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We Want the Airwaves

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. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.
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Jun 28, 2015

Musician. Author. Filmmaker. What doesn't Vivek Shraya do? Back in April, I sat down with the Toronto-based artist to discuss the economics of touring and self-publishing, racism in the music industry, and our shared love of the 1993 Salt'n'Pepa album Very Necessary. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Photo by Karen Campos Castillo.

May 31, 2015

Ajuan Mance is a visual artist and my former literature professor. She has been an actively involved in The Art of Living Black for several years and draws a portrait series called 1001 Black Men. She is also the author of Inventing Black Women: African American Women Poets and Self-Representation 1877-2000.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

 

May 1, 2015

Visual artist Texta Queen and I discuss the differences between the US and Australia in terms of racism, making a living as an artist, and organizing DIY events. Come see both of us at the Queers & Comics Conference May 7th & 8th, 2015.  Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivitnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Apr 5, 2015

Indira Allegra explores issues of violence against people of color and LGBTQ people through her video and textile work. In this episode, she discusses losing her hearing while working as an ASL interpreter, getting her first film picked up for distribution in Canada, and developing a disability justice political framework.


Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Sep 1, 2014

Mixed-race queer Arab indigenous poet Amir Rabiyah and I discuss how to "respectfully reintegrate" parts of your racial/ethnic heritage that have been assimilated away, growing up mixed in Hawai'i, and the politics of editing an anthology. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Jul 3, 2014

Miyuki Baker spent fourteen months traveling to sixteen countries and making zines about the queer cultures she encountered in each place. In this interview we discuss how she found the funds to travel, the connotations of "queer" in different countries, and international polyamory.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

May 4, 2014

Manish is the artistic director of Peacock Rebellion, a Bay Area-based queer and trans people of color performing arts organization. Peacock Rebellion produced a cabaret about the nonprofit industrial complex in 2012, and is currently training a cohort of queer and trans people of color to become activist stand-up comics. Manish used to be my boss, then we became close friends, and we just recently started working together again after a year of not speaking. Find out why in this episode.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Apr 18, 2014

Totally Radical Muslim zine editors Shenaaz Janmohamed, Aliya Karmali, and Roxana Dhada discuss how to enable prisoners to participate in zine culture, tensions between Sunni and Shi'a Muslim communities, and building solidarity between Muslims across racial and ethnic lines. (Aliya Karmali is not pictured.)

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

 

Mar 2, 2014

When trans women of color take over the world, Lexi Adsit will be to blame. This recent SF State graduate is currently co-organizing the first International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering for the upcoming Allied Media Conference. In this interview, she discusses her background as a student organizer of the Queer Yo' Mind Conference, and her research on trans women of color affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Oct 9, 2013

Let's be honest. Relationships between queer communities and communities of faith are often icy at best, and outright antagonistic at worst. So where does that leave queer people of faith?

This week, We Want the Airwaves' new East Coast correspondent Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes interviewed transqueer poet J Mase III to find out how being raised by a Baptist mom and a father in the Nation of Islam shaped his art and his activism. Originally posted on 10/17/2013. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Photo by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes.

Sep 17, 2013

Veteran. Fashion Designer. Yoga Instructor. This interview investigates the many lives of Kiam Marcelo Junio, world-traveler and former resident of the Philippines, Japan, and Spain. I sat down with him in Chicago to find out how he explores themes of colonialism, assimilation, and nostalgia through performance, queer "drag", and fashion.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Aug 18, 2013

Cartoonist. Nationally-recognized activist. Bookseller. This week I sat down with Van Binfa, co-founder of the Soy Quien Soy Trans Empowerment Collective to talk about learning to put himself before the movement, working full-time while homeless, and which nonprofits to watch out for. Highlights include:

- why he prefers retail to non-profit work,

- how you can make money writing fan fiction, and

- how racial segregation and gentrification have shaped Chicago’s queer communities.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Jul 1, 2013

Fabian Romero is a queer Chicano poet, performance artist and community organizer. In this interview, Fabian opens up about how getting sick, losing weight, and gaining thin privilege have affected their career. Be sure to listen all the way to the end for a sneak preview of their forthcoming pieces about call-out culture and anti-black racism in communities of color. Highlights include:

- why internet fame is a double-edged sword,

- how the words of civil rights leaders get appropriated inappropriately,

- and why "allyship" is an act, not an identity.

 

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Jun 3, 2013

Love Corazón is an incredibly wise (and accomplished) young woman who has just published her first book, Trauma Queen, about surviving childhood sexual abuse. In this interview, she shares some of her wisdom on how survivors can support each other, when "harm reduction" isn't enough, and the tyranny of self-care. Highlights include:

- Why she quit sex work,

- How she got her book deal, and

- Why we need to shift from a paradigm of "self-care" to "communal care."

TW: discussion of rape, suicide, and anti-trans violence

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

May 21, 2013

It's the radicals versus the assimilationists. But wait, are we talking about the queers or the DREAMers? In this case, it's both! Undocuqueer activist illustrator Julio Salgado discusses his political progression from painting a picture perfect portrait of undocumented students to a framework that recognizes even if your record isn't squeaky clean, you don't deserve to be deported. Highlights include a date with a gay Latino Republican, using art to combat fatphobia and body-hatred, and the "privilege" of being undocumented in California.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivitnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Photo by Jesus Iñiguez

May 11, 2013

Chemist. Poet. Fifth-degree black belt. Meet Ryka Aoki, author of the new Lamba Literary Award-nominated book of poetry (and more), Seasonal Velocities. In this interview, we discuss her previous job doing weird science (really, really weird science), publishing her book with a brand-new DIY all-trans press, and her Lamba Literary Award nomination. Highlights include how judo prepared her for a life in the social justice movement, how being an abuse victim helped prepare her for an MFA in poetry, why your "movement" work doesn't have to end in becoming jaded and burning out.

This interview was originally recorded May 11th, 2013.

This is only 1/3 of the podcast. You can find the rest at gumroad.com/artactivistnia.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Apr 15, 2013

Magnoliah Black hates Tyler Perry. This week I sat down with the burlesque performer, writer, and speaker to discuss media representation of plus-size black women, living next-door to your heroes, and having a Dom that buys you gift certificates to Whole Foods. Listen in to find out how she went from awkward black girl to Rubenesque Burlesque sensation! Originally posted on 5/1/2013.


Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

Mar 13, 2013

Kim Tillman has been writing her Grammy acceptance speech since she was a little girl. Now that she's moved to LA to focus on her music career, she's closer to achieving that dream than ever. She's currently recording songs for an upcoming American Girl film and working with Pixar animators on her next music video. Stay tuned till the end for an exclusive live recording of Kim's last show at Actual Cafe! Highlights include which Disney song is shockingly subversive, how she stays positive in the face of racism, and why you shouldn't be afraid to ask for the money you deserve.

Read the interview at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Mar 12, 2013

Award-winning author. Sex educator. Radio host. What hasn't this woman done? In this episode, Nia sits down with Virgie Tovar, editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion to find out what makes her tick, how she got her big break, and what advice she has for up and coming writers of color, both inside the academy and out.

 

Highlights of this interview include:

- how to turn a flirting workshop into a book deal,

- why grad school makes women of color feel like they're losing their minds,

- and what sex work can teach you about business.

 

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivitnia. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.

 
 

 

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