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Author: Jay Connor and Alex Hardy

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Each week on "The Extraordinary Negroes", writers Jay Connor and Alex Hardy delve into humorous explorations of pop culture, current events, and relevant issues with some of your favorite media personalities.

Previous guests include Luvvie Ajayi, Damon Young and Panama Jackson of VerySmartBrothas, April Reign, 2017 Grammy nominees KING, Jerrika Hinton of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, author and blogger extraordinaire Demetria Lucas O'Doyley, author Kiese Laymon, Eunique Jones Gibson of Because of Them We Can, and many more.
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The second installment of "An Extraordinary Evening: For Podcasters of Color" took place on June 27th. Once again, Jay organized a night of food, fun, and fellowship at YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of people of color within the podcasting medium.  This episode is a live recording from that event, specifically the panel portion featuring some of the most important figures within the podcast medium--each of whom just so happens to be a person of color: Misha Euceph, host of KPCC's "Tell Them, I Am," Amber J. Phillps, host of "The Black Joy Mixtape," and Diosa Femme, host of "Locatora Radio."  This event was presented by Extraordinary Ideas, SimpleCast, and YouTube and sponsored by Patreon and CastBox. Also shoutout to our partners AudioBoom and SquadCast. 
On 12/13, Jay organized a massive event in Los Angeles celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of people of color within the podcasting medium. It was a night of food, fun, and fellowship as podcasters of color throughout Los Angeles and beyond came together to lay the groundwork for the much needed wholesale changes necessary to achieve equitable treatment within the podcasting industry. This episode is a live recording from that event, specifically the panel portion featuring some of the most important figures within the podcast medium--each of whom just so happens to be a person of color: Stitcher senior producer John Asante, Sam Sanders of NPR's "It's Been A Minute", Paulina Lopez of the incredibly successful "Super Mamas", and Shaun Lau of "No, Totally!"  This event was presented by Extraordinary Ideas and SimpleCast, and sponsored by TableCakes Productions, Wavve, RadioPublic, SquadCast, Heil Sound, She Podcasts, Bullhorn.FM, and FullCast.   Partners for this event include AudioBoom, TuneIn, Inner-City Arts, De Mi Alma Productions, and Comfort LA.  Music provided by Yondo.
Intro By Amanda Seales & Brian Alexander Morgan Music By Jonny May, JP Soundz, & Marcel Summer is imminent and with it comes timely vacations, impromptu pool parties, and the triumphant return of sundresses. But lost in all the fun in the sun are the countless non-profit organizations sprinkled throughout the country that keep our communities thriving. So we're joined by Leigh Ann Hahn of Grand Performances to discuss the important roles that non-profits occupy within our communities, how philanthropy is essential, and why giving should hurt. Additionally, Alex has a new apartment, Jay still hasn't slept, and Rachel Dolezal is the welfare queen Black America refuses to claim. And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
Intro by Naarai Michele Outro by Langston Hughes Get your kleenex ready. For our annual Mother's Day Blackstravaganza, our mothers (!!!!!!!) join us to discuss the many challenges they faced, the sacrifices they made, and even delve into some of their regrets and missteps in raising each of us. Additionally, we learn who's responsible for Alex's obsession with Janet Jackson, we unveil Jay's sordid cross-dressing past, and you'll get a bit more insight into just how we grew up to become Extraordinary Negroes.  And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
Intro by DJ Suede The Remix God Music By Marcelmakesmusic, Beatkowski, and Vincent Alexander. Don't know anything about cryptocurrency? Guess what? We don't either. So we invited Lamar Wilson, the mastermind behind blockchain company Hijro and the instructor of the Black Business School’s popular “Welcome to Cryptocurrency 101” course, to put us up on game. Additionally, Kanye lost his damn mind, Alex could use some extra gravy, and will Jay be watching football again this season? And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
Intro by Durand Bernarr. Music provided by Heartbreaker, Theo Fill Us, and Beatowski.  We're a day late and a dollar short, but hopefully we made up for it by bringing along James Bland of the Emmy-nominated, smash hit web series "Giants" and Creators of Color founder and celebrity photographer Elton Anderson Jr. We discuss their viral Instagram antics, how friendship is a form of self-care, how photography and film became their creative outlets, and how their brotherhood has propelled their respective careers to the next level. Additionally, Jay needs more podcaster friends, Fabulous won’t find a fan in Alex, and are Fried Lobster and Cheddar Bay biscuit Waffles for the culture?  And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
Almost a year ago to the day, we checked off an item on our bucket list when we made history as one of the first podcasts to ever perform live at SXSW. So to commemorate this momentous occasion, we're revisiting this episode so that our new listeners can enjoy this moment and our listeners who've been rolling with us from the jump can see how far we've come.  Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
Music provided by Michael Trapson, Marcel, & Ghost Beats. And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
In a unique take on our Writers Symposium series, writers Tonja Renée Stidhum (Blavity, Shadow & Act, The Root, etc.) and Shamira Ibrahim (Very Smart Brothas, Washington Post, etc.) explore their ongoing journeys with depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, and mental illness. They bravely detail how they sought the support of their friends and family members, how each of them chose their therapists, and what gave them the will to carry on even in their darkest hours.  And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
After its record breaking $235 million opening, you damn right we have much to discuss about this movie. Our favorite womanist race nerd J of Tea With Queen & J joins us and Law Ware makes his triumphant return as well to drop off his 2 cents. Enjoy.  Artwork courtesy of @von.hall And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
Since we’re days away from our legendary block party in Wakanda and our collective excitement about our African heritage is arguably stronger than ever before, we chopped it up with Myra and Delvecchio Parks of The Repat Diaries. A married couple who grew tired of their monotonous life in America and decided to begin a new one in Simba’s backyard, The Motherland. They discuss the challenges of homeschooling their 5 year old son, the cultural differences they experienced in their new home, and the complicated dynamics of being accepted as an African-American by our continental brothers and sisters. Additionally, Alex didn’t exactly have the greatest weekend, Jay visited Wakanda and lived to tell about it, and Black Panther is exactly the movie every last one of us deserve. Music courtesy of IceJJFish, Nimbus Vin, & Little Ry Mu$ic.  And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
Are you looking forward to Black Panther, but have no idea what the hell it's even about because you never read the comic book? Don't worry. We got you. Before Chadwick Boseman and company obliterate the box office, we're putting you up on everything you need to know prior to watching the movie. We break down the mythology of the Black Panther, the cultural signficance of Wakanda, who his cast of supporting characters are, what we're most looking forward to, and how the first big budget predominantly Black feature film has the potential to transform the entertainment industry. 
Indigenous activist and environmental organizer Dallas Goldtooth joins us to discuss the struggle for people of color to remain hopeful in our society, his experiences on the front lines of the infamous Keystone XL and Dakota Access protests, the biggest sacrifice he's man as an activist, and the prevalence of anti-blackness in Indigenous communities. Additionally, Alex can't get to Essence Fest fast enough, Jay used to love H.E.R., and did do we have love for the Grammys or nah?  Music courtesy of Mr. TalkBox and VybeBeatz. And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.  
With our holiday hangover (and hiatus) out the way, we're back in business with Mr. Dave Anderson, aka The Business Bully, to discuss his groundbreaking Black Boys Win initiative, how his track record of success propelled him into entrepreneurship, why he refuses to wear suits, and how come Mr. T doesn't get his due as a revolutionary? Additionally, calling Alex a Nutella Queen might get you stomped out, never let Jay name your computer, and Combat Jack's legacy will live on forever.  Music courtesy of Jay Connor for Extraordinary Beats. And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
The holidays aren't happy for everyone. So we're joined by psychotherapist Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health to discuss how factors like the winter weather, economic anxiety, and our current political climate adversely affect our mental health during the holidays, the importance of establishing healthy boundaries, and how to support your friends and family suffering from mental illness without losing yourself in the process. Additionally, Alex has fond memories of that LaFace Christma" album, the verdict is still out on if Jay has been naughty or nice, and CyHi's new album gets our seal of approval. Music courtesy of Cameron J. Henderson and Little Ry Mu$!c. And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.
With The Internets abuzz after the debut of Spike Lee's update on his 1986 feature film debut, She's Gotta Have It, we felt it was only right to assemble the homies to discuss the show's portrayal of modern love in gentrified Brooklyn. We're joined by writer and Editor-In-Chief of TheExtraordinaryNegroes.com Synitta Walker and Shamira Ibrahim, contributor to Very Smart Brothas, Washington Post, and other outlets, to unpack the Netflix series, whether its take on sexuality and polyamory reflect dating in the 2000 and the 17, challenges in writing Millennial television characters, and healthy ways to juggle lovers.
In one of our most insightful interviews to date, we chop it up with NextShark Editor-at-Large Ranier Maningding, better known as the mastermind behind the social media phenomenon The Love Life of An Asian Guy. He dishes on how nearly every marginalized group adheres to the civil rights blueprints that Black people created, the responsibilities and loneliness that come with helming one of the only Asian-American platforms of its scale, how media whitewashing has impacted how Asian-Americans self-identify, how Black and Asian communities have been pitted against each other, and the complicated legacy of George Tekai's activism. Additionally, Jay is a sore loser, Alex is afraid of goblins, and @ElaineVictoria can sing her entire ass off. Intro courtesy of @ElaineVictoria. And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And for those interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon (patreon.com/theextraordinarynegroes) and PayPal (paypal.me/theextranegroes) donations.   
If you thought fantasy football was serious, imagine replacing the NFL players in with your Thanksgiving menu. Which is exactly what the hell our hungry asses did. But did your Grandma's legendary mac and cheese make the cut? There's only one way to find out. Itis should separately.  And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And if you're interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon and PayPal donations.
We know, we know. It's been a minute since we hit ya'll with an Afterparty episode, but your prayers have been answered. So with Veterans Day on the horizon, we're joined by former combat medic and current Reparations Podcast co-host Richard Brookshire to deconstruct Obama’s military legacy, Richard's quest to maintain his Black identity despite his surroundings, the mistreatment of veterans by society as a whole, why Richard believes Micah Johnson was a martyr for racial justice, and how his military service felt like a lie. And to the courageous individuals in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as our military veterans, we are eternally grateful for your service and sacrifice. As well as the friends and family who keep them loved and uplifted over the course of their military careers.  And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And if you're interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon and PayPal donations.
Once upon a time, Ashley Akunna was so discouraged by the absence of Black Millennial representation on television that she created a web series to do something about it. Now one of the most popular web series out, "The Grapevine" features some of your favorite game changers, artists, cultural innovators, and professionals tackling the topics of today. And she joins us to discuss the importance of her platform, what she adds to the pantheon of Black women in media, and why we should stop blaming Millennials for every damn thing. Additionally, Jay offers to fix Chrisette Michele's life, Alex might put money on Justin Timberlake's head, and are we sure Takeoff wasn't left off of "Bad & Boujee?" Intro courtesy of Kevin Ross and additional music provided by sweetmelody602.  And for more from The Extraordinary Negroes: Facebook: The Extraordinary Negroes Twitter: @theextranegroes, #IAmExtraordinary Instagram: @theextranegroes Business Inquiries: theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com And if you're interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon and PayPal donations.
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LaVorne Smith

This is refreshing for me. Enlightened. Thank you.

Jul 3rd
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