This is the 1st edition of my new segment on Allison Kilkenny’s & Jamie Kilstein’s Citizen Radio podcast. You can read it here 1st before you hear it on Saturday HERE.
Just like dramatic celebrity weight loss and frozen yogurt, white supremacy has made a comeback. And this time is coming to YOUR town.
On Saturday, April 17th, a white supremacist organization held a protest in Los Angeles. Let me say that again… A WHITE SUPREMACY RALLY WAS HELD IN 2010. Not 1810! Not 1910! Not 2009! 2010!!! And it was in Los Angeles? Not like they usually do it in places like southern Indiana where there aren’t even enough black people to have an all black doubles tennis match… let alone a good race war.
The white supremacy organization in question is named The National Socialist Movement and they were protesting. I don’t know. I think it was immigrant’s rights, goodness, joy, candy. Read More…
They ARE Citizen Radio. Funnier than YOU & smarter than ME... & maybe funnier.
So this is pretty cool… OK, I’m just being coy… It’s REALLY COOL! I’ll be contributing weekly rants/reports centered around race and racism (Surprise SURPRISE!) on the very highly rated and highly followed podcast Citizen Radio! It is co-hosted by Jamie Kilstein, who has quickly become a stand-up comedic force for good (Janeane Garofalo said “Watching Jamie reminds me of why I got into comedy. It is like watching a combination of George Carlin and Bill Hicks”) , and Allison Kilkenny, who is a political blogger everywhere that smart people read political blogs (Huffington Post, Alternet.org, The Nation, True/Slant). They’ve had Noam Chomsky, Melissa Harris Lacewell, the late Howard Zinn, Janeane Garofalo, and now they want me (?). It is a brilliant show whether I’m on it or not.
I was on their show earlier this year, and they have decided that they want more regular doses of Kamau. Sp far the segment is called, “We’re sorry, black people!” The first one will be start airing this Friday, April 30th, I believe. And as a special preshow bonus, I’ll be posting the text of them here on my website so you can get sneak peak before you hear my voice exploding out of your speakers.
“I don’t mind the crowd dividing up,” W. Kamau Bell says after a collective should-we-laugh? moment early on his debut album, Face Full of Flour. “That’s when we’re getting to shit.”
Bell gets to a lot of shit in a hurry here, proving himself one of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit and a willingness to say what you quickly realize you’ve always thought. He is relentlessly intelligent, fusing references to create a rich expression of incredulity in a post-Obama world.
He bemoans the fact that the first black president isn’t more of a dick; and his title track implores Obama to shield himself from criticism by making it look like he’s working harder than he really is, a la the mother in the old Rice Krispies Treats commercial who throws flour in her face, “even though,” Bell says, “we all know there’s no fucking flour in Rice Krispies Treats.”
Some weighty issues get handled with ease here, and Bell rightly credits himself after one joke for getting a 10 from the Russian judge for technical difficulty. He compares the recent town hall meetings to Casual Friday at a KKK rally, and in a riff on the Henry Louis Gates story (listen below), he suggests that your home exists precisely so that you can flip out there, which is why we get mad at homeless people for flipping out on the street.
Bell is head-shakingly clever when he hopes aloud the economy gets so bad that Native Americans use their casino money to buy the country back. And his vision of apocalyptic America has nothing to do with mushroom clouds, but with a mass liberal exodus to Canada had McCain and Palin won the election, and the cries of the left-behind conservatives: “Hello? I don’t know how to make a latte!”
This is a thinking man’s album for the common man’s problems, an applause-worthy effort from a comedian with plenty of important things to say about the world.
Lotsa people have been sending this my way, but the initial credit goes to Kili McGowan. I’m (obviously) not torn up about this. Although I do want to say that you probably wouldn’t want to put “freshly ground black people” on your food. It would make it too salty. (rimshot!) I’LL BE HERE ALL WEEK! TRY THE VEAL!
See the article below…
Publisher destroys 7,000 copies of The Pasta Bible after ’silly mistake’ causes outrage
Disclaimer … this plate of tagliatelle contains no ‘freshly ground black people’. Photograph: Martin Argles
A recipe for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto has proved a little too spicy for Penguin Australia, after a misprint suggesting that the dish required “salt and freshly ground black people” has left the publisher reaching for the pulping machine, rather than the pepper grinder.
It’s a one-word slip that only came to light after a member of the public got in touch, and which has sent all 7,000 copies of The Pasta Bible at Penguin’s warehouse to be destroyed, an exercise which head of publishing, Robert Sessions, told the Sydney Morning Herald would cost $ 20,000. Read More…
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Third Root presents The W Kamau Bell Curve). Kamau returns to the La Peña stage with his seamless mix of political stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, and solo theatrical performance. Kamau attacks racism with a new slew of material at every performance.
(One show Thursday: 8pm & Two shows on Friday: 8pm & 10pm)
One of the risks you always run as an Oreo is someone giving you an overly ethnic gift that is hard to justify turning down. Such was the case with the CD with which I was gifted before my flight: W. Kamau Bell’s Face Full of Flour.
At first, I was excited, thinking that maybe this was related to The Bell Curve–a book that is essential reading for an Oreo thanks to its assertions about race and intelligence. **
But ’twas not my fortune. Turns out it was a comedy CD by a black guy. Obviously, I proceeded with caution. The last thing I needed anyone in the airport to hear bleeding from my earbuds was a Chris Rock-esque rant. The airport security scanner may not have gone off when my bag went by on the belt, but my Oreo scanner sure did!
I would have kept it in its place in the bag, except that the inflight movies were all things I had seen a million times. Neverwas, Sound of Music, Match Point. I wanted something new to keep me company.
And so I listened.
And laughed. A lot.
Scary moment, my friends. And one that I highly recommend. I mean, how could I stop listening when I heard what he had to say about Tyler Perry, what his wife looks like and his justification for looser gun control??
You can find Face Full of Flour on itunes and Amazon. Get it and listen. Not only because it’s super hilarious funny, but also because if enough non-colors check it out, it definitely won’t be seen as an of color collectable and I can continue to enjoy it unafraid.
**W. gets points actually for having created a show called “The W. Kamau Bell Curve” that you should also check out if you can!