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Episode #223: Trilogy Beats – Detroit Photographer Documenting Black Lives Matter Protests

The guest for this episode is Detroit photographer Trilogy Beats, who has currently been out on the streets documenting the protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter civil right movement in and around Detroit, Michigan. He’s an acclaimed photographer with clients around the nation and globe, shooting for lifestyle brands and more. During our chat, we talked about his motivation to hit the streets with his camera to shoot what’s really going on during the current protests, and in particular, the protests that happened on July 10th at McNichols & San Juan in Detroit after the Detroit Police shot and killed Hakim Littleton. We also discuss his work as a photographer, how he broke into to the industry, and how he was able to obtain clients.


Episode #222: Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford – Producers/Directors of the Film The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital About the First All-Black Hospital Located in St. Louis

The guests for this episode are Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford, the co-producers and co-directors of the documentary The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital. This documentary sheds a light on the disparity between the medical treatment that the African-American community receives as opposed to others; something that we are really seeing these days with the COVID pandemic and the recent Black Lives Matter protests.


Episode #221: J-Zone – Drummer, Author, Producer, and Former Rapper, New 7″ Single from The Du-Rites Available Now

My guest this episode is drummer, producer, author, and former rapper, J-Zone. We talk about his new 7” single from his project The Du-Rites with Tom Tom Club guitarist Pablo Martin along with his transition from being a rapper to solely being a drummer/producer. A lot of the frustrations and lack of passion that J-Zone talks about with being a rapper is very interesting and something that I think a lot of people feel in their own creative spaces. Being someone that has been a jack-of-all-trades type person also in the past, his perspective on that and focusing more on specific trades really hit home with me, so this interview is a great listen for anyone in any artistic space.


Episode #220: Being Anti-Racist, Plus Special Guest Elle Chase – Certified Sexuality Educator, Writer, Speaker, Pleasure Advocate, Author of Curvy Girl Sex, Creator of LadyCheeky

My guest today is Certified Sex Educator, writer, speaker, pleasure advocate, author of Curvy Girl Sex, and creator of LadyCheeky, Elle Chase, who was suggestion from previous guest Anne Hodder-Shipp (happy birthday Anne!). We got into the importance of sex education and to normalize it along with body positivity and so much more. It was a great chat and Elle Chase continually spreads information about sex-positive education and most recently, resources for accountability and actions for black lives.


Episode #219: Rest In Peace Japanese Wrestler Hana Kimura, Plus Special Guest Dart Adams – Hip-Hop, Film, Culture Writer & Podcaster, and Dart Adams List of Essential Old School Boston Records

The guest for this episode is hip-hop, culture, and film writer and podcaster and proud Bostonian, Dart Adams. Having written for publications like HipHopWired, KillerBoomBox, NPR, Mass Appeal, Complex, and Okayplayer, among others, a collection of his writing was recently featured in the book Best Damn Hip Hop Writing: The Book of Dart via Superchamp Books. And before my interview with Dart Adams, I get into the topic of death with my thoughts about recent harassment and killing of black people in America along with the passing of Japanese wrestler Hana Kimura.


Episode #218: Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker – The Team Behind the Hugo Award Nominated Graphic Novel Mooncakes

The guests for this episode is the team behind the Hugo Award nominated graphic novel Mooncakes, author Suzanne Walker and illustrator Wendy Xu, available now via ONI Press. With an LGBTQ+ and disabled cast, Mooncakes follows a young witch, as she works to help her grandmothers out with their store and their duties of protecting the town, only to find out that the white wolf being reported in their area is his childhood crush. During our chat, we talk about many of the themes within this story like sexuality, family, generational wisdom, and much more.


Episode #217: Skylar Patridge – Freelance Artist, Illustrator and Cartoonist, Artist on Titles Such as Relics Of Youth (Vault), Reversal (Dark Horse), and Volume (Scout)

The guest for this episode is freelance artist, illustrator and cartoonist Skylar Patridge, comic artist on titles Relics Of Youth (Vault), Reversal (Dark Horse), and Volume (Scout). During our chat, Skylar shares how she’s dealing with the global pandemic, training in combat sports, growing up on a farm, transitioning into a career as an artist, and her experiences on the comics she’s worked on.


Episode #216: Sweeney Boo – Artist/Author of Eat, and Love Yourself Graphic Novel, Illustrator on Marvel Action: Captain Marvel Comic Book

The guest for this episode is the Montreal-based comic artist and illustrator, Sweeney Boo. After a successful Kickstarter launched in December 2016, Sweeney just released her first graphic novel called Eat, and Love Yourself via Boom! Studios, a 150-page story about eating disorders, depression, body dysmorphia, and ultimately self-love; a subject really important to her. She is also the illustrator on the Marvel Action: Captain Marvel comic book via IDW/Marvel. She shared with us her long journey to the release of Eat, and Love Yourself, along with her transition of moving from the southwest of France to Montreal and much more.


Episode #215: Kiki Yeung – Comedian, Producer of Crazy Woke Asians, Writer/Director of Sweet and Sour Chicks, Producing/Hosting the Crazy Woke Asians Virtual Comedy Festival on May 8th-10th via Zoom!

The guest for this episode is comedian, producer, director, and writer, Kiki Yeung. Yeung is the founder and producer of the comedy show Crazy Woke Asians along with the writer and director of the romantic comedy series Sweet and Sour Chicks that is currently in the making after a successful crowdfunding. Plus, she is one of the funniest mothers on the Internet!


Episode #214: ACRONYM – Detroit-Based Photographer, Journalist, Director, Event Curator, and Founder of Found In The Underground Showcase

The guest for this episode photographer, journalist, director and event curator and all and all supporter of Detroit, Amy Nicole, or best known by her moniker ACRONYM. For the past decade, she has strived to not only innovate, but also curate opportunities around Metro Detroit to uplift the creative community. She has her hands in a lot of places artistically, and chooses collaboration as the key to growth rather than competition.