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The Hilarious Black Podcast You Need to Download ASAP

1 Sep

The ReadI would go in on that trash you call the VMAs, but I know two folks who can do it way better than I could.

I may be 10 million years late on this one, but I just recently found a new love for podcasts, especially one called The Read.

 The Read has me on the edge of my seat just waiting for Thursday to roll around so I can hear a new episode and laugh my butt off at this week’s shenanigans in pop culture, Black Excellence, thoughtless politicians, and more. This podcast can make you smile even on your worst days.

On The Read, internet personalities Kid Fury and Crissles give their “read” of pop culture and have mastered the art of “throwing shade and spilling tea,” as they say on their site. But it’s not just their review of what’s going on in pop culture that’ll make you want to download their free weekly episodes. They also do a fantastic job of covering issues on race and gender. You’ll hear discussion on everything from Drake’s slaughter of Meek Mill’s career to the recent news on the Black Lives Matter movement.

So whether you’re stuck in traffic or chilling at home, check out The Read.

The podcast comes out nearly every Thursday and you can find it on iTunes, iHeart Radio Talk, Soundcloud & Stitcher.

Shout out to my best friend, Aliya, for putting me up on The Read. Aliya is a black millennial world traveler currently living, working, and managing her blog in London. She’ll give the best details on best places to visit in and around the UK, her travels and her fun experiences on dating, learning to cook and getting comfortable in a new culture at autobeme.wordpress.com

Also, share with me your favorite podcasts. I need a few more to add to my list.

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Why You Should Hop on the Janelle Monáe + Wondaland Bandwagon

25 Aug

WondalandJanelle Monáe = Natural hair goddess + activist + amazing singer + spunky dancer + leader of Wondaland Records.

She and her Wondaland crew, artists she hand-picked to join her label, have been touring the country showcasing their new music.

And they are FIRE! 🔥 🔥 🔥

I got a chance to see them last week when they stopped in Los Angeles. Unlike other concerts and music festivals I’ve been to, where the artists play there music in the background while they lazily half-sing along to the lyrics, Janelle actually gets into the performance. She sings live, dances along, and has a lot of fun on the stage.

Everyone in Wondaland, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, and Deep Cotton, also has an electrifying stage presence. Between the vocal skills of St. Beauty and Roman GianArthur to the fun lyrics of all of Jidenna’s songs, to the energy Deep Cotton had on the stage, the show was EPIC.

These up-and-coming artists are extremely impressive.

Jidenna
You may have caught this beautiful man in Janelle’s “Yoga” video, or, checked out his song “Classic Man” and the remix with Kendrick Lamar. Not only does he have the face of an angel (a very sexy angel) and the style of the gods, he’s pretty fun to watch on stage. He cracks jokes and his songs are all catchy.

Roman GianArthur
When I first heard Roman on Jidenna’s “Classic Man,” I thought he was another rapper—but actually, this man has a smooth voice. With guitar in hand, his songs will give you the feels.

St. Beauty
Everything about St. Beauty is, well, beautiful. They have soft, angelic voices and striking looks p. They’re hair would be included on anyone #NaturalHairGoals Pintrest board. Basically, Black Girl Magic oozes from their pores.

Deep Cotton
I couldn’t quite make out what Deep Cotton was singing above their loud rock music, but they were quite entertaining to watch. They are the epitome of the “carefree black man,” and they enter a genre that isn’t quite as welcoming of black men.

Not only are all of these artists talented, but also, they contribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In every city the crew performs, they also march and protest with local organizers and activists. They’ve also put a new song called “Hell You Talm Bout,” which highlights recent cases in police brutality.

Wondaland = Talent + Consciousness

After seeing the show, I’m about to go buy their EP, the Eephus.

By the way, they have a few more shows coming up. Visit their website to see if you can get tickets.

My Black Life Matters Too: Acknowledging Police Brutality Against Black Women

21 May

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By De La Fro

Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Mike Brown. Sean Bell. Oscar Grant. All names that ring a bell for most, right? But what about Sheneque Proctor? Aiyana Stanley-Jones? Rekia Boyd? Tarika Wilson?

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Oftentimes throughout the discussion of state violence, black men are centered, leaving black women almost completely erased from the narrative. People will say “Every 28 hours a black man is killed by a police officer” when really it’s “Every 28 hours a black person is killed by a police officer.” Most people fail to acknowledge or even are unaware of police brutality against black women. Not only are black women physically assaulted and murdered by police officers, black women have been sexually assaulted by police officers as well.

Even when police brutality toward black women is brought up the response is usually apathetic or watered down empathy. I’ve seen people, including black men, say that that’s taking away from the issue at hand. I’ve even seen black men say that focusing on black women being victims of state violence is “divisive” and there’s “no need to separate ourselves.” They see discussing police brutality against black women as a separate conversation instead of a part of the conversation. It’s amazing to me that if an issue isn’t centering black men, it’s almost instinctively written off as a “distraction” or “divisive” as if black men are the only black people that make up the black community. As if black men are the only ones affected by racism in the black community. As if other black people of the black community are not as valuable as cis-heterosexual black men.

There was a rally held for Rekia Boyd in New York City earlier this year and only about 50 people showed up; and that’s 50 compared to a couple hundreds, thousands, and millions worldwide who show up for black male victims. There have also been rallies held for black female victims in general and not only did few people come, few black men were in attendance too.

Black female activists feel the need to focus on black female victims of police brutality because time and time again, these victims are ignored from the overall “Black Lives Matter” narrative. There wouldn’t be a need to create a subset of the Black Lives Matter movement (Black Women’s Lives Matter) if black women’s lives were acknowledged just as much in the first place. This is not “separating” ourselves from the overall movement. This is simply us saying, “No, our black lives matter TOO.”

You can say black lives matter all you want but if you don’t believe ALL black lives matter then you’re saying “Only cis-heterosexual black men’s lives matter.” All we want is inclusivity in our own community. We just want you to fight for us like we’ve been fighting for you. That’s all.

So when you lift up Tamir, don’t forget to lift up Aiyana. When you lift up Eric, don’t forget to lift up Sheneque. When you lift up Sean, don’t forget to lift up Rekia. If you say you’re about black power then that means you have to be here for ALL black people, not just cishet black men. That means you fight for black women, black children, black elderly, and black LGBTQ. You fight for ALL of us. We can’t allow these black women’s memories to get lost along the way. Their black lives matter too.

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In conjunction with Black Lives Matter’s national call to recognize the black women’s lives and trans lives lost at the hands of the police today, May 21st, this post does what many protest don’t: #SayHerName

Guest author bio: Candace Sinclaire, also known as De La Fro, is an undergrad student at UNC Greensboro, where she’s studying film. She’s a spoken word poet and mans her own film collective “Rev Films.” She also manages own blog where she shares her love for natural hair, fashion, and socio-political topics.

Twitter – @delafro_
Photo credit: De La Fro
 
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