Episode 65 – Monica Ikegwu

Monica is an incredibly talent painter who has achieved many milestones you’d expect from an artist decades in the game. While still an undergrad at MICA, Monica has won numerous prizes in art contests, secured representation by a gallery out West, and above all, has earned the blessing of her parents to continue making art (and money). Listen as she explains why MICA wasn’t her first choice, her process behind creating from idea to execution, and why being stubborn pays off, and sometimes backfires.

Music
Ryan Little – Fall Down

Episode 64 – Thomas James


Thomas James has been deep in the art game since college, but he didn’t go to art school. He made his art world connections out in Western MD, an area more known for its mountains than its art. Those connections gave Thomas the experience and Rolodex to make moves in the Annapolis art scene, expanding his reach to D.C. and Baltimore. Listen as we talk about tattoos, the idea of a curator’s life and the reality of a curator’s life, and the road Thomas took to get where he is today.

Links to upcoming exhibitions Thomas is involved in:

We Are One

On The Verge: 25 New and Emerging Artists

Music:

Puar – Holiday

Episode 63 – Derrick Adams


I’m convinced the universe willed this interview. The first opportunity I had to interview Derrick fell through, and the next opportunity I had was on November 2nd, my birthday. Turning 30 was big for me, and the fact I got to interview an internationally renowned artist (with his works appearing in hit TV shows) was very reaffirming to me. Enough about me though, listen as Derrick talks about his interest in art, the disinterest he had in making money off art, and why he doesn’t consider himself an optimist, but an “alternatist”. It’s not a word yet, maybe Derrick can use it to create a new art movement.


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Links to Derrick’s upcoming exhibitions and projects:
PEM – Jacob Lawrence

Hudson River Museum

Health+Hospitals/Harlem

Music:
Puar – Tropical Sprite

Episode 62 – DJ Dagm

Dagm’s an old friend and co-worker. Back then he was lifeguarding and running track at school, and I was fresh out of college and lifeguarding waiting to find a real job. One day, Dagm came up to me and said something I’ll never forget. Listen as we discuss Dagm’s time away from home, what it felt like to come back, the passion that drives him, and the lessons learned along the way.

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Music
Puar – Petal

Episode 61 – Josh Stokes

Josh Stokes is a Baltimore singer with a true passion for music. In the first of many episodes of what I’m dubbing the “Moose House mini series”, I’m going to be interviewing artists and creatives that have used The Moose House studio to record their music.Josh’s talent for music started at an early age and the price of pursuing his dream was a little steep for his parents. Though it had nothing to do with money, some say your image is just as valuable. Listen as we talk about moving f from East to West Baltimore, the difference between singing for the studio and singing for a live audience, and why the most talented performers can be the laziest.

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Music
14 daze – Josh Stokes
Dare (Betcha_ – Josh Stokes

Episode 60 – Milly Vanderwood

It’s been a few months since I’ve published a new episode. This one doesn’t have an intro or outro; Im moving into my fiancee’s apartment (I also got engaged) and packed up my “nice” microphone and everything I use in my home studio. BUT AS ALWAYS bringing you the laid-back yet immersive interviews that won me a Best of Baltimore 2019 award from Baltimore Magazine! Sit back and enjoy as Milly and I talk moving from the city to the county, his journey from rapper to manager to gallery owner, and the changes the gallery has gone through over the years.

Episode 59 – Fagan Harris

It’s been a while since I released an episode and things will be moving a little slower for Local Color. I’m working on another project with a Youtube music channel and it’s a good opportunity for me to use my talents and get paid! But, this is Local Color and you’re here for great interviews with Baltimore’s premier thought leaders! Fagan Harris is one such thought leader. As CEO of Baltimore Corps he’s working to provide Baltimoreans opportunities and access to jobs, job training, and other programs that help small business owners. Listen as we discuss hard lessons, respoinding to community feedback, and Fagan remains calm amidst one of my worst fears.

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Music:

Ryan Little – Soul High

Episode 58 – Bilphena Yahwon


I’ve been taking some time away from the podcast to work on myself and practice self-care. Now that I’m back, my focus is renewed and I’m working on a collaboration with a local organization to continue the podcast and make it more community oriented. On to the show!

Bilphena Yahwon is a writer and activist, the latter title being something that runs in her blood. A refugee of the Second Liberian Civil War, Bilphena’s grandfather defied a government that persecuted its own people. However, Liberian/Americo- Liberian relations also contributed to tensions in her home country. As Bilphena’s family fled, she settled in Ivory Coast, then they emigrated to the United States. Listen as we discuss Bilphena’s crash course on American identity politics, finding herself in womanist theory, and the work she does with Restorative Response Baltimore!

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Music:

Barbara Kanam – Jardin damour
Ikebe Shakedown – Penny the Snitch
Tchakare Kanyembe – Track 09

Episode 57 – Andrea Boston

Andrea is that one friend that’s always down to explore what life has to offer. Aside from starting her own pop-up happy hour event with fellow Baltimorean Nia Johnson, Andrea has contributed to the social and creative fabric of Baltimore City. Listen as Andrea talks about finding a creative outlet independent of her siblings, travelling from the Midwest to the East Coast, and still finding purpose even when your life’s vision takes a left turn.

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Music:
JBlanked – Never There (Instrumental)
JBlanked – smoooooth
JBlanked: Many Blessings (Instrumental)

Episode 56 – Dominic Nell


Though I missed the opportunity to participate in Red Bull Amaphiko when it came to Baltimore, I did get the opportunity to interview one of its 2017 fellow, Dominic Nell (aka Farmer Nell). Other fellows of the program include past guests C Harvey and Walker tha Urban Farmer. Farmer Nell has his feet planted in two worlds. The first is the world of photography and videography, which is his bread and butter. That hustle and a joke he made while on the job for a client allowed him to step into the world of urban agriculture and found City Weeds. Listen as Nell explains how he got started with City Weeds, how he uses his day job to push his passion project forward, and what he wants the urban youth to take away from his social programs. Follow Dominic on Instagram, @nellaware.

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