We have a powerful new episode to kick off your new year! Have you seen the 'The Greatest Showman'? Nnekay hasn't and she'll tell you why as she breaks down the horrific truth about it's lead subject P.T. Barnum, and you guessed it, it deals with racism. James sits down with Shannon Algeo, life coach, who bridges spirituality, social justice, and personal empowerment, and is also the co-host of the hit podcast Soul Feed. Wondering how you can make this year different than any other? Finding it hard to stay positive about life? Shannon may have the answer for you, as he started the world wide phenomenon '100 Days of Gratitude', and will tell you how you can shape, and change your life, as it's not an attitude, it's a practice that effects all things, and can change not only your life, but can create a ripple effect for those around us. We unpack shame, fear, scarcity, and the ego which are at the opposite ends of the spectrum of what we all really want: love, abundance, and your purpose. Shannon's going to help us get there, as we are powerful beyond measure! Get ready to become a magical unicorn turning shitty situations into rainbows!
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Happy Halle Days! We are bringing back Kwanzaa, straight out of the vaults. Why? Because it's some of our best segments, and... we kind of forgot how to do Kwanzaa so we figured you did too for our longtime listeners, and new and fresh info for our newer listeners. But first! James talks about his near death peanut allergy attack through the streets of New York, where his survival instincts kicked in. Kwanzaa came early, Omarosa got the boot! Maybe she'll have a Scrooge like awakening? Get ready to revisit a magical journey as we rediscover and explore Kwanzaa. How well do you know Kwanzaa? We'll take a quiz sponsored by PBS, (that gets really competitive... by James) before diving into it's origins. James talks about it's history, importance, and meanings, and Nnekay will walk you through how you can celebrate this beautiful holiday celebrating African American Awesomeness. Also join Nnekay and James as they plan their Kwanzaa Albums, and future Kwanzaa movies and TV projects. Will they beat out Oprah and Gayle for King and Queen of Kwanzaa? Stay tuned to the very end for James' special announcement!
No terrorist got James this week! Nnekay went to an avant guard Bill Murray live performance and apparently the hipsters of San Francisco were drunkenly not hear for it. Also did Bill Murray set up an awkwardly racist caricature, pro confederacy moment? Nnekay's got the side eyes ready. The Golden Globes nominations are in and we've been snubbed, and by we, we mean POC's. Still so many white nominations! James is perplexed with all the Black excellence on TV from Queen Sugar, to Atlanta, to She's Gotta Have It, which brings up a great discussion. Spike Lee has updated his 80's classic of a young Black woman who doesn't have her shit together, queerness, sexuality, and feminism. And would She's Gotta Have It be more embraced by the feminist community if it were starring and written by a white woman like Leah Dunham? Let's continue our conversation about PrEP! What is it? How does it work? What is the debate? Why are some for it, and some against it? What is the fear or celebration? And who has access to it? And we have some alarming info about infection rates amongst young folks. Apparently Nnekay is the Chancellor/President of School of Don't Trust A Bitch. Nnekay's got all the tips of what to watch for when on the net, some of what you're reading is paid content known as Native Advertisement, which is growing in our media in crazy ways. Nnekay's got it's origins through advertorials, banner ads, and to sponsored content, and how it's growing, and doesn't seem to be going away. How will this impact our media sources and their credibility? How can you protect yourself when in information land? And Charles sit down or go home!
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James is in the building, and it's a Minority Korner Thanksgiving: leftovers edition! Nnekay is a master crotcheter and all James sees is a potential business (you know his inner Dina Lohan), and the conversation moves onto passing on traditions. Speaking of let's talk about Black Thanksgiving: how/why do POC's celebrate this colonial holiday rooted in the slaughtering of First Nations People? What does it mean to us? And there's an 'aha' moment about spending Thanksgiving with your tribe. James has an unchecked idea of how Thanksgiving became a holiday. In the Korners Nnekay has a listicle (it's the end of the year and people LOVE lists) about Black Sci Fi you should be dialing into, from comics, to fiction, graphic novels, and web series, there is a lot of dope stuff happening! Time to queer up your Thanksgiving with a Quizlet! And James has tips for all our LGBT tribe on how to survive your family for Thanksgiving. Plus spending time with your family as they get older, surprising your dad for his 60th, and all hail Queen Janet! She is on tour and James has the inside scoop on how to score great seats for pop legends the day of! Ticketmaster... we're on to you! Gobble, gobble, and get stuffed with this Thanksgiving leftovers episode of Minority Korner!
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Ready. Set. Go! James returns from Run Disney weekend, the main event he's been training for over the past 2 months to complete his first 10K... did he?... dun dun dun! While at Disneyland Resort the magic of Disney wore off of James as he discovered 5 racist rides at Disneyland that need some serious side eye, and a makeover. Get ready to have your childhood bubble burst! For example do you know the racist movie Splash Mountain is based on? Song of the South, which gave us complicated songs like Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, and characters like Uncle Remus. James breaks it down! Up next it's Nnekay's most passionate korner to date! In response to the Made Well campaign Nnekay unpacks how and why Black women's hair in particular is political and is a keen example of intersectionality of Blackness and feminism, along with it's history and protest. Also the debate over Ferris Wheels is waged, and we can neither confirm or deny if this episode will discuss or talk about sex benches.
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They said it wouldn't last... but here we are!!! (Also who said that... we are side eying you!) It's cause for celebration! And we are doing it clip style as we reminisce and revisit some of our favorite moments, korners, topics, quizlets, and tangents, over the past 100 episodes. Plus you'll get some insights into how the sausage is made, reactions, and how we feel now about some of our moments. Will Jennifer Hudson show up and finally end this feud?! Find out! Also stay tuned to the end, sadly something horrific, and shocking happens, involving the reason why we started this podcast: police brutality. This is the perfect episode for longtime listeners, and new folks joining the Korner! Thanks for listening, and here's to the next 100!!!
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Synchronize your watches because it's time... to give a fuck! We weigh in on the NFL Boycott and make an attempt to see both sides. James kicks it off (see what we did there) looking at two articles from the Root on opposite sides of the conversation. We'll catch you up on the man that started it all, Colin Kapernick, and theorize the real reason he's not getting picked by a team, why the NBA isn't having this same problem supporting it's players in their peaceful protests, and just what you can do to get involved! If you haven't participated in any #resist/#persist movements this year: now's the time! Nnekay continues the conversation examining the history of our National Anthem that we hear are sports games all the time, along with it's author. It might not surprise you that it comes from racist roots, and Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner... was a white supremacist. Also did you know about the missing 3rd stanza? What got his beef started with Black folks, turning him into a past day Taylor Swift? But FIRST! James is back to the Estados Unidos, and is back to his Carmen San Diego tricks again. Jetsetting to Portland for a Marvel THWIP Shoot in Portland, James has something he'd like to discuss in regards to this "liberal" town. Also legendary Voodoo Donuts... we need to talk. Life After Hate is an organization that needs your dollas! It was started by former white supremacist in Portland, working to end the irradiation of the KKK... See why we need to talk about Portland? Most importantly we need to talk about our friend... Ms. Jackson- cause we at nasty (definitely living up to our EXPLICIT in this episode). James has some inside scoop on why she's crying on stage, after her divorce, and what really happened in the marriage... ALLEGEDLY (for legal reasons). Also, Nnekay has tips about the power of a Manj wig. Ever on an airplane and not sure what to watch? James has been on so many planes he's got your airplane movie reviews! Rough Night Out, Baywatch, Alien:Covenant, The Mummy, Unbreakable, which one's to watch and which to.. skip! Stick around to the end to hear James' bombshell announcement!
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Hola! We are coming to you from around the globe, as James is in Espana and being unapologetically Black overseas, while spreading the gospel about racism in America like a Paul Revere. James is also working like a bastard, why do they work so hard, training for the Avengers 10K, accidentally joining separatist protests, and making a crazy film that may bring in the Spanish new wave of film making. Meanwhile back in the states, Nnekay has fallen in love with a new dog, and her bitch Zelda might not be having it. Also, maybe British Black actors leading American biopics might not be such a bad idea in terms of overseas appeal, aka John Boyega in Detroit, has found a home in Espana. Then we go to the main event: Writer/Comedian (not Comedienne) Janine Brito! We discuss the haunted Poconos Manner, getting lost in the forest, what to do when your family voted for Trump, why you should turn off Reality TV and do something, what's it like to be a lesbian comedian in LA, and create an idea for embroidered pillows on the go! Also someone please call James' mother, and tell her that he is safe in Europe. All this and more!
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!