Charlamagne Tha God, Michelle Williams, Matt Barnes, and more: 9 must-listen podcasts from The Black Effect Network

round up February 7, 2023

Radio host, podcast royalty (literally), and cultural catalyst Charlamagne Tha God’s Black Effect Network has shows with some of the most iconic Black voices today. We’re rounding up some of our favorite podcasts from his popular network of important, hilarious, and uplifting shows.

On this list are pods that have been featured on Podsauce before like the hosts of “The Trap Nerds.” From NBA legends Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s “All The Smoke,” to the heartfelt series “Checking In with Michelle Williams,” here are some of Podsauce’s favorite podcasts from the Black Effect Network.

All The Smoke

Listen to ‘All The Smoke’

NBA stars, friends, and competitors Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson host their basketball podcast “All The Smoke.” Over the course of their hour-long episodes, the two discuss the latest news coming out of the NBA, analyze games, dish off-the-court drama, and sit down with incredible guests like Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, 2 Chainz, and Cordae.

R&B Money

Listen to ‘R&B Money’

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter/producer TANK and his business partner/multi-platinum songwriter/executive J. Valentine team up on “R&B Money,” a podcast for music fans. They’re chatting with guests and covering all things R&B from Keith Sweat to Pink Sweat$.

Reasonably Shady

Reasonably Shady

Listen to ‘Reasonably Shady’

Real Housewives of Potomac stars Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon host “Reasonably Shady.” They’re sharing conversations about being fearless women, life stories, and diving into topics like relationships, dating, entrepreneurship, motherhood, marriage, style, news, and more.

The Trap Nerds Podcast

Listen to ‘The Trap Nerds Podcast’

You may recognize “The Trap Nerds Podcast” from their episode with Dax and Alesha on Podsauce! The four hosts talk all things “nerdy,” from comic books and anime to gaming and science fiction. They also debate their fair share of Marvel movies, too. It’s all Black nerd culture all the time on “The Trap Nerds Podcast.”

Checking in with Michelle Williams

Checking In with Michelle Williams

Listen to ‘Checking In with Michelle Williams’

Michelle Williams and her friends talk about their mental health journeys, experiences with anxiety, depression, and more on “Checking In.” Tune in for raw conversations and hear skills to manage challenges, overcome hardships, and strategies to boost your emotional well-being in over 100 episodes.

The Breakfast Club

Listen to ‘The Breakfast Club’

Another podcast with Charlamagne Tha God, “The Breakfast Club” is a morning show podcast where he and DJ Envy talk all things news, culture, politics, and more with guests. Every single weekday, the hosts spend 90 minutes telling us everything we need to know for the day.

Carefully Reckless

Listen to ‘Carefully Reckless’

Comedian and actress Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore hosts this hot-topic podcast, “Carefully Reckless.” Hilarious, real, and severely entertaining, she’s providing real advice and commentary on everything. From sex to politics and traveling solo to current pop culture events, hear it all in “Carefully Reckless.”

The 85 South Show with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean 

Listen to ‘The 85 South Show with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean’

Comedians, actors, and rappers Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean host their podcast “The 85 South Show with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean.” Together, they are talking all things music, media, and more with special guests.

WHOREible Decisions

Listen to ‘WHOREible Decisions’

“WHOREible Decisions” is one of the most unfiltered podcasts you’ll ever come across. Mandii B & WeezyWTF host this “no holds barred” podcast about sex and kinks. They’re interviewing celebrities, doctors, activists, dominatrixes, and other guests about their wildest sex stories and advice.

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