Culture Raises US

Culture Raises US

Culture Raises US. It isn’t just something we’re impacted by, it’s also something we can impact. As empowered stewards of Culture, it’s time to get smart on how we can continue influencing society while breaking new grounds. On Culture Raises US, Astor Chambers invites you to join for honest, insightful, and challenging conversations with pioneering cultivators across music, fashion, tech, sports, art, and entertainment.

Episodes

July 11, 2024 8 mins

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Mark Smith grew up in a creative family and was exposed to various cultures around the world. He initially didn't see his work as culturally relevant, but later realized the impact of his designs on the world.

His journey can be divided into four chapters: his upbringing in a creative family, his focus on art and music in high school and college, his transition from advertising to design, and his career in footwear and...

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The conversation delves into Laz's personal journey as a first-generation American and his commitment to championing Afro-Latinos in the entertainment industry.

Laz shares his experiences of facing challenges and setbacks but maintaining a mindset of perseverance and manifestation.

In this part of the conversation, Laz Alonso discusses the importance of resilience and the support of family and friends in overcoming ch...

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The conversation explores the concept of culture and its importance. It delves into the idea that culture provides a sense of belonging and a soft landing, allowing individuals to take flight and refuel.

The discussion also touches on the importance of sharing culture and not keeping it boxed in. Trust, communication, and the willingness to do hard things are highlighted as essential components in building a culture of emp...

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The conversation explores the concept of culture and its evolution over time. The speakers discuss the idea that culture existed before their generation and that they were part of shaping the youth culture in terms of music, fashion, and footwear.

DJ Clark Kent shares his gift of spotting great talent and his passion for understanding the details of music. He emphasizes the importance of preserving and understanding the cu...

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The conversation explores the themes of patience, practice, and the influence of different cultures on art and creativity. Patience is emphasized as a necessary quality in the creative process, allowing time for clarity and growth.

Practice is seen as a key component of success, drawing parallels between sports and art. The conversation also highlights the importance of cultural influences, including the culture of ballers ...

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Summary Christopher Hicks discusses the evolution of Atlanta's entertainment scene and the sense of community that has allowed it to flourish.

He highlights the collaborative nature of the city, where individuals support and help each other in various fields. Hicks also mentions the growth and attention Atlanta has received, both from a population standpoint and in the political landscape.

However, he acknowledges that the ci...

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Summary Dr. Caprice Hollins discusses the importance of understanding culture and how it shapes our identities and behaviors. She shares her personal journey and the realization of her own biases and privilege. Dr. Hollins provides insights on navigating courageous conversations on race and the importance of curiosity and genuine curiosity. She also discusses the impact of interventions in promoting racial justice and the need to...

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Summary Jaren Small, founder of Reading with a Rapper, discusses the intersection of culture and education and how his organization uses rap music to engage students in reading, writing, and retention. He shares his journey of creating Reading with a Rapper and the challenges and opportunities that come with it. Small emphasizes the importance of literacy and the impact of low literacy rates on society. He provides advice for educ...

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Summary Daryl Phillips, Executive Director of the ASAP Foundation, discusses the creation and mission of the foundation, which aims to raise awareness of drug abuse and provide harm reduction strategies. He emphasizes the need to meet people where they are and provide resources for safer drug use. Phillips also highlights the impact of drug culture on overall culture and the disparities faced by marginalized communities in relati...

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Summary Don Choo, the executive producer of Front Porch Freestyles, discusses the impact and influence of GoGo music and DC culture on different genres and communities. He shares his journey and partnership with Nucci, the creation of Front Porch Freestyles, and the expansion of the platform to include various artists and genres. Don Choo also highlights the significance of music and black culture in marketing and branding, as w...

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Summary Tab Nkere-Anyay, a senior level music executive at BMG, shares his journey from being a songwriter to an executive in the music industry. He discusses the impact of Frank Ocean on his decision to become an executive and the importance of preserving the essence of African music. Tab emphasizes the need for diversity and inclusion in the industry and the importance of ownership for black artists. He also discusses the chan...

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Summary Matt Halfhill, founder and CEO of Nice Kicks, discusses the evolution of sneaker culture and its impact on retail. He shares insights on the shift in consumer experience and the rise of the resell business model. Matt also talks about the influence of designers and the transition from sports to music and fashion as arbiters of influence. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining authenticity and presence in the industry....

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Summary DL Warfield, a creative director and artist, discusses the role of culture in connecting people and shaping identities. He shares his journey in creating the American Flag Remix collection, which explores social narratives through art. Warfield emphasizes the importance of collaboration and inclusivity in the creative community. He also discusses the challenges faced by black artists in the art world and suggests ways to ...

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Summary Marlon Wayans, accomplished actor, comedian, writer, and producer, discusses the meaning of culture and the importance of building family and community. He emphasizes the need for creating opportunities and the importance of brotherhood. Wayans also talks about fearlessness in comedy and the power of laughter in addressing social issues. He highlights the significance of ownership and offers advice for aspiring comedians...

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SummaryWendell Hastings, a leader in diversity and inclusion and marketing, shares his experiences in shaping culture and influencing the global landscape. He discusses the importance of like-minded individuals with similar interests and goals in creating culture.Wendell reflects on his early exposure to the music industry through his sister's work and the impact it had on him. He also highlights the influence of his father...

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Summary: In this conversation, Bernard Freeman, also known as Bun B, discusses the meaning of culture and its role in human connection. He reflects on the influence of music and black culture, particularly through the success of the song 'Big Pimpin'. Bun B shares his journey into the food industry with Trill Burgers and how it has become a cultural brand. He emphasizes the importance of service and the connection between ...

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Mitchell Jackson discusses his journey, the significance of culture, the fusion of fashion and sports, the NBA's cultural impact, the responsibility of content creators, the importance of black ownership, and the evolution of NBA fashion. The conversation explores the evolution of fashion as art, the exploitation of black culture, the importance of preserving and growing black culture, the role of artists in preserving...

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With three decades in the music industry, Grace Harry, self-proclaimed “Joy Strategist”, unveils the essence of joy at the intersection of music, art, and passionate living. In this episode, Grace guides listeners to rediscover and integrate joy into their daily lives, breaking through creative and emotional ruts with lighthearted wisdom and playful activities.

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With a keen focus on bridging the gap, Corey Gilkey has dedicated his career to creating opportunities for Black communities to flourish in areas that have historically been overlooked. Corey shares the challenges and triumphs of building businesses in underserved communities, offering valuable advice and lessons learned along the way.

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Explore the legendary world of hip-hop with renowned photographer Jonathan Mannion. With a career spanning over three decades, Mannion has immortalized iconic moments and personalities in the industry, capturing the raw energy and authenticity of influential artists. From timeless portraits of Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G, and Aaliyah to his latest ventures, uncover the untold stories behind his lens and the enduring impact he has left o...

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