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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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Lo Life ep 🙌🏽

By Romeoallen - May 08 2019
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Eric you took me back with this!! At work thinking about my high school days. The A train was their runway 😆👌🏽

Love

By Artzebacow - Mar 14 2019
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Thanks for making a wonderful podcast -

iTunes Ratings

2553 Ratings
Average Ratings
2367
89
35
31
31

Lo Life ep 🙌🏽

By Romeoallen - May 08 2019
Read more

Eric you took me back with this!! At work thinking about my high school days. The A train was their runway 😆👌🏽

Love

By Artzebacow - Mar 14 2019
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Thanks for making a wonderful podcast -

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The Nod

Updated 23 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: 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
41 mins
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Rank #2: 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
43 mins
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Rank #3: 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
28 mins
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Rank #4: 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
39 mins
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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.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.

Jul 31 2017
35 mins
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Rank #6: Can MDMA Treat Racial Trauma?

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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.

Feb 05 2019
39 mins
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Rank #7: 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
28 mins
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Rank #8: 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
31 mins
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Rank #9: 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
33 mins
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Rank #10: 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.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Apr 16 2018
30 mins
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Rank #11: 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
40 mins
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Rank #12: 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. 

Jun 04 2018
29 mins
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Rank #13: 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.”To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

May 07 2018
47 mins
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Rank #14: 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
44 mins
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Rank #15: From Zamunda to Wakanda

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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. 

May 15 2018
32 mins
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Rank #16: Hold The Vibranium, Please

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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 Wakanda's rebel, good or bad for the Blacks ?

Mar 20 2018
35 mins
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Rank #17: Drake of the Diaspora

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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.

Oct 23 2017
36 mins
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Rank #18: It's a Black Thing

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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 something he just can’t stop thinking about.

Jan 15 2018
28 mins
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Rank #19: 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
33 mins
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Rank #20: 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
30 mins
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