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.
universal fancon 2018
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. The ancestors were pleased.
black web fest 2018
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
The Extraordinary Negroes live at sxsw
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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."