"Food for Thought" with Adisa

Adisa is a veteran sound mixer, writer, director, and philanthropist. We discuss what it means to make tough career choices, overcome setbacks, and what it was like for Adisa to direct his first feature film, Skin in the Game, which tackles the horrifying world of human trafficking. 

"The Rhythmnast" with Mark Colenburg

Given his superb percussive skills and his start-studded list of collaborators, Grammy Award-winning drummer Mark Colenburg is incredibly humble. He has worked with Common, Q-Tip, Maxwell, A Tribe Called Quest, the Robert Glasper Experiment, and Keyon Harrold, to name a few, and is known for effortlessly blending elements of hip hop, jazz, and other genres into his craft.

"Connecting Different Worlds" with Meida McNeal

Our first interview for February features Chicago-native Meida McNeal, Arts & Culture Manager for the Chicago Parks district, and Artistic Director for the Afro-diasporic, feminist collaborative Honey Pot Performance.  Join us, as Meida and The People's Culture editor, Vanity Gee, discuss parenthood, the intersections of her artistic and community practices, her journey through academia, and making time for it all. 

"Super-Duper Black" with Adrian O. Walker

“I guess you can say I am a charismatic, outgoing, outspoken, super-duper black, always-willing go-getter,” says Adrian O. Walker, a contemporary mixed-media artist and photographer, during our interview in Oakland, California. Walker is all of these things and has been for as long as I have known him.

"Feeding My Soul" with Tamika Miller

This week's feature is with Los Angeles-based writer, director, and filmmaker Tamika Miller. Since graduating college, she has never had a "9-5," and has freelanced successfully for her entire career. In our conversation, Tamika and I discuss her artistic influences, her unexpected path in film, working in a predominantly white, male field, and her most recent award-winning short film entitled /SMOKD/

"Visual Lexicon" with Basil Kincaid

When I ask Basil Kincaid if there is a difference between Basil the person and Basil the artist, he responds, “the work is my life and my life is the work.” And he’s right. Everything I have ever known, heard, and observed about Kincaid is related to his art practice. For Kincaid, art is a means of honoring family and tradition, the beginning of a process of healing from trauma the world inflicts upon us, and—as it is for many of us cultural workers—a vital method of viewing and processing our world.

"Running Your Own Race" with Christopher McBride

I used to define success as traveling around the world, playing, making music, maybe being famous. ‘That's the horn player behind blah blah blah,’ or ‘that's the horn player that released__.’ I used to define success that way. Now, I'm doing everything that I wanted to do, which is great. Now it's about higher levels.

"Famous All of My Life" with Quincy Troupe

For six days in August 1965, African Americans rioted and protested police brutality in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, a tumultuous expression of anger and injustice that left the great Watts area, and many of its residents, devastated. A month later, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg started the Watts Writers’ Workshops in response to the riots, aiming to provide a space where black and brown voices could convene and have serious dialogues about the societal ills plaguing the United States. Quincy Troupe was one of its first members.

"In the Moment" with Melissa Aldana

Aldana has been in the United States for 10 years, pursuing a path in music that has been quite rewarding for her. A winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (the first woman and first international winner), she has maintained a steady and fulfilling stream of local gigs, studio albums, and touring, the latter accounting for most of earnings. But how did she get from being a six-year-old alto player to a critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist at 29? 

"Historic Memory" with Damon Davis

“I spent a lot of time inside of my own head making my own world. Drawing, talking to myself a lot. I still do. That's just something that I developed. I spent a lot of time, I guess, honing the skills that I have now. There hasn't been a time in my life where I didn't know that I was going to be an artist.”