Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Radha Blank


Writer/director Radha Blank joins us! We talk about taking back control of her voice in her debut film, now available via Netflix, The Forty-Year-Old Version (6:04), the catharsis of rapping under the moniker Radhamus Prime (11:11), the experience of coming out as an artist to the world (20:52), the personal family archiving within the film itself (26:56), the importance of portraying a different version of Black life on screen (34:25), and why she needed to make a love-letter to New York City. (41:02)


The Influences of The 40-Year-Old Version

(A shortlist of works and references.) 

Losing Ground directed by Kathleen Collins.

Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems

She’s Gotta Have It directed by Spike Lee

Photography by Roy DeCarava

Music by A Tribe Called Quest