This season began with a move back home to Boston and ended with the first live show!
In this week’s #FIRSTFAVS, check out the Season 2 Recap, listening back to snippets of interviews from the most recent season on beginnings, life transitions and learned lessons...
I sat down with Latrell James for First Year Project's first #fyplive show. Listen to our conversation as we talk about his process, how Jay Z destroyed his life for a couple of months, new music on the way + more.
Too often do we go to these parties and not really know much about the DJs. So I interviewed 5 DJs at mfaNOW Overnight all-night party in Boston —DJ Native Sun, DJ zephyr ann, DJ YVNG PAVL, DJ Big Bear and BrekOne. Here are snippets of their stories about transitioning into DJing, the hardest part of their journey and what keeps them going. Listen here.
Meet Darian—journalist, podcaster and currently Editor at Buzzfeed. We met for this interview almost a year ago, in a nearby coffee shop in Harlem. While sipping water infused with cucumbers, we talked about everything from her start in journalism and vulnerability to working on HRDCVR with Danyel Smith & Elliott Wilson and interviewing Cardi B. Listen here.
On today's episode I talk with Melissa Obleada from the culture team at Hubspot about aspects of her journey with cancer, how she got her start at Hubspot and the value in being patient with yourself. At the end of the episode I also share some of your stories, thoughts and concerns about health care. Listen here.
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)!
That said, here's a replay episode from S1 with Cory Townes, music writer, host and now Entertainment Editor at Cassius...
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.
Meet Chasity Cooper, Communications Manager by day and Digital Director of Her Agenda—a digital media platform that bridges the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women.
Listen to this episode as we talk about "faithing" your fears, knowing when it's time to hustle, Beyonce and run clubs.
Meet Jonathan Jackson, Head of Corporate Brand at Blavity - a media company and platform for Black millennials...Listen here.
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.
I sat down with the Bleacher Report's Jozen Cummings about handling unexpected transitions, embracing the idea of kismet and why money is overrated. Listen here.
Gia is the person you want to win—hustling all the while with a smile. With a resume including on-camera and behind the scenes work with BET, the NBA's Washington Wizards, Essence Magazine, Billboard, Hot 97 and more, Gia is definitely on the move! But it wasn't always like this...
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.
Listen to FYP's season 2 trailer and make sure to tune into the 1st episode Monday, March 20th. Episodes every other Monday. Subscribe now through iTunes, Soundcloud or acast.
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.
This week we have Cory Townes on First Year Project, talking about his first-year experience as a music writer, his ever-evolving relationship with his father DJ Jazzy Jeff, moments of vulnerability living in New York City, and the lessons he’s learned on his journey.