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The Afterparty: "Welcome To Wakanda" (Feat. Law Ware)

Are you looking forward to Black Panther, but have no idea what the hell it's even about because you never read the comic book? Don't worry. We got you. Before Chadwick Boseman and company obliterate the box office, we're putting you up on everything you need to know prior to watching the movie. We break down the mythology of the Black Panther, the cultural signficance of Wakanda, who his cast of supporting characters are, what we're most looking forward to, and how the first big budget predominantly Black feature film has the potential to transform the entertainment industry.

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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 AMC Network, Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, CBS, The Root, Huffington Post, Very Smart Brothas, AFROPUNK, Creatives of Color, Black Card Revoked, 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, the destigmatization of mental health, and of course, entertainment. View 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, Eater, Courvoisier, Esquire, The Root, CNN, Gawker, The Huffington Post, Saint Heron, and Very Smart Brothas, among other wonderful outlets. When not writing on, 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 press, live events, and appearances thus far. Interested in having The Extraordinary Negroes at your event? Contact us and let's make magic happen.

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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

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 

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

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

"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

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

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. 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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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