I was invited by the Association of Independents in Radio to talk about taking career risk, what it means to be a freelancer in audio, selfcare and more. It was refreshing to be in conversation and compare notes with Willow Belden, producer of Out There Podcast.
The Get Shit Done Summit 2016, was truly a transformative day of conversation, listening, and trading business cards with founders, artists, investors, entrepreneurs, potential startups, and app developers. I was proud to be in a space that didn’t have to try hard to fill diversity quotas, it just was. Professionals from all backgrounds spoke freely and frankly about their missions and inspired each other and the audiences.
NYC is the home of hustle. These hustlas have taken NYC and NJ by storm and are working hard for not only themselves but those around them. From co-organizing the Black in Tech Meetup to creating an online platform to showcase female entrepreneurs and even creating the first Incubator in Newark. Hear their stories about what kept them motivated, what challenges they faced and how they got to where they are today!
Watch the first 3 hours of the event below and catch the iHustle panel at the 20 minute mark. Visit illicit mind Inc on facebook for more videos from the Get Shit Done Summit 2016 at the Digital Ocean Space in NYC!
After many years on public FM radio with WBAI and bringing social justice news to the forefront on my current platform, Bondfire Radio I was proud to be asked to discuss Community Media in The Social Media Age with colleagues and audience members vested in independent media.
The conversation followed a screening of Radio Unnameable (which is on Netflix), a film about living radio legend Bob Fass and the rise and falter of WBAI, one of New York City’s first public radio stations.
As a younger to mid generation of independent media makers I was amazed at the influence that Bob Fass and his free form radio made on how I do radio today. He reminded me that even though we are operating within social media and online it is more important now than ever before to “event-ize” your media.
I always tell new broadcasters/podcasters/online media makers, give people a reason to tune in. Make it a big deal. Be social in real life so that your social media can reflect that. Tweeting and facebooking your media is not enough. YOU have to give people a REASON to pick your needle out of the haystack.
If you’re not physically out in the world. You’re not doing enough.
Later the conversation turned to monetization, and the current challenges that small webcasters are currently facing in streaming online, and the fight to stay ahead. Myself and Anthony Riddle, Director of Community Media at BRIC discuss in the following clip:
That’s the name of my episode of Women of Action, an amazing web show hosted by Lenina Mortimer that highlights women that are active in their industries.
It had been some time between the taping of that episode and it’s release and as I look back at everything that has gone on in my life to throw me for a loop and realize watching this interview that I AM STILL STANDING. (Can I get an Amen?)
During and following the time of that interview taping- my family life, housing situation, stress making sure the radio station would have a home was taking it’s toll. I had rage-y moments, crying fits, overeating, whole days where I had to just sleep. All to counter me just getting through the day being “TastyKeish”, being on the radio fatigued by yet another racially motivated incident, going to events, and living up to the smiling fun(ny) reputation I’m known for, and by night working a job that after 15 years I feel uninspired at.
I was living two lives and I needed a plan.
I want(ed) to truly become “unbossed and unbought”.
My plan is to retire from my night work in 2016. I am half way there.
I just landed a position as an audio producer for a marketing professional. I am committed to saving and rectifying my personal finances. I am committed to Bondfire Radio. I am committed to learning new things in the audio industry to open more doors for myself and find work in my field. I am committed to finding a therapist and having hard conversations with myself. I am committed to becoming forever whole.
Thank you Women of Action for reminding me of my power.
In this episode of Real Talk, TK of TK in The AM joins host Charla Harlow to discuss Jay-Z and Beyonce’s role in the BlackLivesMatter movement, the murder of London Chanel, Raven-Symone vs Harriet Tubman, Mary J. Blige’s “dancery” decoded.
Very thankful to Charla for creating a safe space for Black people to discuss matters of importance to Black people. I look forward to jumping into the mix again!
I was invited by my good friend Nick Florest, the facilitator of The Genesis Project an after-school program where he teaches podcasting to 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders at the Beginning With Children Charter School. What I thought was going to be a friendly sit down interview was a full fledged PRESS CONFERENCE and boy were these kids ready!!
I loved having a dialogue with them as fellow media creators of color. Some of them have their own youtube channels and I could tell they really enjoyed the work they were doing and the ability to have these interviews and share their talent with real world professionals. This is why arts, music, and creative programs are so integral in the school system and youth development. Young people have to see themselves as adults doing a plethora of jobs in the world so they can see the possibilities for themselves.
I can’t wait to see what they become when they grow up!
Check out the full Genesis Project Q&A right here:
I’m a big fan of finding alternative ways of doing things. I’m a bit frugal but I like nice things. So when my iPhone 4 started to look like it got hit by a mac truck and all the iOS updates started to pass me by, I looked into going back to #teamAndroid.
One thing that Apple doesn’t have the market cornered on is how expensive cellphones unnecessarily are. I refused to believe that I have to pay 4, 5, $600 for a cell phone no matter the brand. NOPE. NOT ME.
I already have a no contract sim card so I looked for an unlocked phone which you can get from a lot of places but I wanted to go with a brand that while unknown to most has a track record of making phones, they have an American phone number that you can call and ask questions and they have been at all the trade fairs. All this led me to BLU phones.
I noticed they were slow rolling their new suite of phones out via Amazon but I bought mine a few days before it was available ebay and local retailer, 232Tech. I thought the Gold BLU Studio X was my style and went with that. Here are my thoughts on….
Let me know what you think.
Would you get a non- name brand phone?
PS: I bought this phone with my own money and spent my own time researching it. But if they want to send me more stuff to review. I hope they do.