On Second Thought For Thursday, January 4, 2018

Actress Issa Rae got the attention of many audiences in 2011 with her popular Web series, "The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl." Five years later, her latest project is an HBO series called "Insecure.” Rae is up for a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series this Sunday. We revisit a conversation with Rae about her new show and what she wishes she could tell her dad.

A recent study by the non-profit Prosperity Now finds white-owned businesses make, on average, nearly ten times as much as African-American-owned businesses in the South. It also shows black business owners have a harder time finding mentorship and capital. We discuss with Dr. Dennis Kimbro, Professor of Business at Clark Atlanta University.

Then, in the 1990s, blues guitarist Eric Gales was hailed as a child prodigy. With his left-handed playing technique, many compared the Memphis, Tennessee musician to Jimi Hendrix himself. Gales’ latest record is called ‘Middle of the Road,’ released last year. He’ll perform at Terminal West tomorrow night [Jan. 5] at 9 p.m. Producer Trevor Young caught up with him last week.

And, Atlanta-based Adult Swim has been an important ally to independent musicians for decades. The music you hear everywhere on the programming block is produced by largely unknown artists. Jason DeMarco, Senior Vice President and Creative Director of On-Air, is man in charge of Adult Swim music. We talk with him about how the program has helped the music industry, and how he selects the perfect soundtracks.