Light Culture

Light Culture

Hi, my name is David Hershkovits. As a founder of Paper magazine, I have been a long-time supporter of cultural disruptors from the alternative worlds of skate, hip hop, graffiti and streetwear scenes to cannabis reform, LGBTQ and women's rights. On Light Culture, I'll be knocking heads with some of today's most influential change makers -- rappers, writers, artists, fashion designers, models, advocates and activists, influencers, entrepreneurs who respect "the other." Light Culture is brought to you exclusively by Burb -- where cannabis, clothing and culture intersect. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Burb is a cannabis and apparel company building on the city's legacy of tolerance and respect. Follow us on Instagram @lightculturepodcast and @shopburb. Subscribe to Light Culture at https://shopburb.com/blogs/lightculture See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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January 5, 2022 36 min
Olympic snowboarder, musician, artmaker, streetwear designer, filmmaker, NFT creator, Trevor Andrew is perhaps best known today as the man behind the fashion brand Gucci Ghost. What started as a playful hack using bootleg Gucci fabric caught the eye of the fashion brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele who brought him on board for an official collaboration. Andrew’s amazing journey from world-class snowboarder to prolific cre...
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If I were to make a modern day version of the Kevin Costner-Whitney Houston movie “The Bodyguard,” it would be based on the life of Kenny Hamilton. His experience handling security for a 14-year old Justin Bieber, would give writers plenty of material to work with. In his current incarnation as managing partner at thet CSH group, Kenny focuses on artist development and music management. We talk about fan mania, what he learned from...
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JR is the famous photographer who shoots larger than life portraits and pastes them on buildings and walls for the local residents to see and be seen.  JR’s disruptive hands-on collaborations and interventions get the treatment they deserve in his new documentary, “Paper and Paste” which takes us on a journey through some of JR’s most impactful activations --  a Paris ghetto, a supermax US prison, the Mexican-American border and a ...
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With cannabis legalization for New York a done deal, there's an ancillary economy growing around the fringes of the industry that’s rarely tabulated and has little to do with the growing, buying or selling of the plant and its CBD offshoots. Millions more go into the economy thanks to all the creative businesses and financial spinoffs cannabis generates -- consulting, publishing, the arts, legal, fashion, finance, design, influ...
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November 3, 2021 51 min
While Hollywood pursues it's blockbuster driven agenda, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch continues to do it his way, most recently the zombie-com “The Dead Don’t Die.” Whether casting accomplished actors Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Johnny Depp and Adam Driver or musicians Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Joe Strummer, Tom Waits and RZA,  his off-beat movies never fail to enchant and surprise. A Cannes Film Festival regular, Jarmusch’s low-budget 80...
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With LA the epi-center of cannabis and hip hop, it’s not surprising to find the two worlds cohabiting in the music and mindset of Problem. Immersed in LA rap royalty that includes Wiz Khalifa, Snoop and Kendrick LaMar, the one-time party bad-boy from Compton “changed the narrative” and it shows in his dress, demeanor and desire to transcend labels, set tables, and still stay true to his community and ongoing relationship with canna...
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Along with cannabis, psychedelics like Ayahuasca, ‘Shrooms, MDMA, LSD, Ketamine and other mind altering substances are resurgent, finding their place as part of the plant-based health and wellness movement. Spurred on by medical studies and the support of the psychiatric community in search of answers to PTSD, depression and a growing list of mental problems, the movement to legalize these previously outlawed psychedelics is rapidl...
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Can you imagine how it must feel to be serving a 13 year prison sentence for possession of two joints in the midst of a gold rush in the growing, selling, and marketing of weed.  Well, Bernard Noble can. He was that guy, but now he’s in the cannabiz thanks to the efforts of, among others, filmmaker and hip hop legend Fab 5 Fred Brathwaite. How Bernard got released and went into business with Brathwaite on BNoble prerolls is both a ...

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September 8, 2021 38 min
One art world Insider called him “the most charismatic artist since Jean Michel-Basquiat.” Like the great Basquiat, Dash Snow was a graffiti writer who showed in galleries, was dismissed as a lightweight clown, became an international art star and died a drug-related death in his 20's. There's more, much more to the story of Dash Snow, an heir to a fortune who immersed himself in New York’s art world demimonde of the early ...
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Frenchy Cannoli’s legendary life came to an end on July 18th. Recognized world-wide as an evangelist for Hashish, he was also a throwback to another era when adventurers trekked the Himalayas in search of ancient wisdom. Having him on my podcast was one of my career highlights. We honor his life as we rerun this classic Light Culture podcast from January, 2020. RIP Frenchy Cannoli.

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Ricky Powell was a living legend who died earlier this year. A photographer who documented popular culture including hip hop, graffiti and pop art, he toured with the Beastie Boys and took some of the most iconic photos of that era. He was also very funny as you will hear in this rerun of one of my all time classic Light Culture podcast episodes from 2019. RIP Ricky Powell.

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August 11, 2021 38 min
Jeremy Elkin’s documentary “All the Streets Are Silent” tells the story of New York in the 90s, a decade in downtown history when hip hop met skate and set off a combustion of energy that catapaulted a youth culture to stardom and mainstream appeal. We talk about Elkin prepping at Vanity Fair; finding vintage vids of Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Method Man; Eli Gesner’s legendary Zoo York “Mixtape”; the influence of Larry Clark’s “Kids”...
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From his unlikely casting in Larry Clark’s movie “Kids” at 16 to his cult status as an actor and consummate art world outsider, Leo Fitzpatrick’s don’t-give-a-shit ethos has worked, landing him a role in the Wire and a co-director gig at the blue-chip Marlborough Gallery. Though he recently shut his St. Mark’s Pl. gallery, his commitment to youth-driven culture continues unabated. We talk about New York’s mean streets and the tragi...
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What would make an editor/writer with a Conde Nast and Huffington Post pedigree chuck it all to start a cannbis-centric lifestyle magazine? As the co-founder of Gossamer, von Pfetten has channeled her love for travel, design, art, culture et al into a print venture that looks to update the stoner aesthetic for the 21st Century. We talk with the Vancouver born von Pfetten about her pride for BC Bud, her love-hate relationship with “...
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Jason DeLand has been selected to both Adweek's list of “20 Most Influential People Under 40” as well as High Times “Top 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis.” As the founder of the ad agency Anomaly and the popular Dosist e-pen, he’s a defacto futurist who looks into his crystal ball to talk about the coming world of cannabis in New York, building brands in today’s changing world, CBD,  sleep and his personal journey and th...
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June 16, 2021 38 min
On the popular serialized music podcast Dissect, Cole Cuchna geeks out on iconic hip-hop albums, focusing on one song per episode. This time it’s a deep dive into Kanye West’s 2013 album Yeezus, looking at the life, times and music of this iconoclastic shape-shifter.  We talk about Kanye in terms of Dylan, Stravinsky, Wagner, Nipsey Hussle and Kendrick Lamar.  We also learn the fascinating backstory that birthed the Dissect podcast...
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In her popular YouTube and Instagram videos, Eunice Chang’s found  a lane that allows her to be serious and lighthearted about her greatest passion -- skateboarding. Her infectious personality shines through with her version of the skatepark community’s fun-filled antics. We talk about her love of the Jackass movies,  defying Asian-American stereotypes, social media’s impact on the sport’s fanbase, and why she wants to move to New ...
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Shaun Ross has a great story to tell. Born black, gay and albino, he defied the odds and became a super model. Featured in Vogue, GQ and Paper, he walked the runway for Givenchy and Alexander McQueen and appeared in videos with Beyonce, Lana Del Ray and Katy Perry. Today he’s focused on a music career and his recently released album Shift show he’s got what it takes. We talk about the inequities of the fashion world, making a diffe...
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Over a long career, he's been an L.A. rapper, worked with A$AP Rocky and currently manages the Buffalo-based rap collective Griselda, which includes Westside Gunn and Benny the Butcher. We talk with the founder of Agency 78 and L.A.'s Harun Coffee about making emotional connections, Kendrick, Drake and J. Cole as conscious rappers, hustling weed and what he learned running a streetwear brand/hangout on New York’s  Lower Eas...
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When the author of the best-selling The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle began work on his biography little did he know that LA’s iconic rapper, entrepreneur and social activist would be shot and killed on his beloved streets of Crenshaw. We talk about what made Nipsey special, how he worked to transcend and build on his street life and whether we’ll ever know the truth behind the murder of this man who made...
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