Artists Nia and Ness pictured in an embrace. Photo from niaandness.com

Brooklyn-based artists Nia & Ness are more than just a duo of performers. Their experiences as a black lesbian couple navigating life’s trials are the basis of their work, a mix of spoken word poetry and dance that brings to life the joys and struggles of their intertwined experience.

Currently, the duo is working on their first full-length performance, titled Run which debuts later this summer.

Nia & Ness joined us via phone ahead of Brooklyn Pride 2017 to discuss their work, what inspires them, and what they think of creating their art in the age of President Trump.

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For the second part of our Brooklyn Pride Pre-Show Spectacular, we give you a sneak peak into some of the entertainment coming to the festival.

Singer/songwriter Sarah Factor joins us to talk about her music and shares her track Lasting Mark. And, Swanny River and Peezy from the hip-hop group The AlliYance tell us about their lifelong love of hip-hop and the inspiration behind their music.

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Brooklyn Pride is June 5-10, and the Queer State of Mind team is a proud partner of the week’s events, including our TWO live shows on June 9 and June 10. Brooklyn Pride co-chair Jamie Farnam joined us in our pre-show to give updates on the calendar of events, entertainment and nighttime parade.

We’re also joined by special guest co-host Jimmy Ramsey from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, our Brooklyn Pride presenting partner. The panel discusses the Kathy Griffin controversy, their pride festival memories and President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the historic Paris Climate Accords.

This month, we are celebrating pride with a sample of pride hits and anthems from the ages. For the music mix, stream the mixcloud player below.

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President Trump is traveling for the first time outside of the US as our Commander-in-Chief, and it sure is messy.

The girls also discovered the secret to their love of the mens – chicken nuggets, and other fatty foods, apparently.

Take a listen to the music podcast featuring old school dance hits from the Pointer Sisters, the Supremes, Honey Cone and more.

 

Stream or download the talk-only podcast below.

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So the girls had to go in. Miley and Katy got themselves involved in some silliness, and it was truly necessary to let them know how Becky they were being.

Also, join us in some nostalgia as we think back to our favorite songs from back in the day.

Take a listen to our mixcloud show featuring music from Ariana Grande.

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Queer State of Mind ep 401-2

Part 2 of of our RFB Season 5 debut gets into some of our favorite shows, but not all of the cohosts can agree.

Plus, one of our favorite guests Lis Stevens joins us in the studio to update us on her new album, her perspective on the first few months of President Trump, and shares some of her horror dating stories.

Stream the second hour of the show on Mixcloud, complete with music from Janet Jackson.

 

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We have a full house for our Season 5 premiere, including our favorite guest Lis and guest co-host Jose, and a special visit from Saidue’s sister in law.

RompHims have caused a commotion on the internet, but the co-hosts have their own opinion on the latest “fashion trend.”

Plus, RENT is coming to FOX, but the co-hosts aren’t sure if that’s such a good idea. Tune in to hear what they have to say, complete with music from Janet Jackson in the Mixcloud player below.

Or, click play on the link below to listen to the talk-only version of Episode #401 part 1.

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Saidue and Orie have reached unmentionable ages and are celebrating with a long mix of music. Saidue and friends join from Chicago and the girls talk politics and more in this special music show.

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The girls go in a lot on this episode – from Trump to the Cover Boy, to Real O’Neal’s bisexual faux-pas getting called out by former Grey’s star Sara Ramirez. The hosts also chime in on the Grammys and are joined by one of our favorite guest co-hosts Lis.

Also, Orie sees his childhood hopes dashed as they discuss Ricky Martin’s fiance, leading to a discussion of hot celebrities. Not to mention, the shows.

Take a listen to our full stream with music from Leontyne Price, Cher, Ultra Nate and more on mixcloud below.

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Join the co-hosts for their Brooklyn Brunch party, hosted by our dear friend in Crown Heights. Orie and Deron hold it down from the Bushwick studio while Justin, Saidue and other special guests talk about the latest.

And, we had an extended sance music playlist to keep the party going. Check that out on the mixcloud stream below.

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