W. Kamau Bell on United Shades of America and Semi-Prominent Negro | BTF 06

W. Kamau Bell talks with host Dennis Trainor, Jr. about The United Shades of America, Kamau’s new docu-series on CNN, Semi-Prominent Negro (his Showtime Comedy special directed by Morgan Spurlock), and Kamau’s podcast, Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period.

Shaleece Haas, Director of REAL BOY + Chris Hedges on Satire | Below the Fold 05

This week, Dennis interviews Shaleece Haas, Director of the new documentary REAL BOY (www.RealBoymovie.com). It is a film about “the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.” Also, as a bonus, Chris Hedges on why he thinks Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart have destroyed satire.

Dread Scott Makes Revolutionary Art to Propel History Forward | Below The Fold 04

An interview with the artist Dread Scott. It is not every artist whose examination of the past speaks so urgently to the present moment of now; Dread Scott’s work does. It is not every artist whose work provokes the United States Congress to pass legislation in response to it; Dread Scott’s work did that before [...]

Brother Ali: Wrestling With His Ego While Creating New Album | BTF ep. #03

Subscribe/Rate/Review on iTunes | Stitcher | Soundcloud | RSS Like this content? Click here to join the daily email list. Hounded and harassed by Homeland Security after his song and video Uncle Sam Goddam went viral back in 2007, Brother Ali continues to be called one of raps most insightful and political artists. He called his album Mourning in America, Dreaming [...]

JASIRI X – Black Lives Matter and the 2016 Presidential Election

Hip Hop Artist and social justice activist Jasiri X joins me to discuss Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and who should the black vote in 2016. We also talk about Hip-hop as a form of journalism, the reason behind the “Beyoncé Backlash” and whether or not artists like Jay-Z and Jamiri also weighs in on why he thinks the Green party has failed to inspire communities of color - among many other topics.

#OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign | ep. 01

Below The Fold welcomes April Reign creator of #OscarsSoWhite, managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor at Large of NU Tribe Magazine to discuss the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and this unique historical moment informed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Also discussed, how do the recent performances of Beyoncé at the Super Bowl and Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys set the stage for Chris Rock to host the Academy Awards