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"The Truth In This Art" is a podcast hosted by Rob Lee featuring in-depth interviews with artists, musicians, writers, and cultural leaders. The conversations explore the guests' creative processes, examining how their art shapes and impacts communities. Rob discusses the transformative power of arts and culture while uncovering the real stories behind influential works. Gain insights into diverse creative minds, their journeys, and the vibrant arts and culture scene in Baltimore and beyond.

The Truth In This Art Podcast - Insights for Artists, Creatives, and Cultural Leaders Rob Lee

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    • 4.8 • 155 Ratings

"The Truth In This Art" is a podcast hosted by Rob Lee featuring in-depth interviews with artists, musicians, writers, and cultural leaders. The conversations explore the guests' creative processes, examining how their art shapes and impacts communities. Rob discusses the transformative power of arts and culture while uncovering the real stories behind influential works. Gain insights into diverse creative minds, their journeys, and the vibrant arts and culture scene in Baltimore and beyond.

    The Truth in This Art Wrestling Announcer and Commentator Larry Legend

    The Truth in This Art Wrestling Announcer and Commentator Larry Legend

    In this podcast episode, host Rob Lee interviews Larry Legend, a renowned figure in professional wrestling. Larry shares his journey from being a fan, playing with action figures, and backyard wrestling to becoming a respected announcer and commentator. He discusses the intricacies of ring announcing and commentating, emphasizing the importance of preparation and the challenges of switching between the two roles. Larry also reflects on his experience as a wrestling historian and his passion for preserving wrestling events. The episode dives into the psychology of wrestling and the art of storytelling, with Larry explaining how he enhances matches with his vibrant introductions and commentary, adding drama to the athletic spectacle.
    Episode Highlights:
    Mastering the Mic (00:57) Larry Legend discusses the craft of creating powerful introductions in the wrestling world and why they're so pivotal.Meet Larry Legend (03:06) Get to know Larry Legend as he shares his journey, his achievements, and his passion for the world of combat sports.Wrestling Nostalgia (07:13) Larry Legend reminisces about his childhood fascination with wrestling, from action figures to video games.From Backyard to Big Time (08:38) Larry Legend recounts the evolution of his wrestling interest, from backyard bouts to forming a community with fellow enthusiasts.Inside the Wrestler's Mind (14:08) Larry breaks down the mental aspect of wrestling and the importance of the big guys taking falls.The Quest for the Commentary Seat (18:15) Larry shares his path to becoming a wrestling commentator and the challenges of earning a spot at the commentary table.The Art of Announcing (20:37) Larry shares insights into his experiences with ring announcing and commentary, highlighting his improvisational skills.Dream Introductions (42:02) Larry Legend expresses his wish to introduce icons like Jay-Z or Stone Cold Steve Austin, admiring their entertainment flair.Key Takeaways:
    1. Embrace your passions, as they can lead to unexpected and fulfilling career paths, just like Larry's journey from fan to wrestling icon.2. Preparation is key in any role, highlighting the dedication behind Larry's seamless transitions between announcing and commentating.3. The art of storytelling is crucial in enhancing any experience, as Larry's vibrant introductions and commentary add depth to wrestling matches.4. Preserving history matters, as shown by Larry's commitment to documenting wrestling events for future generations to appreciate.
    Website Social Media Links:
    nywcwrestling.comX: @blklkpInstagram: larry_l3g3nd3LinkedIn: Larry Mercer
    If you enjoyed diving into the ring with Larry Legend and want to support his incredible journey through the world of professional wrestling, don't just sit on the sidelines! Head over to Larry's website to learn more about his electrifying career and follow his latest moves on social media. Your likes, shares, and follows go a long way in keeping the wrestling spirit alive!
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    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
    If you have a story about art, culture, or community in Baltimore, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on "The Truth In This Art" podcast. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the arts and culture podcast scene and showcase your insights on "The Truth In This Art" with Rob Lee.
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    • 46 min
    The Truth In This Art with MC UllNevaNo

    The Truth In This Art with MC UllNevaNo

    In this episode of "The Truth In This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Baltimore-based MC UllNevaNo, celebrated for his dynamic freestyling and influential collaborations. As part of a series for Black Music Month, the conversation explores MC UllNevaNo's journey in the music industry, from his Baltimore upbringing and early influences like Wu-Tang Clan to his experiences in California's intense hip-hop culture. He discussed his creative process, emphasizing the importance of working with a single producer for cohesive sound and the impact of social media on independent artists. This episode offers valuable insights into maintaining authenticity and innovation in hip-hop.
    Episode Highlights:
    Early influences (00:02:03) MC UllNevaNo talks about his early exposure to different music genres and artists, shaping his love for hip-hop.Discovering hip-hop (00:03:47) UllNevaNo describes the moment he discovered influential hip-hop artists and how it impacted his passion for the genre.Battling and perseverance (00:10:42) UllNevaNo discusses his dedication to battling and his perseverance in pursuing a career in music.Crafting a song (00:13:39) MC UllNevaNo shares his process of crafting a song, from getting the instrumental to the execution of the concept.Living off music (00:15:57) This part of the conversation explores the possibility of making a living off music, the influence of social media, and the freedom of selling music independently.Creating collector's items (00:24:30) UllNevaNo and Rob discussed the significance of creating collector's items and merchandise to match music projects and the feeling of completion after finishing a project.Challenges in staying unique in hip-hop (00:26:49) They discussed the challenges of staying unique in the hip-hop industry, avoiding trends, and the influence of popular content.Working with One Producer (00:32:51) In this part Rob and UllNevaNo tackle the benefits of working with a single producer and the cohesiveness it brings to the music.
    Key Takeaways:
    1. Embrace diverse musical influences to shape your unique artistic voice.2. Dedication and perseverance are key to overcoming challenges in any career.3. Adding unique merchandise can enhance the connection between artists and their audience.4. Don't be afraid to experiment with new techniques; it's essential for growth and innovation.
    Website and Socials:magnetikmoments.bandcamp.comX: @ullnevanohiphopInstagram: ullnevanohiphop
    🌟 Don't miss out on supporting the incredible journey of MC UllNevaNo! Visit his website and follow his social media links to stay updated on his latest projects and insights. If you enjoyed this episode of The Truth In This Art, please take a moment to rate and review it—it helps us reach more listeners like you. And if you want to support our podcast further, consider joining our Patreon community. Your support makes all the difference! 

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    • 47 min
    The Truth In This Art with Independent Curator Fabiola R. Delgado

    The Truth In This Art with Independent Curator Fabiola R. Delgado

    In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee interviews Fabiola R. Delgado, a Venezuelan independent curator and former human rights lawyer. Delgado shares her journey, including her struggles as an immigrant seeking political asylum in the US and her transition from law to the art world. She discusses the importance of storytelling in her work, the role of art in activism, and her approach to curating exhibitions that amplify marginalized voices. Delgado also reflects on her recent exhibition "Between, Through, Across" the significance of diaspora in art, and the challenges of balancing diverse narratives in the arts. Additionally, she opens up about her love for music, her mug collection, and her fashion sense, emphasizing the need to make art spaces more inclusive and accessible.
    Episode Highlights:
    Fabiola's Background (00:00:54) Fabiola shares her journey from being a human rights lawyer in Venezuela to becoming an independent curator and creative producer in the arts.Transition to Art and Activism (00:10:55) This highlight captures Fabiola's shift from law and activism to engaging with the arts, which is a significant pivot in her career and life story.Current Work as a Curator (00:14:44) Fabiola discusses her current role and the importance of storytelling and amplifying marginalized voices, which is central to the theme of the podcast.Seeking Justice Through the Arts (00:22:37) Exploring the concept of justice through art and history is a compelling topic that ties back to Fabiola's background in human rights.Recent Exhibition (00:37:35) Details about a recent exhibition that gives insight into Fabiola's work and its impact on diaspora and cultural identity.Curatorial Program and Mentorship (00:41:34) Fabiola discussed the curatorial program and mentorship that offers valuable information about professional development and collaboration in the arts.Decision-Making in Curation (00:48:28) Fabiola gives an inside look into the curatorial process, including research and the selection of artworks for exhibitions.Justice, Representation, and Value in Art (00:57:22) Rob and Fabiola talk about the importance of representation and the value of art in challenging dominant narratives and uplifting marginalized communities.Key Takeaways:
    1. Embrace your journey: Fabiola's shift from law to art underscores the power of personal transformation and following your passion.2. Art as a voice for the voiceless: Delgado's curatorial work highlights how art can be a potent tool for activism and representation.3. There's strength in diversity: Delgado's experiences reveal the importance of including diverse narratives to enrich the cultural conversation.4. Inclusivity is key: Fabiola's dedication to making art spaces more accessible serves as a reminder to continually strive for inclusivity in all areas of life.
    Website and Socials:fabiolardelgado.comInstagram: fabiola.rdelgadoLinkedIn: Fabiola R. Delgado
    If you were inspired by Fabiola R. Delgado's incredible journey from a human rights lawyer to a passionate art curator, and her dedication to amplifying marginalized voices through art, then we encourage you to dive deeper into her world. Visit her website to explore her latest projects and follow her on social media to stay updated on her impactful work. Your support means everything, so please take a moment to rate and review this episode of "The Truth in This Art," letting us know your thoughts and helping others discover our conversations. And if you want to contribute further, consider supporting us on Patreon. Your patronage helps us continue to bring these vital stories to light. Join us in celebrating the transformative power of art and storytelling by engaging with Fabiola's work and becoming a part of our creative community.

    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
    If you have a story about art, culture, or community in Baltimore, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Truth In This Art with DJ Ducky Dynamo

    The Truth In This Art with DJ Ducky Dynamo

    In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee welcomes back Meagan B. a.k.a "Ducky Dynamo", a DJ and curator renowned for her work with Baltimore club music, to celebrate Black Music Month. Ducky Dynamo discusses her role in promoting black artistry and the cultural significance of Baltimore club music. She reflects on the vibrant nightlife of her early years and the collective experiences within the club scene. This conversation addresses the challenges of cultural preservation, gentrification, and the exploitation of club music by mainstream artists. Ducky emphasizes the need for community involvement and creative solutions to sustain Baltimore's unique cultural heritage.
    Episode Highlight:
    Ducky Dynamo's introduction (00:01:01) Ducky Dynamo introduces herself, sharing her role as a DJ and curator, and her deep involvement in Baltimore club music and black artistry.Role of Baltimore club music (00:07:19) Ducky Dynamo dives into the role of Baltimore club music in the broader context of black music and culture, and its impact on the local community.Concerns about the future (00:10:27) Ducky Dynamo voices her concerns about the future of Baltimore club music and its potential impact following the current wave of popularity.Impact of venue closures (00:12:57) This part of the discussion turns to the impact of venue closures on the preservation and recognition of Baltimore club music, highlighting the intentional blighting of certain areas.Gentrification and Cultural Preservation (00:18:15) This segment of the conversation explores the impact of gentrification on black culture and the importance of preserving black-owned establishments.The Auction of a Historic Venue (00:21:58) Ducky Dynamo describes the efforts to preserve a historic nightclub venue in Station North through a community-driven GoFundMe campaign.Baltimore's Cultural Impact (00:43:38) Rob and Ducky discuss Baltimore's cultural impact on American entertainment, the city's chief exports, and the need for recognition and support.Baltimore Club Music Day (00:55:12) Ducky Dynamo highlights the existence of Baltimore Club Music Day and promotes upcoming events and initiatives related to preserving club culture.Key Takeaways:1. Embrace the power of community to preserve and celebrate cultural heritage.2. Recognize and honor the roots of music genres to prevent cultural exploitation.3. Stay connected to your local scene to support and uplift authentic artistry.4. Creative solutions and active involvement are key to sustaining vibrant cultural traditions.
    Website and Socials:soundcloud.com/duckydynamoX: @duckydynamoInstagram: duckydynamoFacebook: Ducky Dynamo LinkedIn: Meagan (Ducky Dynamo) Buster
    Link to the first episode with DJ Ducky.
    Don't miss out on supporting Ducky Dynamo by visiting her website and following her on social media. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review it, and consider supporting our work on Patreon to keep these important conversations going. Your support makes all the difference!

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    • 59 min
    The Truth in This Art with Jazz Vocalist Aaron Myers

    The Truth in This Art with Jazz Vocalist Aaron Myers

    In this episode, Rob Lee interviews Aaron Myers, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, discussing Aaron's Texas upbringing, career in arts and activism, and community support initiatives. They explore Aaron's experiences with radio, challenges on a Russian tour, and the significance of music and community. Tune in to discover the profound impact of music on the soul and the role of family and community in Aaron's journey.
    Episode Content:
    Introduction (00:02:07): Aaron introduces himself as a versatile artist involved in jazz, writing, advocacy, and volunteer work. Creative Process (00:11:59): Aaron discusses the satisfaction and vulnerability of the creative process, emphasizing the challenge of materializing internal visions.Blog Talk Radio Era (00:17:35): Aaron shares his experiences with blog talk radio, including political op-eds and live reporting.Staying Informed (00:18:06): Aaron reflects on feeling most informed during his blog talk radio era and discusses challenges such as reporting on Michael Jackson's death and a stressful tour in Russia.Realizing Success (00:21:57): Aaron reflects on achieving success and embracing sacrifices in his career.Music's Impact (00:34:27): Aaron discusses how music from his past nourishes him, particularly during tough times.Emotional Effects of Music (00:35:51): Exploration of music's emotional and psychological impact on individuals.DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (00:37:45): Explanation of the agency's objectives, initiatives, and influence on arts and culture in Washington, D.C.Connecting Creative Communities (00:43:09): Emphasis on the importance of connecting diverse creative communities to foster collaboration and artistic exchange.Website: aaron2.meSocial Media Links:X: @aaronmyersInstagram: aaronlmyersLinkedIn: Aaron MyersYouTube: Aaron Myers

    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
    If you have a story about art, culture, or community in Baltimore, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be featured on "The Truth In This Art" podcast. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the arts and culture podcast scene and showcase your insights on "The Truth In This Art" with Rob Lee.
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    Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.
    Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.
    About "The Truth In This Art"
    Hosted by Rob Lee, "The Truth In This Art" podcast dives into the heart of creativity and its influence on the community. This arts and culture podcast from Baltimore highlights artists discussing their ideas, sharing insights, and telling impactful stories. Through these artist interviews, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the creative economy and artistic life in Baltimore. 
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    • 58 min
    The Truth In This Art with Multimedia Artist Pierre Bennu

    The Truth In This Art with Multimedia Artist Pierre Bennu

    Pierre Bennu: The Healing Power of Art  In this inspiring episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee sits down with the vibrant multimedia artist Pierre Bennu. They chat about Pierre's life in New York and how it feeds into his art, revealing the healing power of his creative process. Pierre shares his commitment to eco-friendly art and the raw, instinctual forces that drive his creations. He opens up about the joys of collaboration and the strength found in artistic communities. Hear Pierre's take on the impact of audience reactions and the enduring influence of art on society. He also gives us a peek into his creative habits, his "Dear Artist" project, and his thought-provoking documentary "One Person One Vote," highlighting the role of often overlooked media. Wrapping up, Pierre discusses the theme of artistic self-assurance and extends an invitation to explore his work online. Join us for this engaging conversation that will surely resonate with artists and art lovers alike.
    Episode Highlights:
    Welcoming Moments (00:00:10)
    Rob Lee warmly kicks off the podcast, welcoming listeners and introducing his guest, Pierre Bennu, setting the scene for an engaging conversation.
    Art as a Healing Force (00:06:56)
    Pierre opens up about the therapeutic nature of creativity, transforming love into art and art into a form of healing.
    A Spectrum of Expression (00:11:28)
    Pierre discusses his drive to experiment with numerous mediums, his quest to keep creativity fresh, and his strategy for bringing ideas to life.
    Art Meets Commerce (00:15:06)
    Pierre dives into the delicate interplay between monetizing art and creating for personal growth, questioning the necessity of commercializing every creation.
    The Altarpiece Initiative (00:18:19)
    Pierre describes his impactful "video altar piece" project, his contributions to BLM, and the celebration of Black Futures Month on a global scale.
    Freedom in Artistry and Collaboration (00:22:06)
    Pierre shares his perspective on creative autonomy, the power of saying no, and the journey of evolving as an artist within collaborative spaces.
    Heroes as Humans (00:27:11)
    Pierre highlights the significance of humanizing our heroes, drawing inspiration from their lives, and filling in the narrative gaps.
    exittheapple: A Visionary Space (00:29:48)
    Pierre provides insight into the ethos of exittheapple, its growth, and its commitment to fostering and nurturing creative spirits.
    Key Takeaways:
    Embrace the therapeutic power of creativity to navigate life's challenges and find personal healing.Foster sustainable art practices to ensure the longevity and environmental consciousness of your work.Value collaboration and seek connections with others to enrich your artistic endeavors and personal growth.Recognize the importance of self-validation in your artistic journey and the lasting impact your work can have on future generations.Website and Social Media:pierrebennu.comX: @exittheappleInstagram: exittheappleFacebook: ExittheappleLinkedIn:  Pierre Bennu
    If you were inspired by Pierre Bennu's artistic insights and want to dive deeper into his world, don't hesitate to visit his website and follow him on social media. Your support fuels the creative fire for artists like Pierre, and every click, like, and share helps to sustain the vibrant community he's a part of. But don't stop there! Show your love for the Truth in This Art podcast by rating and reviewing this episode. Your feedback is invaluable and helps to spread the word about the incredible stories we share.
    And if you're feeling generous, consider supporting our Patreon. Your contribution keeps the conversation going and allows us to bring even more enlightening content your way. Engage, connect, and be a part of the artistic journey today!

    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
    If you have a story about art, culture, or community in Baltimore, share it with us at rob@thetruthinthisart.com for a chance to be fe

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Kashayna J. ,

Thanks for having me! 🤗 🎭

I had a dope time hanging and chatting it up with Rob! Thanks for creating such an open, chill atmosphere; I felt like I came by and kicked it with a good friend. This podcast is a great platform to hear stories from all types of artists at all different points of the journey. So inspiring, and I’m so grateful to have been welcomed into the space! ✨

Milgo Vonne Fraun ,

Thanks for visiting Austin.

Rob: Briefly tell us..
Harrison: 10 hour monologue about museums.
I loved every minute.

anujink ,

Wonderful Interview and Podcast

I had a great time speaking with Rob about art, life, influences and how environments affect the creation of work. Though I don’t often do recorded interviews Rob’s calm yet engaged demeanor and thoughtful questions made for an edifying experience. I highly recommend this podcast.

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