James Baldwin

Comin' In Singin' (Aretha Franklin, Blackkklansman, Latin America Writers, WOC writers, James Baldwin)

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Minority Korner

Warning! We recorded this episode earlier in the week before the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. We mean in no way to pay disrespect, and pay great homage to how she pathed the way for future generations of black artist and people to live their truth. Off the bat the wonder twins talking about the queen of soul herself, Aretha Franklin, sending prayers for her and talking about some of her past controversies. James saw Spike Lee's newest film Blackkklansman and give a spoiler free review. In Nnekay's korner- she's got a booklist for you! This time she is giving you books from Latin American literary cannon that will help you diversity the American one. Also she had some selections from WOC writers to diversify your reading list and possibly some of your loved ones, to boot! In James' korner, he is give you THEATER- by way of teleplay! That's right we have the Minority Korner players in the house. Playing out selections from the 1984 James Baldwin Village Voice interview. James playing James Baldwin and Nnekay playing the interviewer. The interview covers the James Baldwin's views on homosexuality, the black community, the future, and more. It's a deep insight into his thoughts on the LGBTQ community in the 80s.

Links!

https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/06/22/james-baldwin-on-being-gay-in-am...

http://remezcla.com/lists/culture/latin-american-books-literary-canon/

https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/g22721520/extensive-list-of-boo...

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A Civic Duty to Honor James Baldwin (Delta, Jury Duty, James Baldwin, J.Lo)

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This week James is steering the ship with a korner dedicated to the greatness of James Baldwin, but before the wonder twins start their adoration- we gotta talk about Delta. Gurl, Delta you betta fix your mess! James was cast as Jury number 1 in the role of actual real life civic duty. The two also talk about heritage and slavery and how big of an impact it has on modern times. Also: remember Tia Carrere? Where is she? In the singular korner for the day, it's all things James Baldwin! First unpacking the amazing documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Then a test- who has more James Baldwin knowledge?! Lastly... who knew J.Lo would cause such a rift! Enjoy!

See James do Stand Up August 11th at 9:30pm in NYC! Tickets:
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Links!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNUYdgIyaPM

http://www.peoplequiz.com/trivia-quizzes-3249-James_Baldwin_Wonderful_Wr...

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Minority Korner Ep 134: Summah Pride! (LGBTQIA+ Travel Tips , Ideas, and Blogs, LGBTQIA YA books, Love Simon, Corporate Pride)

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We're closing out Pride Month with a bang! But first James' is still in the Bay and the wonder twins talk about his performance as Manity Kane during Pride Weekend. They also talk about the Pride parade and if it's ok to have so many tech companies represented. James watched Love, Simon over the weekend and needs to discuss! In the Korners, James gets you ready for summer vacay with LGBTQA Travel Tips and blogs to follow for the ultimate queer vacation in the US and international. Nnekay hooks you up with a list of current LGBTQA YA novels to get your beach reading on and possibly teen gifting ideas. Omg! Amandla Stenberg came out! And boy does she have a classy way of saying it. Happy Pride ya'll and enjoy the summer :)

Links!
 
http://www.vulture.com/2018/06/38-best-lgbtq-ya-novels.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/queer-women-travel-sites-to-inspire...

https://blog.tortugabackpacks.com/gay-travel-europe/

https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/lgbt-travel/trans-friendly-t...

https://www.orbitz.com/blog/2016/07/25-queer-vacations-must-take-die/

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: The Breeders' Kim Deal and Raoul Peck

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Bullseye
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Kim Deal
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Raoul Peck

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The Breeder's Kim Deal on their new album "All Nerve"

Kim Deal got her start as a professional musician after responding to a classified ad in the back of a local newspaper in Boston. Out of that exchange, she and three new friends formed The Pixies. The group became indie rock tastemakers, but they never produced a real chart topping hit. But during what ended up being a 10+ year hiatus for the band, Deal formed The Breeders. And Kim had a hit: "Cannoball" was a song she wrote for their 1993 album "Last Splash," which made it to the US Billboard Hot 100 and got constant play on MTV.

Kim still lives in Dayton, Ohio, her hometown. There she honed her skills singing and playing acoustic guitar with her sister. She tells Jesse about the music scene in Dayton, how unintended her success was, and what it felt like the first moment she realized that she had written a song that people wanted to dance to. Kim also talks about bringing The Breeders back together for their latest album to be released this week. "All Nerve" will be their first release in nearly ten years.

Click here to listen to Kim Deal's interview on YouTube.

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Raoul Peck on his latest movie "The Young Karl Marx"

Raoul Peck is a seriously successful serious filmmaker. The Haitian born director was nominated for an Academy Award last year for best documentary for his film "I Am Not Your Negro" about writer James Baldwin. In his latest scripted film "The Young Karl Marx," Peck was faced with a unique challenge: how to write a compelling story about the origin of a theory. Seven hours of screenplay, and ten years later, Peck tells Jesse about what went into bringing to life the personal tale of one of the most important thinkers in modern history - a figure who Pecks says wrote more about money while spending so much time living without it.

Peck himself lived a lot of his life struggling financially. He says he made the choice to never compromise his art in order to just to earn a living. This unwavering focus, he says, had a lot to do with growing up under a dictatorship in Haiti where there was no opportunity to think of accumulating wealth, buying a big house, or owning a car because all that could be so easily taken away.

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The Outshot: Curtis Mayfield

And finally, on the Outshot, soul musician and "Superfly" singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield blended gospel, and black power on "Curtis," one of his most underrated records.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 111 Legal Dramas

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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
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Karen Tongson
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Margaret Wappler
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Wynter Mitchell

This week Guy has returned from New York and the gang is back together to talk about legal dramas! They talk about the new CBS All-Access series The Good Fight, their favorite legal dramas of all time, and they get real about which TV or movie lawyer they would want to represent them in court. Wynter talks about her love for true crime, Margaret tells us what The Accused got right, and Karen talks about a Barbara Streisand classic. Plus we learn why Guy is currently obsessed with Calypso music and which documentaries you should be seeing this weekend. As with every week, we find out what the panel is all about and why jams they cannot stop listening to.

Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler

Jams:

Margaret Wappler - Room 29 - Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzalez
Wynter Mitchell - I Feel It Comin' - The Weeknd
Karen Tongson - It Ain't Me - Kygo, Selena Gomez
Guy Branum - No Wuk For Carnival - Lord Kitchener

Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

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Other Links:
James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show
James Spader on Boston Legal

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

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