Something From Nothing

August 17, 2018

Brooklyn Terry, one of five members of Elite Force, a legendary dance crew from NYC, gives us his perspective on the influence of hip hop and urban culture in America and around the world. Terry is a longtime resident of Tokyo, where he teaches urban dance (and also travels outside of Japan to teach), works as a DJ, and runs a monthly dance party event called Speakeasy TYO.

Brooklyn Terry's info:

NDS X Brooklyn Bomber Dance Studio (Website)

Speakeasy TYO (Facebook)

@SpeakeasyTYO (Instagram)

@brooklynterryef (Instagram)

Hometown - Brooklyn, NYC

 

This episode featured music by Rhyming Gaijin. Song title: "I Come From America"

 

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Curating the Scene: Fashion, Art & Music

August 4, 2018

Photographer Owen Rogers went from capturing nightlife and music shows in NYC to curating vibrant events in the metropolis of Tokyo. In this episode, we learn about Owen's biggest inspirations, the creative collective Tokyo FAM (Fashion, Art, and Music), and his thoughts on Japanese art making its influence on pop and urban culture in America.

Owen's info:

iamowenrogers.com (website)

iamowenrogers (Instagram)

Tokyo FAM (Instagram)

Hometown - Harlem, NYC

 

This episode featured music by DJ & Producer Frankie $. Song title: "Ukiyo"

 

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Jaden Smith, Robot Funerals, & Fukushima

July 20, 2018

Cinematographer and Director, Ivan Kovac, joins us to talk about his award-winning documentary “Alone in the Zone” and more of his stellar work, which includes a documentary about robot funerals (in Japan) and music videos he worked on in Tokyo for American actor and musician, Jaden Smith.

Ivan's info:

Alone In the Zone (Documentary)

Hometown - Sydney, Australia 

 

This episode featured music by the melancholy pop band The Ocean and ISong title: "Pacific"

 

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The Almonte Films: Blacks and Asians

July 6, 2018

Almonte, the founder and creator of The Almonte Films, visits Tokyo for the first time to work on one of his latest projects; a non-profit documentary about the relationships between Blacks and Asians. 

Almonte's info:
thealmontefilms.com 
@thealmontefilms (on all social media) 

Help Almonte Fund a Non-Profit Documentary!

Hometown - Harlem, NYC 

 

This episode featured music by hip hop artist Antarius. Song title:  "Zenshinwa" (全身和) 

 

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Osaka vs Tokyo

June 22, 2018

Fellow podcaster, Ayana, tells us why she created a podcast titled "Kurly in Kansai" (with co-host Alyse), as well as the "Black Creatives Japan" Facebook group. During this episode we also talked about some of the differences between two of Japan's most well known cities: Tokyo and Osaka. 

Ayana's info: 

kurlyinkansai.com

Black Creatives Japan

Hometown - New York

 

This episode featured music by hip hop artist Gizmo. Song title: "Meet Me in Tokyo"

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Hoop Dreams: Ballin’ Overseas

June 8, 2018

Georgia native, Bryan Simpson, didn't take basketball serious until his late teenage years; however, he worked religiously on his game and the opportunity arose to play professional basketball in Japan. Bryan tells us how his hoop dreams came true.

Bryan's info:

Okinawa 72 

bsim32 (Instagram)

Hometown - Atlanta, Georgia

 

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Me So Horny

May 29, 2018

Guest Saki, a local DJ in Tokyo, joins us to talk about Asian girl stereotypes. 

Saki's info:

Saki Suki Sake (Instagram)

Hometown - Fukushima, Japan

 

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Get Out!

May 13, 2018

Gabriel returns to the podcast to share his experiences of Japanese work culture. Gabriel details the stress and displeasure of working for Japanese companies, which motivated him to plan his escape and start his own business in Japan. 

Gabriel's info:

Hometown - San Francisco, California 

 

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Kannji Killed Swag

April 29, 2018

Freddie Mac, a.k.a KannjiKilledSwag, is a fashion photographer and art director for fashion brands in Japan. Freddie shares his journey from Atlanta to Korea to Germany to Japan and tells us where he's going next. 

Freddie's info:

Frederickm.com  

Beginning Film (Instagram)

Hometown - Atlanta, Georgia

 

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Define Your Spirituality

April 15, 2018

David Whitaker (Christian), Buddha (Buddhist), and Cliff (Atheist) share spiritual journeys and define their own spirituality. 

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