In My Backyard, a limited series highlighting the stories behind some of my favorite makers and creatives killing it in my own backyard…
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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...
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.
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.