Strange Fruit

A new episode is posted every Saturday.
Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner

Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner host this weekly podcast of musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life.  

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Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland

Credit Jen Lemen

Last week we were invited by the Muhammad Ali Center to host a talkback panel after a screening of "The New Black," a film looking at how LGBTQ activism, the black church, homophobia, and queer people of color affected the fight for marriage equality in Maryland.

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Strange Fruit
2:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA

Credit Meg Caudill

Donald Sterling's racism and punishment were all anyone was talking about last week - so we did too! And to supplement our, shall we say, spotty familiarity with athletic endeavors, we enlisted the help of friend-to-the-show Brian Lee West.

Brian has spoken to us before about his theater work, but this time he joined us in his capacity as our favorite basketball superfan.

In case you were under a rock (or completely overwhelmed by a little horse race), here's what happened: Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, was recorded telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, not to post pictures of herself with black people on social media, and not to bring black people to his games. Not only is this obviously racist, it's also pretty irrational; Donald Sterling's girlfriend is half African American, half Latina, and the overwhelming majority of NBA players are black. Including all but two of the players on his own team's roster. And their coach.

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Strange Fruit
5:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville

Credit Cirque du Soleil

 

For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments.

"When I found out MJ died, Jai was with me in the car, and I pulled the car over at a gas station and I started bawling, crying. And he thought my dad had died," Dr. Story says. "Michael Jackson was very symbolic to me of my childhood - listening to his music with my dad when I was a little girl, and I just didn't expect him to die like that."

When we heard Cirque du Soleil had put together a stage production based on the King of Pop's music and dance, we wanted to find out more. So this week we spoke to Laura Silverman who does publicity for the group about how the show came together, and the challenges of bringing such a legendary life to the stage. The show will be at the KFC Yum Center on April 25th and 26th.

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Strange Fruit
1:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville

Djuan Trent as Miss Kentucky in 2010 & Today
Credit misskentuckypageant.com & 2life7.blogspot.com

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Strange Fruit
2:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Strange Fruit: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville

Urvashi Vaid
Credit Jurek Wajdowicz, All Rights Reserved

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Podcast
1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Strange Fruit: A Chat with the Attorneys on Ky.'s Same-Sex Marriage Case; Jordan Davis Murder Trial

In the studio with attorneys Dan Canon and Laura Landenwich

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Strange Fruit Podcast
2:32 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Kentucky's Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Essay Explores James Baldwin's Paris

Credit James Baldwin in 1962 by Carl Mydans/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; Kentucky graphic by American Foundation for Equal Rights

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