Sumi Floyd of RawCast held an amazing and successful event for her pop-up shop/magazine release on August 10th. The pop up shop included merchandise of t-shirts and physical copies of her magazine displaying her brand. When I first stepped in Uptown Beer Garden (which is where the event was held), I was excited to see how the shop was set up. Sumi had a table and rack set up that nicely displayed her content for everyone to see. After my friend and I made ourselves acquainted with the location, there were more people that headed in to support her next big step in her media career. As Sumi began setting up, her energy was inviting, energetic and it was a breath of fresh air to see another creative working in the media field. In addition, it was also a pleasure to see how happy she was to sell her items and the event to turn out to be a success for her.
As everyone talked and networked, I also ran into other creatives, Samirah Devaugn (journalist), Travis Norman (photographer), and Tyriq Harris (creator) who are making their mark in the creative world as well. In conclusion, Sumi and I got the chance to meet, talk and I also had the pleasure to learn more about RawCast and the start of her career. You can see what we talked about below.
1. What made you want to start a podcast and magazine?
I was addicted to Rap Radar, on tidal, it’s a visual podcast. I really liked how they focused on the positive and the real artistry of a person. I felt like I could do that for Philly, I already knew a shit ton of artists and creatives so it was like a no brainer to build something for the underground that doesn’t really get a chance to speak on their work. The magazine comes later, as a kid I wanted to be a writer for a magazine. Never thought I’d create my own, but as time went on and I dropped out of college a few times, I realized that may take me a little longer than I wanted. I started doing research on how to build a magazine and said to myself Su you can do this. And it just happened that way. I already had the podcast so I knew what would be included. The signs. Respect the signs.
2. Were you familiar with the art of media before you started?
I was familiar but not really. I had a clothing line Imperfek By Sumi since 2011, so I knew the ins and outs of the way social media worked but not media directly, no.
3. What about media attracted you the most hasn’t when you did you know this was for you?
I speak really well and people feel comfortable with me. So I thought those were two important things when thinking about going into media. I don’t do things I know I can’t do and for some reason I knew I could do this. Nothing really attracted me but the love for the underground art community.
4. Who/What inspired you to start Raw Cast and take it as far as a podcast, magazine and merchandise?
Rap radar, B Dot, Elliot Wilson. Period. I was teetering back and forth about it and linked up with a friend in New York to go to a Belly concert. Met Elliot Wilson at the concert, I’m heavily into signs and respecting them, I felt that was a sign for me to go ahead into this media field.
5. What was the process like creating, forming and gathering creatives for RawCast?
The process is pretty straight forward. Email them to ask if they are interested in a visual interview. If they are, I create questions tailored to them and we set a date.
1. How did you come with the name and what does it mean to be “Raw” from your perceptive?
Well some friends call me Su. Raw and my little sister said why don’t you use Raw in it somehow, you’re raw and most of the people you know are raw as well. So why not. As soon as she said that RawCast popped in my head. I’m really good with naming and coming up with phrases for things.
Being Raw is being who you are, no matter who you’re around. Pretty much being real but people overuse that word.
2. What is your favorite part about getting the next episode together or finding that one creative you want to have on board?
My favorite part is seeing the interviews get better and better. You can, as a viewer, can see the growth as well. The flow, the questions asked, the editing etc...seeing the growth is honestly my favorite part. We are all improving and learning as we go.
3. I saw realized that you have some people who are apart of the Fashion world? Did you first start with fashion before media? If so, what was it like?
Yea fashion was my thing. I always had my hands in some type of fashion. I’ve always been super expressive with my clothes and hair choice, my mom let me express myself that way. I reconstructed leather, distressed denim all in highschool. Flipped that money to create my now brand Imperfek by Sumi. I love fashion but I felt like my purpose was greater ya know. Like I was put here to do more on a creative level for myself.
4. If you don’t mind me asking, what are your goals for 2020 for RawCast? What are your expectations?
2020 for RawCast is consistency. Being able to be booked to cover events, being able to add staff to my business and actually pay them. I just plan to grow and learn and continue to do the things I have been doing at a higher rate.
5. Do you plan on bringing different segments to the show? If so, what topics will the segments focus on?
I do plan on bringing different segments. I’m working on some now actually so just stay tuned lol
Raw Cast Event
1. As you curated the event before the final release date, how as that process like for you?
The event stressed me outttttttt. Everything towards the end was just so last minute. It ended up being so amazing but a lot of things were half stepped. Next year I plan on doing things way different as far as planning. My brother Chill Moody came to me with the idea for Uptown Beer Garden and it was perfect, I really wanted outdoor but couldn’t find anything in my price range.
2. What was your end goal for the release?
To sell out. And we did just that!!
3. How did you feel during the event? As you sold your items, took pictures and support from family and friends?
I don’t think I felt until the next day. I was in work mode, focused. I didn’t get a chance to sit in it at all while it was happening. I went from working, to speaking on the mic to getting drunk lol I did see how many people was there though, that messed my head up and made my heart smile.
4. With the success of the events, are there other events in store? If so, what are your plans for these events?
Once a year you can plan on RawCast The Mag Pop Up. That’s for sure. I’m working on two things I really want to do but I don’t want to speak so soon, still for creatives, a little more hands on.
5. What do you want people to think about when they think of Raw Cast, what Raw Cast has done and what Raw Cast will do in the future?
I want them to know this is a forever thing. I want them to know I love and respect all artistry and that’s why I started this, to give a platform for them to speak on their art positively. I want to thank them, if it wasn’t for them I couldn’t create at the level I do. You keep me inspired and pushing. I want them to know this shit don’t stop and I believe in you, never give up. No matter how big RawCast gets we will ALWAYS be for the underground. Always. There’s no better person to trust with your story and art than Sumi Floyd and that’s real!
I look forward to everyone seeing and reading another Q&A brought to you by myself and The Kenlo Show. Don’t miss out and make sure you follow @Raw.Cast and @Sumi.Floyd! Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!
Recently, I got the chance to sit down with young talent form Philadelphia. This creative’s name is Jamal but he’s not just another individual from the city. Jamal has the gift of being a poet and rapper. Each day he works towards getting better, creating new material and makes it his duty to share his talent with the world.
This was a great opportunity to actually sit down with him and talk about his future endeavors as well. With his passion about his gift, Jamal is rising the top and with that being said, keep listening and stay tuned for more from him. Lastly, to check out more of Jamal by following him via Instagram @fixingthebackwood). Be sure to check out his latest project in his bio. For now, that’s all folks!
In the Black community as far as its neighborhoods go, we do not have enough resources that will educate us on how to take care of our selves mentally yet physically. We have things around us such as fast food spots, Delis that serve tobacco products and alcohol and lastly, Bodegas do not have healthy food choices for adults or children.
As the Vegan lifestyle is evolving and people are becoming more aware of how important physical health is, we have people like Rai Lewis who is helping our people and other people outside of the Black community as well. She wants to help people remain healthy, choose better food choices and teach gardening. I had the pleasure of sitting down with her to talk more about the Vegan lifestyle and her brand The Fun Kitchen. This was an awesome interview that you don't want to miss. You can check out this interview on here and at my website at www.thekenloshow.weebly.com under BLOG. Enjoy!
I have been doing really great in my life and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I do need to do better with celebrating myself because sometimes I become too humble to the point that when I do this, I feel like I’m bragging. You should always be open to celebrating yourself when you make new accomplishments or turning your life around for the better. As I always tell friends and family, you shouldn’t need any validation from anyone. Those who you need validation from are also looking for validation from others most likely. You don’t want to be like everyone else and want people to validate you so much that you think that where you are is just fine and is the end for you. The point is, even when you have made another step in your life, that doesn’t meant you should remain stagnant. Everyone should always want to move forward in their life by wanting more, doing more and doing things that make them happy. Another thing I always let people know is that, your path doesn’t have anything to do with anyone else. This goes for what you want out of life as well.
What made me want to write this post, was because I had a conversation with my mom about how I have been working on my self mentally, physically and spiritually. By doing this I’ve been working out, reading books I like, changing the way I eat and being more positive. I’ve also been sharing information with others because I want others to be on the good path as well. As I talked to my mom she told me that was fine but I should also want more out of life. My mom has been telling me about getting my license, a place and a better job for quite some time. I fully understand why she is doing this because she doesn’t want me to keep myself in a box. She believes that I can do better and she also knows that everything that she tells is what I want as well. The thing is I have to apply that work and the pressure on myself. We shouldn’t expect other people to do that work for us because then you have to ask yourself, what exactly are you moving forward for if you want others to do your work? You should want better for yourself for you to live the life that you’ve always imagined. If you imagine a life where you want to be happy, have peace and want to be able to take care of yourself and your loved ones. make your life accustomed to working for that.
If you are a dreamer, also be the doer. Don’t be afraid to move forward. We all get a little scared because in order for us to want better we have to discipline ourselves to know how to be uncomfortable. I’m still learning this because we think that what we have to be disciplined for requires too much work. What we want to do is not too much work especially if you love what you do and you know that on the other side there is a better outcome. In the end, don’t be afraid to evolve and use the positive energy to apply it to what you are working towards. For now, that’s all folks! Enjoy!
Sometimes you don’t now the type of energy you are around until your are not around it anymore. As people always tell other people who are in love, “love can be blind”. Like love can be blind so can other energies such as bad energy. Bad energy can be around us, manipulation can be around us and so can people who don’t mean us any well. There are other times when the people we love, don’t know how to show us the love we deserve or desire until you remove yourself out the situation. You should be able to explain to someone once or twice how you feel. Personally, if I feel like you have to keep repeating yourself about how you feel to someone, they don’t care or they are not used to the energy that you give out or want. Energy can go a long way whether it be good or bad. We have to learn how to surround ourselves around energy that means us well or we will keep being stuck in the circle of trauma.
There are adults who who have lived in trauma so much and don’t know how much they have been manipulated and keep falling for manipulation. They fall for the same lies, excuses and beliefs that are spewed to them. I’ve learned that from friends, associates and even family, you shouldn’t take that type of behavior from anyone. I’ve also learned that even when someone loves you, they should know how to care for you as well. The thing is, just as much you give, you should get the same in return. Granted things to do change in life and so do people but you shouldn’t treat people wrong for how they feel. Also, you should learn to take accountability if you fall short of what is expected from you. If you can’t get what you give then it’s best to distance yourself from those who aren’t doing that for you. Also, keep in mind that just because you distance yourself, doesn’t mean that you don’t care less but it brings clarification about where the heart and mind is from the other side. Once you know, move off of that energy and with that you will have your answer. To follow up on that, don’t be afraid to move on if you have to. Moving on is about you and your happiness but for now, that’s all folks!
If there is anything in this life that will happen to you, it will be your growth. As you evolve into a different person, that is called growth but when that happens, there will be people who you looked up to or people you associate with who will say that you’ve changed. The change that they see will intimidate them because they look at it as a negative trait meanwhile your are changing to become your best self. Most people can’t handle that because they choose to remain stagnant. In life we have choices and we have decisions to make. Not to mention, we also have the same 24 hours, so what will you do with yours? Life is not about remaining the same because if you do, you’ll always come out with the same results. We should learn new things, take care of ourselves, love and respect ourselves as well. We don’t need people or the accolades of the world to determine who we are because as we grow we also start to know who we are.
Validation of the world and other people brings forth misery. The reason being is because we then will depend on what we should do with ourselves based on the opinions of others. If someone says you can’t, will you stop or do what makes you happy? If you ever want to be happy or you want to change, you should expect someone to question that because they don’t know the slightest thing about wanting to do what makes them happy. You will never know yourself if you ask others about what you should do. As you get older, you should also be able to make certain decisions yourself that you will thank yourself for later. Make decisions that will lead to a better and not stressful life. Have you ever been at work or home and you share your happiness but there’s something negative said in return? That’s a hater for you. They wish they could be you, they wish they could be in your position and they wish that they had your courage. Anybody can have these attributes if they first believe that they can do it and also believe that THEIR journey of life is about them and no one else. Also be prepared for people to become distant from you because they are scared of who you are and your spiritual awakening.
Surround yourself around people who want to do better and want better for you, learn from people who know more than you and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to be happy because even through life’s downs you can find the positive in it all. You should learn to be blessed with what you have to better appreciate the things that you don’t have later. For now, that’s all folks! Enjoy!
We love a young BLACK woman who is about her beauty and self care. I sat down with a beautiful woman by the name of Jazmine Charrelle who happens to be an awesome individual who wears many hats. She’s all about helping others when it comes to taking care of yourself physically and mentally. I can say that we all need people like her who can give us gems while teaching us as well.
You should all take the time out to check out this interview and find out who she is as well. You can follow her @well.snob via Instagram! Enjoy!
As you all know, the best part about doing what I love is that I get to see other creatives working as hard as me. I also love to shed light on others who are up and coming in the city of Philadelphia because this where a lot of the magic happens. Also, this is another city that just happens to have some of the most talented people who were born here. With that being said I wanted to highlight an upcoming videographer and photographer named Keith. He does a plethora of things with his craft and I wanted to bring him on to share his talents with the world.
Check this interview out here and also on my website at www.thekenloshow.weebly.com under BLOG. Enjoy!
People think just because you didn’t say anything about a situation, that they can assume how you feel about it. Sometimes a situation may not have affected you but how would they know if they didn’t ask or see a shift in your attitude? Personally, what people say or or do to me doesn’t really affect me because I know that it’s not personal. We all know that, some people may act a certain way to you but it’s not because of you but themselves. Not everyone grows up knowing that they shouldn’t take everything to heart because of the end result. If you roll everything that someone said or did, we would always be h happy and not know how to control our emotions. In addition, if someone does have the ability to disturb our peace, we should be able to address the situation at hand. We can’t expect others to know how we feel because they will determine how you feel. Also, you two shouldn’t have control of the situation because it’s not about control. Any situation that can be fixed is about having a solution and an understanding.
As I mentioned, some people will determine how you feel and they will assume how you feel just because you didn’t voice an opinion. Everything that happens doesn’t always need a reaction or anything said about it for that matter. If you think that someone is going to feel a way about something or you assume that they already do, this is another good time to address the situation as well. On both ends, you don’t want to assume how one may feel or if one should already know how you feel. In the end, communication will always play a part in your life because it’s not about what you say but how you say it. For now, that’s all folks!
Social Media is such a scary place that people are changing into different people without realizing it. We all change as we grow but I can only say that for some of us. Some people become stuck in their ways but question why bad things are happening to them. They also ask, “Why me?”. When people are doing wrong and question why bad things happen to them really baffles me. The reason why this happens to me is because we all grow up knowing the saying, “What goes around, comes around”. When we would reiterate this back to ourselves, we would comprehend it as a negative connotation. When we’re at the age where we could understand life a little bit better, we then realized that the good energy that you release into the university is something you can get back as well. We always turn the good eye to things except the bad things we see all day via social media.
On social media you have hate vlogs, hate blogs, crazy celebrity news and the “fashion police.” Everyday you see something about someone and never is the news important or good for once. The only reason why this type of news is happening about is because of how much attention it can get. Most of the time when you hear about good news, it doesn’t get much attention. For example, since everything is told via Instagram, the post may not get enough likes, comments, shares and saves. You’d be surprised at the lack of attention that good posts get. Then you have the people who comment who mainly bandwagon to be in the mix. With negative posts, you also have those who are bold enough to actually say mean things for a mention, some clout and to get a mention from the person they’re talking about. Sometimes I don’t even understand the page itself which makes these pages for news, to throw shade and make motivational posts. I guess you can say we all have made a hypocritical move on social media, but for these pages, this is an every day thing. These types of pages interest me because they can be so mean yet so nice. Then this makes me question where we are getting our information from and what it’s doing to our minds.
Since these blogs can switch up so much, these are the same things that can make us switch up as well. Social media has the tendency to make us shift because of what we see. What we see can encourage us to make certain decisions. We start to forget who we are and most people get too engaged with these blogs to the point that they become just as negative. So this is why the question stands at, why do we glorify this type of news or any negative information? What does it really have to offer and how are our minds being corrupted by what is shown to us? For now, that’s all folks.
My name is Kennedie. I am a young woman still learning the ways of the world and how to manage. I am currently pursuing a degree in Mass Media. My purpose in creating my blog is to inspire others and to share as well as receive different points of view.