“Beyond Black History Month” is a podcast diving into Black history year-round and examining the Black community’s impact on America past the month’s 28 days. Host Femi Redwood takes us on a fascinating trip through history about topics like the legacy of Black comedy, the Black hair industry, the impact of the Black LGBTQ+ community on pop culture, and more.
Audacy’s “Beyond Black History Month” is filled to the brim with nuanced conversations, historical documentation, and compelling interviews that make each 30-minute episode fly by. Stream the series in any order, and Redwood is often joined by guests like Ja Rule, Soledad O’Brien, and Steve Toussaint.
With a wide variety of guests, ranging from historians and professors to movement leaders, experts, and people who lived this history, “Beyond Black History Month” is taking it all the way. Redwood provides incredible context to assist in her already brilliant storytelling around these histories, walking us through a timeline of influential people whose impact can still be felt today.
Multi-part themed episodes are looking at the birth of hip-hop in time for the 50th anniversary this year. The first episode in this series discusses the how protest poetry and hip-hop connected, DJ Kool Herc’s iconic 1973 party, and the external forces that contributed to its growth like the 1970s fires in the South Bronx.
There are episodes on the physical and mental trauma of hurricanes, Black Twitter, problematic hair products, Black-owned whisky brands, NFTs and the push to help Black artists, and more.
“Beyond Black History Month” focuses on the massive influence of Black culture across all of America. While American history is Black history and vice versa, the great accomplishments and impacts of Black culture are often overlooked and misrepresented.
Sometimes, this can be melancholic, knowing that there are many Black cultural leaders who were never credited with these achievements in their lifetimes. But, “Beyond Black History Month,” while not erasing racism deeply embedded in U.S. culture, joyfully celebrates all that the Black community has given the world.