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Truth In This Art Podcast - Your Source for Conversations with Artists, Innovators & Cultural Leaders

"Truth In This Art Podcast," hosted by Rob Lee, brings to light the stories of artists, innovators, and cultural leaders, showcasing the profound impact of creativity on society. It offers an in-depth look at how art shapes our world, providing listeners with actionable insights and inspiration. This podcast is a valuable resource for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the arts and their role in societal and personal growth, featuring discussions on the creative process, cultural innovation, and the power of artistic expression.

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Anthony Gittens: Filmfest DC Founder on Fostering Diversity in Cinema
In this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee talks with Tony Gittens, the founder of Filmfest DC. Gittens recounts his upbringing in Brooklyn, his move to Washington, D.C., and his early involvement in the civil rights movement. He shares his journey from managing a bookstore to founding the Black Film Institute and eventually establishing an international film festival. Gittens discusses the selection process for the festival, emphasizing the importance of quality and diversity in film programming. He also touches on the hard work behind organizing the festival, the trend toward local filmmaking, and his love for smart thrillers. The episode concludes with an invitation to the upcoming Filmfest DC and a reminder of the rich art and culture available locally. 🎥🎬Episode Content:Tony Gittins' early life and move to DC (00:01:39) Tony's background as a Caribbean American from Brooklyn and his decision to move to and embrace DC. 🏙️Challenges and rewards of pursuing passion (00:11:42) Tony discusses the satisfaction and challenges of intersecting interests and making a meaningful impact. 💪Origins of Filmfest DC (00:19:22) Exploring the transition from managing a bookstore to creating the Black Film Institute and eventually founding an international film festival. 🌍Programming and film selection (00:24:27) Detailing the festival's commitment to quality, new voices, and solid infrastructure, as well as the process of selecting films for the festival. 🎞️Planning for the 39th Filmfest DC (00:33:36) Tony shares the timeline and process for planning the 39th version of the festival. 📅Fundraising and preparations (00:35:33) Discussion about the ongoing process of writing applications for funding and logistical preparations for the festival. 💼Impact of streaming services on film festivals (00:42:36) Discusses the theory that streaming services are wearing people out with low-quality content, leading to increased attendance at film festivals. 📺Key takeaways:1. The importance of diversity and quality in film programming can enhance cultural understanding and appreciation.2. Founding an event like an international film festival requires a deep passion for the art form and a commitment to showcasing a wide range of perspectives.3. Local filmmaking is a growing trend that supports community engagement and the development of regional art scenes.4. Involvement in social movements can influence one's career path and inspire the creation of platforms that celebrate underrepresented voices. ✊Social Media Links:LinkedIn: Tony GittensIf you enjoyed this insightful conversation with Tony Gittens on The Truth in This Art podcast, don't miss out on the opportunity to dive deeper into his world. Visit Filmfest DC's website to explore the incredible selection of international films and support the festival's mission to celebrate quality and diversity in cinema. Plus, follow Tony and the festival's journey on social media to stay updated on all the latest happenings and behind-the-scenes action.Your engagement means everything to us. Take a moment to rate and review this episode—it helps more listeners discover the rich conversations we're having here. And if you're feeling generous, consider supporting our Patreon. Your contribution keeps this podcast thriving and ensures we continue to bring you the voices that shape our art and culture. Every bit of support counts!Thank you for listening, and don't forget to support the arts in every way you can! 🎨👏 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
48:57 4/17/24
Alex Farkas, Artist & Gallery Director: The Genesis & Journey of UGallery
🎙️ In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Alex Farkas, co-founder and gallery director of UGallery. They discuss Alex's upbringing in an artistic community, his education, and the inception of UGallery. Alex reflects on UGallery's evolution, from supporting student artists to curating established and emerging talents. He emphasizes the importance of storytelling, human connection, and adapting to online trends in the art market. Alex also offers advice to artists on perseverance and finding the right gallery fit. The conversation touches on personal growth, the significance of showing up, and the value of understanding one's audience, whether in art or business.Episode Content:Introduction and Background (00:00:00) 🌟 Alex Farkas introduces himself and shares his upbringing in an artist community, his education, and the inception of UGallery.Influences of Upbringing on UGallery (00:04:34) 👩‍🎨 Alex discusses how his mother's work ethic and self-funding influenced his approach to UGallery's growth and sustainability.Human Connection and Art (00:14:54) 💬 The importance of personal connection in the digital art marketplace and the role of storytelling in connecting people with art.Discovering New Artists and Ensuring Success (00:19:25) 🖼️ The process of discovering new artists, including early challenges and the shift to recruiting artists online, and the importance of quality photography for success in the digital art market.Finding New Artists and Referrals (00:21:02) 🔍 Alex discusses the process of finding new artists, including online searches, artist referrals, and a call for art.Marketing Efforts and Gallery Redesign (00:24:49) 📢 Alex discusses the shift towards marketing efforts, the gallery redesign, and the focus on creating and sharing content.Understanding the Customer and Measurable Marketing (00:31:25) 📊 The importance of understanding the customer, marketing efforts, and the shift towards measurable marketing strategies are discussed.Transformations in the Online Art World (00:37:45) 🌐 Alex reflects on the impact of online businesses like Amazon, changes in art buyer expectations, and the need for continuous improvement in the online art market.Advice for artists in finding success (00:45:03) 💡 Suggestions and advice for artists to improve their art-making process and find the right platform for their work.Key Takeaways:1. Embrace the power of storytelling and human connection to succeed in the art market.2. Adaptability to online trends is crucial for the evolution and growth of art platforms.3. For artists, perseverance and finding a gallery that aligns with your work are key to success.4. Understanding your audience is essential in both art and business for personal growth and engagement.Website and Social Media Links:Website: www.ugallery.comX: @FarkasForNowLinkedIn: Alex FarkasIf you enjoyed this insightful conversation with Alex Farkas and want to learn more about his work and UGallery, please take a moment to visit their website and follow them on social media. Your support makes a huge difference in promoting the arts and the artists featured on UGallery. 🌟Don't forget to rate and review this episode of "The Truth in This Art." Your feedback helps us grow and improve, and it's always great to hear what you think.🌟 Lastly, if you love what we're doing and want to help us keep the lights on, consider supporting our Patreon. Every contribution goes a long way in helping us continue to bring you engaging conversations with the movers and shakers in the art world. Thank you for listening, and thank you for your support! 🙏 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
53:55 4/16/24
James Watkins: Artist & Advocate on Empowering Youth Through Music & Storytelling
In this podcast episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews James Watkins, an advocate for social change and youth empowerment. Watkins shares his journey from Southeast DC to empowering youth through the Queen Bees music program. He discusses the transformative power of storytelling and music, highlighting the creation of "Lifeguard," a song about suicide prevention. Watkins reflects on his screenwriting pursuits, emphasizing character-driven stories and the importance of relatable or unique narratives. The episode delves into the significance of diverse inspirations and maintaining a playful approach to creativity, with James advocating for openness in the creative process. 🎙️🎶📝Episode Content:James Watkins' Background (00:02:01) James Watkins introduces himself, discussing his upbringing in Southeast DC and his passion for music and storytelling.Youth Empowerment Work (00:11:33) James shares his experience working with youth and how he got started in youth empowerment programs, specifically discussing the Queen Bees music program.Creating Lifeguard (00:15:31) The process and impact of creating a song about suicide prevention with teenage girls.Empowering Through Music (00:17:36) The power of music in empowering teenagers and the impact of a song on mental health.Listening to Different Music (00:30:47) James and Rob discuss the importance of listening to a variety of music genres for creative inspiration.Respecting Artists and Their Work (00:32:09) James expresses admiration for artists like Beyoncé and reflects on their impact on his perspective.Creativity in Studio Collaboration (00:36:28) James and Rob discuss the collaborative and spontaneous nature of creativity in the studio.Diverse Inspiration for Creativity (00:42:11) James emphasizes the value of seeking inspiration from diverse sources, such as different TV shows and genres, to fuel creativity.The elements of a good story (00:48:57) James shares his perspective on what makes a good story, emphasizing character-driven narratives and universal topics.Key Takeaways:1. Music and storytelling can be powerful tools for social change and youth empowerment.2. Creative works like "Lifeguard" can raise awareness and provide support for critical issues such as suicide prevention.3. In screenwriting and other creative endeavors, character-driven stories with relatable or unique narratives resonate deeply with audiences.4. Embracing diverse inspirations and maintaining a playful, open attitude is essential for a fruitful creative process.Social Media Links:James (Jimmy) WatkinsIf you were inspired by James Watkins' incredible journey and his dedication to social change and youth empowerment, don't miss out on the opportunity to connect with him further. Head over to his website to learn more about the Queen Bees music program and discover how you can support his mission. Follow him on social media to stay updated on his latest projects and initiatives. And if you found value in today's episode of "Truth in This Art," please take a moment to rate and review the podcast. Your feedback is not only appreciated but also helps others find our content. Lastly, consider supporting our work through Patreon. Your contribution enables us to continue bringing you conversations that matter. Thank you for listening, and let's keep the art of truth alive! 🌟🎧👏 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
65:05 4/11/24
Tommy Mitchell: Artist's Journey from Sports to Canvas & Creative Evolution
In this episode of "Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee engages with Baltimore-based artist Tommy Mitchell in a rich discussion about the intricacies of being a self-taught artist. Mitchell shares his journey from admiration to participation in the art world, emphasizing the importance of evolution and ambition. He reflects on early influences, such as his father's encouragement, and the impact of his athletic background on his artistic discipline and work ethic. The conversation explores themes in Mitchell's art, his creative process, and the balance between artistic expression and business efficiency. He discusses the inspiration he draws from sports legends and the competitive drive to excel and innovate in his field. Mitchell also touches on the challenges of time management and the labor-intensive nature of his work, revealing his dedication to his craft and his desire to share his vision and ideas with the world. 🎨🏆Episode Content:Tommy's self-description (00:01:45) Tommy describes himself as an athlete, artist, creative visionary, and vessel, emphasizing constant evolution. 🔄Early influences on Tommy's art (00:06:25) Tommy recalls his father encouraging him to draw what he sees, shaping his attention to detail and commitment to executing his work to the highest level. 👨‍👦‍🎨Overcoming challenges and growth (00:10:26) Tommy reflects on his artistic evolution, including his initial reluctance towards painting and his shift in mindset from viewing tasks as "hard" to seeking knowledge and progress. 🌱💪Themes in Artwork (00:18:42) Exploration of themes, storytelling in artwork, and seeking different experiences for each show. 📚🎭Work Process and Time (00:24:03) Discussion of the concept of time, the volume of work, and the labor-intensive nature of the work. ⏰💼Balancing Passion and Job (00:26:08) Balancing passion, job, and the transition to full-time art during COVID. 🎨🦠Challenges in the Process (00:31:26) The challenging part of the creative process, the importance of delegation, and time management in the production of the podcast. 🤔💼Titles and pricing (00:35:07) The consideration of titles and pricing in the art business. 💰🖼️Communication and structure (00:37:38) The importance of communication and structure in professional interactions. 🗣️🏗️Understanding reference points (00:48:50) The artist's realization of differing reference points in art and the impact on perception. 🧠🖼️Key Takeaways:1. Self-taught artists can succeed through evolution and ambition, as demonstrated by Tommy Mitchell's journey from admiration to active participation in the art world. 🌟2. Early influences and diverse backgrounds, like athletics, can significantly shape an artist's discipline and work ethic. 🏋️‍♂️🖌️3. Balancing artistic expression with business efficiency is crucial for artists who wish to excel and innovate while managing the labor-intensive aspects of their work. 🎨💼4. Drawing inspiration from personal interests, such as sports legends, can fuel an artist's competitive drive and contribute to a unique creative process. 🏆🎨Website and Social Media Links:website: www.tommymitche11.comInstagram: tommymitche11X: @TommyMitche11If you enjoyed this deep dive into the creative spirit with Tommy Mitchell, don't miss your chance to explore more of his incredible work! Head over to his website and follow him on social media to stay updated on his latest projects and artistic journey. Your support means the world to artists like Tommy, and it's just a click away. ❤️🖼️🎙️🌟 But don't stop there! Show some love for "Truth in This Art" by rating and reviewing this episode. Your feedback not only helps us grow but also highlights the voices of talented individuals who are shaping the art world. 🌟🎙️And if you're feeling generous, consider supporting our Patreon. Your contribution keeps the conversation going and allows us to bring you even more content that matters. Every bit helps, and together, we can continue to celebrate the truth in art. Thank you for listening, and thank you for your support! 🙏🎨 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
76:28 4/9/24
Michelle Faulkner-Forson, Brian James O'Connell & Barry Wright III on the Art of Improv
In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee is joined by Michelle Faulkner-Forson, Barry Wright III, and Brian James O'Connell to discuss the world of improv. They explore the misconceptions that improv is only for the funny or certain types of people, emphasizing its accessibility and importance in everyday life. The conversation highlights improv's applications in communication, teamwork, and even medical training. They reflect on the challenges of fostering a creative community in a capitalist society and share their joy in teaching and community building. They also discuss the need to innovate and adapt in the improv scene, especially in light of the pandemic's impact and the influence of cancel culture on comedy. The episode delves into the dedication required and the importance of pushing boundaries to remain relevant and engaging.Episode Content:Common misconceptions about improv (00:10:29) The guests discuss common misconceptions about improv, including the belief that it's only for certain people and the limitations of the "Harold" form in improv.The misconception of improv (00:15:06) Discusses the misconception of improv as solely comedy and highlights its broader applications in everyday life.The accessibility of improv (00:16:30) Emphasizes the accessibility of improv as an art form and its relevance to everyday human interactions.Improv's impact on life skills (00:17:47) Explores the use of improv in medical training and its potential to enhance communication skills in various professions.The joy and challenges of teaching improv (00:19:24) Highlights the joy of teaching improv to beginners and the challenges of fostering a collaborative community within a capitalistic society.The role of improv in problem-solving (00:21:06) Discusses the application of improv in problem-solving and the intersection of creativity and business.The impact of improv on audience perception (00:23:17) Explores the role of improv in challenging societal norms and influencing audience perceptions through performance.Conceptualizing a themed event (00:29:04) Shares a creative idea for a Halloween party and the excitement of seeing creative concepts come to life.Beautiful Women and Hotlanta (00:30:06) Discussing Atlanta and the music scene, including the concept of hitchhiking and the influence of beautiful women.Evolution of Improv (00:34:40) Discussing the evolution of improv, the impact of the pandemic, and the need for new forms and presentation aspects in improv.Pushing Boundaries in Improv (00:41:49) Exploring the concept of pushing boundaries in improv, including the limitations and purity in the art form, and the need for creativity and innovation.Key Takeaways:Improv is a skill that benefits everyone, not just comedians, enhancing communication and teamwork in various aspects of life.Creative communities can thrive even within a capitalist framework with dedication and a focus on teaching and inclusivity.The improv and comedy scenes must continuously evolve to stay fresh and address current challenges like the pandemic and cancel culture.Success in podcasting, like improv, requires pushing boundaries and a commitment to ongoing innovation and engagement.Website and Social Media Links:Baltimore Improv GroupWebsite: www.bigimprov.orgX: @bigimprovFacebook: Baltimore Improv GroupInstagram: bigimprovHighwire ImprovWebsite: www.highwireimprov.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/highwireimprovInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/highwireimprovTiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@highwireimprovBrian's Youtube: If you enjoyed diving into the world of improv with our incredible guests on "Truth in This Art," don't miss out on the chance to connect with them further! Head over to their websites and follow their social media profiles to keep up with their latest endeavors and show your support. Your engagement means the world to them and to us.And while you're at it, why not take a moment to rate and review this episode? Your feedback is invaluable and helps us reach more listeners who share your passion for creativity and conversation.Lastly, if you love what we're doing and want to contribute to the growth of this platform, consider supporting us on Patreon. Your support allows us to continue bringing you thought-provoking content and inspiring discussions with leaders in the arts.Visit, follow, rate, review, and support – because your involvement is what makes this community thrive. Thank you for being a part of "The Truth in This Art"! This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
85:13 4/5/24
Britt Olsen-Ecker & Melissa Wimbish of Outcalls on 'Blast!' and Genre-Bending Music
In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish of the band Outcalls. They explore the band's genre-fusing music, their collaborative songwriting process, and the challenges of defining their eclectic sound. The duo reflects on their first creative endeavors and the role of their artistic backgrounds in shaping their current work. The conversation also delves into the excitement surrounding their upcoming single "Blast," live performances, and their participation in Remington Fest. The episode is filled with humor, personal anecdotes, and insights into Outcalls' creative journey and future projects. 🎤🎶Episode Content:Introductions (00:00:10) Britt and Melissa introduce themselves and talk about their roles in the band Outcalls.The fusion of genres (00:04:40) The discussion about the fusion of genres in Outcalls' music, the challenges and opportunities it presents.First creative experiences (00:08:50) Britt and Melissa share their first creative experiences and how it influenced their music.Themes in their music (00:13:19) The common themes in Outcalls' music, including relationships, sexism, and venting through their music.Baltimore Connection (00:17:06) Discussion about the impact of the local scene on their growth as artists and the supportive community in Baltimore.Dynamic Performances (00:20:22) The experience of performing on a moving train and the ideation behind creating dynamic and theatrical performances.New Single "Blast!" (00:25:04) The background and inspiration behind the new single "Blast" and the excitement for its release.Upcoming Projects (00:30:19) Upcoming recital/concert, recording new music, and plans for releasing new music in the future.Cheetos and Snacks (00:34:59) Discussion about favorite snacks and keeping partners happy with snacks.Unexpected Inspiration (00:36:18) Exploring unexpected sources of inspiration in music, including the role of friendship.Wrap-up and Future Plans (00:38:06) Promotion of upcoming events, social media, and website details for the band Outcalls. 🚀🎸Key Takeaways:1. Collaborative songwriting can lead to a unique fusion of genres and sounds.2. An artist's background and early creative experiences can significantly influence their current work.3. Defining an eclectic sound can be challenging but is essential for a band's identity.4. Participation in local festivals and events can be an exciting opportunity for live performances and exposure. 🌟🎵Website and Social Media Links:Websites: www.brittolsenecker.com , www.melissawimbish.comInstagram: melissawimbish, brittolseneckerX: @brittolseneckerLinkedIn: Britt Olsen-EckerIf you love diving into the genre-defying world ofc Outcalls with Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, don't stop here! Show your support by visiting their website and following their journey on social media. Every click, like, and follow means the world to artists like them.🌟And while you're at it, take a moment to rate and review this episode of "The Truth in This Art." Your feedback not only helps us grow but also supports the incredible talents we feature. Plus, if you're feeling generous and want to get even more involved, consider supporting our Patreon. Your contribution keeps the conversation going and the art flowing. Don't wait – join our community of supporters today and be a part of the art that moves us all! 🌟👍🎨Link to previous Outcall episode:https://www.thetruthinthisart.com/episodes/revelations-of-the-electronic-opera-queens-an-engaging-conversation-with-outcalls-on-music-creativity-and-feminist-perspectives. This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
40:03 4/1/24
Domonique Brown: Elevating Black Art in Retail Spaces - An Artist's Tale
In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Domonique Brown, a Pomona-based artist, designer, and marketing professional. Domonique discusses her creative journey, from early recognition in high school to founding Domo Ink, aiming to bring black art into retail spaces. She recounts her educational background, her initial office job, and her breakthrough with a solo art show. Domonique's art is influenced by her culture and Los Angeles's vibrancy, and she emphasizes the importance of authenticity and resilience in her work. The episode also explores the dynamics of brand collaborations, the business aspects of art, and the emotional challenges of entrepreneurship, offering insights into the creative industry's complexities. 🎨✨Episode Content:Early artistic influences (00:04:33) Domonique Brown's earliest memories of drawing and the influence of her preschool teacher on her artistic journey.Transition to a creative career (00:08:44) Domonique Brown's academic journey, from graphic design to marketing, and her decision to transition to a creative career.Artistic awakening and career change (00:14:51) Domonique Brown's decision to quit her job, start selling her artwork, and her realization about the importance of marketing herself as an artist.The portrait mishap (00:16:34) Domonique shares a funny story about a teacher's critique on her portrait of Rihanna.The impact of museums (00:19:54) Domonique explains how visiting art museums in different cities has influenced and inspired her art.Navigating brand collaborations (00:28:26) Domonique discusses the importance of fair compensation and creative freedom in brand collaborations, and the red and green flags to consider when approached by brands.Domo Ink's Inception (00:33:48) Domonique Brown explains the origin and evolution of her art brand, Domo Ink, and its growth into a recognizable brand.Empowerment through Art (00:36:02) The role of art in representing cultural identity and the empowerment of black artists and consumers.Lessons in Business and Contracts (00:45:56) The importance of contracts and business savvy in creative endeavors, and the lessons learned from past experiences.The struggle of creativity (00:46:54) Discussion about the challenges and lows faced on the creative journey as an entrepreneur.Returning to factory settings (00:47:20) Exploring the process of regaining focus and motivation after setbacks in the creative journey.Finding motivation in small victories (00:49:27) How small moments of success and positive feedback can reignite motivation and passion for creative work.  🚀💡Key takeaways:1. Authenticity in art can lead to unique opportunities and recognition.2. Transitioning from a traditional job to entrepreneurship requires resilience.3. Educational background can serve as a foundation for a successful career in art and design.4. Understanding the business side of art is crucial for successful brand collaborations and retail integration.Website: domoniquebrown.comSocial Media:LinkedIn: Domonique Brown, MBAInstagram: snoopdoggydomTikTok: domoinkX: @TheDomoINKIf you were inspired by Domonique Brown's story and her vibrant artwork, don't miss out on the opportunity to connect with her further. Head over to her website and explore the incredible range of art she offers at Domo Ink. Plus, follow her on social media to stay updated on her latest projects and behind-the-scenes glimpses into her creative process. Your support means the world to artists like Domonique, and it helps bring more black art into our retail spaces and everyday lives. 🎉🌟But don't stop there! If you enjoyed this episode of "The Truth in This Art," please take a moment to rate and review us. Your feedback is invaluable and helps others discover the show. And if you want to support the podcast further, consider joining our Patreon community. Your support on Patreon not only helps us continue to bring you in-depth conversations with incredible guests like Domonique, but it also grants you access to exclusive content and benefits. So, visit our website, follow us on social media, rate and review this episode, and support our Patreon. Together, we can keep the art of truth alive and thriving! 🎙️📈 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
63:32 3/29/24
Troy Burton: From Stage to Soulful Productions
In this special episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee sits down with accomplished stage director, producer, and playwright Troy Burton, in celebration of World Theatre Day. They delve into Troy's remarkable journey in the world of theater, exploring his experiences as a teacher and mentor, and delving into his recent projects. Troy shares profound insights on the importance of family, the empowerment of self-identity, and the transformative impact of his near-death experience on his creative endeavors. 🎭👨‍🏫🎨Episode Highlights:Troy's early introduction to theater and the profound impact it had on him (00:05:03-00:06:52) 🎬The significance of family and the role it plays in Troy's career (00:08:44-00:09:54) 👨‍👩‍👧Troy's memorable projects, including his work with the Arena Players Youth Theater and the production of "A Real Nigga Show" (00:11:48-00:20:07) 🎭🎤Troy's experience as an arts educator and the importance of individualized teaching (00:27:08-00:32:04) 🏫Troy's recent projects, including the theatrical mixtape "You Thought I Was Him" and his work with Blue Velvet Soul Records (00:39:43-00:49:55) 🎶💽Key Takeaways:Family support and personal experiences can shape and ignite a passion for the arts. 🌟Owning oneself and taking risks are essential for success in the creative industry. 🚀Individualized teaching and mentorship can have a profound impact on students' artistic development. 🤝Balancing different roles and projects can lead to a diverse and fulfilling career in the arts. ⚖️🎨To learn more about Troy Burton and his upcoming projects, check him on the following social media. 📱Social Media Links:Facebook: Troy Burton Instagram: macioburtLinkedIn: Troy BurtonWe hope you enjoyed this episode of "The Truth in This Art" with the incredible Troy Burton. We would love to hear your feedback and thoughts on the episode. 🎙️👂🌟 Please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. Your reviews help us reach more listeners and continue to bring you amazing guests and content. 🌟Also, if you're enjoying the show and want to support us further, consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your support will help us cover production costs and bring you even more engaging and thought-provoking episodes. 💪🎤Thank you for being a part of our community and for your continued support. We appreciate you! 🙌🎉 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
62:40 3/27/24
Lanise Howard: Painting, Dreaming, and Embracing Self-Expression
In this episode of "Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Los Angeles-based visual artist Lanise Howard. Lanise shares her journey from modeling to studying fashion and ultimately pursuing art seriously since 2017. She discusses her multifaceted interests, including plans to return to fashion and explore sculpture, while also incorporating her love for singing and writing into her work. Lanise reflects on how her upbringing in New York and California has influenced her creativity, with New York's museums and LA's diverse landscapes shaping her artistic perspective. She also hints at an upcoming show and her process of choosing mediums to best express her ideas, emphasizing a year of no limits and the importance of expanding her creative toolkit. 🎨🌆Episode Highlights:Lanise Howard delves into her evolution from modeling to becoming a visual artist, discussing her wide-ranging creative pursuits and her aspirations for the future. (00:01:35)Howard reflects on how the distinct vibes of New York and Los Angeles have shaped her artistic expression, citing the impact of each city's museums, landscapes, and cultural tapestry. (00:06:37)Howard characterizes her artwork as a form of storytelling that weaves together complex narratives, captures transient moments, and exudes a touch of surrealism. (00:14:40)The conversation turns to the importance of confronting preconceived notions, embracing personal identity, and the role of art in disrupting the conventional. (00:23:10)Howard provides insight into the creative inception of a recent artwork, inspired by recurring dreams and the symbolic significance of a green door, revealing her unique artistic methodology. (00:30:33)Key Takeaways:Embrace Your Evolution: Lanise Howard's transition from fashion to fine art highlights the importance of following your passion and being open to change. Her story encourages listeners to pursue their true calling, even if it means shifting paths later in life. 🌟Experiment Without Limits: Lanise's philosophy of the "year of no limits" teaches us to explore different mediums and forms of expression. Whether it's integrating fashion, poetry, or music into her art, Lanise exemplifies the value of creative experimentation and growth. 🎭📝🎶Authenticity is Key: Lanise's selective approach to projects and her focus on authenticity over commercial success serve as a reminder to stay true to one's artistic vision. This integrity not only shapes the quality of the work but also ensures that it remains personally meaningful and resonant with the audience. 🗝️Website and Social Media Links:Website: lanisehoward.comInstagram: Lanise Howard LinkedIn: Lanise Howard🌟 If you love diving into the creative world of Lanise Howard, don't miss out on the full experience! Head over to her website and follow her on social media to stay updated on her artistic journey. Your support means everything to artists like Lanise. While you're at it, please take a moment to rate and review this episode of "Truth in This Art." Your feedback helps us grow and reach more listeners like you. And if you want to go the extra mile, consider supporting our Patreon. Your contribution keeps the conversation going and supports the arts community. Visit, follow, rate, review, and support today! 🌟🎨📱 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
60:24 3/25/24
Juanita Anderson & Danielle Eliska : Filmmaking in Detroit's Landscape
In this podcast episode, Rob Lee hosts a discussion with Danielle Eliska and Juanita Anderson about their experiences and perspectives as filmmakers in Detroit. They explore the city's influence on their work, the importance of community, and the unique challenges faced by black women artists. Danielle shares her journey from writing to filmmaking, inspired by influential directors, and her later venture into photography. Juanita discusses the industry-wide issues of funding and distribution for black filmmakers and the joy of the creative process. Both guests highlight the significance of mentors and personal support systems, their preference for early mornings, and the value of health and meaningful possessions. The episode concludes with a light conversation about the last movies they watched for fun. 🎥🌆👩🏿‍🎨Episode Highlight:Early motivations for filmmaking (00:04:09) - Juanita and Danielle discuss their early motivations for pursuing filmmaking and storytelling.Creative influences and impact of Detroit (00:10:36) - The guests talk about the creative influences in their work and how being from Detroit impacts their artistic processes and community support.Empowerment of Black women artists (00:15:23) - The conversation shifts to the empowerment of Black women artists and their unique ability to bring healing and resilience through their work.The importance of authentic storytelling (00:17:49) - Discussion on the significance of telling authentic stories and amplifying marginalized voices in the visual realm.Challenges and fulfillment in the creative process (00:18:11) - Exploration of the fulfilling aspects and hurdles in working in photography, filmmaking, and screenwriting, particularly related to financial constraints and resource accessibility.Creating space and overcoming industry obstacles (00:23:56) - Addressing the obstacles faced in the industry, including funding and distribution, and the need to create spaces to honor and amplify diverse voices.The impact of Seed and Bloom Detroit on artistic endeavors (00:28:07) - Danielle expresses gratitude, emphasizing how the grant allows her to focus on her work and Juanita reflects on shifting her mindset to view herself as an entrepreneur, recognizing the opportunity to grow her business and contribute to building the infrastructure within their community.Building infrastructure and supporting local talent (00:31:40) - They discuss the importance of building infrastructure to support filmmakers and the efforts to provide opportunities for local talent, particularly in Detroit.The perception of Detroit's filmmaking scene (00:35:44) - They discuss the filmmaking scene in Detroit, the challenges, sustainability, and equity.Key mentors and influences (00:40:19) - Danielle Eliska and Juanita Anderson discuss influential mentors and their impact on their work.Key TakeawaysDetroit's culture and environment significantly shape the creative output of its filmmakers.Community support is crucial for black women artists facing unique industry challenges.Mentorship and strong personal networks are key to navigating and succeeding in the film industry.Balancing health and valuing meaningful possessions can contribute to a filmmaker's well-being and productivity.Links:Website: www.danielleeliska.com, juanita-andersonX: @filmandersonInstagram: danielle.eliska, juanitaanderson_filmLinkedIn: Danielle Eliska L., Juanita AndersonIf you enjoyed this insightful conversation with Danielle Eliska and Juanita Anderson, don't miss the chance to dive deeper into their world. Visit their websites and follow them on social media to keep up with their incredible work in the Detroit filmmaking scene. Your support means everything to creators like them.🌟And while you're at it, show some love for this episode too! Take a moment to rate and review us – your feedback is invaluable and helps others find us.🌟Lastly, if you want to contribute to the ongoing success of our podcast, consider supporting us on Patreon. Every bit of support counts, and we're grateful for listeners like you. Let's keep these important conversations going! 🎙️🌟🎬 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
52:49 3/22/24
Tyler Feder: Chicago-Based Artist & Author on Big Feelings, Feminism, and Pop Culture
In this episode of "The Truth in This Art" podcast, host Rob Lee interviews Tyler Feder, a Chicago-based artist and author. They discuss Tyler's work, which is deeply rooted in big feelings, feminism, and pop culture. Tyler shares her experiences working with big names like Netflix, Comedy Central, and ESPN, as well as her award-winning graphic memoir and children's book. They also delve into Tyler's creative process and the importance of authenticity in art. 🎨📚Episode Highlights:Tyler's journey as an artist and author (00:00:10-00:03:19)The role of illustration and writing in Tyler's work (00:03:31-00:04:20)Early experiences with drawing and connecting with others through art (00:05:23-00:06:19)The impact of the internet on Tyler's career (00:13:52-00:14:49)The importance of authenticity in art and creative pursuits (00:20:08-00:21:13)Tyler's focus on big feelings, feminism, and pop culture in her work (00:36:10-00:38:00)The inspiration behind Tyler's book "Are You Mad At Me?" (00:49:38-00:51:59)Key Takeaways:Tyler's work is deeply rooted in big feelings, feminism, and pop culture. 🌈👩‍🎨🌐The internet has played a significant role in Tyler's career, allowing her to connect with a wider audience. 🌐💻Tyler's focus on authenticity and personal experiences resonates with readers and viewers. 💖👁️"Are You Mad At Me?" explores social anxiety through a lighthearted and impactful narrative. 📘😅Check out Tyler Feder's books, "Dancing at the Pity Party" and "Bodies are Cool," and follow her on social media for more of her unique art and storytelling. 📖👣Website: tylerfeder.com 🌐Social Media Links:Facebook: Roaring Softly Illustration 🦁🎨Twitter: @roaringsoftly 🐦Instagram: tylerfeder 📷LinkedIn: Tyler Feder 🔗Hey there! If you enjoyed this episode and found value in the conversation with Tyler Feder, I have a small request for you.🗣️⭐First, I would love it if you could take a moment to rate and review this episode. Your feedback helps us improve and reach more listeners who would benefit from these conversations about arts, culture, and community. So, please leave a rating and share your thoughts in a review. ⭐🗣️Secondly, if you're able to support the podcast, I have a Patreon page where you can become a patron. By becoming a patron, you'll get access to exclusive bonus content, early episode releases, and other perks. Your support helps us continue creating and sharing these meaningful conversations. 🙏💼Thank you for being a part of the Truth in This Art community. Your engagement and support mean the world to us. 🌍🎙️ This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
63:12 3/20/24
Naomi Winston: Founder of Creative Representation Empire on the Power of Authentic Storytelling
In this episode of The Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee interviews Naomi Winston, founder and CEO of the Creative Representation Empire. They discuss Naomi's journey in creating coloring books that promote representation for Black and Brown communities, the importance of authenticity in storytelling, and the impact of her work on individuals and communities. 🎨📚Episode Highlights:Naomi introduces herself and shares the mission behind the Creative Representation Empire. [00:01:05]  🌟Naomi discusses her passion for writing and how it connects to her father's dream of becoming a writer. [00:04:05] ✍️The inspiration behind Naomi's first book and her motivation to start a publishing company. [00:05:09] 💡The impact of Naomi's HBCU experience on her approach to creativity and entrepreneurship. [00:09:17] 🎓Rob and Naomi discuss the challenges and triumphs of being a young publisher and entrepreneur. [00:13:36] 💼Naomi shares the lie she often tells herself and her journey towards finding balance and authenticity. [00:23:59] 🔄The impact of Naomi's coloring books on individuals and communities, including stories of parents using the books to discuss race with their children. [00:35:36] 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Naomi talks about problem-solving in her creative process and the importance of optimizing her workflow. [00:39:52] 🔍Key Takeaways:Naomi's coloring books provide representation and promote cultural curiosity for Black and Brown communities. 🌍Authentic storytelling is essential for creating mirrors of representation and fostering empathy and understanding. 💬Rest and self-care are crucial for success and should not be sacrificed in the pursuit of goals. 🛌Building a successful company requires optimizing processes and finding a balance between work and personal life. ⚖️Visit the Creative Representation Empire website to explore Naomi's coloring books and support her mission of promoting representation and cultural curiosity. 🌐Social Media Links:Instagram: naomi.winston33LinkedIn: Naomi WinstonYouTube: NW ImmortalizedWe hope you enjoyed this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast. If you found it insightful and inspiring, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review the episode on your favorite podcast platform. Your feedback helps us reach more listeners and continue to bring you engaging conversations at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 🎙️Additionally, if you would like to support the podcast and help us create more meaningful content, please consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution will directly contribute to the growth and sustainability of the show, allowing us to bring you even more thought-provoking episodes. 💡Thank you for your support and for being a part of our community. Together, we can make a difference through the power of storytelling and creativity. 🌟Stay tuned for more exciting episodes and remember to find your purpose! 🚀Rate and Review on Apple PodcastsSupport us on Patreon This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
51:03 3/15/24
Abisola Yelé Oladeinde : Exploring Fashion and The Yele stitches Story
In this captivating episode of The Truth In This Art, host Rob Lee sits down with the illustrious Nigerian-born fashion designer Abisola Oladeinde, who has made a name for herself in Baltimore's fashion scene. Together, they stitch a narrative that covers Abisola's inspiring journey from her roots in African iconography to her current status as a purveyor of runway chic. Gain insight into her creative process, from the initial inspiration to the meticulous execution of her designs. Abisola also shares the importance of collaboration in crafting her eye-catching collections and discusses the transformative power of fashion on personal confidence and self-expression. Additionally, the conversation delves into her innovative use of chains, adding a bold twist to her latest works. 🎙️👗✨Episode Highlights:Abisola discusses how African iconography influences her designs and how she incorporates traditional elements into contemporary fashion. (00:02:31 - 00:10:15)A deep dive into Abisola's creative process, from the initial idea to the final product showcased on the runway. (00:10:16 - 00:22:45)Exploring the importance of teamwork and partnerships in bringing a fashion collection to life. (00:22:46 - 00:35:30)Abisola shares her insights on how the right outfit can boost an individual's confidence and help express their identity. (00:35:31 - 00:45:00)An exclusive look into Abisola's innovative use of chains in her latest designs and the challenges and triumphs of this bold choice. (00:45:01 - 00:55:25)Abisola and Rob Lee discuss upcoming projects and final thoughts on the future of fashion and Abisola's brand. (01:05:01 - 01:10:00)Key Takeaways:Abisola approach showcases the rich cultural heritage of Africa while appealing to modern fashion sensibilities.The journey of design is complex and involves a series of evolutionary steps that culminate in a fashion show.Collaboration is key in fashion design, with teamwork being essential to bring a collection to fruition.Clothing has a significant impact on self-confidence and personal expression.Website: yelestitches.comSocial Media:Instagram: yelestitchesFacebook: Yelestitches CollectionLinkedIn: Yelé (Abisola) OladeindeIf you've been inspired by Abisola Oladeinde's incredible fashion journey and her unique blend of African iconography with modern style, don't miss out on the opportunity to dive deeper into her world. Visit her website and follow her on social media to stay updated on her latest designs and fashion shows. Your support means everything to creators like Abisola, who are reshaping the fashion landscape with their innovative ideas and dedication to cultural heritage.But don't stop there! Show your love for the insights and stories shared in this episode by taking a moment to rate and review. Your feedback not only helps us grow but also encourages more fascinating conversations like this one.🌟And if you want to play a part in bringing more of these engaging discussions to life, consider supporting our Patreon. Your contribution keeps the show running and allows us to continue highlighting the journeys of remarkable individuals like Abisola. So, head over to our Patreon page and become a part of our community today. Together, let's celebrate the transformative power of fashion and creativity! 🌟👏🌍 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
43:11 3/13/24
Andrea Specht & artist Whitney Simpkins : Crafting Perspectives with American Craft Council
Join host Rob Lee in an engaging episode of "The Truth in this Art," as he explores Baltimore's vibrant maker scene alongside Andrea Specht from the American Craft Council and ceramic artist Whitney Simpkins. Together, they dive deep into the essence of the American Craft Made Baltimore Marketplace, sharing their passion for the event and the tight-knit community it fosters among artists. With a personal flair, they also dish out their baking delights and go-to local eateries, all while underlining the significance of genuine, in-person connections within the art sphere. Tune in for a genuine and lively conversation that celebrates creativity and community.Episode HighlightsAndrea and Whitney's insights on Baltimore's art community [00:02:30] 🌟Excitement for the American Craft Made Baltimore Marketplace [00:10:45] 🎉Favorite baking delights: Japanese milk bread & pastries [00:18:20] 🍞The value of in-person communication for artists [00:25:50] 🗣️Preferred working hours: Post-lunch vs. early morning [00:33:10] 🕑Top Baltimore spots for a bite: Good Neighbor & Dutch Courage [00:40:15] 🍴Key takeaways:The importance of community and connection in the arts sceneDiscovering and supporting new artistic talent at local eventsPersonal preferences and routines can influence creative processesThe role of local businesses in fostering the arts cultureFace-to-face interactions remain crucial in the digital ageSocial Media:Instagram: akspecht, personalbestceramicsFacebook: Andrea Specht LinkedIn: Andrea Specht📣 Show your support for the arts! Visit Andrea Specht and Whitney Simpkins on their social media to see their amazing work. Don't forget to rate and review this episode of "The Truth in this Art," and if you love what you're hearing, consider supporting us on Patreon. Your support helps keep the conversation going! This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
53:17 3/11/24
L Penelope : Blending Creativity & Logic in Writing and Awesome Con 2024
In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," Rob Lee interviews Leslye Penelope, an award-winning author, to explore her journey as a writer and her passion for storytelling. Leslye discusses her background in film and computer science, her love for fantasy, paranormal, and romance genres, and shares insights into her writing process. They also touch upon the challenges of categorizing literature and the significance of community for creators. Additionally, the conversation includes a discussion about Awesome Con, shedding light on its relevance for creators and the artistic community.Key Insights and Facts:Leslye Penelope's background includes film and computer science, influencing her writing career.She has a passion for fantasy, paranormal, and romance genres, shaping the themes of her books.Leslye emphasizes the importance of decision-making and trusted feedback in her writing process.Authors face challenges with categorization in the literary world, impacting their work.Community support is crucial for writers and creators, providing valuable feedback and encouragement.The conversation includes insights about Awesome Con, highlighting its significance for creators and the artistic community.Leslye's social media links:Website: lpenelope.comTwitter: @leslyepenelopeInstagram: leslyepenelopeFacebook: Leslye/L. PenelopeLinkedIn: Leslye ReavesKey Takeaways:Embrace Your Unique Journey: Success in writing can stem from diverse backgrounds and experiences.The Writing Process is a Series of Decisions: Writing involves various decisions, from genre selection to incorporating feedback.Community and Feedback are Vital: Engaging with a supportive community and receiving feedback are essential for a writer's growth.Support the arts and connect with Leslye Penelope through her social media channels for more inspiring stories. Don't forget to rate and review the episode and consider supporting the podcast on Patreon. This episode of The Truth in This Art is proudly sponsored by Awesome Con. If you're in the Washington DC area, you won't want to miss out on this 3-day celebration of all things geeky!From March 8th to 10th, 2024, head over to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001. Awesome Con brings together over 70,000 fans for a fantastic lineup of stars from comics, movies, TV, toys, games, and more.If you're curious about past Awesome Con episodes, be sure to check out the archive of episodes. It's a great way to get a taste of what this convention is all about. So, mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of geek culture! ★ Support this podcast ★
47:22 3/8/24
Bethany C. Morrow: Speculative Fiction Author on Exploring Memory, Identity and Awesome Con 2024
In this episode, Rob Lee welcomes Bethany C. Morrow, a renowned speculative fiction author, to discuss the intersection of memory and identity in her work. Bethany shares insights into her writing process and the themes she explores in her novels.Episode Highlights:Bethany's journey as a writer and her early experiences with storytelling (00:00:10-00:12:04)The genesis of Bethany's book "Mem" and its exploration of memory and identity (00:32:10-00:47:04)Bethany's perspective on writing for different audiences and the considerations behind her work (00:26:54-00:30:33)Excitement for upcoming appearances at Awesome Con and the impact of speculative fiction on readers (00:42:18-00:50:43)Key Takeaways:Memory and identity are central themes in Bethany C. Morrow's work, reflecting on the importance of personal narratives.Writing for different audiences requires a thoughtful approach to storytelling and the intended impact on readers.Speculative fiction offers a unique lens to explore complex societal issues and personal experiences.Links to Bethany's Social Media:Website: bethanycmorrow.comX(Twitter): Bethany C. MorrowInstagram: bcmorrowFacebook: Bethany C MorrowVisit Bethany C. Morrow's website and social media profiles to explore more of her work, rate and review this episode, and support the podcast on Patreon. This episode of The Truth in This Art is proudly sponsored by Awesome Con. If you're in the Washington DC area, you won't want to miss out on this 3-day celebration of all things geeky!From March 8th to 10th, 2024, head over to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001. Awesome Con brings together over 70,000 fans for a fantastic lineup of stars from comics, movies, TV, toys, games, and more.If you're curious about past Awesome Con episodes, be sure to check out the archive of episodes. It's a great way to get a taste of what this convention is all about. So, mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of geek culture! ★ Support this podcast ★
62:04 3/7/24
Craig Rousseau : Comic Book Artist on Comics today and Awesome Con 2024
In this episode, Rob Lee sits down with Craig Rousseau, an acclaimed comic book artist, to delve into his journey in the world of comics, discussing his unique artistic flair and experiences working with Marvel, DC, and independent titles.Episode Highlights:Craig's childhood love for comics and journey into the world of art (00:00:10-00:05:42)The creative process behind comic book art and collaboration with writers (00:11:40-00:18:36)Insights on the evolving comic industry and the impact of technology (00:20:24-00:23:58)Excitement for Awesome Con 2024 and upcoming projects (00:32:52-00:36:36)Key Takeaways:Embrace feedback but stay true to your artistic vision.Collaborative partnerships can lead to innovative storytelling.Technology has revolutionized the comic industry, opening new avenues for creators.Links to Craig's Social Media:Website: craigrousseau.comX(twitter): craig rousseauInstagram: craigrousseauFacebook: craig rousseau draws comics! Visit Craig Rousseau's website and social media profiles to explore more of his work. Don't forget to rate and review this episode and support Rob Lee's Patreon. This episode of The Truth in This Art is proudly sponsored by Awesome Con. If you're in the Washington DC area, you won't want to miss out on this 3-day celebration of all things geeky!From March 8th to 10th, 2024, head over to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001. Awesome Con brings together over 70,000 fans for a fantastic lineup of stars from comics, movies, TV, toys, games, and more.If you're curious about past Awesome Con episodes, be sure to check out the archive of episodes. It's a great way to get a taste of what this convention is all about. So, mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of geek culture! ★ Support this podcast ★
43:15 3/6/24
Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Detroit-bred Interdisciplinary Artist on Redefining Black Mythologies
In this episode of Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee interviews Detroit-bred interdisciplinary artist Jamea Richmond-Edwards. They discuss her latest exhibition, Ancient Future, which explores Afrofuturism, Black mythologies, and the power of imagination. Jamea shares her journey as an artist, her inspirations, and the importance of decolonizing the mind. 🎨✨Episode Highlights:Jamea's background and her role as a cosmic stewardess. [00:01:03] 🚀🌌Moments and experiences that influenced Jamea's path as an artist. [00:02:16] 🎨🌟The impact of seeing Renee Cox's work and the importance of representation in art. [00:05:04] 🖼️✊The paradigm-shifting influence of Kanye West's album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. [00:07:13] 🎶🔀The importance of recognizing and embracing one's own genius and the brilliance of others. [00:08:45] 🌟🤝The significance of imagination and world-building in Jamea's work. [00:10:28] 🌍✨Jamea's exploration of dragons and genealogy in her art. [00:15:06] 🐉🧬The impact of pop culture and the need for authentic representation in various genres. [00:20:35] 🎬🎤The importance of research and information mining in Jamea's creative process. [00:23:08] 📚💡The value of time and the need to decolonize the mind in order to tap into creativity. [00:29:03] ⏳🧠The role of imagination in shaping the future and creating new narratives. [00:30:36] 🚀📖The need for Black imagination and the power of envisioning ourselves at our greatest. [00:36:04] ✊🌟The influence of imagination in various genres and the importance of cultivating it. [00:40:08] 🌈🌐The impact of imagination on representation and the role of Black creators in shaping the future. [00:45:38] 🎭👥Key Takeaways:Embrace your own genius and recognize the brilliance of others.Cultivate imagination and world-building to create new narratives.Tap into your own creativity and play your part in shaping the future.Challenge the dominant narratives and create authentic representation in all genres.Embrace the cyclical nature of time and trust in the power of imagination.Explore your own imagination and challenge the narratives that limit your creativity. Embrace your unique perspective and contribute to shaping the future through your art. 🎨🔮Websites:Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami 🏛️jamearichmondedwards.comSocial Media Links:Facebook: jamea richmond-edwardsInstagram: jamearichmondedwardsTwitter: @Jameaart LinkedIn: Jamea Richmond-Edwards👂🌟Hey there! If you enjoyed this episode and found it insightful, I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review it. Your feedback helps me improve and reach more listeners who can benefit from these conversations. 🌟👂Additionally, if you'd like to support the podcast and help me continue bringing you engaging content, please consider becoming a patron on Patreon. Your contribution will go a long way in sustaining the show and allowing me to bring on more fascinating guests. 🙏💼Thank you for your support and for being a part of The Truth in This Art community! 🎙️🎉 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
69:07 3/4/24
Raeghan Buchanan: A Conversation on 'The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero' and Her Artistic Journey
In this episode, host Rob Lee welcomes Raeghan, a talented artist who delves into the history of black punk rock through her comics. They discuss Raeghan's artistic journey, the inspiration behind her work, and the importance of representation in the music scene. 🎨🎸Episode Highlights:Raeghan's early influences and passion for drawing - 00:00:10The inspiration behind "The Secret History of Black Punk" comics - 00:00:31Raeghan's experience growing up and discovering her love for art, music, and comics - 00:03:04The significance of highlighting black punk bands in Raeghan's work - 00:14:01The process of researching and building out the comic series - 00:17:24The impact of Raeghan's work on the community and representation in the arts - 00:42:25Key Takeaways:Community support in creativity is vital for growth and collaboration. 🌱🤝Recognition of challenges faced by Black women in the arts is crucial. 👩🏿‍🎨Uncovering hidden narratives, like Black contributions to music, promotes inclusivity. 🎶📚Social Media Links:Website: www.peppermintraygun.comInstagram: peppermint_raygun🎙️🌟Visit Raeghan's website and social media to explore more of her artwork and comics. Don't forget to rate and review this episode and consider supporting the podcast on Patreon. 🌟🎙️ This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
55:58 3/1/24
Dr. David O. Fakunle: Using Storytelling to Address Issues of Race and Mental Health
In this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee interviews Dr. David O. Fakunle, a Baltimore native and self-described mercenary for change. They discuss the power of storytelling in addressing issues of race and mental health, Dr. Fakunle's personal journey, and the importance of authenticity in storytelling. 🎙️🌍Episode Highlights:Introduction to Dr. David O. Fakunle and his work as a mercenary for change. (00:00:10-00:00:30) 🎤Dr. Fakunle's upbringing in a family of creatives and the influence of his mother and godparents. (00:02:06-00:04:54) 🏡👩‍👧‍👦The revelation of using storytelling in a public health context. (00:05:25-00:06:39) 💡The concept of being a mercenary for change and the importance of authenticity in storytelling. (00:09:28-00:11:48) 💪📖The role of storytelling in understanding, addressing, and dismantling complex racial issues. (00:30:05-00:36:04) 📚🤝Key Takeaways:Storytelling is a powerful tool for addressing issues of race and mental health. 🗣️💬Authenticity is crucial in storytelling, allowing individuals to share their truth and be unapologetic about their experiences. 🙌Storytelling can humanize individuals and challenge stereotypes and stigmas associated with addiction and mental health. 🌐❤️Qualitative research and storytelling provide a more comprehensive understanding of health issues compared to quantitative data alone. 📊📚Visit Dr. David O. Fakunle's website to learn more about his work and upcoming projects. 🌐🔗Social Media Links:Facebook: DiscoverME/RecoverMEInstagram: discovermerecovermeLinkedIn: David Fakunle, Ph.D.Hey there, amazing listeners! We hope you enjoyed this insightful episode with Dr. David O. Fakunle. Now, we have a small request for you. 🙏📝🌟 If you found this episode valuable and thought-provoking, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review the podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach more people who can benefit from these important conversations at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 🌟📝Additionally, if you would like to support the podcast and help us continue bringing you engaging content, please consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution will directly contribute to the production and growth of the show. 🤝💰Thank you for being a part of our community and for your continued support. Together, we can make a difference through storytelling and fostering understanding. 🌈🤗 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
83:06 2/28/24
Maxx Myrick: DC Radio General Manager on Building Successful Stations and the Future of Broadcasting
Join host Rob Lee as he sits down with Maxx Myrick, Marconi and Billboard Award-winning on-air personality and radio programmer, to discuss the challenges and successes of building successful radio stations, the impact of consolidation on the industry, and the future of podcasting. Maxx shares insights into the power of social media and the internet in reaching and engaging with audiences, as well as the importance of authenticity and consistency in content creation. Tune in to gain valuable insights into the radio industry and the future of podcasting from a seasoned industry expert. 🎙️📻🌐Episode Highlights:Maxx Myrick's early experiences with radio and his love for music. [00:05:08-00:05:30] 🎶The challenges and successes of building and managing radio stations. [00:19:19-00:20:53] 🏢The power of social media and the internet in reaching and engaging with audiences. [00:32:05-00:32:48] 📱💻The importance of authenticity and consistency in content creation. [00:35:12-00:35:53] 🤝🔄The impact of consolidation on the radio industry and the need for independent platforms. [00:43:00-00:44:04] 📢💼Key Takeaways:The internet and social media provide opportunities for independent creators to reach and engage with audiences. 🌐👥Authenticity and consistency are key to building and maintaining an audience. 🤲🔄Jazz and blues music are the foundation of American music and continue to influence and inspire artists today. 🎷🎸Follow Maxx Myrick on social media for updates on his latest projects and insights into the radio industry.Website: myrickmedia.comSocial Media Links:Facebook: Maxx Myrick 📘 Instagram: maxxmyrick 📷LinkedIn: Maxx Myrick 🔗🗣️ 🌟 Did you enjoy this episode of The Truth in This Art? We would love to hear your feedback! Please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on your favorite platform. Your reviews help us reach more listeners and continue to bring you great conversations at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 🌟🗣️And if you want to show your support for the podcast, consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution helps us cover production costs and bring you even more engaging content. Every little bit counts! 🙌💸Thank you for being a part of our community and for tuning in to The Truth in This Art. We appreciate your support and look forward to bringing you more exciting episodes in the future .🎉🔊 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
61:31 2/23/24
Shawn Peters: A Cinematographer's Perspective on Beauty and Objects
In this episode of The Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee delves into the world of cinematographer Shawn Peters. They discuss Shawn's journey from aspiring journalist to filmmaker, his influences and inspirations, and his experiences working on various projects. From his early moments of realizing the power of media to his current work in the commercial world, Shawn shares insights and lessons learned along the way. 🎥🌟Episode Highlights:Shawn's early admiration for Bill Cosby and the importance of media (00:03:47-00:04:41)Discovering his passion for cinematography and photography (00:09:01-00:11:22)The challenges and triumphs of working on big-budget projects (00:15:26-00:20:56)Overcoming imposter syndrome and finding confidence in his craft (00:19:00-00:20:50)The importance of creating a safe and nurturing space on set (00:43:22-00:44:45)Key Takeaways:Pursue your passions and don't let age or circumstances hold you back. 🚀Lead with love, patience, and calmness to create a productive and creative environment. ❤️🧘‍♂️Problem-solving is essential in the fast-paced world of cinematography. 🔍🎬Visit Shawn Peters' website for updates on his latest projects and creative endeavors. 🌐Social Media:X: @shawnpetersInstagram: shawnpeezieLinkedIn: Shawn PetersIf you enjoyed this episode with Shawn Peters and found his journey and insights inspiring, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review the podcast. Your feedback helps us reach more listeners and continue to bring you engaging conversations at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 🙏Also, if you'd like to support the podcast and gain access to exclusive content, please consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution helps us cover production costs and bring you even more amazing episodes. 💰Thank you for your support and for being a part of The Truth in This Art community! 🎉 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
48:11 2/21/24
Grouchy Greg Watkins: Founder of AllHipHop.com on Building a Resilient Brand in Hip-Hop
In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee sits down with Grouchy Greg Watkins, the founder of AllHipHop.com. They discuss Grouchy Greg's journey in the entertainment industry, the founding of AllHipHop.com, and the importance of authenticity and integrity in journalism. Grouchy Greg shares stories of breaking major news stories in the hip-hop industry and the challenges of staying true to their journalistic principles in a rapidly changing media landscape. 🎙️🎤Episode Highlights:Grouchy Greg's early fascination with technology and his journey into the entertainment industry. [00:02:26-00:06:01]The founding of AllHipHop.com and its role in shaping the landscape of hip-hop journalism. [00:06:17-00:12:18]Breaking major news stories, including the murder of Jam Master Jay and the shooting of Tupac. [00:20:51-00:25:08]Maintaining the integrity and reputation of AllHipHop.com in a world of clickbait and sensationalism. [00:27:27-00:30:10]Grouchy Greg's journey of sobriety and the importance of self-improvement. [00:40:52-00:45:01]Key Takeaways:The importance of authenticity and integrity in journalism, especially in the hip-hop industry. 📰The power of breaking news and the responsibility that comes with it. 💥The challenges of staying true to journalistic principles in a rapidly changing media landscape. 🔄The impact of rejection and the importance of self-reflection and self-improvement. 🧠Visit allhiphop.com to stay up-to-date with the latest news and stories in the world of hip-hop. 🎶 Social Media:X: Grouchy GregInstagram: grouchygregLinkedIn: Grouchy Greg WatkinsHey there, amazing listeners! We hope you enjoyed this insightful episode with Grouchy Greg Watkins. Now, we have a small request for you. If you found value in this conversation, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review this episode. Your feedback helps us improve and reach more people who can benefit from these conversations at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 🙏Additionally, if you'd like to show your support and help us continue creating engaging content, please consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution will directly contribute to the growth and sustainability of this podcast, allowing us to bring you more inspiring stories and thought-provoking discussions. 💡🌟 Thank you for being a part of our community and for your continued support. Together, we can make a difference in the world of arts and culture. 🌟 The Truth In This Art is not just about exploring art, culture, and community—it's a platform that actively engages with them. Whether you're discovering the vibrant arts scene in and around your community or tasting the local flavors at Foraged, you're immersed in the heartbeat of Baltimore. Located in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, foraged. a hyper-seasonal eatery where Chef Chris Amendola serves farm-fresh seasonal plates alongside beer & wine, all in an atmosphere as warm and inviting as our podcast conversations. The space, adorned with greenery, mirrors the eatery's commitment to local and seasonal ingredients, a philosophy that's deeply rooted in the natural world—just like the authentic stories we explore on the podcast. It's a full-circle community experience, even featuring a signature cocktail named after Rob Lee. With Chef Amendola being a frequent guest on our show, the partnership illuminates the rich intersections of arts, culture, and community that we both celebrate. Discover more at foragedeatery.com. ★ Support this podcast ★
64:26 2/16/24
DC-based Podcaster Ronald Young Jr. shares his podcasting journey and the power of storytelling
In this episode of The Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee interviews Ronald Young Jr., a critically acclaimed audio producer, host, storyteller, and pop culture enthusiast. They discuss Ronald's journey in storytelling, his early experiences with audio production, and his passion for vulnerable and impactful storytelling. 🎙📚🎧Episode Highlights:Ronald's earliest memories of storytelling in church and his love for movies and television. [00:02:09-00:02:23] 🕰️📖🎥How Ronald's interest in audio storytelling developed through programs like Adventures in Odyssey and The Big Broadcast. [00:04:10-00:04:21] 📻🎙️Ronald's journey in audio production, from working in radio to starting his own podcasts. [00:05:27-00:05:48] 🎤🎧🎙️The importance of vulnerability and emotional growth in storytelling. [00:22:15-00:22:25] 💔💡Ronald's experience with live storytelling shows and the power of effective storytelling mechanics. [00:25:10-00:25:20] 🎤🎭The challenges and rewards of being an independent podcaster and the importance of staying true to your vision. [00:34:37-00:34:47] 🌟💼Key Takeaways:Effective storytelling involves taking the audience on a journey of emotional growth and transformation. 🔄📈The power of audio storytelling lies in immersing the listener and allowing them to make their own connections and interpretations. 🎧💭It's important to stay true to your vision and not compromise your storytelling style for the sake of others' expectations. 🚀🎨Check out Ronald Young Jr.'s podcasts, Leaving the Theater and Weight For It, for engaging and thought-provoking storytelling.Social Media:Website: ohitsbigron.com 🌐Instagram: ohitsbigron 📸Twitter: @OhitsBIGRON 🐦LinkedIn: Ronald Young Jr. 👔I hope you enjoyed this episode of The Truth in This Art. If you found value in our conversation and want to show your support, there are a couple of ways you can help us out. 🙌🌟First, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review this episode. Your feedback and reviews not only help us improve, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community of arts, culture, and community enthusiasts. 🌟📝Secondly, if you're able and willing, we have a Patreon page where you can support the show financially. Your contributions will go towards covering production costs, improving the quality of the podcast, and bringing you even more engaging content. 💰🎙️Thank you so much for being a part of our journey and for your continued support. We truly appreciate each and every one of you. Together, let's keep spreading the truth in art! 🌈🎨 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
63:31 2/14/24
Derrick Whitfield Sr.: The Go-To Graphic Designer Discusses Afrofuturism and the Challenges of Being a Black Designer
Join host Rob Lee as he sits down with Derrick Whitfield Sr., a Navy veteran and go-to graphic designer for unconventional brands. They discuss Derrick's passion for design, his love for comics and pop culture, and how Afrofuturism influences his work. Discover the challenges and rewards of being a black designer in a predominantly white industry, and gain insights into the creative process and the importance of authenticity in branding. 🎙🎨Episode Highlights:Derrick's introduction and self-perception. [00:02:06] 🌟Recognizing an interest in art and creativity. [00:05:59] 🎨Balancing creativity and a career in the Navy. [00:09:59] ⚓ The influence of pop culture and Afrofuturism in Derrick's work. [00:20:27] 🌌The value of graphic design in a world of AI and Canva. [00:23:46]💻Collaborating with clients and the importance of authenticity. [00:28:09] 🤝Challenges and rewards of being a black designer. [00:32:09] 🏆Balancing artistic values and business considerations. [00:38:09] 🎭Key Takeaways:Derrick's journey as a graphic designer was influenced by his love for comics, pop culture, and Afrofuturism. 🚀Authenticity and listening to clients' dreams and visions are crucial in the creative process. 👂🎨Being a black designer in a predominantly white industry comes with challenges, but also offers freedom and the opportunity to make a lasting impact. ✊🌍Collaboration and understanding clients' needs are essential for successful projects. 🤝The value of graphic design goes beyond aesthetics and can help businesses stand out in a competitive market. 💼Visit Derrick Whitfield Sr.'s website to learn more about his work and how he can help your brand stand out with unconventional graphic design.Website: whitfielddesignsco.com 🌐Social Media Links:Facebook: Whitfield Designs  📘 Instagram: whitfielddesigns 📸LinkedIn: Derrick Whitfield Sr. 🔗🌟🙏 We hope you enjoyed this episode of "The Truth in This Art" with Derrick Whitfield Sr. If you found value in this conversation and want to show your support, we kindly ask you to take a moment to rate and review the podcast. Your feedback helps us reach more listeners and continue sharing these great stories. 🙏🌟Additionally, if you'd like to further support the podcast and gain access to exclusive content, we invite you to consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution helps us cover production costs and bring you even more engaging episodes. 🎙💖Thank you for being a part of our community and helping us grow. We appreciate your support!Stay tuned for more inspiring conversations and stories on "The Truth in This Art." 🎧🎨 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
52:13 2/12/24
Stevan Smith: Bridging Connections as a Black Media Professional in Content Creation
In this episode of The Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee engages in a conversation with Stevan Smith, a seasoned public media professional. They discuss Stevan's journey in the industry, his love for radio, and the importance of representation in podcasting. 🎙️🔊 Episode Highlights:Stevan's background in jazz radio and his journey in public media (00:00:21) 🎷📻Stevan's experience working in the radio industry and the impact of his mentors (00:01:17) 🎙️🤝Stevan's early influences in music and his love for soul, R&B, and hip hop (00:05:44) 🎵❤️The connection between hip-hop and jazz music and Stevan's decision to pursue a career in radio broadcasting (00:06:08) 🎶📻Stevan's internship at WEAA and his experience hosting the Strictly Hip Hop show (00:09:46) 🎤🎧Stevan's transition to WBGO and his role as traffic manager (00:19:30) 🚗🎙️Stevan's move to WNYC and his role as assistant program director (00:23:05) 🏙️🎚️Stevan's decision to become the chief content officer at WBGO and his goals for the station (00:25:28) 🤔📈The challenges and opportunities in the podcasting industry and the importance of representation (00:28:41) 🎤🌍Stevan's podcasting project, My Little Podcast, and his focus on highlighting diverse content creators (00:39:43) 🌈Key Takeaways:The journey of Stevan Smith, from interning at WEAA to becoming the Chief Content Officer at WBGO, showcases the importance of gaining hands-on experience and staying committed to one's passion. 🚀The podcasting industry is oversaturated, but creating meaningful and relatable content can still attract a loyal audience. 🌐Stamina and consistency are key in podcasting, as well as understanding and catering to the needs of the target audience. ⏰Check out Stevan Smith's podcast, My Little Podcast, to hear inspiring interviews with creative individuals from diverse backgrounds.Website: stevansmith.comSocial Media Links:Facebook: Stevan SmithInstagram: stevan_radiowavTwitter: @Stevan_RadioWavLinkedIn: Stevan Smith🌟 If you enjoyed this episode of The Truth in This Art and found it insightful, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review the podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach more listeners who can benefit from these conversations at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 🌟Additionally, if you would like to support the podcast and help us continue bringing you engaging content, please consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution will go a long way in sustaining the show and allowing us to bring you even more amazing guests and discussions.Thank you for your support and for being a part of The Truth in This Art community! 🙌* this interview was conducted in December 2023. This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
62:36 2/9/24
Lisa Durden: Challenges as a Black Female Producer in Media and Entertainment
In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee sits down with Lisa Durden, a sought-after television personality, pop culture commentator, content creator, celebrity blogger, and motivational speaker. Lisa shares her journey in the media industry, from being an on-camera host to becoming a producer and filmmaker. She discusses the challenges she has faced as a Black woman in the industry and the importance of telling authentic stories. 🎙🎥🌟Episode Highlights:Lisa's background in journalism and her transition into producing (00:01:54-00:02:49) 📰🔄The incident that inspired Lisa to start producing her own content (00:03:00-00:05:10) 💡🎬Lisa's experience as a freelance producer and her recent projects (00:05:43-00:07:38) 💼🎞The struggles and challenges of being a Black woman in the industry (00:18:44-00:19:54) 👩🏿‍🦱🚧The importance of authenticity and genuine storytelling (00:25:38-00:26:48) 📖🗣Key Takeaways:Racism in the industry is not always overt but can manifest in subtle ways, such as renaming organizations or underestimating the value of Black stories. 🤔🚫The journey in the media industry can be challenging, with constant proving of oneself and the struggle to find consistent work. 🌍💼Building genuine connections and mutually beneficial relationships is essential in the industry. 🤝🌐It is important to stay true to oneself and not rely on external validation or expectations. 💪🏽🚀If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to check out Lisa Durden's work and support her projects. Follow her on social media and stay updated on her latest endeavors.🌐👇Website: lisadurden.comSocial Media LinksFacebook: Lisa DurdenInstagram: lisardurdenTwitter: @LisardurdenLinkedIn: Lisa DurdenYouTube: Lisa DurdenIf you enjoyed this episode and found value in the conversation, I kindly ask you to take a moment to rate and review it. Your feedback helps us improve and reach more listeners who can benefit from these conversations at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 🌟📝Additionally, if you'd like to support the ongoing production of this podcast and gain access to exclusive content, please consider becoming a patron on Patreon. Your contribution goes a long way in helping us continue to bring you engaging and thought-provoking episodes. 🎙💖Thank you for your support and for being a part of our community. Together, we can keep spreading the truth in art! 🙌🎨 This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. If you have a story about art, culture, or community, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on 'The Truth In This Art' podcast.Follow The Truth In This Art on Twitter, Threads, IG, and Facebook @truthinthisart Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.About "The Truth In This Art""The Truth In This Art," hosted by Rob Lee, is a podcast that explores the essence of creativity and its community impact, amplifying artists' voices and their profound stories.Connect with me:Website | Twitter | Instagram Support the show:Merch from Redbubble | Make a Donation  ★ Support this podcast ★
73:37 2/2/24
Current Space: Empowering Baltimore Artists with Julianne Hamilton and Michael Benevento
In this episode of The Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee interviews Julianne Hamilton and Michael Benevento, co-directors of Current Space, a prominent art hub in Baltimore. They discuss their roles in shaping the art scene, the mission of Current Space, and the impact of their work on the local and international art community. 🎨🌐Episode Highlights:Julianne and Michael introduce themselves and their roles at Current Space. (00:00:10-00:02:55) 👋They share their early experiences with art and how it influenced their careers. (00:03:05-00:09:28) 🎨💼The duo discusses the mission and impact of Current Space in supporting local artists and fostering community engagement. (00:11:54-00:21:59)  🤝🏙️They talk about the advantages of being located in the Bromo Arts District and the growth and development of the area. (00:24:28-00:26:42) 🏢📈Julianne and Michael share the skills they have acquired while running Current Space, including event planning, building maintenance, and navigating permits and licenses. (00:35:27-00:43:24) 📅🔧📑They discuss their plans for the future, including upcoming exhibitions, performances, and collaborations. (00:44:54-00:46:14) 🎤🎨Key Takeaways:Current Space is a gallery, performance space, and artist hub located in the Bromo Arts District of Baltimore. 🏛️🎭The organization supports local artists and fosters community engagement through exhibitions, performances, and events. 🤝🎨🎉Julianne and Michael have acquired various skills, including event planning, building maintenance, and navigating permits and licenses, to keep Current Space running smoothly.  🛠️📋The duo is excited about the upcoming season and the opportunity to bring back established programming while also introducing new events and collaborations. 🌟🔄Visit the Current Space website or follow them on Instagram to stay updated on upcoming exhibitions, performances, and events.Social Media Links:Facebook: Current Space Instagram: currentspaceTwitter: @CurrentSpace🌟🎙️If you enjoyed this episode of The Truth in This Art, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review the podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach more people who might enjoy the show. 🎙️🌟Additionally, if you want to show your support and help us continue creating great content, consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution will go a long way in supporting the podcast and allowing us to bring you more engaging conversations with artists and creators. 🤝💖Thank you for your support and for being a part of The Truth in This Art community! 🙌🎨 The Truth In This Art is not just about exploring art, culture, and community—it's a platform that actively engages with them. Whether you're discovering the vibrant arts scene in and around your community or tasting the local flavors at Foraged, you're immersed in the heartbeat of Baltimore. Located in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, foraged. a hyper-seasonal eatery where Chef Chris Amendola serves farm-fresh seasonal plates alongside beer & wine, all in an atmosphere as warm and inviting as our podcast conversations. The space, adorned with greenery, mirrors the eatery's commitment to local and seasonal ingredients, a philosophy that's deeply rooted in the natural world—just like the authentic stories we explore on the podcast. It's a full-circle community experience, even featuring a signature cocktail named after Rob Lee. With Chef Amendola being a frequent guest on our show, the partnership illuminates the rich intersections of arts, culture, and community that we both celebrate. Discover more at foragedeatery.com. ★ Support this podcast ★
60:38 1/31/24
Larry Lancaster: A Baltimore Comedy Legend Discusses Mastering Authenticity
Join host Rob Lee as he sits down with the dynamic comedian, actor, model, and radio show host, Larry Lancaster. Larry shares his journey into comedy, the importance of authenticity in his performances, and the challenges of navigating controversial topics. Don't miss this insightful and entertaining conversation! 🎙️😂Episode Highlights:Larry's background and his various roles in the entertainment industry. [00:01:40] 🌟Larry's childhood experiences and how they shaped his comedic skills. [00:04:57] 🤣Larry's first time performing stand-up comedy and his early influences. [00:09:21] 🎤The science and art of comedy and the importance of authenticity. [00:15:46] 🎨Navigating controversial topics and the role of skill level in comedy. [00:20:24] 🤔Larry's process for developing material and the importance of being present on stage. [00:26:45] 📝Addressing the changing landscape of what is considered controversial in comedy. [00:30:50] 🔄Larry's persona on stage versus his real-life personality. [00:36:42] 🎭Balancing multiple roles and prioritizing what's important in life. [00:40:04] ⚖️Key Takeaways:Comedy is a science and an art form that requires skill, preparation, and the ability to connect with the audience. 🧑‍🎤🎭Authenticity is crucial in comedy, and the ability to navigate controversial topics comes with experience and skill. 🚀Prioritizing what's important in life and finding a balance between work and personal life is essential for overall well-being. 🔄💼Follow Larry Lancaster on social media for updates on his shows and performances. Tune in to "Throwback Saturdays with Larry Lancaster and Mike Nice" on WEAA 88.9 FM or stream it on weaa.org for great music and engaging discussions.Social Media Links:Facebook: Larry LancasterInstagram: comedianlarrylancasterTwitter: @laughinwitlarryLinkedIn: Larry Lancaster👍 🌟 If you enjoyed this episode with Larry Lancaster and found it insightful and entertaining, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review the podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach a broader audience. So, please leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts, follow us on Spotify, and comment on the YouTube channel. 🌟👍Additionally, if you want to show your support and help us continue to bring you more amazing content, consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page. Your contribution goes a long way in keeping this podcast growing and thriving. 💪🎉Thank you for being a part of our community and for your continued support. Let's keep sharing, commenting, and spreading the word about this podcast. Together, we can make a difference! 🌐🙌 The Truth In This Art is not just about exploring art, culture, and community—it's a platform that actively engages with them. Whether you're discovering the vibrant arts scene in and around your community or tasting the local flavors at Foraged, you're immersed in the heartbeat of Baltimore. Located in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, foraged. a hyper-seasonal eatery where Chef Chris Amendola serves farm-fresh seasonal plates alongside beer & wine, all in an atmosphere as warm and inviting as our podcast conversations. The space, adorned with greenery, mirrors the eatery's commitment to local and seasonal ingredients, a philosophy that's deeply rooted in the natural world—just like the authentic stories we explore on the podcast. It's a full-circle community experience, even featuring a signature cocktail named after Rob Lee. With Chef Amendola being a frequent guest on our show, the partnership illuminates the rich intersections of arts, culture, and community that we both celebrate. Discover more at foragedeatery.com. ★ Support this podcast ★
49:07 1/26/24
Rob Lee Takes the Hot Seat : Flipping the Tables with Wordsmith
In this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee is interviewed by Wordsmith. They discuss Rob's journey into podcasting, his most inspiring and weirdest guests, the role of podcasting in society, and his plans for the future of the podcast. Tune in to hear Rob's insights and experiences as a podcaster. 🎙️Episode Highlights:Introduction to the podcast and the special interview with Rob Lee [00:00:10]Wordsmith takes over as the guest host and asks Rob about his passion for podcasting [00:01:38]Rob shares his journey into podcasting and the inspiration behind The Truth in His Art podcast [00:03:19]Rob discusses his most inspiring guest, Rebecca Hoffberger, and the unique interview experience [00:08:59]The best and weirdest guest, and the stream-of-consciousness interview [00:10:37]The role of podcasting as an alternative to FM and AM radio, and the freedom it offers [00:16:17]Rob's legacy and the impact he wants to make through his podcast [00:19:02]The accessibility and low cost of entry into podcasting [00:21:38]Rob's plans for the podcast in 2024, including curated and hyper-focused episodes [00:22:11]Spreading the podcast to other cities and showcasing talent from different communities [00:28:04]Wordsmith expresses gratitude and appreciation for Rob's contributions to the podcasting community [00:34:02]Key Takeaways:Rob's passion for podcasting stems from his desire to showcase underrepresented talent and communities.The podcasting medium offers freedom and independence for creators to express themselves authentically.Podcasting provides a low-cost entry point for anyone with a good idea and a desire to share their voice.Rob plans to curate more focused and serialized episodes in 2024, highlighting specific themes and cities.The podcasting community is grateful for Rob's contributions and the opportunities he provides for emerging and established artists. 🌟Subscribe to The Truth in This Art podcast to stay updated on future episodes and join the conversation about art, creativity, and community. 🎨Social Media Links:Instagram: truthinthisart, wordsmithmusic 📸Twitter: @truthinthisart, @Wordsmith 🐦LinkedIn: Rob Lee, Wordsmith (Anthony Parker) 🔗You may check out the previous episode with Wordsmith here.We hope you enjoyed this special episode of The Truth in This Art featuring an interview with our very own host, Rob Lee. Now, we have a small request for you. If you loved this episode and the podcast as a whole, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform. Your feedback and support mean the world to us and help us reach more people who can benefit from these inspiring conversations. 🌍Additionally, if you want to take your support to the next level, consider becoming a patron of The Truth in This Art on Patreon. By joining our Patreon community, you'll gain access to exclusive bonus content, behind-the-scenes updates, and the opportunity to connect with Rob and other like-minded individuals. Your contribution will directly support the growth and sustainability of the podcast, allowing us to continue bringing you thought-provoking interviews and shining a light on underrepresented voices. 🌈Thank you for being a part of our journey and for your continued support. Together, let's make 2024 an incredible year for The Truth in This Art! 🚀Stay inspired! ✨ The Truth In This Art is not just about exploring art, culture, and community—it's a platform that actively engages with them. Whether you're discovering the vibrant arts scene in and around your community or tasting the local flavors at Foraged, you're immersed in the heartbeat of Baltimore. Located in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, foraged. a hyper-seasonal eatery where Chef Chris Amendola serves farm-fresh seasonal plates alongside beer & wine, all in an atmosphere as warm and inviting as our podcast conversations. The space, adorned with greenery, mirrors the eatery's commitment to local and seasonal ingredients, a philosophy that's deeply rooted in the natural world—just like the authentic stories we explore on the podcast. It's a full-circle community experience, even featuring a signature cocktail named after Rob Lee. With Chef Amendola being a frequent guest on our show, the partnership illuminates the rich intersections of arts, culture, and community that we both celebrate. Discover more at foragedeatery.com. ★ Support this podcast ★
36:29 1/20/24

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