Ep 167 // Ana Goñi-Lessan on Houston & George Floyd / ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Premiere DateJun 19, 2020
00:00 Intro
01:28 START /// The Houston Chronicle’s Ana Goñi-Lessan / reading and introduction
04:25 Speaking w/ George Floyd’s childhood friends
08:45 Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood
12:45 Recent protests or actions in Third Ward and Houston generally
15:50 Houston Chronicle’s “Say Their Names” editorial and the paper’s coverage / local response
20:19 A man found hanging / Moody Park riots as historical catalyst for change
23:13 Houston’s music scene / chopped and screwed / Big Floyd / Cal Wayne
27:40 ‘HouWeAre’ newsletter
30:16 The importance of local news coverage /// END
31:51 “Avant Gardener” (BTR Live Studio, 2013) Courtney Barnett
37:02 Movie Review: Charles Hinshaw on ‘Da 5 Bloods’
40:09 Movie Chat w/ Charles Hinshaw & J. McVay (Spoiler Alert)
65:51 “Sanitary iPad” (BTR Live Studio, 2014) Shilpa Ray
70:22 Outro/credits
71:02 Finish.

Ana Goñi-Lessan is a member of the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board. She recently visited the neighborhood of Third Ward there in Houston where George Floyd grew up and spoke with some of his childhood friends. She tells us about that and the reaction of the neighborhood and the city more generally to Floyd’s murder and the resulting protests and police violence.

Also, Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay discuss the new movie, ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ directed by Spike Lee and starring Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. — out now on Netflix.

We’ll also revisit songs by Courtney Barnett and Shilpa Ray, from past sessions of BTR Live Studio, as Maia Macdonald says goodbye after hosting that podcast for 14 years.

Houston Chronicle articles mentioned in the episode:
Episode Credits
  • Producer/Host: J. McVay
  • Contributor on Movies: Charles Hinshaw
  • Composer/Editor: Hansdale Hsu
Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Charles Hinshaw