The Field Negro Guide to Arts and Culture w/ Vernon Reid and W. Kamau Bell
Episode 23 - Happy Vern Day Chick Corea vs. Anonymous

In the episode, we celebrate Vernon's birthday the Field Negro way—turning on the mics and talking about whatever comes to mind. After wandering off from a conversation about 'Mad Men' ripoffs, Vern takes us through a primer on modern Jazz Fusion and tell war stories about his recent battle with several raccoons. Yes, raccoons.

There's plenty of music to be found in this episode, but Vernon touches on so many different artists that it would be hard to fit it all in. Make sure to drop by soon after this episode goes up to get more info on the songs featured in this episode and the other songs and artists that are discussed.

Last but not least, as always, you can find us at the other usual internet gathering spots:

Kamau:, on Twitter @WKamauBell and on Facebook

Vernon:, on Twitter @Vurnt22 and on Facebook

Alex: on Twitter @AGThornton and featured on such websites as MSN and

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Could recent events in the U.K. happen in America as well? Was Steve Harvey right to call Tavis Smiley and Cornell West "Uncle Toms?" What do the lastest developments in U.S. financial markets really mean for everyday people? Why ya'll hatin' on Black Spider-Man? This week, Vernon and Kamau tackle all these issues and more in the way that only they can.

Make sure to check out for updates on where you can see the guys live and additional information on the music and sounds you hear in each episode. Send us an email and let us know what you think, or connect with us online:
Find Kamau on Facebook, on Twitter @wkamaubell and at
Find Vernon on Facebook, on Twitter @Vurnt22 and at
Find Alex on Twitter @AGThornton
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The big news keeps rolling in faster than we can talk about it all, so we're back again this week with a super-sized episode. Vernon and Kamau start out discussing the recent tragic events in Norway and the loss of two of our favorite artists, but luckily there have been some positive developments as well, including Vernon recently showing up on WWE Monday Night Raw and of course, the final "Harry Potter" film.

While you're listening, stop by for additional bits of media and commentary, or find us in the usual internet watering holes:

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22 and

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell and

Connect with Alex on Twitter @AGThornton but he doens't "do" Facebook anymore so don't bother

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This week, the Field Negros discuss their favorite topics—comic book movies and disgraced public figures. Lucky for them, there have been plenty of both lately and the train looks like it's gonna keep on rolling.

Get in touch and check out past episodes at or follow us on Twitter at @wkamaubell, @vurnt22 and @agthornton

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