The Critical Stans 2.0

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A weekly podcast featuring Shaazia Ebrahim and Fatima Moosa, two brown women living in the world as avid consumers of all things fan-related. It is impossible for them to ignore the politics of pop culture. So listen as they take a deep dive into the world to try and make sense of it all.

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23
JUN
2020

Episode 2: Rise of New Cultural Powers

Is there a decline in America's soft power, especially when it comes to television. What role has the rise of Turkish and Korean dramas played in this?

Shaazia Ebrahim and Fatima Moosa chat all things K-dramas, Bollywood and Turkish dizi and why they're so over American television.

If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to subscribe, rate, and leave a comment (IT'S FREE) on iono.fm, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.

The Critical Stans 2.0 is brought to you by The Daily Vox.

Episodes are produced by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.

Connect with us on Instagram (@thedailyvox), Facebook (thedailyvox) and Twitter (@thedailyvox, @shaaziaebrahim, @fatimamoosa17) and use the hashtag #TheCriticalStans
19
JUN
2020
 bonus  

Special Episode: Alumni on The Daily Vox's 6th anniversary

To celebrate The Daily Vox's sixth anniversary, we put together a special episode featuring the voices of past members of The Daily Vox team. They share their thoughts and experiences of being part of the team in its beginning stages and their hopes for its future.

Featuring Pontsho Pilane, Aaisha Dadi Patel, Faranaaz Parker, Benazir Cassim, Theresa Mallinson, Nathi Ngubane, Lizeka Maduna, and Shaazia Ebrahim.

If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to subscribe, rate, and leave a comment (IT'S FREE) on iono.fm, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.

The Critical Stans 2.0 is brought to you by The Daily Vox.

Episodes are produced by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.

Connect with us on Instagram (@thedailyvox), Facebook (thedailyvox) and Twitter (@thedailyvox, @shaaziaebrahim, @fatimamoosa17) and use the hashtag #TheCriticalStans
16
JUN
2020

Episode 1: What's the deal with Stan?

"We stan" is something that's often used on social media to show appreciation to someone or something. But what exactly does it mean to "stan"?

Shaazia Ebrahim and Fatima introduce their new podcast by defining what are stans and what they have to do with the rapper Eminem?

If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to subscribe, rate, and leave a comment (IT'S FREE) on iono.fm, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.

The Critical Stans 2.0 is brought to you by The Daily Vox.

Episodes are produced by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.

Connect with us on Instagram (@thedailyvox), Facebook (thedailyvox) and Twitter (@thedailyvox, @shaaziaebrahim, @fatimamoosa17) and use the hashtag #TheCriticalStans
15
JUN
2020
 trailer  

TRAILER

Welcome to The Critical Stans 2.0 where we live our best lives through fandoms and pop culture. Come along on this interesting deep dive into the world of fans, stans and the politics of pop culture with hosts Shaazia Ebrahim and Fatima Moosa.

Make sure to subscribe, rate and review on iono.fm, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

The Critical Stans 2.0 is brought to you by The Daily Vox.

Episodes are produced by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.

Connect with us on Instagram (@thedailyvox), Facebook (thedailyvox) and Twitter (@thedailyvox, @shaaziaebrahim, @fatimamoosa17)
20
SEP
2018

The Critical Stans Episode 11: “Time To Say Goodbye For Now!”

It’s the special edition of The Critical Stans. In this episode we lament all the podcasts we could have made, but didn’t because pop culture news never takes a rest. We talk Comic Con Africa and what we learned about cosplay, consent and representation. We speak of all the badass female characters that JK Rowling wrote in Harry Potter from Hermione Granger to Dolores Umbridge. The final two topics we wanted to cover was K-dramas and the romance novel genre. We chat about our favourite K-dramas and why we think romance gets such a bad reputation in literary circles.

Produced by Sipho Hlongwane
13
SEP
2018

The Critical Stans Episode 10 : “How Women Are Misportrayed In Pop Culture”

Will women ever get escape the awful portrayals in popular culture? We speak about how Serena Williams was cast into an “Angry Black Woman”, how Nicki Minaj and Cardi B are always deliberately pitted against each other (without denying their agency to beef if they want to, of course) and how the “Yoko Effect” still lives as Ariana Grande was blamed for her ex Mac Miller’s death. Spoiler alert: we get angry.

Producer by Sipho Hlongwane.
05
SEP
2018

The Critical Stans Episode 9: “Cause-sumption And The Commodification Of Activism”

Nike made a splash on Tuesday when it dropped an ad-campaign with Colin Kaepernick as it’s face with the slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Kaepernick is a former San Francisco 49rs quarterback, famous for being the first player to start kneeling during the US anthem before NFL games as a protest against racial inequality and injustice in the country. But what does it mean that brands are so quick to align themselves to political causes when they perpetuate socio-economic inequality by the very base they are premised on? We discuss consumerist ethics and the commodification of activism in episode nine of The Critical Stans.

Produced by Sipho Hlongwane.
30
AUG
2018

The Critical Stans Episode 8: “Pleasures and Perils Of YouTube”

There’s something for everyone on YouTube from mukbangs to beauty tutorials and prank videos. It’s a platform that’s a dream for representation because just anyone can make a video about almost anything and it’s accessible to everyone with the internet (unless your country blocks content like, ahem, China). But the problem with representation is that sometimes some identities tend to appropriate other identities. With well-known YouTube icons like Superwoman and Timothy Delaghetto adopting blaccent and elements of black culture, serious questions need to be asked about the downside of allowing a free platform for all.
22
AUG
2018

The Critical Stans Episode Seven: “Desi Girl Feels”

As brown women of South Asian descent in the Indian diaspora, Bollywood has a special place in our hearts. And as humble critics/supporters of the Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra ship, we thought it’s only fitting that we explain to Nick just why Priyanka is a Bollywood queen. [UPDATE: this podcast was recorded before the hosts forever and always decided to unstan PC] One of the biggest movie industries in the world, Bollywood movies are loved by people around the world. We delve into what makes the stories and characters from these movies so popular. It wouldn’t be The Critical Stans without some critique, we take a deep dive into the common tropes used in movies to portray women and the focus on nationalism.

Produced by Sipho Hlongwane
16
AUG
2018

The Critical Stans Episode Six: “On The Obsession With Reality TV”

Let’s face it. Reality TV is some of the best and worst TV out there. And there’s SO much content. From Keeping Up With The Kardashians to Masterchef, there’s no escaping it. If you don’t watch the show, you will read about it in the media or be bombarded by it on social media. So what’s this obsession with reality TV? Why are we so addicted to it? We talk all of this and more in episode 6 of The Critical Stans with guest Aaisha Dadi Patel.

Producer by Sipho Hlongwane.
02
AUG
2018

The Critical Stans Episode Five: “The (Mostly) Wonderful World of K-pop”

It’s finally Kpop week! We have been waiting for this podcast since the launch of The Critical Stans. For episode 5 we take an in-depth look into the amazing world of the K-pop industry. We look at what K-pop is, who our favs are and what we find problematic about the industry. Korean pop music has been increasing in popularity worldwide over the years helped by artists like BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) and PSY.

With thanks to Ndapwa Alweendo, Melissa Limenyade, Yasaar Moosa and Luke Waltham.

Produced by Sipho Hlongwane.
19
JUL
2018

The Critical Stans Episode Four: “The Science Behind The Boy Bands”

In this week’s episode, we are chatting all things The Boy Band. Boy bands are one of the most interesting and fascinating musical acts. They are able to reduce grown women (and adolescent girls and everyone else) into screaming fans. So why do boy bands have so much power? We delve into the science behind our favourite boy bands like One Direction, Backstreet Boys and Westlife and examine the formula these groups follow to enthrall us.

Produced by Sipho Hlongwane.

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