Who are we?
BFFs Brittany and Eric humorously deep-dive into the uncool topic of their choice while testing the outer limits of their friendship.
Compulsive Twitterer/ Tumblrer Brittany has well-documented love-hate relationships with Kanye West, Washington, DC and most technology, but she has never met a Twilight Zone episode or Beyoncé performance she didn’t like. By day, Brittany is host and producer of Sampler at Gimlet Media.
In addition to food, fashion and film, Brittany is passionate about media representation, public access to art and working with young people. In her spare time, she can be found eating tacos, calling her parents or texting from her iPad.
Eric is obsessed with with hipster staples like bourbon, Brooklyn and his beard while fervently denying any blipsterdom. He excels at all things technology, geek, and being a pre-mature dad to his unwilling friends.
A proud Memphian and graduate of Howard University, Eric has a seemingly random background of job titles that include real estate broker, social media agency co-founder, talent scout and, digital consultant.
When he’s not working, he’s debating the merits of black nationalism, reading through an overwhelming Pocket queue, maximizing date night with his wife or hanging out with his daughter, Peanut. He makes infrequent appearances on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.
EPISODE 42: THE GREEN GIRLS OF REALITY TV
This week, B & E go very, very deep into the world of reality television, viewing The Real Housewives of Potomac, Basketball Wives: LA and Love & Hip-Hop: New York through the lens of Roxane Gay's essay on the women of the entertainment genre. Big reveals: Eric's undying love for trash TV, Brittany's weird (and slightly embarrassing) obsession with manners, and their mutual respect for Cardi B.
EPISODE 41: IDA B. WELLS: B IS FOR BOSS
B & E discuss the life and legacy of an often unsung American hero, the Mother of Intersectionality, just in time for Women's History Month. Reading: tab.bz/fa2mf
Episode 40: Beyoncé v. Kendrick
In the wake of two amazing performances and two very different reactions, B & E dive into the criticisms, messages, and politics of Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. Reading: tab.bz/3sb28
Episode 39: Auntie Chellie
An extremely hot take gets B & E talking about their love for our FLOTUS and her singular significance to black folks.
Episode 38: Boomerang Revisited Revisited
Between #StormJonas and Peanut's virality, B & E were forced to take a bye week. But! We've got a fresh mini-ep to share, along with one of our all-time favorite episodes.
Episode 37: Stevie
B & E turn their attention to the inimitable, incomparable Stevie Wonder, and where precisely he falls in the GOAT rankings. tab.bz/c4gqt
EPISODE 36: THE YEAR THAT WAS
Merry Christmas, y'all! Brittany and Eric get a little emo and reflect on 2015 in all its glory: 2 new jobs, a marriage, a new show and one bouncing, healthy baby girl. They also share their resolutions for themselves and each other. Expect things to get touchy-feely.
EPISODE 35: CHI-RAQ
B & E took in Chi-Raq on opening night, then compared notes the very next morning for your listening pleasure. Lysistrata, sexual agency, mobsters and Spike's enduring career are discussed.
EPISODE 34: AND NOT A WHITE SCHOOL
Conflicting feelings about the situation in Mizzou and the safety myth of black colleges, this week B & E speak honestly, but fondly, of their dear Howard University. Weaves and institutional misogyny are thoroughly discussed, and Brittany sings more than twice. The reading: gawker.com/the-safety-myth-abo…colleges-1742154201
EPISODE 33: DA ART OF STORYTELLIN'
B & E discuss what it means to be Black and go on a journey of self-discovery, from Sammy Davis Jr. to OutKast. There's also talk of Dashikis, Trina, and Lebron's Mix Sprite. tab.bz/ubnii
EPISODE 32: dear white people
A unique listener letter spurs Brittany and Eric to break the fourth wall and speak directly to white folks.
EPISODE 31: black contemporary art feat. kim drew
Eric's out this week, but in the studio with Brittany is @museummammy herself, Kim Drew of Black Contemporary Art. Brittany and Kim dive into the intersection of art, identity and social media and many a dope name is checked. This week's notes are a must-read: tab.bz/ggrgn
EPISODE 30: EACH ONE TEACH ONE
Inspired by Wyatt Cenac's Daily Show struggles, B & E open up about mentor-mentee relationships. tab.bz/lco7e#
Big thanks to our intern Antonio Mendez!
EPISODE 29: HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE
This week, B & E delve into a host of black classics as they parse the careers of two of black Hollywood's most beloved stars. Plus: Brittany recants a meeting with Vivica Fox and Eric coins the term "medium racist". tab.bz/clhm8
EPISODE 28: miss simone
This week, FCN discusses the genius of Nina Simone. We cover her music, life, writings, and what happens when you join a fight that might not end. We bookended this episode with a story from Brittany taken from ‘Jon Then Baltimore' and Nina’s gift. tab.bz/cjymu // Big thanks to our intern Antonio Mendez!!!!!
EPISODE 27: fcn awards
In celebration of FCN's first birthday, Brittany and a Very Special Guest applaud the best and blackest moments of the past year. tab.bz/95cd4
EPISODE 25: ANYTHING BUT SILENCE FEAT. ASHLEY FORD
Eric's out this week, but Brittany and writer and editrix extraordinaire Ashley Ford (The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Elle) talk the black female memoir and understanding the importance of your own voice. Reading material: tab.bz/ohuew
EPISODE 24: dope
Dope: Brittany and Eric saw Dope opening night and have some thoughts about black nerdery, tired movie tropes and #TeamLightskin. Plus: some reflections on fatherhood from new dad Eric (plus a few gurgles from Peanut)! The reading: http://tab.bz/54txz
Episode 23: I'm Thankful
Between Rachel Dolezal and the AME shooting, Brittany and Eric need a pause to examine the finer things in life. Talk of travel snacks, feminist comic books and woke children's books ensues. http://tab.bz/uh7cd
Music by Ryan Little: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ryan_Little/
EPISODE 22: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU'RE EXPECTING
Eric’s life changes cause FCN to examine the weird mess that is our national parental leave policy. Also: Brittany talks cargo pants. tab.bz/19p5o
Episode 21: From Bessie to Beyonce
Brittany, Eric and special guest Soraya Nadia McDonald of the Washington Post discuss Bessie, Beyonce, Big Freedia and the invisibility of black womanhood. http://tab.bz/zh5aj
EPISODE 20: JON THEN BALTIMORE
This week FCN covers a lot of ground, first with a spring trend update from frenemy-of-the-show Jon aka He Who Shall Not Be Named. Then talk turns to the Baltimore Uprising, with B & E getting insight from a few others along the way.
Show Notes: http://tab.bz/x75a1
Special Thanks this week to Carla, Monique, Laurent, and Daniel.
Music Courtesy of Tony Bullard- A Time and A Place
EPISODE 19: LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX!
A series of tweets by an East Lansing, MI mom observing her son's sex ed class get B & E to trade stories about their respective sexual educations. As usual, embarrassment and awkwardness ensue. Bonus: taco talk and a dispatch from the homestead of Queen Bey. Reading: http://tab.bz/rleqv
EPISODE 18: THE WONDER YEARS
This week Brittany and Eric turn a critical eye inward and revisit their ideas about adulthood from the first episode. Discussed are impending fatherhood, changing friendships and staying out of the club. http://tab.bz/zqhy7#
EPISODE 17: KING KUNTA
B & E examine Kendrick's latest, "To Pimp a Butterfly", and talk Tupac, Kendrick's intended audience and the funk. Reading: tab.bz/4d1uv#
EPISODE 16: EXPLORING WHITENESS
This week B & E delve into one reason behind white millennials' tone deafness on race: America's raggedy social studies curriculum. To combat this cluelessness, some New York prep schools are employing one very creative solution: teaching teenagers about white privilege. Reading: tab.bz/mcn01
EPISODE 15: OH, KANYE
This week B & E negotiate a breakup with the poet laureate of their young lives, Kanye Omari West. FCN parses his now-infamous Breakfast Club interview, his questionable politics and his undeniable genius, all while flexing a disturbing amount of Kardashian knowledge. Bonus: lots of special announcements and a lesson on wingtip etiquette. Reading here: tab.bz/tuhf8
EPISODE 14: EMPIRE
Brittany and Eric finally come clean about their respective Empire obsessions and delve into prime time diversity, respectability politics and the soap opera's place in entertainment. http://tab.bz/yn6xk#
Episode 13: Blacker the Violence
Blacker the Violence: FCN tackles Kendrick's new heatrock, making inroads into better policing and everyone's favorite question: WHAT ABOUT BLACK-ON-BLACK CRIME? http://tab.bz/tqw1f
Episode 12: Boomerang Revisited or: The Aesthetic Value of Peak Eddie Murphy as Quasi-Feminist Praxis
At Eric's behest, FCN inspects the 1992 black classic Boomerang with a critical eye. Discussed are 90s workplace feminism, 30s screwball comedy and the top two themes of Black History Month 2015. Bonus: Brittany directly addresses the game-free men of Brooklyn.
EPISODE 11: THE SMUDGING PT. 2
The Smudging Part 2: In the latter half of their smudging conversation, Brittany and Eric discuss Azealia's tears, Igloo Australia and who's worth defending.
Reading Material: http://tab.bz/644mn
Episode 10: The Smudging Pt. 1
The Smudging Part 1: B and E talk the campaign against Selma, the significance of the Academy Awards and why it's so hard to say #blacklivesmatter. Also: during this week's extra-long intro, Brittany and Eric reveal their rapper alter-egos.
Reading Material: http://tab.bz/644mn
Episode 09: On the Couch
Happy New Year (and a special congratulations to Eric)! In light of recent events, Brittany and Eric share their experiences with mental health and therapy, as well as how race can affect one's mental health care needs.
Reading Material: tab.bz/coxgo
Episode 08: Blacks in Tech
After an extended absence (blame Thanksgiving and Eric's near-death experience with the flu), FCN is back and talking Fast Company's recent Tristan Walker profile. Also: Brittany gives away a free business idea.
Tristan Walker Profile: www.fastcompany.com/3037933/the-visible-man
Blacks in Silicon Valley Roundtable Discussion:www.fastcompany.com/3037940/a-diffe…-of-valley-life
Episode 7: 2014 Midterm Election Wrap-Up
The dynamic duo examines the "bloodbath" that was the 2014 midterm election, and a few of the surprises and trends that emerged after the fray. Also, it's Brittany's birthday!
Episode 06: Football Injury and Masculinity
Fading-but-longtime fan Eric and novice Brittany weigh on America’s other pastime and it’s relationship to masculinity and violence.
What Liberals Get Wrong About Football: nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/…-about-football.html
How I Shot, Smoked and Screwed My Way Through the NFL:deadspin.com/my-injury-file-how…631158735/+barryap
Episode 05: Himself
Kelefa Sanneh's New Yorker profile on Bill Cosby gets FCN to revisit Cosby's seminal work of stand-up performance, "Himself". Also discussed: Chris Rock's "Never Scared" and what happens when bad people make good art. Trigger warning for sexual abuse/ sexual assault around the 33 minute mark.
The Real Cliff Huxtable: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/eternal-paternam
Episode 04: Price of Black Ambition
Spurred by Roxane Gay's essay in the Virginia Quarterly Review, FCN examines aspiration, satisfaction, the Talented Tenth and Jaden Smith.
Episode 03: Gentrification
Both Brooklyn transplants, Brittany and Eric parse their roles as black gentrifiers in their borough's rapidly changing landscape.
Episode 02: Marriage as a Performance
Despite Bey and Jay's best efforts to sell us on the institution, new research from Pew shows that walking down the aisle isn't what it used to be. Also: Amber and Wiz are getting divorced! FCN tells you how to feel about all of this (and Brittany describes her ideal mate).
Episode 01: Death of Adulthood
Death of Adulthood: A.O. Scott's indictment of pop culture's stunted growth causes Brittany and Eric to question what makes us grownups.