In the spirit of inclusivity, Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner of Strange Fruit discuss how creatives can be more inclusive in their creative works as well as discuss how being more inclusive can fuel one’s creativity.

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“Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life"is an internationally-recognized and award-winning podcast co-created, produced and hosted by Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner. The podcast averages 6,000 downloads weekly and 24,000 downloads each month. Guests on the podcast have included celebrities like Tarell Alvin McCraney, Idina Menzel, Jill Scott, Janet Mock, David Sedaris, Janelle Monae, and Wanda Sykes, and thought-leaders including Darnell Moore, Wade Davis, Dr. Yaba Blay, Dr. Brittney C. Cooper, Monica Roberts, and Patrisse Cullors. Strange Fruit was created in 2012 and has nearly 300 episodes in its archives.

Recent awards and honors for Strange Fruit include Outstanding Podcast/Internet Based Video or Audio Show from Pride (2015), Bluegrass Black Pride Trailblazer Award (2017), Indy PopCon Best LGBT Podcast (2018), Leo Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards "Best Podcast”, Second Place (2018).

A new episode is available each week on all podcast platforms. More info on Strange Fruit podcast can be found on Facebook (Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life) & Twitter (@strangefruitpod) or at

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