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    Ep 59 w/ Abdi: Learning Photography, The Impact of Nip and Kobe, & Focusing On Purpose

    Ep 59 w/ Abdi: Learning Photography, The Impact of Nip and Kobe, & Focusing On Purpose

    Mek sits down with Abdi, an ambitious artist whose main objective is to use his art to leave a legacy that inspires the world. In 90 minutes, they discuss:

    - Abdi’s beginnings as a photographer and how his creative art is different from the rest

    - being a novice and humbly taking advice on the job

    - how getting a Fox Five D.C. shout out helped his page gain traction

    - dealing with critics and receiving positive and negative feedback

    - starting to sell his work art and partnering up with brands

    - how coding has helped him develop his artistry

    - why he looked up to Muhammad Ali and other Muslim role models when he was young

    - lessons he learned from the Islamic faith (like how every life has a purpose)

    - the late Kobe Bryant’s grind, a TMZ debate, and diving into emotional intelligence

    - how there’s power in time and the stoic philosophy in maintaining composure

    - realizing the issue and taking ownership on yourself and learning and growing from pain

    - how Abdi really relates to Squidward because of his lack of drama

    - his message to the masses and more.



    Bio

    Since the age of 19, Abdi has used multiple mediums of expression to create art. Once he considered a career in medicine but his life led him to coding where he currently works for the USDA. He has cultivated an awe-inspiring craft that has garnered attention from media outlets such as the Washington Post. Find him Twitter and Instagram, or go to his website:

    https://www.heisabdi.com.



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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep 58 w/ Fuad Saif: How To Get Into Stand-Up, Personality Duality, & Learning As A Father

    Ep 58 w/ Fuad Saif: How To Get Into Stand-Up, Personality Duality, & Learning As A Father

    Mek talks with Fuad Saif about comedy, writing, growing up in Egypt, and more. In 103 minutes, you’ll hear about: 

    - A lifelong love of comedy and telltale signs of a successful comic 

    - How Fuad ended up on a stage doing stand-up for the first time and what he’s learned thus far from the experience 

    - The surprisingly most influential comedian in Fuad’s life 

    - Feeling the crowd and ways of getting them more involved in a stand-up performance 

    - Difference for him between comedic writing and other writing and the feedback he received 

    - Being born on Christmas Day and moving to Egypt for a few years at the age of 10 

    - Experiencing the culture shock, language barrier, and overt racism there and how soccer was a saving grace 

    - Learning and living with less after spending time in a developing country like Nigeria and Egypt 

    - Needing to unplug and sit with just your own thoughts for extended periods of time 

    - Twitter as the source of everything and the one app Fuad wouldn’t give up 

    - Trevor Noah and the duality of being a foreign-born black person in America 

    - Applying the “less is more” principle in writing and the reason why some don’t 

    - Fuad’s goals for the year, books that have had a big influence, and the American perception of being an African kid then and now 

    - Failure, its importance in preparing for life’s trials, and hustling for what you want from a young age 

    - Favorite comics and honorable mentions for Mek and Fuad (some surprising and others controversial) 

    - What Fuad has in common with Harry in Harry Potter, his to-the-point billboard message to the world, and more.  

    Bio 

    Fuad Saif is a writer who’s always loved comedy. Born into a family originally from Somalia, he’s spent the majority of his life as a Maryland resident, with the exception of living in Egypt during an important period of his life. He got into writing as a therapeutic outlet and is currently doing stand up on stages around the DMV, while writing a fictional miniseries dedicated to his mother called “Surviving the Cycle.” 

    Follow him on Instagram @homegrownimmigrant, Twitter at @blackmenwrite, or YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/fuadsaif123. 

    Links

    Pray Often Clothing - Instagram @prayoftenclothing 

    Quiet by Susan Cain - https://www.quietrev.com/quiet-the-book/

    Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/92057.The_Autobiography_of_Malcolm_X

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - https://www.chimamanda.com/book/americanah/

    Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27220736-shoe-dog

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Ep. 57 w/ Jade Omari: Finding Your Sound, Dealing With Labels, & Letting It Flow

    Ep. 57 w/ Jade Omari: Finding Your Sound, Dealing With Labels, & Letting It Flow

    Mek talks to Jade Omari about her music and the soul-crushing music industry today, dealing with other people’s expectations, being super sensitive as a strength, and much more. In 84 minutes, you’ll find hear about:

    - the state of the musical world that caused her to shift from hobby to career

    - her creativity as a child, dealing with her shyness, and trying to get over the fear of failure

    - the process she went through to dig herself out of heartache

    - coming to the realization that not everyone around you is a real friend

    - people digging up the past to drag famous artists down

    - how Jade deals with naysayers and shit-talkers

    - finding her own spirituality as an LGBTQ+ person

    - going through the emotions and finding the triggers when things aren’t going so well

    - wanting to break out from the underground scene and be the next big thing

    - others’ expectations making music less enjoyable and turning it into a job

    - the power of music and responsibility of artists towards their fans

    - her super-sensitivity superpower being seen as a weakness

    - why there’s really no such thing as a waste of time or money

    - reflecting on the past year and goals for 2020

    - and her billboard message to the world.



    Bio

    Jade Omari is an independent artist from Maryland with a dream of breaking out. Loving music and creativity since childhood, she wrote her first song at age 17 and has been chasing her dream ever since.

    You can find her on Instagram @jadeomariofficial, and her music is available on all platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio--just look her up by name.



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    The Upsidedown album by Jade Omari - https://open.spotify.com/album/3xe0ukoXBP4II5qvIVSNQH



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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep. 56 w/ Ashley Sayles: The Cliche Career Question, How To Be A Nurse Practitioner, & Google It!

    Ep. 56 w/ Ashley Sayles: The Cliche Career Question, How To Be A Nurse Practitioner, & Google It!

    Mek talks with Ashley about the trials, tribulations, and joys of being in the healthcare industry as a nurse practitioner. In two hours, you’ll hear about:
    - how she got her job and the quality care gap that exists within the medical industry
    - exceeding the expectations of her patients and serving as a role model to other people, especially black people
    - all the things she really wanted to be when she grew up and geeking out over architecture
    - her and Mek’s history with both organic chemistry and being a physical therapy technician
    - falling in love with nursing school and being a success at anything she wanted to try
    - leaving patient sob stories at the office so they don’t dampen your energy
    - that time when four dollars was a hurdle for a patient’s mother and a potential Pandora’s Box for Ashley
    - always feeling the pressure to help take care of patients and pumping on a dead baby’s chest
    - how her career makes her more vigilant with other things and the dangers of asthma most people are unaware of
    - actually explaining to patients why to take certain treatments over others, particularly for those with chronic asthma
    - what she advises to asthma patients to help them always be prepared
    - one example of a difference in bedside manner and consideration between doctors and nurses/nurse practitioners
    - people following a script and never questioning how things have always been done
    - how getting an F on a high school paper completely changed her writing style and the essay she’s most proud to have written
    - discovering the world of nursing on social media and sharing her own stories online
    - people expecting great life changes with minimal (or no) effort
    - the process she went through to learn how to become a nurse
    - the annoying fictional character who most reminds Ashley of herself
    - figuring out what you want to do and why while not letting fear of others’ feelings dictate whatever you choose
    - one thing people can do to improve their resumes, and more!

    Bio
    Originally born in Queens, NY to Jamaican-born parents, Ashley Sayles currently lives in Baltimore as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner. She’s also the founder of The ReNegade Résumé, a résumé and interview preparation service for both new and established workers in the nursing community. Find and follow Ashley on Instagram @AshleytheNP.

    • 2 hrs 10 min
    Ep. 55 w/ Claude Robinson: The Fundamentals, Reaching Mastery, & The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

    Ep. 55 w/ Claude Robinson: The Fundamentals, Reaching Mastery, & The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

    On this episode of This a Podcast, it’s all about videography and choosing a career you value, even when it goes against conventional wisdom. In this two hour interview between Mek and Claude, you’ll hear about:



    - how Claude got his start and when he began seriously taking photos and video



    - an afternoon in his middle school life and how college influenced his networking ability



    - parents keeping kids on the straight and narrow and away from b******t



    - separating a real professional videographer/photographer from a hobbyist or wannabe



    - Claude wanting to be a better version of himself and age 25 being a turning point



    - the importance of knowing the fundamentals in whatever you want to do professionally



    - how Claude built up to being full-time and who taught him a lot of the stuff he knows now



    - parents getting behind their kids’ chosen, non-traditional line of work



    - the necessity of sometimes saying “no” to family, friends, and acquaintances



    - the eye-opening self-help book that inspires both Claude and Mek



    - cinematography as the next step for Claude and distinguishing between it and videography



    - using the Internet to find answers for yourself and being willing to invest in what you value



    - why telling a story is “king” when it comes to shooting something people want to consume



    - mistaking confidence and belief in yourself for cockiness and the propensity of people to make excuses



    - the wisdom of Kobe Bryant in retirement, Eric Thomas, and Gary Vee



    - Claude’s occasional feelings of doubt about the career/life path he chose



    - what he’s aiming for in the next 10 years and the one thing he wouldn’t delegate to others



    - not comparing himself to people around him and which anime characters (and actor) he’s big on



    - the one book he’d recommend for others to read and what he and Mek most took away from it



    - his billboard message to the world, feeling the need to build a “Claude Robinson character”  on social media, and more.



    Bio

    Claude Robinson is a videographer and photographer who’s worked on his craft professionally for over 10 years. Raised in Gaithersburg, MD, he went to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania, with a degree in Computer Information Systems. He’s currently offering his services in the DMV area. You can find him on Instagram @clauderizzle or visit his website to see examples of his work at http://www.clauderobtv.com.



    Links

    “ItsNation TV” - https://itsnation.tv/

    Mastery and other books by Robert Greene

    https://powerseductionandwar.com/books/

    Masterclass

    https://www.masterclass.com/

    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/773038.The_Seven_Spiritual_Laws_of_Success

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

    https://markmanson.net/books/subtle-art

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    Ep. 54 w/ Cheyenne Floyd: Being a Zombie Extra, Becoming a Reality TV Star, & Starting a Non-Profit

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

    On 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/

    • 1 hr 36 min

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