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Minority Korner 92: A Supa Soul Sit Down Sista Sunday (Chester Bennington, Super Soul Sunday, Protecting Children Against Child Molestation, Self Worth, Phylicia Rashad, Madonna)

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Nnekay is still here, she's still in New York! James is showing her the sights! World Trade Center Monument, The High Line, The Stonewall Inn, a... bone... mall? Also James is excited to share his mutant power, which might not get him accepted into Professor X's institute. Did you know Madonna dated Tupac? The wonder twins discuss. Did you know that DeMario Jackson (from Bachelor in Paradise) asked Britney Spears out? James got to experience the fabulous Phylicia Rashad... sleep for most of the play? In James's Korner, we're discussing a tough topic (Trigger Warning). With the recent suicide of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, James dives into one of the causes he was incredibly vocal about: Child Molestation. James breaks down some of the statistics from the website Darkness to Light, to squash a lot of the misconceptions that are spread. Also, James shares some tactics on how to protect those children that surround us. Next up! We try something new with a Super Soul Sunday. With all the intense conversations and whirlwind recording, we take a page from Oprah's book and discuss self worth, shared histories, race, and gentrification.

Links!

www.d2l.org

Minority Korner 86:A Freak In The Sheets and a Freak on the Streets (Henrietta Lacks, Oprah, Bachelor In Paradise, Drugs and the LGBTQ community, Title IX, poodles)

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James's birthday came and went and for our two year anniversary of the podcast we updated our photos!!! The wonder twins give a tutorial on how to do a proper jump photo, watch out Tyra! Even though we don't mention Michael Jordan, we try to talk sports by talking about sports superstars. James breaks down the HBO movie, The Life of Henrietta Lacks- his everlasting love of Rose Byrne and mediocre appreciation for Oprah. James is confused, mystified, and interested by all the happenings with Bachelor in Paradise. Little known fact, Nnekay is apart of Bachelor Nation- so she is ready to school James on all the haps. In James' Korner, he breaks down the statistics and percentages of drug use and alcohol consumption in the LGBTQ community. Which might come as a surprise to you as it did to Nnekay. In addition to the stats, James gives tips on how to party safely and have fun without tragedy. In Nnekay's Korner, to celebrate the 45th birthday of Title IX, Nnekay references a feministing.com article to elaborate on what Title IX is and the many aspects and people it protects in our school system. Also... what's up with poodles?

http://feministing.com/2017/06/24/its-title-ixs-45th-birthday/

Rebranding the Apocalypse w/ HeyShenee!

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Shenee Howard

Hey Buddies!

This week we've got special brand marketing expert / apocalypse junkie Shenee Howard from www.heyshenee.com. Does the apocalypse have a brand problem? How do you even go about fixing the end of the world's image? Who is the best spokesperson for the rebrand? I'll give you a hint... you get a zombie! And YOU get a zombie! Everyone's getting zombies!!!!!

Pop Rocket: Episode 128 The Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

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**SPOILER ALERT! KAREN TONGSON REVEALS THE WINNER OF THE 2006 COOK ISLANDS SEASON OF SURVIVOR. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED**

This week on Pop Rocket, the gang talks about the lazy hazy days of summer. The amount of content that is released during the spring months slows down as summer moves on. But what shows did we miss when we were devouring the big springtime hits like The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Master of None? Guy talks about the Oprah network soap opera Greenleaf, and his obsession with past seasons of Survivor. Margaret is diving into the true crime genre and watching The Keepers, a 7 part docuseries on Netflix. Karen's love of everything 80's comes through in her recommendation of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. At the top of the show, Margaret brings up the latest Bill Maher controversy, and the panel have a conversation about gender, race, and the inability for some comedians to create respectful content in 2017. Plus, we get some solid jam recommendations from the gang, just in time for summer.

Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler

Jams:

Margaret Wappler - Inara George - Genius
Karen Tongson - Erasure - Chains of Love
Guy Branum - Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex

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

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Other Links:
Symone Sanders and Ice Cube on Real Time with Bill Maher

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.

Minority Korner 74: What Have You Done For YOU, Lately? (MaxFun Drive, Vampire In Brooklyn, Kal Penn, Oprah, Fulfilling Your Potential, Ashley Nicole Black)

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Oh My Oprah! This week is chock full with wonderful goodies for your ears to snack on! It's our second aka last pledge episode for the #MaxFunDrive, so this is your last chance to consider making a donation to the amazeballs Maximum Fun Podcasting Network! Up first is a Minority Korner fan favorite Korner: Movie Review Korner! James and Nnekay review Eddie Murphy's beautiful masterpiece, Vampire in Brooklyn, which includes so much that Nnekay AND James have a hard time wrapping their brains around. Just to name a few surpries: Cobras, bad and multiple wigs, Angela Basset screaming her head off, bad Jamaican accents, and John Witherspoon. Nnekay covers some of the injustice Actors of Color specifically Kal Penn have to deal with during casting, and james bring his Oprah-ish Lessons on how to break free of limits and steps on how to reach the potential your truly deserve. And lastly we have the second part of the non bonus episode portion of our interview with Ashley Nicole Black from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee! She talks about women in comedy, what it's like to work on TV, and the RNC. So hang on tight, put on your Angela Basset Pants By Basset Pants on to get comfy and Enjoy the show!

Links!

http://jezebel.com/kal-penn-reveals-the-racist-roles-hollywood-wanted-hi...

Minority Korner 73: The Max Fun Drive, Starring JamKay as 2 Floppy Titties! (W/Special Guest Ashley Nicole Black, Full Frontal, Biphobia, African American Genealogy, Oprah, Santa, Nancy Drew,Panic Attacks, THWIP)

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It's Minority Korner's first Maximum Fun Drive, so get ready to get wet, and make it rain! We are pulling out all the stops... all of them... there are no more left, as it is full speed ahead! But first James shares something very serious with Nnekay, and by default you the listeners as we unpack panic attacks, and the power of knowing what a problem is so you can confront it. James had a very heartwarming, Oprah style, empowering korner lined up, but then Queerty came up with 5 ways you might be Biphobic, and it is time to discuss. Are you Biphobic? Nnekay is tackling this week's 'Ask Minority Korner Anything' and is going to help one of the korner kids, and Black listeners everywhere, trace their genealogy using her sexy librarian prowess. And headlining this episode we have Ashley Nicole Black, writer and correspondent on "Full Frontal w/Samantha Bee" in the first of a 3 part interview series (though the final part is only available to listeners who donate and subscribe to Maximum Fun). Ashley talks to us about all kinds of things from Shonda Rhimes, to racism in Chicago, and we begin to chart her journey to 'Full Frontal'. Plus random things like Nnekay's love for Boxcar children, was Nancy Drew really lurking? Is Santa Real? Did Jennifer Hudson (AKA J-hud) drop by the Korner? Find out! As these two floppy titties get you hyped and ready to donate for the Maximum Fun Drive!

5 Signs Your Biphobic:

https://www.queerty.com/5-signs-might-biphobic-not-even-know-20170320

Map Your Genealogy:

http://www.pbs.org/genealogy-roadshow/genealogy-tips/free-people/

http://www.theroot.com/do-mormon-genealogy-records-include-black-people-...

http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/

http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/

http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/

http://iaar.unc.edu/

Minority Korner 53: Dedicated To Noah Witke (13th, Birth of A Nation, Female Nobel Prize Winners, Nate Parker, Lewis Latimer, Jennifer Aguilera, 3rd Debate,Nasty Women)

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James was boy on a train last week but not as crazy, or as exciting. We've both watched '13th' Ava DuVernay's new documentary about Mass Incarceration, and how slavery is alive and well in our American society. It is a must watch for all Americans! Does Beyonce deserve a Nobel Prize? Bob Dylan got one.. What about the Lohans? Let's give props to some of the ladies throughout history who've managed to break into this Nobel Boys Club. James breaks down all the controversy around the film 'Birth of A Nation', not the racist one from 1915, the 2016 one that's potentially more problematic in it's treatment with women. Oh and there's the director/writer/producer/lead actors history with rape. Once again we need to have a conversation about how we treat and talk about women. History Korner is back from the grave and it looks like Thomas Edison is at it again, stealing ideas, but this time from a Black man. Quizlet Korner is going to get NASTAY for you as we focus on the the third and final debate. Also, James explains why we took the week of last week, sharing a tragic story, that sheds light on a first hand encounter of the police. In light of that this episode is dedicated to James' roommate Noah Witke, a beautiful, compassionate, loving, talented individual... may he rest in peace.

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ttp://blackinventor.com/lewis-latimer/

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/lewis-latimer-drew-first-...

http://www.biography.com/people/lewis-howard-latimer-9374422#helping-to-...

http://www.greatblackheroes.com/science/lewis-latimer/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/rainy-day-women?utm_term=.kbL6XV8pA#...

Minority Korner 48: Go Tell Your Wife! AKA Morris Messes Up: A Movie Review (The Get Down, When The Bough Breaks Movie Review, The Emmys So White, Black*ish, Historical Black Surgeons, Morris Chestnut)

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It's that time of year again! Yes the Emmy's but most importantly it's the MK Black Suspense Movie Review, as every September Hollywood releases what should be a Lifetime movie to the big screen. The reviews are in: Save your money and watch last years amazing Perfect Stranger, and enjoy our Spoiler Review of 'When The Bough Breaks' or what it should've been called 'Go Tell Your Wife AKA Morris Messes Up'. But first, James might be on Mariah Carey levels of celebrity after his hit San Francisco Show, where like Mariah he doesn't know JLO. It's a historical Emmy's because Black*ish is nominated for Outstanding comedy, the first Black show since 1985... so apparently the Oscars ain't the only thing that are so white. James has some facts and figures on this surprising situation. I mean come on! Where's Urkell's Emmy!? Nnekay is throwing us some history with medical advancements created by Black surgeons in perilous times. Thank you Black doctors for so many life saving techniques and practices. You probably had no idea. Well that's why we're here! Also are you getting down on the Get Down- you will be after James' stark raving mad review (and he's only an episode in).

Links!

http://www.biography.com/people/charles-drew-9279094#father-of-blood-banks

http://www.biography.com/people/daniel-hale-williams-9532269

MaxFunsters for Zach

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A bunch of MaxFunsters are rallying around the charming Zach Anner, who's in the running for a new television program, courtesy of the king of television, Oprah Winfrey. It seems The Big O is giving away a show to the winner of a pseudo-reality show on her show this year, which is preceded by an online vote. Check out Zach's audition tapes above, and vote for him here if you're so inclined.

Tracy Morgan on Tina Fey

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Above is a clip of Oprah Winfrey interviewing Tracy Morgan. Morgan says something here that I found exceptionally powerful.

Oprah asks him what Tina Fey has meant to his career. She tries to lead into "she writes for my voice." Which is true - the staff of 30 Rock do write for Morgan's voice in a way that the staff of, say, The Tracy Morgan Show didn't especially well. They are, after all, the best in the business. They also write for Jack McBrayer's voice and Scott Adsit's voice and Jane Krakowski's voice. That's their job, and they're great at it.

So Oprah's headed towards some well worn territory with her question. Morgan's response, though, is so incisive. What he says is that Fey recognized he was making choices.

What he's saying is that despite his incredible success and remarkable talent, what was special about Tina Fey was that she recognized, simply, that Morgan had agency.

In a way, that's the opposite of what Oprah was driving at (and what people often seem to say about Morgan). People want to attribute Morgan's comic talent to writers. It robs Morgan of not just the credit for being as hilarious as he is (and he is hilarious), but of credit for creating at all.

Oprah's a great interviewer, and she catches herself and refocuses, recontextualizes her question. This isn't anti-Oprah.

What it's really about is something that it seems Morgan gets completely. When you suggest that a person doing creative work has no agency, that they are not making choices, you don't just hurt their reputation. It's closer in my mind to taking away their humanity. A person's actions can be judged for good or ill; a puppet is benign but it can never be human.

There are sharper race critics than I, but there's no doubt in my mind that race is part of this. My gut tells me that this kind of other-ization through a weird kind of infantilization that borders on taking someone's humanity is something that wouldn't happen to a white performer. I haven't sorted out all the implications in my mind, but I wanted to take a second to give Morgan credit for this insight. I know as an interviewer that I'm lucky if my subject thinks so sharply about themselves and their own experience.

(Video via The Vulture)

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