Q&B Episode 20: Zanele Muholi & Lerato Dumse

Visual activist Zanele Muholi and journalist Lerato Dumse visited Pittsburgh last week to exhibit in the CI:13 Carnegie International and Q&B was lucky enough to be in the mix. As we showed them around town and traded stories about South Africa and the ‘burgh we learned more about Zanele’s Faces & Phases series and Inkanyiso Queer Media. This podcast is a great intro to Zanele & Lerato’s upcoming lecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art on Tues. Oct. 8th at 6:30pm. Check out our conversation and see you at the lecture. Continue reading “Q&B Episode 20: Zanele Muholi & Lerato Dumse”

Q&B Episode 19: Shay Bailey

Shay Bailey knows a thing-or-two about cycling on these Pittsburgh streets. And be warned to watch out for her speedy moves on those bike paths too. On episode #19 of Queer & Brown in Steeltown, Shay the Peabody High and Penn State alum, kicks it with us about growing up with 3 sock-stealing brothers, the weird science behind the Jimmy Johns franchise and her hilarious “coming out” to Mom story. So get your headphones ready internets for Shay Bailey plus some Tribe Called Quest & Public Enemy transitions on Q&B:19! Continue reading “Q&B Episode 19: Shay Bailey”

Q&B Episode 18: Kelly E. Parker

Do you know anyone who loves making drums even more than playing them? Queer & Brown in Steeltown does! This episode features the incredible Djembe maker & drummer, Kelly E. Parker! And she plays for us too! Kelly’s been holding it down in the ‘burgh for over 20 years and is one of the city’s finest Djembe players. We were so excited to sit down with her recently during the Rhinestone Steel Queer Music Festival to hear all about her rich experiences with the drum. And as an added bonus, you’ll also hear in the background Cuban-American, queer, lady-punk artist and writer Cristy C. Road’s lively performance. So get ready internets, this one’s about West African drums and the politics of gender, right here on Q&B!

Our topics include:

  • Having the support of African men but not African American men
  • Shaving the hair off of goat skin
  • “She gonna take our women!”
  • Not doing drum circles

Apologies for the dips and rises in sound. Tried to fix it best we could.


To contact Kelly E. Parker, for repairs, re-heading and tuning of Djembes, Djun Djuns, congas and most hand drums email: abafasi@gmail.com or visit www.betterfly.com

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Q&B Episode 17: Jasmine Hearn

What’s up internets! Are you ready for the lovely Jasmine Hearn? This flygirl from Houston has been sharing her love of dance with the ‘burgh for the past 7 years. Check our lively conversation. Please note, our recording took place during the Rhinestone Steel Queer Music Festival and some sound distortion was difficult to control. Team Q&B is still learning how to do this audio thing…we appreciate your patience. Jasmine is pure gold, so take a listen all the way till the end. It’s worth every minute.

Our topics include:

  • Growing up with Bey’s little sister, Solange
  • Dancing with thick thighs
  • The beautiful people…
  • That’s What She Said, a public performance about first dance memories
  • Flashdance, Jennifer Beals & Pittsburgh

**That’s What She Said, a duet by Jasmine Hearn & Beth Ratas
First installment – July 28 – Three shows: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm  (lasts about 30mins)
Enright Park (between Friendship and Penn Ave at the end of South St. Claire St)
Donation $10

Music credit: Bill Ray Drums, Slinky Rock Thing (ccMixer)

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