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Ep. 54 w/ Cheyenne Floyd: Being a Zombie Extra, Becoming a Reality TV Star, & Starting a Non-Profit

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Cheyenne about her experiences on reality television, becoming an influencer on social media, and being a mom to a child with a rare condition. In this 90-minute interview, you’ll find out: - what she was like in college and why she made the switch from broadcast journalism to public relations - doing her part to shed the stigma of black co-parenting and what it was like growing up - why she took a year off after college and the pressure that comes with graduating - the surprising thing she never got into (and why) and the entertainment she DOES consume - her dream of being a zombie extra on The Walking Dead and what she got instead - bullshitting her way through an application for MTV’s Are You the One? reality dating show - her experience being on the show and how they deliberately set up certain dynamics between the cast - getting invited to The Challenge and why it was the hardest thing she’s done other than giving birth - the crazy things she had to do, how far she made it before elimination, and how it changed her - the wild story behind the production of her “MTV baby” and being invited on Teen Mom despite her adult age - the show’s huge and devoted (almost to the point of psychotic) following - the joys (and challenges) of motherhood and building a non-profit around her daughter’s metabolic condition (VLCAD) - navigating the round of rapid-fire questions (while also trying to “keep it clean”) - dealing with the "Negative Nancies" in Teen Mom’s fandom and her final (politically correct) message to everyone. Bio Cheyenne Floyd is a reality television star who hails from Los Angeles, California and is a Hampton University graduate. In addition to her role on MTV and her duties as a brand influencer on Instagram, she also has a non-profit dedicated to providing resources to families with kids who have metabolic conditions at www.rageregardlessry.org. Coming February 2020, she’ll return to season 3 of Teen Mom OG. You can follow her @cheynotshy. Links ItsNation TV - itsnation.tv/

96 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 54 w/ Cheyenne Floyd: Being a Zombie Extra, Becoming a Reality TV Star, & Starting a Non-Profit

Ep 53 w/ Kevin Polite: The Best Part of Being an Entrepreneur, $300 Shots, & Start Today

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Kevin Polite about everything entrepreneurial, the power and reach of networking in business and life, and valuable lessons learned. In 2 hours, you’ll hear about: - pivoting from ministry to business and how that impacted Kevin’s relationship with his mother - his first job out of the seminary and being home-schooled during his teen years - getting into the intimidating and oftentimes confusing world of stocks - what sparked the idea of getting into business and what he likes about being an entrepreneur - volunteering for Sunday Suppers to feed and fellowship with the homeless - Mek getting over his fear of death and living a contented life right now - emulating civil rights heroes and the unconventional way Kevin chooses to protest - making money throwing house parties and booking limos as the middleman (before Uber took off) - buying his first luxury car for his company and using his network to help him get off the ground - the circumstances that led to him quitting his first job and going full-time in the limo industry - growing and learning about the business and driving around celebrities like Sharon Stone - meeting other celebrities and being around bigwigs by putting yourself in the right place - buying a friend $300 shots of cognac for the first (and last) time and picking your luxuries - facing financial business challenges and becoming more disciplined with money - selling his company to RMA in 2017 and the most important employees in the industry - learning the truth about Baltimore by simply riding on the bus - what Kevin’s daily life looks like these days - his billboard message to the world summed up by proverbs 14:23 and Nike - the first step any aspiring entrepreneur can and should take, and much more! Bio Raised by a very religious mother in Silver Spring, Maryland, Kevin Polite studied to work as a pastor before choosing to go into business. He built his side hustle of booking limousine transport into a business at age 25. By the time he was 30, he sold his company, Culdesac Chauffeur, to one of the largest luxury transportation corporations in the world. You can find him on Facebook as "Polite Kevin" and Instagram @kporiginaldc. Links ItsNation TV - itsnation.tv/ Luxury Coach & Transportation (LCT) Magazine - www.lctmag.com/ International LCT Show - www.lctshow.com/ RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation -www.rmalimo.com/

119 MINSEP 25
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Ep 53 w/ Kevin Polite: The Best Part of Being an Entrepreneur, $300 Shots, & Start Today

Ep 52 w/ Rob Browning: Appreciating Nature, Being Transparent, and "Just Doing It"

On this episode of This A Podcast, Mek interviews Rob Browning to talk about his interest in fashion, music, deeper thinking, giving respect to all, working for himself, and so much more. In two and a half hours, they’ll delve into: - how hiking brings him peace and what influenced his stylist sensibilities - what guided his photography and skill development - what being a creative means to him and what he was into as a kid - withstanding the pain of getting good at something - the choice to save and spend money more carefully and consciously - how a hospital stay and a Gucci jacket triggered a re-evaluation for Rob - loving sunsets, getting a music high, and sad songs having their moments of being worth the listen - what’s on his song list, Curren$y, and the mad 21 Savage Mek saw at a concert years ago - Rob being transparent with struggles online and not letting what others think stop him - how solitude with your own thoughts forces you to deal with your issues - Rob’s early fashion projects being trash and digging himself out of his lowest period - storms and heavy metal bringing the chaos and calm and picking apart music compositions - not closing yourself off to new and different ideas, experiences, and people - the need to adapt to changing times, influences on Rob, and respecting Kanye West - not respecting trash-talkers of others’ creative process - the book that resonates well with how Rob views life and toxic friendships - Interstellar and humankind knowing less than what it thinks it knows - people’s fear of thinking deeply and the difficulty and downsides of working for yourself - advice for anyone wanting to get into a creative field - gaining the confidence to choose your projects and charge what you’re willing to work for - the perpetual possibility to change who you are and the one thing about Gary Vee that annoys them both - learning through lectures outside of the classroom and using the best medium to learn based on what you want to do, and much more. Bio Rob Browning overcame a rough childhood to become the man he is today. Into cars and all kinds of music as a kid, he knew he wanted to be involved in fashion as an 11th grade high-schooler. Now he’s a designer and stylist and runs an online store called Drifters MD. You can follow him or his store on Instagram at @rob.mcknight or @DriftersMD. Links ItsNation TV - https://itsnation.tv/ Mastery and other books by Robert Greene - http://powerseductionandwar.com/books/ Curren$y’s Pilot Talk trilogy - https:\\music.apple.com\us\album\pilot-talktrilogyS7758235 Art of War by Sun Tzu - https:\\www.goodreads.com\book\showE34.The_Art_of_War “The Tim Ferriss Show” - https://tim.blog/podcast/

155 MINAUG 12
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Ep 52 w/ Rob Browning: Appreciating Nature, Being Transparent, and "Just Doing It"

Ep 51 w/ Brandon Driver: Overcoming Injury, Finding A New Avenue, & The Importance of Being Genuine

EOn this 57-minute episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Brandon Driver about counseling, playing and coaching football, and forging a new path for himself after injury ended his original plans. In this interview, listen as they talk about: - deciding to get a Masters degree and connecting and leading kids in counseling - his biggest influences then and now and the biggest lesson learned about himself in this whole process - the injury in junior college that caused schools to back out and using rejection as fuel - getting accepted into San Jose State and adversity striking again with another injury during his senior year - being forced to discover who else he was besides a football player and give up dreams based on the false promises of others - receiving an invitation to start coaching and making the mental transition from player to coach - building a feeling of brotherhood among the team and a staff that relates to the players, on and off the field - mistaking passion for anger in conversation and looking forward to the next season - his growth as a coach after just one year and genuineness serving as his superpower - high character helping you out anywhere you happen to be and the advantage of not having everything handed to you while growing up - the comic book character that resonates with him the most and the most influential person in his life - the wise message he’d put on a billboard and final parting words. Bio Brandon Driver grew up in Baltimore and is a former football player who attended Santa Rosa Junior College and San Jose State in California. Currently, he serves as the head varsity football coach at John F. Kennedy High School and is working towards his Masters degree in School Counseling. You can follow him on Instagram @bdrive8. Links It’s Nation TV - itsnation.tv/

61 MINJUL 29
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Ep 51 w/ Brandon Driver: Overcoming Injury, Finding A New Avenue, & The Importance of Being Genuine

Ep 50 w/ Anguesomo: Songwriting At 6, Social Media Addiction, & You Are Enough

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Anguesomo about moving around as a kid, going through some pretty rough times, loving music, and so much more. In two and a half hours, you’ll hear about: - spending her first few years in several African countries and getting the better of a racist bully in South Africa - her time in Switzerland and the Congo and the process for learning a new language - the difference between Castilian Spanish speakers and Spanish speakers from Latin America - writing her first song at six years old (and getting treated to a short serenade on the show!) - the danger of playing the comparison game and appreciating where you’re at now - the business side of music and entertainment, “practice makes better,” and how her songwriting has changed over the years - a turning point that found her homeless and suicidal only a year ago and how she dug herself out of that situation - how a concert with Mek and his buddies led to the creation of this podcast - Anguesomo being real and honest AF about how she deals with the stuff she goes through - communication expectations between friends and romantic partners and different ways of dealing with anger - social media daily check routines and having a love/hate relationship with or addiction to it - her surprising (or not) view of the U.S. before and after she moved here and her favorite subjects in school - microscopic writing and other school cheating tactics and a viral clip that encapsulates the African parents who live to brag about their kids - Anguesomo interviewing Mek for a few minutes about taking on family business obligations - the fictional book character she relates to, her definition of what success really is, and healing through song as her superpower - her billboard message to the world she wished she’d been told while growing up - introvert power and the encounter with a librarian that led Mek to discover his own, and more. Bio Anguesomo, (a.k.a. Ana Maria) is a singer, songwriter, and producer who comes from the country of Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking nation in Africa. She also speaks French and teaches dancing. You can follow her on Instagram @Anguesomx, as well as on Facebook and Soundcloud. Links ItsNation TV - itsnation.tv/ Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi - www.goodreads.com/book/show/9516.Persepolis Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain - www.goodreads.com/book/show/8520610-quiet

150 MINJUN 28
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Ep 50 w/ Anguesomo: Songwriting At 6, Social Media Addiction, & You Are Enough

Ep 49: Hood Debates w/ We The 5th

EA deviation from the standard lifestyle interviews that Mek normally conducts, this episode features Mek and Tim (@wethe5th) debating on topics: -Snapchat is dead -The Wayans Bros. are not funny -Will Smith is a comedian

64 MINJUN 12
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Ep 49: Hood Debates w/ We The 5th

Ep 48 w/ Lou White: Cultivating Habits, Connecting With Young Athletes, & Investing In Yourself

EOn this episode, Mek sits with Lou White to talk about his youth-athletic days, coaching young players today, and how the lessons learned while playing the game apply later on in life. In 77 minutes, you’ll hear them talk about: - coaches getting younger and kids thinking they’re older - rebounding a losing team into a winning one (literally) and doing the little things to achieve greater success - how “back in the day” is different than current day - Lou’s proudest achievement as a basketball player and making the switch from football - his work ethic (then and now) and why he looked up to Jeff Malone as a kid - why he can’t watch James Harden and the Houston Rockets and fans versus historians of the game - his weaknesses and strengths - being a motivation machine and knowing your power as a coach - the purpose of Team BISS (Building Independent Successful Students) - how Lou builds rapport with his players and what kids who’re looking to go to the next level overlook - how first impressions matter and deciphering whether a kid truly wants to play - having patience with others, Lou being influenced by other coaches, and the cycle of the basketball business - the best investment he’s ever made, the one thing he’d change about his life path, and the message he’d put on his billboard - the hard stories successful people don’t share, the emphasis on marketability of NBA player, and more! Bio Growing up in the greater metropolitan area of D.C., Maryland, and Virgina, Lou was a high school standout as football player, then basketball player. After graduating from Gwynn Park High School, he went on to have an accomplished collegiate and professional basketball career, playing in over 25 countries. He’s a two-time NAIA All-American and two-time Conference Player of the Year. You can find out more about the Team BISS program he’s a part of at http://www.bissyouth.org, on Instagram @biss_group_, or on LinkedIn "Louis White". Links It’s Nation TV - https://itsnation.tv/ BISS Website - www.bissyouth.org

83 MINMAY 28
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Ep 48 w/ Lou White: Cultivating Habits, Connecting With Young Athletes, & Investing In Yourself

Ep 47 w/ Charlei H: Divine Ideas, Find Your Process, & This Is All We Have

On this episode of, Mek talks with Charlei H about fashion and design, childhood memories, trials and tribulations of being in business, the power of communication, and then some. In 104 minutes, you’ll find hear about: - how she and Mek first met - who she looked up to as a child (and still does today) - her childhood memories of living in Maryland and visiting Sierra Leone - Mek’s childhood experience of going to Nigeria - dressing up and “schooling” her dolls - having a rare kind of mother within the African community - breaking boundaries and learning to bridge the gap between the African and American lifestyle - getting a beat down at McDonald’s from dad and butting heads with mom - memories of high school and what she was into during that time - being the last generation who went outside to play before the great Internet shift - the advantages of being a part of this shift generation and wandering through life blindly versus with awareness - working at Nordstrom after hig...

109 MINMAY 6
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Ep 47 w/ Charlei H: Divine Ideas, Find Your Process, & This Is All We Have

Ep 46 w/ Alex Ngonga: Be Vulnerable, The Prestigious Black Experience, & Live Life To The Fullest

On this episode of This A Podcast, Mek sits with Alex Ngonga to talk dating and relationships, family, Zumba, and then some. In this 106 minute show, you’ll hear about: - how she and Mek met each other - why she’s considered the relationship expert among her friends - being a social butterfly and matchmaker - her preference for face-to-face communication vs. the online dating world - why nobody wants to be vulnerable in relationships - the importance of being in the right mental space for dating - your dating life being a reflection of you, not them - how heartbreak and forced alone time benefited Mek - the importance of being intentional - growing up in a two-parent home (and the subject of sex) - a sad story illustrating the need for communication between adult and child about sex - having a cleanliness-obsessed Dad who insisted on his kids being the same way - why Alex wouldn’t trade men for the world - her first (secret) boyfriend and the funny story of how her parents discov...

111 MINAPR 22
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Ep 46 w/ Alex Ngonga: Be Vulnerable, The Prestigious Black Experience, & Live Life To The Fullest

Ep 45 w/ Hood Chef: From Savage Life to Hood Chef, The Art of Negotiating, & Making Your Job

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Hood Chef (a.k.a. Hector Vazquez (@thehoodchef), along with special guest Bruke Fasil (@brukefasil)) about his background, meeting rapper Curren$y, and his love of cooking and the cannabis culture and community. In this hour-long show, you’ll hear about: - what brought him to Los Angeles. - how his love of cooking developed and the name The Hood Chef came to life. - learning an important lesson in negotiation. - meeting Bruke and his first impressions. - inspiring stories of stumbling upon great business opportunities despite financial struggles, and the principles he feels were essential in the process. - how he (and Bruke) approach social media now that it’s no longer a new thing. - the importance of building relationships on social media to make an impact despite the crowdedness. - his relationship with the cannabis community in L.A. - not knowing who the hell Kanye West was at first. - the surprising occupation he grew up wanti...

61 MINAPR 2
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Ep 45 w/ Hood Chef: From Savage Life to Hood Chef, The Art of Negotiating, & Making Your Job

Latest Episodes

Ep. 54 w/ Cheyenne Floyd: Being a Zombie Extra, Becoming a Reality TV Star, & Starting a Non-Profit

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Cheyenne about her experiences on reality television, becoming an influencer on social media, and being a mom to a child with a rare condition. In this 90-minute interview, you’ll find out: - what she was like in college and why she made the switch from broadcast journalism to public relations - doing her part to shed the stigma of black co-parenting and what it was like growing up - why she took a year off after college and the pressure that comes with graduating - the surprising thing she never got into (and why) and the entertainment she DOES consume - her dream of being a zombie extra on The Walking Dead and what she got instead - bullshitting her way through an application for MTV’s Are You the One? reality dating show - her experience being on the show and how they deliberately set up certain dynamics between the cast - getting invited to The Challenge and why it was the hardest thing she’s done other than giving birth - the crazy things she had to do, how far she made it before elimination, and how it changed her - the wild story behind the production of her “MTV baby” and being invited on Teen Mom despite her adult age - the show’s huge and devoted (almost to the point of psychotic) following - the joys (and challenges) of motherhood and building a non-profit around her daughter’s metabolic condition (VLCAD) - navigating the round of rapid-fire questions (while also trying to “keep it clean”) - dealing with the "Negative Nancies" in Teen Mom’s fandom and her final (politically correct) message to everyone. Bio Cheyenne Floyd is a reality television star who hails from Los Angeles, California and is a Hampton University graduate. In addition to her role on MTV and her duties as a brand influencer on Instagram, she also has a non-profit dedicated to providing resources to families with kids who have metabolic conditions at www.rageregardlessry.org. Coming February 2020, she’ll return to season 3 of Teen Mom OG. You can follow her @cheynotshy. Links ItsNation TV - itsnation.tv/

96 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 54 w/ Cheyenne Floyd: Being a Zombie Extra, Becoming a Reality TV Star, & Starting a Non-Profit

Ep 53 w/ Kevin Polite: The Best Part of Being an Entrepreneur, $300 Shots, & Start Today

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Kevin Polite about everything entrepreneurial, the power and reach of networking in business and life, and valuable lessons learned. In 2 hours, you’ll hear about: - pivoting from ministry to business and how that impacted Kevin’s relationship with his mother - his first job out of the seminary and being home-schooled during his teen years - getting into the intimidating and oftentimes confusing world of stocks - what sparked the idea of getting into business and what he likes about being an entrepreneur - volunteering for Sunday Suppers to feed and fellowship with the homeless - Mek getting over his fear of death and living a contented life right now - emulating civil rights heroes and the unconventional way Kevin chooses to protest - making money throwing house parties and booking limos as the middleman (before Uber took off) - buying his first luxury car for his company and using his network to help him get off the ground - the circumstances that led to him quitting his first job and going full-time in the limo industry - growing and learning about the business and driving around celebrities like Sharon Stone - meeting other celebrities and being around bigwigs by putting yourself in the right place - buying a friend $300 shots of cognac for the first (and last) time and picking your luxuries - facing financial business challenges and becoming more disciplined with money - selling his company to RMA in 2017 and the most important employees in the industry - learning the truth about Baltimore by simply riding on the bus - what Kevin’s daily life looks like these days - his billboard message to the world summed up by proverbs 14:23 and Nike - the first step any aspiring entrepreneur can and should take, and much more! Bio Raised by a very religious mother in Silver Spring, Maryland, Kevin Polite studied to work as a pastor before choosing to go into business. He built his side hustle of booking limousine transport into a business at age 25. By the time he was 30, he sold his company, Culdesac Chauffeur, to one of the largest luxury transportation corporations in the world. You can find him on Facebook as "Polite Kevin" and Instagram @kporiginaldc. Links ItsNation TV - itsnation.tv/ Luxury Coach & Transportation (LCT) Magazine - www.lctmag.com/ International LCT Show - www.lctshow.com/ RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation -www.rmalimo.com/

119 MINSEP 25
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Ep 53 w/ Kevin Polite: The Best Part of Being an Entrepreneur, $300 Shots, & Start Today

Ep 52 w/ Rob Browning: Appreciating Nature, Being Transparent, and "Just Doing It"

On this episode of This A Podcast, Mek interviews Rob Browning to talk about his interest in fashion, music, deeper thinking, giving respect to all, working for himself, and so much more. In two and a half hours, they’ll delve into: - how hiking brings him peace and what influenced his stylist sensibilities - what guided his photography and skill development - what being a creative means to him and what he was into as a kid - withstanding the pain of getting good at something - the choice to save and spend money more carefully and consciously - how a hospital stay and a Gucci jacket triggered a re-evaluation for Rob - loving sunsets, getting a music high, and sad songs having their moments of being worth the listen - what’s on his song list, Curren$y, and the mad 21 Savage Mek saw at a concert years ago - Rob being transparent with struggles online and not letting what others think stop him - how solitude with your own thoughts forces you to deal with your issues - Rob’s early fashion projects being trash and digging himself out of his lowest period - storms and heavy metal bringing the chaos and calm and picking apart music compositions - not closing yourself off to new and different ideas, experiences, and people - the need to adapt to changing times, influences on Rob, and respecting Kanye West - not respecting trash-talkers of others’ creative process - the book that resonates well with how Rob views life and toxic friendships - Interstellar and humankind knowing less than what it thinks it knows - people’s fear of thinking deeply and the difficulty and downsides of working for yourself - advice for anyone wanting to get into a creative field - gaining the confidence to choose your projects and charge what you’re willing to work for - the perpetual possibility to change who you are and the one thing about Gary Vee that annoys them both - learning through lectures outside of the classroom and using the best medium to learn based on what you want to do, and much more. Bio Rob Browning overcame a rough childhood to become the man he is today. Into cars and all kinds of music as a kid, he knew he wanted to be involved in fashion as an 11th grade high-schooler. Now he’s a designer and stylist and runs an online store called Drifters MD. You can follow him or his store on Instagram at @rob.mcknight or @DriftersMD. Links ItsNation TV - https://itsnation.tv/ Mastery and other books by Robert Greene - http://powerseductionandwar.com/books/ Curren$y’s Pilot Talk trilogy - https:\\music.apple.com\us\album\pilot-talktrilogyS7758235 Art of War by Sun Tzu - https:\\www.goodreads.com\book\showE34.The_Art_of_War “The Tim Ferriss Show” - https://tim.blog/podcast/

155 MINAUG 12
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Ep 52 w/ Rob Browning: Appreciating Nature, Being Transparent, and "Just Doing It"

Ep 51 w/ Brandon Driver: Overcoming Injury, Finding A New Avenue, & The Importance of Being Genuine

EOn this 57-minute episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Brandon Driver about counseling, playing and coaching football, and forging a new path for himself after injury ended his original plans. In this interview, listen as they talk about: - deciding to get a Masters degree and connecting and leading kids in counseling - his biggest influences then and now and the biggest lesson learned about himself in this whole process - the injury in junior college that caused schools to back out and using rejection as fuel - getting accepted into San Jose State and adversity striking again with another injury during his senior year - being forced to discover who else he was besides a football player and give up dreams based on the false promises of others - receiving an invitation to start coaching and making the mental transition from player to coach - building a feeling of brotherhood among the team and a staff that relates to the players, on and off the field - mistaking passion for anger in conversation and looking forward to the next season - his growth as a coach after just one year and genuineness serving as his superpower - high character helping you out anywhere you happen to be and the advantage of not having everything handed to you while growing up - the comic book character that resonates with him the most and the most influential person in his life - the wise message he’d put on a billboard and final parting words. Bio Brandon Driver grew up in Baltimore and is a former football player who attended Santa Rosa Junior College and San Jose State in California. Currently, he serves as the head varsity football coach at John F. Kennedy High School and is working towards his Masters degree in School Counseling. You can follow him on Instagram @bdrive8. Links It’s Nation TV - itsnation.tv/

61 MINJUL 29
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Ep 51 w/ Brandon Driver: Overcoming Injury, Finding A New Avenue, & The Importance of Being Genuine

Ep 50 w/ Anguesomo: Songwriting At 6, Social Media Addiction, & You Are Enough

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Anguesomo about moving around as a kid, going through some pretty rough times, loving music, and so much more. In two and a half hours, you’ll hear about: - spending her first few years in several African countries and getting the better of a racist bully in South Africa - her time in Switzerland and the Congo and the process for learning a new language - the difference between Castilian Spanish speakers and Spanish speakers from Latin America - writing her first song at six years old (and getting treated to a short serenade on the show!) - the danger of playing the comparison game and appreciating where you’re at now - the business side of music and entertainment, “practice makes better,” and how her songwriting has changed over the years - a turning point that found her homeless and suicidal only a year ago and how she dug herself out of that situation - how a concert with Mek and his buddies led to the creation of this podcast - Anguesomo being real and honest AF about how she deals with the stuff she goes through - communication expectations between friends and romantic partners and different ways of dealing with anger - social media daily check routines and having a love/hate relationship with or addiction to it - her surprising (or not) view of the U.S. before and after she moved here and her favorite subjects in school - microscopic writing and other school cheating tactics and a viral clip that encapsulates the African parents who live to brag about their kids - Anguesomo interviewing Mek for a few minutes about taking on family business obligations - the fictional book character she relates to, her definition of what success really is, and healing through song as her superpower - her billboard message to the world she wished she’d been told while growing up - introvert power and the encounter with a librarian that led Mek to discover his own, and more. Bio Anguesomo, (a.k.a. Ana Maria) is a singer, songwriter, and producer who comes from the country of Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking nation in Africa. She also speaks French and teaches dancing. You can follow her on Instagram @Anguesomx, as well as on Facebook and Soundcloud. Links ItsNation TV - itsnation.tv/ Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi - www.goodreads.com/book/show/9516.Persepolis Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain - www.goodreads.com/book/show/8520610-quiet

150 MINJUN 28
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Ep 50 w/ Anguesomo: Songwriting At 6, Social Media Addiction, & You Are Enough

Ep 49: Hood Debates w/ We The 5th

EA deviation from the standard lifestyle interviews that Mek normally conducts, this episode features Mek and Tim (@wethe5th) debating on topics: -Snapchat is dead -The Wayans Bros. are not funny -Will Smith is a comedian

64 MINJUN 12
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Ep 49: Hood Debates w/ We The 5th

Ep 48 w/ Lou White: Cultivating Habits, Connecting With Young Athletes, & Investing In Yourself

EOn this episode, Mek sits with Lou White to talk about his youth-athletic days, coaching young players today, and how the lessons learned while playing the game apply later on in life. In 77 minutes, you’ll hear them talk about: - coaches getting younger and kids thinking they’re older - rebounding a losing team into a winning one (literally) and doing the little things to achieve greater success - how “back in the day” is different than current day - Lou’s proudest achievement as a basketball player and making the switch from football - his work ethic (then and now) and why he looked up to Jeff Malone as a kid - why he can’t watch James Harden and the Houston Rockets and fans versus historians of the game - his weaknesses and strengths - being a motivation machine and knowing your power as a coach - the purpose of Team BISS (Building Independent Successful Students) - how Lou builds rapport with his players and what kids who’re looking to go to the next level overlook - how first impressions matter and deciphering whether a kid truly wants to play - having patience with others, Lou being influenced by other coaches, and the cycle of the basketball business - the best investment he’s ever made, the one thing he’d change about his life path, and the message he’d put on his billboard - the hard stories successful people don’t share, the emphasis on marketability of NBA player, and more! Bio Growing up in the greater metropolitan area of D.C., Maryland, and Virgina, Lou was a high school standout as football player, then basketball player. After graduating from Gwynn Park High School, he went on to have an accomplished collegiate and professional basketball career, playing in over 25 countries. He’s a two-time NAIA All-American and two-time Conference Player of the Year. You can find out more about the Team BISS program he’s a part of at http://www.bissyouth.org, on Instagram @biss_group_, or on LinkedIn "Louis White". Links It’s Nation TV - https://itsnation.tv/ BISS Website - www.bissyouth.org

83 MINMAY 28
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Ep 48 w/ Lou White: Cultivating Habits, Connecting With Young Athletes, & Investing In Yourself

Ep 47 w/ Charlei H: Divine Ideas, Find Your Process, & This Is All We Have

On this episode of, Mek talks with Charlei H about fashion and design, childhood memories, trials and tribulations of being in business, the power of communication, and then some. In 104 minutes, you’ll find hear about: - how she and Mek first met - who she looked up to as a child (and still does today) - her childhood memories of living in Maryland and visiting Sierra Leone - Mek’s childhood experience of going to Nigeria - dressing up and “schooling” her dolls - having a rare kind of mother within the African community - breaking boundaries and learning to bridge the gap between the African and American lifestyle - getting a beat down at McDonald’s from dad and butting heads with mom - memories of high school and what she was into during that time - being the last generation who went outside to play before the great Internet shift - the advantages of being a part of this shift generation and wandering through life blindly versus with awareness - working at Nordstrom after hig...

109 MINMAY 6
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Ep 47 w/ Charlei H: Divine Ideas, Find Your Process, & This Is All We Have

Ep 46 w/ Alex Ngonga: Be Vulnerable, The Prestigious Black Experience, & Live Life To The Fullest

On this episode of This A Podcast, Mek sits with Alex Ngonga to talk dating and relationships, family, Zumba, and then some. In this 106 minute show, you’ll hear about: - how she and Mek met each other - why she’s considered the relationship expert among her friends - being a social butterfly and matchmaker - her preference for face-to-face communication vs. the online dating world - why nobody wants to be vulnerable in relationships - the importance of being in the right mental space for dating - your dating life being a reflection of you, not them - how heartbreak and forced alone time benefited Mek - the importance of being intentional - growing up in a two-parent home (and the subject of sex) - a sad story illustrating the need for communication between adult and child about sex - having a cleanliness-obsessed Dad who insisted on his kids being the same way - why Alex wouldn’t trade men for the world - her first (secret) boyfriend and the funny story of how her parents discov...

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Ep 46 w/ Alex Ngonga: Be Vulnerable, The Prestigious Black Experience, & Live Life To The Fullest

Ep 45 w/ Hood Chef: From Savage Life to Hood Chef, The Art of Negotiating, & Making Your Job

EOn this episode of This a Podcast, Mek talks with Hood Chef (a.k.a. Hector Vazquez (@thehoodchef), along with special guest Bruke Fasil (@brukefasil)) about his background, meeting rapper Curren$y, and his love of cooking and the cannabis culture and community. In this hour-long show, you’ll hear about: - what brought him to Los Angeles. - how his love of cooking developed and the name The Hood Chef came to life. - learning an important lesson in negotiation. - meeting Bruke and his first impressions. - inspiring stories of stumbling upon great business opportunities despite financial struggles, and the principles he feels were essential in the process. - how he (and Bruke) approach social media now that it’s no longer a new thing. - the importance of building relationships on social media to make an impact despite the crowdedness. - his relationship with the cannabis community in L.A. - not knowing who the hell Kanye West was at first. - the surprising occupation he grew up wanti...

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Ep 45 w/ Hood Chef: From Savage Life to Hood Chef, The Art of Negotiating, & Making Your Job
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