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Welcome to Dear Culture, the podcast version of the conversations you’re already having with the people you don’t even realize you know. Every week, cultural commentator and editorialist Panama Jackson will be a tour guide through some intersection of Blackness and culture. Bringing his years of experience writing and commentating on the culture from an educational and entertaining viewpoint, Dear Culture will engender everything Don King meant when he uttered the words, “...and that’s the Blackness.” We might not know where we’re going when we start, but what we do know is that by the time you get to the end, you will undoubtedly say, that was Black and that was the culture. Dear Culture is the podcast for all of the people who know the appropriate call-and-response for when somebody enters the room and says, “God is good…” because that is the culture.

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Welcome to Dear Culture, the podcast version of the conversations you’re already having with the people you don’t even realize you know. Every week, cultural commentator and editorialist Panama Jackson will be a tour guide through some intersection of Blackness and culture. Bringing his years of experience writing and commentating on the culture from an educational and entertaining viewpoint, Dear Culture will engender everything Don King meant when he uttered the words, “...and that’s the Blackness.” We might not know where we’re going when we start, but what we do know is that by the time you get to the end, you will undoubtedly say, that was Black and that was the culture. Dear Culture is the podcast for all of the people who know the appropriate call-and-response for when somebody enters the room and says, “God is good…” because that is the culture.

    Black Movies We Love to Hate: Soul Plane

    Black Movies We Love to Hate: Soul Plane

    Even with a star-studded cast, is Soul Plane one of the worst movies ever made? Dear Culture welcomes author Damon Young to dive into the shenanigans that fostered some laughs but didn't even break even at the box office. 
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    Black Movies We Love to Hate: B*A*P*S

    Black Movies We Love to Hate: B*A*P*S

    Black American Princesses kicks off the Dear Culture series, dedicated to movies that Black people can't agree on. Panama Jackson breaks down B*A*P*S with a critical eye to better understand if the movie starring Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle was mocking the culture or just a rags-to-riches story with a Black cast. Cultural critic and movie maker Brooke Obie joins the conversation to defend the film and share why she believes, unlike in the late 90s, Black content is shrinking.
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    Ice Cube and the BIG3 Aren't Backing Down

    Ice Cube and the BIG3 Aren't Backing Down

    We've got basketball on the brain as the NBA playoffs approach, so we're sharing a Dear Culture rewind with BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube. The legendary rapper is pleased with BIG3's progress but is frustrated with the lack of respect he says the 3-on-3 league has yet to feel from the NBA. Ice Cube doesn't hold back as he shares his thoughts with Panama Jackson about the roadblocks he believes are being put in place to stunt BIG3's success. Originally recorded June 2023.
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    The Rise of Black Filmmakers & the Power of Tubi

    The Rise of Black Filmmakers & the Power of Tubi

    Baltimore filmmaker Alvin Gray has mastered turning viral moments into independent films at lightning speed. His latest project, "The Actor that Got Chased Around the City," has garnered big buzz, and he dropped the news he was working on it right here on Dear Culture. We revisit our conversation with Gray, who talks about the power of Tubi and discusses the drama that ensued when one of his projects was banned from the streaming platform before it was even released. 
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    Bravo Star Preston Mitchum Gets Real about Reality TV

    Bravo Star Preston Mitchum Gets Real about Reality TV

    As Bravo's Summer House: Martha's Vineyard kicks off season two, we revisit our conversation with lawyer, queer civil rights advocate, and reality TV star Preston Mitchum. The fan favorite dishes about his reality TV experience, including the responsibility he feels to represent the Black community positively. The Ohio native also discusses the allure and exclusivity he and his friends found on Martha's Vineyard. While their adventures on the island make great TV, is Massachusetts' vacation oasis a place where outsiders can feel comfortable?

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    Harlem and Moscow Red Flags: The Real People of the Harlem Renaissance

    Harlem and Moscow Red Flags: The Real People of the Harlem Renaissance

    Harlem and Moscow is an audio drama based on the true story of the Harlem Renaissance in the Soviet Union. Red Flags, is the official companion podcast to Harlem and Moscow. 
    In this episode of Harlem and Moscow: Red Flags, host Panama Jackson is talking to experts about the people of the Harlem Renaissance who went on this trip to Moscow back in 1932. We learn more about Dorothy West, Langston Hughes, Henry Lee Moon, Louise Thompson, and others who journeyed to the Soviet Union. We also talk about other Black artists in the “Harlem and Moscow” circle like Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Paul Robeson, and many others. Plus we dish on the gossip of the era and how surprisingly shady folks in that time were! Panama is joined by the playwright of “Harlem and Moscow” Alle Mims as well as historian, cultural critic, and author of  “Our Secret Society,” Tanisha C. Ford. 
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Kwanzaa Episode

Great Episode! I like how you interrogated why Kwanzaa hasn’t been accepted and practiced in the greater black community..
and shared examples of how a living , breathing celebration could look like.

What was especially illuminating were ways the principles were put into ACTION as fun activities for individuals or a family or a bigger community

Though I haven’t celebrated since I was a very small child, I have been Kwanzaa-curious in the last couple of years. I thought our celebration had to be meditative, and consist of having solemn discussions over the dinner table as we light candles. This episode created a paradigm shift for me and I will be looking for different ways to celebrate with my family this year.

I will be looking for the Kwanzaa play list and the 7 Principles movie suggestions!

I will also be sharing this episode with friend, family and some affinity groups I belong to.

Thank you!!

renegade37918 ,

New listener to the pod

Two americas awesome gonna go back in time and catch up.

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