29 episodes

Honoring our ancestors and celebrating indigenous heroes throughout history through storytelling, pop culture, media, and publishing.

Moana Nui Podcast Moana Nui

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Honoring our ancestors and celebrating indigenous heroes throughout history through storytelling, pop culture, media, and publishing.

    Episode 29: Taking Risks Beautifully with Lashawn Colvin, Creator of the Beautiful Soldiers Graphic Novel

    Episode 29: Taking Risks Beautifully with Lashawn Colvin, Creator of the Beautiful Soldiers Graphic Novel

    Lashawn Colvin is the editor and creator of Beautiful Soldiers, her comic career started in early 2014. As a graphics illustrator, editor, writer and now comic book store owner. The first black woman to own a comic book store in the south!

    Lashawn Colvin began her art journey at a very young age, however, there was another gift she found herself having. Writing. Her passion for writing and creating stories goes very deep, as a child she drew inspiration for creating stories from one of her favorite child hood tv shows.

    Connect with Lashawn:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lashawn-colvin-7b661398

    https://www.instagram.com/beautiful_soldiers

    https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2020/08/12/black-comic-book-creator-lashawn-colvin-opens-montgomery-store-help-other-artists/3313166001/

     

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    Contact: moananuipodcast@gmail.com

    About Moana Nui Podcast:

    Moana Nui Podcast is a storytelling podcast to celebrate and honor the history, culture, & perspectives of POC, indigenous, and African Diasporan peoples. 

    #MoanaNuiPodcast #LashawnColvin #BeautifulSoliders #WomenInComics #BlackExcellence #BlackCreatives #WomenCreatives

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 28: Weaving 101 Tales of Westeros with Game of Thrones Illustrator Mog Park

    Episode 28: Weaving 101 Tales of Westeros with Game of Thrones Illustrator Mog Park

    Mog is a world traveler having lived in Australia, Egypt, Africa, Russian when USSR broke down, Japan when the Kobe earthquake hit. She has moved around the US too living in California, Wisconsin, Illinois and then calling Hawaii home. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area. During her traveling she has learned to speak and write in 3 languages.; Korean, Japanese and English.

    Mog Park is a traditional artist, from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After graduating, she began working for Tokyo Pop where, she gained knowledgeable experience leading to becoming a concept design/illustrator on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

    She enjoys going on the con run meeting new people sharing art, food and life experiences. She hopes the shows will return soon this year.

    Coming off fresh from working in the gaming industry she now focuses on providing covers and other art to indie publishers.

    Connect with Mog:

    https://www.facebook.com/mogpark

    https://www.instagram.com/mogpark

     https://www.artstation.com/dubugomdori

    #MoanaNuiPodcast #MogPark #GameOfThrones #AAPICreatives #IndieComics #AAPIWomen #WomenOfColor #WomenCreatives

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 27: Creating Your Own Path: Cosplay to HBCU Con with CC The Greek Geek

    Episode 27: Creating Your Own Path: Cosplay to HBCU Con with CC The Greek Geek

    CC the Geek is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and cosplayer from Washington, DC. Her activist work extends as far back as 2007 as a volunteer in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  She subsequently founded the Alternative Spring Break (@BSUASB) program at her alma mater, Bowie State University. CC takes pride in using her platform to create safe spaces for Black and other marginalized cosplayers.

    She is the founder and CEO of HBCU Con, celebrating the influence and intersections of historically Black institutions and the geek community. She’s also a cohost, co-writer, and marketing strategist for Everybody Gets One podcast (@EverybodyGets01), and consultant for hire. CC has been cosplaying since 2015, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated."

    #MoanaNuiPodcast #HBCU #BlackExcellence #Education #Integrity #Leadership #CCTheGeek

    Connect with CC and HBCU Con:

    http://www.hbcucon.org

    https://www.instagram.com/ccthegeek/

    https://www.facebook.com/ccthegeek

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ccthegeek

    https://www.tiktok.com/@ccthegeek2

    Catch CC in the pages of the Wildcard Chronicles comic book series: http://www.burningspearcomix.com

    https://bit.ly/WCCstore

     

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    Booking Information

    Contact: moananuipodcast@gmail.com

    About Moana Nui Podcast:

    Moana Nui Podcast is a storytelling podcast to celebrate and honor the history, culture, & perspectives of POC, indigenous, and African Diasporan peoples. 

    #MoanaNuiPodcast #CCTheGeek #HBCUCon #BlackExcellence

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 26: Capture Moments for Others with Dana Morgan

    Episode 26: Capture Moments for Others with Dana Morgan

    Dana Morgan is an Executive Assistant/Event Planner by day, and a con/cosplay and event photographer by night. Her passion for photography is unchartered and she uses that passion to drive the art of cosplay pass the limits; providing her subjects with eye catching photos that embody their characters and compliments their creativity.

    Dana has taken pictures for corporate events, orchestras, weddings and more for over 18 years. In 2016, she started working as a con staff photographer for local cons. You can find her capturing moments at various cons such as MomoCon, Anime Weekend Atlanta, DragonCon and much more! Dana created her company, Danique Events, providing personalized photos to the cosplay and con communities with her special branded touch.

    Dana's natural eye for photography, love of anime, comics, games, and movies puts her at ease in the con world. Because of her impressive dossier and magnetic personality, Dana was sought after to team up with Cosplay Your Way, to help develop and enhance the photos of POC cosplayers in Atlanta through Cosplay Noir and 28 Days of Black Cosplay. Her photos have been with DC Comics and many more! In 2019, her friends and con family gave her a new goal... to become a cosplayer! She recently added another two items on her repertoire in 2021: the co-host of the Moana Nui Podcast and voice actor.

    Follow this upcoming and highly sought after photographer at Danique Events: www.facebook.com/DaniqueEvents

    www.instagram.com/

    DaniqueEvent Danique Cosplay:

    www.facebook.com/DaniqueCosplay

    www.instagram.com/DaniqueCosplay

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    Contact: moananuipodcast@gmail.com

    About Moana Nui Podcast:

    Moana Nui Podcast is a storytelling podcast to celebrate and honor the history, culture, & perspectives of POC, indigenous, and African Diasporan peoples. 

     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 25: Dreams Come True: Level Up with Award Winning Creator and CEO Roye Okupe of You Neek Studios

    Episode 25: Dreams Come True: Level Up with Award Winning Creator and CEO Roye Okupe of You Neek Studios

    Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is an award-winning filmmaker, author, speaker, and entrepreneur whose passion for comics and animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced, and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Malika - Warrior Queen Animated Short. These productions have allowed Roye to attain many prestigious recognitions, such as being #5 on Ventures Africa's list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of NewAfrican Magazines' 100 most influential Africans two years in a row (2016 & 2017).

    With the superhero genre at the height of its popularity, Roye has made it a goal to create a connected universe of superhero and fantasy stories inspired by African history, culture and mythology. In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim and has since been featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, N.B.C., The Guardian, ABC7, B.B.C., The Huffington Post, Mashable and more! Roye's sophomore graphic novel: Malika - Warrior Queen was also received with critical acclaim, selling more than 40,000 copies of its chapter one special during Diamond Comic's Free Comic Book Day (2017). Both books have gone on to win several awards, including multiple Glyph Comic Awards and Comic Fist Awards.

    Connect with Roye:

    https://youneekstudios.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/c/Youneekstudiosonline

    http://instagram.com/youneekstudios

    http://facebook.com/youneekstudios

     

    Follow the Moana Nui Podcast:

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    Booking Information

    Contact: moananuipodcast@gmail.com

    About Moana Nui Podcast:

    Moana Nui Podcast is a storytelling podcast to celebrate and honor the history, culture, & perspectives of POC, indigenous, and African Diasporan peoples. 

     

    #MoanaNuiPodcast #YouNeekStudios #MalikaWarriorQueen #RoyeOkupe #Windmaker #Iyanu #EXO 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 24: Find Your Reason to Smile with Creator/Artist Javier Winnik

    Episode 24: Find Your Reason to Smile with Creator/Artist Javier Winnik

    Javier Cruz Winnik began his career selling his drawings at comic cons and landed an opportunity to do sketchcards for UpperDeck! Seeing no stories about Puerto Ricans in the school he worked at, he self-published a book, titled "A Reason to Smile!" which stars a little Puerto Rican girl from NYC, showing the positive side of Puerto Ricans in Pop Culture. He's since created 3 books with 2 on the way, all funded on Kickstarter, and has gone on to sell over 3,000 copies! He has since created stories for Puerto Rico Strong (LionForge) and Ricanstruction (Somos Arte/DC).

     

    Connect with Javier:


     https://www.thecurv.com/
     https://twitter.com/thalearningcurv
     https://www.facebook.com/thecurv
     https://www.instagram.com/thelearningcurv/
     

    Follow the Moana Nui Podcast:

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    http://www.facebook.com/moananuipodcast

    http://www.twitch.tv/moananuipodcast

    Booking Information

    Contact: moananuipodcast@gmail.com

    About Moana Nui Podcast:

    Moana Nui Podcast is a storytelling podcast to celebrate and honor the history, culture, & perspectives of POC, indigenous, and African Diasporan peoples. 

    #MoanaNuiPodcast #PuertoRicanPride #JavierWinnik #AReasonToSmile #ChildrensBooks #KitLit #IndieComics 

    • 57 min

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