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Leroy Johnson

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Leroy Johnson: What It Means to Be A Political Artist Today

Not Real Art

In our increasingly polarized society and as the indivisibility we have been promised becomes further from our reality, what role do artists play in interrogating where we are now? The Indivisible 2020 exhibition explores what it means to be indivisible and divided in today’s United States, and Not Real Art is proud to be a media partner. The next few shows will be interviews with participating artists, and today’s guest, Leroy Johnson is a true political artist in every sense of the word. In this episode, Karen Fiorito, artist and curator of Indivisible 2020 joins Sourdough to talk with Leroy. We get to know Leroy, where he shares his understanding of being indivisible and how we have drifted from it. He does not simply believe that unity is about humans, but all earthlings and the exploitative, extractive nature of capitalism has completely shattered our respect for living beings. We also discuss the importance of artists giving their voices to causes rather than creating for entertainment’s sake. As a former Black Panther and Civil Rights activist, Leroy has seen how art can aid social movements, and he shares the disappointment at the lack of civic foundation of a lot of today's art. Despite highlighting some of these shortcomings, Leroy’s message is still one of hope and empowerment as he believes art is the ultimate medium to communicate the truth that capitalism and the powers that be seek to hide. Be sure to tune in today! Key Points From This Episode: The motivation for curating Indivisible 2020, a political art exhibition. Some of the artists participating in the show and upcoming guests on the podcast. Leroy’s understanding of indivisibility and how he feels artists have been deceived. Our human-centric view that is fueled by capitalism. Leroy’s disappointment in some artists who hold back from speaking out. The permanence of art and how we have lost the cultural value of creative work. The choice that artists have to make to truly speak out against the system. How Karen and Leroy met, over 20 years ago. What excited Karen, as the curator, about including Leroy in the Indivisible show. Leroy’s supportive family and growing up in an extremely diverse neighborhood. The superficiality of art currently and the lack of historical memory. Why artists are not entertainers and should not create only to entertain. Why, no matter how bad things get in America, Leroy would never leave. Leroy’s take on artist activism in the 60s compared to now. The loss of community among artists and the prevalence of individualistic thinking. Artists are exploited at every level, from buying materials to the end product. Leroy’s take on meditation and the role it plays in his life. Why the notion of the common good is becoming increasingly difficult to get behind. For more information and photos, visit here: https://notrealart.com/leroy-johnson

1hr 14mins

20 Oct 2020

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Pillole di Rock'n'Roll #23 LEROY JOHNSON

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La pillola di rock n roll di oggi insieme a Tobia Lamare che ritorna indietro nel tempo negli anni '90 bolognesi con una chicca Leroy Johnson di Saranno Famosi.

9mins

9 Jun 2020

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Bonus Episode: A Tribute to Senator Leroy Johnson

Hidden Legal Figures

Leroy Reginald Johnson was an American politician who served in the Georgia State Senate from 1963 to 1975 after winning a seat in 1962. He was the first black state senator to be elected to the legislature in more than fifty years, since William Rogers in 1907, and the first to be elected to the Senate since 1874. He served District 38 in Fulton County and Atlanta. Before his term as senator, Johnson was an attorney where he played a role in Atlanta's civil rights movement of the 1960s. Including helping Muhammed Ali get back into the ring. If you enjoy the podcast, you can rate and review by clicking here. To contact us or learn more about The Arc of Justice Institute, visit: https://onthearc.net/

38mins

16 Jan 2020

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1Xtra_EP23_Chicken Tea from Taiwan with Leroy Johnson

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How is the Food in Taiwan for a Kittitian?

6mins

2 Jun 2019

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Interview with PFL Season 1 #7's Leroy Johnson

Fightlete Interview Podcasts

Host of The Fightlete Report, Sean Lennon interviewed Michigan Heavyweight Leroy “Big” Johnson about his upcoming fight against Mohammad De’Reese at PFL 2018 #7 Thursday August 30th on NBC Sports. Leroy a MI native recently moved to IL and trains with Team Top Notch. He defeated Brett Martin by Unanimous Decision at WXC 73 this month to win the promotion's Heavyweight Title and is 8-2.Listen Live to The Fightlete Report with Host Sean Lennon Every Tues @12pm only on Chicagolandsportsradio.com or watch the LiveStream on Facebook- https://m.facebook.com/FightleteReport/

15mins

30 Aug 2018