WDEK Podcast Ep. 93: Cisco Bradley & LaKendra Tookes - 6/29/21
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Happy Pride Everyone! We celebrate our friends and our fashion icon former guest Jack Dwyer! June was the first month in a year and a half that we were social in a seemingly "normal" way. Shonali's exhausted already.
Our first guest is Cisco Bradley! He's an Author, Professor of Cultural & Social History, Free Jazz & and Experimental Music Aficionado! Just what is "cultural production?" Cisco has just published a book about the genius free jazz bassist William Parker, titled Universal Tonality. We dig deep into the philosophy and inspiring music & words of this influential artist whose career has spanned over 5 decades. We tie together Mr. Parker's philosophy of life and art to the current state of the world. Cisco says "...the history of the United States is the history of racism and the struggles against it..." We discuss underappreciated artists in America & Shonali brings up Shannon Wright, our former Ep. 61 guest! Turns out Cisco is also her fan! Cisco knows what's up!
Father-to-be Justin The Intern gets his own Get It Off Your Chest segment and he surprises us all with what is annoying him today. We are all injured. Christian insists everyone must get Zoom First Aid Kit.
Our second guest is comedian, former SNL writer, actress LaKendra Tookes! LaKendra does not discount out all catcallers! She shares what is acceptable. LaKendra gives us an honest account of her times down time during this pandemic. She has decided "she only wants to do work that uplifts & celebrates black people and black joy." She is resilient and radiates hope! LaKendra shares her guilty pleasure - reality tv! Did you know LaKendra and her dog Savannah are not scared of rabid squirrels?!
And we leave you with the fresh summer dance hit by comedian Greg Barris! Check it out here on YouTube- Galimmimus! Enjoy and stay safe, mask up everyone. The variant is surging across America!