 minutes of the “Feminism and Black Womanhood” podcast explaining how they realized blackness was associated with “other” and the impact it had on their lives. These narratives are relatable, impacting and most-of-all, entertaining. There’s a podcast dedicated to online dating as well as “Girls.” “Black Girls Talking” effectively combines wit with knowledge in a way that can reach us all while also validating the importance of our experiences.
“Black Girls Talking” podcasts are available through Soundcloud.
Will you be listening to “Black Girls Talking?”