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Join Jai and Doc as they examine black gay life through the voices and stories of those of us who live it....and live it well! A new episode is posted every Saturday.

Join Jai and Doc as they examine black gay life through the voices and stories of those of us who live it....and live it well! A new episode is posted every Saturday.
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Join Jai and Doc as they examine black gay life through the voices and stories of those of us who live it....and live it well! A new episode is posted every Saturday.

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English


Episodes

Strange Fruit #255: It's Funny Because It's True (A Conversation With Dylan Marron)

8/17/2018
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Dylan Marron's "Every Single Word" series uses humor to point out an absurd lack of representation of non-white people in Hollywood.

Duration:00:38:03

Strange Fruit #254: Expanding The Definition Of 'American Boys'

8/3/2018
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Soraya Zaman's "American Boys Project" is a photography collection (and upcoming book) featuring portraits of transmasculine people throughout the country. Through it, Soraya hopes to expand our ideas of who trans men and transmasculine people are, and can be. Soraya joins us this week to tell us more, along with Lazarus Letcher, whose portrait is included in the work. And poet and choreographer Uwazi Zamani joins us with the story behind his phenomenal spoken-word piece, "Parades."...

Duration:00:41:59

Strange Fruit #253: Honestly We'd Be Eating Chocolate Anyway

7/27/2018
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Chocolate is even sweeter when it's for an important cause.

Duration:00:30:47

Strange Fruit: A Conversation With 'Pose' Co-Creator Steven Canals

7/20/2018
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The groundbreaking show is set in the ballroom scene of 1987 New York City.

Duration:00:28:35

Strange Fruit #251: Greeting Cards That Look Like Us

7/13/2018
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Otis Richardson was tired of going to the greeting card aisle and seeing row after row of smiling white couples. So he started making his own.

Duration:00:40:11

Strange Fruit #250: Ricky Jones on James Baldwin (and Tucker Carlson)

7/6/2018
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Dr. Ricky Jones, from the University of Louisville, reflected on a James Baldwin quote in a recent column for the Courier-Journal. That got the attention of Fox News, and Jones appeared on Tucker Carlson's show last week. As you might imagine,it didn't go too well.

Duration:00:39:26

Strange Fruit #249: How Watermelons Became A Racist Trope

6/29/2018
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Historian Bill Black explains how watermelons became a racist trope. Plus a Carnegie Center exhibit tells the life story of Lucy Higgs Nichols, a formerly-enslaved woman who became a Civil War nurse.

Duration:00:31:15

Strange Fruit #247: Darnell Moore's Memoir Tells The Story Of A Gay Black Survivor

6/22/2018
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The title comes from one of several life-threatening experiences retold in the book, and on this week's show.

Duration:00:37:45

Strange Fruit #246: Matthew Charles, Rehabilitated Then Re-Incarcerated

6/15/2018
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Matthew Charles was convicted of seven charges related to the possession and sale of crack cocaine. This was in 1996, when the crack-to-cocaine ratio was still 100 to 1, meaning that selling one gram of crack carried the same punishment as 100 grams of cocaine. Matthew was got a sentence of 30 years to life. While he served his term, the sentencing guidelines were changed. Matthew had a perfect behavioral record while incarcerated, and was released early in 2016, having spent almost half...

Duration:00:33:46

Strange Fruit #246: Matthew Charles, Rehabilitated Then Re-Incarcerated

6/15/2018
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Matthew Charles was convicted of seven charges related to the possession and sale of crack cocaine. This was in 1996, when the crack-to-cocaine ratio was still 100 to 1, meaning that selling one gram of crack carried the same punishment as 100 grams of cocaine. Matthew was got a sentence of 30 years to life. While he served his term, the sentencing guidelines were changed. Matthew had a perfect behavioral record while incarcerated, and was released early in 2016, having spent almost half...

Duration:00:33:46

Strange Fruit #246: Whose Job Is It To Make Sure Louisville Seniors Don't Live With Bedbugs?

6/10/2018
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Our colleague Jacob Ryan from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting was working on a story at Dosker Manor, a high-rise public housing complex in downtown Louisville. As he interviewed residents for his original story, something else kept coming up in the conversations: bedbugs. More than half of residents in the 685-unit complex either had them, had recently had them, or were making drastic lifestyle changes to try to avoid them. Dosker Manor is housing for seniors and people...

Duration:00:25:58

Strange Fruit #245: Homegirl Box Delivers Women's History

6/1/2018
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Kaila just had a rough semester. Her students wouldn't do their reading and didn't seem to be paying much attention. She was feeling low. Then she got a box in the mail packed with Audre-Lorde-themed swag from a student who appreciated her class. Turns out, it was a Homegirl Box. And she knew we had to interview whoever came up with it. This week we talk to Brittany Brathwaite, co-creator of the Homegirl Box, a gift box inspired by the life and legacy of bold and visionary women of color....

Duration:00:38:43

Strange Fruit #244: Reading Books, Living With Your Parents, Doing Your Civic Duty

5/25/2018
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We've all been busy this week, doing our civic duty. Not only was Tuesday Election Day, but Doc has been on jury duty all week! Her stories about the people she's met there bring up some questions about whether serving on a jury is too much of a hardship for hourly workers and low-income folks. Event planner Darien Green has been busy too. He's planning the second annual installment of "A Gay-la Experience," which is scheduled for June 2. Darien joined us this week to tell us more about...

Duration:00:45:58

Strange Fruit #243: "Flying While Fat And Black"

5/18/2018
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Amber Phillips flies a lot, and she knows what can happen to people whose bodies don't fit perfectly in small airplane seats. So when she sat down for a short flight from Raleigh-Durham to Washington, DC late last month, and her arm was touching a fellow passenger's arm, she was worried. “I was thinking, I really hope she doesn’t treat me mean,” Phillips would later tell the Washington Post. "She was fidgeting, and finally she looks at me and goes, 'Can you move over?'" But Phillips was in...

Duration:00:38:39

Strange Fruit #242: White Guys Teaching White Guys To Be Less Racist

5/12/2018
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When we talk about racism and sexism, we often talk about women and people of color. But what does it mean to be an informed, empathetic, white man? That's the question posed by a series of workshops in San Francisco called "Stepping Up." Unlike many diversity and inclusion programs, this one is specifically designed for white men, and lead by white men. During the sessions, students can ask questions anonymously through an app, to lessen the fear of asking or saying something racist or...

Duration:00:39:14

Strange Fruit #241: In Search Of Big Freedia

5/4/2018
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She's featured on Beyoncé's "Formation" and in Drake's song "Nice for What." You've heard her voice and most definitely heard her influence. But there's a good chance you don't know what Big Freedia looks like. Popular (and mainstream) artists like Bey and Drake are quick to use Big Freedia on their songs, but never feature the Queen of Bounce in their videos. "You know, my voice be on a lot of different stuff and people want to use bounce music as a part of their music, but when it comes...

Duration:00:39:38

Strange Fruit #240: Juicy Fruit News Round-Up

4/28/2018
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It's almost Derby Week, and there's already a lot going on in Louisville! So this week, we're doing an all-Juicy-Fruit news round-up. We cover Shania Twain putting her cowgirl boot in her mouth with fans, the Philadelphia Police Chief's misunderstanding of coffee shop culture, why girls' and women's clothes don't have pockets, and more.

Duration:00:46:48

Strange Fruit #239: When Black Women Raised America

4/21/2018
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During WWII, while a large swath of the male population was fighting overseas, women at home went to work. The feminist narrative might say this was the beginning of women's escape from domestic drudgery -- a first glimpse of what it might be like to be financially independent and self-supporting. Who does this narrative leave out? Black women, for whom staying at home to focus on childcare and household management wasn't necessarily an option even before the war. Instead, many black women...

Duration:00:40:04

Strange Fruit #238: How Sex Trafficking Laws Affect Consensual Sex Workers

4/14/2018
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Backpage.com, a classified ad service similar to Craigslist, was seized by the U.S. Department of Justice last week, and abruptly wiped off of the internet. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the site, "the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults alike." Backpage was targeted by SESTA, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which was recently passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives....

Duration:00:32:29

Strange Fruit #237: Poverty And Public Transit In Louisville

4/6/2018
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If you rely on public transportation in Louisville, it might limit not only how long it takes you to get where you're going, but also where you're able to work, and live. A story by WFPL's Amina Elahi looks into how bus routes affect the lives of those who commute on them. Amina joins us this week to play some excerpts from her radio piece, and tell us more about what she learned in reporting it. You can read her story here:...

Duration:00:43:28