On September 9th, iHeartMedia announced a podcasting partnership with one of the company’s premier Talent: Charlamagne Tha God from the nationally syndicated morning show “The Breakfast Club” and “The Brilliant Idiots” podcast.
According to the press release, The Black Effect Podcast Network features a “luminous roster of marquee talent and culture-shifting voices committed to enlightening, educating and entertaining audiences curated by Charlamagne himself. The programming will provide a bridge to understanding information and interaction rooted in diverse perspectives.”
While some of the hosts may not be known to the masses, the lineup boasts entertaining and engaging Talent with current and forthcoming podcasts:
“The 85 South Show” with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean
“All The Smoke” with Matt Barnes
“Carefully Reckless” with Jess Hilarious
“Checking In” with Michelle Williams
“Cut To It” with Steve Smith Sr.
“Drink Champs” with N.O.R.E and DJ EFN
“Dropping Gems” with Devi Brown
“Gangster Chronicles” with MC Eiht, Norman Steele and James McDonald
“Hello Somebody” with Senator Nina Turner
“Holding Court” with Eboni K. Williams
“Hot Happy Mess” with Zuri Hall
“Laugh and Learn” with Flame Monroe (executive produced by Tiffany Haddish)
“No Ceilings” with Glasses Malone
“P.O.D.” with Ashley and Tammy
“Straight Shot No Chaser” with Tezlyn Figaro
“Street Politicians” with Tamika Mallory and Mysonne
“Untitled” with Bonang Matheba
“Whoreible Decisions” with Mandii B and Weezy
While Charlamagne Tha God is bringing many interesting podcasts to iHeartMedia’s Black Effect Podcast Network, there are three debuting this Fall that we can’t wait to hear. And here they are in no particular order:
- Flame Monroe has been doing stand up comedy for over a decade, and she received her best exposure last year on the second episode of Netflix‘s “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready.” In addition to joking about her life as a drag queen and father of three, Flame includes politics in her sets and manages to make her material hilarious AND thought-provoking. With Tiffany Haddish onboard as the Executive Producer of her upcoming “Laugh And Learn” podcast, expect Flame Monroe to make you laugh and think on a weekly basis.
- Former Fox News co-host Eboni K. Williams is a lawyer who now co-hosts “State Of The Culture” on Revolt TV. With her “Holding Court” podcast, we’re likely to hear her legal perspective since she’s an attorney. However, she’s comfortable speaking candidly, so expect Eboni to talk about whatever is on her mind.
- For people who loved “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out,” Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean’s “The 85 South Show” is going to be much-appreciated. The three comics and the ex-cast members of “Wild ‘N Out,” are funny on their own, but all of them together on a platform where they can be themselves for an extended amount of time is going to be crazy good.
“As our country’s number one audio company and podcaster, we have both the responsibility and the opportunity to give new voices a massive audience platform for creativity and innovation—and for important ideas that need to be heard,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “Charlamagne Tha God is an unparalleled multi-platform creator whose impact extends across radio, digital, social, TV, events and podcasts. He is uniquely qualified to bring The Black Effect Podcast Network to life, and we are lucky and honored to be his chosen partner and to continue our successful partnership of over a decade in this exciting and fast-growing arena.”
“Blackness has an immediate, culture shifting effect on everything,” said Charlamagne. “Blackness controls the cool. Blackness is the culture, but Black Voices are not monolithic. The only way to appreciate the diversity of thought and experiences in Black culture is to build a platform for those voices to be heard. Unapologetically Black experiences, unapologetically Black thought, unapologetically Black ideas. Black, Black, Blackity Black, Black, Black, Black. Everything Black. Black Everything. The vision for The Black Effect is to amplify, elevate, and empower emerging and established talent. Our goal is to shift the narrative from Black creators signing transactional deals, to instead forming legacy partnerships that build generational wealth while allowing each creative to have an equitable stake in their future. As a long-time partner of iHeart, it’s an honor to make history with them.”