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We Want the Airwaves - Nia King

We Want the Airwaves - Nia King

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Zinester, drummer, cartoonist, filmmaker, and now podcaster? Meet Nia King, the woman behind We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise, as well as Angry Black-White Girl, The Craigslist Chronicles, and QTPOC Comics. In this episode, Nia's boyfriend - the talented musician Myles - helps her overcome her fear of microphones to find out:

-what it's like growing up mixed-race in a black nationalist household,
-how anarcho-punk prepared her for life as an art-entrepreneur, and
-why she dropped out of art school. HINT: The answer is racism!

Transcribed by Nico Vitti
Zinester, drummer, cartoonist, filmmaker, and now podcaster? Meet Nia King, the woman behind We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise, as well as Angry Black-White Girl, The Craigslist Chronicles, and QTPOC Comics. In this episode, Nia's boyfriend - the talented musician Myles - helps her overcome her fear of microphones to find out:

-what it's like growing up mixed-race in a black nationalist household,
-how anarcho-punk prepared her for life as an art-entrepreneur, and
-why she dropped out of art school. HINT: The answer is racism!

Transcribed by Nico Vitti

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Published by: Nia King on Jun 07, 2013
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