COACHING WHILE BLACK

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COACHING WHILE BLACK

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There’s perhaps no more entrepreneurial employment position in any industry than to be an athletic coach. You make the plans, run the routines, and set the culture. Dawn Staley, Carolyn Peck, Yolett McPhee-McCuin, Vanessa Blair-Lewis & Felisha Legette-Jack talk about the self leadership and vision required to be a female African American coach. In this round table, they set aside their competition with each other on the court, to fight against the history of a predominately white male position. Think about how you can break out in your role against the competition.

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  • Felisha says “It’s embedded in me that any day it’s gonna be our time to lead. Because we’re replaceable.” If what makes a coach irreplaceable is winning championships, what would make you irreplaceable in your field, with your audience or your clients?

  • Dawn says, “The biggest challenge you face is perception, other people’s perception” and that by being a female black coach she was “fighting against a history”. Everyone deals with embedded assumptions, so if you can’t “look the part” for your audience, how will you defy their expectations?

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THE PLATFORM

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THE PLATFORM

When Jadon Woodard was arrested while performing on a subway platform, it set off a chain of events that ended in $55,000 worth of studio money. It's legal to play on the platform, but NYC's underground performers still face regular prosecution and illegal arrests are an ongoing obstacle to buskers. This time, the buskers fought back. Jadon and his bandmate Ghsts & Guitars filed suit with the help of activist group BuskNY, and found themselves at the center of NYC's ongoing battle for creative freedom.

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PROJECT FUNWAY

PROJECT FUNWAY

Project Runway winner Erin Robertson makes serious fun in the spirit of "What's the worst that can happen?".

LEGALIZE BALLET

LEGALIZE BALLET

A ballerina and intellectual property lawyer, Allyn Ginns runs the Legal Link program in Miami.

KAWS

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KAWS

King of collaboration, street artist KAWS finds new outlets in Nigo, Pharrell, Air Jordan, Uniqlo and MoMA,

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BEEF VS BATTLE

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BEEF VS BATTLE

East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry was a feud between artists and fans , resulting in the murder of both The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

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FROM THE BLOCK

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FROM THE BLOCK

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BOSTON

As an art form, hip-hop has always leveraged a sense of “place” to connect with the audience. For example: 24 years apart, both NWA and Kendrick Lamar gained success from rapping about the Compton neighborhood of LA. The South End of Boston is home to a young MC who raps under the name Avenue. In his new album, “Mass Ave & Lenox”, he pays tribute to iconic memories and fixtures of his neighborhood.


Both Frank the Butcher & The Arcitype credit the success of the album to Avenue being “not in the lane with everybody” and “making a street album in a context that’s larger”. How can you level up your art to stand out?

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  • Many musicians tell us the story of their “home” because home is a universally relatable concept, yet it gives undeniable authenticity to the art. Thinking about your life, what universal experiences could you bring to connect with your audience?

  • Both Frank the Butcher & The Arcitype credit the success of the album to Avenue being “not in the lane with everybody” and “making a street album in a context that’s larger”. How can you level up your art to stand out?

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ORIGIN

ORIGIN

DOCUMENTARY TRAILER

MOM & POP BLACKSMITH SHOP

MOM & POP BLACKSMITH SHOP

Amy Weiks and Gabriel Craig run Smith Shop, hand forging unique designs that become successful lines of replicable art.

$1.5M BOWLING ALLEY

$1.5M BOWLING ALLEY

In Sante Fe NM, the collective of interdisciplinary artists Meow Wolf turned “do it yourself” into “let’s pay ourselves”.

ROLLING REZ

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ROLLING REZ

Rolling Rez is a state-of-the-art mobile arts space, business training center, and mobile bank on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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NO FREE WALLS

NO FREE WALLS

An in-depth look at Brooklyn's changing landscape, through the eyes of Joseph Ficalora, the founder and inadvertent art curator of The Bushwick Collective.

JAMMED UP

JAMMED UP

John Henry works with Ashley Rouse from Trade Street Jams to turn her small, artisanal jam business into a profitable company with enough revenue to allow her to quit her day job.