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Ep. 19 - Nothing's Ever For Free Man! (feat. Evelyn From The Internets)
We sat down with everyone’s favorite internet cousin, Evelyn From The Internets. She gave us a rundown on how she started out and how she fluidly switches between her internet personality and Evelyn IRL. We also talked about her trip back to the motherland and what it means for her as a storyteller. More importantly, we debate the merits of “callout culture” and address her fears of being dragged by Black Twitter. Lastly, she tells us why she’s willing to pass up on lucrative opportunities...
This Porridge Is Thick
Our first special guest of the season is the multi-hyphenate Kenyan sensation "Blinky" Bill Sellanga. Blinky is a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer and one fourth of the Kenyan art and music collective, Just a Band. We discussed many things, namely the importance of passing down the legacy of African music to the next generation and what we as artists and consumers can do to keep our stories alive. He also offers his unique take on the future of the Afrobeats movement, his relationship...
Perfomative Wokeness - Ep. 17
We are living in a time where pro-blackness is popular. Long gone are the days where blackness was at the fringes of popular culture, the black aesthetic is at the front and center of the cultural zeitgeist. We should revel in this moment, but also take note of the problematic issues that have risen as a result of it.This week we sat down with Esther Orudiakumo, a Nigerian-American who has a passion for story-telling capabilities of black diasporic art. We discussed how hyper visibility...
No News For Me Only Pop Culture
"Hustle until you no longer have to introduce yourself," so they say. What does that even mean? Better yet, what does that entail? This week, we sat down with Remul, the founder of Chapter R interiors. We discussed how her DACAmented status led her down a non-linear path to entrepreneurship and the importance of accumulating social currency early in one's career.
Injera Is Our Life
Food is a code that expresses identity. Once a person asks how something is made, why it’s made or why its called a certain way the answers go beyond culinary learning. We get to understand a culture, habits, rituals and tradition by exploring foods from various communities.This week we chopped it up with Eden, the founder of Black Foodie, a lifestyle blog that explores food through a black lens. We discussed the importance of understanding the origins of traditional dishes and how we can...
What's A Great Product If Nobody Buys It?
Why does Nigeria have a cultural hegemony on the Afrobeats movement both at home and abroad? The continent is a billion strong with hundreds of original musical styles yet the likes of Davido continue to get the most play. Other artists that are equally as talented remain relatively underrated and unknown. Whose responsibility is it to introduce new music styles and carry them to mainstream African culture? Join us for an enjoyable discussion with Nimi Ajayi an up & coming DJ based in the...
Why Do You Want To Take Away My Gulfstream?
Church business, a prickly conversation topic in most African households. Christianity is a remnant of colonial presence and it’s widely been adopted across the continent. Among it’s requisite practices is consistent tithing by parishioners, rich or poor. This week, Nigerian citizens took to Twitter to debate the practicalities of tithing. Many of its’ citizens have to make a decision between giving to the church or paying for their basic needs. Is it fair for the church to expect them to...
Power, Politics & the Patriarchy
This week we discuss trending topics at a very high level. These matters will be discussed in depth later in the season. How do long-standing attitudes towards gender and sexuality contribute to dysfunctional relationships and enable domestic violence within Diasporan communities? What does this mean for the modern African man and woman? In the case of Winnie Mandela, what happens when the patriarchy continues to undermine the legacy of feminist icons? How can women ensure that their...
My Self-Care Doesn't Have To Look Like Yours
This week we discuss collective cultural perspectives on mental health within the African community. The short story, Memories We Lost by Lidudumalingani explores the ways in which our traditional beliefs shape our attitudes towards mental health. How does culture contribute to the definition of mental illness? Join us for an informative discussion with Heron Bankole, a mental health program advisor at Minnesota’s Dept. of Health. She bravely shares her experience with anxiety and how she...
Is Your Passport Ready For Wakanda?
There is no denying the shared experience amongst black people in the diaspora. Still, there exists discord and distrust among different black communities. Is Afrofuturism, as seen in Black Panther, the answer? Join us on our journey through Wakanda as we attempt to answer this question.
I Am Done With My Labor Going Unpaid
They say it is not the job of the oppressed to educate the oppressor, however what room does that leave for nuance when it comes to uncomfortable conversations? Have we gotten a little too carried away with being politically correct?
Are Africans romantic? Is the concept of love a western ideal? This week we discuss how African heritage informs our dating process.
I am not Pastor Material
In this episode, we discuss growing up African in America. The expectations our families have for us and what effects they have. What will we hold on to? What will we let go of? Let's discuss.