The Stoop podcast digs into stories that are not always shared out in the open. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba start conversations and provide professionally-reported stories about what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness. Come hang out on The Stoop as we dialog about the diaspora.
Stoop Special: Black Enough
Whether it's the way we talk, the music we hear, or the clothes we wear- many Black people at some point were made to feel 'not Black enough’, including Leila and Hana.
In this special episode, Leila explores with broadcast journalist Joshua Johnson what it means to be told she ‘talks white’, Hana talks to a psychologist as she wonders if she has to like everything Black to avoid getting called out, and we go deep with comedian W. Kamau Bell who's felt awkward in Black circles and in front of Black audiences.
What does it mean to be ‘Black enough’?
Once Upon a Problem
Hana’s writing a book of Sudanese folktales that have been handed down through generations in her family, but some questions have been haunting her. Should they be translated? Does she even own the right to retell these stories? And the biggest question of them all- a secret within the stories that she must confront.
To guide her, she talks it out with African American storyteller Diane Ferlatte, and Rwandan folklore scholar Brenda Umutoniwase- plus Hana gets honest with her Aunt Sohair..
I Belong to Me
One of the hardest practices is self-love, especially when it feels like the world is against you. Today we hear the story of Regina Louise, an author and personal growth coach, who learned how to define love on her own terms after growing up in and out of foster care. Regina finds her voice in a story that shows us that true love doesn’t always come from the outside.
His Saturn Return
Did someone say, Afro-futuristic audio space drama? We got you.
What is the problem with Duran Durag? Find out in this intergalactic Blackity-Blacktic space comedy, His Saturn Return. From Pineapple Street Studios’ production The 11th, creator, writer, and performer Sai Sion stars in a cosmic audio drama as he plays the cocky and charming, smooth and clumsy and always getting into trouble Duran Durag.
It’s high time for Duran to learn some important life lessons. The all-knowing DJ Saturn is not playing when he sends this young Black space alien on a series of challenges that reveal what it is to live in a universe that doesn’t orbit around ego. Will the missions he’s sent on ground him, or will his swagger get in the way of growing up?
Infertility: A Black Man’s Journey
We don’t often hear stories about Black men struggling with infertility.
Today, we meet Jared Wright and his wife Erica, who share their story about their road to parenthood.
Inside These Walls
Today, it’s personal. Leila takes a walk through a town close to her heart- Charleston, South Carolina- to discover the Black presence in the architecture, and buildings that hold countless stories and secrets from history about Blackness. As she learns about the hands that built Charleston, she also questions her role in the changes…
I liked Episode 55 but I would have liked to see an inclusion of the realities that black women face who don’t have the archetypal black booty. Yes having a booty can be stigmatized - but we can’t overlook how black people (men and women) talk about and talk towards black women who “don’t have a booty” or a certain body frame. If you are a black woman and don’t have a booty - you are literally irrelevant and black people are always the first to let you know this.
Love the diaspora love❤️
So many stories, both lovely and difficult; all real, raw and respectful of black culture!
And easy to listen to! Thank you!