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Say It Loud

Say It Loud is a PBS Digital Studios series that celebrates Black culture, context, and history. Hosts Evelyn from the Internets and Azie Dungey give you a comedic take on identity and pop culture, from Black pride movements to Black Twitter shenanigans. The show explores the complexity of Black experience and finds joy in the many ways Black folks have influenced American life.

Is "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X Real Country Music?

16m 12s

It’s often been said that music is a universal language. So why was “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X initially removed from the country Billboard charts? Hallease and Evelyn use this hit record to talk about the business of music and how it has historically affected Black artists’ ability to “crossover”, stay true to their musical tastes, or experiment with the art form.

Episodes

  • Is "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X Real Country Music?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X Real Country Music?

    S1 E15 - 16m 12s

    It’s often been said that music is a universal language. So why was “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X initially removed from the country Billboard charts? Hallease and Evelyn use this hit record to talk about the business of music and how it has historically affected Black artists’ ability to “crossover”, stay true to their musical tastes, or experiment with the art form.

  • Where Are You REALLY From?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Where Are You REALLY From?

    S1 E14 - 16m 29s

    Human migration is a tale as old as time, but how has that impacted Black culture here in the U.S.? Hallease and Evelyn explore how the movement of Black folks has created icons from James Baldwin to Nipsey Hussle.

  • Should We Keep Eating Soul Food?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Should We Keep Eating Soul Food?

    S1 E13 - 18m 7s

    As our culture evolves so does our food. What was once eaten out of necessity has become celebratory, all the while being the topic of constant debate. Evelyn & Hallease explore the new and inventive ways our generation is honoring and preserving our culinary past while staying conscious of our dietary future.

  • Why Richard Pryor is Still Funny: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Richard Pryor is Still Funny

    S1 E12 - 16m 28s

    From minstrels to vaudeville to Instagram, comedy has come a long way. Richard Pryor is arguably your favorite comedian's favorite comedian so in this episode, Hallease and Evelyn look at how comedy has changed throughout modern history, and attempt to define what the G.O.A.T contributed to its evolution.

  • Should You Go To an HBCU?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Should You Go To an HBCU?

    S1 E11 - 13m 5s

    HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) have the prestigious honor of always being committed to the mission of educating everyone regardless of race, but our hosts both attended a (PWI) Predominately White Institution & didn't pledge Black Greek. They discuss HBCU history and the myriad of reasons why prospective students consider attending them by touring Howard University.

  • What Missy Elliott Did for Afrofuturism: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Missy Elliott Did for Afrofuturism

    S1 E10 - 12m 51s

    Missy Elliott and her frequent collaborators have produced over two decades of music videos that we are going to attempt to justify as Afrofuturistic work. Grab your inflatable trash bags, as we take a stroll down memory lane.

  • The Evolution of (Black) Beauty: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Evolution of (Black) Beauty

    S1 E9 - 15m 17s

    Our perception and definition of beauty has morphed over time, so instead of trying to define everything we focused on three areas of the beauty industry: haircare, skincare, and makeup -- to show you just how far the industry has come. From Overton's high-brown face powder to Rihanna's Fenty Beauty, here's how African American beauty standards have evolved.

  • "Black Sounding" Names and Their Surprising History: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    "Black Sounding" Names and Their Surprising History

    S1 E8 - 12m 21s

    What's in a name? Sometimes it's just our imagination, and other times it's an attempt at a political statement. Black names have been satirized and stereotyped for a long time, but they have a unique and downright surprising history. Azie and Evelyn discuss the history, culture, and influence on "black sounding names."

  • The Reason #BlackTwitter Exists (And Is Totally Awesome): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Reason #BlackTwitter Exists (And Is Totally Awesome)

    S1 E7 - 12m 49s

    From seemingly choreographed takedowns to hilarious commentary on culture and current events, Black Twitter continues to be a source of endless debate, research, and of course endless cackles. In this episode, we deep dive into how Black Twitter exists on the platform and the unspoken (but somehow still agreed upon) rules of engagement.

  • She Isn't African Enough?! DNA Ancestry Tests: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    She Isn't African Enough?! DNA Ancestry Tests

    S1 E6 - 13m 21s

    Ancestry and DNA testing is one of the fastest growing consumer markets. Over 26 million people have access to their DNA profiles, but understanding these profiles is complicated -- especially if you're a descendant of enslaved people. To highlight it’s complexity, Azie (who has taken over 5 DNA tests) explains her results with help from Dr. Joe Hanson of It's Okay to be Smart.

  • The OG Black Republicans: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The OG Black Republicans

    S1 E5 - 9m 6s

    Did Republicans lead the charge in electing Black politicians? We don’t need to know who you’re voting for but we are interested in how the end of the Civil War meant the start of Black people in US Government and the resilience required by these OG Black politicians to occupy space in a government that was very divided on whether owning people was bad.

  • Black People Made That!: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Black People Made That!

    S1 E4 - 9m 29s

    At the end of the day, it's all about the benjamins. Black inventors throughout American history have contributed so much to our country's innovation -- all while navigating a difficult US patent system. In this week's episode, Azie Dungey and Evelyn From The Internets discuss all the creative ways Black people have worked through their intellectual property and how it affects the U.S as a whole

Extras + Features

  • Trailer: Say it Loud: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer: Say it Loud

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    Say It Loud is a PBS Digital Studios show starring Evelyn (From The Internets) Ngugi and Azie Dungey of Ask A Slave. The show covers topics around African American history, culture, and context -- because black history is American history.

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