Sometimes when you’re thinking about people, the universe sends them your way. It was really good talking with audio producer A. King this week. We shared some recent wins with each other and and identified some possible opportunities. As for recent wins on #A King’s side: be sure to check out this new podcast called MOGUL, hosted by Reggie Ossé (of The Combat Jack Show). The podcast highlights the life of one of Hip Hop’s most famous executives, Chris Lighty. The podcast is produced together by Spotify, Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network.
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Painter, illustrator and graphic designer TTK just released a new, limited edition T-shirt called ‘The Beaches’. Inspired by Raekwon (who made Polo’s snow beach jacket famous in Wu-Tang’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video), TTK’s latest shirt is already selling out fast. Get yours before your size is gone.
- NEW MUSIC /// TTK pulled out more dusty vinyl for his latest mix of rare funk, fusion jazz, R&B, and grooves. Listen here. (TTK’s set starts at the 1-hour mark).
- PODCAST /// In a new interview, filmmaker Victorious asks TTK about how everything from breakdancing to movies informs his creative process. Listen.
Remember to reach out to TTK if you need paintings, portraits, posters, t-shirt graphics, or digital designs. And hit up Chevon if you need communications work, a newsletter, social media guidance, some writing, have questions, or want to hop on a phone call for some consulting. We’re ready to work.
Finally, a big thank you to all of the people who have already bought The Beaches shirt May you wear it in good health!
What happened when I met up with Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs at a black-owned juice bar in Bed Stuy? Lots of laughs, lots of truths about the hardship of growing up homeless with depression, and–a few pleasant surprises! Watch my interview with the champ and follow me on Twitter and both of us on Instagram @Chevonmedia + @Cannon_Briggs! Be sure to check out Shannon’s website, LetsGoChamp.com, where you can get his signature shirts, hats, hoodies and more.
Forbes interviewed me about being the recipient of numerous “can I pick your brain” requests. I share valuable tips on managing those requests with empathy and a firm hand. Read the full story here or by clicking on the image above.
I got my co-board members to ‘pose-off’ and I had to throw up the peace sign
Our 2016 WAM!NYC Conference was a huge success! Our keynote speakers this year included Amy Goodman (of Democracy Now!), activist Linda Sarsour, and Ashley Nicole Black, of Samantha Bee, plus a full day of additional panels and workshops.
The words of my co-board member Martyna Starosta echo what many people say when they attend our WAM!NYC Justice in Media conference.
When I attended my first WAM!NYC conference, I walked into a room full of women & gender non conforming people & I thought “wow, this is it, we can have our own space for one day & talk about the issues that are important to us as media-makers & storytellers.”
Professionals who love creating, consuming, and critiquing media that deals with race, gender and more met up at our conference to get more tools, strategies, and ideas to do their work better. Read more about our keynote speakers below, and check back here for photos and other outtakes this weekend!
Chevon Drew, Board Member
Women Action & the Media,
New York City Chapter
WAM!NYC Gender Justice in Media Conference Keynotes
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide. Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers. Her latest one, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.
Linda Sarsour is a leading racial justice and civil rights activist and one of the most sought-after media commentators on Islamophobia in the 2016 election. Sarsour is a Palestinian Muslim American born and raised in Brooklyn. She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. She has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. She was instrumental in the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays, which helped make New York City the largest school system in the country to officially recognize two Muslim high holidays. Among her numerous awards and honors, Sarsour has been named a “Champion of Change” by the White House.
Ashley Nicole Black is a comedy writer and performer, currently writing for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Ashley started writing and performing sketch comedy at Chicago’s Second City. She is a proud PhD dropout from Northwestern University.
Recently, I visited my old New York Times stomping grounds to say goodbye to my friend and former colleague who is moving on from the Times to run big things over at Conde Nast’s Allure magazine! Congratulations, Simone!
The Realness album is a street diary that spoke to people around the world, so it’s fitting that Cormega has traveled the world in in the 15 years since its original release.
TheRealness 15-year anniversary shirt features the album release date and format on the chest and the 15-salute on the center-back.
Snag the shirt for men or women at ThisIsLiphe.com and grab tickets for the April 9th, New York kickoff of the Cormega Realness anniversary tour via ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1123169
Want more merch? Check out The Realness tour gear site collaboration at: http://550xcormega.com to pickup everything from limited edition Cormega skateboard decks, to hoodies, prints and short-sleeved tees.