Wake Up, Listen Up : 5 Podcasts to Start Your Mornings

From time to time, I like to give listening to music a break. Sometimes I get tired of hearing the same old songs, sometimes I honestly just want to get educated. Podcasts are a great way to achieve that. Podcasts educate, entertain, inform and even help us grow as people. Below, I am going to share with you 5 of my favorite podcasts that I love to listen to in the mornings.

  1. The Breakfast Club / DJ Envy, Angela Yee, Charlamange Tha God

What a lot of people don’t know is that The Breakfast Club has a podcast. It’s the radio show minus the commercials and music. What I love about starting my day off with the Breakfast Club is that I always end up being informed and entertained. The hosts are hilarious and they balance each other. The content usually consists of the breaking news for that day, rumors in entertainment, a guest interviewee and a few other funny segments such as “Get it off your chest” and “Donkey of The Day”. The guests that show usually hosts ranges from doctors, authors, activists, musicans, actors and more. The show is known for hosting controversial and even intimidating interviews, but they ask the things most people are scared to ask which makes them one of the most talked about radio shows ever.

2. Transformation Church / Michael Todd

I love starting off my week being spritually fed. It helps set the tone for the week but it also allows me to reflect on how I am growing and what I need to work on when it comes to my relationship with God. The lead Pastor, Michael Todd is truly gifted and blessed. I have never come across a pastor like him who can preach and connect to everyone no matter the demographic. For me, he makes the word easy to understand. His sermons are very straightforward and he breaks down the verses which for me are not always easy to decipher. With the assistance of Michael Todd’s sermons, I have been able to understand how to apply God’s word to my everyday life more easily.

3. Therapy For Black Girls

As a young adult, I have come to realize how important mental health is. As someone who is transitioning out of college into the workforce, I am learning how overwhelming and even stressful life can be. I don’t have all the answers to things people believe I should have figured out by now. Therapy For Black Girls educates me on ways to live a healthier life, physically, emotionally and mentally. The host Dr. Joy Harden, is a licensed psychologist in Atlanta and she uses her platform to help individuals become the best versions of themselves. From topics such as, “limiting social media use” and “healing after heartbreaks”, Dr. Joy is sure to touch on an area of your life that needs a little help.

4. Passing Through / Nneka J

Traveling and growth are two things that I really love. Nneka J is a writer and photographer who shares the stories of her travels in relationship to the people who were there with her. What her podcast has taught me is that while people can bring out the best in you, they can also bring out the worst in you. Those things that we often hide from the world are the things that we need to work on. Those are the things that are preventing us from reaching the very best versions of ourselves. Her podcast also touches on the fact that every relationship in our life serves a purpose, even if it ends, it contributes to who you are becoming.

5. Small Doses / Amanda Seales

You may know her as Tiffany from HBO’s Insecure. Amanda Seales is definitely a woman that is not afraid to speak her mind because she keeps it real on her podcast. Small Doeses touches on everything from race, to education, to sex and more. She is brutally honest about her experiences because she wants people to learn from her mistakes and her successes. What I love about Amanda is that she doesn’t let what people think about her, dictate how she lives life. One thing she always emphasizes is that her happiness is so much more important than settling for what is mediocre.

Give one of these podcasts a listen and let us know what you think! Did you learn anything? Are any of these helpful?