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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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By MissNuSoul - Sep 07 2019
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I came to The Nod as a listener of For Colored Nerds (Brittany & Eric’s original, independent podcast). I loved FCN and really wanted to love The Nod but it’s just not as good. The content on this show seems watered and dumbed down in comparison. It’s just not as interesting.

Absolute Fave Podcast in the World!

By Carlmizzle - Jul 31 2019
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Every episode is amazing.. would pay money for a daily morning show!!!

iTunes Ratings

2858 Ratings
Average Ratings
2645
103
38
36
36

Long time listener

By MissNuSoul - Sep 07 2019
Read more
I came to The Nod as a listener of For Colored Nerds (Brittany & Eric’s original, independent podcast). I loved FCN and really wanted to love The Nod but it’s just not as good. The content on this show seems watered and dumbed down in comparison. It’s just not as interesting.

Absolute Fave Podcast in the World!

By Carlmizzle - Jul 31 2019
Read more
Every episode is amazing.. would pay money for a daily morning show!!!
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The Nod

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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: 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 #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
39 mins
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Rank #3: 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 LINKS

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
35 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: You Don't Make Free People

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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
Aug 05 2019
54 mins
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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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
45 mins
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Rank #9: 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
43 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: 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 #12: 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 #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: 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 #15: 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
35 mins
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Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: How to Show Up

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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 mental health. But the concept of self care didn’t really click for her until her own life took an unexpected turn. In this installment of Get Yo Life, Rachel tells Brittany how she found joy in the least likely of places—and gives practical tips for small ways to improve your life in a big way.

https://www.rachelwmiller.com/
Additional Music Credits by Calid B and Bobby Lord
Jun 18 2019
37 mins
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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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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