The Nod

The Nod
A podcast from Gimlet Media that explores both the biggest moments and most underexplored corners of Black culture. Hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings.

Trans Lives, Front and Center
Aug 11 • 8 min
POSE star Angelica Ross talks about merging activism with all parts of her life. From working on a show that employs transgender cast and crew to enriching lives through her work in the tech space, she shares her life’s mission to uplift her community.
Revolutionary Photos
Aug 5 • 7 min
Photographer Mel D. Cole is known for capturing some of the most famous faces in hip hop, but now he’s using his skills to document what’s happening on the front lines of America’s civil unrest and protests.
Master P Has No Limits
Jul 28 • 9 min
Hip hop mogul Master P joins Brittany and Eric to talk about his new BET docuseries “No Limit Chronicles” and how his No Limit Enterprises has become an icon for Black generational wealth.
Justice for Breonna Taylor with Andrea J Ritchie
Jul 21 • 8 min
George Floyd’s death inspired an uprising, but there has been a lack of attention given to Breonna Taylor, another life lost to police brutality. Brittany and Eric speak with Andrea Ritchie about the need to demand justice for Black women.
Better News with Sam Sanders
Jul 16 • 8 min
NPR’s Sam Sanders joins Brittany and Eric for a conversation about how mainstream newsrooms are covering these unprecedented times—and how they need to do much better.
The Case for Police Abolition
Jul 14 • 9 min
More people are beginning to declare “abolish the police”. It’s not a new position, but it’s still largely misunderstood. We’re joined by Bilphena Yahwon, a dedicated abolitionist, who explains why she thinks we shouldn’t dismiss the concept.
Could Kamala Harris Be Our Next Vice President?
Jul 9 • 7 min
Eric and journalist Errin Haines discuss how the current state of upheaval in our country might affect Senator Kamala Harris’ chances of becoming Biden’s VP running mate. Will voters, now focused on police brutality, support a former prosecutor?
A Reckoning for Black Journalists with Wes Lowery
Jul 7 • 7 min
Black journalists are speaking out against the racist culture of their employers, leading to the departure of some of media’s highest-ranked executives. Journalist Wesley Lowery joins us to discuss this trend and how he hopes the industry can change.
On the Record: Black Women and Hip Hop
Jul 2 • 18 min
On the heels of the bombshell documentary “On the Record,” which details the reported sexual abuse of Black women at the hands of Russell Simmons, two of his accusers, Sherri Sher and Drew Dixon, join The Nod to share their personal stories. The…
Kendrick Sampson: Actor and Activist
Jun 30 • 8 min
Kendrick Sampson dishes on the explosive season finale of Insecure, his new film Miss Juneteenth, and reminds us that we all have a role in the fight for Black liberation.
We’ve Been Here Before
Jun 1 • 8 min
Amid a still raging global pandemic, the nation has been reeling over the most recent spate of killings of Black people at the hands of police. Brittany and Eric sit down to process their feelings and memorialize the lives we lost. #BlackLivesMatter
See You Soon!
Jan 27 • 55 min
On this final episode of The Nod podcast, Brittany and Eric take some AMA questions from listeners and each other. As they prepare to embark on their newest journey (a daily video show on Quibi), the friends reflect on what it has been like to work…
A Nod to The Nod
Jan 20 • 83 min
The Nod podcast is coming to an end, and this week we are looking back at some of the highlights from the last 2.5 years of the show! It’s just like the moment right before Will turns out the lights in the empty living room at the Banks house. In this…
Borders Between Us
Jan 6 • 41 min
Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. was born in Sierra Leone, and when he was eight years old, his mom brought him to live with her in the States. Then, when he was a teenager, his mom got sick and passed away. In the years since, Saidu has struggled with how distant…
Intentions for 2020
Dec 30, 2019 • 30 min
In this week’s BONUS, Brittany and Eric discuss their intentions for the coming year.
Brittany’s Choice: An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck
Dec 16, 2019 • 41 min
We reunite members of Crime Mob to get the inside story of Knuck If You Buck, the club anthem that defined the crunk era and took them from high school kids to rap legends. All tea, no shade—straight from the people who lived it: Diamond, Princess and Lil…
Lady Sings the Blues w/ Bassey Ikpi
Dec 10, 2019 • 38 min
This week, Brittany gets personal as she sits down with author and poet Bassey Ikpi to talk about her new book, I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying. In the book Bassey re-examines her life through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar…
Why We’re Watching Watchmen
Nov 25, 2019 • 52 min
Watchmen, the new superhero drama from HBO, contains some of the sharpest and most deliberate commentary on race currently on television. This week, Eric sits down with Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson (The Good Place, Succession) to talk about how…
Eric’s Choice: I Am a White Woman
Nov 11, 2019 • 31 min
The movie “White Chicks” may have made critics— and honestly, the world —cringe, but Brittany delivers her treatise on why the film deserves a second look.
You Ain’t Got No Job, You Ain’t Got Shit to Do
Nov 4, 2019 • 42 min
Friday, the 1995 comedy starring Ice Cube and the late, great, John Witherspoon, is one of Eric’s all-time favorite movies. But during a recent re-watch, he noticed some deeply unsettling themes that lay in stark contrast to the film’s cheery, comical…
Six Degrees: Mogul Edition
Oct 22, 2019 • 43 min
The Gimlet podcast, Mogul, is back with a new host and a new season about Miami hip hop and the infamous 2 Live Crew. Brittany and Eric invite the new host of the show, Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins, into the studio to learn more about what led this season of…
Cha Cha Now Y’all
Oct 14, 2019 • 28 min
Weddings, school dances, birthday parties for your great auntie—if you’re having a big function, the Cha Cha Slide is going to be on the playlist. But how did the Cha Cha slide become so ubiquitous? Brittany teams up with the Gimlet fam over at Every…
Fearing the Black Body
Oct 7, 2019 • 31 min
What if we told you that every fad diet, fashion editorial, and #fitspo post on social media could all be traced back to racist pseudoscience? In this episode, Brittany is joined by Sabrina Strings, sociologist and author of Fearing the Black Body: The…
Growing Up With Toni Morrison
Sep 23, 2019 • 36 min
On August 5th, 2019, the world lost one of the best of us in Toni Morrison. For Brittany, just being able to grow up in a world where Toni Morrison existed felt like a gift. This week, a special episode from our friends at The Cut On Tuesdays featuring…
Six Degrees: Listener Edition
Sep 16, 2019 • 40 min
Brittany and Eric face off against listeners in their favorite game: Six Degrees of Black Separation. Thug tears are shed, hair is snatched and Black history is made. RELATED LINKS: -Twitter thread: Celebrities describing how good Rihanna smells…
Elouise Goes to Washington
Sep 9, 2019 • 28 min
Eric tells Brittany the story of Elouise Westbrook, a legendary housing rights activist in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco who never, ever took no for an answer.
The Life and Times of Reggie Ossé
Sep 2, 2019 • 65 min
Brittany and Eric share a new episode of Mogul that’s a tribute to the life and career of Reggie Ossé. Reggie hosted the first season of Mogul and he had a personality and a presence that was truly larger than life. A couple of months after completing the…
Back to School
Aug 26, 2019 • 41 min
Two years ago Eric was faced with a dilemma. He hosts a podcast about Black culture. He went to an HBCU. But when it came to choosing a school for his daughter, he wasn’t sure if an Afrocentric education was the right choice. So he decided to go on a…
Isn’t It Romantic? feat. Jasmine Guillory
Aug 19, 2019 • 50 min
Earlier this year, Brittany finally discovered the steamy, sensual world of romance novels that center Black women. A fire was lit, and she had to know more. So Brittany got schooled on the history of Black women in romance by experts Bim Adewunmi and…
Michael Twitty’s Cooking Gene
Aug 12, 2019 • 46 min
In our last conversation with Michael Twitty, the chef and culinary historian told us all about his “Southern Discomfort Tour.” The tour, which he wrote about in his book, “The Cooking Gene,” involved travelling the south and cooking on plantations using…
You Don’t Make Free People
Aug 5, 2019 • 54 min
Each week this August, we’re updating some of our most thought-provoking episodes. This week: writer Casey Gerald reflects on what we lose when we buy into the promise of the American dream. We first talked to Casey about his book “There Will Be No…
The Vindication of T-Pain
Jul 29, 2019 • 42 min
Was T-Pain’s heavily autotuned music totally genius… or the death knell of hip-hop as we knew it? In this edition of Vindication Court, Brittany tries to convince Judge Eric that T-Pain’s use of autotune was not only artistically ambitious, but that it…
The Gamer Godfather You’ve Never Heard Of
Jul 22, 2019 • 21 min
Video game consoles were super boring in the early days: you could only switch between a few basic, built-in games — no Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog or Legend of Zelda. But that all changed thanks to the contributions of a man named Jerry Lawson.…
The Man Who Beat the NCAA
Jul 15, 2019 • 43 min
Eric talks with Ed O’Bannon, a former professional basketball player whose landmark lawsuit forced a national conversation on whether the NCAA should pay college athletes. It’s a conversation with massive implications for the thousands of unpaid Black…
Conscious Rap: The Birth and the Backlash
Jul 1, 2019 • 37 min
The turbulence and violence of the late 1980s pushed hip-hop away from its party music roots, giving birth to a new subgenre: conscious rap. Groups like and Public Enemy and artists like KRS-One became stars, creating music that emphasized pro-Black…
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Jun 24, 2019 • 30 min
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
Jun 17, 2019 • 37 min
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…
Six Degrees: Music Edition
Jun 3, 2019 • 44 min
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…
The Vindication of Snap Music
May 27, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Oprah’s Legends Ball: Endgame
May 20, 2019 • 47 min
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…
The Rise and Fall of Black TV (feat. Erika Alexander)
May 6, 2019 • 43 min
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…
How to Stay Southern
Apr 29, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Jordyn Woods vs. The Kardashians
Apr 22, 2019 • 45 min
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…
The Greatest Biopic That’s Never Been Made?
Apr 8, 2019 • 38 min
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…
My Black Robot Friend
Apr 1, 2019 • 49 min
A woman tries to befriend a robot, but when things don’t go as planned, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Mar 25, 2019 • 43 min
Growing up, a young woman and her dad bonded over their love of basketball. But there was one game she knew they could never talk about. And for years she never asked. But when his health took a turn for the worse, she decided to ask the question she…
Chidi and The Good Place
Mar 11, 2019 • 41 min
This week Eric talks with Cord Jefferson, a writer for NBC’s The Good Place, about how Blackness is depicted in the afterlife (Eric’s Chidi Anagonye standom is also discussed). Later, Eric tells Brittany the legendary story of a little-known Black cowboy…
A Madea Homegoing
Mar 4, 2019 • 35 min
We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of sister Mabel Madea Simmons. The iconic character, created and played by Tyler Perry, is being retired after 20 years of captivating and aggravating audiences on stage and screen. Join us as we gather…
Six Degrees: Black History Month Edition
Feb 25, 2019 • 34 min
This Black History month has been whack, but The Nod is still ready to celebrate with an epic game of Six Degrees of Black Separation. Will Eric and Mack embarrass the ancestors or will they redeem BHM for us all?
What’s Wrong with A Little Romance? (Feat. Jasmine Guillory)
Feb 11, 2019 • 38 min
Romance novels usually conjure images of blonde Fabio wannabees and pale, busty princesses. But Brittany recently discovered a steamy, sensual world of romance novels that center Black women. What can these books offer Black women that other media can’t?…
Can MDMA Treat Racial Trauma?
Feb 4, 2019 • 39 min
A new kind of treatment for PTSD, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, may be just a few years away from legalization. What could it do for Black patients struggling with trauma? Brittany speaks to one woman about her experience with MDMA in therapy.
The Cult of Father Divine
Jan 28, 2019 • 35 min
Eric walks us through the life of Father Divine, a Black man who believed he was God, amassed thousands of followers all over the world, and became the biggest cult religious leader you’ve likely never heard of.
Brittany’s Choice: Sister, Sister
Jan 14, 2019 • 34 min
Producer Simone Polanen thought she knew her little sister well, until she discovered a major part of her sister’s identity that she knew nothing about. When Simone confronts her sister, the conversation gets heated. This month, we’re sharing some of…
Eric’s Choice: On That Lo Life $hit
Jan 7, 2019 • 29 min
Eric’s always had an affinity for Polo Ralph Lauren. But he discovers a group of boosters in Brooklyn that took their love for Polo to another level. This month, we’re sharing some of Brittany and Eric’s most memorable episodes of The Nod so far. This…
2019 Glow Up
Dec 31, 2018 • 28 min
Every New Year, Brittany makes a list of intentions for how to live her life in the coming year. Last year, Eric was skeptical of the process. This year, he is a willing participant. In this week’s BONUS, Brittany and Eric discuss their intentions for…
How We Failed
Dec 24, 2018 • 15 min
Brittany and Eric were recently guests on The Upgrade podcast’s first ever live show, where the theme for the night was “How to Fail”. In this week’s BONUS, we are sharing an excerpt from that show, where they discuss each other’s biggest failures and…
A Star Is Born On Beale Street
Dec 17, 2018 • 40 min
“If Beale Street Could Talk” and “A Star Is Born” are two of the biggest films out this year, and they’re both dramatic romance epics. Eric and Brittany dig into a spoiler-free conversation about how these movies get viewers to root for the love at the…
Good For The Blacks: Cardi vs. Nicki
Dec 10, 2018 • 43 min
The beef between rap titans Cardi B and Nicki Minaj consumed the news this year. Shoes have been thrown, emails leaked, political candidates endorsed, and Harriet Tubman’s queenhood questioned. We consult comedian Nore Davis and associate editor at…
The Fugitive
Dec 3, 2018 • 36 min
A little-known story of how one woman stood up to one of the most powerful men in American history. Her story comes to us from Uncivil, a history podcast from Gimlet where they go back to the time our divisions turned into a war, and bring you stories…
Black in Fashion
Nov 26, 2018 • 22 min
In this week’s BONUS, we have a conversation with Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Teen Vogue’s newest editor-in-chief. Last summer, Wagner wrote Everywhere and Nowhere: What its really like to be black and work in fashion, where she interviewed more than 100…
To All the Boys in Rom-Coms Who Suck
Nov 19, 2018 • 39 min
Brittany schools Eric on the true nature of romantic male leads, from Marcus in “Boomerang” to Lance in “The Best Man.” And she pays special tribute to a prince charming from “Living Single” who’s never gotten his due.
How to Make Free People
Nov 12, 2018 • 30 min
Writer and thinker Casey Gerald reflects on what we lose when we buy into the promise of the American dream. In his new book, “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” Gerald unravels his origin story, which was previously held up as a “rags to riches” tale, and…
Nobody Looks Like Me
Nov 5, 2018 • 26 min
You’ve heard of the Little Rock Nine, but what about the Memphis 13? Eric talks to a man whose parents put him on the front lines of the battle for public school desegregation…. when he was only five years old.
Eric Goes Full Witch
Oct 29, 2018 • 6 min
In this week’s bonus outtakes, Brittany explains why Disneyland is the best place to get drunk, and Eric dabbles in the occult. We are back next week with a new episode!
Ethiopian Lasagna and the Alchemy of Being Black
Oct 22, 2018 • 28 min
Writer Hannah Giorgis grew up eating lasagna the Ethiopian way, and she shows Brittany why that is the BEST way. Plus, author Michael Arceneaux describes his new book I Can’t Date Jesus as “learning how to ho without the fear of God.” He tells Brittany…
Six Degrees of Black Separation
Oct 8, 2018 • 38 min
Eric has a story about the biggest celebrity wedding you’ve never heard of. And Brittany plays a game that brings together Trina, WB sitcom stars, Tyler Perry, wig lines and Whitney Houston’s goddaughter.
We Went to See Beyoncé (and Jay-Z)
Oct 1, 2018 • 16 min
BONUS: This week, Brittany and The Nod’s producer Mack sit down to talk about a life-changing event… seeing Beyoncé in concert.
Kunta Thinks You’re Funny (feat. LeVar Burton)
Sep 24, 2018 • 41 min
Kunta Kinte, Geordi LaForge, and Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton has given the world so much. On this episode, Brittany and Eric give him something back.
Saving Grace
Sep 17, 2018 • 33 min
Autumn loves to play The Sims. The life simulation game gives the 15-year-old an escape from her difficult home life. But after something terrible happens, the line between the game and real life starts to blur. Producer Wallace Mack brings us this week’s…
Bleeding and Healing
Sep 10, 2018 • 45 min
For years, KalaLea experiences painful periods that keep her in bed for days at a time. As she tries to figure out what’s happening to her body, she discovers that she has a condition that disproportionately affects Black women. This is the story of how…
An Interview with Boots Riley
Sep 3, 2018 • 23 min
Brittany and Eric sit down for a conversation with Boots Riley to discuss his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Sorry to Bother You.
The Nod Bureau of Investigation
Aug 27, 2018 • 44 min
A woman comes to the Nod Bureau of Investigation (NBI) with a mystery that only a Black person could have. Brittany and her team of detectives embark on a search for a long lost childhood memento and become entangled in a web of Internet k-holes and…
Beignets In, Breathe Out
Aug 20, 2018 • 33 min
What foods do you associate with Black culture? Eric’s friend makes him a sugary treat with surprising connections to the Congo. Plus, Brittany talks to a woman who helps breathe new life into people… literally.
#WhyNotKenan: Give Kenan Thompson His Emmy
Aug 13, 2018 • 31 min
Kenan Thompson is the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live’s history, and one of the funniest. But his acting hasn’t landed him an Emmy nomination… until now. Eric makes an impassioned plea for Emmy voters to recognize Kenan’s mastery of the…
Best of the Nod: The Hairstons
Aug 6, 2018 • 56 min
Every year, descendants of both enslaved people and slave owners come together for a family reunion. The darker side of their shared past remains hidden underneath the celebrations and pleasantries. Until one year, when Ever Lee Hairston says two words…
Best of the Nod: Cooperative Economics
Jul 30, 2018 • 58 min
There was once a grocery store in Chicago that Black folks LOVED. And that grocery store made one of the most iconic commercials the city has ever seen. We hear the story behind that commercial. Plus, what does it mean to “buy Black?” And how… practical…
Best of the Nod: Black Excellence
Jul 23, 2018 • 64 min
This week we have two stories about incredible Black trailblazers. First up, a story about a Black designer and a group of Black models that revolutionized the fashion world forever. Then, a story about a Black, queer icon that you may not have heard of,…
Best of the Nod: YouTube Conspiracy Theories
Jul 16, 2018 • 67 min
According to a certain conspiracy theorist, Beyoncé is hiding a secret from the world. He also has strong feelings about Big Sean and clones. To commemorate our 1 year anniversary, we’ll be playing the hits, as determined by you, all month. The people…
An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck
Jul 9, 2018 • 39 min
We reunite members of Crime Mob to get the inside story of Knuck If You Buck, the club anthem that defined the crunk era and took them from high school kids to rap legends. All tea, no shade—straight from the people who lived it: Diamond, Princess and Lil…
Wyatt Cenac Exposes The Ultimate Cheetos Conspiracy
Jul 2, 2018 • 29 min
Comedian Wyatt Cenac, host of the new HBO series “Problem Areas,” joins Brittany and Eric onstage at their recent live show in Brooklyn. Wyatt dishes on his favorite conspiracy theories, makes a case for why we should ban all babies from bars, and solves…
The Deacons
Jun 25, 2018 • 41 min
Eric tells a story about forgotten part of civil-rights history that is still very much alive. In 1965, a group of black men in Louisiana called the Deacons for Defense and Justice took up arms against the Klan. Now a daughter of the Deacons wants to…
BONUS: Introducing Arlan Hamilton
Jun 18, 2018 • 19 min
Brittany and Eric talk to Startup podcast host Amy Standen about Arlan Hamilton—a gay Black woman who started a venture capital fund unlike any other in Silicon Valley.
The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender
Jun 11, 2018 • 38 min
A young man named Eric embarks on an epic quest to figure out why so many Black folks love kung fu. He seeks the wisdom of two teachers, including RZA of The Wu-Tang Clan and the lead martial arts consultant on “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Will he…
I Am A White Woman
Jun 4, 2018 • 29 min
The movie “White Chicks” may have made critics— and honestly, the world —cringe, but Brittany delivers her treatise on why the film deserves a second look.
Hair, Laid
May 28, 2018 • 25 min
What does it take to get Black women’s hair authentically represented on TV? Brittany talks to Yara Shahidi, the star of the popular sitcom Grown-ish, to find out. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to…
BONUS: The Origin Story
May 21, 2018 • 10 min
Have you ever wondered how Brittany and Eric became such good friends? Well wonder no more, because this week’s bonus tells the story of how the pair first met. And if you like this one, be sure to check out the Kismet podcast for more stories of…
From Zamunda to Wakanda
May 14, 2018 • 32 min
Coming to America may have given us the greatest Jheri Curl anthem ever made, but that doesn’t make it untouchable. With a potential sequel on the way, we asked a question we never thought we’d ask: is Coming to America, good or bad for the Blacks? Guests…
The Leopards of Zaire
May 7, 2018 • 47 min
This week, we’ll take you to Zaire for a story about national identity, colonialism, and one of the most notorious dictators in history. All courtesy of our friends at the new Gimlet podcast, “We Came to Win.” To find a list of our sponsors and…
Rapper’s Dismay
Apr 30, 2018 • 29 min
A high schooler takes a seat to make a stand. And Rapper’s Delight makes it big - to one lady’s chagrin.
Quesadilla Time (feat. Chef Ocho)
Apr 27, 2018 • 2 min
Had enough Cardi B and Drake ? We’ve got a new tune that slaps! Thank the (Bobby) Lord.
BONUS: Bowlegged Lou is a Prankster
Apr 23, 2018 • 8 min
Eric talks to Full Force’s Bowlegged Lou about the group’s sound, getting called out by Patti LaBelle for being “too busy” to work on her album and a crazy recording experience with James Brown.
Taco Bout It
Apr 16, 2018 • 30 min
Oo-OOOOOO! It’s quesadilla time. Brittany heads to L.A. to talk with a chef who’s making “Black tacos.” Turns out they’re more than just a delicious food. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to
A Man Gotta Have a Code
Apr 9, 2018 • 31 min
Actor Michael K. Williams joins Brittany and Eric in the studio and dishes on his love of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” self-help books and his favorite fried chicken joint. He also shares a personal story that led to his new Vice on HBO documentary,…
Greetings, My Brothas: A Tale Of Two Shawns
Apr 2, 2018 • 44 min
“That banana you ate for lunch was a clone … So what makes you think they won’t clone your black ass ?” Eric and Brittany try to figure out who Jason Derulo really is. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to…
BONUS: Bruno Mars is Tiny, Sweet and Really Sexy
Mar 26, 2018 • 10 min
This week’s bonus is a lighting round of Good For The Blacks from our SXSW live show! Brittany, Eric, and their guests Kara Brown and Aaron Edwards must quickly decide if Bruno Mars’ musical and visual aesthetic is good or bad for the culture. We are back…
Hold The Vibranium, Please
Mar 19, 2018 • 35 min
This week we’re heading to Wakanda, y’all! Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger might be fine and fighting for black liberation, but does that make him a hero ? We invited Kara Brown and Aaron Edwards to help us decide: is Wakanda’s rebel, good or bad for the…
Peak Reality
Mar 12, 2018 • 42 min
Find out what happens when two hosts stop being polite… and start getting real. And Brittany has some thoughts on bitterness.
Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe
Mar 5, 2018 • 29 min
Josephine Baker is famous for doing outrageous things: dancing in a banana skirt, walking a cheetah on a leash, working as a French spy… But did you know about her attempt to build a racial utopia? This week, we dive into Josephine Baker’s grand plan. And…
BONUS: Eric Prepares For The End Of The World
Feb 26, 2018 • 5 min
In this week’s bonus outtakes, Eric thinks about planning for the apocalypse, and Brittany shares a pro cooking tip for the bacon lover in your life. We are back next week with a new episode!
Jumping the Broom
Feb 19, 2018 • 34 min
Planning a wedding is stressful. There’s making the guest list, sticking to a budget and picking the right dress. Writer Ashley Ford knows this all too well — she’s getting married! This week, Eric guides Ashley through a wedding decision that’s a lot…
Moooo and Oink!
Feb 12, 2018 • 30 min
Brittany and Eric watch the blackest commercial ever made. Also, an untold story from Black history where somebody gets… bit.
Sister, Sister
Feb 5, 2018 • 31 min
Producer Simone Polanen thought she knew her little sister well, until she discovered a major part of her sister’s identity that she knew nothing about. When Simone confronts her sister, the conversation gets heated.
BONUS: American Crime Story: The Nod
Jan 29, 2018 • 6 min
In this week’s bonus, Brittany and Eric talk about eating spring mix, why they’re proud of Ciara, and what a season of American Crime Story about The Nod would look like.
A Diva Without Finesse
Jan 22, 2018 • 35 min
Luther Vandross may be master of the love ballad, but Eric argues he has another, secret side. And Brittany gives the totally normal and sane reason she wants to get cremated.
It’s a Black Thing
Jan 15, 2018 • 28 min
When we discover something we love at The Nod, we’ve gotta share it with the fam. Eric’s close friend, a self-proclaimed “glo-up artist,” explains how a piece of clothing changed his life forever. And Eric shares something he just can’t stop thinking…
Don Lemon is… Magneto
Jan 8, 2018 • 30 min
Some funny things happened in the past year: a reality TV star became president, tiki torches had to renounce white nationalism, and CNN’s Don Lemon seemingly went through a reinvention. In our latest edition of Good For The Blacks, culture writer Ira…
BONUS: Don’t Call It A Resolution
Jan 1, 2018 • 12 min
Brittany doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, she creates a list of intentions for how to live her life in the coming year. Eric is skeptical of the process. In this week’s bonus, Brittany tells Eric her 2018 intentions, and tries to convince him…
BONUS: Eric Takes Zinc
Dec 25, 2017 • 4 min
In this week’s bonus, Eric may (or may not) have taken advice from Brittany. And that advice may (or may not) have worked.
The Paradise Garage
Dec 18, 2017 • 36 min
Reggie Ossé, friend of The Nod and host of The Combat Jack Show, explains how a wild night of dancing and partying helped him get into his dream law school. And Producer Emanuele Berry shares the story of the man who made that magic night happen: DJ Larry…
The Hairstons Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin
Dec 11, 2017 • 28 min
Every year, descendants of both enslaved people and slave owners come together for a family reunion. The darker side of their shared past remains hidden underneath the celebrations and pleasantries. Until one year, when Ever Lee Hairston says two words…
The Hairstons Part 1: Snakes on a Plantation
Dec 4, 2017 • 33 min
At a plantation in the South, descendants of enslaved people and slave owners stayed together as family, entangled by namesake and blood, long after the end of slavery. Eric tells the story of one woman who broke away.
BONUS: Brittany Reads Her LiveJournal
Nov 27, 2017 • 4 min
In this week’s bonus, Brittany makes an appearance on the Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids stage. Listen to find out which celebrity young Brittany was convinced she would marry, and come back next week for an all new episode of The Nod!
Ready, Set … Buy Black
Nov 20, 2017 • 42 min
Tupac vs. Biggie. Mac vs. PC… Brittany vs. Eric. This week, Brittany and Eric’s rivalry reaches new heights as they face off in a competition that tests their smarts, perseverance and maybe even their friendship. Who will win bragging rights for life? And…
The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air
Nov 13, 2017 • 28 min
Now this is a story all about how the life of actress Karyn Parsons (aka Hilary Banks) got flipped, turned upside down. And we’d like to take a few minutes—just sit right there—and we’ll tell you how she makes Black history movies with flair.
BONUS: A Royal Good For The Blacks
Nov 6, 2017 • 11 min
This week’s bonus is a lightning round of Good For The Blacks from our Toronto live show! Brittany, Eric and special guests Vicky Mochama and Sarah Hagi discuss a topic that has taken over the tabloids. Is the relationship between American actress Meghan…
Playing the Race Cards
Oct 30, 2017 • 36 min
Who’s Blacker: Oprah or Sojourner Truth? Producer Kate Parkinson-Morgan tells Brittany and Eric about a new game that asks players to argue what makes one person Blacker than another.
Drake of the Diaspora
Oct 23, 2017 • 36 min
Drake might be proud of us, but are we proud of him? In our latest Good For The Blacks, we debate Drizzy’s sampling of the African diaspora with Vicky Mochama and Sarah Hagi.
The Cowboy Of The West Village
Oct 16, 2017 • 30 min
Brittany tells the incredible story of a person you should have heard of by now, but probably haven’t.
Gimlet Presents: Uncivil
Oct 9, 2017 • 30 min
The Nod is off this week, but Brittany and Eric are still here to present Uncivil, Gimlet Media’s newest show. Uncivil is a history podcast that goes back to the moment when the divisions in this country turned into a war. The show ransacks the official…
BONUS: What Happens In New Orleans
Oct 2, 2017 • 11 min
In this week’s bonus episode, Brittany and Eric share the story of their recent trip to New Orleans. Because what happens in New Orleans… doesn’t stay in New Orleans, at least when it comes to these two.
Whole Hog
Sep 25, 2017 • 35 min
Brittany talks to a man who dresses and cooks like his enslaved ancestors. And Eric drags Brittany to see a famous pit.
Lawrence: Good For The Blacks?
Sep 18, 2017 • 32 min
We return to debate if the #LawrenceHive’s hero is “hella good” or “bad as f**k” with Bim Adewunmi and Aaron Edwards, recorded live at the Now Hear This Podcast Festival.
All Heroes Wear Capes
Sep 11, 2017 • 31 min
Nelly on the cover of Sweatsuit, Eve during New York Fashion Week, Cam’ron on Rap City’s Tha Bassment. This week, we follow the rise, fall, and rise again, of the durag.
BONUS: Eric Hates Reading The Credits
Sep 4, 2017 • 5 min
In this week’s outtakes: Eric struggles with names, and Brittany has good foundational skincare.
I Want That Purple Stuff
Aug 28, 2017 • 40 min
Jolly Ranchers. Skittles. Gatorade. No matter what, Eric always goes for the purple stuff. This week, he uncovers the deliciously deep roots of his love for grape flavor. Plus, Eric challenges Brittany to eat an unhealthy amount of peanut butter… all for…
A is for Afrocentric
Aug 21, 2017 • 30 min
Eric hosts a podcast about Black culture. He went to an HBCU. But when it comes to choosing a school for his daughter, he’s not sure if an Afrocentric education is the right choice.
Chitlins at Bergdorf’s
Aug 14, 2017 • 38 min
If you think Kanye West was the first to change the American fashion game, meet one of the flyest Black fashion squads in history. RELATED LINKS Check out Robin Givhan’s book, “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the…
BONUS: Brittany Won’t Give Eric Cheez-Its
Aug 7, 2017 • 4 min
We’re off this week, but we wanted to share a little of the behind the scenes magic of our show. There’s a lot that goes into making an episode of The Nod…and there’s a lot that doesn’t go in. Enjoy these outtakes and come back next week for an all new…
Good For The Blacks
Jul 31, 2017 • 35 min
Snoop Dogg has a TV show with Martha Stewart. The Tyler Perry movie “Boo! A Madea Halloween” made almost $100 million at the box office. A Black man once held the nuclear codes for President Trump. Sometimes in life we have to decide if a thing is good or…
On That Lo Life $hit
Jul 24, 2017 • 28 min
Eric’s always had an affinity for Polo Ralph Lauren. But he discovers a group of boosters in Brooklyn that took their love for Polo to another level.
Greetings, My Brothas
Jul 17, 2017 • 28 min
Eric tries to convince Brittany that Beyoncé is hiding something, but Brittany needs more receipts. RELATED LINKS For the full experience, watch “Beyoncé forced Solange to give birth to Blue Ivy EXPOSED” on YouTube:…
Hunter Green Thong
Jul 17, 2017 • 28 min
A YouTube sex empress is making waves. RELATED LINKS: Save the Last Dance clip: Glamazon Tyomi’s YouTube channel: Zane’s Facebook:…
Coming Soon!
Jun 20, 2017 • 2 min
A new podcast about Black culture from Gimlet Media, hosted by Blackness’ biggest fans, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. Premieres July 17th.