Episode 38 – McKeever Conwell

Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur nowadays; in lieu of becoming an actor or musician, some of us think it’s easier to build a business or start a podcast that gets wildly popular overnight (it’s not easier). Enter McKeever Conwell. The college dropout turned tech investor started  his career at the Department of Defense. By his mid 20s he was making more money annually than most people his age, and even older! Sounds glamorous right? Well as McKeever tells it, there’s a darker side to entrepreneurship, but it can pay dividends if you’ve got the stuff. Follow McKeever on Twitter

 

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Music:

“The Dark Seed” – Pocketmaster, off “#010010”

Rest of the tracks by Visager

 

 

Episode 37 – Chef Green

Chef Green’s always on the move. If she isn’t working a food demo and showing people how to cook vegan and vegetarian inspired meals, she works as a private chef for her clients in the DC area. I met Chef Green at a gallery opening for local artist and previous guest on the pod, Jerrell Gibbs. We talked about meatless eating and though she didn’t convert me, I was interested enough in her story to set up an interview. A Brooklyn native, Green has solidified herself as an accomplished and knowledgeable chef, who shows no signs of slowing down. We talk Ital eating, her travels in West Africa, and the dark side of falling asleep after a big meal of that soul food. Here’s the Wikipedia article about  the science behind “the itis”.

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Music:

“Sweet Potato Pudding Dub” – Red Star Martyrs

“Suede Head” – Red Star Martyrs

 

Episode 36 – Randi Woods

From this point on, assume 25% of the guests on the podcast I met at Dovecote Café; it’s where I met Randi. Randi’s venture into community building and education with Art of Healthcare represents a union between community based care with professional and practical training. We talk about growing up in West Baltimore, her choice to attend Western All Girls, and how we can all reach our “glory zones”. Learn more about Randi and AoH on the company website. It’s cold out now but you’ll probably see Randi running at Druid Lake Park in the near future.

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Music:

“Soul High” – Ryan Little, from “Before Dawn II”

“Nothing Else Matters” – Mystery Mammal, from “Bulkhead”

“Falling Down” – Ryan Little, from “Before Dawn”

Episode 35 – Jess Solomon

Jess’s name definitely rings out in Black Baltimore’s arts and culture scenes. She’s always on the move working on creating. After years of nonprofit work and consulting  Jess struck out on her own with Art in Praxis. AiP is a consulting and creative firm that works with companies to develop better working conditions through art and understanding. Her journey from consultant to boss is an interesting one filled with field trips, starting a theater company, and a visit from everyone’s favorite alphabet agency, the IRS. Click here to visit AiP’s website, and reach out to Jess on social media, @jesssolomon(.)

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Music:

“Gurl U Playin” – NO FUTURE, from “Roxo02” off Monster Jinx Records

“Cosmic Kiten” – Letmeknowyouanatole, from “Horizon” off soo.su Records

“PC III” – Exit Exit, from “Exit Exit”

“I Really Hope” – Roger Plexico, from “Roxo02” offMonster Jinx Records

Episode 34 – Devlon Waddell

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I first got in touch with Devlon through Robert “Scholar” Simmons (listen to his episode here), so this episode’s been in the works for a while now. Devlon gives off a confident but vulnerable energy. Knot You Vintage was a dream turned reality for Devlon, but it took him a lot of self reflection and working on himself  to be able to realize his true calling. Listen as we talk conformity, lovin’ the sh*t out of people, and the time tested tradition of making fun of people’s names. Check out what Devlon’s working on, on KYV’s IG fam, @knotyouvtg.

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Music:

“Horizon” – Letmeknowyouanatole, from “Horizon” off soo.su Records

“Amsterdam” – Unheard Music Concepts, from “Industry”

“Samsara” – Nihilore, from “A Human Work”

“Autumn Woes” – Ryan Little, Single

 

Episode 33 – Jerrell Gibbs

*THIS EPISODE CONTAINS POLICE SIRENS! AND AN EASTER EGG IF YOU’RE PATIENT!*

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Art is something I was never good at; painting, drawing…even sketching a still life was always a struggle. Instead of being a tortured artist, I became a tortured…podcaster. Luckily there’s plenty of talented artists in Baltimore I can talk to death, and Jerrell’s one of them. I got up with Jerrell at Wyman Park on a sunny day, and we chatted for a few about his life, what got him into art, and where he wants his art to take him. This episode’s on the shorter side, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Check Jerrell’s art and updates on exhibitions at his website, and follow him on social media, @jerrellgibbs.

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Music:

“Very Rare Metal” – NO FUTURE, from “Roxo02” compilation album off Monster Jinx Records.

Episode 32 – Jimmie Thomas

20160909_125702Jimmie Thomas and the Curators of Hip Hop are on a mission of utmost importance. Through their online catalog and documentary series, COHH is giving exposure to artists that are on the verge of breaking through to national acclaim, and presenting hip hop as a universal language. A Tallahassee native, Jimmie’s path in life may have been written in the stars. In high school he had multiple encounters with a world famous rapper and singer (hint: hooks), so it makes sense that he dedicates his adult life to the art that was created all those years ago with two turntables and a microphone. We talk about what Curators does, a low point in Jimmie’s professional career, and how we shouldn’t be so quick to throw gangsta rap under the bus. Find COHH online and social media, @thecohh.

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Music:

“Male Sing Mosque” – Les Cartes Postales Sonores, from “Noise on Earth Vol. 5 Indonesia”.

“Sunflowers” – Pretochines, from “Roxo02” compilation album off Monster Jinx Records.

 

2016 Brioxy Innovation Summit – Day 4

brioxy-horiz-med-fdcd9fa2fc6442a20e873060b6400bb1The 2016 Brioxy Innovation Summit was a four day excursion into the hearts and minds of the “Ready Generation”; minority millennials (with some Gen Xers and Baby Boomers) who want to own their future. The final day of the summit was a trip to the Eisenhower Building at the White House, where summit attendees participated in a closed doors conference to discuss the steps the current administration is taking to ensure equity and opportunities for millennials of color. Cameras and recording devices weren’t allowed inside the Indian Treaty Room; the conference was off the record. The audio below is my personal meditation on the entire experience, something I’m bound to remember for years to come. My final interview with Ebony Costain of Ujamaa Box is at the end of the piece. Thanks for listening! Click here to read Brioxy’s policy paper, “The Ready Generation: Millenials of Color and the Moment for Equity and Prosperity”. To learn more about Brioxy and become a member, click here to visit their website. Find Local Color on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (links are at the top of the page). Thanks for listening!

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Episode 30 – Adam Jackson and Dayvon Love

20160420_192310On the back of the United States one dollar bill is two seals. One seal, an unfinished pyramid with the “all seeing eye” at its summit, has been interpreted as a masonic symbol. Whether you believe in D’evils and the Illuminati wanting your mind soul and body, the pyramid is unfinished, because as a nation and a people, our work is never finished. As black people, many conversations in the community are about how we can rise up and overcome to live life independent of a system that never intended to serve us. For Adam Jackson and Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, their “unfinished pyramid” is policy action that directly impacts Black Baltimore. Listen to Dayvon and Adam explain their vision for LBS in their own words. Follow LBS on IG and Twitter, @LBSBaltimore.

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2016 Brioxy Innovation Summit – Day 3

brioxy-horiz-med-fdcd9fa2fc6442a20e873060b6400bb1The 2016 Brioxy Innovation Summit was a four day excursion into the hearts and minds of the “Ready Generation”; minority millennials (with some Gen Xers and Baby Boomers) who want to own their future. The third day of the summit held discussions about migration, gentrification, food justice, and a lot of breathing exercises. Special thanks to Cole of Brioxy, chef, activist and author Bryant Terry, Alexandria Lee of the Anew School, Daniel Alejando Leon-Davis, Lilia Ramirez aka Liliflor, Xochitl Palomera, Wendy Carillo, Yol-Itzma Aguirre, Chef Yolanda, Sarai from Long Beach, Dante Karp and Queen Nyabinga (sp?) McDowell from Richmond, California, Chef Yolanda, and anyone else who helped make this possible! Extra special thanks to Joey Price of Jumpstart HR for interviewing me while I wore a bathrobe for his podcast, Business Life and Coffee!