I'm working hard on an upcoming episode that has more moving parts than usual, but one that I also think will be hella beneficial to folks (yes, you all)!
While hip hop and other music blogs covering a gamut of artists frequent the internet now, that wasn't always the case. Motivated by a friendly dare, Michell Clark and his team have steadily developed the Artistic Manifesto brand organically, with well written pieces and some of the dopest music selections shared on the internet since 2009. On Twitter alone, the brand has over 36 thousand followers, and is steadily growing.
Listen to my conversation with Michell as we talk about music, getting kicked out of school and the importance of pushing forward even when you don't know exactly what the next step will be.
Listen to this episode as we talk about "faithing" your fears, knowing when it's time to hustle, Beyonce and run clubs.
Before Ava Duvernay, I'm pretty sure that I couldn't name any other women of color filmmakers off of the top of my head. While the percentage of women of color filmmakers in Hollywood is definitely comparatively dismal, many amazing Black women filmmakers have and still exist—and their work is dope...Click here for S2 E5.
Not hip to Stay Silent PVD? It's time for you to catch up! Since 2012, the Providence based event, marketing and creative projects agency has grown with signature live events such as their festival series Day Trill, #AuxSocial, Bounce House, Eggs Over, HOMEGROWN and, one of my personal favorites, the all r&b party Luv U Better...Listen here.
Everything for a reason, right? Listen to S2 E1 here with comedian and writer Langston Kerman as we discuss navigating through our own tough transitions, the power behind everyday habits and why the small moments may matter the most in the long run. Oh and you also may remember Langston as one of the light skin dudes on this amazing show on HBO called Insecure.
I first heard of Kiana on Gimlet Media’s podcast, Sampler, and have been following her work since. From the deep southern cuts in her mixes on Soundcloud to her writing pieces and music reviews on NPR, music writer and DJ, Kiana Fitzgerald, at the age of twenty-six is doing a little of it all.Still very much in life’s transitional phase, as am I, listen as Kiana and I talk about new beginnings, the absurdity of this week and both the beauty and fear that’s intertwined with embracing the process.
This week I have Ryan Easter, Director and Composer of Trap Music Orchestra, on the podcast. Trap Music Orchestra, as the name indicates, is a Boston-based orchestra that actually performs trap music. Listen as we talk about how the orchestra was formed, the challenges that come along with being a 21 member group and some of the dope projects the orchestra has in the works for us.
Social justice educator, advocate, FYP community member and all-around dope individual, Nnaemeka Ekwelum is not only a close friend of over 10 years, but he’s also one of the most intelligent and self-aware people I know. Check out our conversation below about his first-year experience teaching, applying to PhD programs and the magic behind walking in your own truth.
Activist, civic organizer and all-around innovator, Malia Lazu is the Founder and President of Epicenter Community. Previously, Malia started MassVOTE at 19 years old, has worked on national political campaigns, was a Community Innovators Fellow at MIT and the co-founder and executive director of Future Boston Alliance.
On today’s episode we’re talking about the nonprofit sector, neighborhoods, and the first-year experience seeing your very own community change before your eyes.
Noted by Russell Simmons as one of the reasons he entered the music business, the unsung legend Eddie Cheeba is one of the pioneers of hip hop. Cheeba sat down with us and shared his experiences within his novice years as one of the most internationally sought out DJs, his experience bringing hip hop overseas, and how the game has changed today.
Producer, artist and overall musician, Haasan Barclay has one of the most unique sounds, ever. His production credits include work with Boston-based artists like Original Kadeem, Michael Christmas and OG Swaggerdick. But this project that he dropped, entitled Heaven is Your Last Dream, is what initially caught our attention.
Stay tuned as we talk about his first-year experience as an artist and badass musician.
Hilarious comedienne, writer and actress, Yvonne Orji is here with me today talking about the story behind her first-year experience getting into the entertainment industry. Just to give you a bit of background, Yvonne does everything from stand-up comedy to writing and starring in her self-created series called First-gen.
She’s now starring in HBO’s forthcoming series, created by Issa Rae, titled Insecure. She has an amazing story, so listen here to catch some gems!
Creator of all things cool, Modi is the co-founder of DC to BC and Trillectro, a dope electronic, hip-hop festival based in DC. Listen as Alexis and Modi talk about his first-year experience co-creating these brands, the special sauce to producing such authentically dope experiences, and what the group has cooking up for us.
Because you all have been so supportive of the First Year Project movement, I'm sharing my very first, fully recorded interview. It features a conversation I had in January 2015 with the a group consisting of DJs, music producers and artists, called Bad Decisions Collective. We talk about how the group got its start, changes Boston has gone through in the last 5-10 years and what's up next for the group.