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Well, while you hunker down for what we're told is going to be a helluva of winter storm, why not listen to a new episode of Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse, airing this Saturday at 6pm EST. Due to what turned out to be one of our best comic con experiences, the crew (Dburt, Capt. Kirk and Dburt) decided to take a shot at recreating the Blerds and Bleeks Speak segment of the 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival held at the Schomburg Center (Harlem, NY) during MLK Day! So hold on to your hats, when we welcome Ashlee Blackwell (Grvyrd Shift Sisters), Karama Horne (The Blerd Gurl), Maurice Waters (Black Sci-Fi) and Joseph Illidge (Verge Entertainment, The Mission) for a gabfest with topics ranging from comic cons (minority themed and otherwise), the promotion/business of Blerd culture and expectations for geekery circa 2016. And if that wasn't enough, Messrs. Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham, the creative team behind The Tuskegee Heirs, stop by to discuss this great graphic novel project and the (ongoing) successful Kickstarter campaign that is making this comic series a reality. Call in live at 646-915-9620.
I don't believe it-even here-forty thousand kilometers from earth....the first thing I see is a giant alien white man with an attitude-Dr. Adam Brashear/Blue Marvel
Check out the latest episode of Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review airing this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST. Join Capt. Kirk and Dburt as they don their deerstalker caps to investigate the following current event laden "mysteries": time to deconstruct the Black entertainment industry-why are African American artists so vocal about racism being levied against them and their livelihood but quiet about the Black death and dysfunctionalism experienced by their non elite brethren?; And is Will Smith Inc deserving of a #sowhite hastag?; the X-files reboot returns to stellar ratings; our impressions of Black History 2016 and perhaps some anecdotal/Blue Area data is in order; does Stacy Dash deserve a pass in the wake of hip hop producer, Timbaland's apathy toward Flint, Michigan residents?; the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent while visiting the US are recommending reparatory justice for African Americans; more info is coming out on Elon Musk's new wave Hyperloop transportation system. And if time permits, we address the race casting controversy over an upcoming Michael Jackson inspired UK comedy series. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
Oh Our Stars and Garters! More snow and thankfully more, Blerdic podcast installments! Don't forget to check out this Saturday's new episode of Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse airing promptly at 6pm EST. Join your "Podcast X-Men" as they investigate the following pop, pulp and political issues: The Washington Post and Joseph Ilidge's Mission both weigh in on yet another successful minority themed Kickstarter comic book campaign entitled simply, BLACK; we finally wax about the stellar return of the X-Files back on at FOX; and speaking of FOX, why the move to Fridays for both Sleepy Hollow and Second Chance; more icons are passing, Earth, Wind & Fire, co-founder and frontman, Maurice White passes; discussing The RootTV's video montage entitled, "What It's Like Being Profiled for What You Wear"; bringing DMC (of Run-Dmc) to Marvel Comics; more discourse on how the CW-DCverse television IPs have been progressing thus far; while we are in the thralls of Black History Month, we not only cover the history of Blacks in Comics but also pontificating whether we are at the precipice of a Blerd/Black Comic renaissance. And lastly, AtlantaBlackStar highlights an emerging African video gaming company, by way of Cameroon called Kiro'o. Call the show live at 646-915-9620.
When the system is comfortable with corruption, what can one honest man do? Fight the system-David Zavimbe-Batwing
While you're battling snowdrifts in the Northeast, why not check out the latest episode of Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse podcast, airing this Saturday at 6pm EST! During this installment we welcome not one but two special guests. For the first segment, the crew welcomes Bounce webcomic creator, Chuck Collins to the show. Mr. Collins will not only discuss his exciting and popular series but also the state of independent comic books, diversity in geek culture and tangentially the rise of Blerdom.
And if that wasn't enough edutainment, actress and Renegade Nerd CEO, Claire Lanay joins us to discuss her company, growing female nerdom as well as diversity concerns present in pop culture. And perhaps throughout the respective interviews, we will address the latest "going ons" in geek business: the growing controversy centering around actor, Joseph Fiennes' upcoming portrayal of Michael Jackson in a UK comedy special; Marvel CEO, Ike Perlmutter donates 1M to Donald Trump's Veterans fundraiser; reviled hedge fund manager/pharma CEO, Martin Shkreli vs Ghostface Killah (huh?), Agent Carter's Pre-Loving vs VA romance with Dr. Jason Wilkes; the Justice League returns to Cartoon Network; Joseph Illidge's Mission piece on two Captain Americas (and two Hulks and two Spidermen and so forth). Call in live at 646-915-9620.
I've been a thief, a goddess, and X-man, and a queen. And yet, I somehow, I always end up in a sewer under New York City-Ororo Munroe, Storm
Greetings, folks! Let's make this a real attempt at brevity! Welcome to a new episode of Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review podcast, airing this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST. Check out the latest musings of your favorite podcast superhero team as they decipher the most current event laden and topical "codes": our impressions of rap artist, Macklemore's new single entitled, "White Privilege" as well as his commentary on race relations in the U.S.; Dburt connects the dots between an interesting anecdote that was revealed during famed comedian/director, Keenen Ivory Wayans' geneological search on Finding Your Roots and the media's most recent Oscars debate; on the blerd front, filmmaker, Kevin Smith intimated that DC may be channeling more from Marvel than one would think relating to the possible comingling of their TV and film IPs.
Democratic presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders seemingly dodges the slavery reparations question; Harvard reserachers embark on a "moonshot challenge" thanks to 28 Million in funding to attempt to map an A.I. brain like the neural connectors of a human cerebrum; with news from Sundance regarding Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic and actor Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation film, does the cure for the Oscar dilemma lie with Black folks producing films beyond hackneyed rom-coms?; why exactly did B.o.B. rapper debate the astrophyscist, Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson over the "world being flat?" Hopefully, comedienne, Sherri Shephard was listening in as well. And again, speaking of Sundance, we weigh in on a new Blerd centric film entitled, Sleight. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
What's the deal, people! Check out the latest episode of the Mid Week in Review, thanks to Afronerd Machine Works. Don't forget to set your clocks for this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST as your designated hosts, Dburt and Capt. Kirk hone their detective skills analyzing this (mid) week's topics: After this year's Oscar nominees were revealed to not include any films or talent of color, actress Jada Pinkett Smith calls for a boycott of the famed award broadcast; activist and media personality, Rev. Al Sharpton causes controversy for a soul food reference during a rally with a majority Black crowd on MLK Day; we give our impressions of not only this past weekend's Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg (Harlem, NYC) but also Dburt's appearance as a panelist during the event; and speaking of Dr. King's Holiday, we revisit once again, our thoughts as to what would the iconic Civil Rights think about race relations and by extension Black progress empowerment, circa 2016; what exactly can we learn from the apparent ascendancy of "budget" hip hop artist, Lil Dicky (Save Dat Money!); Black Lives Matter's head acolyte, DeRay Mckesson makes an appearance on Stephen Colbert's Late Show and proceeds to instruct him on his White privilege (yawn...can't we just do the work without exposition?). And lastly, we highlight the successful Tuskegee Heirs graphic novel Kickstarter campaign. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
Howdy! Don't forget to set your clocks for yet another funky information based episode of The Week in Review podcast, thanks to the Afronerd Radio Machine!
Join Dburt and Capt. Kirk this Friday at 7:30pm EST as they shine a metaphysical flashlight on the following (mid) week issues: iconic rocker/musician/actor, David Bowie passes this mortal plane at the age of 69 from cancer; our impressions of the controversy hovering around actor, Sean Penn, who was able to garner an interview from alleged drug lord and fugitive, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman; Wu tang frontman, RZA not only has adopted the vegan lifestyle but has a message for young Black men (hint: a conservative appearance might not be a bad thing); Dburt marvels at a prototype personal passenger drone called Ehang 184-George Jetson would be proud;
Is Hillary starting to feel the Bern? Is Trump losing Cruz control? Hmmm; getting back to something we missed during the last episode.....just what was Maine Governor LaPage talking about? D-Money, Shifty and pregnant White girls?; The Afronerd crew are scheduled to make an appearance at this weekend's upcoming Black Comic Festival, courtesy of Harlem, NY's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; The Root asserts that the upcoming Keanu Reeves' film, Exposed (co-starring hip hop legend, Big Daddy Kane) displays another case of White-washing an originally minority themed project. And lastly, another Root piece unpacks the notion that it is not a given that Black Millenials will give their vote to the Democrats this electoral season like generations past. Call in live at 646-915-9620.
Hey! We're back! Check out the latest episode of Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse podcast, airing this Saturday at 6pm EST. Join Dburt, Capt. Kirk and the "Uncanny" Daryll B. as they unfurl the following pop/pulp and political mysteries: Okayplayer.com Managing Editor, Kevin Clark returns to discuss the honesty of Billboard's Top 35 R & B Artists of All Time list; does the cancellation of TNT's live action Teen Titans series represent the saturation point many geeks fear with popular superhero TV translation properties?; as the new Star Wars film tracks to surpass Avatar as the high grossing film (ever!), its director, J.J. Abrams responds to criticism that his film is just a repackaged episode #4-New Hope (and there's a petition for George Lucas' return in the works); our impressions of a skin bleaching ad from Thailand that has gone viral and enraged social media; and in more racism is the new drug news, Maine governor, Paul LePage backtracks on racially tinged remarks he made while addressing his state's growing heroin addiction/trafficking problems; is Beyonce really aiming to make the Hottentot Venus story?;
Netflix does it AGAIN-discussing the Black 70s period drama enitiled, The Get Down; Shadow and Act highlights the concept of hyper-tokenism via Lupita Nyongo's Maz character in Star Wars: the Force Awakens.
And lastly, a recent Black Nerd Problems piece waxes about how some perceive Black authenticity by having familiarity with HBO's The Wire. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620,
Let's continue the positive vibe through out 2016, people! Pull up a seat and a cool refreshing drink while you listen to the latest episode of The Mid Week in Review, thanks to the Afronerd Radio machine.
Join Dburt and Capt. Kirk this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST as they tackle the most current issues bubbling up above the surface during the (mid) week: Okayplayer.com Managing Editor, writer and pop culture critic, Kevin L. Clark stops by to discuss current music trends as we hopefully posit whether African-American music quality has declined; noted psychiatrist, scholar and author of The ISIS Papers, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing passes; and as if ironically inspired by Dr. Welsing, a reverse doll test involving two White children goes viral on the cyberwebs; new cars from Ghana's auto manufacturing plant roll out into the global marketplace for the first time.
Militia groups challenge the US government by occupying a federal building over a dispute about grazing rights (and issues of racial double standards arise) ; philosopher (in his own mind), actor and male scion of Will Smith, Jaden, causes a stir by wearing a dress for a Louis Vitton Womens fashion ad (Dr. Welsing appears to be ever prescient). And lastly, Philadelphia, P.A. now bears the distinction of having the first Black female comic shop owner, Ariell R. Johnson of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
I believe there's something inherently dangerous when something real becomes mythic. Because when faced with a myth we can't win. So the mythic must be exposed for what it is. So we can believe in ourselves. Because it's only what's in us...the drive to be mythic..that matters.-Lex Luthor
Happy New Year to our ever growing listenership! Why not welcome in the new year with a review of last year's pop cultural goings ons along with the "great expectations" for nerdism in 2016. If you haven't guessed, this is the first Grindhouse Mashup episode for 2016, airing this Saturday at 6pm EST, courtesy of the Afronerd Radio machine. Join Dburt, the "Uncanny" Daryll B. and Capt. Kirk for a part 2 session of Blerd/Nerd phenomena (Marvek movies, DC/Warner coming up in the horizon, Netflix and Chill, CW and streaming content, Harlem's Black Comic Festival, diversity in comic, video gaming, etc). Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
All men have limits. They learn what they are and learn not to exceed them. I ignore mine.-Bruce Wayne
We're almost there, people! Check out Afronerd Radio's last show....for 2015. Pour that that last batch of egg nog and pull up a seat to listen to our Year in Review podcast airing this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST. Join Dburt and Captain Kirk as they wax poetic and try to cover some of the major events/movements in popular and political culture as 2015 comes to a close. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
Seasons Greetings, people! Join us for our penultimate Xmas/Mid Week in Review podcast airing this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST, courtesy of the Afronerd Radio machine! Take a sip of eggnog and listen to Dburt and Capt. Kirk wax poetic about this week's (mid) week current issues: comedian/entrepreneur Steve Harvey finds himself in Twitter Hell due to a flub during his hosting of the Miss Universe contest; noted astrophysicist,Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson also finds himself in a Twitter troll war because of his time honored science fiction/science fact tweets about certain films. Unfortunately, he chose to poke fun at the latest Star Wars movie; and yet, in more Blerd news, the prospect of a Black Hermione for an upcoming Harry Potter play is causing a stir (on Twiter....AGAIN); Capt. Kirk and Dburt trade opinions on the new Star Wars versus Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming, Hateful 8 film; CBS gets critiqued for censorship due to a televised focus group comprised of American Muslims who questioned US foreign policy in the Middle East. And lastly, our thoughts on President Obama's modern take on media access with his upcoming appearance on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Call in live at 646-915-9620.