I haven’t been a podcast listener for very long. My good friend’s girlfriend introduced me to a few that she liked, and by the grace of God himself, I found this one. If I were to tell any human to listen to any podcast, it would be this one. Still Processing is hosted by two culture writers from the New York Times, Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. The way they describe and analyze things completely astounds me. When I wake up on Thursday every week, the first thing that’s on my mind is their new episode. When a friend asks me for podcast suggestions, this is the first one I mention. To say I think their content is incredible would be an understatement.
Still Processing is a home run because Jenna and Wesley shed light on things in an entertaining, educated way. If they mention that something is racist, or wrong, or ignorant, they’re going to follow it up with telling you why. I love that. Everything they talk about truly makes you think.
When Jay-Z’s 4:44 dropped, they tore apart the album, song by song, and gave their outlook into arguably Jay’s most honest piece of work yet. That episode can be found here. Jenna is a renowned Beyoncé stan, obsessed with every single thing revolving around Beyoncé. I respect that! And to be real with you, it made the episode that much more intriguing and important. Do I have that type of information on Beyoncé? No way. Certainly not enough to make a podcast delving into Jay-Z’s affair and the songs that came from it. Jenna, thank you.
I saw Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and listened to this episode afterwards. They touched on why there weren’t black people in this Beguiled remake, what Sofia brings to the table as a white feminist director, and if Tupac is truly dead or not.
Their most recent episode discusses HBO’s supposed new show in the works, “Confederate.” They also went to see Detroit, the new film showcasing the Detroit riots in 1967. I appreciated this episode because they dove into who “owns” blackness. Nobody quite talks about that. Detroit was directed by not only a white person, but a white female! They debate whether or not it was a good film, or if it could have been better had it been directed by a person of color.
I’m done trying to convince you to listen to this podcast. I love it, and I think others will too. Have a listen if you’re interested and let me know what you think.