As the latest guest on the Combat Jack Show, Kierna Mayo shed light on what she has endured and accomplished in the field of journalism. She was an editor for The Source magazine as it became the premiere hip-hop publication. Years later, Kierna co-founded Honey magazine, which highlighted black women in the entertainment business as few other magazines have. Today, she is the Editor-in-Chief of EBONY magazine.
Kierna’s conversation with Combat Jack is rich with insight into her life and wisdom from which others can learn. Here are four of the gems offered by the interview:
1. Kierna went to Murry Bergtraum High School with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest.
Her memories align with what fans have seen from the two during their careers – Ali having a quiet demeanor and Q-Tip being eclectic and soulful. Kierna refers to their school as “Hip-hop High” because the Jungle Brothers and other members of the Native Tongues movement were students there as well.
2. A friend of hers recommended The Source as a place for her to work following college and told her about the magazine’s founder David Mays.
Kierna was initially confused by the magazine given the fact that it covered black music, but was founded by a white man. She says, “I didn’t reconcile ‘white’ and ‘hip-hop’ at that time." However, Kierna would go on to work with David and learn that hip-hop culture “grabs souls… and it’s not race-specific in that way.”
3. She says that she vouched for TLC deserving a cover from the magazine against doubt from some of her peers.
The debate centered upon the newness of hip-hop being exported to places other than New York City. This new issue caused the common question of “What is authentic?” as her and everyone else at The Source covered new acts. With Atlanta being their place of origin, Kierna says that TLC was breaking “every rap convention” in the early ‘90s. Yet, her work and conversations with Dream Hampton helped them figure out what hip-hop feminism meant and this motivated her to highlight major moments in the culture from women such as TLC.
4. Kierna worked to publish the shattered frame image of the Huxtable family that covered the November 2015 edition of EBONY.
When speaking of people’s reaction to it, she says, “If I’m going to be authentically black as an editor and I’m going to allow my audience to be their full selves, then we can't remove the prospect of critique.”
The interview covers much more about Kierna’s life, such as the culture shock she experienced at Hampton University and the business dealings that tested her in regards to Honey magazine. Make sure to give it a listen below!
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Brooklyn-based rapper Nitty Scott, MC has never shied away from talking about her feminism or Afro-Latin identity and the ways it’s had an effect on her music. During her recent tour stop in Toronto for International Women's Day, she sat down with podcast #GYALCAST to talk not only about her quest for career longevity, but what cross-cultural sounds we can expect from her next project CREATURE! She opened up about dealing with constant sexism as a woman in hip-hop. Nitty spoke at length about women who inspire her, including writer and poet Rupi Kaur.
“I love Rupi Kaur, she’s an amazing poet. Her work inspired a lot of what’s on the upcoming album. It made me feel like it was ok to feel a lot the feelings that specifically women of color experience. We deal with the effects of racism and sexism at once and that really affects your psyche. You internalize a lot of society’s messages.”
She also had plenty to say about the evolution of her image from rugged tomboy to embracing her curves.
"[My old manager] basically told me I could not be an intellectual and also be sexy. That my sexuality is intimidating. At that time I thought, 'I want to be respected'... so hoodies and Timbs it is."
She added that since shedding her more conservative look, the responses have been mixed.
“I've always been respected as a lyricist, and I've heard people act like all my work doesn't exist because I'm in a bodysuit.”
Nitty also touched on her changing sound and her playing with new influences each time she heads back into the studio.
"The artists we've seen that have withstood the test of time, it was because they continuously reinvented themselves. I'm not afraid to build on what Nitty Scott is or what a Nitty Scott song can sound like. I'm not afraid to f*ck that all up.”
Of her next project, CREATURE! (slated for a summer 2016 release) she says, “It’s Afro-Latina girl magic. It sounds like Piña Coladas in a concrete jungle."
Listen to the full episode here:
#GYALCAST [link to gyalcast.com] is a Toronto-based podcast featuring a rotating cast of Black women who talk music, womanhood, Afro-Caribbean identity, sex & relationships.
Sajae is a Toronto-based writer and digital creator who enjoys long walks to wherever the snacks are. Find her @Jaefiasco
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In an interview with Politico's podcast Off Message Mr. Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson wanted to inform people that his struggle as a Black man in America was something that president Barack Obama could never truly identify with. He told his host that he, "was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but … he didn’t grow up like I grew up." Taking no time to piggy back this narrative, United States Republican Representative in California's 49th district, Darrell Issa added that Dr. Carson is "technically correct" and he also believes that president Barack Obama was a raised as a white man, whatever that actually means.
Carson grew up in 1960s Detroit in a family that lived below the poverty line. He points to the things he went through in that time of his life as markers of the true Black experience and uses them as reasons to make the argument that president Barack Obama has no circumstances in his past that can compare. Dr. Carson said that, "Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”
Dr. Ben Carson also made a point to make it clear that he believes that many of the issues we as a people collectively believe are about race are not. He said that he's "had a chance to see what real racism is," and does not feel that what is labeled as racism now would be considered the same thing when he grew up. In fact, he would posit that the real face of the problem, instances like the water crisis in Flint, are instigated by classism. When asked about the issue specifically he said, "If that were going on in an affluent black community, it would have not gone on...A lot of things that people classify as racism is classism...if people of a certain race happen to fall into a lower class, then they get the brunt of it."
He also had some very interesting things to say about the history of recorded racism within the Republican party like, "“Maybe I’m just very nonobservant. You know, I don’t go around looking for things, and you have to understand that whatever you think is going on is probably what you’re going to see." To drive his point home even further, he used an allegory involving a hypothetical mass murderer to say that it really all depends on the information you chose to acknowledge. Things are what you believe they are, because that's how the world works.
Carson ended the interview with some great advice on how to cope with the unpleasantry of a "very obnoxious person" that you have to work with, though. "I just say, ‘That used to be a cute little baby. I wonder what happened to them.’”
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Chicago is in the midst of a social, cultural and musical renaissance, but the narratives that shape perception of the city often downplay or ignore the city's remarkable individuals and movements in favor of tired tropes of hopelessness. For the past four months, weekly radio show and podcast AirGo has been countering these narratives by showcasing Strong Young Voices from Chicago and beyond. Hosted by organizer/artist Damon Williams and producer Daniel Kisslinger, each episode of AirGo features a live longform interview with and on-air performance from an artist, writer, activist, thinker, actor or other individual whose work and spirit is reshaping the city and the nation’s contemporary culture. Two-thirds Studs Terkel and one-third Stretch and Bobbito, the show airs live weekly on WHPK FM and is podcasted on Soundcloud and iTunes.
After 16 shows, Daniel and Damon have brought the live on-air performances together and made We 'Go Vol. 1, the first in a series of compilation mixtapes. Featuring original poems, songs, and freestyles from the unique artists featured on the show, the mixtape is an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the complex communities and movements that are alive and thriving in the Windy City.
Stream the mixtape below.
If you're in Chicago, come through for We 'Go: A Chicago Showcase and Celebration next Saturday 11/14 at the Silver Room in Hyde Park. A live mixtape of sorts, the show will feature live performances from artists who have appeared on the show, as well as a pop-up gallery and live instrumentation.
The show is free and all ages, RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509483092707298/
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For anyone looking to up their game, you need Joblogues in your life. This monthly podcast centers around careers and the creative paths of entrepreneurs and delivers laid-back conversation jam-packed with valuable information.
This week Blavity's own Morgan DeBaun joined the podcasts cohorts (who were also childhood friends) Joymarie and Cortney for an info-filled hour. DeBaun shares her experience with building and growing the Blavity community in the digital world. For laughs, wisdom and plenty of "yasss"-invoking commentary, check out the episode below.
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Many podcasts have come to be and gained popularity as of late. But one that stands out from the rest is The Combat Jack Show. This podcast is hosted by Reggie Ossé – a Brooklyn native and former lawyer within the hip-hop business whose moniker as a personality is Combat Jack. Combat’s show has featured many co-hosts, including super producer Just Blaze. However, the co-host that remains to this day is Premium Pete – an enthusiast of sneakers, food and culture who leads various projects of his own. Together, Pete and Combat deliver the best interviews in hip-hop today. Combat’s experience working with artists and executives such as Jay-Z and Diddy helps him give fans keen insight into the music business. His personality and engagement with Hip-Hop since its infancy also help him draw much energy from every guest of the show. The Combat Jack Show is usually an entertaining listen, but its value is much more than good stories and laughs.
Combat’s podcast is centered around hip-hop. In some opening segments and episodes with guests such as Marc Lamont Hill and Jamilah Lemieux, he addresses issues of race in America, but hip-hop history remains the focus of the show. Several artists that are favorites of today’s generation, such as J. Cole and Rick Ross, have appeared on the show. Yet, Combat often uses his show as a platform for MCs, DJs, producers and executives with long-standing legacies or overlooked impact in hip-hop. From Chuck D to Kool Herc, Pete Rock to Red Alert, many episodes turn into history lessons you actually want to sit through. These stories explain how hip-hop has become the cultural force it is in America and the world at large. Furthermore, the guests, Pete and Combat document the relationship between hip-hop and the African-American experience in a way from which other black music genres could benefit.
In many of his interviews, Combat mentions how American media tends to treat black art and culture as if they are disposable. He fears that hip-hop will soon suffer from such treatment, having the racial significance of the music and culture forgotten due to corporate control. His concern is very reasonable given the history of black genres such as jazz and rock and roll. Through rock and roll, many black artists earned local hits and potential for great careers. However, their songs would often be covered by white singers, marketed to the predominantly white American audience, and celebrated without credit being given to the originators. This process caused the rise of Elvis Presley, one of the nation’s most revered stars ever, and the relative neglect of artists such as Chuck Barry and Muddy Waters. As pointed out by J. Cole recently, jazz’s suffering is summed up by the lack of black representation on the homepage for jazz on iTunes. The sight is hard to believe given the history of musicians such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis. One has to wonder if hip-hop will undergo the same shift in its racial representation.
One of Combat’s latest interviews drives home the message of the need for preservation. He spoke with Lloyd Price – a true pioneer in black music. In the episode, Price states that the 1952 song “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” made him the first black artist to sell 1 million copies of a single. This achievement of his and many others strengthened the link between music and racial advancement in America. Price was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame years ago, but I and many other listeners of the episode were probably unaware of his work before the interview.
Such enlightenment has to be sought out and created within the black community. Awards shows and other mainstream platforms will simply continue the narrative of American culture that benefits from black innovation, but often doesn’t acknowledge black innovators. It’s difficult to prevent the imbalance of which racial identities reach the level of fame and success seen by artists such as Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus. However, people like Combat Jack help to bridge the gap between truth and public knowledge of hip-hop culture. Hopefully fans continue to learn from and support his work.
Follow Kenneth Hicks on Twitter @Ken_1193 and check out his website AllergicToHype.com.
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After brunch Friday morning, some of the ladies and I made moves to the convention center. On the way over, we were able to catch up with We Dat Food Truck. We Dat has been killing the NOLA food truck scene. If you're in the city, make sure to grab some red beans and rice or shrimp tacos from this city staple.
The convention center was packed with vendors, celebrities and attendees from all over the country. I was able to catch some performances and score some samples from the Essence Festival sponsors. The highlight of my time at the convention center was receiving some great career advice during the Black Women at Work session.
The best part of Friday was being able to see and meet so many beautiful women of color. I've never seen so many different natural hairstyles in one place. Everyone's hair and fashion was on point.
On Saturday I had the opportunity to meet and interview some of Blavity's favorite celebs. Check them out below.
The sexiness that is Luke James gave us some insight as to who inspired him to get into music.
Chrisette Michele introduced her clothing line made with the curvy woman in mind.
Ava Duverney, Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, DeVon Franklin, Salli Richardson and Aldis Hodge talked to us about diversity in the media.
We heard words of wisdom from stylist and trendsetter June Ambrose.
India Arie even graced us with her presence.
Erykah Badu rocked the stage.
And even though all of this was incredibly awesome, it's just a snapshot of the weekend. Check out previous recaps on Blavity to get a full rundown of #BlavityHouse at Essence Festival 2015.
Want to see what the ladies of the Blavity House are doing during the Essence Festival? Follow Blavity on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (username: blavityfam) to stay up to date with the ladies.
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