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Pod Party 2 (aka Pods: The Revenge)  

Like I said in Part 1, I listen to a lot of podcasts during the week. As you may have gleaned from the title, this batch is mostly about movies.

girlswillbeghoulsGirls Will Be Ghouls features Zena (The Real Queen Of Horror) and Ashlee (the wizard behind Graveyard Shift Sisters).

Why I Listen: Two black women talking about various aspects of the horror genre, what’s not to love? Movie reviews get 2 ratings – 1 for the overall movie; 1 for character diversity.

Fav Episodes: Any of Them

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screamsquadThe Scream Squad is a bi-weekly horror podcast hosted by Jamie Righetti and Chico Leo which digs into the deeper issues at play in our favorite scary movies.

Why I Listen: Because I sometimes wonder how gentrification impacts the plot of a haunted house movie.

Fav Episodes: Women Gone Wild | Monstrous Moms

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micheauxmissionLen Webb and Vince Williams are on The Micheaux Mission – to watch and review every Black feature film ever released.Frequently include guests.

Why I Listen: Because I like black movies. (Be warned – one of these fellas does not acknowledge the glory of The Last Dragon.)

Fav Episodes: Definition of A Black Film | Love Jones | Eve’s Bayou

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cinemosityCinemosity – Sharon, Kamille and Martin bring you a potent blend of celebrity gossip and rumor and reviews of b-movies, bad movies, and genre film. Your weekly dose of Starlets, Slashers and Cyborgs!

Why I Listen: To keep up with movie news and lively discussion of (mostly bad) movies.

Fav Episodes: The Fog (horrible remake)

More podcasts to come…

Update – Even though it’s not a podcast, one of my favorite weekly sources for horror/sci fi entertainment news is Collider Nightmares:

Pod Party – Part 1

Once upon a time (about a decade or so ago), I used to listen to radio while in the office. Online streaming meant I could slip on my headphones and have NPR in the background all day. Over time, I got tired of listening to the same voices and, when I finally got an iPhone, found myself navigating to podcasts.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorites. (In no particular order.)

helgaHelga Davis is a probing conversation podcast which explores the provocative issues surrounding what it means to be an artist and a citizen in the 21st Century.

Why I Listen: The conversations are insightful and Helga’s voice is a relaxing combo of warmth, comfort and love.

Fav Episodes: Sarah Jones | Solange

girlonguyGirl On Guy with Aisha Tyler is a show about art, culture, booze, comedy, family, physical injuries, psychological bruises, action movies, rock music, ninjas, zombies, failure, success, sacrifice, video games, and blowing shit up.

Why I Listen: Great conversations, get to know the “person” behind the star/persona

Fav Episodes: Viola Davis | Sheryl Underwood I II
(The show is on hiatus, but there are over 200 episodes.)

thespin1Hosted by award winning international journalist Esther Armah, The Spin is a weekly hour long podcast featuring women of color talking policy, social justice, race, sex, power.

Why I Listen: activists, artists, journalist and organizers talking about problems and solutions.

Fav Episodes: The Consent Convo series

getitrightHosted by Jamie Broadnax, the founder of  Black Girl Nerds, Get It Right analyzes pop culture through the lenses of justice, and particularly reproductive justice.

Why I Listen: Thought provoking discussions of pop culture. I hope they do a season 2.

Fav Episodes: Hip Hop’s History of Reproductive Justice

mkuaMisty Knight’s Uninformed Afro is a brand new podcast series that will explore the origin stories, character development, and story arcs of our favorite Black superheroines in comics.

Why I Listen: This is a brand new podcast, I’m looking forward to learning more about these characters.

Done with these? Move on to Pod Party 2.

None Of Your Business

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Listening to Hip Hop’s History of Reproductive Justice, the 2nd episode of the Get It Right podcast, brought back to mind a song that meant a great deal to me in the early 90s: None Of Your Business by Salt-N-Pepa.

Picture it: It’s 93/94, I’m in college and thinking a whole lot about my sexual orientation. What do you do when your realize that your attractions and desires run counter to all of the religious/political/social programming you’ve received? So, I was learning a foreign language (statistics), trying to get up the courage date girls and deal with internal conflict (who am I/who I’m expected to be).

Salt-N-Pepa’s None Of Your Business helped with one of those problems. If there ever was an anthem dismissing hypocrites who get off on regulating the sexuality/sensuality of others–this is it. This song was everything to me. Starting off from the intro: What’s the matter with your life / Why you gotta mess with mine / Don’t keep sweatin what I do / Cuz I’m gonna be just fine.

Now, of course the scenarios mentioned in the song are hetero — women being judged on their dealings with men. When I saw the video and my mind exploded: “oh my God, there are gay people in this. They are talking about me too!”

Check out the cluster of folks dancing/writhing and shouting “None Of Your Business!”

I felt so affirmed. This song wasn’t the only thing that helped me figure out that it was okay to be myself but it felt really good to have media/entertainment from black artists reflecting that too.

(See also: The Woman to Woman episode of Living Single.)

*Get It Right is a podcast that analyzes pop culture through the lenses of justice, and particularly reproductive justice.

A Cup Of Poetry…

So, the current edition of Cup Of Poetry (one of the podcasts featured in Penguin’s Radio Room) features Poets and Poetry inspired by the city of New York.

And that (flat? nervous?) voice you hear reading the first poem–Walt Whitman’s One Hour To Madness & Joy–is mine. 🙂

Meet Sensual Writers of Zane’s PURPLE PANTIES

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Title – Feel the Fire: Meet Sensual Writers of Zane’s PURPLE PANTIES
Date – 6/25/2009
Time – 7:00 PM

PURPLE PANTIES not only boasts one of the most seductive covers of any erotic collection of stories on bookshelves today, but it also serves up beautifully crafted, sizzling, and intoxicating lesbian fiction by the industry’s top erotic writers. Escape with host/writer Claudia Moss as she welcomes an unforgettable cast of intelligent, smoldering authors.

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I’ll be on the show talking about The Next Girl.

Shameless Self Promotion

Hear editor Jolie du Pre talk about my inclusion in Swing! Adventures in Swinging.
Hear the entire interview at Sippin On Ink

The Forbidden Project – Episode 1 audio

Here’s the audio from the show and a couple of notes:

1) From the Lesbian Life section of about.com: Kiki is a term that was used in the lesbian bar culture of the 1950s and 1960s to describe someone who was neither butch nor femme. At that time, the bar culture was very much into roles and most women were pressured to choose either butch or femme. (In the 90’s, older lesbians in Baltimore were still using the term “kiki” that’s how I learned about it.)

2)The book I mentioned near the end is Unclutter: Cleanse Your Spirit & Claim Your Stuff by Kevin E. Taylor

You can listen to the show here or download it via iTunes:

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