Episode 21: Blake Thomas
Blake Thomas is one of the best freelance photographers on the wrestling circuit. He has worked with the likes of; Mia Yim, Veda Scott, NXT's Nikki Cross and Baltimore Legend, Ruckus. Over the years, he's also gotten into management and production for different leagues across the nation. Ronald and Donte' catch up with Blake to talk about his story and ultimately striving to work for the WWE.
- 9:21: Power of Friends Motivating Friends
- 10:33: Humble Beginnings
- 14:20: The Evolution of Love for Wrestling
- 21:45: What Makes a Good Wrestling Match
- 31:40: Watching the Growth of Your Friends
- 35:42: The Importance of Supporting Friends
- 44:52: Burnout
- 47:15: Who's Next in the Game
- 51:50: Attending Youtube University
- 55:29: The Favorites
- 1:03:02: The BRNDD 10
Episode 20: BRNDD Live: BCMakes Series for BCPL
Baltimore County Public Libraries invited our hosts Donte' Cotton and Ronald James to host one of their Inspire Nights to talk about BRNDD, how they started the podcast, what's it like being a creative and what challenges they faced, and what makes them successful.
- 2:22 - What is Podcasting?
- 5:06 - Inspiration
- 7:00 - Trials and Tribulations
- 10:12 - Success Stories
- 14:20 - What is Debonair Material?
- 18:47 - What Inspired the Podcast?
- 24:22 - Streetwear: Mastered
- 27:01 - Production Challenges
- 32:01 - Scheduling Issues
- 34:18 - The Art of Following Up
- 35:25 - How to Create and Maintain a Strong Circle
- 37:13 - Fight through the Challenges
- 43:24 - Use Your Resources
- 47:04 - Baltimore Comedy Festival
- 50:40 - Pensole Academy
- 53:31 - Q & A Segment
Eppisode 19: Pierre & Jamyla Bennu
Pierre and Jamyla Bennu are the owners of Oyin Handmade and Exit the Apple. This New York couple migrated to Baltimore over a decade ago and have been a thriving part of the scene ever since. Jamyla being the brains behind Oyin's natural products and Pierre being an all-around artist, the two have an amazing story. They were fortunate enough to celebrate their 18th anniversary sharing their story with us.
9:35 18 years, 18 years!
12:52 I make stuff; I do art
15:09 discovering of Fullness of self
21:44 The Creative Process
25:32 What is Oyin Handmade
31:00 Shea Butter Twitter represents
37:03 Ethics and Integrity
42:26 The Dream Hammer
46:30 The Original Netflix
48:28 From New York to Baltimore
53:21 Exit[ing] the Apple
1:02:20 The Culture Ambassador
1:05:14 The birth of Bennu
1:08:23 the Growth of Oyin and Exit the Apple
1:17:25 Hip-Hop is like Buddhism
1:21:46 The BRNDD 10 & Favorites
Exit the Apple:
Episode 18: Ivan Martin
Ivan Martin is a Duval, FL transported to Maryland via the Navy. He's a working comic, teacher and Festival founder. He's done shows up and down the sea board and has had some great experiences with other rising comics such as Quincy Jones and Jordan Rock. Ronald and Donte' talk to Ivan about his journey as well as his upcoming Baltimore Comedy Festival!
- 4:10: I'm happy...and broke
- 5:56: What was your 1st hit joke?
- 10:39: Stepping into new comedy territory
- 16:50: the Hypocrisy of Black Comedy
- 21:01: the importance of a good crowd
- 27:06: The love of the art
- 29:56: Morality in Success
- 34:42: Young Gifted Niggas
- 38:49: Technology and live comedy
- 44:38: Hecklers
- 47:37: Enjoying contemporaries
- 48:46 Baltimore Comedy Festival
- 55:22: How media covers Baltimore Comedy
- 58:10: Meeting Comedian Quincy Jones
- 1:02:59: The BRNDD 10
Baltimore Comedy Fest: http://www.baltimorecomedyfest.com/
Episode 17: Dino Hatfield(of Baltimore Sneaker Show)
Dino Hatfield has become a pioneer in the age of sneaker news. He has broken numerous stories, from the Yeezy 650 first ever leaks to the Jordan 8 releasing and informing the world a whole year before it's release. He has taken his social platform and set himself apart from any other outlet available. With the help of his team, 7 years ago, he also established Baltimore's Premier sneaker event, the Baltimore Sneaker Show. A show with so much buzz, that Under Armour has given the event its own shoe collab. Donte' and Ronald sit down with Dino and break down all this and more.
3:45: How'd it Start
8:00: The importance of Safety and Insurance
13:54: First show that almost didn't happen
20:50: The Culture of Collecting
27:42 The Rise of Sneaker Twitter
31:38: The Evolution of Sneaker Copping
34:57: The Art of Storytelling & the Rise and Fall of Nike SBs
39:22: Galaxy Foams and the Peak of Sneaker Hype
40:38: Baltimore Sneaker Show x Under Armour
48:26: Confidence x Research = Success
52:04: The end of the Under Armour beef
55:23: 7 for 7
59:00: The Power of Nike: Fusions vs. Countdowns
1:05:12: Kanye's influence on Sneaker Design
1:10:42: Supreme and the Era of Collabs
1:19:19: Being First vs Being Right
1:21:30: Dino vs. Adidas
1:38:26: Dino "the Scammer" Saga
1:39:36: Dino Vs. Nike
1:42:55: The Sneaker News to Trump all Sneaker News
Eppisode 16: Ericka Blount Danois
Ericka Blount Danois is an award winning author who has worked as a staff writer, editor, freelancer, and stringer for a number of publications including: Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, and The Source. She also has written a non-fiction book on the history of Soul Train, entitled, Love, Peace and Soooooouul! The BRNDD hosts caught up with her to talk about her career over the past couple decades; from interviewing Pac to meeting former Cuban President Fidel Castro.
- 15:01: Behind the Scenes of All Eyez On Me and Rooming with Benny Boom
- 23:40 Journalistic fairness and the story behind Little Melvin
- 29:45 Working for Vibe and Covering Nas before illMatic
- 38:32 Writing for the Legendary Source
- 41:38 The world of Freelance Writers
- 44:29 Writing Love, Peace and Soooooouul!
- 51:25 the Transition from Traditional Print to Digital and Blogs
- 54:26 Black Comedy
- 1:02:15 Unsung Stories and Charlie Murphy
- 1:08:28 Sports Figures and 30 for 30
- 1:11:52 Interviewing Fidel Castro
- 1:17:18 Fake News
- 1:23:00 Where Were you When Prince Died?
- 1:30:41 The Impact of Love Peace & Soul
- 1:32:28 Advice to Upcoming Writers; is it still fun for you?
Love, Peace & Soul Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/lovepeaceandsoul/
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Episode 15: Sam(of Sam Styled You)
Sam is is a business owner, mother, wife and creative director, all of which she is successful with. She She owns New Vintage by Sam, an apparel and accessories company, Sam Styled you, a personal styling company as well as her mommy blog, Dressed in Motherhood. Coming from a corporate background, she decided she needed more to feel fulfilled in life. Join Ronald and Donte' as they talk with Sam about being an Entrepreneurial mommy and how to handle it all.
- 5:40 - The Psychology of Self Image
- 8:32 - The Transition into being a business owner and its Difficulties
- 11:42 - The balance of Motherhood and Business
- 16:36 - Movies that inspire Fashion
- 18:44 - Indie is the Wave of the Future
- 21:02 - Music and How is Spurs Daily Inspiration
- 26:30 - What is Dressed in Motherhood & advice for Entrepreneurial Mommies
- 34:30 - The Importance of breaking Societal Norms & Black Love
- 41:30 - The Favorites
- 45:11 - Get Out, The Commercialism of Black Culture, & White Mediocrity
Dressed in Motherhood Blog:
Episode 14: Kalilah Wright(of Mess in a Bottle)
Kalilah Wright is the founder of mess in a bottle. A company that makes inspirational shirts and packages them in a special bottle. The brand has been going strong a little over a year now and has even been recognized by the likes of Mark Cuban.Read more
Ronald and Donte' kick off the episode talking briefly about Kalief Browder's story, and his music with his cousin, under the crew name Catch the fade. Then Ron gets into how he met Kalilah at Under Armour and she speaks on her architecture background. She also speaks on how she came up with Mess in a Bottle over a year ago, and how she started with designing baby furniture and apparel(7:31). The BRNDD hosts also get her to talk about her New York roots and attending Art and Design High School, and why she chose the architecture route initially over apparel and how she got back into it(11:31).
Ronald transitions the conversation into how social media helps her business and how she developed her social currency(14:30). Then the three speak on her experience meeting Mark Cuban on The Harry Show and sharing her dream of being interviewed by Oprah(15:41). She also shares her difficulty of running a business by herself and bringing in a staff(19:48). Ron also gets her to speak on how she balances herself and her positive energy with the help of her Therapist friend(24:40). Kailiah gets personal and talks about the importance of her family and how they inspire her as well(33:37). Winding down, Kalilah talks about becoming an author and what others can do to chase her dreams(38:55).
A Mother's Dream Book Page:
Eppisode 13: Brian(of Creative Culture Lifestyle)
Ronald and Donte' are back for Season 2 with a 2-hour premiere! Creative Culture lifestyle is a brand started by Brian in 2016 that focuses on black males' beards with a line of natural care products. They've been featured on news channels from Baltimore to Philly, sold in several beauty supply stores across the state of Maryland and their online presence is ever-growing. This year, Brian be launching his non-profit H.U.S.T.L.E.R. and all that and more is discussed in this episode.Read more
Before the episode starts, Ron announces he's going to London for a week, the two talk about traveling and announce more information about their first live event(3:30)! The conversation starts off when Brian talking about growing his beard in corporate America and being concerned about it until he saw his white counterparts be able to do so(8:24). Then the conversation leads into Brian explaining why African Americans need his product and why the products cater to them.
Brian also talks about his school days, from selling Lil' Mike Mixtapes in High School(13:15), to selling t-shirts at Morgan St. University. He also talks about how he was always driven to be in sales but never illegally and how "risk-reward" played into it.
Brian also discusses the importance of reputation for not only yourself, but your business as well(26:08). The conversation leads into Brian explaining the issues of selling a natural product and how he built a support system through his women audience and friends such as Baltimore Political figures Nick and Marylin Mosby(34:50).