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Luminary and Uproxx announce People's Party with Talib Kweli podcast moving to Luminary

Luminary and Uproxx announce People's Party with Talib Kweli podcast moving to Luminary

PRESS RELEASE · New York NY, USA ·

Luminary, a subscription podcast network, and UPROXX announced today that People’s Party with Talib Kweli will move to Luminary and become a Luminary Original podcast to Luminary subscribers next month.

People’s Party With Talib Kweli will remain available for all listeners on Luminary and other podcast platforms where it is currently available until July 5, 2021 when it will become available only to Luminary subscribers – either on the Luminary app or on the Luminary channel on Apple Podcasts. The video of each episode will be available widely on UPROXX’s YouTube channel the Monday following each episode launch. With the move to Luminay, UPROXX will continue to lead production and Dave Chappelle’s Pilot Boy Productions will join People’s Party With Talib Kweli as Executive Producer, a natural fit given Kweli’s work with Chappelle on the Luminary Original Podcast, The Midnight Miracle.

Monday’s episode will be the 101st episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, and will feature a conversation with Kweli and his friend, international artist and hip-hop legend yasiin bey. Together, bey and Kweli are Black Star. Black Star recently premiered their first new composition in more than 20 years on Episode 2 of their new Luminary Original podcast with Dave Chappelle, The Midnight Miracle, and announced they would be releasing a new Black Star album. This interview will be the first and only interview of its kind between the two Black Star rappers where they come together to discuss background on the album and why it has been so highly anticipated. During the episode, the two will discuss working together on the upcoming album, bey’s rise to fame, and his thoughts on stardom.

“People’s Party has been a labor of love and I am very proud of what we have accomplished over these first 100 episodes. It makes perfect sense for us to partner with Dave Chappelle’s Pilot Boy Productions going forward. Dave has always championed this culture that is based in hip hop and he is the vanguard for great art. The People’s Party is the world’s best podcast and now we have joined Luminary to become the sister podcast to the best podcast in the world, The Midnight Miracle. For me, being a part of both of them feels like when I dropped Black Star and Reflection Eternal over 20 years ago. I’m largely working with the same partners I had back then, so it’s a full circle moment for me,” said Kweli.

“Luminary welcomes People’s Party with Talib Kweli to our network and we are proud to be the home of Talib’s groundbreaking art,” said Luminary CEO Simon Sutton.

People’s Party With Talib Kweli, co-created by Talib Kweli and Jarret Myer, is a weekly interview show produced by UPROXX and hosted by hip-hop legend Talib Kweli. For two years, Kweli and co-host, actress, and comedian Jasmin Leigh have engaged with rap musicians, actors, cultural icons, and other creators each week to share diverse perspectives (and sometimes raw disagreements) on pressing topics. Areas of focus range from music to culture to politics to social justice. Guests range from A-list musicians to cultural progressives fighting for societal and political change. Previous guests have included: DMX, Ice Cube, Lil Kim, Macklemore, The Game, Ice Cube, Lamar Odom, Dax Shepard, Roy Choi, Chuck D., Michael Rapaport, and more, and the show has earned shout outs from notable names, including Bernie Sanders.  “At UPROXX, we are focused on spotlighting the creators who move culture,” said Jarret Myer, Co-Founder of UPROXX. “People’s Party with Talib Kweli brings this mission to life. Kweli’s unparalleled passion and talent as an interviewer draws in guests who have defined hip-hop and pop culture—including some of the world’s most influential musicians, actors, activists, athletes, and political figures. Now, we are excited to amplify these conversations even further through the Luminary network and by bringing Dave Chappelle’s Pilot Boy Productions on board as Executive Producer.”

Steven Vasquez, Director of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, and Stephen Bramucci, Writer and Producer of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, have led UPROXX’s efforts to bring the show to fruition to-date. Listeners can subscribe to Luminary to access all episodes of People’s Party With Talib Kweli at luminarypodcasts.com. People’s Party With Talib Kweli will also be available to Luminary channel subscribers on Apple Podcasts. The video of each episode will be widely available on UPROXX’s YouTube channel the week following each episode’s launch.

About Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli, a Brooklyn-based MC, is one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware, and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. Kweli has recorded with producer Hi-Tek as the duo Reflection Eternal, released landmark solo material, and collaborated with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and more. Kweli founded Javotti Media in 2011, a platform for independent thinkers and doers in music, films and books. In 2019, in partnership with UPROXX, he launched People’s Party with Talib Kweli, a podcast where he explores hip hop culture and politics with thought-provoking guests like Jemele Hill, Lamar Odom, Don Cheadle, Lil’ Kim, DMX, Dax Shepard, Ice Cube, Patrisse Cullors, and Michael Rapaport. And in 2021, Kweli released Vibrate Higher, a book that illuminates Kweli’s upbringing and artistic success, and discusses the power of hip hop as a political force.

About UPROXX

UPROXX is the leading entertainment and culture brand for the new generation. Acquired by Warner Music Group in 2018, UPROXX reaches over 60 million people every month through compelling journalism, award-winning video and in-depth conversation around music, TV, film and culture. For more information, see www.uproxx.com.

About Pilot Boy Productions

Pilot Boy Productions, founded in 1992 by comedian and actor Dave Chappelle, is a film and television production company dedicated to producing thought-provoking, cutting edge and award-winning television, concert films and live events. Chappelle jokes the name “Pilot Boy” comes from the numerous pitches he made to television executives in his younger days. “I’d walk thru the door and say, 'Here comes Pilot Boy!’" Since then, Chappelle had self-produced six nominated and award winning concert films and recently signed deals with both Netflix and Luminary to produce content for their streaming platforms.

About yasiin bey yasiin bey is an American born international multi-media artist. bey began his musical career in 1994 and performed with Talib Kweli for the seminal hip hop album Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star. In 1999 he released his solo debut album Black on Both Sides which was #1 on the Billboard Top Rap Album chart. Since then, he has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards for his musical performances and has performed with such artists as Kanye West, The Gorillaz, The Roots and Robert Glasper. Having acted on the Lincoln Center Theater stage in A Free Man of Color, as well as at The Public Theater in F*cking A, for which he received an Obie Award, bey appeared in Topdog/Underdog on Broadway which garnered him a Tony nomination. During his film and television acting career he has appeared in numerous films and television programs including Dexter, Life of Crime, 16 Blocks, Monster’s Ball, The Italian Job, Be Kind Rewind, and Cadillac Records. In 2019 as a mixed-media artist his work Negus was staged at Art Basel Hong Kong, at the private gallery of artist Hassan Hajjaj during 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Marrakech, Morocco, and made its American premiere at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Negus has just concluded a presentation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the Third Line Art Gallery.

About Black Star

Together, yasiin bey and Talib Kweli are known as Black Star - the seminal hip-hop duo from New York City who changed music forever in 1998 with their self-titled album Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star.

About Luminary

Luminary is a subscription podcast network with an award-winning lineup of original shows you won’t find anywhere else. Subscribers enjoy unlimited access to the full collection of Luminary Original Podcasts, featuring celebrated creators, diverse voices, and important stories told through a new lens. You can find Luminary’s original content via the Luminary app, available on iOS, Android, the web. It will be available on the Luminary channel on Apple Podcasts when its new subscription platform debuts tomorrow.

Luminary was founded by Matt Sacks in 2018 with backing from NEA, a global venture capital fund. Driven by a love for podcasts, Luminary is elevating the podcasting experience for both listeners and creators.

Luminary offers all listeners a seven-day free trial. After the free trial, the annual subscription is $34.99, or the equivalent of about $2.99 per month. Luminary also offers a monthly subscription for $4.99. International pricing is similar to US pricing, with annual and monthly plans available in each territory.

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