How can we re-imagine political power? What is the role of culture in the current political climate? These were the questions framing the YBCA 100 Summit in San Francisco - an event recognizing some of the most exciting people, organizations and movements changing society for the better. Stance caught up with this year’s honorees writer, director and TV producer, Janet Mock; founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke; award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author, Nnedi Okorafor; poet, writer, actor and producer of Blindspotting, Rafael Casal; and Chief of Programs and Pedagogy at the YBCA, Marc Bamuthi-Joseph, who drives these important socio-political conversations.
In our first ever podcast, as President Trump took office we talked about the rise of the demagogue. Nearly two years on, the bitter fight for control of Congress is playing out in front of our eyes. Stance looks at how global relationships with democratic participation has changed and is shifting in a period of rapid technological and political upheaval. We profile Sayaka Murata, a multi-award winning author in Japan who’s making waves with her acclaimed novel Convenience Store Woman. And for our arts piece, we speak to two poets from opposite sides of the Atlantic, Fatimah Asghar and John Cooper Clarke, about their exciting new collections.
In this episode of Stance Takes - we celebrate Black History Month in the UK and explore the noisy debate about its continuing relevance. In the year that Windrush went from being a ship to a scandal, in the month that many schools dismissed its celebration as tokenistic and in the week two descendants of a Barbadian slave trader married in a royal chapel, Stance asks - how have we got here?
This month, Stance looks at what has been hailed as a new era in masculinity a year on from the launch of the #metoo movement. They dissect society’s idea of masculinity and how this is being challenged and reshaped, with voices including Emmy award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. Stance profiles the award-winning acclaimed poet, musician and writer Kate Tempest, and speak with director, actor and winner of this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Desiree Akhavan, ahead of the launch of her highly anticipated new TV show, The Bisexual.
The first Stance Takes dissects the cultural significance of award-winning surrealist TV drama comedy, Atlanta by FX. Donald Glover has been described as a “one of Hollywood’s most exciting and in-demand creative minds” today and he recently made history as being the first black person to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a comedy series. Expect an immersive audio experience filled with music, analysis and snippets from the hit series as its second season comes to a close.
Stanceexplores the notion of Coming of Age, what it means to young people, how its expressed and celebrated across many cultures and depicted through film and experienced through music. We speak to award-winning playwright and poet Inua Ellams about his critically acclaimed play, Barber Shop Chronicles, which is now touring internationally. And, lastly we catch up with Eno Williams, the lead singer of Nigerian/UK Electronic 8-piece band, Ibibio Sound Machine.