the latest:

"Blerd Is The Word" (Feat. Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds & J. of Tea with Queen and J)

n this episode, we're joined by the dynamic duo of Black Girl Nerds creator and mogul in the making Jamie Broadnax, as well as our very special guest co-host J. of the Tea With Queen & J podcast, to discuss the breadth and idiosyncrasies of nerd culture, the importance of Black creators and executives within creative spaces, and Jamie's secret rendezvous with Idris Elba. Additionally, Alex takes a voyage to 1998, our birthday party has the best cake and ice cream, and even Jay has a price.

Previously: "The Afterparty: Adventures in Motherhood" (feat. CaShawn Thompson of "Black Girls Are Magic" and  Tiffani Sheriff and "Hello Brooklyn" (feat. Demetria Lucas)  






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; financial guru Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche; Kent Johnson and Eric Martin of Black & Abroad; and Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch of Black & Sexy TV. 


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 prominent 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.

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.

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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.

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

On Wednesday May 31, join Alex at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for 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 #GetSomeJoy, Alex will share new writings inspired by his journey with depression and anxiety, and you'll hear greatness from Hari Ziyad, Jayson P. Smith, and Alise Leslie. Then, Darnell Lamont Walker, Danielle Belton, and Andrew Shade will join Alex to get really real about self-care, therapy, healing, and how our work and mental wellness affect one another. #GetSomeJoy will also feature musical performances, massages, wine, live art, and community organizations on hand to provide resources.  For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, go 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 (a huge annual music, film, and tech festival) in Austin, Texas, invited us to do an hour-long live recording of The Extraordinary Negroes on the Podcast Stage. View all participating podcasts here

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.


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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AND if you appreciate our work and what we’re offering and want us to continue being great, we’d love you long time if you took a look at our Patreon situation.


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