iHeartMedia, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, and Charlamagne Tha God, one of the most influential and authoritative voices in media, announced today a historic joint venture partnership to launch The Black Effect Podcast Network.

The Black Effect Podcast Network is positioned 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, mental health, news, comedy and more.

The multi-genre venture will feature a luminous roster of marquee talent and culture-

shifting voices committed to enlightening, educating and entertaining audiences curated

by Charlamagne himself. The programming will provide a bridge to understanding

information and interaction rooted in diverse perspectives.

“Blackness has an immediate, culture shifting effect on everything,” said Charlamagne.

“Blackness controls the cool. Blackness is the culture, but Black Voices are not

monolithic. The only way to appreciate the diversity of thought and experiences in Black

culture is to build a platform for those voices to be heard. Unapologetically Black

experiences, unapologetically Black thought, unapologetically Black ideas. Black, Black,

Blackity Black, Black, Black, Black. Everything Black. Black Everything. The vision for

The Black Effect is to amplify, elevate, and empower emerging and established talent.

Our goal is to shift the narrative from Black creators signing transactional deals, to

instead forming legacy partnerships that build generational wealth while allowing each

creative to have an equitable stake in their future. As a long-time partner of iHeart, it’s

an honor to make history with them.”

The Black Effect Podcast Network creatives will include comedian/actress Jess

Hilarious, Social Justice Activist Tamika Mallory, American attorney and TV Host Eboni

K. Williams and many more. The Black Effect Podcast Network has also partnered with

other widely successful podcasts like “All The Smoke,” “Drink Champs” and “The 85

South Show,” and will debut with 18 podcasts this fall on iHeartRadio and everywhere

podcasts are available.

Additionally, Charlamagne’s wildly popular, co-anchored, nationally syndicated radio

show, “The Breakfast Club,” will bring its replay podcast to The Black Effect Podcast

Network as its flagship show, effective immediately. With over 4.5 million weekly

listeners, “The Breakfast Club” has become the most sought after media destination for

A-list talent and influential thought leaders.

“As our country’s number one audio company and podcaster, we have both the

responsibility and the opportunity to give new voices a massive audience platform for

creativity and innovation—and for important ideas that need to be heard,” said Bob

Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “Charlamagne Tha God is an unparalleled

multi-platform creator whose impact extends across radio, digital, social, TV, events and

podcasts. He is uniquely qualified to bring The Black Effect Podcast Network to life, and

we are lucky and honored to be his chosen partner and to continue our successful

partnership of over a decade in this exciting and fast-growing arena.”

The Black Effect Podcast Network will also produce exciting limited series podcasts in

conjunction with various high wattage creators and talent, musical artists, actors,

actresses, sports and literary superstars to support their upcoming films, music releases

and related projects.

All shows on The Black Effect Podcast Network will be distributed through the

iHeartPodcast Network which is home to more than 750 original podcasts. With over

225 million downloads each month, iHeartRadio is the leading podcast publisher

according to Podtrac, with a substantial lead over the next largest commercial

podcaster. iHeartPodcasts span every category from business, sports, spirituality and

technology to entertainment, family, comedy and true crime – and everything in

between – making iHeartRadio the largest publisher of podcast content in the world.

iHeartPodcasts are distributed on all major podcast platforms, including the iHeartRadio


PepsiCo Beverages, in collaboration with its agency partner OMD, has signed on as an

inaugural partner of The Black Effect Podcast Network with others to be announced.

“We knew we wanted to support this groundbreaking partnership as soon as

Charlamagne and iHeart shared their vision for the network. This opportunity connects

our brands to consumers through the newer trusted medium of podcasting, and more

importantly, supports the overall PepsiCo strategic initiative to invest in Black

communities and support diverse voices,” said Katie Haniffy, PepsiCo Beverages Head

of Media. “We’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Charlamagne in the past and

look forward to our continued partnership with him and iHeartMedia on this incredibly

exciting venture.”

The Black Effect Podcast Network launch lineup will include:

“Drink Champs” with N.O.R.E and DJ EFN

“All The Smoke” with Matt Barnes

“The 85 South Show” with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Clayton English

“Whoreible Decisions” with Mandii B and Weezy

“Dropping Gems” with Devi Brown

“Holding Court” with Eboni K. Williams

“Carefully Reckless” with Jess Hilarious

“Street Politicians” with Tamika Mallory and Mysonne

“Hot Happy Mess” with Zuri Hall

“Untitled” with Bonang Matheba

“Hello Somebody” with Senator Nina Turner

“P.O.D.” with Ashley and Tammy

“Straight Shot No Chaser” with Tezlyn Figaro

“Laugh and Learn” with Flame Monroe (executive produced by Tiffany Haddish)

“Checking In” with Michelle Williams

“Cut To It” with Steven Smith Sr.

“No Ceilings” with Glasses Malone

“Gangster Chronicles” with MC EIHT, Reggie Wright Jr. and James McDonald