Dear White People

MK195: Glitter Bombs of Truth (Rep Illhan Ohmar, Jay-Z & the NFL, Sex in the Stacks, Missy Elliot, Dreams of Beyonce)

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Minority Korner

The Wonder Twins are back- no more voicemail messages they are talking person to person! Missy Elliot may have been celebrated at the VMAs (a little too late) but Nnekay noticed a huge problem with her performance... a certain R&B princess was missing. Is James really friends with Beyonce & Jay-Z? Or was it a dream? Speaking of Jay-Z sure did step in it this week. Jay-Z Mr. Got Colin Kapernick's back on take a knee, seems to have flipped the script and aligned himself with the NFL. Is he shcukin' and jivin, or jumping into the arena? The twins discuss. James seems to have come back from Europe more able to see both sides to everything. Does Nnekay get her comedic writing from her dreams? In the main event Nnekay stops the rumor mill for Representative Illhan Omar. Nnekay breaks down her heroic story, truly representing the American Dream, and the work she's done, and what she's been up against. In a new segment called "James Asks a Question" he poses to our friendly neighborhood librarian his burning question over the last few weeks: Sex in the stacks? Fact or fiction based on the latest season of 'Dear White People'. Also please watch the Great Hack on Netflix if you haven't! 

 

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Voicemail Conversations Part 1 (Gay European Adventures, Black Chefs, Circuit Festival, Amsterdam Pride, #boycottmulan?, New on Netflix)

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The Wonder Twins are stretched across the world, as James is still over in Europe, and Nnekay is holding it down in the Bay, and they're trying to get a hold of each other for this weeks episode! What ensues are two very lengthy voicemails for each other catching up on their lives and the state of the world. Nnekay gets James up to speed on her life, and black chefs who are changing the course of dining in America- YUM! James gives Nnekay a very long ramble about his misadventures in Amsterdam and Barcelona. From Circuit Festival- the largest gay circuit dance festival (why did he pay the circuit past), to navigating micro aggressions in Amsterdam (no place is perfect), Amsterdam Pride (they have actual floats), and how the Google Pixel can save your life while traveling abroad with cute pictures and internet everywhere! James has mostly been away from current events but has peaked his head in to see #boycottmulan, and the racist in chief and his usual shenanigans. Also sadly two Pulse shooting survivors have become loud, outspoken, ex-gay activist. Also he's somehow managed to squeeze in quite a few Netflix series and they're is some good stuff floating around out there! So get caught up with the Wonder Twins of Podcasting through some voicemail conversations!

LINKS:

Black Chefs: https://nyti.ms/2SjEt62

Pulse: https://bit.ly/2TYJWjv

Mulan: https://bit.ly/2ZjLRnX 

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Justin Simien

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Bullseye
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Justin Simien

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Justin Simien on his hit show "Dear White People"

Director Justin Simien is the creator of the controversially-titled film Dear White People. It was later developed into a Netflix television program, now in its third season. The film, as well as the series, follows the lives of a group of black college students attending a predominantly white and fictionalized Ivy League institution named Winchester University.

Both the movie and series tackle issues of racial tensions, identity, gender, sexuality and class in the modern era. Justin leaned heavily on his own experiences attending the predominantly white institution, Chapman University, to help shape his story. Dear White People puts a talented cast and diverse group of students in the spotlight. Students who share a similar experience in the black diaspora while remaining vividly individual characters with oft-sidelined points of view. It's a story Justin knows well.

Justin grew up in Houston, Texas where he attended a performing arts program in high school. The love for film became a part of his life early on. From there, Justin attended college, a part of the first generation of "Facebook adults." There he grew even more passionate about his craft and steadfast in his vision of centering the voices of black and brown young people of color. That vision began to materialize in the late-aughts with a concept trailer he bankrolled with his own tax return. Momentum and interest grew from there and in 2014 Dear White People was released independently but not before taking home the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent. Not bad for a feature film debut!

Jesse talks with Justin Simien about the intersections of the black experience, having a majority black-femme writers room and the value in meeting people where they are. Plus, Jesse and Justin discuss the impact French new wave had on the film Do The Right Thing, giving a voice to queer black experiences, late 90s cinema and why calling white people "White People" makes folks uncomfortable.

Dear White People is streaming now on Netflix.

EP32: Justin Simien on Michael Jackson's "HIStory" (1995)

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Heat Rocks
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Justin Simien

The album: Michael Jackson: HIStory: Past, Present and Future: Book 1 (1995)

Justin Simien, whose Dear White People is just beginning its second season on Netflix, came through to join us live for another Voyager Institute collaboration. By sheer coincidence, our last VI event took on Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation and here we are again, working our way through another Jackson family LP. (Can LaToya be too far behind?)

HIStory, as our crew points out, is an odd duck in the vaunted Jackson discography. Though it was enormously successful – the best selling double album of all time (especially since disc one was a "Greatest Hits" anthology) – it tends to have been overlooked given all the controversy swirling around MJ in that era. He had already been tried and acquitted on child molestation charges but his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley was still tabloid catnip and all this resulted in him recording, to quote Morgan: his most "pissed" off album, ever. This, and more, was all fodder for our conversation. But before you even listen, you have to watch the trailer for HIStory:

Meanwhile, don't forget to listen to last week's episode, about Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, featuring Martin Perna!

More on HIStory

More on Justin Simien

Show Tracklisting (all songs from HIStory unless indicated otherwise):

  • “Money”
  • “Scream”
  • Janet Jackson: Got Till It’s Gone “Got Till It’s Gone”
  • “This Time Around Feat. Biggie Smalls”
  • “You Are Not Alone”
  • “Stranger In Moscow”
  • “Childhood”
  • Michael Jackson: Bad “Leave Me Alone”
  • “They Don’t Really Care About Us”
  • “Tabloid Junkie”
  • Michael Jackson: Thriller “Someone In The Dark”

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Minority Korner 80: A Peak Behind The Jockstrap (Big Little Lies, Tuskegee Study, Sports In Amurrika, Master of None, Dear White People, PWR BTTM, Drake at Prom)

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"Awww Suki Suik," now we kick things off with an impromptu Quizlet Korner! Who made that phrase a house hold catch phrase in the 90's (and now looking back it is probably appropriated from Japan. James has a confession to make to Nnekay and you the audience... he watched 'Big Little Lies', but why does he feel so guilty about it? Possibly because it's just a bunch of rich white ladies, depressed, and staring into the ocean. Well we came here for Zoe Kravitz, and stayed for Nicole Kidman who turned it out! 'Masters of None' has reached perfection this season, and why are you still not watching 'Dear White People' yet? Nnekay delivers in an expose about the Tuskegee Study (not to be confused with Tuskegee Airmen of WWII) which was a true fucked up American Horror Story in it's treatment of Black men. Inspired by a recent trip, and conversion to the Yankee's, James takes a peak behind the jockstrap of Major League American Sports: a billion dollar industry. Which sports make what? How much do professional male athletes make compared to females? Why don't folks watch the WNBA? How much do cheerleaders make? What's the racial breakdown? LGBT Athletes? Does testosterone levels increase when your team wins? Why do we say "we" won, or "they" lost? Plus we take a look at the PWR BTTM controversy, and as we say: you gotta side eye your heroes. Also... did you see Drake get upstaged at his cousins prom?

Tuskegee Study History and current status

http://www.colorlines.com/articles/nearly-85-years-later-tuskegee-studys...

http://tuskegeebioethics.org/about/voices-for-our-fathers-legacy-foundat...

http://www.tuskegeecenter.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm

Let's Talk About Sports Mahn:

http://www.sportsnetworker.com/2012/02/15/the-psychology-of-sports-fans-...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/sports-stars-out-and-about/...

http://www.totalsportek.com/news/nfl-cheerleader-salaries-2015/

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/sports/basketball/after-two-decades-w...

http://ctbythenumbers.info/2013/10/10/wnba-leads-major-sports-gender-rac...

http://www.diversityinc.com/news/measure-diversity-one-u-s-pro-sport-meets/

http://www.businessinsider.com/nfl-mlb-nba-nhl-average-sports-salaries-2...

Minority Korner 78: Trashrella is Ready for the Ball (Solange, Marvel, Dear White People, Moapa Band of Pauites, NV Energy, Sarah Baartman, Suzan-Lori Parks, A Goose, Samantha Bee, Franchesca Ramsey)

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he moment has finally arrived.... Did Nnekay meet Solange?!?!?! Nnekay breaks down her fabulous night at SFMOMA and how she may or may not have acted like a big ole trash bag... one might say a Trasharella? James also had a glamour night at a very exclusive Marvel private showing! James also talks about his newest obsession: Dear White People (the television show on Netflix). He HIGHLY recommends it! The jury is still out when it comes to Handmaiden's Tale on Hulu- we'll follow that up next week. We also want to congratulate our past guest, Ashley Nicole Black and her show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Samantha Bee hosted Not the White House Correspondence Dinner and it was a HIT. Also keep an eye out for Franchesca Ramsey's new talk show headed for Comedy Central (not VH1 like Nnekay said). Heading into our Korners, Nnekay talks about the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribe of Southern Nevada who fought against a toxic Coal Plant, which was poisoning their land and their people. It's a successful story about grassroots efforts, looking for the right resources, and never giving up in the face of adversary. In James' Korner, he covers the life and times of Sarah Baartman, an South African woman who was stolen, displayed, and exploited even in death. James was inspired the play Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks (which is currently running NYC). The story of Ms. Baartman may enlighten you to the perception of the black female body and it's objectification which still lasts to this day. We dabble a little into the Korner Kids Playground and talk about some of the amazing things happening there (join the fb group). Also we get into how Nnekay does not like birds, James doesn't like racoons, and how Nnekay may or may not have a trash chariot pulled by Racoons. ENJOOOOOOY!

Links!

http://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-one-small-tribe-beat-coal-and-bui...

Pop Rocket Episode 122: The Handmaid's Tale

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Pop Rocket
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Karen Tongson
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Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

This week we have an all women episode of Pop Rocket! Karen is hosting, and the gang is talking about the new Hulu series of Margaret Atwood's 1985 classic novel The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret tells us about the differences between the series and the book. They explore whether or not Offred's internal dialogue works when portrayed as voiceover, and whether the racial make-up of the show was intentional. Does the music work, and does the show reflect anything from our current political climate? Margaret's all about is relishing in the dismantling of Fox News by the hands of its key contributors and Wynter talks about Netflix's Dear White People. Plus, the panel shares some light, vintage jams to help cleanse our palates after a particularly heavy discussion.

Read Margaret's interview with Margaret Atwood for the Los Angeles Times and don't forget to listen to Guy's interview with Atwood on Bullseye from 2015.

Jams:
Karen: Summertime - The Sunday's
Margaret: Perfect Strangers Theme Song
Wynter: California Girls -
Katy Perry

Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Wynter Mitchell

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

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