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Gerald Caesar - "Securing Your Bag While Doing What You Love" (Episode 99)

"When I see people post like their nostril on Instagram and it gets 10,000 likes, I’m like, ‘Oh, why would I do this whole photoshoot when it’s maybe about opportunity?' Then we can go into the whole spiral of racism in the digital space…I’ve been getting into RuPaul for example and been watching the conversation of queens of color versus white queens and how different the social media following is, and it’s true, it just really illustrates the anti-Blackness or white supremacy—they're really one in the same. It’s frustrating sometimes when I look at actors on big shows—like [Aja Naomi King who plays] Michaela on How To Get Away With Murder, and look at her following versus the white girls and I'm like, 'What?! You’re so gorg and have all of these endorsements, how do you not?' And it’s like oh, anti-Blackness globally."

We talk with Gerald Caesar, soon to be seen in the Dear Evan Hansen movie adaptation, about making his Broadway debut in A Bronx Tale, performing with Choir Boy on the Tony Awards, and navigating social media pressures and nuances.

Recommendation: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Shout Out: Michaela Coel

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