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Represent Lovefest
Jun 8, 2018 • 82 min
It really is hard, but Aisha, Veralyn, and Marissa say goodbye. Aisha talks to her dad, Hartford Courant columnist Frank Harris III, there is a final quiz and the Represent team reminisce. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a…
#89: Filmmakers Leslie Harris and Nikyatu Jusu
Jun 1, 2018 • 54 min
Aisha Harris talks to two black female filmmakers at different points in their careers: veteran director Leslie Harris, who helmed the cult classic Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. and up-and-coming filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu. For links on what we discuss…
The Represent Rose: The Royal Wedding
May 22, 2018 • 42 min
Slate producer Veralyn Williams and Robin M. Boylorn, an associate professor at the University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective, unpack the blackness of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, from Doria Ragland’s dreadlocks to Bishop Michael…
#88: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding
May 11, 2018 • 33 min
Aisha talks to Kristen Meinzer, co-host of When Meghan Met Harry about her obsession with the royals and makes a case for why skeptics should care about this royal love connection. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to…
#87: Dear White People Creator Justin Simien
May 4, 2018 • 47 min
Aisha Harris talks to filmmaker Justin Simien about making season two of his Netflix series, Dear White People. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to subscribe! Share this link: megaphone.link/represent Email:…
#86: Comedians Hari and Ashok Kondabolu
Apr 27, 2018 • 32 min
Comedians Hari and Ashok Kondabolu chat with Aisha about their new podcast, The Kondabolu Brothers, their pre-woke watching stories, and Hari responses to The Simpsons’ latest Apu episode. Note: This conversation took place the day before Hank Azaria…
#85: Isle of Dogs
Mar 30, 2018 • 28 min
Aisha Harris and Mashable writer Angie Han, discuss cultural representation in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, which is set in Japan. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to subscribe! Share this link: megaphone.link/represent…
Pre-Woke Watching
Mar 23, 2018 • 33 min
Here are three of our favorite Pre-Woke Watching segments. Also, we’re partnering with Slate’s video team to bring visuals to these conversations. Check out our inaugural video in this series. Hear more from actor, writer, and video producer Dylan Marron…
#84: A Wrinkle in Time and Representations That Hurt
Mar 16, 2018 • 36 min
Aisha Harris and producer Veralyn Williams discuss A Wrinkle in Time. And our conversation at the Speak Up, Rise Up festival with BuzzFeed’s Bim Adewunmi and Latino USA’s Antonia Cereijido about shameful representations in film and tv. For links on what…
#83: Unpacking The Chi
Mar 9, 2018 • 36 min
Aisha Harris and writer/TV critic Jasmine Sanders take a closer look at Showtime’s The Chi and its depiction of Chicago. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. And please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey. Tell a…
What Went Down at the 2018 Oscars
Mar 5, 2018 • 36 min
Aisha Harris and Chris Lamberth, actor/comedian and host of host of the Mundane Festival podcast, recap everything that went down at the Oscars last night. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. And please fill out the Slate podcast survey…
#82: Oscar-Nominated: A Fantastic Woman, Strong Island and Lady Bird
Mar 2, 2018 • 39 min
Aisha Harris talks A Fantastic Woman, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, with Slate science intern Alex Barasch. And we revisit two conversations we had with two first-time directors who are up for big awards this Sunday: Yance Ford, whose Strong…
#81: Black Panther Production Designer Hannah Beachler
Feb 23, 2018 • 61 min
Aisha Harris talks to Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler about her process when taking on new films, creating the imagery behind Wakanda and much more. Also, Gene Demby, host of NPR’s Code Switch, comes on to discuss the hype around Black…
Wakanda Forever
Feb 17, 2018 • 53 min
Aisha Harris is joined by producer Veralyn WIlliams and chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie for a spoiler-filled review of Black Panther. They discuss the politics of Wakanda vs. black America, what makes the movie’s fight scenes so compelling,…
#80: Wesley Snipes Talks Blade and Black Panther
Feb 16, 2018 • 59 min
Aisha Harris chats Wesley Snipes about cult favorite, Blade and trying to bring Black Panther to the big screen more than 20 years ago. Also, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Senior programmer, Ash Clark recently, joins us to discuss their film series, Fight…
#79: Thinking About #MeToo Through Quentin Tarantino and Gloria Allred
Feb 9, 2018 • 54 min
Aisha Harris chats women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred and film producer Marta Kauffman, about their new Netflix documentary, Seeing Allred, advocating for women’s and minority rights, and Gloria’s fraught relationship with the media. Also, in the wake…
#78: “Jane the Virgin” Star Jaime Camil
Feb 2, 2018 • 47 min
Aisha Harris has a very candid conversation with Jane the Virgin’s Jaime Camil about his career, the double standards for men and women in Hollywood, why studios should be trying to reach Mexican audiences, and much more. For links on what we discuss…
#77: Represent Takes On Sundance
Jan 26, 2018 • 36 min
Live from Sundance Film Festival, Aisha Harris is joined by Slate’s movie critic and Culture Gabfest host Dana Stevens. They swap Sundance stories and talk to director Sebastián Silva about his latest film, Tyrel. For links on what we discuss check out…
#76: Oscar Nomination Predictions and Filmmaker Charles Burnett
Jan 19, 2018 • 52 min
Aisha Harris and Mark Harris, Vulture writer and author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back, breakdown their Oscar nomination predictions. Also, Aisha talks to Charles Burnett, a revered filmmaker who emerged from the period of groundbreaking…
#75: Actor Bambadjan Bamba Comes Out as Undocumented
Jan 15, 2018 • 32 min
Aisha Harris talks to actor Bambadjan Bamba of Suicide Squad, The Good Place, and the upcoming Black Panther. He shares why he came out as undocumented and asks Hollywood to stand with immigrants in the industry, including those under the Deferred Action…
#74: Faith-Based Film Producer DeVon Franklin
Jan 12, 2018 • 49 min
Aisha Harris talks to DeVon Franklin about his latest book, The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success, the subtle ways in which movie studios attempt to engage faith-based audiences with ostensibly secular films, and more. Also,…
#73: Hollywood Women Respond to #MeToo
Jan 5, 2018 • 45 min
Aisha Harris and Monica Castillo, New York Times film writer, discuss Time’s Up, the ambitious initiative for fighting sexual misconduct, driven by hundreds of women in the entertainment industry. Also, the latest winner of, The Great American Baking…
Rethinking “Gone With the Wind”
Dec 29, 2017 • 12 min
Aisha talks with Studio 360 about how America is finally rethinking, Gone With the Wind. Read Aisha’s full article, How Movie Theaters, TV Networks, and Classrooms Are Changing the Way They Show Gone With the Wind. And you can find more from Studio 360…
#72: Represent: 2017 in Review
Dec 22, 2017 • 60 min
It’s our very last episode of 2017! To help us reflect on the year in representation, we’re joined by three friends of the show: Alex Jung, a writer for Vulture; Antonia Cereijido, a producer at Latino USA; and Tiffany Vazquez, a host at Turner Classic…
#71: “She’s Gotta Have It” Writer Radha Blank
Dec 15, 2017 • 60 min
Aisha Harris chats with Radha Blank, writer and producer on Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It. Also, Slate writer, Christina Cauterucci share’s why Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is problematic. For links on what we discuss check out our…
#70: She’s Gotta Have It and Filmmaker Greta Gerwig
Dec 8, 2017 • 57 min
Aisha Harris chats with filmmaker Greta Gerwig about how she crafted the contentious mother-daughter bond at the center of her directorial debut, Lady Bird. Also, senior editor at Mic, Erin Evan, joins is to talk, She’s Gotta Have It. For links on what we…
#69: Coco and Portrayals of Latinos in Animation
Nov 24, 2017 • 50 min
On this episode of Represent inspired by Disney-Pixar’s new movie Coco, Aisha Harris talks to film critic Carlos Aguilar about how Latinos have historically been portrayed in animation. Then, Antonia Cereijido, a producer at Latino USA, joins to chat…
Weinstein Accusers in Conversation
Nov 21, 2017 • 59 min
Three women who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein—Alice Evans, Katherine Kendall, and Tomi-Ann Roberts—sit down together with Slate’s editor-in-chief, Julia Turner, to discuss the movement they helped start, whether it’s gone too far, and whether there…
#68: Comedian Hari Kondabolu
Nov 17, 2017 • 54 min
Aisha Harris chats with comedian Hari Kondabolu about his new documentary, The Problem With Apu. Also, Slate producers Veralyn Williams and Ben Frisch join us to share their own personal “Apu” characters. For links on what we discuss check out our show…
#67: The Mindy Project and Queen Sugar’s Dawn-Lyen Gardner
Nov 10, 2017 • 56 min
Aisha Harris chats season two of OWN’s Queen Sugar, with Dawn-Lyen Gardner, who plays middle child Charley Bordelon on the hit drama, centered around a trio of estranged siblings living in rural Louisiana. Also, the Washington Post’s Lavanya Ramanathan…
#66: Actress Q’orianka Kilcher on Portraying a Native American Heroine
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
Aisha Harris chats with actress and activist Q’orianka Kilcher about starring in Te’Ata, a biographical film about the life of Te’Ata Fisher, a Chickasaw Nation citizen who helped tell the stories of Native Americans through her performances across the…
#65: Live with Actress Gabourey Sidibe
Oct 27, 2017 • 48 min
Aisha Harris talks to actress Gabourey Sidibe live from the New Orleans Film Festival, about her directorial debut, the short film, The Tale of Four, sexism in the industry, and much more. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a…
#64: Telling Marsha P. Johnson’s Story
Oct 20, 2017 • 42 min
Aisha Harris talks to trans Activist Victoria Cruz about her role in the Netflix documentary, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Also, Slate’s Evan Urquhart joins us to unpack the controversy the documentary has ignited over who gets to tell trans…
Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s “Open Secret” Culture
Oct 17, 2017 • 28 min
Aisha Harris is joined by Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens and science editor Susan Matthews to discuss fallout from the scandal that has engulfed film producer Harvey Weinstein. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to…
The Return of Scandal
Oct 6, 2017 • 30 min
On this episode of Represent, Aisha Harris, Slate producer Veralyn Williams and writer Demetria Lucas D’Oyley recap the premiere episode of Scandal’s final season. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to subscribe! Share…
#63: Fall TV Roundup
Oct 6, 2017 • 48 min
Aisha Harris, Black Girl Nerds contributor Jacqueline Coley, Vulture writer Alex Jung, and Turner Classic Movies host Tiffany Vazquez talk representation in the new and returning TV shows this fall— with a bit of debate, a pop quiz, and predictions. For…
#62: “Strong Island” Director Yance Ford
Sep 29, 2017 • 57 min
Aisha Harris sits down with Yance Ford, director of the stunning and incredibly personal Netflix documentary, Strong Island. And Indiewire editor, Kate Erbland, joins us to discuss the numerous sexual assault allegations connected to both the national…
#61: Bollywood Star Ali Fazal
Sep 22, 2017 • 42 min
Aisha Harris sits down with Bollywood star Ali Fazal to discuss his new film, Victoria & Abdul, in which he stars opposite Judi Dench. And Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci shares her “Pre-Woke Watching” story, about a little-known Disney film…
#60: Big Freedia Comes To Slay
Sep 15, 2017 • 34 min
Aisha Harris sits down with Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce to discuss the latest season of her Fuse show, Big Freedia Bounces Back, cultural appropriation, and the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina. For links on what we discuss check out our show page.…
The “Insecure” Recap Edition
Sep 12, 2017 • 37 min
Aisha Harris, Slate producer Veralyn Williams and Robin M. Boylorn, Ph.D, Associate Professor at The University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective discuss the emotional end to Season 2 of Issa Rae’s hit show. For links on what we…
#59: “Dear White People” Music Supervisor Morgan Rhodes
Sep 8, 2017 • 51 min
Aisha Harris talks to Morgan Rhodes, a music supervisor whose curated sounds on some of the biggest movies and TV shows of the last few years, including Selma, Netflix’s Dear White People, and Queen Sugar. Also, we’ve got a brand new Recognize, in honor…
#58: Steven Universe’s Ian Jones-Quartey On His New Show, O.K. K.O.!
Sep 1, 2017 • 49 min
Aisha Harris talks to Steven Universe’s Ian Jones-Quartey about his new Cartoon Network show, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. Also, we give a slow handclap to Ed Skrein for setting himself apart from other white actors, casted as Asian characters in a major…
The Represent Rose: The Epilogue
Aug 30, 2017 • 52 min
Bachelorette contestant Eric Bigger and his aunty Vernā Myers chat’s with Slate producer Veralyn Williams and Doctor Robin M. Boylorn, Associate Professor at The University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective. For links on what we…
#57: “Atypical” and “Insecure” Star Yvonne Orji
Aug 25, 2017 • 54 min
Aisha Harris talks to Yvonne Orji, aka Insecure’s Molly, about Season 2 and much more. Also, Timotheus Gordon Jr., the creator of the blog, Black Autist, and Sara Luterman, founder and editor of, NOS magazine, tell us why the Netflix series, Atypical,…
#56: “Detroit” and “Lemon” Filmmaker Janicza Bravo
Aug 18, 2017 • 62 min
Aisha Harris talks Janicza Bravo, about her new movie Lemon, challenging what it means to be a black female filmmaker, and directing that great episode of Atlanta, “Juneteenth.” Also, Slate’s Chief Political Correspondent, Jamelle Bouie joins us for the…
#55: “Whose Streets?” and Actress Anika Noni Rose
Aug 11, 2017 • 62 min
Aisha Harris talks to the incredibly talented Anika Noni Rose, aka the voice of Disney’s first black Princess, Tiana, about her latest, game-changing role on the hit Starz series, Power. Also, Slate’s Chief Political Correspondent, Jamelle Bouie joins us…
The Represent Rose: Part 4
Aug 9, 2017 • 56 min
Slate producer Veralyn Williams and Robin M. Boylorn, Ph.D, Associate Professor at The University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective, recap the final two episodes of The Bachelorette. For links on what we discuss check out our show…
#54: Prolific Video Essayist-Turned-Filmmaker Kogonada
Aug 4, 2017 • 58 min
Aisha Harris talks prolific video essayist-turned-feature-filmmaker Kogonada on his first feature film, Columbus, the difficulties of trying to sell a film with an Asian lead, and the story behind his mysterious moniker. Also, we highlight the short…
#53: Girls Trip and Showrunner Monica-Owusu Breen
Jul 28, 2017 • 60 min
Aisha Harris talks to showrunner Monica-Owusu Breen about her new show Midnight, Texas, a supernatural ensemble drama on NBC, based on the book series by True Blood author Charlaine Harris. Also, Brittany Luse, host of The Nod podcast, joins us to to talk…
The Represent Rose: Part 3
Jul 26, 2017 • 61 min
The Bachelorette recap (episode 7-9) with Slate producer Veralyn Williams and Doctor Robin M. Boylorn, Associate Professor at The University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell…
#52: 13 Reasons Why and Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?
Jul 21, 2017 • 55 min
Aisha Harris talks to Slate video producer Aymann Ismail about his new video series, Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?, which seeks to uncover new and different perspectives on Muslim American identity today. Also, producer Veralyn Williams and our social…
#51: Hawaii Five-0 Controversy and The Big Sick
Jul 14, 2017 • 55 min
Aisha Harris talks Kumail Nanjiani’s romantic comedy, The Big Sick with Ahmed Akbar, host of BuzzFeed’s podcast, See Something Say Something. And Vulture writer, Alex Jung comes on to discusses the reports of unequal pay on Hawaii Five-0. For links on…
#50: “One Day at a Time” Showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett
Jul 7, 2017 • 60 min
Aisha Harris talks to Gloria Calderon Kellett, the showrunner for One Day at a Time, about how the show pulls from her personal life and Latinx representation on screen. And in our Pre-Woke Watching segment, Panoply producer Renee Richardson reflects on…
#49: Indie Filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu
Jun 30, 2017 • 59 min
Aisha Harris talks to up-and-coming filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu, about her film, In the Morning, on the love life and friendships of a group of black professional Brooklynites. And writer Corey Atad joins us to discuss Sofia Coppola’s latest film, The…
The Represent Rose: Part 2
Jun 29, 2017 • 54 min
The Bachelorette recap (episode 4-6) with Slate producer Veralyn Williams and Doctor Robin M. Boylorn, Associate Professor at The University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell…
#48: “GLOW” Star Betty Gilpin
Jun 23, 2017 • 49 min
Aisha Harris talks to Betty Gilpin about starring in the new Netflix comedy GLOW, being typecast in Hollywood, and finding empowerment through wrestling. And in our Pre-Woke Watching segment, Slate’s science editor Susan Matthews reflects upon a show that…
More from Brown Girls creators Fatimah & Sam Bailey
Jun 16, 2017 • 5 min
Represent is talking a break this week, but we are also celebrating Brown Girls creators Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey development deal with HBO! Read all about it here. Check out our conversation with Fatimah and Sam on episode 40. And here’s a clip from…
The Represent Rose: Part 1
Jun 13, 2017 • 45 min
The Bachelorette recap (episode 1-3) with Slate producer Veralyn Williams and Doctor Robin M. Boylorn, Associate Professor at The University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell…
#47: “Everything, Everything” Director Stella Meghie
Jun 9, 2017 • 58 min
Aisha Harris talks to Stella Meghie, the director behind the Amandla Stenberg–starred big screen adaptation of YA best-seller, Everything, Everything. But first, the Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg joins us to discuss what Wonder Woman’s super…
#46: “Band Aid” Director and Star Zoe Lister-Jones
Jun 2, 2017 • 50 min
On this episode of Represent, Aisha Harris talks to Zoe Lister-Jones about writing, directing, and starring in her new indie comedy Band Aid. But first, Slate producer Veralyn Williams makes a compelling case for why the recently canceled Sense8 deserved…
#45: The First Black Bachelorette
May 26, 2017 • 49 min
Aisha Harris, Andrea Silenzi (Why Oh Why, Host), and Kara Brown (Jezebel’s Senior Writer) talk ABC’s “historic” move to make Rachel Lindsay the first black Bachelorette. And on our Recognize segment, Slate’s editorial assistant and Represent’s social…
#44: Unpacking “The Handmaid’s Tale”
May 19, 2017 • 53 min
Aisha Harris and Slate staff writer, Katy Waldman, break down Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to subscribe! Share this link:…
#43: “Master of None” Co-creator Alan Yang
May 12, 2017 • 51 min
Aisha Harris talks to Master of None co-creator Alan Yang about everything from making season 2 in the midst of Trump’s election to his memorable Emmy speech last year. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to subscribe!…
#42: Comedian Moshe Kasher
May 5, 2017 • 53 min
Aisha Harris talks to Comedian Moshe Kasher about his new Comedy Central show Problematic, the legacy of The Champs podcast, and being a white guy who talks openly about race. And on our Recognize segment, Panoply Producer and By The Book host, Kristen…
#41: Live with MTV Decoded Host Franchesca Ramsey
Apr 28, 2017 • 59 min
On this episode Represent is live from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival! And Aisha Harris talks to MTV Decoded star Franchesca Ramsey about her mission to heal America through brutal comedy. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a…
#40: Brown Girls Creators Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey
Apr 21, 2017 • 49 min
Aisha Harris talks to Brown Girls writer Fatimah Asghar and director Sam Bailey about their critically-acclaimed web series. And Every Single Word creator Dylan Marron shares his “Pre-Woke Watching” story. For links on what we discuss check out our show…
#39: “Insecure” Showrunner Prentice Penny
Apr 14, 2017 • 50 min
Aisha Harris talks to writer and showrunner Prentice Penny about his work on the hit HBO series Insecure and his new TruTV lifestyle series Upscale. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to subscribe! Share this link:…
#38: Oscar-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin
Apr 7, 2017 • 47 min
Aisha Harris talks to actress and deaf advocate Marlee Matlin about her 30+ years in Hollywood, including her recent guest spot on Season 2 of The Magicians. And Slate Web designer Derreck Johnson shares his “Pre-Woke Watching” story. For links on what we…
#37: Whitewashing in “Ghost In The Shell”
Mar 31, 2017 • 59 min
Aisha Harris talks to Inkoo Kang of MTV News and Alex Jung of Vulture about recent whitewashing controversies over casting in Ghost In The Shell. And in our second installment of Recognize, producer Veralyn Williams discusses, Big Little Lies. For links…
#36: “Every Single Word” Creator Dylan Marron
Mar 24, 2017 • 57 min
Aisha Harris talks to Dylan Marron, the creator of the viral video series cataloging dialogue in popular movies spoken by people of color, Every Single Word. And co-host John Raphael Oliveira of A Brit And A Yank, comes on to discuss Disney’s live-action…
#35: Underground’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Amirah Vann
Mar 17, 2017 • 51 min
Producer Veralyn Williams steps into the interviewer’s chair and talks to the stars of WGN’s Underground, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Amirah Vann. And host Aisha Harris talks American Housewives with Slate Managing Producer June Thomas. For links on what we…
#34: “The Last Laugh” Director Ferne Pearlstein
Mar 10, 2017 • 56 min
Aisha Harris talks to director and cinematographer Ferne Pearlstein about her new documentary The Last Laugh. And Slate culture intern David Canfield comes on to talk ABC’s four-part miniseries When We Rise. The Last Laugh is currently in theaters. Check…
#33: Unpacking Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”
Mar 3, 2017 • 55 min
Aisha Harris and Slate’s chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie have a spoiler-filled discussion of Get Out, the directorial debut of Jordan Peele. And Valerie Woodward Srinivasan, Panoply Software Engineer shares her “Pre-Woke Watching” story. For…
#32: What Went Down at the Oscars
Feb 27, 2017 • 27 min
Aisha Harris and producer Veralyn Williams recap everything that went down at the Oscars last night. Email: [email protected] Facebook: Slate Represent Twitter: @SlateRepresent, @craftingmystyle Production by Veralyn Williams Learn more about your ad…
#31: Comedians/Writers W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery
Feb 24, 2017 • 52 min
Aisha Harris is joined by comedians and writers W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery, hosts of the Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period podcast, to look back on the historic Oscars night when Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, and Sidney…
#30: Moonlight Editor Joi McMillon
Feb 17, 2017 • 58 min
Aisha Harris talks to Moonlight co-editor Joi McMillon about her path to becoming the first black woman to be nominated for an Oscar in her field—and only the second black person ever nominated in the Best Film Editing category. But first, on this week’s…
#29: Filmmaker and Former Black Panther Jamal Joseph
Feb 10, 2017 • 56 min
Slate culture writer Aisha Harris talks to filmmaker, educator, and former Black Panther Jamal Joseph about his new film, Chapter and Verse. And this week in, Guess Who’s Coming to Oscar, we talk the 1957 Oscar-winning film Sayonara with Phil Yu of the…
#28: Filmmaker Raoul Peck
Feb 3, 2017 • 60 min
Slate culture writer Aisha Harris talks to filmmaker and activist Raoul Peck about his Oscar-nominated James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro. We also kick off our monthlong series, Guess Who’s Coming to Oscar, and revisit Dances With Wolves with…
#27: #OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign
Jan 27, 2017 • 56 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to April Reign about how she inadvertently started the #OscarsSoWhite movement and what work still needs to be done. Also, Slate Double X writer, Christina Cauterucci comes on to chat about Hidden Figures and the…
#26: (A)sexual star and director David Jay and Angela Tucker
Jan 20, 2017 • 37 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to David Jay and Angela Tucker, the star and director, respectively, of the 2011 documentary (A)sexual; as well as three members of the asexuals community. This week, Represent is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue…
#25: One Day at a Time’s Rita Moreno
Jan 13, 2017 • 44 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to Rita Moreno about her new Netflix show, One Day at a Time, overcoming depression, and being a Latina woman in Hollywood. Check out: -Rita Moreno performances schedule: A series of lectures and cabaret -Popular…
#24: Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter
Jan 6, 2017 • 51 min
Aisha Harris talks to Ruth E. Carter about designing costumes for Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Joss Whedon’s Serenity, and more. And A.C. Valdez, Panoply Senior Producer shares his “Pre-Woke Watching” story. For links on what we discuss check out our…
#23: Represent: 2016 in Review
Dec 30, 2016 • 60 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris is joined by guest co-hosts Alex Jung (Vulture writer), Antonia Cereijido (Latino USA producer), and Tiffany Vazquez (Turner Classic Movies host) to look back on the Pluses and Deltas on 2016 with a quiz, laughs, and…
#22: More on Disney’s Moana with Nate Chinen
Dec 23, 2016 • 17 min
More from our conversation on Moana, Disney’s new musical film inspired by Polynesian mythology, with New York Times and Jazz Times music writer, Nate Chinen. Check out: -Represent’s Moana episode: Disney and Representation -Slate: A Whole New World by…
#21: Search Party’s Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
Dec 16, 2016 • 49 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris dives into the new TBS series Search Party, with show creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. And talks Issa Rae’s long-awaited HBO series, Insecure with Jezebel staff writer, Kara Brown. Check out: -Aisha talks…
#20: Better Things’ Pamela Adlon
Dec 9, 2016 • 45 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to Pamela Adlon about her career and semi-autobiographical FX series, Better Things. And we share our second edition of our “Pre-Woke Watching” segment. Check out: -Slate: Pamela Adlon’s new show is like a brasher,…
#19: Disney and Representation: Moana and Floyd Norman
Dec 2, 2016 • 56 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris digs into Moana, Disney’s new musical film inspired by Polynesian mythology, with New York Times and Jazz Times music writer, Nate Chinen. Then we talk to Disney’s first black animator, Floyd Norman about working for the…
Thanksgiving Message
Nov 25, 2016 • 2 min
Tell a friend to subscribe! Share this link: megaphone.link/SM8516057600 Email: [email protected] Facebook: Slate Represent Twitter: @SlateRepresent, @craftingmystyle Production by Veralyn Williams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
#18: Comedian and Actress Kathy Griffin
Nov 18, 2016 • 47 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to Comedian and Actress Kathy Griffin about her start, how she handles rejection and criticism in an industry that’s especially harsh to women, and her new book, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z index.…
#17: TV/Filmmaker Nisha Ganatra
Nov 11, 2016 • 59 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to industry vet Nisha Ganatra about her directing career, and her work on a slew of TV shows, including Transparent, Mr. Robot, and the new FX series, Better Things. And guest co-host John Raphael Oliveira, comes…
#16: Good Girls Revolt’s Joy Bryant
Nov 4, 2016 • 24 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to actress Joy Bryant about her role as the groundbreaking attorney Eleanor Holmes Norton, in the new Amazon series, Good Girls Revolt. Check out:Slate’s The Good Girls Revolt Trailer Shows the Dangers of Sexism…
#15: “Moonlight” filmmaker Barry Jenkins
Oct 28, 2016 • 59 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to filmmaker Barry Jenkins about his much buzzed about new film, Moonlight. And Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido returns to talk season 3 of Jane the Virgin. Check out:AV Club’s Jane The Virgin gets used to…
#14: “9 to 5” writer Patricia Resnick discusses her 40+ years working in Hollywood
Oct 21, 2016 • 37 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to film/tv writer, Patricia Resnick, about working in Hollywood in the 70s and 80s, ageism and sexism in the industry, and the legacy of one of the most celebrated feminist comedies of all time, 9 to 5. Check out:…
#13: The Birth of a Nation Edition
Oct 14, 2016 • 56 min
Slate’s culture writer Aisha Harris and chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie discuss the very controversial awards season contender, Nate Parker’s the Birth of a Nation. Check out what we mentioned: -Aisha’s piece in Slate, “In the Birth of a…
#12: Cord Jefferson discusses his journey from journalist to TV writer
Oct 7, 2016 • 45 min
Slate culture writer Aisha Harris talks to former Gawker editor–turned–TV writer Cord Jefferson, writer for the dearly departed the Nightly Show and upcoming Season 2 of Master of None. Check out: -Cord Jefferson on NBC: “When will moderate whites condemn…
#11: “Spa Night” lead Joe Seo on being a working Asian American actor
Sep 30, 2016 • 61 min
Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris talks to actor Joe Seo about his new film, Spa Night, and Vulture writer Alex Jung comes on to chat race and class in Season 3 of Transparent. Check out: -Radio Raheem’s “love, hate” monologue in Do the Right Thing -Will…
#10: Writer-director Justin Tipping talks “making a film with no white people”
Sep 23, 2016 • 37 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris talks to writer/director Justin Tipping about his new movie, Kicks which tells the story of 15 year old Brandon, who goes on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve his “fresh to death” pair of Air Jordans, after…
#9: “Crash” director Paul Haggis reflects on his 2005 film
Sep 22, 2016 • 34 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris talks to writer-director Paul Haggis, of 2005’s Crash, one the most derided Best Picture Oscar winners, ever. Check out what the critics had to say: -Worst Movie Of The Decade by Ta-Nehisi Coates -Crash and Fizzle by…
#8: Director Kamala Lopez on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
Sep 16, 2016 • 59 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris sits down with actress, filmmaker, and activist Kamala Lopez, about her new documentary, Equal Means Equal, which advocates hard for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; and talks Donald Glover and his new…
#7: Actor/transgender activist Jen Richards talks Matt Bomer in “Anything”
Sep 13, 2016 • 28 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris talks to writer/actor and transgender activist, Jen Richards, about Magic Mike star Matt Bomer being cast in the role of a transgender sex worker in the upcoming film, Anything. Check out: -Emmy nominated, Her Story…
#6: MTV actor Nicole Byer on being a black female comedian on social media
Sep 9, 2016 • 44 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris talks to MTV actor/comedian Nicole Byer, lead in her new semi-autobiographical new sitcom, Loosely Exactly Nicole. They chat about the show and some of the minor controversy it stirred, as well as frustrating casting…
#5: Comedy vet Craig Robinson talks ‘Morris From America’
Sep 2, 2016 • 63 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris explores coming-of-age stories from the perspective of people of color. She talks to comedy vet Craig Robinson, about his new indie dramedy, Morris From America; and delves into the new Netflix show The Get Down, with…
#4: Larry Wilmore on the end of “The Nightly Show”
Aug 22, 2016 • 23 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris talks to Larry Wilmore about the cancellation of The Nightly Show and the state of late-night television. Check out: -Watch Larry Wilmore Respond to Nightly Show Cancellation, Declare That “Racism Is Solved” Tell a…
#3: Journalist-turned filmmaker David Farrier on the world of tickling
Aug 19, 2016 • 60 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris talks to New Zealand journalist-turned-filmmaker, David Farrier, about his documentary, Tickled; and she discusses the “ethnic humor” in Seth Rogen’s animated food romp, Sausage Party, with guest co-host and one-half of…
#2: Director Meera Menon talks women on screen
Aug 5, 2016 • 63 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris talks depicting women on screen with Equity director, Meera Menon; and discusses the cross-racial voice-over casting of the Netflix original animated series, BoJack Horseman with guest co-host and Vulture writer, Alex…
#1: Robert Townsend on his remarkable filmmaking career
Jul 21, 2016 • 62 min
Slate Culture Writer, Aisha Harris kicks things off by discussing the new Ghostbusters movie with guest co-host & Another Round producer, Antonia Cereijida. Aisha also sits down with actor, comedian, and filmmaker Robert Townsend. Tell a friend to…
Coming Soon: Represent
Jul 15, 2016 • 4 min
Represent is a space for discussion, highlighting movies, tv and online shows created by and/or about women, people of color, and those in the LGBTQ community. Join Slate’s Aisha Harris as she dives deep into conversations with critics about the latest…