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MK 178: Rated R for Risque (LGBTQ Books for Kids, John Singleton, Avengers: Endgame, #FreeBritney, BelAir)

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Stomping into May with James' list of LGBTQ books for kids! Keep this list handy for all your LGBTQ families. We start the show off by talking about the legendary director John Singleton. The #FreeBritney hashtag and the controversy with some of our friends from the podcast Lady2Lady. What would you do if your friends took a picture with and posted a photo on social media with a very controversial figure? It happened to these gays at Coachella. And of course we're going to talk about Avengers:Endgame! Some of us didn't like it as much as others and what are the consequences of not quite liking a cultural juggernaut? Also there's a gritty Fresh Prince of BelAir reboot! All this and more on this weeks Minority Korner! This episode is Rated R for Risque! 
 
Links!
 
https://www.mombian.com/2019/04/09/new-lgbtq-inclusive-books-for-the-ver...
Pride Colors

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Tackling the Topics with some Giggles (Homecoming, Slavery Marketing, Mary Poppins, Russia)

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We're all gobsmacked by Beyonce and her amazing Homecoming performance! We're also giving out takeaways from the documentary and why some people be getting deleted on FB for saying some ridiculous stuff about Queen Bey. We're also confused by this new trend in using Slavery in Marketing... what? Who thought this was a good idea? Nnekay is talking about Mary Poppins and the racist undertones. James is covering how Russia used Black journalist and activist to help rig the election for Trump. Then James is tackling 5 top headlines. Lets get into it!

Links!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/movies/mary-poppins-returns-blackface...

https://www.theroot.com/mueller-report-reveals-how-black-activists-white...

http://www.newnownext.com/harrys-shaving-ad-trans-man/04/2019/?fbclid=Iw...

http://www.newnownext.com/pope-francis-discard-gay-people-dont-have-huma...

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/439116-white-house-offers-to...

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/16/us/notre-dame-rebuild-louisiana-churches-...

https://www.blackpressusa.com/chairwoman-waters-introduces-bill-to-end-h...

Reunited and It Feels SO Good (Nnekay is Back! Captain Marvel, Michelle Yeoh, Preeclamsia, C-Sections, Pete Buttigieg)

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We have returned to form because Nnekay has returned from her maternity leave. First we gotta thank all the wonderful guest hosts that helped James hold down the fort while Nnekay was away. What a gift! Next up, it's just some casual chit chat time with the wonder twins of podcasting, talking pop culture! Then Nnekay catches us up on what has been happening in her life! All the good and the grit, then we wrap things up with a quick splash of politics! It's a good one ya'll!

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

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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...

 

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TW:@BRandleTheatre

IG: BRandle Theatre

http://www.benrandle.com/

 

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MK172: In Bed W/ Steven LeMay (Maximum Fun Drive, Marriage Equality Under Attack, Female Illusionist, Drag Queens, Ru Paul, Project Runway, Ageism, The Cockettes)

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Steven LeMay

It’s the last week of the Maximum Fun Drive - ya’ll have been rocking it, and Nnekay is back to ring in all the Maximum Fun Drive fun! We also have a special Guest Cohost Bay Area Legend Steven LeMay, star of the SF drag stage production of of Sex & the City, he’s been on Project Runway and he shares so many great insights especially into the evolution of drag, history of drag, ageism in the gay, and performance community, his thoughts on current Drag Queens and the popularity of mainstream Ru Paul’s drag race, along with his journey into finding himself as a “female illusionist”. James is taking you to court with 5 cases across the country that are dismantling marriage equality, and could get pushed up to the Supreme Court... or is it 6? James and Steven will debate about that. Plus politics, the election, and lots of fun, and Nnekay will be back to chime in to tell you how you can get involved in this year’s Maximum Fun Drive! Let’s do it!

LINKS:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/these-five-court-cases-could-change-the-fu...

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/michigan-lgbtq-adoptions-deal_n_5c9565aae...

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-high-school-at-the-center-of-pennsylva...

Get involved with Maximum Fun Drive! Become a member or upgrade your membership: https://maximumfun.org/donate

Follow Steven LeMay:

IG: @chezlemay

Shop at Steven's Store Retrofit vintage clothing:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/retrofityourworld?ref=l2-shop-info-avatar&list...

http://www.retrofityourworld.com/

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MK 171: Put a Ring On it! (Jennifer Covington, Maximum Fun Drive, Cults, Affirmative Action, MANKind Project, On My Block, Surviving R. Kelly, 5 Levels of Interaction, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar)

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Jennifer Covington

We are so chuffed for this weeks episode! It’s the Maximum Fun Drive and we have an action packed episode! Nnekay will be joining throughout the episode in our Maxim Fun Drive segments. We have returning to Minority Korner Jennifer Covington, self help guru, extraordinary and host of Shine on Sista Podcast. With all the hard hitting documentary series what makes a series like Leaving Neverland, Surviving R. Kelly, or My Strange Addiction, helpful and when is it just voyeuristic? What makes a cult a cult- how to know you’re in one, and why Jen and James might be susceptible to cults. Remember hit Netflix show “on My Block”? ... We kind of do. We remember enjoying it but can’t remember what it was about- but it’s BACK! Jen leads us through a great conversation about the 5 Levels of Interaction she learned at a seminar by the MANKind Project, and these tips will help you navigate this debate filled world, and how to use your power and privilege. With the college admissions scandal plaguing our psyche’s James focuses in on the real scandal: White Affirmative Action. It’s a thing! Plus gay prime minister Leo Varadkar, visits... Mike Pence? Whaaaaat?  All this and more on this special episode of Minority Korner: Maximum Fun Drive edition!

LINKS:

https://www.theroot.com/government-study-school-is-racist-1825014607

https://www.theroot.com/separate-and-unequal-the-real-education-scandal-...

https://www.huffpost.com/?icid=hjx004 

https://phys.org/news/2015-03-african-americans-elite-college-degrees-ad...

http://www.newnownext.com/irish-prime-minister-leo-varadkar-presidential...

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MK170: Our Childhood is in Retrograde (Glory Mora, Captain Marvel, Leaving Neverland, Brazillian Activist/Politician Marielle Franco, Madame C. J. Walker, Will Smith, Astrology Korner)

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Glory is back in the copilot seat, and James catches her up on what a Captain Marvel is, and his thoughts on this groundbreaking movie, and why these dude trolls be trollin- don't straight dudes like women? Kuddos to Rotten Tomatoes and other platforms who are changing their systems to combat Trollism. James just finished watching Finidng Neverland, thank God Oprah had a one hour special to help him unpack it, and Glory who hasn’t seen it yet, we'll just say things stop getting pretty funny and they get into an impassioned debate, which of course this is very triggering stuff that we’re bringing to light, and probably will be for a long time as we continue to have in depth conversations about abuse, and believing survivors, healing, and stopping the cycle of abuse. In honor of women’s history month James is celebrating the late activist Marielle Franco of Brazil, a Black, lesbian, single mother politician who was assassinated a year ago, and Glory is giving us the low down on Black lady self made billionaire Madame C J Walker who was helping Black folks with their hair before it was taken over by white folks. Stick around to the end because we get in a conversation about Will Smith’s latest controversial casting around colorism, and I’m not talking about his blue roll. Also in a first ever we have Glory’s special Astrology Korner just for you because Mercury is in retrograde- or as we like to say: reset.

 

LINKS:

https://afropunk.com/2018/08/politicians-are-involved-in-the-murder-of-b...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/18/marielle-franco-brazil-fav...

https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/brazil-after-a-year-of-impunit...

Resources for those in need of help, counseling, or support from sexual assault:

RAINN: https://www.rainn.org/

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: https://www.nsvrc.org/ 

What Therapist are Telling Trauma Survivors after Finding Neverland: 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/leaving-neverland-sexual-abuse-survivors_...

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MKEP169: What is Truth? W/Special Guest Samantha Nzessi (Hattie McDaniel, R. Kelly, Jussie Smullet, Finding Neverland, Masculinity, Green Book, Steve Harvey/Monique)

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It's about to get real emotional and philosophical up in here as these two water signs jump into it. In the guest cohost spot from the MASkulinity Podcast we have Samantha Nzessi. Remember that governor who you thought was racist well it turns out his wife just might have him beat with her own flavor of racism. We discuss what is truth these days, do we care about facts- which leads us into a conversation about Jussie Smulllet- what the fuck happened!? Finding Neverland documentary, yikes, is this the end to Michael Jackson? We canceled R. Kelly after the 'Surviving R. Kelly' doc, are we willing to do the same to the King of Pop? First Black Oscar winner Hattie McDonald was a controversial figure in her time and still to this day. James dives into the history of this controversial figure, her history, and who she really was. You think you know... but you don't know! Is Steve Harvey yucking Monique's yum. Samantha takes us on a tour in a conversation around her podcasts main premise of masculinity. What is masculinity in our culture? What does it mean to be a man? How did we get to Trump? Where do we go with dealing with the culture of masculinity? Plus James saw Green Book- and he has notes- Samantha did not see it- and still has notes... just who was this fantasy reconstructing of racism for? 

Links: 

https://ew.com/oscars/2018/02/22/hattie-mcdaniel-first-black-oscar-winne...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPhyaisW7CE

Samantha Nzessi: @samanthal_n

MASkulinity Podcast: http://maskulinitypodcast.libsyn.com/

@maskulinitypod

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MK168: Literally in a Korner w/ Teresa Attridge (Reparations, Model Minority, Marie Kondo, Desexualization of Asian Men/Over Sexualization of Asian Women, Avenue Q, Interracial Relationships)

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Teresa Attridge

This week we are literally recording in a korner! We have actress Teresa Attridge stepping into the guest co host spot while Nnekay is still out on maternity leave, and as our first Asian American guest (sorry it took so long)  we have so much to talk about! Is it time to rethink Avenue Q? Is it dated? Is everyone REALLY a bit racist? Terasa weighs in on interracial relationships and how she's navigated it. Also, she breaks down the model minority myth, it’s history where it came from along with the desexualization of Asian men, and over sexualization of Asian women. She shares her theories on how those in power weaponize our differences against each other, why younger Asian Americans are drawn towards black/hip hop culture, the Black/Asian divide, and so much more! Plus we get her thoughts on Marie Kondo. But first I dive into the case for Reparations: It’s about fucking time ya’ll and we could be the generation to do it!  I break down it's history, precedents of it happening before inside the US and out, the continued growing wealth gap, what it might look like, and why it is so necessary if we are ever going to have true healing in America. 

 

LINKS: 

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/08/26/three-strikes-didn-t-work-...

https://solidarity-us.org/atc/87/p1637/

https://qz.com/1012692/this-is-what-reparations-could-actually-look-like...

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/reparations-african-americans-un

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reparations-black-americans-slavery...

 

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MK 167: We Need a Black History Month Redux (Take that Blackface Off)! W/ Guest CoHost Angélique Roché (Blackfacepalooza, JLO at the Grammy's, Something Good- Negro Kiss, Black Buffy, Boomerang Reboot)

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We've got the fabulous Angélique Roché, is a journalist, attorney, content creator, and communications professional focused on the intersections of activism, policy, politics, current events, and nerd and pop cultures as seen on Marvel and SYFY Wire, and she makes herself right at home! We discuss JLO and the Grammy's (who thought it was ok for to give the Motown tribute). Angelique proposes we need to get a redux on Black History because it's been ruined between all the blackface, Liam Neeson, Kanye and more. James is assuming that if you're white you've probably done blackface at some point. And then these two blerds nerd out heavily on Charmed (old/new), and Buffy (old/potential reboot?). Who's more treacherous to cross- the Beyhive or the Babylon 5 hive? James walks us through the first ever on screen Black Kiss dating all the way back to 1895 and the importance and revolutionary act of Black love on the screen. Also in honor of our guest cohost we have new mics! Enjoy that new sound in your ear holes! 

SOMETHING GOOD - NEGRO KISS

https://www.theroot.com/tracing-black-love-in-film-unpack-that-1832530824

https://qz.com/quartzy/1496928/watch-the-first-ever-movie-kiss-with-an-a...

Angélique Roché

IG: @a_gelique

https://www.angeliqueroche.com/

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