The Glow With Big Piph
Premieres on YouTube November 10
Big Piph - Arkansas native, artist and musician celebrates minority entrepreneurs, artisans in ‘The Glow With Big Piph’ beginning Nov. 10 in a six-part digital series to premiere on the Arkansas PBS YouTube channel. Tune in to this entertaining and insightful series exploring cultural inspirations, entrepreneurial drive, artistic activism and delicious concoctions Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Nov. 10-Dec. 15 at youtube.com/arkansaspbs.
Photo Credit: Tatjana Ring
Join Big Piph, THE Hip Hop Adventurer – a Stanford-educated, world traveling, motivational speaking artist and musician as he returns to his home state and is using his world view, knowledge and charm to highlight the entrepreneurs, culinarians, and all-around creatives across Arkansas.
"My work is often inspired by the community in which I'm submerged,” Big Piph said. “That's why working with Arkansas PBS on this show is a perfect fit. I get to interview and highlight many of the Black creatives, entrepreneurs and activists who influence me.”
"The Glow With Big Piph" celebrates minority creatives and artisans as they make The Natural State a little more vibrant and diverse. Season one focuses on a fashion designer, an entrepreneur, a poet, a multi-multifaceted artist, art activists and a vegan chef – pulling back the curtain on their creative processes and seeing what makes them glow.
“Big Piph's "The Glow" series is a moving art in pieces like a collage. It is layered with clippings of style, music, humor, and knowledge...all sealed with an adhesive of authenticity. Piph is a phenomenal creator who has set the bar higher with every creation. I commend Arkansas PBS on their connecting his art and his message with our community.” - Mike P.
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.
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.
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 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 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 Metal. 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.
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 the 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.