Ep. 31 - Jonny Porkpie with special guest Baron Von Schweintorte

Pinchbottom Burlesque's own Jonny Porkpie joined Legs for a conversation about art, nudity and growing up in NYC among many other things. One of his alter egos joined me as well for the top of the episode and quite frankly, Legs hasn't been the same since.

Jonny Porkpie: The Burlesque Mayor of New York City, regular candidate for "actual" mayor of NYC, creator of Pinchbottom Burlesque, the "Best Burlesque" in NY (New York Magazine, The Village Voice) which produced the Off-Broadway shows "The Pinch Brothers in The Bawdy House" as part of MarxFest in May 2014, and "Pretençión: un cirque de burlesque, un burlesque de cirque" in 2013. A Pastor at the Church of Titillation, her is also the creator of Dead Sexy and international bump and grind gameshow Grab My Junk, author of The Corpse Wore Pasties, burlesque performer, teacher, and host, and all-around fool.

http://www.jonnyporkpie.com/

http://www.pinchbottom.com/

Jonny Porkpie, photo by Lee Page

Jonny Porkpie, photo by Lee Page

Ep. 29 - Kristen Korvette

I was thrilled to speak with the very sexy, witchy and wildly smart Kristen Korvette for this week's episdoe. Kristen Korvette is the founding editrix of Slutist, a sex positive feminist site that aims to uncover and address the intersections between sex, gender, sexuality and feminism in art, entertainment, and politics. Glamour UK called Slutist, "seriously smart" and BUST magazine described the site as "well-equipped to fulfill (almost) all of your slutty needs." Kristen also teaches a class on 4th Wave Feminism at The New School and hosts The B-Sides NYC Sessions, an indie music TV show on NYCTV. Enjoy!!

Kristen Korvette, photo by  Jen Rozenbaum

Kristen Korvette, photo by Jen Rozenbaum

Ep. 27 - RunAround Sue

Director and Founder of Sugar Shack Burlesque, the inimitable RunAround Sue, joins Legs for a full and flowing discussion that left your hostess feeling very warm indeed. Check out www.sugarshackburlesque.com to see where you can find Sue next and hear all about how she's making this world better one intention at a time. 

RunAround Sue, photo by Lane Benson

RunAround Sue, photo by Lane Benson

Ep. 26 - Esme Carino

My good friend and inspired healer Esme Seraifiel Carino joined me for an enlightened conversation about healing, intention, her path as a lightworker and ways we can all feel better in our hearts and souls. Here's some more info on Esme: After training in Kona, Hawaii with Dr Doreen Virtue, as an Angel Therapy Practitioner (2010) she has devoted her time to guiding others to finding their own Light. Her own angels and guides have urged her to develop her healing skills by training as a Reiki Master (2011) and completing her spiritual training as a New Paradigm Multi Dimensional Facilitator (2012).  www.thevisionandthevoice.com

Esme Carino, photo by  JJ Sulin

Esme Carino, photo by JJ Sulin

Ep. 25 - Lady Rizo

Cabaret superstar Lady Rizo joins the LWL podcast for conversations about life, love, singing, artistic pursuits and what it's like to be a superstar. Legs loves her and you will too! Opening and closing songs are both off of her album "Violet" and are Ink Dip followed by Song of Freedom. Follow her online at www.ladyrizo.com and by all means, buy her amazing album!! 

Lady Rizo, photographer tba

Lady Rizo, photographer tba

Ep. 24 - Tangerine Jones

From juicy fruit to a deep and in-depth discussion on race and racism in America, this is our longest interview yet! Performer, sexy nerd and illuminator par excellence, Tangerine is a smart and foxy lady who is not afraid to speak her mind. I am so thankful for her and her willingness to go deep into this discussion. Learn more about her at http://tangerinejones.com/. And for a fully fleshed out explanation of the Cake Walk, please visit Cakewalk: the Strange origin of an unwittingly predjuced term.

Tangerine Jones, photographer Ed Barnas

Tangerine Jones, photographer Ed Barnas

Full text of article below - URL here: http://www.thefrisky.com/2014-06-12/18-things-white-people-should-knowdo-before-discussing-racism/

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism by Tiffanie Drayton & Joshua McCarther

Discussions about racism should be all-inclusive and open to people of all skin colors. However, to put it simply, sometimes White people lack the experience or education that can provide a rudimentary foundation from which a productive conversation can be built. This is not necessarily the fault of the individual, but pervasive myths and misinformation have dominated mainstream racial discourse and often times, the important issues are never highlighted. For that reason, The Frisky has decided to publish this handy list that has some basic rules and information to better prepare anyone for a worthwhile discussion about racism.

1. It is uncomfortable to talk about racism. It is more uncomfortable to live it.

2. “Colorblindness” is a cop-out. The statements “but I don’t see color” or “I never care about color” do not help to build a case against systemic racism. Try being the only White person in an environment. You willnotice color then.

3. Oprah’s success does not mean the end of racism. The singular success of a Black man or woman (i.e. Oprah, or Tiger Woods, or President Obama) is never a valid argument against the existence of racism. By this logic, the success of Frederick Douglas or Amanda America Dickson during the 19th century would be grounds for disproving slavery.

4. Reverse racism is BS, but prejudice is not. Until people of color colonize, dominate and enslave the populations of the planet in the name of “superiority,” create standards of beauty based on their own colored definition, enact a system where only people of color benefit on a large-scale, and finally pretend like said system no longer exists, there is no such thing as reverse racism. Prejudice is in all of us, but prejudice employed as a governing structure is something different.

5. America has not “gotten over” its race-related problems. In American History class you learned about slavery and Jim Crow, but sadly you were taught that figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks eradicated an entire 200-year history of oppression, discrimination and segregation. Your history teachers and books tried close the race chapter on a high note, however the ongoing history of America’s systemic racism cannot be simply wrapped up and decorated with a “now we all are equal” bow.

6. Google is your best friend. Search: Black/White wealth gap, redlining, “White flight,” subprime mortgages and black families,  discriminatory sentencing practices, occupational overcrowding, workplace discrimination, employment discrimination, mandatory minimum sentences and in-school segregation to start. Here are some highlights:

7. Then read some more. Google: Black Wall Street, Sundown towns, eugenics and forced sterilization, and Black voting prohibition.

8. Buy and read a book from a Black author. Some recommendations: W.E.B Dubois, James Baldwin, Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston would be a great start.

9. Realize that segregation is still rampant. Step outside and take a look around your neighborhood. Lacking people of color much? That is called segregation. It is not by chance, though sometimes by choice. (Refer to “redlining” Google search.)

  • About your neighborhood again: Displacing people of color much? That is called gentrification.
  • Think about the schools you went to and the classes you had. Not too many minorities in either? (Refer to school segregation/in-school segregation.)

10. Programs or initiatives that target systemic racism are not “charity.” We do not refer to the 200 years of free labor provided by enslaved Blacks as charity. Or the Black property stolen by Whites during the decades of state-supported terrorism? Or, say, the unfair banking practices that have completely decimated the Black middle class through foreclosures (refer to subprime mortgages and Black families google search)?

11. Black on Black crime does not exist. There are countless White people committing crimes against White people, but “White-on-White crime” is strangely absent from the rhetoric reporting everything from elementary school shootings to world wars. Why should crimes committed by and against people of color be labelled any differently?

12. White people will not become the minority in America in the next 20 years. “Whites” were originally Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs). The definition of “White,” as a racial classification, has evolved to include “Whiter-skinned” minority groups who were historically discriminated against, barred from “Whiteness” and thus had little access to opportunity. Some examples: Italians and the Irish (who were frequently referred to as n***ers in the 1800’s), Jewish people and more recently Hispanic (George Zimmerman) and Armenian minority groups. Such evolutions, however, always exclude Blacks.

13. Hip-hop culture is no more dysfunctional than Wall Street culture. At its worst, commercial “Black culture” is a raw reflection of broader society. The caricatured imagery of drugs, money, and women are headlined most prominently by Wall Street, politicians, and media moguls but this reality never comes to reflect on White people. America spends more on weaponry than the most of the rest of the world combined but somehow it is the “violence” of hip-hop that is an exclusive pathology.

14. Black people are angry about racism, and they have every right to be. Anger is a legitimate and justified response to years of injustice and invisibility.

15. There are poor White people, but racism and discrimination still exists. The plight of the poor White midwest always makes a convenient appearance to deflect any perceived accusation of privilege or to derail conversations of racism. Racist American policy was never about securing the success of all White people, but rather about legalizing the disenfranchisement of Blacks and other people of color.

16. Silence does nothing. Blank stares and silence do not further this difficult but necessary conversation.

17. White guilt is worthless, but White action isn’t. One of the most immediate responses to racial discourse is that the effort is all about making White people feel guilty. Discourse about racism is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt, it is meant to drive people to action against injustice. During the times of slavery and the era of the Civil Rights Movement, both Black and White people played and continue to play instrumental roles in Black advancement.

18. Black people are not obligated to answer the “Well, what do we do about it?” question. Though many of us do and are not heard. The call for reparations in the form of “Baby Bonds”  is a great idea. So isdesegregating our classrooms  and closing the school-to-prison pipeline. These courageous voices are speaking very loudly — it is time to start listening.

Ep. 22 - Shanghai Pearl

My sister from another mister joins the LWL podcast to talk about porn, burlesque, being an Asian-American woman and cultural appropriation. For a great interview with Shanghai about the article she wrote along with an interview and links to many great websites that talk about race and cultural appropriation, please visit http://pincurlmag.com/the-shanghai-pearl. To learn more about Shanghai, please visit www.theshanghaipearl.com. 

Shanghai Pearl, photo by POC Photo

Shanghai Pearl, photo by POC Photo

Ep. 21 - NYC Naked Girls Reading

In this episode, we highlight the franchised entertainment that is Naked Girls Reading. New York City NGR chapter head Nasty Canasta tells us a bit about herself and then reads from Lolita along with excerpts from other books read by Gal Friday and Creamy Stevens. I can't promise that they were naked or clothed during the recording but I'll let your mind run wild. To attend the next NYC NGR show, please visit http://nakedgirlsreadingnyc.blogspot.com to check out the theme of the month and who will be reading in the buff. Enjoy!

Ep. 20 - Shula Melamed, MA MPh

One of my oldest and dearest friends joins the LWL podcast for some talk about sex, relationships, interpersonal dynamics and how she has spent the last 10 years of her life studying all of them. Dating coach, former matchmaker assistant, and social researcher par excellence, I think you'll enjoy my lovely boo as much as I do! You can find out more about Shula at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/shulamelamed and follow her on twitter at @shulamelamed

Shula Melamed MA, MPh, photo by  Eric Vogel

Shula Melamed MA, MPh, photo by Eric Vogel

Ep. 19 - Michael Formika Jones

Michael Formika Jones (fka drag queen Mistress Formika) joins this week's episode to regale us with tales of fabulous and colorful times past, how he got to NYC and what has happened since his fateful arrival... Tune in to hear some wonderful stories along with a veritable architectural tour of NYC nightlife as it was in the pre-Giuliani era. I love him and I think you will too!

Michael Formika Jones, photo by Mark Johnson Photography

Michael Formika Jones, photo by Mark Johnson Photography

Ep. 17 - Pop Pistol's Amazing 2014 Playlist

This week, we bring you a badass mix dedicated to 2014 and curated by my good friend Pop Pistol (Miss Pop Nails) and assisted by DJ Gary. Enjoy! <3

I Belong In Your Arms - Chairlift

One Way Trigger - The Strokes

I Can Hardly Make You Mine - Cults

Do You Want A Man? - The Vaccines (John Hill and Rich Costey Remix)

Bobby Brown - The Soft Pack

Break It Down Again - Tears for Fears

Psychic City - YACHT (Classixx Remix)

Head To Toe - Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

Beatcity - Still Corners

Falling - HAIM (Psychemagik Remix)

A Dancing Shell - Wild Nothing

Don’t Give Up - Washed Out

Chloroform - Phoenix

Where It’s At - Beck

Double Vision - Jacuzzi Boys

Graceless - The National

Shattered Me - Bass Drum Of Death

Rock And Roll - The Velvet Underground

Ep. 16 - The Great Fredini LIVE in Coney Island!

The Great Fredini (aka Fred Kahl) joins us today to discuss his Scan-A-Rama 3D portrait project live from his Surf Avenue storefront studio. We discuss all things 3D printing, Coney Island's past, present and future as well as Fredini's journey to Coney and how he is helping change the 3D printing world one small portrait at a time. To learn more about him, please visit www.thegreatfredini.com and more about Coney Island at coneyisland.com.

The Great Fredini outside his Scan-A-Rama at 1208 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Picture by Legs Malone.

The Great Fredini outside his Scan-A-Rama at 1208 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Picture by Legs Malone.

Episode 15 - Storytime - Beatrix Potter

It's storytime, kids! Legs reads a selection of tales written by Beatrix Potter. One million thanks to the awesome website gutenberg.org for the readable, free texts online! Stories told are Jemima Puddleduck, Peter Rabbit, The Story of Benjamin Bunny, and Mrs. Tiggywinkle. Enjoy!

Beatrix Potter with her pet rabbit Benjamin Bouncer, taken in the 1890s.

Beatrix Potter with her pet rabbit Benjamin Bouncer, taken in the 1890s.

Episode 14 - POLYAMORY!

Our first topic-based episode! Featuring polyamory "sexpert" (my words, not hers) Chelsea Cebara and her secondary partner Nathan Cliber, this episode answers many questions about polyamory along with the dynamics, structure and maintenance therein. It's fascinating and I hope you like it! Brand new theme music by the amazing Nico Tower (www.nicotowermusic.com)! To learn more about Chelsea and her alter ego Randi Rascal, please visit www.randirascal.com.

Randi Rascal, photo by Takako

Randi Rascal, photo by Takako

Episode 12 - Marisa the Tattooed Lawyer

Easily one of the best episodes yet! Tattoo nerd and lawyer Marisa joins the LWL podcast for a jam-packed episode where we discuss tattoos, the female body as public space, copyright issues and SO much more. If you or anyone you know loves tattoos, check this out! You can find Marisa's writings, musings and much more at her awesome website www.needlesandsins.com.

Photo of Marisa, photographer unknown according to the internet.

Photo of Marisa, photographer unknown according to the internet.