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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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Dec 28, 2015

Comedian W. Kamau Bell discusses his past FX show (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), his upcoming CNN show (United Shades of America), moving his family back to the Bay Area, and teaching his daughters "in this family, we stand up".

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

Dec 22, 2015

In part 2 of my interview with tech activist Lynn Cyrin, we discuss anti-Black racism at Facebook, Google, Dropbox and Reddit. Lynn explains why Facebook won't change its "real names" policy and how Quirrel (the social network she is building with CollectQT) will be better/queer-friendlier.

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

Dec 5, 2015

Black trans woman tech activist Lynn Cyrin discusses being homeless in SF, crashing fancy tech events, and crowdfunding enough money to get a place her own (after moving to Portland).

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

Nov 1, 2015

Indigenous multimedia artist Grace Rosario Perkins discusses Thin Leather, a series of paintings she collaborated with her dad on, the whiteness/maleness of the music program at Mills College, and UIUC's racist school mascot. She is part of the Black Salt Collective which has a show at SOMArts called Visions into Infinite Archives from January 14 to February 10, 2016. More info at http://www.somarts.org/blacksalt/.

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

Oct 9, 2015

micha cárdenas has been on the cutting edge of using technology for social change since the Myspace days. In this interview she discusses virtual sit-ins, designing an app to help immigrants find water in the dessert, and being one of few trans Latinas with a PhD.

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

Sep 6, 2015

Monica Trinidad is a Chicago-born, Chicago-based artist, activist, and prison abolitionist. In part one of this interview we discuss her work with Brown and Proud Press, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, and her impressions of protests in Oakland versus Chicago. Part two is coming later this month.

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

Aug 17, 2015

Back in April, I had the privilege of interviewing (straight) Australian comedian Aamer Rahman while he was touring the US. Rahman is perhaps best known as part of the comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet, and for the video that went viral of his joke about "reverse racism". In this interview, Aamer and I discuss growing up brown and Muslim in Australia pre-9/11 versus post-9/11, getting into comedy by accident, and selling out shows all over Australia.

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

Aug 2, 2015

Elena Rose is a mixed-race, mixed-class, trans woman of color performance poet and minister. In this interview she described how her mom's working-class values shaped her ideas of womanhood, finding out she had a trans great aunt in the The Philippines, and her own transition as death and rebirth.

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

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.

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