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.

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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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