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The Hosts of ‘Back Issue’ Want to Throw It Back

  • September 16, 2020

The hosts, who consumed the movies, music and television shows they discuss on their podcast separately back in the day, sound like siblings who shared the floor in front of their glowing television set and watched the events together. The pair worked together on “Strong Black Legends,” a Netflix podcast that focuses on famous Black actors, but never before as co-hosts.

Ms. Clayton got her start in audio in 2015, when BuzzFeed premiered “Another Round,” a podcast she hosted with Heben Nigatu. Featuring guests like Hillary Clinton and Issa Rae, it gained popularity quickly and was crowned the best of 2015 by iTunes, Slate and The Atlantic. Still, BuzzFeed pulled the plug on the show in 2017.

“It got really big and the money that we were being given to make the show did not,” Ms. Clayton said, adding that she and Ms. Nigatu are in ongoing talks with BuzzFeed for ownership of the catalog.

“I was severely depressed for a couple of years after,” Ms. Clayton said. “I was kind of left empty and didn’t know what to do or where to turn.”

She took the time to learn how to rest and heal, she said, but soon missed sharing her stories. When she was asked by Jenna Weiss-Berman, a co-founder of Pineapple Street, to host “Strong Black Legends,” Ms. Clayton said she initially didn’t want to do it. But “my wallet was like ‘Girl, you better try,’” she said. “After months, I got used to the water again. I’m so glad and so blessed that I am able to enter in this medium and this space.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/style/back-issue-podcast.html

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