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Send In The Clowns (The Moors, LGBTQ Hate crimes, IT, Oklahoma!, 9/11, Nasty 90s)

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Minority Korner

It's halloween, which means something scurry that maybe used to bring joy to many is lurking around every corner: Clowns! Ah! And they even have a sequel to a very particular clown coming back to haunt us. The twins lament over their fears: IT! It's back! Is there a scientific reason as to why people don't like clowns? The Wonder Twins also piece together the real meaning behind a very popular 90s dance jam and surprise: it's nasty. It's the 90s! James is freshly back from seeing the new and exciting version of OKLAHOMA! This ain't yo mamma's Oklahoma, on this dark take on this usually up beat American musical. This transitions into a conversation of how to do a remount of a classic play.Nnekay has some suggestions for him to see next. The duo talk about the rise in violence against the LGBTQ community, and is the economy really booming in Trump's America? Also the shitty tactics employed by the North Carolina State Representative to get bills paid on 9/11. The main event is all about The Moors! James breaks down who they are and how they brought alllllll the magic to Europe, brining them out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance giving us advancements in education, hygiene, food, medicine, dining, sexuality, music, technology, agriculture, the modern city, and more! The Moore's are giving us more, and it's time we give them credit, as once again Black folks and their contributions have been washed out of history. Not today on Minority Korner! James will probably drag Europe for there sad dark living before the Moors came in and Fixed Their Lives! Get ready to have your mind blown about the Moor's! 

Links

The Moors!

https://bit.ly/2kIIJzQ
https://bit.ly/2kxR3m4
 
Hate Crimes on Rise:
https://bit.ly/2lRYQeq

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 94: 'Hereditary' with 'Pet Sematary' Director Mary Lambert

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Mary Lambert

Hereditary

Mary Lambert is an Arkansas native and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. There she became enfolded in the music scene, and her experimental shorts led her to the world of music videos. In her early career, she directed some of the most iconic videos of the time. A short list of these includes Janet Jackson’s “Control” and “Nasty Boys,” Madonna’s “Borderline,” “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl,” “La Isla Bonita,” and “Like a Prayer.” Other artists include Tom Tom Club, Whitney Houston, The Go-Gos, Sting, Annie Lennox, and Debbie Harry. From there, Lambert ventured into feature films with her debut narrative, Siesta, an adaptation of Patrice Chapman’s novel by Patricia Knop. After that film, Lambert went back to music videos until she got the call that Stephen King was adapting his book Pet Sematary. She got the big OK from King and Pet Sematary was a hit. Most recently Lambert directed episodes of Step Up: High Water, Arrow, and The Blacklist.

The movie that Mary chose to discuss is TOO scary. She chose Ari Aster's Hereditary. Mary gets mystical on us - she examines witches, spells, and the subconscious tokens in art that are felt and not spoken. Plus, she talks about working with actors that have very different approaches. She and April dissect the inner workings of a melodrama. They celebrate the performances in Hereditary, particularly Milly Shapiro and Toni Collette. And Mary reveals the difficulty in cutting something she loves out of one of her projects.

You can stream Pet Sematary now.

And if you haven't seen Hereditary yet, be careful.

With April Wolfe and Mary Lambert.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

MK174: Homecoming (Democrats 2020, Twitter, Lori Lightfoot, The Black Church, Madonna, Ben Randle, Robyn)

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Minority Korner
Guests: 
Ben Randle

We welcome back Ben Randle to the Korner, as it’s technically his second time back but due to some traveling and a technology mixup years ago, this is the first time you listeners are going to be entreated to his brilliance! It’s a Minority Korner Homecoming, for James and guest co-host Ben Randle as they sit in the very theater in San Francisco, at New Conservatory Theater Center where their friendship first started as they went on to work with each other, live with each other, and have super soul conversations together.  Ben is fresh off the heels of winning the prestigious Drama League Fellowship- next stop broadway. With Ben around, it's a politics gab sesh, as we dive into a deep dive into the current political landscape. Ben leads an eye opening conversation on how the very visible Democrats on twitter are not the same as the democrats in the electorate, which would account for why we are, and have in the past seen different polls and results than what we might see on our echoey twitter fees and media. James looks into the recent election of Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first openly Lesbian Mayor, in this landmark election, it was the Black church that got her elected, but how does this hold up with some of their conservative values? How did this happen? Is this a change in the Black Church (which is not the Black Community as a whole)? Plus Ben says Robyn was the best concert he ever went to, all this and more!  Nnekay's back next week! 

LINKS: 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/08/upshot/democratic-elector...

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/07/us/chicago-gay-woman-mayor-black-church/i...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2019/apr/06/lori-lightfo...

https://www.advocate.com/politics/2019/4/02/lori-lightfoot-has-become-ch...

 

FOLLOW BEN RANDLE: 

TW:@BRandleTheatre

IG: BRandle Theatre

http://www.benrandle.com/

 

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 66: 'Don't Look Now' with 'Untogether' Director Emma Forrest

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Emma Forrest

Don't Look Now

What a fascinating episode we have in store for you this week. We are so lucky to be joined by writer/director, Emma Forrest. Emma has lived a life. She started out as very young journalist in London, when at the age of 15, she wrote a lauded story on Madonna for The Sunday Times, which prompted her to leave school at 16 to become a full-time writer for the Times. In 1998, she moved into writing fiction with the publication of her novel Namedropper. From there Emma began writing screenplays, selling one to Plan B, another to Miramax, and subsequently being named by Variety as one of the "Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch in 2009." Emma, however, has taken her screenwriting into her own hands and in 2018 debuted her first feature, Untogether, at the TriBeca Film Festival. Untogether stars Jemima and Lola Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Jamie Dornan, and Billy Crystal, and tells the story of two sisters in the middle of their own artistic and life crises — one a recovering addict, and the other in a withering relationship she doesn’t understand but can’t let go of.

In addition to discussing her newest film, Emma has chosen to talk about Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. Emma describes how she feels so connected to this film - having seen it at an inappropriately young age and also being burdened by the feelings of premonitions. She and April admire all the incredibly unique aspects of the film - the writing, editing, cinematography, and even the performances of the leads Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. Emma even notes the similarities between Don't Look Now and her own film, Untogether, in how both movies take place in cities that seem to know the fates of the protagonists before the characters do. Emma also opens up about the difficulties of working on her newest release, in particular having to direct her ex-husband Ben Mendelsohn while they were going through a divorce, and how that emotion on set powered many of the performances in the film.

You can see Untogether in select theaters and streaming on February 8th.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Don't Look Now.

With April Wolfe and Emma Forrest.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

EP 57: Women Behaving Boldly #4: Ann Powers on Madonna's "Like A Prayer" (1989)

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Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Ann Powers

For the fourth installment in our Women Behaving Boldly mini-series, we spin the clock back to an episode we first aired a year ago: Ann Powers, talking about Madonna’s Like a Prayer from 1989. From the beginning, we knew this episode in particular would make a perfect fit with the WBB series. After all, few pop artists, female or male, have done more to transform the pop landscape since the 1980s than Madonna, often times inviting scrutiny and criticism in the process for pushing the proverbial envelope on what people found acceptable by musical artists in that era. And to have Ann Powers, one of the country’s premier music critics, here to break down Madonna’s import was a gift unto itself. If you missed this the first time, we’re excited for you to hear it now. And if you heard it before, revisit this gem from our vaults.

The album: Madonna: Like a Prayer (Sire, 1989)

This week, Morgan and Oliver are joined by Ann Powers of NPR Music and author of the new book, Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music. Together, the three dug into Like a Prayer, Madonna's critical breakout album form 1989. As Ann lays out, Madonna had already established herself as an MTV-era mega-star with her previous albums but Like a Prayer, with its then-controversial sexual politics and surprising personal candor, marked a new level of artistic ambition.

More on Madonna and Like a Prayer

More on Ann Powers:

Tracklisting (all songs from Like a Prayer unless indicated otherwise):

  • Like a Prayer
  • Madonna: Like a Virgin
  • Till Death Do Us Part
  • Express Yourself
  • Act of Contrition
  • Love Song
  • Cherish
  • Keep it Together
  • Like a Prayer

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there
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Pop Rocket Ep 169: Seeing the World Through Roseanne-Colored Lenses

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Pop Rocket

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson watched the Roseanne reboot and they have feelings about it. Strong feelings.

Margaret Wappler is all about Glynn Washington’s podcast Heaven’s Gate which features interviews and stories of surviving members of the deadly cult. The final season of The Americans
kicked off last week with the episode Dead Hand and Karen savors the way it used music. Guy is all about the Netflix show On the Block.

With the Roseanne reboot smashing all kinds of viewing records, the panel weighs in on what it is about the show that gives it such a broad appeal. They also look at why Roseanne is problematic and why the show’s take on gender non-conformity may not be as culturally relevant as the show’s setting would have audiences believe.

With
Guy Branum
Karen Tongson
Margaret Wappler

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Vacationer - Magnetism

Karen Tongson - Indigo Girls - Everything’s Alright

Guy Branum - Dem Beats - Todrick Hall

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists.

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Heat Rocks, EP3: Ann Powers on Madonna's "Like a Prayer" (1989)

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Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Ann Powers

The album: Madonna: Like a Prayer (Sire, 1989)

This week, Morgan and Oliver are joined by Ann Powers of NPR Music and author of the new book, Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music. Together, the three dug into Like a Prayer, Madonna's critical breakout album form 1989. As Ann lays out, Madonna had already established herself as an MTV-era mega-star with her previous albums but Like a Prayer, with its then-controversial sexual politics and surprising personal candor, marked a new level of artistic ambition.

More on Madonna and Like a Prayer

More on Ann Powers:

Tracklisting:

  • Madonna: "Like A Prayer" Like A Prayer
  • Madonna: "Like A Virgin" Like A Virgin
  • Madonna: "Till Death Do Us Part" Like A Prayer
  • Madonna: "Express Yourself" Like A Prayer
  • Madonna: "Act Of Contrition" Like A Prayer
  • Madonna: "Love Song" Like A Prayer
  • Prince: "Computer Blue" Purple Rain
  • Madonna: "Cherish" Like A Prayer
  • Madonna: "Dear Jessie" Like A Prayer
  • Madonna: "Promise To Try" Like A Prayer
  • Madonna: "Keep It Together" Like A Prayer

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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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Minority Korner

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 87: Be Your Own Dinah (Race and Climate Change, Tips for Straight Guys in Gay Bars, Cleopatra, Madonna, Janet Mock, Bel Biv Davoe)

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Minority Korner

The Wonder Twins of Podcast break down the late nineties teen group Cleopatra. James has had a an epiphany that he's a Dinah Lohan, just supporting and boosting (and sharing) the talent and success. Nnekay has a glamour tryst in gold country, and discovers a little thing called pretty privilege as introduced by Janet Mock. Get ready to clutch your pearls because James might not be familiar with a Super Star from RuPaul's Drag Race. In Nnekay's Korner, she covers how Climate Change and Race are connected through a study that was conducted by researchers from UC Berkeley and Princeton. As the temperature rises, so does the divide the wealth. In James' Korner, he is here to give an audio pamphlet for straight guys navigating gay bars. He knows they're coming, might as well give them some guidelines so everyone can have a fun time and let gay bars remain a space space for who they were created for.

Links!

http://www.colorlines.com/articles/study-3-ways-climate-change-will-have...

http://www.colorlines.com/articles/black-and-latina-moms-are-most-concer...

Pop Rocket: Episode 14 Mad Men, Gay Anthems & Madonna Does Stand-Up

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Karen, Wynter, Margaret and Guy
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson joins the team this week to talk Mad Men and the entropy of the patriarchy, classic movies that we should have seen but haven’t and watching The Slap as “Norm-Porn”.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Let It Happen by Tame Impala
Margaret Wappler - Short Movie by Laura Marling
Karen Tongson - Rather Be (Affelaye Remix) by Clean Bandit

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

You can order Guy’s album here and buy Karen’s books here.

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