Get to know the Arkansas entrepreneurs, culinarians and all-around creatives who are making The Natural State a little more vibrant and diverse in our new, original digital series “The Glow With Big Piph.”
Photo courtesy of Tatjana Ring.
Our host Big Piph is THE Hip Hop Adventurer: a Stanford-educated, world traveling, motivational speaking artist and musician who’s back in his home state and using his world view, knowledge and charm to highlight his fellow Arkansans’ stories and excellence.
In each episode of “Season 1,” we’re going with Big Pip as he pulls back the curtain on his guests creative processes and sees what makes them glow. Watch a new episode with us at youtube.com/ArkansasPBS every Tuesday Nov. 10 - Dec. 17 starting at 10 a.m.
Can’t wait? Neither can we. Check out the amazing minority designers, entrepreneurs, posts, activists and chefs you’ll meet this season:
Korto Momolu — Host Big Piph visits with Korto Momolu, who earned a spot on the fifth season of Bravo TV’s hit show "Project Runway." Her feisty spirit and penchant for vibrant colors earned her the prize of first runner-up at the season’s close. Momolu turned that success into an international career in fashion design. She launched her Women Grow fashion line in September 2019 and set the New York City Fashion Week ablaze.
Joshua Asante — A modern day Renaissance man, Joshua Asante fronts two local indie bands, Amasa Hines and Velvet Kente. He discusses with Big Piph distributing what he calls “astral soul” – a blend of electronic and soul music wherein one can sense the presence of many artistic forebears in fluidity. Asante is also an accomplished photographer whose portraitures present an intimacy to black culture and create a dialogue between the artist and his audience.
Jamee and Norel McAdoo — Big Piph is joined by the McAdoo siblings, Jamee and Norel, who are multifaceted artists whose achievements range from music to writing to poetry. They have monetized their talents as published authors, musicians and spoken word artists. In the wake of social unrest across the country, these siblings have been blazing a trail of thoughtful expression and artful activism for a new generation looking to leave the world better than they found it.
Benito Lubazibwa — Benito Lubazibwa discusses his many entrepreneurial ventures, which are exceptionally influential in Central Arkansas, with Big Piph. Lubazibwa's company, Remix Ideas, is cultivating and empowering first time idea makers and business owners. Through the Little Rock Night Market, he strives to create avenues and venues for communities of artists and craftsmen from around the world. Each month, the Night Market attracts thousands of eager customers to celebrate artistic diversity.
Elnora Wesley — Elnora Wesley began to dabble in veganism as a kid. Now, she brings her unique blend of soul food and vegetables to her restaurant, The House of Mental Eatery. The restauranteur’s motto, “Let food be your medicine,” permeates all her efforts to bring healthy food alternatives to her community. Big Piph visits with Wesley about moving House of Mental from its modest counter-order spot in Little Rock into a full-fledged food truck, taking her mission out to the people.
Chris James — Big Piph talks with Chris “The Journey” James, a national award-winning spoken word poet, author and playwright. His poetry has taken him all over the country, but the place James feels most at home is in North Little Rock at The House of Art, one of Arkansas’s poetry venues. As a teacher artist, James hosts teaching workshops that develop writing and performance art for K-12 students. Through teaching spoken word and poetry, James challenges people to value art and speak their truth.
On top of this amazing chance to explore cultural inspirations, entrepreneurial drive, artistic activism and delicious concoctions in this digital series, there will be special opportunities to connect with Big Piph and our guests in previews, chats and watch parties on social. Keep an eye out for fun extras with us on Instagram, Facebook and more.