10 Black-led podcasts you should listen to

While Content is Queen champions black creatives every day of the year, as October marks Black History Month in the UK, we wanted to spotlight some of our favourite Black podcasters right now. So, if these podcasts aren’t already in your library, now is the perfect time to discover these talented creators. 

Black Gals Livin’

Black Gals Livin’ sees hosts Vic, and Jas get together every week to discuss all things mental health, pop culture and random shenanigans. Listen here. One of my favourite episodes was a recent instalment featuring Toni Tone, as the trio discussed getting the ick, Channel 4’s Highlife and Toni’s new book: I Wish I Knew This Earlier: Lessons on Love.” 


Pints of Malt 

Brought to by four Nigerian-Irish lads Femi, Kenny, Charlie and Jibbz, Pints of Malt is a laugh out loud worthy podcast sharing insight into growing up and living in Ireland. Check it out here. If you’re not sure where to start, The Sticky Situation episodes are sure to brighten your day. 


Unpretty Podcast

Hosts of Unpretty Podcast, Chinazo Ufodiama and Basma Khalifa, are on a mission to unpack the perceptions of beauty through the lens of Black and non-Black people of colour. For me, a stand-out episode saw Chi and Basma joined by Evelyn Mok and Vick Hope as they discussed racial dating preferences. Join the conversation here


Pennies to Pounds 

The Pennies to Pounds podcast is the brainchild of Pennies to Pounds founder Kia Commodore. With an ethos of empowering the youth to enable their future with complete knowledge, this podcast is arming listeners with the financial literacy we aren’t taught in schools. If Cryptocurrency feels like the dark arts to you, you’ll appreciate episode 47 featuring Alex Entrepreneur. Get your finance fix here.


The Echo Chamber 

The Echo Chamber sees hosts Ez and Jade discuss issues that resonate among Black British people from their perspective as working-class women. From shadow work to sisterhood, the duo covers an array of topics. I particularly enjoyed episode 70 as Milk Honey Bees founder Ebinehita Iyere joined the duo to talk Back British Girlhood. Listen here


Black, Broke and Brilliant  

Black, Broke and Brilliant is a podcast by two twenty-something women, Ivy and Samira, discussing the struggles of adulting one bi-weekly episode at a time. As a freelancer, it’s only right I plug episode 39, Adulting Part 3 – no one teaches you how to freelance – I can most definitely relate. Add it to your library here



 Every Thursday, hosts Harry Pinero and Henrie dive deep into the lives of artists, music, and culture as they celebrate the creatives who shape Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, Dancehall and RnB. Listen exclusively on Spotify here. One of my favourite recent episodes featured Love Island’s Ovie Soko on taking shots, drip and his rules for love. 


Halfcast Podcast 

Brought to you by ChuckieOnline and Poet, the Halfcast podcast sees the duo get together each week to discuss everything and anything in a self-dubbed ‘counselling session’. If you’re a Santan Dave fan, you’ll enjoy the guys discussing whether or not he’s reached his potential; listen here


Black Women Working 

Black Women Working, hosted by Chantelle, Natalie, Rachel and Tolu, is a safe space for black women to speak openly about their experiences of working life in the UK as they provide support, inspiration and advice to the sisterhood, get involved here. If work-life balance is something you struggle with, S4 EP8 – Compromise or Sacrifice comes highly recommended.



With a straightforward ethos of making economics relevant, relatable, and entertaining to the general public, Disunomics breaks down the latest news in the simplest way possible. If travel is on the agenda anytime soon, episode 219 will tell you everything you need to know. Get your weekly news fix here

Founding Studio Memberships Launch

As you may already know, we have two London podcast studios -one in Peckham Rye and the other in Somerset House in Central London.

We’re excited to announce that we’re scrapping our monthly recording caps for new studio members. We want our studios to be a place you come and create your masterpiece. We want you to feel free and get into your flow state and like you have time to complete your podcast, book your guests and get your re-recordings in whenever works for you.

So when you sign up as a Founding Studio Member, you can:

  1. Book your recordings at any of our two studios.
  2. Stress-free reschedulings for guest recordings. Just rebook as and when you need to.
  3. We’re opening up our best-selling Editing Studio for members. Get up to 6 hours per month of podcast editing. (We’ve worked on podcasts from Amazon, Audible, The FA, Grierson Trust, BIFA and more).
  4. Get the visuals to match the audio with HD Video recordings coming to both studios in April.
  5. Access The Club, our member’s group where you can connect, create and collaborate with other members and us.
  6. Get early access to our beta Video and Design studio ahead of our launch in June.

You’re probably thinking:

  1. Sounds great! Where do I sign up? Go here
  2. ‘How are you able to do this?’ and ‘What’s the catch?’- Read on.

I was blessed with having a production team dedicated to my podcast’s success when I started podcasting. This meant my only real concern was making sure the content was pure fire. The beauty of having support is that you gain clarity, and you can commit to your vision. I thought about how you might not have this privilege, and the world is then deprived of your unique perspective or story. The idea that access to resources or tools could be a barrier makes me genuinely angry and upset. I want a future where we build empathy and compassion through storytelling, and we can’t build that without you.

So I started looking at my workflow and what’s helped me stay consistent and experience growth. I also asked myself: ‘What’ and ‘How’ questions like the below:

  • What if I could have it all?
  • What if I could record professionally recording, create video content, hire an editor and a video editor?
  • What could that look like?
  • What would that cost?
  • How much can I afford?
  • How much time will that save me?
  • How can I make this possible?

I was drawing up proposals and planned to make this a reality for myself and other ambitious podcasters like me. Then I was lucky enough to be approached by the brilliant folx at Audible, got in touch and asked if they could support this vision. After months of experimenting and tinkering, we can finally launch this programme and see how it’s received.

Trust me; nothing kills a podcast faster than mediocre growth or burnout from an overwhelming workload. 

But yes, there is a catch! 

We can only provide 27 Founding Membership places at £199 per month as we roll out new features and offers (e.g. masterclasses, filming, editing, design etc.) over the next 3 months. 

We’re looking for Founding Studio Members who are ambitious, imaginative and who can commit for at least 3 months and who’d benefit from the saving, one-to-one production and promotional support between now and the June 1st price increase to £599 per month.

*IF* you fit the bill, you can sign up to be a Founding Studio Member here.

Micro-grants for Podcasters Programme

***Applications are now closed***

If you’d like to find out about more grant opportunities then please complete the form below.

We’re super excited to help aspiring and existing podcasters fulfil their goals with our micro-grants programme. The grants’ purpose is to support creators that might otherwise find it difficult to create their podcast. You can use this grant to pay for artwork, editors, equipment, music, pilots, actors, producers, social media support, advertising, etc. as long as you can demonstrate that it helps your podcast you can apply.

Each successful podcaster will be awarded a micro-grant of either £250, £500, or £1000 as a one-off contribution to their proposed podcast project. In addition to the grant, Content is Queen will be offering up to 6 hours of production support to grantees if they need it.

We hope that access to the grants inspires ideas, innovation and creativity.

Who can apply: 

  • UK-based individuals only
  • New or existing podcasters
  • Disabled people
  • Racialised people/persons
  • Anyone that identifies as LGBTQIA
  • Those from low-income backgrounds
  • Must be aged over 18

Who can’t apply for a grant:

  • Registered businesses, organisations, schools or charities –talk to us.

Additional Terms

  1. Successful applicants will need to produce a summary budget of how the grant was spent.
  2. Successful applicants will need to produce evidence of how the grant supported the podcast by 18:00 31st August 2021 (evidence includes, an audio file of the episode, artwork, social media ad reports, a recorded pilot, equipment receipts etc.)
  3. Successful applicants must be able to supply a UK Bank account in the applicants name.

Applications close on Sunday 21st February 2021, 23:59 GMT.

Successful applicants will be notified by Sunday  31st March 2021 

***Applications are now closed***

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Wanna Be Listener Survey

Wanna Be will be entering its fourth season this March, and we’d like to know what you think of the podcast so far. We’re looking to make a few radical changes to the podcast to serve you better. We’re giving away £5.00 Amazon vouchers* to 50 randomly selected participants. There are 16 questions on the survey in total it takes on average two and a half minutes to complete.

Please be honest and open with your feedback.


Here’s a list of things you can buy on Amazon right now for that coveted £5!

Kindle Books (most of these were 99p at the time of publishing):

  1. Natives- Akala
  2. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty- Florence Given
  3. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time- Jeff Sutherland
  4. The Vanishing Half- Brit Bennett
  5. The Art Of Saying NO- Damon Zahariades

Other things you can get for a fiver on Amazon:

  1. Mini elephant candle holders with candles
  2. Custom eye masks
  3. An Aromatherapy Sleep Roller
  4. A microwave cleaning tool
  5. Joe Wicks Lean in 15 workouts (DVD or Prime)

*There are a few terms and conditions that apply to the prize:

  1. You must have listened to the Wanna Be podcast in the last 2 years.
  2. You’ll need to complete all mandatory questions in the survey to be eligible to win.
  3. We may use your responses anonymously in our marketing.
  4. Only 50 vouchers will be given out to eligible survey participants winners are selected at random.
  5. You need to provide your name and email address for the prize to be fulfilled.
  6. You’ll receive your voucher within 14 days of completion if you’re eligible for a voucher.
  7. The prize offer will expire at 5:00 pm GMT Friday 22nd January.
  8. The survey will remain open until January 31st, 2020.