3 podcasts to listen to

 

  1. Fruit

 

Produced and created by Issa Rae, Awkward Black Girl and Insecure, Fruit tells the story of X as he figures out his sexuality in the alpha male world of professional football.  

I’ve never really listened to a radio drama or a podcast drama before (and to be honest, I didn’t really know they existed). I think someone I followed on Tumblr suggested it and I’m so glad I follow them.

I was apprehensive when I first started, worried that the theme would be mishandled, simplified but it surprised me. The main character, X, narrates the series whilst also reflecting deeply on his actions, emotions and drives. The relationships in the show are constantly in flux but at a pace that allows the listener to keep track; the dramas that pop up in X’s life are real and understandable, facilitated by a well curated soundtrack and effects.

This show can be seen as being part of the same mo(ve)ment as Moonlight and Queen Sugar: new, Black created, representations of Black men and masculinity.

 

  1. POC

 

Podcast of Colour is a show about four friends (‘trash bags’) of color, Rakeem, Baize, Rene, and John, coming together to give their opinions on pop culture, social justice, and bullshit. They speak in depth and with brave honesty about race and desire, migration, imperialism, mental health, with the conversations being centred usually around the experiences of women of colour and LGBT/queer people of colour.

The camaraderie and laughter that fills every episode is moving, especially when I listen to Rakeem and Baize go back and forth, taking and transforming painful anti-black/racist actions, words and histories into humour.

 

  1. We Want The Airwaves

 

Nia King’s trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.

There are 72 free episodes of this show at this moment, all of them containing interviews with different artists of colour who talk about their life and its complications and their work. This show is an invaluable compendium of queer thought and politics of people of colour, spanning from the 80’s to now, covering migration, the prison industrial complex, racial categorisation, sex work, survival, the politics and ethics of editing and many more incredibly important topics. Listening to these queer and trans people of colour speak about their lives in candid detail about their fulfilled dreams, their brushes with death, experiences of violence, of love and loving is incredibly affirming and strengthening for me and instructive.