You Had Me at Black

You Had Me at Black
You Had Me at Black is where Black Millennials tell the stories you won’t see on TV. Season 5 we toured Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago to capture their most authentic and moving stories right in the heart of the city. After tuning in, visit our website ( and subscribe to our newsletter to get first dibs on tickets to our live storytelling events.

Spring Finale: New Leash on Life
Apr 17 • 19 min
Welcome to our Spring Finale. We’ll be back with the rest of the season this fall. This week we hear from Regine. One night she wakes up in the middle of the night to her mother screaming. She later learns that her brother experienced a traumatic brain…
Help Gone Haywire
Apr 10 • 16 min
This week’s story comes from Stephanie, a mother racing against time and the system, to get her kids back. Here’s what happened.
Apr 3 • 20 min
This week’s story comes from Sarah. Newly single after a 5-year relationship ended, she decides to try a new style of dating, and learns more about love than she did in the 5 years prior.
Michelangelo Corleone
Mar 28 • 17 min
Fearing for his life, Mike runs away from his family.
Chicken Spot Popped
Mar 20 • 10 min
Alicia bags a date at the chicken spot, and things pop off.
Acing Lessons on Sexual Liberation
Mar 13 • 18 min
Paula’s date from Plenty of Fish goes awry and launching her on a journey of self-love and liberation.
Joy Trafficking - Season 6 Premier
Mar 6 • 16 min
Welcome to Season 6 of You Had Me at Black! This season we recorded all of our stories over Skype, which allowed us reach people in places we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. This week’s story comes from Kelly, who grew up in predominantly white…
REWIND: You’re Not Worth It, But My Light Bill Is
Feb 27 • 12 min
After an inappropriate situation at work, Brea her asserts her right to be the Angry Black Woman.
REWIND - The Medicine of the Mind (Countdown to Season 6)
Feb 20 • 18 min
Mark takes an impromptu and life-changing trip - or what’s formally known as an Ayahuasca- in Peru.
REWIND - Black Cinderella (Countdown to Season 6)
Feb 13 • 15 min
Ianne searches for a reciprocal love that puts them at the center of their own love story.
REWIND - Lit as a Feather (Countdown to Season 6)
Feb 6 • 10 min
10 year-old Jazz learns the heard way why adults tell us not to play with matches.
Picking up Dust
Sep 26, 2018 • 18 min
A young woman discovers her husband texting her younger sister, forcing her to dust off skeletons in her closet.
Forever 4-21
Sep 19, 2018 • 17 min
Kham gets into the college of his dreams but can’t afford tuition. Until he has a great idea on 4-20. What starts off as a plot to make some quick cash turns into a full-on operation.
The Homegoing Team
Sep 12, 2018 • 16 min
After receiving heartbreaking news about her mother, Deena is forced to make sense of her new normal.
The Dates Add Up
Sep 5, 2018 • 30 min
CeeJaye’s one-night hook up results in unexpected and life-altering changes.
P*ta Brenda
Aug 29, 2018 • 17 min
Celia gets into it with her landlord, Brenda.
Voice of Gratitude
Aug 22, 2018 • 17 min
At five years old, Richard gets adopted by his kindergarden teacher.
Everything Must Go
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
Krystal puts the pieces of her life back together after a painful divorce.
Leaving the Kingdom
Aug 8, 2018 • 22 min
Joi makes a difficult decision between living the life her mother expected and defining life for her self.
Sanctified Gangsta
Aug 1, 2018 • 22 min
Fed up by the way his grandmother dresses him, 8th grade Meechie joins the BDs, a Chicago-area gang, to buy new clothes.
Yogi Awakening
Aug 1, 2018 • 15 min
After his divorce, Marlon takes a retreat and arouses himself in away he never has before.
Hollywood Fefe
Aug 1, 2018 • 20 min
Felicia moved to LA in search of the Hollywood Dream - dream house, dream man, dream dog. Her pursuits leave her losing all but 1.
The Floor is on Fire
Aug 1, 2018 • 11 min
Deborah saves her coins and stays with a friend-of-a-friend on a trip. She quickly learns that “you get what you pay for.”
Finding Sonshine
Aug 1, 2018 • 16 min
Kwynn searches for a reason to live after losing her child and partner.
Welcome to Season 5
Aug 1, 2018 • 2 min
You Had Me at Black returns with our fifth season on August 1! This season we travel to Houston, LA and Chicago. Here’s the host Martina with a introduction to Season 5.
Season 5 - Sneak Preview
Jul 27, 2018 • 2 min
You Had Me at Black returns with our fifth season on August 1! This season we travel to Houston, LA and Chicago. Here’s a sneak preview.
Seen: A Father’s Day Special
Jun 15, 2018 • 25 min
Seen is a two-part series in collaboration with CultTV which explores how Black fathers pour into their children. Contrary to mainstream narratives, Black fathers are out here. For Father’s Day We asked a number of men to reflect on how fatherhood…
Mother’s Jewels
May 11, 2018 • 31 min
Mother’s Jewels is a two-part reflective series in collaboration with CultTV which explores how Black mothers pour into their children. The intergenerational lessons they draw from (or reject), and the life experiences they lean on. We asked eleven women,…
My Name is Jackie
Nov 29, 2017 • 10 min
As a first year teacher in the Bay Area, Adha caught one student bullying another. But when it came time to identify the student to the Principal, he struggled to do so.
Carl’s Angels
Nov 15, 2017 • 19 min
After ending his engagement and recovering from a medical emergency, Carl finally learns to listen to Black Women.
The Problem with Precaution
Nov 8, 2017 • 20 min
Kevin (fka Erk tha Jerk) learns the hard way to be careful what you wish for. After listening, leave a review on Apple Podcasts!
Fonkin’ Up
Nov 1, 2017 • 14 min
Despite graduating from a prestigious college and traveling the world, a young man struggles to escape the conditioning of his hometown.
Ms Tramble’s Favorite
Oct 25, 2017 • 11 min
Chinaka makes an unlikely friend over the fence in her grandmother’s backyard.
Irish You Would
Oct 18, 2017 • 21 min
Elijah and his friends’ Saint Patrick’s Day fun takes a sobering turn outside of a San Francisco bar.
Rise of the African Americans
Oct 11, 2017 • 18 min
Bria struggles with how to react to a teacher who can’t seem to learn how to speak to his Black students.
He’s Not Worth It, But My Light Bill Is
Oct 4, 2017 • 14 min
Welcome to Season 4! After a traumatic experience at work, Brea reclaims her right to be the Angry Black Woman. After listening, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Google Play Music to get new episodes straight to your device. Then leave a review!
The Legend of Yoga Booty & Angry White Girl - Season 3 Finale Pt. 2
Jun 14, 2017 • 33 min
Welcome to our Season 3 Finale Part 21 This week we’re playing back the last two stories from our last kickback in Oakland. First up is Randi, whose story, effectively dubbed, “The Legend of Yoga Booty #1” needs no introduction. We close out this season…
Theo & Bubba’s Mixtape - Season 3 Finale Pt. 1
Jun 8, 2017 • 26 min
Welcome to pt 1. of our Season 3 finale! Today we’re playing back stories recorded at our last kickback in Oakland. The first comes from Theo, a former child singer whose mom did whatever it took to support his career. The second, from Mani, who tried to…
Zoo What You Gotta Zoo
May 24, 2017 • 12 min
To her horror, Jessica’s dad reveals an unconventional plan to get in to their local zoo. Produced by: Afi Yellow-Duke Scoring by: Charlie Caperning After listening, check out our Kickstarter: We’re raising funds to bring our…
Birthday Tings
May 17, 2017 • 1 min
Today is our birthday! In just one year we’ve had the privilege of capturing dozens of inspiring, raw, intimate, and hilarious stories across the country. To celebrate this milestone for us, we reflected on our favorites, and the ones that made the…
Degrees of Faith
May 11, 2017 • 18 min
Jonathan’s story begins after he starts a new job, and learns his company has a program that might help him fulfill his mom’s lifelong dream. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music and Scoring by: Deion Henderson After listening, share a story about your mom…
Ganja in Trouble
May 3, 2017 • 11 min
12 year old Beejus goes to Jamaica on a family vacation, and ends up trying to smuggle cannabis over the border. Produced by: Jarrod Sport Music & Scoring by: Charlie Corpening After listening, share your funniest ganja stories on Twitter: @youhadmeatblack
Praise the Lord, Pass the Ammunition
Apr 26, 2017 • 18 min
Welcome to the second installment of our Tech Inclusion series. Tech Inclusion is a conference that brings tech investor, entrepreneurs and workers together to discuss solutions to the industry’s diversity and inclusion challenges. They invited us to host…
Ghostbusters Busted
Apr 19, 2017 • 11 min
Last fall we were invited to host a storytelling segment at Tech Inclusion San Francisco. Tech Inclusion is a conference that brings together tech entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and diversity workers to find solutions to the industry’s diversity…
Room for Many Hats
Apr 12, 2017 • 14 min
Kevin had a tendency to take on other people’s problems as his own. It wasn’t until a traumatic experience that he realized how much doing so took a toll on his wellbeing. This story is produced by Britney Abrahams (@thelovelybee) Music and Scoring by…
Popov Popoff
Apr 5, 2017 • 12 min
One night Fredia got a little \*too\* drunk for her own good, and learned a valuable lesson. This story is produced by Britney Abrahams (@thelovelybee) Music and Scoring by Deion Henderson (@deion.henderson) Created by Martina Abrahams (@MARTINAdotA) and…
The Medicine of the Mind
Mar 29, 2017 • 17 min
Mark takes an impromptu and lifechanging trip - or what’s formally known as an Ayahuasca- in Peru. \* Produced by Jarrod Sport \* Music and scoring by Charlie Corpening (@Black\_ChinaKid) and Deion Henderson (@Deion.henderson) \* Created by Martina…
Finding Dragon
Mar 22, 2017 • 11 min
Eric’s trip to Cuba takes an unexpected twist when he’s forced to confront skeletons from his past. Follow us on Twitter - @youhadmeatblack Produced by Afi Yellow-Duke (@ayellowdutchess) Music & Scoring by Charlie Corpening (@Black\_ChinaKid) Sound…
Heart Mishaps - Season 2 Finale
Dec 15, 2016 • 34 min
200 people squeezed into an Oakland backyard to listen to stories and celebrate the launch of our second season in early October. These are the stories shared that night. Produced by: Adizah Eghan Photo by: Alexandra Fox
Manifest Your Destiny
Dec 13, 2016 • 16 min
From a young age, Greg knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. One day he received an invitation for the opportunity of a lifetime, but the opportunity was not at all what he expected. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Photo by: @m\_\_tina
Party through the Punches
Dec 8, 2016 • 13 min
Jasmine threw a party, yea she threw a party. People came over, yea she threw a party. This is story about when creating a safe space for yourself becomes a form of activism. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @diracproductions Photo by:…
An Uncomfortable, Comfortable Place
Dec 6, 2016 • 12 min
Jordannah’s a musician, singer and writer. But after an important relationship ended, she fell into a dark place and stopped creating. Then one day at a party she picked up a guitar, played a song, and changed her life forever. Produced by: Britney…
Co-Pilot Journal
Nov 22, 2016 • 22 min
Jamica agreed to help her BFF move cross-country… in an 22-foot truck. The move was so unpredictable and ridiculous that she kept a journal. Here’s what it said. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @topshelfcuzo Photo by: @micholiano
Before the Truce
Nov 16, 2016 • 10 min
In 1992, the Blood and Crip gangs in Los Angeles delcared a truce after over two decades of rivalry. This peace agreement became known as The True of Nine Deuce. When he was 5 years old Damon and his family were victims of a shooting that became a…
When Thunder Strikes
Nov 16, 2016 • 16 min
Zeus has traveled the world as an acrobatic slam dunker. But before he was getting standing ovations in basketball arenas, he was a kid in West Oakland hungry for some sense of power. One day het met the local legend that would change his life forever.…
Black, Black
Nov 9, 2016 • 7 min
Julia grew up in an all-white town and never thought twice of it. That changed one afternoon when her friend got her, and her blackness, f\*cked up. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @topshelfcuzo Photo by: @micholiano
Golden Pursuit
Nov 2, 2016 • 10 min
Mimo’s dream was to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and dedicate her life to serving the underserved. The only thing in her way was a toxic boss, who at every turn tried to tear her down. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring By:…
Peons and Peacocks
Nov 2, 2016 • 10 min
While working at a popular Oakland restaurant, DeMareon overheard his coworkers make troubling remarks about black and brown patrons. When he finally spoke up, everything hit the fan. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @phdirac Photo by:…
Cosmic Bat Mitzvah
Oct 26, 2016 • 9 min
At 25, Niema planned the rest of her life out. At 28, she panicked when it didn’t go as planned, until changed her perspective and the very thing causing her anxiety became her source of reassurance. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & scoring by:…
Thinking Past Tomorrow
Oct 26, 2016 • 10 min
For years, Aridy suffered from depression. During that time, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s music was her refuge. Her story teaches us that sometimes joy comes when you put yourself out there in the most unexpected places. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music &…
Tales from the Town
Oct 12, 2016 • 21 min
This summer we teamed up with the good people at Clouds- a new TV series about a guy who creates a dating app after breaking up with his fiance- to pay homage to the Town that birthed our respective projects, Oakland, CA. We threw a party yea we threw a…
How to be Denise Huxtable
Oct 5, 2016 • 12 min
Growing up, Juliet turned to A Different World as an escape from the academic and social pressures of her Nigerian parents. She desperately wanted to be Denise Huxtable and thought she knew what it’d take to get to college, until her high school advisor…
Serendipitous Report
Oct 5, 2016 • 7 min
In 2005 Pen was a first year college student unsure of his calling and not doing much with his time. Then, an invitation to attend and report on the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington DC changed everything, igniting a fire in him for…
Welcome to Season 2
Sep 28, 2016 • 1 min
Welcome to Season 2 of You Had Me at Black! Over the last 8 weeks we’ve recorded stories from over 2 dozen people from all around the country. Despite their different backgrounds, they all share two things in common: love for their Blackness and belief in…
Boyz N Tha Hood Remix
Sep 27, 2016 • 8 min
16 years after NWA’s ‘Fuck tha Police’ rocked the nation, Sinclair is pulled over by LAPD. It’s Halloween, and he’s dressed as none other than Eazy-E. In this ironic set of events, you’ll never guess what saved him. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Scored…
Black Cinderella
Sep 27, 2016 • 14 min
Growing up queer femme and black in Alabama, Ian learned very quickly what it means to love, but not be loved back. That is, until one day they became the center of their own love story. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Photo by: @properperspective Music &…
Foes, Family & Fame - Season 1 Finale
Jul 12, 2016 • 35 min
For our final episode of Season 1, tune in to hear the stories shared at our live storytelling event in Oakland, CA! First up is Dani, who you may remember from “Wanderlost.” This time, she shares a story about not taking any sh\*t from her racist South…
You Don’t See Me
Jul 6, 2016 • 10 min
Alex and her friends started off what should’ve been an ordinary Saturday night out at a popular bar in Oakland, CA. Singled out by a bartender for their attire, the situation escalated and ended up with Alex in the back of a cop car. With a growing…
Am I Nene Lekes?
Jun 29, 2016 • 8 min
Depression does not discriminate. But like many of us, Bie grew up hearing and believing that it’s something only white people experience. So, she pushed the idea of depression out of her mind as she struggled to heal from death and heartbreak as an…
Can I Take It Apart?
Jun 22, 2016 • 6 min
We all have that one friend who falls in love every time he walks down the street. The type to spend days talking about the future he’s about to have with some random woman he saw on the subway. Who every week swears he found wifey, and vows to let all…
The Laws of Power
Jun 15, 2016 • 19 min
From an early age, Emeka sought control- of his body and of his circumstances. Bullied as a kid, he learned how to fight at an early age. By high school, he was ditching school and was almost sent to prison for money laundering. His future looked bleak,…
BLM is Real
Jun 7, 2016 • 8 min
Corey woke up one Saturday expecting to grab a burrito and bum around all day… until he ran into some Black Lives Matter activists and followed them to a rally in San Francisco.
May 29, 2016 • 12 min
While studying abroad in South Africa, Dani set out on a trip across the border to neighboring Mozambique and the esteemed Tofo Beach. Expecting a smooth journey, she experienced hiccup after hiccup, only to have an epiphany on what it really means to be…
A Raisin In The City
May 24, 2016 • 15 min
Dissuaded by a college advisor, Keyaira drops her dream of becoming a professional writer for a marketing career in NY that can bring in the big bucks. But after a series of failed jobs don’t deliver the satisfaction or financial security she’d hoped,…
Welcome to You Had Me at Black
May 16, 2016 • 1 min
Welcome to You Had Me at Black, the podcast where Black Millennials tell true-life stories. Our co-founder Martina explains our inspiration for the podcast.
Darkening Up
May 16, 2016 • 7 min
A new anchor in a rural North Carolina newsroom, Averi overhears troubling comments about the effect her Blackness has on the station.
Bacardi Gras
May 16, 2016 • 7 min
What’s your favorite memory from college? For Spencer, his was a party at 12 Bryant St at Howard University. He recounts the most memorable party ever, Bacardi Gras.
Are You Black?
May 16, 2016 • 9 min
What happens when new tenants and businesses appropriate the cultures of the displaced? Nnenna knows firsthand. What started off as a fun way to celebrate a friend’s birthday turned into an isolating and humiliating experience in a San Francisco dance…
Where Are My Shoes?
May 14, 2016 • 6 min
An unexpected Myspace message leads Adha to his first house party in high school. It ends up being his best night ever, but in the most bittersweet way.
No Thank You
May 11, 2016 • 7 min
After waking up in paralyzing pain one morning, Dara refuses to accept an unlikely diagnosis from her doctor.
Trill Redemption
May 11, 2016 • 6 min
Amidst mental illness breaking her family apart, Sharell’s Grandmother’s love and resilience provided a safe haven.
Lit As A Feather
May 10, 2016 • 9 min
A self-dubbed pyro, 10 year old Jazz loved playing with fire and would do so at any chance she could get. Then one day a game of ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board’ became way.too.lit.
SNEAK PEEK: “Trill Redemption”
May 4, 2016 • 1 min
Amidst mental illness breaking her family apart, Sharell’s Grandmother’s love and resilience provided a safe haven.
SNEAK PEEK: “Lit as a Feather”
May 3, 2016 • 1 min
A self-dubbed pyro, 10 year old Jazz loved playing with fire and would do so at any chance she could get. Then one day a game of ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board’ became way.too.lit. Here’s an exclusive clip for our earliest supporters, from “Lit as…