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Dear Summer (Feat. Leigh Ann Hahn of Grand Performances & Traci Thomas of The Stacks Podcast)

Summer is imminent and with it comes timely vacations, impromptu pool parties, and the triumphant return of sundresses. But lost in all the fun in the sun are the countless non-profit organizations sprinkled throughout the country that keep our communities thriving. So we're joined by Leigh Ann Hahn of Grand Performances to discuss the important roles that non-profits occupy within our communities, how philanthropy is essential, and why giving should hurt. Additionally, Alex has a new apartment, Jay still hasn't slept, and Rachel Dolezal is the welfare queen Black America refuses to claim.

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We are the Extraordinary Negroes.

Each week on "The Extraordinary Negroes", writers Jay Connor and Alex Hardy delve into humorous explorations of pop culture, current events, and relevant issues within our community. Previous guests include author and speaker Luvvie Ajayi; Damon Young and Panama Jackson of VerySmartBrothas; Jerrika Hinton of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, 2017 Grammy nominees KING, activist April Reign, authors Demetria Lucas O'Doyley and Kiese Laymon, financial guru Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche; Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch of Black & Sexy TV; and many more. 

 

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After a stint in the military and an extended crusade tending to the mental health and well being of at-risk youth as a social worker, Jay Connor conceded to fate, relocated to Los Angeles in 2014, and embarked on a writing career in the entertainment industry. His contributions include projects for The New York Times, The AMC Network, Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, CBS, The Root, Huffington Post, Playboy, and many more. When he’s not changing his son’s diapers or losing his grip on sanity while enduring 405 traffic, he balances passionate pursuits in social justice, digital media, gender inequality, the destigmatization of mental health, and of course, entertainment. Additionally, he’s lent his insight and commentary to outlets such as Sirius XM and he’s an Editor at The Root. Check out selected clips of Jay's writing here.

Follow Jay: Twitter | Instagram

New York City-based food-lover Alexander Hardy is the dance captain for Saint Damita Jo Jackson’s royal army and co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. He is an essayist, freelance copywriter, cultural critic, chicken enthusiast, lupus survivor, mental health advocate and educator who has written for EBONY.com, Eater, Courvoisier, Esquire, The Root, CNN, Gawker, The Huffington Post, Saint Heron, and Very Smart Brothas, among other wonderful outlets. When not writing on TheColoredBoy.com, he enjoys cheese grits, power naps, sweet tea, and all things chicken-related. Alexander does not believe in snow or Delaware. View Alex's writing here.

Follow Alex: The Colored Boy | Twitter | Instagram | 

Writing Portfolio | Mental Health Work

 

Events and Media

And here is a roundup of our various press, live events, and appearances thus far. Interested in having The Extraordinary Negroes at your event? Hit us up and let's make magic happen.

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LA SPEAKS

Los Angeles, CA

Jay was a featured panelist at LA Speaks: On The Evolution of the Artist, which explored the evolution of creative expression in Los Angeles. It also allowed attendees to listen and engage in inspirational keynotes, interactive workshops, and insightful panel discussions with both emerging and established creatives.

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the laura coates show

New York City, NY

Jay was a special guest on The Laura Coates Show on Sirius XM. During which, he discussed the emotional labor that people of color subject themselves to by being expected to educate White audiences, his work in entertainment, and the predatory behavior of the entertainment industry. Of which he wrote about for Huffington Post.

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outlier podcast festival

Los Angeles, CA

Jay was a featured speaker at the Outlier Podcast Festival, which features speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, live shows and more.

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start, sustain, and get paid for your podcast

Los Angeles, CA

Jay was a featured speaker and panelist in which he shared some of the science behind the creation of The Extraordinary Negroes, how he got started in the podcast industry and his practices in expansion, digital strategy, and monetization. 

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universal fancon 2018

Baltimore, MD

The inaugural Universal FanCon celebrates the diversity of fandom and serves as the epicenter of fan culture. We came, we saw, we held it down with a live episode of our podcast featuring our very special guest Eunique Jones Gibson of Dream Village and Because of Them We Can. The ancestors were pleased.

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black web fest 2018

Harlem, NY

Alex was a featured panelist at Black Web Fest 2018, which celebrates Black media makers and digital content. Attendees enjoyed wine tastings, panels, film screenings, networking, and more. Red velvet cake was sorely missed. 

 

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the podlist feature

Our show was featured in The Podlist, a weekly collection of some of the best podcasts published each week. Cue obligatory confetti toss. Check it out here

Podcasts In Color Feature

PodcastsInColor.com

Our Black Panther review was featured on Podcasts In Color's list of Five Black Panther Podcasts Under An Hour. 

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a creative social mixer

Los Angeles, CA

In order to foster a community of color around our respective crafts, we partnered with Creators of Color for a social mixer specifically for creatives. This included a panel discussing our experiences as creators of color, food and drinks, and more melanin and graceful aging than legally allowed. The best of times were had by all. 

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Black history month feature in itunes 

iTunes

Outside of Black Panther providing us with the blessing of a lifetime, we celebrated Black History Month 2018 by being featured in iTunes. Champagne and campaign. 

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black history month feature in tunein

TuneIn.com

The fine folks at TuneIn featured us as one of their Emerging Voices during Black History Month. The ancestors were pleased. 

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featured in The Root

TheRoot.com

"Added for their commitment to elevating the voices of black women, Extraordinary Negroes makes the list. Jay Connor and Alexander Hardy co-host this smart and hilarious show that isn’t afraid to have the difficult conversations that are often ignored or downplayed. Don’t be surprised to hear the witty co-hosts effortlessly going from exchanging social commentary to sharing intimate stories about their own struggles with mental health." Read the rest here

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official partnership with tunein

TuneIn.com

After months of courtship, TuneIn finally put a ring on it. As part of their revolutionary First Play initiative, our listeners are granted early access to every episode of our podcast exclusively on TuneIn. It's not quite reparations, but it's still kind of a big deal. 

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Featured in tunein

TuneIn.com

The fine folks at TuneIn featured us as one of their Editor's Choice Podcasts. So if you aren't binge listening to our show on their app, you're living life wrong. 

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Podcast Movement 2017

Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA

Jay was in the building to shake hands, kiss babies, and drop knowledge at Podcast Movement 2017, an annual conference dedicated to active and aspiring podcasters, industry representatives, and professionals. 

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the people's choice podcast awards nominee

PodcastAwards.com

For the 12th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards, we were nominated for Best Society & Culture Podcast. That deserves a tambourine shake or seven. 

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featured in bitch media

BitchMedia.org

Award-winning publication Bitch Media, renown for curating "thoughtful feminist responses to mainstream media and popular culture", compiled a list of twenty-one of their favorite podcasts. And guess who made their list?  

 

Black Speculative Arts Movement's Black animation panel

Los Angeles, CA

During BET Awards weekend, Jay moderated a discussion panel highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans within the field of animation. Participants included celebrated illustrators and animators from Disney, Marvel Studios, Cartoon Network, and Milestone Media, as well as contributors to groundbreaking projects such as "The Boondocks", "Blokhedz""Black Dynamite", "Red Origins", and "Black Panther".

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featured in the new york times

New York Times, NY

The Extraordinary Negroes was featured in The New York Times' popular newsletter, Race/Related. Which prides itself on "exploring race with provocative reporting and discussion". Check out our feature here.

#GetSomeJoy: A Blackstravaganza for mental health awareness (NYC)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY

On May 31, Alex hosted a night of merriment, art, readings by poets and storytellers, and candid conversations to increase awareness and destroy the stigmas around mental and emotional wellness at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Featured guests: Hari Ziyad, Drew Shane, Danielle Belton, Jayson P. Smith, Alise Leslie, and Darnell Lamont Walker. Here's a recap of what happened.

 

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featured in ctzns online

TheCTZNS.com

In these perilous times of mumble rappers and tyrannical Cheetos a "Stay-Woke" Starter Pack is more essential than ever before. And the fine folks at CTZNS Online were kind enough to include our podcast in theirs. Check it out here.  

 

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POdcast spotlight:  Podcasts In color

PodcastsInColor.com

Podcast directory Podcasts In Color featured The Extraordinary Negroes on their homepage. View the directory here.

The Extraordinary Negroes live at sxsw

Austin, TX

The wonderful (and smart) folks at SXSW (one of the largest annual music, film, and technology festivals in the world) invited us out to Austin, TX to perform a live recording of The Extraordinary Negroes on their Live Podcast Stage, sponsored by TuneIn. 

Hear "Once Upon a Live SXSW Episode" here.

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#PodinLiveNYC: Black Podcast Meet Up

Von, New York, NY

PodLiveNYC was a gathering of a bunch of dope podcasts by Black creators, presented by the Tea with Queen and J podcast. Also featured: Inner Hoe Uprising, The Cure, The Girth, Bag Ladiez, We Come From Queens, Brunch & Budget, TK in the AM, Queer WOC, The Bodega Podcast. 

black history month itunes feature

The Extraordinary Negroes was featured for the month of February 2017. Champagne for everyone.

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Black Pride: Black Podcasts to Add to Your Queue

MalloriSymone.com

In this celebration of podcasts that exemplify Black Excellence, we got a shoutout for being "comical, informative, and encouraging". Read the rest of our feature here

A VERY EXTRAORDINARY WATCH PARTY w/ Very smart brothas

Johnny Pistolas, Washington, DC

For the finale of BET's The New Edition Story, we teamed up with Very Smart Brothas (Panama Jackson and Damon Young) and invited our listeners and readers out for a night of merriment, nostalgia, and fellowship at Johnny Pistolas in Washington, DC. Thanks to our sponsors, AMC Theaters, The Royal Stitch, Bolden USA, University of Dope, and Solana Shaw of Chakra Verde, the watch party also included an open bar, games, and giveaways. And music by DJ Black Shah. Afterwards, Panama and Jas Hands of The Brown Liquor Report joined us for "A Very Extraordinary Live Episode." You should have been there. Check out some photos from that night right here.

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Premiere of BET's "The New Edition story"

Paley Center For Media, Beverly Hills, CA

We were invited to attend the world premiere of BET's three-part series, "The New Edition Story," a month before its global debut. The actors who played the adult version of New Edition participated in a Q&A (with occasional commentary from Bobby Brown from the audience) led by cast member Yvette Brown (Shirley Bivins). Pictured here are Tyler Marcel Williams (middle) who played young Bobby Brown, and Jahi Winston (right), who played young Ralph Tresvant. We shared our thoughts on part one of the film on this Afterparty episode, "The New Edition Story."

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Greetings.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to The Extraordinary Negroes. We are open to pitches and submissions of all types, from short blogs, essays, documentaries, or prose, to poetry, short stories, short films, and opinion pieces. Provided you've taken a moment to familiarize yourself with what goes on here (please do that if you haven't), we don't yet have a strict list of Unpublishable Topics. Naturally, there won't be any pro-coleslaw propaganda in this dancerie. Other than that, shoot your shot. We are looking for clearly articulated ideas from dynamic, strong voices. Go forth and be great.

A few points on pitching:

  • Please do not attach and send completed pieces. Tell us who the hell you are, what your idea is, and what your piece will be about. And: when you believe you can (realistically) turn it in.
  • If you have links to examples of your work, feel free to include a few.
  • Don't feel pressured to alter your voice or style to write like anyone on this site (or anywhere). 
  • Please do not send a link to your website and suggest we go digging for content to publish.
  • If you were thinking about pasting a 1950-word situation in an email and pressing send, please reconsider. We beseech thee, please see the first point.
  • Brevity is your friend.
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  • We can't do much with your mixtape.

If interested in contributing to, collaborating with, sponsoring, or hiring The Extraordinary Negroes, you may use the contact form below or email us at submissions@theextraordinarynegroes.com.

 
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Have a question or comment for Jay, Alex, or both of us? Do you have a business inquiry or would like to discuss a potential partnership? Holler below or at theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com

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SHRIMP & GRITS

Not only are Shrimp & Grits fucking delicious, but they're also the perfect name for our favorite segment, in which we answer your most colorful and creative questions. So if you've got an interesting question you'd like for us to answer on an upcoming episode, either leave them below or hit us at theextraordinarynegroes@gmail.com. 

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