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Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.

Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.
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Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.

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English


Episodes

76: Paradise Khanmalek

10/2/2017
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Paradise Khanmalek draws fat, hairy, brown goddesses. In this episode, Paradise and I discuss the way capitalism segments the art world, the way Iranians are racialized in the US, and the spiritual side of graphic design work. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:41:24


75: Sarah Burke

9/3/2017
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Former managing editor of the East Bay Express, Sarah Burke and I discuss the exploitation of gallery artists and the masculinist nature of journalism. We also try to get to the heart of what makes a good editor. Photo by Janelle Kajisa. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:43:54


73.5 Anthony J. Williams, Part 2

8/14/2017
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In part two of this interview with Black queer writer Anthony J. Williams, we discuss anti-Black racism in POC communities, analyze some common Bay Area social justice lingo, and identify a few of the barriers Black folks face in accessing mental health help. Photo by Jee Jing. Transcription by Joyce Hatton. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactvistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:37:44


73: Anthony J. Williams

8/7/2017
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Queer Black non-binary writer Anthony J. Williams and I discuss his time studying abroad in South Africa, growing up in a military family, and the lack of Black folks in Bay Area "POC" spaces. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Listen to the audio at qtpocart.libsyn.com or on itunes. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:39:30


72: jia qing wilson-yang

7/4/2017
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Mixed-race Chinese and white Canadian trans lady novelist jia qing wilson-yang and I sit down to discuss her Lambda Award-winning novel, Small Beauty. We also discuss the politics of passing, self-care, and the utility of anger. Photo by Jackson Ezra. Read the transcript: scribd.com/artactivistnia Support the podcast: patreon.com/artactivistnia

Duration: 00:42:33


71: Farzana Doctor

6/11/2017
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Indian-Canadian queer Muslim author Farzana Doctor and I discuss her three novels, achieving diversity without sacrificing quality, and being divinely inspired. Photo by Vivek Shraya. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 01:08:17


70: Kai Cheng Thom

5/1/2017
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Chinese-Canadian trans poet and author Kai Cheng Thom and I discuss her new book, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir, her fear of loving violence too much, and using lies to tell emotional truths. Transcribed by Joyce Hatton. Photo by Jackson Ezra. Read the transcription at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 01:10:33


69: Qwo-Li Driskill

4/2/2017
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Cherokee Two-Spirit artist, activist, and scholar Qwo-Li Driskill knows more about the history of indigenous people in the US than anyone I know. In this episode we discuss the complicated relationships between Black and Cherokee people in US history, identity policing in indigenous communities, and how sometimes your ancestors' culture gets passed down to you without you even knowing it. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 01:00:40


68: Hasan Namir

3/5/2017
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Gay Muslim Iraqi-Canadian author Hasan Namir asked himself, “What would my life be like if I had never left Iraq?” He imagines the answer in his Lambda Award-winning novel, God in Pink. In this interview we discuss the double-lives of gay men in the Middle East, ISIS being on Grindr, and whether things were better for gays in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Read the transcription at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Audio editing by StormMiguel...

Duration: 00:44:11


67: Kamal Al-Solaylee

2/4/2017
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Gay Muslim Yemeni-Canadian journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee traveled to ten different countries to report Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), his magnum opus on race, color(ism), labor, migration, and economics. We discuss his definitions of brown: We also discuss the history of colonial powers using of brown people (specifically Indians) as a buffer between Blacks and whites places like Trinidad and Uganda, and debate whether Black and brown can ever co-exist...

Duration: 00:56:38


Hari Kondabolu Re-release!

12/25/2016
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Usually on We Want the Airwaves I interview queer and trans artists of color about their lives and their work, but sometimes I get to interview an artist I really admire who is not queer or trans. Hari Kondabolu is one of those people. In this interview we discuss being on @midnight, his friendship with W. Kamau Bell, and why he loves Oakland and recorded his album Waiting for 2042 there. Intro music is Twenty Years On by Safe. Please support the indiegogo campaign for our East Coast book...

Duration: 01:03:30


64: Launch Party for Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 2

12/9/2016
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In this talk-show style live podcast recording, Nia interviews Elena Rose about how Sojourner Truth NEVER said "Ain't I a woman?", Juba Kalamka about meeting Kanye when he was fifteen, Lexi Adsit about running an all trans women of color comedy program, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha about the perks of making it "big time". Read the transcription at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 01:11:22


65: Star Amerasu pt 2

10/31/2016
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Black trans woman musician and performance artist Star Amerasu discusses the ups and downs of her last few years, from sex working and living in a transitional housing program/SRO to touring Europe and North America and getting paid "coins" to perform her music for international audiences. She credits her success to cheap rent, good friends, and a job with flexible hours. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:43:20


64: Star Amerasu

10/10/2016
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Star Amerasu is a queer Black trans woman in a binary art world. In this interview, she discusses overcoming trauma through performance art, growing up in six different states, and the politics choosing to live or die. She makes art to remind herself, in the words of Miss Major, that she’s “still fucking here!” Read the transcription at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:27:50


63: The Bollywood Project

9/3/2016
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Hani and Uzma are the co-hosts of my FAVORITE podcast, The Bollywood Project. In this interview, we discuss our favorite women in Indian cinema, from actresses to directors to screenwriters and even fictional characters. We also discuss queerbaiting, colorism, and movies with missed opportunities for feminist endings. (We spoil a bunch of movies, including two of my faves: Gunday and Ishaqzaade.) Read the transcript at niaking.tumblr.com. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:59:47


62: Trish Salah

8/7/2016
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Mixed-race Arab trans woman poet, educator, and activist Trish Salah has a lot of work to be proud of. In this talk, she maps out her trajectory, from being part of a militant labor union in graduate school to protesting pinkwashing at the World Out Games, to becoming politicized around trans issues in a Toronto activist community that was led by sex workers and poor folks. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:30:45


61: Sam Levin pt 2

7/16/2016
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East Bay Express-turned-Guardian reporter Sam Levin doesn’t consider himself an artist or an activist, but in this interview I try to convince him otherwise, while also trying to get him to teach me everything he knows about journalism. We debate whether “the truth has a liberal bias,” discuss the differences between covering the local news for an alt weekly and covering the Western US for an international publication, and talk about why people across the world should/do care about what...

Duration: 00:50:52


60: Sam Levin

7/2/2016
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Sam Levin didn't chose crime. Crime chose him. The baby-faced Daily News intern-turned-Guardian reporter talks what makes a good reporter and his own journey to becoming one: talking to people on the worst day of their lives, dodging lawsuits, and running into people he's reported on at parties. Oh yeah, and that one time he chased Lindsay Lohan around a bowling alley. Read the transcript here. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration: 00:31:18


59: Neve Be(ast)/Lyric Seal

6/5/2016
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Multiracial, multigender, multimedia artist Neve Be(ast) discusses sex work, #branding, and being the disabled Black punk Lana Del Rey. Read the interview here. Support the podcast here.

Duration: 00:41:29


58 Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

4/3/2016
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Sri Lankan/Irish queer disabled femme writer Leah Lakshmi and I discuss her new memoir, Dirty River, racism in the publishing industry, and whether it's better to fight your way into the mainstream or just do your own thing on the outside. Photo by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes.Read the interview here. Support the podcast here.

Duration: 01:04:14

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