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Zurin Villanueva - "Rollin’ With My Homies" (Episode 95)

"I marched. I realized that marching isn’t so much for the cause—you think you’re going out there for the cause—it’s more for the person that believes in the cause. What I got from the action of going out there and being in solidarity with people in my community and outside of community who have had enough of that kind of racism has really helped me get the courage to fight it my every day to day, in my workplace, with my friends, as it comes up. It gives the movement courage because it gives individual people courage; it means the whole movement goes forward a little bit. That was really interesting to me. I was like, 'Wow I got way more out of it.' It was a pleasure and yeah we’re pissed that we’re still doing this but we will do this until we don’t have to do this anymore. It’s as simple as that."

We chat with Broadway performer Zurin Villanueva about what she gained from attending Howard University, how she felt performing in the musical adaptations of the iconic movies Clueless and Mean Girls, and why learning from Savion Glover in Shuffle Along changed her dance game.

Recommendation: Octavia Butler's Wild Seed and Parable of the Sower

Shout outs: Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Danyel Fulton, Nick R. Burroughs, Cody Renard Richard, The Lion King fam, all of the Black artists out there who are doing it their way

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