Catch up!!!

It’s a great Saturday to catch up on Bootleg Like Jazz – click below for a snippet of our recent episode recapping Insecure on HBO. Entertainment Correspondent Cameron King brings you up to speed on what you missed.

BLLJ presents Natty Poet – Poet, Writer and Speaker

Meet Natasha Carrizosa poet, writer, and speaker. Her work is deeply rooted in her childhood and life experiences. Raised as the daughter of a fierce African-American mother and Mexican father, her writing reflects the dichotomy of these two rich cultures. She is author of mexiafricana, heavy light, and crown. 

Part 1

Her work has recently been published in ¡Manteca! – an anthology of Afro-Latino poets and R2: The Rice Review (Rice University.) She has performed her work and conducted workshops for audiences in Madrid, Paris, St. Lucia, New York, Chicago, Houston and countless other cities.

Her love for the arts inspired the creation of natty roots & rhyme – one of the most dynamic poetry open mics in the country. 

Part 2

Checkout more of her live performances here:

and also here:

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/