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First Generation Burden

First Generation Burden

By Rich Tu
*Webby Award Honoree* First Generation Burden was created in 2016 and focuses on the intersection of immigrants and the creative community. We celebrate the unique and diverse immigrant population in America through longform interviews. Basically, it’s just a bunch of fun conversations with good people. Hosted by Rich Tu.

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64. 'Be Comfortable in Your Discomfort' w/ Cris Ramos Greene, Author of "Embrace That Girl"
*Season Finale* Cris Ramos Greene is a Spanish-American writer and author of the memoir Embrace That Girl. Her writing has also been featured in Thought Catalog, The New Tropic, and BuzzFeed. Rich and Cris discuss her debut book, which tells the heartfelt and humorous story of navigating adulthood and searching for meaning and love in Miami. They talk about the creative process and the importance of taking risks, her early days in advertising, and how the pandemic changed her approach to the book. And for you artists out there, they talk about the book cover process from the author’s point of view.  Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.
50:58
November 30, 2020
63. 'The Story Will Always Glorify the Hunter, Until the Lion Learns to Write' w/ Dometi Pongo of MTV News and True Life Crime
Dometi Pongo is a correspondent for MTV News and the host of True Life Crime. He is also the son of Ghanaian immigrants and a Chicago native, who has used his love of music and thirst for knowledge to walk the line between journalism, activism, and pop culture. Rich and Dometi talk about his pre-MTV days as a rapper-turned-radio host in Chicago (as well as a veritable handbook of useful tips for any aspiring journalists), being raised with pride in his African identity, and why black men should have more intergenerational conversations. Also, they discuss why it was important for Dometi to share his Ghanaian homeland with others in order to re-write the Eurocentric history book. This episode is a must-listen! Don't forget to make a plan to vote at VOTE.org Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.
01:08:02
October 26, 2020
62. 'Seeing Brown Faces in Film, and the Making of ULAM' w/ Alexandra Cuerdo, Director, Filmmaker, Writer
Alexandra Cuerdo is an award-winning director and writer recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World. Her feature directorial debut ULAM: Main Dish is the first Filipino food documentary to achieve worldwide distribution and she recently released a book with Eggslut founder Alvin Cailan, titled AMBOY: Recipes From the Filipino-American Dream. Rich and Allie have a laugh-filled conversation about her beginning in the film industry as George Clooney's assistant and how Ulam stemmed from a love of tradition, food, and the desire to see more brown faces in film. Also they discuss how her recent Asian rave documentary Dancing on My Own became a much more personal story about coming out to her mother.  Make sure you're registered to vote at VOTE.org Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.
01:03:26
October 12, 2020
61. 'Pursuing Quality Over Quantity, and Going Bi-Lingual' w/ Michael Coveto, Singer-Songwriter
Michael Coveto is a rising star in the Latin music scene and also the last in-person interview for First Gen Burden before all hell broke loose in 2020. Michael and Rich sat down to talk about growing in a Mexican American household, how he dropped out of SVA to pursue music full time, and why it was important for him to go bi-lingual and embrace his Latin roots for his latest album All Or Nothing. Also, they talk about the current Latin explosion, and why it was always destined to happen. *recorded earlier this year* Make sure you're registered to vote at VOTE.org Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.
52:20
October 6, 2020
60. 'Question What You're Teaching and How You've Been Taught' w/ Juan Villanueva, Type Designer at Monotype
Juan Villanueva has made a name for himself as a designer and activist who uses his craft to diversify the classroom, decolonize the industry, and speak truth to power. Juan and Rich delve into his Peruvian heritage, his education at Cooper Union and how he landed a full-time gig at the prestigious type foundry Monotype. They discuss his recent exit from the Type Directors Club, and how his BIPOC design scholarship has become critical to his mission of bringing diverse talent into the industry. Also, they talk about controversial statements by Massimo Vignelli in the film Helvetica, and if they do more harm than good. Make sure you're registered to vote at VOTE.org Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.
56:28
September 28, 2020
59. 'From Rolling Stone to Broadway, and the Importance of Flying Your Flag' w/ Gail Anderson, Designer, Author, Educator
Gail Anderson is a designer, author, educator, and two-time lifetime achievement award winner. Gail sits down with Rich to discuss her Bronx upbringing as a first generation Jamaican American, and being the first in her family to receive a college education. They also talk about her legendary career in design, how she got to Rolling Stone Magazine and her equally iconic tenure at SpotCo. And they also discuss how the School of Visual Arts is addressing the pandemic and social justice. Make sure you're registered to vote at VOTE.org Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.
01:04:04
September 21, 2020
58. 'Taking Ownership of Your Narrative, and Stopping White Supremacy' w/ Shayla Lawson, Author and Poet
Shayla Lawson is an author and poet, with a fierce and humorous new voice. She stops by First Gen Burden to discuss her new book This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, a relevant, insightful, and riveting collection of personal essays on the richness and resilience of black girl culture. Rich and Shayla talk about her upbringing in Kentucky and her creative journey, all the reasons why All American Girl's "Addy Walker" doll is a terrible idea, and the challenges of creating narratives that are free of the influence of white supremacy. Also, they ponder comic books, and whether X-Men's attempt at a civil rights' metaphor actually does more damage than good? Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support. Some recommendations for donations are:  American Civil Liberties Union: https://www.aclu.org NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://www.naacpldf.org Equal Justice Initiative: eji.org The Bail Project: bailproject.org/donate
01:01:20
June 15, 2020
57. 'BeAwesomeFeedSomebody & the Future of Hospitality' w/ Luck Sarabhayavanija, founder of Ani Ramen
In this special episode, Rich talks to Luck Sarabhayavanija, the founder of Ani Ramen. They talk about the early days of Luck's self-proclaimed "hospitality addiction" which lead to forming a successful restaurant group set for great success in 2020. Amidst the pandemic, they discuss how the group has pivoted towards a non-profit focused on feeding local communities and frontline workers by partnering with celebrity hairstylist Mark Bustos. Also, they talk about the challenges of getting into the restaurant game, and the future of the hospitality industry. To donate to #BeAwesomeFeedSomebody, go to: kickstarter.com/projects/rockcitypizzaco/rock-city-pizza-company-a-non-profit-pizzeria Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks to Listening Party and DesGin for their support.
36:50
May 26, 2020
56. 'Poetry and Fatherhood' w/ Beau Sia, legendary Slam Poet and Gavin Alaoen of MTV
In this double-sized season finale of First Gen #StayHome Edition Rich has two special interviews during Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. First, Gavin Alaoen from MTV digital design stops by to talk about how he's preparing to be a father again, what content he's binging right now, and post-COVID predictions. Then slam poet, Beau Sia make his first appearance on First Gen to talk about his legendary career (that includes MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged, Def Poetry, and SlamNation) and reads two excerpts from his collection of poems Well Played. Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
58:57
May 11, 2020
55. 'Diversity of Place & Scale of Impact' w/ Laura Mueller-Soppart, founder of Built Interest
Laura Mueller Soppart is a real estate developer and the founder of Built Interest, a firm focused on bringing a human-centered perspective building cities. Laura stops by First Gen #StayHome Edition to talk about her German and Spanish origins, how she ended up interning for Barack Obama's White House, and the learnings from working on large real estate projects like the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. Also, Laura and Rich discuss what it takes to work on large city initiatives, and how real estate initiatives might change post-pandemic. Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
36:56
May 4, 2020
54. 'How to Throw the Best ZOOM Quarantine Party' w/ Adam Garcia, of Apple Music Team
Adam Garcia, founder of The Pressure and member of Apple Music Team gives an update on how the pandemic has changed his perspective on what we give meaning to, personal content strategy post-COVID, and how to throw the best ZOOM party to make all your friends jealous. Also, Rich and Adam talk about who won the infamous DJ Premier versus RZA battle! Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
49:32
April 30, 2020
53. 'The Tension Between Mathematics and Artistry' w/ Nicolas Chidiac, Chief Strategy Officer at Rokkan
Nicolas Chidiac, the Chief Strategy Officer at Rokkan stops by First Gen #StayHome Edition to talk about his Lebanese heritage, growing up in Greece, and living around the world, from London to Dubai, and eventually the United States. He charts his path in the advertising industry (at places like Saatchi and Leo Burnett), and talks about the tension between mathematics of strategy and creativity, as well as some industry predictions post COVID-19.  Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
41:02
April 27, 2020
52. 'Indie Mags and All Things AZN' w/ Kathleen Tso and Vicki Ho of Banana Magazine
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, Kathleen Tso and Vicki Ho of super dope Banana Magazine stop by with a vibes check on all things AZN in 2020 and talk about the launch of issue 6. They discuss the origins of the magazine, their learnings in the competitive indie magazine world, and the importance of Asian representation in media (highlighting their latest feature on Asians in Comedy and Ronny Chieng). Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
33:44
April 23, 2020
51. 'The Importance of Sports and Creative Diversity' w/ Diego Guevara, Global Design Director at Nike
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, Diego Guevara (Global Design Director at Nike), makes his first appearance and talks about growing up in Ecuador before moving to Miami to become a multi-faceted creative working with clients like the CBS Sports, Latin Grammys, J Balvin and the NFL. He also talks about how he landed his role as Nike, and how's he's maintaining his mental and physical health during the quarantine. ALSO, Diego and Rich play a rousing game of Do / Marry / Kill with some iconic pieces of Nike history. This one is not to be missed. Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
43:53
April 20, 2020
50. 'Teaching in the Pandemic & the Importance of Creating Gender Non-Binary Work' w/ Shreyas R Krishnan, illustrator and educator
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, illustrator and educator Shreyas R Krishnan (hailing from Chennai, India) appears for the first time to talk about her illustration career, how she collaborates with other artists from around the world, and the importance of work that highlights gender non-binary communities. Also, she talks about how teaching at Washington University in St Louis has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
27:12
April 16, 2020
49. 'Staying Afloat in Survival Mode, and the Importance of Deliberate Decision Making' w/ Kervin Brisseaux, Design Director at Vault49
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, Design Director of Vault49 Kervin Brisseaux checks in to talk about how he's stayed busy while, how being on the same page is important when working from home, and he's staying fit while in quarantine. Also, Kervin gives a breakdown of what video games and anime are on his must-list (spoiler alert, Final Fantasy VII is definitely on there). Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
23:34
April 16, 2020
48. 'Reading the COVID-19 Sex Guide' w/ Zipeng Zhu, Creative Director
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, designer and creative director Zipeng Zhu checks in from the Catskills, and discusses his approach to making content in the midst of the pandemic, how baking he's taken up cooking, and why Asian bigotry is even more stupid when you have terrible grammar. ALSO, we read the COVID-19 sex guide.  Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
28:13
April 15, 2020
47. 'How to Creatively Pivot and Stay Focused in Isolation' w/ Ricardo Gonzalez (ItsALiving), Designer and Artist
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, Designer and Artist Ricardo Gonzalez (ItsALiving) ZOOMs in from Durango, Mexico and to talk about he now makes murals remotely, staying isolated but focused, how skating has kept him fit, and the importance of sharing things right now. Also we talk about how his recent HUF collab came to fruition.  Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
24:51
April 13, 2020
46. 'Staying Positive When Someone Close to You is Affected' w/ Florencia Massu, MTV Motion Designer
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, MTV motion designer, Florencia Massu talks about how her family stuck together (while apart) when her parents developed COVID-19 symptoms, the importance of staying positive, and how ZOOM LIFE was always a thing in an international family. Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
24:12
April 13, 2020
45. 'The Value of Escapism and Processing' w/ Sandie Cheng, Host of Now in Color Podcast
In this episode of First Gen #StayHome Edition, Rich catches up with Sandie Cheng of the Now in Color Podcast. They talk about the rise of anti-Asian bigotry, the perception of content post-COVID-19, and the "Myth of Assimilation". Donate to #FirstRespondersFirst at Help.FirstRespondersFirst.co Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support.
25:19
April 13, 2020
44. 'I Didn’t Know the Concept of God Until the War' w/ Veda Partalo - VP Brand & Marketing at Spotify
*SEASON 5 FINALE* Rich sits down with Veda Partalo, the VP of Brand and Marketing at Spotify Premium. They talk about how she spent her childhood as a Bosnian refugee, alongside 2 years in a Hungarian refugee camp. That eventually leads to in Minneapolis, MN where social activism and youth culture save her life, and lead her into marketing and advertising, with roles at Untitled, Mcann, and Droga5. It's an incredible story that both dramatic and humorous is the best way possible. More Listening: Sneaker Wars Podcast (https://anchor.fm/sneakerwarstalkback) Beige 2 Brown (https://anchor.fm/beigebrownpod) Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:37:49
March 9, 2020
43. 'I'm a Part of This Painting Forever' w/ Ché Morales - Curator and Founder of ABSTRKT
Ché Morales is a Brooklyn-based curator, experiential designer, and self-proclaimed art junkie with an insatiable appetite for unique, mind-blowing aesthetics. He's also the founder of ABSTRKT, a collective that focuses on large-scale murals, art installations, and branded cultural events for hte likes of Adidas, Nike, The Standard, and The New York City Ballet. Rich and Che talk about his upbringing in California in a Puerto Rican and FilipinX family, the indie art scene in 2000s New York, and how he likes to get his hands dirty when he's doing an install. Also, we chat about the artistic influence and legacy of Kanye West. More Listening: Sneaker Wars Podcast (https://anchor.fm/sneakerwarstalkback) Beige 2 Brown (https://anchor.fm/beigebrownpod) Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:12:19
March 2, 2020
42. 'Try to Be the Change' w/ Alissa Nevita - Streetwear and Brand Storyteller
Alissa Nevita is an expert in marketing and advertising in the sportswear industry, having worked with Flight Club, Bleacher Report, Complex, and Undefeated, among others. Rich and Alissa talk about Indo-Caribbean culture (her family hails from Guyana), growing up in Queens, and how its important to find a career path that appropriate for you. Also, they discuss representation of women in streetwear, and how it's important to speak up in big meetings in order to "Be the Change". Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:36:07
February 24, 2020
BONUS EPISODE - 'SEO AMA' with Sophia Chang
Bonus Episode: Rich and Sophia sit down for an SEO AMA* where they dig into her digital footprint in a fun and off-the-cuff game. We find about even more about Sophia like the origin of "The Bun", the Best and Worst Bandwagon Moments of 2019, and her opinion of CROCS (Yay? or Nay?) Also, just how many Sophia Changs are out there??? *Search Engine Optimization Ask Me Anything Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
44:30
February 20, 2020
41. Sophia Chang RETURNS - "If You've Got Something Great, Why Keep it From Someone Else?"
Sophia Chang returns! One year after her first appearance on First Gen Burden, Rich and Sophia have a total format-busting episode that tries to give you a caffeine-induced rush of design talk and ridiculousness. They talk about her recent projects with Adidas Originals (and how mall culture affected her life), the iPad sketch workshop she did at Apple, how to navigate a brand collaboration, and the most recent issue of UNDO Magazine. Also, Rich discovers how she landed her first big sneaker collab with Puma several years ago. This episode is not to be missed! Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:09:10
February 17, 2020
40. 'If You Want to Wear That, Wear That' w/ fashion models Kadeem Hudson & Joanna Pauline
Episode 40 (!), is double-sized with two fashion-focused interviews with models Kadeem Hudson (family from Jamaica) and Joanna Pauline (originally from the Philippines). We cover the gamut of representation in the industry, the mentality behind-the-scenes right before stepping on the runway, gender neutrality, and how beauty standards figure into the business of fashion (especially Asian nose politics). Just in time for New York Fashion Week, this one is deep dive into the world like you haven't heard before. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:35:19
February 10, 2020
39. 'Trying to Find a Narrative of Resistance' w/ Isometric Studio (Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid)
Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid are the founders of Isometric Studio, a visual identity and graphic design consultancy based in New York City. They specialize in creating brand identities and exhibitions for some of the biggest institutions in the country like Princeton, Google, Cooper Hewitt, and the Museum of the City of New York. Rich sits down with Andy and Waqas to talk about how they met and how they acknowledge identity in their work (including their own, Andy being of Taiwanese descent and Waqas hailing from Pakistan). Also they describe their process of navigating large organizations through the lens of activism. Also, what DO they think of the Museum of Pizza??? Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:28:39
February 3, 2020
38. 'I Saw a Female President' w/ Mara Lecocq - Brand & Community Director at Fishbowl, founder of Secret Code
This week, Rich Tu speaks with Mara Lecocq, who leads Brand and Community at Fishbowl, a social network for professionals in the creative industry that allows for honest and semi-anonymous conversations. Also, she’s the founder of Where Are the Boss Ladies, the largest database of senior women leaders in advertising. And she’s the founder of Secret Code, a customizable children’s book that can star any young girl as a tech hero. Additionally, Mara has a storied career in advertising, having worked at AKQA, 72andSunny, and BETC Paris on brands like Starbucks, Nike, Verizon, and McDonalds. Rich and Mara talk about her upbringing in the Philippines, her mixed French and Filipino heritage, and how her talent has allowed her to live all over the world. In her own words, Mara loves "helping the disempowered rise through their professional development", and the main takeaway from this conversation is that the creative industry can innovate itself by taking a good look at who is steering the ship. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:21:48
January 27, 2020
37. 'The Dichotomy of Wild and Mild' w/ Adam Garcia - Apple Music Team and founder of The Pressure
Adam Garcia is an artist, creative director, dancer, and even a dungeon master. Currently, he is a residing in Los Angeles and works in Apple Music's creative team. Additionally, Adam created The Pressure studio, was a creative director at Instrument, and even worked on the Yeezy II during his time at Nike. Rich and Adam catch up after a couple years of no contact, and discuss being born into a mixed raced family in South Texas, growing up in Minnesota as a designer and dancer, and how we came to fully embrace his Tejano and Mexican heritage. And as a finale, Adam graces us with a found passage in the style of his reading podcast, Dope Excerpts.  Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:23:21
January 20, 2020
36. 'Success isn't Finite, it's Infinite' w/ design geniuses Nicole Jacek & Noreen Morioka
Noreen Morioka & Nicole Jacek are two of the most awarded designers who have sat down with Rich, having worked with some of the biggest clients in the world including Nike, Airbnb, Nickelodeon. Also, most recently, they held the roles as Co-Heads of Design at Weiden + Kennedy. The two of them discuss how they make their partnership work in a variety of contexts, how they wrestle with identity, and what it takes to be a great leader. Also, the group does a 3-person post mortem on the Portland experience, and they discuss the logistics of genetic engineering to create a better generation of creative. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:25:55
January 13, 2020
35. 'Be a Part of Making 'WHAT’S NOW' w/ Nontsikelelo Mutiti - Artist and Educator
SEASON 5 PREMIERE! Designer, artist, and educator Nontsikelelo Mutiti kicks off a brand new season by sitting down with Rich to talk growing up in Zimbabwe, how being accepted to Yale brought her to America, and how her design work focuses on the nuanced differences between black cultures. They also touch on her work concerning erasure of culture, and how that lead to Reading Zimbabwe, a digital archive of Zimbabwean literature. Also, they talk about the process of de-colonizing, and the pros and cons of the language we use (i.e. are we doing the most?) Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:41:12
January 6, 2020
34. First Generation Conversation (LIVE): MTV Edition (*Webby Award Honoree)
*Webby Award Honoree*  In another special LIVE episode, Rich sits down with an international group of creatives from the halls of MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo. It's a heartfelt event in front of a captive audience. Hear stories about coming to America, the trials of seeking a green card, and how we can overcome great tragedy and find optimism under the harshest of circumstances. You do not want to miss this one. Panelists include: Misha Brea, Antonia Baker, Tanya O’Neill, Ruslan Ivanov, and Florencia Massu Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
01:11:54
October 1, 2019
33. "Give Them the Ability to Discover You Exist" (LIVE) w/ Benjamin Evans - Inclusive Design Lead at Airbnb
*Special Episode* In this special LIVE episode, Rich sits down with Benjamin Evans, the Inclusive Design Lead at Airbnb. While growing up in the UK, Benjamin showed a lot of promise in the culinary arts and acting (somewhat inspired by his father, fitness personality Mr. Motivator). During his years spent as both an actor and tech entrepreneur, an incident in Chile (and spurred on by #airbnbwhileblack) lead to Benjamin joining Airbnb's Anti-Discrimination Team, where he is helping guide the global platform's path towards inclusive design. They discuss global culture, how they've changed the user experience, and how we have to acknowledge bias in order to overcome it. Also there's an audience Q&A that gets a little spicy. This is one episode that's got brains AND drama. Produced by AIGA NY, and recorded at Parsons The New School in New York City. Hosted by Rich Tu. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu
01:17:33
September 19, 2019
32. 'He Did It For the Memes' w/ Gavin Alaoen - Art Director at MTV Digital
SEASON FINALE! Gavin Alaoen is the Social Art Director at MTV. He also created the "McKayla is NOT IMPRESSED" meme, and was the last person to Boomerang Bobby Shmurda before he was incarcerated. He is also a fellow First Generation Filipino-American who grew up on the West Coast, only to find himself in the hallowed halls of Music Television. Gavin and Rich talk about the recent VMAs, Popeyes chicken sandwich, the DNA of a successful Meme, and how fatherhood has changed his perspective. Also, there’s a cameo from Sandie Cheng from the Now In Color podcast.  Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:39:50
September 2, 2019
31. 'Typography is the Center of the Religious Experience' w/ Shira Inbar - Designer at Pentagram
Shira Inbar is a designer and educator who has worked with some of the biggest names in the creative world, but still finds the time to actively pursue social justice. Rich Tu and Shira discuss her upbringing in Israel and how she helped find justice for migrant workers at a young age. Also, they talk about how typography is intimately connected to religion, how motion design is like dancing, and the Yale philosophy of design (prepare to be challenged). Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:34:06
August 26, 2019
30. 'We Grew Up in a Partially Analog World' w/ Kervin Brisseaux - Design Director at Vault49
Kervin Brisseaux is a first-generation Haitian-American whose illustration style incorporates fashion, music, and other facets of pop culture. He's also a Design Director at the world-renowned brand design agency Vault49. Rich Tu and Kervin talk about all of his influences (including 90s movies that defined our lives), how he almost became an architect, and how he defied a conservative upbringing through art and culture. Also, there's a lot of sneaker talk, and how Virgil and StockX are helping (or hurting?) The Culture. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:47:50
August 19, 2019
29. 'Saying Bye for the Last Time' w/ Ksenya Samarskaya - Designer, founder of Samarskaya + Partners
Designer and Typographer Ksenya Samarskaya has an amazing story to tell. Rich and Ksenya talk about how she, her mother, and her grandmother fled Russia as Jewish refugees during the fall of the Soviet Union. They lived among various refugee communities overseas before eventually settling in the Pacific Northwest, where Ksenya began her creative journey, leading her to work at firms like Hoefler + Frere-Jones and Apple, and eventually starting her own firm Samarskaya + Partners. Donate to Help Families Separated During the Mississippi Raids: actblue.com/donate/ms-raids Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:00:40
August 13, 2019
28. 'Reclaiming Our Time and Our Power' w/ Ekua PM - Host of Afrolit Podcast
Meet Ekua.PM (also known by her initials EPM). She hosts a podcast called Afrolit, highlighting the stories of metropolitan Africans, like herself. Ekua's also a media personality, a DJ, and co-founded her own collective called The Faro, known for curating fun cultural experiences for the public and private sector, having worked with Africa Fashion Week, OkayAfrica and Global Citizen. Rich and Ekua sit down and have a joyful discussion about her journey and upbringing, the differences between East and West Africans, similarities in the ways immigrants parents raise their kids, and what it means to be a "Third Culture Kid". Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:11:43
August 5, 2019
27. Sunday Afternoon's Ahmed Klink & Juan Carlos Pagan RETURN pt 2 - 'How Can You Get Good Work Out of People if They’re Scared?'
This is a the second part of our conversation with Juan Carlos Pagan and Ahmed Klink, the co-founders of Sunday Afternoon. This time we talk about pettiness and haterade in the creative industry (of which there is A LOT), the pros and cons of the perception of youth, the toxicity of fear culture, and sacrifices of opening your own studio. Also who owns StefanSagmeister.com? All is revealed (and it’s pretty funny). This is Part 2 of a two part conversation. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
54:42
July 29, 2019
26. Sunday Afternoon's Ahmed Klink & Juan Carlos Pagan RETURN pt 1 - 'This is My Pantone Swatch'
Listeners will be familiar with our guests Ahmed Klink and Juan Carlos Pagan. Ahmed and Juan Carlos are co-founders of the studio Sunday Afternoon and collectively have worked with the likes of Vanity Fair, Bacardi, The New York Times, Nike, Adidas, Travis Scott, Migos, Pinterest... the list goes on. Rich has a free-flow round table discussion with our guests, about owning a business as POCs, our emotional relationship to brands, and how we can post-rationalize anything. This is Part 1 of a two part conversation. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
51:27
July 22, 2019
25. 'Create What You Don't See' w/ Leyla T. Rosario - Producer, Director, and co-creator of 'The Gig'
Today Rich talks to Leyla Rosario. Leyla is an award winning Producer, Director, and Film Maker from The Bronx. We talk about her Puerto Rican heritage, growing up in New York, and how she first broke into the film and advertising world, where she’s worked with clients like Rolex, Hennesy, Cadillac, and most recently the director Michel Gondry. She’s also the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of “The Gig”, an online series about Women of Color Producers in the entertainment industry. And we talk about the need for representation behind and in front of the camera, what it MEANS to be a Woman of Color in the Ad Game, and how Leyla was able to bounce back from a recent tragedy.  Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
01:07:28
July 22, 2019
24. 'One Foot is Here, One is There' w/ Wael Morcos - Designer, Typographer, co-founder of MorcosKey
This week, Rich talks to designer and typographer Wael Morcos. They discuss Wael’s upbringing in a small suburb of Beirut in Lebanon, and how he began his creative journey, from getting his undergrad at Notre Dame in Lebanon to receiving his MFA at RISD in Rhode Island, and co-founding the studio MorcosKey. Also, they get into the intersection of Identity and Academics in design, how one brings their culture into their work in a meaningful way, and the "importance" of awards.  Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes. Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Recorded at Listening Party (@listeningpartypresents and @canalstreetmarket) Thanks DesGin for their support.
58:18
July 8, 2019
23. $6.99 Per Pound X First Generation Burden
This is a special collaboration with $6.99 Per Pound Podcast and First Generation Burden. Rich Tu sits down with Jaeki Cho and Joann Park to talk about their origins in South Korea, the commonalities between Korean and Filipino culture, and what it means to be the "other". We're gettin' real #immigrantexcellence up in here. $6.99 Per Pound is a podcast featuring interviews with leaders and professionals from a wide variety of fields. Paying homage to Korean-owned hot food delis in New York City, the inquisitive duo Joann Park and Jaeki Cho treat listeners to a buffet of HOT takes on career, culture and community. Jaeki Cho is a Queens native whose insight on race and culture have been quoted on MSNBC, The New York Times, BBC Radio, MTV, and Forbes. He co-produced the feature documentary Bad Rap, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and is currently streaming on Netflix. He’s a partner and creative director for lifestyle boutique Alumni. Before his entrepreneurial pursuit, he was a music journalist, writing for Complex, VIBE, Billboard, and working as an editor for XXL. Joann Park is a Content Strategist, Producer and Community Builder based in New York City. By day, Joann works at CNN’s Great Big Story, a cinematic media company, where she oversees content programming and audience development. She has also worked for MTV, CBS & Kore Asian Media. In 2018, Joann was also honored as a Cynopsis Rising Star, an title that recognizes emerging leaders under 30 in the media industry. Joann has organized and moderated panels for CNN, Vox Media, Phillip Lim and The Cosmos to advance the creative Asian American community. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu  Thanks DesGin for their support
01:29:40
July 1, 2019
22. 'A Niche Culture that Speaks to Me' w/ Sophia Chang - Artist, Entrepreneur, Art Director of UNDO
Rich sits down with artist and entrepreneur Sophia Chang. You may know her thru collaborations with Adidas, Infiniti, Stella Mcartney, Puma, and most recently Dr Martins. She also just started her own agency WeAscend and art directs the magazine platform UNDO Ordinary, and which focuses on empowerment thru the lens of health and wellness. Today we talk about her Taiwanese upbringing in Queens, New York, and how her lifelong interests in Hip Hop and Streetwear helped make her the creative force that she is today. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:14:18
April 14, 2019
21. First Generation Conversation LIVE w/ Eugenia Mello, Kelly Shami, Zipeng Zhu
First Generation Conversation is a live version of the First Generation Burden Podcast, with creatives who represent a cross-section of the underserved immigrant population in New York and beyond. We discuss the trials and triumphs of these individuals, their methods of breaking past barriers, and what it means to represent yourself and your culture in today’s creative industry. Our inspiring panelists include illustrator and designer Eugenia Mello from Argentina, artist and jewelry designer Kelly Shami from New York City, and multidisciplinary designer/art director Zipeng Zhu from China. Produced by AIGA NY, and recorded at Purpose in New York City. Hosted by Rich Tu. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:30:17
April 14, 2019
20. 'Smashing Bamboo Ceilings' w/ Sandie Cheng - Host of 'Now in Color'
Today is a special collaborative episode with the Now In Color podcast and Sandie Cheng. In honor of Veterans Day, Sandie tells the story of the forgotten Chinese-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War, focusing specifically on Joseph Pierce. We also discuss Sandie's Chinese and Taiwanese upbringing, how she personally identifies, the affirmative action lawsuit against Harvard, and the differences between Ken Jeong and Awkwafina. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:35:54
April 14, 2019
19. 'The Importance of Presentation' w/ Ty Turner - Fashion Stylist
Ty Turner is a wardrobe and fashion stylist for TV and entertainment, having worked with MTV, BET, and Jordan Brand and on shows like Wild N Out, TRL, 106 and Park, 50 Central. We get into her family’s origins in Ghana and West Africa, and what it was like growing up in Brooklyn, as well as her new project ENVSN FEST, a new festival geared towards young female empowerment. We also talk about how she initially broke into the entertainment business through the music industry, her love of fashion, and how important is it to be yourself in an industry driven by perception. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:14:43
April 14, 2019
17. 'Be Able to Visualize Anything' w/ Bashan Aquart - Executive Creative Director at AKA NYC
Bashan Aquart is the Executive Creative Director of AKA, an entertainment agency in New York City and one half of the Director duo Jams & Bash. Notably, one of their clients this year was The Band’s Visit, which won the 2018 Tony Award of for Best Musical. We talk about his upbringing in Newark, New Jersey with a Jamaican and Southern background. We also discuss how his family’s professional music careers affected his youth get into the importance of understanding culture and storytelling and how that was engrained in him in his early days at SpotCo. We also grade the Space Force logos (they’re not good). Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:23:15
April 14, 2019
18. 'There's a Lack of Humanity' w/ Derek Roberts - Designer and Art Director
Rich talks to Derek Roberts, a designer and art director currently living in England. His family came to the UK from the Caribbean by way of St Vincent and Barbados. We talk about his early days in England and how he got his start in the product and apparel world by taking creative risks. This eventually got him a job in Ohio, at Abercrombie and Fitch, which led his dream job at Nike. And we also get into how he connected with the classic American brand Pendleton where he got to work with the Marvel and Star Wars brands. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:20:36
April 14, 2019
16. 'What Drives People is The Root' w/ Ro The Show - Fighter, Jiu Jitsu World Champion
Ro the Show is a fighter, trainer, and an IBJJF Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Champion and World Champion. We talk about his upbringing in the Philippines, his first memories of arriving in New York as a child, how he started fighting, and what it means to fight. We also discuss his core values, and how he dug himself out of personal lows to become the success that he is today. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
51:01
April 14, 2019
15. 'Leopard Print is a Neutral' w/ Kelly Shami - Jewelry Designer, Creative Director at Parkwood
Kelly Shami is an artist and jewelry designer based in New York City, and is currently the Creative Producer at Parkwood Entertainment. We talk about growing up in New Jersey with roots in Syria and Lebanon. Also we discuss her personal fashion, her start with Nylon Magazine, her collaborations with Pintrill and Nike, and her upcoming book on cocktails. We even get to discuss why the Yankees are the best sports team New York has to offer. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:10:31
April 14, 2019
14. 'In New York, No One Asks Where I'm From' w/ Andre Andreev - Director, co-founder of Dress Code
Andre Andreev is a director raised on action movies and pick-up soccer. In his native Bulgaria his mother managed a local movie theater while his father worked as a graphic designer. We discuss how he came to the United States, by way of Seattle, how he met his business partner Dan Covert and started Dress Code, and how their recent experience at the Tribeca Film Festival was with their short film about Milton Glaser "I HEART NY". Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:12:30
April 14, 2019
13. 'It's a Reminder, Be You, We Love You' w/ Ida Woldemichael - Designer, Creative Director
In the Season 3 opener, Rich talks to Ida Woldemichael, a Harlem based creative director with Everytown. The heart of her work is design for political activism, and branding. Her work spans from design with top-tier agencies to notable non-profit organizations including: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Clinton Foundation, Hillary for America, NYC Votes, and USAID. We talk about her family's origins in Eritrea, her experience working on the Hillary campaign and the disappointment of election night, and the role of multiculturalism in commercial design. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:23:14
April 14, 2019
12. 'Shame Makes You Way More Interesting' w/ Alexandra Beener - Digital Producer
Alexandra Beener is a producer living and working in New York City. She was born in Seoul, Korea and was adopted into a non-Korean family as a baby. We talk about the complexities of foreign adoption, her identity issues involving race at a young age, and the what it means to be a minority even in your own family. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
54:47
April 14, 2019
11. 'I Never Knew Until I Was 22...' w/ Joe Carolino - Creative Director
Joe Carolino is an Art Director and Designer at Nike in Oregon. He grew up in a Vietnamese household in Washington's section 8 housing and only realized his true Filipino parentage as an adult at 22. We talk about how he joined a gang at nine years old, found love in graphic design, and what the discovery of his biological father's history as a drug dealer in the 80's meant to him and his family. Also, we discuss about his latest project called FlyBox which is based in his love of 90's Basketball. It sounds intense, but we have a really fun time. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:27:59
April 14, 2019
10. 'If You're Not Controversial, What's the Point?' w/ Zipeng Zhu - Designer and Illustrator
Zipeng Zhu is an art director, designer, illustrator, animator and Young Guns winner living in New York City. We talk about his upbringing in China, where he grew up speaking Cantonese and Mandarin, while learning English in a Chinese boarding school. We discuss his journey to the United States to study at SVA, his first professional experiences at Sagmeister & Walsh, and the challenges of being an immigrant business owner in the United States. And then we end on Justin Bieber's dick, firrealz. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:24:51
April 14, 2019
9. 'Every Pinky Has to be in Place' w/ Christine Sienicki - Radio City Rockette
Christine Sienicki is a dancer, model, and actress who has been a member of the legendary Radio City Rockettes since she was 18 years old. We talk about her upbringing (being of Filipino, Czech and Polish descent), her first big gig performing at the Super Bowl, and the steps it took to join the Rockettes. Also, we joke around a lot and tell a couple of stories that we've never told before. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:01:15
April 14, 2019
8. 'Kids in the Hood Ain't Wearing Spandex Pants' w/ Khary Randolph - Marvel/DC Comics Artist
Khary Randolph is a comic book artist and creator from Boston, Massachusetts who found his way into comics' inner circle with a who's who's of properties under his belt including Spider-Man, X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hellboy, and Teen Titans. He's recently worked on "We Are Robin" for DC and co-created the character Mosaic for Marvel. We talk about his upbringing, his transition into the competitive field of comics, and the challenges of inclusion and diversity within the creative field. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:38:00
April 14, 2019
7. 'The Nuance of Culture' w/ Nishat Akhtar - Creative Director at Instrument
Nishat Akhtar is a graphic artist living in Portland Oregon. Originally from Philadelphia, educated in Brooklyn she traded tall buildings for taller trees. We talk about how her parents came from India to the United States at the beginning of the Asian immigration boom of the 70's, growing up in Philly, going to high school with Kobe Bryant, and what representation and multiculturalism means when you're an immigrant minority. If you have zero brown friends in your life, this is your starter course. You're welcome. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:20:46
April 14, 2019
6. 'Using Light and Near Death at Art Basel' w/ Shane Griffin - Visual Artist and Director
Shane Griffin is an Irish born artist, working in all fields of visual arts. Including design, illustration, film directing, and fine art. Named an ADC Young Gun in 2012, & Print Magazine's New Visual Artist '15 Under 30' in 2015. We talk about his upbringing in Ireland, his arrival in New York, his work, how he uses light, what it means for an artist to get away with something, and his near death experience at Art Basel in Miami. THEN, we drink some beers and talk about Rogue One and the new Blade Runner trailer (*spoiler alert*). Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:18:40
April 14, 2019
5. 'Leaving Vietnam and 90s Nostalgia' w/ Matt Vu - Designer at Nike Lab
Matt Vu is a designer at Nike, and a native Oregonian via Vietnam. We talk about how his father left his homeland after the Vietnam War and came to the United States. We discuss a range of topics including streetwear, West vs East, Hip Hop stories, 90s nostalgia, and social justice. We basically cover everything. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:17:13
April 14, 2019
4. 'From Skating in Mexico to Murals All Over the World' w/ Ricardo Gonzalez (aka @ItsALiving) - Artist and Designer
Born in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua and raised in Durango, Mexico. Ricardo Gonzalez (aka @ItsALiving) is a graphic designer focused on lettering, typography, calligraphy & typeface design. We talk about his upbringing in Mexico, being a skater, painting murals all over the world, and our mutual disdain for the word "influencer". Also, we get to the bottom of the origin of "ItsALiving". Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
55:27
April 14, 2019
3. 'Designing Pinterest and Granddad the Political Refugee' w/ Juan Carlos Pagan - Creative Director, co-founder of Sunday Afternoon
Juan Carlos Pagan is a New York based Artist, Designer, and Typographer. Juan has been honored for his work by The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, ADC, One Show, Cannes Lions, Clios, Fastco, and Print Magazine. He also designed the branding for the ubiquitous social media platform Pinterest. His grandfather was a political refugee in Cuba who fled to Puerto Rico, eventually arriving in New York. We talk about his beginnings and his design process. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
01:00:12
April 14, 2019
2. 'Working with Nas, and Living a Dream at DefJam' w/ Leslie Rosales - Marketing Director at DefJam
We speak to Leslie Rosales from the iconic Def Jam. We talk about her beginnings in South Central L.A., being Filipino in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, her start in the music industry, women in Hip Hop, working with Nas, and important causes like #HashtagLunchbag. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
55:05
April 14, 2019
1. 'Escaping Civil War and getting a PHD' w/ Ahmed Klink - Photographer, co-founder of Sunday Afternoon
Ahmed Klink is a filmmaker and photographer based in New York City who has photographed Steph Curry, Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Hart, Migos, and Future among others. He was born in Lebanon in in the 80′s where he managed to escape a raging Civil War at age 2. Ahmed found shelter in France, where he grew up and lived for 20 years before moving to the United States of America. We talk about his work, his life, and what he wants to conquer next. Check out FirstGenBurden.com for all the episodes Follow us @firstgenburden and Rich Tu / @rich_tu Thanks DesGin for their support
56:15
April 14, 2019