Must see places in Amsterdam

Must see places in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is by far one of my favorite cities to visit I mean it has everything. It is on water, has amazing museums, restaurants and of course weed and the Red Light District!!! Believe it or not that is just scratching the surface.

My Top Brunch List

My Top Brunch List

It’s the weekend! Happy Sunday! How many of you guys go out to brunch on the weekend? Check out my top Brunch Playlist! Houston Brunch spots are guaranteed to play these three songs 😂 What’s on your brunch playlist?

Speaking of brunch what do you like to drink? Check out the video below featuring a local mobile bartending service K Dot Kocktails

Online Businesses that require little to no money

Online Businesses that require little to no money

Drop shipping, blogging, online video, information products and affiliate marketing. What are you waiting for? Get started!!!

Watch the video below and learn how B. Doo Designs turned struggle into success!

Going live – Traveling through Amsterdam

Going live – Traveling through Amsterdam

Yea you don’t want to miss this!!! 🔥🔥🔥 I’ll give you info on museums, restaurants, vibes and more. Don’t worry I’m definitely going to talk about the red light district, coffeeshops and popular venues.

It’s going down at 7 pm c.s.t on Instagram @7MinutesWithQ

Meet B.Doo Designs

Meet B.Doo Designs

Jai Bailey – a Native Houstonian, Owner and Creator of B. Doo Designs, custom bag and tote line. MBA graduate of Prairie View A&M and full-time HR Analyst within the Oil and Sector where I have been for the last 13 years. I bring over 20 years in Human Resources and recently launched my first business venture last year during the global pandemic. I am a mother of one son, Tyler, a sister to 2, and a friend to many.

Meet K Dot Kocktails

Meet K Dot Kocktails

K. Nicole Turner, 42 years old mother of 2 teenage boys. A degrees accountant and a TABC bartender. I also am 1/2 owner of total Knockout Financial Solutions. As a mixologist I enjoy crafting signature drinks for my clients. K Dot Kocktails caters to intimate and large events alike. 

Follow and Listen

Follow and Listen

New episodes added weekly check ’em out below!!!

Trailer: Check out the new designs from B. Doo Designs

Trailer: Check out the new designs from B. Doo Designs

Jai Bailey Owner of B.Doo Designs shows off some new products she has out now and coming this year! Jai Bailey – a Native Houstonian, Owner and Creator of B. Doo Designs, custom bag and tote line. 

🚨 Full episode drops here tomorrow at 7:30 pm c.s.t. 🚨

Trailer: Craziest thing that has happened while mobile bartending from K Dot Kocktails

Trailer: Craziest thing that has happened while mobile bartending

K. Nicole Turner shares the wildest story she’s experienced as a Entrepreneur on The 7 Minutes with Q Podcast. K. Nicole Turner, 42 years old mother of 2 teenage boys. A degrees accountant and a TABC bartender. I also am 1/2 owner of total Knockout Financial Solutions. As a mixologist I enjoy crafting signature drinks for my clients. K Dot Kocktails caters to intimate and large events alike. Tomorrow she’ll share more about her signature drinks and her journey as an accountant and bartender.

🚨 FULL EPISODE AVAILABLE HERE TOMORROW AT 7 PM C.S.T. 🚨

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!

Here are some tips for a successful week. Let’s make April a great month! 

1 = Seek out knowledge rather than focusing on only results.

2 = Protect yourself from burnout. Take time to rest.

3 = Know your three steps forward. Note when you will do what and how.

4 = Learn to focus on what is important and hold yourself accountable.

🚨 Join us… 🚨

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Do you have some down time today?Check out my conversation with Salandra Grice about Conscious Education and more…

Do you have some down time today? Check out my conversation with Salandra Grice below:

Salandra Grice and The 7 Minutes with Q Podcast

Salandra Grice is a teacher-educator, the author of the book The Conscious Educator: Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers and Schools, and the founder of Conscious Education Consulting, LLC. Conscious Education Consulting is a professional development provider for teachers and schools in culturally responsive, equity-based, and anti-racist/anti-bias teaching practices. Specializing in upsetting inequity in education, Conscious Education Consulting works with K-12 educators across the country to ensure they can create more positive and equitable learning experiences which embrace, empower, educate, and include, every student, every day!
A fierce and unapologetic advocate for equity in schools, Salandra wears many hats and collaborates with other educators and equity advocates in their pursuit of justice in education. She is one of the co-founders of the Color CodED Community, the host of The Conscious Educator podcast, an Associate Editor for The Lighthouse Almanac, a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University, an emerging scholar with publications in peer-reviewed journals, and a soon-to-be two-time published author with the release of her much-anticipated second book Embrace, Empower, Educate, and Include: Four Principles of Equity for Conscious Educators and Schools coming at the end of 2021. However, her greatest joy comes from being the mother of two beautiful and phenomenal Black children, Layla and Cam, who challenge her to be the best version of herself each and every day. 

New episodes added daily

New episodes added daily

My podcast 7 minutes with Q has a little bit of everything for everyone. Join the discussions today, click the link in my bio!


Going live tonight… 7:30 pm cst

Going live tonight… 7:30 pm cst – Meet Jai Bailey of B. Doo Designs

Let’s talk with B. Doo Designs Owner and Chief Design Steward

Jai Bailey – a Native Houstonian, Owner and Creator of B. Doo Designs, custom bag and tote line. MBA graduate of Prairie View A&M and full-time HR Analyst within the Oil and Sector where I have been for the last 13 years. I bring over 20 years in Human Resources and recently launched my first business venture last year during the global pandemic. I am a mother of one son, Tyler, a sister to 2, and a friend to many.

Live tonight on Instagram @7minuteswithq

Going live tonight… 7 pm cst

Going live tonight… 7:30 pm cst – Meet K. Nicole Turner of K Dot Kocktails

Tune in as we speak with K. Nicole Turner owner of KDot Kocktails. Kdot kocktails is a mobile bartending service that caters to small and large customers alike.

K. Nicole Turner, 42 years old mother of 2 teenage boys. A degrees accountant and a TABC bartender. I also am 1/2 owner of total Knockout Financial Solutions. As a mixologist I enjoy crafting signature drinks for my clients. K Dot Kocktails caters to intimate and large events alike. 

Going live on Instagram @7minuteswithq

Checking in…

Checking in…

Checking in with all my new followers, have you subscribed or turned on your post notifications yet? Press the link in my BIO. All new episodes are added weekly.

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Comment, share subscribe for the 7 minutes with q podcast

Here’s an oldie but a goodie a trailer and full episode :

Full episode available below:

Bootleg Like Jazz – A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

Bootleg Like Jazz – A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

In this latest installment of Bootleg Like Jazz, Q critiques the web series hosted by Anthony ONeal. Offering a perspective built on anthropological rhetoric, current events and a wealth of knowledge, BLLJ delivers compelling insights on the state of black culture, financial independence and combating social injustice. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to subscribe and turn on notifications!!!

Director of Photography: Alex Q of Bold Media

Music by: Matthew Hartnett from the album Southern Comfort “No Patience” and “Thursday Night”.

Recorded at The Barron Collective in Houston, TX.

do THIS instead of THAT

🚨 do THIS instead of THAT 🚨

Tips for being efficient and planning your day. I know your day can be difficult to manage, especially throughout this pandemic. Try these out! Let me know what you think.

Tips for being efficient and planning your day.
Tips for being efficient and planning your day.

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Meet Boutique Owner Yvonne McCullough

Meet Boutique Owner Yvonne McCullough

Boutique Owner Yvonne McCullough was born on August 30th, 1990 in Houston Tx. SEYVNPM was created on March 20, 2017 and officially launched in April of 2017. Yvonne got the burning desire to create a brand for all shapes and sizes due to the era of “body shaming”. 

Many brands focus on skin tone, hair texture, and size which; inadvertently tell women who don’t meet that criteria, “this way is good” and “this way is bad”; which oftentimes cause women that are in the “bad” category to overcompensate negatively ie. unhealthy relationships, body dysmorphia, becoming slaves to vanity to the point we lose focus on other gifts we may have to offer to the world, etc. 

Yvonne M and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast

SEYVNPM is here to tell women you can wear this if YOU decide you can, nobody gets to decide how Beautiful you are unless you agree, you don’t have to be uncomfortable or go through any pain to be you! 

SEYVNPM is not just a clothing brand, it’s a women empowerment movement. SEYVNPM is here to assist you in fixing your crown, detoxing from society’s standards, loving yourself, and being comfortable in anything you put on. SEYVNPM welcomes all colors, shapes, sizes, and walks of life. SEYVNPM also wants women to know there is no such thing as “too big, too small, too tall, too short” etc. What one must understand is that these are individual preferences that have nothing to do with you. The most any woman has to be is who she is. Operate unapologetically in YOU because there’s is only one of you and the world needs what you have to offer.

Yvonne M and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast

Does the United States of America have a gun problem?

Does the United States of America have a gun problem?

🚨 This is an extend episode🚨

Johnny Solis III is a a former educator, a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Houston Law Center. He has worked on Capitol Hill, the Texas Governor’s Office in the Economic Developement Office, for Commissioner Adrian Garcia as a Legal Environmental Policy Analyst and is active in Houston politics. He currently serves as the Vice President for Youth Outreach for his Local League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) chapter and is involved with environmental awareness and advocacy in East Harris County. 

Johnny Solis and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast
Johnny Solis and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast

Trailer: Meet Boutique Owner Yvonne McCullough

Trailer: Meet Boutique Owner Yvonne McCullough

Boutique Owner Yvonne McCullough was born on August 30th, 1990 in Houston Tx. SEYVNPM was created on March 20, 2017 and officially launched in April of 2017. Yvonne got the burning desire to create a brand for all shapes and sizes due to the era of “body shaming”. 

Yvonne McCullough and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast

Many brands focus on skin tone, hair texture, and size which; inadvertently tell women who don’t meet that criteria, “this way is good” and “this way is bad”; which oftentimes cause women that are in the “bad” category to overcompensate negatively ie. unhealthy relationships, body dysmorphia, becoming slaves to vanity to the point we lose focus on other gifts we may have to offer to the world, etc. 

Yvonne remembers dealing with “body shaming” as a child and teen. Society often (decided) that she was “too thin” or that she “needed to eat more” to meet the requirement society imposed on her.

Full episode drops tonight at 7 pm c.s.t.

Yvonne McCullough and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast

Trailer: Gun rights, mental health and defund the police vs smart fund the police

New episode drops tomorrow at 7 pm c.s.t.

Johnny Solis and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast
Johnny Solis and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast

Could you survive a financially unstable relationship?

Could you survive a financially unstable relationship?

Check out our show about this and tell us what you think below in the comment section!!!

Show 1002 and Q

ReWind: A conversation about CONSCIOUS EDUCATION

ReWind: A conversation about CONSCIOUS EDUCATION

Salandra Grice is a teacher-educator, the author of the book The Conscious Educator: Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers and Schools, and the founder of Conscious Education Consulting, LLC. Conscious Education Consulting is a professional development provider for teachers and schools in culturally responsive, equity-based, and anti-racist/anti-bias teaching practices. Specializing in upsetting inequity in education, Conscious Education Consulting works with K-12 educators across the country to ensure they can create more positive and equitable learning experiences which embrace, empower, educate, and include, every student, every day!

A conversation about Conscious Education with Salandra Grice

A conversation about Conscious Education with Salandra Grice

Salandra Grice is a teacher-educator, the author of the book The Conscious Educator: Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers and Schools, and the founder of Conscious Education Consulting, LLC. Conscious Education Consulting is a professional development provider for teachers and schools in culturally responsive, equity-based, and anti-racist/anti-bias teaching practices. Specializing in upsetting inequity in education, Conscious Education Consulting works with K-12 educators across the country to ensure they can create more positive and equitable learning experiences which embrace, empower, educate, and include, every student, every day!


A fierce and unapologetic advocate for equity in schools, Salandra wears many hats and collaborates with other educators and equity advocates in their pursuit of justice in education. She is one of the co-founders of the Color CodED Community, the host of The Conscious Educator podcast, an Associate Editor for The Lighthouse Almanac, a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University, an emerging scholar with publications in peer-reviewed journals, and a soon-to-be two-time published author with the release of her much-anticipated second book Embrace, Empower, Educate, and Include: Four Principles of Equity for Conscious Educators and Schools coming at the end of 2021. However, her greatest joy comes from being the mother of two beautiful and phenomenal Black children, Layla and Cam, who challenge her to be the best version of herself each and every day. 

Salandra Grice and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast
Salandra Grice and The 7 Minutes With Q Podcast

Coming up… A conversation about CONSCIOUS EDUCATION

Coming up… A conversation about CONSCIOUS EDUCATION

Here is a small portion of my conversation with Salandra Grice we talk about her popular new book
“THE CONSCIOUS EDUCATOR : BECOMING CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS” out now at https://consciousednow.com/

Salandra Grice is a teacher-educator, the author of the book The Conscious Educator: Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers and Schools, and the founder of Conscious Education Consulting, LLC. Conscious Education Consulting is a professional development provider for teachers and schools in culturally responsive, equity-based, and anti-racist/anti-bias teaching practices. Specializing in upsetting inequity in education, Conscious Education Consulting works with K-12 educators across the country to ensure they can create more positive and equitable learning experiences which embrace, empower, educate, and include, every student, every day!

Full episode available tomorrow at 7 pm c.s.t.

🚨 New episode: Gumbo session 3 🚨

🚨 New episode: Gumbo session 3 🚨

In the latest installment on The 7 Minutes with Q Podcast we sit down with Chris Legier from Show 1002 the Universal Truth and talk about – Could you get married at first sight and Could you survive a financially unstable relationship.

As always leave a comment below, subscribe, like and reshare.

Show 1002 and 7 Minutes with Q podcast
Show 1002 and 7 Minutes with Q podcast

Grand rising… new episode coming today

Grand rising… new episode coming today

Check out another sneak peek of the new episode dropping today at 7 pm c.s.t – Could you survive a financially unstable relationship.

Do’s and Don’ts of acting

Do’s and Don’ts of the entertainment industry

Here’s some advice from Actor and Recording Artist Justin P. Slaughter about professionalism in the industry. Full episode available tomorrow at 7 pm c.s.t.

Justin P. Slaughter and Q audio only
Justin P. Slaughter and Q

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Join us @7MinutesWithQ tonight as we go LIVE with @justinpslaughter and discuss his successful Acting Career! Live at 7:30 pm cst!

Join us @7MinutesWithQ tonight as we go LIVE with @justinpslaughter and discuss his successful Acting Career! Live at 7:30 pm cst!

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Review: Judas and the Black Messiah

Review: Judas and the Black Messiah

Did anyone watch @judasandtheblacmessiah on HBO Max yet? Not too many people knew the legacy of Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party in Chicago. For those who saw the movie, did you think this was an accurate depiction? What are your thoughts? 👇🏿👇🏿👇🏿

Congratulations to Chadwick Boseman

Congratulations to Chadwick Boseman

Congratulations to Chadwick Boseman, who won Best Actor Golden Globe Award last night. His wife, Taylor, accepts the award on his behalf.

I do not own the rights to this video.

I do not own the rights to this video.

Happy National Women’s History Month

Happy National Women’s History Month

Drop us a line below and tell us who are some Women you would like to celebrate this month!!!

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Happy Saturday

Catch up on 7 Minutes with Q the podcast this weekend

Catch up on 7 Minutes with Q the podcast this weekend check out our latest shows:

🚨 Culture Current Events Music and Politics 🚨

🚨 Culture Current Events Music and Politics 🚨

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🚨 Going live 🚨

🚨 Going live 🚨
Tonight we talk about all things self care with Shavonne from Self Care After Dark Podcast! Grab your wine !!!

Tonight we talk about all things self care with Shavonne from Self Care After Dark Podcast! You don’t want to miss our discussion tonight on IG live hosted by @7minuteswithq at 7 pm cst !!!

🚨 New episodes available 🚨

🚨 New episodes available 🚨

Don’t forget we want to hear you from you so let us know what you think.

🚨 Let’s talk 🚨

🚨 Let’s talk 🚨

To all my new listeners and followers, I want to hear from you, let’s talk!

All episode replays are available, click the links below :

Replay: Student loans to forgive ou pas?

Do you have student loans? Do you think there should be forgiveness? If so, a full or partial forgiveness?

Whew, a topic we all know and love – LET’S TALK ABOUT STUDENT LOANS!

I have a few episodes about student loans, forgiveness, deferment and more on the site.

But as of last month did you know you can defer federal student loan payments through September 30, 2021?

What are your thoughts on deferring your student loans? Good? Bad? Are you still making payments while the interest is 0%? I want to hear from you!

Full episode available here: https://atomic-temporary-159224267.wpcomstaging.com/2020/11/27/student-loan-debt-to-forgive-ou-pas/

Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think?

Happy Black History Month

Happy Black History Month


Hoping this Black History Month brings us nothing but black excellence. It’s time to reflect on the past and prepare for a prosperous future.

Replay available – Black & Brown cultural perspectives

Replay available – Black & Brown cultural perspectives

Catch up on 7 Minutes with Q

Catch up on 7 Minutes with Q podcast this weekend

Here is a sneak peek of my conversation about beauty with Beauty Desert LLC.

Beauty Desert LLC and 7 Minutes with Q

Full episode available here: https://atomic-temporary-159224267.wpcomstaging.com/2021/02/17/lets-talk-beauty/

🚨 Don’t forget 🚨

🚨 Don’t forget 🚨

Subscribe and turn on notifications so you don’t miss out on the latest from 7 Minutes with Q!!! Check out the teaser for my show on beauty with Beauty Desert LLC!!! Full episode available here: https://atomic-temporary-159224267.wpcomstaging.com/2021/02/17/lets-talk-beauty/

Coming soon – Beauty Desert LLC

Coming soon – Beauty Desert LLC
What does beauty mean to you?

What does Beauty mean to you? Where do you shop for your beauty care needs? Check out the teaser video below and learn a bit more about Beauty Desert LLC. Full episode drops Wednesday at 7 pm cst so subscribe NOW so you don’t miss out!!!

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Coming up a conversation about cultural perspectives

Coming up a conversation about cultural perspectives

Check out a snippet of my conversation with Johnny Solis a Chicano Educator from Johnson City, Texas.

J Solis and Q of 7 Minutes with Q

Did you miss it?

Catch up on my interview with Major Recording Artist Guch

Check out Guch talk about her new video “All Cap” out now here is the link: https://youtu.be/mL4ZNqZvugg

Guch and 7 Minutes with Q

Meet Major Recording Artist and Rapper Guch

Meet Major Recording Artist and Rapper Guch

“Louisiana native,” Andrea Clay discovered her love for music at the age of 5. Inspired by 2Pac, a liberated and educated thug, she began writing conscious and subconscious lyrics in 95. Throughout her childhood she turned to music like a security blanket and made the studio her safe zone. Initially “Infinity”, the lyrical whiz took on the pseudonym: GUCH.  “Infinity didn’t define me…I mean, the name was cool,  and of course I want my music to be everlasting but when my friends asked me how I was…I always replied ‘I’m Guchhh.’ Meaning..I’m good..nothing bothers me.”

Guch and Q

Digging into her story further, it became evident that in music Andrea really is Guchhh, unbothered. No matter the worries of the world she maintains a constant peace. In spite of familial hardships and unfathomable circumstances, GUCH has remained true to her passion.

When asked about her support system, the list was too vast to be listed.  Of course, her family and friends were mentioned, but she was certain to give all Glory and Honor to God for the privilege to be capable of converting emotions of herself as well as others through music.

Her personality matches her passion.  In her spare time she volunteers and works in her music.  She enjoys working with children with special needs.  This is one artist in tune with what matters.

Guch and Q

Happy Black History Month

Happy Black History Month

Did I say ‘belated’?!?! haha Hoping this Black History Month brings us nothing but black excellence. It’s time to reflect on the past and prepare for a prosperous future.

black history month celebration
black history month celebration

Live with Major Recording Artist

🚨 🚨🚨 Live with Major Recording Artist 🚨🚨🚨

7 minutes with q
live discussion on IG

🚨🚨🚨🚨Tap in with us tomorrow as we go live to discuss the career and music of @guch_tg 🚨🚨🚨🚨 on Instagram!!! 7pm cst.

A discussion about the Success of Rod Nation Productions – A Houston Based Development and Creative Film/Tv Production Company

A discussion about the Success of Rod Nation Productions – A Houston Based Development and Creative Film/Tv Production Company.

🚨 New podcast alert!!!

A discussion about the Success of Rod Nation Productions – A Houston Based Development and Creative Film/Tv Production Company. As a born and raised Houstonian, Jarrod Foster, a Filmmaker and Actor embarks on a journey and mission to be on the front lines of the Houston film market. He has started with creating Rod Nation Productions which is a development and creative film/Tv production company focused on telling unique, hybrid, and challenging stories. Having a love for his city and the film industry he wants to provide opportunities with writing characters that help others embrace themselves, dark and positive in all with the goal of healing. He lastly wants his audience to appreciate their process and mind through their interpretation of his writing and visuals . Stay on the lookout for future projects and activities that he has in store!

Global African Diaspora

We discuss the origins of a popular black anime series and more…

Happy 2021!!! Happy New Year!!!

In this episode of 7 Minutes with Q meet Fayida Jailler Founder and Influencer at @FreedmonIsMineOfficial on Instagram, Educator on global African Diaspora and Traveler.

Audio of Fayida and Q
Video of Fayida and Q

With a focus on Latin America Fayida shares her knowledge on the impact of the people kissed by the sun throughout the Americas from Cuba, Mexico and beyond to places that are more nuanced like Russia, Pakistan, India and beyond.

In this vignette we explore the history behind a popular anime series titled Afro Samurai which is currently available on streaming services, examples of police brutality throughout the diaspora and finish with insightful need to know’s.

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Did you miss it? Student Loan Repayment

Did you miss it?
We talked about forgiving student loans you might want to check it out!

No worries you can check out the full episode here: https://atomic-temporary-159224267.wpcomstaging.com/2020/11/27/student-loan-debt-to-forgive-ou-pas/

Here is a peek of what we discussed and as always leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

Should there be a partial or full forgiveness? What about I don’t have kids so why do I have to pay for schools? What do you think about showing moderation maybe $5,000 – $10,000? Are you pessimistic? Do you think there should be some sort of national service, non-violent, caveat? Write it below! 😉 Enjoy…

Student Loan Debt : To forgive ou pas?

Student Debt : To forgive ou pas?

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Gobble Gobble Gobble! Am I boring you alright enough I’ll get to the point.

With the newly elected incoming executive administration, more and more Americans are having conversations about a host of progressive ideas and topics ranging from racial injustice, immigration to climate change and we’re barely touching the surface. Student loan forgiveness is on the lips of folks too. A simple search online can drag up many articles and conversations about it. Heck, Moveon.org has an email marketing campaign about it so one wonders is this really going to happen.

Here are a few points to think about:

1) Let’s say if legislation works in the favor of the Democrats and a bill is passed and implemented if the opposition tries to overturn it similar to the Affordable Care Act they might get shut down. Why well look at the fight to overturn the ACA they recently got rejected because it more or less is working and millions of people have are enrolled. You can’t just take it from them.

2) Should the push be for a partial payment given the current economic situation or a full gesture? If there is a partial payment then people might get frustrated remembering how the other companies and industries were bailed in the past few decades including in 2020 and that reality could negatively impact the Left moving forward. We also have to remember that many CEO’s and others walked away with golden parachutes during severe economic downturns. This angered many Americans and we still see it happening today. It always baffles me how none of these multi-million and billion dollar companies do not have any backup cash or “savings”! Hey Man, where is your 6 months of savings?!?!

3) Another interesting idea to consider is does this come with a stipulation? Caveat? Condition? Some service that is none military such as public defenders, teachers, volunteer healthcare workers or something artistic too. Like maybe communication or media related work for non-profits, governmental entities and private.

Look, I don’t have the answers and I’m just an average grade of weed in the dispensary but student loan forgiveness needs to be discussed, our elected officials need to move forward with this and we must hold them accountable.

Leave us comment below whether good bad or ugly and tell us what you think – use the #sevenmwq!!!

Coming up: Student Loan Debt

Coming up: Student Loan Debt

The student loan debt in 2020 is around $1.6 trillion according to major sources. Wow! Yea right and I thought I had debt. Anyways. This is a big deal. What are the solutions and how do we fix them should be the goal but common sense ain’t always common.

Stay tuned here at the 7 Minutes with Q podcast and we’ll talk more about it. Hey as always leave us a comment and tell us what you think? 👇🏿👇🏿👇🏿

Musings about commercial radio

Musings about commercial radio

Yesterday Charlamagne Tha God Co-Host of the Breakfast Club went on to say “Today is not a win. If Biden wins, this is not a win. If Trump wins, this is not a win. […] Today is not a win. If Biden wins, this is not a win. If Trump wins, this is not a win. […] Black people have to continue to work towards justice.” This is a semi-direct quote but trust me he said it and I was dialed in to here it.

Now, don’t get me wrong he isn’t twisted the Host of Donkey of the Day is touching on something important but I think he’s off. For me I’m a man first. Being Black comes after and some may argue I’m a child of God first and foremost but they all reveal one thing – intersectionality. My destiny in justice is tied to justice for others. If Biden wins, it’s a win for me as a human but also a Black man – and yes I’m aware of many of the Biden/Harris bullshit, lies and blunders. But, gave the current state of affairs, I simply trust the devil I know. I guess in the way others can reject racist rhetoric, legislation and corruption all for the sake of power.

I believe a Biden presidency won’t be perfect but we will get answers to these questions: Will there be an end to the muslim ban, some support for DACA recipients and a better response to COVID-19? As a Black man I wonder how many Black folks are impacted by the muslim ban. What are the stories of Black DACA recipients?

These are just the tip of the icebergs in regards to the advantages of a Biden presidency. While I ride for the Black Community we can’t figure that we can do this alone. I look forward to a future where the democrats get their shit together or Black folks and Others fight for change and investment such as really putting money and work behind a third party candidate. These are my thoughts. Leave a comment below whether good, bad or ugly.

7 Minutes With Q: Why all Black people should watch Lovecraft Country

7 Minutes With Q: Why all Black people should watch Lovecraft Country

As promised here you go… Big shoutout to Letrece G for stopping by and dropping gems on us about the show and how it relates to current events. Don’t forget to subscribe by entering your email address to stay up to date on the latest from 7 Minutes With Q and leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

Lovecraft Country Episode 1
Lovecraft Country Episode 1
Lovecraft Country Episode 2
Lovecraft Country Episode 2
Lovecraft Country Episode 3
Lovecraft Country Episode 3

I voted!

Have you? =) C’mon don’t forget to vote – it’s your civic duty and great reason to take the day off!

Have you? =) C’mon don’t forget to vote – it’s your civic duty and great reason to take the day off! Listen I don’t give a damn who you vote for just vote! Alright enough with exclamation points! Ugh…

If you’re still reading this then click on episodes and catch up on some oldies but goodies. New episode covering Lovecraft Country coming this week! 💯

This belongs to HBO!!!

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Leave a comment below and tell us if you voted!!!

Lovecraft Country – Why all black people should watch it!!!

Lovecraft Country – Why all black people should watch it!!!

Spoiler alert!

Whhhaaattt? This is Afro-Futurism at it’s finest from graphics, detailed production to a compelling storyline HBO’s hit series ‘Lovecraft Country’ is a must see!

There is something to say about period pieces that draws me into the interplay between the characters and this show doesn’t let you down. What’s not to love is a better question. I’m not sure if the decor or wardrobe does it for me but I like forward to themed parties. The production value and set design is spectacular and come award season this show should be raking them in.

Fans of horror this is your show! Monsters, gore, drama and of course suspense abound in this show. If your are a fan of Nightmare on Elm Street, Resident Evil and other popular horror films or shows then this has your name on it.

Another reason to watch Lovecraft Country is the interweaving of historical events throughout the storyline. The story is set in the 1950’s and deals with police brutality, white rage and more. Emmett Till’s story takes center stage in episode 8 and successfully sums up black disgust, anger and emotions that were felt as a result of the incident. We see this personified in the character Diana who seems to have the biggest reaction to that event.

The HBO hit series touches on themes of love, family, homophobia, misogyny and of course Afro-futurism. Atticus, played by Jonathan Majors, and his father Montrose, played by Michael K. Williams, struggle to mend their relationship throughout the show. Atticus tries to reconcile his father’s abusive behavior while subsequently coming to grips with his father’s secret – Montrose is gay. The viewer wonders will this divide the two or bring them together but as the story unfolds we witness them fight to understand each other and they do as the season finale illustrates. I personally am glad they reconciled their differences as they not only went through too much to be at odds with each other but they also had too much on the line to allow that to divide them.

Lovecraft Country is a must watch show that you are missing out on. It’s still available on HBO Max and if you don’t have a subscription ask a friend 😉

Let me know what you think and leave a comment below!

New episode dropping soon reviewing the show in greater detail!

🚨 7 Minutes with Q Podcast | Webcam Etiquette

7 Minutes with Q Podcast | Webcam Etiquette

On the show today we dive into the psyche of an experienced digital marketing professional Anh Nguyen. Advanced in her B2B skills Anh best serves her clients in a consultative role, helping define their marketing planning and guiding implementation.

Anh finds the ever-changing digital marketing landscape energizing and exciting. She also believes that social media has immense value to connect, inform, and educate us. Anh speaks to business groups and non-profits on the power of social media and how to utilize it in their marketing efforts. In addition to speaking engagements, she shares her knowledge and expertise through workshops on personal branding and digital marketing. 

Anh believes that a business professional should have a strong commitment to giving back. She serves as a volunteer and board member for the Arthritis Foundation Houston, as well as volunteering for various Houston-area non-profits. 

She loves travel, dogs, tech tools, social media, foodie adventures, and the Oxford comma. 

Connect with Anh: anhtnguyen.com

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/anhtnguyen170

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AnhTNguyen

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/amplifiedmktg

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/anhn170/

Bootleg Like Jazz – A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

Bootleg Like Jazz – A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

In this latest installment of Bootleg Like Jazz, Q critiques the web series hosted by Anthony ONeal. Offering a perspective built on anthropological rhetoric, current events and a wealth of knowledge, BLLJ delivers compelling insights on the state of black culture, financial independence and combating social injustice. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to subscribe and turn on notifications!!!

Director of Photography: Alex Q of Bold Media

Music by: Matthew Hartnett from the album Southern Comfort “No Patience” and “Thursday Night”.

Recorded at The Barron Collective in Houston, TX.

Coming soon, a conversation with Poet Lupe Mendez

Coming soon…

Don’t forget to subscribe!!!!

📸 Alex Quillin

Location: Cuchara Restaurant

BLLJ: Julenne and Jac’qulinne from Underground 3:33 Vendors Market

The UNDERGROUND 3:33 Market convenes once a month to create a marketplace to give local businesses a platform to promote and broaden their customer base; while creating a one of a kind experience for the attendees.

It’s official – THE MARKETPLACE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES WITH LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS, PERFORMANCES FROM LOCAL ARTISTS & GROUPS. 

The UNDERGROUND 3:33 Market convenes once a month to create a marketplace to give local businesses a platform to promote and broaden their customer base; while creating a one of a kind experience for the attendees. Our primary goal is to join as a community to support small businesses in Galveston County and abroad. Join us for food, art, live music, family-friendly entertainment, and performances from local civic groups all in an environment to promote, cultivate and curate local businesses.   

Left to right: Jac’qulinne Chinn, Julenne Brown and Q

The event will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, at The Showboat Pavilion which is located at 416 6th Street N. in Texas City, TX 77590. Locals are invited to shop and support small businesses as well as enjoy entertainment from local artists and community organizations. “We wanted to create a space for local small business owners to connect with the surrounding community and have the opportunity to have a venue to engage with potential clients and networkwith fellow small business owners,” said Jacqulinne Chinn and Julenne Brown, event coordinators. 

This Unapologetically Ambitious initiative is a moment to springboard and encourage the community at large to shop locally, as well as cultivate the talent/ art in the area. “As a small business owner with limited capital, it is hard to get your product out there, and I am so excited and thankful that I am a registered vendor,” said, Shirley Wilson, Co-Owner of Couture Cravings. 

For more information on UNDERGROUND 3:33 and the upcoming calendar of events please visit http://www.UNDERGROUND333.com and follow their social media handle @MarketUnderground333 on all social media platforms.

BLLJ: Underground 333 Vendors Market

Joining together as a community to support small businesses in the surrounding area.

Joining together as a community to support small businesses in the surrounding area. UNDERGROUND 3:33 is a market created to give entrepreneurs a platform to promote themselves and broaden their customer base.

Interview coming soon with Underground 3:33 Vendors Market so subscribe and turn on notifications. Get your tickets to the event now and support a local business.

BLLJ : Would you want to know?

BLLJ: Would you want to know when you are going to die?

With the recent news that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and 7 other passengers passing away in a helicopter crash Sunday, conversations about our mortality can be heard from street corner to office rooms. Some compare this to the death of many notable celebrities such as: Michael Jackson, Prince and John Lennon just to name a few. Still, the shock of how sudden it occurred plus the blundering of the information being leaked added to the suspense of the day. We were on the edges of our seats.

This moment brings up many feelings and emotions. Pain, grief, anger, confusion. We want answers. Folks look for understanding and rationale but come up empty. We wonder and wonder until before long we’re putting ourselves in their shoes. We try to empathize. Imagine what could be going through their minds. This moment prompts the question: would you want to know the date of your death? Would you want to know when you were going to die?

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment and use #bllj

Looking for something to do for NYE 2019 in Houston?

Check out “A celebration of Afro-Dance” in Houston, TX at MATCH 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002 on December 31, 2019 from 5-7:30 pm cst.

Get your tickets here: https://matchouston.org/events/2019/kuumba – Please use the code “Bootleg Like Jazz or BLLJ” in the comments section during payment. Get your tickets here: https://matchouston.org/events/2019/kuumba – Please use the code “Bootleg Like Jazz or BLLJ” in the comments section during payment.

Then check out “A celebration of Afro-Dance” in Houston, TX at MATCH 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002 on December 31, 2019 from 5-7:30 pm cst. Special performances by Dance Afrikana, Ajalaiye Dance Troupe, Batalá, Grupo Folklorico Raices de Panama and many more. This a great event to attend and you’ll still have time to enjoy your New Year’s Eve party.

Get your tickets here: https://matchouston.org/events/2019/kuumba – Please use the code “Bootleg Like Jazz or BLLJ” in the comments section during payment.

$15 for Adults, $10 for children & students with student ID

Check out my interview with Lindsay Gary from Dance Afrikana

Latinas Rising presents LatinaCon – Discussions on Mental Health, Latinx Identity and Women’s issues

In this series of #Afro-LatinHTX, Host Q talks with Tasha and Edna from Latinas Rising about their upcoming conference “LatinaCon”. Latinas Rising is an organization focused on creating social change in the Latinx community. Latinas Rising is excited to host the 1st annual LatinaCon November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Their theme is “The Era of the Latina”.

In this series of #Afro-LatinHTX, Host Q talks with Tasha and Edna from Latinas Rising about their upcoming conference “LatinaCon”. Latinas Rising is an organization focused on creating social change in the Latinx community. Latinas Rising is excited to host the 1st annual LatinaCon November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Their theme is “The Era of the Latina”. LatinaCon 2019 is a gathering of powerful women bringing awareness, education, and advocacy to current topics affecting Latinx women

LatinaCon 2019 : Interview coming with the Founders of Latinas Rising

Latinas Rising is an organization focused creating social change in the Latinx community. We seek to educate and advocate on a variety of social justice topics such as, Latinx mental health, violence against women, education, and civic engagement. We believe all Latinx stories are important and we choose to celebrate Latinas working, “boots on the ground.”

Latinas Rising is an organization focused creating social change in the Latinx community. We seek to educate and advocate on a variety of social justice topics such as, Latinx mental health, violence against women, education, and civic engagement. We believe all Latinx stories are important and we choose to celebrate Latinas working, “boots on the ground.” 

Latinas Rising is excited to host the 1st annual LatinaCon November 9th, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Our theme is “The Era of the Latina.” LatinCon 2019 is a gathering of powerful women bringing awareness, education, and advocacy to current topics affecting Latinx women. Our goal is to bring women together to empower them through workshops and panel discussions that are socially relevant, dynamic, and inspiring 

LatinaCon will have panels addressing topics ranging from Advocacy and Law, Afro-Latina Identity, Latinx Mental Health, and Latinas in Education. LatinaCon will also have an auction and a vendor/business floor. 

For additional information, vendor/sponsor information and location updates: latinasrisinginfo@gmail.com

Lindsay Gary: The Re-education Project, Dance Afrikana and the Afrikanah Book Club

Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a PhD candidate in Africology and African American Studies, a professor of History, writer, speaker, and choreographer. She is an alumna of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston and the founder/board president of The Re-Education Project, founder/artistic director of Dance Afrikana, LLC, and founder/curator of Afrikanah Book Club.

Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a PhD candidate in Africology and African American Studies, a professor of History, writer, speaker, and choreographer. She is an alumna of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston and the founder/board president of The Re-Education Project, founder/artistic director of Dance Afrikana, LLC, and founder/curator of Afrikanah Book Club.

@bootleglikejazz and @fleur_de_linds

Letrece G talks “The G Code: 15 keys to successful marketing and branding”, LLC chit chat and pop culture references

Letrece has always been a true writer at heart. During her adolescence she began creating and editing a monthly newsletter that highlighted community events and creative writing. Letrece became illustrious by being a published author in her early teens with her poems appearing in several national poetry anthologies. Her writing expertise became more prevalent during her college years, where several of her articles and essays became required readings for a Sociology course at Loyola University New Orleans.

Letrece has always been a true writer at heart. During her adolescence she began creating and editing a monthly newsletter that highlighted community events and creative writing. Letrece became illustrious by being a published author in her early teens with her poems appearing in several national poetry anthologies. Her writing expertise became more prevalent during her college years, where several of her articles and essays became required readings for a Sociology course at Loyola University New Orleans.

Nigerian Cultural Parade and Festival in HTX, Bilingualism and Jollof Rice

Mark your calendars and pull out your best! It is about the Naija Experience and the community is ready to serve it in the most flamboyant way possible. Akwa Entertainment will present the Ekombi dance and the incomparable, award-winning Ross S. Sterling Raider’s Marching Band will bring a vibrant sound preview anticipating their own homecoming!

Co-Host Queen Bre
Q, Queen Bre and Linda Anukweum in the studio. Video available on YouTube at Bootleg Like Jazz
From left to right Jhayne Udoewa and Linda Anukweum

Mark your calendars and pull out your best! It is about the Naija Experience and the community is ready to serve it in the most flamboyant way possible. Akwa Entertainment will present the Ekombi dance and the incomparable, award-winning Ross S. Sterling Raider’s Marching Band will bring a vibrant sound preview anticipating their own homecoming! Other participating groups include: Rice University-African Student Association, ASA Festival, Greater Owerri Community, Oto-Umuokpu Anambra State Organization, Akwa Ibom Young Professionals, University of Houston-Nigerian Student Association, Imo State University Alumni, Zumunta Association (Hausa), Umu Igbo Unite, Osogbo Progressive Union, Ihitte USA Houston and Ndi Ichie Cultural Club. 

Wazobia African Market, the largest African Store in the state of Texas will be bringing a taste of home! Rain or shine, Downtown Houston will experience the Naija Takeover. This event is brought to you by our Presenting Sponsor and Community Partner, Wazobia African Market and Host Sponsors, MAJORITY and Zainob+MathewCreate. For more information, please visit http://www.nigeriaculturalparade.com for more information and to RSVP for free. #naija#59houston 

ABOUT CULTURALLY NAIJA & WELEAD, INC.

Culturally Naija is committed to address the needs and enhance the positive image of the Nigerian community in the United States. WeLEAD, Inc., a non-profit 501(c )3 organization that strives to empower the next generation through cultural and educational exchange. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Anukwuem Sir Jerold La Beaux info@weleadinternational.com jeroldlabeaux@yahoo.com PH: 832.452.7784 PH: 713.370.STAR (7827)

Host Q

Music by Idyll Green

Leslie Contreras Schwartz talks her work as Houston’s Poet Laureate, mental health awareness, and When They See Us her new book

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the fourth Houston Poet Laureate, serving from 2019-2021. She is a multi-genre writer whose book, Who Speaks for Us Here, is scheduled for spring 2020 publication with Skull + Wind Press.

Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the fourth Houston Poet Laureate, serving from 2019-2021. She is a multi-genre writer whose book, Who Speaks for Us Here, is scheduled for spring 2020 publication with Skull + Wind Press. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Anomaly, The Missouri Review, The Collagist, [PANK], Iowa Review, Verse Daily, and the anthology Xicanx: 21 Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century (University of Arizona, 2022), among others. She is also the author of Nightbloom & Cenote, (St. Julian Press, 2018).

leslie c schwartz

A multi-genre writer from Houston, Schwartz’s work examines the individual versus public bodies and documents lived experiences and narratives of those usually silenced, such as people with mental illness, sex workers, women who are trafficked, or children in custody.

http://www.lesliecschwartz.com

@lesliecontschwartz

Music by: Idyll Green

Terrell Wayne discusses new music from jazz icons, his Hendrix inspiration and dress code gone wrong in public school

Use the hashtag #BLLJ and tell me your favorite Miles Davis or John Coltrane album or song. #BLLJ

Use the hashtag #BLLJ and tell me your favorite Miles Davis or John Coltrane album or song. #BLLJ

I struggle between Bitches Brew and Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis and Love Supreme by John Coltrane.

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Terrell Wayne discusses new music from jazz icons, his Hendrix inspiration and dress code gone wrong in public school.

Pitchfork and NPR are great places to go to hear new music from Miles Davis and John Coltrane on the Bootleg Like Jazz Podcast.

Music by Idyll Green

Video available at Bootleg Like Jazz on YouTube : https://youtu.be/EJhroNxI8pc

Use the #bllj and tell us your favorite Miles Davis or John Coltrane song, album and collaboration.

Rabbi Sensei and Chris Legier The Universal Truth

Rabbisensei is a part of the Music Group My Brothers Keeper 713. This group consists of talented and on the rise artists who are multi skilled. Rabbisensei made his debut stage performance with Richie Mike performing his single “Rockstar”.

IG: @rabbisensei ; Video available at https://youtu.be/NHuAidoJcfQ

William Wright aka Rabbisensei was raised on the Southwest side of Houston, TX. A graduate of Morehouse College, his mother and father immersed him in the world of music at an early age. He played in the band in middle and High school and then went to play in College. He taught himself guitar and is continuing to learn piano. He recently started chop and screwing music. Also, rabbisensei is a amateur audio engineer. He has been teaching himself to use the Digital Audio Workstation Fruity Loops Studio and has been recording himself and song writing. His inspiration towards music is from his bro who is pushing to start his own label, YZ beatz and Jimi Hendrix. Rabbisensei is a part of the Music Group My Brothers Keeper 713. This group consists of talented and on the rise artists who are multi skilled. Rabbisensei made his debut stage performance with Richie Mike performing his single “Rockstar”.

Show 1,002 is a talk show geared around the issues of daily life that matters to all regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, political identity, education, socio-economic status or orientation. We talk about the issues that unites us as human beings. This show’s purpose is to stimulate one’s mind. At the end of the show each listener will say to themselves….

“Hmmm…I never thought about it like that.”

Show1002.com ; IG: @ChrisLegier

Show1002.com

Music by: Idyll Green ; https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

The Gumbo Jam and The Podcast Hearts and Horns

Bringing Louisiana Funk and improved jams to you. Come check out the Gumbo Jam at Shoeshine Charley’s on Sunday 8 pm c.s.t.

Hearts and Horns, talking about relationships and music.

Matthew Harnett

Hailing from Houston Texas with roots in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Matthew Hartnett brings to you a genuine heartfelt musical perspective with genre defying compositions and southern rooted influences.

With his one of a kind style, Matthew has graced stages all over the world performing with various artist including Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, Talib Kweli, Bilal, Panic! at the Disco, Dave Chappelle and many more.

You can regularly find him leading ‘#TeamHornSection’ in various popular New York City venues. Matthew has stepped out of the background of the band debuting his 4 Star (Downbeat Magazine) rated solo project entitled “Southern Comfort”, released Feb. 2016. Stay tuned.

Simone Pierre Louis and Matthew Harnett… Hearts and Horns Podcast

Nicole is a young, creative jack of all trades who styles, hosts numerous art events, works with models and actors on the daily, as well as co-owns a restaurant and catering business.

Simone Pierre Louis

Music by: Idyll Green

Matthew : https://www.matthewhartnett.com IG: @Matthewhartnett, @thegumbojam, @heartsandhorns

Nicole: @simone.pierre.louis, @heartsandhorns and on Facebook: New Seasons Restaurant and Catering

Roberto Carlos Garcia – Black Maybe, Afro-Dominican Roots and Casta | Q – Haiti, the Dominican Republic and and musings on travel

Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.”

Get Fresh Books LLC and Červená Barva Press

Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” and he writes extensively about the Afro-Latinx and Afro-diasporic experience. His second poetry collection, black / Maybe, is available from Willow Books.  Roberto’s first collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. 

Roberto Carlos Garcia

https://www.getfreshbooksllc.com/

https://www.robertocarlosgarcia.com/

IG: @robertobelike, @getfreshbooksllc, @bootleglikejazz

Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

The Gumbo Session – Juneteenth, Lee P. Brown, Chapultepex Club and Charles Law

Terrell Wayne a.k.a. Q in the studio

This is the gumbo session – a mix of current events, topics I’m passionate about and random ideas I’ve been working on. In this episode I talk about former Mayor Lee P. Brown, the Chapultepex Club of the Houston Y.W.C.A., Howard Law and the history behind Juneteenth.

What Juneteenth around the corner I treated this episode of the Gumbo session as a 2nd Black history month. Here in Texas, Juneteenth is a big deal and every June feels like another Black history month.

Subscribe, like, share and leave a comment if something resonated with you. Stay tuned because the next Guest on Bootleg Like Jazz include Austin based artist Midnight Navy and more.

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Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Jasminne Mendez – dicusses her new book, “Night Blooming Jasmin(n)e”, Afro-Dominican roots and Journey with Scleroderma and Lupus

Jasminne Mendez is an Afro-Latina poet, educator and award winning author. She received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Mendez has had poetry and essays published by or forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Acentos Review, Crab Creek Review, Texas Review, La Galeria, Label Me Latino/a, Gulf Coast, Bird’s Thumb, The Rumpus and others. Her first multi-genre memoir Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013) was awarded Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015. Her poetry and essays have been named finalists and honorable mention for several awards including the Rose Metal Press Chapbook prize and the Barry Lopez Creative Non-Fiction prize. Recently she won the Cogswell College Magazine Poetry Prize judged by Major Jackson. She is the co-founder of Tintero Projects: A Reading & Writing Workshop Series, an organization that seeks to build and promote emerging and established Latinx writers in Houston. She is a 2017 Canto Mundo Fellow and an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Night Blooming Jasmin(n)e published Art Público Press Houston, TX

For Jasminne Méndez, pericardial effusion and pericarditis are not just an abnormal accumulation of fluid and increased inflammation around the heart. It’s what happens “when you stifle the tears and pain of a miscarriage, infertility and chronic illness for so long that your heart does the crying for you until it begins to drown because its tears have nowhere to go.”

Diagnosed with scleroderma at 22 and lupus just six years later, her life becomes a roller coaster of doctor visits, medical tests and procedures. Staring at EKG results that look like hieroglyphics, she realizes that she doesn’t want to understand them: “The language of a life lived with chronic illness is not something I want to adapt to. I cannot let this hostile vocabulary hijack my story.”

The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Méndez fought for independence against her overly-protective parents, obtaining a full scholarship to college, a dream job after school and a master’s degree shortly thereafter. But the full- time job with medical insurance doesn’t satisfy her urge to write and perform, so she leaves it in search of creative fulfillment. In this stirring collection of personal essays and poetry, Méndez shares her story, writing about encounters with the medical establishment, experiences as an Afro Latina and longing for the life she expected but that eludes her.

JASMINNE MÉNDEZ is a Macondo and Canto Mundo Fellow, as well as a Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) alumna. She is the author of a multi-genre memoir, Island of Dreams (2013), winner of an International Latino Book Award. She lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Arte Público Press : https://artepublicopress.com/

Music by : Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Promo by : Sam Osborne Instagram: @yzbeatz713

Instagram: @bootleglikejazz

D.E.E.P Deborah Mouton – Poetry, Freestylin’ and her new book “Newsworthy”

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is a mother, wife, educator, and the current, and first Black, Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. This seven-time National Poetry Slam Competitor, and Head Coach of the Houston VIP Poetry Slam Team, has been ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World. Her work has appeared in Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books) Houston Noir (Akashic Books), and I AM STRENGTH (Blind Faith Books) to name a few. Her work has also been highlighted on such platforms as BBC, Houston Public Media, ABC, PBS, Blavity, Tedx, and Upworthy. Her next collection, Newsworthy, is set for release Spring of 2019 by Bloomsday Literary.

Her collaborations with The Houston Ballet, The Houston Rockets, and the Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. Her work has been highlighted and studied in . She had the pleasure of performing and leading a workshop at the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the slam and formal publishing communities.

As the Executive Director of VIP Arts Houston, she seeks to build more bridges that amplify the voices of artists in and around the nation. Her love for community transcends the classroom and the stage making her a mentor to many and a notable force to be felt.

D. Mouton
VIP Arts Houston, Executive Director
http://www.livelifedeep.com
http://www.vipartshouston.org


Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is a mother, wife, educator, and the current, and first Black, Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. This seven-time National Poetry Slam Competitor, and Head Coach of the Houston VIP Poetry Slam Team, has been ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World.

Her work has appeared in Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books) Houston Noir (Akashic Books), and I AM STRENGTH (Blind Faith Books) to name a few. Her work has also been highlighted on such platforms as BBC, Houston Public Media, ABC, PBS, Blavity, Tedx, and Upworthy. Her next collection, Newsworthy, is set for release Spring of 2019 by Bloomsday Literary.

Her collaborations with The Houston Ballet, The Houston Rockets, and the Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. Her work has been highlighted and studied in . She had the pleasure of performing and leading a workshop at the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the slam and formal publishing communities.

As the Executive Director of VIP Arts Houston, she seeks to build more bridges that amplify the voices of artists in and around the nation. Her love for community transcends the classroom and the stage making her a mentor to many and a notable force to be felt.


D. Mouton VIP Arts Houston, Executive Director www.livelifedeep.comwww.vipartshouston.org
www.vipartshouston.org

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Twitter: @TerrellWayne2

Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Images by : yzbeatz713 – you can find him on instagram

Recorded at Barron Studios Houston, Tx

Raúl Orlando Edwards – Afro Latin Fest – Strictly Street Salsa and Flamart

In this episode of Bootleg Like Jazz, Raúl Orlando Edwards Founder of Flamart and Strictly Street Salsa stops by to talk about his Concierto, the history of latin dancing and the upcoming Afro-Latin Fest happening May 23-26, 2019 at the Westin Galleria Houston at 5060 W Alabama St. Find out more at http://www.afrolatinfest.org/

https://www.flamart.org/about-us

Facebook: Strictly Street Salsa

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Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Photos by: YZBeatz713 – you can find him on Instagram

Recorded at Barron Studios Houston, Tx

The African American Library at The Gregory School featuring Erika Thompson – Archives, Trace Exhibit and upcoming exhibits

In Episode 03 of Bootleg Like Jazz Erika Thompson stops by to talk about the important work being done at The African American Library at The Gregory School.

Erika Thompson covers Freedmen’s Town, Houston Tx, Pan-Africanism and a cornucopia of other topics. Find out more at http://www.thegregoryschool.org

Music by Idyll Green : https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Promo by YZBeatZ IG: yzbeatz713

Terrell Wayne IG: bootleglikejazz Twitter: @terrellwayne2

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Photos by yzbeatz713 – you can find him on Instagram

Recorded at Barron Studios Houston, Tx