Rosie Perez

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez

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Rosie Perez on her groundbreaking career

Rosie Perez is one of the most fascinating people we've had on Bullseye!

She's had truly iconic roles in films like White Men Can't Jump and Do The Right Thing, where she was introduced with an electrifying opening credits scene that is still talked about to this day. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 1993's Fearless where she played a young woman dealing with guilt and trauma following a deadly plane crash and she's performed on stage and screen in countless other projects.

She's been a host on ABC's The View, and co-founded the Urban Arts Partnership—a long-running New York nonprofit that works in education and the arts. She's served as Grand Marshal for the International Boxing Hall of Fame— make no mistake, she knows her stuff— and as if all of that weren't enough, she was a powerhouse choreographer for In Living Color where she helped introduce hip hop acts like Heavy D to the mainstream.

A native of Bushwick, Brooklyn, she grew up in a convent, overcoming abject poverty and emotional abuse. She got her first big break on Soul Train as a dancer and was one of the first to bring a hip hop style of dancing to television back when most were still doing the hustle.

Rosie chats with Jesse about surviving her difficult childhood, living with PTSD and why she'll always have a soft spot for the suburbs. Plus, she'll tell us why she prefers the New York hustle and bustle over sunny Los Angeles. Rosie speaks with us from the heart and we're so happy to have her on the show.

You can catch Rosie in the much-anticipated Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn in 2020 but in the meantime go back and watch some of her past performances like her turn as a crooked cop in Pineapple Express and her work on TBS's darkly comedy Search Party where she steals every scene that she's in.

You can also click here to support her non-profit, Urban Arts Partnership.

Going Out With A Biz-ANG and Laying Down the Ground Work! (2018 Round Up, Van Jones, Black Maternal Mortality, Black Queens)

Minority Korner

We start this episode off with a round up of all things 2018. Can you even believe it?!?!? Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians came out, the Olympics happened- this year has been a whirlwind! We got the wind knocked out of in 2017 and we persevered in 2018. We kicked our asses into gear and plan to continued to so in 2019. Nnekay and James share their hopes and dreams for the next year. With a little detour into why mud baths are annoying and James' trip to the Van Jones' Show. In the Korners- we have our two favorite from the past year: Nnekay's korner is from Episode 140 and is all about the epidemic plaguing our country: Black Maternal Mortality. James' Korner is from Episode 124 and is about Black Queens (four specifically)... remember Queen Candice!? Also a lot of questionable pronunciations.

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