Strange Fruit http://wfpl.org en Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon on His Work and the Importance of Preserving African American Classics http://wfpl.org/post/tony-award-winner-kenny-leon-his-work-and-importance-preserving-african-american-classics <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153719525&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153719525&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wi Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 9534 at http://wfpl.org Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon on His Work and the Importance of Preserving African American Classics Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-new-black-film-looks-marriage-equality-maryland <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152508677&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=false&amp;show_comments=false" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152508677&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=false&amp;show_comments=false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object></p><p></p><p>Last week we were invited by the <a href="http://www.alicenter.org/">Muhammad Ali Center</a> 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 <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/looks-like-maryland-is-making-a-historic-choice-on-marriage-equality/2012/11/07/ed73f59c-27d8-11e2-b2a0-ae18d6159439_story.html">marriage equality in Maryland</a>.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 9496 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-donald-sterling-and-racism-nba-0 <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148215182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148215182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object><br /><br />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.<br /><br />Brian has spoken to us before about <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-top-dogunderdog-explores-black-masculinity-who-can-use-gay-slurs">his theater work</a>, but this time he joined us in his capacity as our favorite basketball superfan.<br /><br />In case you were under a rock (or completely overwhelmed by <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">a little horse race</a>), here's what happened: Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-clippers-owner-black-people-racist-audio-magic-johnson/">was recorded</a> telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/sports/basketball/nba-clippers-owner-donald-sterling.html?hpw&amp;rref=sports&amp;_r=0">not to post pictures of herself with black people</a> 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 <a href="http://www.nba.com/clippers/roster/2013">roster</a>. And their <a href="http://www.nba.com/coachfile/doc_rivers/index.html?nav=page">coach</a>. Tue, 06 May 2014 18:20:32 +0000 Laura Ellis 9292 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-cirque-du-soleil-brings-michael-jackson-s-work-louisville <p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" height="81" width="100%"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144695150&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144695150&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object><br />&nbsp;</p><p>For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments.<br /><br />"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."<br /><br />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 <a href="http://www.kfcyumcenter.com/events/detail/michael-jackson-the-immortal-world-tour-by-cirque-du-soleil">at the KFC Yum Center</a> on April 25th and 26th.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:35:21 +0000 Laura Ellis 9142 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville Strange Fruit: Jalin Roze on Hip Hop & Social Change; Fly Young Red Brings Visibility to Queer Rap http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-jalin-roze-hip-hop-social-change-fly-young-red-brings-visibility-queer-rap <p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" height="81" width="100%"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143556643&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143556643 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:35:40 +0000 Laura Ellis 9084 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Jalin Roze on Hip Hop & Social Change; Fly Young Red Brings Visibility to Queer Rap Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-former-miss-kentucky-djuan-trent-coming-out-violence-downtown-louisville <p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" height="81" width="100%"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142361323&amp;color=6d0b68&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142361323 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:22:37 +0000 Laura Ellis 9020 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville Strange Fruit: “Politini on theGrio” Hosts Aisha & Danielle Moodie-Mills http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-politini-thegrio-hosts-aisha-danielle-moodie-mills <p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" height="81" width="100%"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138889645&amp;color=45084d&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138889645 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:55:59 +0000 Laura Ellis 8826 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: “Politini on theGrio” Hosts Aisha & Danielle Moodie-Mills Strange Fruit: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-longtime-lgbtq-and-feminist-activist-urvashi-vaid-speak-louisville <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137913491&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137913491&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:32:20 +0000 Laura Ellis 8773 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville Strange Fruit: A Chat with the Attorneys on Ky.'s Same-Sex Marriage Case; Jordan Davis Murder Trial http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-chat-attorneys-kys-same-sex-marriage-case-jordan-davis-murder-trial <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136526592&amp;color=088a74&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136526592&amp;color=088a74&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:53:52 +0000 Laura Ellis 8683 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: A Chat with the Attorneys on Ky.'s Same-Sex Marriage Case; Jordan Davis Murder Trial Kentucky's Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Essay Explores James Baldwin's Paris http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-landmark-same-sex-marriage-ruling-essay-explores-james-baldwins-paris <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135512366&amp;color=e92d07&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:32:28 +0000 Laura Ellis 8628 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Essay Explores James Baldwin's Paris