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The Stoop

65 EpisodesProduced by Hana Baba and Leila DayWebsite

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.

65 Episodes | 2017 - 2022

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 …

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 …

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 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 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 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 …

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 7: Coming to America

October 11th, 2017


Many immigrants imagine the US to be heaven. 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 …

Episode 8: Angry black woman

October 25th, 2017


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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 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 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 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 …

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 is …

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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). What …

Episode 28: Killer Mike calls it like it is

April 24th, 2019


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, …

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 …

Ep. 30: Black Enough

June 5th, 2019


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 …

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. 32: In Deep Waters

December 4th, 2019


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 …

Ep 33: All Black Everything?

December 19th, 2019


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, …

Ep. 34: The Black Introverts

January 9th, 2020


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 …

Ep 35: Je suis noir

February 7th, 2020


In this episode we meet Deborah from Brooklyn, who’s about to pack her bags and move to  Paris. It's a place she’s always adored, along with the likes of other famous African Americans; Richard Wright, James Baldwin, …

Ep 36: Black on air

February 28th, 2020


The pen, the mic, the camera - all powerful tools that people in media have used to get our attention, but for Black women journalists, getting a …

Ep 37: Together and apart

April 1st, 2020


We're getting into the myths surrounding the coronavirus and discussing how Covid-19 could have a different impact on black people. We also hear from …

Ep 38: That Black Tax

May 21st, 2020


For many of us, success and 'making it' also means you're expected to help out and support your family. Whether you're Black American, or a child of Black immigrants- that 'Black Tax' is often something you're going to …

Ep 39: For Ima

June 11th, 2020


We're at that moment — again. Another black person gone, and another, and another. It hurts. Everyone seems to be watching, and everyone seems to have questions.    But this isn't new, and we're not here for everyone. …

Ep 40: From the Queen: Black is King

August 9th, 2020


Black is King, the visually stunning film by Beyoncé has brought up a lot of conversation. We talk to “the blue man” dancer Papi Oji about his role …

Ep 42: Head on a Swivel

January 22nd, 2021


Lately,  some of us have been watching our back. It's not something we always want to admit, but the current vibe is triggering. We're back, a new season, and today we get a bit personal. We meet two people with …

Ep 43: Sellassie's Choice

February 5th, 2021


Sellassie doesn't plan to take the Covid vaccine. He doesn't trust it. But it feels like the whole world is trying to convince him to. We unpack …

EP 44: The Sounds of Blackness

February 19th, 2021


What is a sound that embodies Blackness?  Today we invite you to unwind, lean back, disconnect and drift while we ask some phenomenal personalities, like LeVar Burton, Stacey Abrams, David Oyelewo, Shangela and more …

EP 45: Zamunda on The Stoop

March 16th, 2021


It's been 33 years since the original film Coming to America, a film that gave many of us some laughs at a time when tensions were high. Now with the new film are we still laughing? We get into the African perspective …

EP 46: That Blaxpat Life

April 1st, 2021


We've heard people threaten to pack it up and move abroad, and today we to talk to two of them who followed through. Natalie Gill  now lives in …

EP 47: Craving a different world

April 16th, 2021


Some of us who chose not to go to HBCU's have some major envy, and regret.  In this episode we hear from people about their experiences at Black …

EP 48: Butter on a Burn

May 14th, 2021


Put butter on that burn. Don't put your purse on the floor. The wives tales, sayings, superstitions & home remedies - the things we heard from …

EP 49: The Gatekeeper

May 27th, 2021


Why do some people feel the need to gatekeep? From the art world to the corporate world, Black gatekeeping is real. Today we hear a classic gatekeeping experience from the comedy duo Frangela, and talk to author …

EP 50: Young, Gifted, and Podcasting

June 11th, 2021


From joy to trauma to history, our kids are expressing their Blackness through podcasting. We celebrate Black child podcasts, featuring Jackson and Avery - hosts of the podcast ‘Hey Black Child’, and Story Jean Brown …

EP 51: We see you, dads

June 25th, 2021


We hear from dads, people talking about their daddies, and we hear about the joys, and challenges, of Black fatherhood. We see you, Black dads. Featuring dads Chris Stewart, Rob Fields, and Sam Adewumi.

Season SIX sneak peek!

August 13th, 2021


Season SIX is almost here y’all! Here’s a little taste of what you can expect this season from Hana and Leila. New episodes drop starting August 19th!

EP 52: Buffalo Soldiers

August 20th, 2021


The Buffalo Soldiers- strong men from Black history. But a big part of their story has us conflicted about the role they played. In this episode, we …

EP 53: Invisible Scars

September 3rd, 2021


Getting a whooping. Whether it’s a belt or switch, the homes we grow up in may normalize corporal punishment for kids- but do we understand the aftermath? You may not leave a visible scar, but there’s always an …

EP 54: Polyfree

September 17th, 2021


Loving multiply. Polyamory. We already do it - you love your family, your friends, your pets- but what does it look like when it comes to romance?

EP 55: This Booty of Mine

October 8th, 2021


We get personal about our relationship with our booties. Not all of us were brought up in an era where there was so much booty appreciation. We stoop it out with hosts Josh Gwynn and Tracy Clayton from Back Issue …

EP 56: Give me heebie-jeebies

October 22nd, 2021


There’s a renaissance of Black Horror- many love it, but some of us still have our eyes closed. With more Black horror films being made, we explore …

EP 57: Sounds of Blackness 2

November 8th, 2021


It’s back! Sounds of Blackness. What is a sound that embodies Blackness to you? We’ve been asking high and low and the answers have us reflecting, …

EP 58. 40 Acres and a Question

November 19th, 2021


As reparations for African Americans come closer to being a reality, the conversation has led to a question - who should get paid? We’ll explore that …

EP 59: IVF and Us

December 3rd, 2021


Black women have lower success rates when it comes to IVF (in-vitro fertilization) But why? We hear from Charissa Jackson who shares her journey about going through IVF. We also look into some of the reasons why Black …

Black, Grown, and Autistic

December 17th, 2021


We explore what it’s like to be a Black autistic adult with the story of artist, author, and illustrator Ayanna Davis, AKA ‘Phenomenally Autistic.’ …

Salam, Is this thing on?

January 7th, 2022


Welcome to the Stoop Comedy Club! It's our last episode of the season and we are laughin’ it up with three African comedians - Nigerian-American Beverly Adaeze, Kenyan-American Dubai Denis, and Sudanese-American Ahmed …

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