Happy Friyay, Cowes! You know we love nothing more than a good book and a thought-provoking podcast! This week, we celebrate Black History Month by showcasing some fantastic black authors and black-centric podcasts. The importance of black voices, opinions and perspectives are integral in the movement toward understanding and equality. We can’t wait for you to discover some new favourites!
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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Shut Up You’re Pretty by Tea Mutonji
A Promised Land by Barak Obama
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Augustown by Kei Miller
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
Five Podcasts to Discover
What’s Code Switch? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of colour, Code Switch tackles the subject of race with empathy and humour. They explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts’ first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.
Small Doses with Amanda Seales
Your favourite truth-teller, comedian, Amanda Seales, is dropping gems with “Small Doses,” a weekly podcast that brings you potent truths for everyday use.
Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music, the culture of work, dating, the internet, and how those all fit together.
Ratchet & Respectable
Demetria L. Lucas, cultural critic and author of A Belle in Brooklyn and Don’t Waste Your Pretty, muses on pop culture shenanigans, dating and relationships, and everything worth watching on any size screen. #ratchetandrespectable.
The Midnight Miracle
Apple Podcasts’ Best Shows of 2021, and one of The New York Times’ Best 10 Podcasts of 2021. The Midnight Miracle is a thought-provoking podcast that uniquely blends the salon and variety show traditions while providing a glimpse into the inner lives of hosts Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey, Dave Chappelle, and friends. The Midnight Miracle was recorded during Chappelle’s legendary 2020 Summer Camp in Ohio.
Let us know what you think when you check some of these rec’s out. What are you reading and listening to these days? Let us know down below or by tagging us here.