The Stoop explores stories from across the Black diaspora. A combination of journalism, and storytelling that focuses on the things that aren't talked about enough.
info_outline Ep. 34: The Black Introverts 01/09/2020
Ep. 34: The Black Introverts Why might things be different for a Black introvert? When writer Sequoia Holmes broke it down in her essay "Black Women aren't allowed to be Introverted" we wanted to stoop this out some more. So we sent our introverted producer Jessica Jupiter out to find answers. In this episode we're digging into how it can be different to be an introvert while Black. We also hear from nonprofit organizer and educator Kelly Wickham Hurst who has focused on correcting the ways we treat introverted Black students.
info_outline Ep 33: All Black Everything? 12/19/2019
Ep 33: All Black Everything? Should we support Black no matter what? We discuss the pressure to conform with liking all things Black, even when you don’t. Whether it’s Black art, the Black politician, or a hashtag. The feeling that we have to always align is tied to a psychological concept called 'social desirability bias.' We’ll break down why we do it with a Black psychologist from Stanford, hear from a culture critic who says we shouldn’t succumb to it, and hosts Hana and Leila question their own motives.
info_outline EP. 32: In Deep Waters 12/04/2019
EP. 32: In Deep Waters Season 4 is here! In this episode we're talking about Black folk and water. Yes, swimming. We hear from a man who nearly lost his life while on vacation, and take a deeper look into our relationship to swimming. There are a lot of jokes and myths within our community about why we don’t swim more, but what isn't funny is that nearly 70% of African American kids don't know how to swim. Today, we break down stereotypes that we've even heard our own family members reinforce.
info_outline Ep. 31 The Unexpected Family 06/27/2019
Ep. 31 The Unexpected Family It's our season finale and we're getting into issues of the fam; the things that our families say and do that have helped us or hurt us. We get into what it's like to gain a family unexpectedly and hear from a family whose cultural differences and jealousy nearly divided them. In this special episode we also stoop it with author, therapist, Netflix’ Fab 5 member, and unexpected father Karamo Brown. Keep it in the fam! We'll be back with more episodes soon
info_outline Ep. 30: Black Enough 06/05/2019
Ep. 30: Black Enough Whether it's the music we hear, the clothes we wear, or the way we talk- a lot of us at some point have felt 'not Black enough.' In this episode, we go deep with comedian W. Kamau Bell who's felt awkward in Black circles and before Black audiences, and we'll meet Black Benatar- a drag queen who has struggled and come to terms with performing Blackness.
info_outline Ep 29: Sounds from a Well Read Black Girl 05/09/2019
Ep 29: Sounds from a Well Read Black Girl What’s a sound that embodies blackness? In this episode we ask around and then get deeper into conversation with Glory Edim, the founder of Well Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn based book club. What’s it mean to be well read? This special Stoop episode was recorded live at WNYC's The GreenSpace, and goes deeper into conversations about what it means to return to Africa, how to create inclusive community, and really, how black are we?
info_outline Episode 28: Killer Mike calls it like it is 04/24/2019
Episode 28: Killer Mike calls it like it is Killer Mike is a rapper, activist and father who once tried to live 3 days buying only from black businesses -- and wasn’t happy with what he found. We sit down and stoop out what it means to buy Black; how to do love, not just say it; and why Mike doesn’t like to say “n-word” when he could straight-up say “n***er.”
info_outline Episode 27: Assalam Alaykum, BMW 04/11/2019
Episode 27: Assalam Alaykum, BMW Being Muslim, black and a woman; that’s something that deserves some stoopin’ out. Anti-blackness in Muslim America is real, and in this episode we look at how it often seems to fall on BMW’s (Black Muslim Women) What happens when the shade or discrimination comes from your own people?
info_outline Episode 26: Mad Hotep 03/27/2019
Episode 26: Mad Hotep Sometimes conversations stop when you walk into a barbershop, but sometimes they keep going no matter how uncomfortable it makes you. In this episode we unpack what it means to be a hotep; from personal experiences, to the root of the word, to online tensions. We stoop it out with producer Josh Gwynn who shares his story of maneuvering through some hotep spaces while on a simple mission, to look fly.
info_outline Episode 25: You may not get it, but I love you 03/07/2019
Episode 25: You may not get it, but I love you What can love look like when your partner might not ‘get it’? In this episode we talk to interracial couples having difficult conversations around race, love and identity at a time when racial tensions are high. We also hear from Professor Shantel Buggs author of the study ‘Dating in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter’, who interviewed dozens of women to see whether awareness of racial issues mattered when they were choosing a partner, asking how socially aware do you expect your non-Black partner to
info_outline Episode 24: What's in your blood? 02/20/2019
Episode 24: What's in your blood? Thin nose, high cheekbones, kinky hair, what's in your blood? Your blood won’t lie, but does it determine your identity? We meet two women- Uzaz Shami, a Nubian woman who didn’t expect her results, and Shonda Buchanan who has always identified as Native American but isn’t always accepted as that. What percent of an ethnicity makes you part of that group and does it even matter? Co-hosts Leila and Hana also take the test, and things take an unexpected turn.
info_outline Episode 23: The Nod 02/07/2019
Episode 23: The Nod It's that silent acknowledgement. That "I see you," moment. But not everyone is a nodder. We send producers on the streets to see if the nod is still going strong, and hear from one hesitant nodder who breaks down why it's not always been her thing.
info_outline Episode 22: Gullah Geechee 01/24/2019
Episode 22: Gullah Geechee The Stoop goes to the low country of South Carolina to uncover some of the hidden history of the Gullah Geechee. The mix of African cultures in the deep south eventually transformed into a unique language, culture that is Gullah. Lean in for this one. We outchea.
info_outline Episode 20: My child's hair 08/14/2018
Episode 20: My child's hair Our babies and their hair. We hear how two parents discuss hair with their kids. Author Robert Liu-Trujillo wrote a book about his son, Furqan's First Flat Top. Then we meet Fatima Jones and he daughter Aponi, and listen in on an intimate conversation about hair, pride and love.
info_outline Episode 19: Summer Series- Buffalo Soldier 08/01/2018
Episode 19: Summer Series- Buffalo Soldier It's summertime and we're sharing some stories, portraits essays and things that you've been telling us you want to hear more of. In this episode we hear from Shelton Johnson, a park ranger at Yosemite National Park who reenacts the story of a Buffalo Soldier who also used to patrol the park as a ranger. A complicated history that comes with both pride and shame.
info_outline Episode 18: Afro-vegan stirrin' the pot 07/12/2018
Episode 18: Afro-vegan stirrin' the pot We dig in to our food, our tradition. Does eating plant-based make you bougie? We talk to Afro- Vegan chef Bryant Terry who shows us what it means to be a dope Blegan (Black vegan). Then we get into the Jollof rice wars- who makes it better? Ghana, Nigeria? It's the world cup of Jollof!
info_outline Episode 17: Black, Queer and Free 06/21/2018
Episode 17: Black, Queer and Free Black homophobia is real- and we meet two influential people who are fighting it - each in their own inspiring way. Bishop Yvette Flunder, and author and activist Darnell Moore are Black, queer and free. This episode is delves into the language we use, the things that need to be said, and the celebration of Black boy joy and intimacy.
info_outline Ep. 16: Black Kiwi, thick skin 06/06/2018
Ep. 16: Black Kiwi, thick skin He's from Rwanda, grew up in New Zealand and lives in Australia. Architect, Jean Yves Dushime has a unique diaspora story, not just because of where he lives but because of how he has chosen to handle situations that would make many Black folk uncomfortable. In this episode we talk about the decisions of one Black Kiwi to deal with tough situations in order to move forward...in his own way.
info_outline Episode 14: The birth of Solomon 05/02/2018
Episode 14: The birth of Solomon He was the perfect little brown baby. Two sisters remember a child lost, search for the reasons, and discover the answer to a lingering question. Solomon's story is one that affects thousands of Black families whose babies are twice as likely to die before reaching the age of 1, and Black mothers are up to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes. This gets personal.
info_outline Episode 13: Are you a 4C? 04/17/2018
Episode 13: Are you a 4C? When Oprah's longtime hairstylist Andre Walker created the hair typing system, he didn't expect it to become what it is today. The chart has helped a lot of black naturals understand their textures but it's also created some tensions when it comes to the lack of representation of 4C women. From our hair history, to hair salons, and a chat with Mr. Walker himself--we get to the bottom of why some people feel tangled up in this hair chart.
info_outline Episode 12: Breaking the line 04/04/2018
Episode 12: Breaking the line When a ballet teacher told co-host Leila that her back should be straight on the ground, no light shining through and Leila couldn't make it happen, her ballet dreams disappeared. The world of classical ballet is extremely difficult to break into, and for those who do, there's a lot that comes with it. This episode looks at breaking the line. We talk to former ballerina Aesha Ashe, and dance educator and writer Theresa Ruth Howard about ballet, bodies, and skin tone.
info_outline Episode 11: Pretty for a dark-skinned girl 03/21/2018
Episode 11: Pretty for a dark-skinned girl Season 2 is here! We explore the history of colorism, from Compton to the open markets in Sudan. Dissecting a Hollywood casting call, and asking why are so many Black people bleaching their skin? It gets personal.
info_outline Stoop Bonus: Black women are something else 12/14/2017
Stoop Bonus: Black women are something else Writer, mother and part-time hippie Stacia Brown is making our hearts sing and fingers snap with all she has to bring in this essay about the strength of Black women and the myth of the angry Black woman.
info_outline Episode 9: Back to Africa 11/08/2017
Episode 9: Back to Africa We explore the phenomenon of African immigrants returning to the continent from the US through the stories of three 'returnees'. Guests include actress Maame Adjei, award-winning author Yaa Gyasi, and radio entrepreneur DJ Taha Roubi.
info_outline Episode 8: Angry black woman 10/25/2017
Episode 8: Angry black woman Tone it down, Angry black woman. A conversation with two black women in the corporate world who sometimes tone it down in order to avoid stereotypes. What's behind the Angry black woman stereotype, and what's it doing to people psychologically? We stoop this out with some corporate girlfriends and psychiatrist Dr.Loma Flowers.
info_outline Episode 7: Coming to America 10/11/2017
Episode 7: Coming to America Many immigrants imagine the US to be heaven. A a moneymaking, perfect paradise but when they get here, it's a different story. We meet African immigrants who tell their stories of Coming to America, and what the wish they knew before they came.