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In Conversation with Comedian Karinda Dobbins, The Significance of Black History Month and The ABC’s of HBCU’s

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We sit down with comedian Karinda Dobbins to discuss the release of her debut comedy album, Black & Blue. The Bay Area comedian who has shared the stage with household names like Trevor Noah, Roy Wood Jr. and Gina Yashere recorded the album on a co-headlining bill with one of her best friends, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan.

Karinda Dobbins was born and raised in Detroit, where she got her start being a comedian, as her family says, since childhood. She started doing jokes on stage 12 years ago at an open mic in Oakland on a light dare from a friend, and has been honing her craft ever since. Black & Blue is a strong collection of that work, delivered in a unique moment, covering ordinary life including her girlfriends arbitrary policy on household pests, the changes hipsters have brought to Oakland, and a unique packing list for hiking provided by black women – who you should always listen to.

Later political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal explores the significance of Black History Month and Black Liberation Struggles. We also speak with Claudia Walker, the author of The ABC’s of HBCU’s. The first ABC book dedicated to historically Black colleges and universities.



Artist Song Album Label
Karinda DobbinsNot My HarrietBlack & BlueORCHARD - Blonde Medicine, LLC
Karinda DobbinsHiking While BlackBlack & BlueORCHARD - Blonde Medicine, LLC
Karinda DobbinsOld Oakland / New OaklandBlack & BlueORCHARD - Blonde Medicine, LLC
Kendrick LamarUnited In GriefMr. Morale & The Big SteppersUMG - Aftermath
Mondo GrossoIntermezzo SunNext WaveSME - Sony Music Direct (Japan) Inc.