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.
Episode 22: HBO’s Confederate & Procter and Gamble’s Talk vs Amazon Prime’s Black America & Black America
We talk about whether those wacky-White Game of Throne showrunners have any "right" to tell stories about slavery in their new show Confederate, if Amazon Prime's showrunners have more of a right to tell stories about slavery because they are Black and if Procter and Gamble's commercial "The Talk is progressive or just pandering. Plus Tania has a nosy "I've always wanted to ask".
We talk interracial marriage with author Cheryl Judice (Interracial Marriages Between Black Women and White Men) Tania talks about the "lost chaper" of the book; her interracial marriage! We celebrate Loving vs. Virginia the landmark Supreme Court decision that made interracial marriage legal throughout the land but really was a beautiful and simple love story and Paul has an "always wanted to ask" for Tania about whether her husband is ever racist! (Spoiler Alert: He's not!) Plus! Race Bait launches the Race Bait Book club! Look out Oprah!
How do we get from a discussion of slavery & the sexual predation of Thomas Jefferson... to a discussion of "Black-ish" and the sexual predation of Bill Cosby? The art of the segue... featuring George & Weezie and the dynamic Daveed Diggs! It's a star-spangled discussion of Independence Day and black folks in sit-coms; the Good, the Bad, & the Ground-breaking!
Tania and Paul take a break from solving racism to bond over their mutual fondness for S.E. Hinton's book, "The Outsiders", as well as Francis Ford Coppola's epic film version. It's a battle to out-geek each other... but who will reign as Nerd Supreme? You make the call... and STAY GOLD, everybody!!
We talk about the Philando Castile verdict, the controversy around Chicago theatre critc Hedy Weiss' bigoted review of a new show at Steppenwolf Theatre and we let Bill Maher, another chicago critic and Norman Lear in on the fact that they can't use the n-word. And we dissolve into a wildly inapproriate laughing fit for the ages.
An amazing & short little snippet from our interview with Jacqueline Battalora, on how "whiteness" was introduced to humanity by the 1% of Colonial America... and why average British dudes decided to embrace "whiteness". Sex! Violence! Power! This one's got it all-- and it's barely 10 minutes long!