Community Activist Ian Haddock -- Stages production "Cullud Wattah" -- Legendary DJ JD Arnold
First we speak with LGBT community activist Ian Haddock about the Normal Anomaly Initiative and his work in the community. The Normal Anomaly Initiative began in 2016 in Houston as a blog to tell the stories of people at the margins. Throughout the span of 3 years, the Founder, Ian L. Haddock, had the organization working with Huffington Post, Unites States Conference on HIV/ AIDS (USCHA) and Prime Video. As the platform grew, the Founder had amassed a team of nontraditional activists that began to expand the trajectory in which the group was going. And we discuss the Black Queer AF event happening May 3-7th.
Guest: Ian Haddock
Then we speak to the director of the Stages Theatre production of "Cullud Wattah". After appearing at The Public to widespread acclaim, this gorgeous, emotional play makes one of its first appearances outside of New York at Stages. Winner of the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, cullud wattah follows three generations of Black women living through the current water crisis in Flint, Michigan. It’s been 936 days since Flint has had clean water. Marion, a third-generation General Motors employee, is consumed by layoffs at the engine plant.
When her sister, Ainee, seeks justice and restitution for lead poisoning, her plan reveals the toxic entanglements between the city and its most powerful industry, forcing their family to confront the past-present-future cost of survival. As lead seeps into their home and their bodies, corrosive memories and secrets rise among them. Will this family ever be able to filter out the truth?
"Cullud Wattah" plays February 10th-March 31st.
Guest: Rachel Dickson
Finally, we speak with Legendary Houston DJ JD Arnold who is finishing up his career after several decades of filling dance floors. JD recently spun his final set at the place where it all started Numbers nightclub. We talk about his career and what's next for this influential man.
Guest: JD Arnold