Is it really Hooray for Hollywood in this episode of Minority Korner? Yes, James and Nnekay are celebrating the Oscars this week. But first, Why does James always default to the Jurrassic Park Theme? Was it a game changer?!Dive into James' experience filming Soup Meets Sandwich... and JUST how much James loves Campbell's Soup... whereas Nnekay just wants some of that sweet soup money. The duo ponder if starting late in a career is doable and grabs inspiration from Viola Davis, Morgan Freeman, and Julia Childs. ALSO who is this James Arthur singer chap trying to steal OUR James' steez, Nnekay wants to KNOW. We start things off with Nnekay's Korner, this week she's covering the various types of protest pins celebs were sporting, and some of the interesting political statements the commercials from New York Times, Audible, and GE made during the broadcast of the Oscars. In James' Korner he tackles if the oscars have truly moved on from #oscarssowhite. He also question the myth of the liberal media and if Hollywood's standards more open minded than what they portray themselves to be... hint... things aren't as rosy as we me all think. In honor of our new Tidbit Korner, here are some more tidbits from the episode: Bill Paxton, Kerry Washington, Moonlight, La La Land, Mc Scat Cat, Vera Wang and More! Enjoyyyyyyy!!!!!!!
Time to GET NASTAY, because it's our 69 episode... mmmm.... In this episode you will discover the origins of how a certain MK hosts star was born in a little dance group called '9 on Time' back in the 90's, not be confused with Beyonce's 'Girl Time' though it's easy to do so. We take a trip down memory lane and talk about everything from the 69 Boys, to the Quad City D.J.'s, to Sisqo, and Nnekay has a theory about how Party Lines, may have been the birth to social media. James goes across the pond in his korner to investigate is the grass really greener on the other side in terms of POC (or as they call it B.A.M.E. Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) visibility in U.K. media? Should James move to the U.K. to become a big hit actor? What's with all those period dramas? Where is the non-white representation? Does it accurately reflect the truth about the U.K., and it's history? It's Fashion week, and Nnekay the fashionista is going to tell us who's in, and who's out, when it comes to designers using the runway to challenge the zeitgeist, and get political! Nnekay chooses a side between Tyra and Namoi Campbell. We also discuss some interesting topics from the Minority Korner Kids Playground Facebook group about how to combat racism, and femphobia on dating apps, and reverse sexism- is it a thing? Also Mariah Carey doesn't understand how your desk job works- so don't try explaining it to her. All this in more on our 69th episode: GET NASTY!
Nnekay needs a theme song for her soon to be half hour sit-com, and James has got one for her! James has finally watched the American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ, and there is much to talk about. Especially since this podcast didn't' exist then. Nnekay and James unpack the trial itself, the performances, and the importance of this trial as it was set in a time right after the Rodney King riots, exposing racism, police brutality, and the so called justice system. In our first Korner, Nnekay, is gonna learn you about the massacre of 1000's of Mexican-Americans, and will reveal the origins of all this "Wall" talk, and the history of the Texas Rangers and their overall awfulness. Finishing out this week's 1-2 punch of things we should've learned in school, in honor of Black History Month, we talk about Brother Outsider himself: Bayard Rustin. The organizer behind the Million Man March. You thought that was Martin Luther King Jr? It's time to learn about the true heart and soul of the Civil Rights Movement Bayard Rustin, the Black, gay, pacifist, Quaker, activist who time seems to have forgotten. But we haven't! It's another action packed episode!
This week we are on FIRE! THE SUPER BOWL came and went, but we're not here to talk about sports... we are here for GAGA. She dangled her ass into the arena like a spider and killed it! Also James touches on a Sundance lady brunch of the rich and the famous where they had a moving conversation about race... Celebrities they're just like us! James took himself out on a little Broadway Baby Date with himself to go see Mel B from the Spice Girls sing it up as Roxy Heart. Did she do a good job? Has she improved since her stint as Mimi in Rent way back when Nnekay saw her in the early 00s? Nnekay surprises James with a little information regarding her foray into the world of THEATER. She might just be ready for a new chapter in her life! Now on to the Korners! James is up first this week and is covering The Pomo Afro Homo Theater Troupe- Black. Queer. Theater. 'nough said! They have been producing incredible work work for years, so James breaks it down, by covering selections of sketches, their founders, and the future! Nnekay has a Hodge Podge Korner this week ya'll which she has titled- Just The Tips with Nnekay. She is covering books to help children learn compassion, Ariana Huffington's tips on how to combat outrage but to still stay active, as well as a tip for great cinema, the PBS documentary called Birth of a Movement about 1900s activist, William Monroe Trotter, who fought against the original extremely racist movie, Birth of a Nation. We also have a new Korner where we toss it to the Korner Kids and see what they've been up to! So hold on to your butts, get ready to rumble, and check your lace front, because we are ready to get you PUMPED.
The gloves. Come. Off. It is our 2nd annual fight! And this might be the one that breaks the Korner (put probably not). Nnekay and James haven't disagreed this much since Tesla back in episode 5. Stripped from the cutting room floor it's all of our bonus segments from the past month that were cut for time, but woah is this some juicy material. First James tackles the coded gay characters in Rogue One, and calls out the film industry for it's lack of gay representation, and points out some TV shows are representing. But first there's a fight. Then Nnekay gives us another fabulous list of books every Black teenager (and/or human being) needs to read. It is an action packed episode! So hold on to your butts!
It's time to "get Jazzy with it" in 2017! It's Inauguration Day! We hope you got some boots for the Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Pagan Holiday because we think you'll be getting a lot of use out of them this year! This is the year to be gellin?! James walks us through his yearly interrogation by the British Immigration office which usually turns into therapy around his ex's. Does he share too much? Why were so many people against The O.A. on Netflix? James has a theory about this beautiful story, that we're not used to in our world of negative stories, violence, and anti-heroes, a story of hope might be a bit hard to digest these days. Meanwhile Nnekay is watching Scottish titties on Outlander. We dive into some theories about the advance technologies of Ancient Egypt as well as the History of Christmas. It's not as wholesome as it is now, and was once outlawed by the no fun Pilgrims. It's a new year and a New Nnekay, and she's crafted her very OWN list on how to prevent future terrorist that grow up to be crazy Dylan Roof terrorists by combating casual racism before it gets too big. We have our first Ask Minority Korner Anything of the new year, giving "advice for those who "pass". Enjoy!
James is back from his holiday in the U.K. and he brings news: In England the hottest ticket in town is... The Bodyguard the Musical AKA a Whitney Houston tribute, and Broadway level it ain't. After this segment Nnekay and James will probably not be allowed to visit London's theater district the West End because of all the shade but James just might be West End bound anyways. We catch up on our Kwanzaa Celebrations. As promised James is delivering just as he teased last year, we are divining into the history of homosexuality in Africa, debunking the myth that it is a thing brought to the continent by white colonizers. Surprise! Africa's always been gay! We get subversive in this controversial Quizlet Korner, where it might be time to breath, think, and put the torches down. Is Vivica A. Fox's ladies only/no gays allowed Vegas show homophobic? Did she apologize? Does she need to? Did J LO beat out Mariah Carey in the battle of NYE performances by actually having a rehearsal? Is Frank Ocean's mom demanding a homophobic gospel singer be removed from her son's new album? Did Black Lives Matter really kidnap and torture a man? Like... Really??? Did James remove his troll from his life? What exactly IS The Bodyguard Musical? All this and more on this week's Minority Korner!
Happy New Year! We made it to 2017! What are your New Year's Resolutions? Nnekay and James share their goals for 2017, or how to not end up being bedraggled by the end of the year. We also cover what's hot to watch on Netflix. In the first Quizlet Korner of the new year it's a clean slate, as Nnekay starts off a winner to find out where is the truth behind Shemar Moore's sexuality, Lee Daniels potentially having a few more missteps with his latest series Star, a new law for hair dresser/stylists, or a local politician getting new laws in FAVOR to support trans gendered youth. And another gem from Chicago, we have our unreleased full interview with brilliant, talented, hilarious Shantira Jackson of Second City, as well as an activist, comedian extraordinaire is she is going to drop some motivating truth bombs on us. Looks like this new year is off to a GREAT start!
In Patti La Belle fashion we are late for Christmas, and so was Mos Def according to Nnekay when she went to his concert. James is back to auditioning in the New York scene and Nnekay is already demanding tickets for... Magic Mike Live! AKA James' sexy free dance class. We discuss how many 'K's' are appropriate, 2 K's are ok, 4, but not 3. Remember Sisqo? Thong Song? Let's discuss! To engage or not to engage with racist, homophoboes, and sexist? Minority Korner Kids have asked the question! It's the holidays, and folks are depressed, especially after this year. James has been watching his favorite movie genre: Lady Suspense Thrillers (mostly Halle Berry films) and is going to use it as a vehicle to talk about depression within the LGBT community (go with us here) followed by a gift of 5 Golden Things: action items for LGBT & other Korner Folks to take into the New Year. So many folks have been on the "2016 Has Been Terrible Bandwagon" but there is much to celebrate, as Nnekay has a list of 21 Black Voices that we are thankful for. From Solange, to Bae for the day Jesse Williams, Issa Rea of Awkward, Ava DuVurnay, John Legend and more! We are closing out this year with bang, and some great momentum into the new year as we reframe it, and own our own power! Plus we workshop our Quantico/Kwanzaa special where we are sure to, FINALLY, win our Golden Globe!
Prepare to get Kwanzaa'd America as it's the first annual Minority Korner Kwanzaa special! Join Nnekay and James as the take you through a magical journey as w discover and explore Kwanzaa. How well do you know Kwanzaa? We'll take a quiz sponsored by PBS, before diving into it's origins, it's meanings, symbols, and 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? Also fun tangents such as Brandy vs. Monica, and Ashanti: #NotMyPrincess. Happy Kwanzaa ya'll!
The Royal Court of Minority Korner is pleased to present this heartwarming, sexy, enlightening episode for the whole family. First up we talk about the differences between Spring and Winter break, and James investigates a Harlem college party. Nnekay introduces us to Oakland treasure Little Cindy Oakland Woo Hoo. We answer your questions for "Ask Minority Korner Anything" from 'What media should I be taking in?" and getting involved in local politics. We cover Oliver Stone's documentary about the History of the U.S., The Plack Panthers Mix Tape, bell hooks, 13th, and more. We also discuss a Korner Kid's efforts in getting a seat at the table- the political table! Comedian Michael Che's comedy is slaying on Netflix, and a perfect example of using comedy for activism. We also debate the difference between Eryka Baduizm, and actual Buddhism which leads us into James' korner: Using Buddhism to negotiate through racism, homophobia, and sexism to own your power. Are there Buddhist practitioners who are LGBT POC's, as many western teachers tend to be white men? Yes: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel , leading the forefront on intersectional leaders in Buddhism. Also have you heard about the Buddhist leaders calling for racial justice 1944, Vice President Henry Wallace: Never forget! Our first Buddhist almost President leading the charge, and what different word we'd be living in if he had succeed FDR. Buddhist leaders call for racial justice- did you hear? No because media is so focused on pundits. James encourages us to find our own personal spiritual/artistic rituals for self care and being your personal best as we move through this new Renassiance. Nnekay walks us through some Intersectional Charities who Need your Help! From Trans Latina's, to Prison Reform, to Reproductive Rights. Also Trevor Noah is showing us how it's done going toe to toe with The Gremlin (Aka Angriest White Woman in the World). Also... what was that guy trying to slip Eryka Badu in that song!? Why was she so chill about it!?
We're still in Chicago, and it's still pretty magical! We are mesmerized by how clean this windy, cold ass city is, and they have alleys seems to amaze James (there ain't no alleyways in New York). And is everyone in Chicago a champion ice skater? JamKay also sets out to find and save Kwanzatown Village, potentially a new ABC Family/Hallmark Channel holiday movie vehicle for the Minority Korner hosts. In Nnekay's Korner we talk about climate change.. it's real. It's not a hoax, and the first to go will be Florida. So here's a list of what you can do to help save Florida. Come on ya'll... we know it's Florida... but they need our help. Remember 2014's Gamergate? Did it predict the rise of Trump and the Alt Right through it's wishing of "simplier times", flat out racism, sexism, and ultimate trolling through social media, harassment, and chat rooms? In Quizlet Korner we there are some questions, and we'll find out the answers: Is Mark Anthony is on a Man kissing rampage? Did Mike Pence have a life changing experience at Hamilton? Is Senator Barbara Boxer going out of the Senate like a champ with a last minute call to action? Did Black Lives Matter enter into retriment as a result of Trump?! Find out! Also... what are you opinions about Anita Baker?
We are LIVE! With a real studio audience and everything, recording from the Legendary Steppenwolf Theatre at the First Annual Chicago Podcast Festival, in the Windy City! So windy, Nnekay and James had some rocky flights in. We weren't ready for Christmas until we found Chicago's magical Christmas Town Village! Omarosa, Ben Carson, and especially Peter Thiel of Paypal, James is coming for you as he investigates and potentially answers why people, minorities, women, or even LGBT folk sometimes vote against themselves. Nnekay lifts up the millennials as she highlights their response to the election of D. Double Butt with their protest walkouts #SanctuarySchool. And it has a hashtag, so you know it's cool! Also, why didn't James and Nnekay participate in UC Santa Cruz annual naked runs? In Quizlet Korner Nnekay turns to the audience for help as we comb through potential celebrity "outings", tampons for presidents, sex tapes, and secret gay tunnels! And most importantly: WE'RE LIVE!!!
This week Nnekay and James are still trying to process the election... they're letting Pierce Brosnan guide the way. They deconstruct the Safety Pin Movement, and get into the lack of diversity still plaguing the movie industry. One movie making a big difference is Moonlight... which James HIGHLY recommends... he also recommends the Man Buffet that is New York City... and thus a new Nnekay penned song is born. In the Korners, James addresses the Election Action Items that we can do to make sure to prevent another event like this from happening again, inspired by Michael Moore's two day To Do List. Nnekay wants everyone to get pumped and ready for work by listening to protest songs that cross not only time periods, but also music genre. In the Quizlet Korner, We talk about Celebrity Twitter Election Reactions... Does Mariah know J.Lo, yet? We also have another hot and fresh ASkMK Anything segement! Enjoy!
We are here for you Korner Kids. Let's unpack this election. James was there at ground zero of what everyone thought would be the official celebratory election party of America's first female President. We walk through what happened, from voter turnout, to the reality of America. Most importantly we are going to get you FIRED. UP! Now is the time for action, and we've got some ideas, and reasons to be hopeful. Minority Korner the movement has just begun! In honor of Veteran's day we have two segments. First up Nnekay explores the involvement of Native Americans in WWII- and we have a lot to thank them for. Next James explores the history of Black folks in American wars, spoiler alert we've been fighting for America long before it was even America. Then it's our first ever "Ask Minority Korner Anything" we have a question! We explore escapism, sci fi, and fantasy and how it can be used for good like fighting oppression. All this and more!
It looks like Christmas has come early with a Flash Back Friday Patti LaBelle Holiday Presidential Christmas Tree Lighitng Extravganza circa 1996... and it is a dooze! The big question is: WHERE. ARE. HER. BACKGROUND SINGERS?!?! (Don't worry not only will we renact it for you thorughout the episode but we've posted the link). In the kornes first up it's James posing the question: Do I sound gay?! Before you answer we investigate what does it mean to "sound gay" inspired by the documtary 'Do I Sound Gay?', along with what does it mean to be "straight acting" and who all these "straight acting" gays are truly at war with. Nnekay gives us the full low down on other Black Podcast that you should be listening to. When did Halloween become mainstream? Probably more recent than you think, and Nnekay is going to give us the history. James has another Quizlet Korner that is horrifying. Christian Hell Houses? Lesbian Bachloretts? That's so Raven? Barrack Obama and the Gays? All in this epsidoe of Minority Korner!
Patti LaBelle Christmas Extravaganza (You're Welcome):
James was boy on a train last week but not as crazy, or as exciting. We've both watched '13th' Ava DuVernay's new documentary about Mass Incarceration, and how slavery is alive and well in our American society. It is a must watch for all Americans! Does Beyonce deserve a Nobel Prize? Bob Dylan got one.. What about the Lohans? Let's give props to some of the ladies throughout history who've managed to break into this Nobel Boys Club. James breaks down all the controversy around the film 'Birth of A Nation', not the racist one from 1915, the 2016 one that's potentially more problematic in it's treatment with women. Oh and there's the director/writer/producer/lead actors history with rape. Once again we need to have a conversation about how we treat and talk about women. History Korner is back from the grave and it looks like Thomas Edison is at it again, stealing ideas, but this time from a Black man. Quizlet Korner is going to get NASTAY for you as we focus on the the third and final debate. Also, James explains why we took the week of last week, sharing a tragic story, that sheds light on a first hand encounter of the police. In light of that this episode is dedicated to James' roommate Noah Witke, a beautiful, compassionate, loving, talented individual... may he rest in peace.
Due to some personal tragedy and trauma, we don't have a full NEW episode but we have Frankenstein'd the FUCK out of our old one's for our "Greatest Hits"! But first Nnekay has designed our first ever Minority Korner Syllabus giving you some fresh reads this week on Queer History, Latino History, and most importantly... Marvel's Luke Cage! For those who've listened to segments from parts of past episodes (although why not just listen to the whole damn thing) we've broken down the times for each segment.
11:45- From Episode 6, We crack the case on the infamous "mandingo" that was supposedly terrorizing a university, and uncover the real villain in a case of a population being infected with HIV, and the stigma that HIV positive folks still face today, sometimes even legally.
34:40, From Episode 13, 'Slave Tetris'. Slave Trade the video game exists... and the creator is hell bent on trying to convince you this game is a great idea and necessary.
48:05, From Episode 6, Our favorite Quizlet Korner about Joe Biden, and most importantly Gretta Garbo and some crazy shit that had Nnekay in amazement. It doesn't take Scooby Doo to uncover the mystery of Nosfaratu, just Nnekay.
53:30, From Episode 5, The gloves are off as Nnekay and James come head to head over a glass (or two) of wine, and Nikola Tesla.
1:03:15, From Episode 4, A woman has a very unlucky day, pregnant, lost in the woods, surrounded by bees, and may have started a fire... she's a regular Amelia Bedelia.
1:08:03, From Episode 4, Grand Dragons, The KKK, McSkat Kat
1:15:38, From Episode 4, Extra Chat Korner
Amber's No Good, Terrible, Bad Day, Giving Birth, Chased by Bees, and Started a Forest Fire story:
This week we are taking it to the Maxx (our explicit nature that is)!!! James and Nnekay are all up in those jingles, like nobody's business! Do you even remember Jingles!? Well these two sure the hell do! The beauty and blackness of Luke Cage has us hooked even just one episode in, let us break down why for ya'll. In the Korners, Kid Cudi checks himself into a Rehab to work through his bought with depression causing Nnekay to investigate why Black folks generally do not seek out help for for Mental Health We are knee and titty deep in the political season. With all this talk of Pussygate, James' dives deep, deep and deeper into the election and truly tries to understand and uncover just exactly WHO these baskets of deplorables are... could this mark the end of BROSIETY as we know it? While investigating the various supporters of a certain presidential candidate, James miiiiiight have signed Nnekay up for an undercover mission... will she choose to take it? This Quizlet corner, Nnekay is up to the challenge, also we give shout outs to our 50 goldstar listeners and Minority Korner Kids (we're still working on the name- and their prize).
James is back from his amazing Palm Springs Spring Break... in October?! He witnessed first hand the invasion of the Bachelorette Parties in Gay Clubs... THEY'RE TAKING OVER, and Nnekay just CANNOT handle it. She would much rather celebrate Helen Keller. Nnekay is no longer a Bridezilla... but a GUESTZILLA, ya'll betta watch out, because she's coming to tear up your NEXT wedding. In our Korners, James is educating why your camera and film miiiiight just be racist... and why is there a woman named Shirley Cards involved... and is she wearing black gloves?! Nnekay discusses how privatized prisons might be coming to an end soon... but while this is a cause to celebrate... we still have a ton of work to go. In Quizelet Korner will Nnekay be stumped by James' questions this time? We cover NBC's Mail Order Bride, Solange Knowles, Britney Spears, Shonda Rhimes, and the transgender community. Enjoy the show!
It's the last episode of the summer before the summertime sadness kicks in, and Nnekay and James head to their respective coast lines! James explains the Folsom Street fair to Nnekay like what a harness is. A new season of SNL is firing up and there's good and bad about it's upcoming cast members. We catch up on TV like Master of None, Atlanta, and get those Oscars ready because here comes Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in August Wilson's 'Fences'. It's that time of year again, time to talk about cultural appropriation, and Nnekay is STILL pissed ya'll ain't getting it about cultural appropriation so she's gonna break it down for you... AGAIN. From dread locks to Mark Jacob's, to Miley Cyrus, to Bon Appetit, and we'll give you a hint- it deals with power. And we know... we're tired... but the election isn't over, and the debates happened... so let's check in with our friends at Fox News to see how they felt the debate went. There are 6 points they're PISSED about when it comes to moderator Lester Holt who they feel pushed the debate in Hillary's favor. And get ready for the SEXIEST Quizlet Korner yet! You have a LOT to learn this week: Does sex get you closer to God? Are straight slutty more men more likely to get prostate cancer?
It's that time of year again! Yes the Emmy's but most importantly it's the MK Black Suspense Movie Review, as every September Hollywood releases what should be a Lifetime movie to the big screen. The reviews are in: Save your money and watch last years amazing Perfect Stranger, and enjoy our Spoiler Review of 'When The Bough Breaks' or what it should've been called 'Go Tell Your Wife AKA Morris Messes Up'. But first, James might be on Mariah Carey levels of celebrity after his hit San Francisco Show, where like Mariah he doesn't know JLO. It's a historical Emmy's because Black*ish is nominated for Outstanding comedy, the first Black show since 1985... so apparently the Oscars ain't the only thing that are so white. James has some facts and figures on this surprising situation. I mean come on! Where's Urkell's Emmy!? Nnekay is throwing us some history with medical advancements created by Black surgeons in perilous times. Thank you Black doctors for so many life saving techniques and practices. You probably had no idea. Well that's why we're here! Also are you getting down on the Get Down- you will be after James' stark raving mad review (and he's only an episode in).
The reviews are in, Nnekay saw James' summer show 'Champagne is Disastrous', and did you know Black folks LOVE Dolly Parton, Nnekay explains why. Lady Gaga has a new song out and JamKay is into it. Cancer sucks but there's a Black Lady Physicist who may have found a new pioneering technology that could change everything! Longtime running San Francisco institution Beach Blanket Babylon posted a racist casting notice, but is it any different than what theater companies around the country are already doing without posting? We also have some ideas on how to diversify your theater company. Also writer/comedian Carla Lee from Killing My Lobster stops by the Minority Korner and man oh man is she busy with web series, stand up, and a new comedy series "Nice Tan".
It's intervention time and you know it. Many of us have it: PHONE ADDICTION. And we got your back, even though Nnekay is going to go through heavy withdrawals through out the episode. But first Nnekay and James have a different kind of addiction: binge watching and it is a battle royal between Quantico vs. Homeland vs. Scandal. Also James seems to be quite the socialite these days and witnessed the truth about what happens to a gaggle of girls when they go out clubbing, and who happened to flock towards a gay club: GIRL DOWN! Getting down to business James is going to break down how and why you're addicted to your phone- it's like an addictive casino in your pocket, especially when it comes to your dating apps (aka hookups). Nnekay applauds the social media site Nextdoor because it is FINALLY adding parameters to correct it's users from racially profiling each other! Hooray for change! . In this Quizlet Korner Nnekay has much to say about White Feminism especially in regards to Lena Denam and Amy Schummer. Plus James has your Back to School sex tips!