GSC Friday

GSC Friday


Friday 407: Chromatica, Black Lives Matter, and Cock–tails to go! (Dean Sage | John Patrick)

June 06, 2020

We recorded this episode a week ago, and there have been many developments since then in regards to George Floyd and a host of other Black men and women who have been brutalized and killed by the police and the systemic racism that controls our every day lives. Thousands of people have risen up to speak, to protest. We have dedicated this Pride Month to future episodes that continue to engage with the Black Lives Matter narrative (hopefully with the voices of activists and black queer individuals.) Our podcast is a diversion and a moment of humor. That may serve you right now, and if so, we appreciate being allowed to speak to you and hopefully bring a little levity if you need that in the current moment. We hope that you support the cause of ending Systemic Racism and the senseless murder of Black Lives, however you are able to do so.


If you are looking for something to divert your attention for a few minutes, in this episode we begin with Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, both of whom released music today. For Gaga fans, John and Dean break down their initial reactions to the new album. It's back to the kind of pop that we are used to from Gaga, but is definitely capturing the evolution of an amazing artist. When it comes to true Britney Stans like John, the release of Mood Ring was not "new" but definitely a welcome addition to the re-release of Glory.


For our Black audience, and those of color, the central topic today is far form news. But we needed to take our voices and at least share both the disgust and also the on-going nature of yet another murder of a Black man in police custody. Since the recording, the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement have brought more action and further consequences for those officers that murdered George Floyd. But that is far from the end of this. Dean and John take a moment to reflect on the history of Gay rights and the privilege that they now enjoy due in large part to the actions of Black Queer activists and the Civil Rights Movement. If you are familiar with the AIDS crisis in the '80s then most of this will be old news to you, but some younger listeners may learn a few things as John did. We are far from being able to give a history of these movements, but in the coming weeks we will endeavor to speak more about the contributions of Black Queer men and women to our community and our lives.


In the last segment Dean and John take some joy in isolation with the recent advent of Cocktail to-go from major restaurants in our area. And tease a little bit about the music project they've been working on for almost 5 years now. We thank you for your time, and hope that it has been a moment of humor and fun. We ask that you look to do what you can locally to begin creating the change that is long overdue, and find ways to contribute to those who are seeking the end to Systemic Racism.