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Episode 69: "Drink at the Communion" with Andra "AJ" Johnson of Macon Bistro & Larder

Andra "AJ" Johnson is the beverage director for Macon Bistro & Larder and The Magnolia Room. She is also author of a book entitled White Plates, Black Faces and creator of a web series by the same name. The book and web series spotlights black culinary talent and address cultural neglect in the industry. We talk with "AJ" about her push to create awareness around this issue, being both a certified sommelier and cicerone, and how the American drink palate has evolved in the time she's worked...


LIVE from The Black Love Experience

Geronimo and our friends, Alex and Taren of Save The Formalities podcast, were on location last month at the fifth annual Black Love Experience - a conglomerate of artistry and inventiveness geared towards creatives, revolutionaries, kindred souls, and fearless visionaries celebrating ourselves under the canopy of all things Black. We kicked the show off with some pop culture talk before we interviewed three of the event's curators - founder Anika Hobbs, vendor curator Eboné McCloud, and...


LIVE from &bar with Andre "Whiteboy" Johnson of Rare Essence

This week's episode was recorded in February at a discussion event we had at &bar, inside &pizza located in DC's Chinatown. Our guest was Andre "Whiteboy" Johnson, co-founder and lead guitarist of the legendary gogo band Rare Essence. We had a couple technical difficulties prior to start but once the conversation got going the audience got an earful about navigating the music industry, withstanding DC's socioeconomic changes over the past 40 years, and how gogo and DC's new crop of...


Episode 68: “Keys Open Doors” with Charles Keys III

Charles Keys III is the founder of Keys Open Doors - a consulting company assisting creatives in various disciplines turn business aspirations into reality. As a 15-year veteran in entertainment, fashion and commercial marketing, we brought him in studio to discuss his work, what “branding” really means, and effectively bridging the gap between the community and corporations. We also kick off our new “Twitter Hits” segment at the top of the show and round out this episode with a slightly...


Episode 67: "A Look in My Viewfinder" with Kai Frazier of Curated x Kai

Kai Frazier is a historian (B.A History), and innovative educator (M.Ed) passionate about utilizing technology to provide inclusive opportunities and increased exposure in cultural settings for people of color. Before creating Curated x Kai, she worked with several museums such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as the National Museum of African American History & Culture, specializing in digital strategy and content creation. We talk to her about the mission of the...


Episode 66: "Coastline Politickin'" with Pokuaa "PK" Owusu-Acheaw

Inside the walls of the U.S. Congress are young people playing major roles in the day-to-day work of legislators from all states and territories within the Union. Pokuaa "PK" Owusu-Acheaw is one of those young people. "PK" works as a regional director within the U.S. Senate and wears several more hats in the process. From law school grad, legislative director, community volunteer, WKYS DMV's 30 Under 30 to Prince George's County Forty Under 40, she's only scratched the surface of...


Episode 65: "Write + Wrong" with Christina Sturdivant-Sani

Christina Sturdivant-Sani is a DC based freelance journalist and former/not-so-former staff writer for DCist (the site is scheduled to relaunch in the spring thanks to a few good public radio samaritans). Geronimo and Matt talk to Christina about the pros and cons of covering local news, the life of a freelance journalist, being a native Washingtonian living in a new DC, and her Random Aside. #NecessaryListening Follow Christina on Twitter - All The Fly Kids...


Episode 64: "Places and Spaces I've Been" with Timothy Anne Burnside of the Smithsonian NMAAHC

Still the most exclusive ticket in town, access to the halls of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has been in high demand since it opened in September 2016. Timothy Anne Burnside is a curatorial museum specialist for the NMAAHC and is a self-proclaimed music history nerd. She launched the hip-hop collecting initiative at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2006 and has since gathered a wealth of artifacts now on view at...


Episode 63: "Run Joe" Part Two with Byron Edwards of RunWithB

Geronimo is back from his three weeks in Trinidad + Tobago with plenty of stories to tell - Carnival is just a small part of it. In studio this week is fitness event producer and certified fitness consultant, Byron Edwards. He started his concierge fitness experience company, RunWithB, to provide an active pathway to healthier living through a variety of wellness initiatives and workouts. Listeners will get pointers on how to identify life-threatening signs of doing the most, prevent...


Episode 62: “Nu Africa” with Roye Okupe of YouNeek Studios

Backpack Matt holds down the fort again this week. Considering all the fanfare surrounding Black Panther and Wakanda, we invited founder of YouNeek Studios, Roye Okupe, to shed light on the comics industry. We talk to the DMV-resident comic book publisher about his Nigerian heritage, the intricacies behind creating and marketing a comic book, technology, and representation of Africans and African-Americans in comics world. #NecessaryListening Follow Roye and YouNeek Studios: Roye on...


Episode 61: "Follow Codes, Study Game" with Amir Henriquez of Dry Goods & Garments

Backpack Matt holds down the fort while Geronimo is in Trinidad visiting fam for a few. Amir Henriquez, native Washingtonian and founder of Dry Goods & Garments stops by to talk about the indie clothing hustle, cultural changes in DC, and the rise of crypto currencies. #NecessaryListening For more information on Dry Goods and Garments: Learn more about the AyaUplift Workforce Development Training Program at...


Episode 60: "Fresher Than the Harvest" with Boe Luther + Wallace Kirby of Hustlerz 2 Harvesters

The difficulties returning citizens face when establishing a legitimate life upon release from prison are well-documented. We also know there are many economically disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout the country lacking supermarkets and healthy food options. Boe Luther + Wallace Kirby are working to change both realities in Clay Terrace, the Northeast DC neighborhood where they grew up. They are the founders of Hustlaz 2 Harvesters, an urban agriculture organization which aims to teach...


Episode 59: "Explore the Moment" with Carl Maynard of Walk With Locals

Too few of us take time to be tourists where we live. This reality is where Carl Maynard saw an opportunity and launched Walk With Locals - A monthly walking tour, inspired by its Instagram city guide predecessor With the Locals (, making city [re]discovery fun for new and longtime DC residents. We talk to Carl about what he saw lacking in the DC walking tour business, what he's learned about DC as tour leader, expanding the concept to other cities, and the role social...


Episode 58: "Create Your Own Glow" with Diego Downtown

Geronimo flies solo this week as he interviews DC-based fashion blogger, Diego Downtown. They talk about Diego’s love of DC, how his work and that of other DC fashion bloggers helps change the perception of the Nation’s Capital lacking style, and how to stand out in the oversaturated blogosphere. #NecessaryListening Follow Diego: Twitter - Instagram - Facebook - Diego Downtown website -...


Episode 57: "...And Counting" with Randi Gloss of GLOSSRAGS

This week's guest is Randi Gloss, founder of the GLOSSRAGS clothing line + And Counting series - A collection of t-shirts honoring black victims of police violence and increasing awareness through what she's coined "wearable activism". Our conversation runs the gamut of her work as a social entrepreneur and activist, maintaining good mental health while on the front lines, her picks for top social moments online, and lessons she's learned in the almost four years she's been a business...


Episode 56: "Coast to Coast or Local" with Modi Oyewole of Trillectro

You may have never attended a Trillectro music festival but you probably know the name. We invited the festival co-founder, Modi Oyewole, to the Full Service Radio studio this week to learn more about the brand's evolution from one-day music festival to bi-coastal event series, his college radio show turned blog (DCtoBC), Geronimo and Modi's days as Rock Creek Social Club co-founders, and how digital marketing and communications have allowed him to criss-cross the US over the past ten...


Episode 54: "Cleaner Than Your Church Shoes" with June Sanders of DTLR

Two episodes in one week? This is correct. We had to make a minor schedule adjustment but you can still expect new episodes on Tuesdays as usual. This was our first episode recording from our new home at Full Service Radio inside The LINE Hotel's DC location (opens January 2018). Geronimo and Matt decided to kick things off with June Sanders, product designer for DTLR and Villa. Whether you live in the DMV or not, many of you are familiar with his work - From creating the staple Luxe-T of...


Episode 53: "Flash Frequency" with Kevin Chambers

Episode 53 led us to the Adams Morgan neighborhood in DC with multimedia artist + father, Kevin Chambers aka Flash Frequency. This brother has done a lot and has much to say. We cover everything from growing up in Texas and then moving to the DC area, how he got his start in music production and graphic design, a nerd out moment between he and Backpack Matt where they talk all things coding, major music media not completely understanding the DMV music scene, bitcoin, fatherhood and more....


Episode 52: "Icon Living" with Malik the Dope Drummer

Still in pop-up mode, we recorded this episode at the Wildhand Workspace which is the A Creative DC headquarters in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. We finally caught up with Malik Stewart, better known as The Dope Drummer, to talk everything from growing up Rastafarian, a few marching band drumline stories exchanged between he and Geronimo, playing alongside Usher and meeting other big name music acts, and the creation of his band D.O.P.E. (Definition of Percussion...


Episode 51: "Splash of Paper" with Erin Corley of Adidas

The Universe truly has it’s own way of leading us where we need to be. Geronimo was in NYC over the weekend and linked with one of his good friends, Erin Corley. Erin is general manager of Adidas Originals in SoHo, the #AdiGawd, and one of the most reinventing people you could meet. This was one helluva interview which unfortunately ended up getting cut short and had some static in the mix(thanks modern technology). There were way too many gems dropped for us not to put this one out....


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