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Extraordinary People Next Door Podcast tells the story of the everyman and everywoman, the John and Jane Q’s, the oft overlooked and quiet influencers of color that have shaped the art and culture of Pittsburgh and beyond. EPND wants to tell the story of “the bottom” and those on their grind upwards. We want to highlight the stories of our local everyday heroes as they put on that blue collar, hard hat spirit and punch the “process” clock on the way to their dreams. For inquires please email ...
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The EPND Podcast closes out Season 1 with a powerful sit down with champion of restorative justice, Jason Rivers. Jason discusses navigating the struggles of finding identity being raised in a multi racial household. He opens up about persevering through numerous trials including the murder of his brother, Anthony Rivers. He talks about keeping his…
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Disclaimer: There isn’t any manual for the job of parenting, you kind of just figure it out as you go. In this episode Brother Jason sits down with his oldest child Kaila. Kaila gives her perspective on meeting Jason, her thoughts on him marrying her mother and all of the changes that came with that. The two keep it real about the ups and downs of …
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They say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. In this episode one half of the EPND Podcast, Brother Jason seeks to tap into his roots by sitting down with his father, Craig Orr. They talk about the family history and the impact of the Great Migration that brought his mother and father from Mississippi and Tennessee up to St. Louis, Missour…
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On this episode of the EPND Podcast Amil and Jason sat down with musical and visual artist, entrepreneur and change maker and Chicago native, Khufu El. The conversation ranged from the Black experience growing up in Chicago during the height of the crack era to the history and impact of house music in Chicago. Brother Khufu details his journey from…
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On this episode of the EPND Podcast Amil and Jason sat down with two powerful queens pulsating with the divine feminine. We covered topics ranging from aligning our chakras to anger management to teen domestic violence. Maya @mayamyeko. and Launa "Bellz" Noelle @launa.luv spoke about being courageous enough to pursue their dream as fashion designer…
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The Extraordinary People Next Door Podcast sits down with artist, activist, educator, Farooq Al-Said. They discuss his journey from Toronto to Miami to Pittsburgh to New York and back. Farooq details the influence of Hip-Hop in his evolution, Pittsburgh Hip-Hop history, and activism. They celebrate the release of his latest project “The Kid With th…
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In this episode of the EPND Podcast Amil and Jason sat down with educator, writer, lecturer, and co-founder of #HipHopED , Timothy Jones (@tdj6899). They were joined by special guest Dr. Tyra Good (@tyrathegooddr),Assistant Professor of Practice in Education at Chatham University where she also facilitates culturally sustaining school and universit…
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In this episode, Amil and Jason sat down with community activist and organizer Dina “Free” Blackwell (@FreeBlackwell). Free Blackwell is the Executive Director of Homewood Renaissance Association and the House of Manna. She detailed growing up in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhood, her growth into consciousness, and spiritual journey. We celebrated…
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In this episode of the EPND Podcast, Amil and Jason sit down with Charles X. Cook. Charles details growing up a promising athlete in the Washington D.C. area during the apex of the Crack Cocaine epidemic. He describes the highs and lows of his journey into entrepreneurship, motivational speaking, and becoming a published author. Audio Engineering b…
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Jason and Amil, hosts of the EPND Podcast, interview Hip-Hop Pioneer Paradise Gray. In this interview he details his extensive history with the rap group X-Clan and the Latin Quarter nightclub. Other topics include growing up in the Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s. Paradise discusses how Hip-Hop has evolved and where it is headed! Audio Engineering by…
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