Noble Champions

By Santigold

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Noble Champions is a modern day salon, created and hosted by the multi-platform visionary artist, Santigold. In each episode, she sits down with some of today’s leading artists, authors, activists, and progressive thinkers who stand up, stick up and speak up for important causes. Inspired by the artist, Kandinsky, when he said that periods during which art has no noble champions are ones of retrogression, these intimate no-holds-barred roundtable conversations where ideas and experiences are exchanged, are where Santi and her fellow champions try to make some sense out of our world, to push culture forward. Boundary-expanding and defiantly vulnerable, Noble Champions is a public invitation to an intimate gathering of the minds.

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Idris Elba and Dan Kovalik
On this week's episode, Santi is joined by Idris Elba and Dan Kovalik to discuss "cancel culture" through the lens of perpetual growth. They cover the origins of the concept, how it has evolved to become a relevant and modern societal and political topic, and the effect it has on culture. 
Dec 05, 2022
Bun B and Resmaa Menakem
In this episode, Santi and her guests, Bun B and Resmaa Menakem, talk about intergenerational and racialized trauma, how our ancestors' and our own traumatic experiences can often set the tone for how we view and interact with the world around us, and the deep-rooted effects that have on our communities.
Nov 28, 2022
Saul Williams and Mary Annaïse Heglar
In this episode, Santi and her guests, Saul Williams and Mary Annaïse Heglar, talk about the intersection of race and climate change, and how it impacts the future of our world. They also touch on Secretary of State, Antony Blinken’s recent trip to Africa, the landmark climate legislation just passed by the U.S. Senate, and the assassination of the former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba.
Nov 21, 2022
Olivia Wilde and Rebecca Walker
In this episode, Santi and her guests, Olivia Wilde, and Rebecca Walker share their experiences as mothers who are creatives. They discuss the challenge of balancing motherhood and their own creativity, explore the concept of working mothers "having it all", and Rebecca relays her experience as the child of another creative mother, Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple.
Nov 14, 2022
Questlove, Angela Yee and Tunde Adebimpe
In this episode, Santi rallies her longtime friends Questlove, Angela Yee, and Tunde Adebimpe, who are fellow artists, industry insiders, and cultural critics, to try to tackle the question, 'What exactly is Black Music?'. They discuss complex issues like what happens when you step out of the genre box - specifically when Black artists are making music that’s left outside the 'Black Music' box, who built the box, and what’s the bigger impact of caging in or boxing out music and the artists that make it? All this while geeking out about some of their favorite seminal recording artists like Bad Brains, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, The Last Poets and more.
Nov 07, 2022
Yasiin Bey (aka. Mos Def) and Sanford Biggers
Santigold sits down with artists Yasiin Bey (aka. Mos Def) and Sanford Biggers for a profound and far-reaching conversation about the relationship between art and spirit - how spirituality informs their work, creativity as a spiritual ritual, how art mirrors culture, and the toll the act of creating can take on artists.  
Oct 31, 2022
Introducing: Noble Champions
Introducing: Noble Champions
Oct 24, 2022