The concept of Cult and Culture began as a short segment created by Justin Pearson, an internationally known musician, record label owner (Three One G Records), author, and actor. He is best known as bassist/vocalist for bands such as Dead Cross, The Locust, and Retox. Justin has come to know and work with a broad spectrum of captivating personalities and brilliant minds, many of which are key figures in the realm of popular culture and cult followings alike. John Waters was one of the first people interviewed for the project- an icon of both cult and culture. Other guests include a broad scope of musicians, producers, authors, and anyone passionate about what they do. In its infancy, segments were shorter, 10-20 minutes, and would be recorded while on tour. Since then, Pearson has collaborated with producer and musician Luke Henshaw (Planet B, Sonido de la Frontera) to build the idea into a proper podcast, now recorded at Penguin Studios in San Diego. The focus is not intended to be solely on people in any one realm, and because guests are friends and family, the conversations are frank, informal, well-informed and genuine.
Episode 14 features Robert War and Henry Wallace, two members of the revolutionary and infamous Black Panther Party (San Diego branch) who have been involved for decades. Here, these long-standing members discuss current events and what it means to be a Black Panther in the era of Black Lives Matter, what they consider to be “an extension of” the Black Panthers. Noting the struggles present in nearly every aspect of society, from banks and loans, to police and the president, to American capitalism as a whole, this podcast is essential listening in order to hear the perspective of a progressive, hardworking, and very relevant organization that many have stereotyped and even villainized over the years.