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45 minutes | May 17, 2022
Wendy Williams: A Retrospective with Ira Madison III
From The Slap Heard Around to World to Rihanna's pregnancy, we've heard all the possible takes on our juiciest celebrity gossip. But there's one voice missing from the pack.. the one, the only, Wendy Williams. This week, Brittany, Eric, and Ira Madison III (Keep It) get into what makes Wendy the shock jock we hate to love, why her absence is so missed, and how the gossip landscape has grown because of her influence.
39 minutes | May 10, 2022
The Movement Made Us with David Dennis Jr.
What's good, For Colored Nerds fam? Brittany and Eric are back this week with David Dennis Jr. David is a writer, educator, and author of a new memoir, The Movement Made Us. The book recounts the life of David’s father, David Dennis Sr., a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement. It follows David Sr.'s life from his first CORE meeting to the Freedom Rides and more. Through firsthand accounts from David Sr. and letters from his son, we see the ripple effects of his movement work and most of all, his relationship with David Jr.
6 minutes | May 3, 2022
Post Reports: How The Student Loan Freeze Helped Black Women
Today we have a very preview from the Washington Post’s daily show, Post Reports. Every weekday, host Martine Powers walks listeners through the news of the day. In this particular episode, reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel talked with Black women about the student loan debt freeze and what they’ve been able to do while their payments remain paused.
3 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
SNEAK PEEK: Well-Read Black Girl and Gabrielle Union Talk ‘Bring It On’
Today we have a very special clip of Well-Read Black Girl, where the host and creator, Glory Edim, talks to actress Gabrielle Union about Bring it On.
42 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Shine Bright with Danyel Smith
This week, Brittany chats with iconic journalist, magazine editor, and novelist, Danyel Smith, about the release of her new book, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. From celebrating the enduring impact of Phillis Wheatley's poetry to giving insight into Whitney Houston's relationship with Bobby Brown - there's a little something for everyone. And to top it all off, Danyel's book is not just a love letter to Black women but a memoir of how these Black women in particular have showered her life with love, ambition, and empathy through their gifts.
42 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Giving Birth While Black with NATAL
In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, the For Colored Nerds crew chats with Gabrielle Horton and Martina Abrahams Ilunga, the hosts of NATAL, a podcast about giving birth while Black. NATAL is in its second season and follows the lives of three Black families in rural America. Stay tuned for a deep dive into reproductive justice, reverse migration, and a special announcement from our very own Eric Eddings.
40 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
$500K or Dinner with Dan Runcie?
Verzuz, Issa Rae's empire, and dinner with Jay-Z - oh my! Trapital founder and host Dan Runcie joins the show to talk all things music, culture, and the business that keeps it going. From Pusha T’s Arby’s Spicy Fish diss track to what the future looks like for Gen Z artists – Dan’s got the answers!
81 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Black in Time: The Gilded Age, Bridgerton, & Beyond
This week, Brittany and Eric take on the increase of Black characters in period dramas, a genre that mostly known for its predominantly white casts. From The Gilded Age to Hamilton, they deconstruct what does and doesn't work about these portrayals with the help of Martine Powers, host of The Washington Post's "Post Reports” and period drama superfan. And in the second half of the episode, they chat with executive producer and director of The Gilded Age, Salli Richardson-Whitfield about The Gilded Age, her career and what's to come.
37 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
RANKED: The Faking the Funk Edition
This week, For Colored Nerds brings back RANKED. To honor the 31st anniversary of Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, Brittany and Eric rank the best Black Fictional Music Acts of ALL TIME. This is RANKED: The Faking the Funk Edition. You won't wanna miss this.
75 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Looking Back and Forward at Black Lives Matter
In January, New York Magazine published a retrospective on the 10 years since Trayvon Martin’s death and the subsequent birth of Black Lives Matter. Since its evolution from rallying cry to non-profit, questions have been asked about its structure, organization, goals and leadership. NYMag spotlighted two organizations in their coverage - The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and Campaign Zero. The reporting details the conflict between the hope for change and revolution and the alleged desire for fame and notoriety amongst leaders who arguably became the de facto faces of “the movement.” The stories also raise questions that feel urgent as the movement for Black lives continues to evolve. This week, Brittany and Eric chat with Ernest Owens, journalist and writer of "The Rise and Rupture of Campaign Zero''. In the second half of the show, culture writer and journalist Shamira Ibrahim joins Brittany and Eric to talk about the growing conflict between activism, entertainment, fame and the continuing fight for freedom. “The Rise and Rupture of Campaign Zero” (Ernest Owens - New York Magazine - January 2022): https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/01/campaign-zero-rise-and-fall.html Campaign Zero's board statement in response to the New York Magazine piece: https://impact.campaignzero.org/message If you would like to read the Campaign Zero impact DeRay shared with us in his statement, you can find it here: http://impact.campaignzero.org
67 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Is Healthy Black Love Possible on Reality TV? feat. Nephew Tommy
Love is Blind, Married at First Sight, Love Island... what do all these shows have in common? Total and absolute chaos for the Black contestants, that's what! This week, Brittany and Eric discuss the fraught experiences of Black people on reality dating shows, and how one show in particular is setting the stage for a better path forward. Then, comedian and host of Ready to Love, Tommy "Nephew Tommy" Miles, joins the show to give his take on dating, love, and accountability.
45 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Where Are All the "Bad" Black Moms?
This week, Brittany lets Eric (and the world!) know that she's finally mom-curious... but there's a catch. She doesn't just want to be any mom, she wants to be a "bad" mom. More specifically, a "Bad Black Mom."
35 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Thee Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim
This week, writer and founder of Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim, joins the show to talk about her new podcast: Well-Read Black Girl! The podcast is a "literary kickback" for authors, writers, and readers to find community in written word. Brittany and Eric deep dive into Well-Read Black Girl's origin story, impact on the publishing industry and what Glory has planned for WRBG's future.
66 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
The Divine Feminine, The High Value Man and You feat. Kimberly Nicole Foster
If you’ve been on the internet AT ALL you've probably heard the terms: high value man, divine feminine, alpha male, femininity coaching or any combination of those words. If you haven’t… then get ready. Today’s episode will be a deep dive into the relationship/lifestyle rhetoric that constantly has Black Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok in flames.
62 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Miss Jackson If You're Nasty
Janet, "Miss Jackson if You're Nasty," is back with a 4-part documentary about her superstar upbringing, taking control of her career, and the relationships that affected her along the way. This week, Brittany and Eric discuss their reactions to the series and if the special did her iconic legacy justice.
52 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Girlboss in the City
With shows like Harlem, Run the World, and Twenties... we couldn't help but wonder... do all these shows have something in common? Brittany and Eric discuss the recent influx of Black "Girlboss in the City" shows and how the Sex and the City model they imitate may be holding us back.
47 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
Authenticity at Work is a Trap with Jodi-Ann Burey
Jodi-Ann Burey is a writer, speaker and host who works at the intersection of race, culture and health equity. She joins the show this week to discuss the myth of authenticity at work, her Harvard Business Review article on imposter syndrome, and the importance of centering the experiences of disabled people of color.
48 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Started from the Top with Vallery Lomas
Former lawyer Vallery Lomas turned to baking on a whim, but quickly shot to the top when she became the first Black winner of The Great American Baking Show. But in a strange twist of fate, her season never aired on TV. Vallery chats with Brittany and Eric about her subsequent bounce back and resulting cookbook -- Life Is What You Bake It.
53 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Internet Goon with Jason Parham
Writer Jason Parham -- our first ever repeat guest -- chats with Brittany and Eric about the distinct way he covers digital life, the ways Black creators are holding platforms accountable, and the radical heart of TikTok and OnlyFans.
7 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
SNEAK PEEK: Back Issue
Today we share a special clip of Back Issue, a podcast about pop culture and nostalgia from friends and co-hosts Tracy Clayton and Josh Gwynn.
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