Nightclub designer Steve Lewis joins us in studio once again. What it takes to “design a space.” Why Bill DeBlasio has been positive for NYC nightlife. What movies really capture New York, and more.
Ric Leichtung (@ricleichtung),Events Director at AdHoc, joins us in studio this week. The sort of people who work in the nightlife industry, Building inclusive DIY spaces. Reacting to the changes at Webster Hall. Why there is still a stigma by venues about hip-hop crowds/acts.
Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S. history at Duke University. She joins us this week to discuss her book on an important topic: "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America." Why the Elite Libertarian project has been destroying American democracy. John C Calhoun and James Buchanan as forefathers of Neoliberalism. The still-operative property rights arguments that were born of defending slaves as property. Why the Koch Brothers’ time horizon was key to their success. The Koch’s goal of a constitutional convention to shackle majority will.
This week we’re joined by film director Shan Nicholson and musical artist and activist Roxiny. What motivated Shan to make “Downtown Calling” and “Rubble Kings.” New York’s mix of danger and opportunity. The DJ set that led to “Downtown Calling.” How DJing and archival research are nearly the same thing. Shan’s 2010 film “Rubble Kings.” Roxiny’s song on the soundtrack of “Rubble Kings.” How New York has evolved culturally and economically, largely for the worse. Check out Roxiny’s single.
Today's On Point is Andrea Bell, is director of insight at WGSN. How Andrea transitioned from journalism to trendwatching. What is a ‘Feelings Forecast?’ Why corporate clients often hate to ‘start from zero.’ What is ‘futurism’ and how is it used? How “athleisure” was predicted in 2008. The importance of certitude, validation, and a jumping-off point.
Anil Dash, entrepreneur, activist and writer joins Dope Boys in studio this week. How Anil started in tech, and his desire to enable creators. Anil’s goals of asking tech “humane” and “ethical.” Discovering tech’s lack of openness with regard to inclusion, and how that amplified inequities in society. Where does tech’s problem with diversity stem from? Anil’s perspective of the place of Indian-American men in tech. The incompetence or malice of tech leaders cooperating with Trump on photo ops. IBM’s history of collaborating with fascists. Silicon Valley is unprepared for the contempt that developed toward the Wall Street being aimed at them. Uber’s incredibly cartoonish culture problems. Peter Thiel as a tech gatekeeper and puncturing the cowardice of the tech press. Anil’s Prince enthusiasm and how it intersects with tech.
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Is New York still dope? Michael’s magical early New York experience. Michael’s visit to New York while in The Tubes. The magic of disco- and early hip-hop-era New York. Entering the music scene, meeting Jean Michel Basquiat, and the beginning of NY hip hop, including the time it was referred to as “executive style.” Britain's history of “biting” styles like punk. How Michael brought together the main elements of hip-hop on Sept 15, 1981.
Liza’s journey from modelling to acting and finally to writing and poetry. How she ended up becoming a poetry teacher at Riker’s “Island School.” Seeing the realities of mass incarceration first-hand. Why the 16-17 year olds in her Riker’s class took her teaching. Becoming awake to the prison-industrial complex, and then sharing it with Riker’s students. Riker’s a cautionary threat for NY adolescence. Why adolescents all go crazy at some point. On Riker’s getting shut down.
Liza’s play, The Peculiar Patriot, out in September at the National Black Theater.
Daniel Stedman, film director, producer, writer, joins us to discuss his numerous projects, including The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, BAMbill, Taste Talks, SummerScreen in McCarren Park, and the Northside Festival.
The different events Northside Media puts on, including a “discovery festival,” and a culinary thought-leader conference.Moving to NY on September 11, 2001 for a film career. The thinking behind decisions to sell a company and re-buy the company to independence.
Tressie McMillan Cottom is professor and sociologist at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of her new book, ‘Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.’’
The “gospel of education,” as tied to the “gospel of wealth.” Education as an article of faith. The arc of education investment in America since WW2. Why Bill Clinton was to the right of Ronald Reagan on education. How does class fit into our expectations of work and education.
The three motivations Timothy had behind writing On Tyranny now. Why he is not an “American Exceptionalist” especially with regard to American authoritarianism. What the foresight into Trump’s chances in 2016 by many African-Americans signifies. How the internet mattered more than real life in 2016. The importance of “corporeal politics” and getting your body into the world to act. Why all art is political in our time and the important skill-sets of artists.
How she knew caribbean influences, especially in a song like ‘Tropicao,’ would be current. Where her interest in political activism came from, including her mother. How she organized the Millions March in 2014. Why society expects people to do good exclusively for free.
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Where the name and inspiration for @WeAreSoze, Michael's creative impact agency, came from. Michael’s earlier work in filmmaking. Working on Global Grind with Russell Simmons. Building co-ops and equity. Why Michael thinks we should re-imagine capitalism. The importance of expanding and sharing power. Michael’s work and observations on the movement to close Rikers.
New York based actor/comedian/writer Tiara Francis joins us in studio this week. Tiara’s journey in performance arts since childhood. Starting at Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell. “Being allowed to talk,” on the set of creative enterprises. Tiara’s time at Upright Citizen’s Brigade doing improv and comedy. Tiara’s work on deadass.tv. Tiara recommends musical artist “No Name” and Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.”
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Why Ingrid is running for Mayor of Detroit. Why creatives should get involved in politics. Detroit's sprawl and history of massive inequality along racial and geographic lines. The primacy of poverty and inequality. The water shut off policies and legacy of attacks on lower income people by Detroit's emergency managers. Ingrid’s interest in political afrofuturism.
Go to Ingridlafleur.com and follow her at @ingridlafleur
Jason’s wide range of activities around music and culture. Launching the Clive Davis music program at NYU. What goes into determining a music program at a university. How to balance industry and economic concerns with artistry and creativity. The importance of consensus and pragmatism. The decimation of music’s middle class. The modern difficulty in getting people’s attention. Jason recommends Laura Mvula, his band “Company Freak,” and some more acts he’s enjoying currently.
Follow Jason on twitter: @jasonkingsays
Peter joins us to discuss his new book, "How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood." How the popular media description of gentrification focuses too much on the individual. Gentrification as a symptom of inequality. How and why Manhattan was turned from a manufacturing hub to a real estate and office space center. The racist and anti-socialist development of suburbs in postwar America. Redlining. The 1970s as an intentional low point for cities. The subsequent takeover of cities by developers.
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Legend of the New York club scene Steve Lewis rejoins us in studio this week. On “finding himself” in a club. Why everyone should go to prison, and always expecting to go to prison, and what his 10 months in prison allowed him to catch up on. Teaching astronomy and birdwatching in prison. Opening “Plaid” 5 weeks after leaving prison. Why Steve thinks clubs needs to became more overtly sexual.
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Katie’s view on “culture coming from the margins.” Viewing herself as an artist and creative first as a “business artist.” How to get the “right” people in a room. Working in the music industry as iTunes was launched. Real relationships in a digital media relationship age.
Follow Katie on twitter @GoodPeoples
“Introducing Corporate to Cool: Katie Longmyer Connects Young Artists to Corporate Types,” NY Times
Jessie Daniels, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College-CUNY, joins us in studio this week.Jessie’s academic work on racism and David Duke and Stormfront. White Supremacists making the jump from old media to the internet. KellyAnne Conway and White Feminism in the age of Trump. White womanhood and the ability to “be fancy.” Emma Watson, Beyonce, and the interplay between identity positionality and privilege in discourse.
Jessie Daniels is an internationally recognized expert on the Internet manifestations of racism. She is the author of two books about race and various forms of media, White Lies (1997) and Cyber Racism (2009), as well as dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Gender & Society, American Journal of Public Health, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.
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