Strange Fruit: Swimming While Muslim Tuesday, Nov 12 2019 

This week we talk to Rowaida Abdelaziz about her essay, “When Swimming As A Muslim Becomes A Political Act.”

And UofL student activist Finn DePriest joins us to talk about the importance of finding queer role models.

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Strange Fruit: Is Impostor Syndrome Worse For Women Of Color? Friday, Nov 8 2019 

In 1978 a landmark study revealed that many accomplished and highly ambitious women suffered from a psychological condition coined “impostor syndrome”: a tendency to minimize achievements, chalk up accomplishments to luck, and hold an overwhelming fear that they will eventually be discovered as frauds. While this study was groundbreaking, it primarily focused how the impostor phenomenon manifests within educated, middle to upper class white women.

This week we speak with therapist and educator Lincoln Hill about why impostor syndrome is worse for women of color, and how such studies fall short by overlooking the unique experience of being simultaneously Black and a woman in professional settings.

To start this week’s show, we’re joined for hot topics by educator and mentor Shauntrice Martin, and we discuss school safety, controversial Halloween costumes for kids, and the recent revelation that all modern humans originated in Botswana on the continent of Africa.

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Strange Fruit: Silence, And The Power Of Breaking It Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

This week we talk with Mathangi Subramanian about her family, her work, and her recent essay, “The Day My Outrage Went Viral: Racist attitudes against my Brown daughter energized me to raise my voice.” (Read it here.)

In Juicy Fruit: Calling the cops when someone steals your illegal weed, and casting news about Sony’s upcoming Cinderella retelling.

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Strange Fruit: How Pastors Police Black Women’s Bodies Sunday, Oct 20 2019 

We talk this week with Emma Akpan about how certain Black religious institutions expect Black women to conform to white supremacist ideals — especially when it comes to sexuality, motherhood and family structures. She explores it in her recent essay, “I’ve Lost Faith in the Way the Black Church Polices Women’s Bodies.

And October 14-18 was the YWCA’s Week Without Violence — part of a global movement within the organization to end gender-based violence. YWCA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo joins us to explain that work.

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Strange Fruit: Experiencing Race Outside The Black & White Binary Sunday, Oct 13 2019 

Eda Yu - Strange FruitMost often in America, when we talk about issues of race, racial tensions, and racialized politics, it’s within a Black and white paradigm. But what is it like for someone to grow up and become socialized within this country whose ethnic identity doesn’t fall within this binary?

This week we speak with writer Eda Yu about her essay on identity for Vice, “Finding Asian Identity in a Black and White America,” in which she discusses navigating this racial and ethnic conundrum and how she finally began to grow into and actualize her authentic Asian American self.

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Strange Fruit: The Case Against Whuppings Monday, Oct 7 2019 

Corporal punishment describes using physical punishment intended to cause pain as a means of discipline. The most common version of this practice involves hitting or spanking children. Black folks commonly call it getting or giving a “whupping.”

The phrase “spare the rod, spoil the child” is often cited as a sort of religious mandate for such physical discipline of children (even though the popular idiom isn’t actually in the Bible). And despite research to the contrary, there are still many Black parents who contend that hitting their children will turn them into good adults, teach them respect, and protect them for the lure of social ills.

In her book “Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America,” Dr. Stacey Patton asserts that whupping Black children has far-reaching, seldom-discussed consequences, including producing traumatized children that are prone to higher suspension and expulsions rates in school, interactions with the criminal justice system, mental health issues, and foster care placements.

Dr. Patton joins us this week to make the case for why Black parents, and others who raise and care for children of color, should replace corporal punishment with nonviolent, positive discipline.

And in hot topics news, a popular gospel singer takes a controversial stance on a “touchy” subject.

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Strange Fruit: We Stan (And Interview) Legendary Filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk Sunday, Sep 29 2019 

Before Lena Waithe, Lee Daniels, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Steven Canales were household names, there was another writer and director bringing complex and robust stories of Black queer and trans folks to the big and small screens. Director, screenwriter, and producer Patrik-Ian Polk has been creating phenomenal Black LGBTQ content for film and television audiences for nearly two decades, starting with the 2000 feature film “Punks,” which he wrote, directed and produced.

He has a legendary body of work, which, besides “Punks,” includes films “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” “The Skinny,” and “Blackbird.”

Polk is best known, though, for his groundbreaking television series “Noah’s Arc,” which ran for premiered in 2005 and ran for two seasons on the Logo cable channel. The series featured gay Black and Latinx characters and highlighted many social issues including same-sex marriage, queer parenthood, HIV/AIDS awareness, and gay bashing. Logo TV recently made the entire series available for free on their YouTube channel.

This week we got to speak with the visionary and queer icon about his 20-year career as a filmmaker, director, and producer of Black and Queer art, and we got to fan out and tell him just how much his work has brought us joy, given us LIFE and allowed us to see ourselves like we were never able to before.

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Strange Fruit: Some Of Her Best Friends Are Straight… Sunday, Sep 22 2019 

Lambda Award-winning writer and activist Michelle Tea has always considered herself “radical queer,” – those outside-of-the-mainstream LGBTQ folks who have nothing left to lose and make their own rules about everything.

As she describes it in an essay for Buzzfeed, for Tea and the queer friends she shared a radical subculture with, “that meant prioritizing freedom, glorifying poverty, experimenting with our bodies in every way possible. The possibility of having children was raised only to highlight how absurd that would be….[we] mostly viewed kids as a potential drag on [our] liberties, or simply an impossibility.”

Which is why almost everyone who knew her was shocked when she suddenly decided to get pregnant and become a parent at 40 years old – while single, uninsured, and living in an expensive city and working a somewhat unstable job.

Spoiler alert: It’s now several years later and parenthood has ultimately worked out well for Tea and she’s learned some important lessons and made some unexpected (straight!) friends along the way. She shares her adventures on this episode.

 Later in the show, Chicago-based rapper and actor Mykele Deville stop by the studio to discuss his role as Verb in the rousing production of Idris Goodwin’s “Hype Man: A Break Beat Play” at Actors Theatre of Louisville, which runs thru October 13.

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Strange Fruit: Forming Intergenerational Friendships In the Queer Community Sunday, Sep 15 2019 

What are some of the barriers that prevent intergenerational bonding and mentorship among LGBTQ people? What are some of the factors that hold us back from sharing knowledge and wisdom between folks of different age groups within the queer community?

This week we explore intergenerational mentorship and queer concepts of chosen family.

Philadelphia Inquirer photo journalist Heather Khalifa introduces us to a black trans woman and her fiancé who act as stand-in parents to LGBTQ youth in their Philadelphia neighborhood.

Andrea Lamour-Harrington has opened her home to struggling LGBTQ young people since the 1980s, and as the “mother” of the House of Lamour she has mentored some eighty-seven “children.”

Later, Writer and former ActUp NY activist James “Jim” Finn notes that there is a popular perception that intergenerational friendships don’t exist among gay men and other queer people.

In his essay “LGBTQ Generations — Mentoring and More,” Finn says that queer folks’ hesitation to mentor youth is rooted in internalized homophobia and deep-seated societal stereotypes that posit older gay men as sexual threats to younger men, and says that his life has been enriched by his friendship with a gay college student more than 30 years his junior.

Strange Fruit: The Intersection Of Race And Family Dynamics Sunday, Sep 8 2019 

Conversations about the intersections of identify can be awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes emotionally exhausting — especially when discussing race and gender. And especially when these conversations have to happen between parents and their children.

To that end, this week we chat with parents who are having very intentional conversations with their respective family members about ways the world assigns value to — or holds stereotypical expectations of — women of color.

We’re joined this week by two thought-provoking writers. Author Kay Bolden explains “Why Women in My Family Don’t Scrub Floors.

And later, Canadian writer Anam Ahmed is the mother of two biracial girls – one who shares her Pakistani brown skin and another whose skin and hair more closely resembles the complexion of her Dutch-English-Canadian husband, which she writes about in “My Biracial Children Are Noticing We’re Not All the Same Color.”

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