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The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.
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Brittany talks to Jimmie Fails, star and co-creator of the award-winning film, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, about about the meaning of home, starring in his first movie, and what it was like to grow up in “the Harlem of the West”. 
How to Show Up

How to Show Up

2019-06-1800:36:065

Rachel Wilkerson Miller is a lifestyle writer who has made it her mission to help people find ways to take better care of themselves—whether through meal prep, DIY projects, or learning how to use a dot journal to track mental health. But the concept of self care didn’t really click for her until her own life took an unexpected turn. In this installment of Get Yo Life, Rachel tells Brittany how she found joy in the least likely of places—and gives practical tips for small ways to improve your life in a big way.https://www.rachelwmiller.com/Additional Music Credits by Calid B and Bobby Lord
Six Degrees: Music Edition

Six Degrees: Music Edition

2019-06-0400:42:222

June is Black Music Month, so Brittany and Eric decided to celebrate with a music-themed edition of Six Degrees of Black Separation… with a twist: the loser has to write and perform a song on a topic of the winner’s choosing. Will Eric FINALLY belt out that R&B slow jam about Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball? Will Brittany pen a ballad about The Real Housewives of Atlanta? Listen to find out!
Vindication Court is where we decide whether to redeem people or things that are reviled and ridiculed by the culture. On today’s docket: snap music. Eric tries to prove that snap music was falsely accused of being a stain on hip hop. But will Judge Brittany give snap music the redemption it deserves? 
Following the release of the biggest superhero film to date, Avengers: Endgame, Brittany makes the case that Oprah has already made a superhero movie that puts ALL others to shame. The Nod goes deep into Oprah’s Legend’s Ball, which features some of the greatest real life heroes of our time.Additional songs featured in the show were “Bam Bam” by Calid B, and "Against the Wall” by Cedric Wilson.
Erika Alexander, who found fame as Maxine Shaw on the classic sitcom Living Single, details what it was really like to rise to fame with the Cosby Show in the 80s, ride the crest of the Golden Era of Black TV in the 90s, and navigate Hollywood as a Black actress after that Black entertainment boom went bust in the 2000s.
How to Stay Southern

How to Stay Southern

2019-04-2900:30:301

Food writer Nicole A. Taylor introduces Eric to a simple yet fancy dessert that helps her stay connected with her Southern roots. And Brittany tells a story about a little known woman from history who had the freshest collection of wigs, and even better comebacks. 
Good for the Blacks returns! This week, we take a fresh look at the latest Kardashian feud with Jordyn Woods, a trusted family friend accused of fooling around with Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend. The Kardashians tried to destroy Jordyn’s reputation, but Jordyn had a secret weapon in Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Will anyone come out on top? BuzzFeed News entertainment reporter Sylvia Obell joins Brittany and Eric to determine if this feud is Good for the Blacks.
Della Reese deserves a showstopping biopic for the ages, packed with drama and triumph-- and maybe a fistfight or two-- but one has never been made. This week, Eric gives Brittany three reasons why the real life story of everyone’s favorite guardian angel deserves the silver screen treatment.
My Black Robot Friend

My Black Robot Friend

2019-04-0200:48:522

A woman tries to befriend a robot, but when things don’t go as planned, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
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Comments (27)

Lauren Stanford

Love this podcast!!

Jun 25th
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Chhotu Kumhar

Lauren Stanford yes

Jun 25th
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Renee Heath

Why did the Oprah's Legends pop up on my YouTube feed today.

May 22nd
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Chris Egbo

couldn't finish episodes because of Eric's "laughs"

May 21st
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ABR

You can get quarter water in rural areas still. And on the internet, of course. 😁

May 20th
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Mike Davis

This was my first time listening to The Nod and I loved this episode.

May 10th
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sasha

love this episode!!!

Mar 27th
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Teddy Spaghetti

oh, hi mark.

Feb 23rd
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Todd Bryant

So the story was captivating but I had a hard time discerning how much was story and how much was produced for the episode. I felt that her sisters identity was tied to a external fluid sense of self worth like if someone else valued black identity then it was good, but if someone else came along, well it was a problem. I was with Simone, the ish was offensive to hear but I respect her right to feel the way she feels. I just want be trying to let someone I'm affiliated with hook up with her because it's whack.

Jan 21st
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sasha

I'm so glad I finally listened to the nod! great mix of interesting stories and funny wonderful hosts.

Dec 26th
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Carly Tillotson

Is Madea good for the blacks? I believe that Tyler Perry is going to kill off Madea soon. Is this good? I love the Madea series. What do you think?

Nov 29th
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dschoole

Great story. Would love to hear more stories like this.

Nov 11th
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Kat Whitacre

This version of peanut butter history stressed me out, y'all Like the grossness of them eating peanut butter better, lol

Oct 30th
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Kat Whitacre

I miss hugs! The drink...and also physical contact

Oct 25th
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D Robertson

There should be a white version of this podcast called, "Yep" 😂😂

Sep 26th
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Branden May

What's the name of the song at 38:30?

Sep 25th
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Apple Betty

I'm new to The Nod and love it!! Yeah I'm late, but better late than never.

Sep 25th
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William Huffaker

my heart was not ready. what a interesting story and look into someone else's idea of playing a game thats able to help them in ways I never thought possible.

Sep 22nd
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Robyn Early

KalaLea fought for herself. A wonderful example of what each of us must do, know our own bodies! Do research and get to work.

Sep 19th
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Marcus Whitted

The name of the town is Native American!! Rascist people SIT DOWN. YOU LIVE IN A TOWN THAT HAS A NAME OF GIVEN BY BROWN PEOPLE.

Aug 9th
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Modupe Idris

That's my favorite also yes chitlins a tr bergdorf

Jul 25th
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