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Craig's Pop Life: A Black gay podcast
87 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
Pride 2022 Episode: A Talk with Marc Sadane
James Baldwin, Phyllis Hyman, Sylvester, Larry Levan, Cissy Houston, her daughter Whitney, Luther Vandross, Labelle -- you likely know most of these names, but you might not be familiar with singer Marc Sadane or Sir Dane, as he is also known. Throughout his extraordinary life & career, he's crossed paths with all these folks and has the stories to tell. I am so honored to be able to share my conversation with him. This is history, y'all. Mr. Sadane also features in my recent HITS article: "How Black Gay Men Changed Pop Music" Part I Part II Mr. Sadane's Facebook Page Links to a few songs we discuss: Marc Sadane - "One Minute From Love" Marc Sadane - "One Way Love Affair" Marc Sadane - "Never Gonna Stop This Heart Of Mine" Stephanie Mills - "Don't Stop Doin' What 'Cha Do" --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
114 minutes | Apr 17, 2022
Cultivating Blackness: A Conversation About Teena Marie
In this episode, I talk with musician/writer Tim Dillinger about his essay "Remembrance: Teena Marie." (https://soulmusic.com/perspectives-teena-marie-remembrance/). Here's a playlist of the songs we discuss during our discussion: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/18teHvU0MdgEjlCojTCQrk?si=3eb3b26a4ff04fb5. Other links: Tim's article "New Time Religion: The Holy Ghost Falls Down in the Club, Reclaiming Tramaine Hawkins’ Mainstreamed Gospel:" https://godsmusicismylife.substack.com/p/new-time-religion-the-holy-ghost?s=r Craig's Pop Life Playhouse: https://www.craigspoplifeplayhouse.com/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
34 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Aretha Franklin's A Rose Is Still A Rose
In this Black Music Month special episode, I reflect upon my review of Aretha Franklin's 1998 album A Rose Is Still A Rose. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter. Thanks! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
46 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
Ep 40: Christmas Music Show w/ Beyoncé
Craig talks about his favorite Christmas music. Includes a 2001 interview with Beyoncé about Destiny's Child's 8 Days of Christmas.
33 minutes | Nov 9, 2019
Ep 39: Review of Prince's memoir The Beautiful Ones
My review of Prince's memoir The Beautiful Ones
72 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Ep 38: My Lauryn Hill interview from 1998
Check out this interview I did with Lauryn Hill in 1998 during the heyday of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
40 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
Ep 37: Review of Morris Day's Memoir & Why Nostalgic Reissues Are Killing Music
My review of On Time: A Princely Life in Funk by Morris Day, lead singer of The Time. I also discuss how nostalgic reissues are killing new music.
73 minutes | Oct 5, 2019
Ep 36: My journey with depression, the 4th Anniversary of Janet Jackson's Unbreakable, & Saeed Jones' memoir
My thoughts on Depression Awareness Month, The 4th Anniversary of Janet Jackson's Unbreakable, RuPaul's Drag Race UK, Saeed Jones' memoir How We Fight For Our Lives, & a hot black, gay rap song by DeShawn Duron Correction: I meant the first episode of Drag Race, not the first season
43 minutes | Sep 21, 2019
Ep 35: The importance of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation remixes to black gay history
My Guide To Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation Remixes
47 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
Ep 34: Hustlers Movie (NO SPOILERS), mourning new Janet Jackson music, & Rick Ross’ memoir.
Craig discusses the new Hustlers movie (NO SPOILERS), Rick Ross' memoir HURRICANES, and Janet Jackson's decision not to release any new music for the foreseeable future.
51 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
Ep 33: My look back at Mary J. Blige's MARY album (with interview clips)
Delayed by punk-ass Dorian, here's my look back at Mary J. Blige's MARY album (with interview clips)
30 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
Ep 32: MTV VMA After Show; On Missy Elliott, Normani, Shawn Mendes, & More
MTV VMA After Show; On Missy Elliott, Normani, Shawn Mendes, & More
59 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
Ep 31: Review of Missy Elliott's Iconography & The Importance of 1619
A review of Missy Elliott's Iconography & the importance of 1619
52 minutes | Aug 16, 2019
Ep 30: Why POSE's Luther Vandross joke isn't funny (But Flame Monroe is)
My thoughts on the Luther Vandross convo in Pose's "Life's A Beach" episode & Flame Monroe's show-stopping performance on Tiffany Haddish's "They Ready."
51 minutes | Aug 11, 2019
Ep 29: Toni Morrison, Nina Simone, & Mary J. Blige (new single "Know")
Thoughts on the passing of Toni Morrison, "The Amazing Nina Simone" documentary, and Mary J. Blige's new single "Know."
37 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
Ep 28: Solange's Museum Tour, Sherman's Showcase & More
Craig talks about seeing Solange's movie When I Get Home at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami and reviews Sherman's Showcase on IFC.
53 minutes | Jul 27, 2019
Ep 27: Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and "Tom Holland's Janet Jackson playlist"
Craig imagines what Tom Holland's Janet Jackson playlist might be and reviews Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" and Ladee Hubbard's "The Talented Ribkins."
26 minutes | Jul 19, 2019
Ep 26: Reviews of The Lion King & Beyoncé's The Gift (First Listen)
My reviews of The Lion King and Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift.
68 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
Ep 25: Jody Watley Appreciation
An appreciation of Jody Watley's contributions to the queer community. Correction: Jermaine Stewart's "Set Me Free" was released in 1992, not 1982. I knew better, but my bad.
56 minutes | Jul 5, 2019
Ep 24: More Whitney Houston thoughts; Reviews: Spiderman: FFH & The Bobby DeBarge Story
Craig clarifies his Whitney Houston comments from the last episode & reviews Spiderman: Far From Home & The Bobby DeBarge Story
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