Saturday, December 30, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST EPISODE #04: BRUCE STURGELL IS LARGE AND IN CHARGE




On this episode, I talk with my good friend Bruce Sturgell, the country’s preeminent men’s plus-size fashion guru and founder of the website Chubstr.com, who’s new web series “Sized Up” just debuted with a big splash in September 2017.



“Sized Up” features Bruce touring the plus-size fashion scene in cities all across the country, meeting with private designers, fashion boutiques, and even major retailers who feature prominent plus-size collections, many of whom owe Bruce a debt of thanks for much of their success.

MUSIC:
Sweet HayaH – Better
Usurper Vong – The Hunt Is On (Ooh La La)
No Flow – Here To Stay
Doctor Striker – Be A Man, Go The Gym

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CORNEL WEST IS A HARD MAN TO LOVE

(PHOTO: Vice)
I have been extremely hesitant to wade into Cornel West’s most recent schoolyard showdown with Ta-Nehisi Coates, but after reading the former’s recent op-ed in The Guardian“Ta-Nehisi Coates Is The Neoliberal Face Of The Black Freedom Struggle” – I would like a word.

Coates never claimed to be anyone's radical; he writes for the Atlantic, America's preeminent liberal magazine, for Chrissake. For West to paint him as one, and some sort of "false one" at that, is misleading at best and incredibly disingenuous at worst. I also don't think Coates' fatalism towards white supremacy is entirely misguided, given the events of the last eighteen months. You only need to read his essay “The First White President” to see that.

Cornel West has picked numerous fights with black intellectuals over the years, and most of them have one thing in common: they're not academics, or if they are, they're not actively practicing academia like he is. I've known a great many teachers and professors over the years, and I can spot "Teacher Voice" a mile away, which is designed to scold and not inform.

Every time he takes to the press, it's always with that former voice, which reduces what are often valid criticisms (believe me, he’s no fool) to mere complaints over who gets to be in the spotlight. West has not been able to get much traction outside of "Democracy Now" and “Black Agenda Radio” for a long time, and I imagine he feels more than a little scorned by that fact. But his envy is plainly felt, and overshadows nearly all else.

But no one – including Cornel West – should be the least bit surprised that in our centrist corporate media environment, his talk of black revolution will never take center stage, and Coates' talk of black introspection will always lead the charge. There’s little doubt that Coates acknowledges this in his own work; You only need to read his essay "My President Was Black" to see that.

Sadly, there’s little room for purity angels or glory hounds in the current debate over the soul of America. Until West acknowledges this, he’ll always be the bridesmaid and never the bride.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #03: THE COMPANY TOWNS OF TOMORROW





Here in the Silicon Valley, technology has reigned supreme for about as long as anyone can remember. As we’ve all come to find out over the years, the ways in which Big Data shadows and even influences our online activities can be both eerie and unsettling, blurring the lines between private and public life faster than anyone can easily contemplate.

Now, companies like Facebook and Google are looking to take their operations into the offline world, and they’re starting here at home, swallowing up local real estate at a rapid pace for creating mixed-used housing developments that they plan to lease to their employees. But what does that mean for the residents of Silicon Valley, only a small portion of which have any actual say over the policy implications of building an IT company town?

To find out, I spoke with Julianne Tveten, a freelance tech journalist for Current Affairs and In These Times, and author of a recent essay for The Baffler magazine called “Zucktown, USA,” where she connects Facebook and Google’s real estate ambitions with the company towns of the 19th century.


Julianne is also a frequent guest on This Is Hell, a long-running radio program based out of Chicago. You can find her work with them here.

To learn more about what you can do to have a say in Big Data’s real estate ambitions, visit any of the following websites:


MUSIC:
Tributaries – Sugar Cubism
Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits – Definition Of Pretty
Doctor Striker – The Futurist
Landon Wordswell – Guess Who

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Friday, December 1, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #002: "A VAST, BLACK ICEBERG"





When it comes to the history of the Civil Rights Movement, no single organization stands out with greater potency – or controversy – than the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

Tragically, the Panthers’ revolution ended almost as quickly as it began, when their founder Huey P. Newton was arrested and charged with the death penalty for murdering Oakland police officer Johnathan Frey barely a year into party’s foundation.

Newton’s murder trial would go on to become one of the most groundbreaking criminal court proceedings of the twentieth century, a trial whose ramifications can still be felt in our justice system today. Yet the story of the trial – and the story of the Panthers themselves – have been all but lost to time, and historical revisionism.

I sat down recently with lawyer, historian, and author Lise Pearlman to discuss her new book American Justice On Trial: People vs. Newton, where she tells the story of Newton’s trial with unprecedented depth, and gives the reader insight into a Black Panther Party that was as complicated – and unpredictable – as their founder himself.

American Justice On Trial: People vs. Newton can be found on Amazon in paperback and ebook form. Lise Pearlman is also working on a documentary film to support the book, which you can find out more about at www.americanjusticeontrial.com.

MUSIC:
Billy Sheen – Severing
Kenny Thomas & The Southern Baptists – Stick
5avcat – Symbiotic Connections
Little Spiral – Tossing & Turning
Rebelskamp – Sideways

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