No Tea for the Fever celebrates, elevates, and occasionally side-eyes some of the world’s most captivating films by and about black women. Each episode centers around one film by or about African American women or women of African descent throughout the diaspora, and features host Yvie Jones and rotating guests.
Why this podcast? Why now?
Why not? The international outcry over the lack of minority nominees in the Oscar acting races for the 88th Academy Awards seemed to shake Hollywood's venerable institution to its core. Media parity initiatives such as #AskHerMore, #OscarsSoWhite, the Bechdel Test, the Duvernay Test, and #SayHerName have gained widespread traction -- and sometimes ugly pushback -- in a world increasingly unable to ignore the fact that the world is not solely white, straight, Christian, male, able-bodied, and of a certain age.
Many now believe depictions of that world should reflect that depth if they are to be taken seriously. Film and television are the industries of message carriers and storytellers. They create and sometimes lead the cultural conversation, a conversation that black women would like to be a consistent and integral part of. But as Chris Rock recently told The New Yorker, “Black women have the hardest gig in show business. You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman -- if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”
Now is a great time to launch a podcast that places women of color -- both in front of and behind the camera -- in the forefront, if only for one raucous hour at a time.
About the Host/Producer:
Yvonne 'Yvie' Jones is a storyteller, dotcom refugee, and urban farm girl based in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to stints as a broadcast (NPR) and Web radio producer for several dotcoms, she has toiled in the media trenches for colorful companies and individuals including Comcast, the Megaconglomerate Formerly Known as AOL Time Warner, Oxygen Media, bombastic documentarian Michael Moore, David Byrne (during his ‘ethnic’ film phase), the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, the Philadelphia Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. She is also the editor of the comedic photoblog Yvie Does It.
No Tea for the Fever was once a book that has been tortuously reborn, Beloved-style, as a podcast. Jones feels some kind of way about whether a Tyler Perry film will ever be featured on the show, and stares into the middle distance like a cat whenever it comes up.