It’s official, I have a new podcast and I guess I should tell people about it. Many of you know I believe in Black media and Black journalism. Case and point, one of the highlights of my professional career is being able to have a weekly column in this paper, the Amsterdam News, one of the oldest Black publications in the country.
In addition to my work with the Amsterdam News, I also write occasional articles for www.thegrio.com. I now have a weekly podcast at The Grio where I interview smart Black people and ask them five questions pertaining to Black history and Black culture. We range from sports to politics to science, you name it.
The idea for the podcast isn’t to embarrass anyone, or make my guest and my listeners feel less than. The purpose of the podcast is to remind us of all of our beautiful and brilliant history that many of us were not taught in school. The intended goal of “The Blackest Questions” is to learn about Black history while having fun and learning a bit about our weekly guest. For example, do you know who was the first African American cookbook author? Or the name of the basketball team that J. Cole played for in Africa? Or who was the first Black person elected governor and for what state did they preside over? You’ll have to tune in to find out the answers.
At the end of the podcast there is a fun Black Lightning Round where my guest has to answer some truly difficult questions; like, whether mac and cheese should be a side dish or main dish, who has the best stand up – Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor, or if you could rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge, who would you rename it after?
Many of my guests are recognizable figures in politics, activism, journalism, and the entertainment world. Not only are they excited to test their knowledge of Black history and culture, they are also excited to support Black media. The work of people like Elinor Tatum, publisher of this newspaper and Byron Allen, owner of The Grio and a growing entertainment empire, are doing the work to keep Black history and current events in the news for a multitude of generations, both Black and non-Black.
It is imperative that we continue to support the work of Black publications as they provide news and viewpoints not often found in mainstream media. People like Roland Martin and his “Unfiltered: Daily Digital Show” immediately come to mind.
So, if you’re looking for Black culture, education, and entertainment, you can find “The Blackest Questions” podcast by downloading TheGrio app or listen to the show wherever you get your podcasts. You can also watch it on YouTube if that’s more your style. Enjoy!
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast “FAQ-NYC” and host of “The Blackest Questions” podcast.