Hari Kondabolu analyzes a Matthew McConaughey interview about gay rights in The Advocate where he outs one of his college friends, talks about how popular he was in highschool and comes up with a program to help “the nerd, the gay kid, the fat girl and the kid with the hairlip.”
On this anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, this conversation between Sikh Captain America (Vishavjit Singh) and a 9/11 first responder he happened to meet on the subway is a great read.
They don’t just talk about 9/11 or the work Sgt. Mercy was doing, they talk about Balibar Singh Sodi, Ferguson, implicit bias, and the psychological effects of violence. It’s hopeful. But grounded in the present. - CM
Another reason I love Vishavjit Singh aka Sikh Captain America. I was fortunate enough to do this piece with him for Totally Biased: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shUzrgAUqUw
UNTITLED KONDABOLU BROTHERS PODCAST #14 is finally available on iTunes (http://bit.ly/SMqaGr) & Libsyn (http://bit.ly/1oB6ZIC). We talk to special guest W. Kamau Bell about white demonry, interracial relationships, white demonry, Bill Maher, white demonry and the power of standup comedy. http://www.kondabolubrothers.com
THE BEST PODCAST WE’VE EVER DONE!!! LISTEN!!!
DEAR STUDENTS: Use discount code “hari4students” on Bandcamp and get 20% off a digital version of my album. Offer ends Sept 30th.
Feel free to send this to every student you know who likes my work.
Obviously, this is on the honor system, but if you consider yourself a “student of life” and are broke…feel free to use it. I WANT PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO THIS!!
APU IS A WHITE GUY DOING AN IMPRESSION OF A WHITE GUY MAKING FUN OF MY FATHER. According to the HuffPo article "Is It Time To Retire Apu?”, Hank Azaria saw my video about Mindy Kaling & South Asian representation from Totally Biased and that line affected him. (The internet is amazing!)
"A video circulating online got to him, featuring Kondabolu…The actor credits the monologue with stirring his first misgivings. “If the only representation of Jews in our culture was Robin Williams’ impression of a Yiddish guy [from “The Birdcage,” starring both Williams and Azaria], I guess I might be upset with that too,” Azaria says.”
This has opened up a nice dialogue. Much more than I ever expected and I appreciate the fact Hank Azaria was willing to talk about it.
P.S. I LOVE THE SIMPSONS AND I ALWAYS WILL.
I’m excited about “Every Simpsons Ever” on FXX…but still have some things to say about Apu.
This clip of my friend Boots Riley describing his band The Coup as a “Punk, Funk/ Communist revolution band” to unsuspecting reporters on Fox 8 in Cleveland is amazing!! Reminds me of that time I was on Fox 5 in NYC.
(NOTE: Half-off tickets for Sept 21 at Carolines in NYC with code-word “cocoabutter”)
Happy Indian Independence Day! Maybe the UK could return the Kohinoor Diamond as a “gift”?
Hey Brits, India is still waiting! HAPPY INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY 2014!