We are the Extraordinary Negroes.

Each week on "The Extraordinary Negroes", writers Jay Connor and Alex Hardy use humor to explore everything from culture, mental health, race, and life, to entrepreneurship, travel, chicken, and writing. Previous guests include author, speaker, and blogger Luvvie Ajayi; Damon Young and Panama Jackson of VerySmartBrothas; Jerrika Hinton of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, authors Demetria Lucas O'Doyley and Kiese Laymon, financial guru Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche; and Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch of Black & Sexy TV; and many more. 


After a stint in the military and an extended crusade shepherding all of God’s children as a social worker, Jay Connor conceded to fate and relocated to Los Angeles in 2014 in order to chase the dream. When he’s not changing his son’s diapers or losing his grip on sanity while enduring 405 traffic, he’s a writer in the entertainment industry. Where currently he’s working on a number of projects. The most notable being “Strange Angel”, a historical drama series produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions that is set to air on the AMC Network in the near future. View Jay's writing here.

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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.

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