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The Nod

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 Hairstons Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

12 Dec 2017

Rank #1

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

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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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Good For The Blacks

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.RELATED LINKSRead Vinson Cunningham’s work at The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/vinson-cunninghamFollow 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

31 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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Eric's Choice: I Am a White Woman

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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On That Lo Life $hit

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #6

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Good For The Blacks: Cardi vs. Nicki

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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The Cult of Father Divine

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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I Want That Purple Stuff

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

28 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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Jordyn Woods vs. The Kardashians

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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Sister, Sister

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

6 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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Beignets In, Breathe Out

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Taco Bout It

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.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

6 May 2019

Rank #14

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Chidi and The Good Place

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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The Leopards of Zaire

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.”To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

7 May 2018

Rank #16

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You Don't Make Free People

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 about his book “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” back in November of 2018. At the end of the episode, there's a very special update from from Casey, including the realization that he was thinking about freedom, and how we get free, all wrong. We want to encourage you to discuss these episodes with friends and family, too, so we’ve put together a handy guide on how to organize your own podcast club. It’s like a book club, but for podcasts. Visit thenod.show/podcastclub for more info.Recommendations from Casey:Chani Nicholas workshops"Awakening the Three Psychic Knots" meditation"An Ecstatic Experience" by Ja'Tovia Gary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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Can MDMA Treat Racial Trauma?

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 struggling with trauma? Brittany speaks to one woman about her experience with MDMA in therapy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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The Nod Bureau of Investigation

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

27 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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From Zamunda to Wakanda

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 America, good or bad for the Blacks? Guests Luvvie Ajayi and Saidu Tejan-Thomas help us decide.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

15 May 2018

Rank #20