Here at Midroll, we are committed to doing more to support the Black community. Though the road ahead of us will be long, one thing we can begin doing immediately is amplifying Black voices, stories and history. We invite you to join us in doing so! Discover a few of our favorite Black-hosted and Black history-driven podcasts, new and established, below — and get in touch to secure your inventory.
Imani State of Mind – At a time when health and wellness are top of mind, fitness fanatic, TV personality and expert psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker (Bravo’s “Married To Medicine: Los Angeles”) is confronting the stigma surrounding mental health. Though this topic is weighty, Dr. Imani will use pop culture and current events to keep the mood light for her Black, female audience.
Unfinished: Deep South – In the spring of 2019, a billboard situated along I-55 near Marion, Arkansas posed a single question: “Who lynched Isadore Banks?” One year later, award-winning reporters Neil Shea (National Geographic) and Taylor Hom (CNN) are attempting to answer that very question in the latest production by Stitcher’s Witness Docs Network.
Driving the Green Book – Join award-winning BBC broadcaster Alvin Hall and attorney/activist Janée Woods-Weber as they drive from Detroit to New Orleans, collecting powerful testimony about how Black Americans used “The Negro Motorist’s Green Book” to quell fears and travel with dignity. This podcast honors those who lived through the height of segregation and fought for equality. Coming September 15th from Macmillan Podcasts.
Yo! – This podcast looks at social justice through a comedic lens — and these days, business is brisk. Every episode, Tawny Newsome (Netflix’s “Space Force”) and Andrew Ti (ABC’s “Mixed-ish”) offer their takes on the news of the week. Then they bring in a guest, like LeVar Burton or Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”), to help speak to their highly educated, female audience about the ways in which we all relate.
Culture Kings – Comedians Jacquis Neal (ABC’s “Bless This Mess”) and Edgar Momplaisir (Netflix’s “Dear White People”) have long captured a largely Black audience through improv. And their ensemble podcast, a show where comedy, blackness and pop culture collide, is no different. According to Vulture, the two are one of the most “dynamic podcasting duos” and “truly do live up to the name Culture Kings.”
The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Podcast – In her latest podcast endeavor, Oprah is unearthing 25 years of hand-picked legendary interviews, a-ha moments, ugly cries and unforgettable surprises from her daytime talk show (which remains the highest-rated in television history) to bring listeners joy, laughter and much-needed inspiration.