Celebrate Black History Month by Listening to These…

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Hey folks!

I’ve grown and learned so much through my podcast. In many ways. But, as I think about Black History Month, I can’t help but reflect on how much I’ve learned about black history and the black experience in general through some of my recorded conversations. I’m so happy, personally, that I had these conversations, but I’m even more proud to think that (little by little) the stories shared on the podcast might help erase a little bit of ignorance in the world.

On that note, here’s a few podcasts where I, as a white dude, was shown a different perspective that I probably wouldn’t have understood in this kind of depth if not for the podcast. And I’d like to share (again) what I’ve learned:

Creative Ops | Ep.23 | Vincent Mcintosh, owner of IRIE Kitchen, talks cooking, education, business, being first-generation, and more! Creative Ops

As a young child of Jamaican immigrant parents, Vincent Mcintosh dreamed of being a businessman, owning 250 restaurants, and living life on his terms. Now in his mid-20s, he joined Creative Ops–online from the restaurant–to talk about his path on that journey. At 17 he dropped out college to pursue entrepreneurship full time. At 19 he founded IRIE Kitchen (organic, Caribbean street food) restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not only is it the first fully-organic restaurant in the area, Vince is also the youngest restauranteur in Grand Rapids history! In 2019 he co-founded Irie Lemon, a media company with Liz (The Lemon Bowl) every week the give us tips on entrepreneurship and how to build the life you want. Together, they co-host Passion to Profit Podcast. … Shout out to Baby Farm Soaps, River Town Adventures, Hey Guys Media, and IRIE's social media genius, Corinne Bass (on IG @corinnesconnections)! … Thanks as always. -CT http://www.christophertallon.com

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Kyd Kane

Creative Ops | Ep.24 | Kyd Kane, Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI Creative Ops

Kyd Kane is a poet, artist, and educator. She was the first spoken word artist to make the finals in ArtPrize. Recently she became Grand Rapids' first black, queer, female poet laureate. Since then she's made her it mission to elevate poetry (and poets) in the city, do something different with (for) the laureateship, and challenge privilege. Check out Kyd Kane at http://www.kydsaidit.com Check out the show at http://www.christophertallon.com Buy the host a coffee at http://www.buymeacoffee.com/creativeops   Thanks folks! -CT

Chanel Ali

Creative Ops | Ep.29 | Chanel Ali – Comedian with the Best Comedy Album of 2020 (NPR) Creative Ops

Chanel Ali is a standup comedian, writer, and actress living in NY. Chanel was honored as a “New Face” at the 2019 Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and she can be seen on the Starz series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks on TruTV. In 2020, Chanel appeared on the CC Stand-Up/Refinery 29 series Taking the Stage and Speak Up. Chanel was also featured on the dais of the Friar’s Club’s Roast of Gloria Allred, where she is also a member, and she recently wrote for the @NetflixisaJoke social media accounts. Chanel released her debut comedy album CHANEL NO. 1 on 800lb Gorilla Records in June 2020, which NPR named "the best comedy album of 2020". Twitter: @chanel__ali Instagram: @chanelali Christopher Tallon is a fiction writer, professional blogger, and hosts this show–Creative Ops. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Litsy, and Goodreads. If you want to show support, you do so at buy me a coffee (.com). Friends of the Show! Hey Guys Media Group – Podcast production services for anyone ranging from tech geek to noob. River Town Adventures – Award winning outdoor recreation in the Lansing, MI area. Baby Farm Soaps – The best soaps, bath, and hygiene products out there. Fresh Coast Seed Co. – Award winning cannabis. Possibly the best in the solar system.

Mike Logan

Creative Ops | Ep.33 | Mike Logan – ADD & Homegrown Weed Creative Ops

Got to sit down with the Ice Cold Comedian, Mike Logan…IN HIS HOUSE! (He's got a bad leg at the moment, so I came to him. You'll hear some neighborhood noise in the interview.)  I named this one "ADD & Homegrown Weed" because those were the main obstacles early in our conversation. But once it got going, Mike and I had a great talk. We, of course, covered creativity and the creative process, but we got into all kinds of other stuff: moving from place to place, racism, goal setting/changing goals as you age, classic art, how the media tries to convince us we're divided when, in Mike's opinion, we've actually been brought closer together in the last year and a half.  Mike tells stories from the entertainment industry, does a few impressions, cracks me up, and shares his fascinating perspective on a wide variety of topics.  Follow Mike Logan on all your favorite social media platforms @icecoldcomedian for updates on performances, a daily dose of wholesome, and some hard-but-necessary truths. Follow the host of Creative Ops at http://www.christophertallon.com and as @tallonwrites on all social media!

Alexis Flakes

Creative Ops | Ep42 | Alexis Flakes – Host, Producer, Editor, CREATIVE! Creative Ops

Alexis Flakes wears many hats: digital content producer/editor/host, yoga teacher, jewelry designer, community advocate, entrepreneur, and MORE. She talks about growing up black in a predominantly white, Michigan suburb, going to school out east, settling down in Harlem, getting into the digital creative sphere, her creative process, and all her ambitious dreams and goals. See more of Alexis at: http://www.alexisflakes.com Follow Alexis on Instagram @flakeslikefrosted Get Bold Jewels . . . Follow me (Christopher Tallon – the host) at: http://www.christophertallon.com Instagram Facebook Twitter

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Marcel “Fable” Price

Creative Ops | Ep.46 | Marcel ”Fable” Price – Creatively Affecting Change Creative Ops

Fable the Poet (aka Marcel Price) became the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI in 2017. At the time, he was GR's first black PL. He was the first PL to not graduate from college. On top of that he was also the youngest PL in city history. Now he works with The Diatribe, mainly focusing on improving the south side and educating people about GENTRIFICATION and REDLINING. Check out The 49507 Project. Marcel Price / Fable the Poet: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter The Diatribe: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, SUPPORT!

-CT

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