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The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is… read more

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Coming Soon!

June 20th, 2017

2:18

A new podcast about Black culture from Gimlet Media, hosted by Blackness' biggest fans, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. Premieres July 17th.

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Hunter Green Thong

July 17th, 2017

28:23

A YouTube sex empress is making waves.

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Greetings, My Brothas

July 17th, 2017

28:54

Eric tries to convince Brittany that Beyoncé is hiding something, but Brittany needs more receipts.

 

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On That Lo Life $hit

July 24th, 2017

28:09

Eric's always had an affinity for Polo Ralph Lauren. But he discovers a group of boosters in Brooklyn that took their love for Polo to another level.

Good For The Blacks

July 31st, 2017

35:52

Snoop Dogg has a TV show with Martha Stewart. The Tyler Perry movie "Boo! A Madea Halloween" made almost $100 million at the box office. A Black man once held the nuclear codes for President Trump. Sometimes in life we …

BONUS: Brittany Won't Give Eric Cheez-Its

August 7th, 2017

4:28

We’re off this week, but we wanted to share a little of the behind the scenes magic of our show. There’s a lot that goes into making an episode of The Nod…and there’s a lot that doesn’t go in. Enjoy these outtakes and …

Chitlins at Bergdorf’s

August 15th, 2017

38:25

If you think Kanye West was the first to change the American fashion game, meet one of the flyest Black fashion squads in history.

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A is for Afrocentric

August 21st, 2017

30:06

Eric hosts a podcast about Black culture. He went to an HBCU. But when it comes to choosing a school for his daughter, he's not sure if an …

I Want That Purple Stuff

August 28th, 2017

40:38

Jolly Ranchers. Skittles. Gatorade. No matter what, Eric always goes for the purple stuff. This week, he uncovers the deliciously deep roots of his …

BONUS: Eric Hates Reading The Credits

September 4th, 2017

5:02

In this week's outtakes: Eric struggles with names, and Brittany has good foundational skincare.

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All Heroes Wear Capes

September 11th, 2017

31:34

Nelly on the cover of Sweatsuit, Eve during New York Fashion Week, Cam'ron on Rap City's Tha Bassment. This week, we follow the rise, fall, and rise …

Lawrence: Good For The Blacks?

September 18th, 2017

32:31

We return to debate if the #LawrenceHive’s hero is “hella good” or “bad as f**k” with Bim Adewunmi and Aaron Edwards, recorded live at the Now Hear This Podcast Festival.

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Whole Hog

September 25th, 2017

35:49

Brittany talks to a man who dresses and cooks like his enslaved ancestors. And Eric drags Brittany to see a famous pit.

 

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BONUS: What Happens In New Orleans

October 2nd, 2017

11:28

In this week's bonus episode, Brittany and Eric share the story of their recent trip to New Orleans. Because what happens in New Orleans... doesn't stay in New Orleans, at least when it comes to these two.

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Gimlet Presents: Uncivil

October 9th, 2017

30:10

The Nod is off this week, but Brittany and Eric are still here to present Uncivil, Gimlet Media's newest show. Uncivil is a history podcast that goes back to the moment when the divisions in this country turned into a …

The Cowboy Of The West Village

October 17th, 2017

30:12

Brittany tells the incredible story of a person you should have heard of by now, but probably haven’t.

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Drake of the Diaspora

October 23rd, 2017

36:43

Drake might be proud of us, but are we proud of him? In our latest Good For The Blacks, we debate Drizzy’s sampling of the African diaspora with Vicky Mochama and Sarah Hagi.

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Playing the Race Cards

October 30th, 2017

36:47

Who's Blacker: Oprah or Sojourner Truth? Producer Kate Parkinson-Morgan tells Brittany and Eric about a new game that asks players to argue what makes one person Blacker than another.

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BONUS: A Royal Good For The Blacks

November 6th, 2017

11:22

This week’s bonus is a lightning round of Good For The Blacks from our Toronto live show! Brittany, Eric and special guests Vicky Mochama and Sarah Hagi discuss a topic that has taken over the tabloids. Is the …

The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air

November 13th, 2017

28:49

Now this is a story all about how the life of actress Karyn Parsons (aka Hilary Banks) got flipped, turned upside down. And we’d like to take a few minutes—just sit right there—and we’ll tell you how she makes Black …

Ready, Set … Buy Black

November 21st, 2017

42:23

Tupac vs. Biggie. Mac vs. PC… Brittany vs. Eric. This week, Brittany and Eric’s rivalry reaches new heights as they face off in a competition that tests their smarts, perseverance and maybe even their friendship. Who …

BONUS: Brittany Reads Her LiveJournal

November 27th, 2017

4:13

In this week's bonus, Brittany makes an appearance on the Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids stage. Listen to find out which celebrity young …

The Hairstons Part 1: Snakes on a Plantation

December 5th, 2017

33:13

At a plantation in the South, descendants of enslaved people and slave owners stayed together as family, entangled by namesake and blood, long after the end of slavery. Eric tells the story of one woman who broke away.

The Hairstons Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin

December 12th, 2017

28:13

Every year, descendants of both enslaved people and slave owners come together for a family reunion. The darker side of their shared past remains hidden underneath the celebrations and pleasantries. Until one year, when …

The Paradise Garage

December 19th, 2017

36:52

Reggie Ossé, friend of The Nod and host of The Combat Jack Show, explains how a wild night of dancing and partying helped him get into his dream law …

BONUS: Eric Takes Zinc

December 25th, 2017

4:40

In this week's bonus, Eric may (or may not) have taken advice from Brittany. And that advice may (or may not) have worked.

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BONUS: Don't Call It A Resolution

January 1st, 2018

12:10

Brittany doesn't make New Year's resolutions. Instead, she creates a list of intentions for how to live her life in the coming year. Eric is …

Don Lemon is... Magneto

January 8th, 2018

30:33

Some funny things happened in the past year: a reality TV star became president, tiki torches had to renounce white nationalism, and CNN's Don Lemon seemingly went through a reinvention. In our latest edition of Good …

It's a Black Thing

January 15th, 2018

28:47

When we discover something we love at The Nod, we’ve gotta share it with the fam. Eric’s close friend, a self-proclaimed “glo-up artist,” explains how a piece of clothing changed his life forever. And Eric shares …

A Diva Without Finesse

January 23rd, 2018

35:17

Luther Vandross may be master of the love ballad, but Eric argues he has another, secret side. And Brittany gives the totally normal and sane reason she wants to get cremated.

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BONUS: American Crime Story: The Nod

January 30th, 2018

6:29

In this week's bonus, Brittany and Eric talk about eating spring mix, why they're proud of Ciara, and what a season of American Crime Story about The …

Sister, Sister

February 6th, 2018

31:00

Producer Simone Polanen thought she knew her little sister well, until she discovered a major part of her sister’s identity that she knew nothing …

Moooo and Oink!

February 13th, 2018

30:13

Brittany and Eric watch the blackest commercial ever made. Also, an untold story from Black history where somebody gets… bit.

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Jumping the Broom

February 19th, 2018

34:21

Planning a wedding is stressful. There’s making the guest list, sticking to a budget and picking the right dress. Writer Ashley Ford knows this all …

BONUS: Eric Prepares For The End Of The World

February 27th, 2018

5:53

In this week's bonus outtakes, Eric thinks about planning for the apocalypse, and Brittany shares a pro cooking tip for the bacon lover in your life.

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Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe

March 6th, 2018

29:56

Josephine Baker is famous for doing outrageous things: dancing in a banana skirt, walking a cheetah on a leash, working as a French spy… But did you know about her attempt to build a racial utopia? This week, we dive …

Peak Reality

March 12th, 2018

42:36

Find out what happens when two hosts stop being polite… and start getting real. And Brittany has some thoughts on bitterness.

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Hold The Vibranium, Please

March 20th, 2018

35:13

This week we’re heading to Wakanda, y’all! Black Panther's Erik Killmonger might be fine and fighting for black liberation, but does that make him a hero ? We invited Kara Brown and Aaron Edwards to help us decide: is …

BONUS: Bruno Mars is Tiny, Sweet and Really Sexy

March 27th, 2018

10:23

This week’s bonus is a lighting round of Good For The Blacks from our SXSW live show! Brittany, Eric, and their guests Kara Brown and Aaron Edwards must quickly decide if Bruno Mars' musical and visual aesthetic is good …

Greetings, My Brothas: A Tale Of Two Shawns

April 3rd, 2018

44:54

“That banana you ate for lunch was a clone ... So what makes you think they won't clone your black ass ?” Eric and Brittany try to figure out who …

A Man Gotta Have a Code

April 10th, 2018

31:10

Actor Michael K. Williams joins Brittany and Eric in the studio and dishes on his love of Janet Jackson’s "Rhythm Nation," self-help books and his favorite fried chicken joint. He also shares a personal story that led …

Taco Bout It

April 16th, 2018

30:03

Oo-OOOOOO! It’s quesadilla time. Brittany heads to L.A. to talk with a chef who’s making “Black tacos.” Turns out they’re more than just a delicious food.

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BONUS: Bowlegged Lou is a Prankster

April 23rd, 2018

8:53

Eric talks to Full Force's Bowlegged Lou about the group's sound, getting called out by Patti LaBelle for being "too busy" to work on her album and a …

Quesadilla Time (feat. Chef Ocho)

April 27th, 2018

2:27

Had enough Cardi B and Drake ? We've got a new tune that slaps! Thank the (Bobby) Lord. 

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Rapper's Dismay

April 30th, 2018

29:52

A high schooler takes a seat to make a stand. And Rapper’s Delight makes it big - to one lady’s chagrin.

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The Leopards of Zaire

May 7th, 2018

47:25

This week, we’ll take you to Zaire for a story about national identity, colonialism, and one of the most notorious dictators in history. All courtesy …

From Zamunda to Wakanda

May 15th, 2018

32:57

Coming to America may have given us the greatest Jheri Curl anthem ever made, but that doesn’t make it untouchable. With a potential sequel on the way, we asked a question we never thought we’d ask: is Coming to …

BONUS: The Origin Story

May 21st, 2018

10:08

Have you ever wondered how Brittany and Eric became such good friends? Well wonder no more, because this week's bonus tells the story of how the pair first met.

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Hair, Laid

May 28th, 2018

25:26

What does it take to get Black women’s hair authentically represented on TV? Brittany talks to Yara Shahidi, the star of the popular sitcom …

I Am A White Woman

June 4th, 2018

29:42

The movie "White Chicks" may have made critics— and honestly, the world —cringe, but Brittany delivers her treatise on why the film deserves a second look. 

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The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender

June 12th, 2018

38:15

A young man named Eric embarks on an epic quest to figure out why so many Black folks love kung fu. He seeks the wisdom of two teachers, including …

BONUS: Introducing Arlan Hamilton

June 19th, 2018

19:02

Brittany and Eric talk to Startup podcast host Amy Standen about Arlan Hamilton--a gay Black woman who started a venture capital fund unlike any other in Silicon Valley.

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The Deacons

June 25th, 2018

41:02

Eric tells a story about forgotten part of civil-rights history that is still very much alive. In 1965, a group of black men in Louisiana called the Deacons for Defense and Justice took up arms against the Klan. Now a …

Wyatt Cenac Exposes The Ultimate Cheetos Conspiracy

July 2nd, 2018

29:19

Comedian Wyatt Cenac, host of the new HBO series “Problem Areas,” joins Brittany and Eric onstage at their recent live show in Brooklyn. Wyatt dishes …

An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck

July 10th, 2018

39:36

We reunite members of Crime Mob to get the inside story of Knuck If You Buck, the club anthem that defined the crunk era and took them from high …

Best of the Nod: YouTube Conspiracy Theories

July 16th, 2018

1:07:43

According to a certain conspiracy theorist, Beyoncé is hiding a secret from the world. He also has strong feelings about Big Sean and clones. To commemorate our 1 year anniversary, we’ll be playing the hits, as …

Best of the Nod: Black Excellence

July 23rd, 2018

1:04:43

This week we have two stories about incredible Black trailblazers. First up, a story about a Black designer and a group of Black models that …

Best of the Nod: Cooperative Economics

July 30th, 2018

58:53

There was once a grocery store in Chicago that Black folks LOVED. And that grocery store made one of the most iconic commercials the city has ever …

Best of the Nod: The Hairstons

August 6th, 2018

56:33

Every year, descendants of both enslaved people and slave owners come together for a family reunion. The darker side of their shared past remains hidden underneath the celebrations and pleasantries. Until one year, when …

#WhyNotKenan: Give Kenan Thompson His Emmy

August 13th, 2018

31:58

Kenan Thompson is the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live’s history, and one of the funniest. But his acting hasn’t landed him an Emmy nomination… until now. Eric makes an impassioned plea for Emmy voters …

Beignets In, Breathe Out

August 20th, 2018

33:13

What foods do you associate with Black culture? Eric’s friend makes him a sugary treat with surprising connections to the Congo. Plus, Brittany talks …

The Nod Bureau of Investigation

August 27th, 2018

44:33

A woman comes to the Nod Bureau of Investigation (NBI) with a mystery that only a Black person could have. Brittany and her team of detectives embark …

An Interview with Boots Riley

September 3rd, 2018

23:31

Brittany and Eric sit down for a conversation with Boots Riley to discuss his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Sorry to Bother You.

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Bleeding and Healing

September 10th, 2018

45:26

For years, KalaLea experiences painful periods that keep her in bed for days at a time. As she tries to figure out what’s happening to her body, she …

Saving Grace

September 17th, 2018

33:04

Autumn loves to play The Sims. The life simulation game gives the 15-year-old an escape from her difficult home life. But after something terrible …

Kunta Thinks You’re Funny (feat. LeVar Burton)

September 24th, 2018

41:56

Kunta Kinte, Geordi LaForge, and Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton has given the world so much. On this episode, Brittany and Eric give him something back.

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We Went to See Beyoncé (and Jay-Z)

October 1st, 2018

16:54

BONUS: This week, Brittany and The Nod's producer Mack sit down to talk about a life-changing event… seeing Beyoncé in concert. 

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Six Degrees of Black Separation

October 8th, 2018

38:11

Eric has a story about the biggest celebrity wedding you’ve never heard of. And Brittany plays a game that brings together Trina, WB sitcom stars, Tyler Perry, wig lines and Whitney Houston’s goddaughter.

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Ethiopian Lasagna and the Alchemy of Being Black

October 22nd, 2018

28:30

Writer Hannah Giorgis grew up eating lasagna the Ethiopian way, and she shows Brittany why that is the BEST way. Plus, author Michael Arceneaux describes his new book I Can't Date Jesus as "learning how to ho without …

Eric Goes Full Witch

October 29th, 2018

6:31

In this week's bonus outtakes, Brittany explains why Disneyland is the best place to get drunk, and Eric dabbles in the occult.

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Nobody Looks Like Me

November 6th, 2018

26:37

You’ve heard of the Little Rock Nine, but what about the Memphis 13? Eric talks to a man whose parents put him on the front lines of the battle for …

How to Make Free People

November 12th, 2018

30:38

Writer and thinker Casey Gerald reflects on what we lose when we buy into the promise of the American dream. In his new book, “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” Gerald unravels his origin story, which was previously held …

To All the Boys in Rom-Coms Who Suck

November 19th, 2018

39:08

Brittany schools Eric on the true nature of romantic male leads, from Marcus in "Boomerang" to Lance in "The Best Man." And she pays special tribute …

Black in Fashion

November 26th, 2018

22:40

In this week's BONUS, we have a conversation with Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Teen Vogue's newest editor-in-chief. Last summer, Wagner wrote Everywhere and Nowhere: What its really like to be black and work in fashion, …

The Fugitive

December 3rd, 2018

36:59

A little-known story of how one woman stood up to one of the most powerful men in American history. Her story comes to us from Uncivil, a history …

Good For The Blacks: Cardi vs. Nicki

December 10th, 2018

43:10

The beef between rap titans Cardi B and Nicki Minaj consumed the news this year. Shoes have been thrown, emails leaked, political candidates …

A Star Is Born On Beale Street

December 18th, 2018

40:50

"If Beale Street Could Talk" and "A Star Is Born" are two of the biggest films out this year, and they’re both dramatic romance epics. Eric and …

How We Failed

December 24th, 2018

15:16

Brittany and Eric were recently guests on The Upgrade podcast's first ever live show, where the theme for the night was "How to Fail". In this week's BONUS, we are sharing an excerpt from that show, where they discuss …

2019 Glow Up

December 31st, 2018

28:31

Every New Year, Brittany makes a list of intentions for how to live her life in the coming year. Last year, Eric was skeptical of the process. This …

Eric's Choice: On That Lo Life $hit

January 7th, 2019

29:10

Eric's always had an affinity for Polo Ralph Lauren. But he discovers a group of boosters in Brooklyn that took their love for Polo to another level.

Brittany's Choice: Sister, Sister

January 14th, 2019

34:13

Producer Simone Polanen thought she knew her little sister well, until she discovered a major part of her sister’s identity that she knew nothing …

The Cult of Father Divine

January 29th, 2019

35:40

Eric walks us through the life of Father Divine, a Black man who believed he was God, amassed thousands of followers all over the world, and became …

Can MDMA Treat Racial Trauma?

February 5th, 2019

39:59

A new kind of treatment for PTSD, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, may be just a few years away from legalization. What could it do for Black patients …

What’s Wrong with A Little Romance? (Feat. Jasmine Guillory)

February 12th, 2019

38:37

Romance novels usually conjure images of blonde Fabio wannabees and pale, busty princesses. But Brittany recently discovered a steamy, sensual world of romance novels that center Black women. What can these books offer …

Six Degrees: Black History Month Edition

February 25th, 2019

34:41

This Black History month has been whack, but The Nod is still ready to celebrate with an epic game of Six Degrees of Black Separation. Will Eric and Mack embarrass the ancestors or will they redeem BHM for us all?

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A Madea Homegoing

March 5th, 2019

35:20

We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of sister Mabel Madea Simmons. The iconic character, created and played by Tyler Perry, is being retired after 20 years of captivating and aggravating audiences on stage …

Chidi and The Good Place

March 12th, 2019

41:43

This week Eric talks with Cord Jefferson, a writer for NBC’s The Good Place, about how Blackness is depicted in the afterlife (Eric’s Chidi Anagonye standom is also discussed). Later, Eric tells Brittany the legendary …

One-on-One

March 26th, 2019

43:40

Growing up, a young woman and her dad bonded over their love of basketball. But there was one game she knew they could never talk about. And for …

My Black Robot Friend

April 2nd, 2019

49:47

A woman tries to befriend a robot, but when things don’t go as planned, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

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The Greatest Biopic That’s Never Been Made?

April 9th, 2019

38:13

Della Reese deserves a showstopping biopic for the ages, packed with drama and triumph-- and maybe a fistfight or two-- but one has never been made. This week, Eric gives Brittany three reasons why the real life story …

Jordyn Woods vs. The Kardashians

April 22nd, 2019

45:30

Good for the Blacks returns! This week, we take a fresh look at the latest Kardashian feud with Jordyn Woods, a trusted family friend accused of …

How to Stay Southern

April 29th, 2019

32:31

Food writer Nicole A. Taylor introduces Eric to a simple yet fancy dessert that helps her stay connected with her Southern roots. And Brittany tells …

The Rise and Fall of Black TV (feat. Erika Alexander)

May 6th, 2019

43:32

Erika Alexander, who found fame as Maxine Shaw on the classic sitcom Living Single, details what it was really like to rise to fame with the Cosby …

Oprah’s Legends Ball: Endgame

May 21st, 2019

47:20

Following the release of the biggest superhero film to date, Avengers: Endgame, Brittany makes the case that Oprah has already made a superhero movie …

The Vindication of Snap Music

May 27th, 2019

34:33

Vindication Court is where we decide whether to redeem people or things that are reviled and ridiculed by the culture. On today’s docket: snap music. …

Six Degrees: Music Edition

June 4th, 2019

44:24

June is Black Music Month, so Brittany and Eric decided to celebrate with a music-themed edition of Six Degrees of Black Separation… with a twist: the loser has to write and perform a song on a topic of the winner’s …

How to Show Up

June 18th, 2019

37:03

Rachel Wilkerson Miller is a lifestyle writer who has made it her mission to help people find ways to take better care of themselves—whether through meal prep, DIY projects, or learning how to use a dot journal to track …

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

June 25th, 2019

30:24

Brittany talks to Jimmie Fails, star and co-creator of the award-winning film, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, about about the meaning of home, starring in his first movie, and what it was like to grow up in “the …

Conscious Rap: The Birth and the Backlash

July 2nd, 2019

37:07

The turbulence and violence of the late 1980s pushed hip-hop away from its party music roots, giving birth to a new subgenre: conscious rap. Groups …

The Man Who Beat the NCAA

July 16th, 2019

43:09

Eric talks with Ed O’Bannon, a former professional basketball player whose landmark lawsuit forced a national conversation on whether the NCAA should …

The Gamer Godfather You've Never Heard Of

July 22nd, 2019

21:50

Video game consoles were super boring in the early days: you could only switch between a few basic, built-in games — no Super Mario Bros, Sonic the …

The Vindication of T-Pain

July 30th, 2019

42:10

Was T-Pain’s heavily autotuned music totally genius… or the death knell of hip-hop as we knew it? In this edition of Vindication Court, Brittany tries to convince Judge Eric that T-Pain’s use of autotune was not only …

You Don't Make Free People

August 5th, 2019

54:49

Each week this August, we’re updating some of our most thought-provoking episodes. This week: writer Casey Gerald reflects on what we lose when we buy into the promise of the American dream. We first talked to Casey …

Michael Twitty's Cooking Gene

August 12th, 2019

46:53

In our last conversation with Michael Twitty, the chef and culinary historian told us all about his “Southern Discomfort Tour.” The tour, which he …

Isn't It Romantic? feat. Jasmine Guillory

August 20th, 2019

50:15

Earlier this year, Brittany finally discovered the steamy, sensual world of romance novels that center Black women. A fire was lit, and she had to …

Back to School

August 26th, 2019

41:40

Two years ago Eric was faced with a dilemma. He hosts a podcast about Black culture. He went to an HBCU. But when it came to choosing a school for …

The Life and Times of Reggie Ossé

September 2nd, 2019

1:05:52

Brittany and Eric share a new episode of Mogul that's a tribute to the life and career of Reggie Ossé. Reggie hosted the first season of Mogul and he …

Elouise Goes to Washington

September 10th, 2019

28:47

Eric tells Brittany the story of Elouise Westbrook, a legendary housing rights activist in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco who never, ever took no for an answer.

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Six Degrees: Listener Edition

September 16th, 2019

40:14

Brittany and Eric face off against listeners in their favorite game: Six Degrees of Black Separation. Thug tears are shed, hair is snatched and Black history is made.

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Growing Up With Toni Morrison

September 23rd, 2019

36:11

On August 5th, 2019, the world lost one of the best of us in Toni Morrison. For Brittany, just being able to grow up in a world where Toni Morrison existed felt like a gift. This week, a special episode from our friends …

Fearing the Black Body

October 8th, 2019

31:07

What if we told you that every fad diet, fashion editorial, and #fitspo post on social media could all be traced back to racist pseudoscience? In …

Cha Cha Now Y'all

October 14th, 2019

28:41

Weddings, school dances, birthday parties for your great auntie—if you’re having a big function, the Cha Cha Slide is going to be on the playlist. …

Six Degrees: Mogul Edition

October 22nd, 2019

43:58

The Gimlet podcast, Mogul, is back with a new host and a new season about Miami hip hop and the infamous 2 Live Crew. Brittany and Eric invite the …

You Ain’t Got No Job, You Ain’t Got Shit to Do

November 5th, 2019

42:18

Friday, the 1995 comedy starring Ice Cube and the late, great, John Witherspoon, is one of Eric’s all-time favorite movies. But during a recent re-watch, he noticed some deeply unsettling themes that lay in stark …

Eric's Choice: I Am a White Woman

November 11th, 2019

31:00

The movie "White Chicks" may have made critics— and honestly, the world —cringe, but Brittany delivers her treatise on why the film deserves a second look. 

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Why We’re Watching Watchmen

November 26th, 2019

52:34

Watchmen, the new superhero drama from HBO, contains some of the sharpest and most deliberate commentary on race currently on television. This week, Eric sits down with Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson (The Good Place,

Lady Sings the Blues w/ Bassey Ikpi

December 10th, 2019

38:14

This week, Brittany gets personal as she sits down with author and poet Bassey Ikpi to talk about her new book, I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying. In the book Bassey re-examines her life through the lens of her …

Brittany's Choice: An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck

December 16th, 2019

41:31

We reunite members of Crime Mob to get the inside story of Knuck If You Buck, the club anthem that defined the crunk era and took them from high …

Intentions for 2020

December 30th, 2019

30:47

In this week's BONUS, Brittany and Eric discuss their intentions for the coming year.

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Borders Between Us

January 6th, 2020

41:06

Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. was born in Sierra Leone, and when he was eight years old, his mom brought him to live with her in the States. Then, when he …

A Nod to The Nod

January 20th, 2020

1:23:44

The Nod podcast is coming to an end, and this week we are looking back at some of the highlights from the last 2.5 years of the show! It’s just like the moment right before Will turns out the lights in the empty living …

See You Soon!

January 27th, 2020

55:38

On this final episode of The Nod podcast, Brittany and Eric take some AMA questions from listeners and each other. As they prepare to embark on their …

We’ve Been Here Before

June 1st, 2020

8:37

Amid a still raging global pandemic, the nation has been reeling over the most recent spate of killings of Black people at the hands of police. …

Kendrick Sampson: Actor and Activist

June 30th, 2020

8:49

Kendrick Sampson dishes on the explosive season finale of Insecure, his new film Miss Juneteenth, and reminds us that we all have a role in the fight …

On the Record: Black Women and Hip Hop

July 2nd, 2020

18:27

On the heels of the bombshell documentary “On the Record,” which details the reported sexual abuse of Black women at the hands of Russell Simmons, two of his accusers, Sherri Sher and Drew Dixon, join The Nod to share …

A Reckoning for Black Journalists with Wes Lowery

July 7th, 2020

7:55

Black journalists are speaking out against the racist culture of their employers, leading to the departure of some of media's highest-ranked …

Could Kamala Harris Be Our Next Vice President?

July 9th, 2020

7:30

Eric and journalist Errin Haines discuss how the current state of upheaval in our country might affect Senator Kamala Harris' chances of becoming …

The Case for Police Abolition

July 14th, 2020

9:12

More people are beginning to declare “abolish the police”. It’s not a new position, but it’s still largely misunderstood. We’re joined by Bilphena …

Better News with Sam Sanders

July 16th, 2020

8:24

NPR's Sam Sanders joins Brittany and Eric for a conversation about how mainstream newsrooms are covering these unprecedented times—and how they need to do much better.

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Justice for Breonna Taylor with Andrea J Ritchie

July 21st, 2020

8:29

George Floyd’s death inspired an uprising, but there has been a lack of attention given to Breonna Taylor, another life lost to police brutality. …

Master P Has No Limits

July 28th, 2020

9:07

Hip hop mogul Master P joins Brittany and Eric to talk about his new BET docuseries “No Limit Chronicles” and how his No Limit Enterprises has become …

Revolutionary Photos

August 5th, 2020

7:59

Photographer Mel D. Cole is known for capturing some of the most famous faces in hip hop, but now he's using his skills to document what's happening …

Trans Lives, Front and Center

August 11th, 2020

8:34

POSE star Angelica Ross talks about merging activism with all parts of her life. From working on a show that employs transgender cast and crew to enriching lives through her work in the tech space, she shares her life's …

Kamala Harris: Making History

August 19th, 2020

7:34

Senator Kamala Harris made history when she became the first Black Woman to run for Vice President on the Democratic ticket. Brittany and Eric reflect on this moment and hear reactions from some friends of the show.

Aminé: Life in Limbo

August 25th, 2020

8:17

Aminé’s 2nd album Limbo released this month and is already being heralded as his best work to date. The invigorating rising star takes a moment from …

Sports Strike Against Racism

September 1st, 2020

8:19

Brittany and Eric discuss the unprecedented decision of numerous athletes to strike in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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The Power of La La Anthony

September 8th, 2020

8:16

Actress La La Anthony tells B + E all about 'The Chi', her journey as an actress, and how she seeks to uplift Black women with her work as a …

The Cost of Student Debt

September 15th, 2020

6:51

NYT best selling author Michael Arceneaux chats with Brittany and Eric about his latest book, I Don't Want to Die Poor, and the untold emotional toll …

The Shade Room: Pros & Cons

September 22nd, 2020

16:31

Brittany and Eric put the internet's most controversial gossip blog in the hot seat. Is The Shade Room good for the Blacks? Author George Johnson discusses The Shade Room's place in Black celebrity gossip and internet …

Big Freedia's Bounce

September 29th, 2020

9:28

The New Orleans Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, has a lot on her plate! From a doc about gun violence to a brand new cooking show; she tells us how …

Cosplaying While Black

October 6th, 2020

8:33

With New York Comic-Con going remote, Eric talks with internet sensation, Korra — ahem — Kiera Please about its most beloved tradition: cosplay. They talk Blackness, anime's mainstream re-brand, and she even helps Eric …

VP Debate: What's at Stake

October 8th, 2020

8:27

What do candidates Pence and Harris have to lose, and what do they have to prove? Political commentator Shawna Thomas reveals how the VP candidates …

The 40-Year-Old Version

October 13th, 2020

6:49

Sundance award winning director Radha Blank joins B + E to discuss her debut film, The 40-Year-Old Version, produced by Lena Waithe. She shares why Spike Lee and New York City play a major influence on her work.  

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Prentice Penny, Inside 'Insecure'

October 20th, 2020

8:52

Girlfriends, Insecure, Uncorked — what do they have in common? Executive Producer and Director Prentice Penny of course! Today, Prentice talks about his origins on Girlfriends, Insecure's Emmy noms, and the need for …

Getting Insecure with Jay Ellis

November 16th, 2021

47:48

For Colored Nerds is back! And to kick things off, Brittany and Eric sit down with actor Jay Ellis, who plays the most divisive character on Insecure

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