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On this episode, Ytasha Womack joins us to discuss the history and philosophy behind the movement that is on everyone’s mind: Afrofuturism. Womack is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and the author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, and she helps us explore the meanings behind the aesthetic blend of high technology and African cosmology. So pull the veil aside and step through the portal, because Space is the Place.


How to Slay

Award winning journalist, author, and brand consultant Constance White joined us in the Culture Crush Studio to discuss her new book How to Slay: Inspiration From the Queens and Kings of Black Style. A lavishly illustrated overview of 20century African-American style, How to Slay served as the jumping off point for a deep conversation between Constance, Debra, and Brandon on the effect that African-American style has had on culture. From cultural appropriation and Dapper Dan to Black...


Kelly Cutrone

As New York Fashion Week began, publicist, author, and CEO of People’s Revolution, Kelly Cutrone joined Debra in the Culture Crush studio to discuss all things fashion and culture. Their conversation begins with Debra telling the origin story of The Culture Crush, and the role that her experiences at Italian Vogue played in its development. Then they discuss their history in the fashion industry and how the landscape has changed over the past few decades. Finally, Kelly explains her views...


On The Streets Of Jacksonville

A quick stop down in Jacksonville Florida to talk southern street photography with Malcom Jackson, while he was preparing to work on a project for the tenth issue of the Culture Crush print edition. We discussed the peculiar cultural history and the beauty of documenting life in the largest city in the United States.


Judah Friedlander

On this episode of The Culture Crush podcast, we sat down with comedian and actor Judah Friedlander (30 Rock, Wet Hot American Summer) to discuss his new stand-up Netflix special America is the Greatest Country in the United States. Judah explains how he developed this special’s topic, his theory of political comedy, and his evolution as a comic. We also discuss a host of other topics including the 2016 election, freedom of speech, the co-opting of political causes by brands and...


Expanding The Discourse With Brandon Sutton

As The Culture Crush evolves so does the podcast. On this episode, we are excited to have our new regular co-host Brandon Sutton, who brings his unique voice over from his own podcast, The Discourse. Join us as we connect the cultural dots and discuss society at large through the voices of artists and thinkers moving through this new world.


Matthias Vriens-McGrath

As the influence of the aesthetics of ‘90’s Paris seems to grow and grow, it’s interesting to get a feel for some of the pieces of the puzzle that made up that particular ecosystem. Then, stylists, photographers, creative directors, press agents and designers were working in a freer, closed world, interacting with each other and allowing for chance work and experimentation that is now difficult to imagine. But photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath remembers it well. He discusses the...


There Is No Try

We have spent this past year asking questions like, “What ever happened to the counterculture?” and fighting against sameness, and forming the belief system of the Culture Crush. In light of recent events it seems like our fight is coming to the forefront because not only are certain values under attack, culture itself feels like it’s under attack. With this in mind, our founder Debra Scherer sat down with Donna d’Cruz, founder of Rasa Living, who began her career in the world of music,...


There Is Freedom In Manhattan

When we first started to plan for issue 7, I spoke with André D. Wagner about doing a group of images that might be very personal to him. I suggested the possibility of traveling somewhere, or maybe retracing a few steps of his life. He said, “absolutely not!” Because, for him, the streets of New York, now more than ever, are the basis for what he feels is the most personal work he has ever done. We discuss the weight of the city on us all and how he is just hitting what he calls a new...


Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic?

Britta Phillips is a vocalist, songwriter, and actress, best known for her role as the singing voice of Jem, the title character of the ‘80’s animated TV series Jem and the Holograms.She also starred in the girl band movie Satisfaction alongside Julia Roberts and Justine Bateman and is the bass player in ‘90’s indie pop band Luna. In 2007, she married Luna and Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham. They have performed together as the duo Dean & Britta since 2003, and have jointly composed film...


It’s Totally Tierney

Tierney Finster is a writer, editor, and actor who prefers to unify her variety of creative talents and projects under the title ‘storyteller.’We spoke to Tierney about growing up in Los Angeles, her obsession with video girls, and her undying love for Britney Spears. She muses on the importance of mixing analog journalism and social media, and touches on the underrated power of niche followings. Her insights into today’s corporate-driven media culture ultimately reveal how the...


New York, Just Like I Pictured It.

On this week’s episode, documentary photographer Andre D. Wagner pays a visit to The Little Squares studio just as we were finishing the Gotham City issue of the paperzine. For this special issue we focused on New York City and Andre took to the streets during the summer months to create a special portfolio of images just for us. We discuss his arrival in the city and first experiences with the overwhelming qualities of scale and diversity inherent in taking your Leica and pointing it just...


Too Big Not To Fail? Talking All Things Retail With Robin Lewis

Robin Lewis is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail and editor-in-chief of The Robin Report. He stops by our Flatiron studio in New York City to talk about everything that’s wrong with the direction of the very complicated and broken system that serves as the middle man between the fashion industry and the consumer. With his 40 plus years on the business side of fashion, unique insight and scathing humor, we discuss much more than just how the industry has evolved but more importantly,...


How We Make Our Music With Composer Dan Tepfer

This week, Debra heads out to visit musician and composer Dan Tepfer, one of her most frequent collaborators on The Little Squares short film work. Some of the most beautiful scores are original improvisations Dan has recorded in his studio, on the road and even at The Little Squares studio where, course, there is a piano. They discuss the changing music industry, the relationship between music and comedic improv and Dan even plays a few tunes of his own. Just off touring with Jazz legend...


Unintended Consequences For Fashion In the Digital Age

Hosted by the The Little Squares founder Debra Scherer. In this episode The little squares founder Debra Scherer continues the dialogue with fashion industry veteran Mesh Chhibber as they try to address some unintended consequences of the digital age. From the lost role of fashion journalists to the new obsession with wearable technology, it seems both industries are stumbling in this new uncomfortable relationship. While there sometimes can be very little criticism when it comes to show...


What Do The Gap and Rough Trade Records Have In Common?

The conversation continues between The Little Squares founder Debra Scherer and fashion communications veteran Mesh Chhibber. On this episode we pick up our discussion about recent editorial projects and continue to find connections between things. What do The Gap and Rough Trade Records have in common? Much more than you might think. Includes interviews with Art Twain, the man who originally branded The Gap and write some of the most memorable ads and jingles for Levi’s and The Gap as...