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Rock and roll’s pioneer is a queer, Southern Black man

podcast September 12, 2023

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When you think of rockstar royalty, a queer, Southern Black man normally doesn’t come to mind. But director Lisa Cortés wants us all to reconsider that thought. Her documentary, Little Richard: I Am Everything, takes viewers through the life and legacy of one of the most influential men in music – Little Richard.

From the bawdy roots of his hit song, “Tutti Frutti,” to teaching Mick Jagger how to work a crowd, Little Richard’s impact spans generations. Host Brittany Luse and director Lisa Cortes talk about the documentary, Little Richard’s struggles with own identity, and the queer influence on rock and roll.

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