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Episode 28: Killer Mike calls it like it is


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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.”


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Ep. 31 The Unexpected Family

June 27th, 2019


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 …

Ep 29: Sounds from a Well Read Black Girl

May 9th, 2019


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 and online community. What’s …

Episode 27: Assalam Alaykum, BMW

April 11th, 2019


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). …

Episode 26: Mad Hotep

March 27th, 2019


Sometimes conversations stop when you walk into a barbershop, but sometimes they keep going no matter how uncomfortable you may feel. In this episode we unpack what it means to be a hotep; from personal experiences, to …

Episode 25: You may not get it, but I love you

March 7th, 2019


What can love look like when your partner might not ‘get it’? In this episode we talk to interracial couples having difficult conversations around …

Episode 24: What's in your blood?

February 20th, 2019


Thin nose, high cheekbones, kinky hair, what you got in your blood? Your blood won’t lie, but does it determine your identity? We meet two women- …

Episode 23: The Nod

February 7th, 2019


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 …

Episode 22: Gullah Geechee

January 24th, 2019


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 …

Episode 21: Rhythm & Spirit

September 6th, 2018


We end this season by going deep into how we express ourselves at the intersection where spirituality meets artistic expression - and how that intersection can be complicated. 

We meet Alia Sharrief- a Black Muslim …

Episode 20: My child's hair

August 14th, 2018


Our babies and their hair. We hear how two parents discuss hair with their kids. Author Robert Trujillo wrote a book about his son, Furqan's, first flat top. Then we meet  Fatima Jones and he daughter Aponi, and listen …

Episode 19: Summer Series- Buffalo Soldier

August 1st, 2018


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 …

Episode 17: Black, Queer and Free

June 21st, 2018


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 …

Ep. 16: Black Kiwi, thick skin

June 6th, 2018


He is 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 …

Ep. 15: The African Writer's Dilemma

May 16th, 2018


Who gets to choose which African stories get told? We meet three writers, each of them pushing against a mostly white US and UK-based publishing …

Episode 14: The birth of Solomon

May 2nd, 2018


He was the perfect little brown baby. His name was Solomon. Thick curly hair, chubby legs and eyes closed with dark black lashes. Solomon's story is …

Episode 13: Are you a 4C?

April 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 12: Breaking the line

April 4th, 2018


When a ballet teacher told co-host Leila Day that her back should be straight on the ground, no light shining through, and Leila couldn't make it …

Episode 11: Pretty for a dark-skinned girl

March 21st, 2018


Season 2 is here! We explore the history of colorism, from Compton to the markets in Sudan. Dissecting a Hollywood casting call, and asking why are …

Season 2 Preview

March 12th, 2018


The Stoop is back. Warm those feeds and get ready for a full season of going deep into stories from the Black diaspora. We can't wait to show you …

Stoop Bonus: Black women are something else

December 14th, 2017


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.


Listen in …

Episode 10: Stoop on the couch

November 23rd, 2017


It's been a season! Now we wrap things up with a visit to a therapist. Talking some things out and shaking it out with some line dancing senior …

Episode 9: Back to Africa

November 8th, 2017


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 …

Episode 6: Music from the hyphen-line

September 27th, 2017



When you're from an immigrant community, becoming a successful musician isn't an easy journey. We meet 3 dope diaspora musicians: Meklit Hadero, …

Episode 5 : You called me African what?

September 13th, 2017


"You're black, but you ain't BLACK black."

Like many African kids in the US, Stoop host Hana Baba was ridiculed for being from Africa. She was called …

Episode 4: The problem with "sounding white"

August 30th, 2017


What's it mean when someone says you "sound white"? In this episode we explore voice, and unpack what it means linguistically, socially, and professionally when you're black but supposedly "sound white."

As always, we …

Episode 3: PAUSE

August 15th, 2017


Let's hit pause and take a breath.

Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba break from the chatter of stoop talk to send out a special double episode that allows for a moment of grace, a place where one can catch a breath and …

Episode 2: Why is it so hard for some black folks to say I love you?

July 27th, 2017


"It's not hard for a black man of my caliber to say I love you."

But is it? 

Many black people say they never heard I love you much growing up, including both Leila and Hana, hosts of The Stoop. In Episodes 2, …

Episode 1: Nice tribal wear. Now take it off.

July 19th, 2017


Episode 1: An exploration into the controversy over appropriation of African cultures by African Americans. Are African Americans appropriating when …

Preview The Stoop

July 3rd, 2017


Preview Season 1 of The Stoop to hear the funk and flavor of the stories to come in Season 1, starting Summer 2017.  Subscribe now to make sure you don't miss an episode. We'll be dialoging about the diaspora all season …

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