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Thrill of Possibility Summit Takes Place in Nashville


The Black Effect Podcast Network’s Thrill of Possibility Summit presented by Nissan took place over the weekend at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. The event welcomed 50 HBCU students from across the country to participate in a STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) industry mentorship event featuring professional development and personal success panels, 1:1 career mentorship sessions, informative iHeartMedia and Nissan internship discussions and networking opportunities with industry leaders and notable HBCU alumni. Pictured above is The Black Effect Podcast Network founder Charlamagne Tha God (left) and president of production & creative development Dollie S. Bishop (right). Photo: The Tyler Twins for iHeartMedia

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iHeartMedia Celebrates Three Years of The Black Effect Podcast Network

Media personality Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia are celebrating the third anniversary of the debut of The Black Effect Podcast Network. The goal of the venture is for it to become “the world’s largest podcast publisher dedicated to Black listeners, bringing together the most influential and trusted voices in Black culture for stimulating conversations around social justice, pop culture, sports, mentalim health, news, comedy and more.” iHeartMedia says, “Three years into its mission, The Black Effect has cemented itself as the premiere destination for Black talent and Black listeners, launching over 30 exceptional shows – including ‘Carefully Reckless,’ ‘All The Smoke,’ and ‘Reasonably Shady’ – that cover a wide range of topics and amplify diverse voices and perspectives. Charlamagne Tha God adds, “As we celebrate three years of The Black Effect Podcast Network, we honor the power of representation, the resilience of our community, and the unwavering commitment to truth and excellence. Together, we’ve amplified voices and paved the way for a future where our narratives flourish.”

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The 2023 Black Effect Podcast Festival


Premiere Networks syndicated morning personality Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartRadio presented the first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival at Pullman Yards in Atlanta on Saturday (4/22) designed to “highlight, uplift and amplify Black voices in the podcast industry.” The festival brought together thousands of podcast fans with the Black Effect Podcast Network’s top talent for a day of live podcast recordings from Black Effect’s most popular shows including “The 85 South Show,” “WHOREible Decisions,” “Big Facts,” and a special joint taping with “Reasonably Shady,” and “Checking In with Michelle Williams.” Additionally, the event included panel discussions aimed at aspiring and mentoring podcasters in the Black community with leading content creators and media executives. Pictured above is Charlamagne Tha God (center) with Black Effect Podcast Network president Dollie S. Bishop (front row, second from left) and the Black Effect Podcast team.

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“The Professional Homegirl” Joins Black Effect Podcast Network

iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God announce that “The Professional Homegirl Podcast” joins The Black Effect Podcast Network beginning March 21. The program, hosted by Eboné Almon, explores the lives ofSkin - Face anonymous women who have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Almon says, “Since 2019, my mission has been to amplify the voices of women of color. I wanted to normalize conversations within my community to humanize women, especially Black women, that took roads less traveled. Through this new partnership with The Black Effect Podcast Network, I hope to tell more compelling stories and create a space where women of color don’t have to look far to see themselves.”

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iHeartPodcast Network to Present Influencer Summit

The iHeartPodcast Network announces what it is calling “an industry-first Influencer Summit where some of the most successful podcast creators will open the mic and teach marketers the art of podcast advertising” on Wednesday, April 26, at the iHeartMedia executive offices in New York City. The company says, “The hands-on educational event will feature diverse podcast authorities such as the wildly popular media personality and founder of The Black Effect Podcast Network, Charlamagne tha God; the woman behind the successfulLogo - Graphics ‘Stuff You Missed in History Class’ podcast, Holly Frey; and esteemed journalist, author and co-founder of Pushkin Industries, Malcolm Gladwell, joined with today’s biggest marketers to explain why podcasting is growing rapidly and how brands need to adapt, invest and create audio advertising that resonates with podcast fans.” iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO Conal Byrne says, “Podcasters are the most creative, fastest-growing, diverse wave of influencers to hit content and marketing in years – just as influencer marketing more generally was becoming a key new way to reach audiences. This event came together because our podcast creators are deeply invested in the brands and advertising that become part of their shows, that they asked us to give them a chance to sit down with marketers at scale and talk about what makes host-read creative work. What really differentiates podcasting and our iHeartPodcast Network from other mediums is that creators and fans expect the advertising to be endemic to the shows, often voiced by the hosts and authentic to the listening experience. This is a chance to roll up our sleeves and co-create, collaborate and showcase the simplicity, speed and creative potential of podcasting.”