32 episodes

Remember when Monica allegedly punched Brandy right before they performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards? When Freaknik took over Atlanta, and changed the game for parties everywhere? When tasteless critics panned Mariah Carey’s Glitter? (#JusticeforGlitter!) When Beyonce told Farrah that someone could send her luggage? We do!Back Issue tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture. In each episode we look back at some of the moments that shook us, that changed us. Join Tracy Clayton (host of Netflix’s Strong Black Legends, Mailchimp’s Going Through It) and Pineapple Street Studios Senior Producer Josh Gwynn as they reckon with some of culture’s biggest questions, from "How did we let this happen?" to ‘Why do we still love this?" Because nostalgia is more than just a feeling. Got an issue you’d like us to investigate? Hit the Back Issue Hotline at (678)-74ISSUE.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 427 Ratings

Remember when Monica allegedly punched Brandy right before they performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards? When Freaknik took over Atlanta, and changed the game for parties everywhere? When tasteless critics panned Mariah Carey’s Glitter? (#JusticeforGlitter!) When Beyonce told Farrah that someone could send her luggage? We do!Back Issue tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture. In each episode we look back at some of the moments that shook us, that changed us. Join Tracy Clayton (host of Netflix’s Strong Black Legends, Mailchimp’s Going Through It) and Pineapple Street Studios Senior Producer Josh Gwynn as they reckon with some of culture’s biggest questions, from "How did we let this happen?" to ‘Why do we still love this?" Because nostalgia is more than just a feeling. Got an issue you’d like us to investigate? Hit the Back Issue Hotline at (678)-74ISSUE.

    That Time We Told Y'all To Check Out 'Okay, Now Listen'

    That Time We Told Y'all To Check Out 'Okay, Now Listen'

    This week, we're popping back into your feeds to share an extra special episode from one of our favorite pop culture rewind podcasts: ''Okay Now Listen,' hosted by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell!
    On this episode, Scottie and Sylvia share the excitement of their new series  'Get You A Me," their brand new series on Netflix's 'Still Watching Netflix' YouTube channel. Then, they dive into all the baby mama drama in the air starting with the latest episode of ‘Insecure’ and ending with Summer Walker’s new album ‘Still Over It.’
    After that, Scottie and Sylvia fan out over the greatness that is 'The Harder They Fall,' Netflix's new all-black Western film. Tune in for the thirst, the fashion, the violence, and some of their favorite scenes including the badass women-led fight scenes. Finally, they rate some of their favorite fighting scenes of all time where fierce women get to battle it out.

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    • 1 hr
    That Time We Literally Looked Back At It 🍑 (feat. ✊🏾 Nikki Giovanni, Nichole Perkins, and Savala Nolan)

    That Time We Literally Looked Back At It 🍑 (feat. ✊🏾 Nikki Giovanni, Nichole Perkins, and Savala Nolan)

    In our final episode of Season Two, we had to “end” it just right, by doing what we do best— looking back at it (aye!) — so we’re backing thangs up with a conversation on booty. That’s right: Tracy and Josh are investigating the history and trends around round, plump posteriors, butts, dumps and humps. They invite writer and podcaster Nichole Perkins to help define terminology around Black women and girls’ bodies and sexual agency. We learn from author, professor and speaker Savala Nolan, who teaches us about the body as a site for learning. Finally, we witness wisdom in action, as we hear from Civil Rights activist, educator, poet and writer Nikki Giovanni, who shares her own body journey and some affirmations that we could all live by.
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    • 56 min
    That Time We Read U, Wrote U

    That Time We Read U, Wrote U

    Racers, start your engines ‘cause this week’s maxi challenge is gonna leave you gagging (don’t worry; that’s a good thing). Josh and Tracy tackle the good, the bad, and the ooooh girl of RuPaul’s Drag Race, from favorite moments like Valentina’s prophetic mask and Trinity K. Bonet’s un-bey-lievable comeback, to concerning trends like how access to money and designers have become more important than talent on the show. And, because an episode about drag artists demands a sprinkle of EXTRA, Josh and Tracy are also debuting their own drag personas, Chaka Tom and Uncle Tracy. 💅💄💋
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    • 45 min
    That Time We Needed To 🗣GO LAY DOWN

    That Time We Needed To 🗣GO LAY DOWN

    This week, we’re taking a moment to breathe, shoop shoop, and exhale. Tracy and Josh explore mental health with our favorite therapist, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford of the Therapy for Black Girls podcast! With Dr. Joy’s guidance, our hosts tackle huge questions like: How do we take care of ourselves when it feels like The End Times™️? How do we bounce back from burnout? And how do we stop thinking of rest as something we need to earn? Grab your fluffiest pillow, ‘cause we’re all about to go lay down.
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    • 41 min
    That Time Y’all Played Too Much

    That Time Y’all Played Too Much

    It’s game night, so get your "Draw 4" cards ready 'cause it's about to go down! Josh and Tracy invite the very special and highly competitive hosts of the For Colored Nerds podcast, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, to share their favorite game night memories, some game night horror stories, and play an original game Tracy invented called Aight Bet! Will they still be friends afterward? Gotta listen to find out! Then, Josh and Tracy talk to someone who makes games for a living, Teddy Philips, creator and developer of the mobile apps For the Culture and For La Cultura, who explains why game night is so vital to American Black culture, and why there’s a need for more games for us by us.
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    • 48 min
    That Time Music Videos Made Us Want to Emote in the Rain

    That Time Music Videos Made Us Want to Emote in the Rain

    Welcome to the Fifty-Eleventh Back Issue Video Music Awards! Join Josh and Tracy as they honor their favorite music videos of the ‘90s and 2000s in categories you might expect (Most Iconic Look in a Music Video) and some you absolutely won’t (Best Use of Water in a Music Video & Best Music Video Sponsored by Old Navy). Spoiler alert: our Blifetime (nope, that’s not a typo) Award goes to THEE Director X, who’s worked with pretty much everybody, including Usher, Aaliyah, DMX, and Drake. He helps answer the questions: what makes a great music video and what does the future hold for the medium?
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
427 Ratings

427 Ratings

Download this app!!! ,

Personally offended

…that I never heard of this podcast until it was showcased on Okay, Now Listen in November 2021! How on earth?! The hosts are so funny, smart, and creative. I love everything about this podcast.

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OBSESSED

I love everything about this podcast. I have binged a dozen episodes in the last 24 hours. Both of the hosts: perfection! All of the guests: perfection! Feeling so grateful to have found this brilliant podcast.

Higher Angelou ,

Fun throwbacks

I LOVE this podcast. I’ve followed Tracey since she was on Another Round so I was excited to see her on a new show. Her humor is unmatched. Both her and Josh do a great job taking me back to yesteryear with a twist of how my mind works now. They fully address our collective “bad takes” and not so great moments while also making me laugh. What’s not to love ? Listen to this podcast you won’t be upset !

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