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In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," 🎙️ host Rob Lee interviews Stuart Shapiro, a multifaceted producer, writer, and director. Shapiro shares his background in Massachusetts and his early exposure to music, which fueled his entrepreneurial spirit in organizing music events. He discusses the centrality of humor in his work, coining the phrase…
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In this episode, Rob Lee and Jason Steer explore the intersection of arts, culture, and community. Steer shares his Caribbean heritage and his path into the creative arts, detailing his time at the Apollo Theater and his work in education and workforce development. He emphasizes the importance of exposure, authenticity, and inclusivity, particularl…
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In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews KJ Mohr, the festival and programming director for the Maryland Film Festival. Mohr shares her background in film, her path to her current role, and the importance of diverse storytelling. She discusses the festival's response to the pandemic and its 25th anniversary. The conversat…
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In this episode, Rob Lee explores Osaretin Ugiagbe's transition from computer science to art, navigating skepticism at Yale, and wrestling with questions of identity and authenticity. Osaretin reflects on how growing up in the Bronx influenced his creative expression and recounts the key moments that paved the way for his admission to the Royal Col…
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In this podcast episode, host Rob Lee interviews interdisciplinary artist Desmond Beach. They discuss Desmond's art, which addresses race, identity, and social justice, aiming to heal and uplift the black community. Desmond works in various mediums, influenced by his Baltimore upbringing, church experiences, and figures like James Baldwin. He talks…
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In this episode of the Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee talks with Maurice James Jr., a self-taught contemporary artist and graphic designer from Washington, DC. They discuss Maurice's creative process, his strategic planning for art exhibitions, and the influence of cities like DC and Philadelphia on his work. Maurice emphasizes the importa…
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In this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee talks with Tony Gittens, the founder of Filmfest DC. Gittens recounts his upbringing in Brooklyn, his move to Washington, D.C., and his early involvement in the civil rights movement. He shares his journey from managing a bookstore to founding the Black Film Institute and eventually est…
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🎙️ In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Alex Farkas, co-founder and gallery director of UGallery. They discuss Alex's upbringing in an artistic community, his education, and the inception of UGallery. Alex reflects on UGallery's evolution, from supporting student artists to curating established and emerging talents. H…
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In this podcast episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews James Watkins, an advocate for social change and youth empowerment. Watkins shares his journey from Southeast DC to empowering youth through the Queen Bees music program. He discusses the transformative power of storytelling and music, highlighting the creation of "Lifeguar…
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In this episode of "Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee engages with Baltimore-based artist Tommy Mitchell in a rich discussion about the intricacies of being a self-taught artist. Mitchell shares his journey from admiration to participation in the art world, emphasizing the importance of evolution and ambition. He reflects on early influences, such a…
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In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee is joined by Michelle Faulkner-Forson, Barry Wright III, and Brian James O'Connell to discuss the world of improv. They explore the misconceptions that improv is only for the funny or certain types of people, emphasizing its accessibility and importance in everyday life. The conversation high…
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In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish of the band Outcalls. They explore the band's genre-fusing music, their collaborative songwriting process, and the challenges of defining their eclectic sound. The duo reflects on their first creative endeavors and the role of their artistic ba…
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In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Domonique Brown, a Pomona-based artist, designer, and marketing professional. Domonique discusses her creative journey, from early recognition in high school to founding Domo Ink, aiming to bring black art into retail spaces. She recounts her educational background, her initial off…
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In this special episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee sits down with accomplished stage director, producer, and playwright Troy Burton, in celebration of World Theatre Day. They delve into Troy's remarkable journey in the world of theater, exploring his experiences as a teacher and mentor, and delving into his recent projects. Troy share…
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In this episode of "Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Los Angeles-based visual artist Lanise Howard. Lanise shares her journey from modeling to studying fashion and ultimately pursuing art seriously since 2017. She discusses her multifaceted interests, including plans to return to fashion and explore sculpture, while also incorporating he…
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In this podcast episode, Rob Lee hosts a discussion with Danielle Eliska and Juanita Anderson about their experiences and perspectives as filmmakers in Detroit. They explore the city's influence on their work, the importance of community, and the unique challenges faced by black women artists. Danielle shares her journey from writing to filmmaking,…
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In this episode of "The Truth in This Art" podcast, host Rob Lee interviews Tyler Feder, a Chicago-based artist and author. They discuss Tyler's work, which is deeply rooted in big feelings, feminism, and pop culture. Tyler shares her experiences working with big names like Netflix, Comedy Central, and ESPN, as well as her award-winning graphic mem…
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In this episode of The Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee interviews Naomi Winston, founder and CEO of the Creative Representation Empire. They discuss Naomi's journey in creating coloring books that promote representation for Black and Brown communities, the importance of authenticity in storytelling, and the impact of her work on individuals and com…
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In this captivating episode of The Truth In This Art, host Rob Lee sits down with the illustrious Nigerian-born fashion designer Abisola Oladeinde, who has made a name for herself in Baltimore's fashion scene. Together, they stitch a narrative that covers Abisola's inspiring journey from her roots in African iconography to her current status as a p…
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Join host Rob Lee in an engaging episode of "The Truth in this Art," as he explores Baltimore's vibrant maker scene alongside Andrea Specht from the American Craft Council and ceramic artist Whitney Simpkins. Together, they dive deep into the essence of the American Craft Made Baltimore Marketplace, sharing their passion for the event and the tight…
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In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," Rob Lee interviews Leslye Penelope, an award-winning author, to explore her journey as a writer and her passion for storytelling. Leslye discusses her background in film and computer science, her love for fantasy, paranormal, and romance genres, and shares insights into her writing process. They also touc…
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In this episode, Rob Lee welcomes Bethany C. Morrow, a renowned speculative fiction author, to discuss the intersection of memory and identity in her work. Bethany shares insights into her writing process and the themes she explores in her novels. Episode Highlights: Bethany's journey as a writer and her early experiences with storytelling (00:00:1…
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In this episode, Rob Lee sits down with Craig Rousseau, an acclaimed comic book artist, to delve into his journey in the world of comics, discussing his unique artistic flair and experiences working with Marvel, DC, and independent titles. Episode Highlights: Craig's childhood love for comics and journey into the world of art (00:00:10-00:05:42) Th…
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In this episode of Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee interviews Detroit-bred interdisciplinary artist Jamea Richmond-Edwards. They discuss her latest exhibition, Ancient Future, which explores Afrofuturism, Black mythologies, and the power of imagination. Jamea shares her journey as an artist, her inspirations, and the importance of decolonizing the …
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In this episode, host Rob Lee welcomes Raeghan, a talented artist who delves into the history of black punk rock through her comics. They discuss Raeghan's artistic journey, the inspiration behind her work, and the importance of representation in the music scene. 🎨🎸 Episode Highlights: Raeghan's early influences and passion for drawing - 00:00:10 T…
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