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Black By Default Podcast

Black By Default Podcast

By Dani & Sarah
Black by Default is a safe space we've built to discuss all the things we celebrate, hide, brag and shame in the name of being Black! Follow us on Instagram & Twitter: @blackxdefault Please feel free to reach out to us with feedback via DM or Email us at
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You Got Indian in Your Family?!
Your problematic aunties are back on the mic for a special inauguration inspired season premiere. New Year, New Rules, Same cackles. Join Dani (@theultimatehomegirl) & Sarah (@smoonzilla) as they start off the new year answering one of the oldest questions in Black History: "Do you have Indian in your family?". Intro: "Optimistic" by Sounds of Blackness; "Rise" by Solange; "Work That" by Mary J. Blige; "Jam" by Guy; Outro: "Ultra Black" by Nas. *We do not own the rights to this music*
January 20, 2021
R&B Sex-Ed
Sarah and Dani celebrate their 10th episode with long time friend, esquire and beauty guru Christine @artsequire (yes! The Christine we mention in every episode) As they discuss how music became the first intro course into their informal sex education. From uncut music videos, to boy band erotic fan fiction - they revisit all the pivotal moments that shaped who they are and what sparked those “tingling” feelings growing up.
September 26, 2020
This Whole Episode is a JAM!
Your problematic aunties decided to not focus on a specific topic. Instead, Sarah & Dani had a much needed “ki"! They caught up on shows, movies and music and anything else that has recently transpired in pop culture from the "Regal to the Ratchet”! Warning: There are a lot of  *SPOILERS*. Music: "Find Your Way Back"- Beyonce, “WAP"- Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “MuWOP"- Mulatto feat. Gucci Mane, "Teddy’s Jam"- Guy, “Optimistic"- Sounds of Blackness. (*We do not own the rights to this music*)
August 14, 2020
I Can't Do Cornrows: The First Entanglement
Your problematic aunties dive into their longest and most impactful “entanglement”... their hair. From childhood to plans for middle aged locs, Sarah and Dani start to "Untangle" the things black girls learned (and in some cases unlearned) about their curly crowns, because getting your “hurr” did is definitely #BlackbyDefault 53:05 -What to watch P-Valley *Spoilers*  59:30- That’s My Jam! Dani- Hair Spray Original Motion Picture & Hair Love Oscar Winning Animated Short film. Sarah- “Just for Me” Haircare commercial & School Daze “Good & Bad Hair” Songs: Optimistic- Sounds of Blackness; Teddy’s Jam- Guy; “Good Morning Baltimore”- Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray Soundtrack); “Straight and Nappy”- Jiggaboos & Wannabees Chorus (School Daze Soundtrack)
July 31, 2020
Working While Black
Black by Default welcomes its first guest to the conversation, Jonique aka @ladyjoknows to the mic to discuss the tangled web of "working while Black". To make the convo more fun than triggering, we created a #WorkingWhileBlack Bingo. From hair touching and being compared to any random Black celebrity, to current corporate pandering in response to Black Lives Matter. We discuss the one of a kind (and often hot mess) experiences that come with being a Black woman in the work space! (1:39:08) What to Watch: Da 5 Bloods  *SPOILERS* (1:52:42) That's My Jam!: Jonique-HBO Max's TV Reality Show 'Legendary'. Episode Music: Optimistic- Sounds of Blackness; What Would I Do If I Could Feel- Nipsey Russell (The Wiz Soundtrack); Superman (Original Mix)- Black Coffee; Teddy's Jam- Guy
July 11, 2020
Juneteenth: Also, Arrest Breonna Taylor's Killers!
Dani & Sarah want to preface that this episode is long as hell! The bestfriends had a lot to catch up on after Sarah spent the last 3 months in the "sunken place" aka New England. They discussed the many stages of their virtual social lives during quarantine, celebrating Juneteenth, protesting & the BLM Revolution!  Intro/Outro: Optimistic by Sounds of Blackness. That's My Jam!: Dani- "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang, Sarah- "Where Do We Go" by Solange. 
June 26, 2020
Ageism in the Black Community: When Black DOES Crack!
Dani & Sarah investigate the beauty truth our community refuses to face, Black Does Crack. Join us as our co-hosts uncover the black vampires and those who just didn't make it to the ice-machine on time!
June 5, 2020
That Girl: Just Face It, You're Her Too!
Kelsey Grammer got it wrong, not all girlfriends are "there through thick and thin."... On this episode, Dani & Sarah unpack how toxic masculinity and the problematic "motherly voice" in your head impacted friendships and notions of solidarity during childhood. They discuss how damaging the ideas of the "guys' girl" and "that girl" are on self-love and community.
May 21, 2020
"Black People Don't (get invited to) Camp"
In this episode, Dani & Sarah unpack their childhood relationships with the great outdoors and the moments when they discovered certain activities (like camping) fell under the "black people don't do that" list. They answer the questions no one is brave enough to ask: Is it true that black people don't camp or do we just not get invited? How do cotton fields make YOU feel? And when did you learn that what you liked wasn't "black enough" ? 
May 7, 2020
When I Grow Up...
On this episode, Dani & Sarah explore how music, television and movies shaped their expectations of adulthood, work and relationships. While Sarah recounts her over-active imagination, Dani can barely remember s#!%. Join them as they discover which childhood dreams have come true, which dreams did "reality" destroy and if there is a middle-aged white women living in all of us!
April 23, 2020
I Hate Potato Salad
The first episode of black by default is all about food! We’ll discuss cookout anxieties...the limitations to public watermelon mayo and boiled potatoes have the power to rank aunties and the overlooked, highly pigmented, often smoky staple in the black household!
April 8, 2020