Entertainment comes in various forms — television, film, fight videos and TikTok are just a few current faves — but none have taken over the attention spans of America quite like podcasting.
Everywhere you turn a new podcast is popping up, offering countless options to choose from that vary based on the topic of discussion. One could be about learning how to cook a good soul food meal and another may focus on what the ladies really like to cook up in the bedroom — shoutout to Angela Yee’s Lip Service for providing the latter! The point is, with the right subject matter anybody has the potential to strike gold, sometimes literally when considering the many who profit off the platform daily.
The Midnight Miracle podcast, hosted by Dave Chappelle alongside Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey of ’90s rap duo Black Star, proved to be so popular that two episodes from Season 1 have been released on a limited edition vinyl.
Currently available only as a bundle with subscription to Luminary, The Midnight Miracle podcast vinyl features episodes “The Grift That Keeps on Giving” on Side A and “LL’s Check” on Side B. The show, which was announced last year on 4/20 ironically, primarily sees the three men in conversation with some of the biggest names in showbiz followed by performances by musicians of equal status and talent.
It’s a win-win formula that could work with a multiple combination of hosts, so of course it got us thinking about what could be.
From purely wishful thinking to ones we actually could see working in the foreseeable future, the team chose 13 Black entertainers that would make amazing podcast hosts. From getting unapologetic advice from a bad gyal that also doubles as a pop superstar, to just listening in on GOAT talk with His Airness himself, we’re willing to bet that all ears would be tuned in for these potential podcasts.
Keep scrolling to see 13 podcast ideas, hosted by your favorite Black stars in music, comedy, sports and more, then let us know if you’d add any of these to your playlist:
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New mom tips. New makeup tutorials. New music — we hope! Basically anything she discusses, the world will be tuning in to hear about it.
2. MARTIN LAWRENCESource:Getty
Although WZUP was fictional, bringing it back IRL with Lawrence behind the mic would be a “WASSUP!” moment waiting to happen.
3. GABRIELLE UNIONSource:Getty
As a Hollywood veteran and mom to a daughter in transition, Union has a lot going on in her world that would make for amazing dialogue.
4. DIANA ROSSSource:Getty
An icon in every sense of the word, Miss Ross would be a dream girl for millions of listeners if this podcast was to ever get made.
5. JOHN LEGENDSource:Getty
From music and film, to Broadway and television, who wouldn’t want to listen to the man who mastered it all?
6. SERENA WILLIAMSSource:Getty
As Serena approaches retirement, this could be the perfect next step in her legendary career by sitting down to actually explain how she became the world’s greatest athlete.
7. MICHAEL JORDANSource:Getty
All he needs to do is announce Jordan release dates for this one to be successful! However, we’re sure MJ has a lot more interesting things to discuss surrounding his status as the undisputed GOAT.
We’re cracking up just thinking about the potential of this one. Give this woman a mic and some studio time, ASAP!
9. DAPPER DANSource:Getty
A weekly Style 101 discourse from the grandfather of originality and all things fresh? Count us in!
10. STACEY ABRAMSSource:Getty
Abrams could be talking Georgia politics one minute and discussing her favorite episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer the next. She’s just that’s diverse!
11. TA-NEHISI COATESSource:Getty
Getting into the mind of one of the most powerful literary voices in our culture, particularly from the male perspective, would be rewarding on multiple levels.
12. GRACE JONESSource:Getty
The mother to every edgy female in the game — Rih, Bey and Naomi just to name a few— we’d be in for a fiery treat if they ever gave Ms. Jones the opportunity to talk her ish.
13. SAMUEL L. JACKSONSource:Getty
We’d only have one rule when it comes to a Sam-Jack podcast: it must be unfiltered, uncensored and chock-full of F-bombs. MF-bombs to be exact!