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Since its launch in November 2015, Fresh is the Word has been a documentation of your host K-Fresh as they journey through their love of music and pop culture, as well as using this platform to share they growth on topics important to women, people or color and the LGBTQ community through the artistic lens of pop culture. As an ever evolving podcast, K-Fresh is going back to his musical roots focusing more on the music artists they are passionate about from the past and present by telling st ...
 
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For this episode, we are talking about the debut album from UK Alt-Metal band Vexed titled Culling Culture, released on May 21, 2021 via Napalm Records. Joining me for this episode is the band’s lead vocalist Megan Targett. After dropping a pair of brutal singles in 2019, “Elite” ft. CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder and “Dominate”, the Hertfordshire…
 
For this episode, we are talking about the new graphic anthology Dead Beats 2, released by A Wave Blue World, an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies, and art books, focusing on socially conscious storytelling and providing a platform for a multitude of creative voices. Joining me for this discussion is A Wave Blue Worl…
 
The guest for this episode is lead vocalist Jesper Vicencio from Danish metalcore outfit Ghost Iris. They just released their latest full-length album Comatose via Long Branch Records. During our conversation, we talked about movies he’s currently watching, the making of Comatose, the recording process, going back to old ideas, what they did better…
 
The guest for this episode is Rick Giordano, member of the synth-driven horror metal trio from St. Louis, The Lion’s Daughter. They have a new album out, Skin Show, via Season of Mist that dropped on April 9th, 2021. The thing that really pops out with Skin Show is the visuals, from the album cover artwork to the cinematography of the music videos.…
 
We have a return guest for this episode, comic book writer Erica Schultz, as she just launched a Kickstarter campaign for her newest graphic mini-series, The Deadliest Bouquet. Working with Schultz on The Deadliest Bouquet is interior artist Carola Borelli (Destiny: NY), colorist Gab Contreras (The Final Girls), cover artist Kevin Wada (Buffy the V…
 
The guest for this episode is Butcher Bear, the Austin, TX-based owner of (iN)Sect Records, co-founder of Exploded Drawing, and drummer in the band Black Mercy. Always donning the full-on bear costume, I go way back with him from the days of my original Renaissance Soul website (I did a (iN)Sect podcast mix a while back called ‘The Demon Within’), …
 
The guests for this episode are members of As Everything Unfolds, the 6-piece melodic post-hardcore band from High Wycombe, U.K., vocalist Charlie Rolfe and guitarist Adam Kerr. They just released their debut album Within Each Lies The Other via Long Branch Records on March 26, 2021. From the time that Charlie Rolfe looked for musicians to start a …
 
(Photo Credit: Miikka Järvinen) The guests for this episode are members of the Finnish melodic death/doom metal band Mariana’s Rest, vocalist Jaakko Mäntymaa and guitarist Nico Mänttäri. As they were still trying to find their sound, they feel like they are finally at that point with their newest album Fata Morgana, out now via Napalm Records. Thi…
 
The guest for this episode is comedian, author, journalist, and screenwriter Teresa Lo. She has spent years writing about sex for Hustler Magazine and she currently has a show on YouTube called Talk With T.Lo. She’s been on countless online comedy shows during the pandemic. The first time I saw Teresa was on a Crazy Woke Asians show put on by past …
 
The guest for this episode is femdom sex therapist and erotic audio artist Dr. Lovejoy. She is definitely one of the best guests I’ve ever had on Fresh is the Word. It was such a fan interview and she really got me smitten! We talk about why I wanted her on the podcast and how sex workers and sex educators helped me find myself. We also talk about …
 
The guest for this episode is Prika Amaral, co-founder and guitarist of all-women thrash metal band NERVOSA. They have a new album Perpetual Chaos available now via Napalm Records. Originating in Brazil, Nervosa has a whole new line-up – featuring Prika along talented new members Diva Satanica on vocals, Mia Wallace on bass, and Eleni Nota on drums…
 
The guest for this episode is scholar, feminist, and author Jane Ward, who is professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. She has written many books including NOT GAY: Sex Between Straight White Men and Respectably Queer, along with her l…
 
The guest for this episode is trumpet player, cartoonist, composer, and educator Dave Chisholm, whose latest work is Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California — a 144-page graphic novel (via Z2 Comics) commissioned by the Parker estate in celebration of Bird’s Centennial showcasing a stretch of time the infamous jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker…
 
The guest for this episode Kenny Keil, artist and author of the graphic novel Smoove City, a story of four best friends as they try to make their journey towards boy band stardom. As an ode to 90s R&B music, Smoove City not only grasp the joy we all have from that special time of R&B music from the 90s as hip-hop made its influence on the genre, bu…
 
The guest for this episode is Rick Spears, author of the YA graphic novel My Riot, recently released via Oni Press. My Riot, created along with artist Emmett Helen, is a riot grrrl story set in 1981 with its main character, a teenager named Val, struggling with finding her own identity while facing the pressures of conformity. It’s a story about ho…
 
The guest for this episode is Richard Sjunnesson, vocalist of the Swedish melodic death metal band The Unguided, and they just released their new full-length album Father Shadow via Napalm Records. We get into how the band functions, fine tuning their method of operation of writing and recording the new album after a history of lineup changes and T…
 
The guests for this episode are Billy Obey, Joey Black, and Lee Carver, the Horrorcore Hip-Hop trio from Ohio known as Alla Xul Elu making their return to Fresh is the Word to talk about all sorts of gross and horrific things, including their new album MauXuLeum, out now via Majik Ninja Entertainment. The new album is produced entirely by Detroit’s…
 
The guest for this episode is Fenrier, drummer the Pagan Metal band Varg from Coburg, Germany, who just released a new album Zeichen via Napalm Records. With this seventh full length release, Varg go back to their Pagan Metal roots, and in my discussion with Fenrier, we talk about the band’s vision for this album and their origins. We also go into …
 
The guest for this episode is global DJ, cultural ambassador, foodie and pop culture preserver, and Rock Steady Crew member, Skeme Richards, and you can read and listen to all his experiences online at his Nostalgia King website. He recently dropped a new vinyl only (NO DIGITAL) 7″ for “Rock Latin Steady” b/w “Bimbo To The Beat” via RBMBoots that s…
 
The guest for this episode is the Oregon-born, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer LP Giobbi. She just released her new EP Playing My Role (featuring Hermixalot) via Thrive Music, the follow up to her summer club smash “Meet Again” (featuring Little Boots). LP is co-owner of Animal Talk, a hybrid publishing company (a joint venture with Third Side Mu…
 
The guest for this episode is Grammy Award winning Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sly5thAve, who just released his new album What It Is via Tru Thoughts. We do on a track-by-track breakdown of the new album and how his musical upbringing influences his work. We also talk about his move to New York over a decad…
 
The guest for this episode are are Kiarely Castillo and Kristen Sturgis, members of the metalcore band Conquer Divide. Recently, they released their first single in five years with the song “Chemicals” along with a cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”. We talk about coming back together to make music again and where everyone in the band is in life, a…
 
(Photo Credit: Tay Lee Photography, IG: @tayleephotos) The guest for this episode is Cammie Gilbert vocalist of the Houston prog metal band Oceans of Slumber. They just released their newest self-titled album this past Friday via Century Media Records. We talk about the new album, the importance of being a Black woman fronting metal band, her music…
 
The guest for this episode is Meryem Saci, who is a soulful singer, songwriter, and emcee raised in Algeria and escaped as a refugee to Canada back in 2000. Based in Montreal, she has a new EP titled All in that she released via her Bandcamp back in May. During our chat, we talked about growing up in Alergia and what finally caused her to flee from…
 
The guest for this episode is Drew Dixon, the accomplished former Vice President of A&R at Arista Records, a former Director of A&R at Def Jam Recordings, the former General Manager of John Legend’s independent label Homeschool Records, and the former manager of recording artist Estelle. Dixon is the center subject of the HBO Max Docuseries On The …
 
The guest for this episode is comic book creator and writer Todd Black, who just launched a Kickstarter campaign for issue #3 of his anime-style comic Tokyo Blade Detectives. We talk about the origins of this story and where the idea came from, along with so much more about the making of this comic. We also get into his love of All Elite Wrestling …
 
The guest for this episode is the 18-year-old Los Angeles native, singer and songwriter Angela Muñoz, who just released her debut album Introspection produced entirely by Adrian Younge via Linear Labs. During our chat, we talked about working with Adrian Younge on this album, her upbringing, writing songs that ended up on this album since she was 1…
 
The guest for this episode is Detroit photographer Trilogy Beats, who has currently been out on the streets documenting the protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter civil right movement in and around Detroit, Michigan. He’s an acclaimed photographer with clients around the nation and globe, shooting for lifestyle brands and more. During our chat…
 
The guests for this episode are Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford, the co-producers and co-directors of the documentary The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital. This documentary sheds a light on the disparity between the medical treatment that the African-American community receives as opposed to others; something…
 
My guest this episode is drummer, producer, author, and former rapper, J-Zone. We talk about his new 7” single from his project The Du-Rites with Tom Tom Club guitarist Pablo Martin along with his transition from being a rapper to solely being a drummer/producer. A lot of the frustrations and lack of passion that J-Zone talks about with being a rap…
 
My guest today is Certified Sex Educator, writer, speaker, pleasure advocate, author of Curvy Girl Sex, and creator of LadyCheeky, Elle Chase, who was suggestion from previous guest Anne Hodder-Shipp (happy birthday Anne!). We got into the importance of sex education and to normalize it along with body positivity and so much more. It was a great ch…
 
The guest for this episode is hip-hop, culture, and film writer and podcaster and proud Bostonian, Dart Adams. Having written for publications like HipHopWired, KillerBoomBox, NPR, Mass Appeal, Complex, and Okayplayer, among others, a collection of his writing was recently featured in the book Best Damn Hip Hop Writing: The Book of Dart via Superch…
 
The guests for this episode is the team behind the Hugo Award nominated graphic novel Mooncakes, author Suzanne Walker and illustrator Wendy Xu, available now via ONI Press. With an LGBTQ+ and disabled cast, Mooncakes follows a young witch, as she works to help her grandmothers out with their store and their duties of protecting the town, only to f…
 
The guest for this episode is freelance artist, illustrator and cartoonist Skylar Patridge, comic artist on titles Relics Of Youth (Vault), Reversal (Dark Horse), and Volume (Scout). During our chat, Skylar shares how she’s dealing with the global pandemic, training in combat sports, growing up on a farm, transitioning into a career as an artist, a…
 
The guest for this episode is the Montreal-based comic artist and illustrator, Sweeney Boo. After a successful Kickstarter launched in December 2016, Sweeney just released her first graphic novel called Eat, and Love Yourself via Boom! Studios, a 150-page story about eating disorders, depression, body dysmorphia, and ultimately self-love; a subject…
 
The guest for this episode is comedian, producer, director, and writer, Kiki Yeung. Yeung is the founder and producer of the comedy show Crazy Woke Asians along with the writer and director of the romantic comedy series Sweet and Sour Chicks that is currently in the making after a successful crowdfunding. Plus, she is one of the funniest mothers on…
 
The guest for this episode photographer, journalist, director and event curator and all and all supporter of Detroit, Amy Nicole, or best known by her moniker ACRONYM. For the past decade, she has strived to not only innovate, but also curate opportunities around Metro Detroit to uplift the creative community. She has her hands in a lot of places a…
 
The guest for this episode is multi-certified sex & relationships educator, dreamworker, sex toy expert, sex-positive publicist at Hodder Media, and founder of EDSE, the amazing Anne Hodder-Shipp. During our conversation, she shared with us how her own experiences that led her to become a sex educator and publicist, her interest in sex education at…
 
The guest for this episode is Melissa Bonny, vocalist of the symphonic metal band Ad Infinitum, who just released their debut album Chapter 1: Monarchy on April 3rd via Napalm Records. Melissa is also the lead singer of the trance metal band Rage Of Light, and most importantly, we share the same birthday on January 23rd! We talked about her childho…
 
The guest for this episode is Jennie Skulander, lead vocalist of the New Zealand metal band Devilskin. The four-piece band formed in 2010 released their fourth studio album RED this past Friday. During our talk, Jennie Skulander shared with us the making of RED, her upbringing in music including previously fronting the band Slipping Tongue, the cul…
 
On this episode, we go back to my second day at this year’s C2E2 convention in Chicago and you get hear my talks with first, bestselling author S.L. Huang, who is about to release her new book Critical Point. Then after that, I talk to the team behind D.C. Black Label’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity, writer Kami Garcia and artist Jason Badower. Alo…
 
This is episode features a couple of interviews done on the first day of this year’s C2E2 convention in Chicago from February 28th – March 1st. First up is my chat with award winning writer Michael Moreci and Impact Theory founder and co-founder of Quest Nutrition, Tom Bilyeu, talking about the release of the sci-fi comic book series Hexagon. Morec…
 
The guest for this episode is Tokyo-born/NYC-based artist, Juri Jinnai, the woman behind the art pop/doo wop experiment Emergency Tiara, who released her album Unsophisticated Circus last Fall. We talked about the new album, Japanese culture, gender identity, her artistic upbringing, the visuals of her projects, touring with The Go-Go’s Belinda Car…
 
The guests for this episode are Zuberoa Aznáres and Gorka Elso of the classically-inspired Spanish metal band Diabulus in Musica, who have a new album Euphonic Entropy available now via Napalm Records. During our chat, we talked about the inspirations behind the new album including the birth of their second child. We also go into their family tradi…
 
The guest for this episode is Dirk Scharsich aka Danger Dirk 3000, guitarist of ninja-themed Power Metal band Victorius, new album Space Ninjas From Hell available now via Napalm Records. The band combines ancient Samurai stories and intergalactic mystery. During our chat, Dirk shares with us the making of Space Ninja From Hell with all if its Japa…
 
For this episode, we have a couple of interviews from this year’s Astronomicon pop culture convention in Sterling Heights, Michigan. First up, we chat with Detroit Red Wings hockey great Darren McCarty and talk about his experiences at Astronomicon, along with his appearances on Hardcore Pawn and diving into the marijuana industry. And then we talk…
 
The guest for this episode is Ruthy Froch, who is currently playing the role of Hodel on the touring production of Fiddler On The Roof and also the creator of the web series (im)mature. As a Jewish woman , Froch shares with us the importance of the story told in Fiddler along with her family’s reactions to her getting the role and her connection to…
 
The guest for this episode is metal synthwave producer GosT, who released his newest album Valediction via Century Media Records late last year. GosT is currently bringing Valediction in its entirety along with some of the older favorites throughout their European tour along with SVART CROWN. For this album, GosT embodies the character of Baalberit…
 
The guest for this episode is Christopher Wayne, one half of the Australian duo The Naked Magicians. Having toured around the world along with residencies in Las Vegas and London’s West End, Wayne along with his partner Mike Tyler, have created one of the funniest and naughtiest magic shows, that even included an appearance on America’s Got Talent.…
 
The guest for this episode is Caitlin Lester-Sams, who currently plays the role of Mrs. Bucket in the touring production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a fellow Michigander and graduate of Western Michigan University with a BFA, Caitlin shares with us some of her best memories of growing up in Michigan, along with how she beg…
 
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