Nnekay needs a theme song for her soon to be half hour sit-com, and James has got one for her! James has finally watched the American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ, and there is much to talk about. Especially since this podcast didn't' exist then. Nnekay and James unpack the trial itself, the performances, and the importance of this trial as it was set in a time right after the Rodney King riots, exposing racism, police brutality, and the so called justice system. In our first Korner, Nnekay, is gonna learn you about the massacre of 1000's of Mexican-Americans, and will reveal the origins of all this "Wall" talk, and the history of the Texas Rangers and their overall awfulness. Finishing out this week's 1-2 punch of things we should've learned in school, in honor of Black History Month, we talk about Brother Outsider himself: Bayard Rustin. The organizer behind the Million Man March. You thought that was Martin Luther King Jr? It's time to learn about the true heart and soul of the Civil Rights Movement Bayard Rustin, the Black, gay, pacifist, Quaker, activist who time seems to have forgotten. But we haven't! It's another action packed episode!
This week we are on FIRE! THE SUPER BOWL came and went, but we're not here to talk about sports... we are here for GAGA. She dangled her ass into the arena like a spider and killed it! Also James touches on a Sundance lady brunch of the rich and the famous where they had a moving conversation about race... Celebrities they're just like us! James took himself out on a little Broadway Baby Date with himself to go see Mel B from the Spice Girls sing it up as Roxy Heart. Did she do a good job? Has she improved since her stint as Mimi in Rent way back when Nnekay saw her in the early 00s? Nnekay surprises James with a little information regarding her foray into the world of THEATER. She might just be ready for a new chapter in her life! Now on to the Korners! James is up first this week and is covering The Pomo Afro Homo Theater Troupe- Black. Queer. Theater. 'nough said! They have been producing incredible work work for years, so James breaks it down, by covering selections of sketches, their founders, and the future! Nnekay has a Hodge Podge Korner this week ya'll which she has titled- Just The Tips with Nnekay. She is covering books to help children learn compassion, Ariana Huffington's tips on how to combat outrage but to still stay active, as well as a tip for great cinema, the PBS documentary called Birth of a Movement about 1900s activist, William Monroe Trotter, who fought against the original extremely racist movie, Birth of a Nation. We also have a new Korner where we toss it to the Korner Kids and see what they've been up to! So hold on to your butts, get ready to rumble, and check your lace front, because we are ready to get you PUMPED.
This week we are coming in hot, hot and fresh like a Thai Breeze. That's right Nnekay just got back from her Honeymoon in Thailand and she is... SICK, but she managed to have a lot of fun in the sunnnnn. James is on the fast track to Reality Stardom, and also owning the hottest Restaurant IN THE WORLD: Cocktails and Soup and Sandwiches. Did James find love on the Reality Dating Sow? Another question answered: What type of sandwich is James? Let's get to the Korners! First up is Nnekay's Korner where she talks about the Amazing Roxane Gay: Feminist, Activist, Writer, Publisher, Professor, she does it all! Know what else she does? Stands up to giant publishers, Simon and Schuster. In James's Korner he tackles some of the hurdles young girls have to face, why STEM is important and how men can be better feminist. He also tells the tale of his travels to the Women's March in DC. Last up is Recommendation Korner! Nnekay recomends a book, and James has some hot movie picks... annnnnnd goes over how Double Jeopardy DOES NOT stand the test of time. So put on your pussy hats ya'll and enjoy the show!
The gloves. Come. Off. It is our 2nd annual fight! And this might be the one that breaks the Korner (but probably not). Nnekay and James haven't disagreed this much since Tesla back in episode 5. Stripped from the cutting room floor it's all of our bonus segments from the past month that were cut for time, but woah is this some juicy material. First James tackles the coded gay characters in Rogue One, and calls out the film industry for it's lack of gay representation, and points out some TV shows are representing. But first there's a fight. Then Nnekay gives us another fabulous list of books every Black teenager (and/or human being) needs to read. It is an action packed episode! So hold on to your butts!
It's time to "get Jazzy with it" in 2017! It's Inauguration Day! We hope you got some boots for the Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Pagan Holiday because we think you'll be getting a lot of use out of them this year! This is the year to be gellin?! James walks us through his yearly interrogation by the British Immigration office which usually turns into therapy around his ex's. Does he share too much? Why were so many people against The O.A. on Netflix? James has a theory about this beautiful story, that we're not used to in our world of negative stories, violence, and anti-heroes, a story of hope might be a bit hard to digest these days. Meanwhile Nnekay is watching Scottish titties on Outlander. We dive into some theories about the advance technologies of Ancient Egypt as well as the History of Christmas. It's not as wholesome as it is now, and was once outlawed by the no fun Pilgrims. It's a new year and a New Nnekay, and she's crafted her very OWN list on how to prevent future terrorist that grow up to be crazy Dylan Roof terrorists by combating casual racism before it gets too big. We have our first Ask Minority Korner Anything of the new year, giving "advice for those who "pass". Enjoy!
James is back from his holiday in the U.K. and he brings news: In England the hottest ticket in town is... The Bodyguard the Musical AKA a Whitney Houston tribute, and Broadway level it ain't. After this segment Nnekay and James will probably not be allowed to visit London's theater district the West End because of all the shade but James just might be West End bound anyways. We catch up on our Kwanzaa Celebrations. As promised James is delivering just as he teased last year, we are divining into the history of homosexuality in Africa, debunking the myth that it is a thing brought to the continent by white colonizers. Surprise! Africa's always been gay! We get subversive in this controversial Quizlet Korner, where it might be time to breath, think, and put the torches down. Is Vivica A. Fox's ladies only/no gays allowed Vegas show homophobic? Did she apologize? Does she need to? Did J LO beat out Mariah Carey in the battle of NYE performances by actually having a rehearsal? Is Frank Ocean's mom demanding a homophobic gospel singer be removed from her son's new album? Did Black Lives Matter really kidnap and torture a man? Like... Really??? Did James remove his troll from his life? What exactly IS The Bodyguard Musical? All this and more on this week's Minority Korner!
Happy New Year! We made it to 2017! What are your New Year's Resolutions? Nnekay and James share their goals for 2017, or how to not end up being bedraggled by the end of the year. We also cover what's hot to watch on Netflix. In the first Quizlet Korner of the new year it's a clean slate, as Nnekay starts off a winner to find out where is the truth behind Shemar Moore's sexuality, Lee Daniels potentially having a few more missteps with his latest series Star, a new law for hair dresser/stylists, or a local politician getting new laws in FAVOR to support trans gendered youth. And another gem from Chicago, we have our unreleased full interview with brilliant, talented, hilarious Shantira Jackson of Second City, as well as an activist, comedian extraordinaire is she is going to drop some motivating truth bombs on us. Looks like this new year is off to a GREAT start!
In Patti La Belle fashion we are late for Christmas, and so was Mos Def according to Nnekay when she went to his concert. James is back to auditioning in the New York scene and Nnekay is already demanding tickets for... Magic Mike Live! AKA James' sexy free dance class. We discuss how many 'K's' are appropriate, 2 K's are ok, 4, but not 3. Remember Sisqo? Thong Song? Let's discuss! To engage or not to engage with racist, homophoboes, and sexist? Minority Korner Kids have asked the question! It's the holidays, and folks are depressed, especially after this year. James has been watching his favorite movie genre: Lady Suspense Thrillers (mostly Halle Berry films) and is going to use it as a vehicle to talk about depression within the LGBT community (go with us here) followed by a gift of 5 Golden Things: action items for LGBT & other Korner Folks to take into the New Year. So many folks have been on the "2016 Has Been Terrible Bandwagon" but there is much to celebrate, as Nnekay has a list of 21 Black Voices that we are thankful for. From Solange, to Bae for the day Jesse Williams, Issa Rea of Awkward, Ava DuVurnay, John Legend and more! We are closing out this year with bang, and some great momentum into the new year as we reframe it, and own our own power! Plus we workshop our Quantico/Kwanzaa special where we are sure to, FINALLY, win our Golden Globe!
Prepare to get Kwanzaa'd America as it's the first annual Minority Korner Kwanzaa special! Join Nnekay and James as the take you through a magical journey as w discover and explore Kwanzaa. How well do you know Kwanzaa? We'll take a quiz sponsored by PBS, before diving into it's origins, it's meanings, symbols, and how you can celebrate this beautiful holiday celebrating African American Awesomeness. Also join Nnekay and James as they plan their Kwanzaa Albums, and future Kwanzaa movies and TV projects. Will they beat out Oprah and Gayle for King and Queen of Kwanzaa? Also fun tangents such as Brandy vs. Monica, and Ashanti: #NotMyPrincess. Happy Kwanzaa ya'll!
The Royal Court of Minority Korner is pleased to present this heartwarming, sexy, enlightening episode for the whole family. First up we talk about the differences between Spring and Winter break, and James investigates a Harlem college party. Nnekay introduces us to Oakland treasure Little Cindy Oakland Woo Hoo. We answer your questions for "Ask Minority Korner Anything" from 'What media should I be taking in?" and getting involved in local politics. We cover Oliver Stone's documentary about the History of the U.S., The Black Panthers Mix Tape, bell hooks, 13th, and more. We also discuss a Korner Kid's efforts in getting a seat at the table- the political table! Comedian Michael Che's comedy is slaying on Netflix, and a perfect example of using comedy for activism. We also debate the difference between Eryka Baduizm, and actual Buddhism which leads us into James' korner: Using Buddhism to negotiate through racism, homophobia, and sexism to own your power. Are there Buddhist practitioners who are LGBT POC's, as many western teachers tend to be white men? Yes: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel , leading the forefront on intersectional leaders in Buddhism. Also have you heard about the Buddhist leaders calling for racial justice 1944, Vice President Henry Wallace: Never forget! Our first Buddhist almost President leading the charge, and what different word we'd be living in if he had succeed FDR. Buddhist leaders call for racial justice- did you hear? No because media is so focused on pundits. James encourages us to find our own personal spiritual/artistic rituals for self care and being your personal best as we move through this new Renassiance. Nnekay walks us through some Intersectional Charities who Need your Help! From Trans Latina's, to Prison Reform, to Reproductive Rights. Also Trevor Noah is showing us how it's done going toe to toe with The Gremlin (Aka Angriest White Woman in the World). Also... what was that guy trying to slip Eryka Badu in that song!? Why was she so chill about it!?