The Cipher



The Cipher blog is a celebration of podcasts and creatives from Africa and the Diaspora. Subscribe to get podcast reviews and listen to intimate audio conversations with global Black creatives through the companion podcast (de)CIPHERed. The blog isn’t a one-way conversation; join the celebration at @thecipherblog and tell us about creatives you’d like us to talk about.

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Lessons I’m Taking Into 2022

I’m going to channel Oprah Winfrey to start this post. “What I know for sure”(™) is that 2021 has been a year of growth and new lessons. I’m thankful for them all. I’m gonna share some with you. I’ve learned to become really COOL with not fitting other people’s boxes neatly. A poking bulge here […]

S***hole Country: “The Struggle Narrative Can Go Straight To Hell”

‘S***hole Country,’ a podcast presented by Radiotopia, is written and co-produced by ‘Afia Kaakyire.’ Yes, I use quotation marks because I don’t know the protagonist/host’s real name — and that’s by design. ‘Afia’ is keeping her real identity secret because, she says, ‘her parents would kill her’ if they found out she was putting ALL […]


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