Tania; the daughter of Haitian immigrants demonstrates that Trump's racist bile is not only hurtful, but ridiculous. Paul's college buddy Hollie Harper: a Black comedienne and writer from Brooklyn joins us as she prepares to head to Chicago for the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. We hear about Hollie's background, school years and her sketch comedy troupe American Candy. Plus we search for racist skeletons in Paul's college closet!
Tania and Paul geek out on the "STAR WARS" franchise but Tania just has to point out the problems with the racial diversity in a galaxy far, far away. We agree that #Oprah2020 is not a good idea but don't necessarily agree why. And, there's nothing cool about monkeys in the jungle, H&M-- don't get it twisted!!
We talk about episodes and topics we covered in 2017 and take a walk down memory lane to recall how Race Bait started, the birth of our catchy theme song and our favorite episodes. Paul has a brilliant idea for a tv show with Tania as a judge and Paul as the trusty bailiff and Tania surprises Paul with more on everybody's favorite White woman trying to pass for Black: Rachel Dolezal. Happy Holidays Everyone! And to quote Spike Lee, "Wake up!" which is the old-scoool way of saying "Stay woke!"
Race Bait goes Hollywood... and Judge Roy Moore won't ride off into the Alabama sunset. We sit down with veteran screenwriter and producer T. Rafael Cimino for a wide-ranging discussion of racism, nationalism, evangelicalism, television & movies-- in other words, all of America's favorite pastimes! Among his many credits, Todd was a staff writer for Bill Maher for 63 episodes... so you KNOW we had to ask him about Bill's famous "N-bomb"!
Tania and Paul discuss Spike Lee's seminal classic, which is just as vibrant and relevant today as it was back in 1989. Featuring a stellar cast (and launching the careers of multiple well-known stars), Spike Lee's masterpiece still doesn't get all of the credit it deserves. Because racism. No matter. Tania gushes over Spike's brilliance, Paul takes issue with Mookie's attitude, and we unpack just a few of the gems from this amazing film. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't yet seen DTRT... what the hell is wrong with you?!?
Looking for a way to hide out for 45 minutes or so during this treasured day with family and friends? We've got you covered! We revisit our rocky chat with Robert Blackwell, Tania gives Anita Hill her props, and Paul has his awkward political Thanksgiving rant right here on the podcast... sparing the family members he'll actually be dining with this afternoon. And we say what we're grateful for. SPOILER ALERT: It's YOU!!
We do our best to lead with kindness and generosity of spirit when we speak with Robert Blackwell a man with polar opposite views from us. You be the judge on how it went and be sure to listen to our next episode where we'll do a post-mortem follow up on the conversation. Robert is Black, smart, a loving father, entrepreneur, community leader and describes himself as a Libertarian. We run the gamut of topics and try to find some common ground. Fasten your seatbelts!
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Tania and Paul sit down with Jonathan Taylor, the New Trier High School student who chose to kneel during the national anthem, starting with the game against Evanston Township High School. Jonathan discusses his reasons for kneeling, the support of his teammates, and what it's like to be spending his high school years in Wilmette after being raised on Chicago's West Side.
In our special Halloween episode we talk Jordan Peele's horror film GET OUT, whether Tania trusts White people, whether Paul used the word "colored" and the phrase "I know where the f-ing keys are" becomes a metaphor for people who don't seem racist but secretly are.
We talk about Tania's experience at the National Summit for Courageous Conversations in Detroit, the power of Whiteness, how racism is built on colorism, Trump's dismissal of Sgt. LaDavid T. Johnson who was recently killed in Niger and how George W. Bush just woke up from the Dream.