6 episodes

Culture Lit is a podcast and community that explores the lives of Black women and Black romantic love through the lens of romance literature. Every episode shines a light on a new Black romance book and delves into the themes surrounding love and relationships for Black women. Get ready for a mix of laughter and discussions about Black women , Black love, intimacy, and the Black romance authors behind these stories.

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Culture Lit is a podcast and community that explores the lives of Black women and Black romantic love through the lens of romance literature. Every episode shines a light on a new Black romance book and delves into the themes surrounding love and relationships for Black women. Get ready for a mix of laughter and discussions about Black women , Black love, intimacy, and the Black romance authors behind these stories.

    A Little About Me

    A Little About Me

    I’m your host, Octavia Marie. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a podcast for over a year now, but I couldn’t settle on what I would talk about.  I’m not a celebrity or an influencer, so who would listen to me?
    Years ago a close friend asked me what truly makes me happy.  It took me a long time to answer that question.  
    I’m happiest when I’m exploring, learning something new, or trying a new dish.
    I also have a deep love of romance novels.  Romance writing has come a long way since my grandma’s book I used to sneak and read.  I decided to discuss the love stories of black women written by black authors because, at my core, I love a good love story.  There are things that people outside the culture don’t get about blackness - black women are not monolithic and our stories aren’t rooted in struggle and trauma.
    Thank you for joining me.
    Culture Lit is a community in celebration of black women and black love, and a reminder that black women deserve joy, love success, second chances, and all the beautiful magic the world has to offer.
    Connect on Socials:
    on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becomingoctaviamarie/
    on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/xooctaviamarie
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    • 7 min
    Second Time Around

    Second Time Around

    If you’re new to Tia Williams, buckle up.  Her new novel, “Seven Days in June,” is smart, sexy, and makes you feel light and floaty, in the best way. It’s a second chance romance spanning 15 years, told in a truly magical way.
    “Seven Days in June” touches on:
    Intergenerational traumaChronic pain and healthcare strugglesLouisiana Creole cultureThe one that “got away”
    Today’s literature selection is “Seven Days in June” by Tia Williams. Find it on BookShop and support independent bookstores: https://bookshop.org/shop/CultureLitPodcast
    Culture Lit is a community in celebration of black women and black love, and a reminder that black women deserve joy, love success, second chances, and all the beautiful magic the world has to offer.
    Connect on Socials:
    on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becomingoctaviamarie/
    on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/xooctaviamarie
    A Podcast Launch Bestie Production
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    • 15 min
    Love & Ms. Fat Booty

    Love & Ms. Fat Booty

    Why does it seem to be that women have to have a certain body type, shape, and size to be worthy of love? I grew up with Seventeen magazine and there was no diversity in there. None. Zero. I’ve always been thick or curvy my whole life and because of the layers of socioeconomic dynamics, white supremacy, and unrealistic beauty standards we all grew up with, I got stuck in the idea that there’s only one body type that is deserving of love.
    How do romantic narratives explore or influence our ideas of which bodies are desirable or deserving of love or romantic partners? And who decides what those desirable bodies look like? Today’s discussion goes deep into what beauty, desire, and attractiveness really is and why black love is so revolutionary. 
    I have curated a list of recommendations featuring curvy bodies, chubby bodies, fat bodies, because all bodies are good bodies, and Ms. Fat Booty gets all the happy endings. Find it on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/shop/CultureLitPodcast
    Culture Lit is a community in celebration of black women and black love, and a reminder that black women deserve joy, love, success, second chances, and all the beautiful magic the world has to offer.
    Connect on Socials:
    on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becomingoctaviamarie/
    on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/xooctaviamarie
    Attribution Link: A Podcast Launch Bestie Production
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    • 19 min
    Black Girl Joy, Not Guilty Pleasure

    Black Girl Joy, Not Guilty Pleasure

    We’ve been on a roller coaster of unprecedented times. Every time I think things are looking better, the world throws more chaos at us. During times like this, I turn to things that bring me joy. For me, that’s romance novels. Romance readers are often criticized, and the genre itself gets criticized. I would call romance novels my guilty pleasure but eventually I realized that I didn’t have to be ashamed of something that brings me so much joy.
    Today I’m visiting with Kay P, author of the blog Melanin Mindscape, voracious reader of all things black, in all genres. We’ll talk about what “guilty pleasures” actually are and why we feel like we need to hide them. We’re unpacking some thoughts around rest and productivity, the literature hierarchy that puts romance at the bottom, and why we deserve to just enjoy things.
    Find it on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/shop/CultureLitPodcast
    Culture Lit is a community in celebration of black women and black love, and a reminder that black women deserve joy, love, success, second chances, and all the beautiful magic the world has to offer.
    Connect with Kay P: 
    On Instagram: https://instagram.com/melaninmindscape
    On her blog: https://melaninmindscape.com/
    Connect on Socials:
    on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becomingoctaviamarie/
    on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/xooctaviamarie
    Attribution Link: A Podcast Launch Bestie Production
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    • 32 min
    Embracing Second Chances

    Embracing Second Chances

    Welcome back! I’ve had a few curve balls thrown at me since my last episode and I’m glad you’re back with me.
    The biggest thing I’ve had to deal with was a surprise diagnosis of Stage 3 colorectal cancer, which has influenced my approach to hardship and inspired me to dive deep into literature for solace. Among the books I read during treatment was Kennedy Ryan's 'Before I Let Go', a complex tale of love, grief, reconciliation and healing that uniquely highlights the experience of a divorced couple. The story's themes of self-compassion, therapy culmination into growth and resilience resonates deeply with me, encouraging me through my own recovery. 
    The book also makes a mark with its dual-narrative structure, realistic portrayals of flawed characters and the enticing inclusion of southern cuisine. It’s a lovely reminder that relationships are a journey, and that true love can find its way back even after devastating losses.
    Find it on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/shop/CultureLitPodcast
    Culture Lit is a community in celebration of black women and black love, and a reminder that black women deserve joy, love, success, second chances, and all the beautiful magic the world has to offer.
    Connect on Socials:
    on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becomingoctaviamarie/
    on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/xooctaviamarie
    Attribution Link: A Podcast Launch Bestie Production
    Mentioned in this episode:
    If you're enjoying the show, join our community at culturelitpodcast.com.
    Join Our Community

    • 13 min
    Welcome to Culture Lit!

    Welcome to Culture Lit!

    A podcast and community that explores Black women and romantic love through the lens of romance novels. Each episode of Culture Lit trains a spotlight on a new Black romance novel and then deep dives into the many themes facing Black women and love after 40. Be ready to laugh, sigh and talk about Black women falling in love, yes sex too, and the Black authors writing their stories.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

ResseLove ,

Our Culture Is Lit

I’m already on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to hear what’s to come Culture Lit!!!

Raine1969 ,

The Truth

I happen to stumble upon this gem as I was scrolling, I was initially intrigued when I saw the name of the podcast Cultural Lit!!! I hit play and heard the melodic voice of the speaker Octavia Marie and the background Jazz, Honey 🙌🏾I have to say I felt connected…. The premise of the show gave me life !! As a black woman of 52, divorced and remarried it has me excited for what’s to come next on this weekly series. I found Octavia’s voice quite soothing with her silky tones and subject matter, I’ll be tuning in regularly.

Fab.Life ,

Lit!

This is much needed. I can not wait!

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