On this episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, I have the opportunity to speak with General Jeff, who is a homeless rights advocate in the city of L.A from South Central. We talk about what he has coined the "homeless industrial complex" and why Black people represent over 42% the homeless in Los Angeles despite only being 8% of the population. Institutional racism, the crack epidemic and mismanagement of funds are only a few of the major issues not helping the homeless population in Los Angeles. We talk about the measures that have been passed and billions allocated for homeless services in Los Angeles despite the rise in homeless rates. We also discuss LAHSA's yearly homeless count that was stopped this year due to covid.
On this episode of Slauson Girl Speaks I have the opportunity to speak with Narissa, who is a Los Angeles native, artist and business owner. She owns the Lash Trap located on Slauson Ave and stays busy with her brand as well as recording music. We discuss her journey as an artist, business owner, college, the pandemic, as well as Narissa's new single and video she released this week, Boss Bae, which you can stream now.
Check out Narissa's visuals on Youtube as well as follow her on social media @NarissaWorld.
Eric is a Black man with a public service announcement, so listen up! He is the owner and designer of the brand Public Statement Apparel and has a lot to say regarding the protest in Los Angeles. We discuss the importance of the Black dollar and Black entrepreneurs as well as what he hopes will come from the national unrest and protest regarding Black lives as a Black man in America.
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Slauson Girl Speaks With Jaaye Person-Lynn, a Black lawyer from Los Angeles who has been charged & convicted after being racially profiled at a San Bernardino Courthouse. The court clerk and deputies did not believe Jaaye was an attorney because he was dressed In Dashiki print clothing. Jaaye was tased, tackled and shackled in a San Bernardino Courtroom. Although he was convicted, he vows to appeal his conviction.
On this episode Slauson Girl Speaks with Grace Yoo. Grace Yoo is running for Los Angeles City Council and is currently in a contentious run off against L.A career politician Mark Ridley-Thomas for the District 10 City Council seat. We discuss her life and journey as a student of LAUSD as well as her life as an immigrant in L.A. We talk about her plans for Black Los Angeles and why Black people in District 10 should look beyond someone who represents their identity and give someone like Grace Yoo a chance. She has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with important Black grassroots organizations in District 10.
Election is Nov 3.
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On this episode Slauson Girl Speaks with Dejon Paul who is the founder and CEO of the Hip-Hop Magazine a Day in L.A. We discuss the scene of radio hosts and DJ’s on air in Los Angeles Hip-Hop radio and the pushback he receives when bringing this topic up online. The conversation touches on representation in Hip-Hop, Black-ownership, culture vultures and so much more! Follow Dejon Paul at @ADLADEJON
On this episode Slauson Girl Speaks with one of the protestors who came to South Central to protest after Sheriff's killed Dijon Kizzee while he was riding his bike in South Central Aug. 31 2020. We have a discussion on allyship and the proper way non-black folks can assist Black communities. Tara Perry is also on the episode, she ran for L.A City Council this year against Marqueece Harris-Dawson for the District 8 seat.
On this episode Slauson Girl Speaks with Jewish Millennial's in Los Angeles on what it means to be Jewish especially in America. We talk Nick Cannon, Ethnicity and Religion, Fleeing Countries To Avoid Persecution, Whiteness being centered in Jewish identity as well as how to bring up the conflict in Palestine without being labeled "anti."
Our conversation also touched on the label of "anti-semitism" as well as what they feel when they hear the term "fake jews."
Los Angeles based publication L.A Taco also was a topic of conversation. This faux, problematic, white-owned platform uses the work of POC's to write articles while the owners reap most of the membership profits. After reaching out to me for a collaboration to legitimize L.A Taco in the eyes of Black Los Angeles, L.A Taco chose to release a libelous statement after a smear campaign was launched against me by local, corporate journalists. L.A Taco refuses to acknowledge or retract their libelous and defaming statement after myself and my diverse supporters called them out about it. Divest from white-owned publications that use the labor, stories and culture of others to profit and enrich themselves.
On this episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, I have a discussion with Black and Brown folks, on Black and Brown relationships in Los Angeles in 2020. We discuss historical tensions of the two groups, as well as the rise in attacks against Latino street vendors posted online by Black youth. The conversation also touched on the immigrant experience and what causes migration to the U.S, as well as many of the anti-Black attitudes in the Latino community. Jobs, white supremacy, colorism and what true solidarity looks like for both communities was also the topic of conversation--along with so much more!
Guest: Danny Carter, co-founder of Buy Back The Block L..A, a financial and real estate literacy group based in Los Angeles, Memo Torres, Writer and photographer at L.A TACO, Abigail Lopez-Byrd, Founder and Executive Director of Color Compton.
Slauson Girl Speaks on this podcast episode about national protest that were sparked after the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles and Hollywood, the role of rappers and Black entertainers, racism and white supremacy and life after college. Special guest Jazz prodigy and South Central native Terrace Martin.
Co-host Sin @lightheartballoons
Music: Terrace Martin show at Harun Coffee in Leimert Park two weeks before U.S coronavirus shutdowns.
On This episode, Slauson Girl Speaks with sports commentator and journalist Jay Ticker on the hypocrisy between coronavirus stimulus checks and the refusal of the U.S to give African-Americans reparations for the genocide and institutional racism, that has left Black people seemingly at the bottom of American society. We also discuss entrepreneurship, finance, everyday motivation and what's holding the Black community back from our perspective.
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On this Episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, I speak with Hot and Cool Cafe owner Anthony Jolly about the founding of the coffee and tea shop in Leimert Park and how it has quickly become a cultural hub for Black's in Los Angeles who continue to be pushed out the city in alarming rates. Tony details his journey through the coffee business and his plans for Crenshaw Coffee Company, named in honor of Nipsey Hussle. We also disccuss the affects that the coronavirus has had on local businesses forced to limit large gatherings to "flatten the curve."
Visit Hot and Cool Cafe in Leimert Park and on Instagram.
On this episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, I focus on having faith over fear in midst of the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of a Black woman living in Los Angeles, with my co-host Shabetti Bashazzz, who is a poet and writer. We discuss the recent orders from Los Angeles to "stay at home" along with the closing of all "non-essential" businesses.
On this episode Slauson Girl speaks with Hoodrat Feminist. Feminism is a white woman's world and Hoodrat Feminist aims to represent that counter-narrative that is disregarded in academia. The East Orange New Jersey native recently moved to Los Angeles with her boyfriend as he attends USC's film program. We talk about her journey as a young, Black creative, Black Feminism, relationships, sex, body positivity and so much more.
Alex Alonso is a geographer, filmmaker, lecturer and creator of the widely popular Youtube Channel and website, Street Gangs. Alex offers a wealth of knowledge in this episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, regarding the history of Black Los Angeles. We talk not only gangs in L.A, but important figures in Black L.A’s history; including the Los Angeles #BPP & #BunchyCarter. We touch on the role of the late journalist Gary Webb in understanding the history of Black L.A, as well as Alex’s journey through USC. We even talked about the push for South Central to be named SouthLA and how that change was initiated.
In this episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, Slauson Girl sits down with Dyme Taylor, to discuss her journey of healing from childhood trauma and her recently released memoir, Dyamond in The Rough. This self published work of art is already helping so many women from the land of Los Angeles and around the world, landing in the hands of young women as far as New Zealand. We talk motherhood, dysfunctional parents, trauma and triumph. News recaps include Inglewood Native DSmoke winning Netflix's Rhythm and Flow, the National Association of Black Journalist Media Summit at USC, as well as the Fear of God x Marathon Clothing limited capsule release.
In this episode we talk all things Black Beverly Hills with CEO China Berry, about the historic Black wealth of Los Angeles . Local and world news recaps. Sponsors include Milk It Media, IVL_Photo, JerkAlertLA and the new, mobile juice service, Straight Up Fast Food.
Slauson Girl Speaks with South Central’s own Six.Sev to discuss his recent music project he dropped entitled “Sev Shaw.” Local news updates include march and rally for Ryan Twyman, Education is Key Campaign Scholarship Drive, South Central Love the movie premiere and more. Slauson Girl also discuss most recent news about Nipsey Hussle, including the fence now around his Marathon Clothing property on Slauson and Crenshaw.
Nash has been filming the deaths and police brutality of Blacks in inner city Los Angeles for over 20 years. As a stringer, he captures news footage on the streets, which he sells to news stations. A South Central Native, Nash talks with Slauson Girl on how he became involved with stringing, the importance of Independent Black media and what it will take for Black people to mobilize in inner city communities against the various attack’s they are currently facing.
On this Episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, Slauson Girl does a segment called "Hometown Homies" with her college friend Jesse, about growing social media platforms, owning your voice, post grad life and how not to lose sight of your passions while working within the capitalistic structure to survive.
On this episode of Slauson Girl Speaks, Slauson Girl takes legendary NY rapper ( and one of her favorite emcee's) Cormega on a trip down Slauson. They make several stops; Pepper's Jamaican food, The Marathon Clothing Store and the Black-owned restaurant and health food spot Simply Wholesome. Slauson Girl then sits down with Cormega to discuss vegan-ism, his latest projects and Nipsey Hussle's impact.
This episode of Slauson Girl Speaks was actually intended to be the first episode, recorded the week prior the the murder of Nipsey Hussle. On this episode Slauson Girl shares part of her interview with Jamal Shakir Jr., at Hot and Cool Cafe in Leimert Park. Shakir is a young film-maker from South Central, L.A who produced his own project, Land of No Pity. He recently wrapped up shooting the pilot and talks about his journey and background. During the Hip-Hop segment, Slauson Girl talks with her co-host from the music streaming platform TrapxLA about recent Hip-Hop happenings.
Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom , was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing Store located on Slauson and Crenshaw last weekend March 31, 2019. Slauson Girl talks with one of her co-host, founder of the music marketing/streaming platform TrapxLA about Nipsey's death and what his legacy means to South Central. The Conversation also touches on the Bloods and Crips unity walk held in honor of Nipsey, as well as the importance of shifting the consciousness of Hip-Hop.