September 24, 2013

Episode 25: Back to school

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When was the last time you heard a podcast that explored Star Wars, celebrity drug rehabs and the civil rights movement in a single episode? Well, scratch that item off your bucket list, kids: It’s all here for you in Episode 25 of the Fame Fatale.

This week’s VIP interview is really special to me. After reading of the recent mini-beef between Harry Belafonte and Jay-Z—the rapper essentially said that by merely breathing, he was fulfilling his obligations to the less fortunate—I got a terrific opportunity. I got the chance to interview journalist, playwright and civil rights pioneer Janet Langhart Cohen, a woman who called Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. her mentor.

Turns out, Belafonte isn’t the only social-justice trailblazer who has a few choice questions for Mr. Z. If you think that today’s celebrities are doing enough by way of social activism, it’s time for a quick history lesson. After 10 minutes, you just might change your mind.

Also in this episode!

•  Peter and Alex from the Star Wars Minute podcast! You had questions about the next Star Wars movie, and between the three of us, we have, um, at least two answers.

•  A blind item that rolls seven deep.

•  The reason why Zac Efron got away with a secret trip to rehab... a luxury that Lindsay Lohan can only dream of.
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  1. Another terrific podcast! I especially loved the interview with Janet Langhart Cohen. The podcast has gotten so much better since you left E! and the K-word family behind.

  2. Blind Item... my guess is Billy Joe from Greenday.