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MF GALAXY

MF GALAXY is a weekly podcast powered by four mighty engines: * Writers on writing: the craft and the business * Pop culture including TV, movies, graphic novels, and more * Progressive politics, activism, and social enterprise * Africentric change-makers, histories, cultures, art, and more! Mixing brand-new interviews with classic conversations (from my archive of 23 years in broadcasting) with famous and dynamic figures in the arts, Hollywood, and politics, MF GALAXY will take you to places you've never been before, and deliver fresh insights on the places you've been.
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Now displaying: July, 2016
Jul 28, 2016

Thirty actors, writers, film makers, cartoonists, singers, MCs, DJs, and academics answer the question: Does racial tension ever disappear for you?

 

  • T.E.D.D.Y.
  • Wes Borg
  • Joy Lusco Kecken
  • Michael Muhammad Knight
  • Thomas Wharton
  • DeWayne Copeland
  • A Lee Martinez
  • David Simon
  • Ishmael Reed
  • Scott Wilson
  • Waymatea
  • Robert Chew
  • Shawn Taylor
  • Isaiah Washington
  • Sonja Sohn
  • A Peter Bailey
  • Wendell Pierce
  • Lisa Yaszek
  • Abdi Samatar
  • Lester Kenyatta Spence
  • Jamie Hector
  • Amir Sulaiman
  • Gene Luen Yang
  • Stephen Notley
  • Jitu tha Jugganot
  • Ann Vriend
  • Runoko Rashidi
  • Sharon Lewis
  • Seith Mann, and
  • Clark Peters

 

A couple of important links:

David Simon refers to conflict with Charles Roc Dutton while making the miniseries The Corner. For further reading, check this article.

I asked A. Peter Bailey about African youth in the US (and Canada) believing that education is “White,” and learned later for the outstanding sociologist Algernon Austin and his book Getting It Wrong that such claims are mostly a myth. Listen to my interview with Algernon Austin here.

 

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Jul 19, 2016

I've been asking the question for over two decades. Now here the responses in part one of a special two-part series on MF GALAXY featuring, in part one (be sure to download parts 1A and 1B):

Angela Davis

Billie Jean Young

Billie Jean Young

Ernest Dickerson

Lorraine Monroe

Chuck D

Reginald Hudlin

Michael Parenti

Mario Van Peebles

Ralph Nader

Andre Royo  

Bill Fletcher

Vern Thiessen

Kenneth T. Williams

K Tempest Bradford

Jim True-Frost

David Barsamian

David Mills

Neil Grahn

Darryl Lenox

Wendell Pierce

William B. Davis

Robert Wisdom

Ted Bishop

Charles Saunders

Clark Johnson

Titilope Sonuga

Juan Cole

John Jennings

Ron Pederson

Seth Gilliam

Ed Burns

NK Jemisin

Christian A. Brown

Janine Jackson

Algernon Austin

Wab Kinew

 

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Jul 12, 2016

John W. Campbell Award-winning novelist Mur Lafferty is the author of the six-volume Afterlife series, the Shambling Guides series, Playing for Keeps, Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers, and Marco and the Red Granny. She’s been a podcaster since the beginnings of podcasting, starting in 2004, and she’s won the Podcast Peer Award and three Parsec Awards. Last year, she was inducted into the Podcaster Hall of Fame for shows such as Geek Fu Action Grip, I Should Be Writing, and her writing business show Ditch Diggers. She holds an MFA in popular fiction. She’s also an avid pro-attendee of fiction conventions, and annually publishes a beginner’s guide to preparing for con season.

In today’s episode of MF GALAXY, Mur Lafferty discusses:

  • What it is about novel proposals that is so profoundly unsatisfying she might switch to writing on-spec permanently
  • The craft of revision, and her latest method for jumpstarting a stalled manuscript
  • Cloning vs. inventing for character creation, and her favourite book to explore character archetypes
  • Why she’s hate-watching The Bachelorette
  • Why she says that reality TV is populated by narcissists and extremist TV pundits are sociopaths
  • Why working with an editor is like experiencing the five stages of grief, and
  • What happened when an editor asked her to make a sex scene more graphic

 

Lafferty spoke with me on July 07, 2016 by Skype from her home in North Carolina.

 

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Jul 9, 2016

Gail Sidonie Sobat is a singer, teacher, author of eleven books, and organiser of YouthWrite, one of Canada’s most successful and enduring creative writing workshops for young people. She’s taught internationally and at the post-secondary level, and is profoundly devoted to writers, the writing community, and teens and kids in distress.

In this episode of MF GALAXY, Gail Sobat discusses:

  • How YouthWrite encourages students to develop writing skills and experience across writing disciplines
  • Mental hacks to overcome writing blocks and guarantee page output
  • How being a teacher has helped her create better and more truthful characters
  • Why she says she has an ethical duty to listen, and
  • Her excellent business advice for writers seeking to build a career for the long run

 

Continuing from the previous episode of MF GALAXY, is part 2 of my conversation with comic book and video game writer Andrew Foley. Andrew Foley writes for Beamdog Game Studio in Edmonton, and wrote the graphic novels Parting Ways (illustrated by Scott Mooney and Nick Craine) and Done to Death, illustrated by star-artist Fiona Staples. He’s also the writer of the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens.

In this episode, Foley discusses:

  • How comic book scripts are similar to screenplays
  • The Marvel Method of writing as a scam to make artists do most of the work
  • What makes Alan Moore an insane genius
  • How a car accident led Foley to create his graphic novels Parting Ways + Done to Death
  • Why working with superstar artist Fiona Staples wasn’t enough to guarantee their graphic novel stayed in print, and
  • His career advice for anyone who wants to enter and stay in comics.

Andrew Foley spoke with me live onstage at Authorpalooza 1 in October 2014 at the University of Alberta.

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