I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts. I’ve always had an appreciation for the spoken word. I love to hear all kinds, but there’s some things that I can genuinely relate to when listening to a so-called Black Nerd podcast. The special humor and cultural references make them particularly entertaining. I’m starting this list with the very first podcast that I subscribed to. It was suggested by a friend who knew I would like a show about Comic artist interviews. And that’s where it all began.
Sidebar Nation (Sidebarnation.com) A Four Part Color Conversation about Comics, Art and Pop-Culture Hosted by Swain, Dwight and Adrian. This was the very first podcast I listened to on the regular. My friend Hulkmad 27 put me onto their show years ago and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. These three gentlemen focus on interviewing top comic artist and fantasy illustrators and they do a fantastic job. Find them in iTunes under Sidebar. [UPDATE] Sadly, the gentlemen of Sidebar Nation have retired and the podcast is no longer available.
Geek Syndicate (geeksyndicate.co.uk) – “In 2006, the Geek Syndicate was born. And who came roaring out but a pair of crazy-yet-loveable geeks by the names David “Monts” Monteith and Barry “Nuge” Nugent. Producing a weekly podcast celebrating and commenting all aspects of geek life. It’s critically acclaimed, irreverent, touching, intellectual, nonsensical, fairly drunken, incredibly sexy, hilarious…er…and stuff.” These guys stay cracking me up. And not only do they their own show but they have formed a network of other interesting podcasts under their umbrella. Find them in iTunes.
Black Girl Nerds (blackgirlnerds.com) – A show hosted by Jamie Broadnax, founder of BGN. She presents a variety of topics from light talk about Sci-fi and Fantasy to more serious social issues about race, gender and more. There are always interesting guests and Jamie puts together great panels featuring her geektastic BGN followers. You can hear the BGN Podcast live on the TWIB.fm Network on Sundays at 7pm eastern at twib.fm/live. You can follow on twitter at @BlackGirlNerds and @BGNPodcast or join the conversations under #BGNPodcast
The Black Geeks Radio Show (theblackgeeks.com) – A close knit crew of black guys that love Sci-fi and fantasy everything. Big Baba Rob is the ring leader and is joined by Darth Geekonius, King Phayce, Potbelly Samurai and Ghost. You will hear all kinds discussions on how good or bad a particular Comic Book film was, or which Star Trek Captain was the best. It’s always a fun conversation about pop culture, news and film reviews, but the tangents are just as entertaining. Currently The Black Geeks Radio Show airs Sundays at 10pm est. on Blog Talk Radio. You can find them in iTunes.
KCRW The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell ( www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/the-treatment) – Every week, host and film critic Elvis Mitchell conducts in-depth interviews with the most innovative and influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture. He’s such a big nerd that he often enlightens his guests on the meaning of their own artistic works. “I’ve just been Mitchell’d” is what some guest have coined the experience. Find his show in iTunes.
Nerdgasm Noir Network (www.nerdgasmnoire.net/) – 5 Geeks, 5 Opinions. These ladies always have something to say about TV shows, films, books and more. Their conversations also tackle issues with equality for gender, race and other disenfranchised groups. You can listen to them live on Tuesdays around 9pm or find them on iTunes and Stitcher. @NerdgasmNoire
Black Geek Movie Talk (www.blogtalkradio.com/blackgeekmovietalk) – “We’re geeky, we’re black, and we love movies!!! We’ll be talking mainly about scifi/fantasy films in what will hopefully be a fun and interesting format.” Two sisters who love science fiction and fantasy film and give their personal take on big feature and limited release films. You can also find them in iTunes or catch their show Live usually on Sundays.
Cinema Noir (www.blogtalkradio.com/cinemainnoir) – “We discuss all things cinema–from a black female perspective.” These three ladies focus on major and independent film, particularly ones that feature black actors and subjects. Film Fatale is the biggest nerd of the crew with her love of comicbook films. You can listen live on Sundays at 6 PM, EST on Blog Talk Radio. Follow them on twitter – @CinemaInNoir, @FilmFatale_NYC, @ReelTalker and @reelsistas.
The Black Tribbles (blacktribbles.podomatic.com/) – “Everything sci-fi, comic books, movies, video games, cartoons and anything a geek would love gets tossed around by the 5-headed hairy hoard of Black Tribbles. We reveal untold stories of geek history, showcase new and upcoming projects, engage in thought-provoking conversation and provide critical insight into a culture that is often devoid of a black influence; all with a humorous irreverent tone that delights as it educates.” This group is a collective of talented and knowledgable geeks. Find them in iTunes and follow on Twitter – @BlackTribbles
Operation Cubicle (operationcubicle.podomatic.com/) – A nerd podcast doesn’t get nerdier than this – a scientist named Shareef Jackson and a tech nerd named JP get together and talk about surviving today’s work environment. But to balance out the nerd talk are great drops of hip-hop. @OperationCube @ShareefJackson
Fanbros (fanbros.com/) – “Where the bros are fans, or something to that effect.” A fun show hosted by DJ BenHameen, Tatiana King-Jones, Chico Leo and Kimsonian. They keep the show lively with great guests and interesting segments including news, reviews and BenHaMeen’s ‘Comics I Copt.’ iTunes and Stitcher! And follow on twitter @FanBrosShow
Genesis Science Fiction Radio (www.talkshoe.com/tc/127374) – “The Genesis Science Fiction Radio features conversations with creators and consumers about relevant topics in science fiction from a black perspective.” Produced by the Black Science Fiction Society and hosted by William Hayashi, the show airs live on Fridays at 9pm est. on Talkshoe.com. Find them in iTunes.
3 Black Geeks (3blackgeeks.libsyn.com/) – “3 Black guys reppin all black geeks everywhere! We review the best Black movies, action, kung fu, cheesy, anime/manga, comics, and everything that white people thinks that black people aren’t into.” Hilarious and in-depth talks about whatever particular subject they choose. Find them in iTunes.
The Nerd Element (www.thenerdelement.com/podcast-empire/) – This is actually a collection of podcasts. From their site – “The Nerd Element exists to bring people together that “Nerd Out” about similar things. Whether you nerd out about comic books, movies, video games or sports The Nerd Element is the place for you. Welcome to The Nerd Element…The Science of Nerds.” I personally stay on their TVTalk with Natty and Kim, but check out all of their shows. Catch Natty and Kim on twitter also – @ and
@anime23. Find them in iTunes.
Blerds On Nerds – (blerdsonnerds.libsyn.com) “We’re a weekly podcast of pure nerd geekdom with an overdose of black nerd bliss! We discuss the past week’s highlights in technology, movies, gaming, and comics while reliving our geek roots with ‘Blast from the Past’ and paying homage to Black Nerds that have or are paving the road for us.” Listen to this energetic pair on iTunes and Stitcher. Find them on Facebook and Twitter –@BlerdNerd
Screenwriter’s Rant Room (HilldogProductions.com) – “A raw, unfiltered & hilarious Podcast that gives you hella industry GAME and always keeps it 100!” Hilliard and Lisa feature great guests in the film, TV and screenwriting community. They also give insight and encouragement to new writers wanting to break into the industry. Find their show on iTunes and Stitcher. @HilliardGuess @LisaBolekaja @ScreenwritersRR
Sci-Fi Party Line (scifipartyline.com) – “A podcast where fans come together and discuss their favorite (and not so favorite) science fiction television shows and movies. We’ve been reviewing sci-fi on our podcast since 2009.” Cat and Carl are fun to listen to and they are experts on attending Comic Cons. Find them in Itunes and Stitcher. @fancyfembot @robominister @SciFiPartyLine
The Combat Jack Show (TheCombatJackShow.com) “The undisputed #1 HipHop podcast, the Combat Jack Show features interviews with HipHop icons & hilarious conversations about music, news & race. Newmanati!” If you are a Hip Hop nerd, this show is for you. Combat features legendary and current guests who tell their life stories and how they got into the game. Also Combat is a straight up nerd with his love of Battlestar Galactica. @CombatJackShow
Girl On Guy With Aisha Tyler (girlonguy.net) – “girl on guy is a show about art, culture, booze, comedy, family, physical injuries, psychological bruises, action movies, rock music, ninjas, zombies, failure, success, sacrifice, video games, and blowing sh*t up.” I really can’t add anything more to that definition except that Aisha is a Sister geek among geeks. She features an eclectic collection of guests who have real stories to tell. Aisha is on iTunes, Stitcher and she has her own app. Can’t say you can’t find her podcast.
Black Nerd Power (oamaudio.com/bnp/) “BNP is a weekly Podcast hosted by Richard Douglas Jones, Markus Seaberry, and Malaika Salaam. They discuss the worlds of Sci Fi & Fantasy from a black POV.” Fun podcast for grown geeks. Find them in iTunes and hit ’em on twitter and facebook.
Afronerd Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/afronerd) – “A dynamic talk show that discusses topics from an educated, conservative Black perspective-debunking ghettoized stereotypes. A show for contrarian people of ALL ethnicities. Afronerd Radio airs regularly on Wednesday at 7:30pm eastern. And for even more discourse Afronerd Radio’s Grindhouse, highlighting sci fi, fantasy and pop culture airs every Saturday at 6pm eastern.” This is a show that I could easily see as a nerdy program sandwiched between Meet The Press and Face The Nation. The energy and debating nature makes for an interesting listen. Find it in Itunes and on twitter @AfronerdRadio
Spawn On Me Podcast (http://spawnon.me/) – “the internet’s definitive video game podcast featuring and spotlighting gamers of color. Brought to you directly from Brookago, hosts Kahlief Adams & Cicero Holmes bring you gaming news, previews and reviews while simultaneously looking at how games affect the world and how the world affects games. Humor, insight and the some of the most important people in the gaming world can be found in only one place…the Spawn On Me podcast!.” iTunes and Stitcher and @SpawnOnMe
The Poprika Podcast (https://soundcloud.com/poprika-podcast) – Darryl Mansel gives a positive and energetic discussion about movies, TV, comics, video games, books, anime, and anything else that comes across his brain. In between the news and commentary Darryl peppers the show with some Hip-Hop selections to groove to. Find the show on Soundcloud, iTunes and Stitcher. Check him on twitter at @seedalicious, and even better check the show’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/poprikapodcast/
BThanBTI – Blacker Than Black Times Infinity Podcast (https://soundcloud.com/bthanbti) – “West Coast Blerds with attitudes dropping geek knowledge in our weekly podcast fam!!” The perfect mix of smart and raunchy with round table talk all guys can gel with. Plus they do great interviews. Find them in Soundcloud, iTunes and Stitcher, or on Youtube. Twitter @
I know what you are thinking! “Is that all the black nerd podcasts there are?” Absolutely not! These are just some of the shows I’ve listened to for a while. Come back for my updates and additions to this list. There are plenty more and the list will get longer and longer in no time! And don’t forget to check out my podcast located in the sidebar to the right. Geek Soul Brother and the Nerdy Venoms.