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Remember Backing That Azz Up? (Feat. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and Mariah Moore)

Remember Backing That Azz Up? (Feat. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and Mariah Moore)

Back Issue - November 30, 2020 - 54:44

Without A Doubt, I Miss The CookoutThis week, take a break from your solitary quarantine as Josh and Tracy take you waaay back to some of the baddest, Blackest functions of all time, like ATL's Freaknik and the Kentucky Derby. Then, travel back in time with Josh and organizer Mariah Moore (of The Transgender Law Center, House of Tulip) to the celebration of life and death that was Aretha Franklin's second line in New Orleans. And because we all could use some therapy, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford of 'Therapy For Black Girls' drops in to offer some (non-medical!) guidance on how to get through this time of separation.Additional Material By: ViacomCBS, Warner Bros., Los Angeles Times, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Atlantic/Warner Bros., CW/Warner Bros.Production Music courtesy of For transcriptions, please visit our website at

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Back Issue reminisces on moments in pop culture’s past that have shaped our present. Each episode brings personal reflection, incredible guests, and plenty of deep belly laughs. This season our co-pilot Tracy Clayton is taking a break, so Josh Gwynn has invited some very special guest co-hosts to share their perspective on some of the most formative stories in pop culture. We start out with not just another hair story but a conversation about the gendered politics of specific hairstyles as Josh sets out on a mission to get a silk press. We’ll also reflect on iconic award speeches, explore what our brains do on gossip, break down the backstories of Degrassi and Cheetah Girls, decide if Josh should become the next Black ex-pat, and discuss which multi-hyphenate performers are deserving of their flowers.