Don't @ Me with Justin Simien
By KCRW, Justin Simien
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Join me, Justin Simien, each week for unfiltered conversations with the stars, artists and creators shaping our culture. If you’ve seen my show and film, Dear White People, you know we’re going to get into how race, gender, and sexuality...
||CleanSorry to Bother You||In the season finale of Don’t @ Me, Boots Riley shares his history, muses, and the long road to one of 2018’s finest films, Sorry to Bother You.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Unicorns||Justin talks about what it’s like to be a filmmaker outside of the traditional studio system with producers Alana Mayo from Michael B. Jordan's new production company, Outlier Society, and independent producer Cameron Washington.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFood on Film||Grab a snack for this chat with David Gelb, creator of Chef’s Table and director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi. He tells Justin about food as narrative subject and the making of a career in documentary film.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sisterhood||You might recognize Dear White People’s Ashley Blaine Featherson (Joelle) and Courtney Sauls (Brooke). There is so much more to an actor’s life than getting a good part (think: never-ending auditions and scant parts for black women). Ashley and...||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Collaborators with Peter Farrelly and Kris Bowers||Justin is joined by Green Book director and writer, Peter Farrelly, and Kris Bowers, the film’s composer. They discuss the "white savior" trap films like this often fall into, the steps Peter took to avoid it, how Kris created the score, and the...||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dream with Issa Rae||Justin sits down with Issa Rae, the original Awkward Black Girl, to talk about what happens after your dreams come true, and what it's like to be expected to create work that covers the entire black experience.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDestiny's Children with Kelly Rowland and Elle Lorraine||This week, Justin talks destiny with some true destiny experts. None other than Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child and up-and-coming actor and singer Elle Lorraine talk about how they knew what their destiny was, when they knew it, and who inspired...||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Problem Solvers||Writers Marvin Lemus and Travon Free solve the world's problems. Or, maybe they don't? Plus, Kanye West, black celebrity, and why Dia de los Muertos is not a Halloween costume.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe ‘Moral Correctness’ Debate||How political is black art, and how much can black people critique it? A recent New York Times piece by Wesley Morris suggests that black art in this day and age is being critiqued for its politics rather than for its quality. Justin sits down with...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Storyteller with Janet Mock||Janet Mock is a director, producer, writer, activist, and a two times over New York Times bestselling author. But if she had to define her life's work, she'd tell you she was a storyteller.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Binge with Netflix’s Ted Sarandos||Meet the man responsible for “Netflix and chill,” bingeing, and a new business model that allowed for shows like Dear White People. Justin is joined by his boss, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Process with Lena Waithe (Live at LA Film Festival)||Lena Waithe is an actress and producer, but always a writer first. The Emmy-winner returns to talk about her projects in development (Queen and Slim, Twenties, Them), her creative process, and how she stays hungry.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Chang: The Afro-Asian Connection||When political institutions shut out wide swaths of people, the path to change is often through culture. Hip-hop scholar Jeff Chang gets political with Justin, calling out the strengths and stressors among black and Asian communities in California...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe White Boyfriend with Zazie Beetz, David Rysdahl & Rick Proctor||Zazie Beetz is back, with her writer-actor boyfriend David Rysdahl. Justin also brought his boyfriend, Rick Proctor, into the studio. Both baes are white. We discuss the deep personal growth and public perils of our interracial love.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Black Cloud with Zazie Beetz||Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2) opens up about her struggle with anxiety, her biracial identity, and what becoming a public figure has meant for her personal journey on subjects like race and gender.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rundown Breakdown with Robin Thede||Robin Thede broke new late night ground with her excellent (and widely adopted) show The Rundown on BET. What’s next for her and will we ever see a return of The Rundown? Plus, what to watch when we’re avoiding the news cycle: namely, POSE and...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe one-and-only Ava||DuVernay is her last name. Array is her company. But on social media and to film and TV audiences worldwide, the director of A Wrinkle in Time and Selma needs very little introduction. Her name is simply Ava. Ava and Justin met when they both worked...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Trailblazer: Cheryl Dunye||Cheryl Dunye’s 1996 film “The Watermelon Woman” was the first feature directed by a black lesbian. Cheryl traces her personal story and blend of AIDS activism, academia, and art school that prompted her to make the film, and the...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gatekeeper||Angel Lopez is the new mold of Hollywood gatekeeper: gay, Latinx, a producer who also writes, a professional astrologer. He and Justin get real about being your authentic self in an industry built on sameness that’s obsessed with sales and sequels.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sexual (and Gender) Revolution with Kimberly Peirce||Kimberly Peirce’s breakout film “Boys Don’t Cry” was ahead of its time in 1999. Justin and Kim talk about the language around gender and sexuality, from who can say “butch” to what happens when previously accepted terms go out of vogue.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dynamic Duo: Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal||Who can use the N-word? How many writers and artists have a film like Moonlight waiting to be made? What was ScarJo thinking? We get into it with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, platonic life partners and the incredible duo behind the new film...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Auteur Barry Jenkins||Barry Jenkins gained worldwide recognition with Moonlight, his film about the life of Chiron, a young black man in Florida struggling with his sexuality and a drug-addicted mom. Also of course, the whole Oscars catastrophe. Despite evidence (and...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mirror||Actors Marque Richardson and Kellee Stewart digest the new documentary, Whitney, which explores the complicated life of Whitney Houston. Plus, how Marque and Kellee learned to inhabit people’s lives in their characters.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Black Female Director with Dime Davis and Tiffany Johnson||Justin is joined by friends and fellow directors Tiffany Johnson and Dime Davis. Each one has a different journey to finding their voice as a filmmaker. All three are nurtured by peers, and terrified of speaking ill of another black person’s film...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cookout||Join in as Justin sips and spills some tea with Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None) and Misha Green (Underground).||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This Podcast is dope, that boy connected ain’t he? Lol
More Black Female Producers!
Loved hearing from Alana and Cameron, it’s hard navigating and figuring out where you fit (want to fit) and how to enter the industry. But hearing from women like these is so eye opening. Thank you Justin for all of these conversations.
Don’t @me but I love this show
Love this podcast. Justin humor is only surpassed by his wicked intellect. Oh and thank you bringing on Robin, I love her and went back and watched every episode of The Rundown!