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Stance is an independent award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast run by New York based journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. An episode is released on the 1st of every month. Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Zara Martin and Saskia Sewell. stancepodcast.com @stancepodcast Guests so far include musicians Four Tet, Jamila Woods, Róisín Murphy, Amber Mark, Caribou, Kaytranada, Jessie Ware, Tricky and Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata, Elif Shafak & Valeria Luiselli, lawyer and campaigner Gina Miller, politician Bobi Wine, poets Fatimah Asghar, John Cooper Clarke & Kae Tempest, actor Riz Ahmed, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, playwrights Inua Ellams & Natasha Gordon, writer and activist Janet Mock, choreographers Akram Khan, Deborah Colker and Hofesh Shechter, fashion designer Duro Olowu and visual artists Shirin Neshat, Larry Achiampong, The Singh Twins & Juliana Huxtable. Topics covered include Is This for Real?, Black in the Time of Corona, Manchesters LGBTQ+ Story, On Beauty, The Class Ceiling in the Arts, Modern Mumbai, Sex, The Female Prison Experience, Revolutionary Mothering, Demystifying Yoga and Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Stance loves to explore and has visited locations including Mumbai in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bergen in Norway, Paris in France and New York, LA & Philadelphia in the US in search of original stories and fresh perspectives. Stance was awarded Bronze for Best Current Affairs at The British Podcast Awards 2020. Stance won Best Arts & Culture Show and Rising Star in the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2018, nominated for Best Arts and Culture and Best Current Affairs as part of the British Podcast Awards 2019, included in The Observer and The Times annual Best Podcasts list, and has been Podcast of the Week in publications including The FT, Grazia, The Guardian and The Independent. Join the conversation @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe and review! StancePodcast.com Music by Rikette Genesis and Stance branding by Edward Vince

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San Francisco, United Kingdom

Description:

Stance is an independent award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast run by New York based journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. An episode is released on the 1st of every month. Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Zara Martin and Saskia Sewell. stancepodcast.com @stancepodcast Guests so far include musicians Four Tet, Jamila Woods, Róisín Murphy, Amber Mark, Caribou, Kaytranada, Jessie Ware, Tricky and Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata, Elif Shafak & Valeria Luiselli, lawyer and campaigner Gina Miller, politician Bobi Wine, poets Fatimah Asghar, John Cooper Clarke & Kae Tempest, actor Riz Ahmed, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, playwrights Inua Ellams & Natasha Gordon, writer and activist Janet Mock, choreographers Akram Khan, Deborah Colker and Hofesh Shechter, fashion designer Duro Olowu and visual artists Shirin Neshat, Larry Achiampong, The Singh Twins & Juliana Huxtable. Topics covered include Is This for Real?, Black in the Time of Corona, Manchesters LGBTQ+ Story, On Beauty, The Class Ceiling in the Arts, Modern Mumbai, Sex, The Female Prison Experience, Revolutionary Mothering, Demystifying Yoga and Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Stance loves to explore and has visited locations including Mumbai in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bergen in Norway, Paris in France and New York, LA & Philadelphia in the US in search of original stories and fresh perspectives. Stance was awarded Bronze for Best Current Affairs at The British Podcast Awards 2020. Stance won Best Arts & Culture Show and Rising Star in the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2018, nominated for Best Arts and Culture and Best Current Affairs as part of the British Podcast Awards 2019, included in The Observer and The Times annual Best Podcasts list, and has been Podcast of the Week in publications including The FT, Grazia, The Guardian and The Independent. Join the conversation @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe and review! StancePodcast.com Music by Rikette Genesis and Stance branding by Edward Vince

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English


Episodes

Ep.65: Stance’s Final Episode! Musician Kamaal Williams, Author LaToya Watkins, Artist Cochemea, Musician Sinkane

2/14/2024
After seven years of Stance which has spanned over 64 episodes of arts, culture and current affairs, 8 insightful Stance Takes shows, the growth of Stance Studios, multiple awards, and over 30 in-person events across the globe, we present our final show! In this episode, Chrystal Genesis takes one last look at creativity, storytelling and what it means to be human through literature, music, history and culture. We speak with musician and producer Kamaal Williams who chats about his latest album, Stings, his enduring faith, and the layered creative influences behind his music. Author LaToya Watkins discusses her new collection of short stories Holler, Child, set in Texas, and talks about how using method acting brings her closer to the the characters she writes about. Artist and composer, Cochemea discusses working with Sharon Jones as part of the Dap-Kings, and his album Vol. II Baca Sewa, which connects ancestry, memory and improvisation. Musician and multi-instrumentalist, Sinkane shares the inspirations behind his new upcoming record, We Belong, celebrating black creativity and joy. Ahead of retirement, we hear from some of our guest editors who reflect on their experiences collaborating with Stance. If you like what you heard, please write us a review and check out more of our work at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast

Duration:01:11:49

Ep.64: Music w/Enji; US Jews of Color: Celebrating Sukkot, Journalist Robin Washington, Writer Hanah Bloom, Jews of Color Initiative CEO Ilana Kaufman & Philosopher Lewis R. Gordon

1/19/2024
On Stance, we explore the question: what does it mean to be a Jewish person of color in America today? We chat with a range of voices from this growing demographic, in the worlds of philosophy, pop culture, community organizing, and journalism. Plus, we cover music with Jazz Musician Enji to learn more about her mesmerizing new record, Ulan. At a Sukkot celebration, a few members of the Jews of Color Initiative team, Jade Groobman, Sarah Starks and Riki Robinson, discuss their hopes, dreams and their work building more community in Jewish spaces. CEO of Jews of Color Initiative, Ilana Kaufman takes us through their mission to build a professional, organizational and communal space for Jews of Color. She discusses the importance of accurately capturing data about Jews of Color, and of empowering them into leadership roles. Writer, Hanah Bloom, tackles the model minority myth twice over in her essay about being a Japanese American Jew, published in Hey Alma, a contemporary online community. She reads her essay and chats about some of the responses that followed. Professor of Philosophy and Global Affairs, Lewis R. Gordon offers us another glimpse into the diverse history of Jewish peoples, as he shares his experience navigating between the Jewish community in Jamaica and the Jewish community in the US. We end this topic with Robin Washington, a journalist and Editor-At-Large for The Forward, a US Jewish news and culture publication founded in 1897. He reflects on what it means to be a Black Jew after the horrors of October 7. We chat with vocalist and composer Enji about her musical journey and the inspiration behind her third solo album, Ulaan. Enji’s unique and expansive sound combines jazz, contemporary folk, and the ancient Mongolian musical tradition of Long Song. She talks with us about how combining the creative freedom of jazz with her Mongolian heritage enables her to express more of her authentic self. If you like what you heard, please write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis

Duration:01:15:07

Ep.63: Harlem Raised: Film w/ Maysles Documentary Center, Food w/ Sugar Hill Creamery, Nature w/ Brotherhood Sister Sol; Music w/ Vagabon

11/30/2023
This show explores Harlem, one of New York City’s most historic and noteworthy places. Co-hosted by special guest, Vita, she joins her mum, Stance’s host and founder Chrystal Genesis to highlight some of their favorite places. As residents of the area, they visit a handful of their favorite spots, spanning film, food and nature to uncover what continues to make Harlem one of the most distinctive pockets of NYC. Through independent filmmaking at Maysles Documentary Center, we chat with lead educator Art Jones about their one of a kind cinema space, filmmaking as a creative medium and the importance of community-first programming. At Sugar Hill Creamery we speak with co-founder Petrushka Bazin Larsen about founding Harlem’s only family owned ice cream store, the relationship between ice cream and Harlem’s community, and Vita gets to taste test a few of their seasonal flavors. Stance connects with The Brotherhood Sister Sol, a social justice organization empowering young people of color through community and environmental change. Chrystal and Vita visit their Green Youth Market and meet with senior manager, Nando Rodriguez, to find out how urban farming enriches the Harlem community. We end with music from New Yorker, Cameroonian American musician and songwriter, Vagabon, on her new record Sorry I Haven’t Called exploring joy after grief. All music used in this podcast is from Vagabon’s new album Sorry I Haven’t Called. With thanks to Nonesuch Records. This show was producer Zara Martin. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis Visit Stance's website at stancepodcast.com .com for more info and links from this episode.

Duration:00:57:51

Ep.62: On Humanity w/ Philosopher & Historian Professor Lewis R. Gordon; Poet & Writer Fariha Róisín; Music w/Soul Singer-songwriter Danielle Ponder

11/1/2023
How do we tap into sources of hope, compassion and humanity during such turbulent times? This episode of Stance explores this question through the lenses of philosophy, poetry, and music. Professor Lewis R. Gordon is a philosopher, musician, and historian whose areas of focus include existentialism, Africana philosophy, social and political theory, theories of race, and philosophies of liberation and education. He speaks with us about compassion, politics and power during periods of uncertainty and upheaval. Poet, writer and multidisciplinary artist, Fariha Róisín shares her latest poetry collection, Survival Takes A Wild Imagination, and reflects on hope, humanity, and imagining new futures. Soul artist, singer-songwriter and lawyer, Danielle Ponder introduces to us her compelling debut album, Some Of Us Are Brave, an anthem of resilience and hope. This show was producer Zara Martin. Special thanks to Im Genesis and Etay Zwick. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis Visit Stance's website at stancepodcast.com for more info and links from this episode.

Duration:00:43:44

Ep.61: Celebrating ESG w/ Co-Founder, Singer & Guitarist Renee Scroggins; Journalist, Cultural Critic & Professor Carol Cooper

10/1/2023
We’re back from our summer break to bring you a special show all about the seminal funk-punk dance band, ESG. Join us on this immersive musical journey through New York City exploring the 70’s, 80’s and beyond, following ESG and their unique sound and story. Starting in the South Bronx, sisters, Valerie, Renee, Deborah, and Marie Scroggins formed ESG with Tito Libran in the late 70’s. They went on to perform across the world and record dozens of records influencing artists in all genres, with their music being sampled over 500 times. The band’s body of work is rooted in New York City’s electric music scene, which spans Latin groove, hip-hop, rock, funk and more. In conversation with Chrystal Genesis, the band’s lead vocalist, guitarist and co-founder Renee Scroggins, shares her perspective on ESG’s origins, era-defining sound, and future. We find out more about the band’s new documentary “Are You Serious?”, new album and plans for their farewell tour. Stance hears from Carol Cooper, a journalist, professor and cultural critic, who was there to document ESG hitting New York City’s vibrant music scene for the first time. They both discuss the city’s booming creativity and crumbling economy, as well as what made 70-80’s NYC so unique. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis Special thanks to producer Zara Martin. Visit Stance's website at stancepodcast.com for more info and links from this episode.

Duration:00:34:26

Ep.60: Tribeca Festival, NYC’s Celebration of Film w/ actors Claire Danes, Zazie Beetz, CCH Pounder and filmmakers Steve Buscemi, So Young Shelly Yo, Guo Guo, Noam Kaplan, and Jennifer Esposito

6/30/2023
We take you to Tribeca Film Festival celebrating creative storytelling from the heart of NYC’s lower Manhattan. Chrystal Genesis interviews actors and filmmakers on the red carpet and backstage to cover some of the most exciting films and TV premiering at Tribeca. We catch up with actors including Zazie Beetz, CCH Pounder and Claire Danes to find out more about the mystery thriller TV show, Full Circle, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Prolific actor Steve Buscemi chats about his directorial project The Listener. It is an intimate look at the experiences of calling a helpline, as we follow one night in the life of volunteer helpline worker Beth, played by Tessa Thompson. Filmmakers So Young Shelly Yo and Guo Guo discuss their Korean American coming-of-age drama, Smoking Tigers, following the life of teenager Hayoung who navigates her shifting identity and working-class reality. Writer-director Noam Kaplan's drama covers Israeli politics, the struggle for liberation and womanhood in his engrossing new drama, The Future. Jennifer Esposito chats with Chrystal about reinventing the organized crime genre, by centering women, in her directorial debut film, Fresh Kills. A powerful, layered drama exploring the complicated dynamics of a mob family. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis Visit Stance's website for more info and links from this episode.

Duration:00:56:39

Ep.59: Hot Docs 30th Anniversary: Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival

5/31/2023
Stance visits Toronto to cover Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America, known for its bold and outspoken programming. Founded in 1993 by Canadian filmmakers and producers, the festival now showcases over 200 films from across 72 countries. While at the festival, Stance views visually arresting, thought-provoking, experimental and investigative documentaries premiering in Toronto from across the world. Chrystal Genesis interviews makers of the films including Who’s Afraid of Nathan Law?, covering Hong Kong’s fight for democracy through the political rise of lawmaker and activist Nathan Law to becoming most wanted by the age of 26. This World is Not My Own is an innovative portrait of self-taught visual artist Nellie Mae Rowe in 20th century Georgia, USA, through vivid dreamscapes and animation. The Homes We Carry follows Sarah, an Afro-German mother to a newborn, who dreams of being united with her family having been separated by two continents, Africa and Europe, in a moving search for home. Echo Of Everything explores the transformative power of music across cultures through science, history and philosophy. Plus we share a list of other compelling and important international films for you to check out. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis Visit Stance's website for more info and links from this episode.

Duration:00:49:48

Ep.58: Touring and Cooking in NYC’s Chinatown w/ Culinary Historian, Cookbook Author and Award-winning Campaigner, Grace Young

4/30/2023
We visit New York City’s Chinatown with culinary historian, cookbook author, and campaigner Grace Young. The largest in the US, it is known for an abundance of markets, eateries, multi-generational businesses, and independent stores serving New Yorkers and tourists from all over the world. It is home to a predominantly Chinese Asian diaspora dating back to the mid-1800s and today this area includes communities from Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and more. On a tour through the area, Grace guides Chrystal around Chinatown’s streets and landmarks. They begin at 65 Mott Street, the oldest tenement building in NYC, followed by a visit to Mee Sum Cafe, a local hangout since 1967 and now a household name known for its casual setting, Zongzi Chinese tamales, ginger tea, and small plates. Together they explore Grace’s favorite food markets, fishmongers and bakeries in the area. To end, Chrystal visits Grace’s home where she learns about the art and history of the wok, and how to make the perfect stir fry. In conversation with Chrystal, Grace shares why Chinatown is a living encyclopedia, the still felt impact of COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism, and the importance of supporting Chinatown’s history and future. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at Stance Podcast and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis and visit Stance's website for more info and links from this episode.

Duration:00:53:58

Ep.57: Excavating Spirituality w/ Poet aja monet, Writer Emma Warren, Visual Artists Senga Nengudi Fittz & Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees

3/31/2023
Stance delves into the spiritual realm and how it manifests through the visual arts, dance, music and poetry. An ever-evolving topic, we cover the power of spirituality through ancestral connections, imagination, movement, humor and joy. To start, we speak with surrealist blues poet, aja monet on the artistic movements shaping her writing and community organizing. We discuss her upcoming poetry collection Florida Water, and album When The Poems Do What They Do. We cover writer and journalist Emma Warren’s book Dance Your Way Home: A Journey Through the Dance Floor, an intimate look at movement through the personal, social and cultural history of dance. We speak in conversation with visual artists Senga Nengudi Fittz and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees who were both members of the Just Above Midtown (JAM) creative space which centered African American creatives in the 1970s and 80s in NYC. We explore the spiritual links between art, history and tradition, and their collaborative performance piece Tying & Un-tying at the MoMA in New York. This episode is guest-edited by Tamika Abaka-Wood, a cultural anthropologist, creative strategist, and founder of Dial An Ancestor. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis

Duration:00:56:21

Ep.56: Why You Should Care About Caste w/ Author Anindita Ghose, Activist & Storyteller Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Model & Engineer Seema Hari

2/28/2023
Have you heard of Caste? Whether you know it well or not at all, Caste in South Asia and around the world influences everything from politics, education, media, and family relationships. It’s a system which dates back centuries and today affects around 1.9 billion people. So how do we become Caste aware? We explore this and more through the lenses of literature, tech and the arts. We speak with Mumbai based author and journalist Anindita Ghose about her highly praised debut novel The Illuminated. A lyrical, human and provocative story set against India’s tense contemporary political landscape. Dalit rights activist, Thenmozhi Soundararajan discusses her powerful debut publication The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing and Abolition. She is joined in conversation by Model, engineer & DJ Seema Hari who shares their experience of caste oppression and the power of travel and transformation. If you like what you heard, please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis

Duration:00:44:57

Ep.55: Accra Ghana: Music w/ SuperJazzClub; Freedom Skatepark Founder Sandy Alibo; Culinary Sundown Experience at Palm Moments

1/31/2023
Stance is back with its sixth anniversary episode, a celebration of all things Stance loves: culture, food, music and art. In this show, Chrystal Genesis travels to the buzzing, complex and vibrant capital of Ghana: Accra. An epicenter of creativity, innovation and youth culture. While in Accra, Chrystal meets Ghanaian music collective SuperJazzClub, made up of artists, producers, filmmakers and DJs to find out more about their alternative sounds of the city. In conversation with Sandy Alibo, founder of social enterprises including Freedom Skatepark, we go for a tour of the park and hear how community-led projects and entrepreneurship shape the city’s burgeoning youth population. To end, art and food unite in a sundown dining experience at the creative space and restaurant Palm Moments, owned by model Anastasia Cobbinah, in collaboration with ceramicist Ella Bulley and Chef Kwame Fiafoli. Thanks for listening! Please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis

Duration:00:47:14

Ep.54: Live from Glastonbury Festival w/Producer, DJ and Vocalist Sofia Kourtesis

6/30/2022
Stance celebrates the summer with a live show from Glastonbury. The most iconic music and performing arts festival in the UK. Stance takes in the sounds of the festival atmosphere and speaks with Lima-born, Berlin-based producer, DJ and vocalist Sofia Kourtesis before her show at Glastonbury’s Sonic Stage. Sofia chats about her bittersweet house music, her Peruvian roots, and playing Glasto for the first time. Her recent EP Fresia Magdalena features tracks influenced by family relationships, loss, community, and hope. Before hitting the stage at Glastonbury, Sofia chats with Stance about how nature, joy, and activism inform her work, and how Berlin as a creative hub enriches her sound. Plus Stance spends the weekend taking in the sounds and atmosphere of the festival just for your ears. Thanks for listening! Please subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis

Duration:00:16:00

Ep 53: Sex, Desire & Pleasure w/ Author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Poet Samiya Bashir, Artist Lady Skollie, Journalist Kemi Alemoru; Music w/ The Twilite Tone

6/1/2022
We examine sex, desire, and pleasure through visual art, literature, culture and musical critique to uncover how black women, and women of colour, navigate their sexual needs and wants. Stance hears from Ghanaian non-fiction author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah on her book, The Sex Lives of African Women which shares stories of over 30 African women across the continent and its diaspora. We discuss sexual expression through poetry, performance and visual art with American poet and editor of erotica Samiya Bashir & South African visual artist Lady Skollie. UK based Journalist and culture editor at gal-dem, Kemi Alemoru explains how sex is depicted in music, film, and wider popular culture, through the lens of black women. We end with music as we chat with award-winning producer, composer and DJ, The Twilite Tone. We hear his debut solo album The Clearing which celebrates a space to be free by breaking away from the past. This episode is guest-edited by Charlene pPrempeh, founder of A Vibe Called Tech, a creative agency championing Black creativity and innovation. Subscribe, write us a review and join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:00:59:20

Ep 52: Island Life w/ Musician Leyla McCalla; Professor Godfrey Baldacchino; Author Mary Taylor Simeti; Writer Alice Albinia; Mitchell Kuga, Maura Walz & Yung Kha on HBOs White Lotus

4/30/2022
Stance explores Island Life through music, food, culture, and literature as well as where they sit within our imaginations. From representations on telly to Sicily’s diverse culinary food history, and Haiti’s culture and politics through sound, Stance attempts to get to the roots of Island Life. We hear the arresting music of Haitian American artist Leyla McCalla, as she speaks with Stance about her new album Breaking The Thermometer. We have an energetic conversation dissecting all things White Lotus set in Maui, Hawai’i, in a group chat with journalist Mitchell Kuga based in Honolulu, editor and writer Maura Walz stationed in LA, and film publicist Yung Kha in London. Living in Sicily, American author, Mary Taylor Simeti reveals the global influences which have for centuries shaped Sicilian cuisine. She speaks with Stance through an anthropological lens and also shares some of her favorite Sicilian dishes. British author, Alice Albinia presents a reading of her futuristic feminist island novel, CWEN. Her upcoming novel has been shaped by the past seven years she spent traveling around the edges of Britain, piecing together ancient, medieval and modern myths of islands ruled by women. Plus, Island expert and professor of sociology, Godfrey Baldacchino breaks down the narratives of Islands. For over two decades, Godfrey has researched islands in connection with topics including identity, small states and politics. Join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:01:14:48

Ep 51: Ukraine & the Narratives of War w/ Daemeah Karbeah, Cynthia Enloe, Daniel Trilling, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin; Hercules & Love Affair

3/30/2022
In light of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we examine how narratives of war shape how we see and experience conflict. Stance explores the tropes of war, racist media coverage, war as entertainment, and the current and future issues refugees fleeing Ukraine are likely to face. Plus, the impact this has on global politics and policy with Daemeah Karbeah, the co-founder of grassroots collective @BlackPeopleInUkraine, research professor of women & militarism Cynthia Enloe, and award winning journalist and author Daniel Trilling. We also speak with award winning journalist Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to get his take on international law and the concept of hierarchies of suffering. Stance hears music from Hercules & Love Affair, as we chat with Andy Butler about the upcoming release of their new record, In Amber, featuring ANOHNI and drums by Budgie of Siouxsie and the Banshees. In Amber, is their first offering in five years - an emotive, honest and genre-crossing album. Join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:01:01:28

Ep 50: Summer of Soul Director Questlove; Innovative Musicians w/Joviale, Planningtorock, KALLITECHNIS.

2/28/2022
Stance speaks with Summer of Soul Director Questlove and highlights the innovative musicians making their mark on music right now. We discover how the arts, introspection, sound, society, and heritage influence these artists and their crafts. Grammy winner, Oscar and BAFTA nominee, director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson discusses his spellbinding and vital documentary Summer of Soul, highlighting the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. Stance speaks with London-based multidisciplinary artist Joviale about their otherworldly, immersive alt-pop sound, and their latest EP Hurricane Belle. We chat with Tallinn-based singer, producer, and composer Planningtorock about celebrating queer happiness, fashion as a powerful language, and their latest EP Gay Dreams Do Come True. We catch up with Montreal-based songwriter, dancer, and visual artist KALLITECHNIS about her soulful songs, themes of love and vulnerability in music, and her latest EP Because it Feels Good. Stance also spotlights a range of other artists who continue to shape and innovate. Join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:01:25:26

Ep 49: Beyond the Studio: In Conversation with Artists Antony Gormley and Nari Ward

1/28/2022
Stance Podcast goes beyond the studio in conversation with world-renowned sculptors Antony Gormley & Nari Ward. From London and New York, they share unique, considered opinions on their own practices and each other’s work, and highlight themes at the forefront of their creativity. We cover the subversive nature of art, architecture, fatherhood, the human body, the island nations they’re from, and the role of community within their practice. It’s a powerful discussion between two visual artists who have shaped the landscape of contemporary art as we know it. Join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:01:04:16

Stance Takes Montreal: Where Music Meets Art w/ Musician Gayance; Visual Artist Yannis Guibinga; Art Collector Dr. Kenneth Montague

12/15/2021
Stance Takes is back with a special show taking you around Montreal’s creative scene. Known for its independent and eclectic music and visual arts, Montreal is a striking and dynamic French speaking multicultural city. In this immersive episode where music and art collide, Stance profiles Haitian Canadian musical artist, programmer and DJ Gayance. She invites Stance into her home for pancakes and a chat about her latest EP No Toning Down, and the cross-cultural influences behind her nostalgic and joyful sounds. We speak to Dr. Kenneth Montague, founder of Wedge Collection about his long-standing work as a Canadian art collector of Jamaican heritage, acquiring works that explore black identity, and his recent compilation of photographs in his book, As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic. To end, we meet with Gabonese photographer based in Montreal, Yannis Guibinga about his bold and futuristic representations of African identity and culture through the lens of photography. Join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:00:50:47

Stance Takes: MFest Muslim Knowledge & Creativity w/ Author Nadifa Mohamed; Journalist Rokhaya Diallo; MP Zarah Sultana; TV Director Nida Manzoor; Historian Blair Imani and more

7/19/2021
Stance Takes is back covering MFest, a multi-arts festival of Muslim knowledge and creativity with Maslaha with The British Library. We bring highlights from the festival, sharing an immersive glimpse from its programme, and speak with award-winning Somali-British author Nadifa Mohamed. The Fortune Men, covers the true story of the wrongful imprisonment and execution of Mahmood Hussein Mattan, a Somali seaman, in Wales. The book is a reimagined version of Mahmood Hussein Mattan's real life. We connect anti-racist struggles internationally with France-based journalist Rokhaya Diallo, UK Labour MP Zarah Sultana and US-based writer Hoda Katebi. We examine the practice of loving through the eyes of Muslim women with Founder of Amaliah Magazine, Selina Bakkar, creative producer Haja Fanta, political academic Hudda Khaireh, and journalist Myriam François. Stance explores the work being done to subvert narratives through comedy, with writer and director of Channel 4’s We Are Lady Parts, Nida Manzoor. We hear about the importance of wide-ranging Queer and Trans Muslim stories with poet Fatimah Asghar, author Zeyn Joukhadar, historian Blair Imani, and writer Faryal Velmi. To end, we discuss the process of creating fictional realities through fantasy novels for young adults with authors Reni Kosi Amayo, Intisar Khanani and Taherah Mafi. Join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:00:40:03

Ep 48: The Bronx w/ Yayoi Kusama at New York Botanical Garden; Artist Tasha Dougé; Rapper Kemba; Food: Togo’s Bognan International & Italian Madonia Brothers Bakery

6/30/2021
Stance visits The Bronx to spotlight its rich history and contemporary landscape to dissect how it’s one of the city's most unique and overlooked boroughs in New York City. Through visual art, global cuisine, and music, Stance uncovers just some of the individuals, scenes and places that make up The Bronx. For generations, The Bronx has been a point of entry for people from all over the world from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico call The Bronx their home. The birthplace of hip hop, The Bronx has been and still is a world renowned hub for creativity and collaboration, despite chronic underfunding. Stance views the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Garden - the largest botanical garden in a US city. We tour The Bronx and chat with mixed media performance artist Tasha Dougé on creating work as an act of resistance, and rewriting existing narratives. We visit forth generation Italian bakehouse on Arthur Avenue’s Little Italy, Madonia Brothers Bakery, and taste West African cuisine from Togo at Bognan International. To end, we speak with South Bronx hip hop artist Kemba about the rare energy of The Bronx in shaping his personal and creative evolution. Join the conversation at stancepodcast.com and all podcasting apps @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis stancepodcast.com

Duration:00:54:36