D’Arcee and Kimberly are back following the declaration of Juneteenth as a Federal holiday…and we have thoughts about that; and why Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, and the ever omni-presence of country music seems to be in all public spaces, but black sound isn’t. Have you ever wondered why you’ll only hear rap music (even edited versions) in teen stores, or clubs, but movie theatres, restaurants, theme parks and public areas play predominately white music? That’s the subject of discussion in this fascinating two part episode; where we hear from University of Utah History Professor Eric Herschthal about the correlations of nature versus nuture in cultural preference and the identity tourism of the cotton club before it even began. We also talk to PhD student and queer activist Victor UltraOmni, a Women and Gender Studies student at Emory University in Atlanta about the nature of whitness in black spaces and how such concepts reinforce themselves in ways that cause unseen damage. This episode had so much wisdom and great conversation, we actually split it into two, so be on the lookout for the next installment as well.
Music from this episode:
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Hypnotize – Notorious B.I.G.
Express Yourself – N.W.A.
Sweetest Goodbye – Maroon 5
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Daddy Lessons – Beyonce
Attribution c/o Soundsnap:
Musical Pad 4 – User: 344 Audio
Shuffle Type Groove, Cool side-stick groove, Slow halftime groove, Deep kick beat, – User: Outlaw Music
Song Loop w/bass, beat, scratch, voc sample – User: Andrew Potterton
Big Beat w/claps – User: Trickshot
Tribal Drum Beat – User: Eat Static
Hip Hop Drumloop (Timbaland Style) – User: Quickmix