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 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.


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.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Andy’s Chee-Pee 

Trash and Vaudeville

Canal Jeans

Scabal Fabric

Mood Fabrics

Acustom Apparel 

Tyson Beckford


Charlamagne Thagod

Rory Mcilroy

Phil Heath 

The Art of Dressing Up


National Geographic

The New Yorker

Adidas Sandal 

Vintage Harley Davidson Jacket

Thelonious Monk

The Specials 


Grateful Dead


Miles Davis

John Coltrane 




1968 Democratic National Convention

Tet Offensive

Shawl Lapel

Jack Purcell

Chuck Taylor 


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.

Apr 26, 2017

I met up with Cey Adams at his studio in Brooklyn and talked about his journey as an artist in New York. We discuss his motivation to give back and inspire those who will carry the mantle of creativity forward. We also discuss his contribution to the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and much, much, more.

Thumbnail Photography Courtesy of Janette Beckman


Stay Up to Date with Cey Adams

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Talking Points (In No Particular Order)

  • Early days of Graffiti
  • Def Jam
  • Creative Director
  • Drawing Board
  • Logos
  • Hand Lettering
  • Rush Artist Advisory Board
  • Giving Back to Young People
  • Paving the would for artist of today
  • Mentors
  • Power of Music
  • Power of Culture
  • The Importance of pushing Art Forward
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol
  • 20 Years: Getting Attention of Major Galleries and Museums
  • Music and Civil Rights in the 80s
  • Challenges and Obstacles
  • Highs and Lows of being an Artist
  • Paintings and Murals: One Nation, All American, Trusted Brands
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Martha Cooper



Duke 9


Shirt King Phade

Russel Simmons 

Kurtis Blow



Sparky D

Spider D

Dynasty and Mimi

Rick Rubin 

Def Jam Logo

Mary J Blige - What's the 411?

Mary J Blige

Anita Baker 

Alyson Williams 


Hello Nasty

LL Cool J  - Mama Said Knock You Out 

Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Hat

Chuck D

Steve Carr 

B.E. Johnson

Spike Lee 

Kenny Gravillis

Quincy Jones

Ray Charles 

Billy Eckstine

Jasper Johns

Romare Bearden

Jacob Lawrence

Roy Lichtenstein

Magic Johnson

Keith Haring

Nobody Beats the Wiz Commercial


Meshell Ndegeocello

The Roots

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Apr 11, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Candida Boyette-Clemons. She is currently the Vice President of Original Programming over at VH1. 

I met up with Candida at Bryant Park to talk about her experiences at BET, MTV, VH1, the results of giving 110%, gratitude and much much more.

Please enjoy.


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Apr 4, 2017

This episode is very special to me. It’s not often I get to converse with a innovator, a pioneer or a living legend in anything let alone graffiti culture. Today’s guest on the show is TAKI 183.

Before recording a single episode of this podcast I made list of people I would love to have on the show. I threw Taki’s name on there under the dream big column. I wrote it not ever thinking it was a real possibility but here we are lol. That write it down and manifest it stuff I’ve always heard about does have a lot of merit to it, so I’m learning.

TAKI 183 was gracious enough to give me a few hours of his time to talk in-depth about his creative journey at the Auto Body Shop he owns out Yonkers. That being said, it was toward the end of the work day so we had to stop and start depending on if someone in the garage or a client needed to pull him away for a second.

I put a sound effect in between clips to give you an idea of when I had to stop the tape.

This episode was recorded in the waiting area of the garage… So just like when I’m deep in the city, it has it’s own sounds; like refrigerator humming, beeps, doors slamming, car lifts, wheels getting changed, sirens and of course, a healthy amount of welcomed disturbances from folks in the neighborhood.

I could totally edit this stuff out but to me, its all apart of the New York Said audio experience.

Enough with the intro, please enjoy.

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Stay Up to Date with TAKI 183


Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Words: A Graffiti Glossary 

Stay High 149

Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence

‘Taki 183’ Spawns Pen Pals - Archived New York Times article

Style Wars

Julio 204

Ford Model T

Street Art NYC

The Neighborhood That Went to War Against Gentrifiers

The case of ‘The Butcher of Tompkins Square Park’

Daniel Rakowitz

El Marko

Keith Haring

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Adam Cost





Street Art vs. Graffiti 

Philly Writer: Cornbread 

Flowers and Dice

Turk 182

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell

KAWS: Companion at the Parade

KAWS x Air Jordan 4


VMAs celebrated Brooklyn with a KAWS-reimagined Moonman

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.


Mar 21, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Photographer and Content Creator, Bryon Summers.

In this episode we kick it in Union Square so you know this going to be a noisy siren, disturbed by characters in the park, fun fill episode. That being said, Bryon and I conversed about portraits walks, TheWeLoveYouProject, staying consistent, podcast being the new blogs, sticking to it, visiting Google and much much more.

Please enjoy.

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Coffee Shop

James Anthony 

Lucky Peters

Street Etiquette 

Jamel Shabazz 

Subway Sums

PG County Maryland 

Fuji X100 s

Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets

Union Market DC

Google Cultural Institute

Bowie State University

Mass Appeal - Watch and Witness 

The Combat Jack Show

Premium Prete 

DJ Red Alert

Young Metro

J. Cole

Money and Violence 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Mar 15, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is DJ Neil Armstrong. I’ve been listening to Neil’s mixes for well over 10 years now and I can honestly say I was pretty hype when he accepted my invite to appear on the show.

In this episode we have a super in-depth conversation about paying dues, how to sustain longevity in the entertainment business, his dog Poh, universal languages, his various experiences as a tour DJ for Jay Z, Neil’s Dinner & A Mixtape series plus much much more.

Just a heads up, we recorded this in a pretty quiet room. And a bunch of little kids showed up with their moms and all of a sudden it got live. It got loud, but Neil and I never stopped. We were knee deep into the conversation and at that point it didn’t make sense to move.

You can still hear us really clearly but the party in the background does get a bit distracting at times, I apologize in advance.

With that said, please enjoy. 


Mar 7, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Drummer, Showtime Hood. As I was transferring to the F train at West 4th I heard the familiar sound of Showtime's drums. I stopped, listened and invited him to the show. He was happy to play a set but when I asked for an interview, Showtime thought it would be best to let his music do the talking. 

Feb 28, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Singer-Songwriter, TV-Host and former Cirque du Soleil Acro-Singer, Meetu Chilana. In this episode we talk about In this episode we talk about dissecting animals, Cirque du Soleil, Tisch School of the Arts and Meetu sings us a song about Black Coffee.

More Information about Meetu

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This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 21, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Celebrity Chapeau Designer, René Mantilla. In this episode we talk about the rise of advance contemporary premium denim, the tents at fashion week, designing a denim line, the journey to designing chapeaus, making your dreams tangible and much much more.

More Information about Rene

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Latina Article -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Bouchon (Coffee) -

New York Fashion Week -

Betsey Johnson -

Tavern on the Green -

The Hamptons -

Andreana Lima -

Triple 5 Soul -

Saks 5h Ave -

Visual Stylist -

Paige Denim -

Earnest Sewn -

AG Jeans -

7 For All Mankind -

True Religion -

Citizen of Humanity Denim -

John Bartlett -

Duckie Brown -

BCBG Max Azria -

Robert Verdi -

June Ambrose -

Zac Posen -

Mischa Barton -

Li & Fung USA -

Global Brands Group -

Coco Before Chanel -

Vivienne Westwood New York -

Tyson Beckford -

Yanique Tailored -

Tre Chic Living -

Wreckx 'n Effect - Rumpshaker -

Pharrell Williams -

Swizz Beatz -

The Pharrell Hat -

John Varvatos -

Teen Vogue -

Mr. Hat -

Eishia Brightwell -

Women's Wear Daily -

Carine Roitfeld -

CR Fashion Book -

Brunch Spots

Yerba Buena -

Cantina -

Favela Cubana -

Coffee Shop -

Lavern Cox -

The Devil Wears Prada -

Dos Caminos -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 14, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Graffiti, Mural and Studio artist, Rubin415. I met Rubin at his studio and we talked about his roots as a graffiti writer, painting in the Bronx, paying his dues, defining his style, the difference between street art and graffiti, various spray-paint caps, getting ragged or buffed, art trends, how New York changes you much much more.

Side note, there is extensive amount of street art and graffiti lingo being tossed around in this episode. So if you find there is a word you don’t quote understand, I’ve provided a glossary in the show notes of this episode. Just visit and while you are these check out the pictures I posted under the Rubin415 post to check out some of his latest work.

Peace for now,

Please enjoy.


The Words: A Graffiti Glossary -

More Information about Rubin

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Beat Street -

Style Wars -

Henry Chalfont -

Phun Factory -

5 Pointz -

Brooklyn Store Celebrates The Art Of Graffiti -

Part One (Graff Writer) -

Nick 707 -

WallWorks Gallery -

4Burners Crew -

Bushwick Collective -

Phoebe New York -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 7, 2017

Last week I found myself exploring several districts in Paris looking for street art and good eats. As I challenge to get a different flavor of the city I decided to skip the cabs and walk or take the metro to everywhere I wanted to go. In doing that I covered a lot of ground fairly quick.

One day as I was transferring from train to train and I walked by Marvin Parks in one of the tunnels. He was holding what looked like a record cover of himself and I just walked over to ask if he was a singer and he said  yes. I asked if he’d be down to share his story for podcast and he said yes.

So that being said, Marvin and I are standing in the middle of a busy passageway in the metro or the subway during rush hour. It’s pretty noisy down there but we got it done.

In this episode we talk about why Marvin moved to Paris, the key to surviving in the city, busking in the metro, Natalie Cole, reaching people with what you have and much much more.

Please enjoy.


More Information about Marvin Parks

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Paris Jazz Scene -

Busking -

Sunset/Sunside -

Natalie Cole -

Fences -

Cave Du 38 Riv' -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 31, 2017

Today’s episode a little different. This week I was in London walking their alleyways looking for street art and good eats. At some point I found myself doing the super touristy stuff, like checking out Big Ben and walking the busy South Bank Riverside Walkway.

On my my way to London Bridge I stumbled up gallery@oxo and was fascinated, better yet moved by Solo exhibition by artist Luke Norton, it was called ‘I haven’t been feeling myself lately’

I was so moved by the work that I inquired about the artist. Turns out Luke was in the spot and after a 5 minute conversation, I invited him to be on the show.  He was up for it and here we are.

In this episode we talking about growing up in South London, his current exhibition, words, ideas, phrases and much much more.

Please enjoy.


More Information about Luke Norton

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Caravaggio -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 24, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Oz Rodriguez, a director over at Saturday Night Live.

It this episode we talk about growing up in DR, his journey as a director, working at Saturday Night Live, film and a good place to get a cup of coffee.

Please… enjoy.

Jan 17, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Jeff Staple, Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design and Reed Space.

In this episode we talk about 20 years of Staple Design, The Fader, superstition, Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low, poker, Jeff’s 1-2-1 Series, the term Streetwear Ambassador and much much more.

Please… enjoy.


More Information about Jeff Staple

Staple Design -

Staple Pigeon -

Reed Space -

Skillshare -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Shep Gordon -

KAWS X Nike Basketball Court -

The Fader -

The Fader (Video) -

Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low -

The Nike "Pigeon" Dunk Riot (Film) -

Flight Club -

Marcus Tayui -

Hiroshi Fujiwara -

Andy Warhol -

Jon Cohen & Rob Stone -

KIDS (film) -

Beck -

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) -

Erykah Badu -


1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 1) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 2) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 3) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 4) -

1-2-1 feat. Black Thought -

1-2-1 feat. Daniel Kasidi / Rastaclat -

1-2-1 feat. COMMON -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 1) -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 2) -

Futura -

Bono -

Marc Eckō -

The Shirt Kings -

Shokunin -

Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker -

5th Platoon -

DJ Neil Armstrong -

A-Trak -

Angelo Baque -

Tramps -

Wetlands -

Saul Williams -

Avant Yard -

Nuyorican Poets Cafe -

Malcolm-Jamal Warner -

Rawkus -

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star -

Shabaam Sahdeeq -

Common - One-Nine-Nine-Nine:

Soundbombing -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 10, 2017

This is episode is a little different. A few weeks ago I was asked by my good friends Natacha and Gary to do an engagement photography shoot. Thats not really my thing but I told them I’d be up to have a Sunday fun day in Brooklyn and I’d bring my camera to capture the fun.

So on the first day of 2017, we all met in DUMBO and I captured their day.

Now, a few years ago I had this grand idea to interview a newly wed couple and asked them how they met, their first date, blah blah blah… For some odd reason that idea never happened.

On the morning of my shoot with Natacha and Gary this little voice was like “Bring the mic, do that idea thing with the couples and stuff” and so I did.

After the shoot I asked if they’d be down to help make my idea tangible and of course they were. I really do have great and supportive friends.

They had a car, So I told Gary to take a walk and I interviewed Natacha in the back seat of their VW Jetta. And then Gary came back, then I asked Natacha to kick rocks and got Gary’s side of the story.

I really just wanted to do this interview in private and give it to them. I had no intention of making these conversations public let alone a podcast episode but as I listened to their stories, I felt compelled to share them with you.

I got their permission aaaaaaaaand here we are.

Please, enjoy.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About
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This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year good people, welcome to the New York Said podcast. It’s a very rainy Tuesday in the Lower East Side but I’m feeling it. I love the sunshine because I appreciate the rain.

This episode is a little different. A few days ago I invited Juan back on the show to talk about his favorite podcast, music and books but we ended up talking about that and everything under the sun.

What you’re about to hear is take two. In the first take we started off great and then somehow we ended up in the super dark political place. It didn’t even make sense to publish it, I just made a new clip as we were talking and started from there.

Please enjoy.


Juan’s Podcast Picks

Ice T: Final Level -

Drink Champs: Episode 9 w/ Too $hort -

Men in Blazers: : Bob Bradley Pod Special -

Tax Season: The T. Rodgers Episode -

GGN Podcast Ep. 69 - Rick Ross -


Amon’s Podcast Picks

Tax Season: The Black Thought Episode -

Sleep With Me:

How I Built This: Spanx: Sara Blakely -

The Tim Ferriss Show: Shep Gordon -



Links to the Stuff they Talked About

License to Drive (Movie) -

Flat Iron -

NYCHOS Sigmund couch -

40 Projects -,_Queens

Poconos -

The High Line -

Bushwick Collective -

Whitney -

MoMa -

Cyclone, Coney Island -

Janes Carousel -

Brooklyn Bridge Park -

Central Park -

Dinosaur BBQ -

The BBQ Spot (The Smoke Joint) -

Duke of Sandwich -

Parkway Bakery Tavern -

Mother’s -

Cochon -

Cane and Table -

Willie Mae's Restaurant -

The Roots -

Rock Box -

Dave Chappelle's Block Party -

Yasin Bey -

Jaguar Wright -

Dead Prez -

M-1 -


TMNK Episode -

N.O.R.E. Superthug (What What) -

Too $hort - Gettin' It -

Groove Theory - Keep Tryin' -

DMX - Slippin' -

Premier League -

Arsenal Magazine -

North London -

Canibus - DJ Clue Freestyle 97 ''I Speak At Frequencies'' -

'97 Mentality - Cappadonna ft Ghostface Killah -

Ready to Die -

The War Report -

Reasonable Doubt -

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike -

Solange -

Beginning Stages - A look into Solange’s songwriting process & jam sessions that shaped ASATT -

The Score (Fugees album) -

Comfort Crusade -

Got to Give the People What They Want by Jalen Rose -

Michael Jordan Playground -

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court -

Young Jeezy -

Frank Ocean -

The Weeknd: Starboy -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Dec 27, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is M. Tony Peralta.

I hopped a train Uptown to build with Tony about growing up in Washington Heights, his journey as an artist, his growth an entrepreneur, good music, great food and much much more.

If you’ve been enjoying New York Said, subscribe in iTunes, rate and leave a comment. That helps out a lot because we would love to get in that New & Noteworthy in podcast section.

Please enjoy.

More About M. Tony Peralta

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

House Music -

Limelight -

Paradise Garage -

Larry Levan -

Keith Haring -

Graffiti Black Book -

DJ Dirty Harry -

DJ Clue -

DJ Envy -

Ron G -

80s Merengue -

Sucka MCs -

Club 1018/The Roxy -

Beat Street -

The Fun House -

Keith Haring - Radiant Child, Inflatable Baby -

Keith Haring, Pop Shop  -

Spike Lee -

Acapulco Black Film Festival -

Hype Williams -

School Daze -

Lean On Me -

Eyrka Badu -

J. Cole -

Childish Gambino - Redbone -

Parliament -

Madonna -

George Michael -

Pet Shop Boys -

Terence Trent D'Arby -

Fonda Rae - Fat Rat -

Slave - Just A Touch Of Love -

Roy Ayers - Running Away -

Roy Ayers - We Live In Brooklyn -

WAR - Slippin' into darkness -

Poor Righteous Teachers -

X-Clan -

Dead Prez -

Future - F*ck Up Some Commas -

Travis Scott -

The Isley Brothers -

Joey Bada$$ -

Latina -

Brooklyn Circus -

Shepard Fairy -



APT.78 -

Pratt Institute -


Ouigi Theodore: PSFK Conference:

El Malecon -

Elsa La Reina Del Chicharron -

Johns Fried Chicken -

Victor Roman -

Apple Music -

Q-Tip Beats 1 -

Young Thug -

Big Baby D.R.A.M. - Broccoli feat. Lil Yachty -

The U.M.C.'s -'s

No Face -

BWP - Two Minute Brother -


2 Live Crew - Banned in the USA -

Uncle Luke -

Three 6 Mafia -

Kool G. Rap -

A Waste of Time -

Joe Budden -

Tax Season - Black Thought Episode -

School of Greatness -

Desus & Mero -

Andy Warhol -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Dec 20, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is Iva Kravitz.

Not too long ago Iva and I were working together on a Landscape Architecture project in Philly. And once filming on that project wrapped we headed to Amtrak and caught a train back to New York. While we were sitting there I asked Iva if she's be down to be a guest on the show. Even though we were clearly exhausted she was still up to kick it. Thanks again Iva.

So that being said... we are on a train, there is a lot of background noise, horns and from time you'll hear the train conductor make a few announcements. And thats all good because that's what taking this show on the road is all about.

In this episode we talk about the design community, Marketing, PR, Advertising, growing up in a Norman Rockwell painting of a town, Park Slope eats, cautious optimism and much much more.

Please enjoy.

More About Iva Kravitz 

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About
Dec 6, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is musician and content creator Willard Hill.

We met up at Ink48, a Kimpton hotel in the heart Hell's Kitchen and talked about growing up in New Orleans, how culture is a gumbo, his process of making music, the music industry, group think, corporate culture, overcoming creative roadblocks, art being a reflection of the times and much much more.

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

I’m going to close out today’s episode with Will performing his song Future Fresh at The Gumbo NYC.

And I’ll see ya’ll, next Tuesday… Lord Willing.

More About Willard Hill

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Second Line -

Cash Money Records -

No Limit Records -

Pen and Pixels -

Master P - Bout It, Bout It II -

The Showboys - Drag Rap (Triggaman) -

DJ Money Fresh - Brown Beats -

UNLV/Bad Ass Yellow Boy - Drag Em Thru The River -

Ira Glass on Storytelling -

Nick Hakim - I Don't Know -

Quincy Jones - 

Shoe Dog -

6 Days to Air -

How I Built This (Podcast) -

Isaiah Rashad -

Negotiating with Giants -

The Art of War -

Gotham Market -

Blue Bottle Coffee -

Cannibal -

Ample Hills Ice Cream -

Platinum Sound Studio -

Wyclef Jean -

Who Moved My Cheese -

Marijuana and the Bible -

My Ishmael -

Outliers: The Story of Success -

Jimmy McMillan -

Black Dynamite -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 29, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is entrepreneur and strategist Holley Murchison.

We met up in Grind, a co-working space in not too far from 34th street and talked about growing up in Harlem, yoga, Lisbon, life in the hood, gambling, debate tournaments, her grade changing scandal, engaging with high-end clients, how to fire someone, shifting cultures, volunteering, the keys to creating good stuff, active listening, speaking your truth and much much more.

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

More About Holley M. Murchison

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Oratory Glory -

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Creative Mornings: 8 Lessons in Love -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Lisbon -

Monserrate Palace -

PS 188 -

Notes from the Universe -

Stoop Ball -

Taps -

21 -

Spades -

Cee-lo -

Numbers -

Frederick Douglass Academy -

Western Texas College -

Odessa College -

University of the Pacific -

DuckTales -

Muppet Babies -

Darkwing Duck -

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers -'n_Dale:_Rescue_Rangers

Fraggle Rock -

Fraggle Rock Cactus Episode -

Zach LaVine -

Rafer Alston -

The Pan Pan Diner -

West Fourth Street Courts -

Brooklyn College -

Angie Martinez -

Thirty Days of Kickstarter -

The Combat Jack Show -

Combat Jack Show (D-Nice) -

Bryon Summers -

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It -

50 Cent -

M. Tony Peralta -

Jamel Shabazz -

New York Cares -

Chris Emdin -

Hall Pass Tour -

Oberlin College -

OC LaunchU -

Tom Joyner -

The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure -

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life -

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph -

The Alchemist -

Cris Dogs -

Pio Pio -

Seasoned Vegan -

Di Fara Pizza -

The Meatball Shop -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 22, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz.

Jamel’s contributions to documentary photography are applauded the all over the world and in my humble opinion Brother Shabazz the is the Gordon Parks of my generation. I marveled at his work way before I knew his name. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to sit at a chess table in the middle of Brooklyn and kick it with some who has and still inspires me to do my best with my skill set every single day.

We met up in Dr. Ronald McNair Park across from the Brooklyn Museum to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, self publishing vs traditional publishing, his experience in the military, the summer of 1980, striving to capture images that say something profound, the importance of empathy, the crack era, giving back to the community and much much more.

As you are listening to this conversation, I highly recommend you pull up Jamel’s Instagram, website or flip through one of his many photography books as you listen. It will be a great reference to what we are talking about. I’ve provided links to it all at 

Side note, we are in the middle of Brooklyn. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.

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

More About Jamel Shabazz

Official Site -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Shop for Books by Jamel Shabazz

Back in the Days -

The Last Sunday June -

A Time Before Crack -

Seconds of my Life -

Pieces of a Man: Photography of Jamel Shabazz: 1980-2015

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

West Indian Parade -

Eastern Parkway -

Brooklyn Museum -

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens -

Powerhouse Books -

Black In White America, a book by photojournalist Leonard Freed -

Alex Haley: The Playboy Interviews -

Platoon (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes -

Marvin Gaye (Song) - What's Happening Brother -

Luke Cage -

Puma -

Delancey Street -

Riders Island -

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson -

Short Eyes (Film) -

Attica Correctional Facility -

Crack Cocaine -

Self Destruction (Song) -

The Central Park Five -

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video) -

Book of Eli -

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 15, 2016

Today’s episode is with my good friend Rashid. We met up in Bryant Park to talk about citizen journalism, speedy digital culture, the complexities of art and social media, hard driving diving, code switching, iPhone films, growing an audience ethically, Nia Long, shooting film, defining value, A Love Supreme, growing up Baltimore, cultivating ideas and much much more.

Side note, we are in the middle of mid-town. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.

That’s enough intro for show, please enjoy.

More About Rashid Zakat

Official Site -

Music -

Instagram - and

Tumblr -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Black Star Film Festival - 

The DJ D-Nice Episode -

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 8, 2016

One of my favorite things to do is walk around New York just checking street art from block to block. On my walks I’ll catch the latest murals, graffiti, stickers and wheat paste art. If you don’t know what wheat paste art is, wheat paste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. That glue thats usually made in a big bucket is then used for paper artwork and then pasted on smooth walls. You’ve probably seen it and ya don’t even know it. Think Shepherd Ferry and his project Obey Giant, then theres Adam Cost, or Swoon, theres Bunny M, uhh there is also JR of the Inside Out Project.

Today’s guest is Libby but most people probably know her from her street art, Phoebe New York. Phoebe can be found in the form stickers and wheatepaste art throughout the streets of New York.

I met up with Libby in Washington Square Park and she walked me through the good, the bad and the ugly of being a street artist. In this episode we talk about shooting film photography in Paris, her love of vintage book covers, writing, becoming an artist, her first solo show, transitioning into a street artist, putting up stickers, her first night of wheat pasting, getting arrested, meeting the New York City Vandal Squad, how her alter ego Phoebe was born, subliminal messaging, letting go of crutches and much much more.

Before you begin this episode or while you’re listening to this episode you should visit Phoebe instagram at phoebenewyork just to get an idea of what her work looks like and have a reference to what we are talking about as we make our way through her journey as an artist.

Of course you can find links to her IG and everything we talking about in this episode at below.

Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and leave a comment in the iTunes store aaaaand that’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Phoebe New York 


Official Site -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Tumblr -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Mork and Mindy -

Washington Square Park -

Andy Warhol Sleep -

English muffin -

Chelsea Flea Market -

Mast Books -

Dash wood Books -

Mercer Street Books -

Strand Book Store -

The Catcher in the Rye -

Rorschach -

Polaroid SX-70 -

Wabi-sabi -

Street Art -

Wheat Paste Instructions -

Egg Shell Stickers -

Materials for the Arts -

Screaming Mimi -

Lulu Lemon -

Teen Vogue -

Glamor -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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