New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.
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Now displaying: October, 2016
Oct 29, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is DJ CherishTheLuv also known as Cynthia. I met Cynthia back in the Spring and within a few minutes, I knew I wanted to invite her to be a guest on the show. Fast forward to a few days ago, our schedules aligned and we finally had a chance to meet in the East Village. I don’t want to give it away but here is some of what we talked about, growing up in the East Village, creating attractive design, the growth mentality, listening to your intuition, public speaking, talking to her phoenix, getting her doctorate in survival, meeting Oprah and declarations under good circumstances.

More About DJ CherishTheLuv

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center -

The Roost -

Tonga -


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School of Visual Arts -

Young & Rubicam Group -

Fat Rat Press (The Matches) -

Full Sail University -

Jamel Shabazz -

Golden Book -

Highlights Kids -

Aventura -

Sony -

Nespresso -

Black Wine Glass -

Think First -

Dub Spot -

DJ Clue -

DJ Envy -

DJ Dirty Harry -

Phil Morse -

TEDxTeen -

How to Work a Room -

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life -

Ippudo NY -

Robertas -

Abraço  -

Robert Galinsky -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 25, 2016

Today’s guest is my friend Natty Boom. I saw that Nat was in town from Paris and I invited her to be on the show. Turns out she wasn’t visiting, she was here to start a new chapter. So we met up in Union Square and just kicked it. In this episode we talk about growing up in the DMV, her thoughts on LA, learning new languages, siesta, fashion week, moving to Paris and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Natty Boom

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Chateau Marmont -

American in Paris: Saul Williams critiques his home country from the outside looking in:

Place de la République:

Silencio -

Le Comptoir Général -

Le Perchoir -

La Barge -

DJ Jacks -

Hotel Costes Paris -

Colette -

Terry McMillan -

Roald Dahl - and

The Giving Tree -

West Indian Day Parade -

Anderson.Pak -

Frank Ocean -

Isaiah Rashad -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 18, 2016

Amon welcomes Raeven Western to the show. They talk about learning from children, cutting school, her journey to becoming a professional model, social perspective, being committed to your dream and much much more.

More About Raeven Western and


Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Inwood, New York 

New York Models

Tom Ford

Yves Saint Laurent YSL

Tovah Klein, How Toddlers Thrive

The Tipping Point

Lemonade - Beyonce

Club Lotus

Yummy Thai

Museum of Natural History

Hall of Science 

Link to Danny Episode

Discover the Power Within You

The Pursuit of Happiness 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 10, 2016

Amon welcomes Arturo Vega to the show. They talk about Arturo becoming a designer for the Ramones, moving to New York, first jobs, the music of the time plus much much more.

More About Arturo Vega and

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Mexico City -

Elvis -

Orange Julius -

The Bowery -

Dee Dee Ramone -

Ramones -

Eisenhower dollar -

The Metropolitan Museum of Art -


The Clash -

Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols

Lou Reed -

David Bowie -

MC5 -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 2, 2016

Amon welcomes Mustafa Shakir to the show. They talk about the power of a name, growing up in Harlem, being a barber, life as a poet, yoga, meditation, music, life on set, being a struggling vegan, the difference between New York and LA plus much  much more.

More About Mustafa Shakir and

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Gerard Dure Salon -

Negro Ensemble Company, Inc -

Apollo Theater -

Adina Howard -

Heather Hunter -

Michael K. Williams -

SlamNation -

Saul Williams -

Afropunk Festival -

National Black Theatre -

Survival Soundz -

Survival Soundz - Dub is Dub -

Vipassana Meditation -

Integratron -

Joshua Tree National Park -

Quarry -

Sekou Sundiata -

Sekou Sundiata - Def Poetry -

Sekou Sundiata Dies at 58; Performer of Text and Sound -

The New School -

The Celestine Prophecy -

On the Breath of the Gods -

The Kybalion: A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece -

Alibris  -

The Alchemist Kitchen -

Bikram Yoga NYC -

Calcifying your Pineal Gland -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.