Strange Fruit MUSINGS ON POLITICS, POP CULTURE, AND BLACK GAY LIFE
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Strange Fruit: Your Auntie's Vintage Fur Is More Than Just A Coat

For many African Americans, style has never been simply about keeping up with the latest trends or adhering to what one would consider chic. After the Great Migration--the movement of millions of black Americans out of the rural South--style also signaled financial success and social clout, despite racial prejudice. This week, Chicago Tribune writer Lolly Bowean joins us to discuss her recent piece, "In handing down furs, black women continue a rich tradition." Later in the show we explore another aspect of African American culture, the sometimes toxic relationship between black mothers and their children. Journalist Arah Iloabugichukwu's explores this phenomenon in her piece, "The Strained Relationship Between Black Mothers & Their Daughters." And in hot topics, we discuss all the places that folks shouldn't put Vicks VapoRub.

Strange Fruit #276: Happy Birthday, Kaila!

In his recent The New York Times essay, "I Cross My Legs. Does That Make Me Less of a Man?" novelist Brian Keith Jackson reflects on his childhood worry that crossing his legs would telegraph his sexuality. Eventually he realized he was repeating the move in an attempt to shrink from the judgmental gaze of others. He joins us this week to talk about overcoming this fear and learning to open up. We also chat with South African HIV Activist and writer Krishen Samuel about his essay "Becoming a Real Gay Boy: Gender vs. Sexuality." Samuel joins us to offer a gay man's perspective on what he describes as the straitjacket that is masculinity when you do not fit neatly into your gendered box. And, most importantly, some of special friends and family send Kaila a birthday tribute that brings her to tears. Happy Birthday, Kaila!

Strange Fruit #275: How The Jezebel Trope Hurts Us All

We're joined this week by Dr. Tamura Lomax, independent scholar and the co-founder and CEO of the online feminist and anti-racist publication The Feminist Wire, to discuss her book, "Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture." In the book, she traces the Jezebel trope (the portrayal of black women as naturally lascivious and seductive) from the black church to black pop culture. On today's show, we discuss how the persistence of this trope perpetuates heteronormativity, gender hierarchy and patriarchy within black communities and cultural institutions. Later in the show we chat with writer Matthew Thompson about his provocative essay, "The messy relationship between f*ggots & the Black American pop diva," which explores the symbiotic relationship between black women pop stars and black gay men. In Juicy Fruit, I reveal how holiday music can be bad for your health, while Doc shares the story of a fun-loving parrot who likes romantic music and ordering ice cream from Alexa.

Strange Fruit: Comic Sampson McCormick On Breaking Barriers

Our featured guest this week is black gay stand-up comic Sampson McCormick, who's headlined such venues as the historic Howard Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Harvard University, and the National Museum of African-American History in Washington D.C. An award-winning entertainer, Sampson join us to talk about his decades-long career of breaking barriers, overcoming obstacles, and shattering expectations as a black queer comic. And he weighs in some of his fellow comics who've made headlines lately, including Mo'nique, D.L. Hughley, and, of course, Kevin Hart. In a very special edition of Juicy Fruit, my sister-in-law Steu stops by the studio and we discuss whether it's time for Santa to get a makeover.

Strange Fruit #273: Are You A Transgender Ally Even When It's Not Easy?

As a cisgender person, you might pride yourself on your transgender wokeness. Your email signature includes your PGP (Personal Gender Pronoun), you address groups of people as "y'all" instead of "guys "or "ladies and gentlemen," and you've even got a #BlackTransLivesMatter bumper sticker with a t-shirt to match. This week's first guest, trans college student Zayn Singh, says it's easy for allies to perform wokeness within progressive bubbles like college campuses – in a sea of people who mostly hold similar beliefs. But Zayn says what really matters is our readiness or reticence to be outspoken and keep that same woke energy when we see transphobia occur outside the bubble. Later in the show we talk with Gabby Ryan from Melbourne, Australia about her journey to coming out as asexual. Gabby is seven years into what she describes as, "a happy straight-passing relationship with a cis-het man." We had lots of questions, and Gabby was gracious enough to help us and our listeners learn more about what asexuality means to and for her and her partner.

Strange Fruit #272: 'Why Is My Wheelchair A Negative?'

In the 5th grade, Ola Ojewumi was diagnosed with a heart condition that made it difficult for her heart to properly pump blood throughout her body. By 11 years old, Ola was a double transplant recipient, with a chronic illness and limited mobility who relied heavily on a wheelchair. She became a person living with disability. For many years Ola despised being disabled and tried to hide her disability. Now, she is the founder of the global education nonprofit organization, Project ASCEND, which provides college scholarships and and civic engagement opportunities to low-income and disabled youth. This week we speak with Ola about her disabled black girl magic--her struggles, triumphs, and how she shows the world what it means to live with disabilities, not in spite of them. And in Juicy Fruit: A Harvard professor says that if you eat more than six french fries at meal time then you've been overeating. And PETA wants us to start feeding two birds with one scone.

Strange Fruit: Looking Forward On World AIDS Day

To us, World AIDS Day is a day to commemorate those we've lost to HIV/AIDS, uplift those who are living with the virus, and a reminder for us to fight like hell together to end both the stigma and the epidemic. We've dedicated this week's show to discussing where we are now when it comes to HIV/AIDS awareness. First up, we hear from a wonderful young man named Chad about his journey with HIV, from his recent diagnosis, to the ensuing depression, and his eventual path to resiliency and empowerment. His story is moving, powerful and awe-inspiring. Later in the show, Rhonda Cowan and Ryan Benningfield from Volunteers of America (VOA) join us to drop some HIV 101 knowledge and talk us through what to expect when going to get an HIV test. Volunteers of America offers free, anonymous HIV testing at their office at 933 Goss Avenue. More information at (502) 654-8389 or on their website.

Strange Fruit #270: Flamin' Hot Cheetos And Menthol Smokes

Happy Belated Turkey Day! We're keeping it light this week with a full episode of Juicy Fruit, featuring a hodgepodge of hot topics. Did the Flamin' Hot Cheetos-flavored turkey make your Thanksgiving menu this week? Speaking of flavors, the FDA is moving to ban the sale of all menthol-flavored cigarettes and restrict sales of flavored vapes and e-cigarettes. More than 88 percent of African-American smokers prefer menthol cigarettes. Is this an appropriate attempt to improve public health or simply misguided government overreach? In music news: It might be NSFW, but if the viral Jill Scott video has you clutching your pearls or shaking your head, well then you've got this all wrong. And by popular request, #TeamStrangeFruit reveals our selections for our Holiday-inspired mixtape.

Strange Fruit #269: When Your Moms Are White (And You're Not)

November is National Adoption Month, a designation intended to raise awareness of the need for permanent families for children in the foster care system. How much does race matter when it comes to giving a child a loving adoptive home? How important are racial heritage and cultural traditions for a child who is racially and ethnically different from their adoptive parents? And what is it like being adopted by two moms or two dads? Morgan Rumple is a black woman who was adopted as an infant by a white lesbian couple who lived in a nearly all-white community in Indiana. She joins us to discuss her experiences as a transracial adoptee and how her parents navigated homophobia, racism, and cultural differences.

Strange Fruit #268: Yes, We're Still Talking About Who Can Say The N-Word

No matter how you spell it, say it, or intend for it to be received, the N-word remains a hot button issue. The rules seem pretty clear for white people - don't say it, ever. But it gets more complicated for non-black people of color. Writer and podcaster Olga Marina Segura joins us this week to discuss the complicated relationship between Latinx folks and the N-word. Even though she identifies as Afro-Latina (her father is a black man), Segura says she'll never feel comfortable using the word as a term of endearment and challenges other Latinx folks to think more critically about using the word.

Strange Fruit #268: Yes, We're Still Talking About Who Can Say The N-Word

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