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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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May 30, 2017

Last week I spent about a week in Memphis, Tennessee capturing Sun Studios, Graceland, Stax and of course the legendary Beale Street.

On the last day of the assignment, we wrapped shooting at around 1am and I had the opportunity kick with it Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell in a parking outside of a spot called Beauty Shop.

It’s crazy because about an hour before meeting Boo, I was talking to my friend Jay about the podcast and he immediately started talking about how I should get Boo on show. He said he’d set it up and in my mind, I thought this would take month to make happen. Meaning I’d catch Boo when I was back in the city because I had to fly out in on the morning.

Shortly after that conversation, guess who walks through the door? Yup you guessed it, Boo.

I told the story to Boo and he said, “We call that Memphis serendipity”.

In this episode we talk about the early days of Royal Studios, wearing the hat of a producer, the false feel, putting love in the cooking, Uptown Funk, and much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

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Royal Studios

Links To The Stuff They Talk About

Orange Mound 

Robert Reed Church

Beale Street Historic District

Sharecropping

B.B. King

1070 WDIA - The Heart & Soul of Memphis

Elvis Presley 

Willie Mitchell 

Al Green

Memphis Soul

The Blues 

Soul 

Rhythm and Blues

Stax Records

The Mar-Keys

The Jackson

KC and Sunshine 

The Doobie Brothers

The Temptations

Ike & Tina Turner

John Mayer 

Rod Steward 

Buddy Guy 

ProTools 

Ann Peebles

Melissa Etheridge

Paul Rodgers

Mark Ronson

Jeff Bhasker

Lana Del Rey

Trombone Shorty

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Steve Jordan 

Willie Weeks 

Bruno Mars 

Uptown Funk 

Mystikal

Philip Lawrence 

Mehanata (Bulgarian Bar)

 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 23, 2017

Today’s guest on the show Asante Amin. Asante talks New Orleans, Books, Music, Travel, Social Justice, Social Change, Teaching the Kids, Philosophy and the Soul Science Lab.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Photography by Kamau Ware

May 17, 2017

Today’s guest on the show Dot. Dot grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the 80s. If you know anything about Brownsville period then you know that you are in for some stories. We talk about the Dot talks about the crack era, shootouts, prison, turning it all around as a small business owner in the Optical Field and much much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All

Steven Spielberg

Hype Williams 

Mad Rapper 

Calvin Klein Jeans

British Walkers 

Suede Fronts 

Stick Up Kids

Spofford Juvenile Center 

Rikers Island 

Boogie Down Productions - Love's Gonna Get'cha

BMW 3 Series

40 Below 

36 Chambers

The Purple Tape 

Beanie Sigel - Feel It In The Air

Donald Goines 

Iceberg Slim 

 The Spirit of a Man: A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them

Clinton Correctional Facility 

Sancocho

67 Burger

Section 3 - Coming Soon

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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May 9, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Tarik “Star” Baker, head designer and founder of AGLIT ITALY. In this episode we talk about growing up in Hempstead, Long Island, owning barbershops, getting his start in design, discovering his talent to create accessories, business development, Premium Shoelaces and much much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

 

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AGLIT ITALY™

AGLIT ITALY™ Instagram

How Aglit Italy’s Premium Shoe Laces Are Changing Sneakers

 

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

GQ

Elle Magazine

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

BET

SONY

G M D Three

EBJ Gallery 

Rene Mantilla 

MARCK visual video sculptures

SCOPE

Art Basel 

Whitney Biennial

Kaws

Picasso

 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 2, 2017

Quick Summary: Today we talk with Alexander Sumner about the Difference between Style and Fashion, The Grateful Dead, Vintage Shops as well as the Four Components of a Well Made Suit.

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If you know me, you know I’m not the most stylish person in the world. I mean that in the sense of being suited up to the nines. I think my style is more sporty or efficient… if you will. Or better yet, ninja like or unassuming. When I’m out capturing the places I visit, I don’t really want to be seen. I don’t want any kind of attention from anyone, I just want to get my shots and get the hell out of there… A lot of what you’ll see me in is dark muted shirts, dark jeans, some Air Max 1s or some all black chucks.

That being said, if there ever comes a time that its necessary for me to get dressed up, its not a foreign concept because of today’s guest, Alexander Sumner.

I met Alex a few years ago when this little voice in my head was going on and on about getting a real suit. So I started cruising the net and social media for men’s style. Visiting tumbler as well as sites like JJJJound and Instagram hashtags like #MensStyle. One day I came across this picture of a red button hole on a suit jacket. For some odd reason I thought it the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It was nice touch that you’re not going to find on the $100 dollar suits I was used to back then. I’m telling y’all the truth, so judge me all you want about rocking a baggy $100 suit, but it was more of check box than anything else.

Anyway, I commented on how much I liked the detail and I would like to see it in person. Alex’s response was pretty much come on by the studio. So I did and the rest is what the young people are calling, uhh history.

I met Alex in SoHo and we talked about the difference between style and fashion, The Grateful Dead, vintage shops as well as the four components of a well made suit and much much more.

Toward the end of the conversation Alex turned the tables and inquired about New York Said: Volume Three. I ranted a bit about it and if your were curious to know what’s up with the new book, that info is there.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Andy’s Chee-Pee 

Trash and Vaudeville

Canal Jeans

Scabal Fabric

Mood Fabrics

Acustom Apparel 

Tyson Beckford

Q-Tip

Charlamagne Thagod

Rory Mcilroy

Phil Heath 

The Art of Dressing Up

Smithsonian

National Geographic

The New Yorker

Adidas Sandal 

Vintage Harley Davidson Jacket

Thelonious Monk

The Specials 

Madness

Grateful Dead

Deadhead

Miles Davis

John Coltrane 

Tumultuous

MLK

RFK

1968 Democratic National Convention

Tet Offensive

Shawl Lapel

Jack Purcell

Chuck Taylor 

Baryshnikov

Longform Podcast

When Harry Met Sally

7 Wonders of Style Questions

1. In your wardrobe, what's your favorite piece of clothing, favorite shoe and favorite accessory?

2. Who, both inside & outside of your circle, had the greatest influence on your style?

3. Which musical group (or solo artist) most defines your sense of style?

4. Which would be your decade of choice to spend your prime in, style-wise?

5. As for creative inspiration; when was a time when you spotted someone or something and said, "I am going to incorporate that myself (and did) and when was a time when you spotted someone and said, “I’ll never be caught dead doing that," and you ended up doing so?

6. How have you seen style expressed in ways that have nothing to do with what a person wears?

7. What do you feel is the difference between style and fashion?

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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