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BLLJ: The Fussings

Talib Jasir Fleming is a podcast producer, author, and advocate for the people and their collective power. He is a creative entrepreneur with over 16 years of professional work in marketing and advertising.

Born a twin in Baltimore, MD, he spent his earliest years traversing the backwoods of Maryland’s Eastern Shore under the guardianship of his Great Grandmother. Reared by a village of irrepressible folk, he learned the paramountcy of kinship, love, and the dynamism of language.

Talib is the founder of the Afros & Audio Podcast Festival and Vanguard Podcast Network. He is also a dual certified Life Coach to creatives, entrepreneurs, and podcast creatives. 

Talib received his BA in Public Policy/Urban Studies, Africana Studies and Social Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ.

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A conversation about hope with Vanessa Quillin

Vanessa Rae Quillin is a Teacher, Certified Christian Counselor and Wellness Coach with a B.A. in Psychology from Belhaven University. Her purpose is to help others journey “WELL” through life. Vanessa is passionate about providing practical tools to help others flourish from the inside out. Her counseling platform “Wild Inner Wellness” encourages women and adolescent girls to be unapologetic about their individual wellness journey! Vanessa joins us today to discuss the move to virtual services by places of worship.

BOOTLEG LIKE JAZZ: BOSSA NOVA WITH RAÚL

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In this installment of Bootleg Like Jazz, Raúl Orlando Edwards joins Q and discusses the history, major contributions and the impact Joao Gilberto had on Bossa Nova. We look into Bossa Nova’s rich origin story in the protests movement, similar to Jazz and later Hip-Hop, that would come to influence much of Brazil throughout the mid 20th century. Our conversation doesn’t end there as we dive into the exchange of cultures between many Black American and LatinX/Afro-LatinX musicians – most notably Quincy Jones and Rahsaan Roland Kirk producing their version of Bossa Nova in “Soul Bossa Nova”. Lastly, we spend time discussing the impact the nylon acoustic guitar and Samba had on the South American continent and beyond.

Helpful links:

1) https://www.npr.org/2008/06/02/91087907/the-birth-of-bossa-nova
2) https://www.britannica.com/art/bossa-nova
3) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-bossa-nova-pioneer-joao-gilberto-180972578/