Episode 100 – Stephen Towns

This episode marks two major milestones for the podcast. First and foremost, it’s my 100th episode! The release of this episode completes my “Road to 100” challenge I started over a year ago. The second milestone, the release of this podcast comes with the news that I have partnered with 88.1 WYPR to distribute the podcast on their network, Your Public Studios. The content of the podcast will stay the same, but things will inevitably change so I can bring you consistent, and consistently quality content. Thank you to everyone who has been a guest, gave me advice and helped me along the way!

Stephen Towns is your quintessential “small town boy” who moved to the big city. His hometown of Lincolnville, South Carolina has a population of less than 1500, according to the 2020 Census. Sick of working retail and factory jobs, Stephen moved from his hometown to Columbia, then to DC and finally to Baltimore to find work. Along the way Stephen found himself in his art, and celebrates the divinity and perseverance in the African diaspora in all of his work.

Episode 99 – Ernest Shaw

We’ve all met Ernest Shaw before. Multiple times in fact, the thing is a lot of people don’t KNOW that they’ve met him. They’ve met him the way they’ve met Tom Miller, Megan Lewis, McKinley Wallace, and countless others in Baltimore City. You’ve walked, driven, and in other manners passed by murals that were painted by Ernest, murals that in my opinion immortalize his contributions to Charm City. Listen as we talk about the good and bad of 70s and 80s Baltimore, his encyclopedic knowledge of West African culture and its connections to Black American culture, and the importance of creativity as an image maker and an educator.