2022 Judging Panel

Thanks to our volunteer judges who listened to and scored hundreds of applicants’ reels late summer. They’re crucial to our program!!

Andrea Smith

She is a female podcast host of a show that has been around since Covid. All episodes are 10 minutes or less and talk about random topics.

Ann Smith

Ann serves as President of Podcasters Unlimited Network and strives to develop first-in-class podcasts.

BJ Williams

Co-host of The Pilot Podcast, a 2020 BPA winner

Cassandre Dunbar

Passionate about a more diverse and equitable podcasting landscape.

Consuela Esseboom

Consuela is a Surinamese-Dutch psychologist, providing Emotional Intelligence tools for cycle breakers.

Denese Duran

Denese founded Podcasters of NJ and launched Podcasters Unlimited, a podcast network, and consultant, serving as its CEO.

Dominic Lawson

Dominic is the creator of the award-winning Black is America podcast, and hosts & edits podcasts for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.

Elle Cole

Elle empowers moms and advocates for kids with sickle cell. She’s an author and producer of the Vitamin SC3 and Cleverly Changing Podcast.

FayFay Odudu Efe

FayFay is an Audio Producer and founder of 808 Xtra Sound and NaijaPodHub. She has worked with the BBC and Google PRX.

Greg Lacy

Greg is an experienced Media Planner & host of Speak My Peace Podcast, which highlights historical stories and modern black experience

Jared Stokes

Jared is passionate about media education and empowering youth, especially those belonging to the Black community.

Krystal Hill

Krystal is the Director of Podcasts for Black Love Inc. the premier 100% Black-owned partner for celebrating 360 degrees of Black Love

Lloyd George

Hi! I’m Lloyd — a Zimbabwean American content creator by night & a freelance project manager by day.

Mitu Yilma

Mitu reviews pilot episodes of T.V. shows with BJ to answer our listeners’ question, “Should I watch this?”

Monique Russell

Monique is the host of the Bridge to U: Understanding and Black Unity podcast.

Nya Peoples

Nya B. is a media strategist, podcast producer, & owner of Nya B. Marketing. She helps to grow brands online with podcasting & social media.

Osakpolor Aiguobasinmwin

Osakpolor is the host of Answers For Gen Z. The podcast launches January 2023. He’s 20 yo Nigerian, a singer and cinephile.

Ronnette Cox

Guyanese Graphic, Web & CRM Specialist

Tonya McKenzie

Tonya is founder of Sand & Shores PR & Leadership Firm, a L.A. County Commissioner of Alcohol and other Drugs, author, & PR expert

Walter Gainer

Walter is a content strategist and podcast producer who uses content to allows Brands to find and create communities.

Wize Grazette

Wize is a 10 year vet in podcasting. Currently he is the E.P. for #CareFreeBlackGirl Podcast & Podcast Coordinator at SANDOW Design Group.

Demetrius Bagley

Demetrius is an award-winning movie producer & nationally recognized events producer. He is a BPA cofounder, and its Program Director.