Briahna Gray is the national press secretary for Bernie Sanders. Before joining Bernie Sanders presidential campaign she was a columnist and Senior Politics Editor at The Intercept, who focused on progressive political messaging, as well as issues relating to identity and culture.
I Am Black In the Trump EraPoliticon is an annual multi-day political festival that now takes place in Nashville. I conceived and moderated a panel where I wanted to get some of my smartest Black friends onstage to talk about how they feel about being Black in the Trump era. I feel under siege, I feel rejected, and I feel like the country is in an era that’s painful and frightening to me and people who like me. I feel like the MAGA hat is the new Klan hood and it scares me to see it worn so brazenly and thoughtlessly. I wondered how others were feeling about being Black in the era of Trump. We had six awesome panelists—April Ryan the White House reporter, Malcolm Nance the superspy who just published the Plot To Betray America, Elie Mystal the legal analyst, Lexi McCammond the Axios reporter, Maya Wiley the activist and legal analyst, and Briahna Joy Gray the national press secretary for Bernie Sanders. The panel was attended by hundreds. Instagram @toureshow. Twitter: @toure Toure Show Ep 99Host & Writer: ToureSenior Producer: Jackie GarofanoAssociate Producer: Adell ColemanEditor: Ryan WoodhallPhotographers: Chuck Marcus and Shanta CovingtonThe House: DCP Entertainment  For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Hello, SWOTI-boos! After Joe gives an account of his life as an amateur model in Provincetown (aka gay Mecca) and Brie offers a sneak peak of her leftist-themed, farewell-to-NYC party (aka She Left), the SWOTI hosts dive into some thought-provoking topics. First, they discuss the implications of Alex Jones being removed from Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes. Why has it been so challenging for these companies—and even liberals—to come up with a rigorous, consistent policy to address what does and does not constitute hate speech? Is there room for nuance, context or humor when making these decisions? And how do we draft rules that treat both Sarah Jeong, the now notorious New York Times writer who tweeted about enjoying being cruel to old white men, and Alex Jones, outright bigot and conspiracy peddler, fairly? Next, Joe makes things personal by talking about how his decision to go blonde may be influenced by Eurocentricity. What does it mean, if anything, to dye one's hair? Is it a political statement? A sign of freedom from society's attitudes about what an Asian person "should" look like? Or is it just a cool, Instagram-worthy look? Finally, the SWOTI hosts talk their U Glads (BoJack Horseman) and U Mads (Queer Eye). Is BoJack the most insightful, hilarious (and bleak) show on Netflx? Are Brie and her boyfriend partners in life *and* binge watching? (Sorta.) Does Queer Eye reinforce capitalist notions of what it means to be a whole, healthy human being? Does Joe now identify as a Marxist? As always, let us know what you think. And please rate us and leave us a review on iTunes! Theme song: Comfort Fit - Sorry
On this week's episode, Christina Cauterucci, Rachelle Hampton, and Briahna Joy Gray discuss Sorry to Bother You and what it says about protest in the Trump era. They discuss the criminalization of mothers who leave their children unattended. And finally, they talk about Nia Wilson, the 18-year-old who was killed on a BART platform. What do we make of calls to charge her killer with a hate crime? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
And we're back! After Joe gives an update on his whirlwind adventures to Hawaii and Iceland (including the joy of traveling internationally with a sibling), the SWOTI hosts dive in to talk politics and pop culture. First, Joe and Brie offer their thoughts on Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary victory in New York City. Is this a harbinger for a socialist wave come November? Or is socialism still too much of a dirty word for the average American voter? And why is it, our hosts wonder, that people can't wrap their minds around the fact that many of the public programs American citizens value most—Medicare, Social Security, and Disability, to name a few—are, in fact, socialist programs? Are we all actually socialists in capitalists' clothing? Next, the SWOTI hosts wax philosophical about civility. In these troubled times, many have pushed for the notion that we must remain "civil" to one another, in spite of our political differences. But how can we agree on *how* to be civil when there isn't a shared definition of the concept? Must we reconcile how easy it is for us to opportunistically argue for civility, but only when it's our ideas that are being attacked? In other words, is one man's gay wedding cake baker another woman's Scott Pruitt? Is it ever all right to kick Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of a restaurant? Finally, we also talk about some U Mads and U Glads, specifically Joe's disapproval of casting everyone's favorite Asian actress Scarlett Johansson as a trans character in an upcoming film, and Brie's delight in "Sorry to Bother You," a mainstream film that centers POCs, union organizing, and social revolution. And stay tuned for the SWOTI hosts fawning over Cate Blanchett, the most ravishing actress of modern cinema. Again, we have to apologize for the delay in getting this episode out, but we promise it was worth the wait! As always, let us know what you think. And please rate us and leave us a review on iTunes! Theme song: Comfort Fit - Sorry
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