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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 so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.

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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 so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.

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I’m the late one

By calgrad78 - May 14 2020
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Glad I found you two but my bad that I found you so late. The best to you both!

Blacknesses Biggest Fans Indeed

By Trish Pluggen - Mar 20 2020
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Been rocking with Brittany and Eric ever since For Colored Nerds and they continue to outdo themselves. I thoroughly enjoy the stories of the little know black figures and stories that I would probably have never come across on my own. This show is hilarious, informative and full of gems. You are sure to be delighted if you give this podcast a chance.

iTunes Ratings

3132 Ratings
Average Ratings
2905
104
44
38
41

I’m the late one

By calgrad78 - May 14 2020
Read more
Glad I found you two but my bad that I found you so late. The best to you both!

Blacknesses Biggest Fans Indeed

By Trish Pluggen - Mar 20 2020
Read more
Been rocking with Brittany and Eric ever since For Colored Nerds and they continue to outdo themselves. I thoroughly enjoy the stories of the little know black figures and stories that I would probably have never come across on my own. This show is hilarious, informative and full of gems. You are sure to be delighted if you give this podcast a chance.
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The Nod

Latest release on Jan 27, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Hairstons Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin

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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 Ever Lee Hairston says two words that break decades of silence.

Dec 12 2017

28mins

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Rank #2: An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck

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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 school kids to rap legends. All tea, no shade—straight from the people who lived it: Diamond, Princess and Lil Jay.

Jul 10 2018

39mins

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Rank #3: Why We’re Watching Watchmen

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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, Succession) to talk about how Jefferson approached crafting Watchmen's explosive sixth episode, and what makes the show so singular in its unflinching look at race in America.

Nov 26 2019

52mins

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Rank #4: You Ain’t Got No Job, You Ain’t Got Shit to Do

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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 contrast to the film’s cheery, comical tone. Can Eric convince Brittany that the cruelty he sees in Friday is real?

Nov 05 2019

42mins

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Rank #5: Good For The Blacks

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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 have to decide if a thing is good or bad for the Culture.

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Read Vinson Cunningham’s work at The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/vinson-cunningham

Follow Aminatou Sow on Twitter. She's @aminatou.

If you are struggling to decide if something is good for the Blacks, email us at goodfortheblacks AT gimletmedia DOT com.

Jul 31 2017

35mins

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Rank #6: Good For The Blacks: Cardi vs. Nicki

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The beef between rap titans Cardi B and Nicki Minaj consumed the news this year. Shoes have been thrown, emails leaked, political candidates endorsed, and Harriet Tubman’s queenhood questioned. We consult comedian Nore Davis and associate editor at Vulture Hunter Harris to determine whether the beef is Good For The Blacks.

Dec 10 2018

43mins

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Rank #7: Eric's Choice: I Am a White Woman

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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. 

Nov 11 2019

31mins

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Rank #8: On That Lo Life $hit

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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.

Jul 24 2017

28mins

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Rank #9: Sister, Sister

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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 about. When Simone confronts her sister, the conversation gets heated.

Feb 06 2018

31mins

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Rank #10: Beignets In, Breathe Out

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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 to a woman who helps breathe new life into people… literally.

Aug 20 2018

33mins

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Rank #11: The Cult of Father Divine

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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 the biggest cult religious leader you’ve likely never heard of.

Jan 29 2019

35mins

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Rank #12: Jordyn Woods vs. The Kardashians

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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 fooling around with Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend. The Kardashians tried to destroy Jordyn’s reputation, but Jordyn had a secret weapon in Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Will anyone come out on top? BuzzFeed News entertainment reporter Sylvia Obell joins Brittany and Eric to determine if this feud is Good for the Blacks.

Apr 22 2019

45mins

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Rank #13: I Want That Purple Stuff

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Jolly Ranchers. Skittles. Gatorade. No matter what, Eric always goes for the purple stuff. This week, he uncovers the deliciously deep roots of his love for grape flavor. Plus, Eric challenges Brittany to eat an unhealthy amount of peanut butter… all for the culture.

Aug 28 2017

40mins

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Rank #14: Don Lemon is... Magneto

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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 For The Blacks, culture writer Ira Madison III joins us to debate Don Lemon’s 'transformation’ from respectability politician in chief to beacon of wokeness.

Jan 08 2018

30mins

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Rank #15: Taco Bout It

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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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Apr 16 2018

30mins

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Rank #16: The Rise and Fall of Black TV (feat. Erika Alexander)

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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 Show in the 80s, ride the crest of the Golden Era of Black TV in the 90s, and navigate Hollywood as a Black actress after that Black entertainment boom went bust in the 2000s.

May 06 2019

43mins

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Rank #17: The Nod Bureau of Investigation

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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 on a search for a long lost childhood memento and become entangled in a web of Internet k-holes and clandestine Facebook groups.

Aug 27 2018

44mins

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Rank #18: The Hairstons Part 1: Snakes on a Plantation

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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.

Dec 05 2017

33mins

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Rank #19: Chidi and The Good Place

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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 story of a little-known Black cowboy that’s better than any tall tale.

Mar 12 2019

41mins

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Rank #20: The Leopards of Zaire

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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 of our friends at the new Gimlet podcast, “We Came to Win.”

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May 07 2018

47mins

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