You likely have never even heard of "Religious Hardtalk" or Ian Boyne unless you're a true Jamaican.
There are plenty of reasons you should take a minute to learn a little more about this Jamaican media legend.
🖤💛💚 IAN BOYNE 💚💛🖤
Journalist - 30+ years experience
Deputy CEO - Jamaica Information Service
Columnist - Jamaica Gleaner
Host - "Profile" Television Jamaica
Host - "Religious Hardtalk" Television Jamaica
Ian Boyne was beloved by many Jamaicans, and has commanded the respect and admiration of both celebrities and politicians.
His various works have contributed much to Jamaican cultural history. He was known for being opinionated but fair, a strange paradox he somehow gracefully blended in "Religious Hardtalk."
He is most well-known for the "Profile" seasonal series on Television Jamaica, where he interviewed people with amazing stories.
🕉️✝️☸️ RELIGIOUS HARDTALK ✡️☯️☪️
In my opinion, Religious Hardtalk is Ian Boyne's best, but also most controversial project. I don't know why the show hasn't gained more international respect and viewership.
Even though the show was intended for a primarily Jamaican audience, the conversations and debates held on this show were internationally valuable, and still relevant.
For you Americans familiar with the Joe Rogan Podcast and the weight it carries within the USA, Ian Boyne held a similar place in Jamaican popular culture.
Most notably were appearances by controversial dub-poet Mutabaruka, a famous outspoken barefoot enthusiast Rastafarian. Muta and Boyne always clashed, but in a non-hostile and intelligent way, making for good viewing.
The show's namesake, "Religious Hardtalk," very much describes the content of the show. Mr. Boyne always had well-thought-out and hard-hitting questions for the guests, who came from various backgrounds, religions, movements and spiritualites.
Boyne never shied away from critiquing an answer he felt didn't satisfy his intellect. I still watch reruns of "Religious Hardtalk" to this day due to the program's no-gimmick approach.
Even as a devout Christian, Boyne didn't hesitate to ask fellow Christians the same hard-hitting intelligent questions as he asked other guest from different faiths, and that's an increasingly rare type of practitioner within Christianity.
Below I've placed some clips and shows from various guest's appearances on the program. They are all worth a short view if you want to get a feel for this man's character and intellect.
In conclusion, I really feel this show should command more international respect, and I hope you fellow Steemians can gain something from viewing some episodes of this show, especially if you've exhausted everything Netflix has to offer during your COVID-19 lockdown.