Guest Picks: Jamal Joseph

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Jamal Joseph was on the Lopate Show recently to describe how he went from leading the New York Black Panthers to teach at the Columbia School of the Arts. He also told us what his favorite comfort food is!

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

        Daniel Beaty’s one man show “Through the Night” is a celebration of moving from pain to power in our lives. Quite moving and his performance of 16 characters is stunning.

What are you listening to right now?

        I’m listening to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Also Talib Kweli and Common.

What’s the last great book you read?

        Malcolm X by Manning Marable; a really powerful investigation of Malcolm X’s life.

What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

        I love science fiction, especially space adventures like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica. I want to come back as a starship captain in my next life.


What’s your favorite comfort food?

       Japanese food—sushi or salmon teriyaki. As a black man it should be soul food—fish and grits—but I think I was a Samurai warrior in a previous life.