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Quarantine 101 with Lulu
Hope you are all washing your hands, and getting ready for a new episode! Yes we have been practicing social distancing and today we bring you a special guest. Lulu herself is practicing social distancing and today we will talk about what you can do during these times at home and how you can reflect on your year so far. 
40:07
April 2, 2020
Update of COVID-19 with The District channel
COVID-19 is upon us and we want to give you our updates and our stance on the whole situation. Tune in to hear what we have to say, also stay safe!
31:42
March 28, 2020
The Miracle Baby with Glenda Reyes
Miracles do happen, most of them surprise us too. For Glenda Reyes its been all but too real of a miracle. Wife of our very own Arvin Reyes, and Youth Pastor at Casa Del Alfarero, Glenda had her daughter Miabelle Reyes in the Summer 2019, it was at 6 months. As a premature baby Mia is a miracle from God in all that she has endured at such an early stage in her life, as for Glenda the experience has not been easy at all. Now, she is on a mission to help other mothers and encourage them that miracles are possible, that these experiences are tough but that they are not alone. Tune in to find out more about the Miracle Baby. 
45:40
March 25, 2020
Giving Your Seoul Some Spice with Danielle Wilt
Hey everyone we hope you are all safe in these crazy times, we are keeping you all in mind and please take care of yourself! Stay Home so we can fight this off. To help you with being home we got episodes coming your way starting with Danielle Wilt, Vice President of SEOULSPICE a Korean barbecue fast-casual DC-based restaurant. Danielle joined the team in 2016, elevating the brand with sharp eyes on service and growth. She was quickly promoted to Vice President and personally oversaw the opening of the last two locations of SEOULSPICE. Her passion for excellent service and skill for streamlining operations has brought a polished dining experience to SEOULSPICE. Prior to her work in the restaurant world, Danielle had traversed a different path,  tune in to find out on what! 
39:37
March 20, 2020
Sister, Sister with Doris & Alice
On this episode, we brought back Doris Varillas but she is not alone, her sister Alice Perry founder of Modern Ester is joining her. Tune in to hear these powerful sisters share their story of faith, empowerment, and business. You don’t want to miss this special episode!
47:27
March 17, 2020
10 for TEN: Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Cate Luzio. Cate is the Founder and CEO of Luminary based in NYC, it is more than a co-working space but also a community dedicated to women entrepreneurs.
10:44
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Scott Nash, Owner & Founder of MOM's Organic Market
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Scott Nash, Owner and Founder of MOM's Organic Market. Scott Nash started MOM’s at the age of 22 with an initial investment of $100 as a home delivery business out of his mom’s garage. On July 2nd 1987, MOM’s made its first sale delivering to a customer who lived in Rockville, MD. Today, after 3 decades, MOM’s has stores in four states and DC, employs 1,000+ people, and has created a culture centered on protecting and restoring the environment.
09:48
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Amy Eichorst, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at UMD
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Amy Eichorst, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at UMD.
09:10
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Nikhil Balakumar, President of the Terrapin Entrepreneur Network
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Nikhil Balakumar is the co-founder and CEO of Greentel, as well as the President of the Terrapin Entrepreneur Network (TEN).
11:21
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer of UMD
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer of UMD. Lenzer fosters and supports UMD's innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization enterprise, including the development of the UMD's Research Park, the Discovery District, and the Greater College Park initiative. 
09:08
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Haroon Mokhtarzada, co-founder and CEO of TrueBill
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Haroon Mokhtarzada, co-founder and CEO of TrueBill, a money-saving startup app that makes it easy to optimize your spending, manage subscriptions, lower your bills, and stay on top of your financial life. Haroon is a Harvard Law grad turned serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He was the CEO and Chief Product Officer of Webs.com, a popular website creation platform that grew to 50 million users before being acquired by Vistaprint where Haroon led digital product strategy.
09:18
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Brandon Howard, Founder at ResEssential, LLC.
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Brandon Howard, Founder at ResEssential, LLC., Experiential Marketing & Brand Activation for Real Estate. ResEssential is pioneering the connection of lifestyle brands to consumers through engaging experiences at home i.e luxury apartment, condo and single family communities.
09:34
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Nelson Young, Strategic Financier at Uber
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Nelson Young, Strategic Financier at Uber. His role is to be driving and supporting Uber's company-wide financial planning, forecasting, reporting, and analysis efforts; with input on every single area of the business.
09:20
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Shyon Parsadoust, Founder & CEO of Toucan
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Shyon Parsadoust, Founder & CEO of Toucan (Economics major, Technology Entrepreneurship Minor), Toucan is a digital catalog of student talent with the mission of helping student creators make money doing what they love.
09:59
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Mohil Gupta, founder of Spacers
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Mohil Gupta, Product Manager and founder of Spacers (name will change) an eyewear attachment which alleviates discomfort from associated usage of over/on-ear headphones and helmets.
09:28
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Mike Luzio , founder of the LVE Group
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Mike Luzio, founder of the marketing team called the LVE Group and a Millionaire Motivator, Entrepreneur, Forbes Contributor, and Investor, with 20+  years’  experience  connecting  people  and  companies  to  the  right  partnerships, strategies and opportunities that rapidly scale them into multi-million-dollar global brands.
12:39
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Jasmine Snead, Co-Founder and CFO of Aurora Tights
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Jasmine Snead, Co-Founder and CFO of Aurora Tights, an athletic brand that designs performance sports gear in an array of tones for all complexions and sizes. Currently, all performance athletes, especially those of darker skin tones, do not have appropriate gear to fit their tones and sizes.
09:12
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Aubrey Awasom, founder of Noble Uprising
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Aubrey Awasom, founder of Noble Uprising, a social venture for helping homeless and unemployed battered women get the skills, training, and housing to start over. What started as a school project, ended up becoming an impactful business.
10:01
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Sarah Dwyer CEO at Chouquette Chocolates
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Sarah Dwyer CEO at Chouquette Chocolates. Chouquette is a Bethesda-based chocolate shop, owned by Sarah Dwyer (a Paris-trained chocolatier). This place is known for their small batch of chocolate-covered caramels and are popular for weddings, hostess gifts, thank you gifts, birthday parties, etc.
10:09
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Kelsey Abernathy and Dan Fucich, Co-founders of AlgenAir
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Kelsey Abernathy and Dan Fucich. Kelsey  and Dan are leading this charge to bring the capabilities and benefits of algae to the public. AlgenAir released the Aerium, an air purifier that uses algae to clean the air in a home or office.
09:37
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Veeraj Shah , Co-founder of Chat Health
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Veeraj Shah. Chat Health is developing an SMS-based artificial intelligence chatbot platform to improve information and access to preventative health services among college student populations
10:01
March 11, 2020
10 for TEN: Pramod Raheja, CEO of Airgility
In partnership with the 2020 EnTERPreneur Conference we sat down with Pramod Raheja. Pramod is the CEO of Airgility and an Aerospace Engineering graduate from UMCP with over 30 years of aviation/aerospace operations experience. Airgility is an early-stage unmanned aerial systems. At Airgility, they build autonomous systems that solve real world problems.
09:01
March 11, 2020
Making The Difference with Pastor Ana Arce
From El Salvador to the United States, the journey has not been easy for Ana Arce. From a young age noticing the injustice in Central America she stood to try to make a difference. Things were not as they seemed and after years of not finding her purpose she encountered who would transform her way of viewing life. Today, she is Senior Pastor of Casa Del Alfarero alongside her husband Pastor Jose Arce Jr. The journey has not been easy but she found her purpose and now is making a difference for many generations to come. Tune in to hear more of her journey. 
41:52
March 9, 2020
Time for A Landscape Lesson with Kelley Oklesson
Kelley Oklesson is the founder and principal of Groundsmith Collective, a local design studio based in Hyattsville, Maryland.  Her studio provides conscientious landscape design services with a focus on promoting responsible social and environmental change.  Kelley has twelve years of experience in the landscape architecture field focused on identifying, facilitating, designing, and managing and inspiring assortment of sustainable projects.   The design studio lives by the words of though leader Mickey Fearn, "innovation, creativity, and systemic solutions grow in the gaps between the disciplines."  Kelley's true passion is to discover and reveal opportunities for supporting environmental kinship while building relationships between people through the design experience.
48:08
March 4, 2020
Always Go Higher with Hameed Idowu & Wazy Family
Believe in something higher than yourself, thats the motto of Hameed Idowu and the Wazy family. Hameed is a fast-rising afrobeat artist who resides in the DMV area. He is known for his widely successful hit single 'Wazy'. On Jan 14th he released his highly anticipated LP titled 'Middle Ground'.  Along with his team the Wazy Family they are a movement in the way of a lifestyle. They are involved in music, technology and fashion. Check out more on what Hameed and the Wazy Family are about. 
35:16
February 27, 2020
The Smoothest Duo with Ryan and Shawn
Smoothie's are treat for anyone. For our next guests there more than treats, its their multi mullion dollar franchises. As many people are beginning to start more businesses, Ryan and Shawn, owners of six Smoothie King locations and authors of Now Open: How We Built A Multi-Million Dollar Franchise Business In 12 Months, stopped by to talk to us about their journey to success. Starting from trying out for the same basketball team in junior high, to working with 50 Cent and G-Unit, to now owning 6 Smoothie King locations and opening up their own franchise, Burnbox in Spring 2020. You do not want to miss out on this special episode! 
59:09
February 26, 2020
Started from The Suburbs Now We Here with Frailboys
Frailboys are a duo of Damian and Casper. Coming out of Maryland, repping Takoma Park.  Frailboys are two rockstars with the charisma to capture the world! The youth would say their clever rap flows and unforgettable melodies are only bettered by their individuality. Damian a professional model that quit to control his image. His bravado and baby face charm is matched by the star power of Casper, the guitar playing, witty rapping, bad boy with a soft heart. He captures the attention of the hardest rap fan while stealing the hearts of girls that listens. Pushing boundaries in music, fashion, and overall media creation Frailboys are headed to the peak of the music industry.
45:11
February 24, 2020
It's Been A Long Road with Papa Joe Aviance
FROM L.A. TO D.C. ! Yes our next guest flew in just to be on our show and we are forever grateful to have such an honor of having Papa Joe Aviance do just that. Hollywood's Papa Joe Aviance has done it all, from being a successful entrepreneur to recording artist, and a two-time Amazon Best-Selling author. His journey began after his song was #6 on Billboard’s Dance Chart. The music video was being played round the clock on MTV and VH-1 and that’s when he realized he was dissatisfied with his 450 pound body. In 18 months he lost 250 pounds! His transformation was so extreme that he was asked to be on several talk shows such as Rachael Ray, The Doctors, The Hallmark Channel, and many more. Now Papa Joe has announced his latest project, an animated black super-hero series entitled Electric Negro. The show is making headlines while in the final stages of distribution with letters of intent from AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys), Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther), and many more who have already signed on as voice actors for the main characters. So tune in to hear how amazing this journey has been but what a long road it was to get here. 
38:06
February 17, 2020
Q&A with The District Channel Team
Tune in as we answered live some questions that you all provided! We are excited for all the new and exciting ideas we have in store for The District Channel! 
41:55
February 13, 2020
Tell Me All About It with KZMIBLZF
KZMIBLZF is the musical duo made of Ahmed & Obi; two musicians from the DMV who try to combine the elements of both natural and synthetic instrumentation in order to push the boundaries of sound and create Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop. They recently released their latest song entitled, "Tell Me" on all streaming platforms. The track is about the bouts of self doubt that we all go through. In these moments of doubt we find that it is common for us to look externally for validation as opposed to looking in the mirror and addressing these issue head on. Tune in to hear more about how this unique duo came to be. 
43:11
February 8, 2020
4th Annual APLD Event featuring Jo Thompson
We had an amazing time at the APLD Winter Landscape Design Lecture and got the chance to talk with award winning designer Jo Thompson & Adrian Higgins from the Washington Post. Tune in to hear about innovative ways changing the world of garden design. 
1:03:41
February 5, 2020
On The Way to the Top with Maryland Bobcats FC
It's only to the top from here for Maryland Bobcats FC. Based out of Montgomery County, Maryland Bobcats FC is a men's semi-professional soccer team  that plays in the United Premier Soccer League and will be starting play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) this summer. They have a lot of former local college players, former professional players (including ex-MLS players and players who played in Europe) on the roster. They have won their conference now 2 seasons in a row, winning their conference again this Fall to get into the National Tournament once again and now are heading down to Miami the first weekend in February for the National Championship weekend with only 2 games between them and a National Championship. With their "one family" mentality they look to go beyond soccer they want to be a part of the community in more than just a soccer team. They want to help, inspire, give back, and support the local community that supports them, comes to games, and cheers them on. 
32:42
January 31, 2020
Until All Have Heard with IMMV Band
SEASON 2 IS HERE! Yes, yell at the top of your lungs as we are as well! Finally, we are officially back on track with more exciting guests to come. to kick off the Season 2 premiere of The District Channel we have special guests IMMV Band. Coming off a kick off concert for their X album, their 10th anniversary album, we sat down with the worship band on how they came to be and what their journey has been like. From starting from scratch to now their X album, its been a trip for the band. Tune in to find out why their mission makes this band one of the most unique ones you will find and why their music has impacted so many. 
1:07:52
January 27, 2020
What "New Year, New Me" Should Be
Ah, New Year New Me. We have all heard it and we have all done it, but why do our resolutions never really work out? Tune in to hear some helpful tips and signs that will help you make sure you stick to your new year goals in 2020
38:38
January 10, 2020
Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020 with The District Channel Team
2020 is here, but before we say hello we want to say goodbye to 2019! 2019 was a great year for us and in this episode we reflect over our highs of the year and goals for 2020. We have accomplished a lot but we still have a long way to go, we have exciting news to share so tune in. Also, we have THE ENTIRE TEAM on this episode, so it definitely has its jokes in store, so tune in now and find out more about us and what we have coming for you and from all of us , HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2020 bring you many blessings! 
51:03
December 30, 2019
GEW 2019 Part II
Continuing from Part I in this episode we sat down with some panelists from GEW about their experiences building their business and deep diving into their minds on what are their visions moving forward. Tune in to hear the people themselves making a difference everyday. We had the honor to be part of the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week College Park 2019! Along with Operation A.R.T.S and many others we had an amazing time interviewing people making a vital change to the community but also to the world around them. Tune in to hear all the amazing inspiring stories and ideas flowing in the DMV area.
47:01
December 27, 2019
GEW 2019 Part I
We had the honor to be part of the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week College Park 2019! Along with Operation A.R.T.S and many others we had an amazing time interviewing people making a vital change to the community but also to the world around them. Tune in to hear all the amazing inspiring stories and ideas flowing in the DMV area. 
43:25
December 27, 2019
Ep 13: Let the People Hear It with Kasaundra Bryant
Want to hear someone with killer vocals then turn to Kasaundra Bryant. She currently serves as minister of music at Destiny’s Door Global Ministries, under the leadership of Pastor Gil and Prophet Jorah Kiah in Baltimore, Maryland. Her unique approach to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, has broken barriers both culturally, visually and musically making the gospel accessible to the everyday person.  Aside from being committed to her personal destiny, she is happily married to the love her life, Devin Bryant. She is a graduate of Morgan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Environmental Design, a graphic designer and the visionary of DrawN Outreach Collective LLC. With all she has accomplished and has still set out to do, she hopes that her ministries bring people to receive salvation, inspire people to be all that God has created them to be and encourage creatives to seek eternal inspiration from the Lord.
52:56
December 19, 2019
Innov8MD 2019 Part II
If you haven't tune in to Part 1 first! Continuing our coverage from Innov8MD earlier in November and tune in to hear all the guests present that night featuring Venture for America founded by Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, and an amazing close out from Sammy Popat from UMD's Discovery District and Innov8MD's Executive Team. Go ahead and check it out so you won't miss out next year! 
34:24
December 17, 2019
Innov8MD 2019 Part I
We had a blast covering Innov8MD earlier in November and now you get a chance to hear all the amazing people that were able to create a unique atmosphere that Friday evening in Baltimore. Tune in to hear all the entrepreneurs present featuring the likes of Pava LaPere CEO of Innov8MD & Evan Lutz founder of Hungry Harvest and many more! 
36:28
December 17, 2019
DMV Night Mercado 11/7/19 at La Casita Pupuseria
Hey everyone tune in to our recap of our first event we did at La Casita Pupuseria in Gaithersburg,MD. We had an amazing night trying out new food and checking out local vendors and artist in all hopes to give back to the community. Listen in to hear from the artists themselves what a wonderful time we had. Let's hope you join us next time! 
06:12
December 12, 2019
Ep 12: It Always Has Been that Way with HSBN
Ever heard someone say "because it always has been that way" before? Well to everything that HAS BEEN; and to everything that will be, you are their focus. By their we mean the crew of HSBN. HSBN is a brand that strives to express moments that have influenced us as individuals and creatives. Run by Sujel, Marco & Will, the crew of HSBN is busy developing a culture built for individuals not afraid to be themselves. Already making a name for themselves in the DMV area, they officially sell their merchandise from local shop Homecourt DMV. From being on the couch a year ago to now being in a shop, many great things are coming ahead for HSBN. Listen in to learn the backbone of this movement and what are friends what to achieve next, because it always has been that way. 
48:54
December 10, 2019
Ep. 11: Where There's a Will, There's a Way with musical artist Will
When you have will there is always a way. Literally, that defines our next guest. From ripping Lil Wayne music off Limewire to quitting his daytime job to go full time on his business, Will knows all about having will power. Growing up Will used to write poetry and leading into middle school he got introduced to hip hop with Lil Wayne and Tupac for the first time. After high school he transitioned into taking music more seriously, and it wasn’t until he got his diploma in business management where he started a business a few years later in apparel merchandising along with partnering up with a brand; HSBN. Now, going full time in his business and music ventures, he is continuing this journey in pursuing his passions. Check out his newly released debut album this year called Free Will, along with many visuals to portray his artistry.
46:49
December 3, 2019
Ep. 10: Waiting for the "One" with Doris Varillas
Ah, the "one". We all spend time hearing about it, searching about it and wondering and most importantly waiting to know who that truly special someone in our life is. Sometimes we believe to have found them and it can lead to heartbreaks and disappointments. Our next guest knows how hard that can be but waiting for that special someone paid off so much, they made their brand all about it. Doris Varillas, founder of Heavenly Tale, took her own personal experience of finding her husband and now has turn it into a brand motivating other single women to be patient and trust that the man who will be their special someone, God will bring them together at His perfect timing. Tune in to hear this great journey of love and patience and how you too will come to have the "one". Waiting doesn't sound so bad after all. 
48:02
November 26, 2019
Ep. 9: Getting Conditioned with Coach Sergio Quisquinay
Coach Sergio , founder of Limitless Performance, has a passion for coaching and athletic performance which stems from a successful soccer career and years of studying how to make an athlete better. He believes everyone is Limitless, with no bounds, and he strives to help all of his athletes and clients realize that every day is a chance to improve on anything they choose. Sergio is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Towson University. He was a two-year starter for the Montgomery College Men’s Soccer team and holds a U.S. Soccer Federation National D coaching license. Tune in now to hear how this successful soccer star turned his eyes and attention to giving back to the community and helping them improve a part of their life. 
48:57
November 21, 2019
GEW CP Panelist : Amani Walker, Founder of sincerely, KARMA!
2019 WNBA Champion Shatori Walker-Kimbrough has worn the clothing designed by our guest on this episode. Along with NFL Player Ty Johnson , sincerely, KARMA! has gained traction with each release. Amani Walker from @karmabymajin is a recent college graduate from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!), where he attained his B.A in Communications and Public Relations. He currently works as a marketing and design specialist for computer software company GoTab Inc. In his free time, Amani is a prolific entrepreneur and art director for his lifestyle brand: sincerely, KARMA!  In his four years of experience, Amani has designed everything from advertising campaigns to immersive and responsive websites. He believes that design is a practice in problem-solving, an art that shapes our lives every day. His goal is to create timeless projects through design while making a positive change in our society, no matter the inspiration.
37:27
November 20, 2019
GEW CP Panelist : Tony Drake , Founder & Creator of Blue Geek Music and The Indies
Imagine you could create your own show, your own ideas, and make it a hit for everyone. Tony Drake did exactly that, the founder and creative director of Blue Geek Music, created his own ideas into an animation show called The Indies. With no knowledge of animation Tony did not let that get in the way, determined to make his ideas a reality. From the music to the animation, Tony Drake is behind it all. Even to releasing his show on the Diddy owned network Revolt TV, now currently running reruns of the show. Tune in to hear more on how this creative entrepreneur made his dreams a reality. 
52:12
November 14, 2019
GEW CP Panelist : Aqila "Mimi" Benjamin , Founder of Network Your A** Off
Tell you what, pitch me an idea in 20 seconds, GO! Hard to be put on the spot right? Well what if that pitch was your major shot of networking to a huge potential sponsor or client, you need to be ready to do so at any given time. Networking is not something that should be anxiety driven instead it should be empowering. Thats exactly what our next guest does. With an infectious spirit that lights up a room and a keen sense of what it means to mobilize others, Aqila "Mimi" Benjamin shoots for the starts in her roles all while empowering everyone to be the best version of themselves. Founder of #Advocate4You, an anti-bullying campaign. She gives her backing to any cause with the objective of empowering others; and puts her money where her mouth is with sponsorship of various community organizations. Through these initiatives, she puts her pumps to pavement to spread body positivity, self-love, and mental health awareness. You can catch her traveling city to city Unifying, Mentoring, & Inspiring others through her latest venture, Netwerq Your Ass Off. Netwerq Your Ass Off is a brand building seminar teaching the fundamentals of networking through masterclasses. Mimi will be at Global Entrepreneurship Week College Park November 19 -21st. 
35:29
November 11, 2019
Ep. 8: Running the Ronin Way with Kian Kelley-Chung
Think of a platform that would help artists create art in any way they could possibly imagine. If it can be done, then why not try? That's exactly what Kian Kelley-Chung is doing. The University of Maryland Senior is opening up the realms of creativity and challenging the way we express creativity. From writing an upcoming graphic novel, to producing and making music, to co-directing a virtual reality ( yes, you read that right) called HUMANO, Kian's main goal in life is to inspire others to make whatever reality they want, become what they have, never limit yourself. Find out more as we sit down with the young creative and more on his business ventures and future goals. 
45:45
November 7, 2019
GEW CP Panelist : Gina DeLuca , Multi-media Artist
Gina DeLuca is a self-taught, multi-media artist from Baltimore. Her love for the arts was evident at a very young age. Primarily a musician, Gina also makes jewelry, stained glass and after an injury left her temporarily unable to play guitar, she took up painting. Within one month of creating her first watercolor painting, she sold 9 commissioned paintings. Gina has since added acrylics to her palette and is enjoying experimenting with the techniques the medium has to offer. From photo-realism watercolors to abstract acrylic pours, Gina is an artist who creates from a place of passion and is in constant pursuit of the joy that creating art has to offer.
36:27
November 4, 2019
GEW CP Panelist : Josh Griffith , Professional DJ + UMD Student
Student DJ? Sounds crazy right, well not really. Not when it comes to Josh Griffith, also known as DJ Griff. In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week College Park 2019 , we are introducing a new series featuring the panelists that will speaking at the November event. We want to thank Discovery District UMD , WeWork & Operation A.R.T.S. for this partnership.  Today's episode features Josh Griffith. From starting his DJ company Griff Productions & Entertainment to double majoring at The Robert H. Smith School of Business, to closing out the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. this young man has done it all. By pursuing his passion and making it his business Josh Griffith Is the definition of a student "making it". Tune in to find out how he juggles it all and his future plans.  For more of his music check out his closing set at Firefly Music Festival:  https://www.mixcloud.com/DJGriffPromo/dj-griff-firefly-music-festival-2019-closing-set-live-recording/
38:20
November 1, 2019
Ep. 7: One Cup at a Time with Chris Vigilante
They say to always do what you love, what you're passionate about. Well what if that passion comes after so much self exploring and testing the waters out, that's what exactly Chris Vigilante did. The founder of the local staple coffee shop, Vigilante Coffee Co. had to go through whirlwinds of experiences to finally touch upon what he was passionate about, coffee. From going to the coffee farms to brewing and roasting right here at home, Chris and his team take the term of "coffee lovers" to a whole new meaning. In a wild journey of persistence, Chris stops by to talk about his journey to finding his passion, why he loves it and the most important advice to anyone pushing to chase their passion. This episode is just the cup of coffee you need. 
49:15
October 28, 2019
Ep. 6: Faith + Rap - Live Performance by Theycallmereggie, Johny Locus & Michael Cocita
What do you get when you mix your faith with your talents? In this case you get the lifestyle of Theycallmereggie, Johny Locus & Michael Cocita, three rappers that are not ashamed to express their beliefs in their music. Instead they use it as a platform to connect with others the way the Christian Rap genre did with them. Over the years the landscape of Christian Rap has drastically changed, now in an era of social media and content on demand, we see what it takes to push out music that connects with people on a whole other level. Listen as we sit down and chat with the rappers on their journey and after tune in to an exclusive live performance with unreleased tracks included. 
39:56
October 22, 2019
GEW CP Panelist : Camila Tapia , Founder - Living Artists & Co.
In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week College Park 2019 , we are introducing a new series featuring the panelists that will speaking at the November event. We want to thank Discovery District UMD , WeWork & Operation A.R.T.S. for this partnership.  Today's episode features Camila Tapia. Camila is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, having studied Studio Art, as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship. They are an interdisciplinary artist, with a focus on mixed media visual art. Surreal, experimental, and playful, Camila dabbles in anything creative that piques their curiosity, such as fire dancing, music-making, hair cutting, and event organizing. Their artistic vision is to make the world a more engaging and fantastic environment for everyone to exist in through whatever mediums possible. Camila founded and manages Living Artists & Co., an organization which supports artists with entrepreneurial resources and opportunities to enable them to engage in more sustainable business practices.
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October 19, 2019
Ep. 5: Your Finances 101 with Xavier Epps
Saving for that new car or that dream house? Is saving money the tough part? Trust us we know, but it doesn't have to be. Thats what we dive deep into this episode along side Financial Advisor Xavier Epps. With a ridiculous background and years of experience in finances, we talk about the misconceptions of budgeting, the way to close the racial wealth gap and educating yourself to save for your future. From great tips to real truths today's episode goes deep into your finances. For more information on how you can get great support and budgeting plans visit xnefinance.com or follow @xnefinacial on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Xavier Epps on Facebook or Instagram @financeguyx 
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October 7, 2019
Ep. 4: Calling All Creatives with Operation A.R.T.S
What you create is worth a lot and it should always be. In comes Operation A.R.T.S, a program designed by creatives for creatives to help distribute your work and get paid as well! Operation A.R.T.S is designed to help creatives advocate for themselves and their work to make sure they are getting whats worth for all their hard work. the program founded by Renee Taylor and Chyna Mae allow for artists to make a name for themselves while guiding them in the process. Started in the community for the community. Check them out at operationarts.com and on Instagram or Facebook : @operationarts
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September 30, 2019
Ep. 3: From One Story to the Next with Leora Lihach
Ukrainian and Lithuanian yet writing on a Latin American country's civil war. Meet Leora Lihach, a local screenwriter that is bringing to the stage the destructive Salvadorian Civil War. In this episode we deep dive the ways she came to create this play and the navigation within the creative minds of playwrights. A lot to unpack , take a listen. 
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September 23, 2019
Ep. 2: Food, Persistency & Mental Health with Chef Roro
"Changing someone's world is changing a world." - Chef Roro. On this episode we have special guest Chef Roro, a local DMV chef and entrepreneur and mental health advocate for the community. From giving back to the community through his passion of cooking up great Lebanese food in his Chef Roro food truck to being an open advocate for mental health issues to the youth, today we take a deep dive into chasing your passion, the  persistency to it and the reality of mental health awareness. We also talk about the bomb Lebanese food being served and future plans for Roro's business. 
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September 16, 2019
Ep. 1: Comeback Season
The District Channel is here! We start off a new season of our show with exciting news. Over our break The District Channel partnered up with Strength From Above, or SFA , from the DC Maryland Area to cohost. On this episode we discuss about our future projects with Arvin Reyes and Ricky Garcia from SFA. Check us out and tune in for more !
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September 1, 2019