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Pods on my mind…

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

Finding the perfect podcast for you is like finding a needle in a haystack. There are so many choices that I’ve been using my current feelings, wants, and needs as a listener guide.

Here are some of the newest podcasts on my playlist:

Needs:  Terrible, Thanks For Asking

What I need in the America that includes an Angry Cheeto for President, are stories that get thru the hard times with humor and care. I also had been looking for examples of first person narrative that also includes the host experiences dealing with grief without being a total cryfest. Host, Nora McInerney is able to have really hard discussions about death, illness, and coping that combine her experiences and make it OK to laugh to keep from crying.

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Feelings: “The Hilarious World of Depression”

What does depression look like? It’s hard to answer and even harder for me as a high achiever, very functional, social person, that can’t quite pinpoint why it’s so hard to get out of bed some days.

And then I found John Moe and The Hilarious World of Depression!

Comedians and entertainers are often pushing through mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc, all while bringing joy to people daily. The one on one interviews show the resilience that is needed to get through their day and make people happy.  For me, the most important takeaway is that: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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Wants: Bronzeville”

Produced by Larenz Tate and Laurence Fishburne and starring the voices of an impressive array  of contemporary Black actors, Bronzeville is everything I’ve been looking for!! In front of the mic and behind the scenes, Bronzeville is for us by us.

As a hugeeeee fan of audio drama and Black history, it tells the story of a flourishing Black community of Chicago and chronicles the lives of local number runners. The acting and sound design is superb while blending a fictional story with accurate historical depictions of Black life in the 1940’s.

In front of the mic and behind the scenes, Bronzeville is for us by us.

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INSPIRATION: “The Comet” by W.E.B DuBois

I’m doing a bit of audio art of my own.

On February 28th a live reading of W.E.B DuBois’ short story venture into sci-fi, “The Comet”, will be aired on bondfireradio.com. I produced it because People of Color in fictional audio storytelling is scarce and I wanted to challenge myself by casting, directing, and sound designing the piece. Complete with live readers, our goal is to bring Black voices to life.

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Conference Flow. #ThirdCoast16

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

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It took me a month to fully decompress from Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago and I still feel like things are unfolding…

I attended Third Coast as an AIR New Voices Scholar, which is a scholarship opportunity for audio producers from different walks of life to attend and gain mentorship.

These are a few of my takeaways.

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Diversity in media was a topic that was repeatedly referenced over the three days, especially in the aftermath of the Trump election. We talked about the need for more reporters of color, how news shouldn’t be racial news- it should just be “news”, and who are the POC reporters that are going to spend the next 4 years following the President-Elect?

While the numbers of POC personnel in public media are increasing, one thing that is super real is that we need more POC in management and hiring. We need to be in decision making spaces, who understand the cultural nuance of  other radio people of color. Folks that know what/how/when to code switch and why we do it.

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Folks like my New Voices mentor, Andrew Ramsammy. Andrew is dope. He’s an award winning radio guy and he spends his days calling people/companies/news orgs out on their non-diverse, non-inclusive sh*t. My kind of guy. ::insert heart emoji::

 

If you imagine a public radio conference, you think it’s gonna be a ton of white dudes everywhere, that you won’t have anything in common with anyone, and that you won’t have a voice. My talks with Andrew were really empowering and motivating and helped me go into the weekend really confident in my mission and who I am as a broadcaster.

III.

Introducing yourself over and over really gets to the core of understanding what you want for yourself. If you feel confident every single time you give your elevator speech, that’s a great sign.

My mission is about normalizing the voices, tones, dialects, and language of POC. On my morning show to talk to different sounding people 3 times a week and aim to expand by creating independent and freelance audio stories that feature the lives of different (sounding) people.

BOOM.

Turns out people are into that sort of thing. Check out my day one thoughts…

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 IV. Stand out by being a useful loner. I made some great friends at Third Coast, many of them were fellow scholars that I foresee having life long relationships with. But, during the weekend I traveled from panel to panel alone and sat with new people every time I went to any meal. This forces you to say hello and meet someone new every single time. Little did I know that my penchant for oversharing was a useful tool for some of the conference go-ers. I live tweeted every single panel I went to. Sharing is caring. Here they are again compiled for your reading pleasure:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. Find the void. Fill the void.   cxpbvavuaaadzmm    

If you have a skill that you’re absolutely sure of and there is an opportunity to use it, use it. Don’t intrude. Figure out if the ship is sinking and offer your help.  For instance, I know I can cold rock a party. It’s part of the TK package. I love it and I live it. The DJ at one of the conference after parties was… struggling. So, after talking myself into it- I introduced myself to him and asked he would mind me being his “hype-man” or MC. From then we were a team. I tried to bring some cohesiveness to his playlist and crowd interaction to an event with several hundred of my industry peers. It was really fun and another great way to offer up another one of my skill sets to my peers.          

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This is just the tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even gotten into how my life has changed in the one month since Third Coast. That’s a whole other post.

Until then, I say thank you AIR, especially Karen and Emily for supporting all of us New Voice Scholars. 

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2016 Newhouse Audio & Radio Summit

Categories: Blog, Media, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

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When you’re passionate about how you want to live your life, you go out and learn as much as you can and I have been on a professional development kick all of 2016. I love talking with, listening to, and being around the people of my industry. It builds confidence and relationships and shows you where the deficits lie. And if you have a chance to speak up, you do that.

I went to the Syracuse University Newhouse 2016 Radio & Audio Summit last week where the heads of terrestrial, satellite, streaming, podcasting, and online radio were panelists. Jarl Mohn, CEO of National Public Radio was the keynote speaker as well.

The theme was creativity, but topics from advertising, social media, “diversity”, consumer habits, talent, and more were covered.

Check out my live tweets and follow #NHSummit on twitter for more great pieces of advice and audience tweets.

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Changing your life takes life changing actions…

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

I didn’t mean to sound so crunchy with the headline, but  you’re here now and I got a story to tell… ::cues Notorious B.I.G::

I’m always in motion. Day job, podcast, workshops, fundraising, hustling to make a dollar- rinse and repeat. Day in and day out. I was tricking myself that I was doing enough. That there was nothing more I could possibly do without falling over and dying of exhaustion. And yet, I was still in a rut.

My depression was creeping in and my anxiety was a beast of burden. My joy was gone, I felt like I needed to do something drastic to remind me who I am at my core.

So I took a class.

Womp. I know, school is so not sexy.

Let’s call it “professional development” instead. That sounds sexy like a my High School Spanish teacher Ms. Maldonado. ::TMI::

Anyway, I took a chance and applied to Air’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive. They only selected 14 mid-level audio production professionals to learn from each other and industry professionals about podcasting, interviewing, storytelling, sound design and more.

The application slid in my inbox two days before it was due, but something in me told me “just do it” and see what happens.

I did it. I got in. Oh shit. It costs $850. Do I just take 5 days off from work and lose all that pay? What was I thinking? 

The Universe was like: “You wanted drastic… I’ll give you $850 worth of drastic.”

Then I was like: “Universe, I’m in- and i’m gonna learn the shit outta this class.”

And, learn the shit out of it I did…. after being so isolated by my unrelated day job, I was suddenly surrounded by industry peers and professionals having substantive and challenging discussions.

I gave myself the week off and committed only to this class. After classes, I did a lot of reflecting about my place as a Black Woman in broadcast/podcast media. I thought about resources, accessibility, invisibility, whether I am subject to producing programs that speak to the Person of Color’s experience, all these things continue to swim through my head over and over. Being in a room where I was getting my intellectual fill was wonderful, yet I felt guilty that access is a problem. Most of my POC friends jobs won’t pay for them to come do this, and dipping into that savings isn’t always an option.

I still had to deal with the after effects when I got back. A snowball of bills that got shuffled around and doubling my workload in the subsequent weeks, which put me in a funk.

I know what you’re thinking…. Was is worth it?

YES. 

I learned new techniques and workflow. I got validation that I was already on the right path. It increased my confidence about speaking up and out. I started working with one classmate on a news segment. I got some awesome podcast suggestions. I applied to a some producer jobs (still looking!). Finally, I also started teaching my own class for beginner podcasters!

All this to say… Shake shit up sometime.

Below is my IG diary during the 5 day intensive:

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Resurrecting my health…

Categories: Blog | Posted by: TastyKeish

What an ominous title for a blog post, right?

Considering Easter just passed and I’m constantly re-evaluating my connection to organized religion it seems fitting.

I haven’t been shy about the changes and challenges I sometimes face. I may not write it here but I def share it on my morning show, TK in The AM. I realized that as I speak to my listeners, I’m speaking to myself, and I’m speaking to the Universe (or God even). The words become real, I become accountable, I get strength from supportive listeners and friends. I begin to achieve. I fail. I fall. I rinse. I repeat.

My most recent challenge after spending late February very ill was deciding that I would take my health into my own hands. I was constantly tired, my diet consisted of whatever was cheapest, I had the shakes, I began to break out all over, I was constantly “doing” but nothing ever got “done”.

I couldn’t take it anymore.

My friend, Tah Phrum Duh Bush and his wife, Kole have a fitness program called the 21 day Fat Furnace that I had so many questions about and had been watching from the sidelines a long time. I did my research, talked to them about how to get started and what to expect and I jumped into it on March 7th, 2016.

I was scared. How was this anti-exercise, don’t tell me how to live, fried chicken loving person going to survive on NO SALT, NO SUGAR, NO ALCOHOL and 30 mins of exercise everyday?

I’ll tell you how. You just do it. You do it for yourself.

It took me a long time to get here.  I have fought battles and I am in the process of slaying personal dragons that blocked me from even considering my health. I had to knock out or at least begin working through my issues before starting to realign my diet and bring physical activity into my life.

If you are hurt emotionally, mentally, spiritually you have to handle those dragons first. I guarantee you your health journey will fall into place from there.

I have been in a state of change, understanding, therapeutic conversations, for about a year now and as those cobwebs start to clear- I have been open to more opportunities and abundance in my chosen field of work.

Once I tied those opportunities to my health, I took myself more seriously. I can’t work and learn and love if I’m not able to physically and actively work, learn, and love. I am not at my best when I’m sick in bed, tired, irritated, etc.

So, how did I do, NO SALT, NO SUGAR, NO ALCOHOL and 30 mins of exercise everyday for 21 days?

I just did it. I did the exercises at my own pace, often modified poses. Instead of thinking about the meal plan as punishment, I took it as a time and money saver. And support. Loved ones and friends helped me. Being in contact with other people in the Fat Furnace was immensely helpful for motivation.

I learned first hand that for me, a heat in my belly means I’m hungry. I learned about my emotional eating habits (thanks to that one big phone fight). I learned that I can still eat all the things that I like, no one is trying to take that from me- I just need to portion and balance my meals. I learned that it’s hardest to get moving when you don’t want to, but it’s worth it.

I learned that I can start over.

And over.

And over.

Learn about The 21 Day Fat Furnace HERE.

If you would like to join, please enjoy this 15% off coupon code given to me by Tah & Kole. They have been so wonderful and supportive to me and all the participants through the process, I know they will support you too. 

Enter TKAM at checkout (case-sensitive). 

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My Beyonce post…

Categories: Blog, Media | Posted by: TastyKeish

After doing the morning show today, I had more thoughts about this whole Beyonce/Superbowl thing. I was miffed AF at people that couldn’t see a Black Warrior Woman in all her glory celebrating the beauty of Black culture.

People worried about modes of dress, language, what she does with her money, white people want to boycott, black people are divided (she’s not doing enough or she’s trying to hard, etc).

To all that I say:

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Here is my original post from my personal fb page on 2/8/16:

I don’t know what ya’ll want from anyone. 

Powerful Black Woman uses her image to bring unapologetically Black images and statements to a usually White forum. That’s not enough.
Makes a fund for the children of Flint, MI. That’s not enough.
Has been making financial contributions to#BlackLivesMatter and other movements. (How do you think Deray and them get to go all over the country to be the mouth pieces??) But, that’s not enough.
Celebrates girl power in a patriarchal world while in heels and spandex. That’s not “right/proper” or enough.
Makes millions of us feel good about ourselves daily. That’s not enough.
Is the epitome of hard work and persistence. That’s not enough.
Exposed millions to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panthers movement. That’s not enough.
She might not be your cup of tea.
She might not be doing it how you prefer.
But she is ENOUGH.
 
PS: I don’t care if you like/don’t like her music. Save that for your own timeline. I’m from Brooklyn. I deal in #facts.


(Superbowl Halftime Show 2016 (Coldplay, Beyonce… by tuxboard)

I got a gazillion comments and shares. Some of which I intend on addressing on the next episode of my morning show.  We’ll see how that turns out. Tune in every Monday- Wednesday- Friday 10-1130am EST on Bondfire Radio.

 

You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.

                                                                                – Beyonce, Formation 2016

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TK For Hire

TK For Hire

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

You read that correctly.

TK for hire.

Yessir, your favorite side hustler is leveling up in the game and officially open for business (I was never closed, but you know…). This Summer I started producing content and audio with an amazing private client: The Arielle Loren Show, a daily podcast about the journeys of creative entrepreneurs.

I applied for the position because it spoke directly to me, the host, the content, the job description was affirming in every way. And, when I find myself editing audio at odd hours of the night and day I get to listen to people that sound like me confirm ever thought I’ve ever had about living on one’s own terms.

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  • Does this lift me up?
  • Is the direction in my life confirmed by its content or am I bored?
  • How long can I do this with joy?

Being able to answer these questions led me to want to help others in this age of podcasting. So many people have questions and as a 10 year professional in radio and current online radio station owner and Program Director- I have answers, opinions, & feedback.

There are too many people podcasting and creating media for the sake of trend. Do you have an audience or are you yelling into the void? Is your idea organized and well thought out? Will you be consistent or produce content haphazardly?  Do you have the right tools and team? Is your interviewing technique up to par?

If you’re serious about using a tool like podcasting to enhance your business, think about some of these questions. If you need help, I’m here for you. I love what I do to the point I recently found myself in the studio with a new broadcaster for 12 hours without eating. #thatsLove

Email me for more information about making “pick your brain” appointments, inquiries about producing content for your business/brand/organization, and feedback sessions on how to make your podcast better.

Until then friends, have a listen to the first 12 inspirational episodes of The Arielle Loren Show!

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My life in the sunshine…

Categories: Blog, panels, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

Summer’s over, but I feel like I’m still coming into bloom.

The year started off rocky all the way through the Spring season with moving and then through the Summer dealing with feelings from all the places that feelings come from.

Then things started to happen. Things I said I wanted in life, I started to get:

  • After an internet thief absconded with my domain name two years ago, I watched it and had it on back order waiting in the shadows for the wicked soul to slip up and release unto the world the domain name that should rightly be mine. ::ends dramatic scene:: Soon, you’ll be able to get here via tastykeish dot com as well as dot net!

The Bondfire Radio Audio Festival!! We did it. We went bigger and better and more amazing than the first time around. We had community sponsors, vendors, live musical acts, and every single show on the roster broadcast from the beautiful rooftop of our building location in Brooklyn. For the recap visit: Another Bondfire Radio Audio Festival in the Books

  • For awhile now I’ve been talking about wanting to be on panels, host events again,  and enjoy more professional conferences…  We’ll i’ll be that! ::cues the Redman:: This Saturday I’m on double duty, moderating the “Dating as a Nomad” panel at the #NDMN travel conference at 11am and later that evening hosting a great concert at the Success Garden in East New York for FTF Presents, a non profit based on growing the community thru the arts.

Another thing I’ve been letting the world know i’m available for is freelance work in my field of audio. And the universe provides! I’m open as a consultant for people that need help starting their podcasts and radio programs. Soon they’ll be a button in the side bar for you to make an appointment with me. We can kick it thru Skype and have a great chat about what you would like to accomplish with your programs. Also, I am the producer of The Arielle Loren Show, a new podcast focused on the nitty gritty journey through creative entrepreneurship. I really love all the guests that we’ve had so far and Arielle is a top notch marketing expert, business owner, and Harvard Business grad!

That’s not it by any means. It’s just the beginning of the rest of my life.

Are you in bloom?

 

 

 

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The Genesis Project

Categories: Blog, Media, Multi Media Gallery, panels, Multi Media Gallery, Video, Youth | Posted by: TastyKeish

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!!

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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:

 

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