For Colored Nerds

By Brittany Luse, Eric Eddings, and Stitcher

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Each week, BFFs and cultural critics Brittany and Eric deconstruct the nerdier side of pop culture. Joined by a rotating cast of artists, thinkers, and innovators, For Colored Nerds peels back the layers of Black culture we rarely discuss in mixed company.

Episode Date
A New Origin Story with Nikole Hannah-Jones
00:49:54

The New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project shattered common narratives about the founding of the United States and the profound history, impact and influence of slavery and race in America. Journalist and Howard University professor Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project's creator, is back two years later with a new book that's an expansion of the project. Brittany and Eric dissect the book, which features essays, poetry and photographs. And they chat with Nikole about how the book is both a reframing of narrative and a testament to the ancestors.

Nov 30, 2021
Passing
00:49:18

Netflix's new film, Passing, tells the story of Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson), a light-skinned Black woman living in Harlem who reconnects with her childhood friend Clare Bellew (Ruth Negga), a light-skinned Black woman who "passes" for white. Brittany and Eric get into the dynamics between Irene and Clare, the history of passing in the Black community, and how conversations about passing were actually more common - and encouraged - than today. Read Brittany's piece in Vulture about the same topic, HERE 

Nov 23, 2021
Lawrence Hive
00:46:41

We sit down with actor Jay Ellis, who plays the most divisive character on Insecure -- Lawrence. He told us all about his thoughts on Lawrence, what it’s meant to play such a controversial character, and what’s in store for the rest of Insecure’s fifth and final season.

Nov 16, 2021
Red Table Talk
00:48:02

Brittany and Eric bring you back to where it all began, and catch you up on where they've been the past 7 years, and what they have in store now that they're back.

Nov 16, 2021
And We Back
00:01:27

After a long long long hiatus, your favorite cultural critics are back, peeling back the layers of Black culture. New episodes start Nov 16

Nov 02, 2021
FCN Introduces The Nod!
00:18:53

B & E offer up the FIRST ever taste of The Nod. You can hear more on July 17th when The Nod launches with two episodes, everywhere you listen. Subscribe today! For more info visit: https://gimletmedia.com/the-nod or follow us on Twitter @thenodshow. Love you guys! See you over at The Nod!



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Jul 14, 2017
BONUS EP: You Seem to Be Feeling
00:34:47

In this special, bonus episode, Brittany & Eric talk through their emotions about the end of FCN and give a few shoutouts and thank yous, too. // Thanks for listening and keep up with us this whole time. We appreciate every little thing you guys have done to support us, encourage us, and inspire us with For Colored Nerds. Big hugs! <3 B + E



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Jul 06, 2017
Walk Down Memory Lane
01:00:39

For their penultimate episode, Brittany & Eric share a few of their favorite moments from For Colored Nerds' run. Also included: the trailer for B & E's next project, The Nod.



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Jun 22, 2017
Love is Not Enough feat. Nichole Perkins
00:56:27

Brittany & Eric sit down with their final guest, writer Nichole Perkins aka @tnwhiskeywoman. Topics covered: paranormal sex scenes, the racial dynamics of Everything Everything, the importance of romance novels, and following your dreams.



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Jun 08, 2017
FCN Live w/ Jenna Wortham, Naomi Jackson & Glory Edim
00:40:02

Join B & E for a live version of FCN featuring author Naomi Jackson, New York Times Magazine staff writer Jenna Wortham, and Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl

May 23, 2017
Possible God feat. Gabourey Sidibe
00:56:28

This week, B & E are joined by Academy award nominee, Empire star, and author of This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, Gabourey Sidibe. The trio discusses self-love, accepting their parents and suspect Instagram ads.



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May 05, 2017
Ask Us Anything
01:03:00

This week, B & E open up their mailbag and respond to listener letters. Advice is doled out, burning questions are answered, and troubling mysteries are solved. Bonus: lots of relationship and ~feelings~ abound!



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Apr 25, 2017
Secret Tumblr with Bim Adewunmi
00:50:50

B & E sit down with Buzzfeed senior culture writer, Bim Adewunmi to talk about the importance of fan fiction, Susie Wokoma's versatility, and her approach to writing about American culture.



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Apr 13, 2017
Yay for Growth with Jason Parham
01:04:50

B & E sit down with Jason Parham, senior editor at The Fader, for a free-wheeling conversation on things like barbershops, pain, and DMX.



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Mar 27, 2017
Get Out
01:03:52

B & E dissect the new hit horror film from Jordan Peele, Get Out. We’ll dive into the way the film explores white supremacy, plays with point of view in horror films, and highlights the Black body.
Show Notes : https://tab.bz/o3rk9


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Mar 14, 2017
FCN Live BHM Edition
01:28:13

Join B & E for an XXL Black History Month LIVE edition of the show. Brittany and Eric will share what BHM means to them, test your knowledge of black history, and share their unconventional picks for the BHM pantheon. Joining them are special guests Tracy Clayton of BuzzFeed’s Another Round podcast and Rembert Browne of New York magazine.


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Mar 01, 2017
Someday We'll All Be Free
00:44:02

B & E dedicate this episode to a slept-on G.O.A.T. - the legendary Donny Hathaway. Revisiting his raw talent, unforgettable balladry, and why we need him today.


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Feb 07, 2017
44
00:58:30

B & E reflect on eight years of President Obama. Where he was great and where he fell short.

Show notes: https://tab.bz/dt2oh


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Jan 24, 2017
Atlanta
00:53:59

B & E take a deep look at the first season of Donald Glover's new show, Atlanta. Along the way, they explore whether Donald achieved his goal to make a "Black Twin Peaks".


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Jan 10, 2017
Our Best Intentions
00:48:21

It's the very last episode of 2016, and B & E are commemorating it by sharing what they want to focus on in 2017. Sharing and feelings abound! Holiday shopping, or just want to support the show? Check out our merch here: http://shop.forcolorednerds.com/


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Dec 08, 2016
Moonlight
00:48:28

B & E trade feelings about the 2016 presidential election results before diving into why Moonlight is a gorgeous, deeply recognizable meditation on black love.


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Nov 22, 2016
The Fits
00:58:48

B & E take a look back at the 2015 movie, The Fits. Along the way, they talk about the interior lives of Black children, the spookiness of discovering your body, and who should be able to tell Black stories.

Required reading:

http://theundefeated.com/features/out-of-the-fits-and-into-formation/

http://www.vogue.com/13442440/the-fits-anna-rose-holmer-interview/

http://themuse.jezebel.com/black-movie-white-director-richard-tanne-on-the-obama-1785755757


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Nov 03, 2016
The Mothers with Brit Bennett
01:09:39

B & E sit down with author Brit Bennett to talk about her new book, The Mothers. During the talk we cover Sula, good white people, American Girl dolls and consider what it means to be a "fuccboi with a heart of gold".

Episode Reading:

http://jezebel.com/i-dont-know-what-to-do-with-good-white-people-1671201391

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/05/28/addy-walker-american-girl/


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Oct 17, 2016
All American Boys feat. Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
00:55:15

This week, B & E sit down with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, who co-wrote All American Boys, a YA novel about police brutality from the point of view of two teenage boys, one black and one white. For more on their book: http://bit.ly/2dqmPvA

Here's a list of the authors and books named by Jason and Brendan at the end of the show:

  • White Like Me by Tim Wise
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • The Hate U Give by A.C (Angela) Thomas
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  • American Street by Ibi Zuboi
  • Jackie Woodson’s children’s books


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Sep 30, 2016
Black Art Incubator
00:40:02

B & E sit down to talk about the things that have kept them sane this summer, then they get out of the studio for a trip to the Black Art Incubator.

More Info:

Park Ave Armory Youth Corps: http://youthcorps.tumblr.com/

White Girls By Hilton Als:
https://www.amazon.com/White-Girls-Hilton-Als/dp/194045025X

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith: https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Man-Whole-World-Watching/dp/1568585284

The Mothers by Brit Bennett: https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Novel-Brit-Bennett/dp/0399184511\

Black Art Incubator: http://www.recessart.org/blackartincubator/


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Sep 19, 2016
2nd Annual FCN Awards
00:39:25

Brittany and Eric are celebrating the 2nd birthday of For Colored Nerds by handing out a fresh batch of accolades to this years, blackest, brightest and best. Thanks for sticking with us another year!


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Aug 31, 2016
Ghostbusters W/ Clover Hope
00:54:43

Jezebel's Clover Hope sits with down Brittany and Eric to talk about Ghostbusters, Leslie Jones, and what it means to be a visible Black woman.


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Aug 12, 2016
Chitlin Circuit with Doreen St. Felix
01:02:16

Doreen St. Felix of MTV News joins B & E as they talk Tyler Perry, Kanye West, and Spike to see if the enduring Tyler Perry hate is deserved.


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Jul 30, 2016
FCN Live W/ Ashley Ford & Vann Newkirk II
01:22:11

This episode is jam-packed as B & E play Six Degrees of Black Separation, talk with special guests Ashley Ford & Vann Newkirk II about Serena, Afrofuturism, butterflies, relationships and more! Recorded at the sold out "For Colored Nerds Live" show in NYC at WNYC's Jerome L Greene performance space.

For the full experience, you can watch the show on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9vFWCsw00vk


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Jul 21, 2016
For Your Consideration
00:53:41

Inspired by Slate's list of the 50 Greatest Films by Black Directors, B & E submit two of their own favorites that didn't make the cut: Brother to Brother (2004) and Hav Plenty (1998). https://tab.bz/diiny


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Jul 04, 2016
WorldStar Wiki ft Mmhmm Girl
00:52:28

With Brittany on Baecation, the lovely Lola from Mmhmm, Girl drops by for a little reality tv talk.


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Jun 20, 2016
Trapped in a Hip Hopera
00:54:24

B & E take a trip through the far reaches of Black camp. They discuss Carmen: A Hip Hopera, the partnership of R. Kelly & Ronald Isley, and Trapped in the Closet.
Show Notes: https://tab.bz/y4l1j


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May 31, 2016
Lemonade
01:22:15

After a long wait, B & E sit down and discuss Beyoncè's visual album Lemonade. Dissecting the music and the themes, things get personal...


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May 14, 2016
Missed Opportunities
01:09:10

B & E quickly reflect on the death of Prince, and then discuss the maddening realities of Hollywood, with a focus on Ghostbusters 2.0 and Nina.


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Apr 23, 2016
The Green Girls of Reality TV
01:18:48

This week, B & E go very, very deep into the world of reality television, viewing The Real Housewives of Potomac, Basketball Wives: LA and Love & Hip-Hop: New York through the lens of Roxane Gay's essay on the women of the entertainment genre. Big reveals: Eric's undying love for trash TV, Brittany's weird (and slightly embarrassing) obsession with manners, and their mutual respect for Cardi B. The reading: http://www.bookslut.com/features/2011_12_018446.php


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Apr 05, 2016
Ida B. Wells: B is for Boss
00:49:52

B & E discuss the life and legacy of an often unsung American hero, the Mother of Intersectionality, just in time for Women's History Month. https://tab.bz/fa2mf


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Mar 14, 2016
Beyoncé v. Kendrick
01:07:22

In the wake of two amazing performances and two very different reactions, B & E dive into the criticisms, messages, and politics of Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar.

Reading: https://tab.bz/3sb28


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Feb 27, 2016
Auntie Chellie
00:52:45

An extremely hot take gets B & E talking about their love for our FLOTUS and her singular significance to black folks.


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Feb 10, 2016
Boomerang Revisited Revisited
01:13:51

Between #StormJonas and Peanut's virality, B & E were forced to take a bye week. But! We've got a fresh mini-ep to share, along with one of our all-time favorite episodes.


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Jan 28, 2016
Stevie
01:02:15

B & E turn their attention to the inimitable, incomparable Stevie Wonder, and where precisely he falls in the GOAT rankings. https://tab.bz/c4gqt


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Jan 15, 2016
The Year That Was
00:49:26

Merry Christmas, y'all! Brittany and Eric get a little emo and reflect on 2015 in all its glory: 2 new jobs, a marriage, a new show and one bouncing, healthy baby girl. They also share their resolutions for themselves and each other. Expect things to get touchy-feely.


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Dec 25, 2015
Chi-Raq
01:20:47

B & E took in Chi-Raq on opening night, then compared notes the very next morning for your listening pleasure. Lysistrata, sexual agency, mobsters and Spike's enduring career are discussed.


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Dec 12, 2015
And Not A White School
00:52:55

Conflicting feelings about the situation in Mizzou and the safety myth of black colleges, this week B & E speak honestly, but fondly, of their dear Howard University. Weaves and institutional misogyny are thoroughly discussed, and Brittany sings more than twice. The reading: http://gawker.com/the-safety-myth-about-black-colleges-1742154201


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Nov 28, 2015
Da Art of Storytellin'
01:12:48

B & E discuss what it means to be Black and go on a journey of self-discovery, from Sammy Davis Jr. to OutKast. There's also talk of Dashikis, Trina, and Lebron's Mix Sprite.

http://tab.bz/ubnii


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Nov 19, 2015
Dear White People
00:57:55

A unique listener letter spurs Brittany and Eric to break the fourth wall and speak directly to white folks.


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Oct 30, 2015
Black Contemporary Art feat. Kim Drew
00:58:49

Eric's out this week, but in the studio with Brittany is @museummammy herself, Kim Drew of Black Contemporary Art. Brittany and Kim dive into the intersection of art, identity and social media and many a dope name is checked. This week's notes are a must-read: http://tab.bz/ggrgn


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Oct 16, 2015
Each One Teach One
01:03:47

Inspired by Wyatt Cenac's Daily Show struggles, B & E open up about mentor-mentee relationships. http://tab.bz/lco7e#

Big thanks to our intern Antonio Mendez!


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Oct 02, 2015
Hollywood Shuffle
01:13:11

This week, B & E delve into a host of black classics as they parse the careers of two of black Hollywood's most beloved stars. Plus: Brittany recants a meeting with Vivica Fox and Eric coins the term "medium racist". http://tab.bz/clhm8


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Sep 17, 2015
Miss Simone
01:12:10

This week, FCN discusses the genius of Nina Simone. We cover her music, life, writings, and what happens when you join a fight that might not end. We bookended this episode with a story from Brittany taken from ‘Jon Then Baltimore' and Nina’s gift. http://tab.bz/cjymu

Big thanks to our intern Antonio Mendez!!!!!


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Sep 03, 2015
FCN Awards
01:29:04

In celebration of FCN's first birthday, Brittany and a Very Special Guest applaud the best and blackest moments of the past year. http://tab.bz/95cd4


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Aug 21, 2015
And All That Jazz feat. Jazmine Hughes
00:41:04

This week, FCN was lucky to have Jazmine Hughes of The New York Times Magazine keeping Brittany company, talking Taye Diggs, being a humorist and what #whitepeoplebelike. http://tab.bz/war80


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Aug 06, 2015
Anything But Silence feat. Ashley Ford
01:02:15

Eric's out this week, but Brittany and writer and editrix extraordinaire Ashley Ford (The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Elle) talk the black female memoir and understanding the importance of your own voice. Reading material: http://tab.bz/ohuew


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Jul 24, 2015
Dope
00:58:59

Brittany and Eric saw Dope opening night and have some thoughts about black nerdery, tired movie tropes and #TeamLightskin. Plus: some reflections on fatherhood from new dad Eric (plus a few gurgles from Peanut)! The reading: http://tab.bz/54txz


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Jul 09, 2015
I'm Thankful
00:57:00

I'm Thankful: Between Rachel Dolezal and the AME shooting, Brittany and Eric need a pause to examine the finer things in life. Talk of travel snacks, feminist comic books and woke children's books ensues. http://tab.bz/uh7cd

Music by Ryan Little: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ryan_Little/


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Jun 25, 2015
What To Expect After You’re Expecting
01:00:17

Eric’s life changes cause FCN to examine the weird mess that is our national parental leave policy. Also: Brittany talks cargo pants. http://tab.bz/19p5o


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Jun 11, 2015
From Bessie To Beyonce feat. Soraya Nadia McDonald
00:58:32

Brittany, Eric and special guest Soraya Nadia McDonald of the Washington Post discuss Bessie, Beyonce, Big Freedia and the invisibility of black womanhood. http://tab.bz/zh5aj


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May 28, 2015
Jon Then Baltimore
01:08:28

This week FCN covers a lot of ground, first with a spring trend update from frenemy-of-the-show Jon aka He Who Shall Not Be Named. Then talk turns to the Baltimore Uprising, with B & E getting insight from a few others along the way.

Show Notes: http://tab.bz/x75a1

Special Thanks this week to Carla, Monique, Laurent, and Daniel.
Music Courtesy of Tony Bullard- A Time and A Place


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May 15, 2015
Let's Talk About Sex!
00:45:48

A series of tweets by an East Lansing, MI mom observing her son's sex ed class get B & E to trade stories about their respective sexual educations. As usual, embarrassment and awkwardness ensue. Bonus: taco talk and a dispatch from the homestead of Queen Bey. Reading: http://tab.bz/rleqv


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Apr 30, 2015
The Wonder Years
01:00:28

This week Brittany and Eric turn a critical eye inward and revisit their ideas about adulthood from the first episode. Discussed are impending fatherhood, changing friendships and staying out of the club. http://tab.bz/zqhy7#


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Apr 16, 2015
King Kunta
01:14:03

B & E examine Kendrick's latest, "To Pimp a Butterfly", and talk Tupac, Kendrick's intended audience and the funk. Reading: http://tab.bz/4d1uv#


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Apr 02, 2015
Exploring Whiteness
01:16:36

This week B & E delve into one reason behind white millennials' tone deafness on race: America's raggedy social studies curriculum. To combat this cluelessness, some New York prep schools are employing one very creative solution: teaching teenagers about white privilege. http://tab.bz/mcn01


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Mar 19, 2015
Oh, Kanye
01:11:26

This week B & E negotiate a breakup with the poet laureate of their young lives, Kanye Omari West. FCN parses his now-infamous Breakfast Club interview, his questionable politics and his undeniable genius, all while flexing a disturbing amount of Kardashian knowledge. Bonus: lots of special announcements and a lesson on wingtip etiquette. Reading here: http://tab.bz/tuhf8


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Mar 05, 2015
Empire
01:08:39

Brittany and Eric finally come clean about their respective Empire obsessions and delve into prime time diversity, respectability politics and the soap opera's place in entertainment. SPOILERS ABOUND! http://tab.bz/yn6xk#


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Feb 26, 2015
Blacker the Violence
01:01:23

Blacker the Violence: FCN tackles Kendrick's new heatrock, making inroads into better policing and everyone's favorite question: WHAT ABOUT BLACK-ON-BLACK CRIME? http://tab.bz/tqw1f


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Feb 17, 2015
Boomerang Revisited
01:06:46

Boomerang Revisited or: The Aesthetic Value of Peak Eddie Murphy as Quasi-Feminist Praxis

At Eric's behest, FCN inspects the 1992 black classic Boomerang with a critical eye. Discussed are 90s workplace feminism, 30s screwball comedy and the top two themes of Black History Month 2015. Bonus: Brittany directly addresses the game-free men of Brooklyn.


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Feb 06, 2015
The Smudging Part 2
01:04:06

In the latter half of their smudging conversation, Brittany and Eric discuss Azealia's tears, Igloo Australia and who's worth defending.

http://tab.bz/644mn


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Jan 29, 2015
The Smudging Part 1
00:54:41

B and E talk the campaign against Selma, the significance of the Academy Awards and why it's so hard to say #blacklivesmatter. Also: during this week's extra-long intro, Brittany and Eric reveal their rapper alter-egos.


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Jan 22, 2015
On The Couch
00:51:20

On the Couch: Happy New Year (and a special congratulations to Eric)! In light of recent events, Brittany and Eric share their experiences with mental health and therapy, as well as how race can affect one's mental health care needs.

Reading Material: http://tab.bz/coxgo


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Jan 16, 2015
Blacks in Tech
00:59:48

After an extended absence (blame Thanksgiving and Eric's near-death experience with the flu), FCN is back and talking Fast Company's recent Tristan Walker profile. Also: Brittany gives away a free business idea.

Tristan Walker Profile: http://www.fastcompany.com/3037933/the-visible-man

Blacks in Silicon Valley Roundtable Discussion: http://www.fastcompany.com/3037940/a-different-kind-of-valley-life


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Dec 27, 2014
2014 Midterm Election Wrap-Up
00:42:47

The dynamic duo examines the "bloodbath" that was the 2014 midterm election, and a few of the surprises and trends that emerged after the fray. Also, it's Brittany's birthday!


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Nov 21, 2014
Football Injury And Masculinity
01:03:14

Football, Injury and Masculinity: Fading-but-longtime fan Eric and novice Brittany weigh on America’s other pastime and it’s relationship to masculinity and violence.

Texts:

What Liberals Get Wrong About Football: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/what-liberals-get-wrong-about-football.html

How I Shot, Smoked and Screwed My Way Through the NFL: http://deadspin.com/my-injury-file-how-i-shot-smoked-and-screwed-my-way-1482106392/1631158735/+barryap


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Nov 13, 2014
Price of Black Ambition
00:51:36

The Price of Black Ambition: Spurred by Roxane Gay's essay in the Virginia Quarterly Review, FCN examines aspiration, satisfaction, the Talented Tenth and Jaden Smith.

The text: www.vqronline.org/essays-articles/…e-black-ambition


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Oct 24, 2014
Gentrification
01:11:01

On Being Black Gentrifiers: Both Brooklyn transplants, Brittany and Eric parse their roles as black gentrifiers in their borough's rapidly changing landscape.


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Oct 12, 2014
Marriage as a Performance
00:47:06

Marriage as Performance: Despite Bey and Jay's best efforts to sell us on the institution, new research from Pew shows that walking down the aisle isn't what it used to be. Also: Amber and Wiz are getting divorced! FCN tells you how to feel about all of this (and Brittany describes her ideal mate).


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Oct 12, 2014
Death of Adulthood
00:42:59

Death of Adulthood by For Colored Nerds


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Sep 30, 2014