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Yoruba religion has been in American popular culture a lot lately thanks to Beyonce’s borrowing particular Yoruba motifs and myths for her visual album, Lemonade. The celebration of and interest in Yoruba religion in American popular culture due to Beyonce’s exploration prompted this conversation with my father (Harvard Prof. JK Olupona), who dropped several deep nuggets. In this conversation, Busayo Olupona explores the roots and tradition of Yoruba religion, cultural appropriation and the embrace of Yoruba religion in the diaspora.

“The primary problem that we have in Africa, that we have in Nigeria, that we have as Yoruba people is that we don’t value what we have.” – JK Olupona

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Busayo in conversation with Yolanda Sangweni. Yolanda is a writer, editor at Essence magazine and a singer. In addition, she is the founder and creator of AfriPOP! a digital platform which explores introduces and celebrates contemporary African culture. Yolanda shares her experiences as an immigrant to the US and finding her path as a journalist and performer.

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Busayo in Conversation with one of my favorite musicians. A wide ranging, long-form interview with Gabriel Rios, on the U.S. release of his album, the Marauder’s Midnight. We talk about everything, the journey to discover a new type of sound, boxing, our mutual love bordering on obsession with Nina Simone. Enjoy!

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A conversation with Comedian Louis Katz, exploring his career as a standup comedian and a writer. The conversation explores some old drama from our college days, the challenges of carving out a place in the comedy space and Louis’s development of his voice as a comedian. Enjoy!

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