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Did you miss it?

How my views on Christianity changed and other ramblings from a church kid

How my views on Christianity changed and other ramblings from a church kid

“I’m an Artist and I’m sensitive about my shit!” – Erykah Badu

Watch this video with that energy from the Queen from Dallas Texas. If these stories resonate with you, like, subscribe and reshare – show us some love!!!

Here’s what you missed…

Here’s what you missed…

Trailer – My thoughts on Christianity …

Trailer – My thoughts on Christianity …

Here are some of my thoughts on legalism in the context of religion and faith. What are your thoughts? Leave us a comment below, like and/or reshare!!! ⚡️

FULL EPISODE COMING SOON 🔥

If these stories resonate with you like, follow and reshare.

#TBT: A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

#ThrowBackThursday: A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

Happy Friday Eve!!! You made it haha… Nice, listen click the video below and watch my thoughts on the Underdogs leveling up. I critique a video from YouTube that talked about black history, economics and choices using a focus group of Black Americans. Leave a comment below if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe.

Catch up on what you missed

Catch up on what you missed

Trailer – Common business deductions with Ahngelea Bright

Trailer – Common business deductions with Ahngelea Bright

Certified Public Bookkeeper and Tax Preparer Ahngelea Bright stops by and shares his wisdom for maximizing your financial goals. The numbers wizard gives her opinion of business expenses, healthcare and long term investment planning. More can be found here: https://taxkeepingbyac.com/

If these stories resonate with you – like, subscribe, reshare show us some love.

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Coming up a conversation with Tax Keeping By AC – Ahngelea Bright

Coming up a conversation with Tax Keeping By AC

Tax season is around the corner are you ready? Well, I know someone who can help you get there stay tune and subscribe so don’t miss out conversation with one of Houston’s finest recordkeeping companies, “Tax Keeping By AC”.

To hold you over here a few positive money mindset tips to know:

  1. Money is a resource to accomplish Goals
  2. There’s no need to blindly waste that resource
  3. You can learn how to properly manage money
  4. Planning how to utilize your money will take you further

Coming up a conversation with Cultural Journalist Indhira Suero about her Digital Character “Negrita Come Coco”

Trailer alert – A conversation with Cultural Journalist Indhira Suero about her Digital Character “Negrita Come Coco”

FULL EPISODE DROPS TOMORROW 🔥🔥🔥 – don’t forget to subscribe.

Listen to Indhira explain the back the story behind “Negrita Come Coco” a creation of the Afro-Latin Artist that explores the Black Diaspora and Dominican culture. Full episode dropping soon here on http://www.bootleglikejazz.com – if these stores resonate with you reshare this post, like it and subscribe to this podcast.

#7MWQP presents Highway Vodka

Highway Vodka is distilled six times. The hemp acts as a super fuel to the yeast performing the conversion from sugars to alcohol, forming a thick layer of hemp oil at the top of the fermenter. The thick layer from the hemp oil leads to a smoother product that has a noticeably different viscosity and mouth feel than other vodkas.  

Would you be interested in an interview with Highway’s founder Ben Williams? He comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, including his great-grandmother Lucille B. Smith. She was an African-American culinary pioneer whose friends, fans and customers included Martin Luther King Jr., President Lyndon B. Johnson, First Lady Elanor Roosevelt, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, and others.
Highway’s lead distiller Codi Fuller, is also the youngest female Black distiller in the country.  Let me know if there’s any interest. 

7MWQP and Highway Vodka

Trailer Alert : Highway Vodka


Ben Williams is the owner and co-founder of Highway Vodka, Texas’ first hemp seed vodka and the first Black-owned distillery in Texas.

Williams’ foray into the hospitality sector eventually sparked an interest in the world of spirits. Seven years of experimental distilling led to the launch of Highway Vodka — Texas’ first hemp seed vodka. After launching commercially in 2019, Williams has led the company through robust expansion, with his Houston-based distillery now distributing product throughout the state of Texas with forthcoming distribution into Georgia, California, Florida and beyond.

Catch us a snippet of our conversation below – FULL EPISODE DROPS TOMORROW AT 7 PM CST HERE 🔥🔥🔥

Watch this…

Watch this…

Here’s a sneak peek of tomorrow’s show which airs at 7pm c.s.t here at http://www.bootleglikejazz.com about getting hitched at first sight. Leave us a comment telling us what you think, reshare and SUBSCRIBE!!!

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

Rewind: Recording Artist Guch

Rewind: Recording Artist 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.”

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 7 Minutes with Q

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Check out our latest conversation with successful Actor and Recording Artist Justin P. Slaughter.

Check out our latest conversation with successful Actor and Recording Artist Justin P. Slaughter.

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Check out some of out favorite women from past shows below:

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!!!

Adrienne Q, Vanessa Q, Lauren and 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

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.

Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a comment below!!!

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

Bootleg Like Jazz presents Lupe Mendez – Tequila, Poetry and Readings from his award winning novel

Why I Am Like Tequila
A collection of poems | Welcome to Willow Books
Q from Bootleg Like Jazz interviews Lupe Mendez Author of his award winning poetry collection “Why I Am Like Tequila”

Recent winner of the John A. Robertson Prize for 1st Book of Poetry 2020 Bootleg Like Jazz is excited to have Lupe Mendez on the show today. Lupe Mendez is the author of the poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019). He earned an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Texas at El Paso and has literary work that has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine and Gulf Coast. Recorded at Cuchara Restaurant on Fairview Street in Houston, TX.

Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe (Writer//Educator//Activist) is the author WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019) and works to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. Lupe co-hosts INKWELL – a collaborative podcast creation between Tintero Projects and Inprint, placing a monthly spotlight on Regional, National and International Latinx writers and other Writers of Color. Mendez has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundation’s Emerging Poet Incubator. Mendez currently serves as the Literary Outreach Coordinator for Poets & Writers Inc. for Houston.

📸: Alex Q from Bold Media

🎼: Idyll Green

http://www.thepoetmendez.org
http://www.bootleglikejazz.com

Q and Lupe Mendez choppin' it up
From left to right: Q and Lupe Mendez at Cuchara Restaurant in Houston, TX

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 : 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

Should I live abroad?

Should I live abroad?

Podcast alert 🚨🚨🚨- I personally believe everyone should travel abroad but should everyone live abroad for a short time period. Checkout part 1 of my series about living abroad. Don’t forget to subscribe and consider supporting me at http://www.patreon.com/bllj

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Raúl Orlando Edwards and Latin Week Houston 2020 – 25 years of performances, productions and community engagement

Founded by Panamanian-Jamaican artist, Raul Orlando Edwards, Latin Week Houston is the result of over 25 years of performances, productions and community engagement.

This interview was conducted on the Nuestra Palabra show at KPFT Houston studios on December 24, 2019.

Founded by Panamanian-Jamaican artist, Raul Orlando Edwards, Latin Week Houston is the result of over 25 years of performances, productions and community engagement. A journey that began in 1993, Raul has always understood the power the arts have in bringing communities together, in raising awareness on issues, and in transforming lives in a positive way. The City of Houston’s growth in population continues to attract people from around the world which has earned it the designation as “Most Diverse City”. Though an honorable distinction, many areas of the arts do not reflect this fact, especially when looking at Latin American arts presentations. The latter, almost exclusively focuses on the European influences with very little regard to the other major areas that are part of the culture. It is accurate to say that Latin American culture is not Latin American without the Indigenous, the European, the Gypsy and the African. For so long, little or no attention has been given to the undeniable influence Indigenous and African contributions have had in the shaping of the arts, culture and lifestyle in Latin America. This lack of representation was one of the factors that inspired Latin Week Houston. Another factor in the artist’s vision was the fact that though the City of Houston ranks in the top five most populated cities in the country, it did not have an event that strongly and permanently presented the convergence of cultures, music and traditions in one event. Our mission is simple: showcase all influences with dignity and respect while preserving Latin American arts for years to come. From the traditional to current trends, Latin Week Houston’s incredible roster of artists seeks to expose the City of Houston and beyond, with the beauty, the passion and the exuberant energy contained in the many influences that contributed in making Latin American arts what they are today.

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

Bootleg Like Jazz presents Sweets By Belen – La Tienda más Dulce del Mundo en Houston

Q drops into Sweets By Belén and samples her alfajores, discusses her experiences as a Afro-Latina and her journey to becoming an Entrepreneur.

Q drops into Sweets By Belén and samples her alfajores, discusses her experiences as a Afro-Latina and her journey to becoming an Entrepreneur.

@sweetsbybelen

Music by: Idyll Green

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