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Vilissa Thompson returns for the Christmas in July special for the first episode in the Fan Appreciation Month. Want to know why Christmas is abbreviated to Xmas and who's fault it was? How did some slaves celebrate Christmas? And what are the listeners favorite and most hated Christmas songs? Find all of that and more in this very jolly episode.

Xmas Origin

Johnkankus origin

Slave experience during Christmas

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Special guest activist and author Blair Imani stops by the pod to chat about her recent trip to Waka--Kenya and talk about her upcoming book "Modern Herstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History" coming out October 16, 2018. Sterling has an update on the toilet tyrant from episode 75. Kortney visits San Diego but once again, has an interesting flight home. This episode BHF is about Dr Olivia Hooker, the oldest survivor of the Tulsa Riots, among other notable mentions. Is Godzilla a dinosaur? The trio discuss, but voice your thoughts and tweet us your answers!

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Sterling shares what he'd been up to during his work and Twitter hiatus and asks an important question in a terrible impression of Keith David. Kortney struggles to pronounce the name of a lake in Connecticut and Massachusettes. Strange goings-ons are reported in Sheboygan. And how many Transformer movies are there anyway? IHOb? Really? And really, this is just another typical episode but questions and answers are found within!

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Join Sterling, Kortney, Neysha and Viktor for this very special YouTube live episode where they discuss breakfast, lunch or dinner of the day, a very peculiar man in Sheboygan causing trouble, alien abductions and much more. A couple questions from the listening audience get answered by the panel and the topic of top villains is revisited. This episode BHF is all about the Green Book, an African American's survival guide if going on a road trip in America. 

Viktor is a co-host on the Megasheen podcast.

Neysha hosts the Speak On It podcast and co-hosts So Here's What Happened podcast.

This episode was sponsored by MyFluffyPuffs.com. Use the offer code "indoob" to get 10% off your order until June 30th!

episode 74 - ASMR & U

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In this episode, Sterling and Kortney explore the world of ASMR. Prior to that, an unresearched look back at the show we lost this season and a few that are on their way. Also, new segment alert! And a slew of announcements and upcoming events!

Check out MyFluffyPuffs.com and save 10% when you use the offer code "indoob" until June 30, 2018! 

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Sterling and Kortney recap their adventures in Baltimore, navigating traffic, people, food and power outages whilst also enjoying their first con experience thanks to pop-up con Wicomicon! They discuss people they met (including recent guests) and many friends from Twitter. Brunch to bookstores, panels to parks, B-more really had a lot to offer for these first-time tourists. Special shout outs to Bryant and Gerald at the Days Inn Inner Harbor. The last chunk of this episode is a review, recap and reflection of Avenger's Infinity War... or an attempt at one. There is a spoiler warning, hence why it's at the end.

Learn more about WICOMICON!

This episode was sponsored in part by My Fluffy Puffs and kind Patreon patrons like you!

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The biggest news to rock the blerd community and Sterling and Kortney attempt to make some sort of sense of what happened with the tragedy of Universal FanCon and it's aftermath including the crumbling of BGN (Black Girl Nerds) and it's founder Jamie Broadnax. This fallout is still ongoing, but the community does and will continue to be strong as we support each other through all of this.

A couple articles to learn more about the FanCon fallout can be read here (written by Jazmine Joyner) and here (written by Clarkisha Kent).

episode 71 - vocal fry

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Once again, Sterling's mic is weird. Sorry. Special guest and host of Speak On It Podcast Neysha join Sterling and Kortney for another episode of regular shenanigans. Kortney's favorite movie Jurassic World gets a sequel, where would a tie go on a giraffe's neck, singing in the shower, the greatness that is Bessie Stringfield (and the movie/miniseries we want to see about her life) and what would happen if Beyonce and Lin Manuel Miranda ever met.

There's a promo for a Kickstarter project called Wash Day that at the time of recording was halfway to its goal. At the time of publishing this episode, it's at 108%! Still, support it if you can!

Also pick up our friend Laura Meoli's new book Clarity for Your Creative Career on sale now!

And check out Neysha's podcast Speak On It and follow Neysha and SOI on Twitter.

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DISCLAIMER: Once again, audio issues plague the pod as Sterling attempts a new recording method. Please bear with us, we apologize for the cutting in and out. Also, we learned the odd scratching sound is Kortney's necklace! 

As for the episode itself, special guest Clarkisha Kent joins the pod and talks about the Kent Test she created and if it would be a good idea to put chicken chunks in ice cream. And no, it would not. Our BHF is about Lorraine Hansberry, the first black woman to have her play on Broadway. Later, Sterling recounts fond memories of Toys R Us and how that connects to his last day working for Amazon. Also, do all three have baby faces? Is this a good thing? Find out!

Follow Clarkisha Kent on Twitter! Check out the Kent Test!

episode 69 - ambigram

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Kortney and Sterling flip roles again in this episode. Sterling recaps the Oscars and announces the scores from the Oscar predictions from the last episode. The BHF for this episode is all about Madam CJ Walker. Later, Kortney and Sterling list off their favorite words, whether it's the meaning or just words they like to say out loud but don't get to use very often. What are some of your favorite words? How would you rate them in dollar amounts? 

Check out Sterling on Comics Bolt's NERDSoul Sunday about time travel, a topic he's nerdy about and undoubtedly discuss again on this podcast again...

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