Sometimes the people, places, and things we love don't love us back. We're fans, but we also have some ANTI- feelings toward them. Every week on FANTI, journalists Tre'vell Anderson and Jarrett Hill bring their pop culture and political expertise to things we must stan and stand up against. FANTI is a place where nuance reigns supreme with energetic, complicated, and sometimes difficult conversations that bring deep knowledge and thoughtful perspective to the things we love and rage about, from the White House to the Real House(wives).
Diversity Programs - Do Better! (ft. Dr. Jon Paul)
Jarrett’s still on vacay, but don’t worry, baby. We’ve got the one and only Dr. Jon Paul sitting in for him. They and Tre’Vell will tell you why Dave Chappelle’s The Closer isn’t just jokes, and why the Netflix special harms folks like them. And they have some advice for all them companies that love to boast about their diversity programs...including the ones they were a part of as well.
Incorrectly Political (ft. Asha Dahya and Keith Boykin)
For this episode, Jarrett Hill is riding solo--sort of kinda--he invited guests Asha Dahya, a women’s rights activist and founder of Girl Talk HQ, and New York Times best-selling author Keith Boykin to talk about the craziness that is America. Asha explains how the Texas SB8 abortion law continues the racist agenda that was sparked by Brown v. Board of Education, while Keith (a returning guest from Episode 51) talks about his new book Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America, which urges voters to hold the Democratic party to its constituents’ demands: Don’t just say Black Lives Matter, make Blacks equal.
Coming Out of The Glass Closet
It’s National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, and Jarrett and Tre’vell are telling their come out stories--why they loved it and why they hated it--before talking about the pressures society has placed on the LGBTQ community by even having an expectation that individuals should come out. Plus, they are not the only ones with feelings; they share what listener Ray Love, Jr. fans and antis about the coming out experience before reading a listener letter from a survivor of sexual violence who felt compelled to write Tre’vell and Jarrett after listening to episode 87, Nicki Minaj WTF (ft. Gerrick Kennedy).
Dear Old Nicki, WTF (ft. Gerrick Kennedy)
The time has finally come to give the FANTI treatment to the one and only Nicki Minaj. And to do this conversation justice, Jarrett and Tre'Vell invited the fearless music journalist and friend of the show Gerrick Kennedy. His piece Nicki The Menace details the many reasons this icon is so...complicado. Will Nicki sic The Barbz on us for noting her history of making demonstrably false claims? Probably. Plus, we'll talk about the disturbing lengths Minaj and her sex offender husband Kenneth Petty have gone to to keep sexual assault victim Jennifer Hough silent. This conversation is so spicy, we ditched an entire segment to give it more time. It good, y'all.
Lil Nas X is the Moment
Hosts Tre’vell and Jarrett STAN Lil Nas X, and so of course this week we’re talking about his Montero album. Before that, however, a comment Jarrett made to Tre’vell at their 30th birthday party, inspired them to publish an article about the policing of trans bodies: In Defense of the Meaty Tuck on Xtra Magazine. Jarrett and Tre’vell get into a meaty conversation about the beauty standards of a white, cis-gendered-dominated society. And if you enjoy this episode on Lil Nas X, be sure to listen to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour to hear even more opinions on his latest album.
Although we love celebrating anytime a Black individual breaks barriers to become the first in an industry, we have to ask, is there blowback to being the first? This week Tre’vell and Jarrett dissect the significance of being the first Black this, that, and the other before they share their personal “first” experiences that relate to being a Black and Queer individual climbing up the ranks in entertainment journalism.
Love it! Love it!
Important. Insightful. Fun. Funny. I need this injected directly into my veins!!! This is what the future of “talk” sounds and looks like. I need y’all on primetime. XOXOXOXO
Puts you in a good mood
I love these guys! I listen on my walks and always grinning like a dummy.
Fun Hosts, Great Takes!
Just started listening to this one finally and I really enjoy the hosts' energy. They're taking on all kinds of challeging and interesting topics with the attitude of "things can be good and also bad at the same time, and let's be real about acknowledging both". Their energy and banter is fun and engaging. Great way for anyone to get some much needed minority perspective! Looking forward to digging into more of the backlog!