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The Hot Nerd: Smart Love & Relationships

16 EpisodesProduced by China NoelleWebsite

Hot topics & relationship talk with Ivy League history-maker, journalist and hot nerd, China Noelle of (formerly founding editor of Madame Noire).


16: "Pretending to Be Black" & Other Hot Topics

Did you hear of the lady/professor, Jessica Krug, and how she'd been "pretending" to be black? That story is curious, like, why couldn't she just have taught African studies without the performance? Lots of folks from many backgrounds do! Join me as I unpack what on earth the deal is with Madame Krug, whom I'd have interviewed if she were willing, and let's get into identity in a hilarious and nuanced way. The issue isn't as clean-cut or black and white, no pun intended, as all the social media screamers make it seem. While folks like Jessica Krug and Rachel Dolezal are a lil wiggity whack for their identity performances, I'm not convinced that everybody else is so performance-free. Of course, not in the Krug/Dolezal vein, but--honey, chile...many of y'all's boyfriends be performing like they love you when they really don't. Zing! Okay, but seriously, identity is fluid, and these two cases of the black-identity pretenders need to be unpacked. Share your thoughts any time by leaving a message at and pressing the Message button. You can also listen to this podcast episode anywhere podcasts are found!

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