Episode 68 – Mental health: It is okay to not be okay!
For some reason, today I remember how a “friend” told me, “Hey Angel, you are strong, you are alright” as she completely dismissed my feelings and the stuff I was going through. It was so cold and truly hurt me. In my eyes, this person went from someone who was very important, to someone I once knew.
January 20, 2022
Episode 67 - Diary of a Zumba Instructor: Get New Music
Listen in as your host Angel talks about one of the struggles of being a Zumba instructor. We all love to get and dance to new zumba songs and choreography, but is it as simple as picking a song and bringing it to class? Let's find out in this epic rant!
January 10, 2022
Episode 66 – End of year quickie!
I didn't want to let the year end without doing an end of year episode. I'm still recovering from being sick, so this is a quickie, but have a listen!
December 31, 2021
Episode 65 – Another School Shooter
Did y'all notice how silent the media has been about the Ethan Crumbley Michigan school shootings? Are we so used to it that it's no longer even newsworthy? Let's chat about that school shooting and Darryl Brooke, the guy who killed a bunch of people with his car in Wisconsin.
December 02, 2021
Episode 64 - Cosmetic Surgery
Over the years, at one point or another I have considered cosmetic surgery. I am human after all. I've witnessed quite a few friends do these types of surgeries with zero complications. However, I personally know of at least two people who actually lost their lives because of it. At the end of the day, for myself, I felt that the dangers associated with cosmetic surgery were not worth the potential benefits. In this episode, let's do a deep dive into this topic.
November 22, 2021
Episode 63 - Mi casa es su casa
On this episode I discuss a point that the Godfather, Vito Corleone made in the very first scene of the very first movie. "You never invited me over to your home for coffee." Should we invite people to our homes as a show of love, etc? Let's talk about that and more on this episode.
November 22, 2021
Episode 62 - Walking my dog
I walk my dog every single day. For the most part my interactions while walking her are pleasant. But sometimes people have human expectations from my dog and then things get awkward. I candidly explore that dynamic.
November 19, 2021
Episode 61 - Eric Adams elected New York City mayor
So for only the second time in NYC history, we have elected a black man as NYC mayor. Perhaps you wonder why we make a big deal of this or why we mention his race so often and it is quite simple really. The fact that it is only the second time is in and of itself my response to you. It is very rare occurrence and that should speak volumes as to why we emphasize it. In any case, I wish Eric Adams much success in his new role as mayor. His success is our success. I voted for Adams because I believed he was the candidate that was most balanced and likely to restore order here in NYC in a way that is fair to all parties involved.
November 03, 2021
Episode 60 - 1 Billion or Sex, Dune and Physical therapy
On this episode of the NYCTalking podcast, I am confronted with the life altering decision, would you take a billion dollars in exchange for giving up sex for the rest of your life? We also talk about the new film Dune with pretty much zero spoilers and finally, I'll share my latest physical therapy experience and cost cutting strategy.
November 01, 2021
Episode 59 - Rude lady on the subway
So my wife and I encountered a rude lady on the subway. This wasn't an overt or extremely obvious situation, it was more discreet and subtle. Listen in to get a rare look at how I can be when I feel someone has pushed a bit too far. Spoiler alert, I did not choke anyone out.
October 25, 2021
Episode 58 - Mental health Firestarter
On this episode we talk about a woman who has been setting fires in the building across the street. It is clear that she suffers from some form of mental illness and really needs help. However, her actions endanger not only her safety, but the safety of her neighbors as well. Your host ponders how we can deal with this problem while still being fair and good people.
October 23, 2021
Episode 57 - NYC Mayoral Race
Next month we will be holding the NYC Mayoral election. The two top candidates are Eric Adams as the Democrat and Curtis Sliwa as the Republican. Now you would think that by default Eric Adams is going to be our Mayor, I'm sure that's what everyone is thinking. But to this I say, think back to the 2016 Presidential election. It was then too assumed that Hillary Clinton was going to be our next and first female president. However, despite everyone's beliefs and much to our disappointment, America had other plans. My message to Eric Adams is that he is not like Hillary Clinton in that capacity. Don't assume you've won, don't assume we are going to vote for you by default. I've invited both Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa on the podcast, neither has responded or even acknowledged my existence. I did meet Eric in my building once so I thought he might get with your boy, but nah, it ain't happening. In any case, listen here to the latest episode of NYCTalking to get my not so educated thoughts on this campaign and how it could work out badly for him if Adams take it for granted that he's won.
October 21, 2021
Episode 56 – I got drop kicked!
This is the true story of how some thugs tried to rob me by drop kicking me, yet ended up flat on their butts! True story y'all! Growing up Bronx!
October 15, 2021
Episode 55 – What makes a good zumba instructor
On this episode I am going to tell you my opinion on the 5 most important things that make a good zumba instructor! Note that I am not big in the Zumba world, this is merely my personal opinion and top 5. What do you think?
October 09, 2021
Episode 54 – Jealousy and Possessiveness
I was a very jealous and possessive man when I was younger. I mean it was really bad. My middle sister got the worst of it growing up because I was really overprotective with her and boys. In dating, it was also present for a very long time. I don't think that it ever truly goes away, but you learn to ignore and control the demon.
September 18, 2021
Episode 53 – Why I dropped out of High School
Back in the 90s, I went to high school in the Bronx. As bad as you might think it was for most, for me specifically, it was probably worse. Listen to the story of why I dropped out here.
September 07, 2021
Episode 52 – How I lost my virginity
My first sexual encounter was kind of embarrassing and somewhat unforgettable. Take a few minutes and listen to the story of when I lost my virginity. Perhaps some of you can relate to this somewhat pathetic experience that I had? If only I knew then what I know now!
September 06, 2021
Episode 51 - Sex in public spaces, cruising, prEP and more with Danilo Silva
On today's episode I am once again joined by one of my favorite people, Danilo Silva. Today we discuss a little more about my podcast on the guys who were having sex in the showers, gay clubs, gay sex culture, prEP for safety and much more.
August 18, 2021
Episode 50 – Vaccines, Book, Immortality and law enforcement with Lou Maldonado
On this episode I am once again joined by my buddy Lou Maldonado to discuss the covid vaccine, some of our book recommendations, immortality and of course, law enforcement. For this and more tune in!
August 14, 2021
Episode 49 – Ego with Gibran Malik and Albert Solis
On this episode I am joined by two of my buddies to talk about the dreaded topic of EGO! Gibran Malik and Albert Solis are both deep, intellectual men who share their life insights with me. This conversation from God to the streets. At one point we even witness the reading of a bible passage! Listen in and tell us your thoughts on ego!
August 13, 2021
Episode 48 – Mental Health with Patrice Shavone Brown
Join me and mental health counselor Patrice Brown as we speak about the military, weight acceptance, community policing, her many books and much more!
August 10, 2021
Episode 47 - Chinese Woman Assaulted in Queens with Christine
Those of you who follow my social media know that my wife was assaulted by some scumbag. It's covered in depth here, but we decided to make a podcast episode about it. Check it out.
August 08, 2021
Episode 46 – Men having sex in the shower
Years ago I was going to take a shower at a Manhattan gym. Little did I know that I was going to walk in on two men having sex in the shower. Listen to this true story!
August 07, 2021
Episode 45 – Wes Watson Fitness Review
Some time ago I hired Wes Watson as a fitness coach. Here is a high level breakdown of my experience. If you'd like a more in depth breakdown, check out this article I wrote.
August 06, 2021
Episode 44 – Let's talk about bullying
On today's episode I want to briefly touch on bullying and the long term effects that it has on victims. People think that just because you were usually a kid when it happened, that you should have forgotten about it by now. Sure, you grow up, things change, but you never truly forget that trauma. So, let's talk about it!
August 06, 2021
Episode 43 – On crankiness with Author Steven Joseph
On this episode I am joined by the author of the children's book, "The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris" and the adult book "A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The CrankaTsuris Method" to discuss how we can use crankiness to our advantage. Listen in as we discuss this and much more, including surprisingly, what it was like Growing Up Bronx in the 70s!
August 06, 2021
Episode 42 – Random People Magazine Subscription
Did you find a magazine you didn't order inside your mailbox? Don't fret, just press play and listen to why that happened.
July 30, 2021
Episode 41 – Gravity Yoga Review!
In this article I went in depth on my thoughts about Gravity Yoga. This podcast episode it meant to accompany that article and provides a fair, honest review of my experience with the program.
July 29, 2021
Episode 40 – He Grabbed my penis in the gym shower!
On this episode I share the true story of how my penis was once grabbed in the gym shower by an older man. Listen to hear how I handled it!
July 23, 2021
Episode 39 – Liza Anonymous with Aubrey Smyth and Chloe Smolkin
On this episode of NYCTalking I am joined by director Aubrey Smith and cinematographer Chloe Smolkin to talk about their short film Liza Anonymous. We cover their specific roles and jobs, what the film is about and how they went about the process of making a short film. Check it out!
July 17, 2021
Episode 38 – Mental Health, Parenting, Dating with Mars Cross
I met Mars Cross on Smule. Basically, we've sang together on a karaoke app. We've always had cool vibes and took our friendship over to FB and IG. This is the first time we had a proper conversation. Join us as we compare NYC Vs Cali, take on anxiety, the types of weed, dating, parenting, religion and much more!
May 18, 2021
Episode 37 – The Human Shield
Years ago a man used me to shield himself as he fired an entire magazine of bullets into a parked, occupied motor vehicle. Have a listen to this story as NYCTalking.com releases our brand new Short Story segment. This is what it was like at times, Growing Up Bronx in the 90s.
April 29, 2021
Episode 36 – Manhattan Boro President Candidate with Lindsey Boylan
On this week's episode I am joined by Manhattan Boro President candidate, Lindsey Boylan. Lindsey is a progressive candidate with years of experience in Urban planning. We speak about her views around what needs to happen in NYC, specifically in Manhattan. We talk about her experiences and skillset. We ever so briefly touch the Cuomo situation, author Carl Hiaasen and corrupt politicians, but this interview is really not about that. We did our best to stay on topic. Listen in and meet your candidate, Lindsey Boylan!
April 07, 2021
Episode 35 – Talking Sleep Disorders with Dr. Jordan Stern
This week I am joined by the founder of BlueSleep, a company that for years has been providing telemedicine services to people like myself. We did within 3 days what my "face to face" doctor would have had me wait months to complete. No joke! It was faster, 100 times easier, and cost me just about the same. Listen in to learn more about the dangers of sleep disorders.
March 15, 2021
Episode 34 – NYC Raised Country Music Star with Jessica Lynn
On this episode I have the distinct pleasure of speaking with the lovely and extremely talented Jessica Lynn. I came across Jessica years ago on an internet radio show and immediately fell in love with her and her band’s music. So how does a New Yorker become a country music success? Listen in to learn about this and so much more, I really enjoyed talking to Jessica!
March 11, 2021
Episode 33 – Artist Connect App with Gibran Malik
Gibran Malik aka King Sage joins us to talk about his latest venture, Artist Connect App. This app connects all form of creatives in a secure, safe format. Do you need an engineer? A host? An artist? Check out artist connect app! Gibran also talks about his book "The Cradle of Prophecy" and his work as an audio engineer. Tune in for all this and much more!
February 18, 2021
Episode 32 - Comic book King Jack Kirby drama podcast with Fred Van Lente
On this episode I am joined by Comic book writer Fred Van Lente. He joins me to talk about his baby, King Kirby. King Kirby is now available for listening on your favorite podcasting platforms. Fred created this as a play along with his wife, Crystal Louise Skillman. They created this as a way to inform us about one of the greatest comic book creators that we never heard of! Jack Kirby is credited with creating or co-creating many of the comic book characters we know and love, both in Marvel and DC. They have adapted this play and are sharing it with the world in this great format. To learn more, listen in on this really cool chat!
February 16, 2021
Episode 31 – From the Bronx Streets to the USAF and Congress with Lou Maldonado
Meet Lou Maldonado, one of my boys from the Bronx days. He's made a hell of a career out of his time in the U.S Air Force. He blasted his way up the enlisted ranks and then crossed over to the officer side. He's making waves over there as well as is now walking the halls of Congress representing the Air Force. I enjoyed my conversation with an old friend and I invite you to listen to his amazing story.
February 09, 2021
Episode 30 – Author and Newsday columnist with Mike Vogel
On this episode we are joined by writer, columnist and author Mike Vogel. Years ago I went after Mike for a piece he wrote and we ended up becoming buddies. Mike tells us how he was able to become a published journalist without a background in journalism. He drops some gems on how to pitch your work. We also talk about surviving in NYC, gun rights and much more.
January 20, 2021
Episode 29 – Designing for JLo, Alicia Keys, Lizzo from Boots to hoops with Seville Michelle
Like people, earrings and all sorts of fashion products come in all shapes and sizes! On this episode I am joined by fashion designer to the stars as well as people like you and and me, Seville Michelle. Speaking with Seville was a great pleasure, it was just like talking to one of my homegirls from the block. We spoke about plastic covered sofas, I mean, come on man! Seville's earrings have been worn by J-Lo, Lizzo, Natty, Alicia Keys and many more. But they've also being gifted to a mom who was trying to "get her money up to buy them." Seville wants her products to be dope and worn by stars, but affordable and accessible to all of us. She's a dope human being! Seville is one of a kind and I really enjoyed talking to her. It's a NYC hood thing, if you know, you know! Check out our candid conversation where she tells us about her life, her amazing products, and even get to meet the mean iphone fix it guy! Check out her website at Seville Michelle.
December 20, 2020
Episode 28 - "The Wrestler" Associate Producer with Evan Ginzburg
On this (phone recorded, read crappy audio) episode we talk about what it was like not only being the associate producer of the film "The Wrestler," but having a small, non-scripted part with Mickey Rourke. Evan also tells us about his book "Apartment 4b, Like in Brooklyn," the art of interviewing, celebrities are human and much more!
December 11, 2020
Episode 27 – Accupressure and Dosha Mat with Jessica Rose
This week I am joined by the founder of "Dosha Mat." She tells us about the product and how it can help us out with pain, energy, and all kinds of good stuff. So I actually got my hands on one of these sometime and ago and wanted to share a bit of my conversation with the founder, Jessica Rose. If you'd like to read more about my personal experience, click here!
November 17, 2020
Episode 26 – Professor, Veteran, Former NYPD Lt. and Screw Deblasio with Dr. Darrin Porcher
This week I am joined by a frequent tv guest commentator, Dr. Darrin Porcher. We met several years ago during an appearance on Hot 97 Street Soldiers. Dr. Porcher is an Air Force and Army Veteran, as well as a former NYPD Lt. Listen in for his take on the current climate, Deblasio and more.
November 09, 2020
Episode 25 – Fight depression, suicide and be healthier with Dr. Roger McIntyre
Today I am joined by Dr. Roger McIntyre, he's a psychiatrist and professor who deals in among other things, mood disorders. We talk about seasonal depression, how the suicide rates are up in this country, the dangers of uncertainty and how we can fight all this and stay healthy both physically and mentally!
November 02, 2020
Episode 24 - #Feedthevote with Dascha Polanco
The lovely, multitalented actress Dascha Polanco joins us to talk about a project that she has undertaken along with the company Knorr. Yup, the "Cubitos on polvo nol," Knorr, that's the one. Together they are promoting an initiative called #feedthevote. The goal is to combat hunger and food insecurity. Listen in to hear how your vote can have a direct impact on this longstanding issue within all of our communities. Knorr.com/vote
October 28, 2020
Episode 23 – Growing up Bronx Interview with Jonathan
This week we are doing something different. A young man who is attending City College reached out to me on my "Growing Up Bronx" Facebook page and asked to interview for an Anthropology class project. The subject matter was about what it was like Growing Up Bronx and how the BX has changed. This was a lot of fun to do, especially as I love sharing about the old days in the Bronx. Check it out!
October 27, 2020
Episode 22 – Censorship, Gangs, Juvie and 9/11 War with LAV
Today I'm joined by one of the illest underground rappers in NYC, my man Luis LAV Vilella. This dude rocks the mic and today we gonna talk about censorship in music, juvenile detention, war, and much more. Tune in!
October 19, 2020
Episode 21 – Creating art, Emotional Health, Cyberbullying with Keon Torres
On this episode I am joined by fellow creator, Keon Torres. Keon is the one who motivated me to start up my podcast again, so thanks for the motivation brother. This dude has been grinding hard since I first met him. He makes music, acts, has a podcast and is just an all around cool dude. Check it out!
October 13, 2020
Episode 20 – Pronouns, Mental Health, Sexual Energy, Zumba with Danilo Silva
On this episode I am joined by one of the coolest Zumba Instructors/Nicest people I know, Danilo F Silva. We cover a broad array of topics including depression, eating disorders, mental health, fitness, toxic masculinity, preferred pronouns and so much more! Just listen or watch!
October 06, 2020
Episode 19 – Meet a Congressional Candidate with Elizabeth Hernandez
Join me for a chat with an aspiring Congresswoman. Elizabeth Hernandez is from Texas and she's trying to bring some common sense accounting and humanity into Congress. Join us for this talk where you will get to hear her kids screaming, my wife cooking, as well as meet some pets. It's a grand old time! Tune in to meet the person who might pull an AOC against a powerful, long time Republican incumbent.
October 02, 2020
Episode 18 – Latino Trump Supporters with Joel C. Garcia
On today's episode I am joined by Joel C. Garcia, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada who happens to be a Latino who supports Donald Trump. We had a cordial conversation. No hearts or minds were changed here, but respectful communication was accomplished. That's all that matters isn't it?
September 28, 2020
Episode 17 – Former Councilman, Congress and Mayoral Candidate with Sal Albanese
Sal Albanese has run for Mayor, Congress and is once again looking to acquire a seat in the NYC Council as a democrat in Staten Island. We talk about his new run for council and everything else ranging from government corruption to Kendra's law.
September 20, 2020
Episode 16 - Cobra Kai with Justin Vazquez and Will Collazo
On this episode we do a deep dive into Cobra Kai. Fellow podcasters and friends Justin Vazquez and Will Collazo join me as we discuss all kinds of details and conspiracies about Cobra Kai. We briefly discuss the dangerous Karen encounter I recently had. Finally, we close it out with a little talk about working during the pandemic.
September 13, 2020
Episode 15 - Statues, Giuliani, Mod Republicans with NY State Assembly Candidate Tamara Laschyk
Former Colleague, Woman of Wall Street nominee, Life Coach, Author and now NY State Assembly Candidate, Tamara Laschyk joins us to talk issues, politics, life and her bid for public office as a Republican in NYC on the latest episode of the Not Just NYCTalking podcast.
September 04, 2020
Episode 14 – Homelessness, Crime and Politics with NYC Council Candidate Hailie Kim
On this episode I am joined by adjunct professor Hailie Kim who is running for NYC Council. We had a wonderful conversation about a range of topics including how to better deal with homelessness, crime and much more in NYC and society as a whole. Listen in on this great conversation. To donate and learn more about Hailie Kim, check out her campaign site at Hailie Kim For City Council.
September 04, 2020
Episode 13 – BLM, Umbrella Hotel Shooting, Boro Jails with NYC Council Candidate Evan Boccardi
On this episode of the Not Just NYCTalking Podcast, I am joined by a man I met at a protest/rally in Queens against the Umbrella Hotel. Join us as we have a candid conversation about the issues facing the community and NYC as a whole. Evan shares why he's running for council and what he plans to do whilst in that position.
September 02, 2020
Episode 12 – Disability, BLM, Tech and game with Paul Amadeus Lane
Fellow Podcast Host Paul Amadeus Lane joins me to talk about a whole lot of stuff. He shares his disability story, we cover BLM, Tech and then we play a music game!
August 30, 2020
Episode 11 – Living with HIV with Joba
My guest is a young man whom I met on the Blab platform a few years ago. We have since then become friends. He was gracious and brave enough to join me on the podcast where we discussed how it really is living with HIV.
August 28, 2020
Episode 10 - Fifty Shades of Gay with Iwante
Musical Comedian Iwante joins us to talk about one of his albums, Fifty Shades of Gay. He shares on why he left standup comedy and fills us in on why he does what he does. Iwante is a very fun and entertaining interview. We had a lot of laughs. Listen in!
August 26, 2020
Episode 9 - Music and real talk with DJJHooks
A long, long time ago, before the pandemic, people used to get together and dance. The person charged with providing the tracks for those people to dance to was called a DJ. This may have been before your time, but do you remember those? Meet Rapper, Mental Health Specialist and music producer DJJhooks. This is a short one, but worth a listen.
August 22, 2020
Episode 8 - Mental health with Freddy Baez
When I was a teenager, I was an emotional mess. Mama bear noticed and she got me the help I needed. Meet Freddy Baez, the man who helped me get my life together. Listen in as I speak with this amazing man whom I credit with helping me become the person that I am today.
August 21, 2020
Episode 7 – Latino Identity with Will Collazo
On this episode I am joined by federal officer, movie producer and MMA fighter Will Collazo. We will talk about white privilege, transgender porn, our latino identity and much more.
August 19, 2020
Episode 6 - Let's talk about sex with Justine Llanes and Elena DeLuca.
We are joined by a standup comedienne and a professional dominatrix. Listen in as they share their old show experiences, sex tips and tease the shy vanilla host.
August 17, 2020
Episode 5 - Music, domestic violence and life with kfHox
Singer Songwriter kfHox joins Not Just NYCTalking and shares a little about bit about her journey as a musician. She also talks about domestic violence and the challenges it presents. Finally, we close out with a quick game of "Guess that 80s tv theme show song!"
August 09, 2020
Episode 4 - Former Officer, Group Homes and Grand Juries with Sam DelRosario and KatieKay
I'm joined by my childhood friend, Veteran, Former Officer turned Real Estate Mogul Sam DelRosario. Photographer and fellow podcaster KatieKay joins as we go deep into what a grand jury really is, what it's like growing up in a group home and officer involved shootings.
August 07, 2020
Episode 3 - Being Muslim in America and Extremism with Gibran Malik aka King Sage
American Pakistani Muslim Author and musician Gibran Malik aka King Sage joins me as we speak about being Muslim in America and religious extremism.
August 06, 2020
Episode 2 - Growing Up Bronx and Police brutality with Author Ivan Sanchez
We start with a quick game of "Name that video game" with my son followed by "Next Stop" Author, Ivan Sanchez who grew up in the Bronx in the 90s. Join us as we chat with Ivan about his book, what it was like Growing up Bronx, police brutality and more.
August 04, 2020
Episode 1 - Parasite, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Nelise
Spoiler alert! My sister and I discuss Parasite, Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind and life. We go deep on this one.
August 04, 2020