We're LIVE at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater with a group of Black actresses kicking butt on Chicago stages. They share their personal stories, answer Paul's "I've always wanted to ask...", get real about non-traditional casting, teachable moments and self-care. @19:07 there's a searing story from actress Tiffany Ogelsby about being called the n-word and @39:40 Tania asks the group how they feel about playing a maid. We touch on theatre but really we explore navigating life as Black women in 2018 and @53:28 we address the trickiness of intersectionality. And Paul is the example of an ally in action. Featured: Tiffany Ogelsby, Tamberla Perry, Celeste Cooper, Caren Blackmore, Ericka Ratcliff and Bethany Thomas.
We get into some of your favorite segments: "I've always wanted to ask", "Racism is a verb" and a new one called "Got privilege?" On parenting and privilege Paul tells his kids, "I don't care what you are when you grow up. I don't care what you do. The only thing I want you to be when you grow up is kind." And Tania wonders, "How much do we want to build up [kid's] confidence or just create ego?" In the first segment "Got privilege" we finally answer whether you can do an all White production of The Wiz. (The answer is you can but you shouldn't.) @22:23 Paul has an "Always wanted to ask..." And the one that started it all "Racism is a verb" is @31:09.
In this episode, "You can't in one breath say you support all those things but in the next breath have a Superbowl party." We get down and dirty about privilege and allyship. What does it really mean to be an ally and how easy is it to forget and just "go out and be White?" Plus Tania and Paul take a quiz on their privilege that nets surprising results @27:39. You can take the quiz at home and check your privilege too!
We are LIVE at the 2018 Organizing for Justice Summit; an event devoted to civic activism. We speak with Reverend Michael Nabors, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Fred Tsao from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR Chicago. These gentleman have very different stories that brought them to activism but they share common threads. There stories inspire, shed new light and instruct us on how to be a part of the solution. PLUS we try to sing the whole Race Bait theme song and Paul tries his darndest to land a joke.
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!!