The Wonder Twins of Podcasting are starting off with a bang, pitching a new movie... The Emperess' New Wig! Coming soon to a theater near you! They also have a little trip down memory land to the 2000s. Nnekay also discusses her underwear choices... and James extols the beauty of jock straps. Nnekay talks about the her turn as the cheesiest audience member for Yan Can Cook. Also Whoops! We made a mistake Ed Skerin was the bad guy in Deadpol. James talks about meeting the legend...Dolores Huerta who might be side eyeing us. WHAT? In Nnekay's Korner she covers some of the ways that you can contribute still to Houston. This was recorded before Irma hit, so be sure to listen to the top of the show where we cover how you can help with Irma relief as well. Links are included in these show notes. Help is needed further than just the first few weeks. In James' Korner we got the return of Quizlet Korner! Some of the topics he covers: Harriet Tubman and the 20 dolla bill, Star Wars and Asian Stars, Todrick Hall, KKK, The Democratic Party, and Bisexual Discrimination. We are still aiming for that goal for 100 reviews by our 100th episode for the Minority Korner Give away! So please write those reviews!!!!
Can Auntie Maxine save us from that BW (basic woman) Taylor Swift and her latest display of white lady privilege? Also, Auntie Maxine... can we say that? ABC's Dinosaurs may have been the cause of Nnekay's irrational fear of comets. Speaking of Nnekay, she has some tips for back to school college activist and how everyone can get involved and find the inner feminist! James is going to help you become a "Purposeful Millionaire"... not this James... James Nowlin, but our James will report on a few of his favorite tips from James Nowlin's new book to empower you to make them dollah's and reach your full potential! And the Library is open prepare to get read Taylor Swift, Tinay Fey, Toddrick Hall, fidget spinners, and Pink! Plus how you can get involved in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and more!
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We have been waiting to release this special interview with film maker Brian Benson for months, because we are crazy... about ACTIVISM! And with his new film 'Dolores' about Dolores Huerta coming to theaters September 1st, we finally can! Brian Benson (AKA SF legend drag persona Cousin Wonderlette) is behind hit films such as 'La Mission' with Benjamin Bratt, 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' with Kirsten Wiig and Alexander Alexander Skarsgård. Brian sits down with James while he's on a world wind tour, to talk about the activist, rebel, revolutionary, and mother herself Dolores Huerta, and the journey to get the film made and it's relevance. It's a tale as old as time involving immigration rights, racism, sexism, and more! Where's here statues across America? Speaking of statues, we weigh in on Charlottesville: white people come get your people. Plus find out how Brie Larson, AKA Captain Marvel, is defending our galaxy on the big screen and in real life. Who are all the bi celebrities coming out of the woodwork, and just how do you pronounce Halle Berry? And find out how you can enter to win a Minority Korner prize pack in honor of upcoming 100th episode!!! Get ready to get inspired!!
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.
The Wonder Twins of Podcasting have transformed into Amelia & Badelia, and one of them... we'll say Badelia (James) explains the entire plot of Beauty & The Beast- the live action version to Nnekay... or rather Amelia (no spoilers because it's pretty much the same as the animated version- but James- we mean Badelia is in to it)! Let's go over the chronological timeline of Lil Kim's face. What happened? She was so cute! We must talk about A Wrinkle in Time and how amazeballs it's going to be! Speaking of Amazing things: Spider-Man! But not The Amazing Spider-Man with angst Andrew Garfield (who Badelia ((James) was a big a fan of)) but Spider-Man Homecoming is swinging into our hearts (see what we did there)? James/Badelia continues the exploration of Queen Califia and the California Blacks from last episode. If they did exist, what happened, and where did they go? If you got a kid in your life Amelia (AKA Nnekay) has just the thing for their summer reading with another booklisticle: Social Justice & Activism Books for the younger folks. Yay!
Were you down with Ewoks? One of the Wonder Twins of Podcasting confesses their love, while the other demands reparations! Don't quite consider yourself a Millennial or apart of Generation X?! Good news theirs a made up sub-sect to make yourself feel better: Xennial. Nnekay breaks down why theirs a lack of women, and specifically women of color in the field of Astronomy and fingers seem to point towards: sexual harassment. Come on Physicist! Keep it together! James is going to blow your mind with the untold story of Queen Califia. Who was this African Queen of California? Was she a myth? Or were here and many Blacks before her living in the New Lands of the Americas long before white European settlers? The answer... might surprise you... or maybe not if your'e listening to this podcast. All this and more on this EPIC episode of Minority Korner!
Summer Skool is in session! But not Jeff Sessions- fuck that guy! The Wonder Twins of Podcasting are still talking about the 4th of July, and try to come up with the lyrics of Stars and Stripes for Ever. Get ready to learn about the game that is changing dominoes forever: Hollywood Dominos! And what happened when James had a showdown with his Aunties at 4th of July: a star was born! .. again. Nnekay weighs in about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. And it's Nnekay vs. James in the debate about Bidet's... we've been waiting for this! It is the Minority Korner Summer Skool Spectacular Session Quizlet! We hope Nnekay studied: What city is home to the largest Book Fair in the U.S.? Hint it's a place you might want to book for your summer travels- it's a hot place to be LGBT! Are frosted tips making a comeback? Is the gay leather scene dead? Who prefers their mens hairy or hairless, Ladies, or Gays? Iggy Azealia & Azealia Banks united together? Did Britney bring peace to the Middle East? Is there a bias against young Black girls? Did Maxine Waters takes down HUD? Is Florida still sadly "standing their ground"? Find out! And then Nnekay walks us through Medicare, how it applies to health care debate, how it relates to race and gender, and what we can do to protect it. Also Jay-Z's 4:44! It's time to get crazy!
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.
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?
It is our 2nd year anniversary and boy do we have some presents for you! First up is it hot, or is it just these hot, hot, HAWT Topics! So much to discuss that we haven't had a change to! James Comey- let's hold up before we give this man that ruined the election a parade. The Cosby Ms. Trial- Oye Vey what is up with jury's AND the Philando Castile trial??? Meanwhile another trigger happy cop shot and killed a pregnant Black woman. Elizabeth Banks demonstrates the case for more white feminism, along with Sofia Coppola's latest film that forgets Slavery was a thing back in the confederacy. Beyonce had twins! Phew! Over in the Korner's Nnekay pricks up her feud with JuneTeenth but flips and reverses it, with this way you can truly reclaim this holiday, and some land, as we Black folks still await our 40 acres and a mule. James tackles the controversy of a new Pride flag that was revealed and gives you the history of the flag, along with his two cents. I mean you know him, he's going to give you at least 5 cents. Plus! Queen Sugar has got James WOKE to the Farmer's struggle! Join us for our 2 year anniversary extravaganza!!!
HISTORY OF PRIDE FLAG
Nnekay has returned home from summer camp aka MaxFun Con, and James being the Dinah Lohan mother that he is, couldn't be happier to have his baby gurl back home. Nnekay returns home with tales of her adventure of twirling, teaching folks how to side eye through being research warriors, and found out what a Bo Jangle's is. The Wonder Twins of Podcasting unpack the EPIC Black Panther Trailer, and combat the criticism by some (racists) that it's too "militant". Also are the rumors true started in this very episode about Angela Davis being in the Black Panthers movie? Find out! Continuing our celebration of Pride, and in honor of remembering the Pulse Massacre and their victims, James gives props to 10 LatinX LGBT folk who slay all day, everyday! Move over Ms. Frizzle, because Ms. Sizzle (Nnekay) has gotten hold of the magic school bus and she is taking us on a world wind tower visiting some Feminist Monuments! Also James let's Katy Perry have it! Swish swish- bish!
LATINX WHO SLAY:
James got that 'milk gift" and he is #blessed, he also narrowly escaped joining a cult. Thank goodness a certain body part saved him. After escaping the cult, Nnekay and James talk about Neil Degrasse Tyson and the universe, which initially freaks Nnekay out- but with Degrasse Tyson and his show, Cosmos' help the universe can be accessible and even... magical? In Nnekay's korner she tells of life and times of Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American artist who radically influenced the Disney classic, Bambi- but his journey to America and the story of his survival might be even more fascinating. Remember the "It Gets Better" Campaign? In James' korner he is seeing if there has been any change in the 7 years since it was first launched. James uncovers some currents facts about LGBT youth, analyses some recent articles that say that the campaign didn't work, and ultimately gives some tips on how to work through those moments in life when things seem bleak. We also have an Ask Minority Korner Anything!!!! This time from Eboni S. and relationships and vegetarians. We also cover such topics as: the wigs of scandal and just fake hairs in general, recommendation for Hasan Minhaj Netflix special Homecoming King and the book This Is What A Librarian Looks Like, which features one of your favorite Wonder Twins of Podcasting.
We are going to bring TWO kinds of Nasty this week, as the Nasty Train Express takes off...choo choo! Nnekay finally saw 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and James has a question he's been burning to ask her- don't worry no spoilers, but was the portrayal of Mantis kind of offensive? Also Nnekay gives us her takeaways from the hit Netflix series 'Masters of None', while James goes off on a tangent about 'Passions'. As promised (from two weeks ago) James finishes the second part of his investigation into immigration, this time focusing on Asian immigration which led him to connect the dots to the myth about the "Model Minority". In Nnekay's Korner she is going to sprinkle some pop culture with her facts as she looks at "The Handmaiden's Tale", are the laws in this fantasy already a reality? Plus in Quizlet Korner: Does Mike Pence want to have sex with horses? Is Johnny Depp a champion for women? Why is there ANOTHER movie based on a ride, now in it's 5th installment? All this and more as we get... NASTY from all the angles!
"Awww sookie sookie," now we kick things off with an impromptu Quizlet Korner! Who made that phrase a house hold catch phrase in the 90's (and now looking back it is probably appropriated from Japan. James has a confession to make to Nnekay and you the audience... he watched 'Big Little Lies', but why does he feel so guilty about it? Possibly because it's just a bunch of rich white ladies, depressed, and staring into the ocean. Well we came here for Zoe Kravitz, and stayed for Nicole Kidman who turned it out! 'Masters of None' has reached perfection this season, and why are you still not watching 'Dear White People' yet? Nnekay delivers in an expose about the Tuskegee Study (not to be confused with Tuskegee Airmen of WWII) which was a true fucked up American Horror Story in it's treatment of Black men. Inspired by a recent trip, and conversion to the Yankee's, James takes a peak behind the jockstrap of Major League American Sports: a billion dollar industry. Which sports make what? How much do professional male athletes make compared to females? Why don't folks watch the WNBA? How much do cheerleaders make? What's the racial breakdown? LGBT Athletes? Does testosterone levels increase when your team wins? Why do we say "we" won, or "they" lost? Plus we take a look at the PWR BTTM controversy, and as we say: you gotta side eye your heroes. Also... did you see Drake get upstaged at his cousins prom?
Tuskegee Study History and current status
Let's Talk About Sports Mahn:
Nnekay and James dabble in the reality tv arts by saving many of their weekly conversations for on air. This week, James sent Nnekay little tid bits about his exciting, action packed, and glamours week. Tired of #winelife and #craftlife Nnekay was desperate to hear. James adventures might have included and not limited by Debra Messing, Brooke Shields, bowling, and laser tag. James also teases his up coming interview with Brian Benson (aka Cousin Wonderlette) and his up coming documentary on Dolores Huerta- keep an ear our for an August debut. Nnekay is also briefly upset about the lack of diversity in the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer. In James' Korner, we're talking about the Bracero Program- started in 1942, it was a program to get labor from Mexico to come to America and work to help fill the deficit left by the war. By covering this program, James helps to clarify the continued trend America has by inviting Mexicans to America for labor then turning around and deporting them. This happened during the 1900s, the braceros program, and again today. How can we stop this cycle of xenophobia? In Nnekay's Korner, she is inspired by The amazing Lady Pirate Cheng I Sao, who in the 1800s lead a fleet larger than the Chinese Navy and was one of the most successful pirates ever to exist. So taking Cheng I Sao's cue, Nnekay decides to state some facts about the current position of women in leadership. It might be shocking, but basically it ain't good. We inspire those around us to seek higher positions of power and to support all the Baby Lady Bosses we know. In Quizlet Korner, James decides to bring it back with R&B Pop Princesses! Can Nnekay name that tune?
The moment has finally arrived.... Did Nnekay meet Solange?!?!?! Nnekay breaks down her fabulous night at SFMOMA and how she may or may not have acted like a big ole trash bag... one might say a Trasharella? James also had a glamour night at a very exclusive Marvel private showing! James also talks about his newest obsession: Dear White People (the television show on Netflix). He HIGHLY recommends it! The jury is still out when it comes to Handmaiden's Tale on Hulu- we'll follow that up next week. We also want to congratulate our past guest, Ashley Nicole Black and her show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Samantha Bee hosted Not the White House Correspondence Dinner and it was a HIT. Also keep an eye out for Franchesca Ramsey's new talk show headed for Comedy Central (not VH1 like Nnekay said). Heading into our Korners, Nnekay talks about the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribe of Southern Nevada who fought against a toxic Coal Plant, which was poisoning their land and their people. It's a successful story about grassroots efforts, looking for the right resources, and never giving up in the face of adversary. In James' Korner, he covers the life and times of Sarah Baartman, an South African woman who was stolen, displayed, and exploited even in death. James was inspired the play Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks (which is currently running NYC). The story of Ms. Baartman may enlighten you to the perception of the black female body and it's objectification which still lasts to this day. We dabble a little into the Korner Kids Playground and talk about some of the amazing things happening there (join the fb group). Also we get into how Nnekay does not like birds, James doesn't like racoons, and how Nnekay may or may not have a trash chariot pulled by Racoons. ENJOOOOOOY!
James has quite the surprise to jump start the show, what celebrity is he now one degree of separation away from? Find out! But first: several tangents! In this fairy tale themed episode JamKay break down the TRUTH behind some of these fairytales, what was really going on with this misunderstood, diabetic witch who lived in the woods before the entitled Hansel & Gretel showed up at her door? And don't even get us started on that Goldilocks... too late! Nnekay is going to a fancy event at the MOMA in San Francisco, will she meet Solange? Perhaps with some Oprah like coaching from James and his visualization techniques, and some throwing of elbows from Nnekay- she just might have a chance! As teased from last week James delivers as we explore the history of the Pink Triangle, which takes us to Nazi Germany, and the treatment of homosexuals. Could this happen again? Is it? We also look at the power and influence of queer culture as evidenced in the documentary Paris is Burning. Nnekay has another listicle for you and this time it is even more specific, like a very fine tuned Netflix sub-sub-sub category: Books for Kids featuring Black Protagonists not about Slavery, Sports, or Civil Rights. YES! But this leads into a larger conversation of Black stories in media, from Empire, to Scandal. We have some fan mail to read, thoughts on the Live Action Lion King, and we will bring up Rachel Dolezal for the last time.
The Gabbening is upon us- only sans Gabrielle Union... she's busy... being Mary Jane. The breaks have been cut on this episode and it is full speed ahead in a series of Hot Topic issues. What is Chris Brown doing on our beloved show 'Black*ish', and the portrayal of women on the show gets debated. The 2018 Elections- it's already time to get ready, who are some interesting candidates, and how will gerrymandering effect a congressional shakeup? In tangent city James walks us through his first NYC velvet rope experience (and no we are not talking about the hit late 90's Janet Jackson album). Do you know what James' favorite disco jam is? You'll find out! We also walk through what all the pop star mascots are. You know about the Bee hive for Beyonce- but what are Ciara's fans called? Toys R' US- are kids still playing with toys? Plus Barry Manilow is gay!
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 freach 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!
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:
Map Your Genealogy:
James has been horribly disfigured from an intense salad eating gone array! There goes his toothpaste modeling career, but Nnekay has some ideas on how to fix it, although they might be more entertaining than helpful. Lawwd James needs your help, as he's involved in an awful production that seems to be getting it all wrong about being gay, Black, getting news that you're HIV+, and essentially how to put on a proper production. A production that seems to have Tyler Perry aspirations. We're not knocking Tyler Perry... (but we're knocking Tyler Perry...). Nnekay's up first and she is going to snap us into some POC Poets you need to know about. We're going to get all NPR on your ass, as Nnekay recites, spits, and slams so dope poetry at you. In celebration of Women's Month, James is going to take us back to school and educate us on some important Historical Transgender Women, who nobody ever talks about. Guess who's back? Quizlet! And she is looking goooooood! She is going to test your knowledge: what did Samuel L. Jackson say about 'Get Out' star David Kaluuya? Aretha Franklin is retiring, and Patti La Belle has some thoughts on the matter! And what is going on with this Indiana High School, and it's... "Straight Pride"... oh lawwwd! Get these kids some Minority Korner! Also crows are intelligent, who knew! All this and more!!!