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Pop Rocket Ep. 205 The Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist Spectacular

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Karen Tongson, Tre'vell Anderson, Alonso Duralde, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
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Alonso Duralde

Happy Holidays, everyone! Wynter and Karen are joined by special guest panelists Tre’Vell Anderson (Director of Culture and Entertainment at Out Magazine) and 'Who Shot Ya?'s' Alonso Duralde to create the ultimate holiday playlist. Each panelist created a top ten list of their favorite holiday songs, out of which they’d select twenty for inclusion in the official Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist. Well, that was the plan, anyway. In practice, when faced with making the tough choices, they flopped. Whose version of "Sleigh Ride" should be on the playlist: Andy Williams’s, Ella Fitzgerald’s or TLC’s? Spoiler alert: They couldn’t decide.

Plus, the panelists describe their holiday family traditions, and if you’ve ever been curious what the most popular Philippine Christmas song is, resident scholar Karen Tongson reveals the answer.

From Ella Fitzgerald to Donny Hathaway, from the Morehouse Glee Club to Quad City DJs, the variety of musical stylings in this episode will get your feet tappin'.

All Abouts

For the last All Abouts of the year, each panelist picked one thing in 2018, that they could watch, listen to, read, or consume, OVER & OVER again.

Alonso is all about the Amber Ruffin segment on Late Night With Seth Meyers - 'Amber Says Why'

Karen is still all about the series finale of The Americans.

Tre’Vell is awed by EVERYTHING about Cardi B, but especially her recent appearance with James Corden in Carpool Karaoke.

Wynter can’t stop watching Mission Impossible: Fallout.

That's My Jam

For this week’s jams, each panelist picked a song that best summed up the year that was 2018.

Karen: Sound of Music Soundtrack - So Long, Farewell
Tre’vell: Fantasia - Lose to Win
Alonso: Lizzo - Good as Hell
Wynter: Drake - Nice for What

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.

Minority Korner 69: A Star is Born! Get Nasty! (69 Boyz, Fashion Week & Activism, U.K. Period Dramas & POC U.K. Actors, and Party Lines)

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Minority Korner

Time to GET NASTAY, because it's our 69 episode... mmmm.... In this episode you will discover the origins of how a certain MK hosts star was born in a little dance group called '9 on Time' back in the 90's, not be confused with Beyonce's 'Girl Time' though it's easy to do so. We take a trip down memory lane and talk about everything from the 69 Boys, to the Quad City D.J.'s, to Sisqo, and Nnekay has a theory about how Party Lines, may have been the birth to social media. James goes across the pond in his korner to investigate is the grass really greener on the other side in terms of POC (or as they call it B.A.M.E. Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) visibility in U.K. media? Should James move to the U.K. to become a big hit actor? What's with all those period dramas? Where is the non-white representation? Does it accurately reflect the truth about the U.K., and it's history? It's Fashion week, and Nnekay the fashionista is going to tell us who's in, and who's out, when it comes to designers using the runway to challenge the zeitgeist, and get political! Nnekay chooses a side between Tyra and Namoi Campbell. We also discuss some interesting topics from the Minority Korner Kids Playground Facebook group about how to combat racism, and femphobia on dating apps, and reverse sexism- is it a thing? Also Mariah Carey doesn't understand how your desk job works- so don't try explaining it to her. All this in more on our 69th episode: GET NASTY!

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http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2016/11/why-british-addicti...

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Minority Korner 63: And I Will Always Love You... Gay Africa! (History of Homosexuality in Africa, The Bodyguard the Musical, Mariah Carey, #BLMKidnapping? Vivica A. Fox, Shaun King, Frank Ocean, The West End)

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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!

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