We are continuing our Pride Tawk mini-series and our guest this week is iconic and multi-talented musician and artist Aja. Known to the world as a Contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 and All Stars 3, Aja was catapulted into international fame as a drag queen. Since then, Aja has quit drag, came out as non-binary and released two studio albums, including their newest sophomore album The Crown, which came out this May.
As we break down the album, Aja tawks to us about how it came about, what was the process of creating such a vulnerable and eclectic album during a pandemic, who were their musical inspirations growing up and how they dealt with the public transition from a drag artist to a musician, as well as dishing on racists fans, Nicki Minaj and always standing up for themselves.
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Happy Pride Month and welcome to Pride Tawk: a mini-series where we to tawk to queer creatives who are pushing the boundaries of queer representation. Our first guest is experiential producer and creative strategist Ron Sese, who is also the founder of Bk Queer Flea: NYC only all LGBTQ+ marketplace. Together with Ron we discuss how the Flea came about, why it's mission is to help queer creators achieve liberation through financial autonomy, defining queerness and whether a product can be queer, the prominence of a growing queer economy, as well as dish on Demi Lovato's coming out and how far we have come in the past 30 years.
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Queer Musicians are Here, and they are here to stay! This week, we are tawking to the multi-talented Kezra Leon: a musician, rapper and club/drag personality about their new single "ICV", their upcoming collaboration with Drag Race-alum Aja and what it's like to be a queer music artist. Kezra shares his story of coming into the music business, the inspiration behind his bold and assertive music, how their collaboration with Aja came about, as well as dishes his thoughts on Lil Nas X breaking the barriers and paying tribute to the late hip-hop legend DMX.
This episode features Kezra's songs "Big Mad" and "ICV"
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IT'S SEASON 2 FINALE! We are wrapping up this season with a very special guest who embodies everything Let's Tawk ! is about- Marti G Cummings: a New York City Icon, Drag Artist, Activist and a Candidate for New York City Council. Marti shares with us the reason they decided to run for public office and how they plan to fix NYC many problems with a bold progressive idea that consists of things like #DefundThePolice, raising the minimum wage, providing guaranteed income, implementing a city-wide Green New Deal and investing more into underrepresented communities' education, housing and infrastructure.
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For over 20 years now, Chinese Communist Party has been commiting the worst Genocide we have seen since World War 2, by placing millions of Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghur muslims and other religious minorities in concentration camp, where they are subject to genocide and organ harvesting. We are tawking to Mitchell Gerber, a veteran activist and a Falun Gong practitioner himself, who has been on the frontlines of exposing the evils of this regime.
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Every season due to climate change, natural disasters are getting worse and worse, leaving behind destruction of property that can be devastating. This week, we are tawking to George Siegal, director of "The Last House Standing"- a documentary about how to build in order to save your home against hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other disasters. George shares his story of how this film came about, what one can do to protect themselves and their property and what could have been done different in Texas.
To watch the film and learn more, go to https://www.thelasthousestanding.org/, or find them on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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This week, we are tawking to Steven Patzer- a candidate for New York City Council from 47th District, Maxim's home area. Steven, a freshman on the block, is shaking things up in politics by leading a clean campaign that is focused on empowerment, empathy and equality in hopes of bringing those things to a neglected South Brooklyn. Maxim and Steven discuss what it means to run for a local positions, how his campaign style differentiates him from his opponents and what he plans to do with issues such as homelessness, de-facto-segregation and LGBTQ+ issues.
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The Stock Market has become the center of attention last week, when the stocks of a struggling company GameStop started rising and causing major chaos on Wall Street. As Reddit users tried to save GameStop by purchasing stocks after they were shorted by hedge funds, it erupted into a small war between the rich and the poor. ⠀
To disect what went down, we are tawking with Isabella Davilla, a stock trader, to understand what is happening on Stock Market with GameStop and Reddit, the role online brokers like Robinhood played, the kind of year 2020 was for the stock exchange, comparing Trump and Biden administration in regard to the stock market and how one should get into trading.
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January 23 will go down in Russia's history as the biggest protest in its modern history, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the street to protest Vladimir Putin's stagnant and corrupt regime following the poisoning of opposition leader Alexiy Navalny. Navalny, who is Putin's most prominent critic, has been exposing Russia's corruption for more than 10 years and last August he was poisoned and almost died. He recovered in Germany and was arrested upon his return to his homeland. This episode, Maxim is tawing about who Navalny is, how deep is Putin's corruption and shares his own experince of joining the protests abroad in New York City.
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For our first episode of the year, we are tawking about the horrific events that took place on January 6, 2021 when the angry mob of MAGA/ White Supremacists and QAnon supporters stormed the Capitol building in an unconstitutional attempt to interrupt the certification of the electoral college victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Organized online and supported by the President Trump, the attempted coup was unsuccessful, even though it put in danger the lives of the entire legislative branch and caused both physical and symbolic damage to our Democracy.
Maxim is dissecting what has happened, what led up to it and what needs to be done moving forward in order to make sure that this internal terrorist attack doesn't happen again.
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That’s a wrap on 2020. We wanted to take a moment and thank all of our listeners for sharing this challenging and illuminating year with us. In this episode, Maxim revisits some of the most prominent political and cultural moments of the year, and shares his message for the upcoming 2022 year of the Ox.
2020 was a tough year, but it gave us amazing music! In this very special episode, Maxim and his guest musician Javier Doréan are looking back at this year and it's musical releases and dissect what the year sounded like and what the music represented: from political protest songs fueled by Black Lives Matter to the resurgence of dance and retro styles, as well as the power of women and the corrupt Grammys. In the end, Maxim and Javier reveal their top-5 favorite albums of the year.
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Music featured in the episode: Taylor Swift- "Willow"; Charli XCX- "Claws"; Miley Cyrus- "Hate Me"; Bad Bunny- "Yo Perreo Sola"; The Weeknd - "Blinding Lights"; Jessie Ware- "What's Your Pleasure"; Lady Gaga- "Babylon"; Dua Lipa- "Physical"; Kylie Minogue- "Real Groove"; Selena Gomez- "Dance Again"; 6ix9ine feat Nicki Minaj- "TROLLZ"; Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion- "WAP"; Grimes- "Violence"; Allie X- "Super Duper Party People"; Sam Smith- "Diamonds", Perfume Genius- "Without You"; Joel Corry x MNEK- "Head and Heart"; Little Simz - "damn right"; Megan Thee Stallion feat Beyonce- "Savage"; Anderson Paak -" Lockdown"; Lil Baby- "The Bigger Picture", The Chicks- "Sleep At Night"; Chloe x Halle- "Do It"; Fiona Apple- "Shmeika"; Jacob Collier- "Sleeping on My Dreams"; Miley Cyrus - "Midnight Sky"; Rina Sawayama - "XS"; The Strokes- "The Adults are Talking"; Lido Pinieta- "Eso Que Tu Haces"; Mac Miller- "Hands Me Down"; The Weeknd - "In Your Eyes"; Leann LaHavas- "Can't Fight"; Kylie Minogue- "Supernova"; Kali Uchis- "Aqui Yo Mando"; Lady Gaga feat Ariana Grande- "Rain on Me"; Dua Lipa- "Break My Heart"
This episode, we are tawking to the Daddy of Instagram meme pages- Oh Hey Pete about creating queer content.
Known for his memes and his Only Fans, Pete shares his personal story of coming to Los Angeles and together with Maxim, they have an honest dissection of many aspects of internet queer culture, including sex work and how central sex is to queer culture, creating in the Pandemic, mental health, the significance of memes in modern world, body autonomy and the stigma surrounding Only Fans and whether it's fair for celebrities like Bella Thorne to exploit this platform.
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This week, we are joined by an NYC based actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and TikTok Sensation- JJ Niemann, to tawk about all things theatre and Broadway. In conversation with Maxim, JJ shares his story of becoming a Broadway actor in The Book of Mormon straight out of college and his recent journeys with the upcoming (hopefully) musical Bliss and becoming a TikTok star in quarantine.
Fellow thespians also dive into subjects such as the impact of Broadway shutdown due to the pandemic, regional theatre, this year's shaky Tony Awards, as well as the issues of accessibility and queer representation for future generations of theatre makers.
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WE DID IT YA'LL! In our first episode after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected as the next President and Vice President of the United States, Maxim sits down with his friend and fellow thespian Olivia Murphy, to tawk about the election. From how we felt leading up to it and the despicable ways Donald Trump and the GOP are being sore losers and fighting to steal the election, to the historic win of Kamala Harris of many firsts and what we have to do now that Trump is out and the importance of staying political and engaged going forward.
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В первом русскоязычном эпизоде второго сезона, мы рассказываем о том как прошли долгожданные выборы Президента в США. Мы рассказываем о кандидатах Дональде Трампе и Джо Байдене и как Байден пришёл к победе, в чем разница между Демократами и Республиканцами, как работает Электорат и что победа Байдена и Камалы Харрис означает для Америки, России и всего мира.
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In our very first episode with an elected official, we are tawking to New York Stare Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus, who represents the 46th Assembly District- Maxim’s home. Assembly Member Frontus, who is running for re-election, shares her personal story growing up in South Brooklyn and how she came to represent this area in Albany. Together with Maxim they discuss Urban Development and LGBTQ+ issues and allyship, as well as the importance of grassroots organizing and restoring decency in this country. Follow Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/FrontusAD46/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrontusforNY
With the passing of an American Icon and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fulfill RBG's seat a month before an election- an unprecedented move, as people have already started voting for the next president.
This episode, Maxim is joined by a tax law student Corey Gibbs, to discuss this historical nomination: from the hypocritical attempt by the Republican Party to rig their own rules when they refused President Obama to nominate Merrick Garland in 2016 to the problematic answers that Barrett gave during her Confirmation Hearings regarding "Super precedent" and her interpretation of the Law (and yes, we are tawking about the infamous note pad moment that became a meme also).
And while we have him, Corey and Maxim also discuss the need for tax reform in America and what is going on with Trump's taxes.
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We are continuing tawking to voters, and in this episode we sat down with actress and educator Kaniece Williams to discuss her perspective as a black woman on this election. From historic nomination of Kamala Harris as the first Woman of Color to be Vice President, to racial inequality and systemic racism, #DefundThePolice, white privilege and etc, Kaniece and Maxim have a very honest and personal conversation about the relationship between the Black Community and the government.
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WE ARE BACK FOR SEASON 2
Throughout the whole month of October, leading up to the Presidential Election in the United States this year, we will be tawking to voters from different backgrounds about what matters to them in this historic election. For the first episode, our guest is actor Zach Mellado, a registered Democrat, who is still an undecided voter. Zach and Maxim recap the first Presidential Debate (and what a mess it was), as well as discuss issues like Climate Change, Right to Choose, Mail-In Voting and the current state of the Democratic Party.
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Register to #Vote at www.vote.org
Following a very ugly Presidential campaign season that ended up with a rigged and stolen election, Belarus has sunk into a full-blown revolution with the entire country of 9.5 million people protesting against their President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years and has been nicknamed "The Last Dictator in Europe". Besides voter suppression and falsified election, Lukashenko's has also used violent methods of attacking protesters, which include beating, raping and even murder. In this episode, we are tawking about what has led up to this historic moment for a country known to be among the most peaceful in the world, how this affects international political arena with Putin and Trump in play and what is next for a bloody dictator?
После долгой Президентской гонки в Беларуси, результаты голосования вызвали протесты по всей стране: люди считают, что Лукашенко нарисовал себе победу и нарушил все правила честных выборов. Последовали стычки народа с силовиками, где было применено насилие и аресты. Буквально за несколько дней, Беларусь превратилась из мирной страны, в поле боя.
В гостях, Белорусская начинающий предприниматель Кристина Синявская, с которой мы обсуждаем президентство Лукашенко, выборы, протесты и что ждёт Беларусь в будущем.
Подписаться на Кристину можно в Инстаграмме @kristina.sinyavkasya и на ее бренд «Миктина» @miktina.
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And that’s a wrap! For the finale episode of the first season, we are going out with a bang by tawking about one of the most controversial issues facing the post-social media world - #CancelCulture. Joined by Stephanie Metri from Toronto, we are diving into personalities that got cancelled like Kevin Spacey, James Charles and Kanye West, how it became a political weapon, the difference between cancelling alive and dead figures ( yes, we tawking statues) and why it it can be both effective and dangerous.
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Fueled by the highly insulting statements made my TV Personality Nick Cannon about Jewish people, this week's episode we are joined by Maxim's college-mate and activist Eli Daar to discuss the general antisemitism that has been on the rise for the past 10 years here in America. Eli and Maxim are sharing their personal experiences with antisemitic aggression in United States and identifying the factors that contribute to this scary trend: from dangerous stereotypes and rhetoric from people like Ice Cube and Mayor Bill De Blasio that are rooted in oppression, to people forgetting history, anti-Israel sentiments and the significant rise in hate crimes against Jewish people.
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California currently has the highest COVID-19 infection rate, only behind Florida. This week, we are tawking to Felipe Fonseca: a Los Angeles student who has contracted the virus earlier in June. Felipe shares his personal story of dealing with the virus, as well as his views on the pandemic in the Latino community and how this experience changed his perspective on politics and inspired him to go register to vote. Follow us on IG @letstawk_podcast and send your inquiries at email@example.com
During an unprecedented election year, it’s more crucial than ever to pay attention not just to the federal races, but also to the local politics as well. To discuss why local politics are as, if not more, important we are joined by Kimberly Nazario Markus. Together, Maxim and Kimberly tawk about the structure of local politics, how it affects issues such as education, bail reform and abortions, their opinions on New York’s Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio and why it’s critical for young people to not just vote, but also run for local office.
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For the final episode of the Pride Month, Maxim does some reflections of how this Pride month felt different due to the cancellation of the Parade by Miss Rona and how the current protests echo the origins of the Pride movement.
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Месяц Июнь, это месяц Прайда и ЛГТБ+ истории, поэтому мы отмечаем вместе с активистом и преподавателем Лёшей Горшковым. В этом выпуске, Лёша делится своей историей как он бежал от преследований из России и создал Брайтон Бич Прайд в русском коммьюнити Нью Йорка. Так же Лёша и Максим обсуждают острые политические вопросы такие как поправки в Конституцию и ЛГТБ сообщество в России, протесты и выборы в США. Подписывайтесь на Лёшу в Инстаграмме @lyosha_gorshkov и на нас @letstawk_podcast
It wouldn’t be Pride Month, if we didn’t Tawk about the state of LGBTQ+ politics. Celebrating the 10th episode, Maxim is joined by college friend and fellow podcaster Fernando Sánchez Carriel (@fernfromecuador) to discuss queer representation in politics, 2020 Democratic primary, the rise and the fall of Pete Buttigieg, outing gay politicians who promote anti-LGBTQ+ agenda and trans rights.
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As we continue our Pride Celebrations amid current political situation, this week Maxim is joined by Robert Godberson (@ohmygodberson) to tawk about the pillar of queer culture - "RuPaul's Drag Race". The friends spill all the tea about Season 12 and All Stars 5, RuPaul as a controversial figurehead, the show's problematic history of transphobia, racism and avoidance of responsibility, sexual assault allegations against contestant Sherry Pie and the normalization of queer culture, with it's pros and cons.
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As protests surrounding Police Brutality and Racial Inequality in America continue for more than a week now, it is time to tawk about how we all can be allies to the movement that has finally became universal. In this episode, Maxim gets personal and discusses how to enact change through self-education on the history of racism, having conversations, demanding specific changes and, of course, voting. #BlackLivesMatter
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While still dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, America has erupted into massive "Black Lives Matter" protests, following the murder of George Floyd. For the first Pride episode of the month, Maxim is joined by close friend Zachary Everett Heron, who shares his personal experiences being a black gay man in America. Together they tawk about the protests and how they turned violent, looting, the importance of rioting for both BLM and Queer Movement, and how we all come together to help fight the battle, that finally needs to be won.
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Для второго эпизода, Максим разговаривает с Художественным Руководителем Литературного Театра «Диалог» Ириной Волкович. Коллеги по театральному цеху, они беседуют о Бродском в его 80ми-летний юбилей, а так же о зарождении русско-говорящего театра в Америке, культурной столице Санкт Петербурге и как исскуство продолжает жить во времена «разлуки».
Посмотреть программу «Любовь Сильней Разлуки» можно здесь: Youtube: https://youtu.be/acG930zfXxA , Веб-сайт: http://dialoguetheater.com
As businesses in New York has started to open up, Maxim is giving a brief update on his life, New York and tawks about ways to find balance and inner peace to persevere and thrive in times of lockdown and quarantine.
For teacher appreciation week, Maxim is tawking to Mr Tommy Meyers: High School teacher and theatre Director who was instrumental in Maxim's live. Two fellow FDR High School alumni discuss the importance of education for the society and how the transition to remote teaching has changed the lives for both teachers and the students.
As the weather gets better and many people have the temptation to go outside and ignore the rules, Maxim is joined by his fellow theatre colleague Andy Marcillo ( @soundtrk2mylife) who works in a Brooklyn hospitals and has recently recovered from contracting COVID-19 virus. We are talking about what’s going on in hospitals and what goes down once you get sick. Find us on Instagram at @letstawk_podcast.
Для первого эпизода на русском языке, Максим вместе со своей гостьей Лизой Лисовских обсуждают какого это жить в эпицентре корона-вируса и что они думают по поводу своего любимого города и русскоговорящих людей которые тут живут. @liza.lisovksyh на Инстаграмме.
For the first Russian-language episode, Maxim is joined by Liza Lisovskyh to tawk about what it’s like living in the epicenter of coronavirus, what they love about their city of New York and how they feel about Russians who live here. @liza.lisovksyh on Instagram.
New York has been hit with Corona Virus like no other place in the world, with infected cases, deaths and unemployment skyrocketing to the Empire State Building. This week Maxim goes in deep and personal about what’s it has been like living in the epicenter of the worst crisis this city has ever seen and what that means for the whole country and the world. Find us on Instagram at @letstawk_podcast.
After another long and bitter battle to become the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States, political rock star Bernie Sanders ended his campaign and endorsed Joe Biden. UGH SIGH
This episode, Maxim is joined by his friend and passionate Bernie supporter Naimul Khan (@khanite) to discuss all things Bernie Sanders and dive deep into issues that shape the current race and modern America. Find us on Instagram at @letstawk_podcast.
The Earn It Act, which aims to battle against the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery online, has a lot of people shook because if passed, it can give the government access to your private online data. What can go wrong and how high is the possibility of this bill becoming a law. Find us on Instagram at @letstawk_podcast.
With more than 150,000 cases, United States now has the highest number of people infected with the CoronaVirus. How the Trump Administration’s lies and negligence led this crisis to happen and why this is important. Find us on Instagram at @letstawk_podcast.