141 Jay Connor | Out-Hustling the Competition

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Meet Jay Connor, writer and one of the brilliant voices of the podcast, The Extraordinary Negroes, which he co-hosts with Alex Hardy. The Extraordinary Negroes tackles a wide range of issues and topics effecting the black community and aims to shed light and encourage dialogue on these important issues.

Their podcast has been featured in the New York Times, was nominated for Best Society & Culture podcast from The People’s Choice Podcast Awards, was featured in Bitch Media and they were invited to SXSW to perform a live recording of their show. Quite extraordinary for a podcast that has only been out for just one year.

I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet Jay and I’m just as excited to introduce him to all of you.

What We Covered:

  • 07:52 – How I met Jay
  • 10:08 – If hip-hop and MCing should have an age limit
  • 12:46 – Binging on hip hop documentaries
  • 14:03 – When he first got interested in podcasting
  • 15:32 – His two biggest influences for starting his podcast
  • 16:03 – The event that led the way to his podcast blowing up
  • 19:01 – The three things he thought of so his podcast could stand out from the crowd
  • 19:24 – The meaning behind the name, The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 21:27 – One of the things he’s looking to do in the future with his podcast
  • 23:08 – Why he started The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 25:27 – When he first got interested in writing
  • 26:29 – Where he grew up
  • 27:51 – Culture shock in the military and the biggest culture shock he ever experienced
  • 28:52 – His time in the Air Force and why he chose to go to the military after high school
  • 33:40 – War being such a traumatic experience
  • 34:36 – Why he decided to turn down six figure salary job offers after the military
  • 36:17 – His opinion of Edward Snowden
  • 38:04 – How all his life experiences translate over to his podcast
  • 39:47 – His desire to provide black women a platform to tell their stories and to encourage dialogue on dismantling patriarchy
  • 42:05 – Empowering others to speak through his podcast
  • 43:51 – The divisiveness the issue of transphobia is creating in the black community
  • 46:27 – Transgender people in the military
  • 48:02 – The responsibility that comes along with having a podcast
  • 51:10 – Who in his family is surprised where he’s ended up in life
  • 53:42 – What he liked about the format of the Combat Jack show
  • 55:54 – The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 58:19 – What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:36 – His future plans for The Extraordinary Negroes


Links Mentioned

The Extraordinary Negroes Podcast
The Extraordinary Negroes on Facebook
The Extraordinary Negroes on Instagram
The Extraordinary Negroes on Twitter
Jay on Twitter
We Work Co-Op
Straight Outta Compton Documentary
Hip Hop Evolution Documentary
The Combat Jack Show
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives Documentary
Fan Bros Podcast
Strange Angel TV show
The Extraordinary Negroes Episode 1 featuring Damon Young and Panama Jackson of VerySmart Brothas
The Extraordinary Negroes Podcast: New Slaves featuring Marlon Peterson
13th – Official Trailer
The Turnaround Podcast with Combat Jack

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