TOTALLY BIASED

November 14, 2013

nortonTonight on Totally Biased, Kamau welcomes Comedian Jim Norton!

New Jersey native Jim Norton is best known for his unique point of view and outspoken humor.  He is a New York Times best-selling author, radio personality and television host. Jim is a part of the successful Opie & Anthony Radio Show on Sirius/XM Radio, which has millions of devoted fans waking up to them every morning. When Jim is not on the air, he’s a regular correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, reporting from such places as the Kentucky Derby, the Espy’s, Fashion Week and the Grammys, as well as other interesting locations across the country. Jim is also a frequent contributor to the late night talk show circuit with credits including The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox Red Eye, Hannity, Joy Behar, and others. On December 11th, 2012, Jim released his fourth standup comedy CD “No Baby For You,” and his comedy special “Please Be Offended” premiered on EPIX in the Summer of 2012.

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November 13, 2013

blayTonight on Totally Biased, we proudly welcome Dr. Yaba Blay! 

Dr. Yaba Blay is a professor, producer, and publisher. As a researcher and ethnographer, she uses personal and social narratives to disrupt fundamental assumptions about cultures and identities. As a cultural worker and producer, she uses images to inform consciousness, incite dialogue, and inspire others into action and transformation. While her broader research interests are related to Africana cultural aesthetics and aesthetic practices, and global Black popular culture, Dr. Blay’s specific research interests lie within global Black identities and the politics of embodiment, with particular attention given to hair and skin color politics. Her 2007 dissertation, Yellow Fever: Skin Bleaching and the Politics of Skin Color in Ghana, relies upon African-centered and African feminist methodologies to investigate the social practice of skin bleaching in Ghana; and her ethnographic case study of skin color and identity in New Orleans entitled “Pretty Color and Good Hair” is featured as a chapter in the anthology Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

One of today’s leading voices on colorism and global skin color politics, Dr. Yaba Blay is the author of (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race and artistic director of the (1)ne Drop project. In 2012, she served as a Consulting Producer for CNN Black in America – “Who is Black in America?” – a television documentary inspired by the scope of her (1)ne Drop project. In addition to her production work for CNN, Dr. Blay is producing a transmedia film project focused on the global practice of skin bleaching (with director Terence Nance).

November 12, 2013

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Tonight on Totally Biased, we welcome rockstar and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna!

Kathleen Hanna is the lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.

Check out the documentary on Hannah here:  www.thepunksinger.com

Check out the Julie Ruin’s New Album here: www.thejulieruin.com

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November 11, 2013

a045fff4f5d4f67980bd79ca592ea160Tonight on Totally Biased, Baratunde Thurston!

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion. When he’s not delivering keynote talks at gatherings such as SXSW Interactive, LeWeb, and Personal Democracy Forum, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years experience being black.

www.cultivatedwit.com

www.howtobeblack.me

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November 07, 2013

maria bamfordTonight on Totally Biased, Kamau welcomes the one and only Maria Bamford!

Maria is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. She starred in the Comedy Central series, The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. She has made multiple late-night appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as not-so-late appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Premium Blend, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and The World Comedy Tour: Melbourne 2003. Maria appeared regularly on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric: Awesome Show and guest starred on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central.

Maria’s writing has been featured in The Onion, GQ and the LA Weekly. Her CD, Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome , is available on Comedy Central Records and features a bonus DVD of her web series The Maria Bamford Show. Her most recent special – given rave reviews in the New York Times- The Special Special Special is available at www.chill.com and her web series “Ask My Mom”, was featured in The New Yorker.

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November 06, 2013

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Tonight on Totally Biased, comedian Bill Burr!

Bill Burr is an American comedian or a comedian from the North American Union, depending on when you read this.  He grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and did fairly poorly in school, despite the fact that he applied himself. Having first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of Chappelle’s Show, Bill developed a comedic style of uninformed logic that has made him a regular with Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. On October 1, Bill released his third hour special, You People Are All The Same, for download exclusively through his website.  The special is also available on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and the U.K.

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November 05, 2013

Tonight on Totally Biased, we debate the Redskins team name with special guests Andy Thunder Cloud and Gregg Deal!

Andy ThundercloudAndy Thunder Cloud is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation.   As a clan elder, Andy leads ancestral religious services and activities, and performs traditional music and dance at area Pow Wows in the Wisconsin area.  He is a language teacher working to keep the Ho-Chunk language alive.  Andy is a retired physician’s assistant for Indian Health Services, and holds a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology.  He is a proud U.S. Navy Viet Nam veteran, and was featured in the PBS series, Wisconsin War Stories, a documentary series in which Wisconsin’s men and women in uniform share personal accounts of courage and sacrifice from America’s historic battles.   A member of the Thunder Cloud singers, he performed Native American songs on the H.O.R.D.E. tour alongside Blues Traveler, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more.

 

 

greg dealGregg Deal is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.  From his time immersed in the 90’s as a graffiti and street artist, to his training as a fine art painter to the technical world of graphic design and sign making, Gregg marries all of his experience into an incredibly self informed work that is humorous, insightful, ironic and technical. While much of his work takes on a roll of irony and humor, it has a sense of drama and social commentary that can’t be missed, particularly with his Native voice. His current body of work has taken the social aspects for his being an Indigenous person in mainstream America where he presents a satirical voice concerning the innumerable misappropriations perpetuated by the general public throughout history. Much of his work becomes part of taking the misappropriations and turning it around to confronting the viewer with things seen every day. It is from this voice that he has started his latest project, “The Last American Indian On Earth” project, a performance art piece that will be captured through photography and film, bringing the perceived Native stereotype to the public, thus forcing them to consider the image as it pertains to the modern day, thus creating an interesting social experience.

 Gregg grew up in Park City, Utah, and has been a 14 year resident of the Washington D.C. area showing throughout the District.

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November 04, 2013

soledadTonight on Totally Biased we welcome Soledad O’brien!

Soledad O’Brien is the CEO of Starfish Media Group, and also an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America”. In June 2013 she launched Starfish, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories.

It was recently announced that O’Brien has entered into a multifaceted partnership with HBO, the premium cable and satellite television network. O’Brien joins the Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel team as of June 2013, giving her the opportunity to further delve into the compelling storytelling she is known for, except now through the vast prism of sports. In addition to appearing on the award-winning program, the deal with HBO encompasses a first-look opportunity for scripted projects and long-form programming concepts with O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group. The production company will also continue to produce “Black in America” and “Latino in America” and additional programming for CNN.  Furthermore, through Starfish Media Group, O’Brien will contribute short-form segments for the upcoming Al Jazeera America news program “America Tonight.” O’Brien will also take over the reigns as Executive Producer and moderator for the National Geographic Bee beginning in 2014.

Tune in tonight at 11pm for more with the wonderful Soledad O’Brien! Only on FXX!

October 31, 2013

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Happy Halloween! Tonight on Totally Biased, comedian Sheng Wang! 

Sheng Wang is a Taiwanese Texan who developed and honed his comedy in the thriving standup community of the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs jokes based on personal experiences and observations and addresses common non-sense with honesty and ill logic. His refreshingly affable stage presence combined with a healthy penchant for absurdity and self-deprecation make his act hilarious and universally accessible.

He has toured with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s ‘Campus Comedy Challenge.’ He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Live at Gotham’ and attended the ‘Just for Laughs’ comedy festival in Montreal.  Wang’s half hour Comedy Central special aired in 2011.  NBC also awarded him with a holding deal that same year.  Wang’s appearance on the John Oliver NY Stand Up Show aired in August of 2012.

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October 30, 2013

penncolor copyTonight on Totally Biased, Penn Jillette!

Penn Fraser Jillette is an American illusionist, comedian, musician, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism.

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