Throwback Thursday – Student Loan Forgiveness

The Biden administration is expected to extend payment pause for student loan borrowers through August 2022. This would be the sixth extension of the pandemic-era relief policy staying loan payments for the tens of millions of Americans with student debt. Check out the episode for more…

According to CNBC.com, The Biden administration is expected to extend payment pause for student loan borrowers through August 2022. This would be the sixth extension of the pandemic-era relief policy staying loan payments for the tens of millions of Americans with student debt. The Biden administration has expressed reluctance to resume the payments before it has come to a decision on loan forgiveness.

What are your thoughts… Should student loans be partially forgiven or fully forgiven? @jamiraburley

Check out my episode I did on student loan forgiveness back in 2020…

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Do you know how to handle a gun? Meet Last Option Defense …

Meet Daniel Hunt Owner of Last Option Defense. Listen I live in the US of A and many people have weapons and guns are all around us. It never hurts to learn to protect yourself and to be prepared!!!

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Tune in tonight

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Going live at 7pm c.s.t on Instagram @7minuteswithq joining us will be Founder, Social Entrepreneur and Connector JHA and Organizer of Vol. Summer – Farewell and Co. Matt Salazar.

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It’s Insecure season again

As you all know, Insecure is currently taping their last final season. This show has been extremely monumental in navigating the realities of adulting. But I have one question, should Issa stay with Lawrence?

  • skip this post if you didn’t watch last season 😂

He has a baby on the way with Condola but everything has finally come full circle when the opportunity presented itself to be back with Issa. What do you think? Stay with Issa? Or focus on rekindling with Condola?

Re: Student Loan Forgiveness

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.

Would you make the move?

According to CNN, During the pandemic, cities such as Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Natchez, Mississippi, have offered remote workers cash to relocate there, while exotic destinations like Aruba have promoted their islands for stay-at-home jobs.

Now, West Virginia wants to pay remote workers $12,000 to move to its country roads.

On April 12, Gov. Jim Justice announced a program, Ascend WV, that “will allow adventurers to enjoy world-class recreation, uncrowded spaces, and a low cost of living while staying fully connected to their jobs.”

Well, would you do it? Would you move for the right price? Thoughts?! We want to hear from you!

Here’s what you missed

What are your thoughts – should college athletes be paid? What about players who start and players who don’t? What about video games and using their likeness?

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.

BLLJ: What impact will masks have on racial profiling

Will masks orders create a surge in racial profiling?

In this new episode of Bootleg Like Jazz, Q shares resources for those economically impacted by the Coronavirus and discusses the ramifications surrounding wearing masks in public and the impact on race relations among the public and law enforcement.

Part 1
Part 2

BLLJ presents Natty Poet – Poet, Writer and Speaker

Meet Natasha Carrizosa poet, writer, and speaker. Her work is deeply rooted in her childhood and life experiences. Raised as the daughter of a fierce African-American mother and Mexican father, her writing reflects the dichotomy of these two rich cultures. She is author of mexiafricana, heavy light, and crown. 

Part 1

Her work has recently been published in ¡Manteca! – an anthology of Afro-Latino poets and R2: The Rice Review (Rice University.) She has performed her work and conducted workshops for audiences in Madrid, Paris, St. Lucia, New York, Chicago, Houston and countless other cities.

Her love for the arts inspired the creation of natty roots & rhyme – one of the most dynamic poetry open mics in the country. 

Part 2

Checkout more of her live performances here:

and also here:

Up next Natty Poet

Up next Natty Poet

New podcast alert tomorrow at 1 pm c.s.t 🚨

Joins us as Natty Poet shares some of her poetry including the piece available in the video below. Enjoy!

God Body Bingo – Rapper, Songwriter and Dreamer

Meet God Body Bingo | Rapper, Songwriter and Dreamer

Proudly hailing from the Northside of Houston, Texas, Still Dreamin’ Entertainment’s own God Body Bingo brings a breath of fresh air to the hip hop scene with his powerful voice, witty lyrics, crowd pleasing flows, and his overall versatility. A rising star in the music scene in Houston, TX, God Body Bingo aims to reach the masses with good music and serve his community any way he can. Allow me to introduce: God Body Bingo!

Recorded at The Barron Collective Houston, TX

Music by: Matthew Hartnett from “Southern Comfort”

Director of Cinematography: Alex Q

Executive Producer and Host: Q

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.

Upcoming: Q discusses wealth, entrepreneurship and looking rich vs. being rich

Upcoming: Q discusses wealth, entrepreneurship and looking rich vs. being rich

Videography by: Bold Media (Alex Q) recorded at Barron Collective Houston, TX. Music by Matthew Hartnett.

Tomorrow, Bootleg Like Jazz will air a new episode pontificating on topics such as: privilege, education and financial literacy. If these topics resonate with you then subscribe, comment and share!

Have you subscribed yet? Well, you should and you should do it now! Thank you.

Videography by: Bold Media (Alex Q) recorded at Barron Collective Houston, TX. Music by Matthew Hartnett

Catch up on Bootleg Like Jazz

What better time to catch up on past episodes of Bootleg Like Jazz or to start watching content from Bootleg Like Jazz! Click the video below and enjoy!

What topics do you want to hear on Bootleg Like Jazz?

I want to hear from you – leave a comment and tell me what you want me to talk about.

I want to hear 👂🏿from you. Leave a comment below and tell me what you want me to talk about. Who do you want me to bring on the show? What do you want me to talk about next?

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

Coming soon, a conversation with Poet Lupe Mendez

Coming soon…

Don’t forget to subscribe!!!!

📸 Alex Quillin

Location: Cuchara Restaurant

Say hello to Dr. Keisha Davis – Trainer, Dancer and founder of AskPath

Keisha Davis is a trained physician in pathology as well as a classically trained African and Caribbean dancer for over 15 years.

Keisha Davis is a trained physician in pathology as well as a classically trained African and Caribbean dancer for over 15 years. During that time she physically trained hard and has developed a weight training, full body workout and aerobic routine that she believes will work for the busy professional. Dr. Keisha has used online training for dance classes and strongly believes in its effectiveness. She believes that the traditional gym does not always exist and sometimes online coaching is best for a client’s busy life and just as effective.

For more, check out the interview…

Q interviewing Dr. Keisha Davis with Alex Quillen in the studio at Barron Collective
Bleu Treasure ; VoyageHouston

Image Credit: Bleu Treasure Photography ; VoyageHouston

Music by: Idyll Green

BLLJ: 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.

Website: http://www.underground333.com

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.

From left to right: Jac’Qulinne Chinn and Julenne Brown.

Check the full interview with Underground 3:33 Vendors Market here:

Music by: Idyll Green

Videography by: Alex Quillen

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

Genesis Evans on Bootleg Like Jazz discussing New York fashion week, Entrepreneur life and her Garifuna roots

Genesis Evans on Bootleg Like Jazz discussing NY fashion week, her Garifuna roots and Afro-Latinidad

Genesis Evans and Q at Cuchara Restaurant

Genesis Evans was born in New Orleans, LA and currently resides in Houston, TX. She was crowned Ms. Honduras Houston and as a result has participated in multiple pageants. In October 2017 she was crowned Miss Teen Turismo Model Universe and in 2018 Genesis represented Honduras at Miss Lumiere International World in Singapore and Malaysia.

Genesis Evans, Q at Cuchara Restaurant

In 2019, Genesis directed and organized the first Miss Raices Fashion Show in Houston to fundraise for an orphanage in Honduras. Although Genesis was born in the United States, her maternal and paternal grandparents originated from Garifuna communities in Honduras. She is the owner of Genesis Modeling Agency where she coaches and directs other models.

Cuchara restaurant
View from the front door.
Setting up #entrepreneurlife

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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NYE 2019 recap

A little bit of what I did during NYE 2019… Big shoutout to @danceafrikana for the support and if you haven’t been to @matchouston then you’re missing out!!! 📸 @alexqbd
@danceafrikana

A little bit of what I did during NYE 2019… Big shoutout to @danceafrikana for the support and if you haven’t been to @matchouston then you’re missing out!!! #bootleglikejazz #emcee #independentartist #bllj #dance #caribbean #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #panafrican #dashiki 📸 @alexqbd @danceafrikana

Q from @bootleglikejazz 📸 Alex Q

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

Raúl Orlando Edwards – Latin Week Houston – Nuestra Palabra and KPFT

Listen live from 6-7 pm cst on 90.1 FM KPFT, http://www.kpft.org, facebook: @terrellwayne or instagram: @bootleglikejazz

Tune today on 90.1 FM and check out my interview with Raúl Orlando Edwards. You can listen on 90.1 FM KPFT in Houston or at http://www.kpft.org and select “FM”. Check out the live feed on Facebook @TerrellWayne or Instagram @bootleglikejazz from 6-7 pm cst.