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The Stoop

Hana Baba and Leila Day

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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 o...Show More
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Ep. 31 The Unexpected Family

42:21 | Jun 27th

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 je...Show More
Ep. 30: Black Enough

24:04 | Jun 5th

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, a...Show More
Ep 29: Sounds from a Well Read Black Girl

41:53 | May 9th

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 w...Show More
Episode 28: Killer Mike calls it like it is

27:41 | Apr 24th

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 d...Show More
Episode 27: Assalam Alaykum, BMW

32:10 | Apr 11th

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 discri...Show More
Episode 26: Mad Hotep

25:32 | Mar 27th

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

22:13 | Mar 7th

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 B...Show More
Episode 24: What's in your blood?

36:08 | Feb 20th

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 Nat...Show More
Episode 23: The Nod

32:04 | Feb 7th

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.
Episode 22: Gullah Geechee

20:24 | Jan 24th

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 on...Show More
Episode 21: Rhythm & Spirit

25:16 | Sep 6th, 2018

We wanted to end this season by going deep into how we express ourselves at the intersection where spirituality meets artistic expression - and how that space can be complicated.  We meet Alia Sharrief- a Black Muslim woman hip hop artist who raps...Show More
Episode 20: My child's hair

17:52 | Aug 14th, 2018

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 conversati...Show More
Episode 19: Summer Series- Buffalo Soldier

09:29 | Aug 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 reenacts the story of a Buffal...Show More
Episode 18: Afro-vegan stirrin' the pot

27:04 | Jul 12th, 2018

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, N...Show More
Episode 17: Black, Queer and Free

30:20 | Jun 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 delves into the language we us...Show More
Ep. 16: Black Kiwi, thick skin

23:20 | Jun 6th, 2018

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 unco...Show More
Ep. 15: The African Writer's Dilemma

29:29 | May 16th, 2018

Who gets to choose which African stories get told? Meet three writers, each of them pushing against a mostly white US and UK-based publishing industry in their own way. Guests: Siyanda Mohutsiwa, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, & Namwali Serpell
Episode 14: The birth of Solomon

32:31 | May 2nd, 2018

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...Show More
Episode 13: Are you a 4C?

25:19 | Apr 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 created some tensions when it comes t...Show More
Episode 12: Breaking the line

26:37 | Apr 4th, 2018

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, an...Show More
Episode 11: Pretty for a dark-skinned girl

34:28 | Mar 21st, 2018

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.
Season 2 Preview

01:12 | Mar 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 what we've been up to!  Hosts Leila Day (the 'fro)  and Hana Baba (the scarf)
Stoop Bonus: Black women are something else

04:16 | Dec 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

18:17 | Nov 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 citizens.  We're coming back hard in a couple of months. We hear you, and plan to bring it. Stay in touch...Show More
Episode 9: Back to Africa

26:59 | Nov 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 entrepreneur DJ Taha Roubi. For more inf...Show More
Episode 8: Angry black woman

30:19 | Oct 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 to people psychologically? We st...Show More
Episode 7: Coming to America

25:18 | Oct 11th, 2017

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. Le...Show More
Episode 6: Music from the hyphen-line

17:52 | Sep 27th, 2017

Three black musicians open up about their struggles as immigrant music-makers.
Episode 5 : You called me African what?

27:42 | Sep 13th, 2017

"You're black, but you ain't BLACK black." Like many African kids in the US, Stoop host Hana was ridiculed for being from Africa. She was called names like "African booty scratcher." And it was only by the black kids. What's behind this black disc...Show More
Episode 4: The problem with "sounding white"

18:58 | Aug 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."
Episode 3: PAUSE

15:28 | Aug 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 regroup in order to move forwa...Show More
Episode 2: Why is it so hard for some black folks to say I love you?

23:24 | Jul 27th, 2017

A lot of black folk say they didn't hear the words ' I love you' growing up, including both Leila and Hana, hosts of The Stoop. In Episodes 2, we examine the reasons why we don't hear I love you, what it means, and whether it's changing today. We tal...Show More
Episode 1: Nice tribal wear. Now take it off.

21:00 | Jul 19th, 2017

Episode 1: An exploration into the controversy over appropriation of African cultures by African Americans. Are African Americans appropriating when they wear a dashiki, tribal markings, or a head wrap? Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba stoop this out in...Show More
Preview The Stoop

01:30 | Jul 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 long. The Stoop podcast digs i...Show More