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The Bakari Sellers Podcast

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The Forgotten History of NFL Integration, With Keyshawn Johnson and Bob Glauber

Keyshawn Johnson and Bob Glauber join Bakari to talk about their new book, ‘The Forgotten First,’ which highlights the careers of the first Black NFL players

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Gabrielle Union on Living Life With Grace, Parenting in Public, and Her Second Book, ‘You Got Anything Stronger?’

Bakari is joined by actress and author Gabrielle Union to talk about life, children, and her second memoir.

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Randall Kennedy on Obama’s Legacy, Defunding the Police, and Respectability Politics

Bakari is joined by Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy to discuss Barack Obama’s legacy, clerking for Thurgood Marshall, and more!

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Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy Addresses COVID Myths and COVID Facts

Plus, discussion on why mental health can’t be ignored during the pandemic

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Life Advice With Rick Ross

The rapper joins Bakari to discuss his long and successful career as well as his new book, ‘The Perfect Day to Boss Up’

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Maggie Haberman on Afghanistan, Fighting Misinformation, and Texas’s Abortion Laws

Bakari is joined by New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman to talk about the situation in Afghanistan and more news from this week

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Police Reform, Getting Reelected, and Pragmatic Leadership

Bakari is joined by the recently reelected mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, Randall Woodfin

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Aunjanue Ellis of ‘Lovecraft Country’ on Her Southern Roots, Making the Show, and Working in Hollywood as a Black Actress

Bakari is joined by Aunjanue Ellis to talk about her work on the show ‘Lovecraft Country’ and whether Hollywood is finally recognizing Black talent

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Jurnee Smollett on Her Acting Journey, ‘Lovecraft Country,’ and What Is Coming Next

Bakari is joined by Jurnee Smollett to talk about her career and the activism she does alongside it

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Rep. Stacey Plaskett on Representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Situation in Afghanistan, and Haiti

Bakari and Rep. Plaskett reflect on the U.S. pulling out of Afghanistan, discuss ways to help Haiti after a massive earthquake, and more

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The State of the COVID-19 Pandemic With Dr. Ebony Hilton

Bakari is joined by Dr. Ebony Hilton, associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Virginia, to talk about the COVID vaccine, face masks, and the Delta variant

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Kent Babb on College Football and His New Book, ‘Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City’

The Washington Post writer joins Bakari to discuss his new book

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Rep. Karen Bass on a Progressive Solution for Crimes and Policing

Bakari is joined by Representative Karen Bass to talk about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, her role as the chair of the House subcommittee on Africa, and the state of various bills in Congress

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the Backlash to Critical Race Theory and the Steps to Make America Anti-Racist

The author joins Bakari to discuss prejudice around school curriculum

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Sanaa Lathan on the Pressures of Being a Black Actress, Directing, and the Legacy of ‘Love & Basketball’

Lathan also explains how her parents inspired her to get into acting

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The Democratic Party’s Inaction on Voting Rights, With Adam Serwer

Plus, Serwer discusses his new book, ‘The Cruelty Is the Point,’ which examines Donald Trump’s administration

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Jay Pharoah on Doing Stand-up, His New Movie ‘Resort to Love,’ and His Comedy Mt. Rushmore

Jay also talks about how he got into comedy and the comics that have most inspired him throughout his career

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Omar Epps on Building His Acting Career, His Many Iconic Roles, and ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’

Bakari is joined by Omar Epps to talk about how he got into acting and landed his first role as Q in ‘Juice’

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The Challenges That Minority Business Entrepreneurs Face in the Cannabis Industry, With Amber Littlejohn

Plus, Amber talks about where we stand on the federal legalization of cannabis and the difference between decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana

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The State of COVID in America With Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

The leader of President Biden’s Health Equity Task Force discusses vaccinations, COVID-19 variants, and more with Bakari

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A Conversation About Economics, Policing, and Race With Morgan Williams Jr.

The NYU postdoctoral fellow joins Bakari to discuss his research on police forces

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CNN’s Elie Honig on Rudy Giuliani and the Differences Between Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s DOJ Departments

Plus, Elie discusses his book ‘Hatchet Man,’ which details Bill Barr’s time as attorney general

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Jamie Hector on His Acting Career From ‘The Wire’ to ‘Bosch’

Jamie discusses his best roles and inspiring up-and-coming Black actors

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Malcolm Spellman on the Value of Failure, Being Black in Hollywood, and Working With Marvel

Malcolm talks about getting started in Hollywood, the limitations that Black people face while working in the film industry, and working on ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

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Ursula Burns on Being the CEO of Xerox, Black Women in STEM, and Inspiring the Next Generation of Black Kids

Bakari speaks with the trailblazing businesswoman about her path to success, the importance of paying it forward, and more

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Al Harrington on What It’s Like to Enter the Cannabis Business After Leaving the NBA

The former NBA player joins to discuss why he decided to get into the cannabis business, why professional sports have been so slow to allow use among players, and more

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Craig Melvin on His Career in Broadcast Journalism and His New Book, ‘Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father’

Craig also talks about being one of the few Black anchors on network television

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Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre With Rev. Dr. Robert Turner of the Vernon AME Church

Bakari and Rev. Dr. Turner reflect on the Tulsa Race Massacre on its 100th anniversary and discuss the importance of not whitewashing American history

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Clint Smith on the Importance of Critical Race Theory and His New Book, ‘How the World Is Passed’

Plus, the author’s thoughts on education, the role that mythmaking plays in American politics, and more

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19-Year-Old Racing Star Hayden Swank on Paving His Own Way in the Sport

Hayden also talks about why it is difficult to build a career in race car driving and what it’s like being a young Black driver in an overwhelmingly white sport

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Yusef Salaam of the “Exonerated Five” on His Prison Reform Activism and His New Book, ‘Better, Not Bitter’

Yusef Salaam joins the show to talk about how the false conviction shaped his life and later his activist work, what inspired him to write his new book, and more

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Folake Olowofoyeku on Growing Up in Nigeria and Her Show ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’

Folake also explains why it’s meaningful to play a romantic lead who is Nigerian