Tania and Paul are at Chicago Theater Works for The Chicago Podcast Festival delivering truth, asking big questions and hosting a Race Bait theme song sing along! We unpack "the dream", talk about that Dove ad, surprise eachother with stories from our week, answer "I've Always Wanted to Ask" from Paul and the audience and even invite an audience member on stage to answer, "Why can't we touch Black people's hair?" It was a great night; the first of more to come.
We've pulled a "Beyonce" and we're droppin' a SURPRISE episode! This is EPISODE 1 of Race Bait SEASON 2. (We know, we know Tania's explanation at the end of our last episode was confusing) No hiatus here folks! We're jumpin' right in with talk about Colin Kapernick. (You didn't think we'd let that one go by did ya?) Tania does a little swearing, Paul does a little preaching (in a good way), we determine whether to hope or not to hope and have a new name for that guy in the White House.
*in the beginning of the episode you'll notice Paul sounds a bit like he's "calling in" or "in a tunnel". He was in my kitchen. Just a matter of the gage being a little high when recording. (that's fancy tech speak) It goes away after a bit. Bear with us with on this one. (It'll be alllll better next episode.)
We talk Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me in Race Bait's first Book Club discussion. If you read it Great! If you didn't Great! We won't judge. You are welcome at this book club either way. We talk about Coates' themes of"The Mecca", "Black Bodies" "The Dream" and "The Dreamers". Tania has a confession and a revelation that isn't so much a revelation as a fact. Paul has a slip up that makes Tania guffaw and a confession too and neither of them can recommend this book enough.
It's a timeless tale of racial discrimination-- with a twist!! Tania and Paul break down a recent lawsuit filed by an actor at the legendary Chicago venue... and while reminiscing catch a dose of the Second City Blues (only actors are susceptible, but the city is lousy with it). Do they have inside knowledge of the situation? No! Are they legal experts? Hell, no!! Do they know the facts of the case?! It's like you're not even listening. They have OPINIONS, people!
Today is a BONUS episode from our discussion with Latinx storyteller Lily Be. Lily produces the live show and soon to be podcast The Hoodoisie and she tells us how she dressed up and played a White woman for one of their shows. Listen to how she felt, what people said, what she learned and what Paul and Tania had to say about it.
Tania & Paul discuss the amazing documentray film, "I Am Not Your Negro"... although Paul still seems uncomfortably confused at the end. Tania shares her recent trip to Paul's hometown of Indianapolis, and she and Paul make similar confessions. And oh yeah-- Race Bait is appearing at the Chicago Podcast Festival, y'all!! Sunday, October 8th at Chicago Theatre Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave. Come meet us & greet us!!
Episode 25 (posted 8/31) was such a wideranging covnersation with storyteller Lily Be we got 2 bonus episodes out of it! We couldn't wait to post this one right away! In "The Real Story on Violence in Chicago" Lily Be gives a comprehensive and revalatory assessment on how violence in Chicago is propogated.
We talk gentrificiation, the difference between "White People" and "whypipo", education, code-switching, allyship, being "extra", enduring challenges and thriving with Latinx storyteller-activist-truth teller-bad ass-superhero-nanny-mother Lily Be.
Armed neo-nazis & white supremacists march by torchlight in Charlottesville. The next day protestors come out to challenge them... and the President of the United States chastises "both sides." #sheetcake trends, provoking a white-hot anger from hot black people not seen since the days of pink pus**y hats. And Tina Fey proves Shel Silverstein right by demonstrating that "some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without." What does any of that have to do with the OJ verdict?? Nothing... but Paul is still hurt about that one. SO much to talk about!
Tania and Paul discuss the tragic shooting of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer and native Somalian Mohamed Noor. How is the reaction to this horrible event different from (the much more frequent) police shootings of black people? Plus, Tania doesn't enjoy the racist shade at her public pool, and Paul tells a harrowing story of racism from his youth. SPOILER ALERT: The racism part didn't apply to Paul, but the harrowing part certainly did.