Dear Culture

Dear Culture

Dear Culture is a weekly podcast keeping us informed on politics, entertainment, and social justice through the lens of culture with a healthy dose of shady social commentary. Hosted by Gerren Keith Gaynor, theGrio’s Managing Editor, and Social Media Director, Shana Pinnock.

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March 8, 2022 28 min

Black stories are taking center stage on Broadway and this week on the Dear Culture Podcast, our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor talk to Black theater-makers telling today's stories on theater's biggest stages and explain how playwrights are taking over TV.

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Dear Culture, who's making greenbacks from the labor of Black bodies. This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor unpack the tense racial history and present of Black players and white owners, boycotting the NFL and what it means to be a Black spectator.

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February 17, 2022 29 min

Knowledge is power and this week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor reflect on the powerful legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, reflect on their own experiences at Spelman and Morehouse and trace the impact of HBCUs on the culture through history and today.

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We all know Black love comes in all shapes and sizes and this week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor go beyond the stereotypes and stigma to talk about the growing number of Black Americans practicing polyamory and ethical non-monogamy

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February 3, 2022 33 min

Kinky, Coily, Curly—it's all beautiful! This week on The Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor kick off Black History Month by celebrating the beauty of Black hair, its impact on culture and talk about the history of our lovely locs!

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Come Through, Milestone! This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Gerren Keith Gaynor and Shana Pinnock, celebrate 100 episodes of DCP and talk with Producer Deniese Davis whose work and impact in Hollywood is shaping the what's new and what's next in Black Culture.

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Dear Culture, What does it mean to be an abolitionist? This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Gerren Keith Gaynor and Shana Pinnock talk with Artist, Abolitionist and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder, Patrisse Cullors about her new book, An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and The World. 



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January 13, 2022 46 min

What happens when the apple falls a little too close to the tree? This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor talk about breaking generational curses, embracing ancestral gifts, and living life on our own terms.

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January 6, 2022 43 min

This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor go into the Belly of the Beast with Abolitionist, Community Organizer and Writer Da’Shaun L. Harrison to talk anti-fatness as anti-Blackness and why "thick" may not be the compliment you think it is.

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December 30, 2021 45 min

Dear Culture, We Made It! A brand new year is just ahead and this week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Gerren Keith Gaynor and Shana Pinnock, reflect on all the ups and downs that shaped and shook the culture in 2021 and look ahead to 2022.

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You good, fam? The holiday season is upon us and this week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor talk about staying emotionally, physically, and financially safe and licensed professionals offer us some tips to have a happy and healthy holiday.

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December 16, 2021 42 min

Cuffing season is here, fam! This week on the Dear Culture Podcast, our hosts Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor dive deep into all the do's and dont's of holiday dating and talk about finding companionship in the time of COVID.

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December 9, 2021 46 min

More than 40 percent of queer folks of color identify as bisexual according to the Human Rights Campaign, so why all the stigma around sexual preference? This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor unpack harmful stereotypes and talk about the miles left to travel in the journey to queer acceptance as a community.

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Can we get a witness? This week on the Dear Culture Podcast, our hosts Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor sit down with the historians, curators and archivists documenting culture and preserving the legacy for future generations.

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November 25, 2021 45 min

This week on the Dear Culture Podcast we're celebrating the beauty and bravery of Black boyhood. Bestselling Author, Activist and journalist, George M. Johnson, returns to talk with hosts Shana Pinnock and Guest Host, Dr. Micia Mosley to talk about a bond between brothers and the importance of family in their new memoir, We Are Not Broken.

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Dear Culture, how are you practicing gratitude? This week on the Dear Culture Podcast, Gerren Keith Gaynor talks to guests Joy Lindsay and Kishshna Palmer on the joy of giving while Black and how to support the Black businesses, organizations and charities in your community this holiday season!

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This week on the Dear Culture Podcast, our hosts, Gerren Keith Gaynor and guest host, Natasha Alford, talk about the growing trend of Black women opting out of western birthing practices and the rise of Black doulas and achieving racial equity for Black birthing people and children.

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November 4, 2021 45 min

This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor, ask why children of color are absent from the stories meant to inspire them and talk with Author, Publisher and Creative Director, Jesse Byrd, on changing the narrative around representation and diversity in children's literature.

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October 28, 2021 55 min

“Who you calling a witch?” This week on the Dear Culture Podcast, our hosts Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor are talking, “spirituality vs. religion” and how this generation is looking beyond the Bible and redefining Black magic.

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October 21, 2021 49 min

What does it mean to be free? This week on the Dear Culture Podcast our hosts, Shana Pinnock and Gerren Keith Gaynor sit down with Activist and Author, Tarana Burke, to discuss her new book "Unbound: The Story of My Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement.

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