Jay Connor is a Los Angeles-based writer, producer, and founder of the popular podcast “The Extraordinary Negroes” (which you should subscribe to post haste). His work has been featured in The New York Times, SXSW, The Root, Bitch Media, Huffington Post, Very Smart Brothas, AFROPUNK, and many others. Outside of his creative pursuits, Jay uses his multimedia platform to celebrate the accomplishments, opinions, and agency of marginalized groups, in addition to actively combating injustice and the destigmatization of mental illness. Follow Jay on Twitter at @deathtoadverbs.
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