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BRNDD: Conversations with Creatives

Donte Cotton & Ronald James

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About Us

Branded by dictionary definition in the commerce world means carrying the brand or trademark of a manufacture. In today’s world, the definition of a brand has opened up to much more. Brand’s can be the label names we wear, the companies we support, down to our own individual selves. This podcast will focus particularly on Brands in the streetwear world. As a part of Debonair Material, BRNDD will interview not just people behind the brands but also some of the influencers on these brands. Musicians, artists, athletes and store owners have created their own brand and we want to examine how these worlds collide. So tune in as host, Donte’ Cotton, Owner of Debonair Material takes you inside the streetwear culture.

Latest Episodes

D'Wayne Edwards

D'Wayne Edwards is the founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy, located in Portland, OR. He's spent over 30 years in the industry, from working with Tupac and Biggie at Karl Kani to working with the GOAT, Michael Jordan. After spending 10 years working at Jordan, D'Wayne decided to start a school for footwear designers to help the next generation and has established one of the top schools in the world for Footwear Design. Donte' not only got to learn under him but interview him for the podcast. Listen as Donte' and D'Wayne talk about the journey that led D'Wayne to Portland. Highlights: 0:30: The Beginnings 3:58: Baseball Cards to Sneakers 5:10: the Reebok Design Competition 7:30: Fast food to Footwear 12:05: Footwear meets Hip-Hop 15:33: The Advent of Sity and Skechers 16:58: The Transition to Nike/Jordan 20:41: Meeting Jordan 23:33: The Nu Retro II 24:21: Melo and the .5 Series 29:33: Designing Signature Jordans 31:29: Innovation and “The Experience” 37:11: Founding Pensole 4...

58 MIN2017 AUG 20
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D'Wayne Edwards

Blake Thomas

Blake Thomas is one of the best freelance photographers on the wrestling circuit. He has worked with the likes of; Mia Yim, Veda Scott, NXT's Nikki Cross and Baltimore Legend, Ruckus. Over the years, he's also gotten into management and production for different leagues across the nation. Ronald and Donte' catch up with Blake to talk about his story and ultimately striving to work for the WWE. Highlights: 9:21: Power of Friends Motivating Friends 10:33: Humble Beginnings 14:20: The Evolution of Love for Wrestling 21:45: What Makes a Good Wrestling Match 31:40: Watching the Growth of Your Friends 35:42: The Importance of Supporting Friends 44:52: Burnout 47:15: Who's Next in the Game 51:50: Attending Youtube University 55:29: The Favorites 1:03:02: The BRNDD 10 Contact Blake: Twitter/Instagram: @itsbliz BRNDD Podcast: Website: debonairmaterial.com E-Mail:brndd@debonairmaterial.com Facebook Group:www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast Twitter: @brnddpodcast Instagram: @brnddpodcast Ronald James...

74 MIN2017 AUG 14
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Blake Thomas

BRNDD Live: BCMakes Series for BCPL

Baltimore County Public Libraries invited our hosts Donte' Cotton and Ronald James to host one of theirInspire Nights to talk about BRNDD, how they started the podcast, what's it like being a creative and what challenges they faced, and what makes them successful. Highlights: 2:22 - What is Podcasting? 5:06 -Inspiration 7:00 - Trials and Tribulations 10:12 - Success Stories 14:20 - What is Debonair Material? 18:47 - What Inspired the Podcast? 24:22 - Streetwear: Mastered 27:01 - Production Challenges 32:01 - Scheduling Issues 34:18 - The Art of Following Up 35:25 - How to Create and Maintain a Strong Circle 37:13 - Fight through the Challenges 43:24 - Use Your Resources 47:04 - Baltimore Comedy Festival 50:40 - Pensole Academy 53:31 - Q & A Segment BRNDD 10 Playlist: BRNDD Podcast: Website: debonairmaterial.com E-Mail:brndd@debonairmaterial.com Facebook Fan Page:www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast Twitter/Instagram: @BRNDDPodcast facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast/ Ronald Jam...

66 MIN2017 JUL 17
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BRNDD Live: BCMakes Series for BCPL

Pierre and Jamyla Bennu

Pierre and Jamyla Bennu are the owners of Oyin Handmade and Exit the Apple. This New York couple migrated to Baltimore over a decade ago and have been a thriving part of the scene ever since. Jamyla being the brains behind Oyin's natural products and Pierre being an all-around artist, the two have an amazing story. They were fortunate enough to celebrate their 18th anniversary sharing their story with us. Highlights: 9:35 18 years, 18 years! 12:52 I make stuff; I do art 15:09 discovering of Fullness of self 21:44 The Creative Process 25:32 What is Oyin Handmade 31:00 Shea Butter Twitter represents 37:03 Ethics and Integrity 42:26 The Dream Hammer 46:30 The Original Netflix 48:28 From New York to Baltimore 53:21 Exit[ing] the Apple 1:02:20 The Culture Ambassador 1:05:14 The birth of Bennu 1:08:23 the Growth of Oyin and Exit the Apple 1:17:25 Hip-Hop is like Buddhism 1:21:46 The BRNDD 10 & Favorites BRNDD 10 Playlist: Exit the Apple's: Instagram: exittheappleartspace Twitter: @exitthe...

100 MIN2017 JUL 3
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Pierre and Jamyla Bennu

Ivan Martin

Ivan Martin is a Duval, FL transported to Maryland via the Navy. He's a working comic, teacher and Festival founder. He's done shows up and down the sea board and has had some great experiences with other rising comics such as Quincy Jones and Jordan Rock. Ronald and Donte' talk to Ivan about his journey as well as his upcoming Baltimore Comedy Festival! Highlights: - 4:10: I'm happy...and broke - 5:56: What was your 1st hit joke? - 10:39: Stepping into new comedy territory - 16:50: the Hypocrisy of Black Comedy - 21:01: the importance of a good crowd - 27:06: The love of the art - 29:56: Morality in Success - 34:42: Young Gifted Niggas - 38:49: Technology and live comedy - 44:38: Hecklers - 47:37: Enjoying contemporaries - 48:46 Baltimore Comedy Festival - 55:22: How media covers Baltimore Comedy - 58:10: Meeting Comedian Quincy Jones - 1:02:59: The BRNDD 10 Ivan's Website:http://comedianivanmartin.weebly.com/ Baltimore Comedy Fest:http://www.baltimorecomedyfest.com/ BRNDD Podcast:...

74 MIN2017 JUN 13
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Ivan Martin

Dino Hatfield(of Baltimore Sneaker Show)

Dino Hatfield has become a pioneer in the age of sneaker news. He has broken numerous stories, from the Yeezy 650 first ever leaks to the Jordan 8 releasing and informing the world a whole year before it's release. He has taken his social platform and set himself apart from any other outlet available. With the help of his team, 7 years ago, he also established Baltimore's Premier sneaker event, the Baltimore Sneaker Show. A show with so much buzz, that Under Armour has given the event its own shoe collab. Donte' and Ronald sit down with Dino and break down all this and more. Highlights: 3:45: How'd it Start 8:00: The importance of Safety and Insurance 13:54: First show that almost didn't happen 20:50: The Culture of Collecting 27:42 The Rise of Sneaker Twitter 31:38: The Evolution of Sneaker Copping 34:57: The Art of Storytelling & the Rise and Fall of Nike SBs 39:22: Galaxy Foams and the Peak of Sneaker Hype 40:38: Baltimore Sneaker Show x Under Armour 48:26: Confidence x Research ...

120 MIN2017 MAY 28
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Dino Hatfield(of Baltimore Sneaker Show)

Ericka Blount Danois

Ericka Blount Danois is an award winning author who has worked as a staff writer, editor, freelancer, and stringer for a number of publications including: Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, and The Source. She also has written a non-fiction book on the history of Soul Train, entitled, Love, Peace and Soooooouul!The BRNDD hosts caught up with her to talk about her career over the past couple decades; from interviewing Pac to meeting former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Highlights: 15:01: Behind the Scenes of All Eyez On Meand Rooming with Benny Boom 23:40 Journalistic fairness and the story behind Little Melvin 29:45 Working for Vibe and Covering Nas before illMatic 38:32 Writing for the Legendary Source 41:38 The world of Freelance Writers 44:29 WritingLove, Peace and Soooooouul! 51:25 the Transition from Traditional Print to Digital and Blogs 54:26 Black Comedy 1:02:15 Unsung Stories and Charlie Murph...

98 MIN2017 MAY 8
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Ericka Blount Danois

Sam Smith(Of New Vintage by Sam)

Sam is is a business owner, mother, wife and creative director, all of which she is successful with. She She owns New Vintage by Sam, an apparel and accessories company, Sam Styled you, a personal styling company as well as her mommy blog, Dressed in Motherhood. Coming from a corporate background, she decided she needed more to feel fulfilled in life. Join Ronald and Donte' as they talk with Sam about being an Entrepreneurial mommy and how to handle it all. Highlights: 5:40 - The Psychology of Self Image 8:32 - The Transition into being a business owner and its Difficulties 11:42 - The balance of Motherhood and Business 16:36 - Movies that inspire Fashion 18:44 - Indie is the Wave of the Future 21:02 - Music and How is Spurs Daily Inspiration 26:30 - What is Dressed in Motherhood & advice for Entrepreneurial Mommies 34:30 - The Importance of breaking Societal Norms & Black Love 41:30 - The Favorites 45:11 - Get Out, The Commercialism of Black Culture, & White Mediocrity Sam's Dresse...

59 MIN2017 APR 23
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Sam Smith(Of New Vintage by Sam)

Kalilah Wright(of Mess in a Bottle)

Kalilah Wright is the founder of mess in a bottle. A company that makes inspirational shirts and packages them in a special bottle. The brand has been going strong a little over a year now and has even been recognized by the likes of Mark Cuban. Ronald and Donte' kick off the episode talking briefly about Kalief Browder's story, and his music with his cousin, under the crew name Catch the fade. Then Ron gets into how he met Kalilahat Under Armour and she speaks on her architecture background. She also speaks on how she came up with Mess in a Bottle over a year ago, and how she started with designing baby furniture and apparel(7:31). The BRNDD hosts also get her to talk about her New York roots and attending Art and Design High School, and why she chose the architecture route initially over apparel and how she got back into it(11:31). Ronald transitions the conversation into how social media helps her business and how she developed her social currency(14:30). Then the three speak on ...

80 MIN2017 APR 9
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Kalilah Wright(of Mess in a Bottle)

Brian (of Creative Culture Lifestyle)

Ronald and Donte' are back for Season 2 with a 2-hour premiere! Creative Culture lifestyle is a brand started by Brian in 2016 that focuses on black males' beards with a line of natural care products. They've been featured on news channels from Baltimore to Philly, sold in several beauty supply stores across the state of Maryland and their online presence is ever-growing. This year, Brian be launching his non-profit H.U.S.T.L.E.R. and all that and more is discussed in this episode. Before the episode starts, Ron announces he's going to London for a week, the two talk about traveling and announce more information about their first live event(3:30)! The conversation starts off when Brian talking about growing his beard in corporate America and being concerned about it until he saw his white counterparts be able to do so(8:24). Then the conversation leads into Brian explaining why African Americans need his product and why the products cater to them. Brian also talks about his school d...

128 MIN2017 APR 3
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Brian (of Creative Culture Lifestyle)

Latest Episodes

D'Wayne Edwards

D'Wayne Edwards is the founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy, located in Portland, OR. He's spent over 30 years in the industry, from working with Tupac and Biggie at Karl Kani to working with the GOAT, Michael Jordan. After spending 10 years working at Jordan, D'Wayne decided to start a school for footwear designers to help the next generation and has established one of the top schools in the world for Footwear Design. Donte' not only got to learn under him but interview him for the podcast. Listen as Donte' and D'Wayne talk about the journey that led D'Wayne to Portland. Highlights: 0:30: The Beginnings 3:58: Baseball Cards to Sneakers 5:10: the Reebok Design Competition 7:30: Fast food to Footwear 12:05: Footwear meets Hip-Hop 15:33: The Advent of Sity and Skechers 16:58: The Transition to Nike/Jordan 20:41: Meeting Jordan 23:33: The Nu Retro II 24:21: Melo and the .5 Series 29:33: Designing Signature Jordans 31:29: Innovation and “The Experience” 37:11: Founding Pensole 4...

58 MIN2017 AUG 20
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D'Wayne Edwards

Blake Thomas

Blake Thomas is one of the best freelance photographers on the wrestling circuit. He has worked with the likes of; Mia Yim, Veda Scott, NXT's Nikki Cross and Baltimore Legend, Ruckus. Over the years, he's also gotten into management and production for different leagues across the nation. Ronald and Donte' catch up with Blake to talk about his story and ultimately striving to work for the WWE. Highlights: 9:21: Power of Friends Motivating Friends 10:33: Humble Beginnings 14:20: The Evolution of Love for Wrestling 21:45: What Makes a Good Wrestling Match 31:40: Watching the Growth of Your Friends 35:42: The Importance of Supporting Friends 44:52: Burnout 47:15: Who's Next in the Game 51:50: Attending Youtube University 55:29: The Favorites 1:03:02: The BRNDD 10 Contact Blake: Twitter/Instagram: @itsbliz BRNDD Podcast: Website: debonairmaterial.com E-Mail:brndd@debonairmaterial.com Facebook Group:www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast Twitter: @brnddpodcast Instagram: @brnddpodcast Ronald James...

74 MIN2017 AUG 14
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Blake Thomas

BRNDD Live: BCMakes Series for BCPL

Baltimore County Public Libraries invited our hosts Donte' Cotton and Ronald James to host one of theirInspire Nights to talk about BRNDD, how they started the podcast, what's it like being a creative and what challenges they faced, and what makes them successful. Highlights: 2:22 - What is Podcasting? 5:06 -Inspiration 7:00 - Trials and Tribulations 10:12 - Success Stories 14:20 - What is Debonair Material? 18:47 - What Inspired the Podcast? 24:22 - Streetwear: Mastered 27:01 - Production Challenges 32:01 - Scheduling Issues 34:18 - The Art of Following Up 35:25 - How to Create and Maintain a Strong Circle 37:13 - Fight through the Challenges 43:24 - Use Your Resources 47:04 - Baltimore Comedy Festival 50:40 - Pensole Academy 53:31 - Q & A Segment BRNDD 10 Playlist: BRNDD Podcast: Website: debonairmaterial.com E-Mail:brndd@debonairmaterial.com Facebook Fan Page:www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast Twitter/Instagram: @BRNDDPodcast facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast/ Ronald Jam...

66 MIN2017 JUL 17
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BRNDD Live: BCMakes Series for BCPL

Pierre and Jamyla Bennu

Pierre and Jamyla Bennu are the owners of Oyin Handmade and Exit the Apple. This New York couple migrated to Baltimore over a decade ago and have been a thriving part of the scene ever since. Jamyla being the brains behind Oyin's natural products and Pierre being an all-around artist, the two have an amazing story. They were fortunate enough to celebrate their 18th anniversary sharing their story with us. Highlights: 9:35 18 years, 18 years! 12:52 I make stuff; I do art 15:09 discovering of Fullness of self 21:44 The Creative Process 25:32 What is Oyin Handmade 31:00 Shea Butter Twitter represents 37:03 Ethics and Integrity 42:26 The Dream Hammer 46:30 The Original Netflix 48:28 From New York to Baltimore 53:21 Exit[ing] the Apple 1:02:20 The Culture Ambassador 1:05:14 The birth of Bennu 1:08:23 the Growth of Oyin and Exit the Apple 1:17:25 Hip-Hop is like Buddhism 1:21:46 The BRNDD 10 & Favorites BRNDD 10 Playlist: Exit the Apple's: Instagram: exittheappleartspace Twitter: @exitthe...

100 MIN2017 JUL 3
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Pierre and Jamyla Bennu

Ivan Martin

Ivan Martin is a Duval, FL transported to Maryland via the Navy. He's a working comic, teacher and Festival founder. He's done shows up and down the sea board and has had some great experiences with other rising comics such as Quincy Jones and Jordan Rock. Ronald and Donte' talk to Ivan about his journey as well as his upcoming Baltimore Comedy Festival! Highlights: - 4:10: I'm happy...and broke - 5:56: What was your 1st hit joke? - 10:39: Stepping into new comedy territory - 16:50: the Hypocrisy of Black Comedy - 21:01: the importance of a good crowd - 27:06: The love of the art - 29:56: Morality in Success - 34:42: Young Gifted Niggas - 38:49: Technology and live comedy - 44:38: Hecklers - 47:37: Enjoying contemporaries - 48:46 Baltimore Comedy Festival - 55:22: How media covers Baltimore Comedy - 58:10: Meeting Comedian Quincy Jones - 1:02:59: The BRNDD 10 Ivan's Website:http://comedianivanmartin.weebly.com/ Baltimore Comedy Fest:http://www.baltimorecomedyfest.com/ BRNDD Podcast:...

74 MIN2017 JUN 13
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Ivan Martin

Dino Hatfield(of Baltimore Sneaker Show)

Dino Hatfield has become a pioneer in the age of sneaker news. He has broken numerous stories, from the Yeezy 650 first ever leaks to the Jordan 8 releasing and informing the world a whole year before it's release. He has taken his social platform and set himself apart from any other outlet available. With the help of his team, 7 years ago, he also established Baltimore's Premier sneaker event, the Baltimore Sneaker Show. A show with so much buzz, that Under Armour has given the event its own shoe collab. Donte' and Ronald sit down with Dino and break down all this and more. Highlights: 3:45: How'd it Start 8:00: The importance of Safety and Insurance 13:54: First show that almost didn't happen 20:50: The Culture of Collecting 27:42 The Rise of Sneaker Twitter 31:38: The Evolution of Sneaker Copping 34:57: The Art of Storytelling & the Rise and Fall of Nike SBs 39:22: Galaxy Foams and the Peak of Sneaker Hype 40:38: Baltimore Sneaker Show x Under Armour 48:26: Confidence x Research ...

120 MIN2017 MAY 28
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Dino Hatfield(of Baltimore Sneaker Show)

Ericka Blount Danois

Ericka Blount Danois is an award winning author who has worked as a staff writer, editor, freelancer, and stringer for a number of publications including: Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, and The Source. She also has written a non-fiction book on the history of Soul Train, entitled, Love, Peace and Soooooouul!The BRNDD hosts caught up with her to talk about her career over the past couple decades; from interviewing Pac to meeting former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Highlights: 15:01: Behind the Scenes of All Eyez On Meand Rooming with Benny Boom 23:40 Journalistic fairness and the story behind Little Melvin 29:45 Working for Vibe and Covering Nas before illMatic 38:32 Writing for the Legendary Source 41:38 The world of Freelance Writers 44:29 WritingLove, Peace and Soooooouul! 51:25 the Transition from Traditional Print to Digital and Blogs 54:26 Black Comedy 1:02:15 Unsung Stories and Charlie Murph...

98 MIN2017 MAY 8
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Ericka Blount Danois

Sam Smith(Of New Vintage by Sam)

Sam is is a business owner, mother, wife and creative director, all of which she is successful with. She She owns New Vintage by Sam, an apparel and accessories company, Sam Styled you, a personal styling company as well as her mommy blog, Dressed in Motherhood. Coming from a corporate background, she decided she needed more to feel fulfilled in life. Join Ronald and Donte' as they talk with Sam about being an Entrepreneurial mommy and how to handle it all. Highlights: 5:40 - The Psychology of Self Image 8:32 - The Transition into being a business owner and its Difficulties 11:42 - The balance of Motherhood and Business 16:36 - Movies that inspire Fashion 18:44 - Indie is the Wave of the Future 21:02 - Music and How is Spurs Daily Inspiration 26:30 - What is Dressed in Motherhood & advice for Entrepreneurial Mommies 34:30 - The Importance of breaking Societal Norms & Black Love 41:30 - The Favorites 45:11 - Get Out, The Commercialism of Black Culture, & White Mediocrity Sam's Dresse...

59 MIN2017 APR 23
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Sam Smith(Of New Vintage by Sam)

Kalilah Wright(of Mess in a Bottle)

Kalilah Wright is the founder of mess in a bottle. A company that makes inspirational shirts and packages them in a special bottle. The brand has been going strong a little over a year now and has even been recognized by the likes of Mark Cuban. Ronald and Donte' kick off the episode talking briefly about Kalief Browder's story, and his music with his cousin, under the crew name Catch the fade. Then Ron gets into how he met Kalilahat Under Armour and she speaks on her architecture background. She also speaks on how she came up with Mess in a Bottle over a year ago, and how she started with designing baby furniture and apparel(7:31). The BRNDD hosts also get her to talk about her New York roots and attending Art and Design High School, and why she chose the architecture route initially over apparel and how she got back into it(11:31). Ronald transitions the conversation into how social media helps her business and how she developed her social currency(14:30). Then the three speak on ...

80 MIN2017 APR 9
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Kalilah Wright(of Mess in a Bottle)

Brian (of Creative Culture Lifestyle)

Ronald and Donte' are back for Season 2 with a 2-hour premiere! Creative Culture lifestyle is a brand started by Brian in 2016 that focuses on black males' beards with a line of natural care products. They've been featured on news channels from Baltimore to Philly, sold in several beauty supply stores across the state of Maryland and their online presence is ever-growing. This year, Brian be launching his non-profit H.U.S.T.L.E.R. and all that and more is discussed in this episode. Before the episode starts, Ron announces he's going to London for a week, the two talk about traveling and announce more information about their first live event(3:30)! The conversation starts off when Brian talking about growing his beard in corporate America and being concerned about it until he saw his white counterparts be able to do so(8:24). Then the conversation leads into Brian explaining why African Americans need his product and why the products cater to them. Brian also talks about his school d...

128 MIN2017 APR 3
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Brian (of Creative Culture Lifestyle)

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