B-Side Conversations

The side you don't hear. The side that has so much to say.

2.3 (PT2): RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

In the wake of what can only be described as a human tragedy - the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States - I think this conversation with past guest, Anthony Jackson, is apropos. The focus of this episode is human civilization, the myths that surround it, the cost and benefits of, and some somewhat uncommon ideas on how to look at this thing most assume is overwhelmingly positive. This is a premise questioning episode, a conversation where we go directly to the assumptions within the subconscious so take your time, open your mind, and question why you think what you think you know. And by all means, call us out on what we may have gotten wrong. Cheers!

2.2 - YOU DOWN WITH VRA?!

Professor Atiba Ellis is back, as B-Side's first repeat guest, to talk about the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Amidst this contentious shit-storm that may precede the apocalyptic future of this country it is important to understand the history of voting and struggle  this nation has and continues to have with making good on its ideals. The Voting Rights Act was a landmark piece of legislation that continues to be assaulted for reasons that Professor Ellis and I discuss in Season 2's second episode. Much of the context surrounding VRA is largely unknown to most people, but it is key for understanding the social tensions that have given rise to our increasingly vitriolic political environment. Enough with the academic-speak! This is one of the most important episodes to date and one that will stick with you this election season. Enjoy!

4: IS JUNGLE FEVER CONTAGIOUS?

That's right folks, we're talking about interracial relationships in this fourth episode of the podcast. Nichole is one of my best friends, a black woman, and someone with a unique perspective and experience around dating outside one's race. Topics include the origins of staying within one's race while dating, first romantic experiences outside one's race, the social implications of black men marrying white women, and the value of "tasting the rainbow". We've only scratched the surface, but this is a good starting point. Enjoy!

2b: BACK IN THE DAY WITH MY PARENTS (Dad)

Pull up a chair as my mom and dad drop by, drop some knowledge, and tell us about growing up black and poor in the south in the 40s and 50s. My mom and dad grew up in Georgia and Florida, respectively, and were kind enough to retell some old stories and put the beginnings of the civil rights movement into a context few have ever heard. We end the show with their thoughts on the state of blackness in the U.S.

2a: BACK IN THE DAY WITH MY PARENTS (Mom)

Pull up a chair as my mom and dad drop by, drop some knowledge, and tell us about growing up black and poor in the south in the 40s and 50s. My mom and dad grew up in Georgia and Florida, respectively, and were kind enough to retell some old stories and put the beginnings of the civil rights movement into a context few have ever heard. We end the show with their thoughts on the state of blackness in the U.S.

1b: POLICING GONE BLACK (Part 2)

IN THIS EPISODE I TALK WITH LAW PROFESSOR, ATIBA ELLIS, ABOUT HIS THOUGHTS ON POLICE KILLINGS OF YOUNG BLACK FOLKS OVER THE PAST YEAR, HIS OWN EXPERIENCES WITH RACISM, AND THE BEGINNINGS OF STOP AND FRISK. WE BLERD OUT A BIT AND TALK SOME STAR WARS AND THE MATRIX, BUT ALWAYS KEEP THINGS 100.

1a: POLICING GONE BLACK (Part 1)

In this episode I talk with law professor, Atiba Ellis, about his thoughts on police killings of young black folks over the past year, his own experiences with racism, and the beginnings of stop and frisk. We blerd out a bit and talk some Star Wars and the Matrix, but always keep things 100.