Rank #1: Episode 4: The problem with "sounding white"
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."
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Contributors: @1A @jejihnson322 Chinaka Hodge (@chinakahodge)
Editor: Sound Design: Seth Samuel Illustration: Neema Iyer (@Neemascribbles) Digital Production/PodOps: Megan Jones
Aug 30 2017
Rank #2: Episode 2: Why is it so hard for some black folks to say I love you?
"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, we examine the reasons why we don't hear I love you, and what that means. We talk to inmates at San Quentin state prison, a professor who studies black male emotional expression, and Stooptalk with Al Letson about I love you in his home.
Did you hear I love you growing up? #blacklove #blackfamilies
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Thanks to Al Letson (@Al_Letson) and Serie McDougal (@SerieMcdougal) for contibuting to this episode.
Sound Design: Chris Hoff
Illustration: Neema Iyer
Digital Production/PodOps: Megan Jones
Jul 27 2017
Rank #3: Episode 11: Pretty for a dark-skinned girl
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 Black people bleaching their skin? It gets personal.
Mar 21 2018
Rank #4: Episode 13: Are you a 4C?
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 to the lack of representation of 4C women. From our hair history, to hair salons, and a chat with Mr. Walker himself--we get to the bottom of why some people feel tangled up in this hair chart.
Special thanks to Author: Ayana Byrd: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America
Apr 17 2018
Rank #5: EP. 32: In Deep Waters
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 vacation, and take a deeper look into our relationship to swimming. There are a lot of jokes and myths within our community about why we don’t swim more, but what isn't funny is that nearly 70% of African American kids don't know how to swim. Today, we break down stereotypes that we've even heard our own family members reinforce.
Editor: Jen Chien Sound Designer: Seth Samuel Associate Producer: Natalie Peart
Dec 04 2019
Rank #6: Ep. 31 The Unexpected Family
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 jealousy nearly divided them. In this special episode we also stoop it with author, therapist, Netflix’ Fab 5 member, and unexpected father Karamo Brown. Keep it in the fam. We'll be back with a brand new season soon!
Jun 27 2019
Rank #7: Episode 5 : You called me African what?
"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 names like "African booty scratcher." And the name calling came only from the black kids. What's behind this black disconnect and where did it come from? The Stoop explores this with a young Sudanese American and her African American friends.
Sep 13 2017
Rank #8: Episode 14: The birth of Solomon
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 one that affects thousands of families whose babies are twice as likely to die before reaching the age of one, and Black mothers are up to four times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes. This story is personal as we go deep into a personal story behind the statistic.Two sisters remember a child lost, search for answers, and discover the answer to a lingering question.
May 02 2018
Rank #9: Episode 8: Angry black woman
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 stoop this out with some corporate girlfriends and psychiatrist Dr.Loma Flowers.
Oct 25 2017
Rank #10: Ep. 30: Black Enough
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, and we'll meet Black Benatar- a drag queen who has struggled and come to terms with performing Blackness.
Jun 05 2019
Rank #11: Episode 3: PAUSE
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 forward.
What revives and sustains your soul? For Leila, it's dance. For Hana, it's music.
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Contributors: Leila Day & Hana Baba Sound Design: Leila Day Stoop logo: Jef Cunningham Digital Production/PodOps: Megan Jones
Aug 15 2017
Rank #12: Episode 25: You may not get it, but I love you
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 Buggs author of the study ‘Dating in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter’, who interviewed dozens of women to see whether awareness of racial issues mattered when they were choosing a partner, asking how socially aware do you expect your non-Black partner to be?
Mar 07 2019
Rank #13: Episode 21: Rhythm & Spirit
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 woman hip hop artist who raps about her faith, Black girl magic, and social justice - despite the haters.
And Leila takes us to an Afro-Cuban dance class to get in touch with the Orisha, and has some questions about others, that lead to questioning herself.
Sep 06 2018
Rank #14: Episode 12: Breaking the line
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 happen, her dreams to be a ballet dancer disappeared. The world of classical ballet is extremely difficult to break into, and for those who do, there's a lot that comes with it, especially when you're "the only". This episode looks at breaking the line.
We talk about ballet, bodies, and skin tone with former ballerina Aesha Ashe, and dance educator and writer Theresa Ruth Howard.
Apr 04 2018
Rank #15: Ep 29: Sounds from a Well Read Black Girl
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 it mean to be well read? This special Stoop episode was recorded live at WNYC's The GreenSpace, and goes deeper into conversations about what it means to return to Africa, how to create inclusive community, and really, how black are we?
May 09 2019