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.

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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Simon Brathwaite’s The Outsiders?: Are You Going Mad?!

My pick for this week isn’t a podcast; it’s the YouTube Original series The Outsiders? I didn’t plan to binge-watch the show, but that’s what I ended up doing. And I watched most of it with a lump in my throat.  I’ve been sitting with the impact this six-part series had on me ever since […]

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Have You Heard (of) George’s Podcast?

If you haven’t listened to an episode of “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” then, as we Londoners say, “I beg you do.” This Peabody-award-winning podcast is in its third season and has been reviewed by all and sundry for its thoughtfulness and innovation. And the pod, hosted by writer, poet, and MC George Mpanga, aka […]


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