This past weekend was a memorable one for me. It showed me the highs & lows of my profession as a journalist. Here’s a raw, unfiltered recap of the past few days.
Friday, I interviewed artistME + L , a rising star with a unique sound. Saturday, I interviewed talented poetHD The Poet , Neville, CEO of fire clothing brandTemet Nosce, and NYC’s hottest drill rapper Nas EBK. When DHJ reaches the next level, I’ll credit this weekend towards helping me reach new heights.
Sunday I premiered an interview for the 1st time during DHJ alum Rickey Strachan‘s book signing in Brooklyn. Thank you so much for that opportunity.
Yesterday, our Creative Director Roki graduated, as well as several other alums of our platform. Congrats to the CO’21, very proud of y’all.
During this hectic weekend, we lost 2 special people to senseless gun violence. Aaron was a role model, with a strong work ethic, beautiful family, and maturity I admired. Keyshawn, someone I had no relationship with, was well-liked during my FDA years.
1 year ago, we lost hoop star Brandon Hendricks to gun violence. It’s a pandemic that’s still spreading. If you’re reading this, please remain safe & careful during these summer months. We don’t need to lose anyone else. My condolences go out to the families of Aaron, Keyshawn, and Brandon.
With that being said, I’ll conclude with this: Da Hood Journal is not a podcast, blog, or YouTube channel. It’s a platform for the people, made by the people, and used to help the people that support our vision. Big thank you to our supporters, we are going to keep building with DHJ.
Shout out to my big brother Cal, and his man’s Jelly.
A common theme in all the conversations I share, I enjoyed talking with the two.
It was fascinating to watch Cal & Jelly go back & forth on topics they were passionate about, whether they agreed with each other or not.
What I admire most was how they consistently respected one another’s opinions throughout the conversation & allowed the other to speak their piece.
The most memorable segments of the dialogue for me had to be the constant mentions of fashion, whenever they gave a shout out to a mutual friend from their neighborhood, Cal’s time in college at SUNY Canton, and when Jelly went off on a tangent of straight A$AP Rocky slander. (That was crazy)
With that being said, you’ll most definitely enjoy this newest episode.
Cal & Jelly are two stand-up dudes who are in tune with the culture, and have great taste in music, fashion, entertainment options, you name it.
However, they still manage to separate themselves from the norm, in their own individual and creative way.
They have such dope personalities, they are comfortable in their own skin & always try to stay positive.
This conversation reminded me of my high school years when I would sit & just listen to kids banter during my lunch period.
To conclude, as always, thank you for the unbelievable support we’ve received on the podcast.
Without you all, this wouldn’t be possible.
We’re going to continue to evolve & build into something beautiful, one step at a time.
Thank you to Cal & Jelly once again for their time & presence. Thank you for also putting me on to Max B’s music. He is a God.
Because of that, this episode was filled with a ton of gems.
Speaking to them, it feels like they’ve figured out how they should maneuver in the real world.
Already aware of Diablo’s intelligence, I admire the way he carries himself. It’s a mixture of fearlessness and maturity that’s rare to find in a 20-year old.
The same can be said for Naj. This interview was my first time meeting him & I’m glad I did.
You can tell that Naj is both loyal & official.
His humble character & demeanor stood out, especially since he didn’t come into the studio expecting to be interviewed.
When I told him he was being featured on the podcast he was appreciative of the opportunity.
All in all, this was a solid interview. It was an enlightening conversation & I’m glad that the podcast is moving along smoothly at this juncture.
I’m confident the reception of these next two episodes will be great because we’re featuring two stand-up dudes surrounded by great support systems.
Shoutout to Diablo & Naj for believing in the vision & being a part of the podcast. Also, shoutout to the Glorious Gangsters, God’s Gift, and that backstreet they kept talking about because I heard it gets critical.
Today, April 10, we officially unveiled our brand new podcast, Da Hood Journal podcast. Radio has always been a venture I wanted to do, and now, I’m getting that opportunity.
I’d like to give a special thank-you to Zeke, Ms. Pierre, & Black Ivy Media for bringing my ideas to fruition. And thank you to Roki for remaining loyal to the brand as we embark on this new journey.
With that being said, what other way to debut our podcast, than with the duo that first debuted Da Hood Journal blog, the Fearless Boyz.
For those who don’t know, Mike (Fearless Boyz brand CEO) & Sta (brand ambassador) are the faces of the NYC-based underground clothing brand. They’re also good friends of mine.
I interviewed them back in August & wrote an article about the experience. These two helped jumpstart my blog in regards to popularity.
As a brand on the rise, gaining traction across the tri-state area, people were eager to learn about the duo on a personal level. And it showed as the article of them surpassed over five hundred reads.
Such a fun time.
But in the midst of that run, with the positive reception, my work received, I worried about the longevity of this passion, with writing such lengthy articles, especially in 2021, where reading is an afterthought.
Plus, despite how grateful Mike & Sta were for the article, they were in my ear, encouraging me to record my interviews for the world to watch, rather than read what took place.
So, it’s more than fitting to have my first guest on the blog, be my first guest on the podcast.
The first people to believe in me, this is my sign of appreciation to them.
And six articles & seven months later, here we are. The blog, once my main focus, is more secondary now.
That’s enough about that topic though. Let’s talk about the actual interview.
I truly enjoyed it.
When the conversation first started, I’m not going to lie, I was nervous.
At the time of the recording, I was still figuring out how to work the equipment I was using, while determining which direction I wanted to take with the pod.
But as we dug further into the conversation & I was able to ask my questions, I felt more comfortable.
The whole three hours I spent with them were genuine, raw, and filled with both deep & hilarious conversation.
Mike & Sta are naturally funny. With them, nothing feels forced. And that’s what I love because it makes for great content.
And shoutout to Diablo & Naj, who accompanied us during the interview. Diablo shared his tidbits of knowledge throughout the conversation while Naj sat quietly & watched.
Their interview is coming up next.
To conclude, I’m really proud of how this whole release turned out.
I think you’ll guys will enjoy the dialogue as much as I did. Editing the audio & video was the best part because I never got tired of watching it. Shows you how charismatic the Fearless Boyz are.
Happy 20th birthday to Mike, make sure y’all wish him a good one. Shoutout to my brother Sta for being such a blessing in my life.