Q from Bootleg Like Jazz the Podcast

Q talks resources for Artists and Entrepreneurs, trends amid pandemic and will we return to normal

In this installment of Bootleg Like Jazz, Q covers topics ranging from recent trends amid the Coronavirus, resources for Artists, Small Businesses and other economically impacted individuals and organizations and how the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing to ask questions about what is essential vs. non-essential. Resources: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/ Houston Arts Alliance COVID-19 resources: https://ready.haatx.com/covid-19 Music by: Matthew Hartnett “No Patience” from the album “Southern Comfort” Director of Cinematography: Alex Q Owner of Bold Media

Music by: Matthew Hartnett “No Patience” from the album “Southern Comfort”

Director of Cinematography: Alex Q Owner of Bold Media

God Body Bingo on Bootleg Like Jazz

God Body Bingo – Rapper, Songwriter and Dreamer

Proudly hailing from the Northside of Houston, Texas, Still Dreamin’ Entertainment’s own God Body Bingo brings a breath of fresh air to the hip hop scene with his powerful voice, witty lyrics, crowd pleasing flows, and his overall versatility. A rising star in the music scene in Houston, TX, God Body Bingo aims to reach the masses with good music and serve his community any way he can. Allow me to introduce: God Body Bingo!

Recorded at The Barron Collective Houston, TX

Music by: Matthew Hartnett from “Southern Comfort”

Director of Cinematography: Alex Q

Executive Producer and Host: Q

Q from Bootleg Like Jazz the Podcast

Bootleg Like Jazz – A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

In this latest installment of Bootleg Like Jazz, Q critiques the web series hosted by Anthony ONeal. Offering a perspective built on anthropological rhetoric, current events and a wealth of knowledge, BLLJ delivers compelling insights on the state of black culture, financial independence and combating social injustice. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to subscribe and turn on notifications!!!

Director of Photography: Alex Q of Bold Media

Music by: Matthew Hartnett from the album Southern Comfort “No Patience” and “Thursday Night”.

Recorded at The Barron Collective in Houston, TX.

Upcoming: Q discusses wealth, entrepreneurship and looking rich vs. being rich

Videography by: Bold Media (Alex Q) recorded at Barron Collective Houston, TX. Music by Matthew Hartnett.

Tomorrow, Bootleg Like Jazz will air a new episode pontificating on topics such as: privilege, education and financial literacy. If these topics resonate with you then subscribe, comment and share!

Have you subscribed yet? Well, you should and you should do it now! Thank you.

Videography by: Bold Media (Alex Q) recorded at Barron Collective Houston, TX. Music by Matthew Hartnett

Lupe Mendez

Bootleg Like Jazz presents Lupe Mendez – Tequila, Poetry and Readings from his award winning novel

Why I Am Like Tequila
A collection of poems | Welcome to Willow Books
Q from Bootleg Like Jazz interviews Lupe Mendez Author of his award winning poetry collection “Why I Am Like Tequila”

Recent winner of the John A. Robertson Prize for 1st Book of Poetry 2020 Bootleg Like Jazz is excited to have Lupe Mendez on the show today. Lupe Mendez is the author of the poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019). He earned an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Texas at El Paso and has literary work that has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine and Gulf Coast. Recorded at Cuchara Restaurant on Fairview Street in Houston, TX.

Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe (Writer//Educator//Activist) is the author WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019) and works to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. Lupe co-hosts INKWELL – a collaborative podcast creation between Tintero Projects and Inprint, placing a monthly spotlight on Regional, National and International Latinx writers and other Writers of Color. Mendez has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundation’s Emerging Poet Incubator. Mendez currently serves as the Literary Outreach Coordinator for Poets & Writers Inc. for Houston.

📸: Alex Q from Bold Media

🎼: Idyll Green


Q and Lupe Mendez choppin' it up
From left to right: Q and Lupe Mendez at Cuchara Restaurant in Houston, TX
Dr. Keisha Davis

Say hello to Dr. Keisha Davis – Trainer, Dancer and founder of AskPath

Keisha Davis is a trained physician in pathology as well as a classically trained African and Caribbean dancer for over 15 years. During that time she physically trained hard and has developed a weight training, full body workout and aerobic routine that she believes will work for the busy professional. Dr. Keisha has used online training for dance classes and strongly believes in its effectiveness. She believes that the traditional gym does not always exist and sometimes online coaching is best for a client’s busy life and just as effective.

For more, check out the interview…

Q interviewing Dr. Keisha Davis with Alex Quillen in the studio at Barron Collective
Bleu Treasure ; VoyageHouston

Image Credit: Bleu Treasure Photography ; VoyageHouston

Music by: Idyll Green

BLLJ: Underground 3:33 Vendors Market

Website: http://www.underground333.com

The UNDERGROUND 3:33 Market convenes once a month to create a marketplace to give local businesses a platform to promote and broaden their customer base while creating a one of a kind experience for the attendees. Our primary goal is to join as a community to support small businesses in Galveston County and abroad. Join us for food, art, live music, family-friendly entertainment, and performances from local civic groups all in an environment to promote, cultivate and curate local businesses.

From left to right: Jac’Qulinne Chinn and Julenne Brown.

Check the full interview with Underground 3:33 Vendors Market here:

Music by: Idyll Green

Videography by: Alex Quillen

BLLJ: Julenne and Jac’qulinne from Underground 3:33 Vendors Market


The UNDERGROUND 3:33 Market convenes once a month to create a marketplace to give local businesses a platform to promote and broaden their customer base; while creating a one of a kind experience for the attendees. Our primary goal is to join as a community to support small businesses in Galveston County and abroad. Join us for food, art, live music, family-friendly entertainment, and performances from local civic groups all in an environment to promote, cultivate and curate local businesses.   

Left to right: Jac’qulinne Chinn, Julenne Brown and Q

The event will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, at The Showboat Pavilion which is located at 416 6th Street N. in Texas City, TX 77590. Locals are invited to shop and support small businesses as well as enjoy entertainment from local artists and community organizations. “We wanted to create a space for local small business owners to connect with the surrounding community and have the opportunity to have a venue to engage with potential clients and networkwith fellow small business owners,” said Jacqulinne Chinn and Julenne Brown, event coordinators. 

This Unapologetically Ambitious initiative is a moment to springboard and encourage the community at large to shop locally, as well as cultivate the talent/ art in the area. “As a small business owner with limited capital, it is hard to get your product out there, and I am so excited and thankful that I am a registered vendor,” said, Shirley Wilson, Co-Owner of Couture Cravings. 

For more information on UNDERGROUND 3:33 and the upcoming calendar of events please visit http://www.UNDERGROUND333.com and follow their social media handle @MarketUnderground333 on all social media platforms.

BLLJ: Underground 333 Vendors Market

Joining together as a community to support small businesses in the surrounding area. UNDERGROUND 3:33 is a market created to give entrepreneurs a platform to promote themselves and broaden their customer base.

Interview coming soon with Underground 3:33 Vendors Market so subscribe and turn on notifications. Get your tickets to the event now and support a local business.

BLLJ : Would you want to know?

With the recent news that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and 7 other passengers passing away in a helicopter crash Sunday, conversations about our mortality can be heard from street corner to office rooms. Some compare this to the death of many notable celebrities such as: Michael Jackson, Prince and John Lennon just to name a few. Still, the shock of how sudden it occurred plus the blundering of the information being leaked added to the suspense of the day. We were on the edges of our seats.

This moment brings up many feelings and emotions. Pain, grief, anger, confusion. We want answers. Folks look for understanding and rationale but come up empty. We wonder and wonder until before long we’re putting ourselves in their shoes. We try to empathize. Imagine what could be going through their minds. This moment prompts the question: would you want to know the date of your death? Would you want to know when you were going to die?

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment and use #bllj

Genesis Evans on Bootleg Like Jazz discussing New York fashion week, Entrepreneur life and her Garifuna roots

Genesis Evans and Q at Cuchara Restaurant

Genesis Evans was born in New Orleans, LA and currently resides in Houston, TX. She was crowned Ms. Honduras Houston and as a result has participated in multiple pageants. In October 2017 she was crowned Miss Teen Turismo Model Universe and in 2018 Genesis represented Honduras at Miss Lumiere International World in Singapore and Malaysia.

Genesis Evans, Q at Cuchara Restaurant

In 2019, Genesis directed and organized the first Miss Raices Fashion Show in Houston to fundraise for an orphanage in Honduras. Although Genesis was born in the United States, her maternal and paternal grandparents originated from Garifuna communities in Honduras. She is the owner of Genesis Modeling Agency where she coaches and directs other models.

Cuchara restaurant
View from the front door.
Setting up #entrepreneurlife

Should I live abroad?

Podcast alert 🚨🚨🚨- I personally believe everyone should travel abroad but should everyone live abroad for a short time period. Checkout part 1 of my series about living abroad. Don’t forget to subscribe and consider supporting me at http://www.patreon.com/bllj

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NYE 2019 recap

A little bit of what I did during NYE 2019… Big shoutout to @danceafrikana for the support and if you haven’t been to @matchouston then you’re missing out!!! #bootleglikejazz #emcee #independentartist #bllj #dance #caribbean #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #panafrican #dashiki 📸 @alexqbd @danceafrikana

Q from @bootleglikejazz 📸 Alex Q

Raúl Orlando Edwards and Latin Week Houston 2020 – 25 years of performances, productions and community engagement

This interview was conducted on the Nuestra Palabra show at KPFT Houston studios on December 24, 2019.

Founded by Panamanian-Jamaican artist, Raul Orlando Edwards, Latin Week Houston is the result of over 25 years of performances, productions and community engagement. A journey that began in 1993, Raul has always understood the power the arts have in bringing communities together, in raising awareness on issues, and in transforming lives in a positive way. The City of Houston’s growth in population continues to attract people from around the world which has earned it the designation as “Most Diverse City”. Though an honorable distinction, many areas of the arts do not reflect this fact, especially when looking at Latin American arts presentations. The latter, almost exclusively focuses on the European influences with very little regard to the other major areas that are part of the culture. It is accurate to say that Latin American culture is not Latin American without the Indigenous, the European, the Gypsy and the African. For so long, little or no attention has been given to the undeniable influence Indigenous and African contributions have had in the shaping of the arts, culture and lifestyle in Latin America. This lack of representation was one of the factors that inspired Latin Week Houston. Another factor in the artist’s vision was the fact that though the City of Houston ranks in the top five most populated cities in the country, it did not have an event that strongly and permanently presented the convergence of cultures, music and traditions in one event. Our mission is simple: showcase all influences with dignity and respect while preserving Latin American arts for years to come. From the traditional to current trends, Latin Week Houston’s incredible roster of artists seeks to expose the City of Houston and beyond, with the beauty, the passion and the exuberant energy contained in the many influences that contributed in making Latin American arts what they are today.

Looking for something to do for NYE 2019 in Houston?

Then check out “A celebration of Afro-Dance” in Houston, TX at MATCH 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002 on December 31, 2019 from 5-7:30 pm cst. Special performances by Dance Afrikana, Ajalaiye Dance Troupe, Batalá, Grupo Folklorico Raices de Panama and many more. This a great event to attend and you’ll still have time to enjoy your New Year’s Eve party.

Get your tickets here: https://matchouston.org/events/2019/kuumba – Please use the code “Bootleg Like Jazz or BLLJ” in the comments section during payment.

$15 for Adults, $10 for children & students with student ID

Check out my interview with Lindsay Gary from Dance Afrikana

Latinas Rising presents LatinaCon – Discussions on Mental Health, Latinx Identity and Women’s issues

In this series of #Afro-LatinHTX, Host Q talks with Tasha and Edna from Latinas Rising about their upcoming conference “LatinaCon”. Latinas Rising is an organization focused on creating social change in the Latinx community. Latinas Rising is excited to host the 1st annual LatinaCon November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Their theme is “The Era of the Latina”. LatinaCon 2019 is a gathering of powerful women bringing awareness, education, and advocacy to current topics affecting Latinx women

LatinaCon 2019 : Interview coming with the Founders of Latinas Rising

Latinas Rising is an organization focused creating social change in the Latinx community. We seek to educate and advocate on a variety of social justice topics such as, Latinx mental health, violence against women, education, and civic engagement. We believe all Latinx stories are important and we choose to celebrate Latinas working, “boots on the ground.” 

Latinas Rising is excited to host the 1st annual LatinaCon November 9th, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Our theme is “The Era of the Latina.” LatinCon 2019 is a gathering of powerful women bringing awareness, education, and advocacy to current topics affecting Latinx women. Our goal is to bring women together to empower them through workshops and panel discussions that are socially relevant, dynamic, and inspiring 

LatinaCon will have panels addressing topics ranging from Advocacy and Law, Afro-Latina Identity, Latinx Mental Health, and Latinas in Education. LatinaCon will also have an auction and a vendor/business floor. 

For additional information, vendor/sponsor information and location updates: latinasrisinginfo@gmail.com

Lindsay Gary: The Re-education Project, Dance Afrikana and the Afrikanah Book Club

Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a PhD candidate in Africology and African American Studies, a professor of History, writer, speaker, and choreographer. She is an alumna of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston and the founder/board president of The Re-Education Project, founder/artistic director of Dance Afrikana, LLC, and founder/curator of Afrikanah Book Club.

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Letrece G talks “The G Code: 15 keys to successful marketing and branding”, LLC chit chat and pop culture references

Letrece has always been a true writer at heart. During her adolescence she began creating and editing a monthly newsletter that highlighted community events and creative writing. Letrece became illustrious by being a published author in her early teens with her poems appearing in several national poetry anthologies. Her writing expertise became more prevalent during her college years, where several of her articles and essays became required readings for a Sociology course at Loyola University New Orleans.

Bootleg Like Jazz: Big X – Houston’s Speed Rapper


Q, Big X and Bethany Rose

Big X is a Houston-born aspiring rapper who was raised in Maryland due to some parental situations. He adopts a speed rap style which he affirms to be inspired by Chamillionaire and Joyner Lucas. Notably, both rappers have a distinct reputation for their speedy way of rapping and Big X seems to draw his rap energy from this.

Big X stresses that most people usually liken speed to profanity as most contemporary rap songs sound that way. He intends to go against the rap tide by making his raps profane-free, and this certainly sounds unconventional as most people will consider this a difficult stunt to pull.

However, he’s quite emphatic about not indulging in the profane way of rapping as he wishes to prove to his siblings that he can succeed at rap without indulging in profanity. He is certainly poised for battle against the conventional rap style.

Big X is an advent believer in commitment and discipline as he intends to show friends and family that anything is achievable as long as one can stay dedicated enough to achieve his/her goals. With Big X, anything is quite achievable; this has inevitably kept friends and family in expectant moods as they anticipate his hit song.

Written by: Emily Rand, Big X and Q


Music by: Idyll Green

BLLJ: Big X and Bethany Rose

From left to right: Q, Big X
http://www.patreon.com/bllj Special Guest: Big X and Bethany Rose
Big X

Big X is a speed rapper born in Houston raised in Maryland. His rap idols were Tech N9ne, Chamillionaire and Joyner Lucas. Big X’s rhymes consist of speed but does not contain profanity so he can set an example for his younger siblings. His mission – show them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Instagram: Big X

From left to right: Q, Bethany Rose

Bethany Rose is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and piano player, composing and singing in both English and Spanish. Inspired by R&B and gospel at the roots, she brings a unique sound by adding Latin instrumentation and Jazz elements to her music. Bethany is currently on tour with Leo Dan but has shared the stage with artist such as Lupe Fiasco, Jordan Smith, Yolanda Adams and many more. She most recently teamed up with L.A. based producer, Ivan Castro, to create a salsa version of her original pop/r&b song, “Goodbye”.

Facebook: Bethany Rose Robert

From left to right: Big X, Q and Bethany Rose

Music by: Idyll Green