New York Said

New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.

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February 8, 2024 44 mins

In this episode, Amon Focus engages with Bill Adler, a pivotal figure in hip hop, to explore his transition from a music journalist to Def Jam's first publicist and his significant contributions to preserving hip hop culture. Adler's insights reveal a deep passion for the genre, highlighting his work on a seminal photo book and donations to institutions, ensuring hip hop's legacy for future generations.

 

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In this episode of the "New York Said" podcast, Amon Focus and Juan Sanchez reflect on their eventful year of 2023. They delve into personal milestones such as Juan's experiences of fatherhood and coping with loss, and Amon's professional achievements, including his speech at the School of Visual Arts. The episode also highlights the significance of storytelling and cultural narratives in their work, featuring discussions with gues...

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Saladin Q Allah is a prominent figure in cultural education and community engagement. Learn about his work at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center and his contributions to preserving and enlightening communities about their rich ancestral legacies.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/saladin-q-allah-merging-ancestral-wisdom-with-modern-outreach

 

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Join us as we delve into a candid conversation with Bruce Munro about his artwork 'Field of Light at Freedom Plaza.' In this episode, we explore the inspiration behind this breathtaking installation and gain insight into Bruce's creative process and aspirations.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/art-and-illumination-an-intimate-discussion-with-bruce-munro-on-field-of-light-at-freedom-plaza

 

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New York-based fine artist TTK debuts with "See What I'm Seeing," his most intimate and revealing collection yet. "These paintings were inspired by people escaping from something and stepping out of what's familiar, even when it's uncomfortable," reveals TTK. Building on the success of his "See What I'm Sayin'" art book series, this exhibition promises to be more than just a visual delight; it o...

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In a realm where tradition often looms large, breaking the mold is no mean feat. Yet, one artist has continually refused to be bound by convention, making waves with her unorthodox approaches and captivating work. Dan Lam, a Dallas-based artist, has captured the world’s imagination with her stunningly vibrant and tactile sculptures that blur the lines between the fantastical and the tangible, the alien and the organic.

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In a city known for its relentless pace of change, one woman’s lens is capturing the timeless essence of life in New York City. Destiny Mata, the impassioned photographer whose work delves into the heart of her neighborhood, is creating a profound photographic archive, one frame at a time

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Explore the inspiring journey of Erica Ford, a community leader dedicated to transforming lives and promoting peace. Discover how she founded Life Camp Inc. and embarked on a mission to empower at-risk youth. Join Erica Ford and Paper Planes in raising awareness during Gun Violence Awareness Month with their limited edition Crown.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/greatness-is-a-process-erica-fords-journey-to-empowerment-and...

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Amon Focus hosts a conversation with filmmaker Rico James, who provides an intimate look into the life and legacy of the late influential street artist, TMNK. Known worldwide for his transformative impact on urban art, TMNK or 'The Me Nobody Knows,' remained an enigma until his passing in 2016. Rico’s recollections offer not only a tribute to TMNK's life and work, but also a testament to the indomitable spirit and passion of an art...

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In this episode, we delve into the life and work of Renda Writer, a poet, muralist, and hip-hop enthusiast who has dedicated his life to uniting communities through art and culture. Discover his philosophy on personal growth, his love for language, and the importance of connections in the world of arts. Don't miss the chance to learn more about Renda's World Peace Mural Tour and Grateful for Hip-Hop projects. Be inspired by Renda's...

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In an interview with Amon Focus, conceptual artist Cj Hendry discussed her upcoming tenth solo show, Plaid. The exhibition features hyper-realistic pencil drawings and a unique heuristic format, including the immersive Plaidground installation, a 5,000 sqft adult playground. Hendry's work aims to evoke nostalgia and connect visitors with their inner child while exploring the intersection of literal and conceptual art. Plaid challen...

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March 23, 2023 74 mins

Discover the story of Joffy Top Tiger, a rising powerhouse in the hip hop world. Learn about his origin story, collaborations, and innovative projects, and find out why he's becoming one of the most sought-after artists in the industry.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/joffy-top-tiger-overcoming-adversity-and-building-a-legacy-through-music

 

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It's another exciting day on the podcast as we welcome back Comfort Crusade. With his signature blend of chilled hip hop, lo-fi, and Rhodes-filled house music, Comfort Crusade's unique sound has gained recognition worldwide, captivating audiences with its ability to transport them to far-off musical destinations. Don't miss out on what he has in store for us today - it's no surprise why Comfort Crusade has become a favorite among o...

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In his latest project, Violet Skies: Volume I, Jahan Nostra combines modern content and concepts with a vintage, raw hip-hop sound. The eclectic collection of production and featured artists create a well-rounded project with no wasted space. Nostra's slick lyricism and thought-provoking content are elevated by powerful sonic backdrops, taking listeners on a journey through sound and feeling. The respec...

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Home. It’s where the heart is, where we feel safe and secure. And in New York City, home takes on a whole new meaning. The Museum of the City of New York is launching its new contemporary photography triennial, New York Now: Home, on March 10th. This inaugural exhibition explores the different ways in which we make homes in and around the five boroughs. Co-curated by Thea Quiray Tagle and Sean Corcoran, this event marks the beginni...

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Paola Zamudio is an award-winning interior designer and creative director based in New York, known for her innovative and unique approach to design that seamlessly blends art, culture, and functionality. She is the founder of npz studio+ and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from commercial spaces to residential homes, with clients that include Bell Works, Somerset Development, and Quantum Investments. Paola is passionate...

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December 31, 2022 116 mins

Juan and Amon are back to pontificate, philosophize and reminisce on the year 2022

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/2022-year-end-wrap-up/

 

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December 1, 2022 111 mins

On a walk through Central Park, Stay Sain talks growing up in Philly, his experiences in West Africa and chess strategies.

Show Notes:  https://www.newyorksaid.com/walking-to-stay-sain/

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Artist Shantell Martin’s signature black and white lines have led her to exciting and very successful collaborations that highlight both her work and those of the brands she loves. In her newest collab - Shantell x HOEK - Shantell designed super fun pieces with her iconic pen, from coasters to coffee tables to wall art, to spread throughout any eco-conscious home. 

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Vikki Tobak explores the intricate dialogue between culture, adornment, and identity in her latest book, Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/vikki-tobak-ice-cold-interview/

 

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