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Growing Out of the Hood with Dot

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Today’s guest on the show is Dot.

Dot grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the early 80s and I met Dot at his eye wear boutique a few blocks from the Barclays Center. I’ve known him for a few years and I knew he did some time upstate but I didn’t know for what or for how long.

I asked Dot to share his story on the podcast and boy did he ever. Dot is the nicest person you’d ever want to meet (cliche I know) but his story of overcoming himself as well as life’s obstacles just moved the heck out me.

Dot talks about growing out of the hood but not in your stereotypical urban way. He just talks about it. He doesn’t glamorize but he does tell a compelling story.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

  1. Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All
  2. Steven Spielberg
  3. Hype Williams 
  4. Mad Rapper 
  5. Calvin Klein Jeans
  6. British Walkers 
  7. Suede Fronts 
  8. Stick Up Kids
  9. Spofford Juvenile Center
  10. Rikers Island 
  11. Boogie Down Productions – Love’s Gonna Get’cha
  12. BMW 3 Series
  13. 40 Below 
  14. 36 Chambers
  15. The Purple Tape 
  16. Beanie Sigel – Feel It In The Air
  17. Donald Goines 
  18. Iceberg Slim 
  19.  The Spirit of a Man: A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them
  20. Clinton Correctional Facility 
  21. Sancocho
  22. 67 Burger

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This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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Don Dada Delilah Hennessy & RumChata

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Happy Holidays good people!

In this episode I sit down with my younger sister Delilah to play New York Said Shuffle. NYS Shuffle is a Q&A game that allows me to ask my guests an assortment of question in a less linear way.

In this episode Delilah and I talk about tasty alcoholic beverages, fun with the family dog, growing up as siblings, becoming a dialysis technician, eating healthy and love in your twenties.

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Rame Loves Life

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Photography by Amon Focus

 

On a rather beautiful day in the Lower East Side, Rame and I caught up on life. In this episode Rame shares a few stories of growing up in The Lower, his experiences as a stick-up kid, skating, graffiti, being on the run, life in Cali, getting shot, life as vegan and what is new with his art.

Enjoy,
Amon

Keep Up With Rame

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rameloveslife/
Purchase Prints: https://rameloveslife.bigcartel.com

Show Notes

 

 

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  • PhD Crew
  • “I wanna be up everywhere.” RAME Quote
  • The illest Mom
  • What did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Misconceptions about graffiti
  • Bomb only
  • Dark side of life
  • Everyone wants something they can’t have
  • Drinking
  • Stick up kid
  • My loyalty is to my team
  • Target
  • Feed the wolves
  • Snitch
  • Rikers Island
  • Everything is about respect
  • Product of your environment
  • “I would have been dead by now.” RAME Quote
  • Reading
  • Time

 

 

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Most important lesson?

  1. Don’t take nothing for granted
  2. If you have an opportunity, take it
  3. Shoot your shot and believe in yourself

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Leopold Vasquez talks Breaking Comfort Zones, the Purpose of Life and the Sound of Art

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Met up with Leopold Vasquez or Leo in midtown to talk about growing up in Washington Heights, being a wild curious kid, the cultural microscope, demystifying the facade of the art world, being a Social Scientist and empowering the disenfranchised.

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Show Notes

  1. A Refined Tone – Mic Test
  2. Talking to Bluster
  3. Rain influencing Leo’s Mood
  4. Growing up in Washington Heights 
  5. Mad Hills and Parks
  6. A Nice Diverse Community 
  7. Being a Wild and Curious Kid
  8. Playing with Fire and Getting Torched
  9. Kids say the Wildest Shit
  10. Biting Cousins 
  11. Drawing anything in Motion
  12. Leo was the Weirdo of the Crew
  13. Had a Producer Vibe to Him 
  14. Getting Lost in the Uptown Caves
  15. Dark Days (Film)
  16. Lenape Indigenous People
  17. Finding Arrow Heads
  18. Manhattan Center For Science and Mathematics
  19. Dominican Republic
  20. Super Curious and Embrace Diversity
  21. Don’t Questions Yourself
  22. Knowing the Difference 
  23. Utilizing your Cultural Microscope 
  24. A Child of Immigrants
  25. That’s how New York is…
  26. Fraunces Tavern
  27. Long Before You Got Here
  28. “You’re not going to Christopher Columbus this shit…”
  29. Art is a Time Cheat and Cheat of Time
  30. How do we preserve New York history?
  31. Retna
  32. BlusterOne
  33. Shepard Fairey
  34. The Peralta Project
  35. Christies Auction House
  36. “We can all enjoy colors…”
  37. Whitney Museum 
  38. Andy Warhol
  39. Jean-Michel Basquiat
  40. Jackson Pollock
  41. Diego Rivera
  42. Frida Kahlo
  43. Problems, Solutions and Lives
  44. Demystify the facade of the art world
  45. Spiderman
  46. Marvel
  47. DC Comics
  48. Infinity Wars
  49. Two Cents on Black Panther Movie
  50. Soul II Soul
  51. Marcus Garvey
  52. Being a Social Scientist
  53. Breaking Comfort Zones
  54. Culture Shock 
  55. Knowledge of Self
  56. Clark Atlanta University
  57. Sullivan County Community College
  58. University of Southern Mississippi
  59. Full Sail University 
  60. Amon’s Story
  61. OutKast
  62. Creativity is Problem Solving
  63. Seeing the Sight Unseen
  64. No Point or Purpose to Life
  65. Empowering the Disenfranchised
  66. Meeting his Ego for the First Time
  67. Jim Rohn – How To Handle Your Ego
  68. Losing loved ones
  69. “Having cried yet but I want too…”
  70. Akeelah and the Bee
  71. Creed
  72. Ready to Cry
  73. Terrible Memories
  74. Real Life is Not Instagram
  75. It Ain’t All Good
  76. Get Flipd
  77. Hard Dopamine Hits
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