Busy Being Black
Busy Being Black
Jul 4, 2020
BL Shirelle: Assata Troi
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BL Shirelle is a hip-hop artist and activist who uses her music to share her experiences with police violence, addiction and the realities of prison for Black women. Her debut album, Assata Troi – which translates to “she who struggles is a warrior” – is described as a timeless hip hop classic that speaks of hope in our era of mass incarceration and systemic racism. In addition to her own music, BL is the Deputy Director of Die Jim Crow Records – the first record label in the United States for formerly and currently incarcerated musicians. We explore how 20 years in and out of prison has shaped her identity and informed her activism, and the lessons she’s learned from her elders within the prison system, who helped inspire and nurture her throughout her adolescence.


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FriendsLikeUs
FriendsLikeUs
Friends Like Us
A Malcom X 'By Any Means Necessary' Episode
Tamara Payne is the co-author of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X written with her father, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Les Payne. Tamara was the principle researcher for her father (while working in commercial real estate). After Les Payne’s sudden passing in 2018, Tamara made it her purpose to finish his life’s work. The Dead Are Arising has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and will be released on October 20th wherever books are sold. Veniece Antoinette is a Podcaster, Content Creator, and Influencer. Veniece found herself on her first podcast, Talk Hvy, in 2014, where she joined fellow co-hosts to discuss pop culture, music, relationships, debate controversial topics, and interview entertainers. Since then, Veniece went to birth “Sip & Spill” in 2016 with her best friend. They Sip on drinks while Spilling the tea on dating and relationships. Veniece and her co-host, Amber, discuss dating from 2 single black millennial women's perspectives and interview men in the entertainment industry to get their honest (tipsy) opinions. Veniece is also known for her infamous TikTok, where she's managed to go viral several times and gained over 200K fans who love to watch her reactions and other comical content. Veniece is known for her passionate, opinionated, and comical point of views. She has been interviewed and guest starred on several shows talking abut current events, dating, hip-hop, sports, sex, and more! While obtaining her Master's in TV & Media Management, she had the opportunity to work with several podcasts production and marketing efforts. The most notable being the “Confronting: O.J. Simpson” podcast which went on to list as the No. 1 podcast for Apple Podcasts. Suzette Simon is the founder of NYLaughs (NYL), a 501(c)3 performing arts nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of New Yorkers through laughter and deepening an appreciation of stand up comedy as a unique NY cultural asset by producing free comedy programming in public spaces. For the past 13 years, NYL has offered live comedy performances to diverse audiences in welcoming, accessible public spaces to target populations that might not otherwise have access to or experience with premier live artistic comedic entertainment. It's signature summer series, "Laughter in the Park," is the only program of its kind and NYL estimates having entertained over 25,000 New Yorkers and visitors. Each year it creates a vital space for residents to come together using comedy to explore the most critical issues of our city and times. Though, “Laughter in the Park 2020” was postponed due to Covid-19, NYL was still able to host an online, accessible show called “Laughter in Lockdown.” Connecting through comedy improves the mental and physical health of New Yorkers and acts as a community-building opportunity for those who need it most while also encouraging comedy's next generation and providing greater opportunities for comedic artists to grow their audiences and influence. Suzette also created the #STRONGBLACKBOOBS initiative as a place for others to go for breast cancer information based on her experiences, comedy, self-esteem boosters and support for communities of color. After losing her mother to breast cancer 30 years ago and then being diagnosed herself she has made it her goal to use this comedic, empowering approach on social media to raise awareness for communities of color and breast health. Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf
1 hr 51 min
You Down?
You Down?
iHeartRadio & Shondaland Audio
Your Vote, Your Voice! with Jess Morales Rocketto
The 2020 election is just days away! OOD and Jess Morales Rocketto (Executive Director of Care in Action) unpack how this year’s election goes beyond checking a box for Biden or Trump; ‘down ballot’ issues and black women running for office // on the ballot.  OOD and Jess also share resources for voters such as places you can register to vote on election day, and why you should obsess over your registration status. RESOURCES: Black Women Running for Office via #BlackHer: https://blackher.us/the-black-womans-guide-to-the-2020-election-2/#WHO Same Day Voter Registration: https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/same-day-registration.aspx By the Numbers: Black Women and the Election: https://www.higherheightsforamerica.org/by-the-numbers/ Black Women Vote: https://blackwomenvote.com A Case for Why: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/poverty-inequality-center/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/girlhood-interrupted.pdf  Fun Scoops of Info: https://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/2020/03/prosecutors-quiz  Voter Bot: https://www.usvotefoundation.org/GoVoteBot She Se Puede: https://twitter.com/she_sepuede Issues Discussed: CAREN ACT: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/briefing/caren-act-911-san-francisco.html BREATHE ACT: https://breatheact.org/learn-more/ Need OOD’s advice? Send your dilemma to OODpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on social, @obamasotherdaughters on instagram, @OODimprov on twitter, and @ Obama’s Other Daughters on Facebook.
1 hr 4 min
Off Camera with Sam Jones
Off Camera with Sam Jones
Sam Jones
Ep 72. Mindy Kaling
Much has been made–justifiably so–about the anemic diversity represented in film and television, most problematically when roles originally written for people of color are rewritten for white actors. So consider if you will the concept of a 5’ 4” woman of Indian descent writing and playing the part of a famously strapping white male actor – in 2002, no less. The off-Broadway play (that would be Matt & Ben, in case you were wondering) hardly seems like the breakout opportunity of a lifetime for anyone. But Vera Mindy Chokalingam, 23 years old and barely out of college at the time, is about as un-anyone as they come. Matt & Ben was named one of Time magazine’s “Top Ten Theatrical Events of the Year,” and its co-writer/co-star (better known these days as Mindy Kaling) praised by The New York Times for her fine, deadpan sense of the absurd and the vicious. As fateful showbiz stories often go, in the audience one night was producer Greg Daniels, who was working on an American adaptation of The Office. He hired Kaling as a writer-performer on the show. Make that the only female writer on a staff of eight, and soon its most prolific. “Your average writer, when they get really good, I know how they got it,” Daniels told The New York Times. “I can see the steps. But I love how with Mindy, I don’t see how she does it.” We have a speculation or two. Kaling grew up on Fawlty Towers and Saturday Night Live, and says she realized pretty early on that the only thing she really liked doing was writing dialogue. Listening to the characters on her shows, you get the feeling that there’s so much rapid-fire conversation looping in her head that it’s all she can do to keep up; no wonder Kelly Kapoor, Mindy Lahiri and their co-workers seem to spring fully formed like mini-Athenas from the crowded forehead of a comic Zeus. It also spills over into books (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns and Why Not Me?) and a Twitter feed as random and entertaining as it is followed – by more than 7.5 million fans. Kaling’s on-screen alter egos are at once reflections and antipodes of Kaling herself. They love and feed on the pop-culture they send up. They’re unapologetically self-involved and superficial, proof that Kaling has no problem being the target of her own gimlet-eyed humor. In its review of The Mindy Project’s first episode, The A.V. Club wrote, “What’s most intriguing about this project is just how harsh it is about its lead character, who is certainly not without flaws…Kaling has her eye on doing something more ambitious than the standard TV claptrap.” Say what you want about her characters, they are not clichés. Ambitious, demanding, egocentric, romantically messed up, yes, but not anything you’d find among the seven standard Hollywood-issue female roles she barbecued in a 2011 New Yorker piece. Which gives us high expectations for what she’ll do with her role in Sandra Bullock’s all-female remake of Ocean’s Eleven. High hopes, too, given how sorely comedy needs what she does. It is funny how the honesty we love in bold female characters can still unsettle us in the women who play them. And maybe that’s why there remain many who are reluctant to make waves. Kaling is not among them. Talking to her, you sense an entitlement, but it’s one of privilege earned – through talent, risk, constantly proving one’s place at the table, and mostly, very hard work. “I feel I can go head-to-head with the best white, male comedy writers out there,” Kaling has said. (And if you can convince an audience you’re Ben Affleck, why wouldn’t you?) Though she’s more than proven her point, let’s hope she’ll never stop making it.
59 min
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