Stuck with Damon Young

Stuck with Damon Young

Stuck with Damon Young returns with more off-the-cuff conversations inspired by today’s most culturally relevant headlines and round ups of Damon-approved listener-submitted questions. Each episode, award-winning author Damon Young is joined by some of the best, brightest, and Blackest people he knows including special guests Kiese Laymon, Roy Wood Jr., Elaine Welteroth, Nikole Hannah-Jones and others. Come explore the uncomfortable, hideous, and hilarious absurdity of our human behavior. Listen to new episodes of Stuck with Damon Young every Thursday.

Episodes

December 7, 2023 66 mins
In the season finale, damon talks to stephen scatter field, creator and co host of high on the hog, about the racial and economic politics embedded in food creation and consumption. Later he's joined by Panama Jackson for a conversation about money, anxiety, and what's next for both of them Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Cultural critic and native New Yorker Shamira Ibrahim joins Damon to contextualize the bevy of sexual assault allegations levied against Sean Combs, plus the mogul's history of physical violence, harassment, and theft against men and women 00:00- Cold open 00:27 - Introduction 1:38 - Shamira Ibrahim introduction 2:35 - Lawsuits of the adult survivors act 8:00 - The power imbalance between gender/ class 13:55 - Cassie and Diddy...
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Jacqueline Woodson joins Damon to discuss her decorated career and what we can do to combat the legislative effort to ban books from Black and queer authors from classrooms and school libraries. Then journalist Hillary Crosley Coker comes through to celebrate and contextualize the legacy of Jezebel and the rest of the now extinct Gawker Media Network.  CHAPTERS: 00:00 Open 00:15 Introduction 01:24 Damon welcomes author Jacqueline W...
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Dr. Saida Grundy returns to help Damon understand some of the cultural and economic nuances of the Black Mecca, in response to the response to TikTok restaurant critic Keith Lee's unpleasant experiences with some popular Atlanta restaurants. Then, author and NBC correspondent Antonia Hylton discusses her upcoming book Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum, which leads to a revealing conversation about the racist roots of ...
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Malaika Jabali returns to discuss her new book "It's Not You, It's Capitalism," and how the American economy hurts the American experience. Then comedian Zainab Johnson helps Damon advise a parent apprehensive about a future filled with family-themed halloween costumes.  00:00 Open 00:19 Introduction 01:30 Damon welcomes Malaika Jabali, author of “It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism: Why It’s Time to Break Up and How to Move On  07:31...
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Dr. Karida L. Brown & Charly Palmer, authors of "The New Brownies' Book: A Love Letter to Black Families," a collective anthology inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois’ original work, join Damon to talk about some of the ideas behind their work, the importance of the book at a time when so much black literature is being challenged in schools, and the process of working on a project like this as a married couple. Learn more about your ad cho...
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Michael Harriot, author of Black AF History, joins Damon for a discussion on the history of the word "woke" and the real world danger of writing the truth about white people. Then, Morgan the Producer helps Damon discuss how Jada Pickett-Smith's recent comments on her and Will Smith's "marriage" change Damon's opinion on the Chris Rock Oscars slap. 00:00 Open 00:12 Introduction 01:19 Michael Harriot joins Damon for a conversation...
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Democratic United States Representative Summer Lee returns to Stuck with Damon Young to discuss the implications of student loans on black Americans, then Minda Honey, author of “the Heartbreak Years,” helps Damon decide who the most famous person in America is in 2023. 00:00 Open 00:12 Introduction 01:10 Damon and Congresswoman Summer Lee on small talk 07:08 The experiences gained from higher education 17:36 Rep. Summer Lee t...
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Gene Demby, co-host of NPR's “Code Switch” podcast, joins Damon for a conversation on the dangers of social media illiteracy, and how everything—from how we vote and what we eat to where we live and even how we consume sports—can be affected by misinformation.  00:00 Open 00:46 Introduction 01:38 Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch joins Damon 03:48 Widespread misinformation on the internet 13:31 The NFL’s influence in media  38:5...
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Jenee Desmond Harris, Slate’s “Dear Prudence” columnist and podcast host, joins Damon for a discussion rooted in divorce and giving relationship advice during a time when it feels like couples from all walks of life are splitting up. Then, Panama Jackson returns to help Damon advise a young man with cash flow issues who wants to know if he should pursue dating while broke.  00:00 Open 00:40 Introduction 01:44 Welcome Slate’s Dea...
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Deesha Philyaw, author of "The Secret Life of Church Ladies," joins Damon for a discussion about making money on the heels of Deesha's two-book seven-figure deal. Morgan the Producer then makes her Dear Damon debut talking tipping etiquette.  Chapters: 00:00 Open 00:32 Introduction 01:39 Welcome Deesha Philyaw  04:26 Turning her writing into a seven figure book deal 19:37 How the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike is affecting the writ...
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Mitch Jackson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Fly: the Big Book of Basketball Fashion," joins Damon to discuss the impact of the NBA on the black community's fashion decisions. He and Damon also share bumps in the road in their own respective fashion journeys.  Chapters: [00:00] Open [00:53] Introduction [02:06] Mitchell S. Jackson and Damon on forming their personal style [06:47] How style icons are formed in the NBA  [14:3...
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On the NFL’s opening week, best-selling author and MacArthur Genius Kiese Laymon joins Damon for an in-depth conversation on how they can enjoy such a violent, racist sport that profits on the destruction of (primarily Black) bodies. Plus, they find beauty in Black virtuosity and 90s-fine quarterbacks.   Chapters: 00:00 Open 00:26 Introduction 04:54 Growing up in the deep south as a football fan 08:38 Deion Sanders leaving his...
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Jeff Jenkins, host of National Geographic’s Travel series Never Say Never, joins Damon for an extremely fun and lively conversation about their own (and some stereotypically Black) anxieties about travel. And then for Dear Damon, the brilliant writer and educator Dr. Bettina Love helps advise a prospective writer, who fears there will be no writing related jobs left when they graduate. Chapters: 00:00 - Cold Open 00:38 - Show Intro...
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On the heels of retired NFL player Michael Oher’s recent lawsuit against the Tuohy family, where he claims that they manipulated him into a conservatorship, University of Boston Professor Saida Grundy returns to help Damon unpack all of the problems with “The Blindside.” Including why the white savior narrative is so seductive (and so dangerous), and how both Michael Lewis (the author of The Blindside) and the Tuohy family have cap...
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In the wake of the 50th anniversary of hip hop, Clover Hope, author of "The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop," joins Damon to explore their respective histories and current perspectives on the genre. Then in Dear Damon, NPR music critic Rodney Carmichael helps Damon talk through the differences between different generations of hip hop artists.  Chapters: 00:00 - Cold Open 00:42 - Show Intro 1:35 - Segment One (Clover Hope) I...
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Morgan the Producer makes her Stuck with Damon Young debut to help unpack the circumstances surrounding the Montgomery River Brawl - or Fade on the Water, as Damon likes to call it Damon and Morgan chronicle the event, its main characters, the potential fallout and even offer what each of them would have done, if they’d been there. Chapters: (00:00) Open (00:28) Introduction (01:54) Damon and Morgan The Producer break down the ...
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Allen Hughes, director of the Emmy nominated Hulu original documentary "Dear Mama" on the life of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, joins Damon to discuss his career, personal relationship with Tupac, and experiences directing the recent documentary. Then, author Blaire Kelley joins Damon to advise a black woman who is concerned for the outlook of a new relationship with a black man who has only dated white women. Chapters: Show Intro...
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Cultural critic Shamira Ibrahim consoles Damon while he laments Pittsburgh's removal from Beyonce's international tour. Nestled deep in the heart of Taylor Swift country, Pittsburgh, or as Damon likes to call it, the Paris of Appalachia is the only stop so far to be struck from the tour. Shamira helps Damon unpack why that may be and quantify the effect of the decision of Pittsburgh's black community. Then on Dear Damon, spoken wor...
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Joel Anderson, host of Slate's "Slow Burn" podcast, which this season is focused on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, joins Damon to discuss the origins and driving motivations of one of the most influential, yet problematic, African Americans in our country's history. Then on Dear Damon, Shaniqua McClendon, vice president of politics at Crooked Media, helps advise a listener who is tired of discussing politics. CHAPTERS 00:...
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