The Field Negro Guide to Arts and Culture w/ Vernon Reid and W. Kamau Bell (general)

On this episode Vernon & Kamau finally have their long awaited Obama conversation. It happened minutes after Obama's second State of The Union Address and there was much to discuss: Obama & technology, Obama and Michelle, Obama and his new theme music, Obama and Black people, Obama and crazy white people, Obama Now vs. Obama Then. Yup, it's Obama on and on until the break of dawn. (Say that last sentence out loud. It sounds really cool.) And on this episode, Vernon & Kamau have some special guests in the form of several other of America's "first Black presidents."

Kamau's CD in the top ten of TWO DIFFERENT year end lists: iTunes & Punchline Magazine.

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22, and www.livingcolour.com

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell, and www.wkamaubell.com

And you can connect with the Podcast on Twitter @ThatFNGuide

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Direct download: 08_Episode_8_-.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57am EST

In the tradition of epic filmmaking & epic story telling, Kamau has one doozy of story to tell about his last three weeks. And in classic FNGTAC fashion, Vernon takes the conversation waaaaaaaaay off road in a beautiful way. This episode features several epic battles of Good vs. Evil: Kamau vs. Sacramento, Kevin Avery vs. Hollywood, Vernon vs. Hip Hop, Vernon vs. Quentin Tarantino, and even Vernon vs. Apollo Creed(?). And during this epic tale Vernon & Kamau finally have the N Word conversation, and we're not talking about Zen meditation. It took seven episodes for these two black guys to have that conversation. WOW! Maybe instead, they are actually "Far Afield Negroes". This one also features a surprise ending which portends good things to come, and also we finally get to find out exactly what percentage of Vernon that Kamau is. May the force be with them!

Kamau's CD in the top ten of TWO DIFFERENT year end lists: iTunes & Punchline Magazine.

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22, and www.livingcolour.com

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell, and www.wkamaubell.com

And you can connect with the Podcast on Twitter @ThatFNGuide

GET US ON iTUNES NOW!!! http://ow.ly/22Uia

Direct download: Episode_7_-.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am EST

This episode is a SUPA-SIZED episode all about the band FIIIIIIISHBONE!!! (That's how you have to say it. You'll hear me demonstrate it several times over the course of this podcast.)

This is an EPIC episode for FNGTAC. Who knows when we'll do another one like this. It took weeeeeeeeeeeeeks and without our new producer Alex Thornton, it wouldn't have happened at ALLLLLLLLLLL.

We probably put too much in here, but here it is. If it overwhelms you, listen to it in parts. It's overstuffed, eager, at times repetitive, but we believe it's worth it. It was definitely made with love.

It features some thoughts on the band from us, from their fans, from Chris Metzler - co-director of the new documentary on the band called Everyday Sunshine, excerpts of the film itself, and finally you'll hear the band themsleves, founding members, Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore.

If you are a fan of Fishbone, I know you'll dig this episode. If you do know them, but aren't a fan, I have a feeling you may change your mind. And finally if you aren't familiar with them, sit down, press play, and enjoy.

Also check out Fishbone's website and the website for Everyday Sunshine. They both may be coming to your town soon and the film is definitely coming to your DVD player.

In conclusion, FIIIIIIIIIIIIIISHBONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. We love you, Fishbone.

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22, and www.livingcolour.com

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell, and www.wkamaubell.com

And you can connect with the Podcast on Twitter @ThatFNGuide

GET US ON iTUNES NOW!!! http://ow.ly/22Uia

Direct download: 06_Episode_6_-.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:48am EST

On this episode, a legend sits down with a legend to talk about a legend. Vernon is on tour with Living Colour on The Experience Hendrix Tour, a tour which features musical legends of guitar and other instruments coming together to pay tribute to James Marshall Hendrix. And Vernon had a chance to sit down and chat with one of those legends, guitarist Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers. Ernie knew Jimi well before the rest of the world did, so Vernon and Ernie talk about the Jimi that Ernie knew. They talk about Hendrix's days in the Isley Brothers, Jimi's love of Pez candy and Super Chicken cartoons, and also how Jimi was always the baddest guitarist around. This is truly great stuff and a new perspective on Jimi Hendrix. Kamau sits this one out because it was apparently for legends only!

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22, and www.livingcolour.com

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell, and www.wkamaubell.com

And you can connect with the Podcast on Twitter @ThatFNGuide

GET US ON iTUNES NOW!!! http://ow.ly/22Uia

Direct download: Episode_5_-.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:19am EST

Episode 4 - Bad Gigs, Weird Gigs, Surprise Gigs, The Perfect Gig?

On this episode Vernon & Kamau take their freewheeling conversation waaaaaay off-road. This episode features some talk of the Golden Era of Wu Tang's Economic Dominance, Vernon's story of playing on Mariah Carey's first album (SERIOUSLY!), Kamau's story of opening for Dick Gregory, Living Colour bad gig stories, The evolution of Ice Cube from scary to nary a bit scary, and lots more. Also features some of Kamau's comedy and lots of music including that track featuring Vernon soloing over a young Mariah Carey.

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22, and www.livingcolour.com

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell, and www.wkamaubell.com

And you can connect with the Podcast on Twitter @ThatFNGuide

GET US ON iTUNES NOW!!! http://ow.ly/22Uia

Direct download: Episode_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

Episode 2ish A Shorty Mostly about Inception

So it's been awhile since that 1st episode hit the "streets" and before we bring you the full on next hour long episode. W. Kamau Bell and Vernon Reid have some brief thoughts about Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio's magnum opus, Inception. (The thoughts are brief mostly due to technical difficulties that Kamau and Vernon are blaming on the Dream Police.) And along with that there is some previously unreleased Vernon music and some old jokes from Kamau.

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22, and www.livingcolour.com

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell, and www.wkamaubell.com

And you can connect with the Podcast on Twitter @ThatFNGuide

GET US ON iTUNES NOW!!! http://ow.ly/22Uia

Direct download: FNGTAC_Episode2_edit_A_incomplete_pics.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

Episode One... or is it Two? Lemme Explain. First of all welcome to The Field Negro Guide to Arts and Culture a podcast with W. Kamau Bell (THAT'S ME!) --- outspoken comedian, race commentator, and stealth educator --- and Vernon Reid --- Guitar Legend, Two Time Grammy Award Winner, and founder of Living Colour. We are here to engage in a weekly, freewheeling conversation that covers everything from everything to everything else. It is two black men who have been accused of being outside of the (black) box so long that they have built homes there. Less a traditional podcast and more like a conversation that you overhear in a coffee shop and can't pull away from.

This is our first episode... Well, it actually should be our 2nd... But... I'll just let Vernon will explain when you listen to it.

This episode we planned to talk about the challenge of superhero film adaptions, Vernon's Swedish vampire movie recommendation, and Gary Coleman. But don't be too wedded to those topics. We weren't.

In other words, a musician and a comedian have a podcast and spend very little time talking about music or comedy.

Get on board. It's gonna be interesting.

Connect with Vernon on Facebook, Twitter @vurnt22, and www,livingcolour.com

Connect with Kamau on Facebook, Twitter @wkamaubell, and www.wkamaubell.com

And you can connect with the Podcast on Twitter @ThatFNGuide

GET US ON iTUNES NOW!!! http://ow.ly/22Uia
Direct download: F.N.G.T.A.C._Episode_2_.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EST