Show #27 - Honoring Nigel, Dr. Dionne Bates and Shawn J. Moore

 Show #27 - Honoring Nigel, Dr. Dionne Bates and Shawn J. Moore

On this show I have two conversations. Following the suicide of 15-year-old Nigel Shelby, I was heartbroken. I invited Dr. D. Dionne Bates to the show. Dr. Bates and I discuss ways that we can recognize when our loved ones need us, and she offers tips to individuals listening to the show who are having challenges.

For my second conversation I chat with Shawn J. Moore. During that discussion Shawn and I discuss his history growing up as the youngest of four boys in Baltimore, and his podcast The Mindful Rebel.

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Seeing Sounds Tutorial - Make Better Cell Phone Videos At Concerts

Seeing Sounds Tutorial - Make Better Cell Phone Videos At Concerts

During a recent tour, Alicia Keys would lock cell phones at concerts, except for a few specific people, and in 2016, Apple announced that it has patented technology that could disable an iPhone camera if a specific infrared signal is detected. Childish Gambino has also been urging his fans to put their phones away at shows.

How can you capture better cell phone video at concerts? Listen or watch and learn.

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Show #25 - Seen/Unseen: Queer Artists of Color & Visibility in Atlanta

Show #25 - Seen/Unseen: Queer Artists of Color & Visibility in Atlanta

Seen/Unseen is a conversation, curated by Seeing Sounds host Johnnie Ray Kornegay III, with Queer visual artists of color in Atlanta-metro. We discuss how we show our true selves (or not) in our work, personal histories, journeys to self discovery and acceptance as well as desire and longing. This episode is presented in full, with audience questions. This episode of Seeing Sounds was recorded live at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

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Show #23 - Travon M. Bracey

Show #23 - Travon M. Bracey

On this episode of Seeing Sounds we welcome Travon Bracey, creative director of fashion and art. Travon operates his own online fashion and culture website ArtREV: The Hub and is known for his writing, wardrobe styling and fashion merchandising. Travon and I dive deep into his creative history, inspirations, and Travon opens up about his journey to his own mental wellness.

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Show #22 - Daniel D. Edwards

Show #22 - Daniel D. Edwards

On this episode Johnnie chats with storyteller Daniel D. Edwards. Daniel uses photography to address sensitive social and personal topics.  His goal is to spark constructive conversation. His work is a culmination of multiple interests with the goal of creating a solid foundation for his non-profit BlackVign.

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Show #21 - Daddy Rod

Show #21 - Daddy Rod

On this episode of Seeing Sounds Johnnie welcomes kinkster and leatherman Daddy Rod. Daddy Rod is a photographer, DJ and community advocate who’s very active in the leather community. Johnnie & Rod discuss what it means to wear leather, why it all isn’t fashion, sexual fetishes, self-acceptance and history.

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Show #19 - Breaking Atoms: A Conversation With DDm on Being Black, Gay and an MC

Show #19 - Breaking Atoms: A Conversation With DDm on Being Black, Gay and an MC

What does it mean to love music that doesn’t always affirm the full you? What does it mean to love hip hop so much that, despite all of the things that say you shouldn’t, you decide to be an out Black gay rapper? During this event Black gay photographer and artist manager Johnnie Ray Kornegay III sat down for a one on one, in front of a live audience with Baltimore MC DDm. DDm’s style is rooted in classic battle rap. Johnnie explores DDm’s journey as a rapper by discussing his history, inspirations and how he’s managed to navigate the hip hop industry as an out Black gay man. The highs, lows and everything in between.

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Show #11 - Guest Alan Avery

On this show Jay sits down with Alan Avery owner of the Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta, GA. Alan's gallery is the oldest surviving contemporary art gallery in the city, and his programming doesn't shy away from difficult issues around class, race and the American South. In this conversation they chat about Alan's history and what it takes to run a successful gallery. 

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Playlist

Gaelle & Chris Brånn - Release (Soundcloud)
BOSCO - LOTF (Love On The Floor) (Soundcloud)
Byron The Aquarius - PrOtoTypE (Bandcamp)
LO'99 - All Night (Beatport)


Show #10 - Guest Minka Wiltz (@MINKAWILTZ)

Sometimes the road we travel leads to beautiful art. If we're lucky we get the opportunity to express it. In this discussion Jay sits down with Actor/Singer Minka Wiltz (www.minkawiltz.com) to discuss her journey to creating her new one-woman show, Shaking The Wind (www.shakingthewind.net). Through the trials, and through the journey, Minka talks honestly about her singing career and coming to terms with the relationship with her mother. May we all find strength in Minka's story. Shaking The Wind runs 8/14-8/16 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.

All music can be found on Minka's Reverbnation page.

Photography by Jay Ray / Body Art by Curron Gajadhar

Photography by Jay Ray / Body Art by Curron Gajadhar

Show #9 - Guest Michi Meko (@MichiMeko)

Art is truly powerful. It can teach our history all while embodying our future. In this discussion Jay sits down with artist Michi Meko to discuss his work and philosophy. The two cover a lot of ground from Michi’s upbringing in Florence, Alabama, up through his artistic journey and thoughts on race in America. Michi’s newest exhibit, Pursuit: Almost Drowned, can be seen at the Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta through August 8th. Visit http://www.alanaveryartcompany.com/ for more information. Visit http://www.michimeko.com/ for more information on Michi Meko.

Playlist:

Jay Electronica - Better In Tune With The Infinite (Unreleased)
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s - Doing It To Death (iTunes)
Zikomo + James Anderson - That Feeling (Soundcloud)
Johannes Heinen/Donald Holtermanns - Liebeste (Soundcloud)
Big Joe Turner - World Of Trouble (iTunes)
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (iTunes)

Michi Meko by Jay Ray

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Show #8 - Guest Carlton Hargro

In this lively phone conversation, Jay Ray chats with Journalist, Editor and Media Personality Carlton Hargro. Carlton writes for Creative Loafing ATL, has his own magazine, Slo*Mo (www.slomoatl.com), and he co-hosts Mo Audio on  AB+L Radio (www.ablradio.com). Carlton schools us on what Soul Music means to him and what's playing in his headphones.

Playlist

Daymé Arocena - Drama (iTunes)
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams (iTunes)
Tame Impala - The Moment (iTunes)
Majid Jordan - Her (iTunes)
Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - Agita (iTunes)
Fernanda Noronha - Vai La Brazil (iTunes)
Bebel Gilberto - August Day Song (iTunes)
 

Show #7 - Guests Ron Shirley II (@RonShirleyII) & Melody Reyne (@MelodyReyne)

Jay chats with 1/2 of the House of Lotus ATL team Ron Shirley II & Melody Reyne. They chat about music, art, inspiration and Ron's new EP "Spectrum" and Melody's new EP "I Am." In between we play a lot of good music, drink beer and hang out in the infamous "House!" You can buy Melody's EP at www.melodyreyne.com and catch up with Ron on Facebook

Playlist

#FeaturedSound - Plewto Smith - Renny The Box Beater (Fischer Music Club)

Melody Reyne - Four Five Seconds (Acoustic)
Ron Shirley II - Faces (Soundcloud)
Melody Reyne - Our Song (Soundcloud)
Uchenna X Ron Shirley II - DRUGS (Soundcloud)
Melody Reyne - Charlie (Soundcloud)
Ron Shirley II - True Colors (Soundcloud)