The Stoop

Hana Baba and Leila Day

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.

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Our Editor's Take

The Stoop podcast tells stories of the Black diaspora that Black communities do not reveal in public. They tell these stories in private, from their stoops. They pass from person to person and are essential to Black cultures. These stoop talks contain laughter, sly jokes, and tears. This kind of storytelling is a cherished tradition.

Leila Day and Hana Baba not only host The Stoop. They are also its creators and producers. Hana is a longtime journalist. She also hosts Crosscurrents, an award-winning magazine for KALW Public Radio. Helping people of color enter the world of journalism and media is one of her many passions. Like Hana, cohost Leila works in media. She's a senior editor and executive producer at Pineapple Street Studios. She's earned many national awards for her contributions to journalism. In this podcast, they've gathered voices that characterize Blackness in today's world.

Episodes of The Stoop address topics like tribal wear, Afropunk, and the "angry Black woman" trope. On one, two professional Black women discuss living with the weight of stereotypes. They examine the "angry Black woman" stereotype and its psychological toll. In another, three guests share their stories of leaving the US to return to the African continent. These "returnees" include famed author Yaa Gyasi, DJ Taha Roubi, and actress Maame Adjei. They came to the US as immigrants. What made them leave what many might consider a glamorous life? And does the African continent still feel like home? In another episode, Hana and Leila discuss beauty standards and colorism. For centuries, many cultures have considered lighter skin to be more desirable. Women today are bleaching their skin. While analyzing the history of colorism, Hana and Leila share their personal experiences.

The Stoop features an array of voices from across the diaspora. It celebrates Black storytelling and makes it available to anyone. As the trailer promises, the podcast is like "a griot, a hair salon, and your mama's kitchen all in one."

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