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The Black Vibrations

The Black Vibrations

By Gi Grier
"For the people, by the people."

Charlotte, North Carolina native Gi Grier, is joined by brilliant black creatives as they talk about music, current events, and more. Most importantly, Gi sets the stage for her guests to spread their very own brand of BLACK EXCELLENCE.

These are The Black Vibrations.
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SZN3 E14: SZN FINALE w/ Ken Wabibi of Jack of All Spades
For our SZN FINALE, Gi and Taaj visit Ken Wabibi from Jack of All Spades Podcast at Charlotte's own UpScaleStudios. The group talk about being part of community based podcasts, how Ken channels and expresses his creativeness, and what JOAS is all about. 
01:30:19
September 16, 2022
S3 E13: TwinNation
Identical twins Tae + Won Benjamin AKA TwinNation stop by the show to talk about their journey, how their attitude towards life brings infinite good energy, and the story on how they ended up performing at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. 
46:12
September 09, 2022
S3 E12: Charlotte Real Estate Talk with Brad and Jordan
Charlotte Real Estate pros. Brad Hicks and Jordan Caldwell join the show to talk through the realities of working in Real Estate, how their passions shine through their work, and of course tips regarding the current and volatile Charlotte Market. 
40:08
September 09, 2022
S3 E11: Shad B MYM
For our next guest we got the opportunity to interview Shad B, Owner of Mind Your Money, a Non Profit Financial Education Platform. Now living in Orlando, new father Shad and the crew talk through his journey to launching his non-profit, his thoughts on saving and budgeting, and how his goal to change the narrative around finances within the Black community motivates him everyday. 
57:02
September 02, 2022
S3 E10: Sunni T. Connor
For Episode 10 our guest is Cali-based Author, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur: Sunni T. Connor. We chat through her DMV origins, what motivates her, and how she used her words to jump start her journey into having the freedom to live her life to the fullest. 
01:24:33
August 26, 2022
S3 E9: UFO Baby
Gi, Taaj, and Manny get to sit down with Recording Artist/Rapper Cameron Butler AKA UFO Baby. The group talks about his journey to finding music, his recent performances including the very first 4321 with TBV, and his 4.20 project: FLOATING BY THE BRIDGE EP. 
57:48
August 19, 2022
S3 E8: aBlacktv
Gi and Taaj sit down with artist, entrepreneur, and world travel Brandon, who is the man behind ABlackTV. The show covers what it's like traveling the world solo, living life on your own terms, and how he ended up in rooms with some of the biggest names in entertainment. 
48:40
August 19, 2022
S3 E7: Deston: Serial Entrepreneur
For Episode Lucky Number 7 we invited one of our favorite Entrepreneurs (whom we do business with regularly) who truly defines his success from the work he puts in. We had a pleasure catching up with Deston Thronton aka Destontobegreat, a true Serial Entrepreneur who shows no signs of stopping his grind any time soon.  We chat about how he started his businesses, the challenges and realities of being an entrepreneur. and what he likes to do outside of managing his companies. 
53:15
August 12, 2022
S3 E6: Makeda Iroquois
For Episode 6 we invited the highly in-demand, vibe inducing, soul touching artist, the one and only: Makeda Iroquois.  Makeda talks about connecting with GI via a live performance, being an up and coming artist in NYC, moving back to Charlotte and what is has been like tapping into your creative bone since a young age in a front of a live interactive audience. 
45:14
August 05, 2022
S3 E5: Peo Productions
We were more than ecstatic to welcome Christian Wilson, the man behind PEO Productions which stands for “Positive Energy Only.” We talk to Christian about the rise of his photography/videography career, the other hats he wears in life, and finally what his philosophy on success is. This also marked the first interview under our partnership with Airtime, a non algorithm live social app where we recorded the interview. 
57:57
July 29, 2022
S3 E4: The Zen Room
For a few select episodes this season we got to set up our interview at our guest’s choice of location. For episode four, we tapped in with Iesha, Owner of The Zen Room right here in Charlotte. Gi and Iesha talk about jumping into entrepreneurship, being a woman in business, and what such a busy woman like her does for fun!
44:46
July 22, 2022
S3 E3: Fee's Focus Jewels
SZN III continues this week with a long overdue guest! After working with this talented entrepreneur on several pop ups over the last two years, we finally got her to come by the show. Hit play and listen to what healer, business woman, and poet Fee has to say.
54:42
July 14, 2022
S3 E2: Ashleigh Gilliam: Black Filmmaker
For our second episode this season we welcome black female filmmaker: Ashleigh Gilliam. Gi and the Gastonia, NC  native talk about so much including what it’s like going to school at a predominantly white institute (PWI), imposter syndrome, and her 2021 film: Tonie.Mamie.Connie.
01:13:27
July 07, 2022
S3 E1: The Vxbes
Your podcast's favorite podcast is BACK with our SZNIII premiere featuring the eclectic and talented CXLV aka BigVXBE aka Chris. We got the chance to invade his creative space and talk about all things including his basketball roots, how his creativity is a duty to his young self and of course his love for California.
01:09:02
July 01, 2022
S2 Bonus Episode: TheFirm
Gi, Taaj, and Manny got to talk to TheFirm Music group on the day before their Sincerely Yours EP dropped this passed summer. This episode from the vault covers the formation of the group, some of the lessons they learned along the way, and of course the music. 
56:27
September 25, 2021
S2 Bonus Episode: Raising Resilience
Executive Producer Manny Stackks sits down with Co-Founder of Raising Resilience, Whitney. They talk about her upbringings in Burlington, NC, her experience in the mental health field, and what led to her running her own non-profit.
40:37
September 25, 2021
S2 E12: PHAZE GAWD
For our SEASON FINALE, EP Manny Stackks sits down with a Queen City LEGEND, PHAZE GAWD, (@phazegawd704 ) for another installment in his Black KANGS series. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Manny and PHAZE talk about coming up in Charlotte's underground scene, an eclectic friend in common (random as hell I tell you), and PHAZE's latest project AyoPhazoGo!⁠⁠
51:58
August 28, 2021
S2 E11: Coach Kev & ALPHA FITNESS
Continuing his Black KANGS series, Executive Producer Manny Stackks sits down with Certified Personal Trainer & Entrepreneur: COACH KEV. ⁠⁠(@coach.kev5 ) ⁠⁠ On Episode 11, the two talk about the unique mindset one earns being from up north, moving to Charlotte by mistake (sounds crazy, but there is a story), and the lessons he's learned so far on his entrepreneurial journey. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠
46:53
August 28, 2021
S2 E10: MO C, The Resident Renaissance Man
For the first talk in his Black KANGS series, Executive Producer Manny Stackks sits down with recent college graduate and up and coming NC Rapper, MO C. (@kingmo_cx) They touch on coming up in NC, Mo's renaissance aspirations, and his most recent project Ascension which dropped this past June. ⁠⁠
41:01
August 28, 2021
S2 E9: Dejah's Diary
Lifestyle + Fashion Content Creator Dejah of Dejah’s Diary stops by the show to put us on game on how to rule the social media game. They touch on making money without having millions of followers, holding yourself to a standard, and the importance of being intentional with your content.
01:04:21
June 26, 2021
S2 E8: Taaj Ameer
Gi sits down and gets personal with our very own Sound Engineer and Producer, Taaj Ameer. The power couple discuss how they met, the progress of our show, and how Taaj tackles the phenomena that is sound.
01:01:29
June 26, 2021
S2 E6: Taylor Siblings
Chris and Brittani Taylor talk with Gi about the Charlotte art scene and sibling gratitude on this episode.
01:05:31
May 22, 2021
S2 E5: The Ohmazing Ohavia
Gi and local CLT host Ohavia Phillips chat about the media lifestyle, ethnic backgrounds, and love for activism.
01:09:31
May 22, 2021
S2 E4- AnthonyShequell LLC
Gi sits down with up and coming clothing brand AnthonyShequell on how they got started, HBCU life, and more.
01:16:20
May 22, 2021
S2 E3 - Jett, Higher Quality Clothing CEO
For the last episode in our first batch of Season 2 we welcome Co-Owner Higher Quality Clothing and 4Ever Black Printing, Jett. Jett and Gi reminisce on their time growing up on the Westside of Charlotte, making it out, and how Jett plans to use the retail/printing industry to make sure young black people have a leg up when they make it out too.
37:58
April 24, 2021
S2 E1 - The Affiliated Experience
The Black Vibrations Podcast is BYKE with Season 2! We kick off the season with onsite coverage of The First Annual Affiliated Experience (4.9-4.11). The Experience kicked off with an intimate social gathering for the one and only Al Bowman's birthday, Saturday followed with Brunch and Fashion Show, and Sunday concluded the weekend with an art exhibit and pop up shop.  We went live with  Jasmine Orlandis  (Host of The Experience's Fashion Show)  The Marrket (Fashion Director)  The Tulsa Initiative (Funds from event went to this non profit)  The Firm Music Group (Performer for Fashion Show)  Al Bowman (Owner and Founder of Affiliated Apparel/Experience)   
31:34
April 24, 2021
Ep. 14- JazArt Studio
Gi sits down and catches up with an old high school friend. Local resin artist, Jasmyn provides insight on her craft and how she has transitioned it into a business.
23:43
February 27, 2021
Ep. 11 NC On Scene Recap
Gi, Taaj, and Manny have a roundtable discussion about the events that took place at the NC On Scene pop up shop in December. The crew also reflects about how great the season has been and what it means to each of them to be apart of such a great team.
27:47
January 30, 2021
Ep 10- NC On Scene Pop Up 12/19
These are the live interviews from the NC On Scene Pop Up Shop in December. Gi interviews vendors and vibe with the scene.
25:09
January 30, 2021
Ep 6: NC On Scene Pop Up 11/14 Part Three
Listen to Gi interview the Founder of NCONSCENE NETWORKING HUB: PAIGE. Gi also raps with her team on how the event went and its effect on the Charlotte community. Manny - Content/Executive Producer @neverendingsitcom (insta) @manny_nes (twitter)  Taaj Ameer- Sound Engineer/Producer @taajameer
24:58
November 28, 2020
Ep 5: NC On Scene Pop Up 11/14 Part Two
Listen to Gi talk to vendors at @nconscene’s Vendor Pop Up Shop on 11/14/2020.  Part 2 features the vendors: @minkmeout_bysasha, @shoptheapothecaryco, @crumcopremiumproducts, @twisted_tastebytee, @mswonderful_seasoning, @weareonesociety, @mizfitattire, and @kikiearrings.
24:35
November 28, 2020
Ep 4: NC On Scene Pop Up 11/14 Part One
Listen to Gi talk to vendors at @nconscene’s Vendor Pop Up Shop on 11/14/2020.  Part 1 features the vendors: @checkedin__, @fitfreshapparel, @perfectpicnictable, @affiliated.apparel, @ankhemerald_isis, @syn.fullydelicious, and @theroughdiamonempire.
21:18
November 28, 2020
Ep 3- Paint Can Papi is OUT HERE!
Rock Hill, SC native and former USC football player Garrison Gist joins Gi as they talk about navigating the world as an artist, using social media to your advantage, and how the Black Lives Matter movement has changed Charlotte. Garrison most recently worked on the Black Lives Matter mural in uptown Charlotte, adding a Marvel comics favorite as the star of his design.
52:23
October 10, 2020
Ep 2 - The Wonderful Life of Bax, A Jack of All Trades
Raleigh native and Jack of All Trades, BAX joins us on our second episode. Gi and Bax talk about the reality of pursuing your passion, the NBA, and diversifying yourself and your income. Bax is a musical artist, basketball coach, and owner of his own fashion line 10isheads.
43:06
October 10, 2020
Ep 1 - Inaugural Episode ft. PRETTYNPRESSED
For our very first episode, we invited the CEO of Charlotte-based nail company, PRETTYNPRESSED, to be our inaugural guest. Gi and Jillian talk about topics such as educating your consumer base, running a cosmetology business during a pandemic, and steps she took during her own personal weight loss journey.
31:19
October 10, 2020