Our Best Culture Podcast Award Winners

Podcasts dedicated to Black culture and its intersectionalities such as Black womanhood, Black manhood, hot topics, etc.

2023 Winner Best Music Podcast

Back Issue reminisces on moments in pop culture’s past that have shaped our present. Each episode brings personal reflection, incredible guests, and plenty of deep belly laughs. This season our co-pilot Tracy Clayton is taking a break, so Josh Gwynn has invited some very special guest co-hosts to share their perspective on some of the most formative stories in pop culture. We start out with not just another hair story but a conversation about the gendered politics of specific hairstyles as Josh sets out on a mission to get a silk press. We’ll also reflect on iconic award speeches, explore what our brains do on gossip, break down the backstories of Degrassi and Cheetah Girls, decide if Josh should become the next Black ex-pat, and discuss which multi-hyphenate performers are deserving of their flowers.

2022 Winner Best Culture Podcast

Veteran media maven, editor and cultural critic Kierna Mayo hosts Culturati: Conversations with Kierna Mayo, a colorful sonic world where Black women from Gen X to Gen Z— bougie and ratchet notwithstanding—are the official standard-bearers. Culturati explores cultural hot topics from the socio-political to the not-safe-for-work through provocative conversations with an array of fascinating thought-leaders, activists and celebrated artists, such as comedian and television host W. Kamau Bell, foodie feminist Tanya Fields, Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, and Honey magazine co-founder Joicelyn Dingle. Guided by Mayo, with her (dope AF) Hip-Hop Generation Black feminist sensibility, these candid talks flip conventional thinking on race, sex, and power. Culturati is a bi-weekly audio podcast produced in partnership with PRX. New episodes are released every other Tuesday.

2021 Winner Best Culture Podcast

Crowned ReRe and Mr. Al Pete join forces with their individual ideas to form another podcast! ‘Flowers For The Culture’ will be a biweekly podcast where they speak on a person (…or place, thing, idea, etc.) and how the culture needs to give them their flowers, crowns, and be protected.

2020 Winner Best Culture Podcast

Rightnowish digs into life in the Bay Area right now… ish. Journalist Pendarvis Harshaw takes us to galleries painted on the sides of liquor stores in West Oakland. We'll dance in warehouses in the Bayview, make smoothies with kids in South Berkeley, and listen to classical music in a 1984 Cutlass Supreme in Richmond. Every week, Pen talks to movers and shakers about how the Bay Area shapes what they create, and how they shape the place we call home.