Top Podcasts


I really didn't get into podcasts or listening to interviews until 2013ish. Around that time I was working at Imagineering and everyone always had a reference to a recent TED talk (because that's what people at Disney do). I started watching (but really only listening) to TED Talks religiously. I saw it as multi-tasking. I was getting my work done and learning something inspiring at the same damn time. 

From the TED talks I slowly eased into listening to online interviews (like old episodes of the Breakfast Club) into podcasting. When putting together this list I realized I listen to A LOT of podcasts and it honestly doesn't feel like it. Below is a list of my top favs (no particular order) and a quick rundown of why I listen.

The Read

This list isn't in order but The Read is my number one! Every Thursday hosts Kid Fury and Crissle West dive into black excellence, pop culture, fan letters, and the infamous "read portion" (if you don't know what 'read' means pls google). From police brutality, to why Tyga's cars keep getting reposed. You can find it all on The Read. Its the best combination of  sophistication, comedy, and ratchet.  It's the best. Check out the read here

The Brilliant Idiots

Hosts Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz hosts a weekly podcast covering everything happening in the world from pop culture to politics. Both men have strong personalities but also come from two completly different backgrounds making the dynamic of the show very interesting. If I had one word for this it would be unfiltered. Listen to The Brilliant Idiots here

Rap Radar

Based off the brand Rap Radar, Elliot Wilson and Brian 'Bdot' Miller hosts a show interviewing different people within the music industry. From LA Reid to video directors like Eif Rivera they do a great job at covering the spectrum of the industry and landing interviews that you can't just find anywhere. Listen to Rap Radar here

Revision Path

One of my favorites! Revision Path is a podcast about people of color in the design space hosted by creative Maurice Cherry. This is my one stop shop for all things design. Its so refreshing to listen to other people of color discuss the design industry and challenges. Its also reminds me that its more of us than I think! Listen to Revision Path here

Lip Service

Now this one is a little risqué. The show's hosts Angela Yee, Stephanie Santiago, and Gigi Maguire go into a deep dive about everything sex. You can find a variety of guests, from rappers to singers to digital influencers. I'm sure you'll have a few "I've never even thought of that" moments. Listen to lip service here

The Friend Zone

I'm going to use the description on their soundcloud because its better than anything I have to say "Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assanté explore mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain?" This trio is amazing and a great mixture of comedy and real talk about keeping your mental healthy. Listen to The Friend Zone here

Tax Season

You know that one guy in your family who would really shoot somebody but is changing his life for the better until someone tries him again? (if not just go to the next one) but if you're still with me that person is Tax. Tax is the one who could be in jail but was asked to create his own podcast after being a great apperance on The Brilliant Idiots. In a short amount of time Tax has interviewed hitters from Russell Simmons to Fat Joe and Remy Ma. Tune into Tax Season here

Another Round

Buzzfeed writers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton created this weekly, booze-filled podcast where they come together for hilarious coversation and a rundown of the latest world events. This podcast is full of black girl magic, they've had guests from Issa Rae to Ava DuVernay. Check out Another Round here

A Waste of Time

You may know brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal also known as "ItsTheReal" from their hip-hop comedy sketches and videos. Besides that the duo hosts a music based podcast interviewing some of the players in the music industry. I love this one because they tend to interview people who work in the industry but aren't rappers like Charlamagne tha God and Angie Martinez. Listen to A Waste of Time here.

Color Full Lives

The podcast series brings radio show host Angela YeeHey Fran Hey‘s Francheska, and tech queen Tatiana King-Jones together to discuss topics relevant to women (especially women of color) ranging from self care to navigating your career. Its one that I learn a lot from weekly. Listen to Color Full Lives here.

Call your Girlfriend

This one is a newer one for me but I love it! This show is described as “a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere.” Co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, this free-form conversational podcast gives the you best of everything. Listen to Call Your Girlfriend here.

Bodega Boys

Desus Nice and the Kid Mero are the undisputed Twitter kings. These two have been on a few MTV shows and always keep people rolling with their crazy comedy. Listen to the Kid Mero and Desus tear apart the week’s headlines here.

Fan Bros

DJ Benhameen, Tatiana King-Jones, Chico Leo and a few others hosts a show once a week to talk about the latest news from the geek world perspective. They've interviewed people like the current editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, to Just Blaze. You can get a good dose of both worlds on this one. Listen to Fan Bros here.

There's a few podcasts that aren't on the list but are still favs such as: The Combat Jack Show – a podcast about the music industry. Design Matters – a design based podcast by Debbie Millman. I love this one but its no diversity. All all. Another really popular one is Serial – a podcast that follows real life court cases from the citizen level. I highly recommend season 1. 

There's a few things I've noticed about myself after I started listening to podcasts. 1. I watch less television 2. I have knowledge about a bunch of random information that comes in handy at the most random times (a lot of times at work). 3. I learn a lot about the things I love. For instance, I love music so I'm curious about the lives of musicians and the people who make things happen in the industry. After listening to different shows I've become so fluent in pop culture and music.

I know podcasting is still new to some people but check it out. It may be weird initially but I guarantee you'll get something from this form of entertainment. Listen to a few shows and let me know what you think! 

Creative Crush Wednesday: Kelly Shami

Meet Kelly Shami, designer and illustrator. I started following Kelly a couple of years ago on Instagram. Instantly I fell in love with her design work and feed. Sometimes you just land on a page and can immediately tell "oh yeah, she gets it" and that's what I got from her.

Kelly is a NY Native and if you look at her work you can tell she draws inspirations from the hustle attitude of the city. Along with NYC inspiration, her work is inspired by a love for sneakers and hip hop culture. 

When I initially followed Kelly she worked at NYLON as a graphic designer but quickly worked her way up to Associate Art Director, becoming the lead of the NYLON Guys section and also the one behind the quirky illustrations throughout the magazine. I remember seeing an IG post from Kelly saying something in reference to missing her NYLON family. In my mind I’m like “girl you have it good, where you going” *insert nosey eye emoji here. Long and behold she had a real POWER MOVE under her sleeve. She left NYLON to become the design manager at Parkwood Entertainment where her boss is the queen. And by queen I mean Beyoncé. Kelly is the design force behind the Formation tour merch, album, and tour visuals – a dream job. 













Let me stop right here to say while all this is going on she also has a jewelry line that celebrates her favorite things. This line has been featured in Nylon, Urban Outfitters, and more. BOSS SHIT.

You know those comparison people you look at and think “damn can I get on that level” that’s what Kelly is for me. While I’m writing my own story I’ve identified her and her work as a kindred spirit.



On another note while the numbers are better there are only few women who live in the streetwear/urban culture space. Not only when it comes to fashion but design aesthetic wise as well. In a world where a lot of designers/influencers have the same style it’s so refreshing to see other designers flourish who have a more gritty aesthetic. It gives ya girl hope. Social media is powerful for so many different reasons but I’m learning to use it as a tool not only to connect but highlight people (especially women) who I’ve identified as being dope as shit. While healthy competition is great, its more about linking together and not being a hater. So if you have a fav reach out and say hello. We’re all just trying to make it.

Check out Kelly’s work here

And her jewelry line here

*all art images by kelly shami


August Playlist

If consistency is key I don’t have any damn keys or locks. The hardest part about blogging is keeping up everything. Hell the issue at life is keeping up with everything. With the addition of snap to instagram I can barely keep up with social media. Needless to say this last month has been a busy one. Between my 9-5, dealing with family/personal drama, and trying to carve out a great future for myself I’ve been EXHAUSTED! One thing that always keeps me afloat is music, I really can’t live without it. With the stress of the last month I’ve been trying to stay in a chill/mellow mood which is the inspiration for this playlist. Tune in and follow my August playlist. If you have new music recommendations I’m all ears.

*The playlist is available on iTunes, Tidal, and Spotify. Some songs weren’t available for each platform (aka Frank Ocean’s new album).


Downloadable Wallpaper: hustle n rose


Last night I was working when I received an instagram notification that my work was shared by a profile called Hustle n Rose.  Hustle n Rose is a podcast for business-savvy women and people of color. Along with podcasting they make an effort to highlight the work of black artists on their instagram. Let me tell you, designing and blogging is hard and its even harder to break in if you're a person of color. It still scares me to put my work out into the public so I really appreciate when I receive love and shares from other people/creatives. This is the second time they've shared my work and as a token of appreciation I was inspired to create a rose centered wallpaper. Enjoy. 



Honesty time:  I overthink almost everything. It took me awhile to realize that my procrastination issues were a result of overthinking and getting stuck on this idea that everything needs to be perfect. Once realizing that, it started to be really easy to catch myself and take a step back – its still a struggle. 

I'm telling you this for two reasons: 1. I've been struggling with social media content. Over the weekend I finally realized that I'm overthinking it and should really just share what I'm doing or going through. Which leads me to reason number 2; I'm creating a new portfolio and have almost nothing to put in it. Meaning I'm forced to create my own projects – meaning there's a huge door open labeled “OVERTHINKING” for me to walk into. 

If you take a second to google "self-initiated graphic design projects", you'll find pages of ideas that you can use to build your portfolio, such as: recreate the branding of your favorite restaurant, or create a personal icon set. Lets be honest, we've all seen those and while they're good projects I think its time to take it to the next level. Sidenote – most people think you only need self-initiated projects if you're a beginner with no work. Not true! A lot of my current professional work isn't exactly the type of work I want to bring in and show off. Your portfolio, no matter the profession, should showcase the type of work you want to get hired to do. Do you hate presentation design? Then don't put those in the portfolio, you'll save yourself in the long run. To change that, I've come up with a list of self-initiated projects that can accompany my existing work. Here are a few examples of sample projects and a couple of tips of how I came up with them. 

Fill the Void

Find what's missing and fill the void. The catch is, don't think simple. You don't have to start with the mom and pop shop (unless that's what you're into). Think about your dream jobs. Let's say you want to be an illustrator in the fashion industry. Go pick up the latest issue of your favorite magazine, find an article that didn't include original artwork, and create the artwork as if it were assigned to you. You already know the magazine, you're familiar with its design, and you have the content to base the work on. No brainer! Once you have it completed: promote, promote, promote! If you're posting on social media, be sure to tag the brand - you never know when they may need a designer. I love the brand Refinery 29, and freelancing for them (because I'm too poor for NYC), is on my list of dream jobs. My plan is to find an article that didn't include original artwork on Refinery 29's site and create my own illustrations to accompany that article. I vote we all be bold and take it to the next level (as you should do everything). Do you really love what you made? Find a unique way to package it and send it to the company. Remember there are a million ways to get in contact with someone, and social media is no exception


Do a self-initiated challenge. Don't pick just any olthing, push yourself forward and do something that's completely in-line with a dream job you have.  For example, I want to design in the music space. I have a few ideas around designing one album cover per day, or picking an album I like and creating a separate cover for each song on the album per day. The challenge forces you to complete a design in a certain time period and gives you a body of work that is aligned with what you want to do. Again – do it, post, and share! *Tip: When targeting people and brands I definitely believe in aiming high, but remember that a person/brand with a huge following may have less of a chance to see your work. Aim high, but also include the middle men. 

Make it up 

Technically, most self-initiated projects are made up but still based on a brands current content - sometimes you may need to pull something completely out of thin air. If you've checked out my art direction board on Pinterest, you can easily tell that I'm drawn to set design and photography that incorporates bright colors.  *Tip: Figure out what you're drawn to and copy it. I don't mean rip off the person, but find inspiration to create what you see and make it your own. Since I've identified that I'm really into set design I've created a project that allows me to play with that. The first thing I figured out was the concept. Imagine working for a magazine or on a set and they tell you the grand idea behind the work. Create that grand idea! And, actually, it doesn't have to be grand - it can be really simple. I chose the idea of vices. Now that I have the concept I can create the set based around my inspiration items. These concepts can be applied to anyone, creative or not.

I can talk about projects all damn day, but one of the biggest things I want you to remember is that you are your own creative director/boss for these assignments. Anything that you're drawn to you can create for yourself. Don't allow the lack of variety of projects in your professional life deter you from the type of work you really want. On the flip side, don't sit around and wait for the grand opportunity, create it for yourself. If you need any help with brainstorming projects (because that's kinda my forte), let me know. No matter the profession.

Laci out.