Who I’m Driving To: The Get

It’s been a bit since I’ve done one of these and since the last time I’ve done one, I’ve been listening to the same thing. The Get.

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I’m always interested in hearing voices that sound like me from girls who look like me. I’m open to other opinions and find myself inadvertently doused in them day in and day out but some times I just want to be with my people. And that is exactly how I think of the girls on this show, as my people.

Rhiana Gun-Wright and Ivy Onyeador of The Get are novices as far as podcasting goes with only a year and twenty one episodes under their belt. But as far as content, they are true experts. Managing to quickly find their voice and their audience, these girls are intelligent, hilarious and timely. Two Ivy League grads break down race, pop culture and just living in general in a way that is digestible, snarky and relatable all without spoon feeding those who are not apart of their cultures but are still listening.

In a form of media that is dominated by white male voices, this duo is refreshing and so easy to latch on to. I knew as soon as I heard their discussion of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None that I would be hooked as long as they would be willing to put out new episodes. Their show is hilarious and genuine but at the same time raw and expressive (you’ll see what I mean when you listen to the episode titled The Things We Carry). I come away from each and every episode with something to smile about and something to think about. And if you are looking for dope music and fantastic sound quality, then you needn’t look any further.

Definitely go and check out Ivy and Rhiana and it goes without saying that you should start with that episode Masters of None episode, Hierarchy of Hotness.

Starter episodes.

Episode 6: Hierarchy of Hotness

Episode 12: The Lighter Side of Racism

Episode 14: The Things We Carry (Don’t listen to this while driving)

Where to find their work

Website

Instagram

Who I’m Driving To: Another Round

This week’s who I’m driving to goes to Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, host(esses?) of the BuzzFeed podcast, Another Round.

Because I spend a great deal of time in the car, it gets lonely and I can’t always listen to music. But being in the car with Heben (pronounced like Heaven) and Tracy is like working and riding along with two of my best girl friends.

BuzzFeed's Another Round was named one of the top podcasts of 2015, and now its signature brand of shrewd hilarity is headed right to your inbox.

Each Tuesday, from the very top of their show, Heben and Tracy are funny, candid and just plain ole charming. With interviews including heavy hitters like Queen Latifah, Melissa Harris Perry and Hillary Rodham Clinton to lesser known yet still poignant characters like activists, Maryam Al-Khawaja, and computer coder whiz kid, Kaya Thomas, Heben and Tracy manage to strike the perfect blend between featuring the people you know and the people you didn’t know you wanted to know. With segments like Tracy’s Animal Corner and rapid fire segment, Pewm Pewm Pewn *insert finger guns here*, I find myself constantly laughing and clapping along.

Every week, hosts Tracy and Heben will send you some of their favorite articles, videos you can't miss, and more.

What’s more, the world of podcasting is dominated by white men and women and it’s refreshing to see (hear?) myself as a black woman be represented. Tracy and Heben are kind to each other, silly with their jokes and the way they present information is just down right smart. The positive way they interact with each other and the world at large is not often represented in the media and it’s a valuable point of view. So if you are a black girl and are looking to see more of yourself or if you just feel like you want to engage with two intelligent young women, run, leap, jump to ITunes or wherever you get your podcast and give them a try.

Consider this me buying a round for Heben and Tracy

Starter list:

Episode 45: Practical Tactical Brilliance (with Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Episode 33: Pick a Slay Uzo Aduba

Episode 17: Caribbean Vibez (with Stacey-Marie Ishmael)

 

Who I’m Driving To: The Internet

For years, I played music at the beginning of the college classes I taught. Whenever I played “Get Away” at least one student would ask “What is this?” To which I would have to reply, “The Internet”. No I was not being snarky. The band, The Internet is an L.A. banded headed up by Syd Tha Kid, who lends her hip hop meets neo-soul vocals, and Matt Martians, who provides the keys. The band is from Odd Future the 20+ collective that may or may not have broken up and included the likes of Frank Ocean (where is he?), Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator to name a few. I have to say though that The Internet is hands down my favorite part of the collective.

Their music is interesting and cool and just all around feel good.  While vocalist Syd could use a little voice training, she has more charisma than all the people I’ve met in the last year. What’s more the adorable Ethiopian front woman is a vulnerable and real as she frequently opens up about her battles with depression, loneliness and her sexuality.

She makes the band interesting and they are totally worth listening to especially if you can find acoustic versions of their songs like their NPR Tiny desk concert. Ironically, it also gives the perfect starter lists of songs.

Starter list

  • “Get Away”
  • “Under Control”
  • “Dontcha”

Who I’m Driving To: Andra Day

I drive a lot. I mean a lot A LOT. I usually opt to listen to podcasts but at some point during the day, I give it a rest and listen to an artist’s entire body of work. Each Monday, I’ll feature an artist that I find myself loving so much that I cut off my beloved podcasts. This week “Who I’m Driving to” is Andra Day.


If you’ve never heard of Andra Day please shimmy out from under that rock you live under and give her a listen. If her voice is not one you recognize from intentionally looking for her music, you may recognize her from everything the holiday themed Apple commercial with Stevie Wonder that played nonstop on Hulu around Christmas. Or perhaps you’ve seen her cover of Eminem’s Lose Yourself while you were binge watching Youtube videos at two a.m.

Whether you recognize her music or not, the time is now because Andra Day is worth a listen. With a look that is the love child of  Rihanna and Amy Winehouse, Andra Day is charming right from first glance. But then she opens her mouth and you are positively blown away. Her ballads are relatable and make you want to hug yourself. I was sold from the very first line of her song, Rise Up.

You’re broken down and tired Of living life on a merry-go-round And you can’t find the fighter But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out.

Starter songs:

Rise Up

Forever Mine

Lose Yourself